Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1989 - JUL - ENG

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

SATURDAY, JULY 1, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR APRIL ........... 1

HIGH MATERNAL DEATH RATE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED...............

ROYAL HK POLICE REVIEW 1988 RELEASED............................ 5

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE................................ 6

SUCCESS OF CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT REQUIRES ENTHUSIASM ........... 7

SOCIAL WORKERS’ EFFORTS COMMENDED .............................. 9

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS .................................  9

FUN-FILLED SUMMER FOR MONG KOK YOUTHS ......................... 10

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR POLLUTION PHOTO COMPETITION ............. 11

DISTRICT POLICE HQ FOR MA ON SHAN ............................. 12

NT TAXIS TO OPERATE IN MA ON SHAN ............................. 12

SEVERAL AIRPORT ACCESS ROADS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ................ 15

DIVERSION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT TOMORROW ......................

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HAPPY VALLEY, SAI YING PUN ................. 15

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TOLO HIGHWAY ....................... 15

PLB URBAN CLEARWAYS ON SHA TSUI ROAD ........................

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR APRIL

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN APRIL 1989, ESTIMATED AT $8,486 MILLION, INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1: 88 WHILST THEIR VOLUME INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT,

THIS SUGGESTS THAT LOCAL CONSUMER SPENDING HAS BEEN MODERATING.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, RETAIL SALES OF FUELS INCREASED •BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FOODSTUFI3, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 17 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 33 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 20 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

HOWEVER, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY ONLY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND DROPPED BY 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 28 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES WENT UP BY 18 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VALUE, AND 6 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME.

HOWEVER, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 18 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 22 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT N VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 24 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

/ANALYSED BY........

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ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES 'ND PARTS INCREASED BY 52 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 41 PER CENT IN VOLUME. DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 23 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 12 PER CI NT TN SALES VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES WENT UP BY 11 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT WERE ALMOST UNCHANGED IN VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1989, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES I »R APRIL 1989 DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

FUELS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. 1OODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN SALES VALUE AND DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME WHILST THOSE FOR CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 1 1 R CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 36 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT N SALES VALUE, AND BY 2 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 19 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 20 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR MARCH 1989 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR APRIL 1989.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN MARCH 1989 AND APRIL 1989 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES, (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF TUB RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF APRIL 1989 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1989 A'10 WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1988, AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN TIB PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF APRIL 1989 SURVEY RESUL S IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR. GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO HE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS A D STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234941.

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TABLE I : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales Tor April 1989 (Provisional Figure) = HK1 8,4B6iillion

for March 1989 (Revised Figure) s HKS 8,576ni11ion

TABLE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FDR MARCH 1989 AND APRIL 1989

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

Itei ' Index of I Retail 1 Sales ! I • 1 April compared March 1989 : with ! 1939 : April compared April 1939 : with ! 1988 : Jan.-Apr. coipared w Jan.-Apr. 1989 ith 1988

March ! 1989 : April I 1989 :

(Revised (Provisional Points x : Points x : Points X

figures) figures)

(A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES

Value 153 152 -2 -I 13 10 1 21 14

Voluie 122 I IB -3 -3 2 2 1 7 6

(8) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS 1

Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 132 132 4 i 19 17 15 12

drinks and tobacco Voluie 107 106 -2 -2 7 7 2 1

Fuels Value 100 103 3 3 15 17 2 2

Voluie 105 106 3 3 12 12 I i

Clothing, footwear Value 184 193 9 5 48 33 39 24

and allied products Voluie 139 140 I 1 23 20 16 12

Consuier durables Value 147 146 -1 -I I I 23 16

Voluie 114 110 -4 -3 -8 -7 8 7

Other consuier goods Value 169 163 -6 -4 7 5 21 13

Voluie 133 127 -6 -5 -2 -2 8 6

(C) BY SELECTED TRADES

(see note 1 below) Superaarkets Value 158 155 -3 -2 23 18 16 11

Voluie 125 122 -3 -2 7 6 I «

Motor vehicles Value 209 286 77 37 78 37 107 52

and parts Volume 140 191 51 36 42 28 62 41

Consuier durables Value 123 103 -25 -19 -23 -18 -3 -2

other than eotor vehicles and parts Voluie 106 95 -21 -20 -24 -22 -8 -7

Departnent stores Value 191 188 -3 -2 24 15 41 23

Voluce 145 139 -6 -4 1 --। ! • 4 17 12

NOTES : 1. In order to analyse the sales ot certain trades WITHIN aajor trade groups, the value and voluie indexes in respect of the following selected trades are compiled :

(a) 'Superaarkets' - a trade in the 'Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco’ group.

(b) 'Motor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the "Consuier durables' group.

(c) "Consuier durables other than notor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the 'Consuoer durables' group.

<d) 'Departnent stores' - a trade in the 'Other consumer goods' group.

2. Figures denoting changes are derived froti the unrounded index figures.

3. denotes a figure within +0.5.

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HIGH MATERNAL DEATH RATE

NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED

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HALE A MILLION WOMEN ARE DYING EVERY YEAR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS THE RESULT OF PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH, AND THIS SHOCKING MATERNAL DEATH RATE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED, LADY WILSON SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SHE NOTED THAT THE RISK OF MATERNAL DEATH WAS ASSOCIATED WITH MATERNAL AGE, BIRTH DISORDERS, ILLEGAL ABORTION, AND LACK OF TRAINED HEALTH PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE MATERNITY CARE AND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES.

"A PREGNANT WOMAN IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY HAS A CHANCE OF DYING 200 TIMES HIGHER THAN ONE IN A DEVELOPED COUNTRY," LADY WILSON SAID, WHEN ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF THE SECOND WESTERN PACIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF MIDWIVES.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT 60 PER CENT OF THESE DEATHS WERE ESTIMATED TO OCCUR IN SOUTH ASIA AND EAST ASIA.

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BANK, SOUTH ASIA COMPRISES THE COUNTRIES SURROUNDING THE INDIAN PENINSULA. AND EAST ASIA IS THE REGION IN WHICH HONG KONG IS LOCATED.

THE SHOCKING MATERNAL DEATH RATE. LADY WILSON SAID, MEANT THAT EVERY YEAR HALF A MILLION FAMILIES IN THE WORLD WOULD LOSE THEIR MOTHERS. THE CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE FAMILY.

IN OTHER WORDS. J.<100 FAMILIES WERE DEPRIVED OF THEIR MOTHERS EVERY DAY, WHILST BEARING AND GIVING BIRTH TO THEIR CHILDREN, SHE ADDED.

"THESE MIND-BOGGLING FIGURES ARE SHOCKING, AND CERTAINLY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED," SHE SAID.

LADY WILSON SAID IT WAS TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE THAT THE WESTERN PACIFIC REGION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF MIDWIVES WAS ADDRESSING THIS IMPORTANT AND DISTRESSING ISSUE.

"MIDWIVES WHO CARE FOR, AND DELIVER THESE WOMEN. ARE GATHERED TOGETHER HERE TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS WORLD PROBLEM. I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT SOUTH ASIA AND EAST ASIA ARE BOTH REPRESENTED AT THIS CONFERENCE.

"I AM CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL COME UP WITH SOME ANSWERS TO DECREASE THESE HORRIFIC FIGURES FOR MATERNAL DEATHS IN THIS REGION," SHE SAID.

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ROYAL HK POLICE »

REVIEW 1988 RELEASED t * * *

THE YEAR 1988 SAW SOME EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENTS BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE WITH A REDUCTION IN OVERALL CRIME, A RECORD YEAR FOR DRUG SEIZURES AND NEUTRALISATION OF HEROIN MANUFACTURING PLANTS, PLUS A SERIES OF SIGNIFICANT BUILDING PROGRAMMES AND SOME HIGH TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS WHICH WILL ASSIST THE FORCE TO MEET ITS COMMITMENTS UP TO THE YEAR 2000 AND BEYOND.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR I,'AYMON ANNING. IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE REVIEW 1988, WHICH WAS RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY).

ON THE CRIME FRONT, MR ANNING SAID THAT THE 2.5 PER CENT DROP IN REPORTED CRIME WAS A WELCOME REVERSAL. AND MEANT THAT THE CRIME STATE HAD RETURNED TO THE LEVEL AT WHICH IT STOOD AT THE END OF 1981. " "WHEN VIEWED IN TERMS OF THE CRIME RATE PER 100.000 POPULATION THE DECREASE IN OUR CRIME LEVEL (DESPITE THE POPULATION INCREASE) WAS EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT. AND MEANS THAT HONG KONG CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES IN THE WORLD.

"THERE WERE REDUCTIONS IN QUICK CASH CRIME, HOMICIDES, SNATCHING. PICKPOCKETING AND SHOP THEFT. INDEED SNATCHING RECORDED THE LOWEST FIGURE SINCE THE TURN OF THE DECADE, AND SHOP THEFT REDUCED TO 15.3 CASES A DAY," SAID THE COMMISSIONER, ADDING THAT THE CRIME DETECTION RATE REMAINED HIGH AT 46.5 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, MR ANNING SAID THAT VIOLENT CRIME AND ALL CATEGORIES OF ROBBERIES, OTHER THAN BANK ROBBERIES, SHOWED INCREASES, AND THE NUMBER OF GENUINE FIREARMS SEIZED ALSO ROSE FROM SEVEN CASES IN 1987 TO 19 LAST YEAR.

BURGLARIES, TOO, ROSE SLIGHTLY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1985, HE ADDED.

POINTING OUT THAT DRUG ENFORCEMENT ACTION HAD BEEN MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE COMISSIONER SAID THAT A PROPOSED NEW LEGISLATION WHICH AIMED AT SEQUESTRATING THE ASSETS OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS WOULD ALSO PROVIDE THE FORCE WITH A USEFUL TOOL.

ON THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, MR ANNING SAID THE MARINE POLICE HAD BEEN KEPT BUSY WITH THE CONTINUED INFLUX, INCLUDING A 25 PER CENT RISE IN THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ENTERING THE TERRITORY FROM CHINA IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1988. AND THE ARRIVAL OF 18.446 VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

"WE WERE ADDITIONALLY CALLED UPON TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING FOR A DETENTION CENTRE AT ERSKINE CAMP AND A REGUGEE CAMP AT PILLAR POINT." THE POLICE CHIEF SAID.

ON THE TRAFFIC FRONT. MR ANNING SAID THE FIGURES FOR ACCIDENTS CAUSING DEATH AND INJURY LEVELLED OFF AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR, THOUGH THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN FATALITIES.

/THE POLICE

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THE POLICE FORCE. THE COMMISSIONER SAID, HAD TAKEN A MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF OVERLOADED GOODS VEHILCLES, \ND FOUR PERMANENT WEIGH-STATIONS WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED ACROSS THE TERRITORY OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

"THE FIRST IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE TOLO HIGHWAY AT MA LIU SHUI NEAR SHA TIN AND WILL COMMENCE OPERATION IN LATE I 939 " MR ANNING SAID. ’

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT WAS HEARTENING TO NOTE THAT COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE HAD DROPPED DURING THE YEAR, THE COMMISSIONER SAID 7 HA I I HERE HAD BEEN AN OVERALL DECREASE OF 28.7 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED.

NOTING THAT SIX PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED AND BECAME OPERATIONAL LAST YEAR. MR ANNING SAID MORE BUILDING PROJECTS WERE IN THE PIPELINE TO MEET THE EVER-GROWING POLICING COMMITMENTS.

IN CONCLUSION. HE STRESSED THAT THE FORCE WOULD CONTINUE TO MOVE AHEAD WITH A SERIES OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS INCLUDING THE ENHANCED COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTER SYSTEM AND THE INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE * » » » «

THERE WAS AN ACROSS ACCIDENTS IN ALL INDUSTRIES YEAR.

THE BOARD INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY' THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY), THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REPORTED ACCIDENTS BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH STOOD AT 7,69.3 WITH 28 FATALITIES.

THESE COMPARED WITH 6,654 ACCIDENTS WITH 11 FATALITIES SAME THREE-MONTH PERIOD LAST YEAR.

IN THE

’OF THE TOTAL. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ACCOUNTED FOR 3,534 ACCIDENTS WITH 16 FATALITIES, FOLLOWED BY 3,394 ACCIDENTS WITH FIVE FATALITIES IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, AND 765 ACCIDENTS WITH SEVEN FATAL CASES IN THE MINING AND QUARRYING, UTILITIES, TRANSPORT AND OTHER SERVICING INDUSTRIES," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

'COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR, THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REGISTERED A 19 PER CENT INCREASE. THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WAS UP BY 12 PER CENT AND THE REST UP BY 18 PER CENT."

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AN ANALYSIS INTO THE STATISTICS SHOWED THAT THERE WAS A SHARP INCREASE IN ACCIDENTS IN THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIRING INDUSTRY -- 169 CASES WITH FOUR DEATHS WERE REPORTED BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH, COMPARED WITH 94 ACCIDENTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY ALSO REGISTERED A 35 PER CENT RISE -- FROM 462 CASES BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH LAST YEAR TO 622 IN THE SAME QUARTER THIS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE MAJOR CAUSES OF THE ACC'DE! S WERE INVARIABLY SIMILAR TO THOSE OF PREVIOUS YEARS -- STEPPING ON - R STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS (1,750 CASES), HANDLING WITHOUT MACHIN) Y (1,666 CASES), MACHINERY (1.129 CASES), FALL OF PERSONS (397 CASES) AND FALLING OBJECTS (299 CASES), THE REST WERE CONNECTED TO TRANSPOI , HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCE, ELECTRICITY, HAND TOOL, AND SO ON.

AS FOR THE 28 FATAL CASES, 17 WORKERS WERE KILLED AS A RESULT OF FALLING FROM HEIGHT (OF WHOM 10 WERE FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY); FOUR BY FALLING OBJECTS (ALL FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY); THREE BY MACHINERY; TWO IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSPORT: ONE BY ELECTRICITY; AND THE CAUSE OF THE OTHER ONE IS BEING INVESTIGATE! .

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SUCCESS OF CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT REQUIRES ENTHUSIASM

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE L'E, THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL CO-OPERAT V'E MOVEMENT TO KEEP IN THE FOREFRONT OF THEIR MINDS THE PRINCIPLES, IDEALS AND PRACTICE OF CO-OPERATION TO ENSURE A CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE MOVEMENT.

SPEAKING AT AN ANNUAL DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE 67TH INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY IN HIS CAPACITY AS REGISTRAR OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, DR LEE SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT DEPENDED GREATLY ON THE HARD WORK AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

ADDED TO THIS, HE SAID, THEY MUST ALSO POSSESS THE NECESSARY QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP, DEVOTION TO DUTY AND FIRM COMMITMENT TO THE CO-OPERATIVE BELIEF.

ON THE FIRST SATURDAY IN JULY EVERY YEAR, CO-OPERATORS ALL OVER THE WORLD GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY TO RENEW THEIR MEMORIES AND FAITH IN THE CO-OPERATIVE PRINCIPLES, IDEALS AND VALUES FOUNDED AND TREASURED Y THEIR PREDECESSORS AND PIONEERS IN THE MOVEMENT.

IN HIS ADDRESS, DR LEE REVIEWED THE ACTIVITIES OF THE LOCAL COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS. HE SAID LOCAL FISHER!" N ENJOYED SATISFACTORY FISHING AND FAIR PRICES FOR THEIR CATCHES DUR G THE PAST YEAR.

/THEIR LANDINGS

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THEIR LANDINGS IN 1988 IN FISH MARKETS OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION AMOUNTED TO 76,000 TONNES AND THEIR VALUE TOTALLED $58! MILLION, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 10 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT O\ i. THOSE OF 1987.

HE SAID: "FISHERMEN'S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO D< > WELL. TO DATE, THERE ARE 67 SOCIETIES WITH 2,041 MEMBERS.

"A TOTAL SURPLUS OF SOME $140,000 WAS REGISTERED IN 1988 AND THE CUMULATIVE REVOLVING LOAN FUND CAPITAL BUILT UP FROM MEMBERS SAVINGS STOOD AT $6.42 MILLION.

"MEMBERS OBTAINED LOANS AMOUNTING TO SOME $16 MILLION .'ROM THEIR OWN LOAN FUNDS AND FROM THE LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY Till; DEPARTMENT TO BUILD NEW FISHING VESSELS, PURCHASE FISHING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT AND TO REPAIR HULLS AND ENGINES."

TURNING TO AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVES, HE SAID THAT OF THE 63,000 TONNES OF LOCAL VEGETABLES MARKETED THROUGH THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION IN 1988-89, ABOUT 4'6 PER CENT CAME FROM 27 VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES.

"THROUGH THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, CLOSE CONSULTATION AND CO-OPERATION HAVE CONTINUED TO BE MAINTAINED AMONG THE SOCIETIES, THE DEPARTMENT AND THE MARKET MANAGEMENT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS OF MUTUAL CONCERN.

"IN THIS CONNECTION, I WISH TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FEDERATION AND ITS MEMBER SOCIETIES FOR THEIR ADVICE AND SUPPORT OF THE NEW MARKET SERVICE TO MONITOR PESTICIDE RESIDUE ON VEGETABLES MARKETED THROUGH THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION," DR LEE SAID, ADDING THAT THE SERVICE WAS WELCOMED BY MARKET USERS.

DR LEE SAID THE 26 PIG RAISING AND AGRICULTURAL CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES HAD CONTINUED TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN PROMOTING LOCAL PIG PRODUCTION BY HELPING THEIR MEMBERS TO UPGRADE BREEDING STOCK AND TO OBTAIN THE LATEST TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON MODERN PIG PRODUCTION.

HE SAID THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES WAS ACTIVE IN SOLICITING AND REFLECTING MEMBERS’ VIEWS TO THE GOVERNMENT ON PROBLEMS OF KEEPING LIVESTOCK. IT CONTINUED THE BULK PURCHASE OF PIG FEED AND THE JOINT PIG MARKETING SCHEME AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ABATTOIR FOR THE BENEFIT OF MEMBERS.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO SPOKE ON THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF FARMERS’

CO-OPERATIVES IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL CREDIT.

"DURING 1988-89, 38 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL $11.9 MILLION LOANED TO FARMERS FROM VARIOUS LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT WAS CHANNELLED THROUGH THEIR SOCIETIES.

"AT THE SAME TIME, A TOTAL OF $249,000 FROM THE SOCIETIES OWN REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS WAS ALSO ISSUED TO MEMBERS TO MEET A WIDE RANGE OF FARM CREDIT NEEDS," HE SAID.

/TURNING TO

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TURNING TO CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN THE URBAN AREA, DR LEE NOTED THAT SINCE JANUARY 1987, 28 CO-OPERATIVE BUILDING SOCIETIES WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF 506 HAD SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR DISSOLUTION TO ACHIEVE THE TRANSFER OF TITLE DEEDS.

AT THIS EVENING'S FUCTION, DR LEE PRESENTED OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS TO NR LAM YUK-YIN, MR CHENG CHOW-HUI, MR KWOK SO AND MR CHAN SAU-TUNG, AND LONG SERVICE AWARDS TO MR KONG SUN AND MR PANG TO-KAM FOR THEIR DISTINGUISHED AND LONG SERVICE IN THE LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT.

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SOCIAL WORKERS' EFFORTS COMMENDED

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THE HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE OF SOCIAL WORKERS ARE VITAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUTH SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MRS WONG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CHEUNG ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE OF THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING.

SHE NOTED THAT THE CENTRE, WHICH HAD BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE JULY LAST YEAR, ENABLED YOUNG PEOPLE ON TSING YI ISLAND TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME. DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL ,AND BUILD UP THEIR INTEGRITY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

ALSO, THE LIBRARY IN THE CENTRE PROVIDED A QUIET ENVIRONMENT FOR READING FOR YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT, SHE SAID, AND THE BULLETIN PUBLISHED BY THE CENTRE HELPED ENHANCE RESIDENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMUNITY.

MRS WONG COMMENDED THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICES SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1969. IT IS NOW OPERATING SEVEN CENTRES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS *****

ABOUT $24 MILLION WILL BE SPENT ON THE MORE THAN 11,000 ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR YOUNGSTERS IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID THIS WHEN OFFICIATING AT THE 1989 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

/MR LIAO .......

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MR LIAO SAID THE PROGRAMME HAS BECOME A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT AMONG THE YOUNG GENERATION SINCE ITS INCEPTION 20 YEARS AGO.

LAST SUMMER, ABOUT 1.45 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN SOME 10.400 ACTIVITIES. THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 11,000 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IS EXPECTED TO REACH A RECORD 1.5 MILLION.

MR LIAO SAID: "THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN MEANINGFUL SPORT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, THE PROGRAMME AIMS AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS, INCLUDING STUDENTS AND THE WORKING YOUTH, TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, POTENTIAL AND HEALTHY INTERESTS; UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS; AND GET TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY."

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS BEEN THE MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. ITS CONTRIBUTION HAS INCREASED FROM $8.95 MILLION LAST YEAR TO $9.7 MILLION THIS YEAR. THE OTHER FUNDING, IN CASH AND KIND, COMES MAINLY FROM DISTRICT BOARDS, COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS. AND PRIVATE DONATIONS.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, A STEWARD OF THE JOCKEY CLUB, MR ANDREW K.N. LI PRESENTED A CHEQUE TO MR LIAO AS A TOKEN OF THE CLUB’S CONTINUOUS SUPPORT OF THE PROGRAMME.

MR LIAO AND MR LI ALSO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE INSTITUTES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORT OF THE PROGRAMME.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW IN WHICH POPULAR SINGERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS YOUTH ORGANISATIONS TOOK PART.

THE VARIETY SHOW, PRODUCED AND LIVE BROADCAST BY TELEVISION BROADCASTS LTD., ATTRACTED MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE,

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A TOTAL OF 113 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE BEING OFFERED TO PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, LIVING IN MONG KOK.

THESE INCLUDE GAMES AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS, TRAINING COURSES, SEMINARS, FORUMS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, CARNIVALS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MOST OF THE ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN JULY AND AUGUST.

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A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD ON JULY 9 AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY STALL GAMES AND AN EXHIBITION.

A PAMPHLET LISTING THE ACTIVITIES AND ENTRY PROCEDURES CAN BF OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AT 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

THE ROYAL KONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $200,000, WHILE THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $40,000, TO SPONSOR THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR POLLUTION PHOTO COMPETITION * * *

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S "IDENTIFY THE POLLUTION SOURCES" PHOTO COMPETITION HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 14, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE COMPETITION, AIMED AT ENHANCING LOCAL RESIDENTS’ CONCERN OVER POLLUTION PROBLEMS, IS OPEN TO ALL THOSE RESIDING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE DISTRICT.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS: ONE FOR THOSE AGED 18 OR ABOVE, AND THE OTHER FOR THOSE UNDER 18 YEARS OLD.

CONTESTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A 3R PHOTOGRAPH, COMPLETE WITH A CAPTION, ON ANY POLLUTION PROBLEM THEY SPOTTED IN THE DISTRICT. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM EACH CONTESTANT.

ENTRY FORMS AND DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE ENTRIES, TOGETHER WITH THE COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS, SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, BY THE DEADLINE.

THE PHOTO COMPETITION IS AMONG A SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 1989.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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DISTRICT POLICE HO FOR MA ON SHAN * » *

A DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION WILL BE BUILT IN MA ON SHAN TO SERVE LOCAL RESIDENTS.

SITUATED NEAR THE MA ON SHAN TOWN CENTRE, THE DEVELOPMENI WILL COMPRISE A 17-STOREY MAIN BLOCK AND TWO SINGLE-STOREY ANCILLARY BUILDINGS.

THE FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE OFFICES, PUBLIC REPORTING AREA, CELL BLOCK, BARRACK ACCOMMODATION, CANTEEN AND MESS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN JUNE, 1992.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 21.

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NT TAXIS TO OPERATE IN MA ON SHAN * * *

THE OPERATING BOUNDARY OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE MA ON SHAN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 3).

ALL NT TAXIS WILL SERVE ALL INTERNAL ROADS WITHIN MA ON SHAN, AND BE ABLE TO TRAVEL FROM SAI KUNG TO THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND TO TAI PO OR NORTH DISTRICTS.

HOWEVER, NT TAXIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS ON THE MAIN ROADS BETWEEN MA ON SHAN AND THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

AT PRESENT, NT TAXIS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OPERATE IN SHA TIN, INCLUDING MA ON SHAN, EXCEPT TO TAKE PASSENGERS FROM THE NORTH TO THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL, SHA TIN RACECOURSE AND MEI SHA PIER. FROM SAI KUNG, NT TAXIS ARE ONLY PERMITTED TO OPERATE AS FAR AS NAI CHUNG IN SAI KUNG NORTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE OPENING OF SAI SHA ROAD IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR HAS GENERATED A DEMAND FOR TAXI TRAVEL BETWEEN SAI KUNG AND TAI PO/NORTH DISTRICTS VIA MA ON SHAN.

THE DEMAND FOR TAXI TRAVEL BETWEEN MA ON SHAW AND TAI PO/NORTH DISTRICTS IS ALSO EXPECTED TO INCREASE WITH POPULATION GROWTH. NT TAXIS CAN MEET THIS INCREASING DEMAND.

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REMOVAL OF THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS WILL ALSO ALLOW PATIENTS FROM SAI KUNG TO TRAVEL TO THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL DIRECT BY NT TAXIS, HE ADDED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED NEW TERRITORIES TAXI URBAN CLEARWAYS ROUND-THE-CLOCK;

* FO TAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND YUEN WO ROAD;

* YUEN WO ROAD BETWEEN FO TAN ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD;

t THE SLIP ROADS OFF SHA TIN ROAD LEADING TO AND FROM TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD;

I THE SLIP ROADS OFF TAI PO ROAD LEADING TO AND FROM YUEN WO ROAD:

* TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BETWEEN MA ON SHAN ROAD AND SHA TIN ROAD; AND

* MA ON SHAN ROAD.

NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR I'ASSENGERS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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A NUMBER OF ROADS GIVING ACCESS TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM ABOUT NOON TOMORROW (SUNDAY) BECAUSE OF A PROCESSION.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ADVISED DEPARTING PASSENGERS THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE HOME EARLY AND ALLOW MORE TIME TO GET TO THE AIRPORT.

WHERE POSSIBLE, PUBLIC TRANSPORT SHOULD BE USED INSTEAD OF PRIVATE CARS.

ALL ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT TERMINAL FACILITIES WILL BE FROM EAST KOWLOON.

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF OLYMPIC AVENUE LEADING TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM ABOUT NOON UNTIL 4 PM.

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IN PARTICULAR, MA TAU CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION OF SUNG WONG TOI ROAD AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL SLIP ROAD TO SUNG WONG TOI ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

VEHICLES GOING TO THE AIRPORT WILL BE DIRECTED BY THE POLICE TO USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO MAY BE AFFECTED ARE ADVISED TO LISTEN TO ROAD TRAFFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS BROADCAST BY THE MEDIA.

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MANY BUS ROUTES IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL HAVE TO BE DIVERT’-’D TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO AVOID THE ROADS THAT WILL BE CLOSED BECAUSE OF PROCESSIONS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

IN KOWLOON, BUSES OPERATING VIA THE AREAS NEAR HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL BE AFFECTED. THESE ROUTES MAINLY RUN FROM KWUN TONG AND THE ADJACENT DISTRICTS TO OTHER PARTS OF KOWLOON, THE NEW TERRITORIES AND HONG KONG ISLAND. BUSES ON THEM WILL HAVE TO MAKE DIVERSIONS \S AND WHEN NECESSARY.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, BUS SERVICES TO THE MID-LEVELS AND ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORE WILL BE AFFECTED. BOTH THE TRAM AND BUS SERVICES WILL BE MAINTAINED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, AND AS ROAD CONDITIONS PERMIT.

SOME GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES MAY ALSO AFFECTED BY ROAD CLOSURES.

IF NECESSARY, ADDITIONAL BUSES WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE AREAS NEAR THE AIRPORT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROCESSION. THE EXACT PICK UP POINTS WILL DEPEND ON THE SITUATION.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID TRAVELLING TO THE AFFECTED AREAS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. IF THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL TO THESE AREAS, THEY SHOULD LISTEN TO RADIO REPORTS ON THE TRAFFIC SITUATION BEFORE THEY SET OUT THEIR JOURNEY. PEOPLE SHOULD START THEIR JOURNEY EARLY IF THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 3), THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CAROLINE HILL ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY BETWEEN THE LEIGHTON ROAD/PENNINGTON STREET JUNCTION AND A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES TO THE EAST WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO FACILITATE LAYING OF GAS MAINS.

MEANWHILE. THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN SAI YING PUN WILL ALSO BE MADE 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS:

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN WATER STREET AND CHIU KWONG STREET;

» THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WATER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE SOUTH; AND

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CHIU KWONG STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TOLO HIGHWAY » » * » *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC LANES ON TOLO HIGHWAY IN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:

JULY 3 AND 4 — ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF THE FAST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND STARTING FROM A POINT ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE SOUTH OF ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE.

JULY 5 -- ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF THE SLOW LANE OF TOLO

HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND STARTING FROM A POINT ABOUT ONE

KILOMETRE SOUTH OF ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE.

JULY 10 AND 11 — ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF THE FAST LANE OF

TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND STARTING FROM A POINT ABOUT ONE

KILOMETRE NORTH OF PAK SHEK KOK BRIDGE.

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PLB URBAN CLEARWAYS ON SHA TSUI ROAD * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 3), TWO SECTIONS OF SHA TSUI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS URBAN CLEARWAYS.

SHA TSUI ROAD BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND CHUNG ON STREET WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY AND THAT PART OF THE ROAD BETWEEN CHUNG ON STREET AND TAI HO ROAD WILL BECOME A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIB GEOFFREY HOWE ARRIVES FOR THREE-DAY VISIT................ 1

DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME IMPLEMENTED....................... 2

CIVIL SERVICE COMMON RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION 1989-90 ........ 3

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

HIGH STANDARD OF POLICE CHOIR BRINGS CREDIT ................. 5

TRIBUTE TO WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION ..................... 7

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CARE FOR COMMUNITY..................... 7

SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO START ...................... 8

ACTIVE SUMMER FOR YOUTHS IN NORTH DISTRICT .................. 9

TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT POLICY..................... 10

FIVE-YEAR FORECAST FOR SHA TIN DB FUNDS ..................... 10

CNTA TO MOVE TO NEW ADDRESS ................................. 11

NEW ID CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 19^9-52......................... 11

SIGNAGE PROGRAMME FOR TUNNEL ROUTES ......................... 1?

NIGHT CLOSURE OF CHEUNG WING ROAD INTERCHANGE................ 1J

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHAU KEI WAN ............................. 14

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TAI PO ROAD, SHA TIN .............. 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SAI STREET.............................. 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN ........................ 15

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 1989

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SIR GEOFFREY HOWE ARRIVES * * * *

FOR THREE-DAY VISIT *

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS. SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, ARRIVED FROM LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT TO HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT, SIR GEOFFREY SAID :

"THE WHOLE WORLD HAS CONDEMNED THE VIOLENCE AND REPRESSION WE'VE ALL WITNESSED IN CHINA IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS.

"NOWHERE HAS THAT VIEW BEEN MORE VIGOROUSLY EXPRESSED THAN IN BRITAIN AND IN HONG KONG.

"YOU FEEL THREATENED AND BELEAGUERED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

"SO THAT'S WHY I’M HERE ON MY EIGTH VISIT TO HONG KONG. TO EMPHASISE THAT BRITAIN’S COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE IS RESOLUTE AND UNCHANGED.

"TO REAFFIRM BRITAIN'S DETERMINATION TO SECURE A DEMOCRATIC AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR HONG KONG AND OUR BELIEF THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION STILL PROVIDES THE RIGHT FOUNDATION FOR SUCH A FUTURE IN BAD TIMES AS WELL AS IN GOOD.

"TO CARRY ON WORKING OUT TOGETHER WHAT WE CAN REALISTICALLY DO TO MEET YOUR ANXIETIES TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE, AND I UNDERLINE THE WORD 'TOGETHER', FOR IT IS IN PARTNERSHIP AND NOT IN CONFRONTATION THAT WE MUST FACE THE FUTURE.

"YOU HAVE NO STAUNCHER FRIEND THAN BRITAIN.

"I’VE COME TO LISTEN AS WELL AS TO EXPLAIN. SO I SHALL BE HAVING EXTENSIVE TALKS WITH THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADVISERS, AND MEETING OMELCO AND A WIDE RANGE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

"I SHALL BE VISITING THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE’S CAMPS AND EXPLAINING WHAT WE ARE DOING TO COPE WITH THAT PROBLEM WHICH HAS FOR TOO LONG BEEN A BURDEN ON HONG KONG.

"AND I SHALL SEE AT THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, AN EXAMPLE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S VIGOROUS DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.

"UNDER BRITISH ADMINISTRATION, HONG KONG HAS CREATED A DISTINCTIVE AND UNIQUELY SUCCESSFUL ENTERPRISE CULTURE.

"THE OBJECTIVE REMAINS THE SAME. TO SAFEGUARD YOUR FREEDOMS, YOUR WAY OF LIFE AND PROSPERITY BEYOND 1997.

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"WE’RE NOT ABOUT TO GIVE THAT UP. WE REMAIN ABSOLUTELY, INDEED, PASSIONATELY. COMMITTED TO THAT TASK.”

SIR GEOFFREY AND LADY HOWE WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON; THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD; THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL GARRY JOHNSON; THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. DAME LYDIA DUNN; THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ALLEN LEE, AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR PETER HEAP.

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DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME IMPLEMENTED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED THE DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME, UNDER WHICH TRADERS ARE PROVIDED WITH AN ADDITIONAL OPTION TO SUBMIT IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS ON MICRO-COMPUTER DISKETTES. FROM YESTERDAY (JULY 1).

DETAILED REQUIREMENTS OF THE SCHEME, INCLUDING THE DECL/XRATIO OUTPUT FORMATS, HAVE BEEN SPECIFIED IN A GAZETTE NOTICE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 4, 1988.

THE PURPOSE OF THE DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME IS TO FACILITATE TRADERS IN PREPARING TRADE DECLARATIONS IN A MORE EFFICIENT AND ACCURATE WAY THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTERS.

TRADERS WHO WISH TO SUBMIT IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS B^ MEANS OF THE DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING TO ANY ONE OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT’S TRADI DECLARATION CHARGES COLLECTION OFFICES:

(1) MICRO-COMPUTER DISKETTE(S) ON WHICH INDIVIDUAL-DECLARATIONS ARE RECORDED;

(2) THE CORRESPONDING DECLARATIONS IN THE FORM OF COMPUTER PRINTOUTS;

(3) SUMMARY DECLARATION(S) SIGNED BY THE DECLARER; AND

(4) CASH OR CHEQUE OF AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF CHARGES.

THE FORMATS OF DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED IN ITEMS (1) TO (3) ABOVE ARE SPECIFIED IN THE GAZETTE NOTICE.

TO JOIN THE SCHEME, THE TRADER NEEDS A MICRO-COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH RUNS ON MS-DOS OF VERSION 2.0 OR HIGHER.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE AVAILABLE A USER FRIENDLY SOFTWARE TO FACILITATE TRADERS IN PREPARING IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS USING MICRO-COMPUTERS AND AT THE SAME TIME PRODUCING OUTPUTS THAT MEET ALL, THE GOVERNMENT’S SPECIFIED FORMATS.

THE SOFTWARE AND WITH THE OPERATION MANUAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT SI 10 PER COPY FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WANCHA1 TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

ALTERNATIVELY, TRADERS CAN DEVELOP THEIR OWN SOFTWARES TO JOIN THE SCHEME SO LONG AS THE OUTPUT FORMATS OF DECLARATION CONFORM IO THOSE SPECIFIED IN THE GAZETTE NOTICE.

ASSISTANCE IS BEING OFFERED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT FOR THOSE TRADERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME AND WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN IT.

A NUMBER OF SEMINARS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND PILOT TESTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR SUCH PURPOSES AND MORE OF THESE WILL BE ORGANISED.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8234883.

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CIVIL SERVICE COMMON RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION 1989-90

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THE ANNUAL COMMON RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION (CRE ) FOR FIVE CIVIL SERVICE GRADES WILL BE HELD ON A SATURDAY IN MID-NOVEMBER THIS YEAR A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE FIVE GRADES ARE: ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (AO), EXECUTIVE OFFICER II (EO II), ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICER (ALO), MANAGEMENT SERVICES OFFICER II (MSO II) AND ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER II (ATO II).

"IN GENERAL, GRADUATES WHO POSSESS A DEGREE FROM A HONG KONG OR BRITISH UNIVERSITY, OR EQUIVALENT, WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

"UNDERGRADUATES WHO ARE TAKING THEIR FINAL DEGREE EXAMINATIONS IN SUMMER 1990 MAY ALSO APPLY WHILE DIPLOMA HOLDERS MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE MSO II POSTS, AND EXCEPTIONALLY FOR THE EO II POST," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FIRST HELD IN 1984, THE EXAMINATION HAS BEEN USED TO SHORTLIST FOR INTERVIEW THE LARGE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO MEET THE MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT BEFORE 1984, MOST OF THE GRADES CONDUCTED THEIR OWN OPEN RECRUITMENT EXAMINATIONS.

"CONSEQUENTLY, CANDIDATES HAD TO SIT A SUCCESSION OF WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS FOR THE POSTS THEY APPLIED FOR.

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"AS THE EXAMINATIONS WERE SIMILAR BOTH IN CONTENT AND NATURE, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE CRE SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO RELIEVE THE BURDEN ON THE CANDIDATES, PARTICULARLY THE UNDERGRADUATES WHO ARF PREPARING FOR THEIR FINAL EXAMINATIONS,” HE SAID.

THIS YEAR’S CRE WILL FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF PREVIOUS YEARS’ AND CONSIST OF THREE PAPERS.

PAPER 1 IS "USE OF ENGLISH”, PAPER 2 IS ’’OBJECTIVE TESTS” WHILE PAPER 3 IS "TASK PAPER". THE WEIGHTINGS ARE 30 PER CENT, 20 PER CENT AND 50 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

PAPER 1 AND 2 ARE EXAMINED IN ENGLISH WHEREAS HALF OF PAPER 3 MUST BE ANSWERED IN CHINESE.

"CANDIDATES SHOULD NOTE THAT FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THEIR APPLICATIONS WILL BE BASED ON THEIR OVERALL PERFORMANCE IN THIS EXAMINATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CANDIDATES INTERESTED IN THE WORK OF THE FIVE GRADES ARE REQUESTED TO WATCH OUT FOR THE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENTS ON CIVIL SERVICE VACANCIES ON SATURDAYS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE IN THE THIRD OR FOURTH WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.

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SEMINAR ON SELF-REGULATORY SAFETY PROGRAMME * * *

MORE THAN 90 PEOPLE FROM OVER 70 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL TAKE PART IN A RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR ON IN-PLANT SAFETY AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN SHA TIN STARTING FROM TUESDAY (JULY 4).

THE THREE-DAY SEMINAR, ENTITLED SELF-REGULATORY APPROACHES IN LABOUR INSPECTION, IS DESIGNED MAINLY FOR MEMBERS OF SAFETY COMMITTEES AND PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK IN INDUSTRY.

IT IS ALSO THE SECOND SUCH SEMINAR ORGANISED IN HONG KONG JOINTLY BY THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC PROJECT FOR LABOUR ADMINISTRATION (ARPLA) OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE SEMINAR 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.

IT WILL ALSO FOCUS ON THE NEED FOR A SELF-REGULATORY APPROACH IN THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

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EXPERTS IN THE FIELD INCLUDING MR MUINUDDIN KHAN OF ARPLA IN BANGKOK; PLANT MANAGER OF SONCA PRODUCTS LTD., MR PHILIP LEUNG; SOLICITOR OF JOHNSON, STOKES AND MASTER, MR W.K. SUNG; AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE INVITED TO ADDRESS THE SEMINAR.

THEY WILL DISCUSS SUCH TOPICS AS ORGANISATION OF SAFETY ACTIVITIES, HOW FACTORY INSPECTORS CAN HELP IN THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK, EXPERIENCE IN SELF-REGULATORY APPROACH IN THE CONTROL OF IN-PLANT SAFETY PROBLEMS AND CONCEPT OF IN-PLANT SAFETY PROGRAMMES.

OTHER SUBJECTS INCLUDE DUTIES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES UNDER INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG, AN OVERVIEW OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, AND CIVIL LIABILITY OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES REGARDING SAFETY AND HEALTH.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED ON TUESDAY (JULY 4) BY MR MUINUDDIN KHAN OF ARPLA: 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 HONG KONG PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION LTD.. MR K.Y. TONGSON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE ARPLA SEMINAR AT THE CHING I \I HALL. BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY. SHA TIN. AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4).

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR A 11-SEATER VAN TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT TO THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY. IT WILL LEAVE KOWLOON TONG KCR STATION AT 9.15 AM.

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THE HIGH STANDARD OF SINGING, TURNOUT AND ENTHUSIASM DISPLAYED FY ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE CHOIR IN THEIR FIRST OVERSEAS SINGING TOUR IN SINGAPORE WAS FAVOURABLY COMMENTED UPON AND BROUGHT CONSIDERABLE CREDIT TO THE FORCE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FORCE CHOIR, MR DICK LIDSTER, WHO LED 39 CHOIR MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SINGAPORE POLICE WEEK FESTIVITIES, SAID THIS TODAY (SUNDAY).

’’THE FORCE CHOIR HAS BENEFITED GREATLY FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF THE TOUR AND INTENDS TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THE FEATURES ADOPTED BY THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE SINGING GROUP IN FUTURE CONCERTS," MR LIDSTER SAID.

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"DURING THE TRIP, WE WERE WARMLY WELCOMED AND WELL TREATED THE NUMBER OF MISTY EYES AT THE AIRPORT FOR OUR DEPARTURE WAS VIVID PROOF OF THE FRIENDSHIP ESTABLISHED BETWEEN OUR TWO FORCES."

ON ARRIVAL, THE CHOIR GROUP WAS MET BY MR LAM CHIT PWAN STAFF OFFICER, TRAINING, AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND MR IDRIS YUSOF, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE POLICE.

THEY HAD A TIGHT SCHEDULE DURING THE STAY. THEY LEARNED A POPULAR MALAY SONG, REHEARSED MANY TIMES. PERFORMED AT LARGE SHOPPING CENTRES, SANG TOGETHER WITH THE RSP SINGING GROUP IN COMBINED CONCERTS. AND RECEIVED INTERVIEWS.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CHOIR’S VISIT FOLLOWED THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE POLICE WEEK CARNIVAL BY SINGAPORE’S FIRST LADY, MRS WEE KIM WEE, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT, WHEN THE CHOIR GAVE A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THREE SONGS IN THE PRESENCE OF MRS WEE AT THE POLICE ACADEMY.

MR LIDSTER AND CHOIRMASTER ALEX CHEUNG WERE INTRODUCED TO THE FIRST LADY. WHO COMPLIMENTED THE CHOIR ON THE HIGH STANDARD OF THEIR PERFORMANCE.

ON THE PREVIOUS DAY, CHOIR MEMBERS MET THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF SINGAPORE. MR GOH YONG HONG, WHO HOSTED HIGH TEA FOR THE CHOIR IN THE SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS’ MESS.

MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR ALSO PAID A VISIT TO THE POLICE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WHERE AN INFORMATIVE AUDIO/VISUAL PRESENTATION ON THE RSP WAS SHOWN TO THEM.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR VISIT, BOTH SINGAPORE AUTHORITIES AND HONG KONG MEMBERS EXCHANGED SOUVENIRS.

TENOR CHORISTER POLICE CONSTABLE LIN YAN-KONG OF EMERGENCY UNIT. NEW TERRITORIES. SAID: "SINGAPORE PEOPLE ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND FULL OF MUSICAL SENSE. THEY DID NOT ONLY SING. BUT THEY DANCED TOO."

SOPRANO WOMAN SENIOR INSPECTOR RITA CHU ATTACHED POLICE HEADQUARTERS SAID: "LIFE THERE IS COMPARATIVELY S BUSY AS IN HONG KONG. BUT PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY. WE A”PL HIDED BY A LARGE CROWD OF ENTHUSIASTIC SPECTATORS PUBLIC PERFORMANCES."

TO AUXILIARY SIMPLE, NOT

WERE WARMLY DUR1UNG OUR

CHOIRMASTER ALEX CHEUNG COMMENTED: "MEMBERS WORKED VERY HARD IN Ri Hl. >RSALS AND THEIR PERFORMANCES WERE VERY GOOD.

WE SANG ONLY SONGS IN MANDARIN AND ENGLISH AND MIXED WELL WITH THE SINGAPORE BAND IN SINGING TWO SONGS IN THE COMBINED CONCERT."

"WE ALSO GAVE IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCES AND EVERY MEMBER ENJOYED THE MUSICAL ATMOSPHERE AND HAD A WONDERFUL TIME IN SINGAPORE. THIS VERY FIRST OVERSEAS PERFORMING TOUR HAS ADDED VALUABLE EXPERIENCE TO MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR."

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TRIBUTE TO WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION t t ♦ t ♦

THE WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION WAS A PIONEER IN ORGAN[S ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS AND PLAYED A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE < ITY DEVELOPMENT DURING THE 1950’s AND 1960’s. THE REGIO SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID THIS /.:UND . ]VENING.

OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE ASSOCIATION’S NEV' \ C > RECTORS. HE SAID THAT DURING THE POST-WAR PERIOD, THE SER J ' J I'OV DED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIELDS OF SOCIAL WELFARE, EDUCA AND HEALTH CARE COULD HARDLY MEET THE DEMANDS ARISING FROM THE INFL OF REFUGEES.

"DURING THAT PERIOD. THE WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION. TOGETHER WITH OTHER SIMILAR PIONEERING ORGANISATIONS, ASSISTED i PROVIDING EMERGENCY RELIEF, MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES, AND SERVICES FOR EDUCATION AND THE ELDERLY," HE ADDED.

OVER THE YEARS, MR LAN CONTINUED, THE ROLE OF KAIFONt ASSOCIATIONS IN DISTRICT MATTERS HAD CHANGED TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS NEEDS, WHILE THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVES OF SERVING THE PUBLIC AND PROMOTING MUTUAL HELP REMAINED UNCHANGED.

"THE WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION HAS SPARED NO EFFORT IMPROVING THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, AND, THROUGH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ENTHUSIASM. HA NOT ONLY LAID A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR ITSELF BUT ALSO WON THE TRU-AND SUPPORT OF THE RESIDENTS," HE NOTED.

MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE ADVANCES MADE JY THJ TERRITORY AND A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE, THE PUBLIC’S DEMANDS FOi VARIOUS KINDS OF SOCIAL SERVICES HAD INCREASED, AND THAT THE WAN CHA KAIFONG ASSOCIATION COULD TAKE A LEAD IN PROVIDING THE SERVICES. SUCi. AS CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, DAY NURSERIES, SPECIAL HEALTH CARE, AND FOi RECREATION AND CULTURE.

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CARE FOR COMMUNITY ♦ * ♦ ♦ »

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, TODAY (SUNDAY? CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE TWO-MONTH SUMMV VACATION TO LEARN TO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 1989 EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND SUMMER CONCERT, MR YEUNG SAID THAT A TOTAi. OF 2(» ACTIVITIES WITH THE THEME, "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY WOULD BE OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE, AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, IN TH’ DISTRICT.

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"THESE HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY' DESIGNED BY VARIOUS LOCAL BODIES fO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNI AFFAIRS AND TO ADOPT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE," HE SAID.

THE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURS L COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES TO SPOR'I'i, CAMPING AND VISITS TO VARIOUS TYPES OF ORGANISATIONS.

THIS YEAR'S PROGRAMME IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP >385,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

NOTING THAT MORE THAN 23 PER CENT OF THE DISTRICT'S O' R 500.000 POPULATION ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 25, MR YEUNG SAID THAI' CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PREPARING Til <E YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME USEFUL ASSETS OF THE COMMUNITY.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS ATTENDING THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (HONG KONG), MR KWOK NAI-SIK.

LEAFLETS OUTLINING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS THREE SUB-OFFICES. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-514649.

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SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO START

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A CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE 1989-90 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 4) IM THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

TELEVISION PERSONALITY, MISS LISA WANG MING-CHUEN, WHO HAS ACCEPTED AN OFFER TO BE THE DISTRICT’S STANDARD-BEARER IN FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES, WILL BE PRESENTED WITH AN APPOINTMENT LETTER.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE!', MR CHRISTOPHER MUNN; THE ACTING DISTRICT COMMANDER OF WONG TAl 5 IN POLICE DISTRICT, MR RICHARD YOUNGE: AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT'S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUN-HOI.

AFTER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY. THE PARTY WILL PROCEED ■ O CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BAY WHERE THEY WILL PUT UP A PUBLIC! Y SIGNBOARD ON THE BEACH.

MORE PUBLICITY SIGNBOARDS WILL ALSO BE PUT UP AT VARIOUS BEACHES AND CARPARKS IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

/THE SIGNBOARDS .......

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THE SIGNBOARDS SERVE TO REMIND BEACHGOERS TO TAKE GREATER CARE OF THEIR BELONGINGS AND TO REPORT ANY THEFT TO THE POLICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ON TUESDAY (JULY 4).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN AT 12.15 PM.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE MEDIA TO COVER THE PUTTING UP OF A PUBLICITY SIGNBOARD AT CLEAR WATER BAY AFTER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

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ACTIVE SUMMER FOR YOUTHS IN NORTH DISTRICT

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YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE NORTH DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF RECREATIONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES WHICH BEGIN TODAY (SUNDAY) AND LAST UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

THE ACTIVITIES ARE BEING OFFERED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE.

"AN ESTIMATED 22,000 YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WILL PARTICIPATE IN A TOTAL OF 130 EVENTS ORGANISED BY 39 LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS", A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID.

FOCUSSING ON THE THEME "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", THE .ACTIVITIES INCLUDE GAMES AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS, LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTARY WORKERS TRAINING SCHEMES, VISITS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, CARNIVALS AND A BOOK EXHIBITION.

"THIS YEAR THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $157,000 FOR SUMMRE ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

A PROGRAMME PAMPHLET IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD: THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE IN CHOI YUEN ESTATE, SHEUNG S1IUI; AND THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES AT SAN FUNG AVENUE IN SHEUNG SHUI AND AT CHEUNG WAH ESTATE IN FANLING.

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TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT POLICY

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 4).

AT THE MEETING, A MEMBER WILL ASK FOR A REVIEW OF THE "TRAWLING EXERCISE" TO MOVE SINGLE PERSONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES LIVING IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS TO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROPOSED STATUTORY PROTECTION FOR THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD LOGOS, RURAL PLANNING AND IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY, REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4) 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 SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 4).

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO ENDORSE A SUBMISSION TO THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION REQUESTING AN ANNUAL INCREASE OF 2.98 PER CENT IN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR $552,529 FOR FUNDING A DRAMA PERFORMANCE, FESTIVE LIGHTING, OPENING CEREMONIES, AND PUBLICITY FOR THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS WORKING GROUP AND A REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD'S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 4) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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CNTA TO MOVE TO NEW ADDRESS * * * * *

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL MOVE TO ITS NEW ADDRESS IN WAN CHAI ON JULY 10.

THE NEW ADDRESS IS THE 29TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. HONG KONG.

THE NEW ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8351444.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE NEW PRESS ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEWS AND PUBLICITY DIVISION OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ARE 5-8351467 AND 5-8351468

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NEW ID CARDS

FOR MEN BORN IN 1949-52 *****

MEN BORN IN 1949, 1950. 1951 OR 1952 ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BETWEEN JULY 3 AND SEPTEMBER 2.

MEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP SHOULD CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES DURING THIS PERIOD.

"THE NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES OR TO COME BACK ON ANOTHER DAY. APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS," HE ADDED.

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 GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 3-7553679

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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 SHOP 8A, SECOND FLOOR, CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE. 11-17, SHATIN CENTRE STREET, SHA TIN. TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP Y1CK ROAD. TEL. NO. 0-4771543

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN. TEL. NO. 0-4580862

SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI. TEL. NO. 0-6727191

’’APPLICANTS NORMALLY NEED TO BRING ALONG THEIR EXISTING ID CARDS IF THEIR CARDS WERE FIRST REGISTERED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO AND BEAR THE *** SYMBOL.” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’HOWEVER, IF THE APPLICANT’S ID CARD WAS FIRST REGISTERED LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO OR DOES NOT HAVE THE ♦*» SYMBOL, HE IS REQUIRED TO FURNISH MORE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ASSESSMENT OF HIS RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG AND SUBSEQUENTLY HIS ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMANENT ID CARD.

"THE DOCUMENT MAY TAKE THE FORM OF TRAVEL DOCUMENT. HONG KONG BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG NATURALISATION CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE. ETC,” HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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SIGNAGE PROGRAMME FOR TUNNEL ROUTES *****

WORK WILL SOON BE STARTED TO REMOVE THE "TUNNEL LOGO” ON DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ALONG THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTES AS PART OF A PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE CLEAR SIGNAGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT MOTORISTS WILL NOT BE CONFUSED BY THE LOGO WHEN REACHING THE INTERSECTING POINTS OF TWO OR MORE TUNNEL ROUTES.

FOR CLARITY, ONLY ONE TYPE OF TUNNEL LOGO IS USED FOR ALL TUNNELS IN THE TERRITORY.

IN FUTURE, THE TUNNEL LOGO WILL APPEAR ONLY ON THE DIRECTIONAL SIGN AT THE LAST POINT OF ENTRY TO ANY TUNNEL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE TUNNEL LOGO NOW PAINTED ON DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE REMOVED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

IN ADDITION, DESTINATION NAMES SUCH AS "HONG KONG" AND "HONG KONG EAST" WILL BE PUT ON THE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ALONG THE ROUTES LEADING TO THE TWO CROSS HARBOUR TUNNELS.

MOREOVER, A NUMBERING SYSTEM WILL BE USED TO INDICATE THE ROUTEING OF THE TRUNK ROUTES IN HONG KONG. ROUTE NUMBERS WILL BE PAINTED ON THE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS TO AID MOTORISTS.

"THE COMBINED USE OF TUNNEL LOGO, DESTINATION NAMES AND ROUTE NUMBERS WILL PROVIDE MOTORISTS WITH COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON THEIR CHOSEN ROUTE AND ENABLE THEM TO MAKE THEIR CHOICE OF ROUTE WELL IN ADVANCE OF THEIR DESTINATION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF CHEUNG WING ROAD INTERCHANGE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE FLYOVER CONSTRUCTION, CHEUNG WING ROAD INTERCHANGE IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED AND TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED BETWEEN 1.30 AM AND 5.30 AM FOR THREE DAYS FROM TUESDAY (JULY 4).

ON TUESDAY NIGHT, KWAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN CHEUNG WING ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN LEI MUK ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

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VEHICLES ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD HEADING FOR TSUEN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SOUTHBOUND KWAI CHUNG ROAD, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, KWAI ON ROAD AND NORTHBOUND KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS, KWAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN KWAI WING ROAD AND TAI LIN PAI ROAD, AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN KWAI ON ROAD AND WO TONG TSUI STREET WILL BE CLOSED.

KWAI WING ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

VEHICLES ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWAI WING ROAD AND TAI LIN PAI ROAD.

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD HEADING FOR TSUEN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWAI ON ROAD, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI HING ROAD AND WO TONG TSUI STREET.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN SHAU KEI WAN * * ♦ * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED PEAK HOUR (7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS :

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAI WAN HO STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI NING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN TAI NING STREET AND A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI LOK STREET;

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI NING STREET FROM A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SAI WAN HO STREET TO A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

TAI LOK STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SAI WAN HO STREET AND A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TAI PO ROAD, SHA TIN * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF A GANTRY COLUMN, THE FAST LANES ON TAI PO ROAD NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND NEAR TAI WAI, SHA TIN, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4) TO 6 PM ON JULY 15.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SAI STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4), SAI STREET IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 4), THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, FROM A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING ON STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 105 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE DESIGNATED A BUS AND TRAM LANE.

MOTORISTS ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR TAI HONG STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI NING STREET, SAI WAN HO STREET AND TAI LOK STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY J, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BRITAIN TO ACT IN TWO AREAS ON NATIONALITY, ABODE;

SIR GEOFFREY............................................. 1

NEW HARBOUR CROSSING SYMBOLISES CONFIDENCE, SAYS SIR GEOFFREY ............................................   7

SIR GEOFFREY IMPRESSED BY OFFICIALS' COMMITMENT............ 8

PAID ANNUAL LEAVE SET TO IMPROVE........................... 8

ENCOURAGING RESPONSE ON RURAL PLANNING AND IMPROVEMENT... 10

VISIT TO PRIVATE DEMONSTRATION FARMS ..................... 11

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME .... 12

PROBATION HOME FOR GIRLS IN FANLING ...................... 12

JOINT SEMINAR FOR WONG TAI SIN AREA COMMITTEES ........... 1J

HK TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE A CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS ................................................  I?

ADVICE AGAINST SUMMER DISEASES...........................  14

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY rW JULY TO SEPTEMBER............. 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURE....................................   16

WATER CUTS IN SHAM SHUI PO AND SAI KUNG .................. 16

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN QUARRY BAY TO BE CLOSED.............. 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI........... 1?

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MOK CHEONG STREET.................... 1?

MONDAY. JULY 3. 1989

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BRITAIN TO ACT IN TWO AREAS ON NATIONALITY, ABODE: SIR GEOFFREY *****

BRITAIN WILL TAKE ACTION IN TWO AREAS ON THE QUESTION OF NATIONALITY AND RIGHT OF ABODE WHICH HAS BEEN A MATTER OF MUCH COHC1. . TO HONG KONG PEOPLE, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

.SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DA’ WILSON, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID HIS GOVERNMENT UNDERSTOOD THE DEI”’ OF ANXIETY OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ON THIS MATTER AS IT WAS THEIR LIVI AND LIVELIHOOD THAT WERE AT STAKE.

"I KNOW THE ARGUMENT THAT AN INSURANCE POLICY FOR ALL WOUi ' UNDERPIN THE CONFIDENCE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WISH TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG. AND I RECOGNISE TOO THAT AT THE MOMENT, COMPARATIVELY FEW H KONG PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY WOULD IN PRACTICE WISH TO TAKE UP A RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"BUT THE PLAIN FACT IS THAT THERE IS SIMPLY NO WAY THAT A BRITISH GOVERNMENT COULD GRANT TO SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO COME AND LIVE IN BRITAIN," HE ADDED.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID HE WAS DISMAYED THAT SOME PEOPLE HAD SUGGESTED THAT THIS WAS A MATTER OF RACE.

"IT IS NOTHING OF THE SORT. IT IS A PRACTICAL PROBLEM, ON AN ENORMOUS SCALE," HE SAID.

IF RIGHT OF ABODE WERE EXTENDED TO 3.3 MILLION BDTC'S. OR TO ALL 5.7 MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE, IT WOULD NEVER BE KNOWN HOW MANY OF THOSE MIGHT PRESENT THEMSELVES FOR SETTLEMENT AS A MATTER OF RIGHT, NOT JUST IN THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS BUT OVER THE COMING DECADES, SIR GEOFFREY POINTED OUT.

"IT WOULD BE AN INDEFINITE AND OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT THAT WOULD TEST OUR CAPABILITY IN ALL KINDS OF AREAS -- HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, TRANSPORT, INNER CITY SERVICES -- ON A SCALE AND IN A WAY THAT FAR EXCEEDED ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE," HE SAID.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THERE WAS NO WAY THAT THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT COULD BE PERSUADED TO SUPPORT A SCHEME ON THIS SCALE AND THAT THIS WAS A VIEW SHARED BY THE GREAT MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE.

"THERE IS NO MORE BINDING CONTRACT THAN AN INSURANCE POLICY. THERE WOULD BE NO MORE CRUEL DECEPTION THAN AN INSURANCE POLICY ON WHICH WE COULD NOT DELIVER," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"BUT THAT CERTAINLY DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE WASHING OUR HANDS OF THIS PROBLEM. WE INTEND TO TAKE ACTION IN TWO AREAS," HE SAID.

"FIRSTLY, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING URGENTLY. WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HOME SECRETARY AND OTHER CABINET COLLEAGUES AT WHAT CHANGES CAN BE MADE TO OUR IMMIGRATION ARRANGEMENTS.

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"FOR THE REASONS I HAVE DESCRIBED, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT EXTENDING RIGHT OF ABODE TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OR TO ANYTHING LIKE THAT NUMBER," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"BUT URGENT ACTION DOES NEED TO BE TAKEN TO GIVE SOME ASSURANCE. WE ARE WORKING ON A SCHEME THAT WILL MAKE SOME PROVISION FOR PEOPLE IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS ON THE BASIS NOT SIMPLY OF CONNECTIONS WITH BRITAIN BUT ALSO THE VALUE OF SERVICE TO HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID WHILE HE COULD NOT GIVE DETAILS NOW, AN ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD BE MADE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AS SOON AS DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WERE WORKED OUT.

"SECONDLY, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT WOULD NEED TO BE DONE IN THE VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES OF AN EXTREME SITUATION.

"IT NEED NOT BE CHINESE TANKS POURING ACROSS THE BORDER. IT COULD BE MUCH LESS DRAMATIC THAN THAT.

"WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS A FAR-REACHING BREAKDOWN OF THE ARRANGEMENTS IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. I AM NOT PREDICTING ANYTHING OF THAT SORT," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"I STILL BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG HAS A SECURE FUTURE. BUT IF THINGS DID GO CATASTROPHICALLY WRONG, BRITAIN HAS FIRM OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"WE COULD NOT CLOSE OUR DOOR. AND WE WOULD MOBILISE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO HELP IF THE NUMBERS LEAVING HONG KONG WERE LARGER THAN WE COULD DEAL WITH ALONE. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED WORK ON THIS,” HE ADDED.

TURNING TO TRAGIC EVENTS IN PEKING ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 3, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID THEY HAD SENT SHOCK WAVES ROUND THE WORLD AND WERE FELT NOWHERE MORE STRONGLY THAN IN HONG KONG.

"THAT ONE NIGHT DESTROYED AT A STROKE THE REPUTATION THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN BUILDING FOR ITSELF OVER MORE THAN TEN YEARS.

"IT HAS DONE ENORMOUS HARM TO CHINA. AND IT HAS DEALT A REAL BLOW TO HONG KONG," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"WE WERE APPALLED BY THE HUMAN TRAGEDY. ANGERED BY THE SENSELESSNESS AND STUPIDITY OF IT: THE LOSS OF YOUNG LIVES. REPELLED BY THE SAVAGERY OF WHAT WAS DONE.

"THE PRIME MINISTER AND I HAVE MADE PLAIN THE REACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE TO WHAT HAS HAPPENED. AND WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

BRITAIN AND ITS PARTNERS IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY HAD STOPPED MILITARY CO-OPERATION WITH, AND ARMS SALES TO, CHINA, HE NOTED.

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BRITAIN HAD ALSO SUSPENDED HIGH LEVEL VISITS; POSTPONED NEW COOPERATION PROJECTS. AND CUT BACK CULTURAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION.

"IN PARTICULAR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE REAFFIRMED OUR DETERMINATION TO STAND BY HONG KONG," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID HE WAS DISMAYED AT THE DAMAGE DONE IN THE NAME OF CHINA TO THE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE OF EVERYONE IN BRITAIN AND HONG KONG WHO HAD LABOURED SO HARD OVER THE YEARS TO CONSTRUCT A SOLID RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA.

HE SAID THE CORE OF THAT WORK HAD BEEN THE BUILDING OF A SECURE FUTURE FOR HONG KONG. WHICH HAD BEEN HIS CONSTANT CARE AND CONCERN AS FOREIGN SECRETARY.

"TOGETHER WE FACED A REALLY DAUNTING TASK: TO NEGOTIATE WITH AN AUTHORITARIAN COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AN AGREEMENT WHICH WOULD PRESERVE HONG KONG'S WAY OF LIFE, ITS FREEDOMS AND ITS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.

"WE SUCCEEDED AGAINST THE ODDS. THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS WELCOMED AS OFFERING THE BEST POSSIBLE GUARANTEE OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"THE QUESTION EVERYONE IS ASKING NOW IS QUITE SIMPLY THIS: S IT STILL A WORTHWHILE AGREEMENT? LET ME TELL YOU THAT I AM MYSELF CONVINCED THAT IT IS," HE SAID.

SIR GEOFFREY SAID THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS NOT PRODUCED ONLY FOR THE GOOD TIMES. IT WAS AN AGREEMENT FOR THE BAD TIMES AS WELL AS THE GOOD.

THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS AN INTERNATIONALLY BINDING TREATY, AND WHILE THE EVENTS OF RECENT WEEKS DID NOT MAKE IT ANY LESS BINDING, THEY DID MAKE ITS STRICT OBSERVANCE ALL THE MORE NECESSARY, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY NOTED.

"IT IS REGISTERED AT THE UNITED NATIONS, OF WHOSE SECURITY COUNCIL WE AND CHINA ARE PERMANENT MEMBERS," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"THE WHOLE POINT OF THE AGREEMENT WAS AND IS TO SAFEGUARD HONG KONG FROM THE KIND OF PROBLEMS IN CHINA OF WHICH WE HAVE JUST SEEN AN EXTREME EXAMPLE," UE EXPLAINED.

"THE AGREEMENT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FOR HONG KONG, WITHIN THE LARGER CHINESE SOVEREIGNTY, A SECURE, DISTINCT EXISTENCE OF ITS OWN," HE ADDED.

SIR GEOFFREY POINTED OUT THAT RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA HAD NOT ALTERED THE ASSUMPTIONS ON WHICH THE AGREEMENT WAS BASED.

"QUITE THE CONTRARY. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN CHINA HAS DEMONSTRATED CLEARLY THE VALUE OF THE 'ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS’ CONCEPT, NOT DISPROVED IT,” HE SAID.

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THERE HAD BEEN A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CHINESE THROUGH THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP AND OTHER CHANNELS SINCE 1985, TO ENSURE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WOULD BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED, HE NOTED.

SIR GEOFFREY SAID THAT HAVING BEEN DEEPLY AND ENERGETICALLY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE JOINT DECLARATION, THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBT ABOUT HIS COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, WHICH WAS ALSO SHARED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT.

"NOW, AFTER TIANANMEN, WE SHALL BE WORKING ALL THE HARDER, WITH ALL THE MORE VIGOUR, AND ALL THE MORE DETERMINATION TO MAKE HONG KONG’S FUTURE AS SECURE AS IT CAN BE MADE," HE SAID.

"THE CHINESE HAVE SAID PUBLICLY, AND HAVE ASSURED US PRIVATELY TOO, THAT THEIR POLICY TOWARDS HONG KONG WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE RECENT EVENTS, AND THAT THEY, LIKE US, REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE JOINT DECLARATION," HE ADDED.

"WE NATURALLY WELCOME THAT. AND WE NOW LOOK TO THEM TO DEMONSTRATE BY THEIR ACTIONS THAT THEY MEAN WHAT THEY SAY, FOR THERE IS MUCH THAT THEY NEED TO DO TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE THEY HAVE DONE," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT CHINA’S ECONOMIC STAKE IN HONG KONG WAS COLOSSAL, AND IT WAS BIG ENOUGH IN 1984 WHEN CHINESE LEADER DENG XIAOPING REACHED AGREEMENT WITH BRITAIN OVER THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"IT IS FAR BIGGER TODAY. FIVE YEARS LATER, AS HE FACES HUGE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN CHINA, LET ALONE THE POLITICAL DIFFICULTIES THAT HAVE BEEN DOMINATING OUR HEADLINES," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"WE HAVE NEVER BEEN STARRY EYED ABOUT THE REASON WHY THE CHINESE MADE THE AGREEMENT WITH US. THEY DID SO BECAUSE IT WAS IN THEIR INTERESTS THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE STABLE AND PROSPEROUS.

"AND IN THEIR INTERESTS, AS MUCH AS IN HONG KONG’S, THAT THE SYSTEMS OF CHINA AND HONG KONG SHOULD REMAIN SEPARATE FROM EACH OTHER. THOSE INTERESTS HAVE NOT CHANGED," HE SAID.

"CHINA’S NEW LEADERS SHOULD BE FULLY AWARE OF THIS. GENERAL SECRETARY, JIANG ZEMIN, AS MAYOR OF SHANGHAI, HAS HIMSELF HAD TO GRAPPLE WITH CHINA’S FORMIDABLE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES," HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT SINCE CHINA'S GENERAL SECRETARY HAD VISITED HONG KONG AND BRITAIN BEFORE, MR JIANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES MUST SEE THAT CHINA’S OWN INTERESTS LAID IN DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO RESTORE THE CONFIDENCE ON WHICH HONG KONG’S FUTURE PROSPERITY DEPENDED.

"BRITAIN WILL THEREFORE SPARE NO EFFORT TO WORK FOR A SECURE FUTURE FOR HONG KONG AFTER 1997," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

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THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID BRITAIN WOULD SPARE NO EFFORT IN DISCHARGING ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG BEFORE 1997.

BRTIAIN WOULD ALSO ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT TO SAFEGUARD AND PROTECT HONG KONG’S SECURITY AND PROSPERITY, AND TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS WHICH WERE ESSENTIAL TO THE TERRITORY’S WAY OF LIFE, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN BETWEEN NOW AND 1997.

"THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR THE NECESSARY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG WILL BE TAKEN," HE SAID.

"DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN ABOUT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT TOO. IN THIS RESPECT, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CAREFUL TO BASE OURSELVES FIRMLY ON THE EXPRESSED WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

"TO DO OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN A RECIPE FOR DANGEROUS INSTABILITY. ALL THE REFORMS UP TO AND INCLUDING THOSE ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR HAVE BEEN BASED ON AN ASSESSMENT OF WHAT HONG KONG ITSELF WANTED," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"IT IS NOW PLAIN THAT HONG KONG OPINION HAS MOVED ON SINCE THEN. THIS WAS PLAIN BEFORE THE MASSACRE IN PEKING," HE NOTED.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID OMELCO’S UNANIMOUS PROPOSAL FOR A 50 PER CENT DIRECTLY ELECTED LEGISLATURE BY 1997 AND MOVING TO FULL DIRECT ELECTIONS SIX YEARS LATER, WAS A MOST IMPORTANT INDICATION OF THE EMERGING CONSENSUS.

"I HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS ISSUE WITH THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADVISERS SINCE MY ARRIVAL YESTERDAY. I SHALL LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY TO THE VIEWS THAT YOU AND OTHERS PUT FORWARD," HE SAID.

SIR GEOFFREY NOTED THAT CHANGES CURRENTLY PROPOSED FOR 1991 NEEDED TO BE RE-EXAMINED; CAREFUL CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN ON WHAT FURTHER STEPS MIGHT BE NECESSARY BEFORE 1997, AND THE PROVISIONS FOR THE BASIC LAW ON CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WOULD NEED FULL REAPPRAISAL ONCE THE DRAFTING PROCESS RESUMED.

"BRITAIN WILL CONTINUE TO CONSTRUCT ITS APPROACH TO THIS QUESTION ON THE BASIS OF THE VIEWS THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE THEMSELVES EXPRESS.

"OUR DECISION ON WHAT SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE 1997, AND OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CHINESE ABOUT ARRANGEMENTS AFTER 1997, WILL ALL PROCEED FROM THAT STARTING POINT," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"ANOTHER MATTER THAT WE SHALL BE TAKING UP WITH THE CHINESE WHEN DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM ARE RESUMED IS ARTICLE 18 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW -- WHICH COULD ENABLE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997.

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"THIS ARTICLE HAS GIVEN RISE TO GREAT ANXIETY IN HONG KONG IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IT NEEDS TO BE THOROUGHLY RE-EXAMINED," HE SAID.

"WHEN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP RESUMES ITS WORK. AS IT MUST, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT IT WILL BE CONSIDERING VERY CLOSELY WILL BE DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER IN HONG KONG.

"THE SCALE AND NATURE OF ANY PLA PRESENCE IN HONG KONG WILL NEED RIGOROUS ATTENTION. THIS IS A MATTER OF VITAL IMPORTANCE," Silt GEOFFREY STRESSED.

ANOTHER MATTER TO WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS THE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY POINTED OUT.

"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS URGENTLY CONSIDERING HOW BEST TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN RIGHTS WITHIN HONG KONG’S PRESENT CONSTITUTION. THIS MEANS, IN PARTICULAR. A BILL OF RIGHTS WHICH WOULD FORM PART OF THE EXISTING LAW AND CONTINUE AFTER THE TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY.

"THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY PROMISED A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT ON THIS," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

ON THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID MAJOR PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ON THE OBJECTIVES PUT FORWARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDO-CHINESE REFUGEES IN GENEVA LAST MONTH.

"ON RESETTLEMENT, THE TOTAL OF THE PLEDGES MADE IN GENEVA IS ENOUGH TO CLEAR ALL REFUGEES IN THE REGION, INCLUDING HONG KONG.

"ON THE REFUGEE PROCESSING CENTRE, THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO PROVIDE THE LAND FOR SUCH A CENTRE, AND I ANNOUNCED A BRITISH OFFER OF FIVE MILLION POUNDS STERLING TOWARDS IT.

"ON REPATRIATION, LORD GLENARTHUR AND I HAVE HAD TALKS WITH THE VIETNAMESE FOREIGN MINISTER IN GENEVA AND IN LONDON. WE HOPE SOON TO BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE CONCRETE RESULTS," SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

"IN SHORT, WE MAY NOW BE WITHIN SIGHT OF A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE TO BRING ABOUT A DURABLE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF THE BOAT PEOPLE," HE ADDED.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT BRITAIN WAS HELPING HONG KONG TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN, POLITICALLY AND FINANCIALLY.

"WE HAVE PLEDGED SO FAR THIS YEAR A TOTAL OF 17 MILLION POUNDS STERLING (OVER HKS200 MILLION) TOWARDS THE HANDLING OF THE PROBLEM, ' SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S FUTURE BEYOND 1997 WAS NOT THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES IMPOSED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, BUT THAT IT REFLECTED INSTEAD THE FACTS OF THE TERRITORY’S HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY.

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’’BUT DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE YOUR OWN ABILITY TO MOULD THAT FUTURE,” SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

’’HONG KONG HAS SEEN HARD TIMES BEFORE. YOU HAVE ALWAYS SHOWN THE RESILIENCE AND THE RESOURCEFULNESS TO LIVE THROUGH SUCH TIMES AND EMERGE FROM THEM STRONGER THAN BEFORE,” HE ADDED.

SIR GEOFFREY SAID HONG KONG’S FUTURE WOULD CONTINUE IN THAT BOLD TRADITION AND WOULD EMERGE FROM THE TRAUMA OF TIANANMEN AND GO ON CONSOLIDATING THE FUTURE AS A GREAT INTERNATIONAL CITY.

’’YOU WILL BE BUILDING ON FOUNDATIONS WHICH BRITAIN HAS HELPED TO LAY: FOUNDATIONS THAT WILL ENDURE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE NEXT CENTURY. BRITAIN IS DETERMINED TO SAFEGUARD WHAT WE HAVE BEEN. AND SHALL GO ON, BUILDING TOGETHER,” HE SAID.

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NEW HARBOUR CROSSING SYMBOLISES CONFIDENCE, SAYS SIR GEOFFREY ♦ ♦ ♦

THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WHICH SYMBOLISES OVERSEAS CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HIS COMMENTS CAME THIS AFTERNOON AFTER HE VISITED THE SITE OF THE $4 BILLION PROJECT WHICH IS THE LARGEST SINGLE TRANSPORTATION PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN HONG KONG.

’’THIS PROJECT IS OF ENORMOUS ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG. IT WILL EASE CROSS HARBOUR AND RAIL CONGESTION AND OPEN UP EASTERN AREAS OF KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND,” SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

’’BRITISH INVOLVEMENT HAS BEEN WIDE-RANGING: BRITISH FIRMS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED WITH MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT.

’’BUT FOR ME, THE GREATEST SIGNIFICANCE IS THAT IT ALSO SYMBOLISES HONG KONG’S OWN CONFIDENCE AND COMMITMENT IN BUILDING FOR ITS FUTURE," HE ADDED.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY NOTED THAT THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IS REPRESENTATIVE OF OTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ALL OVER THE TERRITORY SUCH AS PLANS FOR PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT, A NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL, THE TSEUNG KWAN O (JUNK BAY) NEW TOWN AND VARIOUS LAND RECLAMATION AND INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS.

"THIS SERVES AS A VALUABLE REMINDER THAT DESPITE THE SHOCK OF RECENT EVENTS, HONG KONG’S ECONOMY REMAINS HEALTHY AND RESILIENT,” HE SAID.

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SIR GEOFFREY CONGRATULATED ALL THOSE CONCERNED FOR COMPLETING THE PROJECT SIX MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY GAINED FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE OF WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING ON DIFFERENT MODES OF TRANSPORT.

SIR GEOFFREY FIRST RODE ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND GOT OFF AT THE LAM TIN STATION. FROM THERE HE WAS DRIVEN TO THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WHERE HE SPOKE TO THE STAFF IN THE CONTROL ROOM.

ON HIS RETURN TRIP TO HONG KONG ISLAND, SIR GEOFFREY DROVE THROUGH THE TUNNEL TO QUARRY BAY. HE WAS TOLD THAT THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, WHICH SERVES THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, WOULD BE OPENED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH,

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SIR GEOFFREY IMPRESSED BY OFFICIALS’ COMMITMENT * * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HE WAS IMMENSELY IMPRESSED BY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS’ DEDICATION TO WORK AND COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER A MEETING WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, SIR GEOFFREY SAID: "I’VE BEEN HEARING OF COURSE OF SOME OF THE ANXIETIES THAT THEY FEEL AND ALSO OF THE POSITIVE THINGS WHICH THEY BELIEVE WE CAN DO TOGETHER TO CONSOLIDATE THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. ’’

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID HE WOULD BE SEEING A WIDER GROUP OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING SOME IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, LATER TODAY.

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EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVES WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THE AMOUNT OF PAID ANNUAL LEAVE SHOULD BE INCREASED FROM THE EXISTING LEVEL OF SEVEN DAYS TO A MAXIMUM OF 14 DAYS BASED ON THE LENGTH OF SERVICE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVES CONSIDERED IT APPROPRIATE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER TO 10 DAYS, BUT SUGGESTED THAT IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT LABOUR SHORTAGE, THE ISSUE SHOULD BE REVIEWED IN TWO YEARS’ TIME.

AS NO CONSENSUS COULD BE REACHED, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT UNDERTOOK TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION ALL THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS BEFORE FORWARDING THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE MEETING NEXT CONSIDERED A PAPER PROPOSING TO SET UP A COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR WORKERS SUFFERING FROM OCCUPATIONAL NOISE-INDUSED HEARING LOSS.

HEARING LOSS HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION AS A COMPENSABLE OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE. AND MANY INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES INCLUDING BRITAIN, CANADA, JAPAN AND SINGAPORE HAVE INTRODUCED COMPENSATION SCHEMES FOR THE DEAF.

BASED ON A SURVEY BY THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON SELECTED NOISE-PRONED INDUSTRIES LAST YEAR. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF WORKERS BEING EXPOSED TO NOISE OF 90 DBA OR ABOVE FOR EIGHT HOURS A DAY WAS IN THE REGION OF 66,000.

THESE WORKERS WILL VERY LIKELY DEVELOP NOISE-INDUCED HEARING IMPAIRMENT IF THEY FAIL TO WEAR PROPER HEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR AT WORK.

IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS, THE BOARD ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE TO SET UP SUCH A SCHEME TO PROTECT WORKERS. USEFUL VIEWS WERE EXPRESSED AND SPECIAL EMPHASIS WAS ALSO MADE ON THE 20-YEAR OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE FULFILLED BY CLAIMANTS.

IN THE LIGHT OF THE COMMENTS MADE BY MEMBERS, THE CHAIRMAN UNDERTOOK TO RE-EXAMINE AND MODIFY THE PROPOSALS BEFORE RE-SUBMITTING THEM TO THE BOARD FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

THE BOARD ALSO ENDORSED A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS TO AMEND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

THEY AGREED TO INCREASE THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION UNDER THE ORDINANCE AND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE AS FROM JANUARY NEXT YEAR TO BRING THEM IN LINE WITH WAGE INCREASES.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FOR DEATH WILL BE RAISED FROM $345,000 TO $424,000; FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY, FROM $394,000 TO $485,000; AND FOR CONSTANT ATTENTION ALLOWANCES, FROM $158,000 TO $194,000.

MEMBERS FURTHER AGREED TO RE-CLASSIFY OFFENCES COMMITTED UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE INTO "MINOR", "SERIOUS" AND "VERY SERIOUS". AND TO REVISE THEIR MAXIMUM PENALTIES TO $5,000, $10,000 AND $20,000 RESPECTIVELY.

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ENCOURAGING RESPONSE ON RURAL PLANNING AND IMPROVEMENT

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INITIAL RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON THE RURAL PLANNING AND IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY (RPIS) FROM BODIES WHO WILL BE MOST AFFECTED HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING. ACCORDING TO THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES. MR ADOLF HSU.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ROTARY CLUB THIS (MONDAY) EVENING. MR HSU SAID THE DOCUMENT, ISSUED ON MAY 4. WAS DISTRIBUTED TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE STRATEGY, SUCH AS THE HEUNG YEE KUK. REGIONAL COUNCIL, DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, RURAL COMMITTEES AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES.

WHILE THE BROAD PRINCIPLES OF THE STRATEGY WERE GENERALLY WELCOMED, MR HSU NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN STRESSED THAT THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE LANDOWNERS SHOULD NOT BE INFRINGED UPON AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE FAIR AND REASONABLE IF PRIVATE LAND HAD TO BE RESUMED IN THE COURSE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGY.

EXPLAINING THE NEED FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE RPIS, MR HSU SAID THAT ALTHOUGH IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAD BEEN INCREASED INVESTMENT IN THE RURAL AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE. THROUGH THE URBAN FRINGE IMPROVEMENT AND LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMMES, THESE INVESTMENTS WERE FAR FROM SUFFICIENT.

"UNLESS THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, BETTER PLANNING AND BETTER LAND MANAGEMENT CONTROL, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SEE THAT THERE WILL BE EVIDENT IMPROVEMENT IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE RURAL AREAS.

"THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE CONSIDERS THAT THE EXISTING PROGRAMMES SHOULD BE EXPANDED. WITH MORE INVESTMENTS IN THE RURAL AREAS," HE SAID.

MR HSU OUTLINED THE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS OF THE RPIS ______________ A RURAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS PROGRAMME. LAND USE PLANS AND POLICIES AND A NEW ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGY.

THE WORKS PROGRAMME, COSTING ABOUT $4 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS, WOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO FLOOD PROTECTION AND POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES: IMPROVED VILLAGE ACCESS. SERVICED LAND FOR VILLAGE EXPANSION; AND THE PROVISION OF OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES.

MR HSU ADDED THAT A RURAL DEVELOPMENT STEERING GROUP TO BE CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT AND COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF CONCERNED DEPARTMENTS. INCLUDING THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK. WOULD BE SET UP.

THE STEERING GROUP WOULD MONITOR THE PLANNING AND OVERALL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RPIS.

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THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND RURAL COMMITTEES WOULD BE CONSULTED ON THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES. HE SAID.

STRESSING THE PARTNERSHIP APPROACH IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RPIS. MR HSU CONCLUDED THAT WITHOUT THE MUCH REQUIRED LOCAL SUPPORT AND INPUT, THE BEST OF GOVERNMENT PLANS AND INTENTIONS WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO REALISE.

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VISIT TO PRIVATE DEMONSTRATION FARMS * * * * *

THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MR JOHN BURRETT, AND FARMER REPRESENTATIVES ON THE COMMITTEE AND ITS STEERING GROUP ON DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS TODAY (MONDAY) VISITED TWO FARMS TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS THERE.

THERE ARE NINE PRIVATE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT METHODS.

THE TWO FARMS BEING VISITED TODAY - A PIG FARM IN MA ON SHAN AND A POULTRY FARM IN FANLING - ARE AMONG THE FOUR FARMS WHICH HAVE NOT HAD THEIR TREATMENT FACILITIES HANDED OVER TO THE OPERATORS YET.

BOTH FARMS ARE FOR THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE HYBRID METHOD, IN WHICH THE SOLID WASTE IS MUCKED OUT AND DISPOSED OF THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT’S LIVESTOCK WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE WHILE THE LIQUID WASTE IS TREATED TO THE REQUIRED QUALITY FOR ULTIMATE DISPOSAL.

THE TREATMENT FACILITIES IN THE PIG FARM ARE ALREADY IN OPERATION AND THE OPERATOR IS BEING TRAINED ON THE USAGE.

THE POULTRY FARM IS IN THE FINAL STAGE OF COMMISSIONING AND WILL BE READY FOR OPERATION AND TRAINING SOON.

ACCOMPANYING THE GROUP WERE A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, MR NICHOLAS YEK; AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, MR CHAN TIN-SUNG.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME * * * * *

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE 1989-90 URBAN COUNCIL RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PUBLICITY FOR THE 1989 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL, DISTRICT BOARD’S SPRING RECEPTION, A YOUNG SOCIAL WORKERS’ SCHEME AND AN OUTREACHING PROGRAMME FOR THE HOME-BOUND ELDERLY.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A TOUR OF SUNG DYNASTY VILLAGE, A PHOTO COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION, TRAINING COURSES ON DRAMA SKILLS AND A SUMMER MUSIC CAMP.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS THE "DESIGN AWARD FOR THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDINGS FOR THE DISABLED IN HONG KONG".

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD'S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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PROBATION HOME FOR GIRLS IN FANLING

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE CONVERSION OF THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL INTO A PROBATION HOME FOR GIRLS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE NEW GIRLS’ HOME, TO BE RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WILL ACCOMMODATE 40 GIRLS AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 16.

IN OTHER MATTERS, A MEMBER WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE AGAINST SUSPECTED DECEPTION INVOLVING TELEPHONETUITION SERVICES.

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROPOSED STUDY ON THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY CARE FOR CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT, AND AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS TO HOLD COMMUNITY EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FOCUSSING ON THE THEME "CARE FOR CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT".

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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JOINT SEMINAR FOR WONG TAI SIN AREA COMMITTEES

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A JOINT SEMINAR FOR THE 14 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 5).

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, WILL ADDRESS THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 PM IN THE CHOI HUNG ROAD INDOOR GAMES HALL IN SAN PO KONG.

THE THEME OF THE SEMINAR IS "THE FUTURE OF CIVIC EDUCATION". MEMBERS OF THE AREA COMMITTEES WILL TAKE PART IN GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE JOINT SEMINAR. IT WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 5) IN THE CHOI HUNG ROAD INDOOR GAMES HALL, SAN PO KONG.

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HK TECHNICAL TEACHERS’

COLLEGE A CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS *****

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE (HKTTC) HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS IN DIFFERENT FIELDS AND AT DIFFERENT LEVELS TO MEET AND SHARE THEIR IDEAS AND EXPERIENCE CONCERNING HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING TO THE 392 GRADUATES AT THE TRAINER TRAINING COURSES GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE HKTTC AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE, MR LI SAID HE COULD IMAGINE THE BENEFITS THAT TRAINERS WOULD DERIVE FROM INTERPERSONAL INTERACTIONS IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT.

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"WITH THE RAPID ADVANCEMENT OF INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS AN IMPORTANT MANUFACTURING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE IN THE FAR EAST, THE DEMAND FOR TRAINER TRAINING IS EXPECTED TO RISE SIGNIFICANTLY," MR LI SAID.

"IT IS TRUE TO SAY THAT TRAINER TRAINING IS AN IMPORTANT INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE AND THAT A WELL TRAINED WORKFOR IS ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE ASSETS OF A COMMUNITY LIKE OURS," HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT PARTICIPANTS OF THE COURSES CAME FROM MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF ORGANISATIONS AND WERE ALL INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING OF PEOPLE TO ACQUIRE A VARIETY OF TRADE SKILLS, MR LI SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THERE WAS A CONSTELLATION OF TASKS COMMON TO ALL PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS WHILE THE CONTENT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING PROGRAMMES VARIED FROM TRADE TO TRADE, AND FROM ORGANISATION TO ORGANISATION.

"STUDENT-TEACHERS WERE EXPECTED TO POSSESS AFTER TRAINING, AMONG THEIR AREAS OF COMPETENCY, THE ABILITIES IN COURSE DESIGN, COURSE DELIVERY AND EVALUATION, KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN LEARNING AND PLANNING, ORGANISING AND MANAGEMENT OF TRAINING WHICH WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE FINDINGS OF A RECENT RESEARCH IN THE UK," MR LI SAID.

"IT IS LOGICAL AND APPROPRIATE FOR A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SUCH AS THE HKTTC TO BE ASSIGNED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OFFERING TRAINER TRAINING COURSES SOME YEARS AGO IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING NEED IN INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF TRAINING PERSONNEL," HE ADDED.

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ADVICE AGAINST SUMMER DISEASES

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WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER, THE DEPARTMENT OF . HEALTH TODAY (MONDAY) URGES MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AGAINST CHOLERA AND OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT LAST YEAR THERE WERE TWO CHOLERA CASES AND 534 FOOD POISONING CASES, WHICH AFFECTED MORE THAN 1.240 PEOPLE.

DURING THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR, 64 CASES OF FOOD POISONING, AFFECTING 220 PEOPLE, WERE REPORTED.

"THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN ONE CHOLERA CASE REPORTED SO FAR THIS YEAR, SO THE PUBLIC SHOULD NOT RELAX THEIR PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE DISEASE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE MOST RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE METHOD TO PREVENT CHOLERA AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY IS TO OBSERVE PERSONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE," HE STRESSED.

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DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, PEOPLE TEND TO BE LESS CAREFUL IN THE CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINKS. SINCE MOST GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND DRINK, PEOPLE SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL IN THEIR EATING HABITS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THAT ALL FOOD SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY COOKED AND SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UNCOVERED IF NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.

"THE CHOLERA BEING ENCOUNTERED NOWADAYS IS CHOLERA EL TOR WHICH IS ENDEMIC IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD AND ISOLATED CASES ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR EVERY NOW AND THEN.

"THE STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE SIMPLE RULES OF PERSONAL HYGIENE SUCH AS WASHING OF HANDS AFTER TOILET AND BEFORE FOOD PREPARATION, AND THE HYGIENIC HANDLING OF FOOD AND DRINKS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS OF PREVENTING CHOLERA AND OTHER DIARRHOEA DISEASES," HE SAID.

PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO OVERSEAS COUNTRIES WHERE CHOLERA ANU OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES ARE ENDEMIC ARE ALSO ADVISED TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE IN THE SELECTION OF FOOD AND DRINK.

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR JULY TO SEPTEMBER

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IN JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1989.

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

IN ADDITION, QUESTIONS ON HONG KONG RESIDENTS’ EXPENDITURE ABROAD, HOUSING DEMAND, EXPENDITURE ON PURCHASES AND SALES OF PROPERTIES AND DEMAND FOR CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES SERVICE; HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ON RENT, LAUNDRY AND DRV CLEANING SERVICE AND CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED AT HOME WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE QUARTER OF JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1989.

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

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

AN OFFICIAL LETTER 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, EACH CARRYING AN IDENTITY CARD ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE TREATED IN CONFIDENCE AND WILL NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY PERSON OR ORGANISATION OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE t * t

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 55.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY’ OR 326.840 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 157.899 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 26.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUTS IN SHAM SHUI PO AND SAI KUNG * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO AND SAI KUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN SHAM SHUI PO, FRESH WATER SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 5) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED fS BOUNDED BY’ PO ON ROAD, SHUN LING ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CHEUNG WAH STREET, HING WAH STREET AND CHEUNG FAT STREET.

IN SAI KUNG, THE SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 6) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HONG KIN ROAD, WA YUNG ROAD, WA FUK STREET AND WA FUN STREET, INCLUDING TUI MIN HOI, FISHERMEN HOUSING ESTATE AND SAT KUNG TUI MIN HOI TSUEN.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN QUARRY BAY TO BE CLOSED * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS.. SEEKING TO CLOSE THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURE PROJECTING FROM THE EXTERNAL WALL OF FLAT 9 ON 15TH FLOOR, PO LEE BUILDING, AT 995 KINGrS ROAD IN QUARRY BAY, SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER, ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR REQUIRING THE REMOVAL OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURE, WITH WHICH THE OWNER HAS FAILED TO COMPLY.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 5 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICIOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURE TODAY (MONDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE REPAIR WORKS AT HART AVENUE, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 5) FOR THREE WEEKS.

HART AVENUE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH TO A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME, HART AVENUE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MODY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 34 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC UNTIL THE DRAINAGE WORKS HAVE COMPLETED.

MOREOVER, HART AVENUE, FROM A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH TO A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FOR LOCAL ACCESS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDS MOTORISTS THAT MOK CHEONG STREET IN TO KWA WAN, BETWEEN TAM KUNG ROAD AND PAK TAI STREET, HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOLLOWING A WATERMAIN BURST.

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST UNTIL THURSDAY (JULY 6) TO FACILITATE URGENT REPAIR WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR GEOFFREY VISITS TWO VBP DETENTION CENTRES............ 1

FOUR QUESTIONS, NINE BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA............... 3

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY 1989 ........................ 4

SPECIAL STAMPS ON MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES ....... 7

SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS .................... 8

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR 50,000 YOUTHS ..................... 9

EASTERN DB TO DISCUSS CONFIDENCE ISSUE................... 10

TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .... 10

DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS ...... 11

NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILEE 12

KEEP TOILET CLEAN DRIVE STARTS .......................... 15

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS .......................... 14

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN ............... 15

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO TAI WO ROAD............ 15

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1989

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SIR GEOFFREY VISITS TWO VBP DETENTION CENTRES

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED TWO DETENTION CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR GEOFFREY BARNES, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, SIR GEOFFREY FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO WU KAI SHA, AND WAS DRIVEN TO THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE.

THE CENTRE IS RUN BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND PHASE ONE, WHICH OPENED IN JANUARY, ACCOMMODATES 4,619 BOAT PEOPLE. PHASE TWO OPENED ON JUNE 20, AND ALREADY ACCOMMODATES 3,250.

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS BRIEFED SIR GEOFFREY ON THE CENTRE’S OPERATION, AND SHOWED HIM AROUND THE HUTS. DURING HIS VISIT, SIR GEOFFREY STOPPED TO CHAT, THROUGH AN INTERPRETER, TO GROUPS OF BOAT PEOPLE.

FROM WU KAI SHA, SIR GEOFFREY FLEW TO SHEK KONG AIRFIELD WHERE. IN THE FACE OF THE CONTINUING INFLUX OF BOAT PEOPLE, THE GOVERNMENT OPENED A DETENTION CENTRE ON PART OF THE RUNWAY LAST MONTH.

THE FIRST BATCH OF BOAT PEOPLE WAS MOVED IN ON JUNE 21, AND THE NUMBER LIVING IN THE TENTED ACCOMMODATION NOW TOTALS 4,192.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, WHICH IN APRIL AND JUNE ANNOUNCED CONTRIBUTIONS TOTALLING S135 MILLION TO HELP HONG KONG IN PROVIDING EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION FOR BOAT PEOPLE, FLEW IN EXTRA TENTS AFTER THE LOCAL SUPPLY WAS EXHAUSTED.

SIR GEOFFREY WAS SHOWN THROUGH THE CENTRE, WHICH IS RUN BY THE POLICE, AND WAS ALSO INTRODUCED TO SOME BOAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED OFFERS OF REPATRIATION TO THEIR HOMELAND.

AMONG THOSE WHO ACCOMPANIED SIR GEOFFREY ON HIS TOUR OF THE CENTRE WERE THE DEPUTY COMMANDER OF BRITISH FORCES, BRIGADIER GILES ARNOLD, AND THE POLICE REGIONAL COMMANDER FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE VISIT, SIR GEOFFREY SAID: "I'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU THREE STRONG REACTIONS FROM MY VISIT TODAY TO TWO OF THE MANY BOAT PEOPLE CAMPS HERE IN HONG KONG.

"FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY JUST HOW WELL THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES ARE COPING WITH THE FLOOD OF NEW ARRIVALS. I WOULD LIKE TO PAY A WARM TRIBUTE TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED, THE POLICE. THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE OFFICERS, THE AUXILIARY AND VOLUNTARY SERVICE WORKERS.

"THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, IN HONG KONG ALONE, HAS CONTRIBUTED OVER 12 MILLION POUNDS STERLING, THAT IS HKJ150 MILLION, IN RECENT MONTHS. THE TENTS YOU HAVE GOT HERE ARE ONE RESULT OF THAT.

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"THE SECOND POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS TO SAY HOW GLAD I AM THAT THERE WERE SUCH GENEROUS RESETTLEMENT PLEDGES MADE IN THE CONFERENCE AT GENEVA LAST MONTH. BECAUSE THOSE PLEDGES IN RESPECT OF REFUGEES MEAN THAT ALL THOSE WHO QUALIFY AS REFUGEES WILL BE ON THEIR WAY TO NEW HOMES OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. "

"THAT IS SOME 55,000 PEOPLE IN THE REGION AS A WHOLE, OF WHOM OVER 14,000 ARE HERE IN HONG KONG. WE ARE LOOKING TO THE UNHCR TO HELP FIND NEW HOMES FOR THOSE PEOPLE.

"THE PHILIPPINE OFFER OF LAND FOR A PROCESSING CENTRE, TO WHICH THE U.K. IS PREPARED TO CONTRIBUTE FIVE MILLION POUNDS STERLING, THAT IS HK$60 MILLION, SHOULD CONSIDERABLY EASE THE BURDEN ON HONG KONG.

"MY THIRD REACTION, AND IT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT TO STATE, IS HOW WRONG IT IS FOR SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER QUALIFY AS REFUGEES TO GO ON COMING HERE IN VAIN.

"BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS, AS THE GENEVA CONFERENCE RECOGNISED, THAT THEY HAVE NO PROSPECT OF RESETTLEMENT ANYWHERE ELSE. FOR THEM TO HAVE TO SPEND YEARS IN CAMPS IS INTOLERABLE. THEIR ONLY FUTURE LIES BACK HOME. THEY MUST BE ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME IN SAFETY AND IN DIGNITY.

"THAT'S WHY WE HAVE BEEN SEEKING AND HAVE OBTAINED ASSURANCES ON THOSE POINTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM. SO I HOPE THAT BEFORE LONG THE NON-REFUEES WILL BE RETURNING TO VIETNAM IN SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS.

"AND I URGE AS STRONGLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN THOSE WHO ARE STILL THERE NOT TO SET SAIL IN PURSUIT OF A DREAM OF A LIFE IN THE WEST WHICH DOES NOT, AND CANNOT, EXIST. IT IS CYNICAL INDEED FOR ANYONE TO TRY TO PERSUADE THEM OTHERWISE, BECAUSE THERE IS NO PROSPECT THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A NORMAL LIFE ELSEWHERE."

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON MANDATORY REPATRIATION, SIR GEOFFREY SAID: "WE ARE WELL DOWN THAT TRACK. I’VE HAD TWO MEETINGS WITH MY VIETNAMESE OPPOSITE NUMBER. WE ARE GETTING WELL ESTABLISHED, THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES THAT PEOPLE RETURNING TO VIETNAM, AS YOU KNOW A NUMBER HAVE ALREADY PUT THEMSELVES FORWARD, SHOULD BE, AND WILL BE, WELL TREATED. THAT IS WHY I SAID THE FLOW WILL BE MOVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION QUITE SOON."

NOTING THAT HE COULD NOT GIVE THE DATE YET FOR THE REPATRIATION, SIR GEOFFREY SAID: "IT'S QUITE CLEAR THAT WE DO NEED TO ACHIEVE THAT REVERSAL OF THE FLOW, BECAUSE WHAT GENEVA ENDORSED, WAS THE FACT THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THEM CANNOT QUALIFY AS REFUGEES, AND THEY HAVE NO PROSPECTS OF REACHING ANYWHERE BEYOND THESE CAMPS HERE."

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THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAID THE UNITED STATES WAS ALMOST THE ONLY ARTICULATE OPPOSITION TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING. BUT EVEN THE UNITED STATES HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THE FIRST ESSENTIAL FACT THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THEM WOULD NOT QUALIFY AS REFUGEES. AND COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO GO FOR RESETTLEMENT ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

"AND THE LOGIC OF THAT MUST BE THAT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THEM IS BACK IN THEIR HOMELAND RATHER THAN PILED UP IN CONDITIONS SUCH AS THOSE THAT WE SEE HERE." SIR GEOFFREY SAID.

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FOUR QUESTIONS, NINE BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF FOUR QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER NINE BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

SIX OF THE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THEY ARE THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1988-89) BILL 1989, THE CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, AND THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

THE SECOND READING DEBATES ON THREE BILLS WILL RESUME AND WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETED EACH BILL IS DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THESE BILLS ARE THE CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989 AND THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE TWO MOTIONS UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE RESPECTIVELY.

IN ADDITION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL PRESENT THE REPORT OF CHANGES TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE APPROVED DURING THE FINAL QUARTER OF 1988-89 PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE: SECTION EIGHT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DEBATE A MOTION ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG, MOVED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON ALLEN LEE.

THE MOTION READS: "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG AND URGES STRONGLY THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD URGENTLY TAKE ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE RESTORATION OF FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG."

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY 1989

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THE GROWTH RATES OF BOTH HONG KONG DOLLAR AND FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS SLOWED DOWN IN MAY COMPARED WITH APRIL, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH.

THE BROADER DEFINITIONS OF HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, HKSM2 AND HKSM3, GREW LESS RAPIDLY IN MAY THAN IN APRIL. THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, HK$M1, ROSE DURING THE MONTH, FOLLOWING TWO CONSECUTIVE MONTHLY DECLINES.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DECLINED IN MAY COMPARED WITH APRIL, LARGELY DUE TO THE FALL IN OFFSHORE LOANS. LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE AND OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG CONTINUED TO INCREASE DURING THE MONTH.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS GREW BY 1.0 PER CENT IN MAY FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.7 PER CENT AND 1.9 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OF THESE DEPOSITS, DEMAND AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS ROSE BY 3.2 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE TIME DEPOSITS RECORDED ZERO GROWTH.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY 1989, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 15.5 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS GREW BY 0.4 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 3.0 PER CENT AND 3.4 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OF THESE DEPOSITS, U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 3.1 PER CENT WHILE NON-U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 2.7 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 29.7 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 4.3 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER INCREASES OF 7.4 PER CENT AND 3.0 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 1.4 PER CENT IN MAY AND BY 21.2 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, FELL BY 0.1 PER CENT IN MAY AND BY 25.7 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH BANKS GREW BY 1.1 PER CENT IN MAY WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 4.8 PER CENT. DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY 1989, THE FORMER ROSE BY 24.4 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 14.6 PER CENT.

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MONEY SUPPLY

HKSM1, HKSM2 AND HKIM3 ROSE BY 1.1 PER CENT, 0.7 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THESE COMPARED WITH CORRESPONDING RATES OF -2.9 PER CENT, 1.3 PER CENT AND 1.6 PER CENT IN APRIL.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY 1989, HKSM1, HK*M2 AND HKSM3 GREW BY 10.6 PER CENT, 14.8 PER CENT AND 15.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF SWAP DEPOSITS, HK$M2 AND HK$M3 EACH GREW BY 1.2 PER CENT IN MAY. COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER, THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 20.5 PER CENT AND 20.4 PER CENT.

TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 0.5 PER CENT, 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MAY. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN APRIL WERE -2.4 PER CENT, 2.4 PER CENT AND 2.7 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 9.8 PER CENT, 24.0 PER CENT AND 23.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DECLINED BY 1.7 PER CENT IN MAY, COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF 5.0 PER CENT IN MARCH AND A DECLINE OF 1.9 PER CENT IN APRIL.

OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 2.0 PER CENT WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES FELL BY 4.6 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG GREW BY 3.0 PER CENT IN MAY. FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 2.2 PER CENT AND 4.4 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 31.8 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 2.0 PER CENT IN MAY COMPARED WITH INCREASES OF 3.9 PER CENT AND 2.9 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 37.1 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG DECREASED BY 5.6 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 7.5 PER CENT IN MARCH AND A DECLINE OF 8.1 PER CENT IN APRIL. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 14.4 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBERS OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 161 AND 35 RESPECTIVELY WHILE THAT OP REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY ONE TO 211.

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toney Supply

H - Hn$ Fr re ign Total currency

12 - HK$

Foreign Total currency

13 HK$

F« reign Tctal currency

ktes and coins in circulation of which held by public

\>tal Deposits

total Demand deposits

'otal Savings deposits

v.tal Time deposits with banks '< Lal Time deposits with dies iK$ deposits kS$ deposits

ther foreign currency deposits •.11 deposits

•‘oreign currency swap deposits

?otal Loans and advances

fo finance U.K.'s visible trade

*0 finance merchandising tr=ce not touching U.K

)ther loans fcr use in H K.

)ther loans fcr use outside H.K.

)ther loans where the place of use is not known

oans in HK$

.cans in foreign currencies fetal leans and advances

MONETARY STATISTICS - MAY 1989

May 1989 (X Earlier months change to Mey 1989) (HKSmn)

79,113 Apr 1983 78,265 ( 1 . 1 % , Feb 1989 62.844 ( -4.5 X) May 1986 71,539 ( 10.6 X)

8.533 8.890 ( -4.0 %) 10,331 (-17 4 X) 8.282 ( 3 0 X)

87,646 87,175 ( 0.5*, 93.175 ( -59 %) 79.822 ( 9 8 X)

373,932 371 267 ( 0.7 ai 365,820 ( 2.2 X) 325,720 ( 14.8 X)

524.927 519.146 ( 1 1 % • 487,988 ( 7.6%) 399,001 ( 31.6 X)

898,859 890,413 ( 0.9 X) 653,807 ( 5.3 X) 724,721 ( 24.0 X)

411.309 403.119 ( 08V 460,052 ( 2.6 X) 357,020 ( 15.2 X)

f f.8,4 10 LI tn a> r.i Cj 0 K 521.515 ( 7.1 X) 429,682 ( 39.0 X)

969,718 964.745 ( 0 t %» 921,567 ( 5.2 %) 786,702 ( 23.3 X)

35.143 35.3C0 ( 0.4 X) 36,415 ( -3.5 X) 30,241 ( 16.2 X)

30,307 30.976 ( 2.2 %) 31,757 ( -4.6 X) 26,469 ( 14.4 X)

57.339 56, 199 ( 2 Ci Xi 61.418 ( -6.6 X) 53,333 ( 7.5 X)

163.263 162.000 ( 0 8 Xl 170.136 ( -4.0 X) 176.199 ( -7. 3 X )

630.836 624 195 ( 11X1 574.512 ( 9.8 %) 415,027 ( 38.6 X)

66.699 72.142 ( -4 d X) 55,692 ( 4.6 X) 59,955 ( 14.6 X)

368,424 364 747 ( 1.0X1 355.73S ( 3.6 X) 319,066 ( 15.5 X)

297,393 288.238 ( 3 1 X) 270,733 ( 9.8%) 227.991 ( 30.4 X)

2!4.425 261 551 ( -2.7 X ) 245.285 ( 3.7 X) 197,455 ( 28 9 X)

920.142 tn G C* c CD e? 871,758 ( 5.6 X) 744.513 ( 236%)

55.147 52.858 ( 4 3%) 47.751 ( 15.5 X) *30,324 ( 8T 9 X)

62,561 60.734 ( 3.0 X) 56,955 ( 9.8 X) 47,451 ( 31.8%)

9,332 11 .912 (-21.7 X) 11.816 (-210 X) 5, 180 ( 80 2 %)

533,923 523.654 ( 2 0 X ) 489,677 ( 3.0%) 389,431 ( 37.1 X)

373.718 396 070 ( 5 6%) 431.220 ( -6.9 %) 326,624 ( 14.4 X)

€9,643 74 815 ( 6.9 X) 76,202 ( -8.6%) 60,081 ( 15.9 X)

483.831 474 348 ( 2.0 X) 436,541 ( 10.8%) 340.919 ( 43.9%)

565,347 592 83? ( 4 6%) 599.329 ( -57%) 487.848 ( 15.9 X)

] 049 177 1 067 1M ( 1 7 tl 1.0:8 670 ( 1.3%) 828.767 ( 26 6 X)

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SPECIAL STAMPS ON MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES

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A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS ON THE THEME OF MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES OF HONG KONG WILL BE ISSUED ON JULY 19, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE STAMPS, IN DENOMINATIONS OF 60 CENTS, SI.40, Si.80 AND S5, WERE DESIGNED BY MR KAN TAI-KEUNG AND PRINTED BY ENSCHEDE SECURITY PRINTING LTD OF HOLLAND.

THEY WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AND THE TSIn SHA TSUI POST OFFICE FROM JULY 8 AND AT THE SOUTH GALLERY OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA ON JULY 15 AND 16.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE FROM TOMORROW.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR FIRST DAY TREATMENT OF FIRST DAY COVERS ARE NOW ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 13 AT ALL POST OFFICES. THE MINIMUM QUANTITY PER ORDER IS FIVE COVERS.

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

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE PHILATELIC BUREAU DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT SI0.30 EACH AT DESIGNATED COUNTERS OF 21 OFFICES ON JULY 19.

THEY ARE THE BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE, CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, KING’S ROAD POST OFFICE, PEAK POST OFFICE, SAI YING PUN POST OFFICE AND TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND; THE AIRPORT POST OFFICE, CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE. GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE, KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, KWUN TONG POST OFFICE, MONG KOK POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE IN KOWLOON; AND THE 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 AND YUEN LONG POST OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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8

SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS *****

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WHICH STARTS TODAY (TUESDAY) WILL HELP ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF CRIME PREVENTION AND PROMOTE THEIR CO-OPERATION WITH THE POLICE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS INVITED TELEVISION ACTRESS, MISS LISA WANG MING-CHUEN, TO BE THE STANDARD-BEARER OF THIS YEAR’S DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

SHE WILL HELP PROMOTE THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGES OF "ANTI-SHOPTHEFT", "HOME SECURITY" AND "ANTI-JUVENILE DELINQUENCY".

THE FIRST ACTIVITY OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO PUT UP AN ANTI-CRTME PUBLICITY SIGNBOARD AT CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BAY EARLIER TODAY REMIND BEACHGOERS TO TAKE GREATER CARE OF THEIR BELONGINGS AND TO REPORT ANY THEFTS TO THE POLICE.

MORE PUBLICITY SIGNBOARDS WILL BE PUT UP AT VARIOUS CARPARKS AND BEACHES IN THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, THE FIRST SIX PHASES OF WHICH HAVE BEEN VERY WELL RECEIVED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS, HAS ALREADY STARTED ITS PHASE VII EXERCISE AT PO YAN HOUSE OF PO LAM ESTATE, TSEUNG KWAN O AT THE END OF LAST MONTH.

UNDER THIS SCHEME, RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT CRIME O THE POLICE AND GIVE MUTUAL HELP TO THEIR NEIGHBOURS SO AS TO DETER BURGLARS AND OTHER CRIMINALS.

THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE IS ALSO SPREAD THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF A LIFT DISPLAY PROJECT IN WHICH PLASTIC SHEETS FOR DISPLAYING CRIME PREVENTION LEAFLETS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR THE DISTRICT'S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO VISIT THE POLICE MUSEUM AND THE WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION. THESE VISITS WILL ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE OPERATION OF THE POLICE FORCE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE A CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VARIETY SHOW, CRIME PREVENTION SEMINARS AND VARIOUS COMPETITIONS. PUBLICITY MATERIALS WILL ALSO BE PRINTED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC.

ALL SAI KUNG RESIDENTS ARB WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES.

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9

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR 50,000 YOUTHS *****

MORE THAN 50,000 YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN A VARIETY OF WHOLESOME ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (Si'P> THIS YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 600 PROJECTS AIMED AT PROMOTING A MORE BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH WILL BE HELD DURING THE SUMMER VACATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN HAY, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT APART FROM RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL PURSUITS, THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO ENHANCE SOCIAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

"ACTIVITIES SUCH AS VISITS, SAILING, KEEP-FIT AND MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES. CAMPING, DANCING, LANGUAGE LEARNING, BALL GAMES, CALLIGRAPHY, SWIMMING, DRAMA, HAIRDRESSING COURSES AND EXPEDITIONS WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH LOTS OF FUN AND THE CHANCE TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL," MR CHAN ADDED.

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, AREA COMMITTEES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

IT HAS RECEIVED A SPONSORSHIP OF $365,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THE PROGRAMME WILL START OFF WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND IN KENNEDY TOWN ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) AFTERNOON.

BROCHURES FOR THE ACTIVITIES AND FREE STALL GAMES COUPONS FOR THE SUNDAY EVENT ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, ITS SUB-OFFICES IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND KENNEDY TOWN, AND THE WESTERN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 36 WESTERN STREET.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523002.

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10

EASTERN DB TO DISCUSS CONFIDENCE ISSUE

******

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS WAYS TO BOOST THE CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE IN THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE AT IS MEETING ON THURSDAY I JULY 6).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROGRESS REPORT BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PAMELA YOUDE HOSPITAL IN CHAI WAN.

THE HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE A FULL ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT AFTER ITS SCHEDULED OPENING IN APRIL 1992.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON A CONSULTATION PAPER. ON PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES TO THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ORDINANCE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE THE FIVE-YEAR URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME, THE NAMING OF A NEW HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME IN CHAI WAN AND A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE USE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD LOGO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 6) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

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TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE FINDINGS OF THE 1988 REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS IN NORTH DISTRICT, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

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THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS BUS COMPANY TO OPERATE ROUTE 7IX, CHEUNG SHA WAN, ONLY AT PEAK PERIODS

A PROPOSAL BY THE KOWLOON MOTOR PLYING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU1 AND DUE TO LOW PATRONAGE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD 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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DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS

*****

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD'S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW ITS WORK PLAN FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 6).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER A DOCUMENT ON NEW SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT IN 1989-90.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE SCHEME FOR IMPORTING SKILLED LABOUR. A PAPER OUTLINING THE URBAN COUNCIL’S JOINT CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, AREA COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 6) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILEE

*****

THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WILL HOLD A GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY TO MARK ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT ITS CAMPUS AT SASSOON ROAD, POK FU LAM, BETWEEN THURSDAY (JULY 6) AND SATURDAY (JULY 8).

THE EXHIBITION WILL FOCUS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLEGE IN THE PAST 50 YEARS, HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF ITS CONTRIBUTIONS IN TEACHER EDUCATION.

THERE WILL BE DISPLAYS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND VIDEO SHOWS TO ILLUSTRATE THE CURRENT TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMMES OPERATED BY THE COLLEGE.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY ON THURSDAY (JULY 6) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE COLLEGE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL ALSO ATTEND.

TEACHERS AND SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE COLLEGE’S EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY BETWEEN NOON AND 4.30 PM ON THURSDAY, BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4.30 PM ON FRIDAY AND BETWEEN 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION'S GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY AT THE COLLEGE’S MAIN BUILDING AT 21 SASSOON ROAD, POK FU LAM.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT (JULY 6).

10.15 AM ON THURSDAY

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KEEP TOILET CLEAN DRIVE STARTS *****

A TERRITORY-WIDE "KEEP THE TOILET CLEAN DRIVE", ORGANISED BY THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, IS BEING HELD FROM THIS MONTH TO SEPTEMBER.

SPONSORED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE DRIVE AIMS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE IN KEEPING PUBLIC TOILETS CLEAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT POINTED OUT THAT IT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO KEEP TOILETS, ESPECIALLY THE PUBLIC AND THE COMMUNAL TOILETS, DRY AND CLEAN.

"A DIRTY TOILET IS NOT ONLY A NUISANCE WHICH ADVERSELY AFFECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT, IT MAY ALSO BRING ABOUT THE SPREAD OF GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES LIKE CHOLERA, VIRAL HEPATITIS, DYSENTERIES, TYPHOID FEVER AND FOOD POISIONING.

"FROM THE HYGIENE POINT OF VIEW, PROPER TOILETS SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING BASIC FACILITIES : AMPLE SUPPLY OF FLUSHING WATER; SUFFICIENT PROVISION OF TISSUE PAPER; SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF LITTER BINS; SUFFICIENT WASHBASINS PROVIDED WITH SOAP; AND THE PROVISION OF HAND DRYING MACHINE OR PAPER TOWELS," HE NOTED.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THOSE PERSONNEL WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF TOILETS TO KEEP THE TOILETS ALWAYS DRY, CLEAN AND HYGIENIC.

"CHOKAGE OF DRAINS AND INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FLUSHING WATER SHOULD BE PROMPTLY RECTIFIED," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING STEPS WHEN THEY USE PUBLIC TOILETS: FLUSH THE WATER CLOSET IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE; USE TISSUE PAPER AND AVOID DUMPING HARD PAPERS OR FOREIGN MATTERS INTO THE WATER CLOSET; WASH THEIR HANDS AFTER USING THE TOILET; AND AVOID SPILLING WATER ONTO THE FLOOR DURING HAND WASHING.

IN ADDITION TO ISSUING PRESS RELEASES AND RADIO API'S (ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST), POSTERS AND STICKERS CARRYING THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE MANAGEMENT OF RESTAURANTS, CINEMAS, SCHOOLS, CIVIC CENTRES, MARKETS, SHOPPING ARCADES, PUBLIC RESORTS AND OTHER PLACES WHERE PUBLIC TOLIETS ARE PROVIDED.

ORGANISATIONS OR MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL WHO WISH TO OBTAIN FREE COPIES OF THE POSTERS AND STICKERS ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT ON 3-7236234 OR 3-7871230.

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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 8) AT 10 AM AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A TOTAL OF BIDDING. 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

THEY ARE:

EA741 EB168 EA6862 EA10

AR252 AA560 339 AE329

CK1631 DZ1111 AT219 EB728

EB8839 BC136 EB369 CC4 16

1950 AG1821 EB817 DJ181

AK1357 HK7300 DM3838 EA9392

EB139 DZ2002 BB8119 EA5889

DF75 EB866 EB1238 EB2779

EB8889 EB687 AD707 EB265

EB3386 EB3682 EA328 EA9388

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 139TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACH ROADS, TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 10 PM AND 7 AM THE NEXT DAY FROM THURSDAY (JULY 6) FOR FOUR NIGHTS.

THE TWO SECTIONS ARE SIU LEK YUEN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN KWONG SIN STREET AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD; AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN SIU LEK YUEN ROAD AND NGAU PEI SHA STREET.

DURING THE CLOSURES, MOTORISTS ON SIU LEK YUEN ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR CITY ONE. SHA TIN, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWONG SIN STREET, AN UNNAMED ROAD AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TAI PO TAI WO ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TWO SECTIONS OF TAI PO TAI WO ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD (TAI WO) AND TOLO HIGHWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

A 75-METRE SECTION ALONG THE SLOW LANE SOUTH OF TAI PO ROAD (TAI WO) WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO 9 AM ON JULY 7.

ANOTHER 75-METRE STRETCH ALONG THE FAST LANE SOUTH OF TAI PO ROAD (TAI WO) WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM ON JULY 7 TO 9 AM ON JULY 9.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

(SUPPLEMENT)

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1989

TRANSCPIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, ON JULY 4, 1989

TUESDAY, JULY 4,

1989

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FOREIGN SECRETARY GIVES PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE FOLLOWING IS A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE:

SIR GEOFFREY (OPENING STATEMENT): MY LATEST VISIT HERE HAS BEEN OF VERY GREAT VALUE. WHEN I ARRIVED I SAID THAT I WOULD LISTEN AS WELL AS EXPLAIN. OVER THE LAST THREE DAYS I HAVE MANAGED TO MEET A VERY WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE.

MY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADVISERS HAVE BEEN, AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE. I HAVE ALSO TALKED TO MANY OTHER PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE, INCLUDING SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE LED DEMONSTRATIONS DURING MY VISIT.

I HAVE ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO SEE SOMETHING OF THE WAY IN WHICH HONG KONG IS CONTINUING TO DEVELOP ITS FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, BY VISITING THE SPLENDID NEW CONVENTION CENTRE AND THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

DURING MY MEETINGS I HAVE EXPRESSED MY ADMIRATION FOR THE FORTITUDE WITH WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE RESPONDED TO RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA. I PAY PARTICULAR TRIBUTE TO THE DEDICATION OF THOSE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

I HAVE,OF COURSE, BEEN DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE VERY GREAT SENSE OF ANXIETY, ABOVE ALL ON THE QUESTION OF NATIONALITY AND RIGHT OF ABODE. I HAVE EXPLAINED HOW THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SEES MATTERS, AND HOW WE CAN REALISTICALLY TRY TO RESPOND TO LOCAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROSPECTS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

SOME OF WHAT I HAVE HAD TO SAY HAS NOT BEEN WELCOME. BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DISHONEST OF ME TO PROMISE WHAT NO BRITISH GOVERNMENT CAN DELIVER; TO ISSUE INSURANCE POLICIES FOR ALL THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HONOUR.

BUT I HAVE ALSO WANTED TO REAFFIRM THE VIEW, WHICH IS IN SUBSTANCE COMMON GROUND, THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION, WITH ITS PROSPECT OF THE GREATEST POSSIBLE AUTONOMY, REMAINS THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE. INDEED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE JOINT DECLARATION HAS BEEN HEIGHTENED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN CHINA.

I, AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE, WILL TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE CHANGED MOOD IN HONG KONG IN WHAT WE SAY AND DO OVER THE COMING MONTHS. I SHALL BE GOING BACK TO LONDON WITH SEVEN POINTS PARTICULARLY IN MIND.

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FIRST, ON THE QUESTION OF NATIONALITY WE INTEND TO MAKE AN EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT OF A SCHEME THAT WILL MAKE SOME PROVISION FOR PEOPLE IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS ON THE BASIS NOT SIMPLY OF CONNECTIONS WITH BRITAIN, BUT ALSO OF THE VALUE OF THEIR SERVICE TO HONG KONG. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS SCHEME WILL BE TO GIVE PEOPLE THE CONFIDENCE TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG, NOT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO LEAVE.

* SECOND, IN MADRID LAST WEEK I ALERTED OUR EUROPEAN COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO THE PROBLEMS WHICH HONG KONG FACES AND THE NEED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO RALLY ROUND HONG KONG. SINCE MY ARRIVAL HERE I HAVE ALSO BEEN IN DIRECT TOUCH WITH THE SIX OTHER COUNTRIES THAT WILL BE REPRESENTED AT THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT IN PARIS NEXT WEEK. WE SHALL CONTINUE TO WORK ENERGETICALLY TO MOBILISE THE SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON HONG KONG’S BEHALF OVER THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD.

» THIRD, ACTION ON A BILL OF RIGHTS IS BEING PURSUED URGENTLY.

» FOURTH, THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO BE FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN THE TERRITORY. IT IS ALREADY PLAIN THAT PLANS FOR 1991 WILL HAVE TO BE REVISED, AND THAT WE SHALL NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT FURTHER STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN BEFORE 1997.

» FIFTH, THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW. OUR OBJECTIVE MUST BE TO ENSURE FULL CONFORMITY WITH THE SPIRIT AS WELL AS THE LETTER OF THE JOINT DECLARATION SO THAT IT MATCHES UP TO THE NEEDS OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE AS THEY FACE THE FUTURE. I HAVE ALREADY DRAWN ATTENTION TO ARTICLE 18 WHICH I KNOW CAUSES YOU SUCH ANXIETY.

SIXTH, IT IS VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT THE LEADERSHIP IN PEKING NEED TO TAKE EARLY AND TANGIBLE ACTION TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN CHINA’S INTENTIONS TOWARDS HONG KONG. I SHALL BE PRESSING THIS STRONGLY UPON THEM.

* FINALLY. ON THE MATTER OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, LET ME SIMPLY REPEAT MY MESSAGE OF THIS MORNING. WE ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM OVER THE EARLY REPATRIATION OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY AS REFUGEES. I HOPE THAT GOOD PROGRESS WILL BE APPARENT BEFORE LONG.

/SIMON MACKLIN .......

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SIMON MACKLIN (SCMP) : SIR GEOFFREY, WHILE THIS VISIT MAY HAVE BEEN OF VALUE TO YOU, WHAT VALUE DO YOU THINK IT HAS BEEN TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, SINCE YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY SO LITTLE?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, ALL THOSE WHO’VE CLAIMED TO SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING SOME OF THOSE MOST ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE, HAVE EXPRESSED THEMSELVES VERY GRATEFUL FOR MY VISIT HERE, PRECISELY BECAUSE IT HAS GIVEN THEM THE PLAINEST POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS TO ME THEIR ANXIETIES AND THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE. AND I’VE NO DOUBT THAT HAD I NOT COME AT A TIME OF SUCH CRITICAL IMPORTANCE FOR HONG KONG, THAT THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DIFFIDENT IN CRITICISING ME FOR FAILING TO TURN UP.

I’VE COME HERE BECAUSE I WANT TO HEAR AND MEET PEOPLE ON THE SPOT, TO ASSESS FOR MYSELF - AND ALSO TO MAKE CERTAIN VERY CLEAR STATEMENTS OF THE KIND THAT I’VE MADE IN THE STATEMENT I'VE JUST GIVEN.

CHRISTOPHER LOCKWOOD (DAILY TELEGRAPH) : YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT URGENTLY IMPRESSING UPON THE LEADERSHIP IN CHINA THE NEED FOR THEM TO TAKE CONCRETE ACTION TO REASSURE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, HOW WILL YOU BE DOING THAT? WILL YOU BE VISITING PEKING TO NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH THEM? AND IF YOU GO. WHO WOULD YOU TALK TO? YOU MENTION JIANG ZEMIN IN YOUR SPEECH, BUT NOT LI PENG, DENG XIAOPING, OR YANG SHANKUNG.

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, I DON’T HAVE IN MIND ANY INSTANT PROGRAMME OF BI-LATERAL VISITS OR ANYTHING OF THAT KIND. BUT THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND DIFFERENT LEVELS AT WHICH WE CAN BEGIN MAKING OUR VIEWS CLEAR. THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN CONTACT THROUGH EMBASSIES AT BOTH ENDS, AND THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AT WHICH WE CAN HAVE MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT LEVELS AT DIFFERENT STAGES. AND OF COURSE, IN DUE COURSE. I SHALL BE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES OF MAKING DIRECT PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THE MOST APPROPRIATE PEOPLE.

AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH ON MONDAY, THE EVENTS OF JUNE 3-4 DESTROYED IN 24 HOURS THE CONSEQUENCES OF TEN YEARS’ WORK BY MANY PEOPLE AND WE SHALL HAVE TO BE WORKING PATIENTLY AND TENACIOUSLY IN A WHOLE RANGE OF DIFFERENT WAYS. BUT HAVE NO DOUBT THAT HER MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT WILL BE LOOKING FOR AND TAKING EVERY SENSIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR PRESSING AS STRONGLY AS POSSIBLE UPON THOSE NOW IN CHARGE IN PEKING, THE IMPORTANCE FOR THEM, NOT JUST TO TAKE ONE ACTION, BUT TO ACT, AND TO ACT ON A SUSTAINED BASIS, TO TRY TO ERASE THE DAMAGING CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HAPPENED THERE A MONTH AGO.

/SALLY BLYTH ......

TUESDAY, JULY *+, 1989

SALLY BLYTH (RTHK): YOU SAY THAT YOU WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE MOOD OF THE CHANGED ATMOSPHERE IN HONG KONG WHEN YOU GO BACK TO LONDON. BUT WHEN THE BRITISH CABINET IS CONSIDERING THE PROPOSALS ON NATIONALITY, WILL YOU, PERHAPS, BE PUSHING FOR MORE RADICAL ALTERATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR VISIT HERE?

SIR GEOFFREY HOWE: WELL, I DON’T DISCLOSE EVEN IN ADVANCE, WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY IN CABINET. BUT I CERTAINLY HAVE TAKEN ON BOARD - AS I THINK I HAD ALREADY, AS A MATTER OF FACT - THE EXTENT OF PEOPLE'S CONCERN HERE ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE QUESTION. ONE THING THAT 1 CAN SAY IS THAT THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVELY REPRESENTED BY THE LEADERS OF HONG KONG'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT WHEN THEY CAME TO BRITAIN A WEEK OR TWO AGO, AND THEY WERE MADE VERY CLEAR TO THE MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WHEN THEY WERE HERE. SO WE ARE IN NO DOUBT ABOUT THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ALREADY.

SALLY BLYTH (RTHK) : SO. WHAT WAS THE USE OF YOUR VISIT THEN, IF THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT?

SIR GEOFFREY : WELL, THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AS FULLY AS POSSIBLE, WITHOUT MY BEING ABLE TO SEE THEM FOR MYSELF HERE.

IRENE SUNG (SING TAO JIH PAO) : SIR GEOFFREY, YOU HAVE SAID THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION — OFFERING THE BEST POSSIBLE GUARANTEE OF HONG KONG'S FUTURE, BUT HOW CAN YOU CONVINCE HONG KONG PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THAT THE BINDING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WON’T BE VANISHED AFTER 1997?

SIR GEOFFREY : WELL, WHAT I’VE SAID IS THAT THAT PROPOSITION IS. IN SUBSTANCE, COMMON GROUND. THAT IS THE VIEW EXPRESSED BY OMELCO, AS BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. ALMOST EVERYONE - NOT EVERYONE - BUT ALMOST EVERYONE WHO HAS CONSIDERED IT, HAS PROCLAIMED THE JOINT DECLARATION AS, IN ITSELF, AN ACHIEVEMENT. THEY’VE ALL JOINED WITH ME IN SAYING THAT CONFIDENCE IN IT HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY WEAKENED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN PEKING BUT THAT WE HAVE TO START FROM IT AS THE BEST DEFINITION OF THE SAFEGUARDS THAT PEOPLE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE AND PUT IN PLACE MORE FIRMLY. SO WE START FROM THAT AND THAT’S WHY I GO ON TO SAY THAT IT’S FOR THE LEADERSHIP IN PEKING NOW, TO BEGIN TAKING ACTION AFTER ACTION TO HELP RESTORE SOME CONFIDENCE IN THEIR COMMITMENT TO IT. IT WILL TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND THERE’S A HUGE GAP OF GROWTH AND CONFIDENCE TO BE OVERCOME. BUT EVERYONE AGREES THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION IS THE BEST STARTING POINT.

/JOHN ELLIOTT .......

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JOHN ELLIOTT (FINANCIAL TIMES) : HOW DO YOU REACT TO THE MESSAGE YOU’VE HEARD CONTINUALLY IN THE LAST TWO DAYS, THAT YOUR PLANS FOR PASSPORTS WILL BE DIVISIVE AND COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

SIR GEOFFREY : I THINK I FOUND AN INCREASING REALISATION THAT THERE IS SUBSTANCE IN THE CASE THAT I'VE BEEN MAKING ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES OF A COMPREHENSIVE, ALL-EMBRACING INSURANCE SCHEME. I THINK THERE IS ALSO AN UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT CASE IS BASED ON A REALISTIC APPRECIATION OF REALISTIC FACTORS. SO THEREFORE, THERE HAS BEEN A DEVELOPMENT IN PEOPLE'S THINKING, WHILE THEY STILL CONTINUE TO ARGUE - AND I UNDERSTAND IT - THAT ANYTHING LESS THAN A FULL SCHEME WILL BE DIVISIVE, THEY DO GO ON TO SAY THAT THE BEST SHOULD NOT BE THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD. I THINK THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT. IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP GIVE GREATER ASSURANCE TO SIGNIFICANT PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY HERE, THAT WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER THAN NOTHING.

JOHN ELLIOTT (FINANCIAL TIMES) : PARTS OR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION?

SIR GEOFFREY: I DON’T SEE THE DIFFERENCE.

JOHN ELLIOTT: SIGNIFICANT PARTS, MEANS SELECTING CERTAIN PEOPLE.

SIR GEOFFREY: OH, I SEE. NO, WE’VE TRIED TO MAKE IT ON THE BASIS THAT IT’LL BE -- OUR APPROACH MUST BE AS NON-DIVISIVE AS POSSIBLE. AND THAT’S WHY I EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRIVATE AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

WONG SAU-YING (AFP): ARE YOU ASHAMED OF THE FACT THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE DONE SO LITTLE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?

SIR GEOFFREY : NO, NOT IN THE LEAST. I’M IMPRESSED BY THE EXTENT TO WHICH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THE CANDOUR AND THE ENERGY AND DETERMINATION WITH WHICH WE’VE TRIED TO REPRESENT THEIR CASE. THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE, TO THEIR CREDIT, ENORMOUS ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF A SITUATION THAT IS HISTORICALLY AND GEOGRAPHICALLY UNIQUELY EXPOSED. AND IT IS FOR THAT REASON THAT WE HAVE TRIED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN AT EVERY STAGE, TO HELP THEM. THE WORK WE HAD TO DO IN FACE OF, WHAT LOOKED LIKE VERY DIFFICULT ODDS AT THE OUTSET, TO SECURE THE JOINT DECLARATION, WAS VERY WARMLY APPRECIATED, AND STILL IS. THE FACT THAT IT’S NOW BEEN PLACED IN SUCH JEOPARDY BY WHAT’S HAPPENED IN PEKING, IS AS MUCH OF A SHOCK TO US AS IT IS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG RECOGNISE THAT WE MUST THEREFORE ALL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TOGETHER, TO TRY AND CONSOLIDATE THE POSITION. THE FACT THAT 1 CAN’T ACCEPT EVERY SINGLE COMPONENT OF WHAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD PRESCRIBE AS IDEAL, DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE’RE NOT DOING A VERY GREAT DEAL.

/DEAN NELSON .......

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DEAN NELSON (SUNDAY MORNING POST): SIR GEOFFREY, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY PROFESSOR BERNARD CORREY, OF QUEEN MARY COLLEGE LONDON, WHICH SAID BRITAIN’S ECONOMY' COULD ACTUALLY BENEFIT FROM THE ARRIVAL OF THREE AND A QUARTER MILLION HONG KONG CHINESE?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, I WAS STRUCK BY THE REPORT, WHICH I CONFESS I HAVEN’T YET READ COMPLETELY. BUT I WAS GRATEFUL TO THE SUNDAY MORNING POST FOR PRINTING, AS I UNDERSTOOD IT, ALL THE CONCLUSIONS, CHAPTER 10 OF THE REPORT, IN FULL. BECAUSE IT SEEMED TO ME THAT THAT CHAPTER SUCCEEDED IN SUMMARISING THE DIFFICULTIES AND THE PROBLEMS WITH AMPLE LUCIDITY, AND, IF ANYTHING, FORTIFIED THE ANXIETIES WHICH I EXPRESSED IN MY SPEECH YESTERDAY.

LAW KWOK WAI (ORIENTAL DAILY) : SIR GEOFFREY, DON’T YOU NOTICE THAT THE CHINESE SHOP THAT YOU VISITED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON PUT ON A BIG BANNER SAYING "IMMIGRATION, BIG SALE". WHEN THE MINDS OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE OCCUPIED WITH THE IDEA OF IMMIGRATION EVERY DAY, DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION PROMISED, TO BE MAINTAINED?

SIR GEOFFREY: I UNDERSTAND, AS I’VE SAID ALREADY, THE EXTENT TO WHICH PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE CONCERNED WITH THE CITIZENSHIP, RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE. BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, CERTAINLY THOSE TO WHOM I HAVE SPOKEN, HAVE NOW A CLEARER AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF BRITAIN OFFERING TO SIGN A BLANK CHEQUE FOR THREE, FOUR, OR FIVE MILLION PEOPLE. AND INDEED, THE MORE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG SEEK TO IMPRESS UPON US THE IMPORTANCE THEY ATTACH TO THAT PROPOSITION, IN A SENSE, THE MORE RECKLESS IT WOULD BECOME TO OFFER AN INSURANCE POLICY OF THAT KIND. THAT’S WHY I'VE SAID IN MY STATEMENT TODAY, WE SHALL BE SEEKING TO ENGAGE THE INTEREST OF OTliER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD IN COMING TO THE ASSISTANCE OF HONG KONG SO FAR AS POSSIBLE, IF THAT NEED SHOULD EVER ARISE.

CLAUDIA ROSETTE (WALL STREET JOURNAL): I BELIEVE THAT PRIME MINISTER THATCHER’S GOVERNMENT HAS SOME APPRECIATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTIONS AS AN INSTITUTIONAL MEANS OF MAKING PEOPLE’S NEEDS KNOWN AND ALLOWING THEM TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME THE LOGIC BEHIND WHATEVER CHOICE YOU’VE MADE, NOT TO CALL FULL ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE, FOR INSTANCE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR?

/SIR GEOFFREY .......

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SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, WE START FROM THE PREMISE WHICH I ARTICULATED IN MY SPEECH, AND INDEED IN MY STATEMENT TODAY, THAT ON A MATTER OF THIS KIND WE NEED TO BE GUIDED VERY MUCH BY THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. THE PRESENT CONSTITUTIONAL PROSPECT I,: FOUNDED, TO THE BEST OF OUR JUDGEMENT, ON THOSE OPINIONS. THE MOS■ RECENT EXPRESSION HANG ON, CONTAIN YOURSELF — THE MOST RECENT EXPRESSION OF THAT OPINION IS THAT EXPRESSED BY OMELCO ON MAY 2'. WHICH OFFERED THE PROSPECT OF 50 PER CENT BY 1997. OMELCO HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THEY WILL BE RECONSIDERING THAT IN THE LIGHT OF MORK R3CENT DEVELOPMENTS. WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR WE SHALL BE GUIDED, VERY LARGELY. BY THE OUTCOME OF THAT CONSIDERATION.

CLAUDIA ROSETTE: BUT YOU ARE LISTENING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LARGELY APPOINTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. WHY NOT -- EVEN THE FRENCH DO THIS -- WHY NOT A REFERENDUM ON THE ISSUE OF ELECTIONS?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, I’M NOT SURE THAT THE COMMENDATION "EVEN THE FRENCH" IS MEANT TO PUT IT HIGHER OR LOWER IN THE PATTERN OF PRIORITIES. BUT THE FACT IS THAT REFERENDA HAVE NOT BEEN A FEATURE OF BRITISH GOVERNMENT EITHER IN THE UK OR ANYWHERE ELSE. AND WE DO. CLEARLY, HAVE TO TRY AND REACH A CONCLUSION THAT IS THE MOST SENSIBLE, BALANCING A WHOLE RANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES. AND ALL THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVE CONSIDERING THE HISTORY AND PATTERN OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG SO FAR, AND PAYING SERIOUS ATTENTION TO THfi OPINIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED WITH IT, WHICH INCLUDE AT LEAST. THOSE MEMBERS OF OMELCO.

PHILIP BOWRING (FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW): WHY IS IT THAT THERE IS "NO WAY" TO QUOTE YOUR PHRASE, THAT BRITAIN COULD GRANT RIGHT OF ABODE TO 3.5 MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE, GIVEN THE FACT THAT 40 MILLION SPANIARDS, EIGHT MILLION PORTUGUESE AND EIGHT MILLION GREEKS, ARE COMING FROM COUNTRIES WITH STANDARDS OF LIVING LOWER THAN HONG KONG, WITH VERY RECENT RECORDS OF DICTATORIAL REGIMES WHICH COULD PRODUCE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE - IN PEOPLE LEAVING AND SO FORTH. WHY IS IT THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT A PROBLEM, ALL 60 MILLION OF THEM, BUT 3.5 MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE APPARENTLY ARE?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, YOU’LL FIND THAT THERE’S AN INTERESTING SET OF DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE WORLD TODAY. INVOLVING AS IT DOES THE EMERGENCE OF REGIONAL GROUPINGS OF INCREASINGLY CLOSE POLITICAL IDENTITY, WHEREBY THE UNCHECKED PATTERN OF EMIGRATION AROUND THE WORLD IS TENDING TO BE REGULATED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BARRIERS OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER, ROUND THOSE REGIONAL GROUPS. YOU’LL FIND THAT THE TREATY OF ROME SEEKS TO PROVIDE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR CITIZENS OF THE COMMUNITY BUT NOT BEYOND THAT. YOU’LL FIND THE UNITED STATES INCREASINGLY IS TENDING TO CHECK FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AT ITS OWN EXTERNAL FRONTIERS.

/PHILIP BOWRING .......

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PHILIP BOWRING: BUT. IS IT NOT, SIR GEOFFREY, THAT.......

SIR GEOFFREY: .... EVEN THE FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW 13 ENTITLED TO HAVE THE FULL ANSWER TO ITS QUESTION........

PHILIP BOWRING: WOULD YOU ADDRESS YOURSELF THEN TO THE POINT WHICH HAS BEEN RAISED WHEN YOU’RE ANSWERING.

SIR GEOFFREY: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE -- I DO NOT COME TO PRESS CONFERENCES TO BE HECKLED, AND YOURS IS THE FIRST OCCASION THAT I’Vi HAD THAT HAPPEN.....

PHILIP BOWRING: I’M NOT HECKLING YOU, SIR GEOFFREY, I’M JUST ASKING YOU WHETHER, HAVING RAISED IT, YOU COULD ADDRESS YOURSELF TO THE FRENCH AND THE PORTUGUESE ISSUES?

SIR GEOFFREY: I’M AFRAID I’M NOT GOING TO ANSWER ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS FROM YOU, SIR.

LI YUK LIN (ATV): SIR GEOFFREY, YOU SAID A MOMENT AGO THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION IS THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. I KNOW THAT MR JI PENG FEI OF THE HONG KONG-MACAU OFFICE SAID THAT ONE COUNTRY TWO-SYSTEM CONCEPT WILL GIVE HONG KONG A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY. AND YET THEY CANNOT INTERFERE WITH THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF CHINA. IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS, MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG SUPPORTED THE BEIJING STUDENTS. TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AND TO YOU, DO YOU THINK THAT THIS WOULD JEOPARDISE THE CONCEPT OF ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEM, AND THEN ALSO PUT IN JEOPARDY THE JOINT DECLARATION. FROM YOUR ANGLE, DO YOU THINK THAT SUCH ACTIONS SHOULD STOP?

SIR GEOFFREY: I UNDERSTAND, OF COURSE, THE STARTING POINT BEING THE JOINT DECLARATION. I DREW ATTENTION TO THE FACT, YESTERDAY, THAT CHINESE LEADERS v HAD BEEN REAFFIRMING THE IMPORTANCE OF ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEMS. THAT ,IN ITSELF IS NOT ENOUGH. BUT I’M SURE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ACHIEVE, IS THE FLOURISHMENT OF THE SYSTEM WE’VE SOUGHT TO SECURE FOR HONG KONG HERE IN HONG KONG AND I THINK THAT IT MUST BE SENSIBLE.TO CONCENTRATE ON THAT. IF ONE IS SEEKING TO PROTECT HONG KONG, AND THE SYSTEM WE'VE ESTABLISHED HERE FROM DOMINANCE OR INTERFERENCE BY THE OTHER SYSTEM IN THE OTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY, THEN IT MUST, I THINK, BE SENSIBLE TO SET ABOUT ESTABLISHING OUR OWN SYSTEM IN THE SAME WAY.

/ABC NEWS .......

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ABC NEWS : SIR GEOFFREY, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANYTHING THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN OR SHOULD DO FOR HONG KONG, MOVING TOWARDS 1997?

SIR GEOFFREY: YES, TWO THINGS. ONE, IT SHOULD -I’M ALLOWED TO OFFER TWO ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION. THE FIRST ONE, THE UNITED STATES HAS JOINED WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD IN CONDEMNING VERY VIGOUROUSLY WHAT’S HAPPENED IN PEKING AND CHINA, AND IN TAKING MEASURES, AS WE'VE ALL DONE IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, TO BREAK OFF HIGH LEVEL CONTACT, TO BAN ARMS SALES. AND TO RESTRAIN NEW DEALS FOR THE WORLD BANK AND SO ON. AND THAT’S FINE. BUT I THINK THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE PRUDENT TO AVOID GOING FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD TOWARDS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS. I'M QUITE CERTAIN THAT THE MOST SECURE WAY OF BEING ABLE TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT OF A SENSIBLE KIND, WITH SENSIBLE LEADERSHIP IN PEKING, IS TO RETAIN THE PROSPECT OF ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH EACH OTHER. I SAY THAT, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT’S OF ENORMOUS IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG; HONG KONG WOULD BE GRAVELY DAMAGED IF THE UNITED STATES, STILL LESS OTHER COUNTRIES, WERE TO ENGAGE IN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, AND I BELIEVE THAT THEY’D BE WRONG FOR THEIR OWN SAKES. THAT’S POINT NUMBER ONE.

POINT NUMBER TWO. THE UNITED STATES HAS GOT TO FOLLOW THROUGH THE LOGIC OF ITS OWN MESSAGE ON VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. MR EAGLEBURGER IN THE SPEECH THAT HE MADE IN GENEVA AT THE CONFERENCE THE OTHER DAY, SAID AS FOLLOWS:

"THOSE WHO FLEE CLANDESTINELY AND CANNOT ESTABLISH A WELL FOUNDED FEAR OF PERSECUTION, MUST UNDERSTAND THAT SUCH FLIGHT NO LONGER LEADS TO RESETTLEMENT. SUCH PERSONS WILL FACE AND INDEFINITE STAY IN A HOLDING CAMP. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THOSE THINKING OF FLEEING THE FORMER NORTH VIETNAM, TO REALISE THAT MOST WILL FAIL TO QUALIFY AS REFUGEES AND WILL THEREFORE NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR RESETTLEMENT."

THERE YOU HAVE THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES TELLING THE GENEVA REFUGEE CONFERENCE THAT ANYONE WHO LEAVES VIETNAM WILL BE STOPPED IN HONG KONG; WILL HAVE NO PROSPECT OF GOING ON TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. AND YET THE UNITED STATES, ALMOST ALONE IN THAT CONFERENCE, WAS UNWILLING TO ACCEPT THE LOGIC OF ITS OWN ARGUMENT AND RECOGNISE THAT THE ONLY PLACE IN WHICH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE COULD LOOK FORWARD TO A FUTURE IS BACK IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. SO THAT’S THE SECOND, MOST IMPORTANT THING THE UNITED STATES CAN DO. IT WAS ALMOST ALONE IN THAT CONFERENCE, IN FAILING TO FOLLOW THROUGH THE LOGIC OF MR EAGLEBURGER’S SPEECH. SO PLEASE URGE THEM TO DO JUST THAT.

/HARVEY PONG .......

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HARVEY PONG (WAH KIU YAT PAO) : ACCORDING TO THE TIMETABLE, IN 1992 THE FIRST GURKHA BATTALION OF 48 BRIGADE WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM HONG KONG, DO YOU THINK IT’S WISE TO RUN DOWN THE GURKHAS IN MID-1990 'S WHEN THEY MAY BE REQUIRED EVEN MORE THAN EVER TO PROVIDE STABILITY IN HONG KONG, AND TO COPE WITH DISORDER THAT MAY ARISE?

SIR GEOFFREY: I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION AMONGST MANY THAT HAVE TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, ADDRESSING THAT QUESTION, IS THE PROVISION IN THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS OWN INTERNAL SECURITY. IT’S FOR THAT REASON THAT THE HONG KONG POLICE FORCE ESTABLISHMENT HAS BEEN GROWING IN THE YEARS SINCE THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS MADE. AND I’M SURE THAT IT IS RIGHT, SO FAR AND AS FAST AS WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS IN THAT DIRECTION, FOR HONG KONG’S INTERNAL SECURITY TO BE BASED, NOT UPON SOLDIERS FROM ANYWHERE ELSE, BUT UPON HER OWN POLICE FORCE. SO, I THINK THAT’S A GOOD REASON FOR OUR BEING RELUCTANT TO LEAN ANY MORE THAN WE HAVE TO ON THE GURKHAS OR ANYBODY ELSE. ALL DECISIONS, OF COURSE, CAN BE RECONSIDERED.

HARVEY PONG: WILL THERE BE A REVIEW ON WITHDRAWAL PLANS?

SIR GEOFFREY: ALL DECISIONS, AT ALL TIMES, ARE CAPABLE OF RECONSIDERATION. BUT THE POINT I’M MAKING, THE CENTRAL POINT IS THAT FOR HONG KONG’S OWN INTERESTS, IT IS BEST TO MAKE AS STEADY PROGRESS AS POSSIBLE TOWARDS HAVING INTERNAL SECURITY BASED FIRMLY AND PROGRESSIVELY ON ITS OWN POLICE FORCE.

KATE

KATE ADIE (BBC) : YOU TALK, IN ONE OF YOUR POINTS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE BACK FROM THIS MEETING, ABOUT BOTH YOUR MEETINGS THAT PEKING NEEDS TO TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE, IS A FINE THOUGHT. WHAT EVIDENCE DOES HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT

OF TRUST BEING HELD IN THE PEKING

WHICH HAVE

WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT PEOPLE OF HONG KONG CAN TRUST THE

GOVERNMENT. IT’S ONE THING TO HOPE; . THE GOVERNMENT OF BRITAIN AND THE PRESENT CHINESE RULERS?

SIR GEOFFREY: THE BURDEN

0F MY SPEECH YESTERDAY, AND IN MY STATEMENT TODAY, STARTS FROM THE PREMISE THAT THE TRUST THAT HAD BEEN BUILT UP OVER TEN YEARS BEFORE JUNE 4, HAS BEEN VERY LARGELY DESTROYED BY WHAT HAPPENED THERE. AND IT’S FOR THAT REASON I’VE EMPHASISED MY SPEECH THERE, AND AGAIN TODAY, THAT THAT TRUST WILL HAVE TO RECREATED BY A WHOLE SERIES OF ACTIONS, RATHER THAN WORDS, FROM PEKING GOVERNMENT. THE WAY IN WHICH THEY TREAT THEIR OWN PEOPLE NOW ON, WILL NEED TO BE TRANSFORMED FROM WHAT IS NOW HAPPENING. WAY IN WHICH THEY RESPOND TO THE CASE THAT WE MAKE IN RELATION TO BASIC LAW WILL NEED TO BE VERY SERIOUSLY EXAMINED. BUT I DON’T TO SAY THAT THERE IS ANY SINGLE ACTION THAT ANY CHINESE LEADER TAKE, THAT COULD WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN, OR ANYTHING LIKE IT.

TO BE A LONG BUSINESS, AND IT’S BECAUSE OF THE EXTENT TO TRUST HAS BEEN SO LARGELY DESTROYED, THAT WE NEED TO TRY AND BUILD IN FORTIFICATIONS FOR THE CENTRAL BASIS OF HONG KONG’S DEFENCE, IS ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEMS. SO THAT POINT, IS ONE OF A NUMBER

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/KATE ADIE .......

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KATE ADIE: MAY I JUST PUT AS A SUPPLEMENTARY, PLEASE. YOU SAY IT TAKES A LONG TIME. THERE IS NOT A LONG TIME LEFT BEFORE 1997. ARE YOU PREPARED TO GIVE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS FOR THIS TRUST TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED?

SIR GEOFFREY: THE DATE, 1997, WAS INSCRIBED IN HISTORY 95 YEARS AGO. I CAN’T CHANGE THAT. THE FACT THAT IT’S AS CLOSE AS IT IS UNDERLINES THE TRAGEDY INVOLVED IN WHAT HAPPENED IN PEKING A MONTH AGO. BUT WE HAVE TO START FROM WHERE WE ARE. AND WE SHALL HAVE TO PRESS ALL THE POINTS I’VE OUTLINED: AND IMPRESS THEM AT EVERY POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY, ON CHINA. AND I DON’T JUST MEAN DRAW THEIR ATTENTION TO IT. ONE HAS TO TRY AND SECURE THE UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE WHO CURRENTLY RULE CHINA, AND OF THOSE WHO MAY REPLACE THEM, THAT IF THEY DREAM OF ACHIEVING THE PROSPECT OF HONG KONG RETURNING TO CHINA’S GREATER SOVEREIGNTY WITH ANYTHING LIKE ITS PRESENT STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, THEN THEY HAVE GOT TO ADDRESS THEMSELVES WITH THE UTMOST SERIOUSNESS TO A WHOLE AGENDA - WHICH I CAN’T SKETCH NOW - AND ALONGSIDE THAT, WE SEEK TO MOBILISE WORLD OPINION AS WIDELY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. THE FACT THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS REGISTERED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AS A JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN TWO PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO COME BACK TO THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. IF PEKING SEEKS TO SECURE AND MAINTAIN A POSITION IN ANY SENSE COMPATIBLE WITH THAT ROLE, THEN THEY HAVE TO ADDRESS THEMSELVES TO THIS AGENDA CONTINUOUSLY, AND ENERGETICALLY.

ONG HOCK CHUAN (HK STANDARD) : SIR GEOFFREY, YOU SAID THAT PEOPLE HAD CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, YET 60,000 PEOPLE EMIGRATE OUT OF HONG KONG EVERY YEAR. THESE ARE THE CREAM OF HONG KONG. OBVIOUSLY, THEY DO NOT JOIN YOU IN HAVING CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. DO YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION?

SIR GEOFFREY: WHAT I WAS SAYING IS NOT THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE, OR DO HAVE, OR SHOULD HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. WHAT I WAS SAYING THOUGH IS THAT IT IS COMMON GROUND BETWEEN ALL THOSE WHO SEEK TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AS WELL AS OURSELVES, THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION IS THE BEST PLACE ON WHICH TO STAND. IT REPRESENTS A DEFINITION OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE, WHICH IS SEPARATENESS FOR HONG KONG, IN A ROLE AND LIFESTYLE OF ITS OWN. OF COURSE. NOBODY IS ABLE TO SAY ’’THAT IS FOR SURE, FAIL-SAFE, FOREVER” -FAR FROM IT. OF COURSE, THE PATTERN OF EMIGRATION FROM HONG KONG -WHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE YEARS ANYWAY AND WHICH IS NOW TAKING PLACE ON A MUCH MORE SUBSTANTIAL SCALE - IS A MEASURE OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THAT. THAT’S ONE REASON WHY I’VE GONE THROUGH THE SEVEN POINTS THAT I’VE SET OUT HERE. THEY ARE ALL THINGS THAT BRITAIN CAN DO, AND WILL DO, TO TRY AND STRENGTHEN THAT CONFIDENCE. BUT NEITHER BRITAIN NOR ANYBODY ELSE CAN DELIVER 100 PER CENT GUARANTEES OF RELIABILITY IN THAT RESPECT.

/NICOLA PARKINSON .......

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NICOLA PARKINSON (DAILY EXPRESS) : HAS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MADE ANY PROVISION FOR THE POSSIBLE ARRIVAL OF 300 MILLION EUROPEANS AFTER 1992?

SIR GEOFFREY: NO, BECAUSE THE EUROPEAN ARRANGEMENTS AND IT GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY OF RE-ADDRESSING MYSELF TO THE FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW. AS LONG AS HE CAN LISTEN TO ME PATIENTLY -- THE EUROPEAN DEAL IS PROVIDING FOR FREE MOVEMENT ALL WAYS, BY 320 MILLION PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF BRITONS TRAVEL TO SPAIN, FOR EXAMPLE. EVERY YEAR CURRENTLY. THERE’S A GROWING DEVELOPING PATTERN OF THAT KIND AND THAT IS SOMETHING WHICH WE HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH AS A COMMITMENT SINCE 1972, PROVIDING FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT WITHIN ONE GEOGRAPHICAL REGION. BUT THE IMPACT OF AN OPEN-ENDED PLEDGE TO THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX MILLION PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, WOULD BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM THAT BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE COMING, NOT JUST AS MIGRANTS FOR WORK, MATCHING BRITISH MIGRANTS GOING ROUND THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY, BUT AS A NET SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION OF PEOPLE COMING TO SETTLE. THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE.

STEVE VINES (OBSERVER): SIR GEOFFREY, I’M SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO YOU WHILE YOU’VE BEEN HERE THAT BRITISH POLICY MIGHT CREATE AN ANTI-BRITISH BACKLASH. AND ALSO, INDEED, THAT THE BRITISH ADMINISTRATION MIGHT FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GOVERN HERE. WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THOSE VIEWS?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, TO TAKE THEM ON BOARD, OF COURSE, AND RECOGNISE THAT IT’S A POINT THAT IT HAS BEEN PUT AND CAN BE PUT. BUT THEN TO GO ON TO- SAY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HERE HAS THE STRENGTH OF NOT BEING A BRITISH ADMINISTRATION: IT’S AN ADMINISTRATION INSPIRED BY THE STYLE AND POLICY OF BRITISH GOVERNMENT OVER MANY YEARS BUT IT’S AN ADMINISTRATION NOW WHICH IS HEAVILY DOMINATED BY THE IMPACT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE THEMSELVES. AND ITS PERFORMANCE THROUGH THE PROBLEMS OF RECENT MONTHS, CONFIRMS ONE’S UNDERSTANDING OF ITS MATURITY AND ABILITY TO ADDRESS THESE THINGS. SO FAR AS THE WIDER QUESTION IS CONCERNED, IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. OF COURSE, THAT IN THE FACE OF THE SHOCKING EVENTS OF THE LAST MONTH, PEOPLE SHOULD BE LOOKING TO FIND SOMEONE WHOM THEY CAN BLAME FOR IT. AND UNDERSTANDABLE TO LOOK OUT TOWARDS BRITAIN AS HAVING A GREATER ROLE THAN IS ACTUALLY POSSIBLE. BUT MY IMPRESSION, NOT LEAST FROM THIS VISIT, IS THAT NOBODY ACTUALLY WANTS TO SUSTAIN THAT KIND OF VIEW. THAT THERE IS A RECOGNITION THAT WE DO HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS IN PARTNERSHIP, AS I SAID IN MY ARRIVAL STATEMENT, AND THAT PROVIDED BRITAIN IS SEEN TO BE RESPONDING ALONG THE LINES SET OUT IN MY STATEMENT THIS AFTERNOON, THEN THAT UNDERSTANDING WILL BE MAINTAINED. OF COURSE IT’S A HAZARD TO KEEP IN MIND. BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT’S ONE THAT WILL BE SUSTAINED.

/SINON WINCHESTER .......

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1989

SINON WINCHESTER (GUARDIAN): SIR GEOFFREY, IF THIS IS YOUR FINAL WORD NOW, ON RIGHT OF ABODE, OBVIOUSLY ALL HONG KONG NOW IS GOING TO BE TERRIBLY KEEN TO KNOW WHO ARE GOING TO BE THE LUCKY 100,000, 150,000, OR WHATEVER IT IS, FOR WHOM THESE IMMIGRATION RULES ARE GOING TO BE WAIVED OR CHANGED IN SOME WAY. NOW, YOUR OFFICIALS HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE SET UP BEFORE THE SUMMEh. RECESS, ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS AWAY, AND I UNDERSTAND AT THE MOMENT YOU DON’T WANT TO SAY TOO MUCH ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO BE SELECTED, AND WIIAT TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SELECTED. BUT WHO IS GOING TO DO THE SELECTING? WILL IT BE A COMMITTEE IN LONDON? IS IT GOING TO BE A COMMITTEE IN HONG KONG. OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO VET APPLICATIONS? ARE THE NAMES GOING TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, LIKE THE NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST, OR WHAT?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, THAT’S AN INTERESTING RANGE OF QUESTIONS, TO WHICH THE ANSWER REMAINS, AS I SAID IN MY STATEMENT THAT.WE INTEND TO MAKE AN EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SCHEME. AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CONTAIN YOUR CURIOSITY UNTIL THEN. I SHOULD, INCIDENTALLY, ADD THAT IN FURTHER ANSWER TO THE EXHILARATING INQUIRY FROM THE FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW, THAT ONE OF MY ADVISERS WHO HAS BEEN RECENTLY WORKING ON THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, REMINDS ME THAT THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY TREATY DOES NOT GIVE EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY A RIGHT OF RESIDENCE. IT IS HEAVILY QUALIFIED IN THE SENSE THAT WORK-SEEKERS CANNOT STAY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY IF THEY DON’T FIND WORK. AND THERE ARE NO AUTOMATIC RIGHTS FOR SETTLEMENT, FOR EXAMPLE TO STUDENTS AND PENSIONERS. SO IT IS A MUCH MORE INHIBITED AND RESTRICTED SCHEME THAN ANYTHING THAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG. I’M GRATEFUL TO MY ADVISER.

DAPHNE TSE (TVB NEWS): RECENTLY, SIR GEOFFREY, IN THE LIGHT OF THE RECENT MASSACRE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAVE COME OUT TO DENY THAT SUCH THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD NOT TAKE ACTION - REPRISALS - AGAINST THE STUDENTS BUT NOW THEY HAVE. WHY IS IT THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS SO SURE THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP ITS WORD ON THE JOINT DECLARATION AND ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEMS? WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR THEIR CONFIDENCE AND FAITH?

SIR GEOFFREY: YOU DO ME AN INJUSTICE IF YOU THINK THAT WE’RE SURE. THE VERY POINT THAT I’VE BEEN MAKING, IN RESPONSE TO - NOT JUST QUESTIONS PUT IN THIS PRESS CONFERENCE - IS THAT THE CONFIDENCE IN THAT COMMITMENT AND IN THAT APPROACH HAS BEEN VERY SEVERELY DAMAGED. AND ACTIONS OF THE KIND YOU IDENTIFY HAVE DONE NOTHING TO REPAIR THAT DAMAGE. THAT’S WHY ONE OF THE CENTRAL MESSAGES TO GET THROUGH TO THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP IS THAT QUITE APART FROM WHAT THEY DO FOR AND TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE IN MAINLAND CHINA, IF THEY ARE TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING TOWARDS THE RESTORATION OF CONFIDENCE IN THE DECLARATION AND IN THE ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEMS PROPOSITION, THEN THEY NEED TO APPLY THEMSELVES FROM NOW ON, TO AN ACTIVE AGENDA OF DEEDS NOT WORDS, TO BEGIN RESTORING THAT CONFIDENCE. AND I’M VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT, AS SOMEBODY POINTED OUT, THAT’S TAKING PLACE WITHIN A TIMESCALE MUCH CONSTRAINED, COMPARED WITH THE START OF THE PROCESS TEN YEARS BACK.

/DAPHNE TSE ......

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DAPHNE TSE: BUT WHAT I WAS ASKING WAS: HOW COULD YOU PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE IN HANDING OVER ALL SIX MILLION PEOPLE BACK TO CHINA, WITHOUT SUCH GUARANTEE THAT THEY WILL HONOUR THE JOINT DECLARATION?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL, ONE COMES BACK .......

DAPHNE TSE: MATTER?

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SAID -- IT SHOULD EASE THE

SIR GEOFFREY: I KNOW, BUT ONE COMES BACK TO THE FACT, YOU DBF, THAT HONG KONG, AS A RESULT OF THIS HISTORICAL ECCENTRICITY WHICH HAS NOT MADE ANY OF OUR LIVES ANY EASIER, IS HELD ON THE TERMS OF THE LEASE THAT EXPIRES IN 1997. AND THE BASIS ON WHICH WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SECURE ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA, OF ALL THE COMMITMENTS CONTAINED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, OF THE WHOLE COMMITMENT TO ONE COUNTRY TWO SYSTEMS FOR 50 YEARS THEREAFTER, HAS BEEN ACKNOWLEGEMENT BOTH WAYS, OF THAT LEASE. NOW THERE IS NOTHING THAT I CAN DO TO PREVENT THAT LEASE COMING TO AN END IN 1997. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CONCEIVABLY CAN TO CONSOLIDATE CONVICTION AND CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. THAT’S THE FOUNDATION, AS I SAY, THAT EVERYONE ACKNOWLEDGES AS THE BEST STARTING POINT. WE’VE GOT TO WORK AS HARD AS WE CAN TO STRENGTHEN IT.

CHRIS POMERY (TIMES): SIR GEOFFREY, YOU SAY YOU'RE GOING TO MOBILISE SUPPORT ON HONG KONG’S BEHALF WITHIN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND OTHER MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE PARIS CONFERENCE. SINCE BRITAIN’S CREDIT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO OFFER A BLANK CHEQUE, COULD YOU EXPLAIN HOW THIS SORT OF REVOLVING-DOOR PROCESS IS GOING TO WORK? AND HOW FAST IT MIGHT REVOLVE? AND WHEN IT MIGHT STOP?

SIR GEOFFREY: I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TIMESCALES IN WHICH IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO ADDRESS IT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE EARLIER STAGE, TO PURSUADE THE KEY ECONOMIC COUNTRIES OF THE CASE AGAINST ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST CHINA, TO PREVENT THAT DOING FURTHER DAMAGE TO HONG KONG. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE MORE DISTANT STAGE, AS I’VE SAID ALREADY, TO SEEK TO SECURE THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND COMMITMENT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE PRINCIPLE OF HELP IF THE WORST KIND OF CATACLYSM SHOULD OVERTAKE HONG KONG AT A LATER STAGE. WHETHER IT IS POSSIBLE TO SECURE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS OF A MORE INSTANT KIND AND A MORE PRACTICALLY USEFUL KIND, IS SOMETHING WHICH WE SHALL ALSO WANT TO EXAMINE, BUT I’D RATHER NOT GO INTO THAT AT THIS STAGE.

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CHRIS POMERY: SIR GEOFFREY, I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF YOUb ADVISERS THE OTHER DAY AND HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT PLANNING FOR A CATASTROPHE. SO IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT OTHER GOVERNMENTS WOULD DO. I MEAN, SINCE HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO KNOW WHAT THEIR FUTURE MIGHT BE, COULD YOU PLEASE AMPLIFY JUST A LITTLE BIT?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL. NO GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR A CATASTROPHE. THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THE LAST THING THEY WANT US TO DO IS TO PL/.N FOR A CATASTROPHE.

CHRIS POMERY: CATASTROPHE HERE.

WELL, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PLANNING FOR A

SIR GEOFFREY: YOU'RE JOINING THE RANKS OF THE HECKLERS... SO FAR AS CATASTROPHE IS CONCERNED. WHAT WE CAN DO IS TO TRY AND ENSURE A FULL WIDESPREAD DEEP PERCEPTION OF JUST HOW CATACLYSMIC THAT WOULD BE. AND A WILLINGNESS BY KEY GOVERNMENTS TO RESPOND GENEROUSLY AND EFFECTIVELY IN FACE OF THAT, AND THAT’S THE PROPOSITION I’VE ALREADY BEEN PUTTING TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES. THAT IS THE ULTIMATE CATACIYSN SCENARIO. AHEAD OF THAT, AS I SAY, THE MOST INSTANT THING IS TO SECURE A SENSIBLE RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, NAMELY TO RULE THEM OUT. IN BETWEEN, IT MAY BE POSSIBLE - IT MAY BE POSSIBLE, I SAY NO MORE THAN THAT - TO SECURE SOME MORE SPECIFIC HELP FROM A WIDE! RANGE OF COUNTRIES IN RESPONSE TO THE CRY FOR SOME KIND OF INSURANCE POLICY. I DON’T KNOW.

STEWART PALLISTER (ATV NEWS) : YOUR COLLEAGUE, ROBERT ADLEY. HAS SUGGESTED THAT BRITAIN WOULD TURN ITS BACK ON HONG KONG IF HONG KONG WERE TO BECOME UNGOVERNABLE BEFORE 1997. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT HONG KONG MAY BECOME UNGOVERNABLE?

SIR GEOFFREY: WELL ON THAT POINT, I’VE ALREADY DEALT WITH THAT AND SAID THAT UNGOVERNABILITY, IN FACE OF THE RECORD AND ACHIEVEMENT OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OVER RECENT MONTHS AND YEARS. SEEMS TO ME TO BE A VERY UNLIKELY PROPOSITION. BECUASE HONG KONG HAS GOT AN EXTREMELY GOOD GOVERNMENT, OF GROWING EXPERIENCE, OF GROWING INDEPENDENCE FROM THE UK, ESTABLISHING WITH EVERY MONTH THAT PASSES, A STRONGER AND STRONGER TRACK RECORD FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SAR WHEN THAT COMES. SO FAR AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR ADLEY, IS CONCERNED, HE IS ONE OF - WHAT IS IT, 400 CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT? HE IS, EMPHATICALLY, NOT A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND HE SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF AND I HOLD MYSELF NOT IN ANY SENSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS VIEWS.

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LEGISLATIVE .COUNCIL MEETING : "

ARGUMENTS AGAINST .GIVING RIGHT OF ABODE FLAWED: CS...... 1

FAC'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON-NATIONALITY-UNACCEPTABLE....... 4'

BRITAIN MUSTEK RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS SUBJECTS ...■............  7

SINGLE MOST URGENT PROBLEM IN HK IGNORED ....’.....'  8

nc, CHINA SHOULD ‘CO-OPERATE ON CONFIDENCE CRISIS............ ,

REPORT OVERLOOKS NEW‘SITUATION IN HK........................ 11

TIME RIPE FOR A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT......................  12

NO TRADE-OFF ‘FOR RIGHT OF ABODE............................ 1J

REPORT FAILS‘TO’ ADDRESS HK PEOPLE'S CONCERN ..............  14

REPORT DOES OE'FER SUPPORT FOR HK........................... 15

ILLOGICAL AND’ SELF-CONTRADICTORY REPORT.................... 16

CONFIDENCE CRISIS' 'REQUIRES RAPID SOLUTION ................ 17

CATEGORISATION FOR RIGHT OF ABODE "UNACCEPTABLE" ........... 19

DEMOCRACY NO SUBSTITUTE 'FOR RIGHT OF ABODE................  20

BRITAIN SHOULD NEGOTIATE A NEW LEASE WITH CHINA............ 21

CALL FOR RE-EVALUATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION............. 21

TRIPARTITE APPROACH TO UPHOLD JD URGED ....................  25

CHINA MUST APPRECIATE NEED FOR SELF-GOVERNMENT.............  24

COUNCILLOR APPEALS FOR UNITY.............................    25

RECOMMENDATION ON ELECTION IRRESPONSIBLE .................. .26

BOAT PEOPLE SQfARELY A BRITISH PROBLEM...................... 28

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO APPROVED ESTIMATES ................... 50

ORDERS ON FEE INCREASES APPROVED...........................  51

FULL COST RECOVERY INTENDED...............................   52

NEW ROLE FOR GENERAL MANAGER OF HKEIC PLANNED............... 52

STREAMLINING PROCEDURES ON CAPITAL MARKET ISSUES ........... 53

FINAL SURPLUS FOR 1988-89 STANDS AT 516,828 MILLION ........ 55

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BILL TO IMPROVE TRUST FUND INVESTMENT OPERATIONS ............ 37

MORE FLEXIBLE USE OF TRUST FUND INTENDED .................... 38

POLICE LEADERSHIP HAS WORKED HARD TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTION 39

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AMONG STUDENTS TACKLED ................ 41

SPACE POSSIBLE FOR GREENERY IN REDEVELOPMENT SCHEMES...... 42

ACTION TO MINIMISE EFFECTS AT TAI A CHAU ....." 4?

THREE BILLS PASSED..........................................  44

FASHION JEWELLERY HAS GREAT MARKET POTENTIAL ................... 45

1987 SURVEY REPORT ON BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE

SECTORS PUBLISHED ........................................... 45

COUNTERFEIT MANUALS, DISKETTES DESTROYED........................ 47

GOOD CITIZENS ’ HONOURED' FOR THEIR BARVERY..................... 48

BIG GATHERING FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS PLANNED............. 50

MONG KOK DB TO' DISCUSS’ TRANSPORT POLICY...................... 51

KWAI TSING DBTO DISCUSS TRAFFIC CONGESTION ................. 52

DB COMMITTEE’ TO DISCUSS' ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN............. 52

DB COMMITTEE' TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .................... 55

MUSIC CENTRE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............................ 54

DB COMMITTEE TO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS ......................... 54

FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY IN MONG KOK............................. 55

SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO START ON SATURDAY......... 55

PAT HEUNG FIRE STATION OPENS.................................... 56

RESTAURANTEUR FINED $20,000 FOR SERVING IMITATION SHARK’S FIN .........................................................   57

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES .IN HUNG RQM .TO .BE DEMOLISHED.............. 58

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY .ON CONDUIT ROAD ...................... 58

LONG VEHICLE .BAN IN .TAI .PQ........................4.......... 59

PLB BAN IN TSUEN WAN ........................................... 59

RE-ROUTEING OF-GOOD SHEPHERD STREET............................. 59

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THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE GRANTING RIGHT OF ABODE TO BR1TJ 1 NATIONALS IN HONG KONG ARE FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED, THE CHIEF SECRETAF' , SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT ON THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREI J AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT,SIR DAVID SAID IT MUST BE RELEVANT TO SEE H "V OTHER SOVEREIGN POWERS IN SIMILAR POSITIONS TO THE UK HAD REGARDED THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THEIR DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS.

"PORTUGAL, A SMALL COUNTRY WITH A POPULATION OF 10 MILLI HAS, WE ARE TOLD, PROVIDED FOR CITIZENSHIP NOT ONLY FOR 100,000 OF ITS CITIZENS IN MACAU BUT ALSO FOR OVER THREE MILLION OF ITS CITIZENS N FORMER DEPENDENT TERRITORIES. FRANCE HAS DONE THE SAME WITH IIS OVERSEAS TERRITORIES," THE CHIEF SECRETARY NOTED.

"CLEARLY THESE TWO NATIONS TOOK A VIEW THAT THEIR OBLIGATIONS OUTWEIGHED THE RISK." HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED ITS OBLIGATIONS TO CITIZENS ELSEWHERE. NOT ONLY IN THE FALKLANDS AND GIBRALTAR WHERE THE NUMBERS ARE SMALL BUT ALSO IN THE CASE OF SOUTH AFRICA WHERE THERE WERE ESTIMATED TO BE ONE MILLION PEOPLE WITH THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

"IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO ARGUE. THAT SOUTH AFRICA IS LESS UNSTABLE THAN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT GRANT THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO ALL HONG KONG BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS.

"THIS WOULD DO MUCH TO REASSURE OUR PEOPLE THAT THEY SHOULD REMAIN HERE AND CONTINUE TO WORK FOR A PROSPEROUS AND STABLE HONG KONG," HE SAID.

EXAMINING THE CASE PUT FORWARD BY THE FAC FOR NOT GRANTING THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO HONG KONG CITIZENS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID : "IN \ NUTSHELL IT IS THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENT WOULD NOT ACCEPT HE RISK OF ALL 3.2 MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE GOING TO SETTLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM."

"INDEED, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WENT FURTHER BY SUGGESTING THAT THE NUMBER WOULD BE CONSIDERABLY IN EXCESS OF THE 3.2 MILLION FREQUENTLY MENTIONED," HE SAID.

"OF COURSE A DECISION OF THIS NATURE IS NOT AN EASY ONE FOR ANY POLITICIAN TO TAKE," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS A MATTER OF JUDGEMENT AND OF BALANCING THE OBLIGATION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TOWARDS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AGAINST THE RISK OF NOT BEING ABLE TO CARRY THROUGH PARLIAMENT THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN LEGISLATION.

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"I BELIEVE IT IS ACCEPTED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE OBLIGATION IS STRONG. BUT THE CONTENTION IS THAT THE RISK IS OVERWHELMINGLY HIGH BECAUSE IT IS ASSUMED TO BE A FACT THAT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES OVER THREE MILLION HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS TO SETTLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM." HE SAID.

"WE HAVE ARGUED FORCEFULLY THAT WE CANNOT ENVISAGE A SITUATION WHERE ANYTHING LIKE THAT NUMBER WOULD EVER WISH TO GO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM.

"THE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS ALONE INVOLVED IN SUCH A MASSIVE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MOVING SEVEN THOUSAND MILES TO SET UP HOME ELSEWHERE MAKE LT A TOTALLY UNREAL PROPOSITION," SIR DAVID POINTED OUT.

THERE WAS THE ASSESSMENT, WIDELY ACCEPTED IN HONG KONG AND SUPPORTED BY RECENT OPINION POLLS, TO INDICATE THAT ONLY SIX PER CENT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WHO WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT OF ABODE WOULD MOVE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE CHIEF SECRETARY NOTED.

"SO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EVER LIKELY TO SEEK TO SETTLE IN THE UK MUST NOT ONLY BE LESS THAN 3.2 MILLION, IT MUST BE A SMALL FRACTION OF THAT NUMBER," HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THERE WAS ONE FURTHER ILLOGICALITY IN THE CASE WHICH WAS BEING MADE AGAINST THE GRANTING OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE.

"IT IS THAT IN A SITUATION IN WHICH IT WOULD BE MORE LIKELY THAT A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WOULD GO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THAT IS THE SO-CALLED ARMAGEDDON SCENARIO, THEN OF COURSE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO EITHER THE UNITED KINGDOM OR TO SOME OTHER COUNTRIES.

"THE INFERENCE ONE DRAWS FROM THAT IS THAT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SETTLEMENT ELSEWHERE WE HAVE TO BE IN A POSITION TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WOULD INDEED WISH TO LEAVE HONG KONG," SIR DAVID SAID.

"THE IRONY AND CONTRADICTION CONTAINED IN THAT PROPOSITION HAS NOT ESCAPED US," HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT THE POLITICAL ARGUEMENTS WERE MORE DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH, SIR DAIVD SAID BRITAIN WAS A DEMOCRACY AND IN A DEMOCRACY THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE AS EXPRESSED THROUGH THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES MUST PREVAIL.

"IF WE FAIL TO CONVINCE THE PEOPLE OF THE UK AND BRITISH PARLIAMENT OF THE STRENGTH OF OUR CASE WE WILL MAKE LITTLE PROGRESS," SIR DAVID SAID.

"IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THEREFORE THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER IN ALL OUR CAMPAIGNING THAT OUR AIM MUST BE TO GAIN THE SUPPORT AND SYMPATHY OF BRITISH PEOPLE AND BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT," HE ADDED.

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"HOWEVER STRONGLY WE MAY FEEL ON PARTICULAR ISSUES, OUR INTEREST LIES IN KEEPING BRITISH SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG IN THE DIFFICULT YEARS THAT LIE AHEAD." THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

"NOTHING WE DO HERE SHOULD RUN COUNTER TO THAT MAIN OBJECTIVE AND CERTAINLY WE MUST BE CAREFUL TO AVOID DAMAGING THE WELL EARNED REPUTATION OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AS HARWORKING, PEACEABLE AND FRIENDLY MEMBERS OF ANY COMMUNITY." SIR DAVID SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY NOTED THAT SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE FAC REPORT. MINISTERS HAD INDICATED PUBLICLY THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO INTRODUCE A SCHEME WHICH WOULD MAKE SOME PROVISION FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

"ALTHOUGH THE DETAILS ARE NOT CLEAR, WE ASSUME THAT THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT THOSE WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE MIGRATE TO OTHER COUNTRIES," THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID WHILE THE DECISION TO IMPLEMENT THE ARRANGEMENTS WAS ONE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD PUT FORWARD STRONGLY THREE POINTS FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION IN DEVISING ANY SCHEME.

"FIRST, IF IT IS TO BE EFFECTIVE IN STEMMING THE FLOW OF TALENTED PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG IT MUST BE GENEROUS IN TERMS OF NUMBERS.

"SECONDLY, THE DIVISIVENESS WHICH IS INHERENT IN ANY LIMITED SCHEME SHOULD BE REDUCED TO A MINIMUM.

"THIRDLY. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ANY SCHEME SHOULD HAVE AS ITS OBJECTIVES THE NEED TO RETAIN PEOPLE IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"I THINK IT WOULD BE CHURLISH TO SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULD REFUSE TO ACCEPT ANY ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WOULD REASSURE A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE AND MIGHT INDEED HELP TO STEM THE INCREASED OUTFLOW OF PEOPLE WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE AN INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF RECENT EVENTS IN PEKING," SIR DAVID NOTED.

"BUT, WE HAVE ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR, THAT ALTHOUGH A LIMITED SCHEME MAY HELP US IN PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEAL WITH SOME OF OUR IMMEDIATE DIFFICULTIES, IT IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GRANTING OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO BRITISH NATIONALS IN HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID IT WAS NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT TO HAVE SECURED THE WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR HONG KONG S POLICY ON VBP.

"UNTIL THE MEMBERS OF THE FAC CAME TO HONG KONG IT WAS DIFFICULT ENOUGH TO PERSUADE ANY BACKBENCH MP IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM OVER THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THEM TO ACCEPT THAT PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT," SIR DAVID SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT COMMENTS FROM THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE THAT THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE TO MANDATORY REPATRIATION, REPRESENTED A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN GAINING UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SCREENING POLICY.

ACCEPTING THE FAC’S VIEW THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE MUST BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT BEFORE AND AFTER 1997. SIR DAVID SAID: "WE WILL NOW BE RE-EXAMINING THE DECISIONS CONTAINED IN THE 1988 WHITE PAPER CONCERNING THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991.

"IN SO DOING WE WILL BE CONSIDERING NOT ONLY THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS TO BE DIRECTLY ELECTED AT THAT TIME BUT ALSO THE POSITION OF OFFICIALS, AND THE NUMBER OF APPOINTED MEMBERS AND THOSE ELECTED THROUGH FUNCATIONAL CONSTITUENCIES," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID URGED COUNCIL MEMBERS TO TAKE THE LEAD IN BUILDING ON THE CONSENSUS WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH A CLEAR VIEW FROM THE PEOPLE ON WHICH TO BASE ITS DECISIONS.

ON THE FAC’S RECOMMENDATION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO INTRODUCE A BILL OF RIGHTS IN AN APPROPRIATE FORM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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THE BASIS ON WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS ON NATIONALITY WERE MADE IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (FAC) REPORT IS UNACCEPTABLE, AND SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD ARE FALLACIOUS.

THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON ALLEN LEE, SAID THIS IN THE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN LEADING OFF A DEBATE ON THE REPORT.

THE MOTION MOVED BY MR LEE READ: "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE FAC REPORT AND URGES STRONGLY THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD URGENTLY TAKE ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG INCLUDING THE RESTORATION OF FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG. "

MR LEE CRITICISED THE REPORT FOR FAILING TO TRANSLATE BRITAIN’S "UNIQUE OBLIGATION" TOWARDS ITS SUBJECTS INTO RESPONSIBLE ACTION IN ONE VERY IMPORTANT AREA -- THE RESTORATION OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT ONE OF THE FALLACIOUS ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD IN THE REPORT WAS THAT THE INSURANCE POLICY CONCEPT WAS "CONFUSING".

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IN FACT. THE FAC’S ARGUMENT ITSELF WAS CONTRADICTORY, ILLOGICAL AND INDEFENSIBLE, HE SAID.

"WHILE THE COMMITTEE REJECTS THE IDEA OF PROVIDING AN INSURANCE POLICY TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, IT SEES FIT, ON THE OTHER HAND AND IN ALMOST THE SAME BREATH, TO OFFER THIS POLICY TO CERTAIN GROUPS AS AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO STAY," HE SAID.

THE SECOND FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT WAS THAT BRITAIN WOULD FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ABSORB 3.25 MILLION HONG KONG BDTC'S INTO ITS SOCIETY.

MR LEE SAW THIS AS APPALLING SCAREMONGERING TACTICS, EMPLOYED TO REJECT THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY’S CALL FOR THE RESTORATION OF RIGHTS TO THE BRITISH SUBJECTS.

"WE HAVE STRESSED TIME AND AGAIN THAT PEOPLE OF HONG KONG DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THIS TERRITORY: ALL WE WANT IS THE PROVISION OF AN ESCAPE ROUTE IN CASE OF NEED," HE SAID.

BUT THIS REPEATED MESSAGE SEEMED TO HAVE FALLEN ON DEAF EARS, HE ADDED.

THE THIRD FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT WAS THAT THE GRANTING OF FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG WOULD BE IN CONTRADICTION TO THE JOINT DECLARATION.

MR LEE DISAGREED WITH FAC’S OBSERVATION, SAYING THAT WHEN THE FAC VISITED PEKING, CHINESE OFFICIALS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE MENTIONED TO ITS MEMBERS THAT THE GRANTING OF BRITISH CITIZENSHIP TO PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WAS A MATTER FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

HE ASKED WHY, WHEN IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR PORTUGUESE PASSPORTS TO BE GIVEN TO CHINESE RESIDENTS IN MACAU, THE FAC SHOULD FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SUGGEST SOMETHING SIMILAR BE DONE IN HONG KONG.

"WHY CAN'T BRITAIN, LIKE PORTUGAL, TAKE THE HONOURABLE COURSE?" HE ASKED.

MR LEE SAID THAT, ON THE CONTRARY, THERE WOULD INDEED BE A CONTRAVENTION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION IF BRITISH CITIZENSHIP WAS NOT GRANTED TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG.

"IF THE CONFIDENCE CRISIS CONTINUES AND PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE LOOKING AROUND THE WORLD FOR A HOME OF LAST RESORT. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD RECOGNISE THE RISK THAT THIS WOULD CERTAINLY THREATEN THE OBJECTIVE OF MAINTAINING AND PRESERVING THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG.

"THIS WOULD BE A CONTRAVENTION OF ARTICLE 1 OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION IF HONG KONG CANNOT ACHIEVE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY." HE SAID.

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IN RESPONSE TO THE FAC’S RECOMMENDATION THAT SOME GROUPS IN HONG KONG SHOULD MERIT SPECIAL TREATMENT, MR LEE SAID SUCH A MOVE WOULD NOT BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY.

MOREOVER, HALF WAY PROPOSALS SHORT OF GRANTING FULL CITIZENSHIP WOULD ONLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE TERRITORY RATHER THAN TO STAY .

TURNING TO OTHER AREAS OF CONCERN IN THE FAC REPORT. MR LEE SAID THE COMMITTEE SEEMED TO HAVE MADE SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS ON THE BASIC LAW AND THE FUTURE POLITICAL STRUCTURE.

HE STRESSED Till: IMPORTANCE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR VIEWS ON THESE ISSUES. AND URGED THE COMMUNITY TO SPEAK UP.

HOWEVER. MR LEE DREW BRITAIN’S ATTENTION TO A PERCEPTION IN THE COMMUNITY THAT Till BASIC LAW HAD DRIFTED FROM THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE JOINT DECLARATION IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

HE SAID THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD THE RIGHT AS A SIGNATORY OF THE .IO!NT DECLARATION. AND THE RESPONSIBILITY AS THE SOVEREIGN STATE OF HONG KONG. TO GET THE BASIC LAW RIGHT, BECAUSE ALL THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION MUST BE TOTALLY ENSHRINED IN THE BASIC LAW.

HE THEREFORE SUGGESTED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MUST AT THE OFFICIAL LEVEL DISCUSS THE BASIC LAW WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN A FORUM SUCH AS THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.

MR LEE SHARED THE VIEW OF THE FAC THAT THE QUESTION OF STATIONING THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY IN THE FUTURE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION NEEDED TO BE CAREFULLY RE-EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT OF EVENTS IN CHINA.

"TO ALLAY THE FEARS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, I DO THINK THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE BOLD ENOUGH TO FACE UP TO THE FACT THAT IT WOULD NOT BOOST CONFIDENCE IF THEY INSIST ON STATIONING THE PLA IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997." HE SAID.

HE ALSO PERSONALLY AGREED WITH THE FAC’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE QUESTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

MR LEE WELCOMED THE FAC'S SUPPORT FOR THE MANDATORY REPATRIATION OF THOSE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CLASSIFIED AS NONREFUGEES.

HE EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S READINESS TO TAKE UP THE PROBLEM WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, AND ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE MAINTENANCE OF THE BOAT PEOPLE WHO HAD ARRIVED IN HONG KONG.

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BRITAIN MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS SUBJECTS

HONG KONG PEOPLE. IN SEEKING THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN, ARE MERELY ASKING FROM THE SOVEREIGN STATE WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ITS DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE. THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG, MR CHEONG SAID MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WERE EXTREMELY PERPLEXED AND DISAPPOINTED WITH THE WHOLE FAC EXERCISE.

HE SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, VISIT TO HONG KONG WAS TO LISTEN AND TO PROBE. YET WITNESS AFTER WITNESS WERE LECTURED PATRONISINGLY ON SUCH ISSUES AS NATIONALITY. BRITISH RESPONSIBLITY. AS WELL AS THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS.

IN RELATION TO THE PROBING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, MR CHEONG SAID ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT NECESSARY, RIGHT AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMMITTEE TO REQUIRE FURTHER EVIDENCE FROM WITNESSES AFTER WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN CHINA ON JUNE 4, YET NO SUCH OPPORTUNITY WAS OFFERED.

MR CHEONG CRITICISED THE FAC FOR FAILING TO RECOGNISE BRITAIN’S CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS SUBJECTS, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE.

"THEY REJECTED THE INSURANCE POLICY ARGUMENT ON THE ONE HAND, AND ON THE OTHER THEY READILY OFFER IT TO CERTAIN SECTORS OF HONG KONG AS AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO STAY. SUCH A POSITION IS WHOLLY ILLOGICAL AND CONTRADICTORY.

"THE HEIGHT OF INSENSITIVITY IS THE SO-CALLED SHOW OF BRITISH CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG BY RESCUING US FROM THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY AND REPLACING IT WITH THE FUTURE BRITISH CONSULATE IN HMS TAMAR," MR CHEONG SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE FAC REPORT HAD DISCREDITED THE TIME-HONOURED BRITISH TRADITION OF DUTY AND HONOUR.

HE SAID, LIKE IT OR NOT, BRITAIN HAD A COLONY CALLED HONG KONG AND HAD RESPONSIBILITY OVER THE WELL-BEING OF THE PLACE FOR ANOTHER SEVEN YEARS AND 360 DAYS.

MR CHEONG SAID THAT IS LEGISLATORS FACED WITH A MAJOR CONFIDENCE CRISIS, MEMBERS HAD A DUTY TO TRY TO HELP MITIGATE THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF THIS CIRCUMSTANCE.

HE SAID THE CALLS TO BRITAIN FOR URGENT AND EFFECTIVE ACTIONS WERE DESIGNED TO ALLOW HONG KONG A GOOD CHANCE TO REMAIN STABLE AND PROSPEROUS. AND THEY WERE MADE JUSTIFIABLY.

"HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS ARE ENTITLED TO AS MUCH PROTECTION AND GOVERNANCE AS THOSE WHO LIVE IN GIBRALTAR AND THE FALKLANDS.

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"HONG KONG, AS A BRITISH COLONY, HAD PAID OUR DUES IN THE HOURS OF NEED OF BRITAIN IN HER TWO WORLD WARS AND THE WAR WITH ARGENTINA OVER THE FALKLANDS.

"IN THE INTEREST OF BRITISH HONOUR AND BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY. WE HAD TO FOREGO. ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, OUR TRADING INTEREST WITH VARIOUS TRADING PARTNERS IN THE WORLD LIKE SOUTH RHODESIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND ARGENTINA. WHERE IS BRITAIN NOW IN OUR CRITICAL HOUR OF NEED?" MR CHEONG ADDED.

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THE MAJOR LETDOWN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT IS BRITAIN’S "UNWAVERING DETERMINATION" TO IGNORE THE SINGLE MOST URGENT PROBLEM THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE FACING. THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROBLEM WAS SIMPLY ONE OF FEAR -- FEAR OF A TIANANMEN SCENARIO IN HONG KONG, FEAR OF A REGIME WHICH WOULD GO TO ANY LENGTH TO MAINTAIN ITS SUPREMACY. FEAR OF THE LOSS OF FREEDOM TO OUR CHILDREN, FEAR OF THE BREAKDOWN OF THE VALUE SYSTEMS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FAC REPORT, MRS CHOW ILLUSTRATED THE CRUX OF THE NATIONALITY ISSUE WITH A CHINESE SAYING: ’THE DISEASE OF THE HEART CAN ONLY BE CURED BY THE MEDICINE FOR THE HEART.'

"THAT MEDICINE BADLY NEEDED NOW FOR THE HONG KONG HEART IS THE FEELING OF BEING FREE TO STAY OR GO. ONCE THAT FREEDOM IS AFFIRMED, MANY WILL STAY," SHE SAID.

THE ARGUMENTS SURROUNDING THE INSURANCE POLICY CONCEPT WERE "MEANINGLESS". SHE SAID.

"IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER WHAT ONE CALLS IT -- LIFE-BOAT, EMERGENCY EXIT, ESCAPE ROUTE -- WE MUST FEEL IT EXISTS, IT IS THERE, IT IS REAL. WITHOUT IT, HONG KONG WILL LOSE ITS WILL TO FIGHT ON.

"WITH IT, HONG KONG WILL GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH TO CREATE MORE RECORDS AND MIRACLES," SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED: "WE ARE ALL PART OF HONG KONG, AND PROUD OF IT. FOR US, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. WE ARE THE EXPERTS ON HONG KONG, AND WE ARE THE EXPERTS ON CHINA. WE KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO GO INTO THE BASIC LAW. WE ALSO KNOW THE PACE OF DEMOCRACY BEST SUITED TO HONG KONG. WE HAVE ACHIEVED CONSENSUS BEFORE AND WE WILL DO SO AGAIN. PROVIDED WE DON’T LOSE HEART."

/MRS CHOW .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 1989

MRS CHOW MAINTAINED THAT THERE WERE ONLY TWO OPTIONS FOR BRITAIN UNDER THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES : IT COULD CHOOSE THE EASY WAY OUT BY FOLLOWING THE FAC LINE AND RUN THE RISK OF LOSING THE RESPECT OF HONG KONG AND THE WORLD.

OR IT COULD CHOOSE THE HONOURABLE WAY OUT. FACE THE MOST IMMEDIATE PROBLEM OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG SEPARATELY. AND PROVE ITS METTLE AS THE RESPONSIBLE WORLD AND SOVEREIGN LEADER WHICH WAS PREPARED TO RESCUE HONG KONG FROM THE PIT OF ITS OWN DESPAIR.

"HISTORY UNTIL NOW MAY OFFER ITSELF AS AN ATTRACTIVE EXCUSE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO WASH ITS HANDS OF HONG KONG. BUT THE IRRESPONSIBILITY OF THAT ACTION WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A GREAT DISSERVICE. NOT ONLY TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG BUT ALSO TO THE BRITISH PEOPLE," SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW SAID THE DENIAL OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO HONG KONG’S HOLDERS OF BRITISH PASSPORT WAS UNACCEPTABLE ON MORAL GROUNDS.

"NEITHER THE FAC NOR SIR GEOFFREY HOWE SHOULD BE UNDER THE ILLUSION. NOR SHOULD THEY CREATE OR BROADCAST IT. THAT THEIR STAND TO DESERT BRITAIN'S PEOPLE UNDER ITS CARE AND PROTECTION. IS ANY MORE ACCEPTABLE NOW THAN IT HAS BEEN. DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS TO JUSTIFY IT," SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW ADDED THAT THERE WAS HARDLY ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POSITION OF THE FAC AND THAT OF THE FOREIGN SECRETARY. WHERE THE FAC FAILED TO MATCH UP TO SIR GEOFFREY WAS THE HONESTY AND STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS WITH WHICH THE LATTER HAD DEALT WITH THE SUBJECT.

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THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD CO-OPERATE FULLY TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG, THE HON MARTIN LEE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IF THEY DID NOT DO SO, THERE WAS A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT BOTH WOULD BE IN BREACH OF CLAUSE FOUR OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, MR LEE SAID.

THIS CLAUSE PROVIDED THAT "DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG WITH THE OBJECT OF MAINTAINING AND PRESERVING ITS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL STABILITY; AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WILL GIVE ITS CO-OPERATION IN THIS CONNECTION".

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SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, MR LEE SAID IT WAS NAIVE AND UNREALISTIC FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO HAVE BLIND FAITH IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. HE COMMENTED THAT THE FOREIGN SECRETARY. SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, HAD SAID CHINA WOULD STILL HONOUR THE JOINT DECLARATION BECAUSE IT WAS IN ITS INTEREST TO DO SO.

BUT IF THE PRESENT CONFIDENCE CRISIS WERE TO CONTINUE AND HONG KONG LOST ITS PROSPERITY AND STABILITY. THEN CHINA MIGHT NO LONGER THINK IT WAS IN ITS INTEREST TO ADHERE TO THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, MR LEE SAID.

HE SAID THAT IF ONE REALLY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR HONG KONG. ONE MUST NOT START FROM THE PREMISE THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS AS INVIOLABLE AS THE BIBLE.

MR LEE SAID HE WAS NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION MUST BE TORN UP BEFORE A RE-NEGOTIATION HAD TAKEN PLACE. THE JOINT DECLARATION WOULD REMAIN BINDING UNTIL IT WAS SUPERSEDED BY SOME NEW AGREEMENT. AND IF CHINA CHOSE TO BE UNCOMPROMISING, THE JOINT DECLARATION WOULD STILL STAND.

ON THE STATIONING OF CHINESE TROOPS IN HONG KONG, MR LEE SUGGESTED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD SEEK TO SECURE THE AGREEMENT OF CHINA THAT TROOPS WOULD NOT BE STATIONED HERE. THIS WOULD REQUIRE AMENDING THE JOINT DECLARATION.

TURNING TO THE BASIC LAW, MR LEE SAID SERIOUS ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE FAC’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE SETTING UP OF A JOINT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO INTERPRET THE BASIC LAW.

THE BASIC LAW SHOULD PROVIDE THAT ONLY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE BE EMPOWERED TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE FUTURE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION.

HE FULLY SUPPORTED THE FAC’S CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE ENACTMENT OF A BILL OF RIGHTS IN HONG KONG. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL OF RIGHTS MUST BE ENTRENCHED IN THE BASIC LAW AS PARAMOUNT AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO ALL OTHER LAWS OF THE SAR.

ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM. MR LEE AGREED WITH THE FAC’S PROPOSALS OF HAVING 50 PER CENT DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991, AND 100 PER CENT IN 1995.

BUT HE DISAGREED WITH THE FAC’S PROPOSAL THAT THE FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE SAR BE ELECTED BY AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE. HE SAID THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE METHOD WAS BY UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE.

HE FULLY AGREED WITH THE FAC'S VIEWS ON "ACCOUNTABILITY" AND ITS RECOMMENDATION THAT "WHERE THERE IS AN IRRECONCILABLE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHOULD RESIGN."

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ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE, MR LEE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING TO SHOW WHY THE CONFIDENCE CRISIS WOULD ABATE ONCE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAD GOT THEIR PASSPORT. AN ENTIRE PACKAGE OF POLICY MUST BE PURSUED TOGETHER.

"THERE MUST BE SOME INVOLVEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS OR SOME FORM OF MONITORING BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY." HE SAID.

THERE WERE A NUMBER OF POSSIBLE WAYS OBJECTIVE. ONE OPTION WOULD BE TO ESTABLISH MONITORING GROUP TO SUPERVISE THE 50 YEARS OF AUTONOMY." HE SUGGESTED.

OF ACHIEVING THE

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THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG FAILS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NEW SITUATION IN THE TERRITORY FOLLOWING EVENTS IN CHINA, THE HON DAVID LI TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN ADDITION, THE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE WOULD DIVIDE THE SOCIETY, MR LI SAID IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE REPORT.

"WITHOUT SYMPATHY, PERCEPTION, UNDERSTANDING, VISION AND EVEN A SENSE OF REALITY, THE FAC’S REPORT IS VIRTUALLY MEANINGLESS.

"THERE ARE A FEW CONSTRUCTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS. BUT THESE ARE OVERSHADOWED BY ARROGANCE AND IGNORANCE," HE SAID.

HE REGRETTED THAT DESPITE PLEAS FROM THE GOVERNOR, FROM THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF OMELCO, AND FROM MEMBERS OF LEGCO AND THE COMMUNITY, THE FAC HAD STILL FAILED TO RECOGNISE HONG KONG’S CASE.

"WE MUST NOT ALLOW BRITAIN TO WASH HER HANDS OF HONG KONG. BRITAIN HAS A MORAL, IF NOT LEGAL, OBLIGATION TO THE PEOPLE OF HER CROWN COLONY. THE WORLD IS WATCHING TO SEE THAT BRITAIN HOLDS TO HER DUTY AND KEEPS HER HONOUR.

"BRITAIN MUST RESTORE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THEIR BIRTHRIGHT AS BRITISH SUBJECTS. THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE IS NOT OVER; IT HAS JUST BEGUN," HE SAID.

MR LI SUGGESTED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD USE ITS TALENT AND RESOURCES TO CONVEY TO THE BRITISH PUBLIC THE DEEP CONCERNS AND FEARS OF ITS PEOPLE SO THAT THE BRITISH PEOPLE WOULD IN TURN CONVINCE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG'S CASE.

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"WE ARE NOT A LIABILITY TO BRITAIN. WE ARE NOT A LIABILITY TO THE WORLD. JUST AS HONG KONG HAS A VITAL ECONOMIC ROLE TO PLAY IN CHINA. SO DO WE HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN THE WORLD," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG MUST ACCELERATE THE PACE Ob DEMOCRATISATION, PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES WITH A BILL OF RIGHTS AND EXPAND CIVIC EDUCATION SO THAT ITS PEOPLE COULD FULLY UNDERSTAND THE RIGHTS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITIZENSHIP -- BECAUSE WITHOUT THIS, DEMOCRACY HAD NO FOUNDATION.

"HONG KONG IS OUR HOME. WE ARE UNITED. WE MUST REMAIN UNITED TO PROTECT OUR PAST, OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE.

"WE HAVE SEEN BRITAIN AT HER WORST. BUT BRITAIN HAS YET TO SEE HONG KONG AT OUR BEST," MR LI CONCLUDED.

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GOVERNMENT

HONG KONG PEOPLE MUST NOW SEEK TO ESTABLISH A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, MAINTAIN THEIR INVESTMENT AIMS RELATED TO LONG-TERM PROGRAMMES IN EDUCATION, TRAINING, HEALTH, SOCIAL AFFAIRS, AND IMPROVE THEIR OVERALL INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH SAID THIS IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE RECENT EFFORTS BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND BY THE TWO SENIOR OMELCO MEMBERS TO CHAMPION THE CAUSE OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN HAD CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED CONVICTION IN MAINTAINING STABILITY.

MR TAI SAID THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE AROSE OUT OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION. AND WHILE HONG KONG LOOKED TO THE PARTIES TO THIS DECLARATION TO ACT IN RESTORING CONFIDENCE, IT MUST ALSO ADOPT SUITABLE MEASURES ITSELF.

HE SAID THE FAC REPORT WAS DISAPPOINTING IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT RESPECTS. BUT MANY OF THEIR VIEWS WERE WORTHY OF FURTHER AND CAREFUL STUDY, SUCH AS THE RECOMMENDATION GIVEN ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND ON HONG KONG’S POLITICAL STRUCTURE LEADING UP TO 1997.

ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE, HE THOUGHT THAT INSUFFICIENT WEIGHT AND SUPPORT WAS GIVEN TO THE STRENGTH AND JUSTNESS OF THE CONVICTION THAT THE RIGHT OF ABODE SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO ALL BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORY CITIZEN PASSPORT HOLDERS.

HE SAID THE MORAL CASE IN SUPPORT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE’S JUST CLAIM WAS INADEQUATELY PRESENTED IN THE REPORT, AS WELL AS THE RELATED ISSUE OF THE CONFIDENCE FACTOR IN HONG KONG.

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THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S PROMISE OF SPEEDIER DEMOCRATISAT1ON IN HONG KONG CANNOT BE A TRADE-OFF FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UK FOR THE PEOPLE HERE IN VIEW OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN PEKING SINCE JUNE I, DR THE HON DANIEL TSE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT. DR TSE SAID SINCE HONG KONG COULD NEVER BE A TOTALLY INDEPENDENT STATE, THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE COULD MAINTAIN AND DEFEND A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM AFTER 1997 UNLESS EITHER OUR NEW SOVEREIGN STATE HAD A GOOD RECORD OF KEEPING ITS WORDS AND PROMISES, OR WE OURSELVES POSSESSED THE GUARANTEE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND SAFETY MEASURES INDEPENDENT OF THE SYSTEM, A GUARANTEE WHICH THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UK COULD PROVIDE.

"IT IS TRUE THAT WE NEED A DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO EXERCISE THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY THAT HAS BEEN PROMISED TO US, BUT IT SHOULD BE UP TO US AS A COMMUNITY TO GAUGE HOW QUICKLY WE CAN MOVE IN THAT PROCESS.

"WE APPRECIATE THE GOODWILL, BUT WE SHOULD NOT BE PUSHED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER." DR TSE SAID.

DR TSE SAW THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE AS "A MATTER OF CARDINAL PRINCIPLE AND JUSTICE". A CAUSE THAT ONE SHOULD PURSUE REGARDLESS OF THE CHANCE OF SUCCESS.

"THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD, THROUGH A SERIES OF PARLIAMENTARY ACTS, UNILATERALLY AND SYSTEMATICALLY TAKEN AWAY THE RIGHTS OF ITS CITIZENS IN HONG KONG WHO WERE ENTITLED TO THEM EITHER BY BIRTH OR THROUGH NATURALISATION.

"IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT OMELCO SHOULD TRY ITS BEST TO CLAIM THEM BACK FOR THOSE WHO WANT THEM." HE SAID.

DR TSE ALSO REFUTED PRESS REPORTS THAT OMELCO MEMBERS WERE NOT UNANIMOUSLY BEHIND THE NATIONALITY CAMPAIGN.

"I FOR ONE, AS A MEMBER FROM THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, SIGNED UP FROM THE VERY BEGINNING TO JOIN THE SPECIAL WORKING GROUP TO GIVE SUPPORT TO THE TWO SENIOR MEMBERS DURING THEIR LONDON MISSION," HE SAID, ADDING THAT OTHER MEMBERS FROM THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES HAD WORKED SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE APPOINTED MEMBERS AS A TEAM, REGARDLESS WHETHER THEY HAD SIGNED UP BEFORE.

"TO ME, THIS NOBLE SPIRIT OF WORKING TOGETHER WITHOUT GANGING UP, IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF SPIRIT WE MUST ENDEAVOUR TO FOSTER. AND IS ALSO THE SPIRIT OUR OMELCO COLLEAGUES HAVE ENJOYED MOST OF THE TIME.

"I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THIS IMAGE IS PROPERLY REFLECTED BY THE PRESS," HE SAID.

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REPORT FAILS TO ADDRESS HK PEOPLE’S CONCERN *****

THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S REPORT CONTAINS USEFUL RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW, THE PACE FOR DEVELOPING A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND ON A BILL OF RIGHTS, BUT THE GREATEST OBJECTION IS IN ITS RECOMMENDATION ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE.

THE HON EDWARD HO SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT.

MR HO SAID DESPITE THE FAC’S ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE BRITISH OBLIGATION TO THE TERRITORY, AND ITS ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT BRITAIN MUST FIND WAYS TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG IN THE SHORTER TERM, IT FAILED TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCERN OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE: TO HAVE THE ASSURANCE OF A SAFE ABODE IN CASE THE WORST SHOULD HAPPEN.

HE SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO MOUNT AN INTERNATIONAL RESCUE OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE IN AN "ARMAGEDDON SCENARIO" AFTER 1997 AND TO GRANT RIGHT OF ABODE TO IDENTIFIED KEY PERSONNEL DID NOT FULFIL THE AIM OF RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG IN THE SHORT TERM.

"THE FORMER IS NEITHER PRACTICAL NOR RE-ASSURING; THE LATTER IS DIVISIVE," HE SAID.

MR HO RECALLED THAT THE FAC MEMBERS HAD, DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING STAGE IN APRIL, MET REPRESENTATIVES FROM HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND EXPRESSED TO THEM TIME AND AGAIN THE POLITICAL DIFFICULTY OF ADMITTING 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HE WAS CONVINCED THAT THE COMMITTEE’S POSITION IN JUNE AFTER THE EVENTS IN PEKING HAD NOT CHANGED FROM ITS POSITION DURING ITS FIRST PUBLIC HEARING IN HONG KONG IN APRIL.

"THE POSITION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT POLITICAL DIFFICULTY TRANSCENDED ANY REAL CONSIDERATION OF BRITISH OBLIGATIONS," HE SAID.

"WHAT IS EVEN MORE DAMAGING IS THAT THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FAILED TO RECOGNISE THE REALITIES OF THE HONG KONG SITUATION AND THE WISHES OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE: WHICH IS THAT HONG KONG IS THEIR HOME; AND IT WAS PLAINLY WRONG, AND GROSSLY MISLEADING TO ASSUME THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG WOULD BE EMIGRATING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT OF ABODE."

MR HO ALSO SAID THAT THE FAC FAILED TO APPRECIATE THE GRAVITY OF THE CONFIDENCE CRISIS IN HONG KONG IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TIANANMEN SQUARE EVENTS.

"IN SO DOING, IT FAILED TO PROPOSE ANY REAL MEASURE THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE DESIRED IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF RESTORING THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE AND STOPPING THE TIDAL OUTFLOW OF OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSETS: OUR PEOPLE," HE SAID.

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HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE BLIND TO THE FACT THAT THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S REPORT DOES INDICATE A MEASURE OF GENERAL, ALBEIT VAGUE, SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG, THE HON MARTIN BARROW SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE FOR US TO LET THE RIGHT OF ABODE SO DOMINATE THE THINKING AND ENERGY OF THE COMMUNITY THAT ALL OTHER ISSUES ARE EXCLUDED," MR BARROW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE REPORT.

HE SAID THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE QUESTION WOULD BE, HONG KONG WAS GOING TO NEED RESOLUTE UNITED KINGDOM SUPPORT DURING THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS.

FOR EXAMPLE, HE NOTED, THERE WAS REALLY VERY LITTLE TO ADD TO THE FAC’S PROPOSALS ON THE BASIC LAW. THE PROPOSALS ECHOED ALMOST EVERYTHING WHICH HAD BEEN COVERED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS DURING THEIR RECENT DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, HE SAID.

MR BARROW SAID THE FAC'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PREAMBLE, THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW, THE POWERS OF AMENDMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAD ALL BEEN COVERED BY COUNCILLORS IN THEIR DEBATE. HE HOPED CHINA WOULD MAKE CONCESSIONS IN THESE AREAS.

HE ADDED THAT AN ELEGANT SOLUTION MUST BE FOUND WHOSE EFFECT WOULD BE THE STATIONING OF THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY AT SOME DISTANCE FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, PREFERABLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER.

ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE, MR BARROW SAID HE WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BY THE REJECTION BY THE FAC OF THE REQUEST FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE FOR ALL HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS.

"IN FAILING TO HELP US STEM THE HAEMORRHAGING OF THE PROFESSIONAL AND MANAGERIAL SECTIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY, THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE PLACING AN INTOLERABLE BURDEN ON OUR GOVERNMENT IN ITS DUTY OF ADMINISTERING HONG KONG AND SUSTAINING ITS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT." HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT DESPITE THE STRONG FEELINGS HELD LOCALLY, HONG KONG MUST CONTINUE TO ACT IN A RESPONSIBLE AND DIGNIFIED FASHION.

ON THE SUGGESTION THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING HELP FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY IN THE EVENT OF A FUNDAMENTAL BREACH OF THE JOINT DECLARATION BY CHINA AFTER 1997, MR BARROW SAID THERE WERE GROUNDS FOR CONTINUING TO PURSUE OTHER AVENUES IF UNCONDITIONAL AND IMMEDIATE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN CONTINUED TO ELUDE HONG KONG’S BEST EFFORTS.

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ON THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE, MR BARROW SAID NOTHING COULD BE MORE DAMAGING TO HONG KONG’S PRESENT INTERESTS THAN ILL-CONSIDERED ANTI-VIETNAMESE DEMONSTRATIONS OR THE ABANDONMENT OF THE POLICY OF FIRST ASYLUM.

"AT THIS TIME, WE NEED ALL THE SUPPORT WE CAN GET FROM AROUND THE WORLD. FROM ALL THAT I HEAR, SUCH INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT WOULD BE SHARPLY REDUCED WERE WE TO INITIATE A CHANGE OF POLICY: FOR OBVIOUS REASONS WE WOULD BE ACCUSED OF DOUBLE STANDARDS," HE SAID.

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THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S REPORT IS FULL OF ILLOGICALITY AND CONTRADICTIONS AND IT SHOWS THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS SHIRKING IN ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, BEHIND A CLUSTER OF WORDS, THE HON DAVID CHEUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE REPORT, MR CHEUNG SAID THE COMMITTEE, WHILE RECOGNISING THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG, HAD FAILED TO RECOMMEND THE PROPER KINDS OF ACTION IN ORDER TO HELP.

"THE GIST OF THE REPORT, IN MY VIEW, IS THAT BRITAIN BE SEEN AS HAVING HELPED HONG KONG SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY ANY SIGNIFICANT PRICES," HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG WARNED AGAINST FORMING CATEGORIES OF HONG KONG PEOPLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRANTING THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN.

"CATEGORISATION IS DIVISIVE AND DEMORALISING TO THOSE WHO DO NOT GET THE INSURANCE. THE LEADERS OF DIFFERENT FIELDS MAY BE INSTRUMENTAL TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG, SO ARE THE PEOPLE. DON'T DEMORALISE THEM," HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG ADDED THAT IT WAS UNGENTLEMANLY AND DISHONOURABLE FOR BRITAIN TO WANT TO WAIT UNTIL HONG KONG PEOPLE BECAME REFUGEES BEFORE GIVING ITS HELP.

HE CALLED ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO ACT NOW TO RESTORE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S RIGHTS, AND SO GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS MORAL, CONSTITUTIONAL, RESPONSIBLE AND HONOURABLE.

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HONG KONG’S CURRENT CONFIDENCE CRISIS CANNOT WAIT FOR A SOLUTION. EITHER BRITAIN FINDS A PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO IT IN THE NEAR FUTURE OR ELSE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL FIND WAYS TO HELP THEMSELVES, THE HON MIRIAM LAU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, MRS LAU SAID THE WHOLE PROCESS OF EROSION OF HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS’ NATIONALITY RIGHTS WAS CONDUCTED IN TOTAL DISREGARD OF THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE BY A UK PARLIAMENT IN WHICH HONG KONG HAD NO REPRESENTATION, NO INFLUENCE, NO VOTE AND NO SAY.

SHE SAID THAT THE 1981 NATIONALITY ACT FURTHER RELEGATED THE POSITION OF HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS TO THAT OF SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.

"IS IT NOT MONSTROUSLY UNJUST TO TREAT HONG KONG PEOPLE THIS WAY WHEN THEY HAVE SERVED BRITAIN WELL?

"IN A POLITICAL EMERGENCY SUCH AS THE PRESENT, IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR RESTORATION OF A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT WHICH OUGHT TO BELONG TO THOSE BORN ON BRITISH SOIL NOT TO MENTION THOSE WHO HAVE FORSAKEN THEIR OWN NATIONALITY TO SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN?" SHE ASKED.

MRS LAU SAID IT WAS APPARENT FROM THE FAC REPORT THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE’S CAREFULLY PREPARED AND SOUNDLY BASED SUBMISSIONS ON THE NATIONALITY' ISSUE HAD ALL BEEN CAVALIERLY DISMISSED.

"INSTEAD WHAT WE HAVE IS A MERE ACCENTUATION OF THE ALL TOO WELL KNOWN DIE-HARD BRITISH GOVERNMENT LINE,” SHE SAID.

MRS LAU SAID THE FAC HAD REPEATEDLY EMPHASISED IN ITS REPORT THAT BRITAIN HAD A SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO HONG KONG BECAUSE HONG KONG PEOPLE WERE NOT ABLE TO EXERCISE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF SELF DETERMINATION.

THE FAC HOWEVER WENT NO FURTHER TO EXPOUND ON THIS SPECIAL OBLIGATION OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT IT HAD BEEN MET BY THE JOINT DECLARATION, SHE SAID.

"THE JOINT DECLARATION PURPORTS TO ASSURE HONG KONG PEOPLE THAT HONG KONG WILL BE A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS PLACE TO LIVE IN BEFORE AND AFTER 1997. AFTER THE RECENT HAPPENINGS IN PEKING HONG KONG PEOPLE CAN NO LONGER BE SO SURE," SHE NOTED.

MRS LAU SAID ALL THE MORE DID WE NEEDED ASSURANCE NOW FROM BRITAIN THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION WOULD WORK, ASSURANCE IN THE FORM OF RESTORATION OF PEOPLE'S FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS.

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"THIS MUST PROVIDE THE BEST INCENTIVE TO BOTH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION WILL WORK BECAUSE THEY CAN ILL AFFORD THE CONSEQUENCES JF IT DOES NOT," SHE SAID.

MRS LAU ADDED: "IF THIS SINGLE MOST REASONABLE ASSURANCE CANNOT BE GIVEN, HOW CAN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PROFESS TO MEET ITS SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO HONG KONG? HOW CAN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO TALK OF CONFIDENCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION? HOW CAN BRITAIN PERSUADE ITS EC PARTNERS AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO JOIN IN PROVIDING THE GUARANTEE?"

BRITAIN MUST ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITY FIRST BY ISSUING THE INSURANCE POLICY AND SEEKING RE-INSURANCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

SHE SAID: "INDEED WE ARE NOT UNAPPRECIATIVE THAT THE SOLUTION TO OUR PRESENT PROBLEM WOULD NECESSARILY INVOLVE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. WHILST BRITAIN'S CONSTITUTIONAL AND MORAL OBLIGATION IS TO RESTORE FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS TO HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS, IT REMAINS BRITAIN’S OVERALL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL THE PEOPLE.

"IF BRITAIN DOES NOT FEEL ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION, ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES MUST BE SOUGHT BUT BRITAIN MUST TAKE THE LEAD AND TAKE IT NOW," SHE ADDED.

MRS LAU SAID THE FAC REPORT HAD EXPRESSED MISGIVINGS CONCERNING THE INSURANCE POLICY WHICH PEOPLE WERE SEEKING.

"APART FROM THE FACT THAT SUCH MISGIVINGS CLEARLY STEM FROM SELF-PROTECTIONISM AND EGOISM THEY ALSO SHOW HOW PATHETICALLY LITTLE THE FAC MEMBERS REALLY KNOW ABOUT HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE.

"EVEN IF IT WERE THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE FOR THE INSURANCE POLICY TO BE CASHED IN, THE UNLIKELY EXODUS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE TO BRITAIN, BRINGING WITH THEM HONG KONG’S TALENTS, RESOURCEFULNESS, INDUSTRIOUSNESS AND PERHAPS EVEN WEALTH, WILL PROBABLY DO BRITAIN A LOT OF GOOD," SHE ADDED.

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CATEGORISATION FOR RIGHT OF ABODE "UNACCEPTABLE" * * * * *

CATEGORISATION OF HONG KONG PEOPLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRANTING THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN WOULD BE UNFAIR. 0." -<r IRRESPONSIBLE AND EVEN DANGEROUS. DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG SAi.' TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"PERHAPS IT SHOULD BE MADE CLEAR THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN 1 HL WISH NOP THE STAND OF OMELCO. AND I AM SURI: THE PEOPLE OF HONG EONG TOO, TO CONSIDER; LET ALONE TAKE. CATEGORISATION AS OUR FALL BACK POSITION ON THE ISSUE OF RIGHT OF ABODE." DR LEONG SAID IN PHE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT.

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN PLENTY OF MENTION THAT SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS WOULD BE GIVEN THE RIGHT OF ABODE. THE REASON GIVEN WAS THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO GIVE ASSURANCE TO THESE PEOPLE SO THAT THEY WOULD STAY TO SERVE AND RUN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WAS A NEED TO GIVE THEM AN INSURANCE POLICY.

"IT DOES NOT STAND TO REASON THAT HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT COULD FEEL THE NEED FOR INSURANCE BY SOME AND YET NOT BY OTHERS IN HONG KONG." HE SAID.

HE SAID SUCH A CATEGORISATION WAS ALSO DANGEROUS.

IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE WERE THE "HAVES" AND THE "HAVE NOTS" OR WHEN IT WAS DECLARED THAT "ALL MEN ARE BORN EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS", DR LEONG FAILED TO SEE HOW THE "HAVES" IN THIS CASE -- SENIOR CROWN SERVANTS -- COULD COMMAND THE RESPECT OF AND TO GOVERN THE "HAVE NOTS" IN THE FUTURE.

"THE RIGHT OF ABODE HAS TO BE CONCEIVED AS AN INHERENT HUMAN RIGHT FOR ALL THOSE BORN OR NATURALISED AS BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG OR IN BRITAIN. AS SIGNATORY TO THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES. BRITAIN SHOULD RESTORE THESE RIGHTS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE FOREIGN SECRETARY STATED THAT IN 24 HOURS CHINA HAD DESTROYED ALL THE GOODWILL SHE HAD CREATED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS.

"I WOULD SAY THIS TO HIM: THAT WITH A STROKE OF THE PEN TO DENY HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS THE RESTORATION OF THEIR RIGHT AT THIS POINT OF TIME, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE WIPED OFF THE RESPECT THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE HAVE ATTACHED TO HER IN THE LAST CENTURY."

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HONG KONG PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO TAKE UP ABODE IN BRITAIN CANNOT IE SUBSTITUTED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN THE TERRITORY AT AN EARLIER DATE. THE HON JAMES TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, MR TIEN SAID HE EARNESTLY HOPED BRITAIN WOULD NOT ESCAPE ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO HONG KONG BY MEANS OF ONE MAN, ONE VOTE.

"FOR THEM. IT IS FAR EASIER TO OFFER THE SHADOW OF DEMOCRACY THAN TO GIVE US THE SUBSTANCE OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE. HONG KONG PEOPLE WANT THE SUBSTANCE, NOT THE SHADOW," HE SAID.

HE ENVISAGED THAT IF THE RIGHT OF ABODE WERE GRANTED, THEN BRITAIN WOULD BE FORCED TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF HONG KONG AS THE PRICE OF "FAILURE" HERE WOULD BE THE PROSPECT OF HAVING SOMETHING BETWEEN THREE TO SIX MILLION HONG KONG EMIGRANTS.

IF. HOWEVER, HONG KONG WERE GIVEN THE VOTE, RATHER THAN THE RIGHT OF ABODE, THEN BRITAIN COULD ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF RELAXING, WHETHER THINGS GO WELL OR ILL.

MR TIEN REGRETTED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAD APPARENTLY EVADED HONG KONG’S PROBLEMS AND THAT NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY COULD BE DETECTED IN ITS REPORT.

EMPHASISING THAT BRITAIN WAS HONG KONG’S SOVEREIGN STATE, HE URGED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT NOT TO ACCEPT THE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATIONS, AND ACT INSTEAD TO SOLVE THE URGENT NEED FOR THE RESTORATION OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

IN MR TIEN’S VIEW, THE ARGUMENT AGAINST GRADUAL CHANGE STILL HELD GOOD AND THE NEED FOR RESPONSIBLE LEGCO MEMBERS REPRESENTING FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WAS STILL VERY EVIDENT.

"WHAT HAPPENS IN CHINA, OR INDEED, ELSEWHERE IS NOT ALWAYS RELEVANT TO THE PACE OF POLITICAL CHANGE HERE. CHINA’S PROBLEMS ARE, OF COURSE. OUR PROBLEMS BUT THE SPEED AT WHICH WE MOVE FORWARD IS NOT DETERMINED SOLELY BY EXTERNAL EVENTS," HE SAID, ADDING THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE FATAL FLAWS IN THE FAC’S ARGUMENTS.

MOREOVER, HE BELIEVED ONCE EMOTION HAD SUBSIDED OVER RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA, THEN WE MUST RELATE THE REVIVED BASIC LAW TO THE QUESTION OF POLITICAL CHANGE IN HONG KONG AND THE CONCEPT OF CONVERGENCE COULD NOT BE RULED OUT.

CONVINCED THAT THE BRAIN DRAIN WOULD HARDLY BE INFLUENCED BY THE EARLY INTRODUCTION OF ONE MAN, ONE VOTE ELECTIONS, HE HOPED THE OMELCO POSITION WHICH SUGGESTED EARLIEST FULL DIRECT ELECTIONS IN HONG KONG BY THE YEAR 2003 WOULD NOT BE HASTILY ABANDONED.

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IF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO PROVIDE DONG KONG PEOPLE WITH A SAFETY NET AGAINST FUTURE DANGER. THE .V ALTERNATIVE IS FOR BRITAIN TO NEGOTIATE WITH CHINA A 10 OR 20 YEAR LEASE OFTHE TERRITORY, THE HON ELSIE TU. SAID IN THE LEG1SI TI'E COUNCILTODAY I WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, MRS TU SAID CHINA NEEDED TIME TO CONSIDER THE RECENT CATASTROPHE, NEEDED TIME TO RECOVER ECONOMICALLY AS WELL AS POLITICALLY FROM THE MESS INTO WHICH SHE HAD BEEN MINDLESSLY PLUNGED.

"AND HONG KONG NEEDS TIME TO RECOVER FROM ITS TRAUMA AND THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

"NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE THE DECISION. WE MUST NOT DELAY," MRS TU SAID.

SHE SAID THE REPORT DID NOT ADDRESS ITSELF. EXCEPT IN A NEGATIVE WAY, TO THE MAIN ISSUE.

"AND THE MAIN ISSUE IS THAT. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE CONSTITUTION MAY BE. NO MATTER WHETHER IT IS BACKED UP BY THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE COVENANTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND WHATEVER. ALL SUCH ASSURANCES MEAN NOTHING SO LONG AS THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG IS AT THE MERCY OF A SMALL BUREAUCRACY ACROSS THE BORDER WHICH TAKES LEAVE OF ITS SENSES AND MASSACRES INNOCENT. PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS, AND BRUTALLY DISPOSES OF ITS CRITICS."

MRS TU SAID BOTH SIR GEOFFREY HOWE AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE EXPRESSED SHOCK AT THE RECENT ATROCITIES IN CHINA.

"SO HOW CAN THEY CONTINUE TO UTTER PLATITUDES \BOUT TRUSTING AN AGREEMENT. UNLESS THEY ALSO PROVIDE A WAY OF ESCAPE TO ASSURE OUR PEOPLE'S SAFETY IN CASE THAT AGREEMENT IS BROKEN?" SHE ASKED.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR. THE HON RONALD ARCULLI TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON BRITAIN AND CHINA TO RE-EVALUATE PARAGRAPH 4 OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION WHICH HE BELIEVED TO BE THE KEY TO ANY FUTURE DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS.

PARAGRAPH 4 OF THE JOINT DECLARATION STATES:

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"THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE GOVERNMENT OF Till. PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC Of CHINA DECLARE THAT. DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD BETWEEN THE DATE OF THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THIS JOINT DECLARATION AND JUNE 30. 1997. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE "NtTED KINGDOM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FO" ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG WITH THE OBJECT 01 MAINTAINING AND PRESERVING ITS IT'ONOMK PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL STABILITY: AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT O| THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WILL GIVE ITS CO-OPERATION IN THIS CONNECTION."

SPEAKING ON Till' MOTION DEBATE ON THE FAC REPORT. MR ARCULLI SAID: "IT IS MOST INTERESTING. \ND PERHAPS IRONIC. THAT CHINA CAN ASK AS MUCH OF' BRITAIN AS BRITAIN CAN OF CHINA UNDER PARAGRAPH 4. PROVIDED THE OBJECT OF THE EXERCISE IS THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND THE SOCIAL STABILITY OF HONG KONG."

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THIS CONTEXT, PARAGRAPH 3.6 OF THE FAC REPORT, WHICH RECOMMENDS THAI HONG KONG SHOULD GO AHEAD WITH THE SECOND AIRPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, DESERVED SOME MENTION.

"II THE DECISION IS TO GO AHEAD. WOULD IT NOT BE A TANGIBLE SHOW OF BRITISH CONFIDENCE IF BRITAIN WERE TO PARTICIPATE AS A PARTNER AND/OR PROVIDER OF FUNDS IN THIS PROJECT?" HE ASKED.

HE ALSO QUERIED: 'HOU CAN THE JOINT DECLARATION BE ENFORCED, AND WHAT IS THE REMEDY IN THE EVENT OF A BREACH? OR ARE WE TO ASSUME. CONTRARY TO WHAT HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US. THAT COUNTRIES DO NOT BREAK INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.'

MR ARCULLI SAID HE WAS SEEKING AN "ABSOLUTE" AND "BULLETPROOF" GUARANTEE FROM BRITAIN. AND HE BELIEVED THAT IT WAS NOT AN UNREASONABLE REQUEST.

ASSUMING THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION REMAINED "THE BEST FOUNDATION OF HONG KONG'S FUTURE". HE ASKED HOW THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT COULD PERSUADE CHINA TO PLAY ITS PART.

"WE AT LEAST KNOW ONE EFFECT THE EVENTS OF JUNE 3 TO 4 IN TIANANMEN HAS HAD : IT SHOOK UP THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, BUT HAS IT WOKEN UP THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT?"

MR ARCULLI DID NOT WHOLLY SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW EXPRESSED IN THE FAC REPORT THAT CHINA WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE DOOR AGAINST THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

"BRITAIN MAY HAVE SHUT THE DOOR ON HONG KONG BEFORE. LET HER NOT FORGET THAT CHINA COULD DO THE SAME IN 1997." HE SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF NATIONALITY, MR ARCULLI SAID HE COULD NOT PRETEND THAT HF WAS HAPPY WITH THE PACKAGE RECOMMENDED BY' THE FAC.

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TRIPARTITE APPROACH TO UPHOLD JD URGED

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NOTHING SHORT OF A TRIPARTITE APPROACH TO UPHOLD THE JOINT DECLARATION COULD SAVE HONG KONG FROM ITS PREDICAMENT. THE HON I. i'.K WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT. MR WONG SAID THE TRIPARTITE APPROACH WAS:

* CHINA MUST LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISES TO ITS OWN CITIZENS IF THERE WAS TO BE ANY TRUST IN "ONE COUNTRY. TWO SYSTEMS".

* BRITAIN MUST FULFIL ITS ROLE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION BY AGREEING TO SPEED UP DEMOCRATIC REFORMS AND GUARANTEES OF BASIC RIGHTS IN HONG KONG LEGISLATION.

* HONG KONG ITSELF MUST WORK HARDER THAN EVER TO MAKE SURF THAT THE ONE COUNTRY. TWO SYSTEMS FORMULA WOULD BE IN EVERYBODY’S INTEREST TO WORK ON.

MR WONG SAID THAT ON JUNE 12 HE WROTE TO THE BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TO SAY HE HAD DECIDED TO SUSPEND HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE PENDING THE RECEIPT OF CLEAR SIGNALS FROM CHINA THAT IT WOULD TRULY HONOUR ITS OBLIGATIONS IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"I SUGGEST THAT THIS CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING SHOULD BE ADOPTED IN VIEW OF THE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT THE LEGAL DOCUMENT HAS ON HONG KONG'S FUTURE." HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HE HAD MADE A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY AMONG ALL MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS ON THE OMELCO CONSENSUS ON THE PACE OF DEMOCRATIC REFORM.

THE SURVEY HAD FOUND THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE RESPONDENTS CONCURRED WITH THE OMELCO CONSENSUS.

MR WONG ALSO SAID THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF THE BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WAS IN THE PROCESS OF INSTRUCTING TWO LEADING CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYERS OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTE TO GIVE EXPERT OPINIONS ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

"I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD ASK PEKING FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE CONSULTATION PERIOD. NOT ONLY TO MAKE UP FOR THE TIME LOST BY THE MA1NLANDERS NOT BEING ABLE TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AS A RESULT OF THE TURMOIL. BUT ALSO FOR US TO EXAMINE IN DEPTH THE IMPLICATION RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA WILL HAVE ON OUR OWN RIGHTS AND SAFETY.

"I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE PROMULGATION OF THE BASIC LAW WILL NOW HAVE TO BE DELAYED." HE SAID.

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CHINA MUST APPRECIATE NEED FOR SELF-GOVERNMENT

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CHINA MUST BE URGED TO APPRECIATE THE NEED FOR THE EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF FULL DEMOCRACY IN HONG KONG TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS, AND GOVERNMENT OF THE TERRITORY BY HONG KONG PEOPLE, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, MR CHENG SAID SINCE THE EVENTS IN PEKING, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAD BEEN WELL AWARE OF THE NEED FOR DEMOCRATISAT1ON TO PROGRESS AT A GREATER SPEED.

NOTING THAT THE FAC CONCLUDED ITS REPORT WITH A SPECIFIC PROPOSAL THAT FULL DEMOCRACY IN THE FORM OF UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE BE ACHIEVED BEFORE 1997. MR CHENG SAID IT REMAINED TO BE DECIDED WHETHER THE OMELCO PROPOSAL FOR THE MODEL OF THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE REVIEWED.

"OBVIOUSLY' THERE IS GOOD REASON FOR THE NUMBER OF DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS IN THE LEGCO TO BE APPROPRIATELY INCREASED IN 1991," HE SAID.

MR CHENG POINTED OUT THAT THE FAC’S VIEWS ON THE QUESTION OF THE SAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATURE FOLLOWED THE LINES TAKEN BY MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AND SHOULD THEREFORE WARRANT FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN REVIEWING THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

IN LIGHT OF THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM THE EVENTS IN PEKING, MR CHENG SAID THERE WAS A N>ED TO CAREFULLY AND CRITICALLY RE-EXAMINE ARTICLE 18 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WHICH RELATED TO THE APPLICATION OF RELEVANT NATIONAL LAWS BY CHINA ON THE HONG KONG SAR IN CASE OF WAR, TURMOIL OR EMERGENCY.

"THE PEKING EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT THE HONG KONG PEOPLE THAT MARTIAL LAW MAY BE DECLARED IN ANY PART OF A CITY OR REGION BY THE STATE COUNCIL IN CASE OF SO-CALLED COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY' VIOLENCE, OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER.

"IT IS THEREFORE TRUE TO SAY THE FEAR OF THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG OF THE IRRATIONAL INTERPRETATION OF ANY SITUATION WITHOUT A LEGAL BASIS IS QUITE OBVIOUS.

"I WOULD GO BEYOND WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAS STATED AND SUGGEST THAT IN THE REVISION, THE STATE OF WAR, TURMOIL OR EMERGENCY BE PRECISELY' DEFINED AND THE CONDITIONS FOR DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW, IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, BE CLEARLY SPELLED OUT," MR CHENG SAID.

HE SAID THE FAC’S OBSERVATION ABOUT THE STATIONING IN THE HONG KONG SAR OF MILITARY FORCES SENT BY THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT TALLIED WITH THE GENERAL PERCEPTION OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WHO HAD STRONG FEELINGS AGAINST THE APPEARANCE OF THE PLA IN THE URBAN AREA OR ANYWHERE IN THE REGION.

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"THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE AS THEY HAVE BEEN DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE SCENES AT TIANANMEN SQUARE.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SUCH FEAR MUST BE ALLEVIATED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE," HE SAID.

MR CHENG AGREED WITH THE FAC'S VIEW THAT RENEGING ON THE JOINT DECLARATION AND BREAKING OFF ALL NEGOTIATIONS WITH CHINA FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE WAS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION.

"1 WOULD ALSO ENDORSE THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATION THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION SHOULD REMAIN AS THE BEST TREATY BASE FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS PROVISIONS. PARTICULARLY THROUGH THE BASIC LAW," HE SAID.

"COUPLED WITH THE OTHER MAJOR ISSUES OF NATIONALITY AND BILL OF RIGHTS, THE JOINT DECLARATION AND INDEED THE BASIC LAW WILL HOPEFULLY SECURE OUR FUTURE AND CONFIDENCE WHICH HAS BEEN GREATLY LOST AND NEEDS TO BE RESTORED.

"WE HAVE TO FACE THE REALITY AND CONTINUE TO MAKE THE BEST OF OUR EFFORT TO MAINTAIN OUR STABILITY AND PROSPERITY. WE MUST KEEP HONG KONG GOING." MR CHENG CONCLUDED.

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COUNCILLOR APPEALS FOR UNITY

•»»»»»•»

HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN UNITED IN SPIRIT IN THE PURSUIT OF THE COMMON GOAL OF "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" AND "HONG KONG PEOPLE RULING HONG KONG", THE HON ANDREW WONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT.

HE SAID THAT EARLIER HE HAD BEEN VERY MUCH HEARTENED BY THE CONSENSUS OMELCO MEMBERS HAD REACHED TOWARDS THE END OF MAY. BUT THERE NOW APPEARED TO BE CRACKS, AND DIVERGENT VIEWS HAD BEEN EXPRESSED.

HE SAID THE SLOW PROGRESS IN THE PAST TOWARDS DEMOCRATISATION COULD PARTLY BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY BEING DIVIDED OR EVEN SPLIT ON THE QUESTION OF DEMOCRATISATION. AND THEREFORE THERE WAS A NEED FOR ALL CONCERNED TO MAIN UNITED.

HE ALSO URGED OMELCO MEMBERS TO RE-EXAMINE THE QUESTION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATURE.

"WE HAD PREVIOUSLY SETTLED FOR WHAT MIGHT BE TERMED A QUASI-MINISTERTAL SYSTEM. IT IS NOW THAT MORE THOUGHT OUGHT TO BE GIVEN TO A FULL MINISTERIAL SYSTEM," HE SUGGESTED.

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TURNING TO THE FAC REPORT. MR WONG SAID Hl- WELCOMED THE REPORT. BUT NOT WITHOUT MISGIVINGS,.

HE SAID Till- REPORT PRESENTED A PACKAGE IN WHICH FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION. BETTER HUMAN RIGHTS SAFEGUARDS. SPEEDIER POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT AND A SOLUTION TO THE VIETNAMES) BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE WERL OFFERED AS TRADE-OFF FOK THE DENIAL OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE.

"WHAT IS THE USE OF TALKING ABOUT FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WHEN THE ISSUE IS: IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE FAITHFUL." HE QUESTIONED.

HE SAID IT WAS ALSO OF NO USE TO SIMPLY BUILD EXTRA FORTIFICATIONS -- LEGAL. SOCIAL. CULTURAL. MILITARY. POLITICAL -- IN ADDITION TO POLITICAL ONES. IN THE BELIEF THAT HONG KONG COULD BE SHIELDED FROM INTERFERENCE FROM BEIJING.

"HONG KONG IS NOW A CAPTIVE CITY WITH A CAPTIVE POPULATION, SURROUNDED BY FORTIFICATIONS WHICH CANNOT KEEP THE TANKS OUT BUT WHICH IRONICALLY LOCK THE PEOPLE LIKE PRISONERS IN A GOAL." HE SAID.

ON A SUGGESTION THAT Till JOINT DECLARATION BE RE-NEGOTIATED SO AS TO KEEP CHINESE TROOPS OUT OF HONG KONG. MR WONG SAID HIS INTERPRETATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS THAT CHINA HAD THE RIGHT TO STATION TROOPS IM HONG KONG, BUT IT DID NOT HAVE TO DO IT. IT WAS NOT AN OBLIGATION.

"1 THEREFORE SUGGEST THAT WE WORK OUT AN ARTICLE IN THE BASIC LAW TO THE EFFECT THAT THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY WILL NOT BE STATIONED IN HONG KONG AND MAY ENTER HONG KONG ONLY LN TIMES OF WAR." HE SAID.

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RECOMMENDATION ON ELECTION IRRESPONSIBLE ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦ t

THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S SUGGESTION THAT HALF OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS SHOULD BE DIRECTLY ELECTED IN 1991 IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THE HON NELLIE FONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

CITING THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND DISTRICT BOARDS AS EXAMPLES, MRS FONG SAID OF ALL SUCCESSFULLY DIRECTLY ELECTED SEATS, 50 TO 80 PER CENT HAD COME FROM THREE BACKGROUNDS, NAMELY SOCIAL WORKERS, ACADEMICS AND LAWYERS.

"THIS IN NO WAY CAN BE SAID TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE CROSS SECTION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST OF THIS DYNAMIC INDUSTRIAL/FINANCIAL ECONOMY.

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"IT IS AN ABERRATION THAT DERIVES FROM THE USE OF THE DIRECT ELECTION PROCESS IN A COMMUNITY WHOSE STAGE OF POLITICAL MATURITY IS STILL EMERGING," SHE SAID IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE REPORT.

MRS FONG SAID IN THE PAST, BRITAIN NEVER TOOK THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATING THE HONG KONG PEOPLE TO BE POLITICALLY MINDED. IT HAD NEVER ENCOURAGED PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG.

"THIS WAS BY DESIGN. THEN, DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO ASSUME, THAT, PRACTICALLY OVERNIGHT, WITH INADEQUATE PREPARATION AND IN THE THROES OF A MAJOR CRISES, THE HONG KONG PEOPLE CAN VOTE THE RIGHT PEOPLE INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL?" SHE ASKED.

MRS FONG SAID SHE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THE FAC MEMBERS COULD BE SO ILL-INFORMED, OR BE SO FAR OFF TARGET IN THE JUDGEMENTS THEY MADE TO COME UP WITH THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS.

"BUT IF THAT WAS NOT THE CASE, THEN THERE MUST BE ANOTHER EXPLANATION," SHE SAID.

"AM I TO ASSUME THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO WASH THEIR HANDS IN THE MANTLE OF DEMOCRACY THAT THEY KNOW WILL NOT FIT OUR CASE? AM I TO ASSUME THAT THIS WILL SALVE THE CONSCIENCES OF THE BRITISH POLITICIANS," SHE ADDED.

MRS FONG SAID THAT BRITISH PEOPLE WERE HONOURABLE. BUT THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE PARLIAMENT WERE MAKING THEM DISHONOURABLE BY NOT TELLING 3 HEM THE TRUTH ABOUT BRITAIN’S OBLIGATION TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

SHE SAID: "ITS OBLIGATION CANNOT BE DEEMED TO CEASE BECAUSE ITS LEASE ON 92 PER CENT OF THE LAND IS EXPIRING. IT CANNOT GOVERN A PLACE FOR OVER 150 YEARS AND THEN SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO GIVE IT AWAY, TOGETHER WITH ITS PEOPLE, AND .JUST SEEK GUARANTEES FOR THEM IN THE AGREEMENT.

"HONG KONG PEOPLE WERE NOT CONSULTED ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY CONCURRED. HONG KONG PEOPLE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE GUARANTEES GIVEN AND IN WHAT BRITAIN IS DOING TODAY," SHE ADDED.

MRS FONG SAID BRITAIN SHOULD TALK STRAIGHT TO EUROPE THAT IT HAS TO OFFER THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO HONG KONG PEOPLE. IT SHOULD ALSO STOP CREATING CONFUSION ABOUT THE NUMBERS BY CONTINUALLY PUTTING THEM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UK.

"EVEN IF ALL WHO WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT WERE TO EXERCISE IT, THE NUMBER WOULD BE MUCH SMALLER WHEN LOOKED AT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE POPULATION OF EUROPE AND THAT IS REALLY WHAT THE ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT," SHE NOTED.

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BOAT PEOPLE SQUARELY A BRITISH PROBLEM * * « t *

THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE IS A MATTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND, AS SUCH, IT RESTS SQUARELY IN THE COURT OF THE jV'• H GOVERNMENT. THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT. MRS FAN SAID HONG KONG HAD BEEN UPHOLDING BRITISH HONOUR OVER THE PAST DECADE BY ABIDING FAITHFULLY TO THE POLICY OF FIRST ASYLUM, EVEN UNDER THE MOST ADVERSE CONDITIONS.

SHE SAID: "HONG KONG TAXPAYERS HAD SPENT OVER S2.4 BILLION ON THIS. IRRESPONSIBLE AND IGNORANT CRITICISMS HAVE BEEN SHOWERED UPON HONG KONG. THE DAILY LIFE OF MANY RESIDENTS WAS DISRUPTED.

"WITH A POPULATION DENSITY OF 5,200 PER SQUARE KILOMETRE. WE ARE ALREADY ACCOMMODATING OVER 18.000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND BOAT PEOPLE, WITH MORE YET TO COME. THIS IS COMPARABLE TO UNITED KINGDOM. WHICH HAS 230 PER SQUARE KILOMETRE, HAVING TO ACCOMMODATE ONE MILLION PEOPLE."

AGAINST ALL ODDS, MRS FAN SAID HONG KONG WAS STILL OFFERING A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

"HAVE ANY BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES EVER DONE SO MUCH TO UPHOLD BRITISH HONOUR AND PRINCIPLE? WHAT HAS HONG KONG GOT IN RETURN?" SHE ASKED.

MRS FAN SAID THE PROBLEM OF BOAT PEOPLE HAD ESCALATED SINCE THE FAC TOOK EVIDENCE IN HONG KONG IN APRIL. AND DURING MAY AND JUNE THE MONTHLY ARRIVAL EXCEEDED 9.Q00.

"NO REPRIEVE IS IN SIGHT FOR JULY AND AUGUST, THE POPULAR SEASON FOR. BOAT PEOPLE TO COME INTO HONG KONG WATERS.

THE GENEVA CONFERENCE’S FAILURE TO DEAL WITH VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE REALISTICALLY WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT, ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNOR, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH DELEGATION LED BY SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, HAD PUT IN TREMENDOUS EFFORT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO HONG KONG’S PREDICAMENT AND SEEK TO PERSUADE THE AMERICANS, AND THE VIETNAMESE, HE SAID.

MRS FAN SAID THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WERE WELCOMED IN HONG KONG BECAUSE IT RECOGNISED THE INEVITABILITY OF THE SCREENING POLICY IN THE FACE OF DECLINING LEVEL OF ACCEPTANCE BY RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES COUPLED WITH THE MASSIVE INFLUX OF BOAT PEOPLE. AND IT ACCEPTED THAT THE LOGICAL CONSEQUENCE OF A SCREENING PROGRAMME WAS THE REPATRIATION OF THOSE SCREENED-OUT.

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ON THE COMMITTEE’S PROPOSALS THAT ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ALLOW RETURNING BOAT PEOPLE TO SETTLE DOWN IN VIETNAM AND THAT THE VIETNAM AUTHORITIES MUST DEAL WITH THEM IN A HUMANE WAY, MRS EAN SAID "THE LATTER HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE POSITION OF OMELCO, AND THE FORMER PROPOSAL, WHICH I TAKE TO MEAN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO RETURNEES BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FOR REINTEGRATION PROPOSES, IS REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE."

SHE ALSO NOTED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAD RIGHTLY POINTED OUT THAT THE CONFERENCE MIGHT HAVE SOLVED THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM, BUT NOT THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM,

ON HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS’ RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, MRS FAN SAID THIS RIGHT HAD BEEN REMOVED BY SUCCESSIVE ACTS OF THE PARLIAMENT, IN WHICH HONG KONG HAD NO REPRESENTATIVE.

"WHEN OMELCO REQUESTED THE RESTORATION OF THAT RIGHT, THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM WAS USED TO UNDERMINE HONG KONG’S CASE," SHE NOTED.

SHE SAID SHE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THE ISSUE FOR THOSE WHO GENUINELY MISUNDERSTOOD IT, AND REFUTE THOSE BRITISH POLITICIANS WHO USED INSINUATION TO MISLEAD THE UNSUSPECTING BRITISH PUBLIC FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL ENDS.

MRS FAN SAID BRITAIN WAS HONG KONG'S SOVEREIGN STATE, AND THEREBY HAD A CONSTITUTIONAL AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

"HONG KONG HAS NO TIES WITH VIETNAM; NOR ANY OBLIGATION TOWARDS VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE," SHE NOTED.

SHE ADDED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND VARIOUS MP’S FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE HAD SO FAR REJECTED HONG KONG’S LEGITIMATE REQUEST FOR RESTORATION OF A RIGHT WHICH WAS TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT CONSULTATION NOR COMPENSATION FOR THE INJURED PARTY.

MRS FAN SAID: "RIGHT OF ABODE IS NOT RESTORED DUE TO CLAIMS OF PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES, WHICH ARE MORE IMAGINARY THAN REAL AS SHOWN BY THE CORRY REPORT AND SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY INDEPENDENT ORGANISATIONS.

"IN COMPARISON, HONG KONG HAS ACCEPTED AND CONTINUED TO ACCOMMODATE ALL BOAT PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF IMMENSE PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES."

MRS FAN SAID THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WERE TREATED AS ECONOMIC MIGRANTS BY THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES, AND HAD NO CHANCE OF RESETTLEMENT IN THE WEST.

"THEY DO NOT WANT TO STAY IN HONG KONG. THEY HAVE NO FUTURE EXCEPT BACK IN VIETNAM. HONG KONG IS LEFT WITH THE BURDEN OF LOOKING AFTER THEM UNTIL THEY CAN RETURN TO VIETNAM UNDER HUMANE CONDITIONS, SHE SAID.

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”IN CONTRAST, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WANT KONG. THOSE WHO HAVE MIGRATED STAND TO LOSE IN STATUS, IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND IN BREAKING UP

TO STAY

INCOME, IN FAMILY TIES.

IN HONG SOCIAL

"FAR FROM BEING ECONOMIC MIGRANTS. THEY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS, AND ARE COUNTRIES.

BRING IN CAPITAL.

WELCOMED BY OTHER

’’THEY ARE FORCED TO LEAVE BECAUSE THEY NEED POLICY. IF THEY CAN HAVE THE INSURANCE POLICY WITHOUT WOULD WANT TO LEAVE?

THE INSURANCE

LEAVING, WHO

“THERE IS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VBP AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. THE STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN HANOI AND HONG KONG SHOWS THAT DIFFERENCE TO SOME EXTENT,” MRS FAN NOTED.

SHE SAID IF BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES WERE THEIR ACCLAIMED WISH TO SEE DEMOCRACY FLOURISH IN HONG THEY MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE PRACTICAL INCENTIVES HONG KONG PEOPLE TO REMAIN HERE AND BUILD UP THIS SYSTEM.

SINCERE IN KONG, THEN TO ENABLE

ONLY

ADDS THE

’’THE TALK OF TREATING HONG KONG PEOPLE AS REFUGEES PUFI TO OUR BRAIN DRAIN PROBLEM. AFTER ALL, .WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED DOUBLE STANDARDS AND COMPASSIONATE FATIGUE OF THESE WESTERN COUNTRIES TOWARDS VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE: WHAT GUARANTEES ARE THERE THAT THINGS

FUEL

WILL BE DIFFERENT?

”NO, HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL NOT HANG THEIR HOPES ON EMPIY PROMISES,” MRS FAN SAID.

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A SUMMARY OF ALL CHANGES MADE TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK.

MR NENDICK SAID SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $2,731.7 MILLION WAS APPROVED.

“IT WAS FULLY OFFSET EITHER BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME HEAD OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS SUBHEADS.

“THIS INCLUDED SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $2,135.9 MILLION FOR THE 1988 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND THE REVISED SALARY SCALES FOR THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS,” HE SAID.

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APPROVED NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS WERE INCREASED BY $35.4 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD, AND NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS OF $513.7 MILLION WERE ALSO APPROVED.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, A NET INCREASE OF 1,189 POSTS WAS APPROVED.

MR NENDICK SAID ITEMS IN THE SUMMARY HAD BEEN APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY, AND THE HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE.

EITHER

LATTER

ORDERS ON FEE INCREASES APPROVED t t * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED TWO CHIEF JUSTICE ON JUNE 6 CONCERNING INCREASES

RELATINGTTO BANKRUPTCY AND COMPANIES WINDING UP PROCEEDINGS.

ORDERS

IN FEES

WERE THE BANKRUPTCY (FEES AND PERCENTAGES)(AMENDMENT) ORDER 1989, MADE UNDER THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE, AND THE COMPANIES (FEES AND PERCENTAGES)(AMENDMENT) ORDER 1989 MADE UNDER THE COMPANIES

THEY

ORDINANCE.

MOVING MOTIONS THAT THE COUNCIL APPROVE THE ORDERS, THE -------------------------------------- SAID THE FIRST

FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, INCREASED VARIOUS FEES PAYABLE IN RESPECT BANKRUPTCY TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INCREASE IN WERE LAST REVISED.

ACTING

ORDER

OF PROCEEDINGS IN COSTS SINCE THE FEES

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THE ORDER ALSO PRESCRIBED A NEW FEE PAYTABLE FOR INSERTION THE GAZETTE OF A NOTICE RELATING TO BANKRUPTCY TO ACCORD WITH SIMILAR PROVISION IN THE COMPANIES (FEES AND PERCENTAGES) ORDER.

HE SAID THE SECOND ORDER INCREASED VARIOUS FEES PAYABLE RELATION TO WINDING UP PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE TAKE ACCOUNT OF A SIMILAR INCREASE IN THE COST OF SERVICES.

IN

A

IN

TO

THE ORDER ALSO PRESCRIBED A NEW FEE IN RESPECT OF APPLICATIONS FOR RELEASE MADE BY A LIQUIDATOR TO ACCORD WITH A SIMILAR PROVISION IN THE BANKRUPTCY (FEES AND PERCENTAGES) ORDER.

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FULL COST RECOVERY INTENDED * * * *

THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 PROVIDES FOR RECOVERY OF THE FULL COST INCURRED BY THE COMPANIES REGISTRY OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT IN CARRYING OUT STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL.

IN ORDER TO EFFECT FULL COST RECOVERY, THE BILL SOUGHT TO INCREASE EXISTING FEES COLLECTED BY THE COMPANIES REGISTRY AND TO INTRODUCE NEW FEES.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO STREAMLINE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SETTING FEES RELATING TO COMPANY MATTERS, HE SAID.

"ONE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS IS TO PERMIT FEE SETTING BY A GLOBAL COSTING APPROACH. FEES WILL STILL BE COST-RELATED BUT ON A BROADER BASIS," HE SAID.

"INSTEAD OF A SEPARATE COSTING EXERCISE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL FEE, WHICH IS NEITHER PRACTICAL NOR ECONOMICAL, SERVICES CHARGED BY THE COMPANIES REGISTRY WILL BE GROUPED INTO ONE COST CENTRE.

"THE AGGREGATE VALUE OF THESE FEES WILL APPROXIMATELY COVER THE TOTAL COST OF THIS COST CENTRE."

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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A BILL PROVIDING FOR THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION TO BECOME THE CORPORATION’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN ADDITION, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 PROVIDES FOR THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, WHO HAS SERVED AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE SINCE 1985, TO CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE CORPORATION’S BOARD.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, EXPLAINED THAT THE CORPORATION WAS ESTABLISHED BY STATUTE IN 1977, WITH THE ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHAIRMAN, A CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND SEVEN MEMBERS TO THE BOARD.

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NOT MORE TUAN FOUR OF THE SEVEN MEMBERS WERE TO BE PUBLIC OFFICERS, AND AT PRESENT THE SEVEN MEMBERS COMPRISED THREE PUBLIC OFFICERS AND FOUR OTHERS.

"AS A RESULT OF A RECENT REVIEW OF THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE CORPORATION, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CORPORATION SHOULD TAKE UP THE ROLE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE, AND THAT THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY SHOULD CEASE TO BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE AS FROM JULY 1, 1989," MR NENDICK SAID.

"HOWEVER, IT IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL THAT THE DIRECTOR SHOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE BOARD IN ORDER TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE WORK OF THE CORPORATION."

MR NENDICK SAID IT WAS ALSO CONSIDERED THAT THE BOARD WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE ADDITION OF A FURTHER MEMBER.

"IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE BOARD TO APPOINT THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY AS A MEMBER AND ALSO TO APPOINT ANOTHER MEMBER FROM OUTSIDE THE CIVIL SERVICE, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS SHOULD BE INCREASED FROM SEVEN TO NINE, EXCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE," HE SAID.

"IN ADDITION, THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES SOME MINOR CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE IN ORDER TO SIMPLIFY THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES IN CARRYING OUT SELECTED FUNCTIONS OF THE CORPORATION."

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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CERTIFICATES OF

ACTING FINANCIAL

SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

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IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF

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PROPERTY BY REQUIRING THE ADEQUATE DISCLOSURE OF RELEVANT INFORMATION.

"AS THE LAW NOW STANDS, ADVERTISEMENTS IN RESPECT OF CAPITAL MARKET ISSUES MUST BE AUTHORISED BY THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION BEFORE SUCH ISSUES CAN BE MARKETED IN HONG KONG.

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"IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ADVERTISEMENTS REQUIRING AUTHORISATION. THIS HAS CREATED CONSIDERABLE WORK FOR THE COMMISSION AND HAS LED TO SOME DELAYS IN AUTHORISATION," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK NOTED THAT THERE WAS SCOPE FOR SIMPLIFYING TIE PRESENT PROCEDURES WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE PROTECTION OF ORDINARY INVESTORS.

"TO THIS END IT IS PROPOSED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE EXCEPTIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 4(2) OF THE ORDINANCE, ADVERTISEMENTS RELATING TO CD AND CP ISSUES SHOULD BE EXEMPTED AUTOMATICALLY FROM AUTHORISATION, PROVIDED THAT CERTAIN MINIMUM DENOMINATION AND CAPITALISATION TESTS ARE MET.

"IT WOULD BE A REQUIREMENT THAT ALL EXEMPT ISSUES ARE REPORTED TO THE COMMISSION ON A POST FACTO BASIS. ADVERTISEMENTS IN RESPECT OF ISSUES THAT DO NOT QUALIFY FOR SUCH EXEMPTION WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE AUTHORISATION FROM THE COMMISSION IN THE NORMAL WAY," MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

"CLAUSE 3(1) OF THE BILL EXEMPTS ADVERTISEMENTS IN RESPECT OF THREE MAIN CLASSES OF CAPITAL MARKET INSTRUMENT:

* FIRST, CD ISSUES BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES LICENSED OR REGISTERED UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE WILL BE EXEMPTED AS THEY ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING.

SUCH CS’S ARE GENERALLY IN A STANDARD FORM AND READILY RECOGNISED BY INVESTORS. THIS EXEMPTION WILL NOT AFFECT THE PRESENT RESTRICTIONS ON THE TAKING OF DEPOSITS BY LICENSED OR REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES UNDER THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

* SECONDLY, CD ISSUES BY OVERSEAS BANKS NOT LICENSED IN HONG KONG AND BY SPECIFIED MULTILATERAL AGENCIES (FOR EXAMPLE, THE WORLD BANK AND THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK) WILL BE EXEMPTED SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM DENOMINATION OF HK$1 MILLION OR EQUIVALENT AND, IN THE CASE OF OVERSEAS BANKS, TO THEIR BEING ADEQUATELY SUPERVISED, IN THE OPINION OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING, IN THEIR PLACE OF INCORPORATION OF PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS.

* THIRDLY, CP ISSUES BY SPECIFIED BODIES (INCLUDING MAJOR PUBLIC LISTED COMPANIES, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SESTOR BODIES, AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE AND MULTILATERAL AGENCIES) WILL ALSO BE EXEMPTED PROVIDED THAT THERE IS A MINIMUM DENOMINATION OF HKJ1 MILLION OR EQUIVALENT AND THAT, IN THE CASE OF A CORPORATION WITH A SHARE CAPITAL, THE ISSUER OR PARENT COMPANY GUARANTEEING THE ISSUE HAS A MINIMUM PAID-UP SHARE CAPITAL OF HKS75 MILLION OR EQUIVALENT.

MR NENDICK SAID THE PROPOSED MINIMUM DENOMINATION OF HKS1 MILLION OR EQUIVALENT WAS INTENDED TO KEEP THESE LAST TWO CLASSES OF INSTRUMENT OUT OF THE HANDS OF ORDINARY INVESTORS.

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"THESE INSTRUMENTS ARE FOR THE MOST PART DESIGNED FOR, AND TRADED IN, THE WHOLESALE MARKETS AND THIS IS, I BELIEVE, A NECESSARY SAFEGUARD IF WE ARE TO ENSURE ADEQUATE INVESTOR PROTECTION.

"WHERE IN PARTICULAR CASES A SMALLER DENOMINATION IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE IT WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN TO THE ISSUER TO APPROACH THE COMMISSION TO SEEK EXPRESS AUTHORISATION OF AN ADVERTISEMENT TO THIS EFFECT," HE SAID.

"CLAUSE 4 OF THE BILL SETS OUT THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. ALL EXEMPT ISSUES WILL NEED TO BE REPORTED TO THE COMMISSION WITHIN 10 WORKING DAYS OF THE DATE OF ISSUE.

"THIS IS TO ENABLE THE COMMISSION TO MONITOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MARKET. FAILURE TO REPORT AN ISSUE WILL BE AN OFFENCE." MR NENDICK SAID.

NOTING THAT THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO BEING TAKEN TO REMOVE AN ANOMALY IN THE ORDINANCE. MR NENDICK SAID CLAUSE 3(4) OF THE BILL MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE EXEMPTION PRESENTLY AVAILABLE TO PROFESSIONAL PERSONS TO MARKET ’SECURITIES’ DID NOT EXTEND TO ANY UNITS IN UNIT TRUSTS OR SHARES IN MUTUAL FUNDS THAT HAD NOT BEEN AUTHORISED BY THE COMMISSION UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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FINAL SURPLUS FOR 1988-89 STANDS AT $16,828 MILLION

THE FINAL SURPLUS FOR THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR STANDS AT $16,828 MILLION, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS FIGURE COMPARED WITH AN ESTIMATED SURPLUS OF $16,630 MILLION GIVEN IN THE CONCLUDING SPEECH IN THE BUDGET DEBATE IN MAY, MR NENDICK SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1988-89) BILL 1989.

REPORTING THAT THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR ACCOUNTS HAD BEEN FINALISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES, HE SAID ACTUAL REVENUE AMOUNTED TO $65,781 MILLION, AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $48,953 MILLION.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE BILL, MR NENDICK SAID SECTION 9 OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE STATED THAT "IF AT THE CLOSE OF ACCOUNT FOR ANY FINANCIAL YEAR IT IS FOUND THAT EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO ANY HEAD IS IN EXCESS OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR THAT HEAD BY AN APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE, THE EXCESS SHALL BE INCLUDED IN A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION BILL WHICH SHALL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR TO WHICH THE EXCESS EXPENDITURE RELATES".

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MR NENDICK SAID THE EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO 46 HEADS WAS IN EXCESS OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR THOSE HEADS BY THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1988.

"THIS IS BECAUSE SUFFICIENT OFFSETTING SAVINGS COULD NOT BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEADS CONCERNED.

"IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 9 OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE, THIS EXCESS HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1988-89) BILL 1989 NOW BEFORE MEMBERS.

"THE BILL SEEKS 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 POWER DELEGATED BY IT," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE TOTAL NET SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED IN RESPECT OF THE 46 HEADS OF EXPENDITURE WAS $4,255.1 MILLION.

THIS EXCESS WAS LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE 1988 PAY-ADJUSTMENT AND THE REVISED SALARY SCALES FOR THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,547.8 MILLION AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $588.1 MILLION.

"OTHER MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDE THE PAYMENT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CASH CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE GARRISON IN 1988-89 IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,407 MILLION, THE VALUE ADDED TAX AND SALARIES TAX ON ALLOWANCES INCURRED UNDER THE 1981 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $266 MILLION AND THE EXPENSES IN IMPLEMENTING THE NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME IN THE AMOUNT OF $247.2 MILLION," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE COST OF THE 1988 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND THE CASH CONTRIBUTION UNDER THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT HAD BEEN ANTICIPATED AND PROVISION MADE IN THE 1988-89 ESTIMATES UNDER THE "ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS" SUBHEAD.

"SAVINGS WERE ALSO MADE IN OTHER SUBHEADS THROUGH CONTINUED TIGHT CONTROL OVER PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CONTROLLING OFFICERS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO RESTRAINT.

"BECAUSE OF THESE SAVINGS AND THE PROVISION MADE FOR ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS, TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR IS WITHIN THE SUM APPROPRIATED IN THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1988," HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL TO IMPROVE TRUST FUND INVESTMENT OPERATIONS * t » » ♦

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE INVESTMENT OPERATIONS OF FOUR CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS I BILL 1989, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID THE BILL MADE MINOR AMENDMENTS TO FOUR ORDINANCES.

THESE WERE THE SIR ROBERT BLACK TRUST FUND ORDINANCE, LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND ORDINANCE, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND ORDINANCE AND SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE.

"ITEM ONE AND TWO OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE BILL AMEND THE SIR ROBERT BLACK TRUST FUND ORDINANCE AND THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND ORDINANCE BY REMOVING THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO APPROVE INVESTMENTS WHICH ARE NOT AUTHORISED BY THE TRUSTEE ORDINANCE." MR LIAO SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS AMENDMENT ENABLED INVESTMENT DECISIONS TO BE MADE QUICKLY IN CHANGING MARKET CONDITIONS, WHEN INVESTMENTS WHICH WERE NOT TRUST INVESTMENTS WERE TO BE MADE.

HE SAID ITEM THREE SOUGHT TO REMOVE THE LIMITATION ON INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG ON THE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND AND GIVE THE FUND THE FLEXIBILITY TO INVEST OVERSEAS IN ORDER TO OPTIMISE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENTS.

"THIS AMENDMENT ALSO BRINGS THE ORDINANCE IN LINE WITH OTHER ORDINANCES GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF TRUST FUNDS," HE ADDED,

"ITEM THREE ALSO AMENDS THE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND ORDINANCE BY SPECIFYING THE TRUSTEE'S POWER TO APPOINT A PROFESSIONAL PERSON OR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO MANAGE THE INVESTMENTS OF THE MONIES OF THE FUND SUBJECT TO THE DIRECTIONS OF THE TRUSTEE, RATHER THAN A BROAD POWER FOR THE PERSON OR INSTITUTION TO ADMINISTER AND MANAGE THE FUND."

ON ITEM FOUR, MR LIAO SAID IT PROVIDED MORE FLEXIBILITY TO Till' INVESTMENT OPERATIONS OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE BY EMPOWERING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO APPOINT A PROFESSIONAL PERSON OR A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO MANAGE THE INVESTMENTS. SUBJECT TO THE DIRECTIONS OF THE BOARD.

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MORE FLEXIBLE USE OF TRUST FUND INTENDED * * * * *

A BILL WHICH WILL ENABLE A TRUST FUND TO OPERATE MORE FLEXIBLY TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE SECOND READING OF THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 WAS MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO.

MR LIAO SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE THE INCOME OF THE FUND WAS TO BE APPLIED GENERALLY ON A 50-50 BASIS BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND THE RELIEF OF DISTRESS.

"THE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED 25 YEARS AGO AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN HONG KONG HAVE CHANGED CONSIDERABLY SINCE THEN," HE SAID.

"OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT THE ORDINANCE IS BECOMING UNNECESSARILY RIGID WITH REGARD TO THE APPLICATION OF THE INCOME OF THE FUND.

"CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL THEREFORE AMENDS THIS PROVISION BY ALLOWING THE FUND COMMITTEE TO APPLY THE INCOME OF THE FUND FLEXIBLY BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND RELIEF OF DISTRESS."

MR LIAO ADDED THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE MINDFUL OF THE NEED TO GIVE BALANCED CONSIDERATION TO BOTH PURPOSES.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL WOULD ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO APPLY THE CAPITAL OF THE FUND TO SUCH EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AS IT MIGHT DECIDE, INCLUDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG.

UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, MR LIAO SAID, THERE WAS NO PROVISION FOR APPLYING THE CAPITAL OF THE FUND.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1963 WITH A CAPITAL OF ABOUT $2 MILLION, THE FUND HAD GROWN VERY SUBSTANTIALLY AND NOW HAD A CAPITAL ASSET OF OVER $170 MILLION, HE SAID.

ITS ANNUAL INCOME HAD ALSO EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY REQUESTED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND THE RELIEF OF DISTRESS.

MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT THE NEW PROPOSALS WOULD THEREFORE EXPAND THE SCOPE OF OPERATION OF THE FUND.

OTHER AMENDMENTS IN THE BILL WOULD ALSO ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS, RATHER THAN CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS ONLY, AS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

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IT WOULD FURTHER ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO APPLY ANY UNUSED BALANCE OF INCOME AFTER MAKING PROVISIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE TO SUCH OTHER EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. RATHER THAN FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ALONE. AS THE COMMITTEE MIGHT DECIDE. i

MR LIAO STRESSED THAT THE FUND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO PRESERVE ITS ORIGINAL OBJECTS AND THE BENEFITS IT OFFERED TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AFTER THE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED IN THE BILL WERE MADE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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POLICE LEADERSHIP HAS WORKED HARD TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTION

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NO-ONE IS MORE AWARE OF THE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE THREAT OF CORRUPTION TO THE POLICE FORCE THAN THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND HIS STAFF, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"THEY HAVE CO-OPERATED FULLY WITH THE ICAC AND HAVE ALSO WORKED HARD ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT OVER THE YEARS TO HELP ERADICATE AND PREVENT CORRUPTION IN THE FORCE," HE SAID.

"THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF DESERVE THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, AND ARE DOING, TO ENSURE THAT THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE REMAINS AN EFFECTIVE AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL FORCE WHICH CAN BE TRUSTED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WELL," HE ADDED.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ELSIE TU, MR BARNES SAID THERE WERE ESTABLISHED AND WELL USED CHANNELS TO THE POLICE, ICAC, OMELCO AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FOR REPORTING INFORMATION, MAKING COMPLAINTS OR OBTAINING ADVICE OR CLARIFICATION ABOUT SPECIFIC MATTERS RELATED TO CORRUPTION.

MRS TU HAD ASKED HOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COULD SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT PAST CASES WHICH WERE NOT PUBLICLY DEALT WITH IN THE COURTS WERE SATISFACTORILY INVESTIGATED AND THAT IDENTIFIED CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS WERE REMOVED FROM THE FORCE.

MR BARNES SAID ONLY THE COURTS COULD DETERMINE WHETHER A POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION WAS GUILTY OF THE OFFENCE.

"IN THIS SENSE NO POLICE OFFICER MAY BE IDENTIFIED AS CORRUPT WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE DUE PROCESS OF LAW.

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"HOWEVER, ALLEGED CORRUPTION CASES WHICH HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED MAY NOT COME TO COURT FOR SEVERAL REASONS. SOMETIMES, AFTER INVESTIGATION, AN ALLEGATION IS FOUND TO BE UNSUBSTANTIATED, SO NO FURTHER ACTION IS TAKEN," MR BARNES EXPLAINED.

"OCCASIONALLY, AN INVESTIGATION MAY LEAD TO SUSPICION THAT CORRUPTION IS INVOLVED, BUT THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO ENABLE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO AUTHORISE A PROSECUTION.

"IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES ACTION MAY, HOWEVER, BE TAKEN UNDER COLONIAL REGULATION 59 TO REQUIRE PERSONS TO RETIRE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST ON THE GROUNDS OF STRONG SUSPICION OF CORRUPTION.

"SINCE 1975 SOME 20 POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN COMPULSORILY RETIRED IN THIS WAY," HE SAID.

IN CASES WHERE AN INVESTIGATION DID NOT UNCOVER EVIDENCE OF CORRUPTION BUT REVEALED EVIDENCE OF OTHER TYPES OF MALPRACTICE, THEY WERE REFERRED BY THE ICAC OPERATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION AND CONSIDERATION OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS, MR BARNES SAID.

"ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER IN RELATION TO SUCH CASES RANGES FROM WARNINGS AND FORMAL DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS, TO DISMISSAL AND COMPULSORY RETIREMENT.

"SOME 330 CASES WERE REFERRED TO THE COMMISSIONER OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, INVOLVING 630 OFFICERS, AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION WAS TAKEN IN RESPECT OF 476 OFFICERS," HE SAID.

MR BARNES NOTED THAT A VERY THOROUGH SYSTEM HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AND TO REVIEW CASES WHERE IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT INVESTIGATIONS SHOULD NOT PROCEED.

"THIS SYSTEM IS SOMETHING FROM WHICH THE PUBLIC CAN DERIVE CONSIDERABLE ASSURANCE," HE SAID.

MR BARNES EXPLAINED THAT THE ICAC WAS OBLIGED BY LAW TO INVESTIGATE ALL REPORTS IT RECEIVED OF ALLEGED CORRUPTION PROVIDED THAT THE REPORTS CONTAINED ENOUGH BASIC INFORMATION TO ENABLE AN INVESTIGATION TO BE STARTED.

"MOREOVER, EVEN IN THOSE CASES IN WHICH A DECISION IS MADE NOT TO PROCEED FURTHER WITH THE INVESTIGATION, THE COMMISSION STILL REPORTS TO ITS OPERATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

"THIS COMMITTEE INCLUDES MEMBERS FROM OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, AND IT ADVISES ON WHAT FURTHER ACTION MAY BE NECESSARY," HE SAID.

MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT THE EFFORTS OF THE ICAC, AND OF THE POLICE, HAD BEEN EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING THE PROBLEM OF CORRUPTION.

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THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS TO THE ICAC DIRECTED AGAINST THE POLICE HAD DECLINED FROM 1,443 IN 1974 (45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED), TO 702 IN 1984 (30 PER CENT OF TOTAL COMPLAINTS), AND FURTHER DOWN TO 441 COMPLAINTS (20 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL), IN 1988.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY SAID THIS DOWNWARD TREND WAS CONTINUING AND UP TO THE END OF MAY THIS YEAR. CORRUPTION COMPLAINTS INVOLVING POLICE OFFICERS WERE 11 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"IN CONTRAST TO THE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS IS THE INCREASING PROPORTION OF COMPLAINANTS WHO ARE PREPARED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES," HE SAID.

"THIS IS OF GREAT HELP TO THE ICAC IN CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATIONS AND IS A SIGN OF INCREASED PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM," HE ADDED.

"IN SHORT, THE SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO DEAL WITH CORRUPTION IS WORKING WELL AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM IS HIGH," MR BARNES SAID.

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CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO TACKLE MALADJUSTMENT AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AMONG STUDENTS.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, STATED THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP.

"ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES IN THIS AREA, THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IS NOW STUDYING BEHAVIOURAL AND CURRICULAR PROBLEMS, AND I EXPECT THAT RECOMMENDATIONS RELEVANT TO THIS QUESTION WILL BE MADE IN THE COMMISSION’S NEXT REPORT," MR YEUNG SAID.

DR IP HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER PROVIDING ADDITIONAL STAFF TO SCHOOLS WITH A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MALADJUSTED CHILDREN SO AS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE REMEDIAL TRAINING AND COUNSELLING TO THESE CHILDREN.

MR YEUNG SAID HE ASSUMED DR IP WAS ASKING ABOUT CHILDREN IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS WHO HAD EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIOURAL AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES, RATHER THAN THOSE WITH SPECIFIC PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES FOR WHOM SPECIAL EDUCATION MIGHT BE PROVIDED.

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"CASES OF MILD MALADJUSTMENT ARE USUALLY DEALT WITH BY THE CLASS TEACHER WITH SUPPORT WHERE NECESSARY FROM SCHOOL-BASED STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS IN THE CASE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND FROM THE SCHOOL'S GUIDANCE TEAM IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS," HE SAID.

"IN 1982 THE STAFFING RATIO IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WAS IMPROVED TO ALLOW REMEDIAL TEACHING, AND A SENIOR TEACHER POST WAS PROVIDED WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FOR COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE.

"SINCE 1986, FIVE ADDITIONAL TEACHERS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO EVERY STANDARD GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL TO STRENGTHEN PASTORAL SERVICES AND TO ENABLE MORE REMEDIAL TEACHING.

"WHERE A PROBLEM CANNOT BE DEALT WITH WITHIN THE SCHOOL, IT CAN BE REFERRED TO PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS, EDUCATIONAL COUNSELLORS OR EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS."

MR YEUNG SAID SEVERE MALADJUSTMENT COULD IMPAIR LEARNING, SO THAT INTENSIVE REMEDIAL TEACHING WAS REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO COUNSELLING.

ANY GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL HAVING AT LEAST EIGHT CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES WAS PROVIDED WITH ADDITIONAL STAFF TO UNDERTAKE INTENSIVE REMEDIAL TEACHING IN SMALL GROUPS.

UP TO TWO ADDITIONAL TEACHERS MIGHT BE PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE IN ANY PRIMARY SCHOOL AND UP TO THREE IN ANY SECONDARY SCHOOL.

"GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS HAVING FEWER THAN EIGHT SUCH CHILDREN AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS MAY REFER THESE CHILDREN TO TEACHING CENTRES OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.” HE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL CERTAINLY LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE MORE PLANTS AND TREES INCLUDED IN REDEVELOPMENT SCHEMES.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, STATED THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PEGGY LAM.

"THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE IN LARGER SCHEMES, SUCH AS THE COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES DONE BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND OTHERS.

"BUT TREES AND PLANTS DO NOT NORMALLY PAY FINANCIAL DIVIDENDS, AND IT IS SELDOM PRACTICABLE TO INSIST THAT PEOPLE REDEVELOPING SINGLE SITES SHOULD RESERVE SPACE FOR PLANTS AND TREES, BECAUSE THERE ARE FREQUENTLY NO PLANNING OR OTHER POWERS,” MR BARNES SAID.

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ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO MINIMISE THE EFFECTS THAT ACCOMMODATING VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ON TAI A CHAU HAS ON THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, GAVE THIS ASSURANCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LAM WAI-KEUNG.

MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE THAT MARICULTURE AT TAI A CHAU HAD BEEN AFFECTED BY THE RECENT INCREASE IN WATER TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN EXAMINING BOTH THE WATER QUALITY AND ALSO THE FISH BEING CULTURED IN THE TAI A CHAU FISH CULTURE ZONE.

"PRELIMINARY RESULTS SHOW THE OCCASIONAL PRESENCE OF OIL SLICKS ON THE SURFACE AND AN INCREASED TURBIDITY OF WATER CAUSED BY INCREASED MARINE TRAFFIC IN THE VICINITY OF THE ZONE.

"FISH REARED IN CAPTIVITY WERE FOUND TO SHOW SIGNS OF ABNORMAL STRESS SUCH AS A HIGH INCIDENCE OF INFECTION CAUSED BY EXTERNAL PARASITES," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE HONG KONG FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATION HAD WRITTEN TO THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ON THE LOSS OF FISH AT THE TAI A CHAU FISH CULTURE ZONE AND THE DEPARTMENT WAS INVESTIGATING THEIR COMPLAINTS.

"ON COMPLETION OF THESE INVESTIGATIONS, ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION AND TO RESOLVE THE DIFFICULTIES FACED BY THE FISHERMEN," HE SAID.

MR BARNES EXPLAINED THAT VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WERE HELD ON TAI A CHAU SOLELY BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUS ACCOMMODATION CRISIS CAUSED BY THE MASSIVE INFLUX OF BOAT PEOPLE INTO HONG KONG THIS SUMMER.

"THE SITUATION AT TAI A CHAU IS FAR FROM IDEAL AND ALTERNATIVES ARE BEING CONSIDERED.

"ALTHOUGH OVER 4,000 BOAT PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN MOVED FROM THE ISLAND, AND THERE ARE PLANS TO MOVE ANOTHER 2-3,000 IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE CONTINUING INFLUX FROM VIETNAM UNFORTUNATELY MAKES IT LIKELY THAT THE ISLAND WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE USED IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE," HE SAID.

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THREE BILLS PASSED *****

THREE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY WERE THE CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989; THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989: AND THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

SIX BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THEY WERE THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989; THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989; THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989; THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1988-89) BILL 1989; THE CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1989; AND THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

DEBATES ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

TWO MOTIONS, MOVED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE RESPECTIVELY, WERE ALSO PASSED.

THE COUNCIL DEBATED A MEMBER’S MOTION CONCERNING THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG.

THE MOTION, MOVED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON ALLEN LEE, READ; "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON HONG KONG AND URGES STRONGLY THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD URGENTLY TAKE ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE RESTORATION OF FULL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG".

A TOTAL OF 37 MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE MOTION AND THE CHIEF SECRETARY REPLIED FOR THE GOVERNMENT. THE MOTION WAS PASSED.

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FASHION JEWELLERY HAS GREAT MARKET POTENTIAL ******

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT FASHION JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES HAD GREAT POTENTIAL IN THE EXPLORATION OF NEW MARKETS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD WORLD FASHION JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES EXPO AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, MR SZE SAID HONG KONG WAS STILL VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON A FEW INDUSTRIES, OWING LARGELY TO RESOURCE LIMITATIONS.

"IN VIEW OF GROWING PROTECTIONIST SENTIMENTS IN OUR OVERSEAS MARKETS AND TO ACHIEVE A MORE BALANCED ECONOMY, WE ALL RECOGNISE THE NEED FOR HONG KONG TO DIVERSIFY ITS PRODUCTS AND EXPLORE NEW MARKETS.

"1 AM SURE THAT FASHION JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES PRESENT GREAT POTENTIAL IN THIS RESPECT," HE SAID.

QUOTING FIGURES, MR SZE SAID HONG KONG WAS BOTH AN IMPORTANT MARKET AND SUPPLIER OF FASHION ACCESSORIES AND JEWELLERY.

IN 1988, HONG KONG’S IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF THESE PRODUCTS REACHED $6 MILLION AND $11.3 MILLION RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING A GROWTH OF 42 PER CENT AND 9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER 1987.

MR SZE POINTED OUT THAT IN VALUE TERMS, HONG KONG WAS THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE EXPORTER OF IMITATION JEWELLERY IN 1987.

"THIS VERY IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT IS A TRIBUTE TO THE STERLING EFFORTS ON THE PART OF BOTH LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND THOSE ENGAGED IN TRADING AND MARKETING OUR PRODUCTS.

"IT ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG IN HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTION," HE SAID.

THE WORLD FASHION JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES EXPO THIS YEAR HAS GATHERED ABOUT 200 EXHIBITORS FROM 20 COUNTRIES AND IS EXPECTING AROUND OF 6,800 VISITORS.

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1987 SURVEY REPORT ON BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS PUBLISHED

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A STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1987 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS" HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW ON SALE AT $22 PER COPY.

IT IS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL REPORTS PUBLISHED ANNUALLY ON THE SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS.

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THE REPORT CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS IN THE YEAR 1987, 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; AND

* ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING SERVICES.

EXAMPLES OF THE STATISTICAL 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; AND

* GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS.

APART FROM STATISTICS RELATING TO THE YEAR 1987, THE REPORT

ALSO CONTAINS SOME SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE YEARS 1985 AND 1986 TO

SHOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SECTORS IN RECENT YEARS.

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, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234977.

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COUNTERFEIT MANUALS, DISKETTES DESTROYED

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THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DESTROYED AT THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR ABOUT 160,000 COUNTERFEIT COMPUTER MANUALS AND 53,000 COUNTERFEIT DISKETTES.

THESE MANUALS AND DISKETTES WERE SEIZED FROM COMPUTER SHOPS IN THE GOLDEN SHOPPING ARCADE, SHAM SHUI PO, AND RELATED PRINTING AND BINDING FACTORIES IN A SERIES OF MAJOR RAIDS MADE IN JULY LAST YEAR IN AN OPERATION CODE-NAMED "OPERATION JULY".

THEY WERE CONFISCATED FOR DESTRUCTION BY COURT ORDER AFTER SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN OUT AGAINST THE OWNERS OF THE SHOPS AND FACTORIES CONCERNED.

"OPERATION JULY" WAS INITIATED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT TO ERADICATE COMPUTER SOFTWARE PIRACY IN HONG KONG AS A RESULT OF COMPLAINTS BY SEVERAL COMPUTER COMPANIES BASED IN THE UNITED STATES.

IN THE OPERATION, OVER 20 COMPUTER SHOPS IN THE GOLDEN SHOPPING ARCADE AND FOUR FACTORIES WERE SEARCHED.

CUSTOMS OFFICERS ALSO FORCED OPEN SEVEN SHOPS AND STORAGE PLACES TO SEIZE COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS.

THEY ARRESTED 40 PERSONS AND SEIZED COUNTERFEIT MANUALS AND DISKETTES WORTH $15 MILLION.

A TOTAL OF 24 SHOP AND FACTORY OWNERS WERE PROSECUTED, AND CONVICTED. FINES TOTALLING $393,250 WERE IMPOSED, AND ONE SHOP OWNER WAS SENTENCED TO 10 MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT. ALL THE MANUALS AND DISKETTES WERE FORFEITED.

THE HEAD OF THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU, MR JOHN LAM, SAID THE OPERATION HAD EFFECTIVELY CONTAINED THE ONCE WIDESPREAD UNLAWFUL SALE OF COUNTERFEIT MANUALS AND DISKETTES IN THE SHOPPING ARCADE.

"THERE MIGHT STILL BE SOME ILLEGAL SUPPLY BUT IT HAS BEEN DRIVEN UNDERGROUND, AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING VIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT MEASURES TO PREVENT THE ARCADE FROM FALLING BACK INTO AN ILLEGAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE TRADING CENTRE," HE SAID.

MR LAM WARNED THAT PEOPLE ENGAGED IN ANY SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES WOULD BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION, AND FACE A HEAVY PENALTY.

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LAST MONTH, A SHOP OWNER AND AN EMPLOYEE IN THE GOLDEN SHOPPING ARCADE WERE FINED $40,000 AND $14,000 RESPECTIVELY BY A MAGISTRATE IN NORTH KOWLOON COURT AFTER THEY WERE CONVICTED OF SELLING ONE OFFENDING MANUAL AND SEVEN OFFENDING DISKETTES VALUED AT $650.

INVESTIGATIONS SHOWED THAT THE SHOP OWNER HAD USED HIS EMPLOYEE TO NEGOTIATE AND ARRANGE THE DELIVERY OF THE INFRINGING ITEMS BY MESSENGER TO THE BUYER, TWO DAYS AFTER AN ORDER WAS PLACED WITH THE SHOP WHICH HAD ONLY GENUINE MANUALS AND DISKETTES ON DISPLAY.

THE BUYER WAS TRACED AND THE ITEMS WERE SEIZED.

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THE EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AND INITIATIVE DISPLAYED B\ IWO PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS HAVE WON THEM PRAISES AND APPRECIATION AT AN AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TWO CITIZENS. MR AU PAK-WING AND MR AWARDED THE COVETED GOOD CITIZEN OF THE YEAR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD AND GOOD CITIZEN CEREMONY TODAY.

AU CHI-MlNG. WERE AWARD AT THE GOOD

AWARD PRESENTATION

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE A FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MFMBER. MR LEUNG SAU-CH1: THE FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. MR VINCENT LO: AND THE DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION SERVICES OF THE POLICE FORCE.

MR ERIC MCCOSH

AS THE OFFICIATING GUESTS.

TOGETHER WITH THE TWO LATEST GOOD CITIZENS OF ANOTHER 33 CIVIC-MINDED CITIZENS WERE ALSO HONOURED WITH CITIZEN AWARD FOR THEIR POSITIVE ASSISTANCE IN HELPING THE FIGHT CRIME.

THE YEAR.

THE GOOD

POLICE TO

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY. FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER MR LEUNG SAU-CHI SAID THE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION WAS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

"IT IS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT ARRESTS MADE BY CITIZENS RECORDED 7.5 PER CENT OF ALL ARRESTS IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

"IN RECENT YEARS. PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SECTORS OF OUR COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO CREATE A BETTER AND SAFER LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG." MR LEUNG SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY THAT HONG KONG HAD ACHIEVED COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO MANY ELEMENTS. OF WHICH. A GOOD STATE OF LAW AND ORDER WAS MOST IMPORTANT.

’ALL THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE STRENUOUS EFFORTS BY THE PARTIES CONCERNED INCLUDING THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE. DISTRICT BOARDS. DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES. GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS AND. OF COURSE. THE POLICE."

MR LEUNG SAID IT WAS THEIR UNDAUNTED DEVOTION THAT HAD BROUGHT HOME THE CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND HAD INSTILLED A STRONG SPIRIT OF CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AMONG THEM WHO HAD EXPRESSED AN INCREASING WILLINGNESS TO COMBAT CRIME.

ON PUBLIC EFFORTS. MR LEUNG EXPRESSED THAT IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO COME FORWARD TO REPORT CRIME.

"IN MANY CASES, THEY HAVE EVEN PUT THEMSELVES IN DANGER TRYING TO ASSIST THE POLICE TO APPREHEND CRIMINALS."

OF THE 35 AWARDEES, MANY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE INCLUDING FIVE UNDER THE AGE OF 21. WITH THE YOUNGEST BEING 17 YEARS OLD. THEY HAVE ALL ASSISTED THE POLICE IN ARRESTING CRIMINALS INVOLVED IN WOUNDING, BURGLARY. THEFT, ROBBERY. LOITERING AND OTHER CASES.

THE AWARDEES. WHO WERE EACH PRESENTED WITH A CERTIFICATE AND A CASH AWARD. COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, COMPRISNG WORKERS. DRIVERS. HOUSEWIVES. BUSINESSMEN, CIVIL SERVANTS AS WELL AS TECHNICIANS.

"WHILE SOME OF THEM OFFERED PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE IN THE ARREST OF THE CULPRITS, OTHERS USED THEIR WITS AND RESOURCEFULNESS TO FOIL CRIME." MR LEUNG SAID.

SINCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1973, A TOTAL OF 1.998 GOOD CITIZENS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH THE COVETED AWARD.

WHILE COMMENDING THE AWARDEES’ COURAGE, SHARP OBSERVATION, CALMNESS AND DETERMINATION TO PUT THE EVILDOERS TO JUSTICE. MR LEUNG SAID THEIR BRAVE ACTIONS WOULD SET A FINE EXAMPLE TO OTHERS.

"FIGHTING CRIME IS AN ONGOING BATTLE. BUT AS MORE PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING TO OUR APPEAL TO FIGHT CRIME TOGETHER, A GREATER ADVANCEMENT IS IN SIGHT." MR LEUNG ADDED.

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BIG GATHERING FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS PLANNED *****

ABOUT 1,800 MEMBERS FROM 89 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE 10 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON URBAN DISTRICTS WILL BE ABLE TO MEET IN NOVEMBER TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN SERVING RESIDENTS.

THE GATHERING WILL PROVE TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PUBLIG FUNCTIONS EVER ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORII ADMINISTRATION SOLELY FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, TOLD A SEMINAR FOR WONG TAI SIN AREA COMMITTEES TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE FUNCTION WOULD BE A CLIMAX FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF A SERIE 1 OF "A STEP CLOSER" SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE CNTA TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH ALL AREA COMMITTEES IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON.

"PREPARATION WORK IS WELL IN HAND TO MAKE THE GATHERING A SUCCESS," HE SAID.

MR LAN ADDED THAT THE IDEA OF HOLDING THE GATHERING CAME IN RESPONSE TO SUGGESTIONS MADE BY SOME AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND DISTRICT OFFICERS THAT "SOMETHING MEMORABLE SHOULD BE DONE" TO MARK THE CONCLUSION OF THE SERIES.

"THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN HAVING A BIG GATHERING FOR ALL AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO MEET EACH OTHER AND TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH DISTRICT PROBLEMS," HE NOTED.

MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE GATHERING WOULD BE A SLIDE SHOW FEATURING THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH OF THE SEMINARS.

ALSO, AREA COMMITTEES FROM EACH OF THE 10 URBAN DISTRICTS WILL PRESENT AN ENTERTAINMENT ITEM TO ADD A LIGHTER TOUCH TO THE GATHERING.

TODAY’S SEMINAR WAS THE NINTH OF THE SERIES, WITH "OUTLOOK FOR CIVIC EDUCATION" AS ITS THEME.

SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT, MR LAN SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIC EDUCATION REQUIRED IN-DEPTH STUDIES IN MANY AREAS.

CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO A NUMBER OF MAJOR ISSUES. THESE INCLUDED WHETHER CIVIC EDUCATION SHOULD BE MADE A COMPULSORY TEACHING SUBJECT FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND HOW TO PROMOTE IT AT THE CENTRAL AND DISTRICT LEVELS TO TIE IN WITH THE 1991 DIRECT ELECTIONS.

"HOW TO EFFECTIVELY AROUSE THE CIVIC CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION AND WHETHER BETTER CO-ORDINATION IS NEEDED IN THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AT VARIOUS LEVELS ARE ALSO MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED." HE SAID.

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MR LAN ADDED THAT THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION AND ESSENTIAL FOR THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION. AND IT WAS REASON THAT THE CNTA HAD EXPANDED ITS CIVIC EDUCATION CENTRE.

DATA WAS FOR THIS RESOURCES

LOCATED IN THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW OFFICES IN SOUTHORN CENTRE. WAN CHAI. THE NEW CENTRE HAD BEEN COMPUTERISED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

"AT THE CENTRE. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS. SUCH AS PUBLIC CONSULTATION PAPERS AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS.

"THE CENTRE ALSO COLLECTS REPORTS ON CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY’ VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. AND AUDIO-VISUAL PROJECTS ON THE SAME SUBJECT," HE ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE FIVE-YEAR URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME (1989-90 TO 1993-94), AND THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WHICH CONCERNS MONG KOK.

A PAPER ON THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY FOR THE "CIVIC TRIANGLE" - AN OPEN SPACE AND SITTING OUT AREA IN THE DISTRICT - WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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KWAI TSING DB TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC CONGESTION ♦ t » ♦ ♦

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEM CAUSED BY THE PARTIAL CLOSURE OF TSING YI SOUTH BRIDGE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL PROPOSE MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND TAI LIN PAI ROAD.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE EFFECTS OF THE REHABILITATION SCHEME IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ORDINANCE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS AND THE EXTENSION OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LEVEL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO MARK III TO MARK VI HOUSING ESTATES AFFECTED BY REDEVELOPMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, HING FONG ROAD. KWAI CHUNG.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT A PLANNING BRIEF AND A LAYOUT PLAN ON THE REDEVELOPMENT OF PAK TIN ESTATE FOR DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHU1 PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE BRIEF AND PLAN WERE APPROVED BY TWO COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IN JANUARY AND JUNE RESPECTIVELY.

ACCORDING TO THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN, PART OF PAK TIN ESTATE, COMPRISING SIX FORMER GOVERNMENT LOW COST HOUSING AND THREE MARK IV TYPE BLOCKS, IS SCHEDULED FOR REDEVELOPMENT AS PART OF THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY.

BLOCKS 14, 15 AND 16, WHICH ARE SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION THIS MONTH UNDER THE EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, FORM THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PIPE LEAKAGE AND TERMITE PROBLEMS AT THE PAK TIN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, AND THE PROPOSED RESUMPTION OF THE THA SITE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHEK KIP MEI PARK BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS ARE THE NOISE NUISANCE AT THE TUNG CHAU STREET SECTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR AND PAVEMENT OBSTRUCTION PROBLEMS AT SHUN NING ROAD.

MEANWHILE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE AIR QUALITY IN SHAM SHUI PO.

MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO RAISE QUESTIONS ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS IN THE DISTRICT AND THE REPROVISIONING ARRANGEMENTS FOR LEI CHENG UK AND UN CHAU STREET ESTATES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO FUND TWO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT -- A WALL MURAL AT PO ON ROAD PLAYGROUND AND PLANTERS AT NAM CHEONG STREET. THE TWO PROJECTS, IF APPROVED, WILL COST THE DISTRICT BOARD $80,000 AND $110,000 RESPECTIVELY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S HOUSING COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER FINANCING A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS AND SEMINARS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE AIM OF THE PROJECT, TO BE ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP FORMED UNDER THE COMMITTEE, IS TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO AFFECTED TENANTS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING A SEMINAR ON MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S HOUSING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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MUSIC CENTRE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * » t t t

THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL LOOK FURTHER INTO THE PROPOSAL TO SET UP A PROVISIONAL MUSIC CENTRE IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER A REPORT ON THE ISSUE PREPARED BY A WORKING GROUP FORMED UNDER THE COMMITTEE.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS A SET OF DRAFT REVISED GUIDELINES ON THE ALLOCATION OF COMMITTEE FUNDS FOR ORGANISING RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE USAGE PATTREN OF MAJOR RECREATIONAL VENUES. THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT IN JULY AND AUGUST, 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, FANLING.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS » * * ♦ »

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

ALSO, A MEMBER WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO COME UP WITH MEASURES TO TACKLE THE FLOODING AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION PROBLEMS CAUSED BY LAND FILLING IN PING SHA AND HA TSUEN AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY IN MONG KOK *«***«»

MORE THAN 600 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN MONG KOK WILL BE TREATED TO A FUN DAY AT A SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) MORNING.

SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS ARE AS OLD AS 95 YEARS OLD.

THE FUN DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE MONG KOK KAI FONG ASSOCIATION CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE IN TAI KOK TSUI. THERE WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW COMPRISING CHORAL SINGING, DANCING AND DRAMA PRESENTED BY STUDENTS OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

IN RETURN, EIGHT ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL PERFORM CANTONESE OPERA SONGS AS PART OF THE DAY’S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME.

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE A PRESENT AND A LUNCH BOX WHILE THE TWO OLDEST PERSONS WILL BE GIVEN SOUVENIRS.

THE FUN DAY IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE MONG KOK KAI FONG ASSOCIATION CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE FUN DAY WILL BE THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS LORNA MA; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; AND PRINCIPAL OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, DR KONG YUN-FUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FUN DAY FOR THE ELDERLY IN MONG KOK, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, 45 FUK TSUEN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI .

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SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO START ON SATURDAY t » » * «

THE 1989 SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL START ON SATURDAY (JULY 8) TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL. SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 25.

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW, WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SAI KUNG TOWN HALL.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR SZETO WAH: SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS BETTY CHING; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. MR NG SZE-FUK.

/THE VARIETY .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, '’989

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY A POPULAR SINGING GROUP. THE GRASSHOPPERS, AND OTHER SINGERS, DANCES, DRAMA AND A MAGIC SHOW.

TICKETS FOR THE SHOW ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT $20 EACH. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7923240.

THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

OVER 75 ACTIVITIES CARRYING THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY" ARE BEING ORGANISED BY 22 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THESE INCLUDE

VISITS, EXHIBITIONS,

PICNICS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, CARNIVALS, TRAINING COURSES,

WATER FUN

SPORTS,

DAY

CHILDREN AND WORK CAMPS,

AND WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE

FOR SUMMER

VACATION.

PROGRAMME LEAFLETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE. THE TSUI LAM ES1ATE COMMUNITY HALL AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH ORGANISED THE EVENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

OPENING PROGRAMME HONG KONG

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW OF THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 8) AT THE ROYAL JOCKEY CLUB SAI KUNG TOWN HALL, PO TUNG ROAD, SAI KUNG.

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PAT HEUNG FIRE STATION OPENS

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IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC TO HAVE A TEAM OF OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL FIREMEN TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY AT ANY MOMENT AND UNDER ALL KINDS OF WEATHER IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, NATURAL DISASTERS, CALAMITIES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PAT HEUNG FIRE STATION. MR TAI SAID: "THE COMMISSIONING OF THE STATION HAS GREATLY SHORTENED THE TRAVELLING TIME OF FIRE ENGINES IN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES IN PAT HEUNG AND KAM TIN AREAS."

HE SAID THAT PRIOR TO THE EXISTENCE OF THE STATION. FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES IN THESE TWO AREAS WERE PROVIDED BY STATIONS IN YUEN LONG, SHEUNG SHUI AND TAI PO.

/"NOW NOT .......

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"NOW NOT ONLY FIRE ENGINES DO NOT NEED TO TRAVEL A DISTANCE TO REACH THESE AREAS BUT NEIGHBOURING AREAS ALSO BENEFIT BY THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THIS FIRE STATION," MR TAI SAID.

LONG

FROM

IF RESIDENTS NEARBY HAD ANY PROBLEMS CONCERNING FIRE PROTECTION, THEY COULD CONTACT OFFICERS AT THE STATION WHO WOULD ONLY TOO HAPPY TO OFFER THEIR ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, HE ADDED.

PAT HEUNG POLICE STATION AT THE

KAM ROAD, THE FIRE STATION HAS SINCE ITS COMMISSIONING IN FEBRUARY

LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE JUNCTION OF KAM TIN ROAD AND FAN RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 600 CALLS

LAST YEAR.

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RESTAURANTEUR FINED $20,000 FOR SERVING IMITATION SHARK’S FIN

A RESTAURANT OWNER TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO BE PROSECUTED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE FOR SERVING IMITATION SHARK’S FIN.

MR WONG KWONG-KEUNG, A 44-YEAR-OLD PROPRIETOR OF A RESTAURANT AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WAS FINED $20,000 AFTER HE PLEADED GUILTY BEFORE MAGISTRATE R.G. WALTERS IN NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY.

THE COURT WAS TOLD THAT ACTING ON A COMPLAINT, OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT'S TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU VISITED THE DEFENDANT’S RESTAURANT ON MARCH 2 POSING AS CUSTOMERS. THE OFFICERS ORDERED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESTAURANT’S MENU, A BOWL OF "BRAISED SHARK'S FIN" PRICED AT $220.

WHEN THE SOUP WAS SERVED, THE OFFICERS IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AND SEALED THE SOUP IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DEFENDANT.

WHEN IT WAS LATER ANALYSED BY THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, IT WAS FOUND THAT ONLY 20 PER CENT OF THE SOLID MATERIAL IN THE SOUP WAS REAL SHARK’S FIN WHILE THE REST WAS IMITATION SHARK'S FIN.

SOME REAL AS WELL AS IMITATION SHARK’S FIN WERE ALSO SEIZED FROM THE KITCHEN OF THE RESTAURANT.

THE DEFENDANT ADMITTED THAT THE MALPRACTICE BEGAN ABOUT HALF A YEAR AGO AS A MOVE TO CUT COSTS, CITING THAT IT WOULD HAVE COST HIM $290 TO PREPARE A BOWL OF GENUINE SHARK'S FIN, AS COMPARED TO $170 TO SERVE A SOUP MIXTURE OF REAL AND IMITATION SHARK’S FIN.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN HUNG HOM TO BE DEMOLISHED *****

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK BUILDING WORKS IN HUNG HOM, SO THAT THEY DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CLOSURE OF UNAUTHORISED

CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT

THE STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT FLATS 103, 104 AND 105,

FLOOR, HANG SHAN COURT, 9 KO SHAN ROAD.

FIRST

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

ISSUED

THESE

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 6 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON CONDUIT ROAD ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY

(JULY 7), THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONDUIT ROAD IN THE

MID-LEVELS, BETWEEN HOUSE NUMBERS 8 AND 28, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN

URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE

WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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LONG VEHICLE BAN IN TAI PO * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 7), ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 11 METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO TAI PO TAU.

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PLB BAN IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 7), PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER A SECTION OF THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO RIVIERA GARDEN IN TSUEN WAN. THE SECTION IS BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

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RE-ROUTEING OF GOOD SHEPHERD STREET ***** .

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT GOOD SHEPHERD STREET IN HO MAN TIN, BETWEEN CHUNG HAU STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES TO THE NORTH, WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 7).

THE RE-ROUTEING WILL IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL 5-8428^^^* g

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CS: GOVT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE BILL OF RIGHTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE....................................................... 1

TODAY'S TEACHERS HAVE GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES: CS .............. 1

CALL TO REINFORCE ECONOMIC STRENGTHS ........................... 3

REVISION OF OFFICIAL RECEIVER'S OFFICE FEES ..................... 5

'BOUGHT PLACES' SCHEME FOR PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY .... 5

VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD TO BE REBUILT................................ 6

GOVERNOR ON PRIVATE VISIT TO THAILAND ........................... 8

TYPHOON SHELTER OUT OF BOUNDS TO DWELLING BOATS ................. 8

CNTA HEADQUARTERS WILL MOVE TO NEW ADDRESS ...................... 9

CARNIVAL TO START OFF SYP IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.................. 10

VARIED SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTH .................... 10

AN EVENTFUL DAY FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS ......................... 11

GAMES DAY TO START YUEN LONG SUMMER PROGRAMME................... 1?

PUPILS TO HELP CREATE A GREENER ENVIRONMENT..................... 1?

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO TUEN MUN DB STANDING ORDERS ............. 14

MEASURES TO EASE LIOM ROCK TUNNEL CONGESTION ................... 15

FARES ON THREE GMB ROUTES TO BE REVISED ........................ 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HAPPY VALLEY AND CHAI WAN............... 17

TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEING OF TAI HANG SAI STREET.................... 17

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ................................. 18

JUNE 1989 SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL BEING CONDUCTED..................................................... 22

VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON BAY......... 22

COMBINED HOSTEL AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP IN SAI KUNG.............. 2?

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN NORTH POINT TO BE CLOSED.................. 24

THURSDAY. JULY 6, 1989

CS: GOVT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE BILL OF RIGHTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE


THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD. SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE GOVERNMENT FULLY INTENDS TO INTRODUCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS EXAMINING THE BEST WAY OF INCORPORATING THE FREEDOMS INTO THE LEGISLATION AND DETAILS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS WOULD BE REVEALED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS OCTOBER SPEECH.

"WE HAVEN’T YET DECIDED QUITE HOW THAT SHOULD BE DONE. BUT THAT’S WHAT THE STUDY IS ABOUT. WE FULLY INTEND TO PUSH AHEAD WITH IT AS SOON AS WE POSSIBLY CAN," HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION.

ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS LONG AS HONG KONG PEOPLE WANTED THAT RIGHT OF ABODE.

"AND 1 THINK OUR JUDGEMENT IS AT THE MOMENT THAT IS STILL A WAY IN WHICH CONFIDENCE COULD BE RE-ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR IT.

"THAT DOESN’T MEAN TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD TURN AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT’S OFFERED IN THE MEAN TIME AS I MADE CLEAR IN MY SPEECH YESTERDAY.

"IF THERE’S AN INTERIM PACKAGE, THEN I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE THAT AND LOOK AT IT, AND SEE WHETHER IT WILL HELP US. BUT IT’S BY NO WAY A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GRANTING OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO HONG KONG PEOPLE HERE," SIR DAVID SAID.

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TODAY’S TEACHERS HAVE GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES: CS ♦ ♦ ♦ * »

TEACHERS THESE DAYS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE ON MANY MORE RESPONSIBILITIES THAN JUST TEACHING - THEY MUST BE ALERT TO CHANGES IN SOCIETY AND PREPARE OUR YOUNGSTERS FOR. A RAPIDLY EVOLVING ADULT WORLD, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

/HE SAID

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HE SAID THAT LIKE ITS SISTER COLLEGES, NORTHCOTE HAD BEEN TASKED WITH ENSURING THAT ITS STUDENTS ACQUIRED NOT ONLY UP-TO-DATE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO TEACH PARTICULAR SCHOOL SUBJECTS, BUT ALSO TO EQUIP THEM WITH SUPPORTING SKILLS.

THESE SUPPORTING SKILLS WOULD ALLOW THEM TO PERFORM EFFECTIVELY IN THE SOCIAL AND CORPORATE LIFE OF THEIR SCHOOLS, INTERACT WITH STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, AND ESTABLISH POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF THE COLLEGE, SIR DAVID SAID: "VERY FEW EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG CAN CLAIM SUCH A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY OF EDUCATION AS THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE. FROM AN INSTITUTION WITH A VERY MODEST ENROLMENT OF 48 STUDENTS IN 1939, THE COLLEGE NOW TRAINS MORE THAN 1.-100 STUDENTS.

"THE GROWTH IN NUMBERS IS PHENOMENAL; WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS THE PROGRESS MADE IN PROVIDING QUALITY OF THE TRAINING FOR OUR TEACHERS. IN STEP WITH HONG KONG’S PROGRESS."

SIR DAVID ALSO REFERRED TO THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE IN TEACHER EDUCATION AT THE COLLEGE. SAYING: "YOU HAVE EXTENDED THE DURATION OF INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES FOR CERTIFICATE-LEVEL ENTRANTS FROM TWO TO THREE YEARS. YOU HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TWO-YEAR COURSE FOR ENTRANTS WITH A-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS.

"YOU HAVE BROADENED THE SCOPE OF ALL COURSES TO ENCOMPASS A MUCH WIDER SPECTRUM, FROM CIVIC AND MORAL EDUCATION TO SEX EDUCATION AND A WHOLE RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

"YOU HAVE ALSO ADDED A NEW COURSE. SINCE 1983, TO PROVIDE SYSTEMATIC RETRAINING FOR SERVING NON-GRADUATE AND GRADUATE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS."

ALL THESE STEPS HAD HELPED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF NEW TEACHERS AND TO KEEP IN-SERVICE TEACHERS ABREAST OF CONTEMPORARY METHODS IN EDUCATION AND IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT.

IN CONCLUSION, SIR DAVID SAID: "A GOLDEN JUBILEE IS NOT ONLY A TIME TO REJOICE, BUT ALSO A TIME TO LOOK TO EVEN GREATER ACHIEVEMENTS AHEAD. I CONGRATULATE MOST WARMLY THE PAST AND PRESENT STAFF AND THE STUDENTS OF NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCASION AND 1 WISH YOU ALL CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE YEARS TO COME."

ALSO ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, GAVE A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY OF NORTHCOTE COLLEGE.

MR LI RECALLED THAT THE COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED IN 1939 AS THE FIRST FULL-TIME TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTION IN HONG KONG. IT HAD VERY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND WAS OPENED IN TEMPORARY PREMISES IN HOSPITAL ROAD WITH ONLY THREE LECTURERS AND 24 STUDENTS IN EACH OF THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE SECTIONS.

/THE COLLEGE .......

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1989

THE COLLEGE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MOVED TO A BUILDING AT BONHAM ROAD IN 1940 AND THIS WAS NOW AN ANNEXE OF THE COLLEGE. THE PRESENT PREMISES AT SASSOON ROAD WERE OPENED IN 1962.

NOTING THAT THE COLLEGE HAD PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN TEACHER EDUCATION. MR LI SAID IT HAD PRODUCED MORE THAN 8.500 QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN ITS FULL-TIME COURSES AND OVER 5,500 QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN ITS PART-TIME COURSES DURING THE LAST 50 YEARS.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY LATER UNVEILED A PLAQUE OUTSIDE THE COLLEGE'S AUDITORIUM TO COMMEMORATE THE GOLDEN JUBILEE. SIR DAVID ALSO PERFORMED A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE EXHIBITION AND OPEN DAY.

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CALL TO REINFORCE ECONOMIC STRENGTHS

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THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ANDREW K.P. LEUNG, HAS CALLED ON LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO CONCENTRATE ON REINFORCING THE TERRITORY’S ECONOMIC STRENGTHS.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH TODAY (THURSDAY), MR LEUNG OUTLINED THE LIKELY DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING AND ADDED THAT THE TASK AHEAD WOULD BE BOTH "INTENSIVE AND EXTENSIVE".

"IT WILL REQUIRE THE SUPPORT OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED NOT ONLY WITH OUR LONG-TERM MANUFACTURING COMPETITIVENESS BUT WITH THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

"AS WE REFLECT UPON THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA, IT IS AS IMPORTANT TO BE FULLY AWARE OF OUR VULNERABILITY AS OUR STRENGTHS.

"WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD REINFORCE, RATHER THAN WEAKEN, OUR ECONOMIC STRENGTHS," HE SAID.

ON MARKET TRENDS, MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT OUR PAST COMPETITIVENESS IN LOW-VALUE-ADDED AND HIGH-VOLUME PRODUCTION WAS BEING FAST ERODED BY OTHER LOW-COST MANUFACTURING CENTRES IN THE REGION, INCLUDING GUANGDONG.

SECONDLY, HE SAID, THERE WAS FIERCE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN HIGH VALUE ADDED CONSUMER GOODS, ESPECIALLY ELECTRONICS.

MOREOVER, CONSUMERS IN OUR MAIN OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE PLACING INCREASING EMPHASIS ON RECOGNISED STANDARDS OF QUALITY IN SUCH ASPECTS AS HEALTH, SAFETY AND FUNCTIONABILITY.

"IN PARTICULAR, THERE IS MORE ADHERENCE TO ACCEPTED INTERNATIONAL QUALITY STANDARDS SUCH AS THOSE ADOPTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDISATION IN ISO GUIDE 9000.

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’’THESE REQUIRE QUALITY TO PREMEATE EVERY ASPECT OF INDIVIDUAL ENTERPRISE, INCLUDING DESIGN, PROCUREMENT OF MATERIALS, TESTING, MARKETING AND AFTER-SALE SERVICE,” HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT SINCE THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD ENDORSED A QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME LAST DECEMBER, THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

"WE ARE IMPROVING THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED QUALITY SERVICES, NAMELY THE PRODUCTS STANDARDS INFORMATION BUREAU, THE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY (SCL) AND THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME (HOKLAS)," HE SAID.

THE SCL HAD BEEN ACCREDITED BY THE UK NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY IN A NUMBER OF SERVICES AND A MUTUAL RECOGNITION AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED IN MARCH BETWEEN HOKLAS AND ITS UK COUNTERPART.

"WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR OUR LABORATORY SERVICES,” HE SAID.

ON THE CAMPAIGN SIDE, MR LEUNG SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD MOUNT A SUSTAINED QUALITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS TO PROMOTE THE CONCEPT OF ISO 9000 IN INDUSTRY.

HE SAID THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR A FORMAL LAUNCH NEXT MARCH, WOULD PRIMARILY BE TARGETTED AT . CHIEF EXECUTIVES IN MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND WOULD SEEK TO EDUCATE MANAGERS, SUPERVISORS AND WORKERS IN THE CONCEPT OF TOTAL QUALITY ASSURANCE.

MR LEUNG SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO DEVELOPING A VOLUNTARY SCHEME OF ACCREDITATION FOR QUALITY MANAGEMNT SYSTEMS IN FACTORIES CONFORMING TO THE APPROPRIATE PARTS OF ISO 9000. ONCE THE SCHEME HAD ESTABLISHED A TRACK RECORD, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEK ITS MUTUAL RECOGNITION WITH OVERSEAS COUNTERPARTS.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF FORMING A GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED AGENCY, LIMITED BY GUARANTEE, TO PROVIDE AN INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT SERVICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCREDITATION.

"PLANNING FOR THE AGENCY’S ESTABLISHMENT IS WELL ADVANCED AND IT IS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL LATER THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG ADDED THAT ASSESSSMENT OF THE FIRST GROUP OF FACTORIES WAS TARGETTED FOR MID-1990 AND ACCREDITATION OF A NUMBER OF THESE WAS EXPECTED SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

"WHERE NECESSARY, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR MANUFACTURERS TO HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANCIES.

"THE SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO EXPAND CONSIDERABLY AS THE QUALITY MESSAGE BECOMES MORE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD AND BETTER APPRECIATED," HE SAID.

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REVISION OF OFFICIAL RECEIVER'S OFFICE FEES

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CERTAIN MINOR FEES PAYABLE TO THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER'S OFFICE RELATING TO BANKRUPTCY AND COMPANIES WINDING UP PROCEEDINGS WILL BE REVISED FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE REVISIONS ARE CONTAINED IN THE BANKRUPTCY (FEES AND PERCENTAGES) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1989 AND THE COMPANIES (FEES AND PERCENTAGES) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1989,- WHICH HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. »> > "■

"APART FROM INCREASING CERTAIN MINOR FEES, EACH ORDER ALSO PRESCRIBES ONE NEW FEE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE FORMER INTRODUCES A NEW FEE PAYABLE FOR INSERTION IN THE GAZETTE OF A NOTICE RELATING TO BANKRUPTCY AT A LEVEL OF $175.

"THE LATTER PRESCRIBES A NEW FEE WHICH IS PAYABLE ON AN APPLICATION FOR RELEASE BY A LIQUIDATOR FOR EVERY $1,000 OR FRACTION OF $1,000 OF THE GROSS AMOUNT OF ASSETS REALISED AND BROUGHT TO CREDIT AT A LEVEL OF $5," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE TWO ORDERS WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW. THE NEW FEES AND THE REVISED ONES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON THE SAME DATE EXCEPT FOR THE NEW COMPANIES FEE ON APPLICATION FOR RELEASE BY A LIQUIDATOR WHICH WILL ONLY APPLY TO WINDING UP CASES COMMENCING AFTER THAT DATE," HE ADDED.

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’BOUGHT PLACES' SCHEME FOR PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY ******

A "BOUGHT PLACES" SCHEME FOR RESIDENTIAL PLACES IN PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR, A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"OPERATORS OF PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME AFTER THE DETAILS HAVE BEEN FINALISED," HE SAID.

THE SUBVENTION AND LOTTERIES FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS ALLOCATED. AT ITS RECENT MEETING!, A TOTAL OF $30.6 MILLION FOR A TWO-YEAR PILOT PROJECT TO FACILITATE PURCHASE OF UP TO 500 PLACES FROM PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY PEOPLE.

THE SCHEME WILL BE REVIEWED SIX MONTHS AFTER IMPLEMENTATION TO DECIDE WHETHER THE NUMBER OF "BOUGHT PLACES” SHOULD BE ADJUSTED.

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PLACES BOUGHT UNDER THIS SCHEME WILL BE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ELDERLY PEOPLE MOST IN NEED OF RESIDENTIAL CARE AND ATTENTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR PRIORITY ORDER ON THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S LIST.

SERVICE RECIPIENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PAY A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF FEES CHARGED BY THE HOME, RANGING FROM $650 TO $800 PER MONTH.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS PREPARED TO PAY $3,050 TO $3,900 A MONTH FOR EACH PLACE BOUGHT FROM PRIVATE HOMES OF AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD.

"THE GOVERNMENT AIMS TO BUY PLACES FROM NEW OR EXISTING HOMES THAT ARE NOT YET REGISTERED, PROVIDING THAT NO PLACES WILL BE BOUGHT UNTIL THE CONCERNED HOME IS UP TO STANDARD AND REGISTERED," HE CONTINUED.

THE AIM OF THIS PILOT SCHEME IS NOT ONLY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR EXISTING PRIVATE HOMES TO RAISE THEIR SERVICE STANDARDS BUT ALSO TO ENCOURAGE ADDITIONAL PRIVATE PLACES OF AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD TO BE ESTABLISHED SO AS TO EXPAND THE SUPPLY OF PLACES.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO DISTRIBUTE SUCH PLAGES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY AND TO REFRAIN FROM CONCENTRATING ON BUYING PLACES FROM ONLY A FEW HOMES.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE 255 PRIVATE HOMES WITH A KNOWN CAPACITY OF ABOUT 8,000 BEDS WITH SOME 7,000 RESIDENTS. THE GOVERNMENT SEPARATELY PROVIDES 1,860 SUBVERTED CARE AND ATTENTION PLACES AND 3,759 SUBVERTED AGED HOME PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT AN ADDITIONAL PROVISION OF AROUND 3,400 SUBVERTED PLACES IN CARE AND ATTERTION HOMES AND IN HOMES FOR THE AGED WILL BE AVAILABLE BY NEXT YEAR.

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VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD TO BE REBUILT « * » « »

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RECONSTRUCT AND WIDEN THE VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD AT CHUEN LUNG, TSUEN WAN.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) WORKS ARE PROGRAMMED TO START LATER THIS YEAR AND BE MID-1990.

THE PROPOSED

COMPLETED IN

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THE WORKS ALSO INCLUDE:

t DEMOLITION OF A SMALL PORTION OF THE VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD AT CHUEN LUNG:

CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTPATH ALONG A SECTION OF THE V J,AGt? ACCESS ROAD;

t PROVISION OF LAY-BYS; AND

* PERMANENT CLOSURE AND TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SECTIONS OF THE ACCESS ROAD.

FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE WORKS, ABOUT 2,837 SQUARE METRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND WILL HAVE TO BE RESUMED.

THE FOLLOWING PROJECTIONS OR OBSTRUCTIONS WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED:

- THE STRUCTURE, ADVERTISING SIGN AND FENCE AT LOT NO.' 619 IN DEMARCATION DISTRICT (DD) NO. 360;

- THE COVERED CARPARK ADJACENT TO LOT NO. 625 IN DD NO. 360:

- THE FENCE AT LOT NOS. 605, 628, 625 AND 624 IN DD NO. 360:

- THE RUBBLE FENCE WALL AT LOT NO. 598 IN DD NO. 360;

- THE FENCE GATE AT LOT NO. 553 IN DD NO. 360;

- THE RAILING AT LOT NO. 51 IN DD NO. 435; AND

- THE SECTION OF FENCE AT LOT NO. 128 IN DD NO. 435 WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE WORKS AREA.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

t TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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 AUGUST 22 THIS YEAR.

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GOVERNOR ON PRIVATE VISIT TO THAILAND ♦ * ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL SPEND THE COMING WEEKEND IN THAILAND FOR A PRIVATE VISIT WITH LADY WILSON.

THEY WILL LEAVE FOR BANGKOK TOMORROW (FRIDAY) EVENING ND RETURN ON MONDAY (JULY 10).

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TYPHOON SHELTER OUT OF BOUNDS TO DWELLING BOATS » I t » *

THE YAU MA TF1 TYPHOON SHELTER WILL BECOME A CLOSED AREA TO DWELLING BOATS UNDER A SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (DWELLING VESSELS) REGULATIONS ORDER WHICH WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A CLEARANCE EXERCISE IS BEING CO-ORDINATED BY A WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, MARINE, HOUSING, IMMIGRATION. SOCIAL WELFARE, EDUCATION, AND LABOUR DEPARTMENTS. AS WELL AS THE POLICE. THE LICENSED BOAT DWELLERS WERE INFORMED OF THIS FROM JULY LAST YEAR.

THE WORKING GROUP IS ALSO ASSISTING THE BOAT DWELLERS WITH THEIR REHOUSING AND OTHER NEEDS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER MR WONG HON-HO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE CLEARANCE WAS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE BOAT DWELLERS AS WELL AS IHE TYPHOON SHELTER ITSELF.

AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP. MR LAU PO-CH1. POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DWELLING BOATS HAD IN FACT DECREASED FROM 539 (WITH A POPULATION OF 2,500) IN 1983 TO ABOUT 40 AS A RESULT OF THE THREE VOLUNTARY REHOUSING EXERCISES CONDUCTED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SINCE SEPTEMBER 1984.

THE REMAINING LICENSED BOAT DWELLERS WOULD BE REHOUSED , IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND URBAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS BI THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. DEPENDING ON ELIGIBILITY.

AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARINE AND A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR BERNARD TANG, SAID THAT A NUMBER OF WORKING BOATS HAD BEEN USED AS HOUSE BOATS IN THE TYPHOON SHELTER SINCE 1983.

HE STRESSED THAI THESE BOATS COULD NOT BE TREATED THE SAME WAY AS THE LICENSED DWELLING VESSELS BECAUSE THEY ONLY CAME INTO BEING AND USED FOK DWELLING PURPOSES AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE DWELLING VESSELS REGULATIONS IN 1983.

THOSE UNLICENSED DWELLING BOATS MUST BE RESTORED TO THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE BY THE DWELLERS RENEWING OR OBTAINING A VALID WORKING BOAT LICENCE. ALTERNATIVELY, THEY MAY SURRENDER THEIR BOATS TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

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IF THESE UNLICENSED BOAT DWELLERS BECOME HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THIS, THEY WILL BE REHOUSED IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HELP FIND SCHOOL PLACES FOR BOAT DWELLERS’ CHILDREN IN THEIR NEW HOME WHILE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER OTHER WELFARE ASSISTANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS ALSO PREPARED TO OFFER WHATEVER ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED.

SINCE APRIL, THE WORKING GROUP HAS ARRANGED FOR FAMILIES FROM UNLICENSED DWELLING BOATS TO HAVE A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS WHERE THEY MAY BE REHOUSED.

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CNTA HEADQUARTERS WILL MOVE TO NEW ADDRESS

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ADDRESS IN WAN CHAI ON MONDAY (JULY 10).

AND NEW TERRITORIES

REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND WILL MOVE TO THEIR NEW

THE NEW ADDRESS IS 29TH TO 31ST FLOOR, HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. AND THE NUMBER IS 5-8351444.

SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130

NEW ENQUIRY TELEPHONE

MEANWHILE, THE TRUST FUNDS GENERAL OFFICE, THE CHINESE COMMITTEE AND THE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERIES OFFICE HAVE THE 29TH FLOOR THERE AND THEIR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER ARE.

NUMBER ARE:-

TRUST FUNDS GENERAL OFFICE:

CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE:

CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERIES OFFICE:

AT THE SAME TIME, THE CIVIC EDUCATION WILL ALSO MOVE TO THE SAME ADDRESS.

TEMPLES

MOVED TO

5-8351524

5-8351519

5-8341116

RESOURCE CENTRE

OF CNTA

SERVICE CENTRE

TUP CNTA HEADQUARTERS PUBLIC ENQUIRY

DISBANDED FROM MONDAY, JULY 10. UPON THE REMOVAL TO THIS NEW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO OBTAIN THIS SERVICE SHOULD THE TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CARNARVON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON

CENTRE

WILL BE ADDRESS. APPROACH

AT 40

OR TELEPHONE

3-661908.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THK NEW PRESS ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEWS PUBLICITY DIVISION OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION 5-8351467 AND 5-8351468.

AND ARE

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CARNIVAL TO START OFF SYP IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL START OFF ON SATURDAY (JULY 3) WITH A CARNIVAL AT WAH HONG SQUARE IN WAH FU ESTATE.

ALL LOCAL YOUNGSTERS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE FOUR-HOUR LONG EVENT WHICH WILL INCLUDE A ’’STORY CORNER”, A ’’TOYS CORNER” AND A NUMBER OF GAME STALLS. A GIGANTIC ELEPHANT TRAMPOLINE WILL ALSO BE SET UP AS AN ADDITIONAL ATTRACTION.

THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE DISTRICT'S SYP WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11 AM, FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY THE CARNIVAL WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL 3 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS MAUREEN CHAN; EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (HONG KONG ISLAND) OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ASSOCIATION, MR MUI WAI-SZE; AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROTARY CLUB, HONG KONG SOUTH, AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

UNDER THE SYP, MORE THAN 750 ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD FOR YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT. DETAILS OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE CONTAINED IN A COLOURFUL BRACHURE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 8) AT WAH HONG SQUARE IN WAH FU ESTATE AND THE CARNIVAL THAT FOLLOWS.

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VARIED SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTH

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A FUN-FILLED AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY IS IN STORE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN TSUEN WAN.

FROM

RANGE UNDER

> A FOR

WIDE THEM

YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 CAN CHOOSE

OF RFCRFATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL AC1IVIFIES PL fnT1Ta wap THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) THIS YEAR.

SYP CO-ORDINATING

ROYAL HONG KONG THE THEME "SHARE

ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP OF $211,860 FROM 1HE JOCKEY CLUB. THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES ARE IN LINE WITH THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY".

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"THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS. 239 IN NUMBER. INCLUDE LEADERSHIP TRAINING. VISITS, OUTINGS. CAMPING. EXHIBITIONS. SPORTS AND GAME COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES." THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. MR CHAN WAI-MING. SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"IN ORDER TO BOOST THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS AND VARIOUS PARTICIPATING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AWARDS ON ’OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS' AND 'EXCELLENT ACTIVITIES’ WILL BE GIVEN TO DESERVING YOUNGSTERS AND AGENCIES." MR CHAN SAID.

TO LAUNCH THE 1989 TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SYP. AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 8 I AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE OPENING PROGRAMME WILL BE THE GRASS-CUTTING DAY WHICH WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

ABOUT 350 YOUNG VOLUNTEERS WILL BE MOBILISED FOR THIS AT 15 LOCATIONS IN THE RURAL AREAS OF TSUEN WAN. AS A FORM OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 1989 TSUEN WAN SYP ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND VARIOUS VOLUNTARY' AGENCY OFFICES IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1989 TSUEN WAN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY AND GRASS-CUTTING DAY TO BEGIN AT 9.30 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 8) AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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AN EVENTFUL DAY FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS *****

ABOUT 300 SCHOOL CHILDREN IN TUEN MUN WILL TAKE PART IN A CLEAN BEACH COMPETITION TO PUT ACROSS THE CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGE ON SATURDAY (JULY 8).

CLAD IN SPECIALLY DESIGNED T-SHIRTS, THE CHILDREN WILL START CLEANING UP BUTTERFLY BEACH AT 10 AM. THERE WILL BE AN OPENING AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 11 AM.

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OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR LAU WONG-FAT; REGIONAL COUNCILLOR, MR ALFRED TSO: AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CLEAN BEACH EXERCISE. A SPECIAL PROGRAMME HOSTED BY TWO DISC JOCKEYS FROM RTHK WILL BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM. THE PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE POPULAR SONGS. WHILE SPREADING THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE TO BEACH-GOERS.

ANOTHER EVENT IN TUEN MUN THAT AFTERNOON WILL BE THE 1989 TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY AND GIRL GUIDES TALENT SHOW.

IT WILL BE HELD FROM 3 PM TO 5.30 PM AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND IN TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE HUI ROAD.

ABOUT 2,000 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12 WILL BE TREATED TO DANCES AND SONGS. THE BROWNIES WIL LEAD THE PARTICIPANTS IN A JAPANESE DANCE AND WILL GIVE A SINGING PERFORMANCE.

GAME STALLS WILL BE SET UP IN THE VENUE AND COUPONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THERE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

A MAJOR ITEM WILL BE THE DESIGN COMPETITION FOR THE 10 STALLS SET UP BY GIRL GUIDES ON THE THEME OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

AN OPENING CEREMONY AND PRIZE PRESENTATION OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3.45 PM IN THE PLAYGROUND.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR TO KAM-CHAU; DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER. MR WONG SHUE; AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THE CLEAN BEACH DAY AND THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ARE ORGANISED BY THE RESPECTIVE ORGANISING COMMITTEES, AND ARE SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE CLEAN BEACH DAY AND SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (JULY 8).

THEY WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM ON THE BUTTERFLY BEACH AND AT 3.45 PM AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND IN TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE HUI ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO TAKE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT TO BUTTERFLY BEACH SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 10.30 AM AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1989

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GAMES DAY TO START YUEN LONG SUMMER PROGRAMME *****

MORE THAN 1,000 YOUNGSTERS IN YUEN LONG WILL TAKE PART IN A GAMES DAY ON SATURDAY (JULY 8) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

THE EVENT WILL START AT 2 PM AT THE FUNG KAM STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL, YUEN LONG.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROBIN IP, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR TAI KUEN. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING. ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE 1989 YUEN LONG SYP CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HO1-CHUEN.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 144 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD BY 27 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS DURING THE TWO-MONTH PROGRAMME.

THESE INCLUDE STUDY CAMPS, TRAINING COURSES, SEMINARS, EXHIBITIONS, VISITS, CONCERTS. VARIETY SHOWS, AND GAMES AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS.

A PROGRAMME PAMPHLET CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE. THE LONG PING COMMUNITY HALL AND THE FAIRVIEW PARK PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED MORE THAN $230,000, AND THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $50,000, TO SPONSOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY AND GAMES DAY. INFORMATION OFFICER. MR KENNY LAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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PUPILS TO HELP CREATE A GREENER ENVIRONMENT »»»*»*»

MORE THAN 100 SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS WILL TAKE PART IN A "CONSERVE THE ENVIRONMENT” PROJECT ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) ON A PIECE OF BARREN LAND ADJACENT TO THE BRAEMAR HILL RAIN SHELTER.

TOGETHER WITH EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THEY WILL PLANT 300 TREE SEEDLINGS ON THE SITE UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF STAFF FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

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THE EVENT IS AMONG ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO SUPPORT THE 1989 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT SAPLINGS OF TWO DIFFERENT INDIGENOUS SPECIES, MOUNTAIN TALLOW AND POND SPICE, HAD BEEN CHOSEN TO ALERT PARTICIPANTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING LOCAL PLANTS.

HE ADDED THAT RECYCLED PAPER WAS USED FOR INVITATION LETTERS AND MAPS FOR THE FUNCTION SO AS To UNDERLINE THE NEED TO REDUCE POLLUTION AND TO PROTECT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

"EACH PARTICIPATING PUPIL WILL ALSO BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR PACKAGE CONTAINING SEVERAL MINI GARDENING TOOLS, SOME SEEDS AND A PLANTING INSTRUCTION LEAFLET FOR THEM TO PRACTISE AT HOME," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE EVENT WILL BE THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG; AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR K.C. IU; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MS MA LAI-WAH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TREE PLANTING EVENT ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) BEGINNING AT 9.30 AM AT THE BRAEMAR HILL RAIN SHELTER IN NORTH POINT. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT WILL TAKE 10 MINUTES’ WALK FROM PO LUEN PATH TO THE SHELTER.

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PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO TUEN MUN DB STANDING ORDERS

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL SEEK MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE DISTRICT BOARD STANDING ORDERS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS INVOLVED THE PROCEDURES FOR REVIVING ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION AT MEETINGS AND THE INCLUSION INTO THE STANDING ORDERS OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE ELECTION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN.

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER THE SETTING UP OF A JOINT DISTRICT BOARD WORKING GROUP TO IMPROVE THE MONITORING ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION.

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THURSDAY, JULY 6,

THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE REVISED ESTIMATES OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AND A LIST OF PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

IN ADDITION. THE REPORTS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR. GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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MEASURES TO EASE LION ROCK TUNNEL CONGESTION

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ALL GOODS VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM KOWLOON TO THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE BANNED FROM USING THE SLIP ROAD LINKING LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND WITH WATERLOO ROAD NORTHBOUND LEADING TO THE LION ROCK TUNNEL DURING THE HOUR FROM 7 AM TO 8 AM ON WEEKDAYS FROM MONDAY (.JULY 10) FOR THREE WEEKS UNTIL JULY 28, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE RESTRICTION IS TO ALLOW THE EXISTING TIDAL FLOW ARRANGEMENT AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TO BE EXTENDED FOR 10 MINUTES IN AN EXPERIMENT TO FURTHER INCREASE THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC TRAVELLING FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES TO KOWLOON VIA THE TUNNEL DURING THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD.

THE TEMPORARY BAN, ONLY FOR ONE HOUR FROM MONDAYS MEANS THAT WESTBOUND GOODS VEHICLES ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD THE LION ROCK TUNNEL VIA THE SLIP ROAD JUST OUTSIDE KOWLOON ENTRANCE.

TO FRIDAYS, CANNOT ENTER THE TUNNEL'S

COPIES OF A MAP SHOWING THE AREA OF THE GOODS VEHICLE BAN HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO NEW TERRITORIES BOUND GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TOLL BOOTHS.

DURING THE RESTRICTION PERIOD, GOODS VEHICLES TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD CAN STILL ENTER THE LION ROCK TUNNEL BY USING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.

HOWEVER, GOODS VEHICLES ARE ADVISED OF LION ROCK TUNNEL TO TRAVEL TO THE NEW STILL SPARE CAPACITY ON TAI PO ROAD

TO USE TAI PO ROAD INSTEAD TERRITORIES AS THERE IS

TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL

TRAFFIC.

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IT IS HOPED THAT THE BAN WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES USING LION ROCK TUNNEL NORTHBOUND DURING THE MORNING PEAK HOURS, THUS ENABLING THE EXTENSION OF THE TIDAL FLOW ARRANGEMENT.

THIS MEASURE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC AT THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD NORTHBOUND AND THE SLIP ROAD.

AT PRESENT, ONE OF THE TWO LANES AT THE NORTHBOUND TUBE OF THE TUNNEL IS CONVERTED FOR SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 6 AM TO 7.30 AM FROM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS. WITH A REDUCED VOLUME OF NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC AT THE TUNNEL RESULTING FROM THE RESTRICTION ON GOODS VEHICLES, THIS TIDAL FLOW ARRANGEMENT CAN BE EXTENDED TO 7.40 AM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AT THE TUNNEL WILL BE MONITORED CLOSELY TO ASSESS WHETHER THE EXPERIMENTAL MEASURES ARE ABLE TO EASE CONGESTION AT THE TUNNEL AND WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

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FARES ON THREE GMB ROUTES TO BE REVISED ♦ * * ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES OPERATING IN YUEN LONG WILL SATURDAY (JULY 8).

FARES ON THREE BE REVISED FROM

THE AFFECTED ROUTES ARE ROUTES 33, 34 AND 35 RUNNING BETWEEN YUEN LONG (TAI FUNG STREET) AND HA PAK NAI, LAU FAU SHAN AND SHA KIU (TSIM BEI TSUI) RESPECTIVELY.

AFTER REVISION, THE FARES ON ROUTE ADULTS AND $3 FOR CHILDREN WHILE ON ROUTE 35 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN.

THE SECTION FARES ON THESE TWO ROUTES

33 WILL BE $4.80 FOR

THE FARES WILL BE $3.50

WILL ALSO BE ADJUSTED.

ROUTE 34 WILL CHARGE A FLAT RATE OF $2 PER SINGLE JOURNEY.

NOTICES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT TERMINAL POINTS AND VEHICLES TO INFORM PASSENGERS OF THE NEW FARES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ' TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID INCREASES WERE APPROVED IN VIEW OF THE RISING OPERATING CONTINUING LOW PATRONAGE.

INSIDE THE

THE FARE

COSTS AND

THURSDAY. JULY 6. 1989

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HAPPY VALLEY AND CHAI WAN ♦ ♦ t t t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 8). BROADWOOD ROAD SOUTHBOUND IN HAPPY VALLEY BETWEEN LINK ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 265 METRES TO THE SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

MEANWHILE. THE SLIP-ROAD LEADING FROM CHAI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND TO THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY) FOR TWO DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON CHAI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ALDRICH STREET/ PO MAN STREET. MONG LUNG STREET. TUNG HEI ROAD AND NAM ON LANE BEFORE JOINING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

ON SATURDAY. THE WESTBOUND ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR EXPRESS BUS ROUTE 780 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, TAIKOO SHING ROAD, TAI MOU AVENUE AND TAIKOO WAN ROAD BEFORE JOINING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

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TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEING OF TAI HANG SAI STREET ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT BECAUSE OF THE LAYING OF A GAS PIPELINE, THE RE-ROUTEING OF TAI HANG SAI STREET BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND NAM SHAN CHUEN ROAD. SHAM SHU1 PO. FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND WILL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

MOTORISTS ON TAI HANG TUNG ROAD HEADING FOR NAM CHEONG STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WOH CHAI STREET AND WAI CHI STREET.

PAK TIN-BOUND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 12 WILL CONTINUE TO BE DIVERTED VIA TONG YAM STREET, WOH CHAI STREET. WAI CHI STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY * * * t *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IEPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT BACTERIA DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR SKIN OR GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS AS A RESULT OF SWIMMING AT A BEACH WHICH HAS SOME DEGREE OF POLLUTION.

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON A VERY LARGE BODY OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION GATHERED IN HONG KONG DURING RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF BATHING WATERS IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE BEACHES.

BATHING WATERS COMMONLY BECOME WORSE DUE TO HEAVY USAGE DURING THE SUMMER. HOWEVER, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE WATER QUALITY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

"A" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 100 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED. AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN SEVEN CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

"B" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 1.000 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED. AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN 18 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1.000 SWIMMERS.

"C" GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE MEAN E.COLI COUNT IS 1,000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED. AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS 18 OR MORE CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1.000 SWIMMERS.

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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 REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY. SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1.000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY. A RECOMMENDATION TO RE-OPEN A CLOSED ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER WERE OBTAINED.

BEACH WOULD CONSISTENTLY

AT PRESENT. SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES. BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS.

THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK. SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING KAU.

THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAILED TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE SIX 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 LAST GRADING (AS AT 22.6.89) PRESENT GRADING (AS AT 6.7.89)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY B B

CHUNG HOM KOK A A

DEEP WATER BAY A A

HAIRPIN B B

MIDDLE BAY B B

REPULSE BAY B A

SHEK 0 B B

SOUTH BAY A A

ST. STEPHEN'S A A

TURTLE COVE A A

STANLEY MAIN B A

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ROCKY BAY X X

TO TEI WAN* A A

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER A A

CHEUNG SHA LOWER B B

DISCOVERY BAY* A A

HUNG SHING YEH A A

KWUN YAM WAN A A

TONG FUK A A

LO SO SHING A A

PUI 0 A A

SILVERMINE BAY X X

TUNG WAN. CHEUNG CHAU B A

TUNG 0* A A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS B A

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH B A

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH A A

HAP MUN BAY A A

KIU TSUI A A

PAK SHA CHAU A A

SILVERSTRAND C B

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) B B

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT X X

ANGLERS’

APPROACH B B

CASAM B B

GEMINI A B

HOI MEI WAN B B

LIDO B A

TING KAU X X

TUNG WAN. MA WAN A A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X X

NEW CAFETERIA B B

CASTLE PEAK X X

KADOOR1E BEACH B B

BUTTERFLY B B

NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

REPULSE BAY, STANLEY MAIN, TUNG WAN BEACH ON CHEUNG CHAU, CAMPERS, CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST AND LIDO, FROM "B" TO "A", GEMINI, FROM "A" TO ”B". AND SILVERSTRAND, FROM "C" TO "B"

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

SILVERSTRAND BEACH IS AFFECTED BY STREAMS CARRYING SEPTIC TANK EFFLUENT FROM THE BUILDINGS IN ITS HINTERLAND. THE PREVIOUS GRADE WAS DUE TO THE RECENT HEAVY RAINS FLUSHING THE POLLUTANTS FROM THE STREAMS INTO THE BEACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES. PLEASE CONTACT MR WALLACE CHEUNG, ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, ON 5-8351234.

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JUNE 1989 SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT. VACANCIES AND PAYROLL BEING CONDUCTED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING THE JUNE 1989 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT. VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 114,000 ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; ELECTRICITY AND GAS). THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE. RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS) AND THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORTv STORAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS; FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES).

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS AT THE END OF LAST MONTH. REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS NOT RESPONDING TO THE INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), 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, THIS YEAR FOR EACH SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENT.

ABOUT 10,000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM THIS SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD APRIL-JUNE 1989.

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS) WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO FURTHER PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE MAJOR KIND OF BUSINESS ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1989.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS. THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE ON 5-8235076.

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VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON BAY

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WORK HAS JUST STARTED ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MODERN VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE IN KOWLOON BAY.

MILLION CONTRACT

THIS FOLLOWS THE RECENT AWARD OF A 425.89

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION, 'HI

BY

IS

EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS.

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THE CENTRE, LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF WANG CHIU ROAD AND CHEUNG YIP STREET. COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 10,000 SQUARE METRES.

IT WILL COMPRISE A TWO-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND A COVERED SINGLE-STOREY INSPECTION HALL. AND WILL PROVIDE 10 COVERED INSPECTION LANES. WAITING AREAS, A COMPUTER CONTROL ROOM, OFFICE SPACE. A CANTEEN AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

UPON COMPLETION, THE CENTRE WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. WHICH NOW OPERATES FIVE VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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COMBINED HOSTEL AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP IN SAI KUNG » * t t *

A COMBINED HOSTEL AND SHELTERED WORKSHOP IS TO BE BUILT AT RAZOR HILL IN SAI KUNG TO CATER TO THE MODERATELY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS, WHICH MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON JULY' 28, ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY' THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE WORKS IT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THREE-STOREY HOSTEL TO ACCOMMODATE 100 MODERATELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS AND A SINGLE-STOREY SHELTERED WORKSHOP FOR 140 MODERATELY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, WHICH WILL OCCUPY A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 3,500 SQUARE METRES, IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER.

THE HOSTEL WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT UPON AND WORKSHOP COMPLETION IN MID-1991.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN NORTH POINT TO BE CLOSED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE SOME ILLEGAL,' STRUCTURES IN NORTH POINT, HONG KONG SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

THESE STRUCTURES ARE ERECTED ON THE FLAT ROOF ON THE SECOND FLOOR ADJACENT TO FLATS C, D AND E, WANG FAI MANSION, 2-12 WANG ON ROAD.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1984 AND JULY 1986 REQUIRING THE REMOVAL OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 12 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BILL TO EFFECT CHANGES TO THREE-TIER DEPOSIT-TAKING SYSTEM .. 1

COMMENCEMENT DATE FOR REMAINING SFC PROVISIONS .............. 4

641 APPLICATIONS TO IMPORT WORKERS .......................... k

OMELCO STATEMENT ON RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUED ................... 5

SPECIFICATION FOR FARE TABLES DISPLAYED INSIDE TAXIS ........ 7

TAI A CHAU DESIGNATED PLACE OF DETENTION .................... 8

SEVEN PRIVATE STREETS TO BE RESUMED.......................... 9

WALKWAY ABOVE TUNNEL TOLL PLAZA TO BE EXTENDED .............. 9

TUNG CHAU STREET TO BE WIDENED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC

CIRCULATION ............................................... 10

TENDERS INVITED FOR KENNEDY TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME .. 11

LAND IN FANLING TO BE RESUMED................................ 12

CONTINUING DECLINE IN WINDINGS-UP, BANKRUPTCIES ............. 12

SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ... 1J AMS CHIEF INSPECTS VBP DETENTION CENTRE FACILITIES........... 15

SCOUT LEADERS COMMENDED ..................................... 15

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS ........ 16

SHA TIN SYP BEGINS ON SUNDAY................................. 17

WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TOMORROW ............. 17

TEMPORARY REVIEWERS REQUIRED TO ASSESS CHINESE REFERENCE

BOOKS ..................................................... 18

CAS TO OPEN NEW OFFICE IN TSZ WAN SHAN ...................... 19

LABOUR OFFICE ON THE MOVE.................................... 19

REMOVAL OF KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY ........................ 20

NIGHT CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE............................. 20

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1989

BILL TO EFFECT CHANGES TO THREE-TIER DEPOSIT-TAKING SYSTEM

* * * * *

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1989, THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF WHICH IS TO PUT INTO EFFECT A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE EXISTING THREE-TIER SYSTEM OF DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS, WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

EXPLAINING THE OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHANGES WERE AIMED AT IMPROVING HONG KONG’S BANKING SYSTEM TO REFLECT AND IN TURN FURTHER ITS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

"THE AMENDMENTS ARE ALSO INTENDED TO ENHANCE BANKING SUPERVISION IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHEN PROTECTION FOR DEPOSITORS," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT CHANGES TO THE EXISTING THREE-TIER SYSTEM OF DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS, COMPRISING LICENSED BANKS, LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 9 THIS YEAR.

"TO GIVE EFFECT TO THESE CHANGES, THE BILL REPLACES THE EXISTING CATEGORIES OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY AND REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY IN THE BANKING ORDINANCE WITH THE NEW CATEGORIES OF RESTRICTED LICENCE BANK AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

"CLAUSE 39 AMENDS SECTION 97 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE THAT RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS MAY USE THE WORD ’BANK’ OR ITS DERIVATIVES IN DESCRIBING THEIR BUSINESS, PROVIDED THIS IS QUALIFIED BY SUCH ADJECTIVES AS 'RESTRICTED LICENCE', 'MERCHANT', 'INVESTMENT', 'WHOLESALE', OR A TERM SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE," HE SAID.

"OVERSEAS INCORPORATED BANKS AUTHORISED AS RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS AND OPERATING IN BRANCH FORM WOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THEIR CORPORATE NAMES WHICH INCLUDE THE WORD 'BANK', PROVIDED THESE ARE QUALIFIED IN EQUAL PROMINENCE BY THE WORDS 'RESTRICTED LICENCE BANK' NEXT TO THEM," HE ADDED.

ON CAPITAL REQUIREMENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIRMENT FOR THE REGISTRATION OF NEW DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD ALREADY BEEN INCREASED FROM 410 MILLION TO 425 MILLION AS FROM MARCH 10 THIS YEAR.

"CLAUSE 12 WOULD INCREASE THE PRESENT PAID-UP CAPITAL OF 473 MILLION FOR LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO 4100 MILLION FOR RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS.

"EXISTING LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WHICH WOULD BE DEEMED TO BE RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS, WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A GRACE PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM MARCH 10 THIS YEAR TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW STANDARD.

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’’CLAUSE 7 ALSO AMENDS SECTION 18 TO RAISE THE MINIMUM CAPITAL LEVEL FOR LICENSED BANKS FROM $100 MILLION TO $150 MILLION TO REFLECT THE HIGHER CAPITAL REQUIREMENT APPROPRIATE TO LICENSED BANKS, WHICH WOULD ALSO BE GIVEN A GRACE PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM MARCH 10 THIS YEAR TO MEET THE NEW STANDARD,” HE SAID.

UNDER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION, AN APPLICATION FOR A DEPOSIT-TAKING LICENCE MAY ONLY BE MADE BY A REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

’’THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE REPEALED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPROVED CHANGES,” HE SAID.

THE INFORMATION GATHERING POWER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING WILL BE EXTENDED UNDER PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW AT PRESENT ALLOWS THE COMMISSIONER TO REQUIRE INFORMATION FROM AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IF SUCH INFORMATION IS ’’NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE INSTITUTION".

HE NOTED THAT IT WAS CONSIDERED TOO RESTRICTIVE SINCE THE COMMISSIONER WOULD NEED TO HAVE RELATIVELY UNFETTERED POWER IN THIS RESPECT IF HE WERE TO DISCHARGE HIS STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES EFFECTIVELY.

’’THE BILL THEREFORE EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER TO REQUIRE ANY AUTHORISED INSTITUTION OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES TO SUBMIT TO HIM INFORMATION THAT MAY REASONABLY BE REQUIRED FOR THE EXERCISE OF HIS FUNCTIONS UNDER THE ORDINANCE,” HE SAID.

ANOTHER PROVISION IN THE BILL SEEKS TO REMOVE AN ANOMALY IN THE PRESENT LEGISLATION WHICH IN EFFECT PREVENTS A BANK FROM LENDING MORE THAN 25 PER CENT OF ITS OWN CAPITAL TO ITS OWN SUBSIDIARIES EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE SUBJECT TO THE COMMISSIONER’S CONSOLIDATED SUPERVISION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: ’’THIS SITUATION AROSE BECAUSE THE PRESENT LEGISLATION PROVIDES THAT THE FINANCIAL EXPOSURE OF AN AUTHORISED INSTITUTION TO TWO OR MORE COMPANIES WHICH ARE SUBSIDIARIES OF THE SAME HOLDING COMPANY SHALL NOT EXCEED AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO 25 PER CENT OF THE PAID-UP CAPITAL AND RESERVES OF THE INSTITUTION.”

TO REMOVE THIS ANOMALY, THE BILL PROVIDES THAT AN EXEMPTION MAY BE GRANTED TO AN AUTHORISED INSTITUTION WHERE THE INSTITUTION IS ITSELF THE CONTROLLER OF THE SUBSIDIARIES CONCERNED.

HOWEVER, SUCH AN EXEMPTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE COMMISSIONER AND TO SUCH CONDITIONS AS HE MAY THINK PROPER TO ATTACH, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

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ANOTHER MAJOR AMENDMENT IN THE BILL INVOLVES THE APPEAL SYSTEM.

"IN THE EVENT OF A BREACH OF EITHER THE SPECIFIED CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO OR THE SPECIFIED LIQUIDITY RATIO, THE COMMISSIONER MAY, AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE INSTITUTION, REQUIRE IT TO TAKE SUCH REMEDIAL ACTIONS AS HE CONSIDERS NECESSARY. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMISSIONER’S DIRECTION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.”

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT CURRENTLY UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE, THE INSTITUTION COULD APPEAL TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S DIRECTION.

’’HOWEVER, ELSEWHERE IN THE ORDINANCE, APPEALS AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S USE OF HIS POWERS, WHERE NON-COMPLIANCE IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE, WOULD HAVE TO BE LODGED WITH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

”FOR THE SAKE OF CONSISTENCY, AMENDMENTS ARE PROPOSED TO REPLACE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WITH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AS THE APPEAL BODY FOR SUCH APPEALS. NO OTHER CHANGES TO THE APPEAL SYSTEM ARE PROPOSED,” HE NOTED.

AS THE BANKING LEGISLATION NOW STANDS, THE REQUIREMENT TO PRESERVE AND AID IN PRESERVING SECRECY APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE SPECIFIED PERSONS PRESENTLY EXERCISING FUNCTIONS UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

"IT IS CONSIDERED IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE EXERCISED SUCH FUNCTIONS IN THE PAST BUT DO NOT PRESENTLY DO SO (FOR EXAMPLE RETIRED PUBLIC OFFICERS, PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS WHOSE CONTRACTS HAVE EXPIRED) ARE SIMILARLY RESTRICTED.

’’THE BILL THEREFORE EXTENDS THE SECRECY OBLIGATION TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE AT ANY TIME OBTAINED RELEVANT INFORMATION IN THE COURSE OF EXERCISING ANY FUNCTION UNDER THE ORDINANCE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1989 IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 19.

COMMENTS ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER II, 24TH FLOOR, OR TO OMELCO AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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COMMENCEMENT DATE FOR REMAINING SFC PROVISIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED AUGUST 1, 1989 AS THE DAY ON WHICH THE REMAINING PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) ORDINANCE SHALL COME INTO OPERATION.

"MOST OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE SFC ORDINANCE COMMENCED ON MAY 1. 1989. THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE REMAINING PROVISIONS HAS BEEN DEFERRED SO AS TO ALLOW TIME FOR BOTH THE SFC AND THE REGISTERED PERSONS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES RESPECTIVELY FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE NEW PROVISIONS," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE PROVISIONS INCLUDED SECTIONS 27(1) TO (8), 30, 31 AND 32, AND ITEM (DIB) OF PARAGRAPH 4 OF SCHEDULE 2 TO THE ORDINANCE UNDER SECTION 65 INSOFAR AS IT RELATES TO THE REPEAL OF SECTIONS 122 AND 123 OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE. THEY DEAL MAINLY WITH THE REGULATION OF REGISTERED PERSONS BY THE SFC.

SECTION 27(1) TO (8) REQUIRES ALL REGISTERED PERSONS TO NOTIFY THE SFC OF THE PREMISES WHERE THEIR RECORDS ARE KEPT.

SECTIONS 31 TO 32 VEST IN THE SFC POWERS TO CONDUCT SPOT CHECKS ON PREMISES NOTIFIED BY A REGISTERED PERSON UNDER SECTION 27 AND TO OBTAIN INFORMATION RELATING TO TRANSACTIONS IN SECURITIES, FUTURES AND PROPERTY INVESTMENT.

"THE COMMENCEMENT DATE OF THESE PROVISIONS IS ANNOUNCED IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO GIVE THE MARKETS SUFFICIENT LEAD TIME TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE NEW REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE COMMENCEMENT NOTICE WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

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641 APPLICATIONS TO IMPORT WORKERS

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THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED 641 APPLICATIONS FOR THE IMPORTATION OF A TOTAL OF 8.479 SKILLED WORKERS FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG WHEN THE DEADLINE FOR SUCH APPLICATIONS PASSED AT THE END OF LAST MONTH.

THE BULK OF THE APPLICATIONS ARE FOR WORKERS FROM CHINA, TOTALLING MORE THAN 6.600. OR ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS SOUGHT. OTHER SOURCES INCLUDE THE PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA AND THAILAND.

IN TERMS OF INDUSTRY TYPE. APPLICATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION SITE WORKERS HEAD THE LIST WITH MORE THAN 2.500 — REPRESENTING ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WORKERS SOUGHT.

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THIS IS FOLLOWED BY THE HOTEL, CATERING AND TOURIST INDUSTRY WITH ABOUT 1,450 WORKERS AND THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY WITH ABOUT 900 WORKERS.

COMMENTING ON THE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD TSANG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE EMPLOYMENT VISA CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HAD STARTED VETTING THEM, AND THE STEERING GROUP ON THE IMPORTATION OF SKILLED LABOUR WOULD WORK IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMMITTEE.

“WE AIM TO COMPLETE THE VETTING OF ALL APPLICATIONS BY THE END OF JULY AND INFORM EMPLOYERS OF OUR DECISIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AFTERWARDS,” HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE CALL BY CERTAIN LABOUR ORGANISATIONS TO SCRAP THE SCHEME IN VIEW OF THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA RESULTING IN THE RETURN OF MANY SKILLED WORKERS TO HONG KONG, MR TSANG SAID THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS STILL A CRITICAL SHORTAGE IN HONG KONG OF WORKERS POSSESSING CERTAIN SKILLS AND THERE WAS A STRONG DEMAND FOR IMPORTING SUCH SKILLS FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

“MOREOVER, WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS ALREADY LODGED,” HE ADDED.

AS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SCHEME, MR TSANG SAID A DECISION COULD ONLY BE TAKEN LATER IN THE YEAR WHEN THE NUMBER OF WORKERS ACTUALLY IMPORTED BY EMPLOYERS WAS KNOWN.

“BY THEN, WE WILL ALSO HAVE A MORE UP-TO-DATE ASSESSMENT OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SITUATION,” HE SAID.

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OMELCO STATEMENT ON RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUED *****

THE FOLLOWING IS THE STATEMENT BY THE SENIOR DAME LYDIA DUNN, AND SENIOR LEGCO MEMBER, MR ALLEN LEE, BRIEFING TODAY (FRIDAY):

EXCO MEMBER, AT THE PRESS

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS)

"WE (MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND

JUST FINISHED AN IN-HOUSE MEETING DURING WHICH WE DISCUSSED FORWARD REGARDING HONG KONG'S CASE FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE FOR SUBJECTS AND A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE FOR ALL ITS POPULATION.

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A COURAGEOUS AND DECISIVE ACTION ON THE PART OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO GIVE HONG KONG PEOPLE CONFIDENCE TO COMMIT TO A FUTURE IN HONG KONG. WE ARE ALL DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO OFFER A LIMITED SCHEME WHICH WOULD GIVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. SUCH A MOVE WILL BE DIVISIVE BUT WE AGREE WITH THE CHIEF SECRETARY THAT IT WOULD BE CHURLISH TO REJECT SUCH A PACKAGE.

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"THE QUESTION OF THE RESTORATION OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO BRITISH SUBJECTS IS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE. OMELCO IS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO CONTINUING TO PRESS HONG KONG’S CASE WITH DETERMINATION AND DIGNITY. THE SEVEN-POINT ACTION PLAN WHICH WE ANNOUNCED WILL BE PURSUED. AN OMELCO OFFICE HAS ALREADY OPENED IN LONDON. AN OMELCO DELEGATION WILL VISIT THE UNITED KINGDOM NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 10. THEIR OBJECTIVE IS TO HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FAC REPORT ON NATIONALITY BEFORE PARLIAMENT DEBATES IT. THEY WILL ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH BRITISH PUBLIC AND ORGANISATIONS AND CONSOLIDATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG’S CASE. A LIST IS BEING DRAWN UP OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND LEADING MEDIA WRITERS. INVITATIONS WILL BE ISSUED TO THEM TO VISIT HONG KONG IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD.

"ALL THIS WILL, OF COURSE, TAKE TIME BUT WE BELIEVE FIRMLY THAT WE HAVE A DUTY TO HONG KONG PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR THE RESTORATION OF THEIR LEGITIMATE RIGHTS. WE ASSURE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT WE WILL DO SO.

"IN THE MEANTIME, WE AS A COMMUNITY MUST CONTINUE OUR UNITY NOT ONLY ON THE ISSUE OF NATIONALITY BUT IN WORKING TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN THE FOUNDATION OF OUR HOME, HONG KONG. EVERY ELEMENT WHICH HELPS TO STRENGTHEN THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH HONG KONG IS BUILT WILL PROVIDE ENHANCED SAFEGUARD FOR OUR FUTURE AND FOR OUR FUTURE AUTONOMOUS ROLE. WE MUST, THEREFORE, SEEK TO ESTABLISH A BASIC LAW WHICH TRULY ENSHRINES THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION. IN THIS RESPECT, OMELCO HAVE DECIDED TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL EXPERT GROUP TO GO THROUGH EVERY CLAUSE OF THE BASIC LAW WITH THIS PURPOSE IN MIND.

"OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO STRENGTHEN THE FOUNDATION OF HONG KONG. WE DECIDED TODAY OMELCO IN-HOUSE AS A WHOLE WILL COMMENCE DELIBERATIONS OF THE PACE OF DEMOCRATISATION BEFORE 1997.

"IN ALL THIS WORK, WE AS A COMMUNITY NEED TO SEEK A BROAD CONSENSUS SO THAT OUR UNITED VOICE CANNOT BE IGNORED BY BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS.

"ON A BROADER PERSPECTIVE, AN IMPORTANT SAFEGUARD FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE IS THE CONTINUATION OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY. WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE INTERNATIONAL INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION IN HONG KONG IN ALL THE FIELDS OF OUR LIFE; IN TRADE AND INDUSTRY, EDUCATION, THE PROFESSIONS, SERVICE INDUSTRIES, SPORTS AND ARTS AND MANY OTHERS. ACCORDINGLY, ALL 16 OMELCO PANELS WILL NOW LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT WAYS OF ENHANCING INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN THEIR AREAS. WE SHALL ESTABLISH A STRATEGY TO CARRY THIS MESSAGE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

/’’HONG KONG

FRIDAY. JULY 7, 1989

"HONG KONG IS OUR HOME. NONE OF US WANT TO LEAVE IT. ALL OF US HAVE A DUTY TO HELP TO STRENGTH ITS FOUNDATION SO THAT IT IS A SAFE AND SOLID HOME FOR ALL."

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE SIX MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO DELEGATION TO LONDON ARE: THE HON MRS ROSANNA TAM, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, THE HON ANDREW WONG, THE HON RONALD ARCULLI, DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG AND THE HON MRS ELSIE

THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL EXPERT GROUP ON BASIC LAW ARE: THE HON MARIA TAM, THE HON JOHN SWAINE, THE HON MARTIN LEE, THE HON ANDREW WONG AND THE HON RONALD ARCULLI.

THE OMELCO PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISER, MR ROSS CLARKE, HAS BEEN POSTED TO THE OMELCO OFFICE IN LONDON, WHICH IS LOCATED AT ROOM 5/3, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II CONFERENCE CENTRE. WESTMINSTER, LONDON. SW1F 3EE, UNITED KINGDOM.

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SPECIFICATION FOR FARE TABLES DISPLAYED INSIDE TAXIS

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A BILL TO CONTROL THE DISPLAY OF FARE TABLES INSIDE TAXIS AS A FURTHER STEP TO HELP REDUCE DISPUTES BETWEEN TAXI DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS.

IN ITS EXAMINATION OF THE QUALITY OF TAXI SERVICE. THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAO FOUND THAT SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST OVERCHARGING BY TAXI DRIVERS HAD ARISEN FROM PASSENGERS’ IGNORANCE OF TAXI FARE SCALES.

THE TAC FELT THAT THE PROPER DISPLAY OF FARE TABLES INSIDE TAXIS WOULD HELP INFORM PASSENGERS OF THE APPROVED FARE SCALES AND THUS REDUCE DISPUTES OVER FARES.

THE EXISTING ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS REQUIRE FARE TABLES TO BE DISPLAYED BUT THERE IS NO PROVISION TO SPECIFY THEIR DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION OR POSITIONING.

SOMETIMES THE DISPLAY OF THE FARE TABLES ON THE FRONT PANEL MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR BACK SEAT PASSENGERS TO READ.

/THE ROAD

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1989

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THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1989 PROPOSES THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL CAN MAKE REGULATIONS TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO SPECIFY BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE THE DESIGN. CONSTRUCTION, POSITIONING, SIZE, COLOUR OR FORM OF ANY DESTINATION INDICATOR. NOTICE OR SIGN DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES AND INSIGNIA WORD BY OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF SUCH VEHICLES.

SUBSEQUENT.AMENDMENTS TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO SPECIFY PARTICULARS OF FARE TABLES, FARE CARDS, SIGNS AND DESTINATION INDICATORS AND CONTROL THE WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES. INCLUDING PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 19.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE REGULATIONS ARE AMENDED, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL CONSULT THE PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES TRADE ON THE REQUIRED SPECIFICATIONS. THE NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL ONLY COME INTO EFFECT AFTER SOME TIME IS ALLOWED FOR THE OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS.

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TAI A CHAU DESIGNATED PLACE OF DETENTION » t * * *

THE TAI A CHAU VIETNAMESE HOLDING AREA WAS DESIGNATED A PLACE OF DETENTION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE UNDER AN AMENDMENT ORDER GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THIS DESIGNATION WAS SPECIFIED BY THE IMMIGRATION (PLACE OF DETENTION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 8) ORDER 1989.

THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE ORDER WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE TAI A CHAU VIETNAMESE HOLDING AREA (INCLUDING YUEN KONG CHAU). THIS MEANS THERE WILL NOT BE FREE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ISLAND.

THE HOLDING AREA IS NOW ACCOMMODATING ABOUT 3.400 NEW VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVALS.

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SEVEN PRIVATE STREETS TO BE RESUMED

THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME SEVEN PRIVATE STREETS IN TO KWA WAN BECAUSE OF THEIR POOR CONDITION.

THE STREETS ARE LUNG TO STREET, FUNG YI STREET, LUK MxNG STREET, LUN CHEUNG STREET, YING YEUNG STREET, PANG CHING STREET AND HUNG WAN STREET.

ON RESUMPTION, THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WOULD REPAI}'. THE CARRIAGEWAYS AND FOOTWAYS OF THE STREETS AND CARRY OUT ASSOCIATED IMPROVEMENT WORKS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE REPAIR WORK WOULD START BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR AND WOULD TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, HE SAID.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

» KOWLOON WEST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING. 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON;

* KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE PROSPOSAL SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BY AUGUST 29 THIS YEAR.

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WALKWAY ABOVE TUNNEL TOLL PLAZA TO BE EXTENDED « * » * t

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT TWO COVERED ELEVATED WALKWAY EXTENSIONS TO THE EXISTING WALKWAY ABOVE THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TOLL PLAZA.

ONE EXTENSION WILL SPAN HONG TAT PATH AND SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND LINK WITH THE PEDESTRIAN PIAZZA BETWEEN THE MANDARIN PLAZA AND THE HARBOUR CRYSTAL CENTRE.

/THE OTHER........

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THE OTHER WILL STRETCH ACROSS HONG TAI PATH TO THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

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

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UPON COMPLETION. THE WALKWAY SYSTEM WOULD CONNECT THE HUNG HOM FERRY PIER, THE RAILWAY STATION AND THE BUS STOPS WITHIN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AREA WITH TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND TRAFFIC FLOW AT THE EXISTING CROSSINGS OF SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD. HONG TAT PATH AND HONG TAI PATH WOULD BE IMPROVED.

CONSTRUCTION WOULD START IN MID-1990 AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 15 MONTHS.

THE LAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES;

t CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUP-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

* KOWLOON WEST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE. YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

* YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND, SECOND TO FIFTH FLOORS, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR. LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 5.

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TUNG CHAU STREET TO BE WIDENED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION t ♦ t t *

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR WORKS TO WIDEN A SECTION OF TUNG CHAU STREET BETWEEN PRATAS STREET AND KIU KIANG STREET IN SHAM SHU1 PO TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION THERE.

A NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOK THE DEPARTMENT SAID AT PRESENT, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC RUNNING ALONG TONKIN STREET COULD ONLY TURN LEFT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG CHAU STREET AND UP A RAMP LEADING TO THE SOUTHBOUND WESTERN KOWl.oON CORRIDOR.

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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 19^9

UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE WIDENING OF THAT PART OF TUNG CHAU STREET, VEHICLES FROM TONKIN STREET WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN LEFT ON GROUND LEVEL, TRAVEL SOUTHWARD ALONG TUNG CHAU STREET, TURN LEFT AT THE YEN CHOW STREET JUNCTION AND TRAVEL ALONG EASTBOUND YEN CHOW STREET.

THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO COVER LANDSCAPING WORKS ALONG TUNG CHAU STREET BETWEEN TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND TONG MI ROAD.

THE WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN JUNE NEXT YEAR.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THEIR CONSTRUCTION.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR KENNEDY TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME

» t « » »

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE KENNEDY TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME STAGE I CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

A NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT IS TO FORM A GYRATORY SYSTEM ALONG SMITHFIELD, BELCHER’S STREET, FORBES STREET AND DAVIS STREET.

WORKS INCLUDE WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF FORBES STREET, PROVISION OF TRAFFIC ISLANDS AT CADOGAN STREET, SMITHFIELD AND DAVIS STREET.

THE CONTRACT ALSO COVERS THE ASSOCIATED WORKS ON TRAFFIC AIDS AND DRAINAGE.

CONSTRUCTION WILL COMMENCE AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH AND TAKE SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGNING THE WORKS AND SUPERVISING CONSTRUCTION.

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CONTINUING DECLINE IN WINDINGS-UP, BANKRUPTCIES

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THERE WERE 74 NEW COMPULSORY WINDINGS-UP AND 86 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 87 AND 144 IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, 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 20.40 PER CENT, AND THIS HAD REFLECTED A CONTINUING TREND SINCE 1986.

THERE HAD BEEN A 34.10 PER CENT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES IN THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF 1987.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS DECLARAED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO 488.60 MILLION IN 153 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST 434.41 MILLION IN 233 INSOLVENCIES FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF THE INSOLVENCIES BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE AT THE END OF JUNE WAS 2,742, COMPRISING 1,420 COMPULSORY WINDINGS-UP AND 1,322 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF JUNE TOTALLED 41,262 MILLION, A DECREASE OF 11.00 PER CENT AS AGAINST 41,418 MILLION AT THE END OF JUNE LAST YEAR.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ♦ ♦ * ♦ *

RESULTS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION (SSPA) WIlL BE RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12), THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A TOTAL OF 84,607 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, 40,447 (47.81 PER CENT) HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED PLACES OF THEIR FIRST CHOICE.

ANOTHER 17,660 HAVE BEEN GIVEN PLACES OF THEIR SECOND AND THIRD CHOICES, BRINGING THE COMBINED TOTAL OF STUDENTS ALLOCATED PLACES OF THEIR FIRST THREE CHOICES TO 58,107 (68.68 PER CENT).

"IN ADDITION, 2,872 PUPILS (3.39 PER CENT) 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 THE PUPILS’ OWN PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON WEDNESDAY.

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.

"THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED PLACES DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD ON JULY 18 AND 19.

"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 BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

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* PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS, TO WHICH THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS HAVE BEEN ADHERED;

» ADMISSION SLIPS;

* BIRTH CERTIFICATES, HONG KONG JUVENILE. IDENTITY CARDS OP. 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);

* LATEST SCHOOL REPORTS, IF ANY; AND

* 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 AUTHORISATION ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS," THE SPOKESMAN 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.

PARENTS AND PUPILS ARE REMINDED THAT BY RETRIEVING THEIR ADMISSION SLIPS, THEIR REGISTRATION WITH THE SCHOOLS WILL AT THE SAME TIME BE CANCELLED.

"SHOULD THERE BE A TROPICAL CYCLONE, PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN OR THUNDERSTORM DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIODS, SCHOOL HEADS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PAY ATTENTION TO ANNOUCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE 5-8912200.

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AMS CHIEF INSPECTS VBP DETENTION CENTRE FACILITIES *******

THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE LO WU AND WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRES IN HIS CAPACITY AS COMMISSIONER OF AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES (AMS) TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE MEDICAL COVERAGE AMS PROVIDES TO VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF THE AMS, MR C.C. LOK.

DURING HIS VISIT, DR LEE CHATTED WITH AMS MEMBERS WHO PROVIDE TRAINED ASSISTANCE IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULAR MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE DETENTION CENTRES.

HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH MORALE OF AMS MEMBERS AND THE WAY THEY GO ABOUT THEIR DUTIES, WHICH ARE VERY OFTEN CARRIED OUT UNDER TRYING CONDITION.

ABOUT 100 AMS MEMBERS ARE DEPLOYED DAILY TO VARIOUS SICK BAYS AND CLINICS INSIDE DETENTION CENTRES OR CAMPS TO GIVE MEDICAL SERVICES TO VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

THE PRIMARY TASK OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, WITH A STRENGTH OF OVER 5,000 VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, IS TO AUGMENT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN TIMES OF EMERGENCIES.

IN NORMAL TIMES, THEY PROVIDE FIRST AID COVERAGE FOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS AND AT COUNTRY PARKS AT WEEKENDS; AND ACT AS LIFE GUARDS AT PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND BEACHES DURING PEAK SEASON. IN ADDITION, THEY ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ADMINISTERING THE METHADONE MAINTENANCE CLINICS.

DR LEE EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO EMPLOYERS AND FIRMS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR RELEASING THEIR STAFF TO TAKE PART IN SUCH A MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE.

WITHOUT THEIR CO-OPERATION, HE ADDED, IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

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SCOUT LEADERS COMMENDED *****

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, TODAY (FRIDAY) COMMENDED LEADERS OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG, WHO LED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL SCOUT COUNCIL.

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THROUGH OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN SMALL TEAMS, MR LAW SAID THE SCOUT MOVEMENT HELPED TO PROMOTE BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND GROOM THEIR LEADERSHIP SO THAT THEY WOULD GROW UP TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

HE COMMENDED THE COUNCIL FOR ITS UNCEASING EFFORTS IN PROVIDING TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE EAST KOWLOON REGION OVER THE YEARS AND NOTED THAT IT WOULD FURTHER EXTEND ITS SERVICES AND IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY.

MR LAW POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE NOW OVER 50,000 SCOUTS IN HONG KONG AND THAT THE COUNCIL ALONE HAD A MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 6,400 YOUNGSTERS FROM 147 UNITS.

APART FROM OPERATING VARIOUS FACILITIES, THE COUNCIL ALSO JOINT HANDS WITH OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO EXTEND ITS SERVICES TO THE GENERAL YOUTH POPULATION, A MOVE DEEPLY APPRECIATED BY THE COMMUNITY. MR LAW NOTED.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS ♦ ♦ » » ♦

RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS AND LOCAL BODIES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CAN NOW APPLY FOR SUBSIDIES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR ORGANISING FESTIVE ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT’S SEVEN AREAS TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

’’APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS SET ASIDE A TOTAL OF $144,000 THIS FINANCIAL YEAR FOR SPONSORING MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AND LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SEVEN AREAS IN THE DISTRICT -- ABERDEEN AND HARBOUR; PC FU LAM; TIN WAN AND SHEK PAI WAN; WONG CHUK HANG; AP LEI CHAU: STANLEY AND SHEK O; AND BAYS -- HAVE EACH BEEN ALLOCATED $18,000 T $30,000.

MEANWHILE, THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSIDIES FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR CARRYING OUT DISTRICT-BASi COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, SPORT. OR OTHER EVENTS, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY.

FOR DETAILS OF APPLICATION PROCEDURES, PROSPECTIVE APPLICANT MAY REFER TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS APPLICATION GUIDELINE WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE AT TH' SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEI CENTRE.

/ALL APPLICATIONS ........

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1989

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE SECRETARY BY AUGUST 11.

"THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS AT A MEETING IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND THE APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE OUTCOME OF THEIR APPLICATIONS IN WRITING AFTER THE MEETING." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION MATTERS CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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SHA TIN SYP BEGINS ON SUNDAY

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN IN THE MAIN PLAZA OF THE CENTRAL PARK, SHA TIN, ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) AFTERNOON.

THE OPENING DAY’S ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 5 PM. THERE WILL BE 21 STALL GAMES, KARAOKE SINGING, AND PRIZES WIT BE PRESENTED TO CHILDREN AGED 12 AND UNDER.

OUTSTANDING ENTRIES FROM THE BOOKMARKS AND POSTERS DESIGN COMPETITIONS FOR THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL ALSO 1 ON DISPLAY.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE PROGRAMME, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM AT THE AMPHITHEATRE. SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR , VIC!1-;. YUNG, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, WILL OFFICIATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT IN THE AMPHITHEATRE OF THE CENTRAL PARK,

TIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) SHA TIN.

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WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TOMORROW ♦ » ♦ * *

YEAR'S

A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON TO MARK THE OPENING OF THIS DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

TOMORROW

WAN CHAI

THPRF WILL BE A LION DANCE, FOLK DANCES, MARTIAL ART DEMONSTRATIONS. HARMONICA RECITALS, AND

SINGING, CHINESE STALL GAMES.


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THE CARNIVAL IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MORE THAN 200 INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD IN JULY AND AUGUST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN CHAI.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE PRECEDED BY A CARNIVAL BEGINNING AT 2 PM AT THE SAME VENUE.

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TEMPORARY REVIEWERS REQUIRED TO ASSESS CHINESE REFERENCE BOOKS t * * * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING TEMPORARY REVIEWERS TO GO THROUGH ABOUT 350 CHINESE REFERENCE BOOKS WRITTEN FOR THE HONC KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS SELECTED BY THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE.

THE TEMPORARY POSTS ARE OPEN TO LECTURERS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND EXPERIENCED SECONDARY 6 AND 7 TEACHERS WHO ARE ABLE TO ASSESS THE SUITABILITY OF REFERENCE BOOKS FOR USE AT SIXTH FORMS.

APPOINTMENT WILL BE OFFERED TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR THREE MONTHS STARTING NEXT MONTH (AUGUST).

THE REVIEWERS ARE REQUIRED TO REVIEW IN DETAIL CHAPTERS AND SECTIONS OF THE CHINESE REFERENCE BOOKS IN 12 DIFFERENT SUBJECTS -APPLIED MATHEMATICS, BIOLOGY, BUSINESS STUDIES, CHEMISTRY, ECONOMICS GEOGRAPHY, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, HISTORY, PHYSIC! PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS, PSYCHOLOGY AND PURE MATHEMATICS.

THEY ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO COMPILE ASSESSMENT REPORTS ON TH SUITABILITY OF THE MATERIALS REVIEWED FOR THE HONG KONG ADVANCE)’ LEVEL EXAMINATIONS.

TEMPORARY REVIEWERS WILL BE PAID AT THE RATE OF $100 FOR THEIR WORK TO REVIEW EVERY 15 PAGES OF TEXTS INCLUDING THE COMPILATION OF ASSESSMENT REPORTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION (SECONDARY) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIF'l FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION IS JULY 20. ENQUIRIES SHOUL BE MADE TO THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION (SECONDARY) 5-8392668 OR 5-8392645.

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CAS TO OPEN NEW OFFICE IN TSZ WAN SHAN * * * * * *

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL OPEN A NEW OFFICE IN TSZ WAN SHAN ON SUNDAY (JULY 9) TO SERVE AS ITS TSZ WAN SHAN CADET UNIT HEADQUARTERS.

THE SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (YOUTH) AND REGIONAL COMMANDER (NT) OF CAS, MR CHAU HOW-CHE, WILL CUT THE RIBBON AND DOT THE LION’S EYES DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES AND A DISPLAY OF CAS RESCUE AND WATER SPORT EQUIPMENT.

THE PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME INCLUDES CADET POP BAND SHOW, MARCHING BAND SHOW, LION DANCE, MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT SKILL DEMONSTRATION, AND CADET BICYCLE DEMONSTRATION ON TEAM TRICK RIDING.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE BASKETBALL COURT ADJACENT TO WAI YUEN HOUSE, CHUK YUEN NORTH ESTATE IN TSZ WAN SHAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ TSZ WAN SHAN CADET UNIT HEADQUARTERS ON SUNDAY (JULY 9), BEGINNING AT 10 AM AT THE BASKETBALL COURT ADJACENT TO WAI YUEN HOUSE, CHUK YUEN NORTH ESTATE. THE RIBBON CUTTING AND LION'S EYES DOTTING CEREMONY WILL START AT 11.50 AM.

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LABOUR OFFICE ON THE MOVE

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THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT NOW SITUATED AT UN CHAU STREET, SHAM SHUI PO, WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES IN NATHAN ROAD NEXT WEEK.

THE OFFICE WILL BE OPERATING FROM WINNER MANSION, FIRST FLOOR, 695-697 NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK, KOWLOON, AS FROM MONDAY (JULY 10).

THE DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS WHICH GOVERN THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

IT ALSO COVERS EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN IN ALL ECONOMIC SECTORS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE OBTAINED ON 3-965393.

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1989

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REMOVAL OF KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY ♦ ♦ * t *

THE KOWLOON MARRIAGE REGISTRY LOCATED ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, WILL MOVE TO ITS NEW ADDRESS ON AUGUST 29, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW ADDRESS IS THE UPPER BASEMENT AND LEVEL 3, ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE, 10 SALISBURY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

ON AND AFTER AUGUST 29, THE REGISTRY WILL BE KNOWN AS THE TSIM SHA TSUI MARRIAGE REGISTRY AND ITS OFFICE HOURS WILL BE:

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8.45 AM 12.45 PM

2 PM 4.45 PM

SATURDAY 9 AM 11.30 AM

SUNDAY 9 AM 12.45 PM

(MARRIAGE CEREMONIES ONLY) 2 PM 4.45 PM

THE REGISTRY WILL BE CLOSED ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH

TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY

TELEPHONE

3-7333111.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE ♦ * t * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1.30 AM TO 5.30 AM ON TWO SUNDAYS, JULY 9 AND 16, TO FACILITATE THE STAGE II IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

AFFECTED VEHICLES, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 88M AND 88S, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TSING TSUEN BRIDGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ENGLISH STANDARD STRESSED ................. 1

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SPEAKS ON TEACHERS' MISSIONS ........... 2

OMELCO DELEGATION LEAVES FOR LONDON .......................... J

PROFESSIONALISM AND ABILITY OF POLICE FORCE COMMENDED ........ k

STANDING COMMITTEE VISITS TWO POLICE DISTRICTS ............... 5

WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS ....................... 5

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT .................. 6

SUMMER rVN FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTHS .............................. 7

KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS ..................... 8

TAI PO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS ......................... 8

SUMMER YOUxn I’ROGRAMME BEGINS IN SAI KUNG ................... 9

FIVE MORE DISTRICTS TO START SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TOMORROW 10

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS HYDRAULIC STUDY ...................... 11

TAI PO DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC DEVELOPMENT............ 11

LEAFLET ON HK'S HERITAGE PUBLISHED ........................... 12

IVORY TRADERS REMINDED TO REPORT STOCKS ..................... 1J

LAND IN NORTH DISTRICT TO BE RESUMED......................... 1J

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ................. „....... 14

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI HANG AND MID-LEVELS...... 15

ROAD RESURFACING WORKS ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD, SHAM SHUT PO ..... 15

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1989

1

IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ENGLISH STANDARD STRESSED t ♦ t ♦ *

DEMAND FOR PEOPLE WITH FLUENCY IN ENGLISH, BOTH ORAL AND WRITTEN, HAS INCREASED RAPIDLY AS A RESULT OF HONG KONG’S GROWTH AS AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, SAID THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE GOOD HOPE SCHOOL.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECOGNISED THAT THIS DEMAND HAD OUTSTRIPPED SUPPLY.

"WE HAVE ALLOCATED SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES AND HAVE TAKEN VARIOUS MEASURES AIMED TO IMPROVE ENGLISH STANDARDS IN SCHOOLS,” HE SAID.

’’MORE WILL BE DONE IN THIS REGARD. WE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE FURTHER MEANS OF RAISING ENGLISH STANDARDS.”

HOWEVER, MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT EFFORTS WITHIN SCHOOLS COULD NEVER BE PERFECT.

’’EMPLOYERS ALSO HAVE A PART TO PLAY,” HE SAID.

’’THERE IS ALWAYS THE NEED FOR EMPLOYERS TO SUPPLEMENT SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT BY GIVING THEIR EMPLOYEES THE TYPE OF PRACTICAL AND SPECIALISED ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING REQUIRED IN THEIR ORGANISATIONS.

"I AM GLAD TO NOTE THAT THIS CONSCIOUSNESS HAS BEGUN TO EMERGE, AND I HOPE THAT IT WILL GATHER MOMENTUM.

”HONG KONG WILL CERTAINLY BENEFIT FROM ALL THESE CO-ORDINATED EFFORTS.”

MR WONG ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE GOOD HOPE SCHOOL FOR LAYING A GOOD FOUNDATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE STANDARDS FOR ITS PUPILS.

"THIS WILL BE EXTREMELY USEFUL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND FOR HONG KONG’S COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,” HE ADDED.

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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SPEAKS ON TEACHERS’ MISSIONS

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TEACHERS SHOULD STRIVE TO ALLAY THE WORRIES AND ANXIETY OF THEIR STUDENTS IN THE WAKE OF RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA AND SHOULD MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND MORE FULLY THE MEANING OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON "MISSIONS OF EDUCATORS IN THE WAKE OF THE STUDENT MOVEMENT IN CHINA" ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS.

MR LI SAID STUDENTS' CONCERN ABOUT THE STUDENT MOVEMENT IN CHINA HAD GENERATED A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

"EDUCATION WORKERS SHOULD SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION WITH A VIEW TO ASSISTING STUDENTS TO GAIN A PROPER PERCEPTION OF DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM AS WELL AS THEIR OBILIGATIONS IN THE LONG TERM.

"IN THE PROCESS OF GOING DEEPER INTO CIVIC EDUCATION, TEACHERS SHOULD TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE YOUNG AGE AND MENTALITY OF STUDENTS.

"PROPER GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL ON MORE CONTENTIOUS ISSUES AND WIDE-EMBRACING TOPICS," MR LI SAID.

BETTER RESULTS COULD BE ATTAINED THROUGH A SYSTEMATIC SELECTION OF TEACHING MATERIALS AND A PROGRESSIVE APPROACH IN TEACHING THESE TOPICS, HE ADDED.

MR LI SAID STUDENTS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND LED TO MAKE THEIR OWN JUDGEMENT THROUGH OBJECTIVE DISCUSSIONS AND ANALYSES.

"THEY SHOULD ALSO BE MADE AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS BECAUSE AMIDST THE PRESENT OUTCRY FOR DEMOCRACY AND DELEGATION OF POWER, FULFILMENT OF OBLIGATIONS COULD BE EASILY OVERSHADOWED BY DEMAND FOR RIGHTS.

"THIS DEVELOPMENT IS HARMFUL TO THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRATISATION AND THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE," MR LI ADDED.

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1989

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OMELCO DELEGATION LEAVES FOR LONDON * t * » »

THE OMELCO DELEGATION ON NATIONALITY WILL DEPART FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM IN TWO GROUPS TO CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR THE HO.< 'AT, CASE.

THE FIRST GROUP, COMPRISING THE DELEGATION LEADER MRS ROSANNA TAM, MR ANDREW WONG, MR RONALD ARCULL1 AND MRS ELISE TU WILL I EAVE HONG KONG BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAY FLIGHT NO.CX 251 AT 10.55 PM TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE SECOND GROUP, COMPRISING MR STEPHEN CHEONG AND DR LEONG CHE-HUNG, WILL DEPART THE FOLLOWING NIGHT (SUNDAY), ALSO BY CX 25)

THE DELEGATION WILL BE WORKING ON THE FOLLOWING MISSIONS:

1 TO PRESENT HONG KONG’S CASE TO AS MANY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AS POSSIBLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE A FIRST HAND UNDERSTANDING OF HONG KONG;

2 TO ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH ORGANISATIONS AS WELL AS SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN BRITAIN IN AN EFFORT TO CONSOLIDATE SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG’S CASE; AND

3 TO ATTEND THE PARLIAMENT’S DEBATE ON THURSDAY (JULY 13).

IN THE MEANTIME, MRS SELINA CHOW WILL ACT AS CONVENER OF THE OMELCO SPEC!AI, WORKING GROUP ON NATIONALITY AND WILL GIVE WHATEVER SUPPORT THAT IS NEEDED TO THE DELEGATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE DELEGATION’S FIRST GROUP SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE GROUND FLOOR LIFT LOBBY OF THE AIRPORT VIP ROOM NO LATER THAN 10.30 PM TODAY (SATURDAY).

OFFICERS FROM THE OMELCO PRESS SECTION WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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PROFESSIONALISM AND ABILITY OF POLICE FORCE COMMENDED

*****

THE PROFESSIONALISM AND ABILITY DISPLAYED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE IN COPING WITH EVENTS IN THE PAST SIX WEEK' AGAIN HIGHLY COMMENDED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEG1SLA.LVE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL TODAY (SATURDAY), SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ALLEN LEE, SAID THAT DEMONSTRATIONS OF UNPRECEDENTED SIZES HAD BEEN POLICED WITH PATIENCE, SKILL AND A HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

"WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE PROUD OF THE POLICE IORCI . YOUR REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE FINEST THE WORLD HAS BEEN FURTHER ENHANCED," MR LEE ADDED.

HE TOLD THE GRADUATING OFFICERS . THAT EACH RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE HARD EARNED MAINTAINED.

ROYAL HONG KONG

POLICE FORCE IN

OF THEM HAD A REPUTATION WAS

MR I.EE REMINDED THE GRADUATES THAT THEY WOULD PLAY A VITAL ROLE LN THE LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY. NOT ONLY IN THE IMPORTANT TASK OF MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER AND PROVIDING PUBLIC SERVICE, BUT ALSO IN PROVIDING LEADERSHIP. PARTICULARLY TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

NOTING THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC WERE BETTER EDUCATED AND MORE DEMANDING THAN BEFORE, MR LEE SAID THE COMMUNITY LOOKED TO POLICE OFFICERS TO SET AN EXAMPLE OF HONESTY, INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS AND SELFLESSNESS.

"Till-: NEXT DECADE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IN THE HISTORY OF HONG KONG. THE STABILITY OF THE TERRITORY AND CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG WILL BE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE LEAD AND EXAMPLE YOU SET OVER THE COMING YEARS.

"YOUR TASK IS BY NO MEANS AN EASY ONE, AND TO BE SUCCESSFUL YOU WILL HAVE TO BE DEDICATED AND LOYAL TO THE COMMUNITY YOU SERVE.

"AS YOU COMMENCE YOUR REGULAR DUTIES IN THE FORCE, YOUR PASSING OUT PARADE WILL REMIND YOU OF TWO THINGS : FIRSTLY, THAT SUCCESS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY HARD WORK AND THOROUGH PREPARATION AND, SECONDLY, THAT YOU BELONG TQ.A WELL-EQUIPPED AND ORGANISED FORCE WHICH WILL GIVE YOU SUFFICIENT SUPPORT IN DISCHARGING YOUR DUTIES," MR LEE CONCLUDED.

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1989

5

STANDING COMMITTEE VISITS TWO POLICE DISTRICTS

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MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE VISITED THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICTS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE EARLY THIS WEEK.

THE EIGHT-MEMBER DELEGATION WAS LED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE POLICE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR MARTIN BARROW. ALSO TAKING PART WERE MRS NELLIE FONG AND MESSRS WILFRED CHAN, ANTHONY CHEUNG, CHOW CHUN-FAI, ANTHONY NEOH, BRIAN RENWICK AND TANG KWAI-NANG.

THEY WERE RECEIVED BY MR NORRIE RAE, DISTRICT COMMANDER, MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, MR RICHARD TUDOR, DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMANDER, YAU MA TEI, AND OTHER SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS.

THE PARTY WAS GIVEN A PRESENTATION ON POLICING HONG KONG’S MTR SYSTEM AND WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON VICE PROBLEMS IN YAU MA TEI DISTRICT ON MONDAY NIGHT.

DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD WITH OFFICERS OF THE TWO DISTRICTS ON CURRENT POLICING PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED ON THE MTR AND THE WORK OF THE SPECIAL DUTIES SQUADS.

THE PARTY THEN SPLIT UP INTO GROUPS TO ACCOMPANY SPECIAL DUTIES SQUADS ON VICE RAIDS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN YAU MA TEI DISTRICT.

THE VISIT WAS THE SECOND OF THREE FAMILIARISATION VISITS PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR BY MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE TO THE FORCE.

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WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS

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MORE THAN 200 ACTIVITIES ARE BEING ORGANISED FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN WAN CHAI WHICH BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES, "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", CARRIES A MESSAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, DISTRICT OFFICER MR GARY YEUNG SAID AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

"THE THEME SERVES TO REMIND YOUNG PEOPLE NOT TO FORGET TO WORK FOR THEIR COMMUNITY WHILE TAKING AN ACTIVE PART IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THE SUMMER, AND TO INCREASE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING THROUGH SUCH PARTICIPATION," HE ADDED.

MR YEUNG, WHO IS THE DISTRICT OFFICER FOR EASTERN, IS ALSO ACTING AS DISTRICT OFFICER FOR WAN CHAI AT PRESENT.

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THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE TRAINING COURSES, CAMPING, PICNICS, LAUNCH TRIPS, VISITS, AND SEMINARS, WHICH ARE ORGANISED IN CO-OPERATION WITH 16 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THE PROGRAMME IS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WITH DONATIONS ALSO COMING FROM THE PUBLIC. ABOUT $210,000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE WAN CHAI SYP THIS YEAR.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL LATE AUGUST, IS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE FROM THE AGE OF SIX TO 25 SO THAT THEY MAY SPEND THEIR LEISURE IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ♦ *»*»**

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAS ORGANISED MORE THAN 750 ACTIVITIES UNDER THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP), WHICH STARTED TODAY (SATURDAY), FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 YEARS OLD.

THE ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED BY 38 LOCAL BODIES. THEY RANGE FROM CARNIVALS, OUTINGS, VISITS, CAMPING, INTERESTS CLASSES AND SKILL TRAINING TO SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMMES FOR THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED AND COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR STUDENTS AND JOB-SEEKERS.

SPEAKING AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SYP OPENING CEREMONY TODAY, CHAIRMAN OF CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG, CALLED ON LOCAL YOUTHS TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES AND SPEND THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THESE DIVERSIFIED ACTIVITIES, THE YOUTHS CAN GET TO UNDERSTAND THE SYP THEME OF ’SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY’ BETTER," HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE SYP COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE, SAID THE SYP WAS A LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AIMED AT ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, CULTIVATE HEALTHY HOBBIES AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CO-OPERATION.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS IN THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS MAUREEN CHAN; EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (HONG KONG ISLAND) OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ASSOCIATION, MR MUI WAI-SZE; A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH; AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A CARNIVAL AT WAH FU ESTATE, WHICH PROVIDED A VARIETY OF STALL GAMES AND AN ELEPHANT TRAMPOLINE, ATTRACTING HUNDREDS OF YOUNGSTERS.

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED A TOTAL OF $310,000 TO SPONSOR THE SYP ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHILE THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED ABOUT $10,000.

COLOURFUL BROCHURES CONTAINING DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE DISTRICT’S SYP ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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SUMMER FUN FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTHS

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THE 1989 TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP), WHICH PROVIDES ABOUT 240 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, STARTED THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING WITH A GRASS-CUTTING DAY.

ABOUT 350 VOLUNTEERS WERE MOBILISED TO CUT GRASS AT 15 LOCATIONS IN THE RURAL AREAS OF TSUEN WAN AS A FORM OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SYP AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA CENTRE, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU, SAID THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENRICH THEMSELVES THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES.

THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP OF $211,860 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND OTHER LOCAL DONATIONS. THE THEME THIS YEAR IS "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY".

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS GIVING THE DETAILS OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE OFFICES OF VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS * * » * *

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT STARTED TODAY (SATURDAY) FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY HELD AT TSING YI CHEUNG CHING ESTATE.

MORE THAN 670 RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD FOR YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE SUMMER VACATION THIS YEAR.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PAUL TANG, SAID A TOTAL OF $530,000 HAD BEEN ALLOCATED TO 56 VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT FOR ORGANISING THESE ACTIVITIES.

HE ENCOURAGED YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES TO SHARE THE FUN AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES ARE CONTAINED IN A PAMPHLET WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES.

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE SHUNG-TAK, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR CIVIC DUTIES BY PARTICIPATING IN CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND THIS EVENING, MR LEE SAID WITH TAI PO DEVELOPING INTO A NEW TOWN, THERE WAS A DRASTIC INCREASE IN THE DISTRICT'S POPULATION, ESPECIALLY IN THE POPULATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

"THE VARIETY OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES WILL GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AND ALSO ENABLE THEM TO UTILISE THEIR FREE TIME PROPERLY," HE SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI ' PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG YICK-MING, SAID THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, COSTING $287,000, WOULD LAST FOR TWO MONTHS AND FEATURE OVER 300 ACTIVITIES.

TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW AND STALL GAMES, ATTRACTING THOUSANDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

IT IS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, WITH THE SUPPORT OF MORE THAN 20 LOCAL BODIES AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

THE THEME FOR THE PROGRAMME IS ’’SHARE THE FUN, JOIN THE COMMUNITY". THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A ONE-DAY TOUR OF TAI PO, BLOOD DONATION, FOOTBALL MATCH, COOKING COMPETITION AND CHINESE OPERA.

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YOUNGSTERS IN SAI KUNG THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING ENJOYED A VARIETY SHOW WHEN THE DISTRICT BEGAN ITS 1989 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE SAI KUNG TOWN HALL.

THE SHOW INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY A POPULAR SINGING GROUP, THE GRASSHOPPERS, AND OTHER SINGERS, AS WELL AS DANCES, DRAMA AND MAGIC SHOW. ABOUT 500 YOUNG PEOPLE ATTENDED.

THE SUMMER PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"OVER 75 RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE SUMMER VACATION," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID.

THE ACTIVITIES, WITH THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", ARE BEING ORGANISED BY 22 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE PICNICS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, WATER SPORTS, VISITS, EXHIBITIONS, CARNIVALS, TRAINING COURSES, FUN DAY FOR CHILDREN AND WORK CAMPS.

A LEAFLET CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TSUI LAM ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH ARE ORGANISING THE EVENTS.

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FIVE MORE DISTRICTS TO START SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TOMORROW *****

FIVE MORE URBAN DISTRICTS - SHAM SHUI PO, MONG KOK, YAU TSIM, KOWLOON CITY AND KWUN TONG - WILL START THEIR ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE LAUNCHING WILL BE MARKED BY OPENING CEREMONIES, TO BE FOLLOWED BY VARIETY SHOWS, CARNIVALS OR TALENT SHOWS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENINGS WILL BE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMEN,

DISTRICT OFFICERS AND INVITED GUESTS. THE VENUES AND TIMING OF THE FUNCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: TIME

DISTRICT VENUE

YAU TSIM NEW WORLD PLAZA IN TSIM SHA TSUI 2.15 PM

MONG KOK MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN SAI YEE STREET 2.30 PM

KOWLOON CITY ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND 3.30 PM

SHAM SHUI PO CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND AT THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND FAT TSEUNG STREET 4 PM

KWUN TONG SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND 8 PM

EACH OF THE FIVE DISTRICTS HAS ORGANISED A VARIETY OF EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 TO ENABLE THEM TO SPEND A MEANINGFUL SUMMER VACATION.

WITH "SHARING THE FUN AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY” AS THE MAIN THEME, THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VARIOUS TRAINING COURSES, CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS, COMPETITIONS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, VARIETY SHOWS AND CONCERTS.

MAINLY ORGANISED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE ACTIVITIES ALSO AIM AT DEVELOPING YOUNGSTERS’ POTENTIALS AND MAKING THEM MORE AWARE OF THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES.

LEAFLETS GIVING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE FIVE DISTRICTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN THE FIVE DISTRICTS.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS HYDRAULIC STUDY ♦ » » ♦ ♦

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BRIEF MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTA. IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE ON A HYDRAULIC STUDY FOR THE RIVER INDUS AND NAM WAH PO AREA AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 10).

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FIRE SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO EXPLAIN THE CAUSE OF AN UNKNOWN GAS DETECTED AT THE TAI PING INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IN TING KOK ROAD.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT FROM THE TAI PO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP AND PROPOSED MJ NO; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN 1989-90.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 10) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXAMINE A REPORT ON TRAFFIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 10).

THE REPORT WAS PREPARED BY A DISTRICT BOARD WORKING GROUP ON STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO IN THE 1990’S.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ACCESSIBILITY OF TAI WO RAILWAY STATION AND A TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT IN TING KOK ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 10) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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LEAFLET ON UK’S HERITAGE PUBLISHED ******

A BILINGUAL LEAFLET ON HONG‘KONG’S HERITAGE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED TO SERVE AS A GENERAL REFERENCE AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN TO CONSERVE.LOCAL HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND SITES.

ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND A MAP, THE LEAFLET, ENTITLED "PROTECTING HONG KONG’S HERITAGE", IS PRODUCED BY THE ANTIQUl.izc MONUMENTS OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH.

THE MAP INDICATES CLEARLY THE LOCATIONS OF THE 35 DECLARED MONUMENTS IN HONG KONG’S AS AT THE END OF 1988.

THE LEAFLET GAVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD AND THE WORK OF THE ANTIQUITIES MONUMENTS OFFICE, -WHICH IS THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSERVING PLACES OF HISTORIC INTEREST.

"ALL OVER HONG KONG, THERE ARE RELICS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY SPANNING SOME 6,000 YEARS, RANGING FROM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES CONTAINING POTTERY AND STONE IMPLEMENTS OF THE PREHISTORIC REA TO THE SPLENDID TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS OF CHINESE AND WESTERN STYLES OF MORE RECENT TIMES,” THE LEAFLET'S INTRODUCTION STATED.

"SINCE 1976 THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT INTO EFFECT LAWS TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST EXAMPLES OF HONG KONG’S HERITAGE ARE PROTECTED FOR THE FUTURE.

"PUBLIC FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED YEARLY TO RECORD, RESTORE AND DISPLAY THEM. IN SPITE- (JF LEGISLATION AND THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, HISTORIC RELICS ARE STILL OFTEN IN DANGER OF BEING DESTROYED UNNECESSARILY, IN THE NAME OF 'PROGRESS’.

"RECENTLY, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SECURE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PRIVATE OWNERS AND CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS TOWARDS THE COSTS OF REPAIRING AND RESTORING A NUMBER OF RESPECTABLE MONUMENTS AND WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT THIS TREND WILL CONTINUE," IT SAID.

THE LEAFLET ALSO EMPHASISED THAT HONG KONG’S HERITAGE BELONGS TO ITS PEOPLE AND THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THIS HERITAGE AND THE NEED FOR ITS CONSERVATION.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC- ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY KNOW HISTORICAL FEATURES OR RELICS, OR TO DONATE RELICS IN THEIR POSSESSION.

"THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE WILL AWARD SUCH ACTS WITH A HANDSOME CERTIFICATE OF MERIT ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT," IT NOTED.

THE LEAFLET IS NOW OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES: VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES, THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY, THE SAM TUNG UK MUSEUM, THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE, THE ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND VARIOUS LIBRARIES.

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1989

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IVORY TRADERS REMINDED TO REPORT STOCKS

IVORY TRADERS WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD REPORT THE IVORY STOCKS IN THEIR POSSESSION BY MONDAY, JULY 10, IN SUPPORT OF A REGISTRATION EXERCISE CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

SHOULD ANY TRADER EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES IN MEETING THE DEADLINE, HE SHOULD CONTACT THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S FAUNA CONSERVATION SECTION ON 3-7332123 OR 3-7332124 WITHOUT DELAY.

THE EXERCISE WAS BEING CARRIED OUT TO REGISTER ALL IVORY STOCKS, INCLUDING RAW AND WORKED IVORY, IN THE TERRITORY TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR THE EXISTING IVORY STOCKS AND THEIR TRADE MORE EFFECTIVELY.

AS PART OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, ALL IVORY STOCKS AND LARGE CUT PIECES WILL BE MARKED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE IVORY CONTROL PROCEDURE LAID DOWN BY THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES).

THE DEPARTMENT’S ACTING SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR MARTIN LEUNG, SAID THAT ABOUT 200 RETURNS HAD BEEN RECEIVED SINCE CIRCULARS WERE SENT TO ALL IVORY TRADERS TWO WEEKS AGO AND MORE WERE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

"PHYSICAL INSPECTIONS OF IVORY STOCKS HELD BY TRADERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR RETURNS WILL START ON MONDAY," MR LEUNG SAID.

"AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION, DEPARTMENT STAFF WILL PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE MARKINGS REQUIRED FOR THE TUSKS AND CUT PIECES TO INDIVIDUAL TRADERS."

THE REGISTRATION EXERCISE WAS AMONG A SERIES OF MEASURES DESIGNED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ENHANCE CONTROL ON THE IVORY TRADE. THESE MEASURES INCLUDED A MORATORIUM ON IMPORTS OF RAW IVORY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, AND THE SETTING UP A COMPUTER DATA BASE FOR ALL REGISTERED IVORY.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME LAND IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PYLONS TO CARRY 400 KILOVOLT OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINES FROM TAI PO TO SHA TAU KOK BORDER AND FROM YUEN LONG TO TA KWU LING BORDER.

THE LAND TO BE RESUMED COMPRISES THREE PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 2,748.4 SQUARE METRES.

DETAILS OF THE RESUMPTION HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST EDITION OF THE GAZETTE.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION * * * *

FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $502,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW THE 'EGISTRATION NUMBER 339 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $110,000.

ANOTHER NUMBER EB168 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF 10,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR EB265, EA5889, K1631AND CC416.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY* S AUCTION:

A741 $ WITHDRAWN EB168 $ 40,000 EA6862 $ 3,000 EA10 $ 35,000

AR252 7,000 AA560 16,000 339 110,000 AE329 10,000

CK1631 1,000 DZ1111 26,000 AT219 5,000 EB728 13,000

EB8839 3,000 BC136 13,000 EB369 9,000 CC416 1,000

1950 10,000 AG1821 3,000 EB817 4,000 DJ181 14,000

AK1357 2,000 HK73OO 20,000 DM3838 20,000 EA9392 2,000

EBI 39 4,000 DZ2002 8,000 BB8119 5,000 EA5889 1,000

DF75 11,000 EB866 15,000 EB1238 14,000 EB2779 WITHDRAWN

EB8889 8,000 EB687 8,000 AD707 17,000 EB265 1,000

EB3386 2,000 EB3682 3,000 EA328 25,000 EA9388 11,000

TWO NON- SCHRDULED VEHICLES REGISTRATION NUMBERS EA741 AND

-32779 WERE WITHDRAWN AND THE DEPOSIT OF $2,000 WERE FORFIETED TO THE TOTAL REALIZED.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 139TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY EALISED SO FAR TO $84,516,532.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

IN TAI HANG AND MID-LEVELS *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS, PERKINS ROAD BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND CREASY ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY DOWNHILL FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 10) FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR JARDINE’S LOOKOUT WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI HANG DRIVE OR MOUNT BUTLER ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, CMB ROUTE 11 AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 14M AND 24M HEADING FOR JARDINE’S LOOKOUT, MOORSOM ROAD AND MOUNT BUTLER ROAD RESPECTIVELY WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED.

IN THE MID-LEVELS, SEVERN ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NUMBERS 28 AND 29 WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM JULY 10 TO 23 TO FACILITATE CABLE LAYING WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION OF SEVERN ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NUMBERS 29 AND 37 AND THAT BETWEEN HOUSE NUMBERS 20 AND 28 WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

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SHAM SHUI PO

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADVISED MOTORISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORKS TO BEGIN ON MONDAY (JULY 10) ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD NEAR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, SHAM SHUI PO.

THE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON A LANE-BY-LANE BASIS AND WILL LAST FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE THEM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FRIGE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL ....... 1 JUNE AN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY MONTH ............................. 5 CHILDREN NOT ALLOWED TC SIT IN MIDDLE FRONT SEAT OF

VEHICLES ..................................................... 8 GCO PROTECTS PUBLIC SAFETY THROUGH SLOPE STABILISATION ...... 9 1,684 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT CASUALTIES IN JUNE.................... 10 SOUTHERN POSTGRAMME SCHEME BEARS FRUIT ...................... 10 JOINT EFFORT NEEDED TO TACKLE POLLUTION ..................... 11

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS .. 12 CARNIVAL STARTS SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN MONG KOK .......... 13 KOWLOON CITY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS .................................... 14 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SHAM SHUI PO STARTS ............... 14 PLAYGROUND LIGHTS UP FOR SUMMER FUN IN KWUN TONG............. 15 DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER CIVIC EDUCATION CAMP ............... 16 SAFETY TALKS CONDUCTED FOR STUDENTS ......................... 16

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO START ON WEEKEND.......................... 1? ROAD PROJECTS FOR MA ON SHAN, TSING YI PROPOSED.............. 18 LANTAU TAXI FARES TO GO UP TOMORROW ......................... 19 TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE................ 20 TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN .......................... 22

PLB URBAN CLEARWAY IN WONG TAI SIN ........................... 22 URBAN CLEARWAY ON TING KOK ROAD.............................. 22 TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FIFE STREET............................. 25 TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON SHA TIN BRIDGES .................. 23

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL « t * * *

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 6 PER CENT AND 32 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1989 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 20 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM THE GROWTH IN TRADE VALUES, HAVING DISCOUNTED THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

AS REGARDS PRICE CHANGES OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX) ROSE 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 PRICE INDEXES ARE AVAILABLE.

COMPARING THE MONTH OF APRIL 1989 WITH APRIL 1988, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT, AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 28 PER CENT. HENCE, TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND REEXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 18 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME ALSO INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY' GROUP FOR APRIL 1989 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1989 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+23 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+20 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+13 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+12 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+11 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+8 PER CENT); AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+4 PER CENT).

NEVERTHELESS, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-37 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-31 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-26 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-22 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR (-22 PER CENT).

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1989 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988. THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+12 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+7 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+6 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+6 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+3 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+2 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICE WAS RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-9 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF TEXTILE FABRICS; RADIOS OF ALL KINDS; FOOTWEAR; AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1989 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1989 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR SUGAR; AND SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD. HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TEA AND COFFEE; AND VEGETABLES.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT. THE COMMODITY ITEMS WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; WATCHES; AND RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS.

DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 11 PER CENT IN APRIL 1989 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW COTTON; LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS; AND SPECIAL TEXTILE FABRICS FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSE.

DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR BASE METALS, OTHER THAN IRON AND STEEL; SILK FABRICS; AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 19 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1989 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY. 16 PER CENT IN APRIL 1989 OVER APRIL 1988. THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY; OFFICE MACHINES; AND ELECTRICAL MAHINERY.

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS; AND TEXTILE MACHINERY.

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COMPARING APRIL 1989 WITH APRIL 1988, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED. IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS AND CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 9 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF CAPITAL GOODS; RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES; AND FOODSTUFFS ALL INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1989 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN APRIL 1989 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988, WITH THE PERCENTAGE INCREASES RANGING FROM 8 PER CENT FOR FUELS TO 41 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS AND CAPITAL GOODS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN APRIL 1989 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988. REEXPORT PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS AND CAPITAL GOODS ROSE BY 8 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF CONSUMER GOODS AND FUELS BOTH INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE APRIL 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND JULY 10 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 5-8234918).

TABLE 1: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING APRIL 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1989

WITH APRIL 1988 WITH JAN-APR 1988

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

CLOTHING 14 2 12 7 1 6

TEXTILE FABRICS 13 13 4 -1 6

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 12 1 11 18 1 17

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TEXTILE MADE-UPS

AND RELATED

ARTICLES -26 7 -31 -15 6 -20

RADIOS OF ALL

KINDS -37 * -37 -45 * -45

ELECTRONIC

COMPONENTS 13 -9 23 24 -5 31

FOOTWEAR -22 * -22 -15 1 -16

METAL MANUFACTURES 21 12 8 17 11 5

METAL ORES AND

SCRAP 27 6 20 33 4 28

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4 * 4 62 4

TRAVEL GOODS,

HANDBAGS AND

SIMILAR ARTICLES -24 3 -26 -12 3 -14

DOMESTIC

ELECTRICAL

APPLIANCES -17 6 -22 -20 7 -25

ALL COMMODITIES 936936

TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING APRIL 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1989

WITH APRIL 1988 WITH JAN-APR 1988

END-USE CATEGORY UNIT UNIT

VALUE VALUE VOLUME VALUE VALUE VOLUME

%%%%%%

FOODSTUFFS 7 3 4 19 3 15

CONSUMER GOODS 32 6 25 35 5 28

RAW MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES 14 3 11 23 4 19

FUELS -11 9 -19 30 4 25

CAPITAL GOODS 20 3 16 31 4 27

ALL COMMODITIES 20 4 15 28 4 23

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

COMPARING APRIL 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1989 WITH JAN-APR 1988

WITH APRIL 1988

END-USE CATEGORY UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME

% % % % % %

FOODSTUFFS * 8 -7 23 7 15

CONSUMER GOODS 48 4 41 46 4 40

RAW MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES 25 9 15 31 8 6 1

FUELS 13 4 8 42 -2 46

CAPITAL GOODS 50 7 41 57 7 47

ALL COMMODITIES 36 7 28 40 6 32

NOTE FOR TABLES 1 TO 3 :

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

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JUNE AN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY MONTH *****

IN SHARP CONTRAST WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, JUNE WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY MONTH, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS MONTHLY REPORT TODAY (SUNDAY).

ALTHOUGH RAINFALL WAS RECORDED ON 25 DAYS DURING THE MONTH, THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 137.5 MILLIMETRES, WHICH IS THE EIGHTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE AND REPRESENTS ONLY 32 PER CENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 431.8 MILLIMETRES.

HOWEVER, WITH THE LARGE SURPLUS IN MAY, THE TOTAL RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 WAS 1,184.9 MILLIMETRES WHICH IS STILL 19 PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 992.9 MILLIMETRES FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

THE LOW RAINFALL WAS A RESULT OF THE RELATIVE ABSENCE OF ACTIVE SOUTHWEST MONSOON OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COAST. THE MEAN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE OVER HONG KONG FOR THE MONTH WAS 1,008.1 HPA, THE FIFTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE.

/A TROUGH .......

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A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA GAVE RISE TO OVERCAST CONDITIONS WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH.

RAIN AND FRESH EASTERLIES KEPT TEMPERATURES ON THE LOW SIDE AND THE MINIMUM OF 22.4 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 1 WAS THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH.

WEATHER GRADUALLY IMPROVED ON JUNE 3 AND BECAME MAINLY FINE LATER ON THE NEXT DAY.

HOWEVER, CLOUDY SKIES WITH SOME SHOWERS RETURNED ON JUNE 5 AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COAST RETREATED EASTWARDS.

THE CLOUDY CONDITION CONTINUED TO PREVAIL UNTIL JUNE 7 WHEN THE WEATHER TURNED MAINLY FINE. PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THE NEXT DAY BROUGHT THE AFTERNOON TEMPERATURE TO A MAXIMUM OF 31.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST FOR THE MONTH.

MEANWHILE, SEVERE TROPICAL STORM DOT ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 7. THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF DOT TO HONG KONG NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 AT 3 PM ON JUNE 8. WINDS OFFSHORE ALSO BEGAN TO FRESHEN EARLY NEXT MORNING.

AS DOT MOVED CLOSER TO THE SOUTH CHINA COAST, WINDS CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN. THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 WAS THEREFORE HOISTED AT 7 PM ON JUNE 9.

TYPHOON DOT MOVED TOWARDS THE WEST-NORTHWEST AWAY FROM HONG KONG THAT NIGHT AND ALL SIGNALS WERE LOWERED AT 12.15 PM ON JUNE 10.

CLOUDY CONDITIONS CONTINUED TO PREVAIL IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS. WEATHER THEN BECAME GENERALLY FINE ON JUNE 13 AND THE FINE WEATHER PERSISTED IN THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS ALTHOUGH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS ALSO OCCURRED.

THE APPROACH OF A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FROM THE NORTH IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 21 BROUGHT MORE SHOWERS WHICH PERSISTED INTO THE NEXT MORNING. ALTHOUGH RAIN SUBSIDED DURING THE DAY, THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY. SHOWERS OCCURRED AGAIN ON JUNE 23.

AS THE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED SOUTH OF HONG KONG, THE LOCAL WEATHER IMPROVED ON JUNE 24. THE NEXT DAY, AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND BEGAN TO EDGE NORTHWARDS. ITS PROXIMITY BROUGHT SHOWERY CONDITIONS TO HONG KONG ON JUNE 26 AND 27.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE, THE WEATHER BECAME GENERALLY FINE ON JUNE 28 AND REMAINED SO FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.

/DURING THE .......

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DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE, NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 6, 10, 11, 12, 20, 23, 26, 27 AND 28.

•APART FROM TYPHOON DOT, ANOTHER TROPICAL CYCLONE, ELLIS, ALSO OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME OF HOISTING DATE AND TIME OF LOWERING

TYPHOON DOT 1 JUNE 8, 3 PM JUNE 9, 7 PM

3 JUNE 9, 7 PM JUNE 10, 12.15 PM

Ti! TH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGH1 SUNSHINE

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION

TOTAL RAINFALL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM AIR TEMPERATURE

MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE

MEAN DAILY MI iIMUM

AIR TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT

TOTAL EVAPORATION

179.2 HOURS

15.71 MJ/SQUARE METRES

137.5 MM

77 PER CENT

83 PER CENT

29.7 DEGREES CELSIUS

27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS

26.0 DEGREES CELSIUS

24.3 DEGREES CELSIUS

122.0 MM

; 20.0 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

; 0.98 MJ/SQUARE METRES

BELOW NORMAL

; 294.3 MM BELOW NORMAL

; 2 PER CENT MORE THAN

NORMAL

1 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

; 0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

; 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

; 0.4 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE

NORMAL

; 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW

NORMAL

; 25.7 MM BELOW NORMAL

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CHILDREN NOT ALLOWED TO SIT IN MIDDLE FRONT SEAT OF VEHICLES ******

A FRONT SEAT PASSENGER UNDER THE AGE OF 15 IS NOT ALLOWED TO SIT IN THE MIDDLE SEAT OF A VEHICLE TO WHICH THE REQUIREMENT FOR COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS APPLIES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY), EXPLAINING THE SEAT BELT LEGISLATION.

THIS IS BECAUSE SEAT BELTS OF APPROVED TYPES CANNOT BE ~ITTED TO THE MIDDLE FRONT SEATS OF VEHICLES.

THE LAP BELT THAT IS FITTED TO THE MIDDLE SEAT OF SOME VEHICLES IS NOT AN APPROVED TYPE OF SEAT BELT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, A FRONT SEAT -PASSENGER AGED 15 OR ABOVE SITTING IN THE MIDDLE SEAT IS NOT REQUIRED TO WEAR A SEAT BELT.

IF, HOWEVER, THERE IS ONLY ONE PASSENGER SITTING IN THE FRONT, THAT PASSENGER MUST WEAR A SEAT BELT AND MUST SIT ON THE SEAT NEXT TO THE DOOR REGARDLESS OF HIS AGE.

THE MIDDLE SEAT IS THE: SEAT BETWEEN THE DRIVER AND ANOTHER FRONT SEAT PASSENGER. ALL FIVE-SEATER TAXIS, MANY PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES, INCLUDING SCHOOL LIGHT BUSES, AND SOME PRIVATE CARS HAVE MIDDLE SEATS.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT AS EACH SEAT BELT MAY BE USED BY ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME, IT IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS BUT ALSO AN OFFENCE FOR A FRONT SEAT PASSENGER TO HOLD A CHILD IN HIS ARMS OR HAVE THE CHILD SIT ON HIS LAP.

A CHILD IS CONSIDERBLY MUCH SAFER TO TRAVEL IN THE REAR SEATS AND IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT THIS PRACTICE BE ADOPTED.

BUT IF IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE'CHILDREN TO TRAVEL IN THE FRONT SEATS, THEN THEY MUST BE SUITABLY RESTRAINED. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT A CHILD AGED TWO OR BELOW WHEN SITTING IN THE FRONT MUST BE SECURELY FASTENED TO THE SEAT BY AN APPROVED RESTRAINT ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN. ••

THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES OF VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED TO BE FITTED WITH SEAT BELTS:

* ALL PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JUNE 30, 1964 AND FIRST REGISTERED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 1976;

* ALL TAXIS MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1981; AND

* ALL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1984.

THE DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS OF THESE VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR SEAT BELTS.

/THE COMPULSORY

SUNDAY, JULY 9, ^989

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THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS DOES NOT APPLY TO VEHICLES THAT ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE FITTED WITH SEAT BELTS. BUT DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS OF THESE VEHICLES ARE ADVISED TO WEAR SEAT BELTS IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT URGED THE PUBLIC TO STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE SEAT BELT LEGISLATION FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.

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GCO PROTECTS PUBLIC SAFETY THROUGH SLOPE STABILISATION

* ♦ * * ♦

STABILISATION OF SLOPES CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE TO ENSURE SAFETY TO THE PUBLIC.

AT PRESENT, HALF OF THE GCO ’ S PROFESSIONAL STAFF ARE COMMITTED TO THESE DUTIES WHICH INCLUDE CHECKING THE GEOTECHNICAL DESIGNS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK TO ENSURE THAT UNSAFE SLOPES, RETAINING WALLS AND SITE FORMATION WORKS ARE NOT CONSTRUCTED, AND THAT EXISTING UNSAFE SLOPES AND WALLS ARE MADE SAFE.

UNDER THE LANDSLIP PREVENTIVE MEASURES PROGRAMME, ALMOST $760 MILLION HAS BEEN SPENT SINCE THE PROGRAMME’S INCEPTION TO STABILISE NEARLY 500 SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS.

AT PRESENT, THE INVESTIGATIONS, DESIGNS AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION RELATED TO THE PROGRAMME ARE ALL CARRIED OUT IN-HOUSE BY THE GCO.

EXPENDITURE ON THE PROGRAMME IS CONTINUING AT A RATE OF MORE THAN $60 MILLION A YEAR. IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS $40 MILLION ANNUALLY ON SLOPE MAINTENANCE.

DURING THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR, STABILISATION WORKS WERE COMPLETED ON 35 SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS, AND WORKS COMMENCED ON 10 OTHERS AT A COST OF ABOUT $63 MILLION.

IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, WORKS WILL BE IN PROGRESS ON A TOTAL OF 90 SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL COST ABOUT $62 MILLION IN 1989-90. IN ADDITION, ABOUT $20 MILLION WILL BE SPENT ON STABILISATION AND IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE LARGE SANITARY LANDFILL AT SAI TSO WAN.

UNTIL RECENTLY, THE PROGRAMME WAS CONCERNED ENTIRELY WITH SLOPES AND RETAINING WALLS WHICH COULD CAUSE LOSS OF LIFE IN THE EVENT OF FAILURE.

/THE PROGRAMME .......

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THE PROGRAMME NOW INCLUDES THE STABILISATION OF SOME UNSATISFACTORY SLOPES AND WALLS WHICH COULD INDIRECTLY CAUSE LOSS OF LIFE BY MAJOR DISRUPTION TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES, OR WHICH COULD CAUSE MAJOR ECONOMIC DISRUPTION.

THIS COVERS SLOPES ALONG MAJOR ROADS, AND SLOPES ALONG OTHER ROADS WHICH PROVIDE THE SOLE ACCESS TO HOSPITALS, WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIRS AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS, AND SO ON.

ASIDE FROM STABILISATION WORKS INITIATED AND EXECUTED BY THE GCO, A GREAT DEAL OF STABILISATION WORK IS CARRIED OUT IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS IN ASSOCIATION WITH CAPITAL PROJECTS AT A COST OF SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR.

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1,684 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT CASUALTIES IN JUNE

*****

A TOTAL OF 1,684 CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED IN 1,295 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY LAST MONTH (JUNE).

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT 300 OF THESE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 654 IN KOWLOON AND 341 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR JUNE SHOWED THAT 28 PERSONS WERE KILLED, 348 PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND 1,308 SLIGHTLY INJURED IN THESE ACCIDENTS.

THE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES AND ACCIDENTS REPRESENTED A DECREASE OF 9.2 PER CENT AND 6.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

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SOUTHERN POSTGRAMME SCHEME BEARS FRUIT

*****

OBSTRUCTIONS TO THE ENTRANCES OF TWO CARPARKS IN ABERDEEN CENTRE HAVE NOW BEEN CLEARED AFTER A CIVIC-MINDED CITIZEN DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD TO THE PROBLEM.

USING THE "MY SUGGESTION TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD" POSTGRAMME SCHEME, THE CITIZEN POINTED OUT THAT VEHICLES PARKED ALONG NAM NING STREET OFTEN BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE OF THE CARPARKS.

THE DISTRICT BOARD, THEREFORE, REFERRED HIS COMPLAINT TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR INVESTIGATION AND ACTION.

/SUBSEQUENTLY, .......

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 1989

SUBSEQUENTLY, THE NO-STOPPING RESTRICTION FOR A SECTION OF THE STREET WAS EXTENDED TO COVER THE ENTRANCES, AND VEHICLES CAN NOW MOVE IN AND OUT OF THE CARPARK UNOBSTRUCTED.

IN ANOTHER CASE, AN AP LEI CHAU RESIDENT COMPLAINED THAT BUSES ON ROUTE NO. 95 PLYING BETWEEN AP LEI CHAU ESTATE AND SHEK PAI WAN, WERE OFTEN OVERLOADED DURING THE MORNING PEAK HOURS.

UPON THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT UNDERTOOK TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE SITUATION AND PROMISED TO TAKE STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IF NECESSARY. THE MATTER WAS ALSO BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE BUS COMPANY.

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE POSTGRAMME SCHEME WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1983 FOR RESIDENTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE LIVING IN THE REMOTE PARTS OF THE DISTRICT SUCH AS STANLEY, SHEK O AND BAYS AREA, TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS TO THE BOARD IN AS CONVENIENT A WAY AS POSSIBLE.

DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY, THE BOARD HAD RECEIVED 44 POSTGRAMMES FROM RESIDENTS GIVING SUGGESTIONS OR LODGING COMPLAINTS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS RANGING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT TO POSTAL SERVICE.

THE POSTAGE-FREE POSTGRAMMES, PRINTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, ARE AVAILABLE AT 72 DISTRIBUTION POINTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. THESE INCLUDE THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES, POST OFFICES, GOVERNMENT OFFICES, COMMUNITY HALLS, PETROL STATIONS AND VARIOUS KAIFONG AND RESIDENTS BODIES.

------------------0-------- JOINT EFFORT NEEDED TO TACKLE POLLUTION t ♦ ♦ ♦ t

IT IS TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER TO TACKLE POLLUTION AND TAKE INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

HE WAS ADDRESSING MORE THAN 100 PUPILS FROM 11 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO TOOK PART IN A TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY AT THE BRAEMAR HILL RAIN SHELTER IN NORTH POINT.

A TOTAL OF 300 TREE SEEDLINGS OF TWO DIFFERENT INDIGENOUS SPECIES, MOUNTAIN TALLOW AND POND SPICE, WERE PLANTED ON A PIECE OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE SHELTER.

THE EVENT WAS AMONG ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO SUPPORT THE 1989 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

/MR YEUNG .......

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 1989

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MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND AT LEAST $20 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT MEASURES, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ADEQUATE SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE FACILITIES, AND THE SETTING UP OF LANDFILLS AND REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS.

"PLANS ARE ALSO IN HAND TO PROVIDE A NEW ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK TO CARRY FORWARD EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES.

"THESE INCLUDE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PLANNING ENVIRONMENT AND LAND BRANCH, A DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND A PLANNING DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CARRY OUT A REGULAR REVIEW OF THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE PROGRAMMES.

REFERRING TO THE WHITE PAPER, "POLLUTION IN HONG KONG - A TIME TO ACT", PUBLISHED ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY LAST MONTH, MR YEUNG CALLED ON ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO STUDY THE PAPER TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY.

IN CONCLUSION, HE QUOTED A MESSAGE CONTAINED IN THE WHITE PAPER: "HONG KONG IS OUR HOME. WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEM, SO WE MUST CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTION, IT IS TIME TO ACT”.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS

******

CHILDREN AND YOUTHS IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT HAVE BEEN URGED TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME <SYP) TO SHARE THE FUN AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR AMBROSE LAU, THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP.

MR LAU POINTED OUT THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION COULD LEARN MORE AND DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

ABOUT 600 ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ORGANISED FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SOME 60 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, HE SAID.

"THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM OUTDOOR PURSUITS, CULTURAL PROGRAMMES, INTEREST COURSES TO SOCIAL SERVICE SCHEMES," HE SAID.

MR LAU THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR CONTRIBUTING OVER $360,000 TO THIS YEAR’S EVENTS.

/THE DISTRICT'S .......

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THE DISTRICT’S SYP WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND IN KENNEDY TOWN THIS AFTERNOON.

THOUSANDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE TREATED TO THREE HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT, INCLUDING MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCES, LION DANCu, SINGING AND DANCING, STALL GAMES, AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGER LEE HARK-KUN AND DISC JOCKEY LEUNG ON-KAY.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN HAY.

THE FIRST ACTIVITY OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP, A VISIT BY 30 YOUNGSTERS TO THE POLICE MUSEUM IN COOMBE ROAD, TOOK PLACE IN THE MORNING PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE PROGRAMME.

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CARNIVAL STARTS SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN MONG KOK

*»***»**♦

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MONG KOK WERE ^n^MARK^THF CARNIVAL AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND TODAY (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE, IMPORTANT ROLE IN SOCIETY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER SAID YOUNG PEOPLE PLAYED AN

BY PARTICIPATING IN RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE COULD DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND TALENTS A BECOME MORE CIVIC-MINDED, MR LEE STRESSED.

MORE THAN 70,000 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRICT'S 113 ACTIVITIES OVER NEXT TWO MONTHS.

25 THE

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, ALSO CEREMONY.

LORNA MA, AND DISTRICT ATTENDED TODAY'S OPENING

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KOWLOON CITY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS

*******

THE THREE-MONTH KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SUNDAY) IN A CARNIVAL ATOMSPHERE AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

SPEAKING AT A BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MR PETER LEE, SAID SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN KOWLOON CITY HAD BEEN A SUCCESS IN THE PAST, AND OVER 300 ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED LAST YEAR.

WITH A SUBSIDY OF $330,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND AN ALLOCATION OF $140,000 FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS-ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD THIS SUMMER.

RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON CITY AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES. A BOOKLET GIVING DETAILS OF THE DISTRICT PROGRAMME IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

JOINING MR LEE AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALEX FONG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SHAM SHUI PO STARTS *****

THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS TURNED OUT IN FORCE THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING AT CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND.

MANY OF THEM ENJOYED THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT OF THE STALL GAMES FROM 3 PM TO 7 PM, WHILE OTHERS WERE ATTRACTED BY THE PERFORMANCES STAGED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR RAYMOND CHOY, SAID A TOTAL OF $420,000 WOULD BE USED THIS SUMMER TO SPONSOR ABOUT 50 LOCAL BODIES IN STAGING MORE THAN 350 ACTIVITIES FROM TODAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17.

ABOUT $50,000 OF THE SUM CAME FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD WHILE THE REST WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, MR CHOY SAID.

/ALSO ADDRESSING

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 1989

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ALSO ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK, WHO PRAISED LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR THEIR ACTIVE SUPPORT IN THE PROGRAMME.

HE HOPED YOUNGSTERS WOULD DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS AND ABILITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES, THUS MAKING THE SUMMER MORI JOYOUS AND MEANINGFUL.

MR TAI BELIEVED THE PROGRAMME WOULD HELP CULTIVATE IN YOUTHS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING O[ AND GREATER DEGREE OF CONCERN FOR THE SOCIETY.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS JENNIE CHOK; AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR GERALD FRITH.

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PLAYGROUND LIGHTS UP FOR SUMMER FUN IN KWUN TONG

HUNDREDS OF TORCHLIGHTS LIT UR THE SAO NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND TONIGHT (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

IN THE FOLLOWING TWO MONTHS, OVER 500 ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED TO ENABLE YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT TO SPEND A MEANINGFUL SUMMER VACATION.

KWUN TONG RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WILL BE CHOOS}' FROM A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING VISITS, SEMINARS AND TRAINING COURSES.

ABLE TO PICNICS,

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, SCALE OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND THE ITS PARTICIPANTS HAD BEEN GROWING OVER THE YEARS.

REGIONAL

SAID THE

NUMBER OF

NOTING THAT THF THEME OF THIS YEAR’S SYP WAS ’’SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THi OMME" LTV” HE SAID YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BECOME MORE INTERESTED IN SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITIES.

ABOUT 500 KWUN TONG RESIDENTS ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THF CEREMONY WAS PRECEDED BY A PARADE BY 15 GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE REPRESENTING THE i5 AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

A TALENT SHOW WAS ALSO HELD DURING WHICH THE 15 GROUPS COMPETED FOR PRIZES FOR THE MOST ENTERTAINING, THE MOST OUTSTANDING AND THE MOST ORIGINAL PERFORMANCES.

THE OTHER GUESTS '.ERE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN: DISTRICT BOARD II. All.'MAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR POON CHI-FA I; HI' CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER

YOUTH PROGRAMME > - OR; H ’ ■ AT 1 NG COMMITTEE. MADAM YEUNG KAM-CHUN.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER CIVIC EDUCATION CAMP

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THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS HOLDING A CIVIC EDUCATION CAMP FOR ISLANDERS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE PROPOSED THREE-DAY CAMP. TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 35. WILL AIM AT IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, AND GIVING PARTICIPANTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE CURRENT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE ACTIVITIES FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 1989 AND FUNDING FOR THE FIRE WATCH TEAM IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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SAFETY TALKS CONDUCTED FOR STUDENTS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS MAKING A CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO INTRODUCE TO STUDENTS THE CONCEPT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO AVOID WORK ACCIDENTS IN SUMMER JOBS.

UNDER A SAFETY PROMOTION PROGRAMME WHICH STARTED IN MAY, FACTORY INSPECTORS HAVE VISITED 43 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY AND HAVE TALKED TO MORE THAN 10,000 STUDENTS.

’THE INSPECTORS WILL VISIT NINE MORE SCHOOLS WITH ABOUT 2,500 STUDENTS LATER THIS WEEK,” A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE VISITS, STUDENTS WERE ADVISED TO STAY AWAY FROM DANGEROUS WORK PROCESSES AND MACHINERY AND TO TAKE HEED OF SOME BASIC WORK SAFETY PRACTICES AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS.

’’LACKING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING IN WORK SAFETY, THEY ARE MORE PRONE TO ACCIDENTS THAN OTHER WORKERS,” THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

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ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENTAL STATISTICS, 35 YOUNG WORKERS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 19 WERE INJURED IN ACCIDENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS LAST YEAR.

OF THEM, 21 WERE RELATED TO THE OPERATION OF MACHINERY, WHILE O' HERS WERE INVOLVED IN THE HANDLING OF HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCES, STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS, MANUAL LIFTING AND USE OF HANDTOOLS.

"AS MANY STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT n i;y stay away from hazardous jobs and OPERATIONS," the spokesman SAID.

"MOREOVER, IT IS DEPLORABLE TO SEE YOUNG STUDENTS INJURED AT SHORT-TIME WORK, ESPECIALLY WHEN SUCH TRAGEDIES RESULTED IN PERMANENT DISABILITIES."

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO URGED STUDENTS TO REFRAIN PARTICULARLY FROM WORK AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY, VIGOROUS MANUAL WORK AND PROCESSES INVOLVING FIRE AND DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES.

IF THEY HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE NATURE OF WORK, THEY SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PARENTS AND CAREERS TEACHERS, OR SEEK ADVICE FROM THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE DEPARTMENT ON 5-8523565.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A PAMPHLET ON SUMMER JOB SAFETY WHICH OUTLINED THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR SOME COMMONLY-FOUND INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS.

IT IS AVAILABLE AT ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WHERE GENERAL ENQUIRY SERVICE ON WORK SAFETY IS ALSO PROVIDED.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO START ON WEEKEND

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR AT THE LEI YUE MUN PARK IN EASTERN DISTRICT FROM JULY 15 TO 29.

ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE CAMP HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT SINCE 1980 TO PROVIDE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING TO YOUNG MUSICIANS.

OVER 400 YOUNG MUSICAL TALENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMP WHICH COMPRISE A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, TWO STRING ORCHESTRAS, TWO SYMPHONIC BANDS AND TWO CHINESE ORCHESTRAS.

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

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

IN ADDITION TO MUSIC TRAINING, A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE ARRANGED.

TO MARK THE CLOSE OF THE CAMP, A FINALE CONCERT WILL BE HELD IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE ON JULY 29, BEGINNING AT 3 PM.

AT THE CONCERT, BOTH THE CAMP'S SENIOR CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND YMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL PRESENT A SUPERB MUSIC PROGRAMME WHICH WILL NCLUDE VERDI’S "LAFORZA DEL DESTINO OVERTURE", ELGAR’S "THE WAND OF YOUTH SUITE NO. 1" AND WANG HUI-RAN’S "MOONLIGHT OVER THE SOUTHERN EIRITORY".

TICKETS AT $10 AND $20 EACH ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX >U' LETS. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8235314.

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ROAD PROJECTS FOR MA ON SHAN, TSING YI PROPOSED » * * » *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT MORE ROAD FACILITIES IN MA ON SHAN AND TSING YI AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREAS.

IN MA ON SHAN, THE PROPOSED WORKS WILL MAINLY INCLUDE:

* CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL TWO-LANE AND A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY FORMING PART OF ROAD P8 AND DUALLING OF AN EXISTING SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY OF THE ROAD;

* DUALLING OF AN EXISTING SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY OF ROAD P9 FROM HENG ON ESTATE TO ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD P8;

* CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY (ROAD D16) FROM YIU ON ESTATE TO FUTURE ROAD P8 AND DUALLING OF AN EXISTING SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY OF ROAD D16 FROM HENG ON ESTATE TO YIU ON ESTATE;

* CONSTRUCTION OF LOCAL ROADS, FOOTPATHS AND CYCLE TRACKS IN AREAS 90, 92, 100 AND 110;

* CONSTRUCTION OF PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE SUBWAYS, BRIDGES, RETAINING WALLS, EARTHWORKS, SEWERAGE, DRAINAGE AND OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS; AND

* CONSTRUCTION OF A DRAINAGE CULVERTS IN AREA 100 AND AREA 86.

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WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN 1992.

ON TSING YI ISLAND, THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE FOOTBRIDGES IN TSING YI TOWN CENTRE TO PROVIDE SAFE AND CONVENIENT PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS ACROSS FUNG SHUE WO ROAD AND TSING LUK STREET.

WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 17 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR BOTH PROJECTS AND THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 4.

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LANTAU TAXI FARES TO GO UP TOMORROW

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE FARES FOR LANTAU TAXIS WILL GO UP FROM TOMORROW.

UNDER THE NEW FARE SCALE, THE FLAGFALL FOR THE FIRST TWO KILOMETRES WILL BE $5.50, AND FOR EVERY SUBSEQUENT 0.25 KILOMETRE THE FARE WILL BE $0.70.

WAITING TIME CHARGE WILL BE $0.70 FOR ONE MINUTE AND RADIO-CALL SURCHARGE FOR EVERY HIRING WILL BE $2.

SURCHARGE FOR EACH ARTICLE OF BAGGAGE, ANIMAL OR BIRD WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT $2.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ALSO REMINDED LANTAU TAXI OPERATORS TO DISPLAY THE TAXI FARE CONVERSION TABLES AT A PROMINENT POSITION INSIDE THE TAXIS BEFORE THEIR TAXIMETRES ARE RECALIBRATED AND SEALED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 11), TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE RE-ROUTED:

* YUE MAN SQUARE WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND;

* HONG NING ROAD BETWEEN YUE MAN SQUARE AND MUT WAH STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND;

* MUT WAH STREET BETWEEN HONG NING ROAD AND FU YAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND; AND

FU YAN STREET BETWEEN MUT WAH STREET AND YUE MAN SQUARE WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING TURNING MOVEMENTS WILL BE BANNED:

» THE RIGHT-TURN FROM HONG NING ROAD NORTHBOUND TO YUE MAN SQUARE;

THE LEFT-TURN FROM YAN SHUN LANE EASTBOUND TO FU YAN STREET;

THE RIGHT-TURN FROM YAN SHUN LANE WESTBOUND TO FU YAN

STREET;

* THE RIGHT-TURN FRON YUE MAN SQUARE WESTBOUND TO FU YAN

STREET; AND

THE LEFT-TURN FROM HONG NING ROAD NORTHBOUND TO NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

VEHICLES ON KWUN TONG ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR FU YAN STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HONG NING ROAD AND MUT WAH STREET WHILE THOSE ON KWUN TONG ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR YUE MAN SQUARE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TUNG YAN STREET.

IN ADDITION, KMB ROUTES 3D, 6E, 14A, 14C, 17, 38, 89B, 101,

101R AND 141 AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 23A, 23B, 26, 34M AND 36A WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIODS BELOW:

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ROUND-THE-CLOCK

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HIP WO STREET BETWEEN KWUN TONG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE NORTH; AND

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TUNG YAN STREET BETWEEN HIP WC STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

7 AM TO MIDNIGHT

t THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN TUNG YAN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES TO THE WEST.

7 AM TO 7 I'M

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HIP WO STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH MUT WAH STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 185 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HIP WO STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH MUT WAH STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

» MUT WAH STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* MUT WAH STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG NING ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG NING ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

» THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAU STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG NING ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FU YAN STREET; AND

FU YAN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH YUE MAN SQUARE AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MOREOVER, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS ALONG THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUE MAN SQUARE BETWEEN HONG NING ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES TO THE EAST FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK, SHA TIN ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 11 AND 25.

THE SLOW LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND SLIP ROAD FROM SHA TIN WAI ROAD TO TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 PM ON JULY 11 TO 6 AM ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE FAST LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY FROM SHA TIN WAI ROAD TO TAI PO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 PM ON JULY 25 TO 6 AM ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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PLB URBAN CLEARWAY IN WONG TAI SIN * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 11), SHEUNG TAK STREET IN WONG TAI SIN BETWEEN CHING TAK STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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URBAN CLEARWAY ON TING KOK ROAD * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 11), A SECTION OF' TING KOK ROAD IN TAI PO WILL BE DESIGNATED A PEAK HOUR (7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

THE URBAN CLEARWAY WILL BE LOCATED ON TING KOK ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD A POINT ABOUT 250 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

EASTBOUND

L8/1 TO

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

ALLOWED TO STOP

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FIFE STREET ♦ t ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE PIPE LAYING WORKS IN HONG LOK STREET* FIFE STREET IN MONG KOK BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 11) TO 6 PM ON JULY 14.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON PORTLAND STREET HEADING FOR SHANGHAI STREET ARE ADVISED TO USE MONG KOK ROAD.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON SHA TIN BRIDGES » * * ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE INSPECTION OF SAND MARTIN AND BANYAN BRIDGES IN SHA TIN, THE SOUTHBOUND SLOW AND MIDDLE LANES ON BOTH BRIDGES WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS :

♦ LANE CLOSURES ON SAND MARTIN BRIDGE FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM DAILY ON JULY 11 AND 12.

* LANE CLOSURES ON BANYAN BRIDGE FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM DAILY ON JULY 13 AND 14.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 10, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HONG KONG REGAINS RABIES-FREE STATUS ........................ 1

REASSURANCE GIVEN TO SAI KUNG DB ............................ 2

AMENDMENTS TO NEW DRUG TRAFFICKING BILL...................... 3

JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS ........................... 4

JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION .......... 4

REPORT ON 1987 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION NOW ON SALE .. 5

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLICITY PLAN ...................... 6

TRANSPORT MATTERS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................... 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNS ............. 7

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROPOSED IN TA KWU LING............ 8

CNTA HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO NEW ADDRESS ...................... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY ................ 9

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW ............... 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE......................................... 10

SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO TWO DISTRICTS ................. 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN ................. 11

TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER.................. 11

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN CHA KWO LING ROAD........... 11

MONDAY, JULY' 10, 1989

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HONG KONG REGAINS RABIES-FREE STATUS *****

HONG KONG WAS TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED A RABIES-FREE AREA FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS WITHOUT ANY OUTBREAK OF INDIGENOUSLY ACQUIRED RABIES IN MAN OR IN ANIMALS.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY' THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AFTER A REVIEW OF THE SITUATION SINCE THE OCCURRENCE OF THE LAST INDIGENOUS RABIES CASE ON JULY 10, 1987.

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S EXPERT COMMITTEE ON RABIES HAS DEFINED A "RABIES-FREE AREA" AS ONE IN WHICH NO CASE OF INDIGENOUSLY ACQUIRED RABIES HAS OCCURRED IN MAN OR ANY SPECIES IN TWO YEARS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR VETERINARY' OFFICER, DR NORMAN CHENG, SAID: "THE DECISION TO DECLARE HONG KONG FREE FROM RABIES DOES NOT MEAN THAT EFFORTS TO CONTROL THE DISEASE WILL BE RELAXED.

"IN FACT, CONTINUOUS VIGILANCE AND INTENSIVE CONTROL MEASURES HAVE TO BE MAINTAINED TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF RABIES INTO HONG KONG AS THE DISEASE IS STILL COMMON IN NEIGHBOURING AREAS."

DR CHENG SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S DOG CONTROL UNIT WOULD CONTINUE TO INOCULATE DOGS AND CONTROL STRAY DOGS AND STRICTLY ENFORCE CONTROL MEASURES INCLUDING THE QUARANTINE OF IMPORTED DOGS AND CATS, AND COMPULSORY DETENTION OF BITER DOGS FOR OBSERVATION SO AS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF A RABIES OUTBREAK TO A MINIMUM.

HE SAID THAT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. MORE THAN 83,160 DOGS WERE INOCULATED AGAINST THE DISEASE AND OVER 44,140 STRAY DOGS ELIMINATED. FROM JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR, ANOTHER 16,197 DOGS WERE INOCULATED AND 11,083 STRAYS PUT DOWN.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO TAKE THE EXISTING CONTROL OVER RABIES ONE STEP FURTHER BY INTRODUCING A RABIES AND ANIMAL CONTROL BILL TO REPLACE THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE WHICH IS AT PRESENT IN FORCE," DR CHENG SAID.

THE NEW BILL WILL EXTEND RABIES PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO COVER ALL MAMMALS. IT SEEKS TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS NOT ADEQUATELY COVERED BY THE EXISTING LEGISLATION AND THE DEPARTMENT WOULD EXPECT THE PUBLIC'S REACTION TO BE GENERALLY FAVOURABLE IN VIEW OF THE ADDED PROTECTION THEY WOULD GAIN.

"THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE BILL HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF CONSULTATION.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE BILL WILL BE ENACTED IN MID-1990," DR CHENG ADDED.

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REASSURANCE GIVEN TO SAI KUNG DB t * t t t t

THE SECURITY BRANCH TODAY (MONDAY) IN A LETTER REASSURED THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD THAT ADEQUATE MEASURES WOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE REMOTE HIGH ISLAND AREA WHERE A TEMPORARY CAMP WOULD BE BUILT FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

"WE ARE VERY MUCH MINDFUL OF THE NEED TO AVOID POLLUTION AND TO ENSURE THAT THE ENVIRONMENT AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES THERE ARE NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE DETENTION CENTRE,” A BRANCH SPOKESMAN SAID.

"TO THIS END, PLANS ARE IN HAND FOR THE TREATMENT AND THE COLLECTION OF HUMAN WASTE FROM THE CAMP.

"THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED ON A TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR THE DISCHARGE OF WASTE WATER FROM KITCHENS, SHOWERS AND CLOTH-WASHING AREAS IN THE CAMP.

"THE SYSTEM INVOLVES THE USE OF SETTLEMENT TANKS AND SAND FILTRATION; WE DO NOT INTEND TO OPEN THE CAMP BEFORE THIS SYSTEM IS IN OPERATION."

ON WASTE DISPOSAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD CARRY OUT REGULAR DESLUDGING OF HUMAN WASTE FROM SLUDGE TANKS.

"THIS WILL BE TAKEN TO SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT," HE SAID.

"AS TO THE CHONG HING WATER SPORTS CENTRE NEARBY, THERE WILL BE NO RUN-OFF OF WATER FROM THE CAMP INTO THE LAGOON.

"THE WATER SPORTS CENTRE WILL REMAIN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND NO VIETNAMESE VISITORS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE SITE.

"PANELS WILL ALSO BE ATTACHED TO THE FENCE OF THE CAMP TO SCREEN THE CAMP FROM THE WATER SPORTS CENTRE, AND VICE VERSA.

"AND THE CAMP ITSELF WILL BE SURROUNDED BY A 17-FOOT HIGH FENCE. IT WILL BE A DETENTION CENTRE, AND THE BOAT PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED OUT.”

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"WE CAN ASSURE THE DISTRICT BOARD THAT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SECURITY ARE VERY MUCH IN OUR MINDS," HE SAID.

"WE SHALL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO POLLUTION IN THE AREA. THE TEMPORARY CAMP IS IN A REMOTE LOCATION WHICH WILL NOT IMPINGE UPON THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES EITHER IN THE WATER SPORTS CENTRE OR WITHIN THE COUNTRY PARK."

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AMENDMENTS TO NEW DRUG TRAFFICKING BILL * t * t * * ♦

THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY Or/ PROCEEDS) BILL 1989 WILL BE RESUMED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12).

A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE TO THE BILL AT ITS COMMITTEE STAGE FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF AN AD HOC GROUP OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND FURTHER EXAMINATION OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT CHANGES TO THE UNITED KINGDOM’S DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCE ACT 1986 WHICH THE BILL IS MODELLED ON.

THE BILL AIMS TO CONFISCATE THE PROCEEDS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND TO COUNTER DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING IN HONG KONG.

ONE OF THE MAJOR AMENDMENTS IS TO ENABLE DIFFERENT PROVISIONS OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION AT DIFFERENT DATES. THIS WILL ALLOW MORE TIME FOR AFFECTED SECTORS, PARTICULARLY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, TO MAKE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT CONCERNS THE SEQUENCE OF SENTENCING AND CONFISCATION PROCEEDINGS. THE BILL IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM STIPULATES THAT SENTENCING IN RESPECT OF THE DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCE WILL FOLLOW THE COURT’S DECISION ON CONFISCATION.

TO ALLOW JUSTICE TO BE BETTER SEEN TO BE DONE, THIS WILL BE AMENDED SO THAT THE COURT WILL SENTENCE THE CONVICTED PERSON TO ANY IMPRISONMENT TERMS FIRST AND THEN DECIDE WHETHER A CONFISCATION ORDER SHOULD BE MADE.

UNDER THE BILL, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO ENTER INTO AN ARRANGEMENT WHICH FACILITATES THE RETENTION OF A PERSON’S PROCEEDS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING "KNOWING OR SUSPECTING" THAT PERSON IS A DRUG TRAFFICKER.

A COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT WILL REPLACE THE WORD "SUSPECTING" WITH "HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE". THIS WILL PROVIDE A FAIRER AND MORE CERTAIN TEST OF LIABILITY IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ADDITION TO THE BILL TO PROTECT PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE WHO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO AN AUTHORISED OFFICER. THE PROTECTION IS AGAINST ALLEGATIONS OF BREACHES OF AN ETHICAL DUTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY TO THEIR CLIENTS.

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JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS

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ALL 271 REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS, WHO REGISTERED WITH THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR FULL SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION IN ACCEPTING REDUNDANT TEACHERS REFERRED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO FILL THEIR VACANCIES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PLACEMENT SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975 TO ASSIST REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS SEEKING ALTERNATIVE JOBS AS A RESULT OF A DROP IN THE POPULATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE OR BECAUSE OF A POPULATION SHIFT FROM URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW TOWNS.

MORE THAN 5,600 TEACHERS HAVE BEEN HELPED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE POSTS BETWEEN 1975 AND THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE MEANTIME, WRITTEN ADVICE WILL BE SENT TO ALL AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS INFORMING THEM THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO EMPLOYMENT TERMS WITH NEW TEACHERS AS FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).


JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ******

A TOTAL OF 1,809 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 TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY ARE GRADUATES OF THE ADVANCED COURSE OF TEACHER EDUCATION, FULL-TIME INITIAL COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION, PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSES OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND FOR LECTURERS OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AND PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSES OF TRAINING FOR KINDERGARTEN AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.

OMELCO MEMBER AND PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, DR DANIEL TSE, WILL ADDRESS THE GRADUATES AND PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES AT THE CEREMONY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL CHAIR THE CEREMONY AND THE ACTING PRINCIPAL OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, MRS JANE WONG, WILL DELIVER A JOINT REPORT OF THE COLLEGES AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY TO BEGIN AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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REPORT ON 1987 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION NOW » * * » »

ON SALE

A STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1987 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION" HAS RECENTLY BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW ON SALE AT J23 PER COPY.

IT IS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL REPORTS PUBLISHED ' ON THE SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION.

THE REPORT CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ECONOMIC SECTORS OF MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; AND ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER IN THE YEAR 1987, BASED ON THE DATA COLLECTED FROM SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE SECTORS.

EXAMPLES OF THE STATISTICAL ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE:

* NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES

» GROSS OUTPUT

* VALUE ADDED (A MEASURE OF CONTRIBUTION TO GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT)

PURCHASES OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES AND INDUSTRIAL WORK/SERVICES

* OTHER EXPENSES

* GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS

APART FROM STATISTICS RELATING TO THE YEAR 1987, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS SOME SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE YEARS 1985 AND 1986 TO SHOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SECTORS IN RECENT YEARS.

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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, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8234819.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLICITY PLAN ******

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY WORK FOR THE DISTRICT IN THE 1990’S AT A MEETING TOMORROW (JULY 11).

IN OTHER MATTERS, A DOCUMENT ON FUTURE LAND USE AND POPULATION GROWTH WILL BE PRESENTED TO MEMBERS FOR REFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (JULY 11) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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TRANSPORT MATTERS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *******

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE SETTLED BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, 1989-90, FOR THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

WRITTEN QUESTIONS CONCERNING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED IN HAPPY VALLEY AND SAFETY MEASURES FOR PEDESTRIANS IN STUBBS ROAD WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

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 IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNS

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE OF THE WILL DISCUSS THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL 1989-90 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN FOR

MEMBERS WILL ALSO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON A PROMOTION BUILDING MANAGEMENT FOR THE DISTRICT IN 1989-90.

CAMPAIGN ON

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE IMPROVEMENT SITTING-OUT AREA AT WYLIE ROAD NEAR LIM POR YEN YOUTH CENTRE.

TO A

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COVER THE MEETING OF

THE AT

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO

YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN ™30 pi TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM,

SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROPOSED IN TA KWU LING

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) A MEMBER’S PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE HYGIENE IN TA KWU LING.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT HYGIENE INSPECTORS SHOULD MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO VILLAGES, AND PEST AND MOSQUITO CONTROL TEAMS BE SENT MONTHLY TO PUBLIC LAVATORIES IN THE AREA TO ERADICATE INSECT PESTS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER CONSTRUCTING A STAIRCASE NEAR WAI CHOW PUBLIC SCHOOL IN CHOI YUEN ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUI, TO PROVIDE DIRECT AND SAFE ACCESS FOR PUPILS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REQUESTS FOR VILLAGE LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS, AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.-

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 10 AM.

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CNTA HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO NEW ADDRESS

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THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS HAVE MOVED TO THEIR NEW ADDRESS IN WAN CHAI TODAY (JULY 10).

THE NEW ADDRESS IS 29TH TO 31ST FLOORS, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. AND THE NEW ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8351444.

MEANWHILE, THE TRUST FUNDS GENERAL OFFICE, THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE AND THE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERIES OFFICE HAVE MOVED TO THE 29TH FLOOR THERE AND THEIR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE:

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TRUST FUNDS GENERAL OFFICE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERIES OFFICE

5-8351524

5-8351519

5-8341116

AT THE SAME TIME, THE CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE OF CNTA HAS ALSO MOVED TO THE SAME ADDRESS.

THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE HAS BEEN DISBANDED UPON THE REMOVAL TO THIS NEW ADDRESS. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO OBTAIN THIS SERVICE SHOULD APPROACH THE TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON OR TELEPHONE 3-661908.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE NEW PRESS ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEWS AND PUBLICITY DIVISION OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ARE 5-8351462 AND 5-8351466.

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A REPORT ON THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO IN THE 1990’S AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12).

THE REPORT IS AN IMPORTANT REFERENCE FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE AFFAIRS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR THE DISTRICT IN JULY AND AUGUST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM

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TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THE PRESENT SITUATION ON TAXI MALPRACTICE AND RELATED MATTERS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PRESENT POSITION OF THE VARIOUS MEASURES TO TIGHTEN UP CONTROL OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

WATER STORAGE FIGURE *****

STORAGE IN HONG KONG'S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 55.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 325.984 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 153.900 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 26.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO TWO DISTRICTS t * t * * t *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KI LUNG STREET, TAI NAN STREET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, MAPLE STREET, BOUNDARY STREET, POPLAR STREET AND CEDAR STREET.

ON THURSDAY (JULY 13), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SHUN ON ROAD, SAU MAU PING ROAD AND SHUN LEE TSUEN ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE CLOSURE OF WESTBOUND CASTLE PEAK ROAD (T-l) NEAR CHAU TAU IN YUEN LONG W1»J. CONTINUE TO BE IN FORCE UNTIL 10 AM ON JULY 22 TO FACILITATE 1H CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12), THE CARPAi-K . T BUTTERFLY RECREATION AREA NEAR MELODY GARDEN, TUEN MUN WILL BE OPENED FOR USE.

NINE COACH PARKING SPACES AND OVER 150 PRIVATE CAR PARKING SPACES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

PARKING WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EASTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE ON THE GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 12) TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FLYOVER.

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A TEMPORARY ELEVATED CARRIAGEWAY.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN CHA KWO LING ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM O. WEDNESDAY (JULY 12), THE STEEL BRIDGE ON CHA KWO LING ROAD IN KWUN TONG BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 700 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WING FOOK STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 900 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE-LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH FOR DEMOLISHING THE BRIDGE’S.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1989

CUiiTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY RELEASED......................  1

SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS, PURCHASES FOR FIRST QUARTER . 7

MEASURES TO BE TAKEN AT SAI KUNG VBP CAMP EXPLAINED.......... 10

TAC REVIEWS TAXI MALPRACTICE SITUATION ......................... 11

FIFTH MEETING OF PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY ...............  12

NINE QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ....................... 14

TELEMATCH BEGINS SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ISLANDERS ............... 15

YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW......................... 16

MARINE DEPARTMENT'S ROLE ON DB WORKING GROUP AGENDA.......... 16

OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK IN TAI PO .............................  17

BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ......... 1?

CYC MEMBERS TO TOUR MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE......................... 18

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED ................... 18

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD ........................ 20

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF PAK SHA WAN CARPARK..................... 20

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY RELEASED * * * ♦ ♦

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN MAY 1989, AT $94,326 MILLION, GREW BY 20 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN MAY 1989 RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT TO $17,695 MILLION IN MAY 1989, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 31 PER CENT TO $28,012 MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN MAY 1989 TO $45,707 MILLION. WHICH REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 18 PER CENT OVER MAY 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT TO $48,619 MILLION.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO MAY 1989, AT $440,881 MILLION, INCREASED BY 26 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT TO $83,102 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT TO $131,210 MILLION. THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT TO $214,312 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 27 PER CENT TO $226,569 MILLION.

COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH MAY 1988, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA (+25 PER CENT), FOLLOWED UP TAIWAN (+14 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (+11 PER CENT). THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE, THE NETHERLANDS AND CANADA ALSO INCREASED, BY 8 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE USA DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT, 10 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN MAY 1989 OVER MAY 1988, PARTICULARLY THOSE FROM SINGAPORE (+47 PER CENT), ITALY (+36 PER CENT), CHINA (+33 PER CENT), JAPAN (+23 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (+19 PER CENT). IMPORTS FROM THE USA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT AND 9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ITALY AND THE USA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 68 PER CENT, 60 PER CENT AND 45 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM (+36 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (+26 PER CENT), CHINA (+25 PER CENT), JAPAN (+23 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN. (+18 PER CENT).

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS. THE MARKETS WITH MORE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED CHINA (+32 PER CENT), JAPAN (+26 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+18 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+16 PER CENT).

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HOWEVER, THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE USA DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY7 TO MAY 1989 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM ITALY7 (+42 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+38 PER CENT), CHINA (+34 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+30 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+23 PER CENT), THE USA (+22 PER CENT), JAPAN (+21 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+19 PER CENT).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ITALY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, THE USA, JAPAN AND CHINA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS, BY 63 PER CENT, 62 PER CENT, 51 PER CENT, 50 PER CENT, 43 PER CENT, 42 PER CENT AND 40 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN MAY 1989 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY7 AUGUST 1989.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY7 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $865 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT); ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $585 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT); .AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $529 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING INCREASED BY $1,304 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR FOOTWEAR (BY $95 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $89 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

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THE MORE NOTABLE ONES WERE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5,594 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $5,119 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT); AND CLOTHING (BY $4,345 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT).

IMPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $5,532 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $238 MILLION OR 3 PER CENT); AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $113 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS

ARE

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. NOTABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY 4,063 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT): ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $3,975 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY 3,914 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3,855 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $3,738 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $142 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT); AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $128 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE MAY 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE ON SALE AROUND JULY 15, AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $9.50 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WITH DETAILED ANALYSES ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN END-JULY 1989 AT $17.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION 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).

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TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAY MAY 89 JAN-MAY JAN-MAY 89

MAJOR MARKET 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

MAY 88 JAN-MAY 88

(HKD MN.) 1 ( % ) (HKD MN.) ( % )

U.S.A. 5,605 - 4 24,980 - 2

CHINA 3,873 + 25 16,883 + 32

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,059 -10 5,846 - 4

U.K. 1,145 - 6 5,596 + 8

JAPAN 885 + 11 4,768 + 26

CANADA 472 + 5 2,339 + 10

SINGAPORE 438 + 8 2,176 + 16

NETHERLANDS 365 + 6 1,858 + 9

AUSTRALIA 304 -12 1,622 + 9

TAIWAN 323 + 14 1,479 + 18

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

MAY MAY 89 JAN-MAY JAN-MAY 89

COMMODITY 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

DIVISION MAY 88 JAN-MAY 88

(HKD MN.) ( % ) (HKD MN.) ( % )

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING

ACCESSORIES 4,997

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS AND

SILVERSMITHS WARES) 2,288

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,600

+ 3 23,709 + 6

- 5 10,615 - 1

+ 5 7,440 + 7

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF - 5 1,440 - 8 7,189 + 8

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,496 + 10 6,484 + 5

J TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,372 - 6 6,365 + 3

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) MAY 89 OVER MAY 88 ( % ) JAN-MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 89 OVER JAN-MAY 88 ( % )

CHINA 16,198 4-33 72,139 + 34

JAPAN 8,419 4-23 39,842 + 21

TAIWAN 4,657 4-19 20,934 + 30

U.S.A. 3,728 + 5 18,581’ + 22

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,476 + 9 11,520 + 23

SINGAPORE 2,056 4-47 9,035 + 38

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,216 4-12 5,775 + 19

U.K. 1,139 + 11 5,571 + 11

ITALY 836 + 36 4,109 + 42

SWITZERLAND 883 + 15 3,970 + 9

TABLE 4: IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) MAY 89 OVER MAY 88 ( % ) JAN-MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 89 OVER JAN-MAY 88 ( % )

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6,903 + 21 29,216 + 23

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 4,989 + 20 23,467 + 28

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3,398 + 49 15,622 + 56

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,372 + 47 15,245 + 40

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,028 + 31 13,150 + 37

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,499 + 16 12,259 + 22

TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAY MAJOR MARKET 1989 (HKD MN . ) MAY 89 OVER MAY 88 ( % ) JAN-MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 89 OVER JAN-MAY 88 ( % )

CHINA 9,311 + 25 43,743 + 40

U.S.A. 5,376 + 45 23,494 + 43

JAPAN 1,597 + 23 8,313 + 42

TAIWAN 1,380 + 18 6,747 + 26

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,114 + 9 5,568 + 19

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,002 + 68 4,619 + 63

SINGAPORE 803 + 11 4,137 + 26

U.K. 686 + 36 3,057 + 51

AUSTRALIA 382 + 26 2,074 + 50

ITALY 405 + 60 1,955 + 62

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TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1989 (HKD MN. MAY 89 OVER MAY 88 ) ( % ) JAN-MAY 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY : OVER JAN MAY ( % )

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3,836 + 33 16,384 + 30

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,819 + 27 13,773 + 41

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS. GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,027 + 44 12,628 + 47

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 2,612 + 55 12,602 + 45

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2,144 + 51 • 9,811 + 65

PHOTOGRAPH IC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 , 143 + 39 5,146 + 40

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SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS, PURCHASES FOR FIRST QUARTER ******

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989, ESTIMATED AT $7,753 MILLION, WAS 18 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1988, WHILE THE VOLUME WAS 3 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF TOTAL PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WAS $3,301 MILLION, WHICH WAS 19 PER CENT HIGHER IN VALUE TERMS THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

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ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE (20 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

THESE WERE FOLLOWED BY CHINESE RESTAURANTS (19 PER CENT), NONCHINESE RESTAURANTS (17 PER CENT), "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING P’ACES - COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND OTHER OUTLETS SELLING ;■/ CURD JELLY ETC. (11 PER CENT). TOTAL RECEIPTS OF BARS, HOWEVER, DROPPED BY 4 PER CENT.

IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS, NONCHINESE RESTAURANTS AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT, 4 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE FOR BARS AND "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES" DECREASED BY 8 PER CENT AND 1 PER CEN"' RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER - AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS - TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THE VALUE OF PURCHASES B\ RESTAURANTS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT.

IN VALUE TERMS. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TOTAL RECEIPTS OF "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES", FAST FOOD SHOPS, CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS, AT 7 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT, 4 PER ENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING DECREASE RECORDED FOR BARS WAS 12 PER CENT.

IN VOLUME TERMS, FAST FOOD SHOPS INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT, CHINESE RESTAURANTS REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED, WHILE BARS, NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES’’ DECREASED BY 13 PER CENT. 3 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED FIGURES FOR THE TOTAL RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989.

TABLE 2 SHOWS TH! VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100. ALSO TABULATED ARE COMPARISONS OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988 AND FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

THE REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO 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 ON TEL. 5-8234941.

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TABLE 1 : TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES

4th qtr. 1988 1st qtr. 1989

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures)

Total restaurant receipts (in HKS ail lion) 1 496 7 753

Total purchases by restaurants (in HXS ail lion) 3 H9 3 301

TABLE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEIES OF TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS FOR 4TH QUARTER 1988 AND 1ST QUARTER 1989

(Quarterly average of October 84 - September 85 « 100)

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total 4th 1st 1st qtr. 1989 1st qtr. 1989 ;

Type of restaurant restauran quarter quarter coapared with coapared with ;

receipts 1988 1989 4th qtr. 1988 1st qtr. 1988 .

(Revised (Provisional Points I Points I ;

figures) figures) I

Chinese restaurants Value 164 171 7 4 27

Vol me 131 131 i t 4 3 :

Xon-Chinese restaurants Value 149 152 2 2 22 d

Volute II9 115 “3 -3 4 1 1

Fast food shops Valie I77 186 9 5 30 I 20 :

Voluie 150 152 2 1 10 1 7 . ।

Bars Value 137 121 -16 -12 -5 t -4 . «

Voluie 117 102 -15 -13 -9 -8 . •

Other eating and drinking places ■i>. • ' Value 128 137 9 7 13 11 j

Voluie ' 109 107 -2 -2 -2 । 1

Entire restaurant sector Value 161 167 6 3 26 I IB .

Voluie 130 128 •1 -1 4 3 : 1

Notes: 1. Figures denoting changes are derived fret unrounded figures.

2. t denotes a figure within ±0.5.

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MEASURES TO BE TAKEN >.T SAI KUNG VBP CAMP EXPLAINED

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THE TEMPORARY VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CAMP IN SAI KUNG WILL BE ON A SITE WELL DOWN BELOW THE HIGH ISLAND WEST DAM AND WATER IN THE RESERVOIR CANNOT POSSIBLY BE POLLUTED BY THE CAMP.

THE DAM ALSO HAS ADEQUATE ANTI-SEEPAGE DESIGNS BUILT IN 10 IT WHICH SHOULD ALLAY FEARS OF THE CAMP HAVING ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE QUALITY OF WATER IN THE RESERVOIR.

THE ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN BY7 THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR KU’ CH1-CHUNG, AT A MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY! WITH MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG CONCERN GROUP ON VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN TO THE GROUP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ANTI-POLLUTION AND SECURITY' MEASURES WERE THE ACTING REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR, MRS CARRIE YAU, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (MAINTENANCE) OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR KENNETH CHAN.

MR KU TOLD THE MEETING: "THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT HAVE AGREED TO HAVING THE TEMPORARY CAMP THERE IF WE HAVE NOT BEEN SATISFIED THAT NORMAL WATER SUPPLY TO THE PUBLIC WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

"THE RESERVOIR AND THE DAM HAVE BEEN WELL DESIGNED TO LOOK AFTER THE POLLUTION ASPECT IN THE FIRST PLACE ANYWAY' - WITH OR WITHOUT THE TEMPORARY CAMP.

"IN ADDITION. WE HAVE A MONITORING SYSTEM, BY WAY OF SAMPLING, AND OBSERVATION OF THE EC'LOGY IN THE RESERVOIR WHICH CAN QUICKLY DETECT ANY ANOMALY."

SPEAKING OF SECURITY, MR KENNETH CHAN SAID THE FENCE OF THE CAMP WOULD BE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE SECURITY AGAINST ESCAPE BY THE BOAT PEOPLE TO THE RESERVOIR AREA.

"IT WILL BE A 17-FOOT-HIGH FENCE, WITH THREE-FOOT-HIGH BARBED COILS ON TOP AND CONCRETE BASE. THERE WILL ALSO BE SEVEN-FOOT-HIGH METAL PLATES ATTACHED TO THF FENCE TO SCREEN THE CAMP FROM THE NEARBY WATER SPORTS CENTRE, AND VICE VERSA," HE SAID.

TO AVOID POLLUTION, MR CHAN EMPHASISED THAT PLANS WERE IN HAND FOR THE TREATMENT AND THE COLLECTION OF HUMAN WASTE FROM THE CAMP.

"WE WILL HAVE A TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR THE DISCHARGE OF WASTE WATER FROM KITCHENS, SHOWERS AND CLOTHES-WASHING AREAS IN THE CAMP. IT INVOLVES THE USE OF SETTLEMENT TANKS AND SAND FILTRATION," HE SAID.

"ON WASTE DISPOSAL, WASTE WILL BE COLLECTED IN METAL TANKS AND EMPTIED ON A REGULAR BASIC. THESE WILL BE TAKEN TO SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT."

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TAC REVIEWS TAXI MALPRACTICE SITUATION

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (TUESDAY) REVIEWED THE PRESENT SITUATION OF TAXI MALPRACTICES AND THE DESIRABILITY OF PROVIDING CROSS HARBOUR TAXI STANDS.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT A SERIES OF MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF TAXI MALPRACTICES. THEY INCLUDED:

* INCREASING THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR TAXI MALPRACTICE OFFENCES FROM $3,000 TO $5,000;

* REVISING THE TAXI DRIVING LICENCE WRITTEN TEST TO PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF TAXI REGULATIONS AND LOCATIONS;

* PUBLICATION OF A "GUIDE TO TAXI SERVICE" TO HELP BOTH TAXI DRIVERS AND THE PUBLIC TO BE BETTER AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES;

* SPECIFYING THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND POSITION FOR FARE TABLES DISPLAYED INSIDE TAXIS;

REQUIRING TAXI DRIVERS TO DISPLAY AT ALL TIMES IDENTIFICATION PLATES INSIDE TAXIS WHILST ON DUTY; AND

« EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING FINES ON REPEATED OFFENDERS.

ON THE SUGGESTION TO PROVIDE CROSS HARBOUR TAXI STANDS, THE TAC WOULD STUDY THE ISSUE FURTHER AFTER THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

THE PROVISION OF CROSS HARBOUR TAXI STANDS WOULD ALLOW TAXI OPERATORS TO REFUSE HIRE EXCEPT FOR JOURNEYS ACROSS THE HARBOUR AND THE DESIGNATION OF FIXED TAXI ROUTES WOULD BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE ROLE OF TAXIS IN PROVIDING A DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE.

THE TAC ALSO NOTED THAT THE SETTING UP OF SUCH STANDS WOULD ENCOURAGE TAXIS TO CONCENTRATE ON CERTAIN ROUTES THUS ADDING TO TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREAS CONCERNED WHILE DEPLETING THE LEVEL OF TAXI SERVICES IN OTHER AREAS.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS AS TAXI STANDS DESIGNATED AT POPULAR LOCATIONS MIGHT NOT BE LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE ALL CROSS HARBOUR TAXIS, LEADING TO DEMANDS FOR ENLARGEMENT AND OTHER TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

THE TAC WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE PRESENT POSITION OF THE VARIOUS MEASURES TO TIGHTEN UP CONTROL ON LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES (LGV’S).

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MEMBERS NOTED THAT A SEPARATE ROAD DRIVING TEST FOR LGV’S COMMENCED IN JUNE. AS AT THE END OF JUNE, 153 CANDIDATES HAD TAKEN THE ROAD TEST WITH 1,034 CANDIDATES WAITING FOR THE TEST.

MEANWHILE, DRAFT LEGISLATION ON EXTENDING THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME TO LGV’S NOT EXCEEDING A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT OF 1.9 TONNES AND IMPOSING STRICTER CONTROL ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF VAN TYPE LGV’S WAS BEING PREPARED. IT WAS SCHEDULED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS FOR APPROVAL WITHIN THIS YEAR.

IT WAS PROPOSED THAT LGV’S SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO INSTALL AN EFFECTIVE PROTECTION PARTITION BETWEEN THE SEATING AREA AND THE GOODS COMPARTMENT, AND THAT NO SIDE WINDOWS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE GOODS COMPARTMENT.

MEASURES TO CURB THE USE OF LGV’S AS PRIVATE CARS WERE BEING CONSIDERED. THESE WOULD BE FINALISED HAVING REGARD TO PUBLIC VIEWS EXPRESSED DURING THE CONSULTATION OF THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG.

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FIFTH MEETING OF PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY *****

THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (PHA) HELD ITS FIFTH MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY) AND REVIEWED THE PROGRESS OF WORK OF ITS VARIOUS COMMITTEES SINCE THE LAST MEETING HELD ON MAY 9.

"IT MUST NOT BE ASSUMED THAT LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE BY THE PHA SINCE THE LAST MEETING WAS HELD TWO MONTHS AGO," THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PHA, SIR S. Y. CHUNG, SAID.

"ON THE CONTRARY, A GREAT DEAL OF WORK HAD BEEN ACHIEVED BY THE SEVEN COMMITTEES AND THEIR WORKING GROUPS DURING THIS PERIOD."

SIR S. Y. ELABORATED ON THE WORK OF THE PHA IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

"HAVING AGREED ON THE OVERALL ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (HA) AND THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS (I.E. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AND SECRETARY GENERAL), THE AUTHORITY STRUCTURE COMMITTEE PROCEEDED TO CONSIDER THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE SUPPORTING THE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS," SIR S. Y. SAID.

THE COMMITTEE HAD ALSO HAD EXTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS ON THE DELINEATION OF REGIONAL BOUNDARIES AND CONCLUDED THAT THE EXISTING BOUNDARIES SHOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED INITIALLY IN ORDER TO FACILITATE A SMOOTH CHANGE OVER TO THE NEW HA STRUCTURE. IT WILL REMAIN FOR THE AUTHORITY, WHEN FORMED, TO REVIEW THIS SUBJECT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT OPERATIONAL NEEDS UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM. THE FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF REGIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES HAD ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED.

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"ON THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS, THE HA FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN NEGOTIATING ACTIVELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ON THE PRINCIPLES FOR THE FINANCING OF THE HA. IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT THE HA SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO ABOUT ITS BUSINESS WITHOUT UNDUE INTERFERENCE BUT WITH DUE REGARD TO THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL STRATEGY ON PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE," SIR S. Y. SAID.

"THERE WILL BE A NEED FOR AN EFFECTIVE INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY FOR THE HA, AND A CONSULTANCY FIRM IS BEING COMMISSIONED TO CARRY OUT THIS TASK," HE ADDED.

THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO CONTINUING ITS CONSIDERATION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MEMORANDUM OF ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH SETS OUT THE FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE HA AND THE GOVERNMENT.

HAVING CONSIDERED MOST OF ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE ON THE ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC HOSPITALS, THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS ABOUT TO COMMISSION A CONSULTANCY FIRM TO VALIDATE THE RECOMMENDED MODEL OF THE ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE AND TO ADVISE ON AN IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY.

"THE CONSULTANTS WILL ALSO BE TASKED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO THE PHA ON THE VIEWS OF HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT AND STAFF ON THE RECOMMENDED STRUCTURE," SIR S. Y. REMARKED.

THIS COMMITTEE HAS ALSO SET UP A WORKING GROUP INCLUDING FRONT-LINE STAFF TO STUDY HOSPITAL OPERATIONS AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES.

THE COMMITTEE ON INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC HOSPITAL SERVICES HA AGREED ON A PROPOSED MODEL OF INTEGRATION FOR THE SUBVENTED HOSPITALS INTO THE HA AND WILL BE CONSULTING INDIVIDUAL SUBVENTED HOSPITALS SHORTLY ON THESE PROPOSALS.

zX FIRST DRAFT OF THE HA BILL IS IN PREPARATION AND IT IS HOPED TO PUT THE VERSION TO THE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE LATER THIS MONTH. IT WILL THEN BE SUBMITTED TO EXCO FOR CONSIDERATION AND TO LEGCO FOR ENACTMENT IN TIME FOR THE HA TO COME INTO BEING ON APRIL 1, 1990.

SIR S. Y. SAID THAT THE STAFFING COMMITTEE HAD REACHED CERTAIN CONCLUSIONS ON THE PROCEDURES FOR THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL OF HA STAFF, WHO WILL BE APPOINTED IN THE JOINT NAMES OF THE HA AND THI HOSPITAL IN WHICH THEY WORK.

"WORK ON THE CONSULTANCY TO DEVISE A PACKAGE OF NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR HA STAFF IS PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY. THE CONSULTANTS HAVE CALCULATED THE TOTAL COST OF EMPLOYING THE EXISTING STAFF WORKING IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, AND ARE NOW PROCEEDING TO DRAW UP THE NEV REMUNERATION PACKAGE, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE STAFF THROUGH VARIOUS CHANNELS," SIR S. Y. ADDED.

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TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM MANAGING STAFF ON DIFFERENT TERMS OF SERVICE WORKING UNDER THE HA, A WORKING GROUP ON STAFF MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN SET UP TO RECOMMEND FAIR AND EQUITABLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEALING WITH MATTERS SUCH AS TRAINING, DISCIPLINE, PROMOTION ETC.

THE RECENTLY FORMED COMMITTEE ON THE MANAGEMENT AND FINANCING OF TEACHING HOSPITALS HAS HELD THREE MEETINGS SO FAR TO EXPLORE Till OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE TWO TEACHING HOSPITALS, THE QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AND THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

SIR S. Y. ALSO SAID THAT THE USEFUL WEEKLY ROUND OF VISITS TO PUBLIC HOSPITALS WILL BE COMPLETED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER WHEN ALL 35 PUBLIC HOSPITALS WILL HAVE BEEN VISITED. THE PHA THEN PLANS TO VISIT SEVERAL PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

THE NEXT PLENARY MEETING OF THE PHA WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER.

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NINE QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA * * *

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF NINI QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER 10 BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE SECURITIES (INSIDER DEALING) BILL 1989 AND THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1989 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THE SECOND READING DEBATES ON EIGHT BILLS WILL RESUME AND WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETED EACH BILL IS DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THESE BILLS ARE THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE COUNTRY PARKS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT BILL 1989, THE TEMPORARY CONTROL OF DENSITY OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (KOWLOON) BILL 1989, THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BIL 1989, THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE Or' THE RED CROSS) BILL 1989, THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 AND THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT WILL MOVE TWO MOTIONS UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE AND THE PEAK TRAMWAY ORDINANCE RESPECTIVELY.

IN ADDITION, DR THE HON DANIEL TSE WILL PRESENT THE 1988 ANNUAL REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO DEBATE A MOTION ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG, MOVED BY THE HON MARIA TAM.

THE MOTION READS: "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AND URGES THE GOVERNMENT ACTIVELY TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY."

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE QUESTION DUE TO BE ASKED BY DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG IN LEGCO TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) CONCERNING THE SUPPLY OF GAS TO HOSPITALS HAS BEEN DEFERRED TO THE COUNCIL’S SITTING ON JULY' 19.

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ABOUT 160 STUDENTS FROM THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TAI O, LANTAU, TOOK PART IN A TELEMATCH TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE TAI O PUBLIC SCHOOL TO BEGIN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ’89.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, URGED THE YOUNGSTERS TO PARTICIPATE MORE IN SUMMER ACTIVITIES SO THAT THEIR INTERESTS COULD BE DEVELOPED AND THEIR HOLIDAYS COULD BE MEANINGFULLY SPENT THROUGH INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

MR NG ALSO THANKED THOSE ORGANISATIONS WHICH HELPED IN ORGANISING THE ACTIVITIES AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS SPONSORSHIP OF $109,000 FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT PROGRAMME.

OVER 50 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THESE HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP BY 21 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANISATIONS, AND RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WITH THE THEME OF "SHARING THE FUN, SERVING THE COMMUNITY".

A COMPREHENSIVE LEAFLET OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ’89 IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT MUI WO AND ON CHEUNG CHAU.

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YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW

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THE TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS SECOND MEETING FOR THE 1989-90 TERM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE MEETING, A MEMBER WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES WILL THE GOVERNMENT TAKE DURING THE CURRENT RAINY SEASON TO DEAL WITH THE FLOODING PROBLEM IN YUEN LONG VILLAGES.

ANOTHER MEMBER WILL RAISE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE UNDERGROUND CAVITY PROBLEM IN YUEN LONG TOWN EAST AND ITS EFFECTS ON BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

HE WILL ALSO ASK FOR A REPORT ON.THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED INTERIM DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD FROM AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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MARINE DEPARTMENT’S ROLE ON DB WORKING GROUP AGENDA

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MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S ROLE IN CLEARING FLOATING REFUSE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS A KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN AT THE TAI PO FISH CULTURE ZONES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 10 AM.

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OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK IN TAI PO

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 13).

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT ON THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO IN THE 1990’S AND THE DESIGN AWARD FOR THE MOST ACCESSIBLE BUILDING FOR THE DISABLED IN HONG KONG.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS YOUTH PROBLEMS AND A PROJECT FOR ELDERLY RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 13) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *********

THE 1989-90 BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE ON THURSDAY (JULY 13).

THE PROGRAMME WILL FORM THE BASIC GUIDELINE FOR BUS SERVICES DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT FROM NOW TO THE END OF 1990.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ROAD SAFETY PROBLEM AT TONG YAM STREET WHICH LEADS TO THE CITY POLYTECHNIC AND IS USED BY MANY STUDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 13) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

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CYC MEMBERS TO TOUR MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE ******

THIRTY-SEVEN OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHO WERE CHOSEN TO MAKE OVERSEAS EDUCATIONAL VISITS BECAUSE OF THEIR EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS THIS YEAR, WILL LEAVE FOR MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE NEXT WEEK.

THE CYC MEMBERS, COMPRISING 15 BOYS AND 22 GIRLS FROM 19 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 18 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WILL PAY GOODWILL VISITS TO A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS, EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND YOUTH CENTRES.

A FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND A TEA PARTY FOR THE CYC MEMBERS AND THEIR PARENTS AND SCHOOL HEADS WILL BE HELD AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL PRESENT A BANNER TO THE DELEGATION LEADER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN CAROLINE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED

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A GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) CONTAINS A LEGAL NOTICE TO THE EFFECT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY' HAS AUTHORISED A DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES.

FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST WILL BE 7.32 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 7.80 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.61 PER MONTH PER $100. INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

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THE NEU' RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTI TOMORROW.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE TOMORROW WILL CONTINI TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:

2.04 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE!

DECEMBER 9, 1987 AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 20, 1988;

2.76 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 20, 1988 AND BEFORE APRIL 13, 1988;

3.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE APRIL 13, 1988 AND BEFORE MAY 11, 1988;

4.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE' MAY 11, 1988 AND BEFORE JUNE 16, 1988;

4.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE JUNE 16, 1988 AND BEFORE JUNE 29, 1988;

5.28 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 29, 1988 AND BEFORE JULY 27, 1988;

5.76 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 27, 1988 AND BEFORE AUGUST 17, 1988;

6.36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE' AUGUST 17, 1988 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 7, 1988;

6.84 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER' DECEMBER 7, 1988 AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 15, 1989;

7.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 15, 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 8, 1989;

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MARCH 8, 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 22, 1989;

8.28 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER’ MARCH 22, 1989 AND BEFORE JUNE 22, 1989; AND

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTE1 JUNE 22, 1989 AND BEFORE JULY 12, 1989.

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

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EXAMPLE: $1,000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON JULY 12, 1989,

AUGUST 12, 1989 AND SEPTEMBER 12, 1989 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON OCTOBER 11, 1989

WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

ON $1,000, JULY 12, 1989 TO OCTOBER 11, =$18.30

1989, 3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $6.10 PER MONTH

ON $1,000, AUGUST 12, 1989 TO OCTOBER 11, =$12.20

1989, 2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $6.10 PER MONTH

ON $1,000, SEPTEMBER 12, 1989 TO OCTOBER 11, =$ 6.10 1989, 1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $6.10 PER MONTH ------------

$36.60

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

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS THE THREE KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC LANES ON TUEN MUN ROAD NEAR TING KAU BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED IN TURN FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 13) TO 8 PM ON JULY 22.

TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE CLOSED THE WHOLE DAY ON SUNDAY (JULY 16) AND, ON THE OTHER DAYS, FROM 8 PM TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY.

ONLY ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE DAY TIME.

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF PAK SHA WAN CARPARK

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE PAK SHA WAN CARPARK IN SAI KUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 13) TO 6 PM ON JULY 22 BECAUSE OF THE KWUN YAM FESTIVAL.

THE CARPARK IS LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, WITH THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO PAK SHA WAN FERRY PIER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING-;-• • • - --.•••

OBJECTIVES OF'ANTI-DRUGS BILL'S PROVISIONS EXPLAINED ....... 1

SPIRIT OF DRUG TRAFFICKING PROCEEDS BILL’ ENDORSED....... 4

1OWERFUL WEAPON IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS .................. 5

CALL TO HIT DRUG'TRAFFICKERS HARD.............. 7

BILL PROVIDES TOUGHER SANCTIONS AGAINST INSIDER DEALING .... 7

REDUCTION OF NOISE NUISANCE THE AIM...................... 10

THREE MAIN ELEMENTS OF EMPLOYEE'S ENTITLEMENT PROTECTED .... 10

VITAL TO HAVE RESERVE FOR ECONOMIC DOWNTURN ............. 11

FREEZE ON EXISTING DEVELOPMENT DENSITY NECESSARY ........ 12

TERRITORIAL RAIL STRATEGY STUDY PLANNED.................. 1?

COMPUTER ASSISTS IN FLEXIBLE ADJUSTMENT OF MANAGEMENT MEASURES ................................................. 14

USE OF GOODS VANS TO BE DISCOURAGED ..................... 15

RAILWAY SYSTEMS SHOULD BE FURTHER EXTENDED .............. 16

TRANSPORT PROPOSALS WILL STIMULATE EXPANSION ............ 18

SEPARATE FREIGHT RAILWAY LINE SUGGESTED.................. 19

CURB ON TRUCKS AND VANS URGED ........................... 20

LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE ON RENT CONTROL EXPLAINED...........■ 21

NEW PEAK TRAMWAY BY-LAWS APPROVED........................ 22

ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION IN PRIVATE SECTOR INCREASE .... 2?

'CAVEAT EMPTOR' APPLIES ................................. 2?

PM DOES NOT NEED SPECIFIC INVITATION .................... 24

ENERGY POLICY HAS SERVED HK WELL ........................ 25

RAISING STAFFING STANDARDS IN KINDERGARTENS ............. 26

NOTHING TO PREVENT PROMOTION OF POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE ..... 26

MEASURES TO PROTECT TAI A CHAU ENVIRONMENT............... 27

LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD CONSULTED ON LEAVE PROPOSAL ....... 28

/GOVERNMENT TO......

GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL ..................... 28

MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS NOT SPECIFIED ..i............... 29

NINE BILLS PASSED ......44...4.4..4........*.................... JO

REASSURANCES GIVEN ON SAI KUNG VBP CAMP ...44.......4..4.4........ J1

OPEN FORUM ON RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE ..4.4.4......................   J2

PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION CALL..........................4.444...._____ J2

PREPARATION FOR AREA COMMITTEE GATHERING UNDERWAY................. JJ

VISIT TO NEW LIFE FARM ........................................... 35

CYC MEMBERS TO. TOUR MALAYSIA ARD SINGAPORE....................... J6

DB COMMITTEE TO. REVIEW. TRAFFIC. IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS............. J6

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT MEASURES .. J? KWAI TSING DB TO D.ISCUSS .TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER........ 58

DB COMMITTEE TO DB BRIEFED ON REMEDIAL MEASURES .................. J8

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER ........................... 39

TEMPORARY ROAD. CLOSURES IN CENTRAL .............................. 40

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT..................... 41

HEAVY VEHICLE BAN IN HORNSEY ROAD ................................ 41

PLB BAN IN SHAM SHUI PO ........................................ 41

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1989

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OBJECTIVES OF ANTI-DRUGS BILL’S PROVISIONS EXPLAINED

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THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BILL 1989 IS NOT DIRECTED SOLELY AT THE BANKING INSTITUTIONS AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR BANK EMPLOYEES TO FEAR THAT THEY WILL BE PUT INTO A DIFFICULT POSITION BY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR BARNES SAID DURING THE DRAFTING AND CONSULTATION STAGES THERE HAD BEEN PARTICULAR CONCERN ABOUT THE ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING PROVISIONS, NAMELY, CLAUSE 25.

A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO THE BILL FOLLOWING AN IN-DEPTH SCRUTINY BY AN OMELCO AD HOC GROUP, HE NOTED.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS REPLACED THE WORDS "KNOWING OR SUSPECTING" WITH "KNOWING OR HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE" IN SUBCLAUSE (1) OF CLAUSE 25.

POINTING OUT THE TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES OF CLAUSE 25, MR BARNES SAID: "IN CREATING AN OFFENCE WITH SUBSTANTIAL PENALTIES, IT IS INTENDED TO DENY DRUG TRAFFICKERS THE BANKING AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THROUGH WHICH THEIR PROFITS ARE CHANNELLED INTO LEGITIMATE INVESTMENTS.

"IN PROVIDING THE DEFENCE OF REPORTING, IT IS INTENDED THAT THE REPORTING OF SUSPICIONS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. THIS WILL ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION OF DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCES."

MR BARNES SAID THE ADMINISTRATION ACCEPTED THE 'NEED TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHAT WAS REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED, AND THEREFORE CONSIDERED THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISE.

OTHER POINTS ON CLAUSE 25 THAT WERE RAISED ADVOCATED THAT SPECIFIC DEFENCES SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR BANK EMPLOYEES, COMPLIANCE OFFICERS AND THE BANKS THEMSELVES.

"THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN MADE AWARE OF AND APPRECIATES THE CONCERN FELT BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OVER THE LIABILITY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES," MR BARNES NOTED.

"HOWEVER, IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THE BILL PROVIDES NO DEFENCE FOR A PERSON PROSECUTED UNDER CLAUSE 25. SUBCLAUSE (4) PROVIDES THE DEFENCE THAT HE DID NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT THAT THE ARRANGEMENT, AS DEFINED IN SUBCLAUSE (1), INTO WHICH HE ENTERED, RELATED TO THE PROCEEDS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING.

"IT ALSO PROVIDES THE DEFENCE THAT HE INTENDED TO REPORT THE MATTER TO AN AUTHORISED OFFICER BUT HAD A REASONABLE EXCUSE FOR NOT DOING SO," HE SAID.

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"IT IS TRUE THAT THESE DEFENCES ARE NOT DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR BANK TRANSACTIONS. BUT THE CLAUSE IS NOT DIRECTED SOLELY AT THE BANKS," MR BARNES EXPLAINED.

NEVERTHELESS, RECOGNISING THAT BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WOULD BE A MAJOR GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS TO BE AFFECTED, THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS AND THE HONG KONG DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ASSOCIATION, WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, HAD DRAWN UP MODEL GUIDELINES WHICH WOULD BE RECOMMENDED TO THEIR MEMBER INSTITUTIONS.

"THESE GUIDELINES AIM TO ENSURE THAT INTERNAL PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE FOR INDIVIDUAL STAFF MEMBERS TO REPORT TO THE MANAGEMENT TRANSACTIONS WHICH ARE SUSPECTED OR BELIEVED TO BE DRUG RELATED," MR BARNES SAID.

"IF THE SUSPICION OR BELIEF IS SHARED BY THE MANAGEMENT, AS REPRESENTED BY COMPLIANCE OFFICERS, IT WILL BE FURTHER REPORTED TO THE AUTHORITIES.

"WHERE SUCH GUIDELINES ARE IN PLACE IN AN INSTITUTION AND AN EMPLOYEE HAS FOLLOWED THEM IN GOOD FAITH, BUT A TAINTED TRANSACTION HAS NEVERTHELESS NOT BEEN RELAYED TO THE AUTHORITIES, THERE WOULD BE A GOOD CASE FOR HIM, IF INDEED HE WAS PROSECUTED AT ALL, TO INVOKE THE DEFENCE THAT HE HAD REASONABLE EXCUSE FOR FAILING TO REPORT SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES," HE EXPLAINED.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY SAID THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD INDICATED THAT REGARD WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE EXISTENCE AND CONTENT OF THE MODEL GUIDELINES WHEN CONSIDERING WHETHER TO PROSECUTE IN INDIVIDUAL CASES.

"BUT IT IS, OF COURSE, NOT POSSIBLE TO FETTER THE DISCRETION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHETHER OR NOT TO PROSECUTE," MR BARNES STRESSED.

ON A POINT RAISED THAT THE MODEL GUIDELINES DRAWN UP BY THE TWO ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO IN THE LEGISLATION, MR BARNES SAID IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO DEVISE A LEGISLATIVE SCHEME HAVING REFERENCES TO SUCH GUIDELINES WHICH COULD APPLY TO ALL PARTIES THAT MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY CLAUSE 25 OF THE BILL, AND WHICH WOULD NOT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPAIR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LEGISLATION.

ON THE NEED FOR SPECIFIC DEFENCES FOR COMPLIANCE OFFICERS AND THE BANKS THEMSELVES, MR BARNES SAID: "I DO NOT THINK IT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE ANY STATUTORY DEFENCE FOR THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER BECAUSE HE IS NOT A PERSON WHO WOULD ENTER INTO AN ARRANGEMENT AS SUCH AND HENCE WOULD NOT ATTRACT ANY LIABILITY, UNLESS COMPLICITY COULD BE PROVED ON HIS PART.

"FURTHERMORE, TO GIVE BLANKET IMMUNITY TO BANKS WHICH MIGHT BE TAINTED BY ANY OFFENCES COMMITTED BY COMPLIANCE OFFICERS WOULD BE UNSATISFACTORY, AS THIS WOULD CREATE A MAJOR LOOPHOLE, HAVING REGARD TO THE FACT THAT A COMPLIANCE OFFICER IS DESIGNATED BY THE INSTITUTION TO REPRESENT THE MANAGEMENT, AND GIVEN THE GENERAL ABSENCE OF LIABILITY ON HIS PART."

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ON A SUGGESTION TO SPECIFICALLY LIMIT THE APPLICATION OF THIS LAW TO TRANSACTIONS TAKING PLACE IN HONG KONG, MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT CLAUSE 25 CLEARLY STATED THAT A PERSON MUST ENTER INTO AN ARRANGEMENT BEFORE HE COULD COMMIT AN OFFENCE.

"THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE LAW TO STATE THAT ENTERING INTO AN ARRANGEMENT MUST TAKE PLACE IN HONG KONG BECAUSE THERE IS A COMMON LAW PRESUMPTION THAT, IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEAR AND COMPELLING WORDS, STATUTES WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXTRA-TERRITORIAL EFFECT," HE SAID.

"LAWS IN HONG KONG ARE ALL DRAFTED ON THE BASIS OF THIS PRESUMPTION AND THERE IS NO REASON TO DEPART FROM THE PRINCIPLE IN THIS CASE," HE ADDED.

"NEVERTHELESS, IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING CONCERN OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, I AGREE THAT THIS PART OF THE LEGISLATION SHOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES GAINED FROM ITS OPERATION AND THAT A REPORT SHOULD BE MADE TO THIS COUNCIL IN DUE COURSE," MR BARNES SAID.

TURNING TO CONCERN THAT THE OPERATION OF RESTRAINT ORDERS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HURT BONA FIDE CREDITORS, MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS NOT THE INTENTION OF THE LEGISLATION.

"IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY.THE COURTS THAT RESTRAINT ORDERS MADE UNDER THE DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCES ACT, THE LEGISLATION CORRESPONDING TO OUR OWN BILL, OPERATE ON SIMILAR PRINCIPLES TO THE LEGALLY WELL KNOWN 'MAREVA* INJUNCTIONS IN CIVIL LAW,

"THUS, IN MAKING A RESTRAINT ORDER, THE COURT WILL ENSURE THAT IT DOES NOT OPERATE OPPRESSIVELY AGAINST THIRD PARTY CREDITORS IN RESPECT OF A DEFENDANT'S BONA FIDE BUSINESS AND TRADE DEBTS, LIVING EXPENSES, LEGAL EXPENSES AND OTHER SIMILAR EXPENSES," HE SAID.

"PROVISION WILL BE MADE IN THE SUPREME COURT RULES FOR CONDITIONS AND EXCEPTIONS TO BE ATTACHED TO RESTRAINT ORDERS. THE COURTS SHOULD THUS ENSURE THAT BONA FIDE CREDITORS ARE NOT PREJUDICED," HE ADDED.

OTHER AMENDMENTS RELATED TO THE CHINESE TEXT OF THE BILL WHICH WAS THE RESULT OF PAINSTAKING WORK BY THE OMLECO SUB-GROUP ON THE CHINESE TEXT, MR BARNES SAID.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY POINTED OUT THAT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BEING JUSTIFIABLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF CLAUSE 25 ON THEIR OPERATIONS, HAD ASKED THAT THE LEGISLATION SHOULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS AFTER ITS ENACTMENT.

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HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE MAJOR IMPACT OF THE LEGISLATION ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR ARISES ONLY FROM CLAUSE 25, AND CONSIDERING THE DESIRABILITY OF BRINGING THE OTHER PROVISIONS INTO EFFECT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, THE AD HOC GROUP AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE AGREED THAT CLAUSE 25 SHOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON A DATE LATER THAN THE MAIN PART OF THE LEGISLATION," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE 1986 DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENCES ACT WAS AMENDED IN 1988 IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS, LARGELY REFINEMENTS, WERE CONSIDERED SUITABLE FOR HONG KONG AND HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS.

THE BILL WAS PASSED.

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SPIRIT OF DRUG TRAFFICKING PROCEEDS BILL ENDORSED *********

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FULLY ENDORSED THE SPIRIT OF THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BILL 1989, THE HON MARTA TAM TOLD THE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE SAID THE BILL AIMED AT CURBING MONEY LAUNDERING BY INTRODUCING NEW INVESTIGATIVE POWERS TO FACILITATE THE IDENTIFICATION OF PROCEEDS DERIVED FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING, AND BY CREATING A NEW OFFENCE OF ASSISTING IN THE RETENTION AND CONCEALMENT OF SUCH PROCEEDS.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MISS TAM SAID MEMBERS ALSO WELCOMED THE NEW INITIATIVES AIMED AT ATTACKING THE ASSETS OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND PREVENTING PROFITS DERIVED FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING TO BE SIPHONED OFF TO OTHER, LEGITIMATE LINES OF BUSINESS.

HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE EXTENSIVE POWERS PROVIDED UNDER THE BILL ENABLING THE COURTS TO FREEZE AND CONFISCATE PROCEEDS DERIVED FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING, A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WAS SET UP TO STUDY THE BILL, SHE SAID.

A CHINESE TEXT SUB-COMMITTEE WAS ALSO SET UP TO STUDY THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE BILL, WORKING ALONGSIDE THE GROUP.

THE AD HOC GROUP, OF WHICH MISS TAM WAS CONVENER, MET A TOTAL OF 15 TIMES -- FIVE TIMES WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, ONCE WITH THE BANKING SECTOR AND IN NINE INTERNAL DISCUSSIONS, BEFORE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE TO THE LEGCO IN-HOUSE MEETING.

THE CHINESE TEXT SUB-COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY THE HON MIRIAM LAU, MET 13 TIMES WITH LAW DRAFTSMEN FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT BEFORE COMPLETING ITS TASK.

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AS A RESULT OF THEIR HARD WORK, MISS TAM SAID THE GROUP AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAD NOW AGREED ON A PACKAGE OF 21 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENGLISH VERSION AND 50 AMENDMENTS TO THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE BILL.

SHE NOTED THAT THIS PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS REPRESENTED A COMPROMISE REACHED BETWEEN MANY DIFFERENT AND SOMETIMES CONFLICTING CONSIDERATIONS.

SHE ADDED: "WE BEGAN OUR TASK BY INVITING VIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL BODIES INVOLVED IN EARLIER DRAFT!NG OF THE BILL. THESE INCLUDE THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES, THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, AND THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS.

”WE RECEIVED LENGTHY AND DETAILED WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL THESE PROFESSIONAL BODIES, AND MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BANKING SECTOR TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON SPECIFIC PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AND THE CONTENTS OF THEIR GUIDELINES."

MISS TAM NOTED THAT THE GROUP’S MAIN CONCERN WAS THAT THOSE OFFERING PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TO THEIR CLIENTS IN GOOD FAITH SHOULD NOT BE UNFAIRLY PREJUDICED BY ANY DRACONIAN MEASURES OF THE LAW WHILST ON THE OTHER HAND THE LAW MUST BE MADE EFFECTIVE.

POWERFUL WEAPON IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS

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THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BILL 1989, WHEN ENACTED, WILL BE A POWERFUL WEAPON IN HONG KONG’S FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND, IN PARTICULAR, AGAINST THE DRUG TRADE, THE HON DAVID LI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON IT, MR LI SAID HONG KONG MUST USE EVERY LEGITIMATE METHOD AT ITS DISPOSAL TO STAMP OUT THIS EVIL TRADE.

HE SAID THE FINANCIAL SECTOR RECOGNISED THAT IT HAD A CRUCIAL ROLE TO PLAY IN THE WAR AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING, AND IT WELCOMED THE PRINCIPLE BEHIND THE BILL.

"FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG ARE ALREADY DOING THEIR UTMOST TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THIS FIGHT, AND ARE PREPARED TO CO-OPERATE FULLY WITH THE AUTHORITIES," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR LI SAID THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY STILL HAD A NUMBER OF OBJECTIONS TO THE BILL WHICH THE GOVERNMENT, "MOST REGRETTABLY, HAS ADAMANTLY REFUSED TO ALTER".

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HE SAID THAT A POINT OF CONCERN WAS THE ISSUE OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN HONG KONG.

"THE CURRENT DRAFT OF THE LEGISLATION FAILS TO CLARIFY WHAT THE TERRITORIAL LIMITATIONS OF THE BILL WILL BE AND WHETHER OR NOT PERSONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE HELD LIABLE FOR PARTICIPATING INDIRECTLY IN OR SIMPLY HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE TERRITORY," HE SAID.

"UNDER THE LEGISLATION AS NOW DRAFTED, BANKS WHICH RECEIVE REPORTS FROM OR MAKE CREDIT DECISIONS FOR BRANCHES OUTSIDE HONG KONG MAY INADVERTENTLY INCUR LIABILITY EVEN THOUGH THE ILLEGAL ACT TOOK PLACE ABROAD."

MR LI SAID A SIMPLE AMENDMENT SPECIFYING THAT THE LEGISLATION APPLIED ONLY TO TRANSACTIONS WITHIN THE TERRITORY WOULD REMOVE THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANOMALY.

"OTHERWISE, WE MAY FACE THE SITUATION WHERE THE HONG KONG-BASED REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FIND THEY ARE NOT ABLE OR NOT PREPARED TO EXERCISE FULL CONTROL OVER FOREIGN OFFICES," HE SAID.

MR LI SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT THE WISH OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE BANKS TO MOVE THEIR REGIONAL HEAD OFFICES AWAY FROM HONG KONG, AS THIS WOULD UNDERMINE THE TERRITORY’S POSITION AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

IN ADDITION, THERE WAS THE QUESTION OF GUIDELINES, MR LI SAID, NOTING THAT IT WOULD GIVE THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY A FAR .GREATER DEGREE OF COMFORT IF THE GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL WERE REFERRED TO SPECIFICALLY IN THE LEGISLATION.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT HAD INDICATED THAT IT WAS PREPARED TO REVIEW THE BILL AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL INDUSTRY STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT A DATE SHOULD BE FIXED NOW FOR THIS REVIEW.

"THE REVIEW SHOULD OCCUR WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE LEGISLATION COMES INTO FORCE. IT SHOULD INVOLVE A THOROUGH, INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE OPERATION OF THE LAW, AND SHOULD RECOMMEND ANY AMENDMENTS NEEDED TO ELIMINATE AMBIGUITY AND IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF ENFORCEMENT," MR LI SAID.

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CALL TO Hx'i DRUG TRAFFICKERS HARD *******

THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BILL 1989 SHOULD ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ATTACK THE TRAFFICKERS WHERE IT HURTS, BY GETTING AT THE PROCEEDS, THE HON PETER WONG HONG-YUEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL WHEN DEBATE ON IT RES’-MED. MR WONG SAID IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THAT, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY IO ’TICK TO THE ORIGINAL MUCH HIGHER DUTY FROM BANKERS AND OTHER PROFESS IQ-TO REPORT ON MERE SUSPICION AND NOT THE LESSER DUTY OF "HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE".

HE SAID SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION WAS PREPARED TO ACCEPT THIS LESSER DUTY, HE WAS PREPARED TO FOLLOW THE MAJORITY BUT WOULD r!l THE SUCCESS RATE OF THE LEGISLATION IN PUTTING THE "MR BIGS" OUT OF BUSINESS.

'WE SHOULD NOT HESITATE TO USE ALL APPROPRIATE MEANS TO TACKLE THIS HITHERTO UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM BECAUSE WE ONLY HAVE TO SEE THE WAY THE COCAINE LARONS OF SOUTH AMERICA OVERRIDE EVEN GOVERNMENTS IN THEIR PURSUIT OF THE FAST BUCK," HE SAID.

MR WONG ALSO SAID THAT IN CALCULATING THE MONETARY VALUE OF A RESTRAINT ORDER, THE VAGARIES OF SUCH AN EXERCISE COULD EASILY UNDER-ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE TO SATISFY CREDITORS.

"I WOULD WELCOME AN ASSURANCE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION THAT PROCEDURES WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO PREVENT SUCH AN UNFAIR TREATMENT," HE SAID.

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BILL PROVIDES TOUGHER SANCTIONS AGAINST INSIDER DEALING *****

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE SECURITIES (INSIDER DEALING) BILL .1989 IS TO PROVIDE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE DEFINITION OF INSIDER DEALING- AND TO EMPOWER THE INSIDER DEALING TRIBUNAL TO IMPOSE SEVERE PENALTIES ON INSIDER DEALERS, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR NENDICK SAID IT INCORPORATED MANY OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS yj PART XIIA OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE, PARTICULARLY §HOSE IN RELATION TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE TRIBUNAL, THE SCOPE,ITf? <WRY AND ITS POWERS OF INVESTIGATION.

"THE BILL ALSO INTRODUCES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CHANGES WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO MPROVE AND STRENGTHEN THE PRESENT TRIBUNAL SYSTEM,"

HE SAID.

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FIRST, THE BILL INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY THE SANCTIONS WHICH MIGHT BE IMPOSED BY THE INSIDER DEALING TRIBUNAL.

AT PRESENT, THE ONLY SANCTION AVAILABLE WAS PUBLIC CENSURE, BUT THIS WAS INADEQUATE AND MORE EFFECTIVE DETERRENTS WERE REQUIRED.

TO THIS END, MR NENDICK SAID, THE BILL EMPOWERED THE TRIBUNAL TO IMPOSE SEVERE PENALTIES ON PERSONS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN INSIDER DEALING, DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSONS FROM THE DIRECTORSHIP OR THE MANAGEMENT OF ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE COMPANY FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS, REQUIRE THE DISGORGEMENT OF ANY PROFIT MADE OR LOSS AVOIDED, AND IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO THREE TIMES THE RELEVANT AMOUNT.

"WE BELIEVE THAT TOUGHER SANCTIONS COUPLED WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE TRIBUNAL SYSTEM IS THE RIGHT APPROACH IN TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF INSIDER DEALING IN HONG KONG," THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID.

"HOWEVER, AS I HAVE SAID PREVIOUSLY, WE HAVE NOT RULED OUT THE OPTION OF CRIMINALISATION ENTIRELY. WE SHALL REVIEW THE MATTER IN THREE YEARS’ TIME IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE OF INCREASED TRIBUNAL SANCTIONS UNDER THE BILL," HE ADDED.

SECONDLY, THE BILL PROVIDED A MORE COMPREHENSIVE DEFINITION OF INSIDER DEALING. IT NOW CAUGHT AS AN INSIDER A PERSON WHO WAS CONTEMPLATING OR HAD CONTEMPLATED A TAKEOVER BID AS WELL AS ANY PERSON INFORMED BY AN INSIDER, COMMONLY KNOWN AS A "TIPPEE".

"IT ALSO CATCHES DEALING .IN THE SECURITIES OF A RELATED CORPORATION AND THE PROMOTION OF INSIDER DEALING ON AN OVERSEAS STOCK EXCHANGE," MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

"MOREOVER, IT ADDS AN IMPORTANT NEW REQUIREMENT THAT AN INSIDER OR TIPPEE MUST KNOW THAT HE IS IN POSSESSION OF INSIDER INFOMATION," HE ADDED.

THIRDLY, THE BILL GRANTED A LIMITED RIGHT OF APPEAL. PERSONS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN INSIDER DEALING MIGHT APPEAL ON A POINT OF LAW TO THE COURT OF APPEAL.

"WE HAVE NOT PROPOSED A GENERAL RIGHT OF APPEAL BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THE TRIBUNAL IS BEST PLACED TO DECIDE ON THE FACTS OF THE CASE. THIS RIGHT WILL BE WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE EXISTING RIGHT OF JUDICIAL REVIEW," MR NENDICK POINTED OUT.

FOURTHLY, THE BILL REQUIRED THAT SITTINGS OF THE TRIBUNAL BE HELD IN PUBLIC UNLESS THE TRIBUNAL CONSIDERED THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE, A SITTING, OR ANY PART THEREOF, SHOULD BE HELD IN PRIVATE.

"AT PRESENT, THE TRIBUNAL’S PROCEEDINGS ARE IN PRIVATE. WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS IN THE WIDER PUBLIC INTEREST FOR PROCEEDINGS TO BE HELD IN PUBLIC, AS IN THE CASE OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROCEEDINGS BEFORE A COURT OF LAW," MR NENDICK SAID.

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FIFTHLY, THE BILL EMPOWERED THE TRIBUNAL TO ORDER A PERSON FOUND TO BE INVOLVED IN INSIDER DEALING TO PAY TO THE GOVERNMENT SUCH SUMS AS IT SAW FIT TOWARDS THE EXPENSES OF THE INQUIRY AND ANY RELATED INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT BY THE TRIBUNAL.

"WE CONSIDER IT REASONABLE TO REQUIRE INSIDER DEALERS TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE TRIBUNAL’S EXPENSES," THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF INSIDER DEALING IN FUTURES CONTRACTS, MR NENDICK SAID DURING THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION BILL IN APRIL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD UNDERTAKEN TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION’S POWERS OF INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER INSIDER DEALING IN FUTURES CONTRACTS, AND TO REPORT BACK TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"WE HAVE CONSIDERED WHETHER THE BILL BEFORE THIS COUNCIL SHOULD ALSO BRING FUTURES CONTRACTS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF INSIDER DEALING. THIS QUESTION RAISES A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL ISSUES WHICH REQUIRE VERY CAREFUL EXAMINATION," HE SAID.

"FIRST OF ALL, THE DEFINITION OF 'RELEVANT INFORMATION’ FOR THE PURPOSE OF INSIDER DEALING REQUIRES SOME ATTENTION. SHOULD THIS RELATE TO UNPUBLISHED PRICE-SENSITIVE INFORMATION ABOUT A CORPORATION, AN INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, THE POLITICAL SITUATION OR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE?

"SECONDLY, WE HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROOF. WHAT EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED TO SHOW A SUFFICIENT CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARTICULAR INFORMATION AND A MATERIAL CHANGE OR LIKELY MATERIAL CHANGE IN THE PRICE OF A FUTURES CONTRACT?"

"THIRDLY, WE HAVE THE QUESTION OF SCOPE. SHOULD IT EMBRACE ALL FINANCIAL FUTURES OR JUST STOCK INDEX FUTURES CONTRACTS?" THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY ASKED.

"THESE ARE NOT EASY QUESTIONS TO ANSWER. AN INDICATION OF THE DIFFICULTY INVOLVED IS THAT FUTURES CONTRACTS ARE NOT CAUGHT BY THE EQUIVALENT U.S. LEGISLATION AND ONLY CAUGHT IN A VERY LIMITED WAY, IF AT ALL, BY THE UK LEGISLATION AS THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS HAVE YET TO BE TESTED BEFORE THE COURTS," MR NENDICK SAID.

"HAVING REGARD TO THE COMPLEXITIES INVOLVED AND THE NEED TO INTRODUCE TOUGHER PENALTIES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE QUESTION OF FUTURES CONTRACTS SHOULD NOT BE ADDRESSED IN THE PRESENT BILL," HE ADDED.

MR NENDICK SAID THE QUESTION WOULD BE CAREFULLY EXAMINED WITH THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION IN THE LIGHT OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE PROPOSED NEW LEGISLATION IN OPERATION AND LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS WOULD BE PREPARED IF AND WHEN THESE WERE CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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REDUCTION OF NOISE NUISANCE THE AIM

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THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1989 SEEKS TO REDUCE NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY AUDIBLE BURGLAR ALARMS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR BARNES SAID MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS WHERE THERE WERE A LARGE NUMBER OF SHOPS AND BUSINESSES, FREQUENTLY COMPLAINED OF THE NOISE CAUSED BY BURGLAR ALARMS.

"SUCH ALARMS OFTEN RING FOR VERY LONG PERIODS WHILE THE POLICE TRY TO CONTACT THE OCCUPIERS OF THE PREMISES CONCERNED TO ASK THEM TO TURN OFF THE ALARMS," HE SAID.

TO REDUCE THIS NOISE NUISANCE, THE BILL PROPOSED THAT ANY PERSON IN CONTROL OF AN ALARM SYSTEM MUST FIT A DEVICE TO THE SYSTEM TO CUT OFF THE AUDIBLE SIGNAL WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF IT FIRST RINGING.

"THE BILL FURTHER PROPOSES THAT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR NOT FITTING SUCH A DEVICE SHOULD BE A FINE OF $5,000 AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT," HE SAID.

"THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 50,000 AUDIBLE ALARMS LN HONG KONG.

"IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT, FOLLOWING ENACTMENT, THERE SHOULD BE A GRACE PERIOD OF ONE YEAR BEFORE THE BILL’S PROVISIONS COME INTO EFFECT.

"THE FITTING OF A CUT-OFF DEVICE TO AN AUDIBLE ALARM IS A SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE OPERATION."

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THREE MAIN ELEMENTS OF EMPLOYEE’S ENTITLEMENT PROTECTED

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THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND WILL NOW PROTECT THREE MAIN ELEMENTS OF AN EMPLOYEE'S ENTITLEMENT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE - WAGES IN ARREARS, WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE AND SEVERANCE PAYMENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K. Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, MR YEUNG ALSO ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD REVIEW THE $4,000 LIMIT PROPOSED IN THE BILL AFTER ONE YEAR IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE AND THE RESOURCES OF THE FUND.

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ON MEMBERS’ PROPOSAL THAT THE LIMIT OF PAYMENT BE RAISED FROM THE PROPOSED 34,000 TO $8,000, MR YEUNG SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE FUND WAS TO PROVIDE QUICK RELIEF TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAD SUDDENLY LOST THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

"WHEN THE PROPOSED FIGURE OF $4,000 FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENTS IS TAKEN TOGETHER WITH WAGES IN ARREARS AND WAGES PAYABLE IN LIEU OF NOTICE, THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF CAN BE AS HIGH AS $14,000.

"SEEN IN THIS LIGHT, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE RESOURCES OF THE FUND, IT WOULD SEEM PRUDENT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO SET THE LIMIT FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENTS AT $4,000 PER EMPLOYEE," MR YEUNG SAID.

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VITAL TO HAVE RESERVE FOR ECONOMIC DOWNTURN * * * * *

IT IS VITAL TO BUILD UP A RESERVE FOR THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND TO CATER FOR A POSSIBLE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN THE EVENT OF WHICH PAYMENTS FROM THE FUND COULD INCREASE TREMENDOUSLY, THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHUNG, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND BOARD, SAID THIS IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO EXTEND THE SCOPE OF THE FUND TO COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS.

MR CHUNG SAID THE FUND AT PRESENT HAD AN ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF ABOUT $160 MILLION. NEVERTHELESS HE STRESSED THAT THE SURPLUS WAS THE RESULT OF ACCUMULATION OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS DURING WHICH HONG KONG ENJOYED AN ECONOMIC BOOM.

"THE ACCUMULATED SURPLUS SO FAR WOULD BE WIPED OUT BY PAYMENTS TO ABOUT 11,500 EMPLOYEES OR 0.4 PER CENT OF THE ENTIRE LABOUR FORCE OF ABOUT 2.7 MILLION IN A CERTAIN SCENARIO WHICH, OF COURSE, NO ONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN," HE NOTED.

A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WAS FORMED TO EXAMINE THE BILL AND TWO REPRESENTATIONS FROM CONCERNED LABOUR ORGANISATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED, MAINLY ON THE SETTING OF THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF PAYMENT FOR EACH APPLICANT. THE GROUPS REQUESTED THAT THE LIMIT SHOULD BE SET AT $8,000 AND $16,000 RESPECTIVELY.

THE AD HOC GROUP, HAVING DULY CONSIDERED THE VIEWS CONVEYED IN SUCH REPRESENTATIONS, THE VIEWS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE FUND AND THE SEEMINGLY UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AHEAD, HAD AGREED TO TAKE A CAUTIOUS APPROACH BY SETTING THE LIMIT AT $4,000 AS PROPOSED IN THE BILL, SUBJECT TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROMISE TO REVIEW THE SITUATION ONE YEAR AFTER THE EXTENSION CAME INTO EFFECT, MR CHUNG SAID.

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HE RECALLED THAT WHEN THE PROTECTION OP WAGES ON INSOLVENCY ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN APRIL 1985, IT ONLY PROVIDED FOR PAYMENT OF WAGES IN ARREARS ON THE INSOLVENCY OF EMPLOYERS. EMPLOYEES MIGHT SEEK PAYMENT FROM THE FUND OF AN AMOUNT UP TO FOUR MONTHS’ WAGES BUT NOT EXCEEDING $8,000.

IN JULY 1987, THE FUND WAS EXTENDED TO COVER SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE OR AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $2,000.

HE WELCOMED THE BILL WHICH WOULD GIVE EMPLOYEES.

ADDED PROTECTION TO

AFTER THE EXTENSION TO COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENT, THE FUND’S CURRENT MAXIMUM LIMIT OF PAYMENT PER APPLICANT WOULD AMOUNT TO $14,000, INCLUSIVE OF $8,000 AS ARREARS OF WAGES, $2,000 AS WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE AND $4,000 AS SEVERANCE PAYMENT.

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FREEZE ON EXISTING DEVELOPMENT DENSITY NECESSARY *****

A FREEZE ON THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT DENSITY IN MANY AREAS OF KOWLOON AFFECTED BY A RELAXATION OF EXISTING AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS (AHR) WAS NECESSARY TO AVOID UNACCEPTABLE STRAIN ON THE ALREADY OVERLOADED INFRASTRUCTURE IN THESE AREAS, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE TEMPORARY CONTROL OF DENSITY OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (KOWLOON) BILL 1989, MR CHENG, THE CONVENER OF AN AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO SCRUTINISE THE BILL, SAID IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PHASE II REVIEW BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT ON THE AHR WOULD LEAD TO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN EXISTING PLOT RATIO.

HE NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE AREAS WITH RELAXED AHR TO THEIR MAXIMUM PERMITTED DENSITY UNDER THE NEW AHR WOULD PUT SEVERE STRAIN ON THE EXISTING AND PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

ALSO, IT WOULD BE UNLIKELY THAT LAND WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS AND OTHER FACILITIES TO CATER FOR THE ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT DENSITY THAT THE RELAXED AHR WOULD PERMIT, HE ADDED.

MR CHENG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS HIGHLY CONCERNED THAT THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN PLOT RATIO ARISING FROM THE RELAXED AHR WOULD GIVE DEVELOPERS A SIGNIFICANT INCENTIVE TO DEVELOP OR REDEVELOP TO THE MAXIMUM PERMITTED DENSITY, THUS CAUSING UNACCEPTABLE STRAIN ON THE ALREADY' OVERLOADED INFRASTRUCTURE IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON.

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"ALTHOUGH IT IS STILL DIFFICULT TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA ON THE PROPERTY MARKET, MEMBERS SHARE THE ADMINISTRATION'S VIEW THAT A FREEZE ON THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT DENSITY IS NECESSARY UNTIL A COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING STRATEGY FOR THE METROPOLITAN AREA IS FORMULATED BY THE METROPLAN," HE NOTED.

THE PRESENT INTENTION WAS THAT THE BILL WOULD EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31, 1990, UNLESS EXTENDED BY A RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHENG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP HAD QUESTIONED THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE RELAXED AHR ON THE FLIGHT PATH OF THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT.

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TERRITORIAL RAIL STRATEGY STUDY PLANNED

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT A TERRITORIAL RAIL STRATEGY STUDY WILL BE CARRIED OUT THIS YEAR TO ASSESS THE RAIL PROJECTS PROPOSED BY THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY (CTS-2).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY, MR LEUNG SAID THE STUDY WOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF A FREIGHT LINE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC INTEREST WAS SHOWN ON THE RAIL PROPOSALS.

WHETHER THE NORTHWEST URBAN RAIL LINK SHOULD TERMINATE IN YUEN LONG OR TUEN MUN WOULD BE ONE OF THE SUBJECTS OF A TERRITORIAL RAIL STRATEGY STUDY, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THEIR RESPECTIVE ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY AND FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC VIABILITY.

REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DEDICATED RAIL LINK TO SERVE THE FUTURE AIRPORT, MR LEUNG SAID THE FEASIBILITY OF SUCH A LINK WAS NOW BEING EXAMINED IN PADS.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE CO-ORDINATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, MR LEUNG SAID: "NOT ONLY WOULD UNFETTERED COMPETITION ADD TO CONGESTION IN AREAS OF HIGH DEMAND, THE RESULTANT WASTEFUL USE 01 RESOURCES IS LIABLE TO START A VICIOUS CIRCLE LEADING EVENTUALLY TO HIGHER FARES ON ALL MODES, FEWER CHOICE AND INADEQUATE SERVICES FOR THE LESS POPULATED AREAS."

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BUT, MR LEUNG ADDED THAT THE CO-ORDINATION POLICY DID PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FLEXIBILITY FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO CHANGING DEMAND.

CITING AN EXAMPLE OF THE FLEXIBLE APPLICATION OF THE CO-ORDINATION POLICY, MR LEUNG SAID THAT TO COPE WITH THE MTR CONGESTION PROBLEM DURING THE RUSH HOURS, BUS SERVICES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED ALONG THE NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR TO GIVE AN ALTERNATIVE FOR MTR COMMUTERS.

"THERE IS, HOWEVER, A PRACTICAL LIMIT TO HOW FAR WE CAN GO. ONCE IMPORTANT CONSTRAINT IS THE SHORTAGE OF BUS TERMINUS IN THE URBAN CENTRES," HE SAID.

TURNING TO RAIL SERVICES, HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW REVIEWING ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY' CORPORATION.

FULL ACCOUNT OF VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE TAKEN, INCLUDING THE OPERATION OF RAILWAYS, THE INTERFACE WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATIONS, THE MONITORING AND CONTROL AND BROAD STRATEGIES.

ON BUS SERVICES, HE SAID THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE IMPROVED AND EXPANDED TO MEET THE TRAVELING DEMANDS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT AREAS, AND IMPROVED TO SATISFY THE PUBLIC’S GROWING EXPECTATIONS.

AS REGARDS FERRY SERVICES, MR LEUNG STRESSED THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROMOTE FERRY SERVICES WHEREVER PRACTICABLE TO HELP RELIEVE ROAD CONGESTION.

HOWEVER, RECENT STUDIES HAD SHOWN VERY LIMITED SCOPE FOR FERRY EXPANSION.

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THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES CAN BE ADJUSTED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT FUTURE CHANGES IN TRANSPORT DEMANDS AND DEVELOPMENTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEONG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG.

MR LEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS EQUIPPED WITH AN ENHANCED COMPUTER TRANSPORT PLANNING MODEL TO FACILITATE UPDATING THE DATA BASE.

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SHOULD THERE BE ANY SLOWDOWN IN THE RATE OF INCREASE OF PRIVATE CARS OR CHANGES IN TRAVEL DEMAND THESE WOULD BE FED INTO THE COMPUTER TO ASSIST A FLEXIBLE ADJUSTMENT OF MANAGEMENT MEASURES.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE ROAD AND RAIL PROJECTS PROPOSED IN THE GREEN PAPER WERE REQUIRED NO MATTER WHERE THE AIRPORT WOULD BE RELOCATED ALTHOUGH ADJUSTMENTS WOULD BE NECESSARY TO THE TIMING AND SCALE OF SOME OF THE PROPOSED PROJECTS.

THE PROPOSED HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME WAS ALSO INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE NEED FOR LINKING THE NEW TOWNS AND THE URBAN CENTRES, AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL HARBOUR CROSSINGS AND CROSS BORDER LINKS.

WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, KWUN TONG BYPASS, THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, ROUTE 5 AND THE WIDENING OF TAI PO ROAD, THE NORTH-SOUTH TRANSPORT LINKS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE TERRITORY WOULD BE WELL-ESTABLISHED BY THE EARLY 1990s.

REGARDING THE NEED TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF THE LOCAL AND DISTRIBUTOR ROADS, MR LEUNG STRESSED THAT MANY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE FORM OF FLYOVERS AND ROAD WIDENING SCHEMES AT A TOTAL COST OF OVER $3 BILLION HAD BEEN PROPOSED.

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USE OF GOODS VANS TO BE DISCOURAGED *»*#**

THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE MEASURES TO DISCOURAGE THE USE OF GOODS VANS AS A CHEAP SUBSTITUTE FOR PRIVATE CARS, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID THE TRUCKING TRADE MUST ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO USE ITS VEHICLES EFFICIENTLY AND OUTSIDE THE PEAK HOURS.

"ON CERTAIN ROADS, THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF GOODS DURING SPECIFIC HOURS IS ALREADY PROHIBITED BY MEANS OF CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS," MR LEUNG SAID.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A RAPID GROWTH IN GOODS VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND THEIR DOMINANT USE OF ROAD SPACE, MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THESE VEHICLES WOULD REMAIN THE MAIN CARRIERS OF INTERNAL GOODS.

HE SAID THE SCOPE OF HANDLING INTERNAL FREIGHT THROUGH RAIL AND WATERBORNE TRANSPORT WAS LIMITED AS THIS WOULD INVOLVE DOUBLE HANDLING FROM RAIL OR BARGE TO LORRIES TO FINAL DESTINATIONS AND VICE VERSA.

/GIVEN THE

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GIVEN THE SMALL SIZE OF THE TERRITORY AND THE SHORTAGE Of- RAIL FREIGHT YARDS AND WHARFAGE AND ASSOCIATED CARGO HANDLING IACIL1I JES, THE FREIGHT HANDLERS AND CONSIGNEES WOULD PREFER THE DIRECT DOOR 10 DOOR SERVICE OFFERED BY GOODS VEHICLES.

THERE WAS ALSO VERY LIMITED SCOPE FOR EXPANDING THE FREIGHT HANDLING CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING RAILWAY LINE, HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE SUBJECT OF PLANNING, MR LEUNG EMPHSISED THAI EFFECTIVE INTEGRATION WOULD NOT ONLY REDUCE PRESSURE ON OUR TRANSPORI SYSTEM BUT ALSO PRODUCE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

HE ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE TRANSPORT BRANCH AND DEPARTMENTS WERE WORKING CLOSELY WITH TRANSPORT AND LAND PLANNERS ON PADS, METROPLAN AND MAJOR RECLAMATION STUDIES.

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RAILWAY SYSTEMS SHOULD BE FURTHER EXTENDED

*****

HONG KONG’S RAILWAY SYSTEMS, WHICH HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR SUCCESS IN REDUCING SUBSTANTIALLY THE CONGESTION PROBLEM ON ROAD NETWORKS, SHOULD BE FURTHER EXTENDED, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY, MR CHENG SAID HE LENT HIS SUPPORT TO THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TO TSEUNG KWAN O (JUNK BAY) WHICH WAS NECESSARY TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED HIGH CONCENTRATION OF POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT.

"THIS WILL NOT ONLY' HELP ATTRACT PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO THE NEW TOWN BUT WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE MOBILITY OF THE 270,000 RESIDENTS THE TOWN IS EXPECTED TO HOUSE BY 2001," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, MR CHENG SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER EXTENDING THE MTR LINE TO THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENNEDY TOWN WHERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION POSED A SEVERE HEADACHE FOR BOTH PASSENGERS AND DRIVERS ALIKE.

"MOST OF US WOULD AGREE THAT WITHOUT SUCH AN MTR LINE, THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS IN THAT PART OF HONG KONG WOULD NOT BE EASILY RESOLVED.

"AS WE ARE AWARE, THE WESTERN DISTRICT IS BEING REVIVED AS ONE OF OUR MAJOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND," HE SAID.

MR CHENG SAID HE FULLY AGREED WITH THE GREEN PAPER THAT THERE WAS AN URGENT NEED FOR A NEW RAIL HARBOUR CROSSING TO MEET THE RAPID GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR CROSS HARBOUR PASSENGER TRIPS.

/THE SUGGESTION .......

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THE SUGGESTION FOR * MTR HARBOUR CROSSING FROM YAU MA TEI fO FORTRESS AS THE NEXT RAIL ’ARBOUR CROSSING PROVIDED AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION AS IT WOULD BRING Ri 'IF TO THE HEAVILY CONGESTED NATHAN CORRIDOR.

ROAD

“BESIDES, THE INTERMEDIATE KCR/MTR INTERCHANGE STATION AT HUNG HOM WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THIS DESIGNATED RAIL HARBOUR CROSSINt WOULD RELIEVE THE CURRENTLY OVERLOADED INTERCHANGE AT KOWLOON TONG AND WOULD MAXIMISE THE USE OF THE KCR LINE FROM KOWLOON TONG TO HUNG LOM,” HE ADDED.

MR CHENG ALSO SUGGESTED THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER TWO RA/ PROPOSALS WHICH HAD NOT BEEN MENTIONED IN THE GREEN PAPER.

THE FIRST ONE WAS THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S REPORTED PLANS TO EXTEND ITS RAIL SYSTEM FROM HUNG HOM TO HAPPY VALLEY OR CAUSEWAY BAY.

"THIS IS A CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTION WHICH WOULD HELP RELIEVE THE SEEMINGLY NEVER ENDING CONGESTION PROBLEM AT THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND AT THE SAME TIME, WOULD ALSO UTILISE EFFECTIVELY THE SECTION OF THE KCR LINE FROM KOWLOON TONG TO HUNG HOM, A WHICH IS AT PRESENT UNDER-USED,” HE SAID.

SECTION

MR CHENG SAID THE SECOND PROPOSAL WAS A LIGHT SYSTEM BEING PROPOSED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO LINK THE KONG ISLAND TO CENTRAL THROUGH A TUNNEL AND FOLLOWING A TO THE PEAK TRAM’S.

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TRANSPORT PROPOSALS WILL STIMULATE EXPANSION * * * * *

THE PROPOSALS PUT FORWARD IN THE SECOND TRANSPORT STUDY AND THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

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AN UNPRECEDENTED

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IN THE DEBATE

_ ____ AND RE-EXPORT

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WITH

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SEPARATE FREIGHT RAILWAY LINE SUGGESTED

*****

THE HON EDWARD HO TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ENDORSED A PROPOSAL IN THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY ON EXPANDING THE EXISTING RAIL SERVICES. HOWEVER, HE MADE A NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAD SERVED WELL THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND PART OF KOWLOON, IT WAS CONSTRAINED BY FREIGHT SERVICES AND INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICES WHICH INHIBITED MORE FREQUENT AND BETTER SERVICES FOR COMMUTERS.

"IN THE LONG TERM, WE MUST CONSIDER A SEPARATE LINE FOR FREIGHT AND INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER TRAVEL FOR THE RAILWAY," HE SAID.

IN TERMS OF FREIGHT, MR HO SAID, THE GREEN PAPER HAD NOTED THAT IN 1986 GOODS VEHICLES CONSTITUTED 42 PER CENT OF ROAD TRAFFIC AND IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THESE VEHICLES WOULD CONSTITUTE 51 PER CENT OF ROAD TRAFFIC BY 2001.

"THIS IS AN INORDINATE PROPORTION OF ROAD USAGE BY GOODS VEHICLES. THEREFORE, MORE FREIGHT SHOULD BE TRANSPORTED BY RAIL, TAKING PRESSURE OFF THE ROAD.

"IN THIS REGARD, IT IS NOT APPARENT IN THE GREEN PAPER WHAT PROPOSALS GOVERNMENT HAS TOWARDS IMPROVING FREIGHT TRANSPORT ON THE RAIL SYSTEM," HE COMMENTED.

MR HO DID NOT AGREE WITH THE GREEN PAPER’S SUGGESTION THAT THE "PARK-AND-RIDE" METHOD WAS UNLIKELY TO BE EFFECTIVE IN HONG KONG BECAUSE MOST OF THE COMMUTING DISTANCES WERE TOO SHORT.

"I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND WHY, JUST TO TAKE ONE EXAMPLE, A PUBLIC CARPARK CANNOT BE BUILT NEAR THE CHOI HUNG MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION SO THAT PRIVATE CAR DRIVERS CAN TAKE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY FOR ONWARD JOURNEY," HE NOTED.

MR HO QUESTIONED THE GREEN PAPER’S SUGGESTION THAT THE OBSTACLES TO THE "PARK-AND-RIDE" METHOD WERE THAT PARKING CHARGES WERE USUALLY HIGH, AND THAT THE "PARK-AND-RIDE" METHOD WOULD IMPOSE AN ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON THE ALREADY CONGESTED RAIL CORRIDORS DURING THE PEAK PERIODS.

"I FIND THAT THESE ARGUMENTS ARE HARD TO ACCEPT FOR THE COST OF CARPARKS CAN OFFSET CAPITAL COSTS OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION, AND IF THE RAIL SYSTEM IS INADEQUATE, THEN MORE LINES SHOULD BE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE," HE SAID.

MR HO ALSO SAID THE GREEN PAPER HAD DEVOTED VERY LITTLE ATTENTION IN TERMS OF TRANSPORT PROVISIONS TO THE THIRD PHASE OF THE TSEUNG KWAN O (JUNK BAY) NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, THE EXPANSION OF TIN SHUI WAI AND MA ON SHAN, WHICH WERE ALL POTENTIAL AREAS WHERE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WOULD 'ELY HEAVILY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY.

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20

CURB ON TRUCKS AND VANS URGED

*****

VANS AND SMALL TRUCKS DO NOT MEET THE PRINCIPLE OF ECONOMICAL USE OF ROAD SPACE, AND A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY TO CONTROL THE INCREASE OF TRUCKS AND VANS MUST BE MAPPED OUT, THE HON DAVID CHEUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY, MR CHEUNG DOUBTED WHETHER THE TWO-FOLD INCREASE TN THE NUMBER OF TRUCKS, VANS INCLUDED, IN THE PAST DECADE WAS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO NEED AND DEMAND.

"MANY OWNERS CUM DRIVERS OF THESE TRUCKS AND VANS SIMPLY USE THESE TRUCKS AND VANS AS MEANS OF SELF-EMPLOYMENT, AND IN THE BUSY DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND EVEN THE NEW TERRITORIES, MANY TRUCKS AND VANS LIE IDLE IN THE STREETS WAITING TO BE CALLED," HE OBSERVED.

MOREOVER, THE PARKING OF THESE TRUCKS AND VANS IN THE STREETS, DOUBLE AND TRIPLE PARKING AT TIMES, WAS A GREAT HINDRANCE TO TRAFFIC FLOW.

HE BELIEVED ONE OBVIOUS REASON FOR VANS BEING USED AS PRIVATE CARS WAS THE LOWER TAXATION ENJOYED BY THE VANS.

"VANS HAVE INDEED BEEN USED NOT ONLY AS PRIVATE'CARS BUT ALSO AS MINI-SHOPS FOR SELLING CLOTHES, FRUITS, VEGETABLES, LUNCH BOXES, TEA, COFFEE AND SNACKS. THEY ENJOY THE ADVANTAGE OF MOBILITY, ECONOMY OF SPACE, RENT FREE AND STORAGE WHEN NOT IN USE," HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG ALSO STRESSED THAT WHEREVER THE NEW AIRPORT MIGHT BE LOCATED, A RAIL LINK WAS ESSENTIAL IN TERMS OF THE POSSIBLE VOLUME OF CARGO AND THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS AND OTHER PEOPLE GOING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT.

THE BURDEN OF ROAD TRAFFIC WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY RELIEVED BY A RAIL LINK, HE SAID.

"TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE RAIL, CHECK-IN FACILITIES IN THE RAILWAY TERMINAL MUST BE AVAILABLE SO THAT PASSENGERS COULD CHECK IN THEIR LUGGAGE AND THEN TAKE THE COMFORTABLE TRAIN RIDE TO THE AIRPORT WITHOUT THE NEED OF CARRYING THEIR LUGGAGE ON TO THE TRAIN," HE POINTED OUT.

FINALLY, MR CHEUNG SAID FURTHER THOUGHT MUST BE GIVEN TO THE REGIONALISATION OF SCHOOLS.

HE REGRETTED THAT THERE WAS STILL TOO MUCH CROSS-REGION SCHOOL ALLOCATION, RESULTING IN TOO MANY STUDENTS STILL HAVING TO TRAVEL SOME DISTANCE TO SCHOOL.

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LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE ON RENT CONTROL EXPLAINED

■» t * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE IS TO ACCELERATE THE PHASING OUT OF RENT CONTROL, PROVIDED THAT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP CAN BE AVOIDED.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN MOVING A RESOLUTION TO EFFECT CERTAIN AMENDMENTS TO THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

THE RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED.

MR BARNES SAID AMENDING LEGISLATION HAD BEEN PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EACH YEAR SINCE 1981 FOR PRE-WAR PREMISES, AND EACH YEAR SINCE 1983 FOR POST-WAR ONES.

THIS WAS DONE TO RAISE THE CONTROLLED RENTS PROGRESSIVELY, BRINGING THEM CLOSER TO PREVAILING MARKET LEVELS AND EVENTUAL DECONTROL.

"THE FIRST PROPOSAL IN THE RESOLUTION IS TO RAISE THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR PREMISES COVERED BY PART 1 OF THE ORDINANCE, TO A MORE REALISTIC LEVEL," HE SAID.

"RENTS OF PRE-WAR PREMISES ARE DERIVED FROM A STANDARD RENT AS AT DECEMBER 25, 1941. THE CURRENT PERMITTED RENT IS SET AT 39 TIMES THIS LEVEL, AND IT IS NOW PROPOSED TO INCREASE THIS WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, TO 43 TIMES THE STANDARD RENT.

"THIS CHANGE WOULD BRING THE AVERAGE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR PREMISES UP FROM 71 PER CENT TO 79 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET LEVEL.

"IT WOULD RESULT IN AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF ABOUT 10 PER CENT, OR $150 PER MONTH, ON CURRENT PERMITTED RENTS AND WOULD AFFECT ABOUT 1,350 DOMESTIC PREMISES."

MR BARNES SAID THE SECOND PROPOSAL IN THE RESOLUTION WAS TO RAISE THE SO-CALLED "MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT" IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM THAT APPLIED TO POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES PROTECTED UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE TO 65 PER CENT EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 19, 1989.

"RENT INCREASES PERMITTED IN RESPECT OF TENANCIES PROTECTED UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE, ARE LIMITED TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CURRENT RENT AND THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT, BUT SUBJECT TO A CEILING OF 30 PER CENT OF THE CURRENT RENT," HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, IF THE NEW RENT CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THIS FORMULA IS LESS THAN A SPECIFIED PERCENTAGE (AT PRESENT 60 PER CENT) OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT THE PERMITTED RENT INCREASE WOULD BE THE AMOUNT WHICH WILL BRING THE NEW RENT UP TO THIS MINIMUM PERCENTAGE."

/MR BARNES .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1989

MR BARNES SAID THE THIRD PROPOSAL IN THE RESOLUTION SOUGHT TO FURTHER EXTEND THE LIFE OF PART II OF THE ORDINANCE, FROM DECEMBER 19, 1989 TO DECEMBER 18, 1991.

"PART II OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDES PROTECTION OF RENT CONTROL AND SECURITY OF TENURE TO ABOUT 60,000 POST-WAR DOMESTIC TENANCIES, PLUS AN UNDETERMINED NUMBER OF SUB-TENANCIES," HE SAID.

"AS EXPLAINED EARLIER, IF PART II IS ALLOWED TO EXPIRE AFTER DECEMBER 18, 1989, THE TENANTS CONCERNED WILL FACE, ON AVERAGE, AN IMMEDIATE RENT INCREASE OF MORE THAN 35 PER CENT AND IN SOME CASES, OF MORE THAN 100 PER CENT."

MR BARNES SAID THE RENT CONTROLS WOULD BE REVIEWED AGAIN NEXT YEAR, TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE STATE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET AND THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES.

"ANY FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS DECONTROL WILL BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED IN THE LIGHT OF THE SITUATION AT THAT TIME," HE ADDED.

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NEW PEAK TRAMWAY BY-LAWS APPROVED

*****

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED THE PEAK TRAMWAYS COMPANY BY-LAWS FOR THE MODERNISED TRAMWAY.

MOVING A MOTION UNDER THE PEAK TRAMWAY ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID THE COMPANY REQUIRED A NEW SET OF BY-LAWS TO REGULATE THE CONDUCT OF PASSENGERS OR THOSE IN THE VICINITY OF TRAMWAY PREMISES SUCH AS STOPS WHEN ITS MODERNISED TRAMWAY STARTED OPERATION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE BY-LAWS ALSO SET OUT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ISSUE OF PASSENGER TICKETS, THE PAYMENT OF FARES AND THE HANDLING OF LOST PROPERTY.

THEY ALSO PROHIBITED THE CARRIAGE OF FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES IN TRAMWAY PREMISES.

MR LEUNG ADDED THAT THE ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES AND THE PENALTIES FOR THE CONTRAVENTION OF THE BY-LAWS WERE ALSO PRESCRIBED.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WOULD BE A FINE OF $5,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE EXISTING PEAK TRAMWAY BY-LAWS, WHICH WERE MADE IN 1923, WOULD BE REPEALED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1989

ALLEGATIONS OE CORRUPTION IN PRIVATE SECTOR INCREASE

*****

ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAVE CONTINUED TO INCREASE AND THEY NOW ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT HALF OF ALL THE ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING CORRUPTION RECEIVED BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (ICAC).

DR THE HON DANIEL TSE SAID THIS WHEN TABLING THE 1988 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ICAC IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NOTING THAT CASES INVOLVING CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WERE COMPLEX, DR TSE SAID THE INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE ICAC'S OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT OFTEN TOOK CONSIDERABLE TIME TO COMPLETE, THUS CONTRIBUTING TO THE HIGH CASELOAD WHICH THE DEPARTMENT CARRIED FORWARD FROM YEAR TO YEAR.

MEANWHILE, HE SAID, THERE HAD BEEN A DECLINE OF TWO PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF CORRUPTION REPORTS RECEIVED BY THE ICAC IN 1988 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THIS SHOWED THAT THE HEALTHY TREND OF PREVIOUS YEARS, WITH A STEADILY REDUCING NUMBER OF REPORTS INVOLVING GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PUBLIC BODIES, HAD CONTINUED.

DR TSE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS THAT PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES MADE TO THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT OF THE ICAC FOR ADVICE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES HAD INCREASED BY 4 4 PER CENT DURING THE YEAR.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE TRENDS IN RESPECT OF THE -PRIVATE SECTOR REFLECTED THE SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS OF THE ICAC’S COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AGAINST CORRUPTION, TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REPORT THEIR SUSPICIONS TO THE ICAC, RATHER THAN AN INDICATION OF MORE CORRUPT ACTIVITY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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'CAVEAT EMPTOR’ APPLIES

*****

THE GOVERNMENT NEITHER ENCOURAGES NOR DISCOURAGES EMIGRATION CONSULTANTS SETTING UP BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON PETER TSAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NOR DID THE GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE HONG KONG PEOPLE FROM USING THEIR SERVICES, MR TSAO SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG.

/MR WONG

Wednesday, july 12, 1989

24

MR WONG HAD ASKED WHAT CONSUMER PROTECTION MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO WISHED TO SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM EMIGRATION SPECIALISTS WHO "HAWKED THEIR SKILLS AND WARES FOR REWARD IN HONG KONG".

"THIS IS AN AREA OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS WHERE THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE MUST BE CAVEAT EMPTOR, I.E. LET BUYERS BEWARE," MR TSAO SAID.

"THE SERVICES AVAILABLE VARY FROM FILLING FORMS OUTSIDE CONSULATES TO MAPPING OUT AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY TO QUALIFY AS AN INVESTOR.

"THE DECISION ON WHETHER TO CONSULT, ON WHAT TO CONSULT, AND HOW MUCH IT IS REASONABLE TO PAY FOR THE SERVICES PROVIDED, MUST BE ONE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO MAKE.

"I CAN ONLY SUGGEST THAT THE BEST ADVICE CAN PROBABLY BE PROVIDED BY THE CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY CONCERNED.

"OF COURSE, IF THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE OF A CRIMINAL ACT SUCH AS FRAUD OR DECEPTION, THEN A REPORT SHOULD BE MADE TO THE POLICE."

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PM DOES NOT NEED SPECIFIC INVITATION *****

THE PRIME MINISTER, AS INDEED ANY MINISTER OF THE CROWN, IS ALWAYS WELCOME TO VISIT HONG KONG AND DOES NOT NEED A SPECIFIC INVITATION TO DO SO.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SELINA CHOW.

MRS CHOW HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS MARGARET THATCHER, TO VISIT HONG KONG DURING HER PLANNED VISIT TO KUALA LUMPUR IN OCTOBER FOR THE MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY HEADS.

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ENERGY POLICY HAS SERVED HK WELL *****

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE ITS CURRENT ENERGY POLICY WHICH, LARGELY BASED ON THE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES, HAS SERVED HONG KONG WELL, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IN NORMAL TIMES WHEN SUPPLIES ARE ADEQUATE WE DO NOT WISH TO BE SO RESTRICTIVE THAT INDUSTRIES ARE ADVERSELY AFFECTED IN ANY WAY," MR NENDICK SAID IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM PROF THE HON C. K. POON.

"IT IS ALSO NOT OUR WISH TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS WHICH MAY AFFECT THE LIFESTYLE OF OUR COMMUNITY,'r HE SAID.

MR NENDICK POINTED OUT TWO LOCAL FACTORS WHICH MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN ESTABLISHING AN ENERGY CONSERVATION POLICY FOR HONG KONG.

FIRST, HONG KONG WAS A VERY SMALL USER OF ENERGY BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, AND SECONDLY, THE TERRITORY WAS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS FOR ENERGY GENERATION.

"HOWEVER, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE COMPLACENT AND WE CERTAINLY SEE SCOPE FOR CONSERVING ENERGY," HE ADDED.

AS FAR AS ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS WAS’ CONCERNED, MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING THE COMMISSIONING OF A CONSULTANCY STUDY TO RECOMMEND HOW THIS COULD BEST BE ACHIEVED THROUGH LEGISLATION.

THIS WAS IN ADDITION TO A DETAILED ENERGY UTILISATION STUDY WHICH WAS UNDERTAKEN ON MAJOR BUILDINGS AND INSTALLATIONS IN THE EARLY 1980’S.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD SINCE PUBLISHED INFORMATION ON ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS AND HAD MADE IT AVAILABLE TO THOSE INVOLVED IN PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

REFERRING TO THE OIL CRISES OF 1973 AND 1979, MR NENDICK NOTED THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAD LEARNT THEIR LESSONS AND HAD MAINTAINED A NUMBER OF ENERGY ECONOMY MEASURES, SUCH AS THE REDUCTION OF NON-ESSENTIAL LIGHTING AND AIR-CONDITIONING.

"THE CONCEPT OF ENERGY CONSERVATION IS INCLUDED ALSO IN THE CURRICULA OF BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO NURTURE A MORE ENERGY-CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

IN 1979, THE OIL (CONSERVATION AND CONTROL) ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED TO EMPOWER THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION IN REGULATING THE SUPPLY AND CONSUMPTION OF ENERGY.

"FROM TIME TO TIME WE HAVE IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF ELECTRIC LIGHT FOR ADVERTISING DISPLAYS AND FLOODLIGHTING. WE HAVE ALSO IN THE PAST ADOPTED DAYLIGHT SAVING HOURS AND EVEN THE SUSPENSION OF NIGHT RACE MEETINGS," MR NENDICK SAID.

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RAISING STAFFING STANDARDS IN KINDERGARTENS

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK APPROVAL SHORTLY FOR A PACKAGE OF MEASURES DESIGNED TO RAISE STANDARDS OF STAFFING IN KINDERGARTENS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SO CHAU YIM-PING, MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN REVIEWING PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION POLICY IN THE LIGHT OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS IN ITS REPORT NO.2.

"WE INTEND TO SEEK APPROVAL SHORTLY FOR A PACKAGE OF MEASURES DESIGNED TO RAISE STANDARDS OF STAFFING IN KINDERGARTENS," HE SAID.

THE MEASURES INCLUDED:

* A LARGE-SCALE PROGRAMME OF BASIC TRAINING TO ENSURE THAT, WITHIN A FIVE YEAR PERIOD, ALL KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS OBTAIN AT LEAST THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION;

* PUBLISHING RECOMMENDED SALARY SCALES;

* ENABLING OPERATORS TO MEER HIGHER STAFF COSTS BY ALLOWING HIGHER FEES TO BE CHARGED, AND BY RAISING THE EXISTING LEVEL OF FEE ASSISTANCE TO ELIGIBLE NEEDY PARENTS;

* WAYS AND MEANS OF ENCOURAGING OPERATORS TO EMPLOY A HIGHER PROPORTION OF TRAINED STAFF.

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NOTHING TO PREVENT PROMOTION OF POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE

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NOTHING IN THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE OR REGULATIONS PREVENTS STUDENTS FROM RECEIVING INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION AIMED AT PROMOTING POLITICAL AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, MR YEUNG EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS ONLY WHERE SUCH INSTRUCTION OR EDUCATION WAS CONSIDERED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO BE PREJUDICIAL TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST OR TO THE WELFARE OF THE STUDENTS OR OF EDUCATION GENERALLY THAT IT MIGHT BE PROHIBITED.

"IT IS TRUE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MAY REQUIRE A STUDENT WHO HAS TAKEN PART IN PROCESSIONS, PROPAGANDA OR POLITICAL ACTIVITIES TO BE EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL," HE ADDED.

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"THIS POWER, HOWEVER, HAS NEVER BEEN INVOKED."

SINCE THERE APPEARED TO BE A MISCONCEPTION THAT THE EDUCATION REGULATIONS PROHIBITED POLITICAL ACTIVITY OF ANY KIND IN SCHOOLS, MR YEUNG SAID THERE WAS A CASE FOR REVIEWING THEM TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT POLITICAL ACTIVITIES WERE IN ORDER, SO LONG AS THE WELFARE AND INTERESTS OF STUDENTS WERE SAFEGUARDED.

"THIS WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR CURRENT REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS, AND I HOPE WE COULD REACH A VIEW BEFORE TOO LONG," HE SAID.

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MEASURES TO PROTECT TAI A CHAU ENVIRONMENT

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MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN AT THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HOLDING CENTRE AT TAI A CHAU TO ENSURE THAT THE ISLAND’S ENVIRONMENT IS ADEQUATELY PROTECTED, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON JAMES TIEN, MR BARNES SAID BASIC FACILITIES SUCH AS WATER TANKS AND GENERATORS HAD BEEN INSTALLED AT TAI A CHAU WHICH WAS CONTINUING TO BE USED AS A TEMPORARY HOLDING CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

"THE CONDITIONS ON THE ISLAND ARE FAR FROM SATISFACTORY. THE BOAT PEOPLE ARE INTENDED TO BE HELD IN TRANSIT ONLY AND TO BE MOVED TO ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION WHEN AVAILABLE.

"UNFORTUNATELY, THE CONTINUING ARRIVALS OF LARGE NUMBERS OF VIETNAMESE MAKE IT UNLIKELY THAT THE USE OF THE ISLAND CAN BE RELINQUISHED IN THE NEAR FUTURE," MR BARNES SAID.

THE MAIN ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT TO THE ISLAND AROSE FROM THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE CURRENTLY DETAINED THERE AND THE ABSENCE OF WASTE COLLECTION, DISPOSAL FACILITIES, PROPER SEWAGE AND DRAINS, HE NOTED.

MR BARNES SAID THE POLICE HAD MOBILISED THE BOAT PEOPLE TO COLLECT THE RUBBISH THEMSELVES FOR DISPOSAL BY INCINERATION, AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD CARRIED OUT PEST CONTROL MEASURES INCLUDING SPRAYING AND ANTI-MOSQUITO AND FLY CONTROL.

"THERE ARE FURTHER PLANS TO BRING MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT TO DIG REFUSE PITS, PREPARE TOILET AREAS, INSTAL LATRINES AND IMPROVE DRAINAGE AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL," HE SAID.

"THE POLICE HAVE WARNED THE BOAT PEOPLE TO KEEP AWAY FROM THE MARICULTURE RAFTS AND POLICE PATROLS HAVE BEEN MOUNTED TO PREVENT ACCESS.

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"UNFORTUNATELY, OTHER LIVESTOCK, IN THE FORM OF SOME SEMI-WILD CATTLE WHO TEND TO WANDER ALL OVER THE ISLAND, CANNOT BE OFFERED COMPLETE PROTECTION," MR BARNES ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SAFETY OF POLICE OFFICERS STATIONED ON THE ISLAND WOULD BE ENSURED BY ESTABLISHED OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES, AND CONTINGENCY PLANS HAD BEEN DRAWN UP FOR DEALING WITH ANY POTENTIAL DISTURBANCE.

"VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ON TAI A CHAU, UNLIKE THOSE HELD IN OTHER DETENTION CENTRES, ARE NOT CONFINED WITHIN A FENCED AREA. COMPLETE POLICING, GIVEN THE SITUATION ON THE ISLAND AND THE POLICE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, IS THEREFORE NOT POSSIBLE.

"HOWEVER, THE MAIN AREAS WHERE THE POPULATION IS CONCENTRATED ARE REGULARLY PATROLLED AND PROMPT ACTION IS TAKEN AGAINST ANY PERSONS WHO BREACH THE LAW," MR BARNES SAID.

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THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WAS CONSULTED RECENTLY ON A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE PROVISION OF PAID ANNUAL LEAVE FOR WORKERS FROM SEVEN DAYS TO UP TO 10 DAYS, DEPENDING ON LENGTH OF SERVICE.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS INFORMED OF THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG.

"THE BOARD’S ADVICE WILL BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED AND I AWAIT THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR’S RECOMMENDATIONS," MR YEUNG ADDED IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THERE WERE NO PLANS TO INTRODUCE MARRIAGE LEAVE WITH PAY IN HONG KONG.

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CLOSE DOWN THE LANDFILL AT JORDAN VALLEY NEXT YEAR WHEN A NEW REFUSE TRANSFER STATION IS OPENED AT KOWLOON BAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN GIVING A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON POON CHI-FAI ON GOVERNMENT MEASURES TO TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION PROBLEMS GENERATED BY THE LANDFILL, MR BARNES SAID:

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"THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH THE PROBLEM OF ODOURS IN THE SUMMER WILL FINALLY BE SOLVED IS BY CLOSURE.

"WE PROPOSE TO CLOSE DOWN JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL IN THE NEW REFUSE TRANSFER STATION IS OPENED AT KOWLOON BAY."

1990 WHEN

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE NEXT YEAR, A FINAL SOIL COVER WOULD BE PLACED OVER THE LANDFILL. A GAS CONTROL SYSTEM WOULD ALSO BE INSTALLED TO ENSURE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO HAZARDOUS EMISSION OF LANDFILL GAS.

MR BARNES SAID THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WAS PREPARING THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE FINAL COVER AND THE GAS CONTROL SYSTEM.

HE ADDED THAT THE SOLID WASTES DISPOSAL STRATEGY RECOGNISED THAT REFUSE IN HOT CLIMATES ALWAYS SMELLED, HOWEVER WELL-MANAGED.

MR BARNES ALSO SAID THAT IN THE MEANTIME, IN THIS SUMMER AND NEXT. THE GOVERNMENT HAD EMPLOYED A RELIABLE AND EXPERIENCED LANDFILI CONTRACTOR TO MANAGE THE LANDFILL.

THE METHODS USED TO COMPACT, COVER AND SEAL THE REFUSE WERE UP TO DATE AND PROPERLY SUPERVISED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND ALSO MONITORED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

"THE LEACHATES FLOW INTO THE FOUL DRAINAGE SYSTEM. MOREOVER, THERE ARE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISPOSING OF LEACHATE FROM REFUSE WHEEL;NG VEHICLES AND THE WASHING OF THE VEHICLES AND THE ROADS AROUND THE LANDFILL SITES," MR BARNES SAID.

HE SAID HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT MORE COULD BE DONE TO MAKE JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL OFFEND LESS. THE ONLY REAL ANSWER WAS REMOVA: AND TO ENSURE THAT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF MANAGEMENT WERE MAINTAINED MEANWHILE.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS BEING DONE," HE ADDED.

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MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS NOT SPECIFIED *****

THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE DOES NOT SPECIFY ANY MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS A MANAGER OF A SCHOOL. TH-SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, INFORHF’’ THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IN CONSIDERING AN APPLICATION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIOb TAKES INTO ACCOUNT VARIOUS FACTORS, INCLUDING THE APPLICANT'-. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, EXPERIENCE IN OR KNOWLEDGE OF EDUCATION CHARACTER AND AGE," MR YEUNG EXPLAINED.

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"THE DIRECTOR MAY SfeS-USE THE APPLICATION IF THE APPLICANT IS NOT CONSIDERED FIT AND PROPER, OR IF OTHER STIPULATIONS IN SECTION 25 OF THE ORDINANCE ARE NOT MET."

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, MR YEUNG ADDED THAT IF IT APPEARED TO THE DIRECTOR AT ANY TIME THAT A MANAGER COULD NOT PERFORM SATISFACTORILY THE DUTIES INVOLVED, THE APPROVAL TO BE A MANAGER MIGHT BE WITHDRAWN.

"SINCE MANY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY NOW IN THEIR MIDDLE AGE HAVE HAD LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION, IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS STAGE TO STIPULATE ANY MINIMUM ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT," HE SAID.

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NINE BILLS PASSED

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NINE BILLS, INCLUDING A PRIVATE BILL, WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE EIGHT GOVERNMENT BILLS WERE THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE COUNTRY PARKS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE TEMPORARY CONTROL OF DENSITY OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (KOWLOON) BILL 1989, THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF PROCEEDS) BILL 1989, THE PRIVILEGES AND’ IMMUNITIES (THE IN'i I RNATTONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS) BILL 1989, THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 AND THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY (AMENDMENT) BILL.1989.

THE PRIVATE BILL WAS THE SAILORS HOME AND MISSIONS TO SEAMEN INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

IN ADDITION, TWO BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY WERE THE SECURITIES (INSIDER DEALING) BILL 1989 AND THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989.

DEBATES ON THESE TWO BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

TWO MOTIONS, MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORD I NANCE AND THE PEAK TRAMWAY ORDINANCE RESPECTIVELY, WERE PASSED.

THE 1988 ANNUAL REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION WAS TABLED IN THE MEETING.

THE COUNCIL DEBATED A MEMBER’S MOTION CONCERNING THE GREEN PAPER. ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG.

THE MOTION, MOVED BY THE HON MARIA TAM, READ: "THAT THIS

COI CIL TAKES NOTE OF THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG

|« NG AND URGES THE GOVERNMENT ACTIVELY TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A

T. \NSPORT STRATEGY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY."

TWELVE MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE MOTION. THE SECRETARY FOR

TRANSPORT SPOKE FOR THE GOVERNMENT. THE MOTION WAS PASSED.

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REASSURANCES GIVEN ON SAI KUNG VBP CAMP t * » * *

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REITERATED ASSURANCES THAT THE TEMPORARY CAMP FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE IN SAI KUNG WOULD NOT CAUSE POLLUTION TO THE AREA.

"ADEQUATE MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, AVOID POLLUTION AND ENSURE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED," HE SAID.

"THE CAMP IS IN A REMOTE LOCATION ON THE COFFER DAM WELL BELOW THE HIGH ISLAND WEST DAM AND WILL NOT IMPINGE ON THE AREAS WITHIN THE COUNTRY PARK."

MR ASPREY HAS INFORMED THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN IN A LETTER THIS WEEK THAT A DECISION HAS BEEN REACHED TO PROCEED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CAMP.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN NOTE OF THE OBJECTIONS AND POINTS MADE BY THE BOARD, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE EFFECT ON THE CHONG HING WATER SPORTS CENTRE, THE SAFETY OF THE LOCAL POPULATION AND THE SECURITY OF THE CAMP," HE SAID.

"I CAN ASSURE THE DISTRICT BOARD THAT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SECURITY OF THE CAMP IS VERY MUCH IN OUR MINDS.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FORCED TO LOOK FOR A REMOTE SITE FOR MORE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION TO COPE WITH THE CONTINUING LARGE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

"SO FAR THIS YEAR WE HAVE HAD MORE THAN 25,000 NEW ARRIVALS; IN MAY AND JUNE ALONE, THERE WERE 9,19-1 AND 9,691 RESPECTIVELY."

MR ASPREY STRESSED THAT NO REFUGEE VISITORS WOULD BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE AREA OF THE WATER SPORTS CENTRE AND THE BOAT PEOPLE CAMP.

"WE ARE MINDFUL OF THE EFFECT OF THE CAMP ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND WE SHALL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO POLLUTION EITHER OF THE SEA OR OF THE LAGOON USED BY THE WATER SPORTS CENTRE, WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC," HE SAID.

TO DEAL WITH WASTE WATER FROM KITCHENS, SHOWERS AND CLOTHES-WASHING AREAS IN THE CAMP, MR ASPREY SAID THERE WOULD BE A TREATMENT SYSTEM INVOLVING THE USE OF SETTLEMENT TANKS AND SAND FILTRATION.

"WE DO NOT INTEND TO OPEN THE CAMP BEFORE THIS TREATMENT SYSTEM IS IN OPERATION," HE SAID.

"OTHER ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES INCLUDE THE COLLECTION OF WASTE IN METAL TANKS AND EMPTYING THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR DELIVERY TO SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT."

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OPEN FORUM ON RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE

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A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP UNDER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD AN OPEN FORUM ON THE ISSUE OF RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN ON FRIDAY (JULY 14) IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING AT 15 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE FORUM IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE FIVE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT, THE WAN CHAI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION AND THE METHODIST CENTRE.

IT AIMS TO AROUSE RESIDENTS1 AWARENESS OF THEIR RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN, AND ADVISE THEM ON THE ACTIONS THEY COULD TAKE IN GETTING BACK THE RIGHT.

SPEAKING AT THE FORUM WILL BE OMELCO MEMBER, MRS RITA FAN; AND THREE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MR CHUNG YEE-ON, MR NORMAN LO AND MS ANNA TANG.

THE THREE DB MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON ’’BRITISH CHINESE AND 1997”, "LESSONS FROM THE PAST” AND ’’CITIZENS AND THEIR POLITICAL RIGHTS” RESPECTIVELY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE, STARTING AT 7.30 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPEN FORUM ON THE ISSUE OF RIGHT OF ABODE IN BRITAIN TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 14), BEGINNING AT 7.30 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, 15 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION CALL * * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, DR DANIEL TSE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED FOR WIDER SUPPORT IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

IN AN INFORMAL LUNCHEON MEETING WITH SENIOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES, DR TSE EMPHASISED THAT A WELL-ESTABLISHED LEGAL SYSTEM AND GOOD OBSERVANCE OF THE RULE OF LAW BY THE PEOPLE WERE "THE KEYS TO STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE SOCIETY”.

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"IN THE RUN UP TO 1997, LOCAL RESIDENTS SHOULD STEP AHEAD TO RECOGNISE THEIR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AS PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW," HE SAID.

DR TSE ALSO OUTLINED THE COMMITTEE’S WORK PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

THESE INCLUDE THE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE PEOPLE’S UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND CONTINUED STABILITY.

ALSO IMPORTANT IS THE NEED TO HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT I'HE CONTINUED WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG DEPENDS ON THE PEOPLE’S RATIONAL PARTICIPATION IN ITS ADMINISTRATION AT VARIOUS LEVELS AND TH IR DETERMINATION TO UPHOLD THE SPIRIT OF THE RULE OF LAW.

FURTHERMORE, RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THE 1991 DIRECT ELECTIONS, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF VOTING. ALSO THE BASIS FOR DEVELOPING THEIR INDEPENDENT THINKING OVER HIES.. ISSUES SHOULD BF. PROVIDED.

DR TSE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALLOCATED $2.1 MILLION F( ■ THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN 1989-90.

THE COMMITTEE HAS AGREED THAT IN 1989-90 MORE RESOURCES SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF, AND PARTICIPATION IN, THE POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG; AND TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT OF THE RULE OF LAW.

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PREPARATION FOR AREA COMMITTEE GATHERING UNDERWAY * ♦ * t *

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION D T':

MEMBERS OF THE 89 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE 10 URBAN DISTRH AR. WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS MAKING THE FORTHCOMING BIG GATHERING FOR ARE \

COMMITTEES A SUCCESS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR DAVID LAN, AT AN "A STEP CLOSER" SEMINAR FOR AREA COMMITTEES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

HE SAID .THE GATHERING WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI- ON NOVEMBER 18 AS THE CLIMAX I’O THE SERIES OF "A STEP CLOSER" SEMINARS.

MR LAN SAID AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE HEADED BY THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR RAYMOND WONG, HAD BEEN FORMED WITH MEMBERS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

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THE COMMITTEE HELD ITS FIRST MEETING RECENTLY TO DISCUSS PREPARATION WORK FOR THE GATHERING AND A SECOND MEETING WOULD BE HELD WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.

AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, DISTRICT OFFICERS AND THEIR STAFF WERE KEEPING IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH AREA COMMITTEES TO PLAN THE PROGRAMMES TO BE CONTRIBUTED BY THE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE GATHERING.

MR LAN NOTED THAT AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN ONE DISTRICT HAD INDICATED THEIR PLAN TO PRESENT A SONG AND DANCE PROGRAMME INVOLVING MEMBERS’ APPEARANCE IN CHINESE TRADITIONAL COSTUMES AND PERFORMING THE DRAGON DANCE.

MR LAN SAID PROGRAMMES AS SUCH WOULD ADD EXCITEMENT TO THE GATHERING.

"I AM VERY PLEASED WITH AREA COMMITTEES' RESPONSE TO, AND SUPPORT FOR, THE GATHERING, WHICH WILL NOT ONLY STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AREA COMMITTEES AND THE CNTA, BUT ALSO THAT AMONG THE AREA COMMITTEES THEMSELVES," HE NOTED.

TURNING TO COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND DISTRICT BOARDS, MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT AREA COMMITTEES WERE PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

"AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS, COMING FROM VARIOUS RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS, HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF PROMOTING COMMUNITY UNITY AND SERVING AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT AREA COMMITTEES HAD WORKED HARD TOWARDS BUILDING A HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY.

AREA COMMITTEES, APART FROM REFLECTING TO THE AUTHORITIES PROBLEMS CONCERNING PEOPLE’S LIVELIHOOD, ALSO TOOK THE INITIATIVE IN PLANNING VARIOUS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS WITH A VIEW TO PROMOTING INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONS AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT.

SINCE LAST YEAR, THE CNTA HAD BEEN PROVIDING AREA COMMITTEES WITH FUNDS FOR ORGANISING THESE PROJECTS.

"AREA COMMITTEES ARE UNDOUBTEDLY PLAYING AN ACTIVE AND IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY BUILDING, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES SO THAT THEY WOULD FULFIL THEIR ROLE MORE EFFECTIVELY," MR LAN CONCLUDED.

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VISIT TO NEW LIFE FARM * * * * *

A GROUP OF YOUTH VOLUNTEERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE NEW LIFE FARM OF THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION IN TUEN MUN TO GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE YOUTHS WERE BRIEFED ON THE OPERATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP AND HOSTEL WHICH PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 40 AND SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT FOR 60 DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS.

WORKERS IN THE FARM GROW VEGETABLES AND PLANTS, REAR PIGS AND PIGEONS AND SELL THE PRODUCE. THE INCOME, AFTER DEDUCTING THE COSTS OF SEEDS, YOUNG ANIMALS, FODDER, FERTILISERS AND SO ON, WOULD BE SHARED AMONG THE WORKERS.

TO SUPPLEMENT THE INCOME FROM FARMING, THE FARM ALSO OBTAINS SIMPLE ASSEMBLY WORKS FROM OTHER SHELTERED WORKSHOPS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

THE VOLUNTEERS LEARNED THAT THE FARM’S OPEN ENVIRONMENT, RELAXED WORKING PATTERN AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCIVE TO THE REHABILITATION OF MENTAL PATIENTS, ESPECIALLY CHRONIC PATIENTS WHO ARE OLD AND HAVE LIMITED WORKING CAPACITY.

EARLIER, THE GROUP WAS BRIEFED ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND REHABILITATION SERVICES BY A SOCIAL WORKER.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE ASSOCIATION'S SHAN KING HALF-WAY HOUSE, WHERE RESIDENTIAL CARE IS PROVIDED FOR 40 RECOVERED MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE GROUP WAS TAKING PART IN A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, "CONCERN, REALISE AND PARTICIPATE IN YOUR COMMUNITY", ORGANISED BY THE WEST KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART IN THE PROGRAMME HAD PAID VISITED VARIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICE FACILITIES SUCH AS HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY, YOUNG OFFENDERS AND THE DISABLED.

THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN A TRAINING CAMP AT THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP IN TAI PO THIS WEEKEND WHEN THEY WOULD SHARE THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM THE VISITS AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE SERVICES FOR CLIENTS IN THESE FACILITIES.

THE PROGRAMME IS ONE IN A SERIES OF REGIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

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CYC MEMBERS TO TOUR MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE

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THIRTY-SEVEN OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHO WERE AWARDED A TRIP OVERSEAS FOR THEIR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES IN THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME THIS YEAR, WILL BE LEAVING FOR KUALA LUMPUR IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE NEXT WEEK.

THE 37 MEMBERS INCLUDE 15 BOYS AND 22 GIRLS FROM 19 PRIMARY AND 18 SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

ADDRESSING THE CYC MEMBERS AT A FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND TEA PARTY TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, URGED THEM TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT AND THE GOOD WORK OF CYC WHILE VISITING THE TWO COUNTRIES.

MR LI SAID THE DELEGATION WOULD BE REPRESENTING THE 270,000 CYC MEMBERS IN HONG KONG AND SHOULD PASS ON THE MESSAGE OF THE CYC MOVEMENT TO YOUTHS IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE.

THEY SHOULD ALSO SHARE THE EXPERIENCE OBTAINED OVERSEAS WITH THEIR FELLOW MEMBERS ON THEIR RETURN, HE SAID.

THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME IS AIMED AT BUILDING UP MEMBERS’ COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE THIS YEAR.

THE TRIP IS SPONSORED BY THE LAW’S FOUNDATIONS TRUST, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE COMMISSIONS IN HONG KONG.

TO MARK THE DEPARTURE OF THE DELEGATION, MR LI PRESENTED A FLAG TO THE DELEGATION LEADER MR CHAM CHUNG-MING, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE CYC COUNCIL (WAN CHAI DISTRICT).

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY AND PARTY TODAY WERE THE DELEGATION MEMBERS’ PARENTS AND SCHOOL HEADS.

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DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS UNDERTAKEN BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN RESPONSE TO A SURVEY ON THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROBLEMS.

THOSE INVOLVED IN THE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME ARE THE TRANSPORT, THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, THE HIGHWAYS, AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL AS THE POLICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE SETTING UP OF AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO CO-ORDINATE THE DISTRICT’S 1989-90 ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS ARE A PROGRESS REPORT ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN KWUN TONG, THE SETTLED BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, AND THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT MEASURES

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT MEASURES AT THE ELEVATED WALKWAY ADJOINING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ENDORSE THE REVISED COST ESTIMATES FOR REPAIRING ON-STREET DISTRICT BOARD NOTICE BOARDS.

AT THE MEETING, A MEMBER WILL ASK WHAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO PREVENT RESIDENTS OF MEI SUN LAU BUILDING IN SHEK TONG TSUI FROM BEING AFFECTED BY THE NOISE GENERATED BY AIR-CONDITIONING COOLERS OF A NEARBY INDUSTRIAL BUILDING IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

A DOCUMENT ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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KWAI TSING DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS HONG KONG.

BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANG HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE GREEN PAPER AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Y0U ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD SPECIAL MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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DB COMMITTEE TO BE BRIEFED ON REMEDIAL MEASURES *****

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BRIEF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE ON THE LANDSLIP AND FLOODING PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS REMEDIAL MEASURES AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL EXPLAIN THE EXPANSION OF THE DEVELOPMENT STUDY OF AREA 38 IN SOUTHWEST TUEN MUN.

THEY WILL ALSO SEEK MEMBERS’ VIEWS REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CYCLETRACK ALONG THE WEST BANK OF TUEN MUN NULLAH AND THE CLOSURE OF A TEMPORARY ACCESS TO MCLEHOSE TRAIL NEAR KAM FAI GARDEN FOR 12 MONTHS.

MEANWHILE, MEMBERS WILL ASK OFFICERS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TO EVALUATE THE AIR QUALITY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO RECEIVED REQUESTS FROM RESIDENTS FOR IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS NEAR THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE TUEN MUN CLOSED CENTRE AND AT BUTTERFLY ESTATE.

THE MEETING WILL EXAMINE A REQUEST TO CONVERT THE LAM TEI MARKET INTO A MARKET COMPLEX, PROBLEMS CREATED BY LORRIES AT SAN HUI MARKET AND A REQUEST FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO USE LIDDED RUBBISH BINS .

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THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, PROGRESS REPORT OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, A LAYOUT PLAN FOR THE KAR WO LEI VILLAGE RESITE AND THE PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE ON FRIDAY (JULY 14).

THE SECRETARY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR JAMES LI, SAID: $665,000 WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR FOR SCHOLARSHIPS INTEREST-FREE LOANS FROM THE FUNDS.

MARINE FISH "A TOTAL OF GRANTS AND

"I WOULD THEREFORE URGE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS NOT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY OF OBTAINING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES."

AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 VARIOUS DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL AND

APPLICATION FORMS ARE STILL HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AND FROM

FISHERIES LIAISON OFFICES.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS SERVE THE LOCAL

THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH WERE SET UP IN 1978 TO HELP PEOPLE WHO WISH TO AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR RELATED TRADES ON COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES, AND ALSO THOSE EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRIES.

THE AWARDS WILL BE TENABLE AT ANY UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, CITY POLYTECHNIC, BAPTIST COLLEGE, ANY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND ANY ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS INSTITUTION.

APPLICANTS FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE.

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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 TRADE.

MR LI SAID DEPENDANTS OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES STUDYING IN FORMS FOUR TO SEVEN WERE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WOULD CLOSE ON AUGUST 16.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE FUNDS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-7332244 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN CENTRAL

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 14) FOR INSTALLING GANTRY SIGNS ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL:

* CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND BETWEEN CLUB STREET AND MANDARIN HOTEL)

* CHATER ROAD BETWEEN ICE HOUSE STREET AND PEDDER STREET;

* ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD; AND

* JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD.

IN ADDITION, CHATER ROAD BETWEEN CLUB STREET AND ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND; AND ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN CHATER ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON GLOUCESTER ROAD ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA HARCOURT ROAD (AT GROUND LEVEL) AND COTTON TREE DRIVE TO JOIN QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL.

FOR THOSE HEADING FOR CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, THEY MAY TRAVEL VIA HARCOURT ROAD (AT GROUND LEVEL), COTTON TREE DRIVE, LAMBETH WALK, CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET; OR PROCEED VIA HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, MURRAY ROAD, COTTON TREE DRIVE, LAMBETH WALK, CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET; OR DRIVE VIA HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, CLUB STREET, CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL TO CENTRAL ARE ADVISED TO USE QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND QUEENSWAY.

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41 TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT » » ♦ * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 14), VEHICLES EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM ELECTRIC ROAD TO TSING FUNG STREET, NORTH POINT.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TSING FUNG STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ELECTRIC ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE WEST WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

THESE MEASURES WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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HEAVY VEHICLE BAN IN HORNSEY ROAD * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 14), VEHICLES OVER 5.5 TONNES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER HORNSEY ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT (JULY 14), PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED LEADING FROM YEN CHOW STREET TO NAM CHEONG ESTATE IN SHAM SHUI PO.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MARCH EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED . 1

’ MEET-THE-PUBLIC ’ SCHEME AN EFFECTIVE CHANNEL............... 5

ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SALE TOMORROW........................... 7

LIVESTOCK FARMERS SEE WASTE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION........... 7

CERTIFICATE SAFETY COURSES OPEN FOR ENROLMENT ................ 8

FRONTIER SCHOOL’S FIRST GRADUATES ............................ }

KINDERGARTEN GIRL WINS GOLD MEDAL IN ART SHOW................. 10

HK REGIMENT SHOOTS TO SUCCESS ................................ 11

WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING ON SUNDAY......... 12

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO ISLANDS............... 13

TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DISTRICT STRATEGY........... 13

PUBLIC HOUSING MAINTENANCE IN KWAI TSING ON AGENDA............ 14

FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS FOR THE ELDERLY........................ 14

CLOSURE OF COTTON TREE DRIVE MARRIAGE REGISTRY................ 15

URBAN CLEARWAY ON JAFFE ROAD.................................. 16

LONG VEHICLE BAN TO BE LIFTED................................. 16

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS ..................... 16

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1989

MARCH EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED »»*»»*«**

THERE WERE 814,200 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN MARCH 1989, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 4.1 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH MARCH 1988, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 707,100 IN MARCH 1989, WAS 5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1988.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 241,000. WAS UP BY 12.7 PER CENT.

EMPLOYMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 1.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MARCH 1988.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN MARCH 1989 WERE DERIVED FROM THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT. THESE SECTORS COVER THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. THERE IS A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEYCOVERING CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, WITH CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1988 AND FOLLOWS:

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN*

MARCH 1989 IN THESE

COMPARISON WITH THE

DECEMBER 1988, ARE AS

PERCENTAGE CHANGE**

SELECTED MA JOB' SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 88 DEC. 88 MAR. 89 MAR. 89 ON MAR. 88 MAR. 89 ON DEC. 88

MANUFACTURING 849,100 837,100 814,200 -1.1 -2.7

CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES ONLY) 74,100 76,300 73,000 -1.6 -4.4

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES 673,300 7 1 I,300 707,100 + 5.0 -0.6

AND RESTAURANTS

AND HOTELS

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FINANCING, 213,900 235,500 241,000 +12.7 +2.4

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

* FIGURES ARE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST HUNDRED.

* * BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARING MARCH 1989 WITH DECEMBER 1988, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING, THE CONSTRUCTION SITES, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTLES SECTORS DECREASED BY 2.7 PER CENT, 4.4 PER CENT, AND O.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 2.4 PER CENT.

THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL ALSO PROVIDES VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THESE SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS (EXCEPT CONSTRUCTION SITES WHICH ARE COVERED IN A SEPARATE SURVEY). THE VACANCY DATA TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1988 AND DECEMBER 1988 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF REPORTED

VACANCIES IN*

PERCENTAGE CHANGE**

SELECTED MAJOR

SECTORS OF THE MAR. 89 ON MAR. 89 ON

ECONOMY MAR. 88 DEC. 88 MAR. 89 MAR. 88 DEC.88

MANUFACTURING 57,700 51,790 57,050 -1.1. + 10.2

WHOLESALE AND 33,480 32,600 37,720 + 12.7 + 15.7

RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

FINANCING, 8,890 10,640 11,630 +30.9 +9.4

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

* FIGURES ARE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST TEN.

* * BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

RELATIVE TO MARCH 1988, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED SLIGHTLY BY 1.1 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 12.7 PER CENT AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AN INCREASE OF 30.9 PER CENT.

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COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1988, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE MANUFACTURING, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS INCREASED BY 10.2 PER CENT, 15.7 PER CENT AND 9.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MARCH 1989.

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 TABLE:

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY 1ST QTR. 1988 1ST QTR. 1989 1ST 1ST QTR. 1989 ON QTR. 1988

HK$ MN HK$ MN

MANUFACTURING 10,522 11,712 + 11.3

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 8,950 11,071 + 23.7

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 4,440 5,970 + 34.4

* BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES

COMPARED WITH SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 11.3 PER CENT, 23.7 PER CENT AND 34.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989.

AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN MARCH 1988 AND MARCH 1989, ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. THESE TWO INDICES FOR MARCH 1988 AND MARCH 1989 ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW:

/NOMINAL INDEX .......

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NOMINAL INDEX OF

PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED

(JUNE 1980 = 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 88 MAR. 89 MAR. 89 ON MAR. 88

MANUFACTURING 252.2 297.0 + 17.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 250.1 290.0 + 16.0

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 244.0 288.6 + 18.3

REAL PAYROLL PER (JUNE INDEX OF PERSON ENGAGED 1980 = 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY' MAR. 88 MAR. 89 MAR. 89 ON MAR. 88

MANUFACTURING 140.6 151.2 + 7.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 139.4 147.7 + 6.0

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 136.0 146.9 + 8.0

BETWEEN MARCH CENT WAS REGISTERED 1988 AND IN THE MARCH 1989, AN NOMINAL INDEX INCREASE OF 17.8 PER OF PAYROLL PER PERSON

ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTORS.

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FOR THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 16 PER CENT AND FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 18.3 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF 7.5 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 6 PER CENT FOR THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND 8 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 1989, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT ill PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 19TH FLOOR, WANCIIAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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’MEET-THE-PUBLIC’ SCHEME AN EFFECTIVE CHANNEL t t * ♦ ♦

THE "MEET-THE-PUBLIC” SCHEME BEING OPERATED BY DISTRICT BOARDS HAS PROVED TO BE ONE OF THE VERY EFFECTIVE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE GOVERNMENT, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ADDRESSING A LUNCH MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF TAI PING SHAN, MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TERRITORY MET THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS UNDER THE SCHEME.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1981, THE SCHEME HAD ALSO PROVED TO BE ABLE TO:

* PROVIDE AN INFORMAL, EASY, BUT DIRECT ACCESS FOR RESIDENTS TO MEET AND KNOW BETTER THEIR DB MEMBERS;

* ENABLE DB MEMBERS TO HAVE FIRST HAND INFORMATION OF LOCAL PROBLEMS AS WELL AS THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS AND THEIR VIEWS ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND MEASURES;

* TO PUT DB MEMBERS IN A BETTER POSITION TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON DETERMINING PRIORITIES FOR THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES IN DISTRICTS; AND

* TO SERVE AS AN ADDITIONAL CHANNEL FOR AIRING OF GRIEVANCES AND FOR REMEDYING OF MALADM1NSTRATION.

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TRACING THE HISTORY OE THE SCHEME, MR LAN SAID IT WAS LAUNCHED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND HAD BEEN EXTENDED TO 17 OTHER DISTRICTS BY MID-1983. THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD STARTED !'<’ "MEET-THE-PUBLIC" SCHEME AS SOON AS IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN APRIL 1985

UNDER THE SCHEME, HE CONTINUED, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC U< ’ l.D EITHER RING UP A DISTRICT BOARD’S SECRETARIAT OR GO TO A DISTRICT OFFICE IN PERSON TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A DB MEMBER.

EACH DISTRICT OFFICE MAINTAINED A DUTY ROSTER FOR DB MEMBERS, BOTH ELECTED AND APPOINTED, TO ENABLE RESIDENTS TO FIND OUT WHEN AMD WHERE THE MEETING SESSIONS WERE HELD, AND WHEN A PARTICULAR DB MEMBER WOULD BE ON DUTY TO MEET THEM.

"THE TIME-TABLE AND THE MEETING VENUES ARE PUBLICISHED ON CHE NOTICE BOARDS OF ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND PUBLISHED IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPERS.

"TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY OF THE SCHEME IS ARRANGED BY THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST (API) ON TELEVISION AND RADIO, WHILE PUBLICITY LEAFLETS ARE ALSO DISTRIBUTED FREE AT DISTRICT OFFICES AND THEIR SUB-OFFICES," MR LAN SAID.

DURING THE MEETING SESSIONS, DB MEMBERS WERE ASSISTED BY DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WHO PROVIDED SECRETARIAL SUPPORT.

"IF THE MATTER RAISED IS A STRAIGHT-FORWARD ONE, THE DB MEMBER WILL DEAL * i TH IT ON THE SPOT. IF IT IS A MORE COMPLICATED ONE, HE MAY ASK THE DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF TO RESEARCH FOR AN ANSWER OR REFER THE MATTER TO RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR ORGANISATIONS FOR ADVICE OR FOLLOW UP ACTION," HE SAID.

"IN SOME CASES, FURTHER INVESTIGATION MAY BE NECESSARY AND FOLLOW UP ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE."

MR LAN SAID A CALLER MIGHT MAKE SUGGESTIONS ON GENERAL ISSUES, SUCH AS EDUCATION, HOUSING, BUILDING MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, HAWKERS AND MARKETS OR TRAFFIC MATTERS.

IN APPROPRIATE CASES, THE SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD OR ONE OF ITS COMMITTEES FOR DISCUSSION, AND THE CALLER WOULD BE INFORMED OF THE RESULTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

"IF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FIND A CERTAIN POLICY UNREASONABLE OR REQUIRES CHANGE, THEY WILL REFLECT RESIDENTS' VIEWS ON IT TO THE GOVERNMENT," HE NOTED.

TN CONCLUSION, MR LAN SAID THE DISTRICT BOARDS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISTRICT OFFICES, WERE KEEPING THE SCHEME UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW SO AS TO IDENTIFY AREAS FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS.

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ENVIRONMENT REVIEW ON SALE TOMORROW ******

A REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, "ENVIRONMENT HONG KONG 1989", WILL BE ON SALE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE 219-PAGE REVIEW, ILLUSTRATED WITH DIAGRAMS AND PICTURES, GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF THE MANY AND VARIED ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1988 TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT.

THE REPORT’S COVER IS A PICTURE PRODUCED BY COMPUTER GRAPHICS ON THE CALCULATED WATER POLLUTION LEVELS IN VICTORIA HARBOUR. THIS IS ONE OF THE ADVANCED TECHNICAL METHODS THE DEPARTMENT USES TO PLAN FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

IN ORDER TO CATER FOR THOSE WITH SIMPLY A GENERAL CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, A CHAPTER HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW OUTLINING, IN NON-TECHNICAL TERMS, THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

FOR READERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MORE DETAILS OF SPECIFIC TECHNICAL FIELDS, THERE ARE SEPARATE CHAPTERS COVERING WATER AND WASTES, AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT, NOISE AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT.

THERE IS A NEW CHAPTER ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WHICH EXPLAINS THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN ENHANCING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS OF THE PUBLIC, EDUCATING INTERESTED GROUPS ON SPECIFIED TECHNICAL MATTERS, AND STRENGTHENING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE REVIEW IS BEING PREPARED AND WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT MONTH.

THE REVIEW, AT $25 A COPY, IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GPO BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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LIVESTOCK FARMERS SEE WASTE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION

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MORE THAN 100 LIVESTOCK FARMERS WISHING TO CONTINUE BUSINESS IN CONTROL AREAS HAVE OBSERVED THE OPERATION OF THE PIG-ON-LITTER AND DRY MUCK-OUT METHODS UNDER PRIVATE FARM CONDITIONS.

DURING VISITS TO PRIVATE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON WASTE TREATMENT METHODS, THESE FARMERS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE OPERATION OF TREATMENT SYSTEMS WHICH WOULD ENABLE THEM TO COMPLY WITH ANTI-POLLUTION REGULATIONS.

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THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP ON DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS, MR JOHN BURRETT, TOLD MEMBERS AT A MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT SO FAR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS ARRANGED FIVE SUCH VISITS.

MORE VISITS WILL BE ARRANGED WHEN OTHER PRIVATE FARMS USING THE WET MUCK-OUT AND HYBRID METHODS ARE READY FOR DEMONSTRATION.

THE STEERING GROUP ALSO PAYS REGULAR VISITS TO THE NINE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS TO MONITOR PROGRESS.

AT THE REQUEST OF SOME STEERING GROUP MEMBERS, ANOTHER VISIT TO A POULTRY FARM IN FANLING, DEMONSTRATING THE HYBRID TREATMENT METHOD, WAS ARRANGED TO TAKE PLACE AFTER TODAY’S MEETING.

DURING THE MEETING, THE STEERING GROUP MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT OUT OF THE NINE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROJECT, FIVE HAVE ALREADY BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE OPERATORS.

A FARM USING THE PIG-ON-LITTER METHOD IS READY FOR HANDOVER PENDING THE COMPLETION OF MINOR WORKS.

ANOTHER FARM USING THE WET MUCK-OUT METHOD WILL BE COMMISSIONED WHEN INSTALLATION OF ANCILLARY FACILITIES IS COMPLETED.

OF THE TWO FARMS USING THE HYBRID SYSTEM, THE PIG FARM IN SHA TIN IS ALREADY OPERATING AND THE FARM OPERATOR IS BEING TRAINED IN THE USE OF THE SYSTEM WHILE TRAINING FOR THE OPERATOR OF THE POULTRY FARM IN FANLING WILL START SOON.

THE SYSTEMS IN BOTH FARMS ARE OPERATING SATISFACTORILY, PRODUCING EFFLUENTS COMPLYING WITH ANTI-POLLUTION STANDARDS.

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CERTIFICATE SAFETY COURSES OPEN FOR ENROLMENT

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE FOUR ONE-YEAR PART-TIME CERTIFICATE COURSES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY STAFF IN INDUSTRY IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE CERTIFICATE COURSES ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES AND MORE ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE IN SAFETY-RELATED SUBJECTS, A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE ENGAGED IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MATTERS," HE STRESSED.

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THE COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY LECTURERS OF THE POLYTECHNIC, SAFETY CONSULTANTS IN RELATED FIELDS, AND EXPERIENCED FACTORY INSPECTORS.

OF THE COURSES, TWO ARE ON GENERAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WHICH LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

"THE CERTIFICATE IS FULLY RECOGNISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A REQUIRED ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION FOR REGISTERING AS SAFETY OFFICERS," THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

"IN ADDITION, THEY ARE ALSO ACCEPTED BY THE HONG KONG OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ASSOCIATION AS SATISFYING THEIR ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT FOR CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP."

SUBJECTS TO BE COVERED IN THIS COURSE INCLUDE SAFETY LAWS, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE, SAFETY TECHNOLOGY, TECHNIQUES IN SAFETY MANAGEMENT AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION, AS WELL AS INSPECTION AND REPORTING.

THE OTHER TWO ARE MORE ADVANCED COURSES FOR HOLDERS OF THE ABOVE CERTIFICATE OR THOSE WITH RELATED QUALIFICATIONS TO FURTHER BROADEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

THEY ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL WITH ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD ORGANISATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SAFETY PRACTICES AND THE ABILITY TO TACKLE SAFETY PROBLEMS.

THOSE INTERESTED ARE URGED TO ENROL IMMEDIATELY.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC ON 3-7665388.

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FRONTIER SCHOOL’S FIRST GRADUATES *****

THE FIRST BATCH OF 32 GRADUATES FROM THE SHA TAU KOK CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI, TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE SCHOOL, BUILT AT A COST OF $ 11 MILLION AND SITUATED WITHIN THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA, IS AN AMALGAMATION OF FIVE RURAL SCHOOLS DISPERSED IN REMOTE VILLAGES IN SHA TAU KOK.

EQUIPPED WITH 12 STANDARD CLASSROOMS, A FULLY FURNISHED HALL AND VARIOUS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THE SCHOOL BEGAN WHOLE DAY OPERATIONS LAST SEPTEMBER.

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SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, MR HUI SAID THROUGH AN ACTIVITY APPROACH IN CLASSROOM EDUCATION AND THE PROMOTION OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, THE SCHOOL AIMED TO ENHANCE THE MORAL, INTELLECTUAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND AESTHETIC DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS.

"IT ALSO GIVES ASSISTANCE IN DISTRICT-BASED FUNCTIONS SUCH AS ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY, FIGHT CRIME VARIETY SHOWS, AS WELL AS CULTURAL AND SPORTS EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL," HE ADDED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR POON HUEN-WAI, AND DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER (NORTH), MR LEE YUK-FAI.

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KINDERGARTEN GIRL WINS GOLD MEDAL IN ART SHOW

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HONG KONG SCHOOL CHILDREN CAME THROUGH WITH FLYING COLOURS IN AN INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION IN JAPAN.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN GIRL FROM TUEN MUN WON A GOLD MEDAL AND SIX SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE AWARDED SILVER MEDALS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ENTRIES IN THE FIFTH KANAGAWA BIENNIAL WORLD CHILDREN'S ART EXHIBITION IN YOKOHAMA.

THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER IS CHAN WAI-YIN, OF PO LEUNG KUK SIU HONG COURT KINDERGARTEN. SHE WAS HONOURED FOR THE COLOURED CHALK DRAWING OF HER IMPRESSION OF HONG KONG AS A VIBRANT CITY.

THE DRAWING SHOWS HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS WITH TELEVISION ANTENNAE IN THE BACKGROUND, AN OCEAN LINER IN THE HARBOUR AND AN AIRCRAFT IN THE SKY --- REPRESENTING HONG KONG’S LINKS WITH THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF A GIRL, DEVELOPING THE THEME THAT HONG KONG IS HER HOME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID: "THE PICTURE IS RICH IN VISUAL DETAILS ASSEMBLED IN A TIGHTLY KNITTED COMPOSITION.

"THE LINEAR REPRESENTATION OF WAVES SYMMETRICALLY MATCHES THE LINEAR ANTENNAE AND THE EQUALLY SYSTEMATIC PATTERN OF FLUFFY CLOUDS IN THE SKY. IT IS REMARKABLE PIECE OF WORK BY A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL."

THE SILVER MEDALS WENT TO TWO GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS.

THE GIRLS ARE WONG SAU-WAI (AGED 10), OF YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY AM SCHOOL, AND SHIU WAI-YI (13), OF POPE PAUL VI COLLEGE.

THE BOYS ARE SIEW WING-KIT (8), OF ISLAND ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY PM SCHOOL, FAN SHUN-KEI (10), OF MARY ROSE SCHOOL (A SPECIAL SCHOOL), LO WAI-HUNG (11), OF PUI CHING PRIMARY SCHOOL, AND CHOI CHI-HUNG (14) OF PO LEUNG KUK CENTENARY COLLEGE.

/THE COMPETITION .......

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THE COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION ATTRACTED 14,371 ENTRIES FROM KANAGAWA PREFECTURE AND 25,873 OTHERS FROM 85 COUNTRIES AND TWO REGIONS IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING 78 FROM HONG KONG.

OF THE OVER 40,000 ENTRIES, 587 BY JAPANESE CHILDREN AND 615 BY CHILDREN OF OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING SEVEN FROM HONG KONG, WERE SELECTED FOR DISPLAY AT AN EXHIBITION IN YOKOHAMA.

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HK REGIMENT SHOOTS TO SUCCESS *******

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT’S SHOOTING TEAM RETURNED FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM TODAY (THURSDAY) FOLLOWING SUCCESS IN THE TERRITORIAL ARMY SKILL AT ARMS MEETING (TASAAM) AT BISLEY IN SOUTHEAST ENGLAND.

THE COMPETITION, HELD BETWEEN JULY 3 AND 9, BROUGHT TOGETHER EXPERT MARKSMEN FROM MOST RESERVE ARMY UNITS THROUGHOUT BRITAIN AND WAS ORGANISED BY THE TERRITORIAL ARMY RIFLE ASSOCIATION.

THE REGIMENT’S SHOOTERS WON THE TEAM PISTOL COMPETITION AND TROOPERS GILBERT U KING-HUNG AND JOE HO MANG-KEUNG CAME SECOND AND THIRD RESPECTIVELY IN THE INDIVIDUAL PISTOL EVENT. TROOPER U ALSO WON THE CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS OPEN TO MEMBERS WITH LESS THAN FIVE YEARS’ MILITARY SERVICE.

THE REGIMENT TEAM COMPRISED EIGHT SHOOTERS AND FOUR MANAGEMENT STAFF, AND THIS WAS THE SECOND SUCCESSIVE YEAR THE REGIMENT HAD COMPETED IN TASAAM, CONSIDERED TO BE A HIGHLY PRESTIGIOUS SHOOTING EVENT IN THE UK.

IT WAS TEAM EFFORT THAT HELPED THE HONG KONG REGIMENT CAPTURE THE TEAM PISTOL CHAMPIONSHIP, AND OUTSTANDING MARKSMANSHIP FROM TROOPERS GILBERT U AND JOE HO CONTRIBUTED TO THE REGIMENT’S OVERALL SUCCESS AT THE COMPETITION.

GILBERT U KING-HUNG, A WELL-KNOWN SHOOTER WHO REPRESENTED HONG KONG AT THE SEOUL OLYMPICS AND AT OTHER INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS, JOINED THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1988. IN CIVILIAN LIFE HE IS A MERCHANT.

JOE HO MANG-KEUNG HAS BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS, HAVING REPRESENTED THE REGIMENT IN NUMEROUS SHOOTING COMPETITIONS. IN CIVILIAN LIFE HE HAS HIS OWN ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS BUSINESS.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SHOOTING TEAM INCLUDE SERGEANT LO FOOK-SHUEN; CORPORALS CHAN WAI-SHUN AND NG YUK-MING; LANCE CORPORAL LOONG KAR-MING; AND TROOPERS SHING SAI-KEUNG AND LIEW SAN-YUEN.

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WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING ON SUNDAY' ******

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WITH MORE THAN 800 RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, WILL START ON SUNDAY (JULY7 16).

"THE ACTIVITIES WILL CATER FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 25 IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE SUMMER VACATION," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THEY INCLUDE PICNICS, CARNIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS, MOVIE SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS, TRAINING COURSES, CAMPING AND COMPETITIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE ACTIVITIES, WHICH CARRY THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", WERE BEING ORGANISED BY 42 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES, THE YOUTHS CAN DEVELOP A SENSE OF COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

A LEAFLET CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES, AND OFFICES OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH ARE ORGANISING THE EVENTS.

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A CARNIVAL, WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY7 16) AT THE PODIUM OF THE PHASE II MARKET OF CHOI WAN ESTATE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY7 WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, DR MICHAEL LEE; DISTRICT OFFICER,. MR BRIAN LAU; AND CHAIRWOMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MISS MARGARET HONG.

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY A BAND AND A CHINESE ORCHESTRA, A DEMONSTRATION OF TAEKWONDO, SCOTISH DANCES, A MAGIC SHOW AND STALL GAMES AT THE CARNIVAL.

MEANWHILE, A DECORATED VAN WILL BE ROVING THE STREETS OF THE DISTRICT BETWEEN 1 PM AND 6 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 15) TO PROMOTE THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY' AND CARNIVAL OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 16) AT THE PODIUM OF THE PHASE II MARKET OF CHOI WAN ESTATE.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO ISLANDS *****

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A PROGRESS REPORT ON APPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR 1989-90 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A TOTAL OF 18 PROJECTS WITH ESTIMATED COSTS AMOUNTING TO 81.24 MILLION WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE WORKS SECTION OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF SUPPLYING MECHANICAL GRASS CUTTERS FOR THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND A REQUEST TO CLARIFY THE NAMES OF VILLAGES IN SOUTH LANTAU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DISTRICT STRATEGY

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DISTRICT WORK STRATEGY OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER INVITING SPONSORSHIP FROM THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION FOR THE PREFERENTIAL SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE’S WORKING GROUPS AND FUND APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE 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.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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PUBLIC HOUSING MAINTENANCE IN KWAI TSING ON AGENDA

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS MAINTENANCE WORKS OF THE OLD PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND WAYS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICES.

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE DISTRICT AND AN PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON REHABILITATION SERVICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 1OTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS FOR THE ELDERLY * * * *

A FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP SERVICE FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (JULY 15) AND SUNDAY (JULY 16).

ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMO 1 1<>N ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE FREE MEDICAL SERVICE IS ALSO AIMED AT AROUSING RESIDENTS’ CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY.

OLD PEOPLE WHO WISH TO HAVE A PHYSICAL CHECK-UP MAY GO TO THE CHOI HUNG SERVICE CENTRE, ROOM 121-125, KAM WAH HOUSE, CHOI HUNG ESTATE FROM 9 AM TO NOON AND FROM 1.30 PM TO 4 PM ON THE IWO DAYS.

QUALIFIED MEDICAL PERSONNEL WILL PERFORM THE CHECK-UPS WHICH WILL FOCUS MAINLY ON DIABETES AND BLOOD PRESSURE. THEY WILL ALSO EXPLAIN THE FINDINGS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

WHERE NECESSARY, A MORE COMPREHENSIVE CHECK-UP WILL BE ARRANGED FOR THOSE AGED OVER 60.

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AT THE SAME TIME, A HEALTH CARE EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED AT THE VENUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP SERVICE FOR THE ELDERLY IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT TO BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO NOON AND FROM 1.30 PM TO 4 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 15) AND SUNDAY (JULY 16) AT ROOM 121-125, KAM WAH HOUSE, CHOI HUNG ESTATE.

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CLOSURE OF COTTON TREE DRIVE MARRIAGE REGISTRY

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THE COTTON TREE DRIVE MARRIAGE REGISTRY SITUATED AT RAWLINSON HOUSE, VICTORIA BARRACKS, COTTON TREE DRIVE, HONG KONG, WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR FROM OCTOBER 15, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE CLOSURE WAS NECESSARY DUE TO THE BUILDING OF A PARK IN THE VICINITY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

"AS LARGE-SCALE CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THE VICINITY OF COTTON TREE DRIVE AND RAWLINSON HOUSE, IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES TO BE HELD AT THE COTTON TREE DRIVE MARRIAGE REGISTRY DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

"THEREFORE, APPOINTMENTS FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES TO BE HELD AT THE COTTON TREE DRIVE MARRIAGE REGISTRY ON AND AFTER OCTOBER 15 CAN NO LONGER BE BOOKED AT THE MARRIAGE REGISTRATION AND RECORDS OFFICE AT THIRD FLOOR, LOW BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE 3-7333111 .

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URBAN CLEARWAY^ON JAFFE ROAD

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT'S MAJOR PROJECTS FIRMLY ON COURSE ......................... 1

OMELCO STATEMENT ON DEBATE IN COMMONS .......................... J

CONTRACT SIGNING OF WAN CHAI TOWER III ......................... 4

FIGURES ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS RELEASED ...................... 5

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MARCH - MAY 1989 .......................................................... 8

NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL NAMED................................... 10

CHANGES TO COMPANIES ORDINANCE RECOMMENDED .................... 11

REVISION OF FEES FOR EDUCATION COURSES ........................ 14

SCS BRIEFED ON TRADE DEPARTMENT'S INCREASED WORKLOAD.......... 15

CLINIC HELPERS COURSE FOR VBP.................................. 16

RECOGNITION OF TRUSTS BILL 1989 GAZETTED ...................... 17

TRADE MARK REGISTRATION FEES REVISED........................... 18

CHINESE MUSICIANS ARRIVE TO JOIN MUSIC CAMP.................... 18

INSOLVENCY FUND EXTENDED TO COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS.......... 19

MORE ROAD, SERVICING WORKS FOR NEW TOWN ....................... 20

TRAINING IN CHILD CARE WORK ESSENTIAL ......................... 20

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS ............... 21

GOVT OFFICE BUILDING, AMBULANCE DEPOT IN HO MAN TIN............ 22

BUILDING MANAGEMENT PHOTO EXHIBITION .......................... 22

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN TO KWA WAN TO BE DEMOLISHED .............. 2?

TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEING OF BROADWOOD ROAD........................ 23

RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON THIRD QUARTER PAYMENT............. 24

IMPROVEMENT TO WO YI HOP ROAD JUNCTIONS ....................... 25

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1989

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GOVT’S MAJOR PROJECTS FIRMLY ON COURSE

THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON PROJECTS FIRMLY IN PLACE OVER THE NEXT 10 TO 15 YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TONIGHT (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING THE LU PAN FESTIVAL DINNER ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION, MR BARNES CALLED FOR CONSTRUCTIVE CO-OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY.

"I BELIEVE WE HAVE BETWEEN US A GOOD RECORD IN THIS RESPECT IN A TRULY ’CONSTRUCTIVE’ RELATIONSHIP ------ AS A BASIS ON WHICH TO

DEVELOP," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THERE HAD BEEN REAL PROGRESS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY ON CONTRACTUAL AND OTHER MATTERS DURING THE PAST YEAR. LOOKING AHEAD OVER THE NEXT 10 TO 15 YEARS, MR BARNES SAW A HIGH AND STABLE LEVEL OF PUBLIC SECTOR DEMAND.

"THIS WILL REQUIRE US ALL TO CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO ENHANCE THE CAPACITY AND EFFICIENCY OF YOUR INDUSTRY," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS THIS YEAR OF TAKING STRATEGIC PLANNING DECISIONS ON MAJOR PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG ENTERED THE 21ST CENTURY WITH THE FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED.

"IT IS NOT JUST TO MAINTAIN THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE LEVEL OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, BUT TO ENHANCE BOTH," HE ADDED.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE:

(1) THE MUCH DEBATED NEED TO DEVELOP THE AIRPORT, WITH A REAL POSSIBILITY OF COMPLETE RELOCATION, ON WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL DECIDE THIS YEAR.

(2) THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT, FOR CONTAINER, CONVENTIONAL AND RIVER TRADE.

(3) THE INFRASTRUCTURE, SUCH AS ROAD AND RAIL LINKS, WHICH WOULD BE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THOSE DEVELOPMENTS, AND THE ASSOCIATED PORT AND AIRPORT BACK UP FACILITIES.

(4) OTHER MAJOR TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SET OUT IN THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY.

OVER $38 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT ON TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AND THE TOTAL COST OF HIGHWAY PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, OR FIRMLY COMMITTED, IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $23 BILLION.

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(5) MEASURES OUTLINED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG, WHICH REQUIRE ABOUT $12 BILLION TO BE SPENT ON CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE FACILITIES OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WITH A FURTHER $5 BILLION FOR LANDFILLS AND TRANSFER STATIONS.

(6) THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S PUBLIC SECTOR HOUSING TARGET, INCLUDING PUBLIC RENTAL AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, WHICH HAS A PRODUCTION TARGET OF 552,650 FLATS BETWEEN 1988-89 AND 2000-01.

(7) THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING LED NEW TOWNS, NOTABLY NOW THE SECOND GENERATION TOWNS IN JUNK BAY (TSEUNG KWAN O) AND TIN SHU1 WAI.

(8) OTHER MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE UP-GRADING OF OUR WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMANDS OF INDUSTRY AND DEVELOPMENT GENERALLY.

(9) MAJOR PROJECTS IN THE EXISTING METRO AREA TO CREATE LAND FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT AND TO PROVIDE SPACE TO RESOLVE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF OLDER URBAN DEVELOPMENTS, INCLUDING PROSPECTIVE MAJOR RECLAMATIONS IN WEST KOWLOON, CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI AND GREEN ISLAND.

(10) THE NEED TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO UP-GRADE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE STANDARD OF SERVICES IN THE RURAL AREAS THROUGH THE RURAL PLANNING IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY, INVOLVING A PROGRAMME OF WORKS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS ESTIMATED AT $4 BILLION.

MR BARNES ALSO SAID THAT IN 1988-89, THE GOVERNMENT SPENT $7.7 BILLION ON PUBLIC WORKS, AND THE INTENDED EXPENDITURE FOR 1989-90 EXPRESSED IN THE SAME 1988 PRICES WAS $9.3 BILLION.

"SO THERE IS A REAL INCREASE OF 20 PER CENT OVER THE VALUE OF PROJECTS CARRIED OUT LAST YEAR," HE SAID.

OUTSTANDING COMMITMENTS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR TOTALLED ABOUT $22.5 BILLION.

IN ADDITION, NEW PROJECTS ESTIMATED TO COST OVER $40 BILLION HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS NEEDED WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, MR BARNES SAID.

MR BARNES ALSO THANKED THE HONG KONG CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN DEVELOPING THE MEDIATION PROCEDURES AND RULES.

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OMELCO STATEMENT ON DEBATE IN COMMONS *****

FOLLOWING IS A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE OMELCO SPECIAL WORKING GROUP ON NATIONALITY TODAY (FRIDAY) IN RELATION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS’ DEBATE ON HONG KONG:

"WE ARE IMPRESSED BY THE SERIOUSNESS AND THE BREADTH OF THE DEBATE.

"THE MAJORITY OF THE SPEAKERS ACKNOWLEDGED THE FACT THAT THERE IS A CONFIDENCE CRISIS IN HONG KONG AND THAT BRITAIN HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION. QUITE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS AGREED THAT SOME FORMS OF ASSURANCE FOR A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE OUGHT TO BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AND THAT INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS SHOULD BE SOUGHT TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN THE TERRITORY. WE WOULD WELCOME BRITAIN’S INITIATIVE IN THIS AREA.

"WE ARE DISAPPOINTED THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUESTION OF RIGHT OF ABODE, NEITHER THE HMG NOR THE OPPOSITION SEEMED TO HAVE CHANGED THEIR POSITION. AMONG THE 24 SPEAKERS, ONLY FIVE SUPPORTED FULLY OUR CASE, AND FOUR WERE PARTIALLY SUPPORTIVE.

"WE ARE ALSO DISAPPOINTED THAT DESPITE THE UNDER-SECRETARY’S COMMENT THAT THE CONFIDENCE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG WAS RECEIVING HMG’S PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, AND DESPITE THE UNDERTAKING GIVEN BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO THE SENIOR MEMBER OF EXCO, DAME LYDIA DUNN DURING HER LAST VISIT TO LONDON THAT A STATEMENT CONCERNING ACTIONS THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE WOULD BE MADE REASONABLY SOON, SUCH A STATEMENT WAS NOT FORTHCOMING IN THE DEBATE. WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT HMG MEANS WHAT SHE SAYS AND IS ACTIVELY WORKING ON IT AS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY.

"ON THE ISSUE OF THE PACE OF DEMOCRATISATION IN HONG KONG, WE AGREE THAT IT SHOULD BE A MATTER FOR HONG KONG TO DECIDE. WE ARE PLEASED TO HEAR THAT HMG WILL ENSURE THAT THE BASIC LAW CONFORMS WITH BOTH THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"WE FEEL THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN LONDON HAVE FULFILLED THEIR MISSION IN EXPLAINING HONG KONG’S CASE AND PUTTING FORWARD THE COMMUNITY’S VIEWS ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT. WE BELIEVE THAT THE LATTER’S UNDERSTANDING OF OUR CONCERNS AND PROBLEMS, AS REFLECTED IN THE DEBATE, HAS BEEN ENHANCED AS A RESULT OF MEETINGS WITH THE OMELCO DELEGATION.

"AS WE HAVE SAID BEFORE, AND WE SAY IT AGAIN, WE CANNOT EXPECT ATTITUDES TO CHANGE OVERNIGHT. IT IS A LONG EXERCISE, AND OUR EFFORTS MUST BE SUSTAINED.

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’’THE LACK OF SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH IN THE DEBATE WILL NOT DETER US FROM CONTINUING TO PRESS HONG KONG’S CASE FOR THE RESTORATION OF RIGHT OF ABODE. THE ISSUE IS SO IMPORTANT AND INVOLVES SUCH A MAJOR PRINCIPLE THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE IT UP EASILY. WE WILL, AS A MATTER OF PRIORITY, PRESS FOR THE EARLY RELEASE OF THE STATEMENT AS PROMISED EARLIER BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND AS REITERATED BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY DURING THE DEBATE.

’’THE OMELCO OFFICE IN LONDON WILL BE MONITORING THE DEVELOPMENT CLOSELY.”

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CONTRACT SIGNING OF WAN CHAI TOWER III *♦**♦♦*

THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LEI, TODAY (FRIDAY) SIGNED A $498 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 49-STOREY OFFICE BUILDING AT HARBOUR ROAD IN WAN CHAI.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WAN CHAI TOWER III WILL BEGIN BY THE END OF THIS MONTH AND TAKE 32 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CONTRACT IS THE LARGEST AWARDED BY THE DEPARTMENT SO FAR THIS YEAR.

THIS TOWER IS THE THIRD AND THE LAST PHASE OF A GOVERNMENT COMPLEX AT A SITE BOUNDED BY HARBOUR ROAD TO THE NORTH AND GLOUCESTER ROAD TO THE SOUTH.

THE COMPLEX CONSISTS OF THREE MAJOR BUILDINGS, THAT IS, TOWER I, II AND III.

TOWER III WILL BE COMPLETED IN TWO PHASES. PHASE I, WHICH WILL INVOLVE PUTTING UP 27 FLOORS FROM THE GROUND, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 25 MONTHS. THE REMAINING FLOORS WILL REQUIRE ANOTHER SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.,

THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN OFFERS OFFICE AREAS ALL COLUMN FREE, THUS ALLOWING MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN THE ALLOCATION AND PLANNING OF INTERIOR OFFICE SPACE.

TO ALLOW FOR COMPUTERISATION OF CERTAIN GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN FUTURE, FOUR FLOORS WILL BE ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR COMPUTER INSTALLATIONS.

ON COMPLETION, A TOTAL OF 108,000 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE FIRST FIVE FLOORS OF THE BUILDING WILL BE LINKED BY 10 ESCALATORS.

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THE THREE BUILDINGS OF THE COMPLEX ARE SET IN A TRIANGULAR ARRANGEMENT TO MINIMISE VISUAL OBSTRUCTION TO ONE ANOTHER.

TOWER II AND III ADOPT THE SAME DESIGN LAYOUT BECAUSE BOTH TOWERS ARE USED TO ACCOMMODATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES. THIS IS ALSO REFLECTED IN THE SAME ELEVATION TREATMENT OF THE TWO BUILDINGS.

THE DESIGN OF TOWER I IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT IS ESSENTIALLY A MAGISTRACY BUILDING WITH COURT ROOMS.

TOWER 1 WAS COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1987. TOWER 11 IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY JUNE NEXT YEAR.

THE HARBOUR ROAD DEVELOPMENT FORMS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFICES BUILDING PROGRAMME TO REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON LEASED PRIVATELY-DEVELOPED OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

FIGURES ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS RELEASED

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A TOTAL OF 32,326 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS WERE REGISTERED WITH THE URBAN LAND OFFICE DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, A REDUCTION OF 0.7 PER CENT AND 4.7 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE AGREEMENTS WAS $50.44 BILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 47.4 PER CENT FROM $34.22 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND 10.2 PER CENT FROM $45.77 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988.

RELEASING THE FIGURES TODAY, MR GLEESON SAID THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE AGREEMENTS WERE FOR FLATS IN UNCOMPLETED BUILDINGS.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IN MAY THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 37,784 PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS WERE REGISTERED, WHICH WAS AN ALL TIME HIGH RECORD.

THE FIGURE FOR JUNE DROPPED TO 29,159 BUT WAS STILL GENERALLY IN LINE WITH OTHER MONTHLY FIGURES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 AND THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, HE SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE NUMBER OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS REGISTERED DECREASED FROM 5,046 IN MAY TO 3,251 IN JUNE.

HE WENT ON TO SAY' THAT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, 47,780 ASSIGNMENTS OF UNITS IN COMPLETED BUILDINGS, THE MAJORITY RESIDENTIAL, WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 40,645 AND 49,841 RESPECTIVELY DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF 17.6 PER CENT AND A DECREASE OF 4.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS INCREASED BY 84.6 PER CENT FROM $31,186 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND BY 20.1 PER CENT FROM $47,911 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 TO $57,558 BILLION.

A TOTAL OF 3,135 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 2,393 AND 2,025 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

THERE WERE 523 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS. THIS WAS 55.2 PER CENT MORE BUT 20.2 PER CENT LESS RESPECTIVELY THAN IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE ASSIGNMENTS INCREASED BY 143.1 PER CENT FROM $9,375 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 BUT DECREASED BY 1.1 PER CENT FROM $23,036 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 TO $22,787 BILLION.

THIRTY-ONE BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 51,178 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, COMPARED WITH 29 AND 44,242 RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND 26 AND 53,181 RESPECTIVELY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 ROSE BY 156.7 PER CENT FROM $0,283 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND BY 45.2 PER CENT FROM $0,500 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 TO $0,727 BILLION.

THE AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES, HOWEVER, DROPPED BY' 2.6 PER CENT FROM $34,311 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND BY 15.9 PER CENT FROM $39,723 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 TO $33,426 BILLION.

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY DISCHARGES AND MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, WERE UP BY 52.4 PER CENT FROM $12,333 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND BY 15.1 PER CENT FROM $16,323 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 TO $18,791 BILLION.

SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TOTALLED 803,891, UP BY 1 PER CENT BUT DOWN BY 7.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY' COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988.

THERE WERE 850 SURRENDERS AND RESUMPTIONS OF LAND WITH A TOTAL COMPENSATION OF $0,347 BILLION PAID IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, COMPARED WITH 561 AND $0,353 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AND 748 AND $0,361 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

MR GLEESON SAID THAT OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES, SEVEN HAD NOW BEEN TAKEN OVER BY HIS DEPARTMENT. IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE OVER THE REMAINING REGISTRY AT NORTH IN MAY 1990.

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DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, THE SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 120,146 INSTRUMENTS.

THESE INCLUDED 18,992 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS, 29,582 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS, 2,743 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 23 BUILDING MORTGAGES, 33,662 OTHER MORTGAGES AND 20,691 MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, RE-ASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS WAS $14,852 BILLION, $16,818 BILLION, $9,119 BILLION, $0,446 BILLION, $9,000 BILLION AND $5,597 BILLION RESPECTIVELY.

A TOTAL OF 656 GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS WERE COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES COMPARED WITH 514 AND 611 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

THE TOTAL PREMIUM FROM ALL TYPES OF GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS, IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AMOUNTED TO $8,036 BILLION COMPARED WITH $7,669 BILLION AND $4,595 BILLION RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1988.

THE MORE SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WERE THE FOLLOWING:

(1) THE SALE BY CASH TENDER UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP (PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION) SCHEME ON JANUARY 12 OF A 2.24-HECTARE SITE (JUNK BAY TOWN LOT NO. 11) AT JUNK BAY AREA 28 TO HENING INVESTMENT LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $106,000,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

(2) THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON JANUARY 25 OF A 7,230-SQUARE METRE SITE (INLAND LOT NO. 8643) AT HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI TO CHEER CITY PROPERTIES LIMITED AND PROTASAN LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $3.35 BILLION FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (INCLUDING HOTEL AND/OR SERVICE APARTMENT BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL) PURPOSES.

(3) THE GRANT ON FEBRUARY 2 OF A 1.192-HECTARE SITE (SHA TIN TOWN LOT NO. 316) AT AREA 7 TOWN CENTRE, SHA TIN TO OVERTURE COMPANY LIMITED BY WAY OF EXCHANGE AT A PREMIUM OF $89,800,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

(4) THE GRANT ON FEBRUARY 13 OF A 58.7-HECTARE SITE (LOT NO. 846 IN DD 227) AT TAI PO TSAI, SAI KUNG TO THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT A NOMINAL PREMIUM FOR THE PURPOSES OF A SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY AND OTHER ANCILLARY PURPOSES.

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(5) THE SALE BY CASH TENDER ON MARCH 6 OE A 757.2-SQUARE METRE SITE (INLAND LOT NO. 8694) AT GARDEN ROAD TO KAMOTON LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $153,800,000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF RETAIL SHOPS, A SUPERMARKET AND A PUBLIC CAR PARK.

(6) THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON MARCH 28 OF A 2.2 15-HECTARE SITE (TAI PO TOWN LOT NO. 66) AT AREA 22, TAI PO TO ALLWAYS SUCCESS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $700,000,000 FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTY OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY ROSE BY 4.7 PER CENT FROM 1,065,978 IN JUNE 1988 TO 1,116,209 IN DECEMBER 1988 AND AGAIN BY 4.5 PER GENT TO 1,166,201 IN JUNE 1989.

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IN THE PERIOD MARCH - MAY 1989, BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WERE HIGHER THAN IN DECEMBER 1988 -FEBRUARY 1989, REFLECTING THAT THE LABOUR MARKET HAS EASED MARGINALLY IN THE MORE RECENT PERIOD.

THIS IS SHOWN IN THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1989 WAS 1.5 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.2 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1989 AND 1.7 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.3 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND THE DECREASE OF 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN MARCH - MAY 1989 WAS ESTIMATED AT 40,300, COMPARED WITH 33,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1989 AND 47,700 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY 1988.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1989 WAS 0.9 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 0.6 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1989 AND 0.8 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.3 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT WHILE THE INCREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

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THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR MARCH - MAY 1989 WAS 25,800, COMPARED WITH 17,200 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1989 AND 22,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY 1988.

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 UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1989 WAS 1.4 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.8 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 52,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED. TN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOPMENT 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 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND SEPTEMBER 20 AT $10 PER COPY .

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NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL NAMED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT MR DOMINIC WONG SH1NG-WAH, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, WILL SUCCEED MR GORDON SIU AS POSTMASTER GENERAL IN SEPTEMBER.

MR SIU’S APPOINTMENT AS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, VICE MR JAMES SO, WAS ANNOUNCED IN MAY THIS YEAR.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON MR WONG AND MR SIU ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MR DOMINIC WONG SHING-WAH, JP

AGED 47. MR WONG JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN 197.3. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES.

MORE RECENTLY HE HAS SERVED AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES (1977-80), POLICE CIVIL SECRETARY (1981-83), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE) (1984-88) AND BECAME DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER IN JANUARY 1988.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl IN DECEMBER 1988.

MR GORDON SIU KWING-CHUE, JP

AGED 43. MR SIU JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN 1968. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES. '

MORE RECENTLY HE HAS SERVED AS MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (1977-79), PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (1980-82), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (STAFF MANAGEMENT) (1982-85), SECRETARY GENERAL, OMELCO (1985-88) AND BECAME POSTMASTER GENERAL IN MARCH 1988.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl IN DECEMBER 1988.

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CHANGES TO COMPANIES ORDINANCE RECOMMENDED

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A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH WOULD REQUIRE AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE WERE CONTAINED IN THE FIFTH REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM COVERING SUBJECTS CONSIDERED DURING 1988.

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED CHANGES TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE ON REGISTRATION OF CHARGES, MORTGAGES ON SHIPS AND PROCEDURES FOR STRIKING A DEFUNCT COMPANY OFF THE REGISTER, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE SAID THAT A PROPOSED REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR NEW COMPANY NAMES WAS ALSO PUT FORWARD BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE.

"DURING THE YEAR, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO CONSIDERED THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) BILL BEFORE IT WAS PASSED INTO LAW.

"A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC) REPORT WHICH AFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE WERE ALSO EXAMINED," HE SAID.

ON THE RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF CHARGES, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT UNDER SECTION 85 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL (RG) WAS REQUIRED TO SATISFY HIMSELF THAT ALL THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTS PRESENTED TO HIM WERE REASONABLE EVIDENCE OF PAYMENT OR SATISFACTION OF DEBT OR OF THE RELEASE OF PART OF THE SECURITY PROPERTY FROM THE CHARGE.

"THE EFFECT OF THE EXISTING PROVISION IS TO REQUIRE THE RG TO EXAMINE THE RELEVANT REASSIGNMENTS, DEEDS OF DISCHARGE, INSTRUMENTS OF RELEASE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS PRESENTED TO HIM AS EVIDENCE.

"THE STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT THIS SECTION OF THE LAW BE AMENDED TO RELIEVE THE RG FROM HAVING TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE INSTRUMENT OF SATISFACTION EMPLOYED IN EACH CASE IS EFFECTIVE; AND REQUIRE HIM ONLY TO SATISFY HIMSELF THAT A STATUTORY DECLARATION VERIFYING THE FULFILMENT OF THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENT IS IN THE PRESCRIBED FORM," HE ADDED.

ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE INVOLVES MORTGAGES ON SHIPS.

"IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE BE AMENDED TO REPLACE A REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER A MORTGAGE ON A SHIP WITH A REQUIREMENT ONLY TO FILE A NOTIFICATION OF THE MORTGAGE WITH THE COMPANIES REGISTRY," HE SAID.

"THIS IS INTENDED TO AVOID THE NEED TO REGISTER A MORTGAGE IN BOTH THE COMPANIES REGISTRY AND THE PROPOSED NEW SHIPPING REGISTRY."

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ON THE RECOMMENDATION TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF DEFAULT IN FILING ANNUAL RETURNS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT SECTION 291 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE SHOULD BE AMENDED TO PERMIT THE RG TO START AUTOMATICALLY THE PROCEDURE FOR STRIKING A COMPANY OFF THE REGISTER AS SOON AS THE DELAY IN FILING ANNUAL RETURNS WENT BEYOND A CERTAIN LIMIT.

OUTLINING THE RECOMMENDATION INVOLVING THE COMPANY NAME REGISTRATION SYSTEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PRESENT REGISTRATION PROCESS WHICH IN ESSENCE REQUIRED THE RG TO EXERCISE A DISCRETION TO DECIDE WHETHER A NEW COMPANY NAME BEING REGISTERED WAS CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR TO AN EXISTING COMPANY NAME WAS CONSIDERED UNSATISFACTORY.

"THE STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM BE REPLACED BY A SYSTEM AKIN TO THAT CURRENTLY ADOPTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. UNDER THE UNITED KINGDOM SYSTEM, A NAME IS REGISTRABLE PROVIDED THAT IT IS NOT IDENTICAL TO AN EXISTING ONE.

"HOWEVER, IN THE CASE WHERE A COMPANY NAME THUS REGISTERED IS CONSIDERED TOO SIMILAR TO ANOTHER PRE-EXISTING NAME, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY MAY, WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE REGISTRATION, REQUIRE THE NEWLY REGISTERED COMPANY TO CHANGE ITS NAME DURING A SPECIFIED PERIOD," HE EXPLAINED.

"IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SUBJECT, LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW SYSTEM ARE ALREADY UNDER PREPARATION. URGENT ACTION IS ALSO BEING TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE AVAILABLE FACILITIES FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEARCH GOVERNMENT'S RECORDS OF COMPANY NAMES BEFORE THE NEW SYSTEM IS PUT IN PLACE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TURNING TO THE SFC BILL, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT ALL THE CONCERNS RAISED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE IN ITS DISCUSSION OF THE BILL WERE MET THROUGH AMENDMENTS TO ITS PROVISIONS DURING THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THE BILL’S PREPARATION.

"IN ADDITION, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO EXAMINED A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE SRC REPORT WHICH AFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

"THESE INCLUDE THE REGISTRATION OF PROSPECTUSES, THE REQUIREMENT OF APPROVAL BY A COMPANY FOR DIRECTORS TO DISPOSE OF THE COMPANY’S FIXED ASSETS AND THE PURCHASE BY A COMPANY OF ITS OWN SHARES.

"ON THE REGISTRATION OF PROSPECTUSES, THE STANDING COMMITTEE SUPPORTS THE PRINCIPLE THAT ONLY ONE BODY SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VETTING AND APPROVAL OF PROSPECTUSES AND RECOMMENDS THAT AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, THE EXACT NATURE OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE DECIDED BY THE SFC IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STOCK EXCHANGE," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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AS FOR THE REQUIREMENT OF APPROVAL BY A COMPANY FOR DIRECTORS TO DISPOSE OF THE COMPANY’S FIXED ASSETS, THE STANDING COMMITTEE FELT THIS SHOULD PREFERABLY BE REGULATED BY THE STOCK EXCHANGE THROUGH ITS LISTING RULES RATHER THAN BY STATUTE.

IT AGREED THAT ONCE THE PROPOSED NEW RULES WERE FINALISED, THE NEED FOR AMENDMENT OR DELETION OF SECTION 155A WOULD BE FURTHER CONSIDERED.

’’THE SUBJECT OF THE PURCHASE BY A COMPANY OF ITS OWN SHARES WAS FIRST TOUCHED UPON BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE IN ITS THIRD REPORT COVERING SUBJECTS CONSIDERED IN 1986.

"AT THAT TIME, IT RECOMMENDED THAT ONLY UNLISTED COMPANIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN SHARES AND THAT THE QUESTION OF ALLOWING LISTED COMPANIES TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN SHARES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AGAIN AFTER SATISFACTORY LEGISLATION HAD BEEN ENACTED DEALING WITH (A) DISCLOSURE OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SHAREHOLDINGS IN LISTED COMPANIES, (B) INSIDER DEALING, (C) DISTRIBUTABLE PROFITS, AND (D) FIDUCIARY DUTIES OF DIRECTORS," THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

"REGARDING ITEM (A), THE SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS) ORDINANCE 1988 WAS ENACTED IN JULY 1988 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION LATER THIS YEAR, ONCE THE SFC HAS THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ENFORCE ITS PROVISIONS.

"ON ITEM (B), PROPOSALS TO INCREASE SANCTIONS UNDER THE TRIBUNAL SYSTEM HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SECURITIES (INSIDER DEALING) BILL WHICH WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 12, 1989.

’’LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS FOR ITEMS (C) AND (D) ARE BEING PREPARED AND WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION LATER IN THE YEAR," HE SAID.

"ON THE PURCHASE BY A COMPANY OF ITS OWN SHARES, THE REPORT NOTED THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE WAS KEEPING IN MIND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SUBJECT IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY THE FACT THAT THE SHARES OF A NUMBER OF LISTED COMPANIES WERE, AT THE TIME THE REPORT WAS WRITTEN, AT A DISCOUNT TO THEIR NET ASSET VALUES."

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAD IN FACT RESUMED CONSIDERATION OF THIS SUBJECT DURING 1989.

APART FROM THESE TOPICS, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO CONSIDERED A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT ISSUES SUCH AS THE AUDIT OF COMPANY ACCOUNTS, RIGHTS OF SHAREHOLDERS TO INSPECT COMPANY’S BOOKS OF ACCOUNT, PROVISIONS RELATING TO LOANS TO OFFICERS OF AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, AND PROBLEMS RELATING TO THE INTERPRETATION OF PART XI OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

"CONSIDERATION OF THESE ISSUES IS STILL CONTINUING," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE’S REPORT SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM, REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, COMMERCIAL DIVISION, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 21ST FLOOR, (56 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE FIFTH REPORT ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER II, 24TH FLOOR, 18 HARCOURT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 20, 1989," HE ADDED.

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REVISION OF FEES FOR EDUCATION COURSES * * * * * * *

FEES FOR SECONDARY 4 TO 7 IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS AND FOR TEACHER TRAINING AND ADULT EDUCATION COURSES OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR THE 1989-90 AND 1990-91 SCHOOL YEARS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW FEES FOR SECONDARY 4 TO 7 ARE FOR THE FOURTH AND FIFTH YEARS OF A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAMME TO PHASE IN FEE INCREASES TO RESTORE TO REAL VALUE OF THE FEES ANNOUNCED IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION TO AVOID ANY UNDUE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON PARENTS.

THE REVISION FOR THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IS•IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S ESTABLISHED POLICY THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BEAR A REASONABLE SHARE OF THE COST AS ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR.

FOR SECONDARY 4 AND 5, THE FEE, WHICH IS PAYABLE IN 10 MONTHLY INSTALMENTS PER YEAR, WILL INCREASE BY $25 TO $130 A MONTH AS FROM SEPTEMBER. IT WILL RISE FURTHER BY $30 TO $160 A MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER 1990.

THE FEES FOR SECONDARY 6 AND 7 WILL INCREASE BY $30 TO $170 A MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER 1989. IT WILL RISE FURTHER BY $45 TO $215 FROM SEPTEMBER 1990.

FOR FULL-TIME COURSES IN THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, THE FEE WILL INCREASE BY $30 TO $170 A MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER 1989 AND THEN BY $65 TO $235 A MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER 1990.

FEE ASSISTANCE FOR BOUGHT PLACES FROM SECONDARY 4 TO 7 IN NON-PROFIT-MAKING PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND LINGNAN COLLEGE WILL BE REVISED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REVISED STANDARD FEES.

/A SPOKESMAN .......

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID NEEDY STUDENTS COULD CONTINUE TO SEEK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE FEE REMISSION SCHEME.

UNDER THE SCHEME, UP TO 45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FEE INCOME FROM SECONDARY 4 AND 5 AND 50 PER CENT FROM SECONDARY 6 AND 7 MAY BF REMITTED.

AN ELIGIBLE STUDENT MAY RECEIVE BETWEEN HALF AND FULL FE REMISSION DEPENDING ON HIS FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF INTEREST-FREE LOANS AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN 1989-90.

STUDENT LOANS MADE TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION STUDENTS IN 1990-91 AND LATER WILL BE SUBJECT TO INTEREST, AS ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR.

NEW FEES FOR ADULT EDUCATION COURSES AND OTHER COURSES OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THE SCHOOL YEARS 1989-90 AND 1990-91 WERE ALSO ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

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SCS BRIEFED ON TRADE DEPARTMENT’S INCREASED WORKLOAD

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THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERALL INCREASE IN THE WORKLOAD OF TRADE DEPARTMENT STAFF PARALLEL TO THE GROWTH OF BUSINESS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND ITS TRADING PARTNERS OVERSEAS.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, WAS TOLD THIS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE DEPARTMENT’S EEC (TEXTILES CONTROL) BRANCH, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE HONG KONG/EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY TEXTILE AGREEMENT, LAST YEAR PROCESSED SOME 450,000 TEXTILE EXPORT LICENCES AND OVER 50,000 OTHER DOCUMENTS. IT ALSO ADMINISTERED THE QUOTA ACCOUNTING OF 28,000 HOLDINGS BELONGING TO 8,000 QUOTA HOLDERS.

AT THE SYSTEMS AND COMMON SERVICE BRANCH, WHERE THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES AND ISSUES VARIOUS APPLICATIONS FOR QUOTA AND NON-QUOTA TEXTILE EXPORT LICENCES, MR GREWAL HEARD THAT OVER THREE MILLION APPLICATIONS WERE HANDLED IN 1988.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE CERTIFICATION BRANCH, WHICH ISSUES CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, PROCESSED AND APPROVED OVER 516,400 SUCH DOCUMENTS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 786,000 CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN ISSUED BY THE FIVE GOVERNMENT APPROVED CERTIFICATION ORGANISATIONS.

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MR GREWAL WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL SZE, AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF.

HE LATER MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRADE OFFICERS GRADE ASSOCIATION AND THE DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATING TO STAFF WELFARE AND CAREER PROSPECTS.

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CLINIC HELPERS COURSE FOR VBP * ♦ ♦ *

THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES (AMS) IS ORGANISING A SERIES OF CLINIC HELPERS TRAINING COURSES FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AT VARIOUS DETENTION CENTRES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR AMS SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSES IS TWO-FOLD.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THOSE TRAINED WILL BE ASSIGNED TO CLINICS LN THEIR OWN CENTRES WHERE THEY WILL WORK UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION OF CLINIC STAFF, THUS EASING THE STRAIN ON THE AMS," HE SAID.

"THE SCHEME ALSO AIMS TO ENABLE VBP TO IMPROVE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ON HYGIENE AND TO SPEND THEIR TIME MORE MEANINGFULLY."

THE FIRST COURSE, IN WHICH 20 VBP AT THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE TOOK PART, HAS JUST BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.

A SIMILAR COURSE WILL START AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DETENTION CENTRE ON MONDAY TO BE FOLLOWED BY COURSES AT OTHER VBP DETENTION CENTRES.

AT PRESENT ABOUT 100 MEMBERS OF AMS ARE DEPLOYED DAILY TO VARIOUS SICK BAYS AND CLINICS INSIDE VBP DETENTION CENTRES OR REFUGEE CENTRES TO AUGMENT THE REGULAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VBP ARRIVING IN HONG KONG, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, HAS PUT A STRAIN ON AMS1S MANPOWER RESOURCES.

THE COURSES WERE ORGANISED AFTER A RECENT VISIT TO THE LO WU AND WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRES BY THE AMS COMMISSIONER, DR S.H. LEE.

DURING THE VISIT, DR LEE SAW FOR HIMSELF THE MEDICAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY AMS TO VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, AND CHATTED WITH AMS MEMBERS WHO PROVIDE TRAINED ASSISTANCE IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULAR MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE DETENTION CENTRES.

HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH MORALE OF AMS MEMBERS AND THE WAY THEY GO ABOUT THEIR DUTIES, WHICH ARE OFTEN CARRIED OUT UNDER TRYING CONDITION.

/THE PRIMARY .......

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THE PRIMARY TASK OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, WITH A STRENGTH OF OVER 5,000 VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, IS TO AUGMENT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN TIMES OF EMERGENCIES.

IN NORMAL TIMES, THEY PROVIDE FIRST AID COVERAGE FOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS AND AT COUNTRY PARKS AT WEEKENDS; AND ACT AS LIFE GUARDS AT PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND BEACHES DURING PEAK SEASON.

IN ADDITION, THEY ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ADMINISTERING METHADONE MAINTENANCE CLINICS.

DR LEE EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO EMPLOYERS AND FIRMS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR RELEASING THEIR STAFF TO TAKE PART IN SUCH A MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE.

WITHOUT THEIR CO-OPERATION, HE ADDED, IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

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RECOGNITION OF TRUSTS BILL 1989 GAZETTED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED THAT THE HAGUE CONVENTION ON THE LAW APPLICABLE TO TRUSTS BE EXTENDED TO HONG KONG.

THE RECOGNITION OF TRUSTS BILL 1989 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) PROVIDES THAT THE CONVENTION SHOULD HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW IN HONG KONG.

EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IN 1984, THE HAGUE CONFERENCE ON PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW ADOPTED THE CONVENTION OF THE LAW APPLICABLE TO TRUSTS AND ON THEIR RECOGNITION.

THE CONVENTION WAS SIGNED, SUBJECT TO RATIFICATION, BY THE UNITED KINGDOM IN JANUARY, 1986.

THE UNITED KINGDOM INTENDS TO RATIFY THE CONVENTION AND HAS ASKED WHETHER HONG KONG WISHES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE RATIFICATION.

BUT BEFORE HONG KONG CAN BE INCLUDED, PROVISION MUST BE MADE FOR THE CONVENTION TO HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW HERE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE CONVENTION IS TO ESTABLISH COMMON PRINCIPLES BETWEEN STATES ON THE LAW OF TRUSTS AND TO DEAL WITH IMPORTANT ISSUES CONCERNING THEIR RECOGNITION.

WHILE THE CONCEPT OF A TRUST IS RECOGNISED AND ACCEPTED IN HONG KONG IT IS NOT RECOGNISED IN MANY COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE A CIVIL LAW SYSTEM, WHERE IT IS NOT ACCEPTED THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL MAY HOLD ASSETS ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER.

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”IN ORDER TO AVOID THESE DIFFICULTIES, THE UNITED KINGDOM PROMOTED THE NEGOTIATION TOWARDS THE CONVENTION, WHICH INTRODUCES THE CONCEPT OF A TRUST INTO JURISDICTIONS WHERE IT HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN ACCEPTED AND PROVIDES RULES FOR DETERMINING THE LAW WHICH GOVERNS SUCH A TRUST AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH IT SHOULD BE RECOGNISED.

"IF THE CONVENTION IS EXTENDED TO HONG KONG, IT WILL NOT AFFECT HONG KONG DOMESTIC LAW, BUT TRUSTS ESTABLISHED HERE AND TO WHICH HONG KONG LAW APPLIES WILL RECEIVE THE BENEFIT OF RECOGNITION IN CONVENTION COUNTRIES,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TRADE MARK REGISTRATION FEES REVISED *****

FEES PAYABLE TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL IN CONNECTION WITH THE REGISTRATION OF TRADE MARKS WILL BE REVISED FROM AUGUST 14 THIS YEAR.

THE REVISED FEES, IN SCHEDULE I TO THE TRADE MARKS (AMENDMENT) RULES 1989, WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REVISION TOOK ACCOUNT OF INFLATION AND THE COST OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES INVOLVED IN REGISTERING TRADE MARKS.

THE FEES WERE LAST REVISED IN 1985.

THE OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN TAKEN TO AMEND MOST OF THE FORMS USED IN TRADE MARKS PROCEEDINGS, SO THAT IN FUTURE FEE AMENDMENT EXERCISES IT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY TO USE NEW FORMS.

TO FACILITATE THE PROCESSING OF TRADE MARK APPLICATIONS, A COMPUTERISED SYSTEM HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED FROM JANUARY THIS YEAR.

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TWO RENOWNED CHINESE MUSICIANS FROM PEKING ARRIVED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO JOIN THE 1989 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP SCHEDULED TO BE MELD AT THE LEI YUE MUN PARK FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO JULY 29.

THEY ARE CONDUCTOR OF THE CHINA VANGUARD FOLK ORCHESTRA, MR WANG HUIRAN; AND THE PRINCIPAL RUAN PLAYER OF THE CHINESE FILM STUDIO ORCHESTRA, MR ZHAO GUILIN.

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TWO OTHER CHINESE MUSICIANS - A DIZI VIRTUOSO OF THE PEKING CENTRAL FOLK ORCHESTRA, MR WANG T1ECHUI, AND AN ERHU PERFORMER, MR CHEN YAOXING - TOGETHER WITH FOUR OTHER OVERSEAS MUSICIANS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE TO BE THE CAMP’S GUEST CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS.

THE FOUR OVERSEAS MUSICIANS ARE MR JOHN CURRO AND MR RUSSELL HAMMOND FROM AUSTRALIA, MR DETLEF HAHN FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND MR TIMOTHY LANDAUER FROM THE UNITED STATES.

DURING THE CAMP PERIOD, THEY WILL CONDUCT MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS.

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INSOLVENCY FUND EXTENDED TO » * » ♦

COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS » » *

THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1989, WHICH EXTENDS THE SCOPE OF THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND TO COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS, COMES INTO EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY).

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION. .

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT BEFORE THE EXTENSION, THE FUND COVERED ONLY FOUR MONTHS' ARREARS OF WAGES UP TO $8,000 AND SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE UP TO $2,000.

"WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE LAW, EMPLOYEES OF INSOLVENT EMPLOYERS CAN ALSO APPLY TO THE FUND FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $4,000," HE SAID.

"APPLICATIONS FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE WITHIN FOUR MONTHS AFTER TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT."

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT WAGES SHOULD BE PAID WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE LAST DAY OF THE WAGE PERIOD.

FURTHERMORE, IF EMPLOYERS DO NOT REASONABLY BELIEVE THAT THEY COULD PAY WAGES, THEY MUST NOT ENTER INTO, RENEW OR CONTINUE A CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT BUT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO TERMINATE AN EXISTING CONTRACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS TERMS.

"ANY EMPLOYER WHO WILFULLY CONTRAVENES THESE REQUIREMENTS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE COMMITS AN OFFENCE AND IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $20,000," THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

"EMPLOYEES WHO ARE OWED WAGES BY THEIR EMPLOYERS SHOULD ALSO APPROACH THE LABOUR RELATIONS DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE WITHOUT DELAY.”

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MORE ROAD, SERVICING WORKS FOR NEW TOWN ■»»***

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ANOTHER PROJECT AS PART OF THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT MAINLY COVERS SITE FORMATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS IN AREAS 18, 19 AND 21 TO THE NORTH OF LUEN WO MARKET AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE REMAINING SECTIONS OF DISTRIBUTOR ROADS D3 AND L8.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOME 1,200 METRES OF DISTRIBUTOR ROADS AND 1,400 METRES OF LOCAL ROADS AS WELL AS ANCILLARY FACILITIES SUCH AS FOOT PATHS, CYCLE TRACKS, ROADSIDE AMENITIES, EMERGENCY VEHICULAR ACCESSES AND A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS.

THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS WILL COMPRISE A TEMPORARY BUS TERMINUS, A GREEN MINIBUS/PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS, A TAXI STAND AND A VEHICLE SET DOWN AREA.

IN ADDITION, THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO UNDERTAKE WORKS FOR THE PROVISION OF DRAINAGE NETWORKS; THE IMPROVEMENT AND RECONSTRUCTION OF SOME EXISTING ROADS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SOME TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES.

WORKS ON THE PROJECT ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 18.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VARIOUS TRAINING INSTITUTES ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO BOTH THE QUANTITY AND THE QUALITY OF CHILD CARE TRAINING COURSES SO AS TO ENABLE THE TRAINEES TO PUT THEORY INTO PRACTICE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF A CHILD CARE COURSE AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR LAW NOTED THAT TRAINING FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS WAS ESSENTIAL AND NEEDED TO BE UPDATED CONSTANTLY TO ENSURE THE QUALITY OF CHILD CARE SERVICE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ABOUT 2,400 OF THE SOME 2,800 CHILD CARE WORKERS IN HONG KONG HAD HAD BASIC TRAINING.

APART FROM THAT, MR LAW SAID, HIS DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO INVITED THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TO . PROVIDE IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR STAFF OF CHILDREN'S HOMES, WORKERS SERVING DISABLED CHILDREN AND SUPERVISORS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES.

/THE DEPARTMENT .......

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THE DEPARTMENT ITSELF STARTED FROM 1962 TO PROVIDE IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS, MR LAW SAID, ADDING THAT ITS LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE OFTEN HOSTED VARIOUS TALKS AND SEMINARS TO HELP RAISE THE QUALITY OF THE WORKERS.

MR LAW SAID THERE WERE NOW 299 CHILD CARE CENTRES IN HONG KONG, PROVIDING 31,000 PLACES AND 16 MORE CENTRES WOULD BE SET UP EVERY YEAR TO PROVIDE 1,600 ADDITIONAL PLACES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

"WE HAVE COMPLETED THE PRELIMINARY REVIEW ON THE PROVISION OF CRECHES AND ARE CURRENTLY CONSULTING THE VIEWS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

"FURTHER TO OUR PLANS TO PROVIDE SEVERAL HUNDRED ADDITIONAL INTEGRATED AND SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES IN THE COMING YEARS, WE WILL ALSO EXPLORE SOME FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENTS SUCH AS EXTENDING THE OPERATING HOURS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND PROVIDING TEMPORARY CARE SERVICES TO MEET ACTUAL DEMANDS,” HE SAID.

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS «»****»

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, DR DANIEL TSE, WILL PRESENT AWARDS FOR EIGHT OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE 1989 OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECT AWARD COMPETITION WAS COMPLETED RECENTLY WITH SATISFACTORY RESULTS.

A CARITAS COMMUNITY CENTRE HAS WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ORGANISING A COMMUNITY PROJECT PROMOTING ClV1C-M1NDEDNESS.

THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS AND THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG HAVE WON THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES RESPECTIVELY.

THE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES RANGING FROM $2,000 TO $8,000 FOR USE IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION. ALL THE WINNING PROJECTS WILL BE EXHIBITED DURING THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE SHEK O ROOM OF THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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GOVT OFFICE BUILDING, AMBULANCE DEPOT IN HO MAN TIN ******

WORK WILL START IN OCTOBER ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 14-STOREY OFFICE BUILDING AND AMBULANCE DEPOT LN HO MAN TIN.

THE SITE IS AT THE JUNCTION OF CHUNG HAU STREET AND CARMEL VILLAGE STREET.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 22,300 SQUARE METRES.

SOME 42 PARKING SPACES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND MEZZANINE LEVEL.

A STANDARD FOUR-BAY AMBULANCE DEPOT IS INCORPORATED IN THE DESIGN.

ALLOCATION OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION HAS YET TO BE FINALISED BUT A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 12,000 SQUARE METRES IS ALLOCATED FOR GOVERNMENT LABORATORY USE.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN DECEMBER 1991.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON AUGUST 4.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT PHOTO EXHIBITION * t t t t

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (JULY 16) IN THE SHUN TAK CENTRE, CENTRAL.

THE EXHIBITION, COMPRISING OVER 70 COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ON COMMON MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS, WILL RUN UNTIL JULY 22 (SATURDAY).

IT IS AIMED AT MAKING LOCAL RESIDENTS MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUND BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL DISTRICT AND THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS' ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN DISTRICT, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR AMBROSE LAU; AND A DIRECTOR OF HONG YIP SERVICE COMPANY LIMITED, MR KWONG CHUN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EXHIBITION’S OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, THIRD FLOOR, SHUN TAK CENTRE, CENTRAL.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN TO KWA WAN TO BE

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DEMOLISHED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK THE CLOSURE OF AN UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORK ON THE ROOFTOP OF NO. 1 WAN HING STREET IN TO KWA WAN, SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDING IS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR AND JANUARY THIS YEAR REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 18 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURE TODAY (FRIDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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TEMPORARY RE-ROUTEING OF BROADWOOD ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXISTING RE-ROUTEING OF BROADWOOD ROAD BETWEEN VENTRIS ROAD AND LINK ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, TO ONE-WAY UPHILL WILL CONTINUE IN FORCE UNTIL MID-AUGUST.

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RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON

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THIRD QUARTER PAYMENT *

RATEPAYERS SHOULD BY NOW HAVE RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES FOR RATES FOR THE QUARTER JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1989 WHICH ARE DEMANDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RATING ORDINANCE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY RATEPAYER WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE MAY BRING A RATES DEMAND NOTE OT ANY PREVIOUS QUARTER AND MAKE PAYMENT AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

* THE TREASURY CENTRAL COLLECTION AND PAYMENT OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), 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; AND

* 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.

ANY RATEPAYER WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE AND CANNOT PRODUCE A RATES DEMAND NOTE FOR ANY PREVIOUS QUARTER SHOULD INQUIRE AT THE TREASURY RATES SECTION, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), NINTH FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG.

NON-RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE RATES MUST BE PAID BY 4 PM ON JULY 31, 1989 AND UNLESS SO PAID MAY BE SUBJECT TO A SURCHARGE OF FIVE PER CENT 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.

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 TO BE MADE BY AUTOPAY" IS SHOWN IN THE DEMAND NOTE.

IN THIS CASE THEIR PAYMENT OF RATES WILL BE MADE BY DIRECT DEBIT TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS ON JULY 31, 1989. 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.

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RATES ARE PAYABLE ON VACANT PROPERTIES BUT ARE REFUNDABLE UNDER THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 30 OF THE ORDINANCE.

UNDER SECTION 30 (1A) AND ( 2A ) , HOWEVER, 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 OF QUEUEING, RATEPAYERS ARE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE.

IMPROVEMENT TO WO YI HOP ROAD JUNCTIONS

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THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE JUNCTION OF WO YI HOP ROAD WITH NGONG HOM ROAD AND LEI SHU ROAD, KOWLOON.

A NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

"AT PRESENT VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE RELIES ON THE TWO ROAD JUNCTIONS WITH WO YIP HOP ROAD," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG WO YI HOP ROAD WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY UPON COMPLETION OF ROUTE 5 BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

"IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO IMPROVE THE JUNCTIONS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN PROPER INGRESS TO AND EGRESS FROM THE ESTATE," HE SAID.

THE WORKS WILL INVOLVE THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS AT THESE TWO JUNCTIONS TO FACILITATE TURNING MOVEMENTS, AND THE WIDENING OF WO YI HOP ROAD TO PROVIDE TURNING LANES.

THE WORKS WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT DURING THE ROAD WIDENING AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS, MEASURES WOULD BE TAKEN TO MAINTAIN TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ALONG WO YI HOP ROAD AS WELL AS ACCESS TO THE ESTATE.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WOULD BE DISPLAYED TO GUIDE AND SAFEGUARD ROAD USERS, HE SAID.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPROVED SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN .. 1

MORE YOUTH CENTRES IN TUEN MUN ................................... 2

PILOTAGE INQUIRY INTO SHIP COLLISION ............................. 3

TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT FOR EXTENSION OF HK PASSPORTS............... 3

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS ______...... 4

CHIEF POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER POST CREATED ................. 4

POLICE DOG SHOW ATTRACTS CROWDS TO EXHIBITION .................... 6

TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED ...................... 7

KWUN TONG DB WORK REPORT RELEASED ................................ 7

INTER-SCHOOL MODEL DESIGN CONTEST IN TAI PO ...................... 8

SOUTHERN DISTRICT LAUNCHES FIGHT BEACH CRIME CAMPAIGN ............ 8

CLEAN BEACH SHOW AT SHEK 0 TOMORROW .............................. 9

ANNUAL SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS ............................. 10

CASH AID FOR BEREAVED FAMILY..................................... 11

ROYAL HK REGIMENT RECRUITMENT DRIVE CONTINUES ................... 11

CHUK YUEN ROAD EXTENSION OPENS ON MONDAY......................... 12

WATER CUTS IN FIVE DISTRICTS .................................... 1?

ROAD OPENING IN WONG TAI SIN .................................... 14

RIGHT-TURN BANS TO BE LIFTED..................................... 15

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TOLO HIGHWAY.......................... 16

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IMPROVED SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH A TWO-YEAR PILOT PROJECT ON SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN ATTENDING ORDINARY PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

pad WAS SPEAKING AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOL

rUK THE DEAF.

CHILDREN EDUCATION

HE SAID THE RESOURCES AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS WOULD BI FURTHER UTILISED TO STRENGTHEN REMEDIAL TEACHING AND TO PROVIDE AUDITORY AND SPEECH TRAINING FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL CLASSES AND PERIPATETIC ADVISORY SERVICE.

THE EDUCATION OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, MR LI SAID, ADDING THAT THE MAIN AIM WAS TO HELP CHILDREN INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY AND LEAD AN INDEPENDENT T T t?V

"TO ACHIEVE THIS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED PLACES IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR SUCH CHILDREN," HE SAID.

SUFFICIENT

REFERRING TO THE COSTS OF THE SERVICES, MR LI SAID APART FROM THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON AUDIOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT AND HEARING AIDS, THE RECURRENT EXPENSES FOR EDUCATING DEAF CHILDREN IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS WERE ABOUT $37,000 FOR EACH PRIMARY PUPIL AND $47,000 FOR EACH SECONDARY PUPIL.

THIS REPRESENTED FIVE AND SEVEN TIMES THE EXPENSES FOR EDUCATING PUPILS IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS, RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, MR LI SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT THESE FUNDS WERE WELL UTILISED TO ENHANCE THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES AND TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF TEACHING IN SCHOOLS FOR DEAF CHILDREN.

ON THE SUCCESS OF TEACHING, MR LI SAID THIS DEPENDED GREATLY ON THE CURRICULUM DESIGN, THE TEACHING APPROACH AND THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

"THESE ARE INTER-RELATED AND SHOULD BE GEARED TO PUPILS’ INDIVIDUAL NEEDS, IF THE DESIRED EDUCATIONAL GOALS ARE TO BE ACHIEVED," HE SAID.

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’’SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO UTILISE THEIR RESOURCES FLEXIBLY AND TO ADOPT DIFFERENT TEACHING APPROACHES RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THEIR PUPILS.”

CITING THE SCHOOL-BASED CURRICULUM PROJECT, NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION, AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS POLICY, MR LI URGED SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR DEAF CHILDREN TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND TO USE TECHNICAL AIDS TO HELP MEET PUPIL’S NEEDS IN COMMUNICATION.

’’THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS A HIGH REGARD FOR INNOVATIVE METHODS AND ADAPTIVE APPROACHES ADOPTED BY THESE SCHOOLS AND HAS ENGAGED IN JOINT STUDIES TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF HEARING-IMPAIRED PUPILS IN COMMUNICATION AND ADJUSTMENT IN THE SOCIETY,” HE ADDED.

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MORE YOUTH CENTRES IN TUEN MUN

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FIVE MORE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES AND ONE ADDITIONAL YOUTH CENTRE WILL BE OPENED IN TUEN MUN OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHAN KING CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE UNDER THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, MRS WONG SAID THERE WERE NOW 15 SUCH CENTRES SERVING THE 335,000 POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT, 37.5 PER CENT OF WHICH WERE YOUNG PEOPLE.

SHE SAID CENTRES WERE SET UP TO PROMOTE THE PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN SIX AND 24 YEARS OLD SO THAT THEY WOULD GROW UP TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

’’THERE ARE NOW OVER 200 SUCH CENTRES IN HONG KONG, WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 200,000.

’’ABOUT $17 MILLION HAS BEEN ALLOCATED AS EXPENDITURE FOR THIS SERVICE IN 1989-90 AND A MORE FLEXIBLE APPROACH WILL BE ADOPTED IN PLANNING MORE CENTRES IN THE FUTURE TO COPE WITH REGIONAL DEMANDS," MRS WONG SAID.

THE SHAN KING CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE WAS WARMLY SUPPORTED BY RESIDENTS IN THE AREA AND ITS MEMBERSHIP HAD GROWN TO ABOUT 1,500 SINCE IT STARTED OPERATION LAST DECEMBER.

IT WAS THE 33TH CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE RUN BY THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, WHICH HAD BEEN PROMOTING AND DEVELOPING YOUTH SERVICES UNCEASINGLY OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, MRS WONG NOTED.

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PILOTAGE INQUIRY INTO SHIP COLLISION

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL, WHO IS ALSO THE PILOTAGE AUTHORITY, HAS ORDERED A PILOTAGE INQUIRY INTO A COLLISION LAST WEEK BETWEEN A CONTAINER VESSEL AND A LOG CARRIER.

MR YEUNG TO-FOR, SURVEYOR OF SHIPS (NAUTICAL), HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY MR HALL TO CONDUCT THE INQUIRY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID .TODAY (SATURDAY) THE INQUIRY WAS ORDERED FOLLOWING INITIAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE ACCIDENT AND WAS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 18 (B) OF THE PILOTAGE ORDINANCE (CAP. 84).

NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE SOUTH KOREAN CONTAINER SHIP "HANJIN OAKLAND" AND THE PANAMANIAN LOG CARRIER "GOODLINK" .

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE VICINITY NORTHWEST OF GREEN ISLAND AT ABOUT 7.15 AM ON JULY 7.

THE 2,800-TONNE "GOODLINK" SUSTAINED SERIOUS DAMAGE WHILE THE 35,000-TONNE "HANJIN OAKLAND", WHICH WAS BEING NAVIGATED BY A HONG KONG PILOT, WAS SLIGHTLY DAMAGED.

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TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT FOR EXTENSION OF HK PASSPORTS ******

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT IN ORDER TO ASSIST THOSE WITH URGENT TRAVEL PLANS, IT WILL INTRODUCE A TEMPORARY MEASURE WHEREBY BRITISH HONG KONG PASSPORTS WHICH HAVE EXPIRED FOR NOT MORE THAN SIX MONTHS OR HAVE A VALIDITY OF LESS THAN SIX MONTHS MAY BE EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, PROVIDED THERE ARE AMPLE BLANK PAGES.

THIS SERVICE WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE AT THE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (PASSPORT) SECTION IN THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS, ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 61 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON, WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY (JULY 17).

"THIS TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT WILL FACILITATE PASSPORT HOLDERS WHO NEED TO TRAVEL URGENTLY BUT CANNOT AFFORD THE TIME TO WAIT FOR THE ISSUE OF NEW PASSPORTS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

"ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE USE OF THIS NEW SERVICE SHOULD APPROACH THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS," HE ADDED.

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EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS

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THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED A CHANGE IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ADMISSION OF FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS.

WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, JULY 17, 1989, EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MUST CARRY A WAGE NOT BELOW $2,800 PER MONTH.

RE-ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED BEFORE MONDAY, JULY 17, MAY CARRY THE OLD RATE OF NOT LESS $2,500 PER MONTH, BUT SUCH CONTRACTS MUST TAKE EFFECT NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 1'7 THIS YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REVISION MADE HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE MARKET RATE WAGE FOR LOCAL DOMESTIC HELPERS AND THE PROJECTED INCREASE IN THE WAGE FOR MANUAL WORKERS IN 1989.

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CHIEF POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER POST CREATED ♦ ♦ * » ♦

WITH THE EXPANDING COMMUNICATIONS IN THE FORCE THE TASK OF SETTING OPERATING STANDARDS AND ENSURING THEIR MAINTENANCE HAS INCREASED IN IMPORTANCE. TO KEEP PACE WITH GROWING REQUIREMENTS THE NEW POST OF CHIEF POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER HAS BEEN CREATED IN COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH.

MR WONG PAK-LING WAS PRESENTED WITH A PROMOTION LETTER TO THE NEW POST BY THE FORCE SIGNALS OFFICER, MR REG BANHAM, AT A RECENT CEREMONY.

MR WONG WILL WORK THROUGH THE CHIEF STAFF INSPECTOR, SIGNALS, FIXED COMMUNICATIONS, TO ASSIST MR BANHAM IN SETTING OPERATING STANDARDS FOR ALL SYSTEMS IN THE FORCE TO ENSURE THEIR MAINTENANCE.

HE WILL ALSO ACT AS ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND ASSISTANT GRADES AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT AND DEPLOYMENT.

MR WONG SAID: +WITH THE EXPANSION OF COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES IN THE FORCE THE DUTIES OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR IS BECOMING MORE ONEROUS.

+MOREOVER THE TERRITORY-WIDE DEPLOYMENT OF STAFF, COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF STAFF ARE REQUIRED TO WORK SHIFTS, MAKES THEIR DAY TO DAY ADMINISTRATION MORE DIFFICULT.

+THIS HAS RESULTED IN LESS THAN ADEQUATE ATTENTION BEING GIVEN TO THE LONG TERM MANAGEMENT, PERSONNEL AND TRAINING NEEDS OF THE GRADES. TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT A CHIEF POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER POST HAS BEEN CREATED.*

/MR WONG

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MR WONG HAS SERVED THE FORCE FOR 13 YEARS SINCE HE GRADUATED FROM A DIPLOMA COURSE ON COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN CANADA. HE WAS AMONG THE FIRST BATCH OF 18 RECRUITS APPOINTED TO BE POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS IN JULY 1976.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE FIRST COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, HE AND SOME OTHERS WERE RECOMMENDED TO ACT AS SENIOR POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS IN DECEMBER 1976, AND HE WAS FORMALLY PROMOTED TO THE RANK IN 1978.

COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRES WERE LATER OPENED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IN KOWLOON.

MR WONG PARTICIPATED IN THE PLANNING OF ALL THOSE PROJECTS AMD WAS ATTACHED TO ALL THREE CENTRES, COMMUNICATIONS HEADQUARTERS A; WELL AS POLICE HEADQUARTERS COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE.

HE RECEIVED TWO COMMENDATIONS FOR HIS GOOD WORKING PERFORMANCE.

MR WONG WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION OF POLICE COMMUNICATION OFFICERS BETWEEN 1982 AND 1986.

+THE WORK IS NEVER DULL.+ HE SAID, +THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY WHERE POLICE OFFICERS NEED COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE. I HAVE ENCOUNTERED MANY EXCITING MOMENTS.+

HE REMEMBERED FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1984 WHEN TAXI DISTURBANCE OCCURRED IN KOWLOON.

+1 WAS AT HOME WHEN CALLED FOR EMERGENCY DUTY THAT NIGHT. I COULD NOT FIND ANY TAXI NEAR PING SHEK ESTATE TO BRING ME TO KOWLOON - HEADQUARTERS.

+1 WAS IN SO MUCH HURRY THAT I STOPPED AN AMBULANCE, WHICH WAS ON THE WAY TO TAKE SOME SICK AND INJURED PERSONS TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, FOR A LIFT.

+1 WORKED WITH THE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER, OPERATIONS, KOWLOON, MR JiM HURST. ALL NIGHT I WAS BUSY FIXING EQUIPMENT, TRANSMITTING INFORMATION AND MAKING OTHER NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

+ON ANOTHER INCIDENT, I WAS ON CONTROL ROOM DUTY DURING THE OCCASION WHEN POLICE CONSTABLE CHENG MAN-FAI DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR WHILE ON DUTY AT A ROAD BLOCK IN KOWLOON.

+EVERYONE WAS SO ANXIOUS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DETAILS, TO TRANSMIT ALL THE INFORMATION AND TO GET THE MESSAGES THROUGH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE WORKED FEVERISHLY WITHOUT KNOWING THAT TIME HAD PASSED.

+BECAUSE I HAVE MYSELF EXPERIENCED MANY SUCH CONDITIONS I FULLY REALISE THE PRESSURE OF WORK OF MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES.

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•♦•THEY ARE VERY BUSY WHEN BIG INCIDENTS HAPPEN, LIKE THE ARRIVAL OF THOUSANDS OF VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, BIG DEMONSTRATIONS, SERIOUS CRIME OPERATIONS, AND THE RECENT HUGE RALLIES IN RESPONSE OF THE STUDENT MOVEMENT IN PEKING.

+POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS HAVE TO MONITOR INFORMATION TO FACILITATE THE CHIEFS OF STAFF FOR OPERATION, COMMAND AND CONTROL.

+THEY ARE REALLY UNSEEN HEROES AND THEIR EFFORTS SHOULD b RECOGNISED.

+NOW THAT I HAVE TAKEN UP THIS NEW POST, I WILL TRY MY BEST TO KEEP UP OPERATIONAL STANDARDS, TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT AND TAKE CARE OF THE WELFARE OF COLLEAGUES.+

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POLICE DOG SHOW ATTRACTS CROWDS TO EXHIBITION

LARGE CROWD OF SPECTATORS WERE ATTRACTED TO THE POLICE DOG DEMONSTRATION WHICH WAS STAGED AS PART OF THE CAREER EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE POLICE IN TAI PO TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS WHICH STARTED OFF TODAY AT TAI PO SHOPPING CENTRE IN TAI PO CONSISTED OF PICTORIAL DISPLAY AND VIDEO PRESENTATION.TO INTRODUCE THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF WORK IN THE POLICE FORCE.

POLICE RECRUITMENT STAFF WERE ALSO ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND ACCEPT APPLICATIONS.

THE EXHIBITION WHICH IS OPEN FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT TAI PO SHOPPING CENTRE AND IN THE FORTHCOMING TWO WEEKENDS AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES:-

(1) HENG FA CHUEN SHOPPING CENTRE, CHAI WAN - JULY 22 AND 23

(2) NEW JADE SHOPPING ARCADE, CHAI WAN - JULY 29 AND 30

ANOTHER DOG SHOW WILL BE STAGED NEXT SATURDAY (JULY 22) AT 5 PM AT THE HENG FA CHUEN SHOPPING CENTRE IN CHAI WAN.

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1989

TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED ******

A SURVEY REPORT ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION AT A MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 17).

THE PUBLISHED REPORT, "INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN 1988", WAS COMPILED BY THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

IT COVERS SOME 23 HECTARES OF DEVELOPED INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN, AND OPERATORS OF 1,556 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WERE INTERVIEWED.

FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE SURVEY AIMED AT MONITORING THE CHARACTERISTICS AND NEEDS OF THE LOCAL INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS OF THE WORKING POPULATION AND FACTORS AFFECTING INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE "INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN 1988 SURVEY" WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 17) IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SESSION WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON.

IT WILL BE GIVEN BY THE CHAIRMAN OF A SURVEY WORKING GROUP, MR CHAN WU-CHING.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE, MR YIP HING-CHUNG; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; AND CHIEF TOWN PLANNER, MR YU KAI-WING.

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KWUN TONG DB WORK REPORT RELEASED

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS RELEASED A REPORT ON ITS WORK FOR 1988-89.

THE REPORT CONSISTS OF SEVEN CHAPTERS, SUMMARISING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE BOARD AND ITS SIX COMMITTEES ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, HOUSING, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, SOCIAL SERVICES, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.

A TOTAL OF 55,000 COPIES OF THE REPORT HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE $ TUNG YAN STREET, AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT SHUN LEE, YAU TONG, LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING AND NGAU TAU KOK.

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INTER-SCHOOL MODEL DESIGN CONTEST IN TAI PO t t t * ♦

SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TAI PO ARE INVITED TO SEND TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN AN INTER-SCHOOL MODEL DESIGN CONTEST IN TAI PO.

THE CONTEST IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE 1990’8 SUB-WORKING GROUP ON COMMUNITY PROJECT OF TAI PO AND SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

IT IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN TAI PO TO CARE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY.

ENTRIES CAN BE MODELS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT OR A PART OF THE DISTRICT, MEASURING 1.22M X 1.83M (FOUR FEET X SIX FEET) IN SIZE.

EACH SCHOOL SHOULD SEND NO MORE THAN TWO TEAMS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN A TEAM. EACH TEAM WILL RECEIVE A $800 SUBSIDY.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED MEDALS AND BOOK COUPONS.

WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN AN EXHIBITION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOK ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 13.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6577111, EXT.254.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT LAUNCHES FIGHT BEACH CRIME CAMPAIGN t ♦ * t * t

MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL JOIN FORCES WITH THE POLICE IN A PUBLICITY DRIVE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO COMBAT BEACH CRIMES.

BEFORE THE PUBLICITY DRIVE STARTS, THE MEMBERS WILL ATTEND A BRIEFING BY THE POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER IN ABERDEEN, MR TSE CHAN-FAI, ON THE CRIME SITUATION AT BEACHES SINCE A SIMILAR DRIVE WAS LAUNCHED LAST YEAR.

THE BRIEFING WILL BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN POLICE STATION.

THE MEMBERS WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN BY THE POLICE TO CLAMP DOWN ON THEFT, SNATCHING AND OTHER CRIMES ON POPULAR BEACHES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

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ACCOMPANIED BY SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS AND SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF, THE MEMBERS WILL THEN VISIT REPULSE BAY TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW POLICE OFFICERS PERFORM PATROL DUTIES ON THE BEACH.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE PUBLICITY DRIVE, THE COMMITTEE AND THE WESTERN DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE HAVE JOINTLY PRODUCED A CARTOON LEAFLET SPELLING OUT THE PRECAUTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN AGAINST BEACH CRIME.

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL DISTRIBUTE THE LEAFLETS TO BEACH-GOERS AND ADVISE THEM ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR VALUABLES. MEMBERS OF THE WESTERN JUNIOR POLICE CALL WILL ALSO HELP IN THE EXERCISE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE’S ANTI-BEACH-CRIME PUBLICITY DRIVE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF SOUTHORN CENTRE BY 9.10 AM FROM WHERE A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL TAKE THEM TO THE ABERDEEN POLICE STATION. THOSE WHO TRAVEL IN THEIR OWN VEHICLES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE STATION IN WONG CHUK HANG BY 9.50 AM.

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CLEAN BEACH SHOW AT SHEK 0 TOMORROW *******

A CLEAN BEACH EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT SHEK 0 BEACH, BEGINNING AT 1.30 PM.

THE EVENT, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PUBLICITY FUNCTIONS OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN IN DISSEMINATING KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES, WILL INCLUDE A RADIO SHOW AND A CLEAN BEACH OPERATION.

THE RADIO SHOW WILL FEATURE POPULAR BAND GROUPS AND WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO II FROM 2 PM TO 3 PM.

AFTER THE SHOW, BEACH-GOERS WILL JOIN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS IN CLEANING UP THE BEACH.

A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD BEFORE THE SHOW.

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OFFICIATING WILL BE THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, MR TONG KAM-BIU; MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR POON CHIN-HUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN), MRS MAUREEN CHAN; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR I.B.I. PETERSEN; ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS JULIANA MA; AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER OF COMMERCIAL RADIO, MISS PERAL WONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. A VAN (NO. UC2295) WILL PICK UP REPORTERS AT EDINBURGH PLACE (OPPOSITE QUEEN’S PIER) AND WILL LEAVE FOR SHEK 0 AT 12.10 PM SHARP. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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ANNUAL SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS * * * * *

MORE THAN 100 CAREERS TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION TO BE HELD AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SHA TIN, ON MONDAY (JULY 17).

THE ANNUAL SEMINAR, NOW IN ITS 11TH YEAR, IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY’ THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS. .

THIS YEAR'S SEMINAR IS ENTITLED "CAREERS EDUCATION IN THE CHANGING 90’S".

"THE SEMINAR PROVIDES A FORUM FOR PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND SHARE EXPERIENCE IN CAREERS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING, A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"IT ALSO EXAMINES WAYS TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE TO COPE WITH THE RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD IN THEIR SEARCH FOR A CAREER BEST SUITED TO THEIR TALENTS, INTEREST AND ABILITIES."

GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY HAVE INVITED TO ADDRESS THE SEMINAR.

THE BEEN

THEIR TALKS WILL FOCUS ON CHANGES IN SOCIAL, TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTS, MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IN HONG KONG IN THE CHANGING 90 S.

ECONOMIC

AND

AND CAREERS

/THERE WILL .......

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THERE WILL ALSO BE PANEL AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY CAREERS TEACHERS AND THEIR POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON MONDAY BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HAROLD KWOK, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS, MR CHAN JOE-CHAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 17) AT THE INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SHA TIN.

TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KCR UNIVERSITY STATION, SHA TIN, TO THE VENUE BETWEEN 9.15 AM AND 9.30 AM.

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CASH AID FOR BEREAVED FAMILY

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) APPROVED $9,000 IN BURIAL GRANTS FOR A FISHING FAMILY BEREAVED AS A RESULT OF A COLLISION AT SEA OFF LAMMA ISLAND EARLY LAST SATURDAY (JULY 8).

THREE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY, A MAN AND TWO WOMEN, DIED IN THE COLLISION.

BESIDES CASH AID, SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE- FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE OF ABERDEEN WILL RENDER COUNSELLING SERVICE AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO SURVIVING MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY.

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WOMEN TO

THE END OF

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON CIVIC-MINDED YOUNG MEN AND THE REGIMENT BEFORE ITS RECRUITMENT EXERCISE CLOSES AT

JOIN

THE

MONTH.

THE ANNUAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE, WHICH STARTED IN MID-JUNE, HAS RECEIVED FAVOURABLE RESPONSE SO FAR.

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THIS YEAR, THE VOLUNTEERS ARE SEEKING TO RECRUIT 130 MEN AND 20 WOMEN.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD BE AT LEAST SEVENTEEN-AND-A-HALF YEARS OLD, HAVE COMPLETED SECONDARY EDUCATION AND HAVE A REASONABLE KNOWLEDGE OF SPOKEN ENGLISH. THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE REGULAR EMPLOYMENT AND SHOULD HAVE OBTAINED THEIR EMPLOYERS’ CONSENT IN JOINING THE FORCE.

"YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO FACE CHALLENGES AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY SHOULD JOIN IN," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"BEING A VOLUNTEER HELPS TO BUILD UP ONE’S PHYSIQUE AS WELL AS CULTIVATE A MORE MATURE AND CAPABLE PERSONALITY," HE ADDED.

THE MAJORITY OF TRAINING TAKES PLACE IN THE SCENIC COUNTRY PARKS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE TRAINING IN BASIC MILITARY SKILLS INCLUDING DRILL, HANDLING RIFLES AND SUB-MACHINE GUNS, AND USE OF VEHICLES AND ASSAULT BOATS. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN HOW TO OPERATE RADIO EQUIPMENT, MAP READING AND FIRST AID.

TRAINING OF NEW RECRUITS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON FOUR EVENINGS AND ONE WEEKEND EACH MONTH OF A PERIOD OF FIVE MONTHS. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE TO ATTEND TWO NINE-DAY TRAINING CAMPS BEFORE PASSING OUT.

ON COMPLETION OF BASIC TRAINING, THE VOLUNTEERS WILL TRAIN TWO EVENINGS AND ONE WEEKEND EACH MONTH. THERE ARE TWO CAMP PERIODS, ONE OF WHICH WILL BE SPENT MANNING THE BORDER.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND AT THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS AT 1 SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE REGIMENT’S RECRUITING OFFICER ON 5-761371.

CHUK YUEN ROAD EXTENSION OPENS ON MONDAY * * * ♦

AN ELEVATED EXTENSION OF CHUK YUEN ROAD, FROM TIN MA COURT TO A MAJOR INTERSECTION WITH JUNCTION ROAD AND BROADCAST DRIVE, WILL BE OPENED FROM 5 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 17).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THE NEW THOROUGHFARE WAS THE LAST OF THREE ACCESS ROADS BUILT TO COPE WITH THE TRAVEL DEMANDS GENERATED BY THE MA CHAI HANG AND CHUK YUEN DEVELOPMENT.

/THE CENTRAL .......

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THE CENTRAL ACCESS AT FUNG MO INTERCHANGE WAS OPENED IN 1986.

THE EASTERN ACCESS AT FUNG WONG NEW VILLAGE, INCLUDING MAINLY THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 55-METRE-LONG PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSS SHATIN PASS ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH FUNG TAK ROAD, WAS OPENED LAST DECEMBER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ROAD TO BE OPENED ON MONDAY WAS THE WESTERN ACCESS. IT WOULD PROVIDE A DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN CHUK YUEN ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD, AND ALSO GREATLY IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW IN CHUK YUEN/MA CHAI HANG AND WANG TAU HOM AREA.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE $44 MILLION ROAD BEGAN IN JULY 1987. THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING, DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF THE WORKS.

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WATER CUTS IN FIVE DISTRICTS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 17) TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TONG YAN SAN TSUEN, SAN HEI TSUEN STREET AND THE END OF TONG YAN SAN TSUEN ROAD.

ALSO TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION, FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHAI WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 18) TO 10 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHAI WAN ROAD, WAN TSUI ROAD, FEI TSUI ROAD, SUI MAN ROAD, LIN SHING ROAD, WING TAI ROAD, CHEUNG MAN ROAD, LOK MAN ROAD, HONG MAN STREET, CHEUNG LEE STREET, KUT SHING STREET, LEE CHUNG STREET, NING FOO STREET, YEE FUNG STREET, YEE SHING STREET, YEE SHUN STREET, WAH HA STREET, SAN HA STREET, SHEUNG ON STREET, KA YIP STREET, FUNG YIP STREET, SUN YIP STREET, ON YIP STREET, SUN ON STREET, WING PING STREET, HONG PING STREET, KAM YUEN LANE AND HENG FA CHUEN.

TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 19) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CEDAR STREET, KI LUNG STREET, BOUNDARY STREET, POPLAR STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, NATHAN ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST.

ALSO TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 20) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE LOCATED AT 127-133 (ODD NUMBERS) HOLLYWOOD ROAD, 76-130 (EVEN NUMBERS) HOLLYWOOD ROAD, LADDER STREET BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND CIRCULAR PATHWAY, CIRCULAR PATHWAY, SHING WONG STREET BETWEEN GOUGH STREET AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD, 1-2 TSUI ON LANE, 270-276 (EVEN NUMBERS) QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND LOWER LASCAR ROW.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9.30 AM TO 2 PM TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE LOCATED AT 11-45 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 42-54 PAK TAI STREET, 5-29A SAN SHAN ROAD, 95-109 PAU CHUNG STREET, 1-28 WANG CHEUNG STREET AND 1-28 SUI LUN STREET.

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ROAD OPENING IN WONG TAI SIN *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXTENDED SECTION OF CHUK YUEN ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN LEADING TO BROADCAST DRIVE AND JUNCTION ROAD WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM 5 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 17).

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR JUNCTION ROAD OR WATERLOO ROAD FROM CHUK YUEN OR TSZ WAN SHAN CAN TRAVEL VIA CHUK YUEN ROAD.

THE NEW ROAD ALSO LEADS TO FU MEI STREET SO THAT MOTORISTS CAN REACH LOK FU VIA CHUK YUEN ROAD AND FU MEI STREET.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE THREE SLIP ROADS LINKING THE NEW ROAD WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD   ONE LEADING FROM WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO SOUTHBOUND CHUK YUEN ROAD AND THE OTHER TWO LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIODS BELOW:

7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY

* CHUK YUEN ROAD BETWEEN JUNCTION ROAD AND FU MEI STREET; AND

* JUNCTION ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUK YUEN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE EAST.

24-HOUR DAILY

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD;

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD; AND

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* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO CHUK YUEN ROAD BETWEEN THE SLIP ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MOREOVER, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS ROUND-THE-CLOCK:

t CHUK YUEN ROAD BETWEEN FU MEI STREET AND SHATIN PASS ROAD;

* JUNCTION ROAD BETWEEN CHUK YUEN ROAD AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD; AND

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO CHUK YUEN ROAD.

FURTHERMORE, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR:

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN THE SLIP ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN THE SLIP ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH WESTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 17), THE FOLLOWING RIGHT-TURN BANS WILL BE LIFTED FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF DRAINAGE WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF FAT TSEUNG STREET WITH PO ON ROAD IN SHAM SHUI PO:

* THE RIGHT-TURN FROM FAT TSEUNG STREET SOUTHBOUND ONTO PO ON ROAD WESTBOUND; AND

* THE RIGHT-TURN FROM PO ON ROAD WESTBOUND ONTO FAT TSEUNG STREET NORTHBOUND.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TOLO HIGHWAY *******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF TOLO HIGHWAY IN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THREE DAYS FROM MONDAY (JULY 17).

THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE NEAR PAK SHEK KOK BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY.

THE SOUTHBOUND FAST LANE AT ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED . 1 FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PUBLISHED.................... 5 LADY FORD OPENS YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.............................. 7 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES MATCH MODERN SOCIAL NEEDS ....... 8 BEACH SHOW PROMOTES KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE ....................... 8 ANTI-CRIME PUBLICITY PAYS OFF AT BEACHES ..................... 9 CHANGES IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS ORDINANCE PLANNED .......... 10 FESTIVAL TO BOOST ISLANDERS' SPORTS ACTIVITIES ............... 11 WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS ................... 12 TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA .................... 1J THEN MUN DB COMMITTEE CONSULTED ON DEVELOPMENT STUDY.......... 1J PIER ENTRANCE CONGESTION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .............. 14 'TAI PO IN THE 21 ST CENTURY' ESSAY COMPETITION .............. 15 HIGH TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON MARINE POLICE

LAUNCHES ..................................................... 15 ALERT SOCIAL WORKER PREVENTS POSSIBLE TRAGEDY ................ 17 CAREERS SEMINAR FOR HIGH-CALIBRE JOB-SEEKERS ................. 18 SPECIAL STAMPS ON HK'S MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES ....... 19 72 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY ........................ 20 ERECTION OF STRUCTURES FOP BOATYARD PURPOSES AUTHORISED ...... 20 TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STADIUM PATH ............................ 21 TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CHUNG KWAI CHUNG TSUEN CARPARK .......... 21

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MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED

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THE ORDERS POSITION IN MAY 1989 AS REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES WAS LOWER BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, BUT HIGHER BY 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH APRIL 1989, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE TEXTILES AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, ORDERS SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY, AND WERE ALMOST UNCHANGED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, THE ORDERS POSITION IN MAY 1989 INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. SLIGHT INCREASES IN ORDERS WERE RECORDED IN THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY REPORTED A MODERATE DROP IN ITS ORDERS POSITION.

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.

ON EMPLOYMENT, THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REPORTED THAT THEIR TOTAL WORKFORCE IN MAY 1989 REMAINED AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN APRIL 1989, BUT DECREASED BY 10 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1988.

COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH APRIL 1989, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS AND THE TEXTILES INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, SLIGHT DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE RECORDED IN THE WEARING APPAREL, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. EMPLOYMENT IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1989 DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE RECORDED IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN ALL THE OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED.

IN MAY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED, IN MONEY TERMS, BY 2 PER CENT OVER APRIL 1989 AND BY 20 PER CENT OVER MAY 1988.

COMPARING MAY 1989 WITH APRIL 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

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THE INCREASES IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ISSUE OF SPECIAL BONUSES AND BACKPAY ARISING FROM SALARY REVISION BY SOME COMPANIES IN THESE INDUSTRIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY, AND SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN MAY 1989 INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN ALMOST ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1989 DROPPED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, BUT INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1988. PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN MAY 1989 SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER APRIL 1989 BUT A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OVER MAY 1988.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT FIGURES FOR THIS SECTOR COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

IN THE SERVICE SECTORS SURVEYED, THE OVERALL LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1989 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN APRIL 1989, BUT INCREASED MODERATELY OVER MAY 1988.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN MAY' 1989 DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY' WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, WHICH WAS MAINLY DUE TO SPECIAL BONUSES HAVING BEEN ISSUED BY SOME OF THE COMPANIES IN APRIL 1989.

COMPARING MAY' 1989 WITH MAY 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY' FOR THE SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER.

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.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT AS THE SURVEY IS NOT BASED ON A SCIENTIFICALLY SELECTED SAMPLE, THE MAGNITUDES OF CHANGE INDICATED BY THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE MERELY A REFLECTION OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE COMPANIES SURVEYED.

HOWEVER, GIVEN THE COMPOSITION OF THE PANEL, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY' IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR MAY 1989 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT $2 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.

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TABLE 1 : ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY

ORDERS-ON-HAND

AS AT THE END OF CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 1989 APR. 89 MAY 88

(MONTHS) <%> (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.41 -1 + 2

WEARING APPAREL 4.79 + 1 + 2

TEXTILES 2.55 -2 + 2

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.23 -5 -4

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.90 + 10

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS 5.10 -2 + 1

OTHERS 4.20 -1 + 1

* CHANGES WITHIN +/-O.5 PER CENT

TABLE 2 : EMPLOYMENT

INDUSTRY/SERVICES PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF MAY 1989

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

APR. 89 MAY 88

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(%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES -10

FOOD AND DRINKS

+ 1 -3

WEARING APPAREL -2 -10

TEXTILES + 1 -2

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -1 -28

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -1 -4

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS * -13

OTHERS * -5

CONSTRUCTION# -2 + 1

SERVICES + 4

BANKS * + 4

HOTELS + 2 + 3

PUBLIC UTILITIES * -1

OTHERS + 1 + 12

* CHANGES WITHIN +/-0.5 PER CENT

# 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 PER CAPITA EARNINGS

AVERAGE AS IN CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 1989 APR. 89 MAY 88

(HK$) (%) (%)

all manufacturing industries 5,073 4-2 4-20

FOOD AND DRINKS WEARING APPAREL 5,572 4 , 143 -3 + 4 4-16 4-19 + 8 4-34 4-16

TEXTILES PLASTIC PRODUCTS 5,134 5,062 + 7 + 8

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4,719 t

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS OTHERS CONSTRUCTION# 4,903 6,617 7,180 + 2 -1 + 1 4-23 4-21 4-22

SERVICES 8,343 -21@ 4-19

BANKS HOTELS 8,211 5,616 + 1 -8 + 2 -47@ 4-20 4-16 4-21

PUBLIC UTILITIES OTHERS 8,041 9,558 4-15

»

#

CENT

CHANGES WITHIN +/-0.5 PER

PER CAPITA EARNINGS COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

SITE

WORKERS

@ THIS WAS DUE MAINLY TO SPECIAL BONUSES BEING ISSUED BY SOME OF THE COMPANIES IN APRIL 1989.

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 PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PUBLISHED ******

THE INWARD INVESTMENT DIVISION OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PLANS TO UPGRADE THE LEVEL OF REPRESENTATION AND EXPAND ITS ACTIVITIES IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES, ACCORDING TO THE FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THE REPORT, RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY), SAID THIS IS ONE OF THE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS WHICH WILL BE IMPLEMENTED GRADUALLY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THE OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPUTER-BASED TARGETTING MECHANISM AND THE SETTING UP OF A RESEARCH AND TARGETTING SECTION TO GIVE SUPPORT TO FRONTLINE PROMOTIONAL STAFF.

THE INWARD INVESTMENT DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENCOURAGING OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. THE AIM IS TO ATTRACT NEW OR IMPROVED PRODUCTS, DESIGNS, PROCESSES AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES INTO HONG KONG.

"THE DIVISION’S INWARD INVESTMENT PROMOTION ACTIVITIES ARE CARRIED OUT BY A NETWORK OF FIVE OVERSEAS OFFICES, LOCATED IN SAN .HANCISCO, NEW YORK, BRUSSELS, LONDON AND TOKYO, AND BY A

ONE-sTOP UNIT’ IN HONG KONG.

"THESE OFFICES ARE STAFFED BY INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICERS (IPPO'S), WHO ARE USUALLY QUALIFIED ENGINEERS HAVING EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRY AND PROVEN MARKETING SKILLS.

"THE IPPO’S ARE ASSISTED BY TRADE OFFICERS AND OTHER LOCALLY-ENGAGED PERSONNEL IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES," THE REPORT SAID.

THE ROLE OF THE OVERSEAS OFFICES IS TO AROUSE A POTENTIAL INVESTOR'S INTEREST IN HONG KONG, WHILE THE AIM OF THE ’ONE-STOP UNIT’ IS TO GIVE THE INTERESTED COMPANY AS MUCH ASSISTANCE AS POSSIBLE TO CARRY THROUGH INVESTMENT PLANS IN WHAT MAY BE A COMPLETELY UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY.

THE 67-PAGE REPORT DESCRIBED IN DETAIL THE WORK OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS, AND TRACES THE MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT IN THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ANDREW K.P. LEUNG, SAID IN THE FOREWORD OF THE REPORT THAT THE PUBLICATION WOULD BE A USEFUL REFERENCE WORK FOR THOSE WHO DEALT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OR WHO WISHED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ITS ACTIVITIES.

MR. LEUNG SAID AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK WAS TO PROMOTE THE WIDER APPLICATION OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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HE SAID A NEW QUALITY SERVICES DIVISION HAD BEEN FORMED FOLLOWING A DEPARTMENTAL RE-ORGANISATION TO PLAN, CO-ORDINATE AND IMPLEMENT A QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

"THIS CONSISTS OF THE STRENGTHENING OF THE DEPARTM'7'"’” S EXISTING RANGE OF QUALITY SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDING THE PRODUCTS STANDARDS INFORMATION BUREAU, THE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY AND THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME; THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VOLUNTARY ACCREDITATION SCHEME FOR FACTORIES APPLYING INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF QUALITY ASSURANCE; AND THE LAUNCHING OF A CONTINUING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE LEVEL OF QUALITY AWARENESS AMONGST MANUFACTURERS," HE SAID.

THE OPENING CHAPTER OF THE REPORT IS DEVOTED TO THE DEVELOP!HP"'' OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE MAJOR FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO HONG KONG’S SUCCESS AS A LEADING MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE CONTINUE TO WORK WELL.

"AMONG THESE ARE A SIMPLE TAX STRUCTURE, A FLEXIBLE AND INDUSTRIOUS WORKFORCE, A MODERN AND EFFICIENT SEAPORT WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING CONTAINER PORTS, A CENTRALLY-LOCATED AIRPORT WITH A COMPUTERISED CARGO TERMINAL, EXCELLENT WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO FREE TRADE AND ENTERPRISE," IT SAID.

THE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE REPORT OUTLINED THE GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY AND THE ROLE OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WHILE THE REMAINING CHAPTERS REPORTED ON THE WORK OF THE VARIOUS DIVISIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, AT MARCH 31 THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 185 COMPLETED INVESTMENT PROJECTS, INCLUDING EXPANSION AND MANUFACTURING-RELATED ONES, HAD BEEN ASSISTED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SINCE 1983, OF WHICH 43 WERE HANDLED IN THE 1988-89 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN 1988-89 FROM INVESTMENT PROJECTS WHERE ASSISTANCE WAS PROVIDED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IS REPORTED TO BE $252.45 MILLION.

THE MORE NOTABLE INVESTMENT PROJECTS IN 1988-89 INCLUDED AN AMERICAN COMPANY TEKTRONIX CORPORATION, A GERMAN COMPANY CARL AUG. PICARD GMBH AND CO., A JAPANESE COMPANY TEIKOKU ELECTRIC CO. LTD., AN AUSTRALIAN COMPANY INTERPAC CONTAINERS LTD, AND A SINGAPORE-SWISS JOINT VENTURE TIMES PUBLISHING (HK) LTD.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN ALL THESE ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT CAN OBTAIN A COPY OF THE ANNUAL REPORT FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DATA AND SERVICES DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1008, 10TH FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE ENGLISH EDITION OF THIS PUBLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE WHILE THE CHINESE VERSION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

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LADY FORD OPENS YOUTH MUSIC CAMP » * * t *

THE INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MUSICAL TRAINING THRoLu.-REHEARSALS AND ENSEMBLE PLAYING WOULD HELP THEM TO LEARN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND ALSO TO LEARN THE SKILLS AND PLEASURES OF TEAM WORK, LADY FORD, WIFE OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING WHEN SHE OPENED THE 1989 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.

"I MUST CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR INITIATIVE IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS MUSIC CAMP,” LADY FORD TOLD THE CAMPERS.

"THROUGH THE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED HERE, I HOPE YOU WILL ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC, AND DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS DURING THE COURSE OF THE INTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF TRAINING, SO THAT MUSIC BECOMES A MEANINGFUL AND STIMULATING PART OF YOUR LIVES."

THE ANNUAL MUSIC CAMP, NOW IN ITS TENTH YEAR, IS BEING HELD AT THE LEI YUE MUN PARK HOLIDAY VILLAGE AND WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 29.

LADY FORD SAID THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WOULD BE A CHALLENGE TO THE CAMPERS.

"IF YOU CAN COMPLETE THIS COURSE WITH THE FEELING THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING AND HAVE ENJOYED YOURSELVES, ALL THE EFFORT IN ORGANISING THIS EVENT WILL HAVE BEEN WORTHWHILE," SHE NOTED.

GIVING A VOTE OF THANKS, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MISS LOLLY CHIU, SAID THE MUSIC CAMP WOULD ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND CULTURE TO LEARN AND PERFORM MUSIC TOGETHER AND THUS ENHANCE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING.

"1 WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME ALL THE OVERSEAS MUSICIANS TO THE CAMP. I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR JOINING US FROM AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, CHINA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM TO SHARE THEIR WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE," MISS CHIU SAID.

MISS CHIU ALSO THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT.

AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI.

OVER 400 YOUNGSTERS ARE TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S MUSIC CAMP WHICH HAS A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, TWO STRING ORCHESTRAS, TWO SYMPHONIC BANDS AND TWO CHINESE ORCHESTRAS.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMP, ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOP/SEMINARS, CHAMBER MUSIC, AND SECTIONAL AND ORCHESTRAL REHEARSALS TO BE CONDUCTED BY RENOWNED MUSICIANS.

TO PROVIDE A BALANCED PROGRAMME, THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL ORGANISE A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR THE CAMPERS.

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8

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES MATCH MODERN SOCIAL NEEDS

*****

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES NOWADAYS ARE TAILORED TO COINCIDE WITH CURRENT SOCIAL NEEDS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR KWOK KA-CHI, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN A CHANGING SOCIETY, MR KWOK POINTED OUT THAT YOUTHS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING ERA AND THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN ASSISTING THEM TO WORK TOWARDS A MORE STABLE AND PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY.

HE NOTED THAT YOUTHS WOULD BECOME MORE MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH THE GUIDANCE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS IN DEVELOPING THEIR PERSONALITY AND SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

MR KWOK ADDED THAT YOUTHS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO SHOULDER RESPONSIBILITIES AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

ABOUT 150 PARTICIPANTS TOOK PART IN TODAY’S SEMINAR WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE PANEL OF SPEAKERS INCLUDED LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR DAVID CHEUNG, VETERAN SOCIAL WORKER DR YEUNG WAI-TSANG AND ACADEMIC DR LEUNG YIN-SHING WHO SPOKE ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN A CHANGING SOCIETY FROM THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL ANGLES.

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BEACH SHOW PROMOTES KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE

*****

THOUSANDS OF BEACH-GOERS SHARED THE KEEP BEACHES CLEAN MESSAGE AT A SHOW HELD AT SHEK 0 BEACH TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE AS ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES FOR THE CLEAN HARBOUR CAMPAIGN.

THE 90-MINUTE SHOW, COMPRISING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR BANDS, WAS PRODUCED AND BROADCAST LIVE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO, WITH KEEP CLEAN MESSAGES BEING DISSEMINATED DURING THE PROGRAMME AND THROUGH GAMES INVOLVING SPECTATORS.

”WE HOPE THAT BEACH-GOERS WHO ENJOY ACTIVITIES ON CLEAN BEACHES WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY IN KEEPING THEM THAT WAY,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID.

ABOUT 39,000 CUBIC METRES OF REFUSE WERE PICKED UP AT THE GAZETTED BEACHES TN 1988.

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"SHEK 0 BEACH IS ONE OF THE BEACHES WITH THE LARGEST AMOUNTS OF REFUSE COLLECTED LAST YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

TO FURTHER DRIVE HOME THE KEEP-BEACHES-CLEAN MESSAGE, A NEWLY PRODUCED ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST WAS BEING BROADCAST ON TELEVISION, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ANOTHER BEACH SHOW OF SIMILAR SCALE WOULD BE HELD AT CLEARWATER BAY SECOND BEACH EARLY NEXT MONTH.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF TODAY’S SHOW WERE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, MR TONG KAM-BIU; MEMBER OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, MR POON CHIN-HUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN), MRS MAUREEN CHAN; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR I.B.I. PETERSEN; ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS JULIANA MA; AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER OF COMMERCIAL RADIO, MISS PEARL WONG.

AFTER THE SHOW, BEACH-GOERS ALSO JOINED IN AN OPERATION TO CLEAN UP THE BEACH.

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ANTI-CRIME PUBLICITY PAYS OFF AT BEACHES

******

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE'S PUBLICITY EFFORTS AND ACTION BY THE POLICE IN COMBATTING CRIMES ON BEACHES IN THE DISTRICT HAVE PAID OFF.

SPEAKING AFTER THE LAUNCHING OF AN ANTI-BEACH-CRIME PUBLICITY DRIVE TODAY (SUNDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR KAN MAN-LEE, SAID THAT SINCE A SIMILAR DRIVE WAS LAUNCHED IN 1988, THERE HAD BEEN A MARKED DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CRIMES ON BEACHES.

QUOTING POLICE STATISTICS, MR KAN SAID THERE WERE ONLY 35 BEACH CRIME CASES IN THE DISTRICT IN 1988, COMPARED WITH 117 IN 1987.

THE POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER IN ABERDEEN, MR TSE CHAN-FAI, ATTRIBUTED THE DROP IN CRIMES TO STEPPED-UP PATROLS ON BEACHES BY POLICE OFFICERS DURING THE SWIMMING SEASON AND ANTI-BEACH-CRIME PUBLICITY EFFORTS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE.

DURING TODAY’S PUBLICITY DRIVE, WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE AND THE WESTERN DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE, COMMITTEE MEMBERS WENT TO REPULSE BAY TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-BEACH-CRIME MESSAGE TO BEACH-GOERS BY DISTRIBUTING COPIES OF A COLOURFUL LEAFLET.

THE CARTOON LEAFLET, WHICH WAS DESIGNED BY A MEMBER OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND PRODUCED BY THE COMMITTEE, SPELLS OUT THE MAJOR PRECAUTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN AGAINST BEACH CRIMES.

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10

STAFF OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE EXERCISE.

THE PUBLICITY DRIVE IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY THE COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO PLANNING TO LAUNCH THE PHASE 7 OF THE DISTRICT’S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME AND TO HOLD A ’’HOME SECURITY" SEMINAR IN AUGUST.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE PIPELINE INCLUDE VISITS TO SCHOOLS, AN INTER-SCHOOL ANTI-CRIME QUIZ, A "YOUTH COUNSELLING" SEMINAR FOR PARENTS, AND A CLOSING CEREMONY AND CARNIVAL FOR THIS YEAR’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

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CHANGES IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS ORDINANCE PLANNED t * * t *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO AMEND THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FLAT OWNERS WITH AN EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK FOR MANAGING THEIR OWN BUILDINGS.

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, SAID THIS WHEN HE OPENED THE DISTRICT’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION IN SHUN TAK CENTRE THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR FISHER SAID AN AMENDMENT BILL, AIMED AT. SIMPLIFYING THE PROCEDURES OF FORMING AN OWNERS CORPORATION AND ESTABLISHING ITS LEGAL STATUS, WAS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED WITHIN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

TWO MONTHS AGO, I’HE GOVERNMENT COMPLETED ITS CONSULTATIONS WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND DISTRICT BOARDS ON PROPOSALS OF REMEDYING UNFAIR PROVISIONS IN EXISTING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT WITH A VIEW TO UPGRADING THE STANDARD OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT, HE ADDED.

MR FISHER ALSO SAID THAT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT HAD AN UNIQUE BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEM IN THAT MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS THERE WERE COMPLETED IN DIFFERENT PERIODS OF TIME.

"THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ASSISTING IN THE FORMATION OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS TO HELP RESIDENTS MANAGE THEIR OWN BUILDINGS," HE SAID.

TO DATE, THERE WERE 205 COMMITTEES AND 478 CORPORATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

MR FISHER POINTED OUT THE DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN 1987, HAD HELPED TO SOLVE MANY LOCAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

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APART FROM ORGANISING TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, THE CO-ORDINATION TEAM WOULD HOLD A LARGE-SCALE SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT NEXT SATURDAY, HE ADDED.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR AMBROSE LAU; CHAIRMAN OF THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL DISTRICT, MRS CHAN MOK WING-CHUN; AND CHAIRMAN O> THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN DISTRICT, NR YAU YUK-TAK.

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FESTIVAL TO BOOST ISLANDERS' SPORTS ACTIVITIES

THE EIHST ISLANDS SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD THIS AUTUMN HELP TO PROMOTE A.SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG THE RESIDENTS TOWARDS ?SL’NDAYp ™E lSLANDS DISTR1CT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, SAID

WOULD

THE TODAY

OFM( IAT1NG AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 14TH DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA, MR NG URGED LOCAL SPORTSMEN TO FULLY AND TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS.

ISLANDS

SUPPORT

I HE I ESTIVAL, t’O BE HELD FROM SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 8 COMPRISES OVER 50 EVENTS INCLUDING BOAT RACES, HORSE RIDING AND TELEMATCHES.

REFERRING TO THE SWIMMING GALA, MR NG SAID IT HAD CONTRIBUTED TO RAISING THE STANDARD OF SWIMMING, AND PROMOTING FRIENDSHIP AMONG PARTICIPANTS FROM DIFFERENT ISLANDS.

SHA

MORE THAN 120 ISLANDERS TOOK PART TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL

IN THE COMPETITIONS THIS AFTERNOON.

AT THE

THE ANNUAL MEET WAS 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.

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WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS ********

MORE THAN 1,000 YOUNGSTERS EROM WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT TODAY (SUNDAY) SPENT AN ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON AT A CARNIVAL WHICH OPENED THE DISTRICT’S 1989 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE CARNIVAL FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY A SILVER BAND AND A CHINESE ORCHESTRA, DEMONSTRATIONS IN TAEKWONDO, DANCES, A MAGIC SHOW, AND GAMES STALLS. IT KAS HELD ON THE PODIUM OF THE PHASE TWO MARKET OF CHOI WAN ESTATE.

AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TOOK PLACE BEFORE HAND. OFFICIATING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR MICHEAL LEE; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MISS MARGARET WONG.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED THE PROGRAMME, WITH SPONSORSHIP COMING FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"OVER 800 RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VISITS, PICNICS, CARNIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS, FILM SHOWS, TRAINING COURSES, CAMPING, AND COMPETITIONS.

"THE ACTIVITIES, ALL CARRYING THE THEME OF 'SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY’, HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY 42 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES, THE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN DEVELOP SENSE OF COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY' TO THE COMMUNITY."

A LEAFLET GIVING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AS WELL AS FROM THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH HAVE ORGANISED EVENTS.

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TRANSPORT POLICY GREEN PAPER ON DB AGENDA t t * »

MEMBERS OE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREIN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG WHEN THE BOARD MEETS ON TUESDAY (JULY 18).

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (SPECIAL DUTIES) OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, MR PETER PANG. AND THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT (PUBLIC TRANSPORT DIVISION), MR RICHARD MEAKIN, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

A MEMBER WILL PRESENT FOR DISCUSSION A PAPER ON THE NEED FOR REASSESSING THE IMPORTATION OF OVERSEAS LABOUR, AND ANOTHER ON A REVIEW OF WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL 1989 AND PROGRESS REPORTS BY THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 18) AT THE FUNG MING HALL OF WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TUEN MUN DB COMMITTEE CONSULTED ON DEVELOPMENT STUDY t * * t *

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL BRIEF MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE ON A REVISED DEVELOPMENT STUDY OF AREA 38 IN SOUTH WEST TUEN MUN AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE STUDY ON DEVELOPING AREA 38 INTO A SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL AREA ALSO INCORPORATES PORT-RELATED DEVELOPMENT PLANS RECOMMENDED BY THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY COMMITTEE.

MEMBERS' VIEWS WILL BE SOUGHT ON THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR DEEP WATER FRONTAGE, A RIVER TRADE TERMINAL AND OTHER CARGO HANDLING AND BERTHING FACILITIES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF IMPORTING FOREIGN LABOUR.

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MEANWHILE, HIE REPORTS of THE “INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LN TUEN MUN 1988 SURVEY” AND "SURVEY ON COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT 1989” WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVEL* THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 I'M TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN Hl ROAD. TUEN MUN.

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PIER ENTRANCE CONGESTION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ******

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 18) CONGESTION PROBLEMS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE NORTH POINT FERRY PIER.

THE ISSUE WAS RAISED FOLLOWING PUBLIC COMPLAINTS THAT SOME HAWKER STALLS WERE BLOCKING THE PASSAGEWAY LEADING TO THE PIER DURING THE AFTERNOON PEAK HOURS, INCONVENIENCING FERRY PASSENGERS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER MEASURES TO IMPROVE A PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY IN FRONT OF THE CHAI WAN FERRY PIER FOR THE BENEFIT OF RESIDENTS IN THE SHEUNG ON AND WING TAI TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION ARE THE PROBLEM OF MOSQUITO BREEDING IN VACANT HUTS IN THE SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILL AREA AND BLOCKAGE OF A DRAIN AT A REAR LANE OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WHICH WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 18) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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’TAI PO IN THE 21ST CENTURY’ ESSAY COMPETITION ♦ ♦tilt

AN ESSAY COMPETITION WITH THE THEME OF ’’TAX PO IN THE Z1ST CENTURY” IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES.

THE COMPETITION IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE "TAI PO IN THE 1990’S” COMMUNITY PROJECT SUB-WORKING GROUP UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTR ICT BOARD.

IT IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING TAI PO RESIDENTS TO CARE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL HONG KONG PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN CHINESE.

MEDALS AND PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS WHOSE ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN AN EXHIBITION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 13.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6577111 EXT 254.

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HIGH TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON MARINE POLICE LAUNCHES

HIGH TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT UNIQUE IN HONG KONG AND THE MOST ADVANCED IN THE WORLD HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO MARINE POLICE LAUNCHES TO DETECT THE MOVEMENT OF CRIMINALS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN HONG KONG WATERS.

SMUGGLERS USING SPEED BOATS TO RUN CONTRABAND INTO CHINA ARE BEING SPOTTED AND THEIR POSITION DETECTED FROM A LONG DISTANCE AT NIGHT.

USING SOPHISTICATED SCANNING AND SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT ABOARD THE MARINE REGION’S TWO BIGGEST LAUNCHES - PL 3 AND PL 4 - POLICE CAN TRACK THE MOVEMENTS OF SUSPECTS WITH AS MUCH ACCURACY BY NIGHT AS BY DAY.

THE LAUNCHES ALSO HAVE A CONTINUOUS VISUAL IDENTIFICATION OF THEIR OWN POSITIONS AS THEY MOVE.

HAVING PLOTTED A HIGH SPEED SMUGGLER THE LAUNCH CAN SEND ITS OWN SEA RIDER INFLATABLE CRAFT IN PURSUIT WHILE KEEPING IN CONSTANT RADIO CONTACT.

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ABOARD PL 3, THE "SEA PANTHER", WHICH OPERATES FROM SAI KUNG IN MARINE EAST DIVISION, THE ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, MR TONY MAGGS, SAID : "THE LAUNCH WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1987 BUT IT HAD AN EXTENDED WORK UP PERIOD BECAUSE OF THE MODERN TECHNOLOGY INVOLVED.

"THE LAUNCH IS SLOW BUT IT HAS THE CAPACITY TO STAY AT SEA FOR EXTENDED PERIODS WITHOUT RETURNING FOR FUEL OR WATER. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE NEW SYSTEMS HAVE ENHANCED OUR POLICING CAPABILITIES."

THE ONLY EXTERNALLY VISIBLE SIGN OF THE LAUNCHES’ TECHNOLOGY IS A SCANNING LOW LIGHT TELEVISION CAMARA ATTACHED TO A FORWARD MAST.

THE CAMERA IS PART OF THE ELECTRICAL OPTICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WHICH HAS AN INFRA-RED THERMAL IMAGER WHICH USES HEAT TO MAKE VISIBLE OBJECTS IN ITS RANGE AT NIGHT.

THE SYSTEM IS LINKED TO THE LAUNCH’S COMPUTER AIDED NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT WHICH INCLUDES AUTOMATIC CHART TABLES FOR PLOTTING THE LAUNCH’S OWN POSITION.

AN OBJECT IN THE SEA CAN BE DISPLAYED ON A SCREEN WITH DAYLIGHT CLARITY. THE SCANNER CAN OPERATE THROUGH 320 AND OBJECTS SEEN CAN BE MAGNIFIED AND BROUGHT CLOSER TO VISION AS IF SEEN THROUGH BINOCULARS.

"IF WE PICK UP A WEAK TARGET ON THE RADAR WE CAN FEED ITS POSITION INTO THE NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT WHICH WILL AUTOMATICALLY PLOT ITS SPEED AND COURSE," MR MAGGS SAID.

"WE THEN GET THE THERMAL IMAGERS ONTO IT AND DEPENDING ON ITS RANGE WE CAN IDENTIFY THE TARGET QUITE CLEARLY. WE THEN DROP OUR SEA RIDER AND STEER IT TO THE TARGET AT FULL SPEED WITH RADIO COMMUNICATION DIRECT TO THE SEA RIDER’S COXSWAIN.

"WE CAN ALSO WATCH THE SEA RIDER'S POSITION WHILE IT’S IN THE FIELD OF VISION AND FILM IT, WHICH CAN BE VERY USEFUL FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES. WE HAVEN’T TAKEN SUCH IDENTIFICATION TO COURT YET BUT IT COULD BE USED AS EVIDENCE."

THE PLOTTING OF THE LAUNCH'S OWN POSITION ON THE CHART TABLE IS OPERATED BY A LIGHT WHICH CAN BE TRANSMITTED TO THE COMPUTER'S MEMORY BANK. THE INTERACTION OF SIGNALS CAN BE PLOTTED AT THE PRESS OF A BUTTON CHARTING THE LAUNCH'S POSITION AS IT MOVES.

"THE INTERACTION OF POINTS ON THE CHART ENABLES US TO LOCATE OUR POSITION ON A MOMENT TO MOMENT BASIS," MR MAGGS SAID.

"WE CAN KNOW OUR EXACT POSITION AT ALL TIMES."

LAUNCH COMMANDER DICKIE CHUNG SAID : "WE ARE USING THE EQUIPMENT MAINLY FOR THE DETECTION OF SMUGGLERS AND WE HAVE ALREADY HAD SOME SUCCESSFUL INTERCEPTIONS AS A RESULT.

"THEY CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DETECT, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT, AND THEY CAN MOVE AT HIGH SPEEDS IN MOTORISED SAMPANS. WE CAN SEE EFFECTIVELY FROM A RANGE OF TWO MILES DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER ALTHOUGH WE HAVE SEEN A SAMPAN FROM THREE MILES, PICKING UP THE PICTURE AS BRIGHT AS DAYLIGHT."

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ALERT SOCIAL WORKER PREVENTS POSSIBLE TRAGEDY

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THE ALERTNESS OF A SOCIAL WORKER AND THE QUICK RESPONSE AND CO-OPERATION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE HAVE RECENTLY PREVENTED A DESPAIRING WOMAN FROM POSSIBLY KILLING HERSELF.

THE SOCIAL WORKER, ATTACHED TO A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT INSTITUTION, WAS ALERTED TO THE THREAT OF TRAGEDY WHEN A DISTRESSED WOMAN TELEPHONED HER CHILD WHO WAS LIVING IN THE INSTITUTION.

IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE WOMAN HAD FINANCIAL AND MATRIMONIAL TROUBLES, AND WHEN SHE INDICATED SHE WANTED TO "HAVE LAST WORDS" WITH HER CHILD, THE SOCIAL WORKER SENSED THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

THEN, FROM THE CONVERSATION AND GESTURES OF THE CHILD, THE SOCIAL WORKER REALISED THAT SHE WAS DEALING WITH A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, THAT THE MOTHER WAS CONTEMPLATING KILLING HERSELF AFTER ENDING THE TELEPHONE CALL.

THERE WAS NO TIME TO LOSE. THE SOCIAL WORKER IMMEDIATELY ASKED HER COLLEAGUES URGENTLY TO TRACE THE CALL, AND TO SEEK POLICE XSSTSTANCE, WHILE SHE AND THE CHILD CONTINUED TO GIVE THE WOMAN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OVER THE PHONE.

BOTH THE POLICE AND SOCIAL WORKERS OF THE DEPARTMENT WORKED AGAINST 1’HE CLOCK TO TRACE THE WOMAN. AFTER 30 MINUTES OF JOIN! EFFORT, THE MOTHER WAS LOCATED IN A FLAT. SHE WAS STILL TALKING ON THE PHONE, AND SOBBING.

SOCIAL WORKERS WHO WENT TO THE FLAT COUNSELLED THE WOMAN, AND SHE EVENTUALLY CALMED DOWN.

COMMENTING ON THE CASE, AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR KWOK KA-CH1, SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF HAD DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM IN HANDLING THE CASE.

"THEIR PERFORMANCE HAS SET AN EXAMPLE. THE QUICK RESPONSE AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS IN SAVING THE DESPERATE MOTHER," HE SAID.

"FOLLOW-UP COUNSELLING HAS BEEN GIVEN TO HELP THE MOTHER TO ADOPT A MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK IN LIFE."

THE WOMAN HAD ALSO BEEN GIVEN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SINCE THE INCIDENT IN MAY, MR KWOK ADDED.

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CAREERS SEMINAR FOR HIGH-CALIBRE JOB-SEEKERS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A CAREERS SEMINAR NEXT MONTH FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES IN A MOVE 'IO OPTIMISE THE USE OF PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED HUMAN RESOURCES.

SPONSORED BY THE HANG SENG BANK LTD, THE ONE-DAY FREE SEMINAL WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 19 AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

THE SEMINAR IS INTENDED TO ACQUAINT PARTICIPANTS WITH THE NECESSARY JOB-HUNTING SKILLS AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE LAT’7 -'" CAREERS INFORMATION IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

"IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TERTIARY EDUCATION ABROAD TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREERS PROSPECTS IN DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE LOCAL JOB MARKET," HE STRESSED.

SPECIALISTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL BE INVITED TO TALK ON PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF JOB APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES, AS WELL AS THE CHOOSING OF THE RIGHT CAREER.

THEY WILL ALSO CONDUCT SPECIAL WORKSHOPS ON CAREERS IN BANKING, MARKETING, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, COMPUTER AND ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING.

ENROLMENT FOR THE SEMINAR IS NOW OPEN TO ALL GRADUATES POSSESSING POST-SECONDARY, UNIVERSITY OR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE IN EMPLOYMENT BUT WISH TO SEEK ANOTHER JOB.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (HEES) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, SIXTH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL.

ESTABLISHED IN 1973, THE HEES HELPS EMPLOYERS IN RECRUITING PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND JOB-SEEKERS WITH TERTIARY EDUCATION IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT.

"HONG KONG STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR EDUCATION OVERSEAS HAVE FOUND THE SERVICE MOST USEFUL IN LEARNING ABOUT THE LOCAL JOB MARKET AND MANY OF THEM ARE SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT CLOSELY RELATED TO THEIR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE SERVICE WAS ALSO USED BY GRADUATES OF LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTES," HE ADDED.

THE HEES NOW USES A COMPUTER TO REGISTER THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OI JOB-SEEKERS AND THEN MATCHES ITS REGISTRANTS WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDERED VACANCIES ON HAND.

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IT THEN ARRANGES SUITABLE APPLICANTS FOR INTERVIEW BY PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS.

THROUGH THE USE OF THE COMPUTER, A CANDIDATE PROFILE CONTAINING THE ACADEMIC BACKGROUND, WORKING EXPERIENCE, POSITION SOUGHT AND SALARY EXPECTED OF SELECTED REGISTRANTS IS ALSO COMPILED AND SENT TO SOME 1,000 ESTABLISHMENTS EACH MONTH.

THE SERVICE REGISTERED 643 JOB-SEEKERS AND PLACED 66 REGISTRANTS IN EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, EMPLOYERS AND POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES MAY CONTACT THE HEES ON 5-8523232 OR 5-8523233.

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SPECIAL STAMPS ON HK’S MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES

A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS - MODERN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES OF HONG KONG - WILL BE ISSUED ON JULY 19, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE STAMPS ARE IN FOUR DENOMINATIONS - 60 CENTS, $1.40, $1.80 AND $5. OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS ARE ALREADY ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CROWDED WITH CUSTOMERS ON THAT DAY.

"TO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS, ADDITIONAL SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE OPENED AT THE MAIN POST OFFICES,” HE SAID.

"EXTRA STAFF WILL BE ON DUTY AT MOST POST OFFICES ON WEDNESDAY BUT QUEUES ARE NEVERTHELESS EXPECTED TO FORM.

"WHEREVER POSSIBLE NORMAL BULK POSTAL BUSINESS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED ON THE PRECEDING DAY OR THE DAY FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE," THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED.

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72 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY * * * * t

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 72 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN MAY THIS YEAR.

OF THE PLANS, 19 WERE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, 22 FOR KOWLOON AND 31 FOR THE NEW

TOPPING APARTMENT AND . COMMERCIAL AND

THE LIST WERE 29 PLANS FOR. APARTMENT/COMMERCI AL, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS FOLLOWED BY 12 PLANS FOR NINE PLANS FOR FACTORY AND FACTORY/GODOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT TO START WORK ON 42 PROJECTS,INVOLVING 129462.6 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NOR-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 92,323.6 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

DURING THE

FOR DOMESTIC

METRES AND

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BU1LDNGS COMPLETED MONTH WAS ABOUT $1,380 MILLION, WITH USABLE FLOOR AREA AND NON-DOMESTIC USES BEING ABOUT 1,545,277.9 SQUARE

196,509.1 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

THE OFFICE ISSUED 42 OCCUPATION PERMITS - 12 FOR HONG KONG,

EIGHT FOR KOWLOON AND 22 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 44 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 54 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 663 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 1,056 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 126 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 443 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED 24 CLOSURE ORDERS.

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AUTHORISATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GRANT SHORT TERM TENANCIES FOR BOATYARD PURPOSES AT A KUNG NGAM, HONG KONG.

THE ERECTION OF STRUCTURES FOR THE PURPOSES OF SHIP/BOAT BUILDING/REPAIRING AND SLIPWAYS/PIERS/DOLPHINS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE TENANCY AREAS, PART OF WHICH, MEASURING ABOUT 8,400 SQUARE METRES, IS FORESHORE AND SEABED.

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THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE OF AUTHORISATION PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HIS INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WILL BE INJURIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THE UNDERTAKING MAY DELIVER TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION ON OR BEFORE JULY 13 NEXT YEAR.

HE SHOULD STATE IN HIS SUBMISSION THE SUM OF MONEY WHICH HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF HIS CLAIM AND SHOULD SUBMIT SUCH PARTICULARS WHICH HE POSSESSES TO SUBSTANTIATE HIS CLAIM.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT STADIUM PATH IN SO RON PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM TO NOON ON TUESDAY (JULY 18) FOR THE OPENING OF THE ’’PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME”.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE PARKING SPACES IN STADIUM PATH WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, THE CARPARK AT CHUNG KWAI CHUNG TSUEN NORTH OF FU UK ROAD WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED FROM TUESDAY (JULY 18) FOR THREE DAYS.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE PARKING SPACES OF THE CARPARK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM JULY 21 TO 31.

AFFECTED VEHICLES MAY USE THE CARPARK TO THE SOUTH OF FU UK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 17, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH 1989 .................................. 1

CAREERS EDUCATION GEARED TO FUTURE CHANGES ................... 4

DRAWING CONTEST FOR TAI PO PRIMARY PUPILS .................... 6

WATER STORAGE FIGURE.......................................♦ 6

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HENNESSY ROAD................ 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WING FUNG STREET WEST.................... 7

MONDAY, JULY 17, 1989

WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH 1989

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THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR MARCH 1989, AT 176.7, INCREASED BY 12.6 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 19.88 AND BY 6.1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1988, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1989 AND MARCH 1988 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 10.8 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 15.3 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 12.4 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 19.9 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 25.4 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1989 AND DECEMBER 1988 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 5.8 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 6.3 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 5.0 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8.8 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 9.0 PER CENT.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1988 TO MARCH 1989 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1. DETAILED BREAKDOWNS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX, AT 112.5 IN MARCH 1989, WAS 2.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN MARCH 1988 AND 2.9 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN DECEMBER 1988.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1988 TO MARCH 1989 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.

THIS COVERS 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.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE WAGE RATES PROVIDE A MEASURE OF THE UNIT PRICE OF LABOUR, PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS A MEASURE OF PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

WAGE RATES REPRESENT THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION FOR NORMAL HOURS OF WORK, AND ARE DEFINED TO INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS AND NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE.

IN ADDITION, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES THAT ARE PAID LESS FREQUENTLY THAN MONTHLY, ARE CONVERTED TO AN EQUIVALENT MONTHLY RATE WHEN COMPILING THE WAGE RATE INDEXES.

TOTAL PAYROLL, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS THAT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYERS. APART FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED CASH RECEIPTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES OVERTIME PAY AND OTHER NONGUARANTEED 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.

AS THE LABOUR MARKET TIGHTENS, THE RATE OF INCREASE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED CAN NORMALLY BE EXPECTED TO EXCEED SLIGHTLY THE RATE OF INCREASE IN WAGES.

HOWEVER, THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHERE, ON ACCOUNT OF RAPID LABOUR TURNOVER AND ACUTE LABOUR SHORTAGE, MORE EXPERIENCED AND BETTER PAID WORKERS ARE TEMPORARILY SUBSTITUTED BY THOSE WITH LESS EXPERIENCE AND LOWER PAY, RESULTING IN THE LATTER RATE OF INCREASE EXCEEDING THE FORMER RATE.

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS VOL. I, MARCH 1989 WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE VOL. II ISSUE OF THE REPORT CONTAINING DETAILED OCCUPATIONAL STATISTICS, SUCH AS WAGE RATES, NUMBER OF NORMAL HOURS OF WORK AND NUMBER OF STANDARD WORKING DAYS IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN EARLY AUGUST.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES MAY BE MADE TO THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8234744 OR 5-8234747.

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TABLE 1 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100) % CHANGE MAR.89/ MAR.88

MAR. 1988 JUN. 1988 SEPT. 1988 DEC. 1938 MAR. 1989

MANUFACTURING 154.6 158.3 161.1 161.9 171.3 + 10.8

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, 151.6 154.8 159.6 164.4 174.8 + 15.3

IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

TRANSPORT SERVICES 177.9 184.6 188.2 190.4 199.9 + 12.4

BUSINESS SERVICES 168.2 178.2 182.3 185.4 201.7 + 19.9

PERSONAL SERVICES 155.3 160.5 171.3 178.7 194.8 + 25.4

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 156.9 161.0 164.7 166.6 176.7 +12.6

TABLE 2 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE

MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS % CHANGE

MAR. 1988 JUN. 1988 SEPT. 1988 DEC. 1988 MAR. 1989 l InK « 0 iJ f MAR.88

GARMENTS 135.7 138.0 139.7 140.0 144.2 eo CD

GLOVES 159.5 164.2 169.3 170.1 189.1 + 18.6

HANDBAGS 147.2 146.9 151.4 151.1 16 ’.2 + 10.2

COTTON SPINNING/WEAVING 172.0 173.6 174.7 175.0 190.3 + 10.6

KNITTING 150.0 152.4 152.9 153.8 161.6 + 7.7

BLEACHING AND DYEING 175.2 180.1 181.9 182.4 189.6 + 8.2

PRINTING 170.5 182.5 186.7 190.9 203.5 + 19.4

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 151.2 156.5 159.9 160.4 165.2 + 9.3

METAL PRODUCTS 160.9 166.3 170.4 174.8 182.7 + 13.5

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 177.2 182.5 186.7 189.4 208.0 + 17.4

ELECTRONICS 175.3 180.4 183.9 183.9 202.8 + 15.7

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 182.8 187.3 191.0 190.9 215.3 + 17.8

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MANUFACTURING 154.6 158.3 161.1 161.9 171.3 +10.8

TABLE 3 : REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES MAR. 1988 (MARCH 1982 = 100) DEC. 1988 % MAR. 1989 CHANGE MAR.89/ MAR.88

JUN. 1988 SEPT. 1988

MANUFACTURING 107.7 108.0 106.8 106.2 109.1 + 1.3

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 105.6 105.6 105.8 107.9 111.3 + 5.4

TRANSPORT SERVICES 124.0 125.9 124.7 124.9 127.2 + 2.6

BUSINESS SERVICES 117.2 121.6 120.8 121.7 128.4 + 9.6

PERSONAL SERVICES 108.2 109.5 113.5 117.3 124.0 + 14.6

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 109.4 109.8 109.2 109.3 112.5 +2.8

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CAREERS EDUCATION GEARED TO FUTURE CHANGES

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE CHANGING REQUIREMENTS IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HAROLD KWOK, TODAY (MONDAY) AT THE OPENING OF AN ANNUAL SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN SHA TIN.

THE SEMINAR WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS, AND WAS ATTENDED BY OVER 100 CAREERS TEACHERS.

MR KWOK NOTED THAT CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG HAD UNDERGONE VAST CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS AND THAT THE CHANGES WERE LIKELY TO CONTINUE WELL INTO THE 90'S.

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"IN THE SEMINAR, WE WILL THUS EXPLORE THE POSSIBLE CHANGES IN SO> \L, ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTS IN HONG KONG IN THE 90‘S AND ITS RESULTANT CHANGES IN MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS,” HE SAID.

"THE SEMINAR ALSO PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CAREERS TEACHERS TO UPDATE THEIR INFORMATION ON THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CAREERS EDUCATION.

"IT IS AN OCCASION FOR DISCUSSION OF PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN CAREERS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING AND TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS," HE ADDED.

TO STRENGTHEN THE DEPARTMENT’S SERVICES TO SCHOOL LEAVERS, MR KWOK SAID A SPECIAL ENQUIRY SERVICE WAS BEING PROVIDED AT ALL CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES FOR FORM 5 AND FORM 7 STUDENTS TO DISCUSS WITH CAREERS OFFICERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS.

"A SERIES OF CAREERS-ORIENTED VIDEO SHOWS ARE ALSO BEING ORGANISED AT THE CENTRES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS," HE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF HANDOUTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ON PROFESSIONAL ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES.

"ANOTHER NEW SERVICE IS THE PRODUCTION OF 12 CAREERS FILMS ON THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF CAREERS EDUCATION, VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, TRADES AND PROFESSIONS, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR," MR KWOK SAID.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WAS THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AS THE WORLD WAS CHANGING VERY RAPIDLY, PEOPLE BEGAN TO THINK MUCH MORE SEARCHINGLY AND ANALYTICALLY ABOUT THE WORK THEY DID.

"CAREERS EDUCATION IN THE 90’S SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO INFORMATION GIVING, BUT SHOULD SEEK TO HELP STUDENTS RECOGNISE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL AND MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR PERSONALITY, INTERESTS, STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES.

"THIS ENABLES THEM TO MAKE FREE, VOLUNTARY AND REALISTIC CAREER CHOICES AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THEIR LIVES," MR WINFIELD SAID.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT STUDENTS NEEDED TO KNOW HOW TO CARRY OUT THEIR OWN CAREER PLANS IN A REALISTIC MANNER.

"GUIDANCE WORK IS THUS AIMED AT HELPING STUDENTS EXPLORE IN ADVANCE THE POSSIBLE RANGES, AVENUES AND RESULTS OF CAREFUL CHOICE, SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE WISE AND WELL-INFORMED DECISIONS.

"THROUGH FREQUENT PARTICIPATION IN SEMINARS AND OTHER CAREERS ACTIVITIES, CAREERS TEACHERS CAN KEEP ABREAST OF CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN SOCIETY AND APPRECIATE THE GROWING COMPLEXITIES OF GUIDANCE WORK."

MR WINFIELD REITERATED THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WOULD JOIN HANDS WITH CAREERS TEACHERS IN FACING CHANGE, SO AS TO PUSH FORWARD THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE WORK.

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DRAWING CONTEST FOR TAI PO PRIMARY PUPILS t » * » *

PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS IN TAI PO ARE INVITED TO JOIN A DRAWING CONTEST IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CONTEST IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE 1990’S SUB-WORKING GROUP ON COMMUNITY PROJECT OF TAI PO AND IS SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

IT IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS IN TAI PO TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY.

ENTRIES SHOULD ILLUSTRATE THE LOOK OF THE TAI PO COMMUNITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THE SIZE SHOULD BE 29CM X 38CM (11 INCHES X 15 INCHES). THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON COLOURING MATERIALS OR THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES.

MEDALS AND BOOK COUPONS WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS.

WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN AN EXHIBITION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 13.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6577111, EXT.254.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 55.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 324.752 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 152.595 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 26.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WING FUNG STREET WEST

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS, THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WING FUNG STREET WEST NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH MONMOUTH PATH IN WAN CHAI WILL REMAIN IN FORCE I". Ill THE END OF THIS MONTH (JULY).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 1989

CONTHITS PAGE NO.

EXCO APPROVES RECONSTITUTION OF RTHK.............................. 1

OMELCO DELEGATION'S STATEMENT ON LONDON TRIP...................... 2

10 QUESTIONS, 17 BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ........................... U

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR DB FUNDS ................................ 5

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LOGO PROTECTION .......................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MARSH ROAD

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EXCO APPROVES RECONSTITUTION OF RTHK * * ♦ t

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE RECONSTITUTION OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (RTHK) INTO A PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION MANAGED BY A BOARD OF GOVERNORS.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE RECONSTITUTION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO, SAID THE RTHK BOARD OF GOVERNORS WOULD BE MADE UP OF NINE NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

"THE BOARD WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE GOVERNOR FOR THE RUNNING OF RTHK IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICIES LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AND ENSHRINED IN LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BE ENACTED LATER.

"THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING WILL BE ITS CHIEF EXECUTIVE," MR TSAO ADDED.

ON FUNDING OF THE NEW CORPORATION, MR TSAO SAID THE NEW RTHK WOULD BE GRANTED AN ANNUAL ONE-LINE SUBVENTION WHICH WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE VOTING OF FUNDS BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"THE AMOUNT OF SUBVENTION TO RTHK WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE INCOME GENERATED BY RTHK ITSELF THROUGH SPONSORSHIPS, DONATIONS, SALES OF PROGRAMMES AND COMMISSIONS.

"IT WILL ALSO HAVE REGARD TO THE GOVERNMENT’S BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO NORMAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION PROCEDURES.

"THE FUTURE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE WILL BE THE CONTROLLING OFFICER OF THE SUBVENTION.

"RTHK WILL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW TO USE ITS FUNDS AS APPROPRIATE IN ORDER TO PERFORM ITS STATUTORY FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES," HE SAID.

"EXISTING CIVIL SERVANTS IN RTHK WILL BE GIVEN THE OPTIONS OF BRIDGING-OVER TO THE NEW CORPORATION OR REMAINING AS CIVIL SERVANTS ON SECONDMENT TO THE NEW CORPORATION," MR TSAO SAID, ADDING THAT DETAILS OF THE NEW PACKAGE WOULD BE WORKED OUT IN DUE COURSE.

"THE BOARD WILL HAVE THE POWER TO DETERMINE ITS OWN STAFFING POLICIES INCLUDING THE POWER TO HIRE AND FIRE ITS OWN EMPLOYEES.

"IT MAY ALSO DECIDE ON THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT, HAVING REGARD TO SIMILAR JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND SUBJECT TO THE OVERALL TERMS BEING BROADLY IN LINE WITH THOSE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE," HE SAID.

"RTHK WILL BE TURNED INTO AN INDEPENDENT PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION BY STAGES.

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"WE AIM AT FINALISING THE LEGISLATIVE AND STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS WITHIN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR AND ESTABLISHING THE RTHK BOARD NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 1990.

"RTHK THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT WILL THEN BE DISESTABLISHED AND RTHK WILL BECOME A PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION UNDER ITS BOARD OF GOVERNORS," HE SAID.

DURING THIS TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, THE NEW CORPORATION WILL BE GRANTED SUBVENTION ON A CASH BASIS INITIALLY BUT IT WILL START SETTING UP ITS OWN COSTING SYSTEMS IN ORDER THAT SUBVENTION MAY EVENTUALLY BE GRANTED ON A COST BASIS, THAT IS RTHK WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL COSTS OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, BUT THIS WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING THE LEVEL OF SUBVENTION.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT RTHK WILL BECOME A FULLY INDEPENDENT PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION BY THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1991-92.

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OMELCO DELEGATION’S STATEMENT ON LONDON TRIP

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FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT BY MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO DELEGATION TO LONDON, MRS ROSANNA TAM, MR STEPHEN CHEONG, DR LEONG CHE-HUNG AND MRS ELSIE TU AT A PRESS BRIEFING AFTER THEY BRIEFED OMELCO MEMBERS ON THEIR RECENT TRIP TO LONDON AT A SPECIAL IN-HOUSE MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY):

"MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO DELEGATION WHO HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM LONDON HAVE REPORTED TO OMELCO THIS AFTERNOON ON THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE WHILE WE WERE THERE. THE DELEGATION HAS SPENT A TOTAL OF FIVE WORKING DAYS IN LONDON FROM JULY 10 TO 14. DURING OUR STAY IN LONDON, WE HAVE MANAGED TO MEET ABOUT 30 MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, AND HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS INCLUDING CHURCH PEOPLE AND BUSINESSMEN IN THE UK. WE FIND ALL THESE DISCUSSIONS BOTH USEFUL AND VALUABLE.

"WE FIND THAT OUR VISIT HAS PROVIDED A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS AND PEOPLE TN THE UK AND THIS HAS LAID A VERY USEFUL FOUNDATION FOR OUR FUTURE CONTACT. WE ARE AWARE THAT OUR CAUSE WILL NOT BE AN EASY ONE AND WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO ACHIEVE SOME RESULTS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS HONG KONG’S CASE FOR THE RIGHT OF ABODE. IN THIS REGARD AND IN PURSUANCE WITH THE SEVEN-POINT ACTION SCHEME ANNOUNCED EARLIER, WE NOW PLAN TO DO THE FOLLOWING:-

(A) TO CONTINUE OUR STRATEGY OF INFORMING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND BRITISH PUBLIC ABOUT HONG KONG’S CASE;

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(B) TO MAINTAIN THE OMELCO OFFICE RECENTLY SET UP IN LONDON AS A CONTACT POINT BETWEEN OMELCO AND OTHER INTERESTED GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS;

(C) TO WORK OUT A PROGRAMME FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND BRITISH LEADING WRITERS TO VISIT HONG KONG SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SITUATION HERE IN HONG KONG; AND

(D) TO SHARE OUR OWN EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM THE LONDON TRIP WITH LOCAL GROUPS INTERESTED III THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE; IN THIS REGARD THE OMELCO SPECIAL WORKING GROUP ON NATIONALITY WILL START MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO MEET THESE GROUPS.

"WE RECOGNISE THAT WE MUST TRY OUR BEST TO HELP AND RESOLVE HONG KONG’S CURRENT CONFIDENCE CRISIS. IT IS NOT AN EASY MATTER. ALSO, THE RESTORATION OF RIGHT OF ABODE CANNOT BE ACHIEVED WITHIN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. BUT THIS WILL NOT DETER US FROM CONTINUING TO PRESS HONG KONG'S CASE. TO GIVE UP NOW WILL DO GREAT INJUSTICE TO THE PRINCIPLE THAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR.

"THE PRIME MINISTER HAS ASSURED US THAT A STATEMENT WOULD BE RELEASED REASONABLY SOON IN RELATION TO THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE. THE FOREIGN SECRETARY HAS ALSO MENTIONED THAT AN EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE MATTER WOULD BE MADE. SO FAR THIS HAS NOT BEEN FORTHCOMING. WE SHALL ASK, THROUGH THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, WHEN HMG WILL MAKE SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

"APART FROM THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE, WE WILL DEFINITELY PRESS ON WITH OTHER ASPECTS OF THE WORK THAT THE TWO SENIOR MEMBERS HAVE OUTLINED EARLIER AND WHICH ARE AS IMPORTANT. THIS ENTAILS DISCUSSION ON THE BUILDING UP OF SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL STRENGTHEN HONG KONG’S FOUNDATION AS OUR HOME. THEY INCLUDE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BASIC LAW WHICH TRULY ENSHRINES THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, DISCUSSION OF THE PACE OF DEMOCRATISATION BEFORE 1997, AND THE BEST 'AYS TO SECURE THE CONTINUATION OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY. THESE WILL BE FURTHER DISCUSSED AT THE COMING OMELCO MEETING THIS FRIDAY, JULY 21. WE ARE SURE THAT THEY, ALTOGETHER, WILL COMBINE TO HELP HONG KONG BECOME A SAFER AND MORE SECURE PLACE FOR US ALL."

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10 QUESTIONS, 17 BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA

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MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF 10 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER 17 BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989, THE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BILL 1989, THE ENGINEERS REGISTRATION BILL 1989, AND THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1989 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THE SECOND READING DEBATES ON 13 BILLS WILL RESUME AND WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETED EACH BILL IS DUE TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THESE BILLS ARE THE LEGAL AID (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1989, THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE SUPPLEMENTARY’ APPROPRIATION (1988-89) BILL 1989, THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE LEGAL OFFICERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE CHARITABLE TRUST FUNDS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1989, THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1989, THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, AND THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY AND THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WILL MOVE TWO MOTIONS UNDER THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE, WHILE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, THE HON PETER POON WILL PRESENT THE REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ON REPORT NO. 13 OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ON THE RESULTS OF VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DEBATE A MOTION ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG, MOVED BY THE HON PETER WONG.

THE MOTION READS: "THAT THIS COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE AIMS OF THE 'WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG -- A TIME TO ACT' AND URGES EVERYBODY TO KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN."

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR DB FUNDS

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THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD IS INVITING ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, 490 NATHAN ROAD, 14TH FLOOR, A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 31.

THE FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD WITHIN THE FOUR MONTHS FROM NOVEMBER THIS YEAR TO FEBRUARY.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT AND TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND NEIGHBOURLINESS AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

"ACTIVITIES WHICH FULFILL THE FIRST OBJECTIVE INCLUDE THOSE PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, CIVIC EDUCATION, AND IDENTIFYING THE DISTRICT’S SPECIAL PROBLEMS AND THEIR SOLUTIONS.

"RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE SECOND OBJECTIVE," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE VETTED BY THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE. THE APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RESULTS WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-77OO424.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LOGO PROTECTION

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS STATUTORY PROTECTION FOR THE BOARD LOGOS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AND ADMINISTRATION

USE OF DISTRICT

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PROCEDURES AND APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED MEMBERS.

FOR THE NOMINATION

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE PLACING OF ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER AND THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY' 20), MARSH ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN JAFFE ROAD AND HOUSE NOS. 15-17, WAN CHAI, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MARSH ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD AND HOUSE NOS. 15-17 WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD.

JAFFE ROAD BETWEEN TONNOCHY ROAD AND MARSH ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND. MOTORISTS ON MARSH ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JAFFE ROAD AND TONNOCHY ROAD.

MEANWHILE, MOTORISTS HEADING FOR THE SECTION OF JAFFE ROAD BETWEEN MARSH ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST ARE ADVISED TO USE CANAL ROAD WEST, GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD AND MARSH ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

........ ' WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 1989 * * CONTENTS . PAGE NO.

LB3ISIATTVE WUNCIL' MEETING: ' — ■■ ■

LEGCO HAS SHOWN- DETERMINATION, COURAGE: GOVERNOR ...... 1

E. ...r.r-? POSSIBLE PRIORITY FOR PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT ... 2

HK MUST-REMAIN A FIT PLACE TO LIVE........................   3

ROOM FOR-CAUTION IN FIGHT AGAINST POLLUTION ..........__ 4

HELP FOR SMALL FACTORIES URGED.......................... ' 6

MORE INVESTMENT IN WASTE DISPOSAL URGED...................   6

TOURISM INDUSTRY SUPPORTS ANTI-POLLUTION PLANS ............  '7

CO-OPERATION NEEDED IN FIGHTING POLLUTION.................   8

ASSISTANCE’ FOR FACTORY OPERATORS IN FIGHTING POLLUTION URGED 10 PROLONGED’EXPOSURE TO NOISE NOT ADDRESSED ................. 12

GOVT URGED TO HEEP INDUSTRY IN POLLUTION CONTROL........... 13

SUBSTANTIAL 'DEMAND FOR SEPARATE TAXATION ...... .......... 14

SEPARATE 'TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES WELCOMED .......  ' '18

PRINCIPLE OF EQUITY SUPPORTED_____.......V.'. 1?

MEMBER OBJECTS TO SEPARATE TAXATION BILL ......'........... 20

NO INCREASE IN BURDIN ON LOW INCOME FAMILIES............... 21

MARRIED COUPLES NOT TREATED FAIRLY ........................ 23

BANKING BILL GIVES EFFECT.TO CHANGES-TO ThrEE-TTEB SYSTEM .. 24

BILLS SEEK TO ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS .............. 2?

BILL TO SPECIFY DISPLAY OF .TAXI FARE TABLES .............  28

AMENDMENTS TO CLARIFY BILL.'S OPERATION ................... 29

BILL INTENDED TO STRENGTHIN LEGAL PROFESSION .............. 30

REGULATION OF USE OF AIR-WAVES APPROPRIATE................. 32

MOTION ON TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS APPROVED .................. 33

MOTION ON REORGANISATION OF BRANCH ........................ 33

CHARGES FOR NEW EMERGENCY PHONE EQUIPMENT APPROVED......... 34

PUBLIC URGED TO GIVE VIEWS ON CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT ... 35

RELOCATION OF TSING YI OIL DEPOTS INTENDED ................ 35

/ACTION AGAINST.....

ACTION AGAINST SUPPLIER OF GAS TO HOSPITAL....... 37 FISCAL RESERVE STANDS AT 363.9 BILLION...................... 38 DUAL LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY NOT A GENERAL NEED................ 39 MEASURES TO MINIMISE HAZARDS TO FIRE FIGHTING .............. 40 FURTHER MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC ON TSING YI............. 42 CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL STAFF ESTABLISHMENT BEING REVISED ..... 43 POWERS TO REMOVE DANGEROUS SIGNS SUFFICIENT ................ 43

ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL SOLICITATION OF DONATIONS ........... 44

THIRTEEN-BILLS PASSED IN FINAL MEETING ....................... 45 FC APPROVES FUNDS FOR-QUALITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ............. 46 MOBIL OIL-AGREES TO RELOCATION................................ 4?

HK'S ADVANTAGES AS OFFSHORE MANUFACTURING LOCATION APPRECIATED 4? HD'S MATERIALS TESTING LAB ACCREDITED BY HOKLAS .............. 49 MERCHANT FINED 35,000 FOR USING INACCURATE SCALES ............ 50 JULY DEADLINE FOR RETURNING SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES............. 52 HK ENERGY STATISTICS 1978-88 NOW ON SALE...................... 53 SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS MASTER SEWERAGE PLAN .................. 54 ESTABLISHMENT OF SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE

AGENDA ..................................................... 55

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT SERVICE 55 KWAI TSING DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF ROUTE 5.......... 56 SEMINAR ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD ............................ 57 TWO GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER ............................... 58 ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN NORTH POINT TO BE CLOSED ................ 59 TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL,' WESTERN .................... 59

BUS LANE DESIGNATED ON MUT WAH STREET......................... 60 ENTRY BAN AT FANLING KCR STATION FORECOURT.................... 60

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LEGCO HAS SHOWN DETERMINATION, COURAGE: GOVERNOR *****

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STARTED OFF THE YEAR IN A STRAIGHTFORWARD SESSION OF STEADY PROGRESS, BUT THAT HAD BEEN CHANGED OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS BY THE TRAGIC EVENTS WHICH OCCURRED IN CHINA. THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY' (WEDNESDAY).

ADDRESSING THE FINAL MEETING OF THE 1988-89 SESSION OF THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR SAID IT WAS AT TIMES LIKE THIS THAT THE COMMUNITY LOOKED TO MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR LEADERSHIP AND POLITICAL WISDOM.

"I THINK THE COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, AND OMELCO AS A WHOLE. HAS RESPONDED WITH GREAT DETERMINATION AND COURAGE TO THE EVENTS THAT WE’VE HAD TO FACE." SIR DAVID SAID.

"I’M SURE THAT OVER THE MONTHS TO COME, THE COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK TO MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL FOR THOSE VERY SAME QUALITIES." HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE SESSION BEGAN WITH A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF NEW MEMBERS WHO QUICKLY ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES AND HAD MADE THEIR MARK FULLY IN THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL.

IN ADDITION TO A VERY BUSY SESSION. THE COUNCIL HAD ALSO SET NEW RECORDS, SIR DAVID NOTED.

"IT’S NOT A RECORD AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION THIS TIME BUT IT IS A RECORD AMOUNT OF AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES -- SOME*250, AND THAT SHOWS THE GREAT DEAL OF HARD WORK THAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS BECAUSE OF BILINGUAL LEGISLATION WHICH HAD BEEN A "MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR THE WORK OF THIS COUNCIL DURING THE SESSION".

"THE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN TO IT WILLINGLY. STARTING WORK EARLY IN. THE MORNING AND WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH A LARGE AMOUNT OF AMENDMENTS AND TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE USE STANDARD FORMS OF CHINESE FOR THE FORMS OF ENGLISH THAT WE'VE USED." SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT WHILE COUNCIL MEMBERS HAD WORKED VERY HARD, THE SUPPORT STAFF HAD ALSO SERVED THE COUNCIL EXTREMELY WELL.

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HIGHEST POSSIBLE PRIORITY FOR PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT ♦ ♦ t * ♦

AN ASSURANCE THAT SAVING AND PROTECTING HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT HAS THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE RANKING IN THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL PRIORITIES WAS GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION, MR BARNES SAID HE WAS MOST HEARTENED BY THE STRONG SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT GIVEN BY COUNCILLORS TO THE GOVERNMENT’S STRATEGIES IN TACKLING THE VARIOUS POLLUTION PROBLEMS.

"THERE ARE 100 STRATEGIES IN THE WHITE PAPER, AND WE HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TAKING ACTION ON EACH ONE," HE SAID.

PUBLICITY TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-POLLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE OF THE WHITE PAPER WOULD CONTINUE.

MR BARNES SAID THESE WOULD INCLUDE APPOINTING A PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT PREPARE AND CARRY OUT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, AND MORE FREE RADIO AND TELEVISION TIMES TO PUBLICISE THE MESSAGES.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SHORTLY BE CONSULTING INDUSTRY OVER SOME MAJOR INITIATIVES, SUCH AS SULPHUR IN FUEL OIL AND TIGHTENING UP THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE TO REDUCE THE AMOUNTS OF INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS POLLUTING HONG KONG’S WATERS.

MR BARNES SAID IT WAS RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE TO INSTAL ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES AND HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE SMALL FACTORIES AND WORKSHOPS MAKING USE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE SUCH INITIATIVES AS THE CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY FOR INDUSTRY ESTABLISHED AT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, AND WHICH WAS FINANCIALLY ASSISTED BY THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK.

THE CENTRE, WHICH WOULD LAY PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON ASSISTING SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES, WOULD DEMONSTRATE NON-POLLUTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SYSTEMS FOR INDUSTRIAL WASTE.

MR BARNES SAID A MAJOR REVIEW OF THE TERRITORY’S SEWERAGE FACILITIES WAS NEARING COMPLETION AND AN ESTIMATED $12 BILLION WOULD BE NEEDED FOR A PROGRAMME OF CONSTRUCTION OF SEWAGE COLLECTION, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

A FURTHER $5 BILLION WOULD BE NEEDED FOR IMPLEMENTING THE TERRITORY’S WASTE DISPOSAL PLANS IN THE FORM OF THREE VERY LARGE LANDFILLS AND ASSOCIATED REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS, REPLACING THE SMELLY URBAN LANDFILLS AND INCINERATORS.

"BUT I MUST STRESS THAT WE HAVE A VERY LARGE PROGRAMME WITH SOME VERY TOUGH PROBLEMS TO OVERCOME. THE SOLUTIONS ARE THEREFORE GOING TO HAVE TO BE VERY FIRM." MR BARNES SAID.

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HK MUST REMAIN A FIT PLACE TO LIVE

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THERE IS NO POINT OF SAVING AND BUILDING HONG KONG AS OUR HOME IF THE TERRITORY IS NO LONGER A FIT PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE, THE HON PETER WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG WAS LEADING OFF DEBATE ON HIS MOTION ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION.

THE MOTION READ: "THAT THIS COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE AIMS OF THE ’WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG - A TIME TO ACT' AND URGES EVERYBODY TO KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN".

MR WONG, CONVENER OF A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO PREPARE FOR THE DEBATE, SAID HONG KONG NEEDED A NEW PERCEPTION ON POLLUTION WHICH WAS NOT JUST AN EXTENSION OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

'IT IS NOT ENOUGH THAT PEOPLE PITCH IN WITH THEIR LITTER ONLY. THEIR PERCEPTION MUST INCREASINGLY BE BASED ON WHAT IS ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WAY OF LIFE AS OPPOSED TO REMEDIAL MEASURES USED TO ATTEMPT TO CLEAR UP THE MESS," HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT, MR WONG SAID THAT HONG KONG PRODUCED ABOUT 16,000 TONS OF SOLID WASTE EVERY DAY.

OF THIS, 3,000 TONS WAS SEPARATED AND RECYCLED.

A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT WAS DUMPED, UNTREATED IN LANDFILLS. THIS WAS LIKE SWEEPING THE DUST UNDER THE CARPET.

HE AGREED WITH THE WHITE PAPER THAT THE KEY TO THE PROBLEM WAS TO REDUCE AND RESTRICT THE GENERATION OF WASTES THAT GAVE RISE TO THE LITTER PROBLEM.

MR WONG SUGGESTED THAT INCENTIVE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY TO COLLECT SEPARATED HOUSEHOLD WASTE, SIMILAR TO PRACTICES IN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE ALUMINIUM DRINK CANS, BEER BOTTLES AND PLASTIC CONTAINERS ALL HAD DEPOSITS CHARGED ON SALE, AND REFUNDED UPON THEIR RETURN FOR RECYCLING.

HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO USE FEWER UNNECESSARY ITEMS SUCH AS ELABORATE PACKAGING.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE IDEA OF STARTING BOTTLE BANKS, BATTERY BANKS AND PLASTIC BAG BANKS SHOULD BE ACTIVELY PURSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, HE SUGGESTED.

ALL THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS WERE ONLY GOOD INTENTIONS UNLESS CLEAR AND STRONG LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED AND RIGIDLY ENFORCED, MR WONG SAID.

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VERY LITTLE HAD BEEN SAID IN THE WHITE PAPER ABOUT SETTING UP TOLERABLE STANDARDS OF POLLUTION TO BE ACHIEVED BY DEFINITE TARGET DATES.

HE SAID ENFORCEMENT OF TARGET PERFORMANCE MEASURES SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTED IN THE WHITE PAPER AND NOT RELEGATED TO AN APPENDIX OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT 1988 REVIEW.

"THIS TREATMENT GIVEN TO A MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE ENTIRE POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME LEAVES ME WITH A DISTINCT FEELING THAT THERE IS LESS THAN FULL COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID THAT WHILE THE WHITE PAPER ACKNOWLEDGED THE INADEQUACY OF EXISTING INSPECTION MEASURES, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAD NOT BEEN EQUIPPED WITH THE NECESSARY POWERS NOR RESOURCES FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

THIS GAVE RISE TO DOUBTS ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S SINCERITY IN TRANSLATING THE WHITE PAPER INTO CONCRETE ACTION.

"IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT POLLUTION, WE HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE COMMITTED IN OUR INVESTMENT, NOT ONLY IN DISPOSAL FACILITIES BUT ALSO IN EDUCATING THE YOUNG AND THE OLD AGAINST OUR TRADITIONAL NEGLECT OF THE ENVIRONMENT," HE SAID.

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ROOM FOR CAUTION IN FIGHT AGAINST POLLUTION *****

HONG KONC SHOULD BE ON GUARD AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY OF "BEING CARRIED AWAY TOO MUCH BY THE HOLINESS OF THE MISSION TO COMBAT POLLUTION", THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION, MR CHEONG SAID TN MAKING FUTURE DECISIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HONG KONG MUST CONSTANTLY EVALUATE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COST, AFFORDABILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS.

HE SAID HIS CAUTIONARY NOTE BY NO MEANS REDUCED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT TO COMBAT SOME OF THE URGENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

IN FACT, HE HAD URGED THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES TO SET UP A SPECIAL ALL-INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE WHITE PAPER.

MR CHEONG SAID THE FEDERATION WAS LN BROAD AGREEMENT WITH THE POLICY OBJECT)' FS SET OUT IN THE WHITE PAPER.

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’’HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT WHILE THE WHITE PAPER HAS QUOTED FIGURES AND STATISTICS TO SHOW THE AMOUNT OF POLLUTANTS GENERATED BY THE COMMUNITY, IT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO PROVIDE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS TO ESTABLISH THAT THE TREND IS TOWARDS FURTHER DETERIORATION UNLESS THE ACTIONS SET OUT IN THE WHITE PAPER ARE IMPLEMENTED,” HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT MANY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF TODAY STEMMED FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S LACK OF LONG-TERM AND WELL-CO-ORDINATED PLANNING IN THE PAST.

"IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO REQUIRE COMPANIES WHICH HAVE MADE SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS INGOOD FAITH AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH LEGISLATION PREVAILING AT THE TIME OF THEIR ESTABLISHMENT, TO SHOULDER ALL BY THEMSELVES A HEAVY FINANCIAL BURDEN NOW TO COMPLY WITH SOME NEWLY ENACTED LEGISLATION,” MR CHEONG SAID.

THE FEDERATION’S POSITION WAS THAT A SENSIBLE BALANCE MUST BE STRUCK BETWEEN WHAT WAS ENVIRONMENTALLY DESIRABLE AND WHAT WAS ECONOMICALLY VIABLE.

IN CONSIDERING LEGISLATIVE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT, IT WAS ALL TOO EASY TO PUT THE EMPHASIS ON THE PUNITIVE ELEMENT.

HE SUBMITTED THAT ENCOURAGING MANUFACTURERS TO ADOPT POLLUTION REDUCTION MEASURES THROUGH THE USE OF INCENTIVES WOULD PROVE TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE.

”WE PROPOSE THAT SERIOUS CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN, FOR INSTANCE, TO THE GRANTING OF LOW INTEREST LOANS BY THE GOVERNMENT TO INDUSTRIES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF RECYCLED PRODUCTS,” HE SAID.

TURNING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EDUCATION, MR CHEONG SAID THE EDUCATION PROGRAMME SET OUT IN THE WHITE PAPER SEEMED TO BE GEARED TOWARDS ENHANCING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS IN THE ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SETTING.

"WE SUBMIT THAT INDUSTRIALISTS, TOO, NEED TO BE EDUCATED ON THE WAYS AND MEANS OF CONTAINING AND REDUCING POLLUTION, AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THEM WHAT IS WRONG AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CORRECT THE WRONG."

MR CHEONG ADDED THAT THE IMPRESSION OF SOME INDUSTRIALISTS, WHO HAD EXTENSIVE DEALINGS WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IN THE PAST, WAS THAT THERE WAS NO REAL ABILITY YET IN THE DEPARTMENT TO TELL INDUSTRY UP-FRONT IN EXACT TERMS WHAT STANDARDS ONE HAD TO ACHIEVE.

"A FREQUENTLY ADOPTED MODUS OPERANDI IS FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO REQUEST FROM THE INDUSTRY A CONSULTANT’S STUDY ON THE PROBLEM,” HE SAID.

HE HOPED THESE WERE ONLY ISOLATED INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCES AND HE URGED STRONGLY THAT ATTEMPTS BE MADE TO TRY TO DRAW UP DEFINITIVE UP-FRONT CRITERIA FOR INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES TO FOLLOW.

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HELP FOR SMALL FACTORIES URGED

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD OFFER ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE TO SMALL-SCALE FACTORIES TO HELP THEM COMPLY WITH POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES.

PROF THE HON C. K. POON SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION.

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REACH OUT TO MORE SMALL FACTORIES AND PROVIDE THEM WITH CONSULTANCY SERVICES AT ATTRACTIVE RATES, AND TO UNDERTAKE MORE AND BETTER LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN CLEAN TECHNOLOGY, POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE RECOVERY FIELDS, PROF POON SAID.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT REVIEW THE CURRENT LEVEL AND MECHANISMS OF SUPPORT IN ORDER TO WORK OUT THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PROVIDING CONSULTANCY SERVICES ON A NON-PROFIT MAKING BASIS.

"I FEEL THIS WOULD BE A COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO COMBAT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION FROM INDUSTRY WITHOUT THREATENING THE LIFELINE OF OUR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT WHILE LEGISLATIVE SANCTIONS WERE A MUST IN ANY ATTEMPT TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL WASTE, THE GOVERNMENT MUST REALISE THE UNIQUE SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

OVER 97 PER CENT OF THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WERE SMALL INDUSTRIES EMPLOYING FEWER T.HAN 100 EMPLOYEES AND MANY WERE OPERATING IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS WITH SEVERE SPACE CONSTRAINTS.

"MANY FACTORIES SIMPLY DO*NOT HAVE THE SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE EXTRA POLLUTION PREVENTIVE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE IN SHOPS. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES NEED TO BE CUSTOM-MADE TO SUIT HONG KONG’S UNIQUE SITUATION," HE SAID.

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MORE INVESTMENT IN WASTE DISPOSAL URGED *****

THE HON EDWARD HO URGED THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF THE PRIORITY OF INVESTING IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE PROPER DISCHARGE OF EFFLUENTS.

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION, MR HO SAID INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SEWAGE AND WASTE DISPOSAL HAD, UP TO NOW, BEEN GIVEN A LOW PRIORITY.

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HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE WHITE PAPER MENTIONED THAT A TOTAL OF SOME $5 BILLION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT NEW OR MODIFIED SEWERAGE SYSTEMS IN THE SEWERAGE MASTER PLANS, ONLY $173 MILLION, OR 3.5 PER CENT, HAD BEEN EARMARKED FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

"WE SHOULD BE ASSURED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL COMPLETE THE WHOLE OF Till SEWERAGE MASTER PLANS WITHIN 10 YEARS," MR HO SAID.

HF ALSO SAID THAT THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE WHOLE OF THE TERRITORY.

"OUR ENVIRONMENT CANNOT BE PROTECTED IF EFFECTIVE PLANNING CONTROLS CAN ONLY BE APPLIED TO THE URBAN OR THE POTENTIAL U' ■ AREAS, AS IN THE PRESENT ORDINANCE," HE SAID.

MR HO SAID THE ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS ENACTED IN 1939, MUST REVISED TO RECOGNISE THE INTER-RELATIONSHIP OF TOWN PLANNING ND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITIES. AND TO ENSURE THAT ENVIRONMENT\! ISSUES WOULD BE GIVEN GREATER REGARD IN ALL PLANNING DECISIONS THAN IN THE PAST.

"ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDIES SHOULD BE CARRIED SUB REGIO' '.I PLAN OR AN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN IS PREPARED, pl.ANN'i ; ATT’!. 1 CAT IONS FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT A :.OM ' III BY ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDIES." HE SAID.

HF ‘ 'BED THAT LAND USE PLANNING ALSO HAD A DECISIVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

OUT WHEN A SIMILARLY, SHOULD BE

EFFECT ON

"II THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OUR PLANNERS TO CONF UP •. ,TH THE MOST OPTIMUM PLANNING STRATEGY WHICH WILL PRoVi-ol'R COMMUNITY WITH A PLACE THAT WE CAN HAPPILY CALL OUR HOME." HF SAID.

MR HO ALSO POINTED OUT THAT LEGISLATION SHOULD DE INTRODUCED REDUCE EXISTING SOURCES OF POLLUTION. AND THAT SUFFICIENT RESOUR1. !■ s SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF SUCH LEGISLATION.

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TOURISM INDUSTRY SUPPORTS ANT I-POLLUTION PLANS » ♦ ♦ * »

HONG KONG’S TOURISM INDUSTRY, WHI ( H EARNED $33 BILLION IN 1'-' OR 7.8 PER CENT OF THE GDP. FULLY SUPPORTS THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT. THE HON MARTIN BARROW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPI xh ING IN I'HE'dEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION. II' BARRO'. ’>> HI. EAST THING THAT ANY OF HONG KONG'S SIX MILLION VISITORS WOULD WANT TO LOOK AT WAS A POLLUTED HARBOUR. Wiill.i BREATHING IN POLLUTED AIR, WALKING ALONG A GROSSLY NOISY STREET SIDE-S’H i l’l.NG LITTER ON THE PAVEMENT.

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WHILE IT HAD NOT COME TO THE POINT WHERE LOCAL LEVELS OE POLLUTION WERE AFFECTING TOURISM, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT MUST NEVER LET SUCH A SITUATION ARISE.

"IF WE ACT NOW ALONG THE PROPOSALS OF THE WHITE PAPER, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PRESERVE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF HONG KONG AS A TOURIST DESTINATION.

’’LAST YEAR, OVER 60 PER CENT OF OUR VISITORS ENJOYED THEIR STAY SO MUCH THAT THEY SAID THEY WILL RETURN, WHILE ANOTHER 24 PER CENT SAID THEY MAY COME TO HONG KONG AGAIN,” HE SAID.

MR BARROW SAID HONG KONG WAS FOR THESE MILLIONS OF VISITORS A TOURISM '’PRODUCT”.

THEIR TRIP IS -'$<)MfcTHlNG THEY BUY, JUST AS THEY BUY OTHER THINGS IN LIFE. WE, TH$ PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, ARE THE SELLERS.

”WE ARE SELLING: THE ATTRACTIVENESS, THE FRIENDLINESS AND THE MAINLY TAX FREE SHOPPING OF HONG KONG TO THE ENTIRE WORLD,” HE SAID.

HI'. WlM'D: "IF ’•,tE EXPECT TO KEEP ATTRACTING ’BUYERS' AND INCREASE TOURISM'S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR ECONOMY, THEN WE MUST TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF OUR PRODUCT.

"WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE 'SHOP WINDOW’ WHICH HONG KONG PRESENTS TO THE WORLD REMAINS MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THOSE OF COMPETITIVE DESTINATIONS."

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CO-OPERATION NEEDED IN FIGHTING POLLUTION t * * t t

OPEN-MINDED COOPERATION BY THE ADMINISTRATION, THE PUBLIC INDUSTRIALISTS, SCHOOLS. VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, AND SPECIA1' INTEREST GROUPS IS ESSENTIAL IF THE BATTLE AGAINST POLLUTION IS TO BE WON, I HE HON PAUL CILgNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE CONCIL TODAY <WEDNESDAY). 1

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER CHENG STRESSED THAT A REAL SENSE OF URGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND ALL SECTORS MUST BE SACRIFICES.

ON POLLUTION, MR WAS REQU 1 RED ON WILLING TO MAKE

’’THERE IS NO ROQ^.FOR COMPROMISE OR WE RUN THE RISK OF PLAYING A CATCH-UP GAMES..’» HE SAID.

FOREVER

THE ADMINISTRATION MUST ACCEPT THE FACT THAT LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT WOULD NOT BE POPULAR IN CERTAIN BUT IT MUST NOT LET LOBBYING PRESSURES WATER DOWN THIS NEW INITIATIVE HE URGED.

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"WE NEED ACTIONS MORE THAN LONG DRAWN OUT CONSULTATIVE PROCESSES," MR CHENG SAID AS HE APPLAUDED THE GOVERNMENT’S MOVE OF WAIVING THE USUAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE IN THE FORM OF A GREEN PAPER BY GOING STRAIGHT TO THE WHITE PAPER ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.

HE STRONGLY URGED THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO AWAY WITH WORDS SUCH AS "BUT", "IF", "LIKELY", "INTENDED”, "ENCOURAGE", "EXPECTED", "VOLUNTARY" AND REPLACE THEM WITH "WILL" AND MUST" IN THE "THE WAY FORWARD" SECTIONS OF THE WHITE PAPER.

"THE ADMINISTRATION MUST NOT BE AFRAID TO MAKE DEFINITE COMMITMENTS IN CONTROVERSIAL AND DIFFICULT AREAS OR I CAN GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL BE POURING BILLIONS DOWN A DARK BOTTOMLESS PIT," HE EMPHASISED.

ON THE PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK, MR CHENG EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE SUBSERVIENT ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) IN THE FUTURE AS APPARENTLY THE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH PLANNING OR INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY-MAKING.

NOTING THAT EPD WAS SHIFTING MORE TOWARDS AN ADVISORY ROLE TO THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNINGS ENVIRONMENT AND LAND AND A MONITORING, ENFORCEMENT UNIT, MR CHENG SAID IT WOULD BE A REAL SHAME FOR THE EXPERTISE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO BE LOST IN THE REORGANISATION.

HE HOPED THERE WOULD BE A PROPER MECHANISM FOR THE EPD TO HAVE A STRONG VOICE IN FRAMING OF MAJOR PROJECT PLANS WHICH HAD MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS. A CASE IN POINT WAS THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT.

ON FUNDING, HE FEARED THAT THE 920,000 MILLION EARMARKED MIGHT NOT BE SUFFICIENT OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD IF WE WERE TO REALLY CORRECT THE POLLUTION SITUATION.

"AS SUCH, I MUST URGE THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO LET THE TURMOIL IN CHINA OR A TEMPORARY ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN UNDULY AFFECT THE COMMITMENT MADE ON THE SPENDING PROGRAMMES.

"WE MUST VIEW HAVING A CLEANER, HEALTHIER AND SAFER ENVIRONMENT AS ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS IN MAINTAINING LONG-TERM CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

ON ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE, MR CHENG FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST REALLY GET TOUGH AND WE SIMPLY COULD NOT AFFORD ANY PROCRASTINATION.

"IT IS USELESS TO ’ENCOURAGE’ COMPLIANCE BECAUSE IT SIMPLY WOULD NOT WORK," HE SAID.

HE HOPED INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD BE MADE TO UNDERSTAND THAT INVESTMENT IN CLEAN TECHNOLOGY WOULD BE CHEAPER IN THE LONG-TERM THAN PAYING "PENALTIES" IN THE FUTURE IN THE FORM OF BUILDINGS REQUIRING MORE FREQUENT MAINTENANCE, IN HIGHER MEDICAL COSTS FOR THE STAFF AND A WHOLE STRING OF OTHER HIDDEN COSTS.

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HE WAS GLAD TO NOTE THAT SPECIFIC CHANGES SL'CH AS REMOVAL OF EXEMPTIONS AND THE ALLOWANCE OF A 30 PER CENT INCREASE IN DISCHARGE OVER AND ABOVE THE AMOUNT DISCHARGED AT THE TIME THE CONTROLS IN A PARTICULAR WATER CONTROL ZONE WERE IMPLEMENTED WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO AN AMENDED ORDINANCE IN 1990.

FINALLY, ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THE WIDE RANGING PROGRAMMES PLANNED OR PROPOSED ACROSS THE COMMUNITY AND AT ALL LEVELS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THAT THE SUM OF 8400,000 ALLOCATED FOR A GENERAL PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN 1989-90 WAS TOTALLY INADEQUATE.

"EITHER WE SPEND SAY 85 MILLION OR WE SHOULD SAVE THE 8400,000.

"ANY PUBLIC RELATIONS OR ADVERTISING PROFESSIONAL WOULD BE ABLE TO SUBSTANTIATE THAT SPENDING 8400,000 WOULD BE LIKE THROWING THE MONEY INTO OUR POLLUTED HARBOUR," HE SAID.

HE URGED THE ADMINISTRATION TO RE-EVALUATE THIS PARTICULAR ITEM OF EXPENDITURE AND COME UP WITH A MORE MEANINGFUL FIGURE.

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ASSISTANCE FOR FACTORY OPERATORS IN FIGHTING POLLUTION URGED

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SMALL FACTORY OPERATORS SHOULD BE FINANCIALLY ASSISTED TO INSTAL POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLLUTION, THE HON MIRIAM LAU SAID IN THE LEGISTRATIVE COUNCIL .TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION, MRS LAU URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER ALLOWING SUCH EQUIPMENT TO QUALIFY FOR A HIGHER RATE OF TAX CONCESSION.

"IN CASES WHERE SUCH EQUIPMENT CANNOT BE INSTALLED WITHOUT CREATING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP TO THE INDIVIDUAL OPERATOR, PERHAPS GOVERNMENT SHOULD EVEN CONSIDER GRANTING LOANS AT LOW INTEREST RATES TO ENABLE THE INSTALLATION TO BE MADE," SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THAT GIVEN PROPER GUIDANCE MANY INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD BE WILLING TO UNDERTAKE VOLUNTARY REMEDIAL MEASURES WITH A VIEW TO ELIMINATING POLLUTION AT SOURCE.

MRS LAU SAID DESPITE THE PRESENCE OF LEGISTRATIVE CONTROLS, STREAMS AND NULLAHS REMAINED HEAVILY POLLUTED, BATHING BEACHES WERE CLOSED DOWN ONE AFTER ANOTHER, AND DARK SMOKE FROM CHIMNEYS ON TOP OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS CONTINUED TO HARASS NEARBY RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION.

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SHE ATTRIBUTED THIS TO THAT FACT THAT ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISTRATION WAS COMPLEX AND NOT EASILY UNDERSTOOD BY THOSE WHO HAD TO COMPLY WITH IT; THAT SOME OF THE LEGISTRATION WAS NOT STRINGENT ENOUGH; AND THAT ENFORCEMENT MEASURES HAD BEEN SLACK, PIECEMEAL, HALFHEARTED AND LACKING IN OBJECTIVE.

MRS LAU SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SIMPLIFY LEGISTATION TO MAKE IT MORE COMPREHENSIBLE TO THE ORDINARY PERSON.

SHE SAID: "AT THE SAME TIME, EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO REACH OUT TO POTENTIAL POLLUTERS TO EXPLAIN THE LEGISLATION TO THEM AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH GUIDANCE AS TO HOW TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW.

"WHILST GOVERNMENT’S PLAN IS TO REGIONALISE CONTROL ACTIVITIES, I FEEL THAT STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN AT DISTRICT LEVEL TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE RELEVANT LAWS TO SECURE DUE COMPLIANCE."

IN REGARD TO ENFORCEMENT MEASURES, MRS LAU SAID THAT VARIOUS ANTI-POLLUTION LAWS HAD BEEN ENFORCED BY A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

NOTING THAT THE POLICE AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT WERE HEAVILY COMMITTED IN THEIR OWN PRIORITY TASKS, MRS LAU ASKED HOW MUCH OF THEIR STAFF RESOURCES COULD BE ALLOCATED TO POLLUTION ENFORCEMENT DUTIES.

SHE NOTED THAT IN THE PAST ENFORCEMENT ACTION HAD ESSENTIALLY BEEN TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS, AND THE RESULT WAS THAT FEW PROSECUTIONS HAD BEEN BROUGHT.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, SHE SAID, FEWER THAN 200 PROSECUTIONS PER YEAR HAD BEEN BROUGHT UNDER .THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

SHE ADDED: "AFTER DECLARATION OF THE FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE UNDER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE IN APRIL 1988, ONLY FOUR PROSECUTIONS UNDER THAT ORDINANCE HAVE BEEN LAID.

"SINCE IMPLEMENTATION OF LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROLS UNDER THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE AS FROM JUNE 1988, 11 CASES HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED.

"THESE PROSECUTION FIGURES SERVE TO INDICATE ONE THING: THE MAJORITY OF POLLUTERS HAVE NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE."

NOW THAT MAJOR POLICY INITIATIVES HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AND TARGETTED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PROCEEDING TO INVEST HEAVILY IN ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENTS, MRS LAU SAID IT WAS TIME TO LAY DOWN IN CLEAR TERMS PROPER ENFORCEMENT GUIDELINES AND OBJECTIVES SO THAT THEY MIGHT BE FOLLOWED BY THE VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS.

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SHE SAID IT WAS ALSO TIME TO REVIEW THREE OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT — ’’FIRSTLY, WHETHER THE SCOPE OF ENFORCEMENT DUTIES OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS IS SUFFICIENTLY WELL DEFINED; SECONDLY, WHETHER THESE DEPARTMENTS ARE ADEQUATELY STAFFED TO CARRY OUT THOSE DUTIES; AND THIRDLY, HOW THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS CARRYING OUT LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY BE BETTER CO-ORDINATED TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFICIENT RESULTS”.

MRS LAU ADDED THAT ALTHOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THOSE ENFORCING THE LAW SHOULD BE ABLE TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO PUBLIC COMPLAINTS, IT WAS INSUFFICIENT TO MERELY RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS WITHOUT TAKING ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES, FOR TO DO SO WOULD BE MERELY TO REACT AND NOT TO ACT.

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THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION HAS FAILED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO AN UNACCEPTANCE NOISE LEVEL IN CERTAIN WORKING ENVIRONMENTS.

SUCH EXPOSURE AT ITS WORST MIGHT LEAD TO A PROGRESSIVE LOSS OF HEARING OR AT LEAST MIGHT RESULT IN AN INDIRECT IMPACT ON HEALTH. DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION, DR LEONG SAID INDEED HONG KONG HAD BECOME BY ACADEMIC STANDARD THE ’’NOISIEST” CITY IN THE WORLD.

AN AVERAGE HONG KONG CITIZEN WAS EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE NOISE FOR SOME 17 HOURS A DAY, MAINLY FROM AIRCRAFT NOISE. CONSTRUCTION WORK AND ROAD TRAFFIC.

"THE LATTER ACCOUNTS FOR PROBABLY THE LONGEST DURATION OF SUSTAINED HIGH NOISE LEVEL OF 70 TO 90 DECIBELS, WELL ABOVE AND EXCEEDING THE ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF 60 DECIBELS,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE BY STAGES THIS YEAR WOULD HOPEFULLY SEE A PROGRESSIVE CONTROL OF THE NOISE PROBLEM FROM CONSTRUCTION WORK.

ON AIR POLLUTION, DR LEONG SAID THE WHITE PAPER HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE HIGH LEVEL OF AIR POLLUTION TO WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WERE CONSTANTLY EXPOSED WAS THE RESULT OF INDUSTRIAL SMOKE AND MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSION. AND HAD OUTLINED PLANS TO IMPROVE THESE CONDITION.

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YET THERE WERE A FEW ISSUES WHICH MIGHT PRODUCE VAST DISTURBANCES IN HEALTH AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THESE INCLUDED PASSIVE SMOKING AND LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE OR "SICK BUILDING SYNDROME". •

DR LEONG SAID LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE, A SILENT KILLER LIKE INFLUENZA OR PNEUMONIA, WAS MOST COMMON IN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS THAT USED WATER SPRAYS IN THE COOLING TOWERS.

"IT IS THROUGH THESE CENTRALISED CLOSED AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS THAT RAPID SPREAD OF SUCH DISEASE MAY UNSUE FROM OFFICE TO OFFICE, WARDS TO WARDS." HE SAID. •

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THIS DISEASE WAS NOT AS YET A THREAT TO HONG KONG, ACTIVE MEASURES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE.

DR LEONG SAID THE COMPLETE LACK OF CONSIDERATION IN THE PLANNING OF BUILDINGS IN RELATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL AIR POLLUTION HAD REACHED A PEAK IN THE ERECTING OF HOSPITALS SURROUNDED BY INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

-"ONE TYPICAL EXAMPLE IS THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, WHICH, FOR LACK OF ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR CENTRALISED AIR CONDITIONING. NEEDS TO OPEN THE WINDOWS OF THE HOSPITAL FOR BETTER CROSS VENTILATION.

"THESE WINDOWS FACE DIRECTLY THE FULL BLAST OF EXHAUST FANS FROM THE SURROUNDING INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS COMPLETELY TO THE DETRIMENT OF HEALTH OF THE POOR SICK INMATES OF THE HOSPITAL.

"SUCH FALLACIES SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND ADDRESSED AND BETTER INTEGRATION BE INSTITUTED. LESS HONG KONG DROWN IN ITS OWN POLLUTION," DR LEONG SAID.

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GOVT URGED TO HELP INDUSTRY IN POLLUTION CONTROL

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP INDUSTRIALISTS AND MANUFACTURERS IN TH FIGHT AGAINST POLLUTION, THE HON JAMES TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION.

MR TIEN NOTED THAT UNDER THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS, NEW WATER CONTROL ZONES WOULD BE DECLARED.

INDUSTRIES IN THE CONTROL ZONES WHICH WERE STILL NOT SERVED BY ADEQUATE SIZE SEWERS WOULD HAVE TO TREAT THEIR WASTE WATER TO A MUCH MORE STRINGENT DISCHARGE REQUIREMENT.

AS A RESULT, THE POLLUTION CONTROL COST TO BE BORNE BY INDUSTRY WOULD BE HIGHER.

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TO HELP INDUSTRY REDUCE THE COST OF POLLUTION CONTROL, MR TIEN SUGGESTED THAT NEW SEWERS OF ADEQUATE SIZE BE CONSTRUCTED PRIOR TO THE DECLARATION OF A NEW WATER CONTROL ZONE OR PRIOR TO CONTROLLING INDUSTRIAL WASTE WATER FROM AN AREA WHICH HAD BEEN DECLARED A WATER CONTROL ZONE.

ON THE PROPOSAL TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF INDUSTRIAL FUEL OIL WITH A SULPHUR CONTENT EXCEEDING 0.5 PER CENT BY WEIGHT, HE SAI? SULPHUR DIOXIDE WAS ONLY ONE OF MANY AIR POLLUTANTS.

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STATE THE AMOUNT OF REDUCTION OF AIR POLLUTANT WHICH WOULD RESULT FROM THE USE OF FUEL OIL HAVING A LOW SULPHUR CONTENT.

"THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO STATE THE COST IMPLICATIONS TO HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY TO INDUSTRY SUCH AS THE TEXTILE, BLEACHING AND DYEING INDUSTRY AND ITS DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY, NAMELY THE GARMENT INDUSTRY," HE SAID.

MR TIEN ALSO SAID THAT FARMERS WERE GETTING MUCH MORE THAN JUST TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONTROLLING AGRICULTURAL WASTE.

HE SUGGESTED THAT OPERATORS OF SMALL FACTORIES WHO WERE FINANCIALLY NOT MUCH STRONGER THAN FARMERS SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN SUCH ASSISTANCE.

ON SMOKE EMISSION FROM VEHICLES, MR TIEN HOPED THAT THE CONTROL STANDARDS FOR SUCH EMISSIONS COULD BE DRASTICALLY IMPROVED.

MR TIEN ADDED THAT THE KEY TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION ESSENTIALLY RESTED WITH SELF-DISCIPLINE.

THIS WAS NOT TO DENY THE NEED FOR THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LAW. BUT THE POLICING OF POLLUTERS WAS ONLY LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IF A POLICEMAN STOOD BEHIND EVERY WOULD-BE POLLUTER, HE SAID.

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THE DECISION TO INTRODUCE SEPARATE TAXATION IN HONG KONG NOT ONLY HAS THE SUPPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS BUT THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND FOR IT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1989, MR NENDICK SAID THE DECISION WAS ALSO CONSISTENT WITH THE TREND IN THIS DIRECTION IN OTHER TAX ADMINISTRATIONS.

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NOTING THAT THERE WERE XRGUMENTS FOR RETAINING THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE. MR NENDICK SAID THE MAJOR FLAW IN THIS ALLOWANCE WAS THAT IT DISCRIMINATED IN FAVOUR OF A MARRIED COUPLE WHERE BOTH THE HUSBAND AND WIFE WORK.

"IN PARTICULAR. IT PROVIDES THEM WITH A GREATER ENTITLEMENT TO ALLOWANCES THAN IS AVAILABLE TO A SINGLE-INCOME FAMILY OR TWO UNMARRIED PERSONS WITH THE SAME INCOME.

"FURTHERMORE. AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE. AN ALLOWANCE SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF ITS BEING COMPENSATION FOR ANY ADDITIONAL FAMILY EXPENSES INCURRED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE WIFE TAKING UP EMPLOYMENT.

"SAVE ITS USE AS AN INTERIM RELIEF MEASURE PENDING IMPLEMENTATION OF SEPARATE TAXATION, THERE ARE NO GROUNDS FOR PROVIDING WORKING MARRIED COUPLES WITH AN ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCE THAT IS NOT AVAILABLE TO TAXPAYERS IN GENERAL," HE SAID.

THE VOTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT CONCERN WAS EXPRESSED THAT SOME MARRIED COUPLES WOULD PAY MORE TAX UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION THAN THEY WOULD HAVE PAID ON THE SAME INCOME HAD THE AGGREGATION SYSTEM BEEN RETAINED.

THIS CONCERN WAS BASED ON A COMPARISON OF THE TAX PAID BY A MARRIED COUPL1 UNDER THE INTERIM WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE PROVISIONS WITH THAT WHICH WOULD BE PAYABLE UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION. MR NENDICK SAID.

"OLE OF THE REASONS WHY A FLAT RATE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE COULD NOT BE ADOPTED AS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO THE SO-CALLED ’MARRIAGE TAX' IS ITS INABILITY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM EQUITABLY AT ALL LEVELS OF INCOME.

"IN PARTICULAR, WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE FAILS TO PROVIDE SOME TAXPAYERS WITH SUFFICIENT RELIEF TO NEGATE THE FULL EFFECTS OF THEIR ‘MARRIAGE TAX’ WHILE IT GIVES OTHERS A TAX BENEFIT EXCEEDING THEIR ’TAX’.

"IT IS CONCEPTUALLY INCORRECT TO COMPARE THE TAX PAYABLE UNDER THE INTERIM RELIEF PROVISIONS WITH THE TAX PAYABLE UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION TO EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF SEPARATE TAXATION ON VARIOUS CLASSES OF TAXPAYERS," MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED COMPARE THE TAX INTRODUCTION OF THE SEPARATE TAXATION.

OUT THAT THE MORE APPROPRIATE YARDSTICK WAS TO PAYABLE UNDER THE LEGISLATION PRIOR TO THE INTERIM RELIEF MEASURE WITH THE TAX PAYABLE UNDER

” SING THIS COMPARISON THE MAJORITY >F TWO-INCOME MARRIED COUPLES WILL. OVERALL. PAY LESS TAX.

"FOR THOSE ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE JOINT ASSESSMENT PROVISIONS ARI WAILABLE TO ALLOW THEM T< ’ CONTINUE TO BE ASSESSED JOINTLY.

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’’THUS. WHILE NOT ALL MARRIED COUPLES WILL PAY LESS TAX UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION. NONE WILL PA\ MORE.” MR NENDICK NOTED.

WHEN THE RE- INTRODUC ;J-)N OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE WAS PROPOSED I THE 1988/89 I'-L/DGEI IT WAS MADE CLEAR THAT THIS WAS AN INTERIM MEASURE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN IMMEDIATE BENEFIT TO TAXPAYERS WHILE FURTHER CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN AS TO HOW SEPARATE TAXATION COULD BEST BE INTRODUCED, THE V ’ING FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT.

"THERE WAS NEV : A ANY INTENTION THAT THE ALLOWANCE WOULD BECOME PERMANENT. WITH THE PASSING OF THIS BILL ALL WORKING WIVES WILL HAVE SEPARATE TAXATION WHICH, AMONG OTHER THINGS. REMOVES THE ’MARRIAGE TAX1 AND THE INTER!’; RELIEF MEASURE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED OR APPROPRIATE,' HE ADDED.

’U; G TO A GGES'i ' .. TO ALLOW HUSBANDS AND WIVES TO OPT IN AND OUT C M'CAUAT TWATI A': RANDOM, MR NENDICK SAID THIS RAN COUNTER TO UE PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENCE AND PRIVACY IN TAX METHODS.

"IN ADDITION. SUCH A SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE TENABLE IN A LOW TAX REGIME LIL H( <G A G i.pUALUi. ii WOULD CREATE UNNECESSARY COMPLEXITY IN FILE MAJL " 1 N CERTAINTY INTO THE TAXPAYER BASE AND PLACE AN ONEROUS ADV: G THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT.” HE SAID.

R;■ ■TTTON THAT SOME HUSBANDS AND WIVES MAY NOT BE ABLE Fl Li . TO ABE ’J THEIR ALLOWANCES AND THAT OTHERS MAY DERIVE A GREATER BIC’ ’IT FROM ‘ MARRIED PERSONS ALLOWANCE THAN FROM TWO SINGLE-PERSON? A 'Nf ’ S. . ASSESSMENT ELECTION IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO TH; ’ r ' T’lE FT I ON OF A COMBINED ASSESSMENT IS

PROVIDED,” HE ADDED.

MR NENDICK N TIP THAT THERE WAS A SUGGESTION THAT EXTENDING SEPARATE TAXATION TO MARRIED MEN WOULD UNDULY COMPLICATE THE SALARIES I illF ‘MARRIAGE TAX1 SHOULD BE

REDRESSED B • INCREASI G ; Hl FXIC'NNG WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE.

”1 HAVE XLR; EXPLAINED WHY WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION UN J,QUIT'/ GROUNDS.

”l»N '.'DI * . IT X 1 D 3E OVERLOOKED THAT THE ADVOCATES OF

SEPARATE TAXATION HAVE ALSO B-.SEI) THEIR REPRESENTATIONS ON THE NEED TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH -u-PE’DE”’' 1'COGNITION AND PRIVACY IN THEIR PERSONAL TAXATION AFFAIRS," MR NENDICK SAID.

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECEE'l ANY ASSURED COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF I REVENUE WOULD IDENTIFY AND ISSUE THE

APPROPRIATE NOTIFICATION IN ’VARY CASE WHERE IT WOULD BE TO THE ADVANTAGE Ui* THE MAU." U I? COUPLE TG ELECT TO BE JOI NTLY ASSESSED SO THAT NO MARi.uki o? • . ■ ' iJj . M WORSE OFF UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION.

MR NENPL'b NOTH T‘!M • ; : .TS OF THE BILL WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THE WORKP.g v, . ALLO’-. A’.' ’■ I. > A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO THE ’MARRIAGE TAX ’ FROt’i ; - .

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THEY ALSO SHARED THE VIEW THAT SEPARATE TAXATION OF MARRIED WOMEN WAS NOT JUSTIFIED, GIVEN THE ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, THE ADDITIONAL TAX BURDEN ON THE MAJORITY OF FAMILIES. AND THE LACK OF CLAMOUR FROM MARRIED WOMEN FOR THE RIGHT TO MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY ABOUT THEIR INCOME AND TAXATION MATTERS FROM THEIR HUSBANDS.

MR NENDICK REITERATED THAT A FLAT RATE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE DID NOT EQUITABLY RESOLVE ALL TAXPAYERS’ 'MARRIAGE TAXES’ AND THEREFORE THE UNDERLYING INEQUITY STILL REMAINED.

"WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE HAS NOT BENEFITTED EITHER MARRIED COUPLES WHERE ONLY ONE SPOUSE WORKS OR HUSBANDS AND WIVES INDIVIDUALLY CHARGEABLE AT STANDARD RATES. NOR WILL SEPARATE TAXATION PROVIDE THESE TWO GROUPS WITH ANY FINANCIAL BENEFIT.

"BUT THE MAJORITY OF ALL OTHER MARRIED COUPLES WITH BOTH SPOUSES WORKING WILL RECEIVE A BENEFIT FROM SEPARATE TAXATION.

"FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT, THERE WAS NO 'MARRIAGE TAX’ IN THE FIRST INSTANCE AND ANY BENEFIT DERIVED FROM THE INTERIM WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE CAN ONLY BE REGARDED AS A WINDFALL GAIN -- THEIR TAX BURDEN HAS NOT BEEN MADE HEAVIER BECAUSE OF SEPARATE TAXATION." MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT SOME MEMBERS QUITE RIGHTLY POINTED OUT THAT ADDITIONAL COSTS WOULD NEED TO BE INCURRED TO PROVIDE FOR SEPARATE TAXATION.

"FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS THE ADMINISTRATION DECLINED REQUESTS FROM MEMBERS TO GRANT SEPARATE TAXATION PARTLY ON THE GROUND OF THE REVENUE THAT WOULD BE FOREGONE AND THE ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATION COSTS.

"AT THE TIME THE DECISION TO IMPLEMENT SEPARATE TAXATION WAS TAKEN, THE EXTENT OF PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE ISSUE CLEARLY INDICATED THAT, NOT ONLY DID IT HAVE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF MEMBERS, BUT ALSO THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND FOR IT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. NOT LEAST BECAUSE OF PRIVACY AND INDIVIDUALITY CONSIDERATIONS,” MR NENDICK SAID.

THE «ILL WAS PASSED WITH SOME AMENDMENTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS TO EXTEND THE SCOPE OF THE JOINT ELECTION PROVISIONS TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE TO A SMALL GROUP OF MARRIED TAXPAYERS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE PAY MORE TAX UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION.

"INITIALLY IT WAS INTENDED THAT THESE TAXPAYERS SHOULD OBTAIN RELIEF THROUGH PERSONAL ASSESSMENT. BUT AFTER CONSIDERING REPRESENTATIONS FROM MEMBERS. IT HAS NOW BEEN AGREED THAT THEY WILL OBTAIN DIRECT RELIEF IN SALARIES TAX BY ELECTING TO BE JOINTLY ASSESSED," MR NENDICK SAID.

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SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES WELCOMED

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THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT)(NO.3) BILL 1989, WHICH SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES IN RESPECT OF SALARIES TAX, WAS WELCOMED BY THE HON PETER POON IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MR POON SAID OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THERE HAD BEEN STRONG COMPLAINTS THAT MANY MARRIED COUPLES SUFFERED AN UNREASONABLE ADDITIONAL TAX BURDEN WHEN BOTH PARTNERS WERE SALARY EARNERS.

FURTHERMORE, MANY WORKING WIVES COULD NO LONGER TOLERATE THE LACK OF PRIVACY OR INDEPENDENCE IN THEIR TAX AFFAIRS, SAID MR POON, CONVENER OF A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO STUDY THE BILL.

MR POON SAID THE BILL WAS GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO ADDRESS SUCH INEQUITY. HE PRAISED THE ADMINISTRATION FOR DOING A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND RESEARCH AS WELL AS BEING REASONABLE IN ITS APPROACH IN GRANTING RELIEF IN APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP RECEIVED SIX REPRESENTATIONS WHICH CONTAINED MANY HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS AND IT HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND DISCUSSED THE VARIOUS KEY ISSUES, WHICH HAD BEEN AMICABLY RESOLVED. CONSEQUENTLY, A NUMBER OF COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MOVED TO IMPROVE THE BILL.

IN REVIEWING THE BILL, MR POON SAID THE AD HOC GROUP HAD BEEN VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT THOUGH NO SYSTEM OF TAX COULD BE ABSOLUTELY FAIR TO EVERY TAXPAYER, IT SHOULD BE AS EQUITABLE AS POSSIBLE.

THEREFORE, HE SAID, UNDER THE BILL, WITH THE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED, THE AIM WAS THAT NO MARRIED COUPLE WITH SALARY INCOME WAS WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE THE CONCEPT OF SEPARATE TAXATION FOR SALARIES TAX WAS MOOTED.

COMMENTING ON THE REQUEST FOR RETENTION OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE, MR POON SAID THE ADMINISTRATION INDICATED THAT THE ALLOWANCE WAS GRANTED ONLY AS AN INTERIM MEASURE BEFORE SEPARATE TAXATION OF MARRIED COUPLES FOR SALARIES TAX COULD BE INTRODUCED.

HE SAID: "WHILST WE ARE SYMPATHETIC THAT SOME LOWER INCOME COUPLES, BOTH EARNING SALARIES. MAY BE WORSE OFF UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION WHEN THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE IS ABOLISHED, THEY WOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF SUCH A WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE.

"PERHAPS, THE ANSWER LIES IN INCREASING THE BASIC PERSONAL ALLOWANCE SO THAT RELATIVELY LOWER INCOME GROUPS CAN ALL BENEFIT."

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THOUGH THE BILL WOULD CAUSE COMPLEXITY IN HONG KONG’S TAX SYSTEM, MR POON SAID OMELCO, HAVING CONSIDERED THAT ASPECT FOR MANY YEARS, DECIDED THAT SUCH COMPLEXITY WAS ACCEPTABLE TO REDRESS A LONG-HELD GRIEVANCE.

"IN PRACTICE, PRESENT DAY COMPUTER CAPABILITIES ALLEVIATE MANY OF THE DIFFICULTIES.

"FURTHERMORE, AS HONG KONG HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT FINANCIAL CENTRE, SOME COMPLEXITY WHICH WILL RESULT FROM AMENDING MANY OF OUR LAWS TO COPE WITH OUR INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED ROLE IS INEVITABLE,” HE SAID.

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THE LONG DRAWN OUT DEBATE ON SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES HAS COME TO END WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1989, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MRS FAN SAID THE MEASURE WAS A COMPLICATED PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

HOWEVER, SHE SAID, SHE WOULD RATHER PAY THE PRICE OF A SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLEX TAX SYSTEM IN ORDER TO UPHOLD THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUITY, PRIVACY AND INDEPENDENCE FOR THE WORKING WIFE.

"I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT A WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE IS SUFFICIENT TO ENABLE MARRIED WOMEN TO EXERCISE INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF THEIR TAXATION AFFAIRS, IF THEY SO WISH, NOR IS IT FAIR FOR THEIR SPOUSE TO BE LANDED WITH THEIR TAX BILL," SHE SAID.

ON A REQUEST BY THE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS TO RETAIN THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE, MRS FAN SAID THE ALLOWANCE WAS AN INTERIM MEASURE FOR SEPARATE TAXATION, WHICH MUST CEASE TO OPERATE WHEN THE COMPLETE PACKAGE CAME INTO BEING.

SHE SAID SHE WOULD RATHER SUGGEST THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF AN APPROPRIATE INCREASE IN BASIC ALLOWANCES FOR THE NEXT BUDGET. IN ORDER TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO THE GROUP OF MARRIED COUPLES, OF COMPARATIVELY LOWER INCOME, WHO AS A RESULT HAD TO PAY MORE TAX.

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD LOSE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TAX REVENUE IF THE BILL WAS PASSED INTO LAW, MRS FAN REMINDED MEMBERS THAT THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE LEGISLATION WERE THE MIDDLE INCOME GROUP WHOSE JOINT ANNUAL EARNING RANGED FROM #170,000 -TO #330,000.

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"THESE PEOPLE ARE MAINLY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND MIDDLE MANAGEMENT. THEY ARE THE SANDWICHED CLASS, WHO ARE OFTEN OVERLOADED IN OUR SOCIAL AND TAX POLICIES. IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT THEY SHOULD ALSO BENEFIT OCCASIONALLY," SHE SAID.

"FURTHERMORE, WORKING WIVES WHO EARN A SMALL SALARY WILL ALSO BE BENEFITTED. THIS MAY SERVE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN OUR WORK FORCE AND, IN TURN, ASSIST TO ALLEVIATE THE LABOUR SHORTAGE PROBLEM."

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THE HON NELLIE FONG VOTED AGAINST THE BILL ON SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), SAYING IT UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED TAX LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL, MRS FONG SAID THE BILL WAS A SAI) EXAMPLE OF HOW POLITICAL FORCES COULD GENERATE MOMENTUM AND GET THEMSELVES INTO A POSITION WHERE THEY ENDED UP SUPPORTING SOMETHING WHICH WAS UNNECESSARY AND NOT SOUGHT BY THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BENEFIT FROM IT.

SHE SAID THE BILL WAS REALLY NOT A BILL TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF TAXATION ON MARRIED WOMEN AS WAS POPULARLY BELIEVED.

"RATHER, IT IS A BILL TO DISTINGUISH SOME RELATIVELY INSIGNIFICANT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF MARRIED WOMEN FROM THE COLLECTIVE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY UNIT.

"THIS IS BECAUSE THE SUPPOSED INEQUALITIES IN TAXATION WHICH WERE USED TO JUSTIFY THE CHANGE, NO LONGER EXIST," SHE SAID.

MRS FONG SAID THE COST THAT THE BILL WOULD ADD TO THE OPERATING COSTS OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WAS SUBSTANTIAL.

THE COST COULD PROBABLY BE JUSTIFIED IF THE BILL WERE NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT A MORE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF THE TAX BURDEN. BUT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. THAT WAS DONE ALREADY IN 1988 WITH THE INTRODUCION OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE.

SHE SAID THE COST COULD ALSO BE JUSTIFIED HAD THERE BEEN A PUBLIC DEMAND FOR WIVES TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY ABOUT THEIR INCOME AND TAXATION MATTER FROM THEIR HUSBANDS BY HAVING THE RIGHT TO PREPARE THEIR OWN TAX RETURNS.

"HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT SEEN THE SOCIAL NEED FOR THIS, NOR HAVE I HEARD THE PUBLIC CALL FOR IT," SHE SAID.

MRS FONG SAID THE REAL TAX IMPACT AND THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THE BILL HAD NOT BEEN FULLY EXPLAINED.

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SHE SAID THAT UNDER THE BILL THE TAX BURDEN OF HIGHER INCOME F< ' 1LIFS WOULD REMAIN THE SAME AS AT PRESENT, AND THE TAX BURDEN OF MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WOULD BE REDUCED.

BUT THE TAX BURDEN ON THE LOWER INCOME FAMILIES WOULD BE HEAVIER BECAUSE THE NEW BENEFITS WOULD FALL SHORT OF THOSE THAT WOULD BE LOST BY THE CANCELLATION OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE.

THE NET TAX REVENUE TO HONG KONG WOULD BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY BY THE ADDED COST THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WOULD INCUR IN HANDLING A MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SALARIES TAX RETURNS TO BE PROCESSED, SHE SAID. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF RETURNS WOULD GO UP BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT.

"WOULD PEOPLE REALLY SUPPORT THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS BILL IF THEY REALISED THAT ITS EFFECT WOULD BE TO INCREASE THE TAX BURDEN ON THE MAJORITY OF FAMILIES AND ESPECIALLY ON THOSE WITH LOWER INCOME?" SHE ASKED.

MRS FONG ADDED THAT A VERY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE OF THE INCREASE IN RECURRENT STAFF COST TO THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WAS 311 MILLION A YEAR.

THE ONE-OFF CAPITAL COST TO UPGRADE THE DEPARTMENT'S COMPUTER CAPACTIY WAS AT LEAST J28 MILLION.

IN ADDITION, THE BILL WOULD INCREASE THE SPACE NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

"I CAN ONLY SYMPATHISE WITH OUR ADMINISTRATION. THEY KNOW THAT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL COMPLICATE THE TAX LAW; THEY KNOW THAT THIS WILL CREATE MUCH MORE WORK FOR THEM AND THAT THE LEGISLATION IS CO! ’LETELY NON-COST EFFECTIVE.

"THEY HAVE HAD TO COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUCTION GIVEN, AND COME UP WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE LEGISLATION TO HANDLE THE ISSUE THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM BY OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP," SHE SAID.

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NO INCREASE IN BURDEN ON LOW INCOME FAMILIES * » * * »

THE HON MIRIAM LAU TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DISMISSED AS A " ■■11 ? CONCEPTION" THE BELIEF THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE WOULD RESULT IN A HEAVIER TAX BURDEN ON SOME FAMILIES IN THE LOWER INCOME GROUP.

SHE WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1989 WHICH INTRODUCED THE STEM OF SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED WOMEN.

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MRS LAU MAINTAINED THAT UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION, THESE FAMILIES WOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE.

"IN FACT, THEY WOULD STILL BE BETTER OFF," SHE SAID.

MRS LAU SAID SHE WOULD REMIND THOSE SPEAKING AGAINST THE BILL THAT THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE WAS INTRODUCED AS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO AMELIORATE AN EXISTING INEQUITABLE STATE OF AFFAIRS, PENDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SEPARATE TAXATION.

"ONCE THAT INEQUITY IS REMOVED, THE ALLOWANCE CANNOT JUSTIFY ITS CONTINUANCE," SHE SAID.

IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR SEPARATE TAXATION, NOR WAS IT INTENDED TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO LOWER INCOME FAMILIES, SHE ADDED.

MRS LAU SAID SHE SUPPORTED THE GRANTING OF RELIEF TO LOWER INCOME FAMILIES BUT FELT THAT THIS SHOULD MORE APPROPRIATELY BE SOUGHT BY INCREASING THE LEVEL OF PERSONAL ALLOWANCES OR BY INTRODUCING OTHER ALLOWANCES.

ON THE ARGUMENT THAT THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE HAD ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED OR REDRESSED THE PROBLEM OF INEQUITY, MRS LAU SAID THAT THE REVENUE FIGURES SPOKE FOR THEMSELVES.

UNDER THE SCHEME FOR THE WORKING WIFE ALLOWANCE, THE FULL-YEAR COST TO THE REVENUE WAS IN THE REGION OF $355 MILLION. IF SEPARATE TAXATION WERE IMPLEMENTED, THE FULL-YEAR COST TO THE-REVENUE WOULD BE IN THE REGION OF $585 MILLION.

"THIS MEANS THAT WITHOUT SEPARATE TAXATION, MARRIED COUPLES IN HONG KONG ARE ACTUALLY PAYING $230 MILLION IN EXCESS OF WHAT THEY WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE TO PAY," SHE SAID.

MRS LAU DESCRIBED SEPARATE TAXATION AS "AN END THAT JUSTIFIES THE MEANS".

"THE VERY IN UI I' OF MAKING MARRIED COUPLES PAY MORE TAX THAN THEY WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE TO IF THEY WERE UNMARRIED IS, IN MY VIEW, SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION FOR INTRODUCING MEASURES AT ALL COSTS TO REMOVE THAT INEQUITY," SHE SAID.

SHE MAINTAINED THAT THE TAX SYSTEM MUST BE SIMPLE BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT MUST BE FAIR AND EQUITABLE.

SHE ALSO BELIEVED THAT THE SYSTEM SHOULD PROMOTE EQUALITY BETWEEN THE SEXES AND ALLOW WIVES TO MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND PRIVACY.

"IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT TO COMPROMISE OUR PRINCIPLES JUST BECAUSE THERE MAY BE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, OR JUST BECAUSE IT MAY BE SOMEWHAT I • . <iVE TO DO SO," SHE ARGUED.

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THE CONCEPT OF SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES HAS NOT BEEN REGARDED BY HONG KONG’S TAX PROFESSIONALS AS BEING ONE WHICH CAN BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY OR SOCIETY, AND IT MERELY DEFLECTS THE ATTENTION AND RESOURCES OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT FROM MORE WORTHY AND REWARDING OBJECTIVES.

THE HON PETER WONG SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1989, WHICH SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES FOR SALARIES TAX.

HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATIVE COST OF THE CHANGE WOULD BE VERY HIGH AND YET THERE WOULD STILL BE SOME COUPLES WHO WERE WORSE OFF UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM THAN BEFORE.

THEREFORE, MR WONG SAID, HE WOULD ABSTAIN FROM VOTING ON THE BILL AS "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EQUITY IN TAXATION AND THIS ATTEMPT TO TREAT FAIRLY MARRIED COUPLES AS THOUGH THEY ARE TWO SINGLES IS FLAWED IN THAT IT MAKES OUR SALARIES TAX SYSTEM NO LONGER SIMPLE."

MR WONG OBSERVED THAT THE BILL MUST BE CONSIDERED AS A POLITICAL ACT OF FAITH ON THE PART OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THAT HE MUST COMPLIMENT THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN PRODUCING A VERY WORKMANLIKE BILL TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE SURRENDER BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE POWER OF THE FEMINIST LOBBY.

"THE COMMISSIONER HAS BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO BE SYMPATHETIC AND HELPFUL," HE SAID.

MR WONG ALSO ASKED THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONFIRM OFFICIALLY THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY THAT THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S COMPUTER PROGRAMMES WOULD SHOW WHETHER THE TAXPAYERS HAD MADE THE BEST CHOICE BASED ON THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES AND HAD INSTRUCTED THE ASSESSORS TO MAKE THE MOST ADVANTAGEOUS OPTION KNOWN TO THE TAXPAYERS EVEN IF THEY HAD MADE THE WRONG CHOICE INITIALLY IN THEIR RETURNS.

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BANKING BILL GIVES EFFECT TO CHANGES TO THREE-TIER SYSTEM * t ♦ * *

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1989 PROVIDES EFFECT TO CHANGES TO THE THREE-TIER SYSTEM OF DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW WHICH INCLUDED EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE BANKING SECTOR, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING, MR NENDICK SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO AMEND THE BANKING ORDINANCE TO GIVE EFFECT TO CERTAIN PROPOSED CHANGES ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

HE SAID THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO BEING TAKEN TO INCORPORATE OTHER AMENDMENTS TO OVERCOME PROBLEMS AND REMOVE UNCERTAINTIES IDENTIFIED IN THE WORKING OF THE ORDINANCE.

’’ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL FEATURES OF OUR BANKING LEGISLATION IS THE TIGHT CONTROL EXERCISED OVER THE USE OF BANKING NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS.

”AT PRESENT ONLY THOSE IN THE FIRST TIER, LICENSED BANKS, ARE ALLOWED THE PRIVILEGE OF DESCRIBING THEMSELVES AS BANKS. THOSE IN THE OTHER TWO TIERS, LICENSED AND REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, CANNOT DO SO AND THIS HAS INHIBITED THOSE WHO WISH TO DEVELOP THEIR BUSINESS OVERSEAS,” MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

’’SUCH INSTITUTIONS, WHICH MAY WISH TO OPERATE INTERNATIONALLY, FIND THE TERM ‘DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES’ EITHER NOT UNDERSTOOD OR PEJORATIVE, AND HAVE EXPERIENCED DIFFICULTY IN GETTING RECOGNISED AND TREATED AS CREDIT-WORTHY, WELL. SUPERVISED INSTITUTIONS,” HE ADDED.

TO OVERCOME THESE DIFFICULTIES. THE BILL REPLACES THE EXISTING CATEGORIES OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY AND REGISTERED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANY IN THE ORDINANCE WITH THE CATEGORIES OF RESTRICTED LICENCE BANK AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, MR NENDICK EXPLAINED.

CLAUSE 39 AMENDS SECTION 97 TO PROVIDE THAT RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS MAY USE THE WORD "BANK” OR ITS DERIVATIVES IN DESCRIBING THEIR BUSINESS, PROVIDED THAT THIS IS QUALIFIED BY SUCH ADJECTIVES AS "RESTRICTED LICENCE”. "MERCHANT", "INVESTMENT", "WHOLESALE”, OR A TERM SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

OVERSEAS INCORPORATED BANKS AUTHORISED AS RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS, AND OPERATING IN BRANCH FORM, WOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THEIR CORPORATE NAMES WHICH INCLUDE THE WORD "BANK". PROVIDED THESE ARE QUALIFIED IN EQUAL PROMINENCE BY THE WORDS RESTRICTED LICENCE BANK" NEXT TO THEM.

"TO ENSURE THAT ONIA WELL CAPITALISED INSTITUTIONS ARE ENTRUSTED WITH PUBLIC DEPOSITS, THE MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE REGISTRATION OF NEW DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAS ALREADY BEEN INCREASED FROM $10 MILLION TO $25 MILLION AS FROM MARCH 10, 1989," MR NENDICK SAID.

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"TO REFLECT THE ADDITIONAL STATUS AND PRIVILEGES OF THE RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS AND TAKING ACCOUNT OF INFLATION OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, CLAUSE 12 REQUIRES THESE INSTITUTIONS TO HAVE A PAID-UP CAPITAL OF $100 MILLION AS AGAINST THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT OF $75 MILLION FOR LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES," HE ADDED.

EXISTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WILL HAVE A GRACE PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM MARCH 10, 1989 TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENT. CONSEQUENT TO THIS INCREASE, CLAUSE 7 AMENDS SECTION 18 TO RAISE THE MINIMUM CAPITAL LEVEL FOR LICENSED BANKS FROM $100 MILLION TO $150 MILLION TO REFLECT THE HIGHER CAPITAL REQUIREMENT APPROPRIATE TO LICENSED BANKS.

SECTION 63 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TO REQUIRE INFORMATION FROM AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IF SUCH INFORMATION IS "NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE INSTUTITION".

"THIS IS CONSIDERED TO BE TOO RESTRICTIVE. TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO DISCHARGE HIS STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES EFFECTIVELY. HE NEEDS TO HAVE RELATIVELY UNFETTERED POWER TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR RELATED COMPANIES," MR NENDICK SAID.

"CLAUSE 26(A) THEREFORE AMENDS SECTION 63(2) TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER TO REQUIRE ANY AUTHORISED INSTITUTION OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES TO SUBMIT TO HIM INFORMATION THAT MAY REASONABLY BE REQUIRED FOR THE EXERCISE OF HIS FUNCTIONS UNDER THE ORDINANCE," HE ADDED.

SECTION 81(1)(B)(1) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT THE FINANCIAL EXPOSURE OF AN AUTHORISED INSTITUTION TO TWO OR MORE COMPANIES WHICH ARE SUBSIDIARIES OF THE SAME HOLDING COMPANY SHALL NOT EXCEED AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO 25 PER CENT OF THE PAID-UP CAPITAL AND RESERVES OF THE INSTITUTION.

"SINCE THE TERM ’THE SAME HOLDING COMPANY’ IN THE SECTION INCLUDES AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS, THE LIMITATION ON FINANCIAL EXPOSURE CONTAINED IN THE SECTION THEREFORE APPLIES TO EXPOSURE OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS TO THEIR OWN SUBSIDIARIES.

"IT FOLLOWS FROM THIS THAT A BANK CANNOT LEND MORE THAN 25 PER CENT OF ITS OWN CAPITAL TO ITS OWN SUBSIDIARIES, EVEN THOUGH THOSE ARE SUBJECT TO THE COMMISSIONER'S CONSOLIDATED SUPERVISION," MR NENDICK SAID.

"TO REMOVE THIS ANOMALY, CLAUSE 33 AMENDS SECTION 81 TO PROVIDE THAT AN AUTHORISED INSTITUTION MAY BE EXEMPTED FROM SECTION 81(1)(B)(1) WHERE THE INSTITUTION IS ITSELF THE CONTROLLER OF THE SUBSIDIARIES CONCERNED, BUT THAT SUCH AN EXEMPTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER AND TO SUCH CONDITIONS AS HE MAY THINK PROPER TO ATTACH THERETO," HE EXPLAINED.

"THIS DISCRETION IS INTENDED TO BE USED SPARINGLY, AND WHERE THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT NO CREDIT RISK ON A GROUP BASIS SHOULD EXCEED THE 25 PER CENT LIMIT," HE ADDED.

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FOLLOWING A BREACH OF EITHER THE SPECIFIED CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO OR THE SPECIFIED LIQUIDITY RATIO, THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING MAY, AFTER DISCUSSING THE MATTER WITH THE INSTITUTION, REQUIRE IT TO TAKE SUCH REMEDIAL ACTIONS AS HE CONSIDERS NECESSARY.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMISSIONER’S DIRECTION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

"AT PRESENT, THE INSTITUTION CAN APPEAL ONLY TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S DIRECTION. ELSEWHERE IN THE ORDINANCE, APPEALS AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S USE OF HIS POWERS, WHERE NON-COMPLIANCE IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE, LIE TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL," MR NENDICK SAID.

"FOR THE SAKE OF CONSISTENCY, CLAUSE 41 AND 43 AMEND SECTIONS 100 AND 104 RESPECTIVELY TO REPLACE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WITH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AS THE APPEAL BODY,” HE ADDED.

THE REQUIREMENT TO PRESERVE AND HELP IN PRESERVING SECRECY AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 120(1)(A) APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE SPECIFIED PERSONS PRESENTLY EXERCISING FUNCTIONS UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

"IT IS CONSIDERED IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE EXERCISED SUCH FUNCTIONS IN THE PAST BUT DO NOT PRESENTLY DO SO ARE SIMILARLY RESTRICTED. THIS CATEGORY INCLUDES RETIRED PUBLIC OFFICERS, PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS WHOSE CONTRACTS HAVE EXPIRED," MR NENDICK SAID.

"CLAUSE 46(B) THEREFORE EXTENDS THE SECRECY OBLIGATION TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE AT ANY TIME OBTAINED RELEVANT INFORMATION IN THE COURSE OF EXERCISING ANY FUNCTION UNDER THE ORDINANCE," HE ADDED.

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE BILL ALSO PROPOSED A MISCELLANY OF TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO CLARIFY MEANING AND ENSURE CONSISTENCY BETWEEN VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

"THE PRINCIPAL PROPOSALS IN THE BILL HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED WITH AND ARE SUPPORTED BY THE BANKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE," MR NENDICK SAID.

THE DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED UNTIL THE NEW SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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BILLS SEEK TO ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

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TWO BILLS AIMED AT ENHANCING AND MAINTAINING PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY 1.

THEY ARE THE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BILL 1989 AND THE ENGINEERS REGISTRATION BILL 1989.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF EACH BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID THE FIRST OBJECTIVE WAS TO ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT THOSE WHO PROFESSED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS HAD INDEED RECEIVED APPROPRIATE TRAINING AND WERE COMPETENT TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF REGISTRATION DID NOT MEAN THERE WOULD BE A "CLOSED SHOP" OR THAT THE PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES WOULD BE ABLE TO OPERATE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES.

"THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PROFESSIONS INVOLVED ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL SERVE TO ENHANCE AND MAINTAIN PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS," HE SAID.

IN SUPPORTING REGISTRATION OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS, MR BARNES SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD RECOGNISED, WITH THE PROFESSIONS, A CERTAIN CONFUSION IN THE PUBLIC MIND AS TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VARIOUS ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES, AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUALIFIED ARCHITECTS AND THOSE WHO CALLED THEMSELVES ARCHITECTS BUT MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED.

REGISTRATION OF THOSE QUALIFIED WOULD NOT BE COMPULSORY, BUT THERE WOULD BE OBVIOUS BENEFITS ACCRUING FROM THE USE OF THE TITLE "REGISTERED ARCHITECT" OR "REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER".

THE ENGINEERS REGISTRATION BILL REQUIRED (CLAUSE 29) THAT A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER SHOULD SPECIFY THE DISCIPLINE IN WHICH HE OR SHE WAS QUALIFIED, SO THAT THERE WAS NO DOUDT AS TO THE ACTUAL FIELD OF EXPERTISE OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONCERNED.

NEVERTHELESS, PROFESSIONALS WHO WERE NOT REGISTERED WOULD STILL BE PERMITTED TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG PROVIDING THAT THEY DID NOT IMPLY THAT THEY WERE REGISTERED.

THE MAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION WERE THAT THE PERSON WAS ORDINARILY RESIDENT AND HAD AT LEAST ONE YEAR’S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG, IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE RELEVANT ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING STANDARDS.

REGISTRATION INITIALLY WOULD NOT BE LINKED TO THE RIGHT TO CARRY OUT STATUTORY FUNCTIONS UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE. ALTHOUGH THE ADMINISTRATION COULD SEE POTENTIAL BENEFITS IN THIS APPLICATION AND THIS WOULD BE SOMETHING TO BE CONSIDERED ONCE THE REGISTRATION • SYSTEM HAD BECOME WELL ESTABLISHED.

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MR BARNES SAID THE BILLS PROVIDED FOR REGISTRATION TO BE ADMINISTERED BY REGISTRATION BOARDS WHICH WERE APPOINTED BY THE COUNCILS OF THE INSTITUTES BUT WERE INDEPENDENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES IN THEIR OPERATION.

THE FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE BOARDS WERE SET OUT IN CLAUSES 8, 9 AND 10 OF THE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BILL AND 7, 8 AND 9 OF THE ENGINEERS REGISTRATION BILL.

"PROVISION IS MADE FOR A GOVERNMENT APPOINTEE TO EACH BOARD. THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONFIDENT THAT THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARDS WILL PROVIDE THE RIGHT BALANCE AND THE NECESSARY DEGREE OF SELF REGULATION," MR BARNES SAID.

IN THE EVENT THAT A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL COMMITTED A DISCIPLINARY OFFENCE THE BILL PROVIDED FOR INVESTIGATION BY AN ENQUIRY COMMITTEE WHICH MIGHT RESULT IN REMOVAL OF THE PROFESSIONAL’S NAME FROM THE REGISTER, EITHER PERMANENTLY OR FOR A SPECIFIED PERIOD

ALTERNATIVELY, THE COMMITTEE MIGHT ORDER SOME FORM OF REPRIMAND. AS A SAFEGUARD, PROVISION WAS MADE FOR APPEAL TO THE COURT OF APPEAL AGAINST DISCIPLINARY ORDERS.

•DEBATES ON THE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED UNTIL THE NEW SESSION OF THE COUNCIL.

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BILL TO SPECIFY DISPLAY OF TAXI FARE TABLES

A BILL EMPOWERING THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO SPECIFY THE DISPLAY AND POSITIONING OF FARE TABLES INSIDE TAXIS WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1989, MR LEUNG SAID THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED THE COMMISSIONER WITH POWERS TO SPECIFY THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, SIZE, COLOUR, FORM AND POSITIONING OF ANY DESTINATION INDICATORS, NOTICES OR SIGNS DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES AND INSIGNIA WORN BY THE OPERATORS OF SUCH VEHICLES.

HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT, FARE TABLES WERE NORMALLY DISPLAYED AT THE FRONT PANEL INSIDE TAXIS WHERE IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR BACK SEAT PASSENGERS TO READ THEM.

THIS SOMETIMES HAD LED TO DISPUTES BETWEEN PASSENGERS AND DRIVERS AND COMPLAINTS OF OVERCHARGING.

THE PROPOSED REGULATION WOULD ENSURE THAT PASSENGERS WERE BET’i'hiv AND MORE CLEARLY INFORMED OF THE APPROVED TAXI FARE SCALES, THUS REDUCING LIKELY DISPUTES WITH TAXI DRIVERS.

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MR LEUNG SAID THE BILL ALSO SPECIFIED THE DISPLAY OF DESTINATION INDICATORS, NOTICES AND SIGNS IN PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES SUCH AS PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES TO ENSURE UNIFORMITY OF PRACTICE BY THE TRADE AND FOR BETTER PUBLIC INFORMATION.

UPON PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS WILL BE AMENDED ACCORDINGLY, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSULT THE PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES TRADE ON THE SPECIFICATIONS, ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIME FOR THE OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS BEFORE THE NFv. REQUIREMENTS ARE ENFORCED.

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AMENDMENTS TO CLARIFY BILL’S OPERATION

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CERTAIN AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MADE TO SECTION 7A OF CLAUSE 4 OF THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 TO CLARIFY ITS OPERATION AND TO REMOVE AN UNINTENTIONAL EFFECT, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL, HE EXPLAINED THAT SECTION 7A WAS DRAFTED TO IMPOSE A REPORTING- REQUIREMENT IN RESPECT Or ADVERTISEMENTS RELATING TO CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT AND COMMERCIAL PAPER ISSUES.

HOWEVER, IT HAD BEEN SUGGESTED THAT SECTION 7 A AS DRAFTED WAS INSUFFICIENTLY PRECISE AND WOULD ALSO CATCH ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH WERE ALREADY EXEMPT BY VIRTUE OF OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

IN VIEW OF THE CONCERN EXPRESSED ON THIS PROVISION. MR NENDICK SAID THAT SUB-SECTION (1) WOULD BE AMENDED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED WOULD RELATE TO THE ADVERTISEMENT AND WOULD BE SPECIFIED BY THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

"WE DO NOT INTEND THAT THIS OBLIGATION SHOULD BE EITHER UNCLEAR OR ONEROUS.” HE SAID.

"THUS THE INFORMATION REQUIRED WILL BE KNOWN AT THE TIME OF ISSUE OF THE ADVERTISEMENT."

IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THIS INFORMATION WOULD ONLY RELATE TO THE BASIC TERMS OF THE CAPITAL MARKET ISSUE AS RELFECTED IN THE ADVERTISEMENT. MR NENDICK NOTED.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ARRANGING WITH THE COMMISSION FOR EARLY PUBLICATION OF THE NECESSARY GAZETTE NOTICE.

/ON THE

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ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT. MR NENDICK SAID: "A NEW SUB-SECTION (5) IS ADDED TO PROVIDE A REVISED DEFINITION OF 'AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE', PRESENTLY IN 'LAV3E 2, TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IT MEANS ANY PERSON IN HONG KONG > THORISED BY AN OVERSEAS ISSUER IN RELATION TO THE ADVERTISEMENT ' QUESTION.

"WE DO NOT INTEND THAT THE REPORTING OBLIGATION SHOULD FALL UPON A GENERAL AGENT OR PROFESSIONAL ADVISER WHO MAY NOT BE AUTHORISED OR ABLE TO SUPPLY THE INFORMATION REQUIRED."

THE THIRD AMENDMENT. MR NENDICK SAID, WAS TO ADD A NEW SUB-SECTION (4) TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SECTION 7A DID NOT APPLY TO ANY ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH WERE ALREADY EXEMPT BY VIRTUE OF SECTION 4(3) AND (5) .

"IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION TO AFFECT EXISTING EXEMPTIONS ENJOYED BY PROFESSIONALS OR SUPERVISED PERSONS UNDER THESE PROVISIONS," HE EXPLAINED.

MR NENDICK ALSO PROPOSED THE DELETION OF A NEW SECTION G OF CLAUSE 5 WHICH GRANTED AN IMMUNITY TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND THE COMMISSION AND ITS EMPLOYEES IN THE BONA FIDE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR FUNCTIONS UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

"IN VIEW OF THE SIMILAR IMMUNITY IN SECTION 56(1) OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION ORDINANCE WHICH COVERS ANY PERSON ACTING IN THE BONA FIDE PERFORMANCE OF HIS FUNCTIONS UNDER THAT ORDINANCE AND OTHER ’RELEVANT ORDINANCES’ INCLUDING THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE. THIS PROVISION IS UNNECESSARY AND IS DELETED," HE SAID.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN HONG KONG.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, EXPLAINED THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989.

"THAT PHILOSOPHY HAS TWO MAIN ASPECTS," MR MATHEWS SAID IN THE RESUMED SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE BILL.

"THE FIRST SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN HONG KONG BY IMPOSING SOME RESTRICTIONS ON THE PRESENT UNFETTERED RIGHT OF ENTRY OF UNITED KINGDOM LAWYERS TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG.

"THE SECOND IS TO PERM II A SMALL NUMBER OF LAWYERS IN GOVERNMENT LEGAL SERVICE WHO ARE NOT PRESENTLY ENTITLED TO BECOME HONG KONG BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS TO JOIN THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS HERE.

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"THOSE THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE ADMITTED UNDER THE SCHEME IN THIS BILL WILL HAVE CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT LEGAL SERVICE.

"THOSE WHO ARE ADMITTED UNDER THIS SCHEME. WHILE A LOSS TO GOVERNMENT. WILL BE AN ASSET TO WHICHEVER BRANCH OF THE PROFESSION THEY JOIN."

MR MATHEWS SAID THE AMENDMENTS WHICH HE AND THE HON JJDWARD HO WOULD BE MOVING AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE WOULD NOT DETRACT FROM THIS PHILOSOPHY.

ON THE AMENDMENTS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THE BILL SET OUT A LIST OF COUNTRIES IN THE SCHEDULE. THOSE COUNTRIES WERE THE ONES (OTHER THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM) FROM WHICH, FOR MANY YEARS, EXPATRIATE LAWYERS HAD COME TO HONG KONG TO WORK IN THE GOVERNMENT LEGAL SERVICE.

"THOSE COUNTRIES, TO WHICH I SHALL BE PROPOSING, DURING COMMITTEE STAGE, ADDING SINGAPORE, HAVE, LIKE HONG KONG, HIGH STANDARDS OF LEGAL EDUCATION, HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND A REPUTATION FOR PRODUCING LAWYERS OF HIGH QUALITY. THEY ARE COUNTRIES WITH A STRONG COMMON LAW TRADITION OR, CERTAINLY, INFLUENCE."

HE SAID THE LIST WAS COMPREHENSIVE AND HE WOULD NOT READILY SEE THE NEED FOR IT TO BE EXTENDED THOUGH THE CASE OF MALAYSIA WAS BEING EXAMINED.

"BUT WERE WE TO PROPOSE SUCH AN EXTENSION, IT WOULD ONLY BE TO INCLUDE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE THE ATTRIBUTES I HAVE JUST MENTIONED," HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS SAID THAT DURING THE CONSULTATION WITH THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS OVER THE BILL, SOME ANXIETY WAS EXPRESSED OVER THE ABSENCE OF ANY EXPRESS PROVISION REQUIRING THE COURT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE PUBLIC INTEREST WHEN ADMITTING A FORMER LAWYER IN GOVERNMENT LEGAL SERVICE, AS A BARRISTER OR AS A SOLICITOR UNDER THE SCHEME IN THE BILL.

HE EXPLAINED: "THE BILL DID NOT CONTAIN SUCH AN EXPRESS PROVISION, BECAUSE IT IS NOT NECESSARY. THE COURT HAS A DISCRETION UNDER THE BILL AS TO SUCH ADMISSIONS. IN EXERCISING THAT, AS WITH ANY OTHER JUDICIAL DISCRETION, CONSIDERATIONS OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST ARE ALWAYS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT."

ON THE QUESTION OF EXAMINATIONS, ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS MOVED WAS TO REQUIRE THOSE SEEKING ADMISSION AS SOLICITORS TO UNDERTAKE AN EXAMINATION IN SOLICITORS’ ACCOUNTS UNLESS OTHERWISE EXEMPTED.

"THIS AMENDMENT ACCEPTS A PROPOSAL FROM THE LAW SOCIETY, WHICH RECOGNISES THAT SOLICITORS, WHO HANDLE CLIENTS’ MONEY, MUST BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE HAD SUFFICIENT TRAINING AND OBTAINED QUALIFICATION IN SOLICITORS’ ACCOUNTS," MR MATHEWS SAID.

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HE SAID THE BILL MADE NO PROVISION FOR THOSE FORMER GOVERNMENT LAWYERS ADMITTED AS BARRISTERS TO UNDERGO EXAMINATIONS.

"BUT ALL WHO ARE ADMITTED WILL BE REQUIRED BY THE BARRISTERS (QUALIFICATION) RULES TO UNDERGO A PERIOD OF PUPILLAGE WITH A PRACTISING BARRISTER.

"THIS REQUIREMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO INTEND PRACTISING AT THE BAR BY THIS ROUTE WILL HAVE HAD A PERIOD OF TRANSITION DURING WHICH THEY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A KNOWLEDGE OF PRACTICE AT THE PRIVATE BAR," HE EXPLAINED.

TURNING TO THE FUTURE, MR MATHEWS SAID HE WAS MINDFUL OF THE NEED FOR A GENERAL REVIEW OF ADMISSION TO PRACTISE LAW IN HONG KONG FOR LAWYERS COMING FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE COMMONWEALTH.

"THAT GENERAL REVIEW WILL BE UNDERTAKEN IN CONSULTATION WITH THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY," HE ADDED.

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REGULATION OF USE OF AIR-WAVES APPROPRIATE

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IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY TO BE EMPOWERED TO INTRODUCE REGULATION OVER THE USE OF VALUABLE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SUCH AS AIR-WAVES. THE HON LEUNG WAI-TUNG TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE TELECOMMUNICATION. (AMENDMENT) BILL 19,89 AND THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. MISS LEUNG SAID THAT IN THE CASE OF RADIO BROADCASTING, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY HAD NOT HAD ANY FORMAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE REGULATION OF THIS IMPORTANT MEDIUM.

"NOW WITH THE IMPENDING GRANT OF ONE NEW LICENCE IN AUGUST AND ANOTHER IN EARLY 1990 IT IS THE TIME FOR THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY TO BE GIVEN FORMAL RESPONSIBILITIES." SHE SAID.

NOTING THAT IN THE CASE OF TELEVISION, THERE WAS A FORMAL COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE. MISS LEUNG SAID IT WAS RIGHT THAT FOR RADIO, TOO, THE PUBLIC SHOULD HAVE AN INDEPENDENT BODY TO WHICH COMPLAINTS COULD BE REFERRED AND ACTION COULD BE TAKEN IF NECESSARY.

AS A MEMBER OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY. MISS LEUNG LOOKED FORWARD TO GOOD WORKING RELATIONS WITH RADIO LICENSEES SO THAT THEY COULD ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST IN ACHIEVING STANDARDS OF BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG THAT COULD MATCH THOSE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

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MOTION ON TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS APPROVED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSFER OF CERTAIN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS TO THE NEW SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE WHO WILL ASSUME HIS ROLE FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

THE MOTION WAS MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, UNDER THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE.

SIR DAVID EXPLAINED THAT THE MOTION AROSE FROM THE PROPOSAL TO CREATE A RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH TO IMPROVE CO-ORDINATION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS, RECREATION AND CULTURE.

"THE NEW BRANCH WILL TAKE OVER SOME OF THE EXISTING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, SUCH AS CULTURE AND RECREATION, SPORTS, ANTIQUITIES AND COUNTRY PARKS MANAGEMENT, AND SOME OF THE EXISTING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH, SUCH AS BROADCASTING, ENTERTAINMENT AND CENSORSHIP POLICY.

"THE REMAINDER OF THESE TWO BRANCHES’ RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE 'TRANSFERRED TO OTHER BRANCHES AND UNITS. THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH WILL CEASE TO EXIST ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1989," HE SAID.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION IN CONNECTION WITH THE REORGANISATION OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT LATER THIS YEAR.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, UNDER THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, EXPLAINED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH WOULD BE REORGANISED INTO TWO BRANCHES -- THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH AND THE WORKS BRANCH.

HE SAID THE MOTION SET OUT CERTAIN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS WHICH NEEDED TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS AND SECRETARY FOR WORKS IN ORDER TO ENABLE THEM TO ASSUME THEIR RESPECTIVE ROLES BY THEN.

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"THESE STATUTORY FUNCTIONS BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND MATTERS, RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHICH LANDS AND WORKS SINCE NOVEMBER 1,

MR BARNES SAID THE FINANCE ASKED TO CONSIDER LATER TODAY THE TWO NEW BRANCHES WHICH HAD BEEN SUB-COMMITTEE.

INCLUDE THOSE PRESENTLY EXERCISABLE WELFARE IN RESPECT OF POLLUTION HAS RESTED WITH THE SECRETARY FOR 1988," HE ADDED.

COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL WOULD BE STAFF RESOURCES TO ESTABLISH THE RECOMMENDED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT

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CHARGES FOR NEW EMERGENCY PHONE EQUIPMENT APPROVED

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PROPOSED CHARGES FOR "EMERGENCY ALERT TELEPHONE" EQUIPMENT, TO BE PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY FOR ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED CUSTOMERS, ON A NON-PROFIT MAKING BASIS, WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

A MOTION TO MAKE THE NECESSARY AMENDMENT TO THE RELEVANT SCHEDULE OF CHARGES IN THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE WAS MOVED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK.

MR NENDICK EXPLAINED HOW THE EQUIPMENT WOULD WORK.

"IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, THE TELEPHONE HAS THE FACILITY TO DIAL AN ALERT MESSAGE TO UP TO FOUR TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON RECEIPT OF AN ALARM SIGNAL FROM A PORTABLE RADIO TRIGGER UNIT CARRIED ON THE PERSON OF THE SUBSCRIBER.

"ONCE ONE OF THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS HAS RECEIVED THE ALERT MESSAGE, A CONFIRMATION UNIT SOUNDS A REASSURANCE TONE," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD EXAMINED THE PROPOSED CHARGES AND COULD CONFIRM THAT THE INSTRUMENT WOULD BE PROVIDED ON A NON-PROFIT MAKING BASIS.

• IN THE LIST OF CHARGES PUT BEFORE THE COUNCIL, THE RENTAL CHARGE FOR AN EMERGENCY ALERT TELEPHONE (INCLUSIVE OF ONE RADIO TRIGGER UNIT AND ONE CONFIRMATION UNIT) WOULD BE 81,692 A YEAR.

THE CHARGE FOR EACH ADDITIONAL RADIO TRIGGER UNIT WOULD BE 8324 A YEAR, AND FOR EACH ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION UNIT THE CHARGE WOULD BE 8204 A YEAR.

THE CONNECTION CHARGE WOULD BE 8200, AND THERE WOULD BE A FEE OF $140 FOR THE CONNECTION OF EACH RADIO TRIGGER UNIT OR CONFIRMATION UNIT.

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PUBLIC URGED TO GIVE VIEWS ON CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT STRONGLY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS GREATER DEMOCRACY IN 1991.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR DAVID SAID THE MOST CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE FULL SPECTRUM OF PUBLIC VIEWS EXPRESSED IN CONSIDERING THE PACE OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

AT THIS STAGE, HE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON RONALD CHOW, IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHETHER THERE WOULD BE A FORMAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION SIMILAR IN PROCEDURE TO THE REVIEW WHICH PRECEDED THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1988 WHITE PAPER.

"A CLEAR CONSENSUS ON THE WAY FORWARD WILL MAKE SUCH A TIME-CONSUMING EXERCISE UNNECESSARY.

"I WOULD THEREFORE URGE THAT OUR COMMUNITY COME OUT STRONGLY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT MATTER," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD STRESSED IN THE COUNCIL ON JULY 5 HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO OBTAIN THE CLEAR SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY BEFORE ANY PROPOSALS FOR CHANGE SHOULD BE PUT INTO EFFECT.

"IN THIS RESPECT, I REMAIN CONFIDENT THAT MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THE LEAD IN BUILDING ON THE CONSENSUS THAT HAS EMERGED AND WILL PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH A CLEAR DIRECTION ON WHICH TO BASE ITS DECISIONS," HE SAID.

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RELOCATION OF TSING YI OIL DEPOTS INTENDED

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO MOVE THE MOBIL, HONG KONG OIL AND NGA YING CHAU OIL DEPOTS IN TSING YI AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH MOBIL TO MOVE TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE ISLAND ARE GOING WELL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCJ , TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MIRIAM LAU, MR BARNES SAID THE CONCLUSION OF THE NEGOTIATION WITH MOBIL WAS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON.

HE ALSO SAID THAT DISCUSSIONS WITH HONG KONG OIL ON ITS FUTURE PLANS HAD STARTED AND DISCUSSIONS WITH CHINA RESOURCES COMPANY ON THE NGA YING CHAU DEPOT WOULD BE RESUMED WHEN THE OUTCOME OF THE STUDY ON ROUTE 3 WAS AVAILABLE.

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AS TO THE TSING YI ISLAND RISK REASSESSMENT REPORT 1989, MR BARNES SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNED MAINLY THREE SUBJECTS -IMPROVEMENTS IN LAND USE PLANNING, ADOPTION OF TECHNICAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THE INSTALLATIONS ON TSING YI, AND ADOPTION OF VARIOUS TECHNICAL AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES TO REDUCE TRANSPORT RISKS.

"ON LAND USE PLANNING, . THE CONSULTANTS CONFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS INSTALLATIONS (PHI) DEVELOPMENT EAST OF THE TSING YI MAIN RIDGELINE AND THAT THE RIDGELINE SHOULD BE VIGOROUSLY MAINTAINED TO PRESERVE THE NATURAL BARRIER BETWEEN PHI'S AND MOST OTHER DEVELOPMENT," MR BARNES SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW DISCUSSING WITH THE OPERATORS OF INSTALLATIONS TO PERSUADE THEM TO ADOPT THE TECHNICAL SAFETY MEASURES, SUCH AS INSTALLATION OF GAS LEAKAGE DETECTION SYSTEMS, AND IMPROVEMENTS TO MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS.

"TO REDUCE TRANSPORT RISKS, THE GOVERNMENT IS EXAMINING IN DETAIL THE PRACTICABILITY OF THE CONSULTANTS' RECOMMENDATIONS.

"AS A START, LPG VEHICLES WILL BE GIVEN SPECIAL APPROVAL TO FOLLOW A SHORTER ROUTE OFF THE ISLAND AWAY FROM THE LOCAL RESIDENTS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE."

MR BARNES ADDED THAT TO ENSURE THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 1989 REPORT WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED EFFECTIVELY, AN AD HOC INTER-DEPARTMENTAL STEERING GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP UNDER THE LANDS AND WORKS-BRANCH TO MONITOR PROGRESS OF THE FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS.

AS TO THE 1982 TSING YI HAZARD POTENTIAL STUDY, MR BARNES SAID THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS WERE THAT THE RISKS TO THE RESIDENTIAL POPULATION NEAREST TO MOBIL’S OIL INSTALLATION ON EAST TSING YI SHOULD BE REDUCED; THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF TSING YI SHOULD BE IMPROVED; AND THE LAND USE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSTRAINTS ON TSING YI SHOULD BE RE-CONSIDERED.

MR BARNES S ID A NUMBER OF MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING THE SHELVING OF DEVELOPMENT OF PHASE THREE OF MAYFAIR GARDENS, MEASURES TO REDUCE THE RISK FROM THE MOBIL DEPOT AND MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF TSING YI.

ON LAND USE PLANNING, CONSULTATION ZONES HAD BEEN DEFINED FOR EACH HAZARDOUS INSTALLATION WITHIN WHICH OTHER NEW DEVELOPMENTS WERE CONSTRAINED, MR BARNES SAID.

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ACTION AGAINST SUPPLIER OF GAS TO HOSPITAL

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LEGAL ACTION IS BEING TAKEN AGAINST THE SUPPLIER OF GAS TO A HOSPITAL AND THE HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR AUGUST 24 IN THE MAGISTRATE’S COURT, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN UNDER SECTIONS 10(A) AND 14 OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE, MR BARNES SAID IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG.

DR LEONG HAD ASKED, IN THE LIGHT OF THE VERDICT IN A CORONER'S INQUEST THAT THE DEATH OF A WOMAN IN THE HOSPITAL IN JANUARY WAS DUE TO THE WRONG SUPPLY OF GAS, WHAT ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN CONCERNING THE SUPPLIER, AND TO ENSURE THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JURY WERE IMPLEMENTED.

MR BARNES SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE INQUEST JURY COULD BE BROADLY CATEGORISED IN FIVE PARTS, AND WENT ON TO DEAL WITH THESE.

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, HE SAID THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE HAD ADVISED THAT CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO THIS.

SUCH AN ACADEMY WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FURTHER TRAINING OF DOCTORS, AND THE ADMINISTRATION’S INTENTIONS WOULD BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

ON MONITORING DEVICES, MR BARNES SAID SHORTLY AFTER THE TRAGIC INCIDENT, THE THEN DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES HAD, ON JANUARY 21, ISSUED A CIRCULAR TO ALL GOVERNMENT, SUBVERTED AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS, PROVIDING DETAILED GUIDELINES ON THE SUPPLY AND USE OF OXYGEN IN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

"THE DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES ISSUED A FURTHER CIRCULAR ON JUNE 21 TO ALL HOSPITAL MANAGEMENTS, DRAWING THEIR ATTENTION TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INQUEST JURY ON THE INSTALLATION AND USE OF MONITORING DEVICES FOR EVERY OPERATION INVOLVING GENERAL ANAESTHESIA," HE SAID.

AS TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WORKING PARTY TO CONDUCT AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES OF THE GAS SUPPLIER, MR BARNES SAID THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES WAS NOW LIAISING WITH RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE GAS SUPPLIER TO SET UP SUCH A WORKING PARTY.

THE FIRST MEETING WOULD BE IN AUGUST.

"THIS WORKING PARTY WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO EXAMINE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE GAS SUPPLIER AND TO CONSIDER APPROPRIATE MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS BY THE ADMINISTRATIONS, HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE RECOMMENDATION TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ON COLOUR CODING FOR GAS CONTAINERS WOULD BE ADDRESSED BY THE SEPARATE WORKING GROUP WHICH WAS ALREADY CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE.

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FISCAL RESERVE STANDS AT $63.9 BILLION ♦ * * » »

THE ACCUMULATED FISCAL RESERVE AT THE END OF MAY THIS YEAR WAS $63.9 BILLION, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS INFORMED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"SOME OF THIS IS PLACED ON DEPOSIT WITH BANKS IN HONG KONG *TO CATER FOR THE MORE IMMEDIATE CASH REQUIREMENTS OF GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE,” THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID NENDICK, SAID IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MIRIAM LAU.

’’BUT THE BULK, $52.7 BILLION, HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE EXCHANGE FUND IN RETURN FOR DEBT CERTIFICATES.”

THESE DEBT CERTIFICATES WERE INTEREST BEARING AND THE INTEREST RATE PAYABLE BY THE EXCHANGE FUND TO THE GENERAL REVENUE REFLECTED THE LEVEL OF INTEREST RATES IN THE WHOLESALE MONEY MARKET, HE SAID.

’’THE EXCHANGE FUND CONFINES ITS INVESTMENTS TO LOW RISK MARKETABLE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND BANK DEPOSITS DENOMINATED IN THE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CURRENCIES,” MR NENDICK CONTINUED.

"IT ALSO HAS A MODEST PORTFOLIO OF HONG KONG. DOLLAR DENOMINATED DEBT INCLUDING SHAREHOLDINGS IN HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HACTL (HONG KONG AIR CARGO TERMINALS LTD).”

MR NENDICK POINTED OUT THAT ANY FOREIGN EXCHANGE OR INTEREST RATE RISKS INVOLVED WERE BORNE BY THE EXCHANGE FUND . AND NOT THE GENERAL REVENUE.

"IF THE INVESTMENTS OF THE EXCHANGE FUND ATTRACT A HIGHER OR LOWER RATE OF RETURN THAN THE INTEREST RATE PAID TO THE GENERAL REVENUE, THE PROFIT OR LOSS IS FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE EXCHANGE FUND,” HE SAID.

EXPLAINING THE ARRANGEMENT, WHICH HAD BEEN IN PLACE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, MR NENDICK SAID IT ENSURED A STABLE RATE OF RETURN ON THE FISCAL RESERVE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL REVENUE, AND RELIEVED IT OF ANY FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND OTHER INVESTMENT RISKS THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE BE INCURRED.

"IN EFFECT, THE BULK OF THE FISCAL RESERVE IS PLACED ON DEPOSIT WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND, EARNING A MARKET RATE OF INTEREST,” HE SAID.

"AT THE SAME TIME, THIS PUTS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AT THE DISPOSAL OF THE EXCHANGE FUND TO BETTER ENABLE IT TO CARRY OUT ITS FUNCTION, AS NECESSARY, OF MAINTAINING THE STABILITY OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.”

ON INFORMING THE PUBLIC OF THE ACCOUNTS, MR NENDICK SAID THE AMOUNT TRANSFERRED TO THE EXCHANGE FUND WAS PUBLISHED.

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THE MONTHLY ACCOUNTS OF THE GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT AND THE MAJOR FUNDS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, HE SAID.

AND THE FINAL ACCOUNTS OF HONG KONG WERE PRESENTED IN THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES’ REPORT WHICH WAS LAID BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE AUTUMN OF EACH YEAR.

"THIS REPORT SHOWS DETAILS OF THE GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT AND THE VARIOUS FUNDS AS WELL AS A CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNT," MR NENDICK SAID.

"IT ALSO EXPLAINS THE ACCOUNTING POLICIES ADOPTED IN THE ACCOUNTS, SIGNIFICANT ITEMS AND THE APPLICATION OF BALANCES, INCLUDING THE FISCAL RESERVE."

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR NENDICK NOTED THAT SINCE NEITHER THE GENERAL REVENUE NOR THE EXCHANGE FUND WAS A SEPARATE LEGAL ENTITY, IT HAD BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE TRANSFER OF MONEY FROM ONE TO THE OTHER DID NOT CONSTITUTE A BORROWING.

"THE TRANSFER, THEREFORE, IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS IN THE EXCHANGE FUND ORDINANCE RESTRICTING THE POWERS OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WHEN HE BORROWS FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE EXCHANGE FUND, SUCH AS THE BORROWING LIMIT OF S50 BILLION IN SECTION 3(4) OF THE ORDINANCE," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE BORROWING LIMIT WAS LAST RAISED BY RESOLUTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MARCH 11, 1987 WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

IT WAS AGREED THEN THAT THE LIMIT HAD TO BE RAISED TO ACCOMMODATE FURTHER TRANSFERS FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE AS THE FISCAL RESERVE GREW.

"SUBSEQUENT EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON THE LEGAL POSITION CARRIED OUT IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSAL TO ISSUE EXCHANGE FUND BILLS HAS INDICATED THAT SUCH TRANSFERS FALL OUTSIDE THIS LIMIT," MR NENDICK SAID.

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THE MAJORITY OF LAWYERS WILL NOT HAVE TO BE PROFICIENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE DESPITE THE MOVE TOWARDS BILINGUAL LEGISLATION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS WAS BECAUSE BOTH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXT AND THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEXT OF A BILINGUAL ORDINANCE WERE DECLARED TO BE EQUALLY AUTHENTIC, MR MATHEWS SAID IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG.

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"ACCORDINGLY, PROVIDED A LAWYER CAN UNDERSTAND EITHER CHINESE OR THE ENGLISH VERSION OF AN ORDINANCE HE WILL BE ABLE TO TREAT THAT VERSION AS ACCURATE AND LEGALLY BINDING," HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, WHILE MOST LAWYERS WOULD NOT REQUIRE PROFICIENCY IN BOTH LANGUAGES IT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF LAWYERS, BEING LEGISLATIVE DRAFTSMEN, TO ACQUIRE PROFICIENCY IN BOTH LANGUAGES FOR THE NECESSARY WORK OF TRANSLATION AND FOR ORIGINAL DRAFTING OF BILLS IN CHINESE.

"IN RECOGNITION OF THAT NEED A BILINGUAL LAW TEAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE LAW DRAFTING DIVISION OF MY CHAMBERS IN 1986. PRESENTLY THIS TEAM CONSISTS OF SEVEN DRAFTSMEN AND 19 LAW TRANSLATORS," HE SAID.

"TO ACHIEVE THE GOVERNMENT'S OBJECTIVE OF HAVING ALL OF HONG KONG’S LEGISLATION AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY 1997 IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO EXPAND THIS TEAM.

"MY CHAMBERS ARE SEEKING COMPETENT BILINGUAL LAW DRAFTSMEN AND TRANSLATORS AND EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO RECRUIT APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED, BILINGUAL LAWYERS AND TRANSLATORS TO JOIN THE LAW DRAFTING DIVISION."

MR WONG HAD ASKED WHAT STEPS THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING TO ENSURE HONG KONG LAWYERS’ PROFICIENCY IN BOTH LANGUAGES IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT TO ENACT ALL NEW LEGISLATION IN BILINGUAL FORM.

FROM APRIL 7, 1989 ALL NEW PRINCIPAL ORDINANCES, THAT IS TO SAY ORDINANCES WHICH STAND ON THEIR OWN AND WHICH ARE NOT AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING LEGISLATION, ARE TO BE DRAFTED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

WORK IS ALSO WELL UNDERWAY WITHIN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S CHAMBERS UPON THE TRANSLATION OF EXISTING LEGISLATION INTO CHINESE.

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MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO MINIMISE HAZARDS TO FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS IN PREMISES WHERE WINDOWS ARE BOARDED OVER FOR DECORATIVE PURPOSES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON JAMES TIEN, MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT THE COUNCIL HAD EARLIER BEEN INFORMED THAT WINDOW OPENINGS WERE NOT ESSENTIAL MEANS OF ACCESS AND ESCAPE IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE IN A MULTI-STOREY BUILDING.

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HE NOTED THAT STAIRCASES PROVIDED THE MAIN MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR OCCUPANTS OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND THE MAIN MEANS OF ACCESS FOR FIREMEN IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.

"WINDOWS WHICH HAVE BEEN BOARDED OVER EXTERNALLY FOR WALL DECORATION OR SIGN PURPOSES IN RESTAURANTS SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM AND ARE MAINTAINED TO SERVE THEIR DESIGNED PURPOSES," MR BARNES SAID.

"THIS TYPE OF EXTERNAL BOARDING, HOWEVER, CAN AFFECT THE MOVEMENT OF SMOKE AND AGGRAVATES THE SPREAD OF FIRE WITHIN THE PREMISES TO MAKE FIRE FIGHTING MORE DIFFICULT," HE ADDED.

MR. BARNES SAID THAT THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES WAS CONSIDERING WAYS AND MEANS OF ABATING THIS HAZARD AND THAT A SERIES OF MEASURES WERE NOW BEING FINALISED.

THESE INCLUDED REQUIRING THE INSTALLATION OF AN AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM FOR