Daily Information Bulletin - 1990s - 1990 - JUL - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

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

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPT COMES INTO OPERATION ....................................... 4

ADULT EDUCATION - FROM EARLY 50'S TO TODAY .............................. 5

PRAISE FOR WORK OF AMS IN NEW TOWN ...................................... 7

SWINGING SUMMER FORTNIGHT FOR SOUTHERN RESIDENTS ........................ 8

SUMMER FUN FOR YAU TSIM YOUNGSTERS ...................................... 9

RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISERS .............................. 9

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER LAUNCHING CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN ................. 10

CONTAINER DEPOT INSPECTIONS HELP PROMOTE SAFETY ......................... 11

REMINDER ON DANGER OF USING DEFECTIVE TYRES ............................. 12

RECLAMATION FOR GAS TURBINE POWER STATION ............................... 13

REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR HUNG HOM .................................... 14

WATER CUTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND STANLEY .............................. 14

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 1990

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR APRIL RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN APRIL 1990, ESTIMATED AT $8,783 MILLION, INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989 'WHILE THEIR VOLUME DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO THE PROVIS. )NAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN MARCH 1990, THE VALUE AND THE VOLUME OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER MARCH 1989.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND •; TOBACCO ROSE BY 9 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME, WHILE RETAIL SALES OF FUELS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DROPPED BY 3 PER CENT •- 'TN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT FELL BY 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES BY SUPERMARKETS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT UP BY 5 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. DEPARTMENT STORES SALES ROSE BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 14 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 18 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 11 PER CENT TN VALUE AND 4 PER ’CENT IN VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 8 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES WENT DOWN BY 6 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES BY SUPERMARKETS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THOSE OF DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 16 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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COMPARED WITH MARCH 1990, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1990 DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT DOWN BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DROPPED BY 9 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN VOLUME, WHILE THOSE FOR CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 9 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, DEPARTMENT STORES SALES REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN VALUE BUT DROPPED BY 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKET SALES WENT DOWN BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED A DECREASE OF 10 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR MARCH 1990 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR APRIL 1990.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN MARCH 1990 AND APRIL 1990 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES, (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF APRIL 1990 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1990 AND WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1989, AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF APRIL 1990 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. 556 5240).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLES 1 AND 2 WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE.

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TABLE 1 : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales lor April for March

1990 (Provisional Figure) = HKI 8,783 million

1990 (Revised Figure) s HKI 9,290 million

TABLE 2 : VALUE AMO VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES

FOR MARCH 1990 AND APRIL 1990

(Monthly average of Oct. 34 - Sept. 35 - 100)

; 1 Index of ! Item : Retail March 1990 April 1990 April 1990 compared with March 1990 April 1990 compared with April 1989 Jan.-Apr. 1990 ! compared with !

1 Sales Jan.-Apr. 1989

(Revised (Provisional Points X Points I Points Z

: (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES Value figures) 156 figures) 15? -Q -5 *5 U ♦3 ♦2

Volume 124 116 -8 -7 -3 -2 -5 -4

1 (8) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS — Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 158 144 -14 -9 ♦12 ♦9 ♦15 ♦ 11

drinks and tobacco Volume 118 108 -10 -9 ♦2 ♦2 ♦4 ♦4 :

1 1 Fuels Value 119 117 -2 -2 ♦ 14 ♦13 ♦17 ♦18 i

1 1 Volume 105 102 -3 -3 -4 -4 ♦2 ♦2 1

1 1 1 Clothing, footwear Value 178 187 ♦9 *5 -6 -3 -3 -2 I

1 1 and allied products Volume 126 126 1 1 -14 -10 -12 -8 1 1 1

1 1 1 Consumer durables Value 159 145 -14 -9 -1 -1 -10 -6 1 I

I Volume 117 105 -12 -10 -4 -4 -11 -9 1 1

1 1 1 Other consumer goods Value 178 168 -9 -5 ♦6 ♦4 ♦ 1 ♦1 1

1 1 Volume 132 125 -8 -6 -2 -2 -6 -5 1 • i

1 : (C) • • । » BY SELECTED TRADES (see note 1 below) Supermarkets Value 208 192 -16 -8 ♦37 ♦24 ♦35 ♦21 1 1 1 1 1 1 • »

Volume 150 137 -13 -9 ♦15 ♦ 12 ♦ 14 ♦11 • 1

• 1 1 Motor vehicles 1 Value 286 264 -21 -7 -21 -8 -33 -10 I

1 1 and parts ) Volume 182 164 -17 -9 -26 -14 -33 -T6 1

1 1 1 Consumer durables ! Value 120 108 -12 -10 ♦5 ♦5 -2 -2

1 other than motor 1 Volume 97 87 -10 -10 ♦2 ♦3 -4 -4

1 1 vehicles and parts Department stores । ! Value 201 201 -1 1 ♦ 12 ♦7 -1 ♦ 18 ♦8 1 1 1

' Volume 143 138 -5 -3 -1 ♦2 ♦ 1 1

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

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

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

(c) 'Consumer durables other than motor vehicles and parts’ - a trade in the ’Consumer durables group.

(d) ’Department stores’ - a trade in the 'Other consumer goods' group.

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

3. '•' denotes a figure within *0.5.

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SUNDAY, JULY I, 1990

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPT COMES INTO OPERATION

THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT WILL COME INTO OPERATION TON >RR( W (MONDAY)TO TAKE OVER FROM THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT THE REI PONSIBILITY FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THE TRADE MARKS FOR GOODS AND PATENTS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT WAS PROMPTED BY A NEED TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION REGIME WAS COMMENSURATE WITH ITS STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL TRADING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.

"A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF HONG KONG’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGIME IS ALREADY UNDER WAY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION AND DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS.

"THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE A FOCAL POINT FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION REGIME," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS A PRIORITY TASK, THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIDER THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION OF TRADE MARKS FOR SERVICES.

"THIS WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME TO MODERNISE AND LOCALISE HONG KONG’S EXISTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION REGIME.

AS A LONGER TERM OBJECTIVE, THE DEPARTMENT WILL DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR THE PROTECTION OF OTHER FORMS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SUCH AS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND PETTY PATENTS.

MS ALICE TAI YUEN-YING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE DIRECTOR OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

"SHE HAS REPLACED THE REGISTRAR GENERAL AS THE REGISTRAR OF PATENTS AND REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, AND ASSUMED ALL THE STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES AND POWERS PREVIOUSLY EXERCISED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PATENTS ORDINANCE AND THE TRADE MARKS ORDINANCE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MS TAI IS ASSISTED BY A DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND TWO ASSISTANT DIRECTORS IN THE RUNNING OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW DEPARTMENT WAS STAFFED BY A NEW PROFESSIONAL GRADE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXAMINERS WHO REPLACED THE ASSISTANT REGISTRARS IN THE TRADE MARKS AND PATENTS REGISTRY.

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"THE CREATION OF THE NEW GRADE IS TO REFLECT MORE FULLY THE SPECIALISATION OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT AND TO ENABLE IT TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN STAFF OF AN APPROPRIATE CALIBRE IN TERMS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

THE NEW DEPARTMENT IS TEMPORARILY ACCOMMODATED ON THE 21ST, 20TH, AND 15TH FLOORS (TRADE MARKS AND PATENTS REGISTRY) OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

INVESTIGATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN RELATION TO INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT.

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ADULT EDUCATION - FROM EARLY 50’S TO TODAY *****

ADULT EDUCATION FOR THE THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, MOST OF WHOM WERE ILLITERATE, BEGAN IN THE EARLY 50’S WITH THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND CHINESE CHARACTERS.

POST-WAR HONG KONG WAS THEN A CITY FILLED WITH THESE IMMIGRANTS WHO LIVED A HAND-TO-MOUTH EXISTENCE.

IN ORDER TO HELP THESE PEOPLE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ALSO RAN BUDGET-SAVING NON-FORMAL COURSES - SEWING AND DRESS-MAKING - FOR HOUSEWIVES SO THAT THEY COULD MAKE CLOTHES FOR THE FAMILY.

"IN THOSE EARLY YEARS, THEIR EARNINGS WERE POOR AND TO FURTHER HELP THEM, THE NON-FORMAL OR DO-IT-YOUSELF COURSES WERE EXTENDED TO KNITTING, CROCHET, COOKERY AND FOR MEN, WOODWORK SO THAT THEY COULD REPAIR THEIR FURNITURE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

CLASSES WERE HELD IN SCHOOL PREMISES, HE SAID.

THESE CLASSES COULD BE DESCRIBED AS THE FORERUNNER OF COMMUNITY CENTRES AND THE WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADULT EDUCATION FOLLOWED THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG TO RISE FROM THE RAVAGES OF WAR TO BECOME A LEADING FINANCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE - FROM THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND CHINESE CHARACTERS, THE BASIC LITERACY COURSE BECAME THE GENERAL BACKGROUND COURSE WHICH COMPRISED CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES.

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"THESE CLASSES, FOR PEOPLE AGED 18 OR ABOVE, ARE EQUIVALENT TO PRIMARY 3 TO 6. NO TUITION IS CHARGED, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH THE FREE PRIMARY INITIAL EDUCATION POLICY, AND NO ENTRANCE TEST IS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF PRIMARY 6 LEVEL, THEY MAY BE RECOMMENDED FOR DIRECT ENTRY TO THE GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE STARTING FROM SECONDARY 1.

FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE COURSE HAS BEEN OFFERED IN 17 CENTRES IN BORROWED SCHOOL PREMISES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

THE PRACTICAL DO-IT-YOURSELF COURSES, CURRENTLY HELD IN 29 CENTRES, LAST FROM SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR EACH. TUITION FEES RANGE FROM $80 TO $290.

THERE ARE ALSO CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES AT 19 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ELEMENTARY ENGLISH, PUTONGHUA AND JAPANESE COURSES, TAI CHI, AEROBICS AND HAIR-DRESSING.

THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMICAL CONDITIONS OF HONG KONG 40 YEARS AGO CANNOT BE COMPARED TO TODAY’S AFFLUENCE AND PROGRESS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HONG KONG TODAY HAS MANY ORGANISATIONS, COMMERCIAL OR OTHERWISE, RUNNING SIMILAR COURSES - SUCH AS COOKING - NOT FOR ECONOMICAL REASONS AS IN THE PAST, BUT BECAUSE OF A DESIRE TO ENHANCE THE FAMILY DINNER.

"FORTY YEARS HAVE PASSED AND IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME TO REVIEW THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT SOME OF THEM ARE DUPLICATED BY COMMERCIAL AND SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE CITED TAT CHI AND AEROBICS AS EXAMPLES - THESE ARE AVAILABLE AT AFFORDABLE RATES AT THE INDOOR SPORTS CENTRES RUN BY THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE REVIEW TO CONSOLIDATE AND RATIONALISE SERVICES RESULTED IN:

* GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOLS: THE NUMBER OF CENTRES RUNNING GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY COURSES WILL BE REDUCED FROM 15 TO 12 AS THREE OF THEM ARE RUNNING ONLY A FEW CLASSES. COURSES RUN BY THESE CENTRES WILL BE COMBINED AT THE REMAINING CENTRES WHICH WILL BENEFIT APPLICANTS AS THEY WILL HAVE A WIDER SELECTION OF THE CURRICULUM SUCH AS THE'CHOICE OF SCIENCE, ARTS OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS.

/* PRACTICAL, NON-FORMAL

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 1990

» PRACTICAL, NON-FORMAL COURSES: THE 29 CENTRES RUNNING COURSES SUCH AS SEWING, KNITTING, COOKERY AND WOODWORK WILL BE CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 1990 SINCE THE NECESSITY TO RUN THEM FOR ECONOMICAL REASONS HAS CHANGED. HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT WILL TRANSFER, DEPENDING ON DEMAND, WOODWORK AND OTHER' PRACTICAL COURSES TO THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.

* ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES: THE 19 CENTRES WILL BE REDUCED TO 14 BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE USAGE.

"BUT THE DEPARTMENT WILL STILL MAINTAIN THE ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE COURSES AS THERE IS STILL A NEED TO PROVIDE NEW IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PRAISE FOR WORK OF AMS IN NEW TOWN *****

SINCE TSEUNG KWAN 0 NEW TOWN CAME INTO BEING, THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES (AMS) HAS PROVIDED MEDICAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS THERE ON MANY OCCASIONS, SUCH AS DURING CARNIVALS, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, AND CHARITY FUNCTIONS.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG, SAID THIS AT THE SERVICES’ SAI KUNG DISTRICT PARADE INSPECTION AND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN HELD AT PO LAM ESTATE TODAY (SUNDAY).

"TSEUNG KWAN 0 IS A FAST DEVELOPING AREA WHERE THE PRESENT POPULATION OF ABOUT 60,000 IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 150,000 BY 1995. WITH SUCH A PACE OF DEVELOPMENT, THERE WILL BE A GROWING DEMAND FOR AMS SERVICES ARISING FROM MORE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE," MR TONG SAID.

"THE AMS IS A MEDICAL CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS WITH DEDICATED MEMBERS COMING FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS OF SOCIETY. THEY ARE TRAINED TO HELP IN PROVIDING FIRST AID SERVICE AND CARE FOR THE SICK.

"EACH DISTRICT HAS ITS RESCUE TEAM TO ENSURE THAT ORGANISED RESCUE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN TIME OF EMERGENCIES."

MR TONG SAID THAT TO ENSURE THAT TSEUNG KWAN O WAS COVERED BY AMS SERVICE IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT UNIT OF THE AMS WAS TODAY BEGINNING A RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE CAMPAIGN TODAY INCLUDED A FIRST AID DEMONSTRATION AND AN EXHIBITION, AS WELL AS A BAND PERFORMANCE, WITH THE HOPE THAT RESIDENTS WOULD GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE CORPS, AND BE PREPARED TO JOIN.

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TWO MORE TEAMS WOULD BE SET UP UNDER THE AMS SAI KUNG DISTRICT UNIT WITH A VIEW TO PROVIDING MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS OF TSEUNG KWAN O DURING EMERGENCIES, MR TONG SAID.

THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, INAUGURATED IN DECEMBER 1950, NOW HAS MORE THAN 5,800 VOLUNTEERS, AMONG WHOM ABOUT ARE 1,000 PROFESSIONALS, SUCH AS DOCTORS, NURSES, PHARMACISTS, DISPENSERS, RADIOGRAPHERS AND PARAMEDICAL PERSONNEL, ALL WORKING IN THE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SECTORS.

MANY RESIDENTS IN TSEUNG KWAN O SHOWED INTEREST IN THE RECRUIMENT EXERCISE TODAY, AND ENQUIRED ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR JOINING.

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SWINGING SUMMER FORTNIGHT FOR SOUTHERN RESIDENTS ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO FUN AND GAMES AND OPERA SHOWS IN A "SWINGING SUMMER FORTNIGHT” TO BE HELD FROM JULY 14 TO 28.

THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES OF THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL AND THE LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL.

’’THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT INTERESTS AND AGES,” A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CURTAIN-RAISER WILL BE AN OPENING CEREMONY AND CANTONESE OPERA NIGHT ON JULY 14 IN THE LET TUNG COMMUNITY HALL. SENIOR RESIDENTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY THREE CANTONESE OPERA SHOWS PERFORMED BY THE WONG TAI SIN OPERA TROUPE.

FROM JULY 15 TO 27, THERE WILL BE A TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION IN THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, AND A BADMINTON CONTEST IN THE LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL.

FOR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN FOUR AND 14, A DRAWING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD ON JULY 22, FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, IN BOTH COMMUNITY HALLS. ENTRIES IN THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON THE SPOT AND EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CLOSE ON JULY 28 WITH A CEREMONY AND A VARIETY SHOW IN THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL.

THE SHOW WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY SINGERS AS WELL AS ACROBATIC AND MAGIC SHOWS. WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS CONTESTS WILL BE PRESENTED PRIZES DURING THE EVENT.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS FOR THE "SWINGING SUMMER FORTNIGHT”, FREE ADMISSION TICKETS AND ENTRY FORMS FOR THE VARIOUS CONTESTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TWO COMMUNITY HALLS AS WELL AS AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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SUMMER FUN FOR YAU TSIM YOUNGSTERS * t t t *

YOUNGSTERS IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ’’SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY" BY TAKING PART IN THE 1990 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

FROM NEXT SUNDAY (JULY 8), A TOTAL OF 128 ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED BY VOLUNTARY GROUPS IN THE DISTRICT FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25.

COPIES OF A PAMPHLET LISTING THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE IN MIDDLE ROAD AND ITS SUB-OFFICE IN CARNARVON ROAD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

"THESE ACTIVITIES, BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL, INCLUDE LEADERSHIP TRAINING, READERS’ AWARDS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WORKSHOPS AND ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPS.

"THIS IS TO ENABLE YOUNGSTERS TO DEVELOP THEIR CAPABILITIES AND SOCIAL SKILLS, CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AS WELL AS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD NEXT SUNDAY AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING A LION DANCE, MONGOLIAN DANCE, KARATE AND POP SONGS.

MORE THAN 20,000 YOUNGSTERS TOOK PART IN THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LAST YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISERS

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THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) IS STILL RECRUITING COMMUNITY ORGANISERS IN 11 DISTRICTS TO ASSIST WITH VOTER REGISTRATION ACTIVITIES IN AUGUST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CNTA SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WERE REQUIRED BY DISTRICT OFFICES IN WAN CHAI, EASTERN, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, SOUTHERN, SHAM SHUI PO, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHA TIN, YUEN LONG, NORTH AND TAI PO.

/"EIGHT DISTRICTS .......

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"EIGHT DISTRICTS I'WE RECRUITED THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF COMMUNITY ORGANISERS FOLLOWING THE LAST RECRUITMENT EXERCISE IN MAY," HE SAID.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED FORM FIVE OR ABOVE AND HAVE WORKING EXPERIENCE, AND BE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 45.

A COMMUNITY ORGANISER WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK IRREGULAR HOURS, MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS. HE WILL ALSO HAVE TO WORK ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE MONTHLY SALARY FOR THE POST IS $2,000.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES FOR WHICH THE APPLICANTS WISH TO WORK.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER LAUNCHING CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN

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THE SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER ON TUESDAY (JULY 3) THE ALLOCATION OF $40,000 FOR LAUNCHING A CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN IN SQUATTER AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE IMPROVING DUMPING SITES, CLEARING BLOCKED DRAINS, AND INTRODUCING PEST CONTROL IN CROWDED HUTS AND AT DRAINS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE ALLOCATION OF $17,800 IN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CLEAR A CHANNEL AT WAH CHING PATH IN DIAMOND HILL, REMOVE RUBBISH AND SILT IN A STREAM IN DIAMOND NEW VILLAGE AND TO CUT GRASS AT LION ROCK UPPER VILLAGE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA FOR THE MEETING INCLUDE REPORTS ON THE PROGRESS OF MINOR WORKS PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY THE COMMITTEE, AND ON CASES OF LANDSLIPS, MUDSLIPS, STRUCTURAL FAILURE, FIRE AND OTHER HAPPENINGS IN SQUATTER AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 3) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FOURTH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED TERRITORY-WIDE INSPECTIONS OF CONTAINER DEPOTS TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE OF WORK SAFETY TO MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS IN THE CONTAINER HANDLING INDUSTRY.

WITH THE ADVENT OF THE TYPHOON SEASON, THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE CONDUCTED INSPECTIONS LAST MONTH OF ALL 81 CONTAINER DEPOTS IN THE TERRITORY, 58 OF WHICH ARE LOCATED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

"THE OPERATION FOCUSSED PARTICULARLY ON THE SAFE USE OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT, SLING OPERATORS WORKING AT HEIGHT, CONDITIONS OF THE GROUND, STACKING HEIGHT OF CONTAINERS AND HOW THEY WERE STACKED UP AND PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN AGAINST STRONG WINDS," AN ACTING DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR KAN HON-SANG, EXPLAINED.

"TO HELP CONTAINER INDUSTRY PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND THE PROVISION WHICH IMPOSES GENERAL DUTIES ON PROPRIETORS AND WORKERS WITH REGARD TO SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK, FACTORY INSPECTORS ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE SPIRIT AND DETAILS OF THE LEGISLATION," HE SAID.

THE PROVISION UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1989 WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

PUBLICATIONS ON THE NEW PROVISION AND CONTAINER HANDLING SAFETY, INCLUDING THE BOOKLET "SAFE PRACTICES FOR CONTAINER HANDLING" PUBLISHED BY THE CENTRAL CONTAINER HANDLING SAFETY COMMITTEE, WERE DISTRIBUTED DURING THE INSPECTIONS.

MR KAN NOTED THAT MOST OF THE DEPOTS HAD APPOINTED SUPERVISORS TO LOOK AFTER SAFETY MATTERS, WHILE SOME 30 DEPOTS WERE EQUIPPED WITH MODERN CONTAINER STACKING EQUIPMENT TO SAVE THE NEED FOR SLING OPERATORS, WHICH SHOULD HELP IN IMPROVING SAFETY STANDARDS AT CONTAINER DEPOTS.

TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS, HE SUGGESTED THE MANAGEMENT TOOK THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES:

- ALL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT IN CONTAINER YARDS SHOULD BE IN GOOD ORDER AND PROPERLY MAINTAINED BY COMPETENT TECHNICIANS;

- ALL LIFTING APPLIANCES AND LIFTING GEAR SHOULD BE TESTED AND THOROUGHLY EXAMINED BY A COMPETENT EXAMINER AND BE ISSUED WITH RELEVANT CERTIFICATES;

- ALL LIFTING APPLIANCES SHOULD BE OPERATED BY COMPETENT PERSONS;

/- WHERE A.........

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- WHERE A PERSON OPERATING A LIFTING APPLIANCE DOES NOT HAVE A CLEAR AND UNRESTRICTED VIEW OF ITS VICINITY, THERE SHOULD BE ANOTHER PERSON TO GIVE EFFECTIVE SIGNALS TO THE OPERATOR;

- THE DEPOT MANAGEMENT SHOULD PROVIDE SUITABLE SAFETY BELTS OR HARNESSES, INDEPENDENT LIFELINES OR FALL ARRESTING DEVICES TO THOSE WORKING AT HEIGHT WHO ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE USE OF ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT PROVIDED;

- THE GROUND SHOULD BE FIRM, LEVEL AND COMPACT;

- CONTAINER STACKING HEIGHT SHOULD BE AS LOW AS POSSIBLE;

- WHEN STRONG WIND SIGNALS ARE HOISTED, THE STACKING HEIGHT SHOULD BE REDUCED AND CONTAINERS ARE TO BE PROPERLY LASHED, AND STEPS SHOULD ALSO BE TAKEN FOR POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF THE DEPOT; AND

- AT LEAST ONE MANAGEMENT LEVEL STAFF MEMBER SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO LOOK AFTER SAFETY MATTERS IN EACH DEPOT.

IN ADDITION, MR KAN ALSO CALLED FOR GREATER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND WORKERS IN THE INDUSTRY IN THEIR JOINT EFFORT TO CURB ACCIDENTS.

’’THE MANAGEMENT SHOULD PROVIDE A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY TRAINING FOR ITS STAFF, WHILE THE LATTER SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND USE THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT PROVIDED,” HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES ON CONTAINER HANDLING SAFETY MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

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REMINDER ON DANGER OF USING DEFECTIVE TYRES

TYRES HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR UP TO 50 PER CENT OF TOTAL DEFECTS FOUND DURING RECENT EXAMINATIONS OF VEHICLES INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 657 VEHICLES WITH DEFECTIVE TYRES INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, REPRESENTING A 20 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

WARNING AGAINST THE DANGER OF USING DEFECTIVE TYRES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "IF THE TYRE TREADS ARE ALL WORN AND THE ROAD SURFACE IS WET, THE MAXIMUM ADHESION POSSIBLE MAY BE AS LOW AS 15 PER CENT, AS COMPARED TO THE NORMAL DRAG FACTOR OF 45 TO 80 PER CENT.

"FOR SAFETY’S SAKE, MOTORISTS SHOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FREQUENCY OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE OF TYRES," HE ADDED.

/ALL MOTOR ......

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 1990

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES MUST BE FITTED WITH PNEUMATIC TYRES WHICH ARE COVERED BY TREADS WITH AT LEAST ONE MM IN DEPTH AND ARE CORRECTLY INFLATED TO THE RECOMMENDED PRESSURE.

THE TYRES SHOULD BE FREE FROM DAMAGE AND ARE RECUT ONLY TO THF EXTENT THAT THE FABRIC IS NOT EXPOSED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT TYRES OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRUCTURE MUST NOT BE FITTED TO THE SAME AXLE. CROSS-PLY TYRES SHOULD BE FITTED AT THE FRONT WHILE RADIAL-PLY TYRES AT THE REAR AXLE.

"BETTER AND MORE FREQUENT MAINTENANCE OF TYRES WOULD CONSIDERABLY REDUCE PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES AND THE LOSS OF LIFE," HE SAID.

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RECLAMATION FOR GAS TURBINE POWER STATION

AUTHORISATION HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE RECLAMATION OF LAND AND DREDGING OF SEABED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GAS TURBINE POWER STATION AT CHOK KO WAN, LANTAU ISLAND, BY CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO LTD.

THE POWER STATION WILL BE BUILT WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 6.58 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT CHOK KO WAN.

THE AREA WILL BE USED AS WORKS AREA FOR RECLAMATION OF LAND, DREDGING OF SEABED AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE POWER STATION.

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 ABOVE UNDERTAKING MAY DELIVER TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION ON OR BEFORE JUNE 28, 1991.

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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REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR HUNG HOM *****

A $6.2 MILLION CONTRACT HAS RECENTLY BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND PUBLIC TOILETS IN HUNG HOM.

LOCATED IN HOK YUEN STREET, THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-STOREY REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND PUBLIC TOILETS WITH ANCILLARY FACILITIES SUCH AS AN OFFICE, A STOREROOM, A SWITCH ROOM, PUMP ROOMS AND A WATER SCRUBBER.

WORK HAS STARTED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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WATER CUTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND STANLEY ♦ *♦♦♦♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WESTERN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 3) DUE TO TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES IN NGA CHOI HANG VILLAGE AND TAI WAN SHAN VILLAGE.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN STANLEY WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 3) TO 5 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

MONDAY, JULY 2, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FIVE QUESTIONS, EIGHT BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ........................................... 1

YOUTH AND ELDERLY SERVICES PROVIDE FOR BALANCED COMMUNITY ............................. 1

LAB DISCUSSES COMPENSATION LAW AMENDMENTS ............................................. 2

ILLEGAL DEDUCTION FROM WAGES PROHIBITED ............................................... 4

FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF NEW GMB ROUTES CAREFULLY CONSIDERED ............................ 4

DB TO DISCUSS PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY REPORT ................................... 5

EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .............................................. 6

CABLE LAYING WORKS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............................................. 6

TUEN MUN YOUTH AMBASSADORS TO MAKE OVERSEAS VISIT...................................... 7

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR JULY TO SEPT.............................................. 8

NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN SHA TIN................................................... 8

WATER STORAGE FIGURE .................................................................. 9

FRESH WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI ......................................................... 9

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AT CARPARK IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT .................................. 9

MONDAY, JULY 2, 1990

FIVE QUESTIONS, EIGHT BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF FIVE QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER EIGHT BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 4).

OF THE EIGHT BILLS, FIVE WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS AND DEBATES ON THEM WILL BE ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1989-90) BILL 1990; THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (REGISTRATION) BILL 1990; THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; AND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990.

THE OTHER BILLS ARE EACH DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING, AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THEY ARE THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; AND THE GAS SAFETY BILL 1990.

ALSO, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE MOTIONS UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE, THE RATING ORDINANCE AND THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, HE WILL SPEAK ON THE REPORT OF CHANGES TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE APPROVED DURING THE FINAL QUARTER OF 1989-90.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG WILL MOVE A MOTION WHICH READS: "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECENT RELAXATION OF THE POLICY ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR."

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE PROCEEDINGS OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTINGS FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERIES AND THEY MAY MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONING 844 0899.

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YOUTH AND ELDERLY SERVICES * «

PROVIDE FOR BALANCED COMMUNITY * * * *

qpRVTCFS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ELDERLY ARE

e£J)e2l?, BEING RUN BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

/MRS GOODSTADT........

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MRS GOODSTADT SAID THE IMPORTANT WORK OF YOUTH CENTRES WAS TO FOSTER AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE A CORRECT SENSE OF VALUES AND MORALITY, AND TO DEVELOP THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE SOUND JUDGEMENTS.

AS TO CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, SHE SAID EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON HELPING SENIOR CITIZENS TO ADJUST TO A RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIETY, AND TO BE OPTIMISTIC.

MRS GOODSTADT PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP FOR OPERATING THE TWO CENTRES ON A NEIGHBOURHOOD BASIS TO ENABLE THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ELDERLY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH EACH OTHER, TO PUT INTO EFFECT VARIOUS COMMUNITY EDUCATION ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS.

"THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL ECONOMISE THE USE OF RESOURCES AND MANPOWER OF THE CENTRES," SHE NOTED.

MRS GOODSTADT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE WORKING PARTY ON SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES HAD STUDIED THE MERITS OF CO-OPERATION AMONG VARIOUS CENTRES.

"THE OPENING OF THE TWO CENTRES IS A GOOD MODEL TO GAUGE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS KIND OF CO-OPERATION," SHE SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, MRS GOODSTADT HOPED THAT THE TWO CENTRES WOULD PUT THEIR RESOURCES TO GOOD USE SO AS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY IN WHICH PEOPLE WERE READY TO HELP EACH OTHER AND HAD A SENSE OF BELONGING.

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LAB DISCUSSES COMPENSATION LAW AMENDMENTS * ★ * * *

THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD TODAY (MONDAY) CONSIDERED A NUMBER OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

A MAJOR AMENDMENT WAS THAT THE AMOUNT OF MEDICAL EXPENSES RECOVERABLE BY AN INJURED EMPLOYEE SHOULD BE BASED ON THE RATE IN FORCE AT THE DATE OF THE MEDICAL TREATMENT INSTEAD OF AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT UNDER THE EXISTING PROVISION.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT WAS THAT PROPOSALS TO REVISE THE RATES BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RESOLUTION SHOULD BE MADE AS SOON AS THE NEW RATES OF MEDICAL CHARGES AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS OR CLINICS ARE ANNOUNCED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AT PRESENT, THESE RATES AND THOSE FOR OTHER COMPENSATION ITEMS ARE REVIEWED BIENNIALLY.

THE PRINCIPLE OF THESE TWO PROPOSALS IS TO MAINTAIN THE ADEQUACY OF COMPENSATION.

/THE BOARD.......

MONDAY, JULY 2, 1990

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THE BOARD ALSO DISCUSSED A PROPOSAL TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF ’’MEDICAL EXPENSES” TO ENABLE EMPLOYEES INJURED IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG TO CLAIM SUCH EXPENSES AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

SIMILARLY, AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS INJURED WHILE WORKING OUfSIDE HONG KONG AND WHO HAS ONLY RECEIVED TREATMENT OVERSEAS WILL BE ABLE TO CLAIM THE COSTS FOR THE SUPPLY AND FITTING OF A PROSTHESIS OR SURGICAL APPLIANCE UNDER THE ORDINANCE IF THE PROSTHESES AND SURGICAL APPLIANCES BOARD (PSAB) APPROVES THEM.

IN DETERMINING THE NECESSITY AND COSTS FOR SUPPLY, INITIAL FITTING, NORMAL REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF AN APPARATUS IN CASES WHERE SUCH APPARATUS HAS BEEN FITTED OVERSEAS, THE PSAB SHOULD PROCEED ON THE B SIS THAT SUCH APPARATUS WOULD BE FITTED IN HONG KONG.

THE BOARD ALSO DISCUSSED A FURTHER PROPOSAL THAT WHILE CALCULATING AN INJURED EMPLOYEE’S PERIODICAL PAYMENTS AND COMPENSATION FOR PERMANENT INCAPACITY PAID 12 MONTHS AFTER THE ACCIDENT, HIS MONTHLY EARNINGS SHOULD BE DEEMED TO BE SUCH AN AMOUNT AS HE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED AT THE TIME OF PAYMENT HAD THE ACCIDENT NOT OCCURRED.

ALSO, TO ENSURE THAT THE EARNINGS WILL BE SUFFICIENTLY ADJUSTED TO COVER THE GENERAL RISE IN THE COST OF LIVING, THE RATE OF ADJUSTMENT OF THE MONTHLY EARNINGS SHOULD NOT BE LESS THAN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX BETWEEN THE TIME OF ACCIDENT AND THE TIME OF PAYMENT.

UNDER ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE, THE COURT WILL HAVE GREATER DISCRETION TO AWARD COMPENSATION FOR THE COST OF ATTENDING TO AN INJURED EMPLOYEE IN DESERVING CASES IN WHICH AN EMPLOYEE SUFFERS "SERIOUS AND PERMANENT INCAPACITY’’.

THE COURT WOULD HAVE A DISCRETIONARY POWER TO EXTEND BY 12 MONTHS THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF TEMPORARY INCAPACITY IN THE CASE OF AN INJURED EMPLOYEE WHO HAS RECEIVED PERIODICAL PAYMENTS FOR 24 MONTHS BUT WHO IS NOT YET READY FOR ASSESSMENT BY THE ORDINARY/SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BOARD BECAUSE HIS CONDITION HAS NOT STABILISED.

OTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE DISCUSSED TODAY WERE EITHER OF A TECHNICAL NATURE OR RELATIVELY MINOR.

THE BOARD WAS INFORMED AT TODAY’S MEETING THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR HAD EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR FROM YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) A SCHEME GOVERNING NIGHT WORK FOR WOMEN IN INDUSTRY AS A REVIEW OF IT HAD FOUND NO ABUSE.

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ILLEGAL DEDUCTION FROM WAGES PROHIBITED ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE DEDUCTIONS FROM THE WAGES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING FOREIGN WORKERS IN HONG KONG, EXCEPT ON THOSE CONDITIONS PERMITTED BY LAW.

ACCORDING TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYER COULD ONLY MAKE DEDUCTIONS FROM WAGES ON GROUNDS OF THE EMPLOYEE’S ABSENCE FROM WORK, DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF THE EMPLOYER’S PROPERTY, FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION SUPPLIED AND FOR THE RECOVERY OF ADVANCE OR OVER-PAYMENT OF WAGES OR LOANS MADE TO THE EMPLOYEE.

"ANY OTHER DEDUCTIONS ARE ILLEGAL AND OFFENDING EMPLOYERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO CHARGE JOB-SEEKERS AT THE RATE SET OUT IN THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY REGULATIONS.

"AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY MAY CHARGE A JOB-SEEKER A MAXIMUM OF $5 FOR REGISTRATION AND ANOTHER $5 FOR RENEWAL AFTER THREE MONTHS.

"COMMISSION CHARGEABLE FOR SUBSEQUENT PLACEMENT IS ALSO LIMITED TO NOT MORE THAN 10 PER CENT OF THE JOB-SEEKER’S PAY IN THE FIRST MONTH," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"ANY OVERCHARGE WILL BE AN OFFENCE WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $20,000," HE SAID.

REGARDING COMPLAINTS ABOUT DEDUCTIONS FROM WAGES OF IMPORTED WORKERS AND THEIR BEING OVERCHARGED BY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REPORT SUCH MALPRACTICES TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON ITS COMPLAINT HOTLINE 815 2200.

HE REITERATED THAT ALL COMPLAINTS WOULD BE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED AND TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS GIVEN CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE LATEST BATCH OF 34 GREEN MINIBUS (GMB) ROUTES TO BE PUT UP FOR APPLICATION LATER THIS MONTH, A PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ALAN LUI, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

AT A REGULAR MEETING WITH GREEN MINIBUS OPERATORS, MR LUI SAID THE ROUTES WERE BEING GROUPED INTO 18 PACKAGES IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THEIR FINANCIAL VIABILITY.

/HE ADDED .......

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HE ADDED THAT THE ROUTES WOULD PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSPORT SERVICES TO VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY INCLUDING NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN .TSEUNG KWAN O, MA ON SHAN AND TSING YI.

OF THESE NEW ROUTES, THREE WOULD OPERATE THROUGH THE SHING MUN TUNNELS AND ANOTHER THREE WOULD PROVIDE ROUND-THE-CLOCK SERVICE AS AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORT MODE WHEN THE MTR AND REGULAR FRANCHISED BUS SERVICES HAD CEASED OPERATION.

IN LINE WITH THE POLICY LAID DOWN IN THE TRANSPORT WHITE PAPER, MR LUI SAID THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORT TO CONVERT MORE RED MINIBUSES INTO GREEN MINIBUSES.

’’THEY WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE MORE CONVENIENT AND RELIABLE SCHEDULED SERVICES TO AREAS WHICH THEY SERVE, BUT ALSO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF RED MINIBUSES IN THE URBAN AREA WHICH IS CONGESTED AND WELL SERVED BY THE MASS CARRIERS,” HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS, FRANCHISED TRANSPORT OPERATORS AND THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TRADE ARE BEING CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED NEW ROUTES.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF NEW ROUTES WILL BE INVITED WHEN THE ROUTES ARE GAZETTED IN LATE JULY. SUCCESSFUL OPERATORS ARE EXPECTED TO INTRODUCE THE NEW ROUTES BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DICUSS THE REPORT OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE AND THE ANNUAL WORK PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISTRICT TO BE CARRIED OUT BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, TSUEN WAN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS DETAILS OF AN EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE CAMPAIGN, TO BE LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER, WILL BE CO-ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

THE AIM IS TO DISSEMINATE EYE-CARE KNOWLEDGE TO RESIDENTS AND TO GIVE FREE EYE CHECK-UPS TO SENIOR CITIZENS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY OF CHILD CARE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO BE HELD 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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CABLE LAYING WORKS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *****

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS’ (HKCC) CABLE LAYING WORKS ON ROAD TRAFFIC AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HKCC WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS.

MEMBERS WILL PROPOSE INTRODUCING CIRCULAR BUS ROUTES IN CHAI WAN TO SERVE THE GROWING POPULATION BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE COMPLETION OF SEVERAL NEW HOUSING ESTATES.

/THE COMMITTEE .......

MONDAY, JULY 2, 1990

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE 1990-91 SETTLED BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TUEN MUN YOUTH AMBASSADORS TO MAKE OVERSEAS VISIT

FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM TUEN MUN DISTRICT WILL GO ON A SEVEN-DAY STUDY VISIT TO SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA LATER THIS MONTH.

THE FIVE "YOUTH AMBASSADORS" HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM 50 PARTICIPANTS IN THE DISTRICT’S "HEALTHY YOUTH SCHEME", WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) AND SPONSORED BY YAN OI TONG.

ACCORDING TO A DFCC SPOKESMAN, PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME HAVE ACQUIRED NEW SKILLS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF TUTORS AND TAKEN PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICE, SUCH AS VISITING HOMES FOR THE AGED OR HELPING IN PROJECTS ORGANISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

TO PROVIDE THE YOUNG AMBASSADORS WITH ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF HONG KONG AND OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT, A BRIEFING WILL BE HELD FOR THEM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL.

OMELCO MEMBERS MRS ROSANNA TAM AND MR KINGSLEY SIT, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN, WILL PRESENT A FLAG TO THE YOUNG AMBASSADORS AT A SENDING-OFF CEREMONY FOLLOWING THE BRIEFING.

MRS TAM WILL ALSO GIVE A SPEECH ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FLAG PRESENTATION WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL, 3 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY DURING THE QUARTER FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1990.

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

IN ADDITION, QUESTIONS ON HONG KONG RESIDENTS’ EXPENDITURE ABROAD, SMOKING HABIT, DOCTOR CONSULTATION, SICK LEAVE AND MATERNITY LEAVE PATTERN OF EMPLOYEES AND HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ON RENT WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE QUARTER OF JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1990.

ABOUT 4,000 HOUSEHOLDS ARE SELECTED AT RANDOM EACH MONTH FROM ALL DISTRICTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE SURVEY.

ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE HOUSEHOLDS INTERVIEWED THREE MONTHS AGO, WILL BE SURVEYED AGAIN TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURED SINCE THEN.

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

CENSUS OFFICERS, EACH CARRYING A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD AND A CERTIFICATE FOR CONDUCTING THE SURVEY, WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.

THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IS CONDUCTED UNDER PART IIIA OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 316 OF THE LAWS OF HONG KONG) AS NOTIFIED IN THE GENERAL NOTICE NO. 212 IN THE JANUARY 19, 1990 ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, DATA RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL PERSONS OR HOUSEHOLDS COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC, ANY PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

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NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN SHA TIN * * » * »

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES THE CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE ONE OF A AREA 17, SHA TIN.

DEPARTMENT IS INVITING

PUBLIC LEISURE POOL

TENDERS

COMPLEX

FOR AT

THE PROJECT WILL COMPRISE A LEISURE POOL WITH WATFR qi TDP<? CHILDREN’S POOL, TRAINING POOL, SUNBATHING AREA, LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANT AND A SERVICE BUILDING WITH TOILET AND CHANGING FACILITIES.

/CONSTRUCTION SHOULD........

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CONSTRUCTION SHOULD START IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND THE SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE IS DECEMBER NEXT YEAR.

ON JUL yT^DERS MUST BE EMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BY NOON

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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Am Ao oST0RAGE IN H0NG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (iiONDn AT 48.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 282.577 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

(MONDAY)

STOOD

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 326 697 CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 55.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

MILLION

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FRESH WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI *****

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 4) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES BOUNDED BY KANSU STREET, NATHAN ROAD, WING SING LANE, RECLAMATION STREET, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND CHING PING STREET.

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AT CARPARK IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 4), USE OF THE YUE LEI STREET CARPARK WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MONTHS TO FACILITATE WORK ON A RETAINING WALL AND ON PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION AT TIN WAN STREET AND ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GOVERNOR BRIEFS SCOTTISH FINANCIAL COMMUNITY .......................................... 1

PROPOSED WAIVER OF STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS ON REGISTERED PERSONS ....................... 2

BILLS SEEK TO STANDARDISE TIME LIMITS TO APPROVE EXCHANGE RULES ........................ 5 :

RS CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION ........................................... 6

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY .............................. 7

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN YOUTHS ...................................... 7

SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTHS IN NORTH DISTRICT ............................................... 8

SOCIAL WELFARE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW .................................................. 9

PRIVATE STREETS IN HUNG HOM TO BE RESUMED FOR REPAIR ................................. 10

TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE PROPOSED IN THEN MUN ........................................... 11

MORE ROADS TO SERVE YUEN LONG VILLAGE ................................................ 11

FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT IN TIN SHUI WAI ..................................... 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR SAI WAN HO PUMPING STATION ....................................... 13

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN ................................................... 13

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLYOVER ......................................................... 14

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TAI PO ROAD ................................................ 14

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1990

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GOVERNOR BRIEFS SCOTTISH FINANCIAL COMMUNITY

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, HAS PRAISED THE MAJOR ROLE PLAYED BY SCOTLAND’S FINANCIAL COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG AND SOUTH EAST ASIA.

HE MADE THE REMARK AT A LUNCH HOSTED BY THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTI.AND AND AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY SCOTTISH FINANCIAL ENTERPRISE, AN EDINBURGH-BASED ORGANISATION WHICH PROMOTES AND REPRESENTS SCOTLAND’S FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR, DURING HIS VISIT TO EDINBURGH ON MONDAY.

SIR DAVID TOLD THE SEMINAR THAT HONG KONG REMAINED "AN EXCELLENT BASE FOR BUSINESS WITH CHINA AND EAST ASIA".

HE EXPLAINED TO THE BANKERS, INSURANCE EXECUTIVES AND FUND MANAGERS PRESENT THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION HAD PROVIDED A FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH HONG KONG’S AUTONOMY WOULD BE PRESERVED AND ITS REMARKABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AFTER 1997.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG HAD EXPERIENCED REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH OF OVER EIGHT PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR 20 YEARS. "THIS. HAS GIVEN US A PER CAPITA GDP AMONG THE HIGHEST IN ASIA, AND AHEAD OF FOUR MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID ACKNOWLEDGED THAT EVENTS OF LAST SUMMER IN CHINA HAD HAD A DAMAGING PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT ON HONG KONG. "BUT HONG KONG IS NOT WALLOWING IN DESPAIR. IT IS A DYNAMIC ECONOMY DETERMINED TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF THE FUTURE.

"HONG KONG REMAINS A GREAT FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS CENTRE FOR CHINA, THE FAR EAST AND THE WORLD," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS IN CHINA’S INTEREST TO ENSURE THE GUARANTEES PROVIDED UNDER THE JOINT DECLARATION WERE MAINTAINED. HONG KONG WAS CHINA’S MAIN TRADING PARTNER, THE SOURCE OF 70 PER CENT OF CHINA’S EXTERNAL INVESTMENT, AND OVER 30 PER CENT OF ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE. IT WAS THE ONLY DEEPWATER PORT ON THE COAST OF SOUTH CHINA.

THE GOVERNOR OUTLINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO INVEST IN THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S PORT AND AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE PLANS WOULD BENEFIT THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF THE SAR GOVERNMENT AFTER 1997.

SIR DAVID ALSO OUTLINED THE DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM OF HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL MARKETS SINCE THE WORLD CRASH OF OCTOBER 1987. HE EXPLAINED HOW THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD MOVED QUICKLY TO SET UP A SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE UNDER MR IAN HAY DAVISON IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE MARKET CRASH.

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FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS, HONG KONG’S STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES HAD NOW FULLY RECONSTITUTED THEMSELVES, COMBINING A MIX OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL INTERESTS. HONG KONG HAD ESTABLISHED A NEW REGULATORY BODY, THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION, TO OVERSEE MARKET OPERATIONS.

SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT HONG KONG WOULD NOT BECOME OVER-REGULATED. "IT IS CRUCIAL TO ACHIEVE THE RIGHT MIXTURE OF REGULATION AND FREE MARKET FORCES.

"I BELIEVE WE HAVE THAT BALANCE ABOUT RIGHT," HE SAID.

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PROPOSED WAIVER OF STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS ON REGISTERED PERSONS

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO ENABLE THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) TO WAIVE OR MODIFY CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS ON PERSONS APPLYING TO BE REGISTERED AND REGISTERED PERSONS UNDER THE SFC ORDINANCE, SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 18.

EXPLAINING THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK SAID THAT CERTAIN STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON PERSONS APPLYING TO BE REGISTERED AND REGISTERED PERSONS GIVE RISE TO PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES, NOT ONLY FOR SUCH PERSONS BUT ALSO FOR THE SFC.

"WE BELIEVE THAT THE PROPOSED POWER OF WAIVER AND MODIFICATION WILL ASSIST THE SFC IN AVOIDING HAVING TO PERFORM ITS FUNCTIONS WITH UNNECESSARY RIGIDITY," MR NENDICK SAID.

THE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN INITIATED BY THE SFC IN RESPONSE TO MARKET DEVELOPMENTS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

"THEY WILL ALLOW GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR THE REGISTERED PERSONS IN COMPLYING WITH THE RELEVANT STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS," HE ADDED.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROPOSAL WILL BE WELCOMED BY THE MARKET, ESPECIALLY BY THOSE REGISTERED PERSONS WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLYING WITH THE RELEVANT REQUIREMENTS.

"THE BILL PROPOSED THAT THE SFC SHOULD ONLY EXERCISE SUCH POWER IF COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS WOULD CREATE UNDUE BURDEN FOR THE PERSON CONCERNED; AND WAIVING THE REQUIREMENTS WOULD NOT RESULT IN UNDUE RISK TO THE INVESTING PUBLIC," MR NENDICK SAID.

/THE BILL .......

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THE BILL WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON FRIDAY (JULY 6).

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS TO WHICH THE PROPOSED POWER OF WAIVER AND MODIFICATION WILL APPLY:

REGISTRATION PRACTICAL

REQUIREMENTS DIFFICULTIES

SECURITIES ORDINANCE (CAP. 333)

S.48(1A)

& 49(1A)

S.65B(8)

AT LEAST ONE DIRECTOR OF A CORPORATION HAS TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE SFC AND ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE CORPORATION’S BUSINESS.

S.65B SETS OUT THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION.

THESE ARE BEING REVISED BY THE SFC.

THE DIRECTORS OF SOME FOREIGN CORPORATIONS MAY BE ENTIRELY NONEXECUTIVE OR BASED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

S.67

S.84

S.88

REGISTERED PERSONS TO MAINTAIN A REGISTER OF ALL SECURITIES IN WHICH THEY HAVE AN INTEREST.

DEALERS TO DEPOSIT CLIENT MONEYS, WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF RECEIPT, INTO TRUST ACCOUNTS KEPT AT A HONG KONG LICENSED BANK.

DEALERS TO FURNISH THE SFC WITH FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS WITHIN FOUR MONTHS FROM THE END OF THEIR FINANCIAL YEAR.

S.65B(8) EMPOWERS THE THE SFC TO WAIVE OR MODIFY THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS OF REGISTERED DEALING PARTNERSHIPS. THE SAME FLEXIBILITY SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO ALL DEALERS.

CREATES UNNECESSARY BURDEN FOR FUND MANAGERS WITH DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIOS WHICH ARE ACTIVELY TRADED.

CREATES PROBLEMS FOR HONG KONG DEALERS WHO TRADE FOR HONG KONG CLIENTS IN OVERSEAS MARKETS.

S.88(2) EMPOWERS THE SFC TO EXTEND THE PERIOD, BUT ONLY BY ONE MONTH. THIS IS INSUFFICIENT IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES E.G. RESIGNATION OF THE AUDITOR.

/COMMODITIES TRADING .......

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1990

COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE (CAP. 250)

S.26(2 ) &(3)

S.46

S.50

EVERY DIRECTOR/ EMPLOYEE OF A CORPORATION SHOULD BE REGISTERED WITH THE SFC BEFORE THE CORPORATION MAY CONDUCT BUSINESS.

SIMILAR TO S.84 OF ABOVE.

SIMILAR TO S.88 OF ABOVE.

SEE S.48(1A) AND 49(1A) OF SECURITIES ORDINANCE ABOVE.

SECURITIES ORDINANCE

SECURITIES ORDINANCE

SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION ORDINANCE (ORD. NO. 10/89)

S.23(2)(B)

A CORPORATE APPLICANT TO SATISFY THE SFC THAT EACH OF ITS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS ARE FIT AND PROPER.

S.27

EVERY REGISTERED PERSON TO NOTIFY THE SFC IN ADVANCE OF THE LOCATION WHERE BUSINESS RECORDS ARE KEPT OR INTENDED TO BE KEPT.

ENORMOUS DIFFICULTIES FOR LARGE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS WITH HUNDREDS OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS. INFORMATION FROM SELECTED DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS MAY SUFFICE.

SOME RECORDS ARE KEPT BY STORAGE COMPANIES. DEALERS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THEIR MOVEMENT BETWEEN WAREHOUSES.

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BILLS SEEK TO STANDARDISE TIME LIMITS TO APPROVE EXCHANGE RULES *******

THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, ANNOU CED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO STANDARDISE EXISTING TIME LIMITS FOR THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) TO APPROVE RULES PROPOSED BY THE STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES AND CLEARING HOUSES WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 18.

HE SAID LEGISLATIVE-PROPOSALS TO ALLOW FOR EXTENSION OF SUCH TIME LIMITS AND TO ENABLE THE SFC TO RECOGNISE A CLEARING HOUSE FOR SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS WOULD ALSO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE SAME DAY.

THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE ENSHRINED IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 AND SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990. :

"THE AMENDMENTS ARE A RESPONSE TO PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN THE COURSE OF DEALINGS WITH THE EXCHANGES AND CLEARING HOUSES,” MR NENDICK SAID.

THE AMENDMENTS AIM TO STANDARDISE THE STATUTORY TIME LIMITS FOR THE SFC TO APPROVE RULES PROPOSED BY THE EXCHANGES AND CLEARING HOUSES AT SIX WEEKS. THEY ALSO ALLOW FOR EXTENSION OF THE TIME LIMITS BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SFC AND THE EXCHANGE OR THE CLEARING HOUSE CONCERNED.

"ALTHOUGH THE SFC WILL ALWAYS AIM TO EXAMINE AND PRONOUNCE UPON PROPOSED RULE CHANGES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THE PRESENT TIME LIMIT IN RELATION TO THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AND THIS HAS BEEN GENERALLY FOUND TO BE INADEQUATE.

"MOREOVER, THERE IS NO STATUTORY PROVISION ALLOWING FOR EXTENSION BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT.

"THE BILLS AIM TO REMOVE SOME INCONSISTENCIES AND RIGIDITIES IN EXISTING LEGISLATION," MR NENDICK SAID.

TO TIE IN WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL CLEARING AND SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENTS IN RESPECT OF TRANSACTIONS RECORDED ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG, THE BILLS ALSO PROVIDE FOR THE SFC TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNISE A CLEARING HOUSE AND APPROVE ITS RULES AND CONSTITUTION.

THIS WILL BRING IN LINE THE RELEVANT LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS FOR THE CLEARING FACILITIES ON BOTH THE FUTURES AND SECURITIES MARKETS.

"IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEARING ARRANGEMENTS TO THE MARKET IT IS PROPOSED THAT BEFORE EXERCISING THIS POWER THE SFC SHOULD CONSULT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY," MR NENDICK SAID.

THE BILLS WILL BE GAZETTED THIS FRIDAY (JULY 6).

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TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1990

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RS CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION ******

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, TODAY (TUESDAY) CALLED ON FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO SUPPORT THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BEGIN IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

HE ALSO CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG KWUN TONG COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STAFF MEMBERS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE ASSOCIATION'S DIRECTORS, MR LAN NOTED THAT THE MORE THAN 7,000 FACTORIES IN KWUN TONG ARE EMPLOYING OVER 180,000 WORKERS.

”1 THEREFORE APPEAL TO EVERY ONE OF YOU TO ENCOURAGE YOUR STAFF MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DISCHARGE THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES BY SIGNING UP AS VOTERS.

"THOSE WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED BUT HAVE CHANGED THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES SHOULD NOTIFY THE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY.

"ON POLLING DAY, THEY OUGHT TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHT BY CASTING THEIR VOTES TO ELECT OUR LEADERS. THIS WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT TO BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG," HE SAID.

MR LAN DESCRIBED THE 1990'S AS AN IMPORTANT "HISTORICAL MOMENT" FOR HONG KONG’S CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

"HONG KONG WILL BE ENTERING A NEW ERA IN 1991 WHEN THE PUBLIC WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS, AND THERE WILL BE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE FIRST TIME," HE SAID.

MR LAN SAID HONG KONG NEEDED LEADERS WITH A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY TO TAKE PART IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS, TO GUIDE THE TERRITORY THROUGH THE TRANSITION PERIOD AND TO HELP HONG KONG SUSTAIN ITS PROSPERITY AND STABILITY.

"DURING HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THERE HAS BEEN NO LACK OF TALENTS IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES.

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"MEMBERS OF YOUR ASSOCIATION COME FROM DIFFERENT TRADES, AMONG THEM MANY ARE KEEN TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE TERRITORY," HE SAID.

"I AM CONVINCED THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE TERRITORY’S CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT," HE ADDED.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS RECOMMENDATIONS OF A SURVEY REPORT TO IMPROVE MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN SAI YING PUN AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 5).

THE REPORT, PUBLISHED BY THE CARITAS HONG KONG - FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION SERVICE, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT AND OUTLYING ISLANDS, SUGGESTS SETTING UP A GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL, A GERIATRIC CLINIC AND A DAY CARE CENTRE IN SAI YING PUN FOR THE AGED AND INFIRM.

THE MEETING WILL STUDY A PROPOSAL TO ORGANISE THREE CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT. MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED ARRANGEMENT OF THEIR VISITS TO WELFARE FACILITIES SUCH AS CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, CENTRES FOR THE HANDICAPPED AND YOUTH CENTRES.

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT IN 1990-91 WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

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 5) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN YOUTHS

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

A TOTAL OF 700 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 OR SHING-MOK, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT APART FROM RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO ENHANCE SOCIAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

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'TRAINING CAMPS FOR VOLUNTARY WORKERS WILL BE PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION, AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO PROTECTION WILL BE HELD FOR YOUNGSTERS IN OUR DISTRICT,"

ORGANISED TO ENVIRONMENTAL HE SAID.

"Ci'HER ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS VISITS, SAILING, CAMPING, DANCING, LANGUAGE LEARNING, BALL GAMES, CALLIGRAPHY, SWIMMING, DRAMA, KEEP-FIT AND MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES, WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH LOTS OF FUN AND CHANCES TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL," HE ADDED.

THE 1990 CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SYP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, AREA COMMITTEES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WITH A $409,000 SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

IT WILL START OFF WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL ON SUNDAY (JULY 8) AFTERNOON.

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

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 852 3002.

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SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTHS IN NORTH DISTRICT *****

YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE NORTH DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF RECREATIONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ABOUT 30,000 YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WERE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A TOTAL OF 147 EVENTS ORGANISED BY 59 LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS.

FOCUSSING ON THE THEME "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", THE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE SINGING, PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITIONS, LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTARY WORKERS TRAINING, VISITS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, CARNIVALS AND A HEALTH EXHIBITION.

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"THIS YEAR THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $200,000 FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

A VARIETY SHOW AND CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1990 NORTH DISTRICT SYP WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 24 IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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 SHUI, THE SHA TAU KOK COMMUNITY HALL, AND AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES LOCATED IN CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING, IN SAN FUNG AVENUE, AND IN TIN PING ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUI.

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SOCIAL WELFARE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW

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SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND POLICIES ARE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, AND THIS IS WHY A MAJOR REVIEW IS BEING CONDUCTED IN HONG KONG, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ROSE GOODSTADT, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

AT A MEETING WITH A FIVE-MEMBER DELEGATION FROM SINGAPORE AT THE SWD HEADQUARTERS, MRS GOODSTADT SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT SOCIAL WELFARE ISSUES.

SHE TOLD THE DELEGATION, LED BY SINGAPORE’S MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION, DR SEET AI MEE, THAT SIMILAR REVIEWS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE LAST TWO DECADES.

THE DELEGATION WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE SINGAPORE COMMISSION (EDUCATION) IN HONG KONG, MISS SHARON GOH. THEY CALLED AT THE SWD TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON WELFARE FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR FAMILY AND THE ELDERLY.

UNDER THE SWD’S ARRANGEMENT, THE DELEGATION ALSO VISITED A NUMBER OF SERVICE UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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PRIVATE STREETS IN HUNG HOM TO BE RESUMED FOR REPAIR * * * ♦ ♦

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RESUME AND TO REPAIR WING KWONG STREET AND THE ADJACENT SIDE LANES WITHIN LOT NO. KML 52 AND EXTENSION IN HUNG HOM.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE REPAIR OF THE CARRIAGEWAYS, FOOTWAYS, SIDE LANES AND THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE RELATED DRAINAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THOSE PRIVATE STREET/SIDE LANES WERE AT PRESENT NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND MANAGED BECAUSE THEY WERE UNDER MULTIPLE SUBDIVIDED OWNERSHIP.

AS A RESULT, THEY WERE GENERALLY IN POOR CONDITION IN TERMS OF MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT GIVING RISE TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND ACCESS PROBLEMS.

IT WAS THEREFORE NECESSARY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO RESUME THESE PRIVATE STREET/SIDE LANES TO ENABLE THEIR PROPER MAINTENANCE AND USE, HE SAID.

THE REPAIR WORKS ARE PROGRAMMED TO COMMENCE BY MID-1991 AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT 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 AUGUST 28 THIS YEAR.

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TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE PROPOSED IN TUEN MUN

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE IN AREA 27 OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO PROVIDE AN INTERCHANGE WITH THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THE PROPOSED WORKS FORM PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE AND A NOTICE HAS BEEN PLACED ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE . ITE OF THE PROPOSED WORKS.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OFFICES:

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* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

* TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT 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 AUGUST 21 THIS YEAR.

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MORE ROADS TO SERVE YUEN LONG VILLAGE *****

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE DRAINAGE CHANNELS OF THE SHAN PUI RIVER FOR MAINTENANCE PURPOSE AND TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CHUNG HAU TSUEN IN YUEN LONG.

THE PROPOSED WORKS ARE PART OF THE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TO A SECTION OF THE RIVER FROM CHUNG HAU TSUEN TO INNER DEEP BAY.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE AND A NOTICE HAD BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED WORKS.

THE WORKS PROPOSED INCLUDE:

* CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF CARRIAGEWAY AND SECTIONS OF FOOTPATHS AT CHUNG HAU TSUEN;

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CONSTRUCTION OF MAINTENANCE ROADS WHICH WILL BE RESTRICTED TO USE BY MAINTENANCE VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS;

* RECONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF THE EXISTING ROAD AND FOOTPATH AT CHUNG HAU TSUEN;

* CLOSURE OF SOME EXISTING PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES AND TRACKS. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, ALTERNATIVE ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED AND TEMPORARY DIVERSIONS PROVIDED;

* REPROVJSIONING OF FISH POND BUNDS; AND

* ASSOCIATED EARTH, DRAINAGE AND SLOPE WORKS.

THE PLANS AND SCHEME CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NINTH TO 11TH FLOORS, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG; AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

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 NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 21.

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FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT IN TIN SHUI WAI ******

A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AND AN AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE BUILT IN TIN SHUI WAI.

A $16.8 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THEIR CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ABLE ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FOUR-STOREY BLOCKS TO SEPARATELY HOUSE THE FIRE STATION AND THE AMBULANCE DEPOT.

THE BLOCKS WILL SHARE A COMMON DRILL YARD AND EXERCISE ROOM, BUT WILL HAVE SEPARATE CANTEENS, RECREATIONAL AREAS, OFFICES, ACCOMMODATION, KITCHENS, TOILETS AND STORE FACILITIES.

CONSTRUCTION WILL START SOON AND THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SAI WAN HO PUMPING STATION ******

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SALT WATER PUMPING STATION AND ASSOCIATED INTAKE CULVERT IN SAI WAN HO.

THIS CONTRACT FORMS PART OF THE SHAU KEI WAN FLUSHING SYSTEM PROJECT.

ON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, SALT WATER SUPPLY FOR FLUSHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SHAU KEI WAN AREAS AND THE HIGH LEVEL AREAS OF KORNHILL DEVELOPMENT.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL COMMENCE IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BY NOON ON JULY 20.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE PERIODS SPECIFIED BELOW:

* FROM 7 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY ON THURSDAY (JULY 5) AND FRIDAY (JULY 6), THE FAST LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD FROM SHA TIN ROAD TO TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

* FROM 7 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY ON JULY 12, 13 AND 14, THE SLOW AND CENTRE LANES OF THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD FROM SHA TIN ROAD TO TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

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

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLYOVER

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 1 AM TO 5.45 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 5), THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM WESTBOUND KWUN TONG ROAD TO THE JUNCTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE RELOCATION OF TWO HIGH MAST STREETLIGHTS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ALL VEHICLES ON WESTBOUND KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR THE JUNCTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND, CONCORDE ROAD, FLYOVER, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST EASTBOUND AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE INNERMOST LANE OF TAI PO ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN HO TUNG LAU AND MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE, IN SHA TIN, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 5) TO 8 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 7).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: NEED TO SUSTAIN GROWTH MOMENTUM OF ECONOMY: SEM ........................................ 1

SUPPORT FOR RELAXATION OF LABOUR IMPORTATION POLICY .................................. 6

LABOUR PLAN IS FOR LONG-TERM GOOD .................................................... 7

ADEQUATE WORKFORCE NEEDED FOR INDUSTRIES ............................................. 8

IMPORTED WORKERS SHOULD BE TOLD OF STATUS ............................................ 8

COMMUNITY SHOULD SUPPORT LABOUR IMPORTATION SCHEME ................................... 9

LABOUR IMPORTATION A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION .................................... 10

EMPLOYERS UNDERSTAND LABOUR'S CONCERN ............................................... 10

RELAXING LABOUR IMPORTATION A RIGHT MOVE ............................................ 11

CALL TO PROTECT WORKERS' RIGHT TO WORK .............................................. 12

PRACTICAL STEPS TAKEN TO ASSIST IVORY WORKERS ....................................... 13

CALL TO GIVE LOANS TO IVORY TRADE .................................................... H

FULL PUBLICITY PROGRAMME ON GAS SAFETY BILL'S PROVISIONS ............................ 15

GAS BILL AIMS TO ENSURE SAFETY ...................................................... 16

REVIEW OF EDUCATION ORDINANCE GIVEN PRIORITY ........................................ 16

EDUCATION BILL MAY AGGRAVATE DELINQUENCY ............................................ 18

BILL REMOVES REDUNDANT PROVISIONS IN RATING ORDINANCE ............................... 19

SURPLUS FOR 1989-90 FINALISED AT $11,063 MILLION .................................... 20

BILL PROVIDES FOR SETTING UP OF HK SHIPPING REGISTER ................................ 21

TWO AMENDMENT BILLS INTRODUCED TO REMOVE LOOPHOLES .................................. 24

MOTIONS TO IMPLEMENT BUDGET REVENUE PROPOSALS PASSED ................................ 25

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO APPROVED ESTIMATES ............................................ 26

MEDICAL CERTIFICATES REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPORTED WORKERS EXPLAINED .................... 27

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS A HELP TO GOVT'S RESEARCH PROJECTS ............................ 28

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ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES DIRECTED AT YOUNG PEOPLE ................................... 29

GOVT'S POLICY TO MAINTAIN PURCHASING POWER OF PENSIONS ........................... 30

ACTION TO ENSURE ROADS AND PAVEMENTS ARE KEPT FREE ............................... 30

MOTION ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR PASSED............................................ 31

EXCO APPROVES REVISION OF VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES .................................. 32

EXPANDING AND OPENING UP MARKETS IMPORTANT .......................................... 32

STATUTORY COMPOUND INTEREST ON DEBT RECOMMENDED ..................................... 33

SUMMER FUN FOR EASTERN YOUNGSTERS ................................................... 35

DB TO DISCUSS UC DISTRICT WORKS PROJECTS............................................. 36

IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN LABOUR ON AGENDA ............................................. 36

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .......................................... 37

THREE OVERSTAYERS FROM CHINA ARRESTED ............................................... 38

ACTION ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI ........................................ 38

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WESTERN DISTRICT ............................................. 39

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN MONG KOK ................................................ 39

URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWAI CHUNG......................................................... 39

URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHA TIN ........................................................... 40

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN FANLING ........................................... 40

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THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM IN ALLOWING FURTHER IMPORTATION OF LABOUR IS FOUNDED UPON THE NEED TO SUSTAIN THE GROWTH MOMENTUM OF THE ECONOMY, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION CONCERNING IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR YEUNG SAID THE FORECAST TREND GROWTH RATE OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) OF 5.5 PER CENT COULD BE PLACED IN JEOPARDY IF THE PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY OF OUR INDUSTRIES WAS CONSTRAINED BY THE MUCH SLOWER GROWTH RATE IN THE SUPPLY OF LABOUR.

HE ALSO SAID THAT WITH THE BENEFIT OF THE EXPERIENCE THE GOVERNMENT HAD GAINED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS IN REGULATING THE IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN, THE OPPORTUNITY HAD BEEN TAKEN TO INTRODUCE TWO MEASURES THAT WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF SIMPLIFYING PROCEDURES AND SPEEDING UP DECISION-MAKING.

AT THE OUTSET OF HIS SPEECH, IN WHltH HE SUPPORTED THE MOTION, MR YEUNG SAID HE WELCOMED THE DEBATE PARTLY BECAUSE IT HELPED THE COMMUNITY TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND PARTLY BECAUSE IT PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO OUTLINE THE THINKING BEHIND THE GOVERNMENT’S RECENT REVIEW OF ITS POLICY IN IMPORTING LABOUR.

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD SUSTAINED A SHORTAGE OF LABOUR FOR SOMETHING OVER FIVE YEARS.

AS FAR AS COULD BE ASCERTAINED FROM VARIOUS EMPLOYMENT SURVEYS UNDERTAKEN BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES HAD INCREASED STEADILY FROM 32,000 IN 1985, OR JUST UNDER ONE PER CENT OF ACTUAL EMPLOYMENT IN THAT YEAR, TO A PEAK OF 125,000 IN 1988, OR OVER FOUR PER CENT OF ACTUAL EMPLOYMENT IN THAT YEAR.

"WHILST THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES HAVE DECLINED IN 1989 TO 102,000, OR 3.6 PER CENT OF ACTUAL EMPLOYMENT, PRELIMINARY SURVEY RESULTS SHOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO FURTHER DECLINES DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990," HE SAID.

AS TO HOW DAMAGING WAS THIS PHENOMENON, MR YEUNG SAID IN AN OPEN ECONOMY SUCH AS HONG KONG’S, THE UPWARD PRESSURE ON COSTS AND PRICES ARISING FROM AN EXCESS OF DEMAND FOR LABOUR SHOULD, IN THE SHORT TERM, HELP TO RESTRAIN DEMAND TO A LEVEL MORE COMMENSURATE WITH THE ECONOMY’S PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY.

"AS THIS OCCURS, THE DEMAND FOR LABOUR SHOULD BECOME LESS INTENSE," HE SAID. "BUT IT IS NOW CLEAR FROM THE PERSISTENT RISE IN THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT THIS CONSTRAINT HAS NOT WORKED AND DEMAND HAS CONTINUED TO OUTSTRIP SUPPLY.

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"WE MUST THEREFORE LOOK TO THE LONGER TERM TO SEE HOW DAMAGING THE LABOUR SHORTAGE MIGHT BE FOR THE GROWTH PROSPECTS OF OUR ECONOMY."

MR YEUNG SAID THE GROWTH RATE OF LABOUR SUPPLY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1980’S HAD DECLINED FROM 2.8 PER CENT IN 1986 TO NIL IN 1989, AND THIS TREND OF DECLINE WAS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

"OUR FORECAST IS FOR AN ANNUAL AVERAGE GROWTH RATE IN THE LABOUR SUPPLY OF ABOUT l.l PER CENT IN THE PERIOD 1991 TO 1996, 0.8 PER CENT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1990S, AND 0.5 PER CENT IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF THE NEXT DECADE.

"THIS IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO A VARIETY OF FACTORS, NOTABLY IMPROVED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, RISING INDIVIDUAL AFFLUENCE AND A TENDENCY TO RETIRE EARLIER, ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE EFFECT OF DEPRESSING LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATES," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT SOME MEMBERS HAD ARGUED THAT INVESTORS AND EMPLOYERS SHOULD CONSIDER REDUCING THEIR RELIANCE ON LABOUR, BY INVESTING IN PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH, MECHANISATION. VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AND SO ON.

"WE CERTAINLY SUPPORT SUCH MOVES AND, AS OTHER MEMBERS HAVE QUITE RIGHTLY POINTED OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF INVESTMENT HAS ALREADY GONE INTO THESE AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT.

"AT THE END OF 1988 THE LEVEL OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN MANUFACTURING WAS MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT IN 1983, AND THROUGHOUT THE 1980S LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY IN MANUFACTURING ALONE HAS GROWN BY ABOUT 10 PER CENT A YEAR," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR YEUNG EMPHASISED THAT IN SPITE OF THESE IMPRESSIVE RECORDS, THE FACT THAT HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES WERE RELATIVELY LABOUR INTENSIVE HAD TO BE RECOGNISED.

"INDEED, THE CONTINUING SHIFT FROM MANUFACTURING TO THE SERVICES SECTOR COULD RENDER OUR ECONOMY EVEN MORE DEPENDENT ON LABOUR THAN IS THE CASE AT PRESENT.

"IN ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES, CONTINUING HEALTHY GROWTH FOR THE ECONOMY, THE KEY TO PROSPERITY, DEPENDS ON OUR GIVING OUR INDUSTRIES THE WHEREWITHAL TO INCREASE THEIR PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY.

"THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHICH OUR INDUSTRIES CAN FURTHER INVEST IN NEW PLANT, MACHINERY AND IMPROVED PROCESSES, AND IT IS NECESSARY TO RECOGNISE THAT FURTHER CAPITAL FORMATION MIGHT NOT TAKE PLACE UNLESS IT IS ALSO COMPLEMENTED BY AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF LABOUR," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE FULLY INTO ACCOUNT MEMBERS’ VIEWS THAT LABOUR IMPORTATION SCHEMES MUST WORK WITH A MINIMUM OF BUREAUCRACY, WERE ADMINISTERED EFFICIENTLY, AND THAT ADEQUATE STEPS WERE TAKEN TO PREVENT UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS FROM EXPLOITING THEIR IMPORTED WORKERS.

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AT PRESENT, THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL STEERING GROUP ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR UNDER HIS CHAIRMANSHIP WAS AIMING TO LAUNCH THE SCHEMES BY INVITING APPLICATIONS IN THE THIRD WEEK OF JULY.

EMPLOYERS WOULD BE ALLOWID ABOUT A MONTH WITHIN WHICH TO LODGE APPLICATIONS WITH THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AND IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT A MONTH FOR ALL APPLICATIONS TO BE EXAMINED.

ONCE AN APPLICATION HAD BEEN APPROVED, THE EMPLOYER WOULD BE NOTIFIED AND ALLOWED A FURTHER PERIOD OF UP TO THREE MONTHS WITHIN WHICH TO SOURCE LABOUR AND TO API LY FOR VISAS.

THIS SECOND STEP WOULD TAKE BETWEEN THREE TO FIVE WEEKS, DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF VISAS NEEDING TO BE PROCESSED.

IN SHORT, THE ESTIMATED TIME REQUIRED FOR THE TWO PROCESSES SHOULD NOT EXCEED TWO MONTHS, HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THE FIRST OF THE TWO MEASURES TO SIMPLIFY PROCEDURES AND SPEED UP DECISION-MAKING WOULD BE THE PUBLICATION OF MEDIAN WAGES IN RESPECT OF TECHNICIANS, CRAFTSMEN AND EXPERIENCED OPERATIVES.

THIS WOULD PROVIDE EMPLOYERS WITH A READY BENCHMARK AGAINST WHICH THEY COULD OFFER WAGES FOR IMPORTED LABOUR.

IT WOULD ALSO GIVE LOCAL WORKERS AN ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD COME UNDER NO THREAT OF LOW-WAGE COMPETITION.

THE SECOND MEASURE WAS REMOVAL OF THE REQUIREMENT THAT A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER MUST NOT ALLOW MORE THAN 20 PER CENT OF JOBS IN HIS BUSINESS TO BE FILLED BY IMPORTED WORKERS. THIS SHOULD REMOVE A SOURCE OF QUOTA UNDER-UTILISATION, HE SAID.

ON THE CREATION OF SAFEGUARDS TO PREVENT FOREIGN WORKERS FROM BEING ABUSED OR EXPLOITED, MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE EXISTING STANDARD CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT BY STIPULATING THAT ACCOMMODATION MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYER TO CERTAIN STANDARDS AND BY EMPHASISING THAT EMPLOYERS MAY NOT MAKE REDUCTION FROM THE WAGES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, SAVE FOR THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 32 OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

”1 RECOGNISE THAT THIS MAY CREATE SOME PROBLEMS FOR THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TO RELY ON EXTERNAL AGENCIES AND COMPANIES TO FIND WORKERS FOR THEM, BECAUSE THEIR PRACTICE IS TO CHARGE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE WORKERS’ PAY AS A FEE FOR THEIR PROCUREMENT SERVICES.

"I AM CONFIDENT, HOWEVER, THAT THESE DIFFICULTIES CAN BE OVERCOME. FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE DOES NOT PERMIT AN EMPLOYER TO DEDUCT WAGES AUTOMATICALLY FOR REMITTANCE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE NO OBJECTION IF AN EMPLOYER WERE TO REMIT A PART OF HIS EMPLOYEES’ WAGES PROVIDED THAT THIS IS DONE AT THE EXPLICIT REQUESTS OF HIS EMPLOYEES.

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"IN OTHER WORDS WE REGARD THE PAYMENT OF WAGES IN FULL AS BEING INVIOLATE, BUT WE WOULD NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF AN EMPLOYER ENTERING INTO A PRIVATE ARRANGEMENT WITH HIS EMPLOYEES OVER REMITTANCES," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH ADDITIONAL STAFF TO COPE WITH THE WORK ARISING FROM THESE IMPORTATION SCHEMES.

"INSOFAR AS THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED, THE WORK INVOLVED IN ENSURING THAT THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IS COMPLIED WITH INCLUDES THE BRIEFING OF BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ON THEIR RESPECTIVE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, AND ON INSPECTIONS OF BOTH WORKPLACES AND DOMESTIC ACCOMMODATION.

"THE SCHEMES WILL, OF COURSE, BE MONITORED BY THE STEERING GROUP ON A REGULAR BASIS AND I SHALL KEEP THE OMELCO MANPOWER PANEL INFORMED OF PROGRESS FROM TIME TO TIME.

”1 SHOULD PERHAPS ADD THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE NO HESITATION IN TAKING BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO COURT FOR BREACHES OF EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION OR OF VISA CONDITIONS," HE SAID.

ON CONSULTATION, MR YEUNG NOTED THAT IN RECENT WEEKS THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN CRITICISED FOR HAVING FAILED TO CONSULT THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD BEFORE IT ANNOUNCED ITS DECISION TO ALLOW FURTHER IMPORTS OF LABOUR, AND SEVERAL MEMBERS OF LEGCO HAD ECHOED THIS CRITICISM.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE PROPRIETY OF CONSULTING THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS WERE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WOULD NOT BE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE TO TAKE THIS STEP.

IN THE FIRST PLACE, HE SAID, THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD ADVISED 'THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON SUCH MATTERS AFFECTING LABOUR, INCLUDING LEGISLATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION, AS THE COMMISSIONER MAY REFER TO IT ...’, WHEREAS THE ISSUES BEING DEBATED AFFECTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND WENT WELL BEYOND PURELY LABOUR CONSIDERATIONS.

"SECONDLY, THE VIEWS OF BOTH EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVES ARE ALREADY WELL KNOWN, FOR THEY HAVE BEEN DEBATED LONG AND HARD IN RECENT YEARS.

"THIRDLY, GIVEN THAT THOSE VIEWS ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED, THE ADVICE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WOULD MOST LIKELY HAVE BEEN SO FINELY BALANCED AS TO HAVE BEEN INCONCLUSIVE," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG ALSO SAID HE COULD NOT AGREE WITH SUGGESTIONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT DONE ENOUGH TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL WORKERS, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

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"AS I SAID WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990 LAST WEEK, THE AIM OF THE GOVERNMENT’S LABOUR POLICIES IS TO ACHIEVE A LEVEL OF STATUTORY PROTECTION FOR OUR WORKFORCE BROADLY COMPARABLE TO (HE BEST IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION.

"WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS ALONE, WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SCOPE OF THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND TO COVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS, WE HAVE AMENDED THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO PROTECT REGULAR PART-TIME WORKERS, WE HAVE INTRODUCED IN 1'0 THIS COUNCIL A BILL THAT WILL EXTEND PAID ANNUAL LEAVE FROM SEV’ N TO 14 DAYS A YEAR.

"I EXPECT THAT, DURING THE NEXT SESSION, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE INTRODUCING NEW LEGISLATION FOR THE PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION OF RETIREMENT SCHEMES, AND AMENDING LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE A HIGHER DEGREE OF SECURITY FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENT ENTITLEMENTS AGAINST THE RISK OF BUSINESS INSOLVENCIES.

"I CAN ASSURE HONOURABLE

WILL PRESS AHEAD WITH FORESIGHT

MEMBERS THAT THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND VIGOUR," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG ALSO NOTED THAT THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG HAD QUESTIONED THE NEED TO ALLOW FURTHER IMPORTATION OF OPERATIVES ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S MANPOWER SURVEY OF MARCH 1990 INDICATED A SURPLUS OF MANPOWER AT THE LOWER SECONDARY EDUCATION LEVEL BY 1991.

"I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE MANPOWER SURVEY WAS DESIGNED TO HELP US ASSESS EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING NEEDS; IT WAS NOT AN EXERCISE TO PROJECT THE DEMAND FOR AND THE SUPPLY OF LABOUR.

"IN OTHER WORDS, THE EXCESS OF ABOUT 33,000 PEOPLE AT THE LOWER SECONDARY EDUCATION LEVEL BY 1991 MEANS THAT BY NEXT YEAR, THERE WILL BE ABOUT 33,000 PEOPLE IN ACTUAL EMPLOYMENT WHOSE JOBS CALL FOR A HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING THAN THEY HAD ACTUALLY ACHIEVED WHEN THEY LEFT FORM 3.

"THE OBVIOUS CONCLUSION TO BE DRAWN FROM THIS IS THAT THERE WILL BE A GREATER NEED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND RE-TRAINING IN RESPECT TO WHICH WE HAVE THE HELP OF THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE AND THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

"IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IMPORTING EXPERIENCED OPERATIVES WOULD RESULT IN THESE 33,000 PEOPLE BEING DISPLACED," MR YEUNG SAID.

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SUPPORT FOR RELAXATION OF LABOUR IMPORTATION POLICY ******

RELAXATION OF THE POLICY ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR IS A MEASURED STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THE HON PAUL CHENG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR CHENG SAID SUCH IMPORTATION WAS A MEANS OF ADDRESSING THE TERRITORY’S INFLATION PROBLEM THAT WAS CURRENTLY COUPLED WITH ESCALATING WAGES AND A HIGH RATE OF LABOUR TURNOVER.

HE SAID THE PROPOSAL TO ALLOW IN 14,700 FOREIGN WORKERS SUPPORTED MEASURES TO BREAK CONTINUING INFLATION AS WELL AS FITTING IN WITH PLANS FOR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS WHICH WOULD HAVE HUGE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS.

"SIMILARLY, THE POLICY DECISION PAVES THE WAY FOR THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT PLANS SO AS TO PREVENT ANY DELAY IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE PROJECTS," HE SAID.

MR CHENG SAID THE POLICY DECISION ALSO ADDRESSED A MOST ACUTE LABOUR SHORTAGE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WHICH NEEDED SEMI-SKILLED AND UNSKILLED WORKERS.

FURTHERMORE, THE DECISION ENCOURAGED LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO RETAIN THEIR FACTORIES IN HONG KONG, AND THIS MEANT MORE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL WORKERS, HE SAID.

MR CHENG POINTED OUT THAT IMPORTED LABOUR WAS NOT CHEAP, NOTING THAT EMPLOYERS MUST ALLOW FOR TRANSPORT AND HOUSING COSTS AND THAT COMMITMENT TO MEDIAN WAGES WOULD BE A PREREQUISITE FOR THIS POLICY.

MR CHENG CALLED ON LABOUR UNIONS WHO OPPOSED THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR TO SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE.

"THE COMBINATION OF A TIGHT LABOUR MARKET WITH RISING WAGES JEOPARDISES THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS AND THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF HONG KONG TO INVESTORS," HE SAID.

HE ALSO STRESSED THE NEED TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES SO THAT THERE WAS UNDERSTANDING THAT THE LIMITED IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN WORKERS WAS A CONTRIBUTION TO SOLVING A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM THAN LABOUR OPPOSITION WAS CURRENTLY FACING.

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LABOUR PLAN IS FOR LONG-TERM GOOD *****

EMPLOYERS SUPPORT THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR NOT FOR SHORT-TERM EFFECT BUT FOR THE LONG-TERM GOOD OF THE ECONOMY, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NOTING THAT EMPLOYERS GENERALLY HAD A WIDE CHOICE OF MEANS TO CARRY OUT THEIR INVESTMENT PLANS, MR CHEONG ASKED WHY THEY SHOULD RUN THE RISK OF BEING LABELLED UNFAIRLY AND PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO PRESENTING THE MACRO ECONOMIC PICTURE IF THEY DID NOT GENUINELY WISH TO SEE HONG KONG DO WELL.

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR CHEONG SAID HONG KONG NEEDED ALL SECTORS TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS COOLLY, CALMLY, RATIONALLY AND IN A NON-CONFRONTATIONAL ATMOSPHERE. "RADICAL ACTIONS ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO LONG-TERM STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG. I WOULD PLEAD THAT LEADERS OF ALL SECTORS OF OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD BEAR THIS IN MIND IF THEY REALLY WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

MR CHEONG SUGGESTED THE IMPORTED LABOUR ISSUE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED NOT ONLY FROM THE SHORT-TERM NEGATIVE ANGLE BUT OVER A WIDER AND LONGER TERM PERSPECTIVE.

HE SAID THE SHORTAGE OF LABOUR WAS EVIDENT IN GENERAL AMONG ALL SECTORS, AND THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO ACHIEVE THE AVERAGE GROWTH OF 5.5 PER CENT IN GNP AS PREDICTED FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS UNLESS SUFFICIENT HUMAN RESOURCES WERE AVAILABLE.

SHOULD HONG KONG FAIL TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM, INVESTMENTS WOULD BE LIMITED AND PATCHY, RESULTING IN A REDUCTION IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES, HE SAID.

’’SUCH A SITUATION WILL LEAD TO VERY QUICK AND SHARP WAGE LEVEL DECLINES WHENEVER HONG KONG IS HIT BY ECONOMIC RECESSION,” HE SAID.

MR CHEONG NOTED THAT THE EXPERIENCE OF COUNTRIES SUCH AS WEST GERMANY AND SINGAPORE HELPED TO ILLUSTRATE THAT IMPORTATION OF LABOUR WOULD HELP TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

HE SAID HONG KONG WAS IN THE COURSE OF UPGRADING THE SKILLS OF ITS WORKFORCE. FEWER PEOPLE WISHED TO TAKE UP MENIAL JOBS, AND IMPORTATION WOULD BE THE SOLUTION.

THIS WOULD ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HONG KONG WORKERS TO BE BETTER TRAINED SO AS TO EARN MORE AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG, HE SAID.

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ADEQUATE WORKFORCE NEEDED FOR INDUSTRIES t t * t ♦

THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO RELAX THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR IS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE WORK FORCE FOR HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES SO THAT ITS CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SATISFACTORILY MAINTAINED, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR CHENG SAID HE AGREED THAT INITIALLY 2,000 WORKERS SHOULD BE IMPORTED TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURES WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN A VERY TIGHT SCHEDULE.

“THESE PROJECTS ARE ADDITIONAL TO THE NORMAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, THEREFORE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM ELSEWHERE ARE REQUIRED WITHOUT DISRUPTING OTHER NORMAL WORKS PROJECTS,” HE SAID.

IN DUE COURSE, MR CHENG ADDED, HE WOULD URGE EVEN MORE RESOURCES TO BE PROVIDED AS NECESSARY WHEN THE WORKLOAD OF THE AIRPORT PROJECTS INCREASED.

MR CHENG WARNED, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME, IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE INTEREST OF THE LOCAL WORKERS WAS WELL PROTECTED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS PERHAPS A NEED TO SET UP A POLICING SYSTEM TO MONITOR THE WORKING OF THE SCHEMES.

”IT IS NECESSARY TO MANAGE THE SCHEMES FLEXIBLY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE SITUATION OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY IN EACH TRADE AT THE TIME AND MAKE SUITABLE ADJUSTMENT WHERE APPROPRIATE,” MR CHENG SAID.

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FOREIGN WORKERS SHOULD BE TOLD IN CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS TERMS OF THEIR STATUS IN HONG KONG, THE HON RONALD ARCULLI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR ARCULLI SAID THAT IN FAIRNESS TO HONG KONG AND THE FOREIGN WORKERS TO BE BROUGHT HERE ISSUES RELATED TO THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BEFORE GOING AHEAD WITH IMPORTATION OF LABOUR.

WHILE IN FAVOUR OF IMPORTED LABOUR, MR ARCULLI SAID ONE PROBLEM TO BE ADDRESSED WOULD BE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN WHERE EITHER OR BOTH MIGHT BE FOREIGN WORKERS; OR WHERE ONE MIGHT BE A FOREIGN WORKER AND THE OTHER A HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENT.

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HE NOTED THAT UNDER PRESENT IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS, FOREIGN WORKERS WHO WERE NOT OF CHINESE ORIGIN DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD STAYED HERE FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS.

THE PROBLEM COULD BECOME MORE COMPLICATED AS THEY MIGHT GET MARRIED AND HAVE CHILDREN HERE.

”WE CERTAINLY WOULD NOT WANT HONG KONG TO WITNESS A REPEAT OF THE HEART-BREAKING SCENES OF THE SEPARATION OF PARENT AND CHILD NOR THE DETENTION IN PRISON OF PARENT AND CHILD,” HE SAID..

WITH REGARD TO WORKERS FROM CHINA, HE SAID: ”1 BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CONSIDER WHETHER FOREIGN WORKERS FROM MAINLAND CHINA, WHO ARE OF THE CHINESE RACE AND WHO HAVE BEEN ORDINARY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS CONTINUOUSLY, WOULD ACQUIRE THE RIGHT OF ABODE HERE.

’’MOREOVER, WHETHER BY THEIR EMPLOYMENT HERE ARE THEY ORDINARY : RESIDENT IN HONG KONG?”

COMMUNITY SHOULD SUPPORT LABOUR IMPORTATION SCHEME

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THE COMMUNITY SHOULD SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR WHICH IS TO THE BENEFIT OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE, THE HON MARTIN BARROW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR BARROW SAID FEARS THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S LABOUR IMPORTATION PLAN WOULD DAMPEN JOB OPPORTUNITIES OR SUPPRESS WAGES FOR THE LOCAL WORKFORCE WERE UNFOUNDED, BECAUSE THE NUMBER INVOLVED REPRESENTED ONLY HALF A PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE.

HE ALSO SAID THERE WOULD BE EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS AHEAD HONG KONG’S ECONOMY. IN ADDITION TO INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, TERRITORY WOULD CONTINUE TO PROMOTE ITSELF AS A REGIONAL CENTRE AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, AS A TOURISM DESTINATION, AS A BASE BUSINESS WITH CHINA, AND AS A SPECIALIST MANUFACTURING CENTRE; ALL OF THESE WOULD NEED A REASONABLE SUPPLY OF LABOUR.

FOR THE AND FOR AND

MR BARROW ADDED THAT INCREASES IN WAGES STANDARDS OF HONG KONG’S LABOUR FORCE WOULD EMPLOYERS CONTINUED TO INVEST IN THE TERRITORY. DO SO IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT LABOUR AVAILABLE,”

AND IMPROVED LIVING ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF ’’BUT THEY WILL ONLY HE SAID.

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N I I NG THAT PROTECTION OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND THE NEE!) FOR PROPER SYSTEMS TO BE IN PLACE WAS FULLY RECOGNISED IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS, MR BARROW SAID MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS AND SPOT CHECKS BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WERE ESSENTIAL, BOTH TO ENSURE IMPORTED WORKERS WERE OT EXPLOITED AND THAT THE SCHEME WAS MEETING ITS OBJECTIVES.

HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO WRAP THE SCHEME UP IN SO MUCH RED TAPE AS TO MAKE IT UNWORKABLE.

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LABOUR IMPORTATION A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

THE IMPORTATION OF 14,700 TECHNICIANS, EXPERIENCED OPERATIVES AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IS A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT IT MUST BE IMPLEMENTED IN A MANNER THAT IS WELL MANAGED AND CONTROLLED.

THE HON NELLIE FONG SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR THE WORKERS’ CONCERN REGARDING THEIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND WAGE LEVEL, MRS FONG SAID THE LABOUR SHORTAGE IN HONG KONG, IF NOT REMEDIED, WOULD AFFECT THE TERRITORY’S PROSPERITY AND THE WELL-BEING OF ITS PEOPLE.

"WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF MAINTAINING AND INCREASING PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY AND THIS REQUIRES CO-OPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING," SHE SAID.

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EMPLOYERS UNDERSTAND LABOUR’S CONCERN * * * * * * *

EMPLOYERS UNDERSTAND VERY WELL THE EXPRESSED CONCERNS OF LABOUR AND THE NEED TO ENSURE AGAINST ANY FORM OF EXPLOITATION OF LABOUR NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, THE HON JAMES MCGREGOR SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID EMPLOYERS HAI) WORKED CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF LABOUR IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF SOCIAL LEGISLATION AND SECURITY.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR MCGREGOR SAID HE WAS WELL AWARE OF THE ESSENTIAL INTERESTS OF LABOUR AND WAS NOT LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING WHICH WOULD HARM LABOUR.

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HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD A LONG HISTORY OF MUTUAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AND SUCH EFFORTS HAD GIVEN THE TERRITORY ONE OF THE BEST MANAGEMENT/LABOUR RELATIONS RECORDS IN THE WORLD WITH FEWER MAN DAYS LOST IN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES THAN VIRTUALLY ALL OTHER ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD.

MR MCGREGOR SAID EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FORMED A NATURAL ECONOMIC ALLIANCE EACH DEPENDING UPON THE OTHER AND EACH RESPECTING THE OTHER.

"ALL OF US ENJOY THE SAME RIGHTS AND ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME DIGNITY,” HE SAID.

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RELAXING LABOUR IMPORTATION A RIGHT MOVE

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THE PROPOSALS RELAXING LABOUR IMPORTATION ARE A VERY DEFINITE MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THE HON JAMES TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR TIEN SAID HE STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT INFLATION IN HONG KONG WAS THE DIRECT RESULT OF LABOUR SHORTAGE AND THAT INFLATION WOULD QUICKLY SUBSIDE WITH THE ARRIVAL OF AN ADEQUATE LABOUR FORCE.

MR TIEN SPOKE ON THE SITUATION OF THE GARMENT INDUSTRY AND THE EFFECT OF THE LABOUR IMPORT SCHEME ON IT.

HE SAID THE POSSIBLE ALLOCATED FIGURE OF 3,000 OPERATIVES TO THE GARMENT SECTOR WOULD COVER ROUGHLY 10 PER CENT OF ITS VACANCIES.

HE BELIEVED THAT THIS SMALL IMPROVEMENT OF 10 PER CENT COULD HAVE DRAMATIC POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE INDUSTRY’S EFFICIENCY AS NEW OPERATIVES COULD BE PROFITABLY EMPLOYED IN ’’BOTTLENECK AREAS”.

MR TIEN EXPLAINED THAT AS A RESULT OF SEVERE LABOUR SHORTAGE BUILT UP IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, HONG KONG WORKERS NOW TENDED TO BE RATHER SPECIALISED AND CHOOSY ABOUT THEIR JOB.

’’FOR EXAMPLE, IN A SHIRT FACTORY, A WORKER MAKING COLLARS WILL ONLY MAKE COLLARS, NOT SLEEVES, CUFFS OR ANY OTHER OPERATIONS.

’’WHAT WE REQUIRE IS TO IMPORT OPERATIVES PREPARED TO ACT.... LIKE UTILITY PLAYERS. THESE NEW WORKERS CAN BE FLEXIBLE, ACCOMMODATING, AND PUT TO UNBLOCK THE BOTTLENECKS.”

MR TIEN SAID THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY HAD CONSISTENTLY BEEN ACCUSED OF ’’SALINE DRIPPING”, THAT IS, NOT PROVIDING SPECIALISED WORKERS WITH ADEQUATE WORK EVERY DAY.

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HE KELT THAT UTILITY WORKERS COULD HELP EVEN OUT THE FLOW OF PRODUCTION IN BOTTLENECK AREAS AND WOULD REDUCE THE SO CALLED ’’SALINE DRIPPING” FOR HONG KONG WORKERS.

NOTING THAT THE PROPOSALS ENVISAGED PAYMENT OF MEDIAN WAGES IN ALL SECTORS FOR IMPORTED LABOUR, HE SAID THEIR SALARY AND BENEFITS WOULD NOT UNDERCUT LOCAL WORKERS, NOR WOULD THEY BE USED AS A PAWN FOR BARGAINING BY EMPLOYERS.

MR TIEN ADDED THAT ONCE THE LABOUR IMPORT POLICY WAS SHOWN TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE TREND OF MANUFACTURERS LEAVING HONG KONG FOR PLACES WITH ABUNDANT LABOUR WOULD IN SOME MEASURE BE REVERSED.

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CALL TO PROTECT WORKERS’ RIGHT TO WORK *****

HONG KONG WORKERS’ RIGHT TO WORK SHOULD BE PROTECTED IN CONSIDERING THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, THE HON ELSIE TU TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MRS TU NOTED THAT THERE MIGHT BE SHORTAGE OF LABOUR IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CAREFULLY IDENTIFY WHERE THE SHORTAGE WAS, BEFORE SETTING OUT ON A COURSE THAT COULD LEAD TO LABOUR UNREST.

SHE SUGGESTED THAT WORKERS SHOULD BE INFORMED WHICH FACTORIES NEEDED THE WORKERS TO HELP JUSTIFY WHETHER THERE ACTUALLY WAS A LABOUR SHORTAGE, OR THIS MOVEMENT WAS INTENDED TO REDUCE WAGES.

MRS TU SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND PASS LEGISLATION TO CONTROL MALPRACTICE SHOULD SUCH NEED ARISE.

"WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THE STABLE DOORS ARE SHUT BEFORE THE HORSES CAN BOLT, INSTEAD OF FINDING OUT TOO LATE THAT OPEN DOORS HAVE BEEN LEFT FOR DISHONEST PEOPLE.

"THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT ALLOW FREE ENTERPRISE TO CHEAT WORKERS OF THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOURS OTHERWISE WHAT FREEDOM IS LEFT TO THE WORKERS?" SHE ASKED.

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PRACTICAL STEPS TAKEN TO ASSIST IVORY WORKERS *****

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN PRACTICAL STEPS TO ASSIST THOSE FORMERLY EMPLOYED IN THE IVORY CARVING INDUSTRY, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THESE INCLUDED HELPING THE DISPLACED IVORY WORKERS TO FIND ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT AND ARRANGING PART-TIME TRAINING COURSES IN BONE AND HORN CARVING IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST BY THE HONG KONG IVORY MANUFACTURING WORKERS UNION, SHE SAID.

WINDING UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, MRS CHAN NOTED THAT ON JUNE 29, MEMBERS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD APPROVED EXPENDITURE OF SOME $5.88 MILLION TO MEET THE COST OF THESE COURSES AND TO PROVIDE FOR A MONTHLY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE OF $2,500 TO EACH WORKER PARTICIPATING IN THE RE-TRAINING SCHEME.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT COULD DO TO ALTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH HAD LED TO THE NEED TO ENACT THE BILL, THE GOVERNMENT DID SYMPATHISE WITH THOSE WHOSE LIVELIHOOD HAD BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE CONVENTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) BAN, MRS CHAN SAID.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS IN SPECIFIC RECOGNITION OF THEIR DIFFICULTIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD PERSUADED THE UNITED KINGDOM TO ENTER A SIX-MONTH RESERVATION, ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG, TO ENABLE LOCAL TRADERS TO TRY AND DISPOSE OF AS MUCH OF THEIR STOCKS AS POSSIBLE TO COUNTRIES WHO WERE NOT PARTIES TO CITES, OR WHO HAD ALSO ENTERED RESERVATIONS.

NOTING THAT THIS SIX-MONTH PERIOD WOULD EXPIRE ON JULY 17 THIS YEAR, MRS CHAN SAID IT WAS NECESSARY THAT THE REQUISITE LOCAL LEGISLATION BE ENACTED BEFORE THAT DATE IN ORDER TO FULFIL HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS.

"THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT FELT ABLE TO ACCEDE TO REQUESTS BY THE IVORY WORKSHOP OPERATORS FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM IN THE FORM OF CASH COMPENSATION TO COVER LOSSES AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO ASSIST THEM IN STARTING UP NEW BUSINESSES.

"AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT PUBLIC FUNDS (WHETHER IN THE FORM OF OUTRIGHT GRANTS OR OF INTEREST-FREE LOANS), SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO INDUSTRIES OR TRADES WHICH ARE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY CHANGES IN ECONOMIC OR COMMERCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL," MRS CHAN SAID.

"EVEN IF WE WERE TO CONSIDER SUCH A COURSE, IN THIS CASE, WE WOULD FACE ENORMOUS PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES IN DECIDING WHO SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE AND ON WHAT BASIS," SHE ADDED.

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MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HON ANDREW WONG AND HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE AD HOC GROUP ON IVORY, FOR THE VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION THEY HAD GIVEN TO THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE DECISION BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO BAN THE COMMERCIAL IMPORT AND EXPORT OF RAW IVORY AND IVORY PRODUCTS.

SHE NOTED THAT THE AD HOC GROUP HAD DEVOTED ITS TIME AND EFFORT TO THIS ISSUE AND HAD PROVIDED A VALUABLE CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE IVORY TRADE.

"THEY HAVE APPROACHED THEIR TASK IN A CONSTRUCTIVE SPIRIT AND WITH GREAT SENSITIVITY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS," SHE SAID.

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CALL TO GIVE LOANS TO IVORY TRADE

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER OFFERING LOAN FACILITIES TO THE IVORY TRADE BY ACCEPTING AS SECURITY IVORY STOCKS HELD BY THEM, THE HON ANDREW WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG SAID THE REQUEST WAS MADE BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP, OF WHICH HE IS THE CONVENER, TO STUDY THE IVORY TRADE IN VIEW OF THE LARGE SIZE OF THE STOCK HELD AND THE LIMITED MARKET OPENED TO THE TRADE.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP WAS AWARE OF THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED BUT HOPED THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD GIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION TO THE PROPOSAL IN HELPING THE TRADERS WHO WOULD FACE THE BAN ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE ON IVORY.

MR WONG SAID ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR THE RE-TRAINING OF IVORY WORKERS WHO WOULD ALSO RECEIVE SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE DURING THE RE-TRAINING PERIOD.

AS FOR IVORY TRADERS AND OPERATORS, THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WOULD PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE AS APPROPRIATE, HE ADDED.

MR WONG NOTED THAT CITES, THE ACRONYM OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA, HAD DECIDED TO BAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN IVORY WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY THIS YEAR AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD SECURED A SIX-MONTH RESERVATION PERIOD FOR THE EXPORT OF EXISTING STOCK OF IVORY.

"HAVING CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE BILL, THE AD HOC GROUP IS IN UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT THAT BEING PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, HONG KONG MUST BE SEEN TO BE PLAYING ITS ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

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"BY SEEKING A SIX-MONTH RESERVATION TO THE BAN IVORY EXPORTS, HONG KONG

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

HAS

CITES DECISION

ATTRACTED SEVERE CRITICISM FROM

TO THE

"IT IS, THEREFORE, IN EFFECT STRICT ENFORCEMENT RESERVATION PERIOD ON JULY 1

THE WIDER INTERESTS OF OF THE BAN AFTER THE 7, 1990," MR WONG SAID.

HONG EXPIRY

KONG TO OF THE

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FULL PUBLICITY PROGRAMME ON GAS SAFETY BILL’S PROVISIONS

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SHE FULLY AGREED WITH A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP THAT THERE SHOULD BE A FULL PROGRAMME OF PUBLICITY FOR THE PROVISIONS OF THE GAS SAFETY BILL 1990 AND THE SIX SETS OF REGULATIONS WHICH WOULD EMBODY THE DETAILED AND TECHNICAL MEASURES OF THE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE.

"THIS PROGRAMME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GAS INDUSTRY AND THE GAS SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION COME INTO EFFECT," MRS CHAN SAID IN WINDING UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE BILL.

SHE THANKED PROF THE HON C.K. POON AND HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE AD HOC GROUP FOR THEIR DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE BILL, WHICH HAD RESULTED IN THE SUGGESTION OF A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO BOTH THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS.

ALL THE AMENDMENTS WHICH WOULD BE MOVED DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE BY PROF POON, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN AND THE HON MIRIAM LAU HAD THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATION, SHE ADDED.

"SPECIFICALLY, THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 12, WHICH WOULD EXPLICITLY LIMIT TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY GAS SAFETY INSPECTORS’ POWER OF ENTRY TO DOMESTIC PREMISES WITHOUT A WARRANT DOES, I BELIEVE, REFLECT A PROPER CONCERN FOR THE PROTECTION OF PRIVACY.

"SECONDLY, THE AD HOC GROUP’S PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 18 WHICH WOULD EXCLUDE OFFICERS FROM THE SAME DEPARTMENT AS THE GAS AUTHORITY FROM BEING APPOINTED TO AN APPEAL BOARD WOULD, I BELIEVE, GIVE APPELLANTS A WELCOME ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE OF THE IMPARTIALITY OF APPEAL BOARDS," MRS CHAN SAID.

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GAS BILL AIMS TO ENSURE SAFETY

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE GAS SAFETY BILL 1990 IS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF GAS CUSTOMERS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND ALL PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE GAS INDUSTRY AGAINST RISKS IN RELATIONS TO FUEL GASES, PROFESSOR THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, PROF POON SAID THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE A FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY LEGISLATION WITH RESPECT TO FUEL GASES.

HE NOTED THAT THE ONLY FUEL GAS RELATED ACTIVITIES COVERED BY LEGISLATION AT PRESENT WERE THE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS, UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE, AND THE STORAGE OF TOWN GAS IN GAS HOLDERS, UNDER THE GASHOLDERS EXAMINATION ORDINANCE.

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ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF FUEL GAS SUPPLY, MANUFACTURE AND USE WERE OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF EXISTING LEGISLATION, HE ADDED.

AS CONVENER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP THAT STUDIED THE BILL, PROF POON SAID THE AD HOC GROUP MET NINE TIMES AND : PUT FORTH SOME 60 POINTS OF QUERY AND CONCERN ON THE LEGAL PROVISIONS, AS WELL AS ON THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE TEXTS OF THE BILL.

AS A RESULT, ABOUT 30 AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MOVED TO THE DRAFT BILL, HE ADDED.

PROF POON SAID A MAJOR CONCERN OF THE AD HOC GROUP WAS ON THE FORCIBLE ENTRY INTO DOMESTIC PREMISES BY AN AUTHORISED OFFICER AND IT WAS AGREED THAT SUCH ACTION COULD ONLY TAKE PLACE WHERE THERE WAS AN IMMINENT DANGER TO ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY.

"THE AD HOC GROUP IS SATISFIED THAT THIS WOULD HELP TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE ABUSE OF POWERS IN THE FUTURE," HE SAID.

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REVIEW OF EDUCATION ORDINANCE GIVEN PRIORITY

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A REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE IS BEING GIVEN PRIORITY AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE COVENER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP THAT STUDIED THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON IT, MR CHEUNG STRESSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO SLIPPAGE IN THE REVIEW.

/MR CHEUNG .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

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MR CHEUNG SUMMARISED THE MAJOR AREAS OF THE BILL WHICH THE AD HOC GROUP HAD STUDIED. HE NOTED THAT THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL WAS THE PROPOSAI, TO REPEAL THE SECTION OF THE ORDINANCE WHICH EMPOWERED THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO MAKE REGULATIONS PROHIBITING POLITICAL, SUBVERSIVE OR TENDENTIOUS ACTIVITIES OR PROPAGANDA IN SCHOOLS AND AMONGST TEACHERS AND PUPILS.

INSTEAD, THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED THAT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION COULD EXERCISE CONTROL ON EDUCATIONAL GROUNDS BY ISSUING GUIDELINES TO SCHOOLS RELATING TO POLITICAL ACTIVITIES.

HF SAID WHILST SOME LEGCO MEMBERS WERE IN SUPPORT OF REPEALING THIS SECTION, OTHERS WERE WORRIED THAT THE USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES WOULD NOT BE A SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARD TO STUDENTS AGAINST INFLUENCES FROM UNDESIRABLE POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION AND BIASED POLITICAL EDUCATION.

MR CHEUNG SAID MEMBERS AGREED, AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, THAT THE SECTION BE AMENDED TO EMPOWER THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO MAKE REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE CONTROL OF THE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION, OR EXPRESSION OF OPINION, OF A CLEARLY BIASED POLITICAL NATURE IN SCHOOLS.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSED TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE SO THAT WHERE A PARENT HAD NO REASONABLE EXCUSE FOR NOT SENDING HIS CHILD TO SCHOOL, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MIGHT SERVE AN ATTENDANCE ORDER ON THE PARENT TO REQUIRE THE CHILD TO ATTEND, HE SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO CONCERN AMONG SOME SCHOOLS THAT THEY MIGHT BECOME DUMPING GROUNDS FOR SCHOOL DROP-OUTS, MR CHEUNG SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AGREED THAT AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO ADVISE ON THE GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE SELECTION OF SCHOOL PLACES FOR CHILDREN WHO MIGHT BECOME THE SUBJECT OF ATTENDANCE ORDERS.

NOTING THAT THERE WAS STILL SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE USE OF ATTENDANCE ORDERS, MR CHEUNG SAID UNLESS THE CONCEPT OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION WERE NOT ACCEPTED, THERE APPEARED TO BE NO VALID GROUNDS FOR NOT TAKING REASONABLE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT A CHILD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATE SCHOOLING.

ON THE NEW SECTION WHICH PROVIDED THAT NO PERSON SHOULD, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION IN WRITING OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, EXPEL OR SUSPEND A CHILD PLACED IN A SCHOOL UNDER AN ATTENDANCE ORDER, THE GROUP NOTED THAT UNDER THE EXISTING CODES OF AID, SCHOOLS NEEDED TO INFORM THE DIRECTOR ONLY WHEN THE SUSPENSION OF A PUPIL WAS FOR MORE THAN THREE SCHOOL DAYS, MR CHEUNG SAID.

HE SAID THE GROUP CONSIDERED IT INAPPROPRIATE TO REQUIRE A SCHOOL TO SEEK THE DIRECTOR’S PERMISSION BEFORE IT SUSPENDED EVEN FOR ONE DAY, A PUPIL PLACED UNDER AN ATTENDANCE ORDER ON GROUNDS OF UNSATISFACTORY CONDUCT, AS ALL PUPILS IN A SCHOOL SHOULD BE DEALT WITH TN SIMILAR MANNER IN DISCIPLINARY MATTERS.

/TO MEET ......

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TO MEET MEMBERS' POINT, THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AGREED TO DELETE EROM THE NEW SECTION THAT PART WHICH PROHIBITED THE SUSPENSION OF A PUPIL.

INSTEAD, THE ISSUE OF SUSPENSION WOULD BE DEALT WITH ADMINISTRATIVELY BY AMENDING THE CODES OF AID FOR SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR NEEDED ONLY BE INFORMED WHERE A CHILD NAMED IN AN ATTENDANCE ORDER WAS TO BE SUSPENDED FOR UP TO THREE SCHOOL DAYS, MR CHEUNG SAID.

ON THE SUGGESTED MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR CONTRAVENING NEW SUBSECTIONS REGARDING THE ATTENDANCE ORDERS - A’ FINE OF $5,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS - THE GROUP FELT THAT A TWO-YEAR IMPRISONMENT WAS TOO HARSH ON SCHOOLS AND SHOULD BE REDUCED TO THREE MONTHS, MR CHEUNG SAIL), ADDING THAT THIS HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

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EDUCATION BILL MAY AGGRAVATE DELINQUENCY

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A PROPOSED AMENDMENT IN THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 MAY AGGRAVATE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE HON ELSIE TU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE BILL, MRS TU SAID SHE COULD NOT FULLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 74 OF CLAUSE 6 OF THE BILL, WHICH SOUGHT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF DELINQUENCY BY PUTTING RESPONSIBILITY UPON PARENTS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS.

SHE SAID IN HER ESTIMATION, THE AMENDMENT WAS IN BREACH OF THE INTERNATONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMED TO SUPPORT.

NOTING THAT THE COVENANT RECOMMENDED FREE EDUCATION BUT DID NOT MENTION THAT IT SHOULD BE COMPULSORY, MRS TU SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD REMOVE FURTHER THE RIGHT OF A CHILD AND HIS PARENTS TO REJECT A FORM OF EDUCATION WHICH WAS NOT ONLY UNSUITABLE FOR THE CHILD BUT WAS ACTUALLY HARMFUL TO HIMSELF, HIS PARENTS AND HIS SCHOOL.

MRS TU SAID THAT AT THE END OF FORM ONE, THE SIGNALS WERE CLEAR WHETHER THE TYPE OF EDUCATION A CHILD WAS RECEIVING WAS SUITABLE FOR HIS NATURE OR HIS FUTURE.

"THE CHILD AT THIS POINT NEEDS TO BE GIVEN A CHOICE, TO TAKE UP APPRENTICESHIP OR TO ENTER A PRE-VOCATIONAL COURSE.

”IF HE HAS SERIOUS BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS HE SHOULD ENTER A REFORMATORY SCHOOL WHICH PROVIDES PSYCHOTHERAPY TO DISCOVER THE CAUSE OF DELINQUENCY AND GIVE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT,” SHE ADDED.

MRS TU SAID THE SECTION OF THE AMENDMENT COULD PREVENT THE SCHOOLS FROM RESCUING THEIR PUPILS AND TEACHERS, BY PROHIBITING EXPULSION AND LIMITING SUSPENSION OF THOSE WITH SERIOUS BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

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BILL REMOVES REDUNDANT PROVISIONS IN RATING ORDINANCE

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THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, WHICH SEEKS TO AMEND THE RATING ORDINANCE TO DELETE A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS WHICH ARE NOW REDUNDANT AND TO CLARIFY OTHER PROVISIONS WHICH, IN RECENT YEARS, HAVE GIVEN RISE TO CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID ONE OF THE REDUNDANT PROVISIONS CONCERNED SPECIFIED RATING AREAS.

’’LIABILITY FOR RATES WAS INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG ON A GRADUAL BASIS, AND THERE ARE NOW 47 SPECIFIED RATING AREAS, EACH REQUIRING THE PUBLICATION OF A SEPARATE VALUATION LIST IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 11(1) OF THE ORDINANCE.

"SINCE APRIL 1, 1988, THE RATING ORDINANCE HAS BEEN APPLICABLE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND CONSEQUENTLY, ALL RATEABLE TENEMENTS ARE NOW SITUATED IN EITHER THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA OR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA.

"THE BILL THEREFORE PROPOSES TO DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO SPECIFIED AREAS IN THE RATING ORDINANCE AND REPLACE THEM, WHERE APPROPRIATE, WITH REFERENCES TO THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS," SIR PIERS SAID.

HE SAID THE PROVISION CONCERNING NOTICES OF NEW RATEABLE VALUES GAVE RISE TO SOME ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES.

"FOLLOWING A GENERAL REVALUATION EXERCISE, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION IS REQUIRED TO SERVE UPON THE OWNER OR OCCUPIER OF A TENEMENT A NOTICE OF A NEW RATEABLE VALUE," HE SAID.

THIS HAD TO BE DONE NOT LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF MARCH OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE REVALUATION WAS TO TAKE EFFECT.

THE TIMING OF THAT REQUIREMENT PRESENTED A PROBLEM IN THAT STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE DEADLINE DICTATED THAT DECISIONS CONCERNING RATES PERCENTAGE CHARGES AND ANY RATES RELIEF SCHEME WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN IN ADVANCE OF THE BUDGET, SIR PIERS SAID.

"FURTHERMORE, THE NECESSITY TO SERVE NOTICES OF NEW RATEABLE VALUE IS CONSIDERED TO BE OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE IN RELATION TO THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF A GENERAL REVALUATION EXERCISE, WHICH IS TO PRODUCE A NEW VALUATION LIST.

"THE BILL THEREFORE SEEKS TO REMOVE THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT TO SERVE NOTICES OF NEW RATEABLE VALUE.

"THAT REQUIREMENT WILL BE REPLACED BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY DETAILS OF THE NEW RATEABLE VALUE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SECOND QUARTER RATES DEMAND SENT TO RATEPAYERS IN MARCH OR APRIL OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE VALUATION LIST TAKES EFFECT," HE SAID.

/SIR PIERS .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

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SIR PIERS EMPHASISED THAT RATEPAYERS WOULD NOT BE DISADVANTAGED BY THAT PROPOSAL BECAUSE THEIR RIGHT TO OBJECT TO A NEW RATEABLE VALUE WOULD NOT BE DIMINISHED IN ANY WAY.

"IN ADDITION, THE BILL SEEKS TO INTRODUCE A FEW MINOR AMENDMENTS TO CLARIFY CERTAIN AMBIGUOUS PROVISIONS, TO REMOVE CERTAIN OUTDATED PROVISIONS AND TO ASSIST IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE," HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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SURPLUS FOR 1989-90 FINALISED AT $11,063 MILLION ******

THE FINAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATED CASH SURPLUS FOR THE 1989-90 FINANCIAL YEAR IS $11,063 MILLION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS WAS A HELPFUL INCREASE OVER THE REVISED SURPLUS OF $9.3 BILLION FORECAST IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH, SIR PIERS SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING ON THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1989-90) BILL 1990.

THE ACCOUNTS FOR 1989-90 HAD BEEN FINALISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES, HE SAID.

ON THE GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT, ACTUAL REVENUE AMOUNTED TO $74,365 MILLION AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $69,662 MILLION INCLUDING TRANSFERS TO FUNDS OF $17,700 MILLION.

THE FINAL SURPLUS ON GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT AFTER TRANSFERS TO FUNDS WAS THUS $4,703 MILLION. IF THE FUND ACCOUNTS WERE INCLUDED, ACTUAL TOTAL REVENUE AMOUNTED TO $82,429 MILLION AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $71,366 MILLION.

SIR PIERS SAID THE EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO 55 HEADS WAS IN EXCESS OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR THOSE HEADS BY THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1989. THIS WAS 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 (1989-90) BILL 1990 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 POWERS DELEGATED BY IT," HE SAID.

THE TOTAL NET SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED IN RESPECT OF THE 55 HEADS OF EXPENDITURE WAS $3,749.4 MILLION.

/THIS EXCESS .......

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THIS EXCESS WAS LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE 1989 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND THE DIRECTORATE SALARY STRUCTURE REVIEW IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE ($1,729.4 MILLION) AND GOVERNMENT SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS ($939.5 MILLION).

OTHER MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDED THE ADVANCE PAYMENT OF WATER CHARGES ($474.0 MILLION) AND ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE ON PENSION AND GRATUITY PAYMENTS ARISING FROM PENSION AND SALARY INCREASES ($324.1 MILLION).

SIR PIERS SAID THE COST OF THE 1989 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND PENSION INCREASE HAD BEEN ANTICIPATED IN THE 1989-90 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 ADDITT 'NAL COMMITMENTS, TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR IS WITHIN THE SUM APPROPRIATED IN THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1989," HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL PROVIDES FOR SETTING UP OF HK SHIPPING REGISTER

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THE ADMINISTRATION HOPES THAT, FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (REGISTRATION) BILL 1990 BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER WILL BE ABLE TO COME INTO OPERATION BY THE END OF 1990, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS CHAN SAID THE SETTING UP OF AN INDEPENDENT HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER WOULD GREATLY ENHANCE HONG KONG’S STATUS AS A LEADING CENTRE OF SHIPPING AND MARITIME COMMERCE.

"IT WILL ALSO MARK AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS UNDER WHICH HONG KONG REGISTERED SHIPS FORMED PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM REGISTER COULD NOT CONTINUE BEYOND 1997.

SHE NOTED THAT A PROVISION IN THE JOINT DECLARATION STIPULATED THAT "THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION SHALL BE AUTHORISED BY THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A SHIPPING REGISTER AND ISSUE RELATED CERTIFICATES UNDER ITS OWN LEGISLATION IN THE NAME OF ’HONG KONG, CHINA’".

/"IN ORDER .......

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"IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROVISION AND TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NEW HONG KONG REGISTER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT IT BE ESTABLISHED WELL BEFORE 1997," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (REGISTRATION) BILL 1990 CONTAINED DETAILED PROVISIONS COVERING THE SETTING UP OF THE NEW REGISTER OF HONG KONG AND ITS ADMINISTRATION; THE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES PERTAINING TO REGISTRATION, CLOSURE OF REGISTRATION AND PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION; THE TRANSFER AND TRANSMISSION OF PROPERTY IN REGISTERED SHIPS; THE REGISTRATION OF SHIP MORTGAGES; THE REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT SHIPS; SPECIFICATIONS ON THE FLYING OF THE PROPER COLOURS; AND THE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE APPLIED DURING THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW REGISTER.

THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF PLANNING FOR THE NEW REGISTER, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED IT ESSENTIAL THAT ITS PROVISIONS SHOULD REFLECT HONG KONG’S OBLIGATIONS AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION, PARTICULARLY AS THESE RELATED TO SAFETY.AT SEA AND THE WELFARE OF SEAMEN, MRS CHAN SAID.

"WE HAVE ALSO CONSIDERED IT MOST IMPORTANT TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO WILL SEEK TO USE THE REGISTER IN FUTURE, AS WELL AS THE NEEDS OF THE ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE, CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND TRAINING OF SHIPS' CREWS," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1985 SETTING OUT THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THE INDEPENDENT HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER SHOULD OPERATE, AND THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER PLAN WAS PREPARED AND PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 1986 IN THE LIGHT OF THE RESPONSE TO THIS DOCUMENT.

THE PLAN CALLED FOR THE SETTING UP OF A STEERING GROUP TO WORK OUT DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER.

THE STEERING GROUP, WHICH WAS DULY CONVENED IN FEBRUARY 1987, COMPRISED VIRTUALLY ALL PARTIES WITH AN INTEREST IN THE FUTURE REGISTER, NOTABLY SHIPOWNERS, BANKERS, MARITIME LAW EXPERTS, SEAMEN'S UNIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

IN EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT CONTRIBUTED BY MEMBERS OF THE STEERING GROUP AND ITS VARIOUS SB-COMMITTEES, MRS CHAN SAID THEIR ADVICE HAD PROVED INVALUABLE, AND VIRTUALLY ALL OF ITS RECOMMENDATIONS HAD BEEN ADOPTED IN THE DRAFTING OF THE BILL.

MRS CHAN EMPHASISED THAT THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER WOULD IN NO SENSE BE A "FLAG OF CONVENIENCE".

SHE NOTED THAT SHIPOWNERS SEEKING REGISTRATION WOULD NEED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAD, OR WERE PREPARED TO ESTABLISH, GENUINE LINKS WITH HONG KONG.

"IN PRACTICE THIS MEANS EITHER THAT A MAJORITY OF THE INTEREST IN THE SHIP MUST BE OWNED BY ONE OR MORE 'QUALIFIED PERSONS'; OR THAT THE SHIP IS OPERATED UNDER DEMISE CHARTER BY A BODY CORPORATE BEING A 'QUALIFIED PERSON’.

/"QUALIFIED PERSONS .......

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"’QUALIFIED PERSONS’, AS DEFINED IN THE BILL, ARE EITHER HOLDERS OF VALID IDENTITY CARDS WHO ARE ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG, COMPANIES INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG, OR OVERSEAS COMPANIES REGISTERED IN HONG KONG UNDER PART XI OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE," SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT THE OWNER MUST ALSO ARRANGE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A "REPRESENTATIVE PERSON" TO REPRESENT THE SHIP’S OWNERS IN RESPECT OF ALL MATTERS CONCERNING THE SHIP’S OPERATION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE REGISTER.

THIS PERSON MUST EITHER BE A QUALIFIED OWNER OR PART OWNER OF THE SHIP, OR A HONG KONG COMPANY WHICH WAS IN THE BUSINESS OF MANAGING OR ACTING AS AN AGENT FOR SHIPS, SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE TERMS OF THE HONG KONG REGISTER WOULD BE MORE FLEXIBLE, IN MANY ASPECTS, THAN THOSE NOW APPLICABLE UNDER THE UNITED KINGDOM REGISTER.

UNLIKE THE UK REGISTER WHICH RESTRICTED THE NUMBER OF PAST OWNERS OF A SHIP THAT COULD BE REGISTERED, THE CURRENT BILL PROVIDED FOR THE PROPERTY IN A SHIP TO BE DIVIDED INTO ANY NUMBER OF SHARES OR PARTS HAVING ANY NUMBER OF OWNERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGISTRATION, SHE SAID.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED FOR A SYSTEM OF PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION WHICH WOULD ENABLE OWNERS TO REGISTER THEIR SHIPS INITIALLY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS, WITHIN WHICH TIME IT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR THE OWNER TO COMPLETE THE VARIOUS SURVEY REQUIREMENTS, SHE ADDED.

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT SUCH ARRANGEMENT WOULD ALLOW OWNERS THE FLEXIBILITY TO REGISTER THEIR SHIPS INITIALLY, EVEN WHILE IN PORTS REMOTE FROM HONG KONG, PROVIDING THEY COULD ENSURE THAT THE NECESSARY SURVEYS WERE CARRIED OUT WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME LIMIT.

TO FACILITATE THE PROCESS OF TRANSITION TO THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, MRS CHAN SAID THE BILL PROVIDED THAT SHIPS NOW REGISTERED ON THE CURRENT REGISTER WOULD BE DEEMED TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NEW HONG KONG REGISTER.

SHIPS FOR WHICH AN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION IN HONG KONG WAS PENDING AT THE TIME THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER CAME INTO OPERATION WOULD BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NEW HONG KONG REGISTER, PROVIDING THEY COMPLIED FULLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FORMER REGISTER, SHE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

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TWO AMENDMENT BILLS INTRODUCED TO REMOVE LOOPHOLES * * * * *

TWO AMENDMENT BILLS WHICH CONTAIN A MISCELLANY OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS AIMED AT REMOVING THE LOOPHOLES AND ANOMALIES CURRENTLY EXISTING IN THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) ORDINANCE AND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) AMENDMENT BILL 1990, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID THE MORE IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS RELATED TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE APPLICATION OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA 1972.

THESE INCLUDED EXTENDING THE APPLICATION OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (DISTRESS SIGNALS AND PREVENTION OF COLLISIONS) REGULATIONS TO JUNKS AND TRAWLERS, AND TO LICENSED VESSELS WHILST OUTSIDE THE WATERS OF HONG KONG, AND INCREASING THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENTIONS OF THE REGULATIONS.

"ANOTHER PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW MORE FLEXIBILITY IN ADOPTING TECHNICAL STANDARDS UNDER THE SCHEDULES OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) REGULATIONS BY ALLOWING THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO PRESCRIBE SUCH STANDARDS," MRS CHAN SAID.

MRS CHAN EXPLAINED THAT THE POWERS TO PRESCRIBE TECHNICAL STANDARDS WERE CURRENTLY VESTED IN THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

"IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL MAY, IF HE THINKS FIT, DELEGATE SUCH POWERS TO THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WHEN HE CONSIDERS THE ADOPTION OF FUTURE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) REGULATIONS," SHE SAID.

TO STREAMLINE OPERATIONS, MRS CHAN SAID IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, RATHER THAN THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, SHOULD BE GIVEN POWERS TO GRANT EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) ORDINANCE AND ITS REGULATIONS.

"THESE EXEMPTIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE GRANTED ON CONDITION THAT THE SAFETY OF THE SHIPS CONCERNED AND THE WELFARE OF THE CREW ON BOARD ARE NOT COMPROMISED," SHE SAID.

ON ANOTHER FRONT, MRS CHAN NOTED THAT EXPERIENCE SHOWED THAT THE SUBMISSION OF EVIDENCE FROM OVERSEAS MARITIME AUTHORITIES FREQUENTLY TOOK LONGER THAN THE CURRENT SIX-MONTH PERIOD WITHIN WHICH CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS MIGHT BE BROUGHT.

"THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE INITIATION OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS FOR OFFENCES AGAINST THE TWO ORDINANCES SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO TWO YEARS FOR OFFENCES COMMITTED OUTSIDE HONG KONG," SHE SAID.

/OTHER MINOR.........

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OTHER MINOR AMENDMENTS INCLUDED PROPOSALS AIMED AT HARMONISING THE LEVELS OF MAXIMUM PENALTIES UNDER DIFFERENT REGULATIONS, AND EMPOWERING THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO AUTHORISE CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES TO ISSUE LOAD LINE CERTIFICATES.

MRS CHAN EXPLAINED THAT LOAD LINES, WHICH WERE PAINTED ON SHIPS’ SIDES, SPECIFIED THE LIMIT TO WHICH A SHIP MIGHT BE IMMERSED WHEN FULLY LADEN AND LOAD LINE CERTIFICATES WERE ISSUED BY MARITIME ADMINISTRATIONS, OR CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES ON THEIR BEHALF, IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL SAFETY CONVENTIONS.

"THE PRESENT PROPOSAL IS TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO DELEGATE THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE THE CERTIFICATES TO SOME OF THESE SOCIETIES.

"THIS WILL GIVE SHIPOWNERS ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY IN FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER THEIR SHIPS IN HONG KONG THROUGH THE SOCIETIES’ GLOBAL NETWORK OF SURVEY OFFICES," SHE SAID.

WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT HER COMMENTS ON THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 ALSO APPLIED TO THIS BILL.

MRS CHAN SAID THE TWO AMENDMENT BILLS WERE TECHNICAL IN NATURE AND DID NOT INVOLVE ANY CHANGE IN CURRENT POLICIES.

DEBATES ON THE TWO BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

--------------------------0-------- MOTIONS TO IMPLEMENT BUDGET REVENUE PROPOSALS PASSED ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED THREE MOTIONS MOVED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, TO IMPLEMENT REVENUE PROPOSALS IN THE 1990 BUDGET.

THEY CONCERN INCREASES IN DUTIES PAYABLE AND RATES CHARGEABLE UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE, THE RATING ORDINANCE AND THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE.

IN MOVING THE FIRST MOTION UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE, SIR PIERS SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE MOTION WAS TO INCREASE THE DUTY PAYABLE UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE ON HYDROCARBON OILS BY ABOUT 30 PER CENT, THE SPECIFIC DUTY RATE ON INTOXICATING LIQUOR AND ALCOHOL BY 10 PER CENT, AND AD VALOREM RATE ON CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINES FROM 20 PER CENT TO 35 PER CENT, AND THE AD VALOREM RATE ON BRANDY, LIQUEURS, WHISKY, GIN, RUM VODKA AND OTHER SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS FROM 30 PER CENT TO 35 PER CENT.

/"IN ADDITION .......

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"IN ADDITION THE MOTION SEEKS TO MERGE THE TWO CATEGORIES OF STILL WINES INTO ONE, AND INCREASES THE DUTY ON TOBACCO BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT.

"THE TOTAL ADDITIONAL REVENUE FROM THESE MEASURES IS ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY $1 BILLION PER ANNUM," HE SAID.

UNDER THE MOTION, THE INCREASES ARE EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 7 THIS YEAR.

ON THE SECOND MOTION UNDER THE RATING ORDINANCE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE MOTION WAS TO INCREASE THE GENERAL RATES CHARGE BY 1.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS.

"THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL RATES PERCENTAGE CHARGES WILL REMAIN UNALTERED BUT THE OVERALL RATES CHARGE WILL NOW BE 7.5 PER CENT," HE SAID.

HE SAID THE PROPOSAL WOULD HELP TO REDRESS THE DECLINE IN RATES REVENUE EXPRESSED AS A PROPORTION OF RENTAL VALUES IN RECENT YEARS. THE ADDITIONAL YIELD TO GENERAL REVENUE IN 1990-91 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION.

UNDER THE MOTION, THE INCREASE IS EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

IN MOVING THE THIRD MOTION UNDER THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE, SIR PIERS SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE MOTION WAS TO INCREASE THE RATES CHARGEABLE ON BOTH STANDARD AND EXOTIC BETS BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT TO 10.5 PER CENT AND 17 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

"THE INCREASE IN DUTY WILL BE BORNE ENTIRELY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB THROUGH A REDUCTION IN THE CLUB’S COMMISSION.

"ADDITIONAL REVENUE IS ESTIMATED TO BE $340 MILLION IN THE YEAR 1990-1991," HE SAID.

ALL THREE MOTIONS INVOLVED NO STAFFING IMPLICATIONS, HE ADDED.

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SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO APPROVED ESTIMATES * ♦ » » *

A SUMMARY OF ALL CHANGES MADE TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1989-90 WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS.

SIR PIERS SAID SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $3,876.9 MILLION WAS APPROVED.

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"THIS INCLUDED $2,668.9 MILLION FOR THE 1989 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND THE DIRECTORATE SALARY STRUCTURE REVIEW IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

"OF THE AMOUNT OF $3,876.9 MILLION, $3,037.5 MILLION WAS OFFSET BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY THE DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS SUBHEADS.

"THE REMAINING $839.4 MILLION WAS NET SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION," HE SAID.

APPROVED NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS WERE INCREASED BY $123.1 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD, AND NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS OF $68.3 MILLION WERE ALSO APPROVED.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, A NET DECREASE OF 1,478 POSTS WAS APPROVED.

SIR PIERS SAID ITEMS IN THE SUMMARY HAD BEEN APPROVED EITHER BY FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY. THE LATTER HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

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MEDICAL CERTIFICATES REQUIREMENTS FOR *******

IMPORTED WORKERS EXPLAINED *

THERE IS AT PRESENT NO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR IMPORTED WORKERS TO PRODUCE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG, MRS WONG SAID THAT AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURE, HOWEVER, MEDICAL CERTIFICATES WERE REQUIRED TO BE PRODUCED BEFORE THE STANDARD CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS WERE ATTESTED OR EMPLOYMENT VISAS WERE ISSUED TO WORKERS IMPORTED UNDER THE 1989 SCHEME FOR IMPORTATION OF SKILLED LABOUR.

"T IE REQUIREMENT FOR A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THE WORKER’S FITNESS FOR 1MPLOYMENT AND TO MEET INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTION STANDARDS.

"IT IS NOT INTENDED AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE AGAINST THE POSSIBLE SPREAD OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES," MRS WONG EXPLAINED.

MRS WONG SAID THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION HAD ADVISED THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES WAS THROUGH AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM.

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”HONG KONG ALREADY HAS SUCH A SYSTEM THROUGH ITS COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK OF OUT-PATIENT CLINICS, ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER MEDICAL FACILITIES.

"THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS SYSTEM HAS BEEN PROVEN BY OUR SUCCESSFUL CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN THE PAST,” SHE SAID.

AS TO DR LEONG’S QUESTION ABOUT THE COST TO GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SERVICES TO IMPORTED WORKERS, MRS WONG SAID THERE WAS NO DATA AVAILABLE ON THE UTILISATION OF THESE SERVICES AND THE COST COULD THEREFORE NOT BE CALCULATED.

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TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS A HELP TO GOVT’S RESEARCH PROJECTS

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THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY MAKING USE OF THE GROWING EXPERTISE IN THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS TO HELP IT CARRY OUT CONSULTANCY WORK, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON DANIEL TSE, MR BARNES SAID THE SERVICES AVAILABLE WERE SOMEWHAT LIMITED SO THAT ONLY QUITE SMALL CONSULTANCIES COULD BE HANDLED IN THIS WAY.

MR BARNES SAID ACADEMIC STAFF IN THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS HAD THEIR NORMAL TEACHING AND OTHER DUTIES TO PERFORM SO THAT THEY COULD NOT NORMALLY DEVOTE THEMSELVES FULL TIME TO CONSULTANCY WORK, NOR COULD THEY ACCEPT THE SAME DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR WORK AS COMMERCIAL CONSULTANTS DID.

HE ADDED THAT WHERE THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WERE PARTICULARLY USEFUL IN SCORE WAS IN CARRYING OUT CONTRACT RESEARCH.

"PROJECTS CONNECTED WITH CONSTRUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS HAVE BEEN HANDLED IN THIS WAY SINCE 1981 AND SEVERAL ARE AT PRESENT IN HAND," THE SECRETARY SAID.

MR BARNES SAID ANOTHER GOOD WAY IN WHICH EXPERT TALENTS IN OUR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS HAD BEEN EMPLOYED IN GOVERNMENT WORKS HAD BEEN THROUGH THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN CONSULTANCIES LET OUT TO COMMERCIAL CONSULTANTS.

"I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GET THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED AND WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE IT WHENEVER SUCH ARRANGEMENTS ARE PROPOSED," HE SAID.

MR BARNES ADDED THAT THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BUILDING SERVICES RESEARCH CENTRE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, AND IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THIS WOULD PROVIDE CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO THE GOVERNMENT WHEN IT BECAME OPERATIONAL.

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ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES DIRECTED AT YOUNG PEOPLE »**«»*

A GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED STATUTORY BODY, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH, IS ENGAGED IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION, ON THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKING, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, MRS WONG SAID THE COUNCIL’S PUBLICITY AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING TWO YEARS WOULD BE DIRECTED SPECIFICALLY TOWARDS THE PROBLEM OF SMOKING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

SHE SAID AS A FIRST STEP, A SURVEY ON SMOKING PREVALENCE AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS SMOKING AMONG JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HAD RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED.

"THIS PROVIDES BASIC INFORMATION FOR THE PLANNING OF ACTIVITIES AND ESTABLISHES BASELINE DATA FOR SUBSEQUENT EVALUATION."

IN ADDITION TO A POP CONCERT AND A FAIR STAGED IN STATUE SQUARE ON MAY 27 TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF A YOUTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME, OTHER ACTIVITIES WOULD BE ORGANISED TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE ADVERSE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SMOKING, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE ACTION TO HELP CREATE A "SMOKE-FREE" ENVIRONMENT AND TO HELP YOUNG SMOKERS TO BREAK THE HABIT, SHE SAID.

MRS WONG SAID AN ANTI-SMOKING YOUTH PROJECT WOULD BE LAUNCHED LATER THIS YEAR TO SUPPLEMENT THE COUNCIL’S EFFORT.

"THIS CAMPAIGN IS FUNDED BY A $2 MILLION GRANT FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL, WITH THE SUPPORT OF A PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM.

"OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS VARIOUS MESSAGES ON SMOKING WILL APPEAR IN THE MASS MEDIA, AND YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE INVOLVED IN VARIOUS CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES."

MRS WONG ADDED THAT SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUPPORTED THE COUNCIL’S ANTI-SMOKING ACTIVITIES.

THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAD INCLUDED THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKING AS ONE OF THE THEMES IN THE YOUNG HEALTH LEADERS TRAINING COURSE WHICH IT ORGANISED FOR FORM THREE AND FIVE STUDENTS, SHE NOTED.

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1990

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GOVT’S POLICY TO MAINTAIN PURCHASING POWER OF PENSIONS

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IT HAS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO MAINTAIN THE PURCHASING POWER OF CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS AGAINST PRICE INFLATION AND THIS IS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH ANNUAL PENSION ADJUSTMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UPWARD MOVEMENTS OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A).

THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHIEF SECRETARY, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON JAMES MCGREGOR.

’’THERE HAS THEREFORE BEEN NO INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS IN REAL TERMS NOR IS IT THE POLICY TO DO SO,” HE SAID.

CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS HAVE BEEN INCREASED AT THE FOLLOWING RATE IN THE PAST 10 YEARS:

YEAR.

PENSION INCREASE AWARDED

1981 14 PER CENT

1982 12 PER CENT

1983 9 PER CENT

1984 11 PER CENT

1985 6 PER CENT

1986 3 PER CENT

1987 3 PER CENT

1988 6 PER CENT

1989 9 PER CENT

1990 10 PER CENT

CUMULATIVE TOTAL 120.8 PER CENT

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT PENSION INCREASES ALSO COVERED WIDOWS’ PENSIONS PAYABLE UNDER THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION SCHEME AND THE WIDOWS’ AND CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME.

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ACTION TO ENSURE ROADS AND PAVEMENTS ARE KEPT FREE

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THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION WHENEVER MANPOWER RESOURCES PERMIT, TO ENSURE THAT CARRIAGEWAYS AND PAVEMENTS ARE KEPT FREE FOR THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LEUNG WAI-TUNG, MR LEUNG SAID CARRIAGEWAYS AND PAVEMENTS WERE FACILITIES BUILT FOR PUBLIC ACCESS, AND AS A GENERAL RULE THE NON-TRANSPORT USE OF SUCH CARRIAGEWAYS AND PAVEMENTS WAS TO BE DISCOURAGED.

/THE COMMON........

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THE COMMON FORMS OF MISUSE OF ROAD SPACE INCLUDED HAWKING ACTIVITIES BASED ON LORRIES AND VANS PARKED ON STREET, AND THE LONG-TIME OCCUPATION OF PARKING SPACES FOR STORAGE OR CAR REPAIRING PURPOSES.

HE SAID UNLICENSED HAWKING ACTIVITIES, WHETHER OR NOT CONDUCTED FROM A VEHICLE, WERE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE.

THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING) REGULATIONS PROVIDED FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF PARKING OF NO MORE THAN 24 HOURS. IT WAS ALSO AN OFFENCE TO REPAIR A VEHICLE ON A ROAD OTHER THAN IN AN EMERGENCY.

MR LEUNG ADDED THAT UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, THE PERMITTED USES OF CARRIAGEWAYS AND PAVEMENTS WERE NORMALLY SHOWN BY APPROPRIATE SIGNS.

CONTRAVENING THE PRESCRIBED USE, SUCH AS ILLEGAL PARKING ON PAVEMENTS, WOULD BE SUBJECT TO A PENALTY UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS AND THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE.

OBSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC PLACES CAUSED BY A VEHICLE OTHER THAN IN CONNECTION WITH LEGAL PARKING WAS SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, UNDER WHICH THE POLICE TOOK ENFORCEMENT ACTION, MR LEUNG SAID.

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MOTION ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR PASSED

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A MOTION ON THE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE MOTION, WHICH WAS MOVED BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, READ: "THAT THIS COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECENT RELAXATION OF THE POLICY ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR."

TWENTY-ONE MEMBERS SPOKE IN THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION AND THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER SPOKE ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

THREE MOTIONS MOVED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE, THE RATING ORDINANCE AND THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE WERE ALSO PASSED.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THREE BILLS WERE PASSED. THEY WERE THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, AND THE GAS SAFETY BILL 1990.

IN ADDITION, FIVE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY WERE THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1989-90) BILL 1990; THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (REGISTRATION) BILL 1990; THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990; AND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990.

DEBATES ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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EXCO APPROVES REVISION OF VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES »»»**»«

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE REVISION OF VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES CHARGED AT GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, WITH THE REVISION TO TAKE EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT, IN DOLLAR TERMS, VEHICLE OWNERS WOULD PAY ONLY $150 TO $260 MORE A YEAR.

THE LAST REVISION OF CHARGES WAS MADE IN 1985.

THE NEW FEES WILL BE REVISED TO $190 FOR A MOTOR CYCLE; $310 FOR A PRIVATE CAR, TAXI OR TRAILER; $370 FOR A LIGHT BUS AND GOODS VEHICLE OR SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE NOT EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT; $500 FOR A SINGLE-DECKER BUS AND GOODS VEHICLE OR SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT; AND $560 FOR DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES AT GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES HAD BEEN CHARGED AT A LEVEL WELL BELOW THE OPERATING COSTS OF THESE CENTRES.

THEY NEEDED TO BE INCREASED IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE SUBSTANTIAL LOSSES INCURRED IN OPERATING THE CENTRES, HE ADDED.

EVEN WITH THE REVISED CHARGES, THE FEES WOULD NOT COVER THE FULL OPERATING COST OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, WHICH WOULD STILL OPERATE AT A LOSS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE FEES TO BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF GRADUALLY RECOVERING THE FULL COST.

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EXPANDING AND OPENING UP MARKETS IMPORTANT

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IT IS IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND EXISTING MARKETS, TO OPEN UP NEW MARKETS AND TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY AND DESIGN OF ITS PRODUCTS, THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FASHION JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES FAIR 1990 AND THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL STATIONERY AND PREMIUM FAIR 1990, MR CHAU SAID HONG KONG DEPENDED HEAVILY ON EXTERNAL TRADE.

HE SAID HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE AMOUNTED TIMES ITS GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND HONG KONG BECOME THE WORLD’S 11TH LARGEST TRADING ENTITY.

TO NEARLY TWO-AND-HALF HAD IN RECENT YEARS

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HE SAID IF THE EEC COUNTRIES WERE COUNTED AS ONE, HONG KONG WAS ACTUALLY THE SIXTH LARGEST TRADING ENTITY IN THE WORLD.

"THE LARGEST TRADING NATION, THE UNITED STATES - WITH A POPULATION 40 TIMES THAT OF HONG KONG - HAS A TOTAL TRADE VALUE ONLY ABOUT SIX TIMES THAT OF HONG KONG.

"OURS IS A TRULY REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT," HE SAID.

MR CHAU SAID HONG KONG WAS BOTH A MAJOR MANUFACTURER AND A MAJOR EXPORTER OF JEWELLERY ITEMS.

"WHERE FASHION JEWELLERY IS CONCERNED, WE ARE THE WORLD’S LEADING EXPORTER.

"FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS HONG KONG HAS MAINTAINED THE POSITION AS THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTER OF COSTUME JEWELLERY, WITH AN EXPORT VALUE OF $1.2 BILLION IN 1989," HE SAID.

MR CHAU SAID STATIONERY AND PREMIUM ITEMS WERE ALSO PRODUCTS WITH GOOD MARKET POTENTIAL.

HE SAID HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF OFFICE AND STATIONERY SUPPLIES HAD BEEN GROWING STEADILY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

"AS REGARDS PREMIUM ITEMS, WE ARE THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF BOTH WATCHES AND TOYS.

"GIVEN HONG KONG’S SOPHISTICATION IN DESIGN, QUALITY AND MARKETING, I CAN SEE VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR EXPORTS OF STATIONERY AND PREMIUM ITEMS," HE SAID.

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STATUTORY COMPOUND INTEREST ON DEBT RECOMMENDED

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THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED THE PROVISION BY LAW OF COMPOUND INTEREST ON DEBTS THAT ARE NOT PAID ON TIME SO THAT CREDITORS DO NOT HAVE TO BEAR THE FINANCIAL BURDEN CAUSED BY LATE PAYERS.

THE RECOMMENDATION IS CONTAINED IN A REPORT ON THE LAW ON INTEREST ON DEBT AND DAMAGES PUBLISHED BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE REPORT IS THE RESULT OF FOUR YEARS’ WORK BY THE COMMISSION, AND A SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MR GRAHAM CHENG, TO EXAMINE THIS COMPLEX AREA OF THE LAW WHICH DIRECTLY AFFECTS MANY PEOPLE.

EXPLAINING THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMISSION SAID THAT IT OFTEN HAPPENS THAT A DEBT IS PAID LATE, DEPRIVING THE CREDITOR OF THE USE OF THE MONEY UNTIL IT IS PAID. THE CREDITOR THEN HAS TO TAKE THE MATTER TO COURT IN ORDER TO GET A JUDGMENT AGAINST THE DEBTOR FOR THE MONEY OWED.

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UNDER THE PRESENT LAW UNLESS THERE IS A PRIOR AGREEMENT THAT INTEREST SHOULD BE PAID THE CREDITOR CAN RECOVER INTEREST ON THE DEBT ONLY IF HE TAKES THE DEBTOR TO COURT.

IF THE DEBTOR PAYS THE DEBT BEFORE HE IS TAKEN TO COURT, THE CREDITOR CANNOT RECOVER ANY INTEREST. THE RESULT IS THAT THE DEBTOR WHO PAYS LATE, EVEN AS LATE AS THE DAY BEFORE HE RECEIVES THE COURT DOCUMENT TELLING HIM HE IS BEING SUED, DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY INTEREST.

THE COMMISSION SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PRESENT LAW THEREFORE PLACES THE SMALL CREDITOR AT A SERIOUS DISADVANTAGE.

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAS CONCLUDED THAT IT IS UNJUST THAT CREDITORS SHOULD HAVE TO BEAR THE FINANCIAL BURDEN CAUSED BY LATE PAYERS.

IT PROPOSES THAT THE CREDITOR WHO IS NOT PAID ON TIME SHOULD BE ENTITLED, BY LAW, TO COMPOUND INTEREST ON THE MONEY HE IS OWED UNTIL HE IS PAID, UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN A PRIOR AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY.

THE STATUTORY INTEREST RATE SHOULD BE THE BEST LENDING RATE PLUS THREE PER CENT PER ANNUM, AND SHOULD BE AWARDED AT INTERVALS OF ONE MONTH.

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS THAT DEBTS PAYABLE IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES BUT SUBJECT TO HONG KONG LAW SHOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME. THE STATUTORY INTEREST RATE SHOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO THE FOREIGN CURRENCY IN QUESTION.

THE APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT SHOULD DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE MARGIN OVER THE RECOGNISED BASE LENDING RATES; AND THE STATUTORY INTEREST SHOULD BE AWARDED AT COMPOUND RATES AND AT INTERVALS OF ONE MONTH.

THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS THAT CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS TO THE STATUTORY INTEREST SCHEME WOULD BE DESIRABLE:

* OVERDUE RENTS SHOULD BE EXCLUDED SINCE THEIR RECOVERY INVOLVES SPECIAL POLICIES PECULIAR TO THE LAW OF LANDLORD AND TENANT.

* THE PROPOSED RIGHT TO STATUTORY INTEREST IS DIFFICULT TO APPLY TO MONEY RECOVERABLE INDEPENDENTLY OF A CONTRACT, OR WHERE THERE IS NO CONTRACT AT ALL. QUASI-CONTRACTUAL

OBLIGATIONS SHOULD THEREFORE BE EXCLUDED BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE AND ARE NOT STRICTLY CONTRACT DEBTS.

* A DEBT PAYABLE UNDER AN OBLIGATION TO INDEMNIFY, AND ALL KINDS OF INDEMNITY INSURANCE SHOULD ALSO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE SCHEME. AN INDEMNIFIER IS NOT IN THE SAME POSITION AS THE ORDINARY DEBTOR SINCE HE IS LIABLE TO PAY WHEN THE CLAIM HAS BEEN PRESENTED AND HE NEEDS TIME TO INVESTIGATE AND VERIFY THE CLAIM. IT WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO REGARD HIM AS WITHHOLDING PAYMENT.

/APART FROM .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1990

APART FROM INTEREST ON DEBT, THE COMMISSION’S REPORT ALSO DEALS WITH INTEREST ON DAMAGES. THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT THERE IS NO GENERAL NEED FOR REFORM, BUT PROPOSES SOME MINOR CHANGES TO THE LAW.

THE COMMISSION IS OF THE VIEW THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO GENERAL ENTITLEMENT TO INTEREST ON DAMAGES BUT THAT THE AWARD OF INTEREST ON DAMAGES SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE COURT’S DISCRETION.

IT PROPOSES THAT THE APPROPRIATE RATE OF INTEREST TO COMPENSATE THE PLAINTIFF IN RESPECT OF SPECIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOSS OF EARNINGS AND OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES TO THE DATE OF TRIAL, IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES SHOULD BE HALF OF THE TOTAL OF ADDING THREE PER CENT TO THE BEST LENDING RATE AT THE TIME OF THE AWARD.

IT RECOMMENDS THAT THE RATE OF INTEREST IN RESPECT OF GENERAL DAMAGES TO COMPENSATE THE PLAINTIFF FOR PAIN, SUFFERING AND LOSS OF AMENITIES, WHICH ARE NON-PECUNIARY LOSS, IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES SHOULD BE AWARDED AT THE LOW RATE OF TWO PER CENT FROM THE SERVICE OF THE WRIT TO THE DATE OF TRIAL AS THE AWARD ALREADY TAKES INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION AND THE EXACT JUDGMENT SUM IS UNKNOWN AT THE DATE OF SERVICE OF THE WRIT.

IT ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO DIVISION OF THE AWARD OF PAIN, SUFFERING AND LOSS OF AMENITIES, AND INTEREST SHOULD BE AWARDED ON THE WHOLE AWARD.

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NO FEWER THAN 250 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE IN STORE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TN THE EASTERN DISTRICT THIS SUMMER.

THE ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY 42 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, HAVE BEEN CO-ORDINATED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATIONAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT A MAIN FEATURE OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS TO ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK, WHILE HAVING FUN DURING THE TWO-MONTH HOLIDAY.

A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THEIR AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BUILDING FOR A BETTER HONG KONG AND CARING FOR THE ELDERLY.

ALSO, THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

/TO MARk .......

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TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE PROGRAMME, A THREE-HOUR CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN VICTORIA PARK ON SUNDAY'(JULY 8), BEGINNING AT 2 PM.

ADMISSION IS FREE. TICKETS FOR STALL GAMES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

ENQUIRIES ON DETAILS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SYP CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 561 4649.

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DB TO DISCUSS UC DISTRICT WORKS PROJECTS

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DISTRICT WORKS PROJECTS UNDER THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL BE CONSULTED ON THE PRIORITY OF CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS BEING PLANNED FOR THE DISTRICT.

THEY WILL CONSIDER THE ALLOCATION OF $300,000 FOR INSTALLATION OF CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR LIGHTING, $80,000 FOR CARRYING OUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND $80,000 FOR HOLDING A CONCERT AT THE HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND VARIOUS COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN LABOUR ON AGENDA

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE IMPORTATION OF FOREIGn LABOUR AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF A SURVEY OF THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN TUEN MUN.

/THE COMMITTEE .......

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THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO EXAMINE AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS TO REPAIR THE DB ’ S NOTICE BOARDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER A MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE COMMITTEE’S FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND A REPORT OF THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE USE OF MAJOR RECREATIONAL VENUES IN THE DISTRICT, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT IN JULY AND AUGUST, AND THE ATTENDANCE RATE FOR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE TO BE HELD 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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THREE OVERSTAYERS FROM CHINA ARRESTED

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IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS CONDUCTED IDENTITY CHECKS ON 71 PERSONS AT 32 LOCATIONS DURING AN OPERATION IN TSING YI AND KWAI CHUNG AREAS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

DURING THE OPERATION, THREE OVERSTAYERS -- TWO WOMEN AGED 21 AND 28, AND ONE MAN AGED 27 -- WERE APPREHENDED. THEY ARE ALL NATIVES OF FUKIEN.

THEY ARE TWO-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS AND HAVE OVERSTAYED IN HONG KONG FOR ABOUT TWO TO FOUR MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT REITERATED THAT THOSE WHO BREACH THEIR CONDITION OF STAY HERE ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND UPON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $5,000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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ACTION ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE CERTAIN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHEK KIP MEI, KOWLOON, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR THE PUBLIC.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT THE COMMON STAIRCASE LANDINGS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NOS. 1 AND 3, 9 AND 11, 13 AND 15, 21 AND 23 AND 25 AND 27, BERWICK STREET.

IN THE SAME OPERATION, ACTION WILL ALSO BE TAKEN AGAINST THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT A YARD ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NOS. 1 TO 25 (ODD NUMBERS ONLY EXCEPT NUMBER 17), AND ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF NO. 25, BERWICK STREET.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON AUGUST 23 THIS YEAR WERE POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF.THE STRUCTURES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, A CLOSURE ORDER IS REQUIRED BEFORE DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE OBTAINED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WESTERN DISTRICT

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 6), THE EXISTING RIGHT-TURN FROM SOUTHBOUND CHIU KWONG STREET INTO WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST HEADING FOR WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KA ON STREET.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN MONG KOK

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 6), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROAD IN MONG KOK WILL BE TEMPORARILY DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT SEVEN WEEKS TO FACILITAE ROAD WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST AND SAI YEE STREET:

- THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST FROM

ITS JUNCTION WITH SAI YEE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 130

METRES TO THE EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

- THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAI YEE STREET FROM ITS

J UNCTION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST TO A POINT ABOUT 25

METRES TO THE SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWAI CHUNG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 6), THE SLIP ROAD LINKING THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHA TIN * * * »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 6), THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE 1JNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN THE EGRESS FROM THE CARPARK AT GRANDWAY GARDEN AND TAI WAI ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN FANLING

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF PRECAST BEAMS AT KIU TAU VEHICULAR BRIDGE, IN FANLING, THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON FRIDAY (JULY 6) AND SATURDAY (JULY 7) FROM 12.01 AM TO 5.30 AM:

* THE SOUTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) SECTION BETWEEN WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE AND KIU TAU WILL BE CLOSED.

MOTORISTS ON SOUTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD FANLING HEADING FOR KOWLOON ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA TAI WO SERVICE ROAD EAST TO REJOIN TAI PO ROAD (FANLING);

* THE NORTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD (TAI WO) SECTION BETWEEN LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE AND WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED."

MOTORISTS ON NORTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) HEADING FOR FANLING, SHEUNG SHUI AND YUEN LONG ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE, TAI WO SERVICE ROAD WEST, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, ROAD D3 AND KAI LENG ELEVATED ROUNDABOUT TO REJOIN TAI PO ROAD (FANLING).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY PUBLISHED.................................................. 1

GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING TAX EXEMPTION FOR SHIPPING REGISTER ............................ 5

REVIEW OF RENT CONTROL ON DOMESTIC PREMISES ........................................... 6

PRIVATE INDUSTRY THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL WASTE RECYCLING ............................... 8

$120M MECHANISED LETTER SORTING SYSTEM FOR POST OFFICE ............................... 8

PRIVATISATION OF VEHICLE EXAM CENTRE’S MANAGEMENT .................................... 9

ENFORCEMENT ON SITE SAFETY STEPPED UP ................................................ 10

MARKET STALL CLEANING COMPETITION IN MONG KOK ........................................ 11

SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO START................................................ 12

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLLUTION CAUSED BY INCINERATORS ............................. 12

THREE GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER ..................................................... 13

NEW FIRE STATION IN TUEN MUN ......................................................... 14

JUNE 1990 SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL................................. 14

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1990

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY PUBLISHED *****

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS GREW MORE RAPIDLY IN MAY THAN IN APRIL, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, EXCEPT THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, INCREASED DURING MAY. TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES ALSO RECORDED AN INCREASE DURING THE MONTH.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS, ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, GREW BY 2.3 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.6 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY.

OF THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT AND 3.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY DURING MAY WHILE DEMAND DEPOSITS DECLINED BY 0.9 PER CENT.

ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 11.8 PER CENT IN MAY, BROADLY IN LINE WITH THE GROWTH OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS ROSE BY 0.8 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER INCREASES OF 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY.

AMONG THESE DEPOSITS, U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS RECORDED ZERO GROWTH WHILE NON-U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 1.5 PER CENT. OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 22.8 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH LICENSED BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 1.5 PER CENT AND 3.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MAY WHILE THOSE WITH RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS DECLINED BY 1.9 PER CENT.

COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER, THEIR GROWTH RATES WERE 18.4 PER CENT, -12.1 PER CENT AND 36.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

MONEY SUPPLY

HK$M1 FELL BY 1.3 PER CENT WHILE HK$M2 AND HK$M3 BOTH ROSE BY 2.1 PER CENT IN MAY. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN APRIL WERE 0.4 PER CENT, 1.0 PER CENT AND 1.0 PER CENT.

FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY, THESE MONETARY AGGREGATES ROSE BY 3.8 PER CENT, 13.8 PER CENT AND 11.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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TOTAL Ml DECREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT WHILE TOTAL M2 AND M3 BOTH ROSE BY 1.5 PER CENT DURING MAY. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN APRIL WERE 2.1 PER CENT, 0.8 PER CENT AND 0.9 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR,- TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 6.0 PER CENT, 17.9 PER CENT AND 17.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INCREASED BY 6.8 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLLOWING A DECLINE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN MARCH AND AN INCREASE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN APRIL.

OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 1.3 PER CENT DURING MAY. FOREIGN CURRENCY DENOMINATED LOANS GREW BY 10.7 PER CENT, LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO AN INCREASE IN EURO-YEN LOANS.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG ROSE BY 1.2 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLLOWING A DECLINE OF 0.6 PER CENT IN MARCH AND AN INCREASE OF 1.1 PER CENT IN APRIL. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 4.1 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 0.9 PER CENT IN MAY COMPARED WITH INCREASES OF 1.9 PER CENT AND 1.8 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 18.9 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG INCREASED BY 13.6 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLLOWING DECLINES OF 1.3 PER CENT AND 0.7 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 69.6 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE MERCHANDISING TRADE NOT TOUCHING HONG KONG FELL BY 3.1 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER INCREASES OF 11.7 PER CENT AND 9.9 PER CENT IN MARCH AND APRIL RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS INCREASED BY 3.6 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBERS OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS BOTH INCREASED BY ONE TO 165 AND 38 RESPECTIVELY. THE NUMBER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY ONE TO 196.

NOTES :

(1) BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 1990, "RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS" AND

"DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES" WERE KNOWN AS "LICENSED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES" AND "REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES" RESPECTIVELY.

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(2) IN THE TEXT ABOVE, TOTAL HK$ DEPOSITS, HK$ TIME DEPOSITS, HK$M2 AND HK$M3 HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS. ON THE OTHER HAND, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS AND US$ DEPOSITS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS.

’’SWAP DEPOSITS” ARE DEPOSITS INVOLVING CUSTOMERS BUYING FOREIGN CURRENCIES (MOSTLY U.S. DOLLARS) IN THE SPOT MARKET AND PLACING THEM AS DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT TO SELL SUCH FOREIGN CURRENCIES (PRINCIPAL PLUS INTEREST) FORWARD IN LINE WITH THE MATURITY OF SUCH DEPOSITS. FOR MOST ANALYTICAL PURPOSES, THEY SHOULD BE REGARDED AS HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS.

/MONETARY STATISTICS

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1990

MONETARY STATISTICS - MAY 1990

(HKSun)

May 1990 Earlier months (X :hange to May 1990)

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Honey Supply Apr 1990 Feb 1990 May 1989

Ml - HKS

82.103 83,189 ( -1.3 X) 84.842 ( -3.2 X) 79.113 ( 3.8 X)

Foreign currency 10.823 11,382 ( -4.9 X) 11.598 ( -6 7 X) 8,533 ( 26.5 X) in

Total 92.926 94.571 ( -1.7 X) 96.441 ( -3.6 X) 87.646 ( 6.0 X)

M2 - HKS* 488.269 477.996 ( 2.1 X) 471.636 ( 3.5 X) 429,079 (• 13.8 X;

Foreign currency* 571.225 565,514 ( 1.0 X) 560,272 ( 2.0 X) 469.780 ( 21.6 X)

Total 1.059.495 1.043.510 ( 1.5 X) 1,031,908 ( 2.7 X) 898.859 ( 17.3 X)

M3 - HKS* 520.003 509.437 ( 2.1 X) 502.477 ( 3.5 X) 466.456 ( 11.5 X;

Foreign currency* 615.721 609,774 ( 1.0 X) 600.156 ( 2.6 X) 503,263 ( 22.3 X »

Total 1.135,724 1.119,211 ( 1.5 X) 1.102.633 ( 3.0 X) 969,718 ( 17.1 X)

Notes arid coins in circulation 38.901 39.747 ( -2.1 X) 40.537 ( -4 0 1) 35.143 ( 10.7

of which held by public 33.664 34,308 ( -1.9 X) 35,598 ( -5.4 X) 30.307 ( 11.1 X)

Total Deposits

Total Demand deposits 59.261 60,263 ( -1.7 X) 60.843 ( -2.6 X) 57.339 ( 3.4 X;

Total Savings deposits 189.748 187.512 ( 1.2 X) 192.478 ( -1.4 X) 163.268 ( 16.2 X)

1 Total Time deposits with licensed banks 759.273 745.264 ( 1.9 X) 726.387 ( 4.5 X) 630.836 ( 20.4 X) 1

Total Time deposits with restricted licence banks 40.183 40.370 ( -1.9 X) 26.871 ( 9.0 X) 29.352 ( * ’ 1

Total Time deposits with deposit-taking companies 34,568 33,265 ( 3.9 X) 32.419 ( 6.6 X) 39.347 ( -12.1

HKS deposits* 473.481 462.813 ( 2.3 X) 454.645 ( 4 1 X) 423.571 ( 11.8 x; 1

USS deposits* 266.840 266,945 ( 0.0 X) 261.143 ( 2.2 X) 242.146 ( 10.2 X) o

Other foreign currency deposits 342.713 337.515 ( 1.5 X) 333.209 ( 2.9 X) 254,425 ( 34.7 X)

1 All deposits 1.083,034 1,067,274 ( 1.5 X) 1,046,997 ( 3.2 X) 920,142 ( 17.7 X) i

Foreign currency swap deposits 68,578 66,290 ( 3.5 X) 61,734 ( 11.1 X) 55,147 ( 24.4 X) I

Total Loans and advances I

To finance H.K.’s visible trade 65,152 64.405 ( 1.2 X) 64,089 ( 1.7 X) 62,561 ( 4 . 1 X)

To finance merchandising trade 9.672 9,979 ( -3.1 X) 8.126 ( 19.0 X) 9.332 ( 3.6 X)

not touching H.K.

Other loans for use in H.K. 635,100 629,498 ( 0.9 X) 606,886 ( 4.6 X) 533,923 ( 18.9 X)

Other loans for use outside H.K. 633.982 558.243 ( 13.6 X) 569.594 ( 11.3 X) 373,7’8 ( 69.6 X)

Other loans where the place of 98,009 88.182 ( 11.1 X) 101,382 ( -3.3 X) 69,643 ( 40.7 X)

use is not known

Loans in HKS 571,007 563,490 ( 1.3 X) 547.319 ( 4.3 X) 483,831 ( 18.0 *;

Loans in foreign currencies 870.SC8 786.816 ( 10.7 X) 802.758 ( 8.5 X) 565,347 ( 54.0 X) X)

Total loans and advances 1,441,915 1,350,306 ( 6. 8 X) 1,350.077 ( 6.8 X) 1,049,177 ( 37.4

* Adjusted for foreign currency swap deposits

Note : ’Restricted licence banks’ and ’deposit-taking companies’ were known as ’licensed deposit-taking companies’ and ’registered deposit-taking companies’ respectively before 1 February 1990.

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1990

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GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING TAX EXEMPTION FOR SHIPPING REGISTER

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD MEAN THAT SHIPS REGISTERED IN HONG KONG WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM PAYING HONG KONG PROFITS TAX ON THEIR EARNINGS ARISING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OPERATION OF OCEAN-GOING SHIPPING.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION THIS AFTERNOON, MRS CHAN SAID THAT ONCE THE BEST APPROACH TO THE QUESTIONS OF TAXATION OF SHIPPING PROFITS WAS DETERMINED, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEK THE NECESSARY AMENDMENTS TO THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

SHE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WELL UNDERSTOOD THAT SHIPOWNERS WORLDWIDE WOULD WANT TO KNOW THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S POSITION ON TAXATION BEFORE THEY COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO THE HONG KONG REGISTER.

"WE HAVE BEEN VERY MUCH AWARE, ALL THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR THE REGISTER, THAT SHIPOWNERS WORLDWIDE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY TO SEE WHAT ARRANGEMENTS WE WILL BE MAKING FOR TAXATION OF HONG KONG-REGISTERED SHIPS," SHE SAID.

"IN CONSIDERING OUR POLICY IN THIS RESPECT, WE HAVE HAD TO RECOGNISE THE KEEN COMPETITION WE FACE FROM ESTABLISHED REGISTERS AROUND THE WORLD," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION AND OTHER SECTORS OF THE MARITIME COMMUNITY TO THE WORK OF DESIGNING THE NEW REGISTER.

"I BELIEVE WE HAVE, WITH YOUR HELP, DESIGNED A REGISTER OF WHICH HONG KONG PEOPLE CAN BE PROUD NOW, AND IN THE FUTURE: ONE WHOSE TERMS REFLECT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENTS TO THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF MARITIME SAFETY AND YET TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE REALITIES OF DOING BUSINESS IN TODAY’S HIGHLY COMPETITIVE COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT," SHE SAID.

"THE DESIGN OF THE NEW HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER IS, I BELIEVE, A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BENEFITS OF GOOD TEAMWORK BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR,” SHE ADDED.

"WE HAVE BEEN ACUTELY CONSCIOUS, THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS, THAT WE MUST PROVIDE FOR A REGISTER THAT IS LEGALLY SOUND, REPUTABLE, USER FRIENDLY, AS WELL AS ENSURING THAT HONG KONG SEAFARERS HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS," SHE STRESSED.

"BY SPECIFYING AND ENFORCING INTERNATIONALLY BASED STANDARDS OF VESSEL CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT AND CREW STANDARDS, WE HAVE PROVIDED FOR A SAFE REGISTER, CONSISTENT WITH OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION CONVENTIONS, IN PARTICULAR, ON THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF CREW AND PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT.

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"BY INSISTING THAT ALL WHO MAKE USE OF THE REGISTER MUST HAVE, OR MUST ESTABLISH A REAL LINK WITH HONG KONG, WE HAVE ENSURED THAT WE ARE COMPLYING WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE YET-TO-BE RATIFIED UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CONDITIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF SHIPS.

"BY INCORPORATING INTERNATIONAL SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS, BY ALLOWING GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING MANNING REQUIREMENTS; BY PROVIDING FOR PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION OF SHIPS IN PORTS OUTSIDE HONG KONG, WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST TO DESIGN A REGISTER WHICH IS PRACTICAL AND IN TUNE WITH THE DEMANDS OF THE MODERN MERCHANT SHIPPING ENVIRONMENT.

"BY RECOGNISING THE NEED TO PITCH OUR FEES AND CHARGES AT LEVELS WHICH ARE TRULY COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER POPULAR REGISTERS, WE HAVE RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING THE REGISTER ATTRACTIVE TO SHIPOWNERS BOTH IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS," SHE POINTED OUT.

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A DEMAND FOR AN INDEPENDENT HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

"AS A RESULT, NOT ALL HONG KONG - OWNED SHIPS ARE PRESENTLY REGISTERED IN HONG KONG," SHE SAID.

ONCE HONG KONG HAD ITS OWN REGISTER, MORE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS AND SHIP MANAGERS WOULD BE ATTRACTED TO THE NEW REGISTER, SHE ADDED.

"IT CONTAINS ALL THE FEATURES WHICH MEET OUR REQUIREMENTS AS A RESPONSIBLE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DEMANDS AND PRESSURE YOU FACE AS BUSINESSMEN OPERATING IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE WORLD.

"I BELIEVE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY ITS PART. THE BALL IS VERY MUCH IN YOUR COURT.

"WITH YOUR SUPPORT, I KNOW HONG KONG CAN LOOK TO A BRIGHT AND INCREASINGLY PROSPEROUS FUTURE AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING PORTS AND CENTRES OF MARITIME COMMERCE," SHE SAID.

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REVIEW OF RENT CONTROL ON DOMESTIC PREMISES

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THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO UPDATE THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) RESOLUTION 1990, WHICH IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 18, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES BE INCREASED FROM 43 TO 48 TIMES THE STANDARD RENT WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

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THE RESOLUTION ALSO PROPOSES TO RAISE THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM IN PART II OF THE ORDINANCE FROM 65 TO 70 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT, EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 19 THIS YEAR.

IN ANNOUNCING THESE PROPOSALS, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE DRAWN UP FOLLOWING ANOTHER REVIEW OF THE WORKING OF THE ORDINANCE, AN ASSESSMENT OF MARKET CONDITIONS AND HAVING REGARD TO THE INTERESTS OF BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS.

THESE MEASURES WERE ALSO IN KEEPING WITH GOVERNMENT’S PREVIOUSLY STATED INTENTION TO PHASE OUT RENT CONTROL WITHOUT CAUSING ADVERSE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES, HE ADDED.

FOLLOWING THE ESTABLISHED POLICY OF ALLOWING ANNUAL INCREASE IN THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, THE FACTOR TO BE APPLIED TO THE "STANDARD RENT" (THAT IS, RENT AS AT DECEMBER 25, 1941) TO ARRIVE AT THE PERMITTED RENT WILL BE CHANGED FROM 43 TO 48.

THE PROPOSED INCREASE WILL AFFECT SOME 1,200 PRE-WAR DOMESTIC UNITS EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLED UNDER PART I OF THE ORDINANCE.

RAISING THE FACTOR FROM 43 TO 48 WOULD RESULT IN AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF ABOUT 12 PER CENT OR $180 PER MONTH OVER THE CURRENT PERMITTED RENT, AND WOULD BRING SUCH RENTS TO ABOUT 76 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET LEVEL.

IF APPROVED, THIS PROPOSAL WOULD TAKE EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

ALSO IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF PROGRESSIVE DECONTROL, IT IS PROPOSED TO INCREASE, WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 19 THIS YEAR, THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM IN PART II OF THE ORDINANCE FROM 65 TO 70 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT.

ASSUMING THAT MARKET RENTS REMAIN RELATIVELY STABLE, THIS WILL HAVE A NET EFFECT OF INCREASING THE NUMBER OF TENANCIES AFFECTED BY THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT BY 2,260 AND INCREASING THE AVERAGE CONTROLLED RENTS BY AN ADDITIONAL $129 PER MONTH.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THESE PROPOSED CHANGES CAN APPROACH THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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PRIVATE INDUSTRY THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL WASTE RECYCLING

PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS HU. KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING WASTE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE LUBRICATING OIL MANUFACTURING AND WASTE OIL REFINING PLANT OF LUBRICO (HK) LTD.

MR BARNES SAID AS THE POTENT I \L PRODUCER OF, AND CUSTOMER FOR, RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS, PRIVATE INDUSTRY COULD SUPPLY THE MARKET-BASED IMPETUS WHICH WOULD HELP RECYCLING SCHEMES SUCCEED.

LUBRICO IS THE FIRST SUCH PLANT IN ASIA. IT AIMS AT COLLECTING ABOUT 20,000 TONNES OF WASTE OIL ANNUALLY FROM THE LOCAL MARKET, REPRESENTING ALMOST 80 PER CENT OF THE WASTE OIL PRODUCED IN HONG KONG EVERY YEAR.

MR BARNES SAID THERE HAD BEEN A GROWING INTEREST IN RECYCLING OF WASTE IN HONG KONG.

’’BECAUSE WE HAVE SCARCE NATURAL RESOURCES, LIMITED SPACE IN LANDFILLS FOR DUMPING WASTES, AND BECAUSE THE COST OF WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL IS HIGH, AND THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS TO THE ENVIRONMENT CAUSED BY THE IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF WASTES ARE VERY SERIOUS, RECOVERY AND RECYCLING ARE LOGICAL AND POSITIVE ANSWERS TO THESE PROBLEMS,” HE SAID.

MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT WASTES HAD VALUE AND COULD BECOME REVENUE GENERATING RESOURCES.

’’THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE HERE TOO,” HE SAID.

WASTE RECOVERY WAS WIDELY PRACTISED IN HONG KONG, BUT MOST OF THE RECOVERED WASTE WAS EXPORTED FOR RECYCLING ELSEWHERE. THERE WERE VERY FEW RECYCLING PLANTS IN HONG KONG, HE NOTED.

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$120M MECHANISED LETTER SORTING SYSTEM FOR POST OFFICE

THE POST OFFICE HAS INSTALLED A $120 MILLION MECHANISED LETTER SORTING SYSTEM, COMPRISING OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION, VIDEO CODING AND LETTER SORTING MACHINES, TO SPEED UP THE PROCESSING OF MAIL ITEMS AND ENHANCE ITS EFFICIENCY.

THE NEW SYSTEM IS THE FIRST OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD TO MACHINE-READ MULTI-LINE ADDRESSES WITHOUT POSTCODES OR ZIPCODES.

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, AND THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF THE SYSTEM AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON MONDAY (JULY 9).

THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN THE MAIL PROCESSING CENTRES OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE AND SEVEN LARGE DISTRICT MAIL DELIVERY OFFICES IN THE TERRITORY.

"IT WILL SUBSTANTIALLY SPEED UP THE PROCESSING OF MILLIONS OF MAIL ITEMS EACH DAY, ENHANCE EFFICIENCY AND IMPROVE THE GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR STAFF," A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

A POSTCARD SHOWING ONE OF THE NEW LETTER SORTING MACHINES IN CONTRAST TO A SCENE IN THE MAIL SORTING ROOM OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN 1946 WILL BE ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE SYSTEM’S OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING.

THE POSTCARD, AT $1 EACH, WILL BE PLACED ON SALE ON MONDAY (JULY 9) AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AS WELL AS THE BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, PEAK, AIRPORT, GRANVILLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI AND SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICES.

A RESTRICTION OF FIVE POSTCARDS PER PURCHASE WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE DAY OF ISSUE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A HAND-BACK SERVICE GIVEN TO POSTCARDS WITH FULL POSTAGE PREPAID AT THE SEVEN OFFICES THAT DAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 9) ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, 2 CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL. IT WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE COMMEMORATIVE POSTCARD AND THE PROGRAMME OF THE CEREMONY WILL BE BOXED TODAY (THURSDAY).

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PRIVATISATION OF VEHICLE EXAM CENTRE’S MANAGEMENT

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO PRIVATISE THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF THE NEW COMPUTERISED KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE, WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN OCTOBER.

THE CENTRE WILL ENSURE THE ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF ALL GOODS

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WHEN COMPLETED, THE KOWLOON BAY CENTRE WOULD BE MANNED INITIALLY BY TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STAFF REDELOPED FROM THE OTHER FIVE VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

IN THE MEANTIME, ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE MADE TO FULLY PRIVATISE THE CENTRE BY MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH EFFECT FROM 1992/93, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ONLY CONTRACT OUT THE CENTRE’S MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION, AND WOULD CONTINUE TO OWN THE CENTRE.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S EXISTING MONITORING TEAM WOULD ALSO BE STRENGTHENED TO ENSURE THAT THE PRIVATISED CENTRE WAS PROPERLY OPERATED, HE SAID.

FEES CHARGED FOR VEHICLE EXAMINATIONS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT PRIVATISING THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF THE NEW FACILITY WOULD GENERATE GREATER PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH PRIVATE SECTOR MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES.

IT WOULD ALSO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN STAFF AND WOULD AVOID UNNECESSARY COMPETITION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE LABOUR MARKET, HE SAID.

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ENFORCEMENT ON SITE SAFETY STEPPED UP

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S SPECIAL TASK FORCE WILL TAKE INTENSIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON CONSTRUCTION SITES BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS.

UNDER THE THIRD PHASE OF A FOUR-AND-A-HALF MONTH SPECIAL INSPECTION CAMPAIGN STARTED IN MAY, THE TASK FORCE WILL CONCENTRATE ON SITES WITH POOR RECORDS OF ACCIDENTS AND PROSECUTIONS.

’’FOUR SPECIAL TASK FORCE TEAMS COMPRISING 14 EXPERIENCED FACTORY INSPECTORS WILL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO HIGH-RISK AREAS ON SITES LIKELY TO CAUSE SERIOUS ACCIDENTS,” THE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

’’THEY INCLUDE PLACES LIABLE TO CAUSE FALLS OF PERSONS OR OBJECTS, CAISSON WORK, UNFENCED CIRCULAR SAWS AND OPENINGS AS WELL AS THE WEARING OF SAFETY HELMETS.

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’•PROSECUTION WILL BE TAKEN OUT DURING THE INSPECTIONS AGAINST BLATANT OFI NDERS TO MAKE THEM TAKE SAFETY MORE SERIOUSLY,” HE SAID.

MR iIP NOTED THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS CONTINUED TO REGIS!.,R THE HIGHEST ACCIDENT RATE AMONG ALL TRADES, WITH 26,399 ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR.

"THE TASK FORCE OPERATION IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CURB SUCH UPSURGE OF ACCIDENTS AND HAS PROVED TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE PARTICULARLY IN THE WET AND WINDY SEASONS," HE EXPLAINED.

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MARKET STALL CLEANING COMPETITION IN MONG KOK

A MARKET STALL CLEANING COMPETITION TO DRAW PUBLIC ATTENTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS WILL BE HELD AT THE FA YUEN STREET MARKET IN MONG KOK ON SUNDAY (JULY 8).

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

DIVIDED INTO SMALL STALLS, LARGE STALLS AND COOKED FOOD STALLS SECTIONS, THE COMPETITION IS ALSO AIMED AT ENCOURAGING STALL OPERATORS TO MAINTAIN A CLEAN AND TIDY ENVIRONMENT.

A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THE PODIUM LEVEL, THIRD FLOOR OF THE URBAN COUNCIL FA YUEN STREET COMPLEX.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR CHAN KWOK-MING, AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR LEUNG NAI-MING.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG DAY. IT IS ALSO PART OF THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN WHICH FOCUSSES ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OF STREETS THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK MARKET STALL CLEANING COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 8) ON THE PODIUM LEVEL, THIRD FLOOR, URBAN COUNCIL FA YUEN STREET COMPLEX.

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SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO START

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A CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JULY 7) MORNING AT CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BAY.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG, WILL PRESENT AN APPOINTMENT LETTER TO THE DISTRICT’S "FIGHT CRIME STAR", TV ARTISTE MISS LEE SZE-KEE.

MISS LEE WILL MAKE A FIGHT CRIME APPEAL AFTER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; DISTRICT COMMANDER OF THE WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION, MR PAANG KUI-SAN; DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAM TIN-KEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUN-HOI; AND CONVENER OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING GROUP, MR MAK HON-KAI.

THE PARTY WILL UNVEIL A FIGHT CRIME PUBLICITY SIGNBOARD PUT UP AT THE BEACH. MORE SUCH SIGNBOARDS WILL BE INSTALLED AT OTHER BEACHES AND VARIOUS CARPARKS IN THE DISTRICT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

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

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BAY, SAI KUNG, AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 7).

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLLUTION CAUSED BY INCINERATORS

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THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE POLLUTION PROBLEMS CAUSED BY VILLAGE INCINERATORS AT TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU AND TAI O, LANTAU AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE INSTALLATION OF WELCOME SIGNBOARDS AND VISITS TO SITES EARMARKED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

/A PROGRESS .......

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A PROGRESS REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL 1990-91 WILL BE TABLED.

IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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THREE GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF THREE LAND LOTS IN KOWLOON.

THE FIRST LOT IS LOCATED BETWEEN SHATIN PASS ROAD AND MUK LUN STREET, WONG TAI SIN.

IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,375 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR A FEE-PAYING PARKING AREA FOR GOODS VEHICLES, EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES, CURRENTLY LICENSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 380 SQUARE METRES, THE SECOND LOT IS LOCATED AT YEE KUK STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE PURPOSES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE THIRD LOT IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD AND CHO YUEN STREET, YAU TONG.

IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 6,350 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC PARKING AREA FOR PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES, TAXIS AND GOODS VEHICLES CURRENTLY LICENSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, BUT EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH TRAILER/CHASSIS ATTACHED.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 20.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 1OTH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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NEW FIRE STATION IN TUEN MUN ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $9.9 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION IN TUEN MUN. z

LOCATED AT AREA 40, PILLAR POINT, THE FIRE STATION WILL CONSIST OF A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK, A FOUR-BAY APPLIANCE ROOM AND A DRILL YARD.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ALSO INCLUDE AN OFFICE, A DUTY/SERVICE ROOM, BARRACKS, A CANTEEN/RECREATION ROOM, A

STORE/EQUIPMENT ROOM, A REFILLING STATION, AN UNDERGROUND OIL FUEL TANK CHAMBER, AND SERVICES MAINS AND CABLE DUCTS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START SOON AND IS SCHEDULED TO BR COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

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JUNE 1990 SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING THE JUNE 1990 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 100,000 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 (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION; 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 TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 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 29 THIS YEAR FOR EACH SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 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 OF APRIL-JUNE 1990.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE ON TEL. 823 5076.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1989 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED ...................................... 1

SUMMARY RESULTS OF 1988 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION ................................ 3

BRITISH NATIONALITY (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL TO BE GAZETTED 7

ELECTRICITY SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS GAZETTED ............................................ 8

CSD DOING IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT WORK ................................................. 9

TRADE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED ............................................. 10

THIRTEEN DISTRICTS TO LAUNCH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES .................................. 11

EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ................................................. 12

• SAI KUNG TO CLEAN UP ON SUNDAY ........................................................ 13

SHAM TSENG SAN TSUEN ACCESS ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS TO BE AMENDED ................... 14

MORE ROADS TO BE BUILT IN SHEUNG SHUI ................................................. 15

COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS PROJECTS ON DISPLAY ............................................... 15

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER ................................................ 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN FO TAN ......................................................... 17

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD ............................................... 17

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN TUEN MUN .................................................... 17

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 1990

1989 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED

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IN 1989, 17,763 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 107.6 MILLION NET REGISTERED TONS (NRT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 1 352 (OR 8 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 9.6 MILLION NRT (OR 10 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER 1988.

THIS IS RELEASED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT 1989" PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN 1989, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT OVER 1988.

WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF OIL TANKERS (+808), CONTAINER VESSELS (+627) AND CONVENTIONAL CARGO VESSELS (+133), WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF SEMI-CONTAINER VESSELS (-117) AND ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF VESSELS (-97).

WHEN ANALYSED BY FLAG OF VESSELS, MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+853), PANAMA (+286), NORWAY (+56) AND WEST GERMANY (+55), WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THOSE REGISTERED IN JAPAN (-124), THE PHILIPPINES (-44) AND TAIWAN (-40).

THE NUMBER OF INCOMING SHIPS WITH A CAPACITY OF LESS THAN 10,000 DEADWEIGHT TONS INCREASED BY 888 WHILST THE NUMBER OF THOSE WITH A LARGER CAPACITY INCREASED BY 464.

IN 1989, THERE WERE 17,785 OUTGOING SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 107.9 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 1,420 (OR 9 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 10.1 MILLION NRT (OR 10 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER 1988.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) ROSE BY 11 PER CENT. ABOUT 68 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN TWO DAYS.

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, 86 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS IMPORTS AND 14 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO. OF THE CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, 61 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) AND 39 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TONNAGE TERMS WERE SINGAPORE (17 PER CENT), JAPAN (14 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (13 PER CENT), CHINA (11 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (9 PER CENT), TAIWAN (8 PER CENT) AND THE USA (5 PER CENT), WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE USA (21 PER CENT), CHINA (17 PER CENT), TAIWAN (12 PER CENT), JAPAN (5 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (5 PER CENT).

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TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (32 PER CENT) AND THE USA (18 PER CENT), AND WAS MAINLY DISCHARGED IN CHINA (19 PER CENT) AND THE USA (13 PER CENT).

COMPARING 1989 WITH 1988, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM ECUADOR (+38 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (+21 PER CENT), JAPAN (+19 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+19 PER CENT), WHILE MAJOR DECREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM BRAZIL (-26 PER CENT), WEST GERMANY (-15 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (-10 PER CENT). AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE IMPORTS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF TEXTILE FIBRES (+32 PER CENT), PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (+26 PER CENT) AND CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS (+18 PER CENT), WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF IRON AND STEEL (-21 PER CENT) AND LOGS AND TIMBER (-20 PER CENT).

COMPARING 1989 WITH 1988, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT. MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CHINA (+50 PER CENT), THE PHILIPPINES (+32 PER CENT), THE USA (+25 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (+19 PER CENT) AND THE NETHERLANDS (+18 PER CENT), WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO SOUTH KOREA (-8 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (+83 PER CENT), FOOTWEAR (+39 PER CENT), CLAY AND KAOLIN (+27 PER CENT), COTTON GARMENTS (+25 PER CENT) AND GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+24 PER CENT), WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF PULP AND WASTE PAPER (-7 PER CENT).

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE IMPORTS AND INWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 33 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO. OF THOSE LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE EXPORTS AND OUTWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 77 PER CENT WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO.

IN TERMS OF TONNAGE, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 27 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM ITALY (99 PER CENT), FRANCE (98 PER CENT), THE USA (82 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (81 PER CENT) AND THE NETHERLANDS (80 PER CENT).

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE IMPORTS IN 1989 ROSE BY 6 PER CENT OVER 1988.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR, IN TONNAGE TERMS, 95 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, 93 PER CENT OF OTHER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES AND PARTS, 90 PER CENT OF PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP, OF PAPER OR OF PAPERBOARD AND 84 PER CENT OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURES OF METAL AND NON-METALLIC MINERALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED.

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FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 69 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR ALL SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CANADA, AND ALMOST ALL TO WEST GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE USA, AUSTRALIA AND FRANCE. THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE EXPORTS IN 1989 ROSE BY 12 PER CENT OVER 1988.

SEABORNE EXPORTS OF SOME PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES WERE NEARLY ALL CONTAINERISED. THESE INCLUDED TOYS; COTTON GARMENTS; GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; FOOTWEAR; COTTON TEXTILES AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED.

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPMASTERS OR AUTHORISED SHIPPING AGENTS AND COVER ALL OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING HONG KONG, EXCLUDING YACHTS AND PLEASURE CRAFT.

PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS ARE COMPILED FROM OCEAN CARGO MANIFESTS SUPPLIED BY SHIPPING COMPANIES OR AGENTS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BECAUSE OF RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A SAMPLE OF ALL CONSIGNMENTS LISTED IN THE MANIFESTS IS USED FOR COMPILING PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS. THE SAMPLING METHOD IS DESCRIBED IN THE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE REPORT.

MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR 1989 ARE CONTAINED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT 1989", WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, CENTRAL AT $37.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRADE SURVEYS AND SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 823 4887.

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SUMMARY RESULTS OF 1988 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION *******

THE SUMMARY STATISTICS COMPILED FROM THE SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION COVERING THE REFERENCE YEAR 1988 WAS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

FIELD WORK FOR THE SURVEY WAS UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN MAY 1989 AND EARLY 1990.

THE SURVEY RESULTS INDICATED THAT 51,671 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS HAD OPERATED FOR THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1988.

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THE OUTPUT OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY SHOWED SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN 1988. THE VALUE OF GROSS OUTPUT DURING 1988 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $315,940 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 11.5 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS COMPARED WITH 1987.

THE EXPENSES OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN 1988 INCLUDED $213,067 MILLION ON THE PURCHASES OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES AND INDUSTRIAL WORK/SERVICES; $49,062 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES; AND $27,115 MILLION ON OTHER EXPENSES.

THE TOTAL VALUE ADDED OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY STOOD AT $83,182 MILLION IN 1988, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 9.8 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS OVER 1987.

VALUE ADDED IS A MEASURE OF THE NET OUTPUT OF THE INDUSTRY AND REFLECTS THE INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.

RANKED ACCORDING TO THE VALUE ADDED, THE TOP FIVE BROAD INDUSTRY GROUPS WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG WERE : WEARING APPAREL ( $17,858 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE ADDED OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY ) ; BASIC METALS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT ( $15,408 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT ) ; TEXTILES ( $12,925 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT ) ; ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS ( $12,670 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT ) ; AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS ( $6,619 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

AS REGARDS THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AREAS WERE "TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TSING YI” AND "NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG, LEI YUE MUN".

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE LOCATIONS TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 47 PER CENT AND 44 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE GROSS OUTPUT AND VALUE ADDED OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

WHEN ANALYSED BY THE EMPLOYMENT SIZES OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, THE STATISTICS SHOWED THAT ABOUT 69 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS HAD ENGAGED LESS THAN 10 PERSONS.

HOWEVER, THESE SMALL ESTABLISHMENTS ONLY ACCOUNTED FOR 9 PER CENT, 11 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE GROSS OUTPUT, VALUE ADDED AND TOTAL WORKFORCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

IN CONTRAST, ONLY ABOUT 3 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS HAD ENGAGED 100 OR MORE PERSONS, BUT THEY ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 49 PER CENT OF THE GROSS OUTPUT, 49 PER CENT OF VALUE ADDED AND 41 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

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THE 1988 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION WAS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT FOR ASCERTAINING THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS. OF THE RELEVANT ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES, AND FOR ESTIMATING THE CONTRIBUTION OF THESE ACTIVITIES TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

APART FROM THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN MINING AND QUARRYING AND IN THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE 1988 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE JUNE 1990 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MORE DETAILED RESULTS TOGETHER WITH THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SURVEY WILL BE GIVEN IN THE SURVEY REPORT ENTITLED ”1988 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION”, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN AUGUST AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; AND AT THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 823 4823.

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Sum ary results of the 1988 Survey of Industrial Production Analysis by broad manu factoring industry group

Broad industry group Number of establishments Number of persons engaged Purchases of materials, supplies and industrial Value added (I to)

Compensation work/ Other expenses ($ to) Gross output ($ to)

of employees ($ to) services (1 to)

Food, beverages & tobacco 979 (1.1) 25 274 (-0.5) 1,607 (12.4) 6,888 (20.6) 1,672 (16.3) 12,335 (20.3) 4,140 (29.2)

Textiles (including knitting) 5 197 (-3.0) 124 354 (-3.9) 7,644 (7.0) 31,314 (6.7) 4,017 (5.9) 47,445 (6.9) 12,925 (2.8)

Wearing apparel, except knitwear 4 footwear 9 530 (0.1) 252 571 (-8.9) 13,041 (0.6) 38,004 (-2.1) 5,495 (0.4) 59,771 (-1.7) 17,858 (0.1)

Leather, wood & ccrk products 2 705 (-7.3) 24 415 (-9.6) 1,215 (2.4) 4,036 (-0.1) 612 (3.7) 6,292 (•) 1,744 (-0.5)

Paper products, prlntlr^ & publishing 6 1»23 (13.1) 58 353 (10.4) 3,474 (29.6) 11,518 (37.3) 2,214 (44.3) 19,631 (35.3) 6,525 (30.8)

Chemicals, rubber & non-metallic mineral products 1 333 (-5.4) 15 857 (-11.6) 1,031 (3.6) 7,753 (27.5) 1,091 (7.3) 10,816 (21.5) 2,148 (10.7)

Plastic products 5 566 (2.9) 74 483 (-16.6) 3,846 (-0.7) 16,389 (4.4) 2,196 (2.4) 24,966 (5.0) 6,619 (9.2)

Basic metals, fabricated metal products, machinery & equipment 15 059 (5.4) 155 771 (-1.8) 8,775 (14.9) 41,645 (23.9) 4,260 (23.5) 60,093 (23.6) 15,408 (22.9)

Electrical & electronic products 1 977 (-5.7) 121 944 (-6.1) 6,510 (10.8) 44,922 (15.4) 4,687 (17.3) 60,186 (12.7) 12,670 (9.5)

Other manufacturing industries 2 902 (-8.7) 32 941 (-9.8) 1,920 (7.7) 10,597 (22.4) 871 (9.7) 14,405 (16.1) 3,146 (-4.4)

Total 51 671 885 963 (1.8) (-6.2) 49,062 (7.7) 213,067 (12.5> 27,115 (11.9) ^15,940 (11.5) 83,182 (9.8)

Notes f (T) Individual entries rounding. may not add up exactly to the ; respective totals due to

(2) Figures in brackets represent percentage changes in 1988 compared with 1987.

(3) Value added is a measure of the contribution of an industry to Hong Kong’s Gross Domestic Product.

(1| ) The "Number of persons engaged" are ’fall-year equivalent’ figures, i.e. for an establishment which operated for only part of 1988, the number of persons engaged as at the end of the quarters during which the establishment operated are sunraed up and divided by 4.

(5) • denotes a percentage change within ± 0.5?,

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BRITISH NATIONALITY (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL TO BE GAZETTED *******

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT WHEN APPLYING FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP UNDER THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS ALREADY AN OFFENCE TO MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT UNDER THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT 1981. THE OFFENCE CARRIES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A $15,000 FINE AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS.

"THE BRITISH NATIOALITY (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, TO BE GAZETTED NEXT WEEK, SEEKS TO EXTEND THE SCOPE OF THIS OFFENCE TO COVER THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) ACT 1990, WHEN ENACTED," HE SAID.

ANOTHER CLAUSE OF THE BILL PROPOSES TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE INVOLVED WITH PROCESSING APPLICATIONS UNDER THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE TO DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION RELATING TO THE APPLICANTS WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY.

"THIS IS A ROUTINE PROVISION IN CASES WHERE A LARGE AMOUNT OF DETAILED INFORMATION HAS TO BE PROVIDED.

"SIMILAR PROVISIONS ALREADY EXIST TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF INFORMATION GIVEN TO THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE AND THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

"THE PROPOSED MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR UNAUTHORISED DISCLOSURE OR PUBLICATION OF SUCH INFORMATION IS A FINE OF $50,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

"THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES THAT NO PROSECUTION FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE SHOULD BE INSTITUTED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THESE PROVISIONS HAVE TO BE IN PLACE TO FACILITATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE ONCE THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) BILL 1990, TOGETHER WITH ITS SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION, WAS ENACTED.

"WE EXPECT THIS TO BE IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 IS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 25.

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ELECTRICITY SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS GAZETTED

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FIVE SETS OF SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS UNDER THE ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE 1990 WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, TOGETHER WITH THE ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE WHICH WAS ENACTED ON MARCH 23 THIS YEAR, AIM AT ACHIEVING THE DUAL PURPOSE OF REPLACING THE EXISTING ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE, THE PROVISIONS OF WHICH HAVE BECOME OUT OF DATE AND DEFICIENT IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT AREAS; AND INTRODUCING MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY STANDARDS IN RELATION TO ELECTRICAL WORK AND APPLIANCES.

THE SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WHICH WERE ENACTED TODAY INCLUDE:

ELECTRICITY (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS 1990

WHICH SET OUT THE PROCEDURES, QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS AND GENERATING FACILITIES;

ELECTRICITY (WIRING) REGULATIONS 1990

WHICH PRESCRIBE MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WIRING OF FIXED ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS AND THE REQUIREMENT OF PERIODIC TESTING OF FIXED INSTALLATIONS IN SOME SPECIFIED TYPES OF PREMISES;

ELECTRICITY (EXEMPTION) REGULATIONS 1990

WHICH SPECIFY THE SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR TYPES OF FIXED ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS IN RESPECT OF WHICH EXEMPTION MAY BE GRANTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES UNDER THE ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE;

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990 AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (SPECIAL AREAS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990

WHICH ARE AMENDMENTS TO RESPECTIVE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE IMPENDING REPEAL OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE (CAP. 103).

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CSD DOING IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT WORK

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THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS DOING IMPORTANT WORK WHICH HAS NOW BECOME VERY MUCH MORE DIFFICULT AS A RESULT OF OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS AND STAFF SHORTAGES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS WAS CAUSED MAINLY BY THE LARGE AND GROWING NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA BEING IMPRISONED, WHILE STAFF SHORTAGES WERE EXACERBATED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN MANAGING DETENTION CENTES FOR OVER 30,000 VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, MR ASPREY SAID.

"I HAVE TO SAY THAT THESE PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY TO BE WITH US FOR SOME TIME YET," MR ASPREY SAID WHEN OFFICIATING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.

"ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA HAS BECOME ONCE AGAIN A SERIOUS PROBLEM, AND WE ARE DETERMINED TO DEMONSTRATE FIRMLY THAT THERE IS NO QUESTION OF AN AMNESTY OR ANY RELAXATION IN OUR POLICY," HE SAID.

"ONLY WHEN THIS MESSAGE GETS HOME ARE WE LIKELY TO SEE A GRADUAL REDUCTION IN THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PRISON POPULATION."

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ALSO HAVE TO RETAIN A RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

"BUT HERE I HOPE I CAN OFFER SOME PROSPECT OF GRADUAL RELIEF," HE SAID.

"THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY RELINQUISHED ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR REFUGEE CENTRES; IF ARRIVALS REMAIN LOW, AND THE PRESENT RATE OF REPATRIATION IS MAINTAINED OR INCREASED, I BELIEVED THAT WE SHALL BY THE END OF THE YEAR BE ABLE TO CLOSE SOME OF THE SMALLER DETENTION CENTRES, FOR EXAMPLE AT NEI KWU, CHI MA WAN (LOWER), AND CAPE COLLISON."

THIS SHOULD HELP EASE, THOUGH ONLY IN A SMALL WAY, STAFFING AND ACCOMMODATION PROBLEMS, MR ASPREY SAID.

HE SAID THAT DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES, THE DEPARTMENT HAS MAINTAINED ITS HIGH STANDARDS IN ALL AREAS OF ITS OPERATIONS, AND HAS INDEED CONTINUED TO DEVELOP AND IMPROVE ITS PROGRAMMES OF AFTERCARE, EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AS WELL AS CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES.

"THE SERVICE AS A WHOLE HAS MET THE CHALLENGES AND OVERCOME THE DIFFICULTIES. THIS IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF A SERVICE WITH HIGH STANDARDS, PROFESSIONAL PRIDE AND GOOD MORALE," HE SAID.

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MR ASPREY SAID HE WAS SURE THAT THE OFFICERS WHO WERE PASSING OUT TODAY WILL CARRY FORWARD THESE TRADITIONS, AND ENHANCE THE HIGH REPUTATION WHICH HONG KONG’S CORRECTIONAL SERVICES ENJOYED INTERNATIONALLY FOR THE STANDARDS OF ITS PENAL CARE.

THE PARADE, HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT STANLEY, MARKED THE PASSING OUT OF 26 OFFICERS AND 50 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED A 26-WEEK BASIC TRAINING AT THE INSTITUTE.

MR ASPREY ALSO PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS.

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TRADE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED *****

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) THE NEW MEMBERSHIP OF THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE YEAR STARTING FROM JULY 1, 1990.

THE TERMS OF 12 OF THE NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS ON THE BOARD HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR.

AT THE SAME TIME, MR BOB CHONG HOT-HOI, MR CLIFF SUN KAI-LIT, MR HERBERT WONG WAN-CHAM AND MR HOWARD YOUNG HOW-WAH HAVE BEEN APPOINTED NEW MEMBERS TO THE BOARD WHILE MR WILLIAM TURNBULL AND DR KENNETH K.K. WANG HAVE RETIRED.

MR CHONG IS THE DIRECTOR OF CHUNG NAM WATCH CO LTD. MR SUN IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF KIN HIP METAL AND PLASTIC FACTORY LTD. MR WONG IS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF W. HAKING ENTERPRISES LTD AND MR YOUNG IS THE DIRECTOR OF SWIRE TRAVEL LTD.

THE THREE OFFICIAL MEMBERS — THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY AND THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE --REMAIN ON THE BOARD. THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE THE EX-OFFICIO CHAIRMAN.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, HAS PAID TRIBUTE TO MR TURNBULL AND DR WANG WHO HAVE SERVED ON THE BOARD FOR SEVEN YEARS AND FOUR YEARS RESPECTIVELY.

MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED ARE: MR PAUL CHENG, MR RAYMOND K.F. CH’IEN, MR GARY N. HARILELA, MR HO SAI-CHU, MR RAY MAN LEUNG, MRS ELEANOR C.M. LING, MR J.D. MCGREGOR, MR JACK SO, MR VINCENT S.T. WAN, MR PAUL K.C. WONG, MR LOUIS K.C. WONG AND MISS SYLVIA S.F. YAU.

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

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THIRTEEN DISTRICTS TO LAUNCH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES

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THIRTEEN DISTRICTS WILL BE LAUNCHING THEIR DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES WITH VARIETY SHOWS, CARNIVALS AND GAMES TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY.

THEY ARE KOWLOON CITY, MONG KOK, SHAM SHUI PO, KWUN TONG, YAU TSIM, SHA TIN, SAI KUNG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, EASTERN, WAN CHAI AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN.

EACH OF THE DISTRICTS HAS ORGANISED A RICH PROGRAMME OF RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25.

BEARING THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES, EXHIBITIONS, CAMPING, SPORTS AND GAMES COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS, VISITS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

EACH DISTRICT HAS ALSO PRODUCED A BOOKLET ON DETAILS OF ITS PROGRAMME. COPIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT OFFICES AND THEIR SUB-OFFICES.

BEGINNING THEIR PROGRAMMES TOMORROW ARE SHAM SHUI PO, KWUN TONG, TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN.

SHAM SHUI PO WILL HOLD THE OPENING CEREMONY OF ITS PROGRAMME AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND, BEGINNING AT 7 PM; KWUN TONG AT

WELLINGTON COLLEGE, TELFORD GARDEN, AT 7 PM; TAI PO AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, AT 8 PM; AND TSUEN WAN AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI HO ROAD, AT 9.30 AM.

THE VENUES AND TIMES OF THE OPENING CEREMONIES IN THE OTHER

DISTRICTS ON SUNDAY ARE: KOWLOON CITY MA TAU WAI ROAD FOOTBALL PITCH 2.30 PM

MONG KOK MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND YAU TSIM NEW WORLD PLAZA SAI KUNG TSUI LAM ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL TUEN MUN TUEN MUN CULTURAL SQUARE EASTERN VICTORIA PARK WAN CHAI SOUTHORN INDOOR STADIUM 4 PM 2.30 PM 2 PM 10 AM 2.30 PM 3 PM

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT

2.30 PM

SHA TIN

CENTRAL PARK

3.30 PM

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER CEREMONIES FOR THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES.

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EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN A BETTER INSIGHT INTO THE MEANING OF AND THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND ELECTIONS BY VISITING AN EXHIBITION TO BE STAGED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

THE EXHIBITION, WITH "FREE TO CHOOSE" AS ITS THEME, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 7 AND 9 AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, LOW BLOCK, CITY HALL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID: "WE HOPE TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ELECTIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED ISSUES AND TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THE 1991 ELECTIONS.

"WE ALSO HOPE TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION IN A BROAD SENSE," HE ADDED.

THE FIRST PART OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE MEANING AND PRINCIPLES OF ELECTIONS, HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CANDIDATES AND HOW TO MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ELECTED MEMBERS IN ALL TIERS OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM.

THE SECOND PART, WHICH FEATURES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DISTRICT BODIES AND ORGANISERS OF OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECTS, WILL INCLUDE DISPLAYS ON DEMOCRACY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF LEGAL EDUCATION.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE EXHIBITION VENUE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10.30 AM.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, DR DANIEL TSE.

MR TSAO WILL ALSO BE PRESENTING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECT AWARDS.

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THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

JULY 7 (SATURDAY) - 12 NOON TO 7 PM

JULY 8 (SUNDAY) - 10 AM TO 7 PM

JULY 9 (MONDAY) - 10 AM TO 5 PM

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITION IS FREE AND ALL VISITORS WILL RECEIVE A CIVIC EDUCATION CARTOON BOOKLET AND A BOOKMARK AS SOUVENIR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECT AWARDS TO BE HELD AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, LOW BLOCK, CITY HALL, TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10.30 AM.

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SAI KUNG TO CLEAN UP ON SUNDAY *****

THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN IN SAI KUNG WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (JULY 8).

THERE WILL BE AN OPENING CEREMONY AND AFTER THIS A CLEAN-UP WILL BE MADE OF THE GREEN BELTS AT PO LAM AND TSUI LAM ESTATES IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

ABOUT 50 STUDENTS OF THE CARMEL DIVINE GRACE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL AT PO LAM ESTATE WILL TAKE PART IN THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

, THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES IN IS ALSO A DISTRICT PROGRAMME IN SUPPORT OF THE " ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN/REGIONAL COUNCIL

THE OPERATION SAI KUNG THIS YEAR, "CLEAN HONG KONG DAY

KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE.

THE TERRITORY-WIDE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT ENHANCING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN.

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THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG; CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, MR WILLIAM WAN; CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN; CONVENER OF THE WORKING GROUP ON KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN 1990-91, MR EDWARD PONG; AND THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHU WING-WAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUI LAM ESTATE AMPHITHEATRE AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 8).

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SHAM TSENG SAN TSUEN ACCESS ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS TO BE AMENDED

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO AMEND THE WORKS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SHAM TSENG SAN TSUEN ACCESS ROAD, DETAILS OF WHICH WERE DESCRIBED IN A GAZETTE NOTICE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 13 AND 20 LAST YEAR.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WORKS INCLUDE OMITTING THE LAY-BY AND A SHORT LENGTH OF THE FOOTPATH NEAR BUILDING C.L.L. 9440, AND RETAINING THE STRUCTURES ON C.L.L. 9440 AND C.L.L. 9423 AND THE STRUCTURE ON GOVERNMENT LAND ADJACENT TO C.L.L. 9423.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS ARE PROGRAMMED TO COMMENCE EARLY NEXT YEAR FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY 1992.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY INSPECT THE AMENDMENT PLAN AND SCHEME AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY; AND AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BY AUGUST 28 THIS YEAR.

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1990

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MORE ROADS TO BE BUILT IN SHEUNG SHUI ******

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO BUILD MORE ROADS IN SHEUNG SHUI AREA 30A TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF A LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR ROAD (ROAD LIO) OF ABOUT 500 METRES IN LENGTH, LOCAL ROADS 3001, 3002 AND 3004, VEHICULAR ACCESSES, FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS, ROADSIDE AMENITIES AND STREET FURNITURE TOGETHER WITH ANCILLARY DRAINAGE WORKS.

A BUS TERMINUS, A GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS, CARPARK AND LORRY PARK AND A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSS ROAD D4 WILL ALSO BE BUILT.

PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESSES WILL BE PROVIDED TO CATER FOR THE EXISTING ACCESSES THAT HAVE TO BE CLOSED.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESSES WILL BE MAINTAINED SO THAT ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC WILL BE MINIMISED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 4 THIS YEAR.

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COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS PROJECTS ON DISPLAY

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AN EXHIBITION OF THE BEST OF MORE THAN 200 COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS PROJECT COMPETITION ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE IN NORTH POINT STARTING FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) UNTIL TUESDAY (JULY 10) DURING OFFICE HOURS.

THE COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS PROJECT COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY TO AROUSE THE INTEREST OF SECONDARY STUDENTS IN VARIOUS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG.

/STUDENTS WERE .......

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STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND ANALYSE DATA ON HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL MARKET, ADVERTISING, RETAIL BUSINESS, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, OFFICE AUTOMATION, FOREIGN TRADE OR OTHER BUSINESS ACTIVITIES, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THROUGH PARTICIPATION, STUDENTS COULD INTEGRATE THE KNOWLEDGE THEY LEARNT IN THE CLASSROOM INTO FIELDWORK STUDIES.

THE PROJECTS ON DISPLAY WERE PRESENTED IN THE FORM OF AN ESSAY, MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS, SLIDES AND SOUND TAPES OR MIXED COMBINATION.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED STUDENTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS EARLY.

"ONLY ONE WEEK IS LEFT FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE ON JULY 13. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED," A SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AND FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES LIAISON OFFICES.

THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AIM AT HELPING PEOPLE WHO WISH TO SERVE THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR RELATED TRADES ON COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES, AND ALSO THOSE EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRIES WHO WISH TO PURSUE FURTHER TRAINING.

ANOTHER AIM IS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES TO COMPLETE THEIR TERTIARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLING.

THE AWARDS WILL BE TENABLE AT ANY UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, CITY POLYTECHNIC, BAPTIST COLLEGE, ANY ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS INSTITUTION AND ANY SECONDARY SCHOOL IN HONG KONG.

APPLICANTS IN TERTIARY EDUCATION SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE. THEY SHOULD STUDY COURSES ON AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, MARINE SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCE DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO THE LOCAL AGRICULTURE OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES AND RELATED TRADES.

/MEANWHILE, APPLICATIONS .......

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MEANWHILE, APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO OPEN TO CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMPLETE FORMS 4 TO 7.

’’APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 15.” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE FUNDS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES MADE ON TEL. 733 2244 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

CAN BE

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN FO TAN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 8), NGAU WU TOK STREET IN FO TAN WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY ANTI-CLOCKWISE FROM SHAN MEI STREET TO SUI WO ROAD INSTEAD OF ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE FROM SUI WO ROAD TO SHAN MEI STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE RESURFACING WORKS, TWO TRAFFIC LANES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD SECTION BETWEEN PAI MIN KOK AND TSING LUNG TAU WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN TURN FROM 9.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 8) TO 6 PM ON JULY 15.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 9.30 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. ONE TRAFFIC LANE WIL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SAYS THE GOVERNOR ................................... 1

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS POSSIBLE WITH RESOLUTE ACTION ............................... 2

PUBLIC URGED TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN ELECTIONS ...................................... 3

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO HELP IN REHABILITATION WORK....................................... 4

DIRECTOR OF AFD PRAISES LOCAL FARMERS .................................................. 5

FRENCH STUDENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT HK .................................................... 6

USD HOTLINE CONTINUES TO SERVE PUBLIC WELL ............................................. 8

SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME STAR APPOINTED..................................................... 9

STREET CLEARANCE ON CHEUNG CHAU........................................................ 10

KEEP HK CLEAN PUBLICITY DRIVE IN SOUTHERN ............................................. 11

INAUGURATION CEREMONY FOR AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME .............................. 11

OBSTRUCTING LABOUR OFFICER AN OFFENCE ................................................. I2

DEMOLITION OF LAI CHI KOK THA ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................................. 13

FLOODING ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ....................................................... 13

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS ROUTE CANCELLATION ........................................ 14

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HO MAN TIN ............I.............................. I5

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI .................................................. 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF TOLO HIGHWAY .................................................... 15

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN SHA TIN .................................................... 16

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI .................................................... 16

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 199U

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NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SAYS THE GOVERNOR ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

HONG KONG KEPT IN VERY CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES ON THE QUESTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

NOTING THAT THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS RECENTLY, SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION EVER OF AN AMNESTY.

’’THOSE WHO ARE FOUND HERE TO BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE SENT BACK ,TO CHINA. THAT MESSAGE MUST GET ACROSS VERY LOUDLY AND CLEARLY TO GUANGDONG,” HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM LONDON.

"WE HAVE VERY STRICT CONTROL AT THE MOMENT. WE WATCH VERY CAREFULLY THE BORDER AND THAT WILL BE MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL. THOSE WHO ARE FOUND AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HERE, WHETHER THEY ARE FOUND COMING INTO HONG KONG OR WHETHER THEY ARE FOUND HAVING WORKED HERE, WILL BE SENT BACK TO CHINA," SIR DAVID POINTED OUT.

HE SAID THAT THOSE WHO TRIED TO MAKE UNSCRUPULOUS USE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BY EMPLOYING THEM MUST ALSO BE DEALT WITH UNDER THE LAW.

"WE HAVE LAWS TO DEAL WITH THAT AND WE MUST TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE APPLIED EFFECTIVELY," HE ADDED.

ASKED IF HE WAS AWARE OF ANY CHANGE OF AMERICAN STANCE ON THE QUESTION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN SOME CHANGE IN THE ATTITUDE OF PEOPLE WHO HAD REALLY BEEN FOLLOWING THE PROBLEM IN DETAIL.

"THEY REALISE THAT IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES PEOPLE WHO ARE FOUND NOT TO BE GENUINE REFUGEES. AND I HAVE FOUND AN INCREASING WILLINGNESS TO UNDERSTAND THAT AMONGST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE WELL INFORMED PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES," HE SAID.

ON THE STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD IN GENEVA LATER THIS MONTH, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS VERY HARD TO SAY AT THE MOMENT WHAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE.

HE SAID THAT THERE WAS NEAR UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT AT THE EARLIER MEETING IN JANUARY THIS YEAR AND HE HOPED THAT THE WORLD COMMUNITY WOULD PUSH THIS ONE FORWARD.

ON HIS VISIT TO BRITAIN, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT HE HAD FOUND AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST IN HONG KONG AND HE WELCOMED THE OPPORTUNITY HE HAD HAD TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THERE WERE HERE FOR INVESTORS.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ♦ * *

POSSIBLE WITH RESOLUTE ACTION * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

WITH RESOLUTE ACTION, IT IS POSSIBLE TO BRING ABOUT WORTHWHILE AND SOME!INI'S DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE VERY RECENT SUBSTANTIAL REDACTIONS OF AIR POLLUTION LEVELS IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS WHICH HAD RESULTED FROM THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE FUEL RESTRICTION REGULATIONS.

THE NEW REGULATIONS CAME INTO FORCE ON JULY 1, REQUIRING THAT ALL INDUSTRIAL BOILERS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT BURNING HEAVY, DIRTY HIGH SULPHUR FUEL OIL SHOULD CHANGE TO LIGHT, LOW SULPHUR DIESEL FUEL OIL.

"IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, WE HAVE SEEN A DRAMATIC AND SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN AIR POLLUTION LEVELS IN INDUSTRIAL/RESIDENTIAL AREAS," DR REED SAID.

"NOT ONLY SULPHUR DIOXIDE, BUT ALSO OXIDES OF NITROGEN AND SMOKE HAVE DECREASED AND THE AIR OVER TSUEN WAN AND KWUN TONG IS DISTINCTLY CLEANER," HE SAID.

DR REED WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A FIVE-DAY JOINT SCHOOL EXHIBITION ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORGANISED BY THE SCHOOL CONSERVANCY CLUBS’ LIAISON BOARD, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH AND JARDINE’S AMBASSADORS.

"IT IS, OF COURSE, ESSENTIAL THAT WE CONTINUE, THROUGH MEANS SUCH AS THIS EXHIBITION, TO WAKE UP OUR COMMUNITY FROM ITS ENVIRONMENTAL SLEEP WALKING IN WHICH WE ARE TRAMPLING ALL OVER OUR OWN PRECIOUS ENVIRONMENT AND MAKE INDIVIDUALS REALISE THE DAMAGE THAT THEY ARE DOING.

"BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A DANGER THAT IN FOCUSSING ON THE PROBLEMS, WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY ACHIEVE IMPROVEMENTS, GIVEN THE WILL TO FIGHT FOR THEM.

"WE MANAGED TO AVERT THE CLOSURE OF THE BATHING BEACHES ON THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG ISLAND LAST SUMMER, THOUGH ONLY JUST WITH SOME FIRST AID MEASURES.

"THE STREAM IN FO TAN AND THE LAM TSUEN RIVER NOW RUN MUCH MORE CLEARLY AND FREELY AND THERE IS NO LONGER A STINK OF ROTTING PIG WASTES IF YOU STROLL IN THE EVENING ALONG STANLEY MAIN STREET," HE SAID.

"EVEN THE BLACK RIVER IN SAI KUNG MUST BE BEGINNING TO FORGET ITS NAME NOW THAT IT IS RECOVERING FROM DECADES OF DYE-WORKS POLLUTION AND THE STONES ALONG THE RIVER BED, WASHED CLEAN BY THE RECENT STORMS, ONCE MORE REFLECT THE NATURAL SUNLIGHT RATHER THAN THE LATEST FASHION SHADE OF BLUE JEANS BLUE," HE ADDED.

/DR REED .......

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DR REED SAID ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE MAKING.

THERE WERE OF COURSE MORE THAN ENOUGH REMAINING IN HONG KONG AND POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

AND GROUPS SUCH AS THE ORGANISERS OF THIS EXHIBITION CONTINUE TO FOCUS THE COMMUNITY’S ATTENTION ON THE THREAT POLLUTION POSES TO OUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING.

MUST THAT

"BUT LET US NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT IF WE FIGHT HARD ENOUGH WE CAN BRING ABOUT REAL IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, THAT WILL MAKE HONG KONG A HEALTHIER AND MORE AGREEABLE PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE," HE CONCLUDED.

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PUBLIC URGED TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN ELECTIONS * * * ♦ ♦

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE 1991 ELECTIONS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

"NEXT YEAR’S THREE-TIER COUNCIL ELECTIONS, IN PARTICULAR THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL BE A MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S POLITICAL SYSTEM," HE SAID.

HE URGED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTIONS THROUGH VARIOUS WAYS AND MEANS, EITHER TO STAND AS CANDIDATES, TO HELP OUT IN ELECTIONEERING ACTIVITIES OR TO CAST VOTES.

"WE SHOULD POOL OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS A SUCCESS AND TO ELECT THE TALENTED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,” HE SAID.

ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR TSAO SAID THE MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SOCIETY SO THAT THEY COULD ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIETY AND BECOME MORE CONCERNED WITH ITS DEVELOPMENT.

"MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT IS HOPED THAT PEOPLE CAN BE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART WIDELY IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS IN BUILDING OUR FUTURE,” HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT WITH DETERMINATION AND A PRAGMATIC ATTITUDE, WE COULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN BUILDING A BRIGHT FUTURE.

AT THE SAME CEREMONY, MR TSAO ALSO PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF THE OUTSTANDING CIVIC EDUCATION PROJECT AWARDS.

/THE DATES........

SATURDAY, JULY 7 , 1990

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

JULY 7 (SATURDAY) - 12 NOON TO 7 PM

JULY 8 (SUNDAY) - 10 AM TO 7 PM

JULY 9 (MONDAY) - 10 AM TO 5 PM

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE GIS NEWSROOM LATER TODAY.

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO HELP IN REHABILITATION WORK

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO HELP IN THE WORK OF INTEGRATING THE DISABLED PEOPLE INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ROSE GOODSTADT, MADE THIS APPEAL WHEN OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE S.K.H. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE IN KOWLOON CITY.

SHE SAID EVERY PERSON, INCLUDING THE DISABLED, SHOULD HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY LIFE.

NOTING THAT THE 200 CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES IN THE TERRITORY BOASTED A MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 100,000, MRS GOODSTADT HOPED THESE YOUNGSTERS COULD KEEP AN OPEN MIND BY TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TOGETHER WITH THE DISABLED.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS QUITE A NUMBER OF MILD-GRADED DISABLED PEOPLE, AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 21, AND THAT THEY TOO NEEDED GROUP ACTIVITIES AND OTHER PEOPLE’S RESPECT.

’’CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES CAN HELP IN INTEGRATING THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY AS THEIR ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THESE PEOPLE,” SHE SAID.

SHE CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THESE CENTRES TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN ENCOURAGING THOSE AT SPECIAL SCHOOLS, TRAINING CENTRES OR SHELTERED WORKSHOPS TO TAKE PART IN THEIR ACTIVITIES.

ON THE OPENING OF THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, MRS GOODSTADT COMMENDED THE CHURCH FOR ITS CONTINUOUS EFFORT IN MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

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1990

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DIRECTOR OF AFD PRAISES LOCAL FARMERS *****

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, TODAY (SATURDAY) COMMENDED FARMERS FOR THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY PLAYED AND THEIR READINESS IN ADOPTING NEW TECHNIQUES.

SPEAKING AT THE DINNER RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE THE 68TH INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY, DR LEE PRAISED THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLES MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT TO THE MARKET MANAGEMENT IN INTRODUCING THE PESTICIDE-RESIDUE MONITORING SCHEME.

HE ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR KEEN PARTICIPATION IN PROJECTS TO PROMOTE NEW CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES SUCH AS THE MASS SEEDLING PRODUCTION METHOD AND CULTIVATION OF EXOTIC VEGETABLES, AS WELL AS THEIR EFFORT IN UNDERTAKING AND CO-ORDINATING PROJECTS TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THEIR OWN AREA.

"I AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT ALL THESE PROJECTS WERE HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY THE FARMERS CONCERNED," HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE FEDERATION AND THE VEGETABLES MARKETING ORGANISATION, 17 FARMERS HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED A STUDY VISIT TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO GAIN FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF VEGETABLE CULTIVATION AND MARKETING AND TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION WITH THEIR OVERSEAS COUNTERPARTS.

REFERRING TO THE 24 PIG RAISING AND AGRICULTURAL CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, DR LEE SAID THEY PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING LOCAL PIG PRODUCTION BY HELPING THEIR MEMBERS TO UPGRADE BREEDING STOCK AND TO OBTAIN THE LATEST TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON MODERN PIG PRODUCTION.

DR LEE ALSO POINTED OUT THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE FARMERS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO PLAY IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL CREDIT.

"DURING 1989-90, 36 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL $11.6 MILLION ISSUED AS LOANS TO FARMERS FROM THE VARIOUS LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTRATED BY THE DEPARTMENT WAS CHANNELLED THROUGH THESE SOCIETIES," HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE FISH FARMERS, DR LEE SAID IN THE PAST YEAR FISHERMEN ENJOYED FAVOURABLE WEATHER AND BENEFITTED FROM SATISFACTORY PRICES FOR THEIR CATCHES.

"LANDINGS MADE BY FISHERMEN IN 1989 AT THE FISH MARKETS OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO) AMOUNTED TO 74,392 TONNES AND VALUED AT $618 MILLION.

"ALTHOUGH THE AMOUNT OF LANDINGS HAS RECORDED A SLIGHT DECREASE OF ABOUT TWO PER CENT, THE VALUE HAS SHOWN A MODERATE INCREASE OF FIVE PER CENT OVER THE AMOUNTS IN 1988," HE SAID.

/DR LEE .......

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DR LEE SAID FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES HAD DONE VERY WELL IN THE PAST YEAR. A TOTAL SURPLUS OF SOME $362,000 WAS REGISTERED IN 1989 FOR ALL THE 66 FISHERIES CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND THE CUMULATIVE REVOLVING LOAN FUND CAPITAL BUILT UP FROM MEMBERS’ SAVINGS STOOD AT $6.5 MILLION.

MEMBERS OBTAINED LOANS AMOUNTING TO SOME $11.58 MILLION FROM THEIR OWN LOAN FUNDS AND FROM THE LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR PRODUCTIVE PURPOSES SI' H AS BUILDING OF NEW FISHING VESSELS AND THE PURCHASE OF FISHING EQUIPMENT.

DR LEE SAID IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, 12 MEMBERS OF FISHERMEN’S COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES PARTICIPATED IN AN 11-DAY FISHERIES STUDY TOUR TO HOLLAND, WEST GERMANY AND DENMARK ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

"THIS STUDY TOUR PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PARTICIPANTS TO EXAMINE THE MODERN FISHING TECHNOLOGY USED IN THESE COUNTRIES AND TO GAUGE THEIR SUITABILITY FOR ADOPTION IN THE HONG KONG FISHING INDUSTRY.

"I HOPE THE TOUR WOULD GIVE ADDED INSPIRATION TO OUR FISHERMEN TO IMPROVE THEIR FISHING TECHNIQUES TO THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE," HE SAID.

DR LEE ADDED THAT AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 388 CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES REGISTERED WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF 23,053.

DR LEE AND MRS LEE LATER PRESENTED AWARD CERTIFICATES TO CO-OPERATIVE WORKERS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE MOVEMENT OVER THE PAST YEARS.

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FRENCH STUDENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT HK

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FOR 10 FRENCH STUDENTS ON A STUDY TRIP IN THE TERRITORY, THEIR MEETING TODAY (SATURDAY) WITH THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, HAS BEEN "MOST INTERESTING, ENLIGHTENING AND USEFUL".

MR LAN IS NO STRANGER TO THE STUDENTS - ALL FROM THE INSTITUT D’ETUDE POLITIQUE.

BACK IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, HE GAVE A TALK ON "HONG KONG IN THE 1990’S" AT THEIR UNIVERSITY IN PARIS.

THE TALK GENERATED SO MUCH INTEREST ABOUT HONG KONG THAT SOME STUDENTS DECIDED TO MAKE A STUDY TRIP TO THE TERRITORY.

/THIS MORNING .......

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 1990

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THIS MORNING 10 STUDENTS CALLED ON MR LAN AND LEARNED MORE FROM HIM ABOUT THE TERRITORY’S SUCCESS STORY AND ITS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

THE GROUP’S LEADER, MISS HELENE WAJNBLUM, COMMENTED AFTER THE MEETING: "THE BRIEFING GIVEN BY MR LAN THIS MORNING IS MOST ENLIGHTENING AND USEFUL. WE ARE VERY IMPRESSED WITH HONG KONG’S SUCCESS AS A THRIVING INTERNATIONAL CITY, AND THE HARD WORK OF ITS PEOPLE".

AT THE MEETING, MR LAN GAVE A DETAILED BRIEFING ON WHAT MAKES HONG KONG TICK, AND ON THE TERRITORY’S AMBITIOUS INFRASTRUCTURAL PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

TO BEGIN WITH, HE HIGHLIGHTED THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE ----- HARDWORKING, ADAPTABLE AND RESOURCEFUL. "THESE CHARACTERISTICS HAVE MADE HONG KONG WHAT IT IS TODAY," HE SAID.

HONG KONG HAS A "DYNAMIC AND COHESIVE" COMMUNITY ALWAYS TAKING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK, MR LAN STRESSED.

"WE ARE ALSO A CARING COMMUNITY, BREAKING MANY RECORDS IN RAISING FUNDS FOR EDUCATION, SOCIAL WELFARE AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED. NOTABLE EXAMPLES ARE THE GOOD WORK BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PO LEUNG KUK, LOK SIN TONG, AND SO ON.

"AT THE GRASSROOT LEVEL, OUR DISTRICT BOARDS ARE MAKING A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS BUILDING A COHESIVE AND HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY, APART FROM PERFORMING OTHER USEFUL FUNCTIONS.

"THE DISTRICT FESTIVALS ORGANISED BY THE BOARDS HAVE BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY AS A MAJOR COMMUNITY-BUILDING EFFORT," HE SAID.

ON HONG KONG’S CURRENT PROBLEMS, MR LAN STRESSED THAT "WE ARE NEVER DAUNTED BY THEM AND ARE TAKING ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES TO TACKLE THEM.

"WE HAVE A BRAIN DRAIN, MANY VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND A LABOUR SHORTAGE. NEVERTHELESS, WE ARE CONFIDENT OF TIDING THEM OVER AS WE DID IN THE PAST. WE ARE ALSO CONFIDENT OF BOUNCING BACK AND EMERGING EVEN STRONGER THAN BEFORE," HE SAID.

ELABORATING ON THE MEASURES, MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT THE TERRITORY, IN PARTICULAR, SAW THE NEED TO GROOM YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE FUTURE.

"WE HAVE THEREFORE PLANNED TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY THE NUMBER OF FIRST-YEAR PLACES IN TERTIARY EDUCATION FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. WELL-EDUCATED AND WELL-TRAINED YOUNG PEOPLE ARE OUR IMPORTANT ASSET AND RESOURCE,” HE ADDED.

MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT OTHER PLANS FOR THE FUTURE INCLUDED A NEW AIRPORT AND IMPROVED PORT FACILITIES, ALL OF WHICH UNDERLINED THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM COMMITMENTS TO THE TERRITORY UP TO AND BEYOND 1997.

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’’NEXT YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY, WE WILL HAVE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO OUR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THIS WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR FUTURE, AND MANY NEW LEADERS WILL SIT ON THE LEGISLATURE WHICH WILL SERVE RIGHT THROUGH THE CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY IN 1997," HE ADDED.

CITING EXAMPLES OF HONG KONG’S ACHIEVEMENTS, MR LAN SAID THE TERRITORY HOUSED WELL OVER HALF OF ITS POPULATION IN DECENT SUBSIDISED PUBLIC HOUSING, AND ENJOYED A LOW INFANT MORTALITY RATE AND A HIGH LIFE EXPECTANCY.

"WE ARE DETERMINED TO DO EVEN BETTER. WE WELCOME TALENT AND INVESTMENT FROM OVERSEAS TO HELP US BUILD AN EVEN BRIGHTER FUTURE," HE CONCLUDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING MR LAN PRESENTING THE 1990 HONG KONG YEAR BOOK TO THE VISITING STUDENTS WILL BE BOXED.

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USD HOTLINE CONTINUES TO SERVE PUBLIC WELL

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THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HOTLINE 8680000 HANDLED 701 ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS LAST MONTH (JUNE), REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT OVER THE AVERAGE MONTHLY FIGURE OF 610 IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

"THE HIGH FIGURE REFLECTS -THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE MORE AWARE OF THE CONVENIENT SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE 24-HOUR HOTLINE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEST CONTROL MATTERS RECEIVED BY THE HOTLINE DURING THE MONTH BELONGED TO THE CATEGORY WITH THE HIGHEST INCREASE RATE WITH 118 CALLS AS COMPARED WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 47 IN THE PRECEDING FIVE MONTHS.

"MOST CALLERS IN THIS CATEGORY COMPLAINED ABOUT MOSQUITO NUISANCE IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD OR SOUGHT ADVICE ON PREVENTION MEASURES, AND ON WAYS TO GET RID OF RATS IN OLD TENEMENT BUILDINGS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MATTERS CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, RANGING FROM REFUSE, NUISANCE AND FOOD HYGIENE, WERE ON TOP OF THE ENQUIRY AND COMPLAINT LIST WITH A TOTAL OF 255 CALLS.

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THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE HOTLINE SERVICE HANDLED COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES CONCERNING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK, INCLUDING MARKET FACILITIES AND HAWKER PROBLEMS AS WELL AS RECREATION, AMENITIES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

"ALL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED WILL BE PROMPTLY REFERRED TO RELEVANT SECTIONS/DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR IMMEDIATE FOLLOW-UP ACTION TO ENSURE SPEEDY SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS," HE ADDED.

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SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME STAR APPOINTED * ♦ * ♦ t

THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTED TODAY (SATURDAY) WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME STAR AND THE UNVEILING OF A PUBLICITY SIGNBOARD AT CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH.

AT A CEREMONY, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG, PRESENTED AN APPOINTMENT LETTER TO TV ARTISTE, MISS LEE SZE-KEE, THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME STAR OF THE YEAR.

MISS LEE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME. SHE WILL RENDER FULL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO ALL FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT IN THE YEAR TO COME.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUN-HOI, ENCOURAGED SAI KUNG RESIDENTS TO REPORT CRIME AND TO PARTICIPATE IN ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES.

TODAY'S CEREMONY WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; DISTRICT COMMANDER OF THE WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION, MR PANG KUI-SAN; DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAM TIN-KEE; AND CONVENER OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING GROUP, MR MAK HON-KAI.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE PARTY UNVEILED A PUBLICITY SIGNBOARD REMINDING BEACHGOERS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR BELONGINGS AND TO REPORT THEFTS TO THE POLICE.

SIMILAR SIGNBOARDS WILL BE PUT UP AT OTHER BEACHES AND VARIOUS CARPARKS IN THE DISTRICT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

OTHER FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES IN SAI KUNG WILL INCLUDE BADGE AND SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS, FORUMS, VISITS, A CARNIVAL AND A VARIETY SHOW.

/EMPHASIS WILL .......

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EMPHASIS WILL BE PUT ON FIGHTING YOUTH CRIME, PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND HOME SECURITY ESPECIALLY THE PREVENTION OF BURLGARIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE 1990-91 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE GIS NEWSROOM LATER TODAY (SATURDAY).

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STREET CLEARANCE ON CHEUNG CHAU

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A SERIES OF OPERATIONS TO REMOVE OBSTACLES FROM STREETS AND ALLEYS HAS STARTED ON CHEUNG CHAU IN THE PAST WEEK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT OBSTACLES SUCH AS GAS CYLINDERS, BICYCLES, FOUR-WHEELED CARTS AND OTHER ABANDONED ITEMS HAD LONG BEEN REGARDED AS EYESORES ON THE ISLAND.

"THEY CAUSE OBSTRUCTION TO BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND VILLAGE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

"TABLES AND CHAIRS PLACED ON THE ROADSIDE BY RESTAURANTS ALSO CAUSE SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION BECAUSE STREETS ON CHEUNG CHAU ARE ALREADY NARROW," HE SAID.

THE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN PHASES, STARTING WITH THE SECTION OF PRAYA ROAD BETWEEN PAK TAI PLAYGROUND AND THE OLD FIRE STATION.

BEFORE THE OPERATIONS, THE LANDS OFFICE WILL ISSUE NOTICES TO URGE THE OWNERS ASKING THEM TO REMOVE THE OBSTACLES.

IF NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN, STAFF OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL THEN CARRY OUT THE CLEARANCE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE POLICE.

"THE OPERATIONS, TO COVER ALL THE STREETS AND BACK LANES WITHIN CHEUNG CHAU OLD TOWN, MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO COMPLETE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AFTER THE CLEARANCES, PEOPLE FOUND LEAVING OBSTRUCTING ITEMS IN PUBLIC PLACES WILL BE PROSECUTED," HE SAID.

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KEEP HK CLEAN PUBLICITY DRIVE IN SOUTHERN ******

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED A PUBLICITY BUS TOUR TO TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR TSE KIT-TO, COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL VISIT VARIOUS DENSELY POPULATED AREAS ON BOARD A DOUBLE-DECKER OPEN-TOP BUS TO PROMOTE THE ’’KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN’’ MESSAGE.

A GROUP OF PRIMARY STUDENTS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

THE DRIVE WILL GET UNDERWAY WITH A STARTING CEREMONY AND A CLEAN-UP DEMONSTRATION AT ABERDEEN CENTRE.

A PUBLICITY TEAM WILL THEN SET OUT ON BOARD THE BUS, TOURING THE DISTRICT AND STOPPING AT THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AT WAH FU, TIN WAN, WONG CHUK HANG AND AP LEI CHAU.

AT THESE STOPS, THE PUBLICITY TEAM WILL BROADCAST VARIOUS ’’KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN” THEME SONGS AND APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT IN KEEPING THE TERRITORY CLEAN. THEY WILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIRS BEARING THE "KEEP CLEAN" MESSAGE TO PASSERS-BY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY DRIVE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT. THE EVENT WILL START AT 2.15 PM WITH A STARTING CEREMONY AND A CLEAN-UP DEMONSTRATION AT ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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INAUGURATION CEREMONY FOR AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME ♦ » ♦ ♦ »

THE 11TH AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME WILL BE INAUGURATED BY AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR JOSEPH CHAN, AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON MONDAY (JULY 9).

THE SCHEME IS ONE OF THE STUDENT PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN. ABOUT 600 STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR.

/COMING FROM .......

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COMING FROM 45 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THESE FORM THREE TO FORM SIX STUDENTS WILL HELP THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO CLEAN UP THE BEACHES BOTH IN THE URBAN AREA AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

THESE BEACHES INCLUDE REPULSE BAY, DEEP WATER BAY, SHEK O, STANLEY MAIN BEACH AND BIG WAVE BEACH IN THE URBAN AREA; AND BUTTERFLY BEACH, SILVER STRAND BEACH, LIDO BEACH AND CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND) BEACH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY WILL ALSO ADVISE BEACHGOERS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR LITTER PROPERLY AND TO PICK UP LITTER LEFT ON THE BEACH.

AT THE CEREMONY, THE STUDENTS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THEIR DUTY AND WILL RECEIVE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN CAPS AND T-SHIRTS WHICH THEY WILL WEAR WHILE GOING ABOUT THEIR TASKS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 9), AT 3 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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OBSTRUCTING LABOUR OFFICER AN OFFENCE

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED RESIDENTS THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCE TO OBSTRUCT A DEPARTMENTAL OFFICER IN PERFORMING HIS LAWFUL DUTIES.

ACCORDING TO THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTS A PUBLIC OFFICER IN CARRYING OUT IS DUTY HIS LIABLE TO SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT IN ADDITION TO A FINE OF $1,000.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT NOTED THAT AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SILVER LAKE RESTAURANT WAS RECENTLY CONVICTED FOR OBSTRUCTING A LABOUR INSPECTOR.

DURING A VISIT TO THE RESTAURANT, THE INSPECTOR WAS OBSTRUCTED BY THE EMPLOYEE FROM CARRYING OUT HIS LAWFUL DUTY, THOUGH HE HAD PRODUCED PROOF OF HIS IDENTITY AND EXPLAINED HIS POWERS UNDER THE LABOUR LAWS.

THE EMPLOYEE WAS FINED $400 BY A SAN PO KONG MAGISTRATE.

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DEMOLITION OF LAI CHI KOK THA ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *******

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DEMOLITION OF THE LAI CHI KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 9).

THE LAND LEASE FOR THE 13-YEAR OLD THA WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR. ABOUT 800 PEOPLE ARE LIVING THERE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROPOSALS TO REDUCE NOISE NUISANCE TO RESIDENTS NEAR THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE SEVEN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS INCLUDING IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT THE SHUN NING ROAD SITTING-OUT AREA, PROVISIONS OF PLANTERS NEAR THE SHAM SHUI PO MTR STATION AND THE INSTALLATION AND REPAIR OF DISTRICT BOARD NOTICE BOARDS AND PUBLICITY CUBES.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE PARKING FACILITIES IN THE NAM CHEONG AREA, SEWERAGE WORKS AT THE FAT TSEUNG STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, TERMITE PROBLEMS IN CHAK ON ESTATE AND DEMOLITION AND REHOUSING WORK AT PAK TIN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 9) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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FLOODING ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL LOOK INTO THE FLOODING PROBLEM IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 9).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE TAI PO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP.

/IN ADDITION .......

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IN ADDITION, THEY WILL DISCUSS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN 1990-91.

DISTRICT’S MINOR

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 9) 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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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS ROUTE CANCELLATION

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED CANCELLATION OF A BUS ROUTE AT A MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 9).

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS HAS PROPOSED THE CANCELLATION OF ROUTE 74K RUNNING BETWEEN TAI PO MARKET RAILWAY STATION AND SAM MUN TSAI ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS SUFFERING HEAVY FINANCIAL LOSS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TOLL AND THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON KCRC MAINTENANCE SERVICES.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE THE GREEN PUBLIC LIGHT BUS SERVICES AND THE BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 9) 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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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN HO MAN TIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 9), FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT 10 DAYS, THE SECTION OF SHEK KU STREET BETWEEN SHEUNG SHING STREET AND KING TAK STREET IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY OPERATION TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, MOTORISTS ON SHEK KU STREET HEADING FOR SHEUNG SHING STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA PERTH STREET, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, SHEUNG HING STREET AND SHEUNG SHING STREET.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY-(JULY 9), THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF LEIGHTON LANE, IN WAN CHAI, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEIGHTON ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES TO THE SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT 10 WEEKS TO FACILITATE MANHOLE BUILDING WORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF TOLO HIGHWAY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF TOLO HIGHWAY AND TAI PO ROAD (FANLING), IN TAI PO, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.8 KILOMETRES OF THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND NEAR ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JULY 9 AND 10).

A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.1 KILOMETRES OF THE SLOW LANE OF TAI PO ROAD (FANLING) SOUTHBOUND NEAR HONG LOK YUEN WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 16 AND 17.

A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.95 KILOMETRES OF THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NEAR LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 23.

/A SECTION

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A SECTION OF ABOUT 0.25 KILOMETRE OF THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NEAR LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 24.

A SECTION OF ABOUT 1.85 KILOMETRES OF THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND NEAR LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 25.

A SECTION OF ABOUT 0.25 KILOMETRE OF THE OUTERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND NEAR LAM KAM ROAD INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 26.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN SHA TIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, TAI PO ROAD AND TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

THE FAST LANE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN HUNG MUI KUK AND TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 9) TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 10).

THE INNERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY AND TAI PO ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE AND FO TAN NULLAH WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 12) TO 8 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 14).

THE INNERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND BETWEEN MA LIU SHUI AND PAK SHEK KOK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON JULY 18 TO 8 PM ON JULY 19.

THE INNERMOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN PAK SHEK KOK AND MA LIU SHUI WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON JULY 20 TO 8 PM ON JULY 21.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE JUNCTION OF DUNDAS STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET IN YAU MA TEI FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 9) FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ON SHANGHAI STREET SOUTHBOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT ONTO DUNDAS STREET EASTBOUND.

THE SECTION OF HAMILTON STREET BETWEEN SHANGHAI STREET AND PORTLAND STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO WESTBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN NEEDS COMMUNITY'S SUPPORT ............................... 1

84,044 PRIMARY 6 PUPILS ALLOCATED FREE SECONDARY 1 SCHOOL PLACES ............... 2

HOSPITAL WARD STEWARD SCHEME PROVES HELPFUL .................................... 4

SIX-MONTH RESERVATION PERIOD ON IVORY EXPORT TO EXPIRE ON JULY 17 .............. 5

MORE SAFETY COURSES IN THE PIPELINE ............................................ 6

TELEMATCH TO PROMOTE VOTERS REGISTRATION ....................................... 7

48 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN APRIL ........................................ 8

CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN TAI PO ................................................... 9

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED TO YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS ............................ 9

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS IN MONG KOK ..................................... 10

DB MEMBERS TAKE PART IN CLEAN-UP EXERCISE ....................................  11

CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD TO FANLING TONG HANG VILLAGE ............................. 11

KOWLOON CITY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS .................................... 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR SPORTS COMPLEX PROJECT .................................... 13

SAI KUNG KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN STARTS ........................................... 13

WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS ........................................ 14

SERVICES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS ON AGENDA ................................. 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT ...................................... 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WATERLOO ROAD FLYOVER .................................... 15

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WONG TAI SIN ............................................... 16

SUNDAY, JULY

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KEEP IIK CLEAN CAMPAIGN NEEDS COMMUNITY’S SUPPORT ******

TO MAKE THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN A LASTING SUCCESS, THE FUL! BACKING OF THE COMMUNITY IS NEEDED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE CLEAN HONG KONG DAY OPENING CEREMONY AT THE EDINBURGH PLACE, SIR DAVID APPEALLED TO ALL TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO HELP KEEP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD CLEAN.

"EVERY TIME WE PITCH LITTER INTO A BIN WE WILL BE ADDING TO THE IMPETUS OF THE CAMPAIGN," HE SAID.

"WHILST OUR STREETS ARE NOW MORE PRESENTABLE THAN BEFORE TO VISITORS FROM ABROAD, MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE WITH LITTER BUGS.

VI AM PLEASED TO SEE THAT VIGILANT ENFORCEMENT WILL BE A KEY ELEMENT'OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN. WE MUST NOT BE COMPLACENT, QUITE A NUMBER OF ’LAP SAP CHUNGS’ REMAIN AND THEY MUST BE CAUGHT," HE ADDED.

THE CLEAN HONG KONG DAY IS A MAJOR EVENT TO START OFF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SCHEME OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 19 DISTRICTS, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY GROUPS, CORPORATE SPONSORS, ARTISTES AND DISC JOCKEYS ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY.

DURING THE CEREMONY, SIR DAVID, TOGETHER WITH OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 19 DISTRICTS, TOOK PART IN A SYMBOLIC CLEAN-UP.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A CLEAN-UP GAME PARTICIPATED BY DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES, COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB MEMBERS, DISC JOCKEYS AND ARTISTES.

THE CEREMONY WAS BROADCAST LIVE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO I.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, MR TONG KAM-BIU, SAID THE AIM OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG DAY WAS TO SOLICIT EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC SPIRITED ORGANISATIONS AND COMPANIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMPAIGN.

AS FOR THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN, MR TONG SAID THE PUBLICITY STRATEGY WAS TO STRESS THAT LITTERING WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AND WOULD BE PUNISHED.

"TO THIS END BOTH THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS ARE EXAMINING HOW ENFORCEMENT CAN BE STEPPED UP AND DETERRENCE INCREASED.

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"IN THIS CONNECTION, WE ARE STUDYING A RANGE OF OPTIONS INCLUDING FIXED PENALTY TICKETS. OUR AIM WILL BE A SYSTEM THAT LEADS TO GENUINE DETERRENCE AND YET IS RELATIVELY EASY TO ADMINISTER AND AT THE SAME TIME AVOIDS UNNECESSARY CONFRONTATION," HE SAID.

MR TONG INTRODUCED THE NEW MASCOT FOR THE CAMPAIGN, THE "DRAGON OF CLEANLINESS", A CARTOON FIGURE DRESSED IN A SMART GREEN WORKING SUIT WITH A BROOM IN HIS HAND.

"ALTHOUGH THE MASCOT LOOKS AMUSING, THERE IS A SERIOUS INTENTION BEHIND THE RETIREMENT OF ’LAP SAP CHUNG’.

"THE ’DRAGON OF CLEANLINESS’ FOLLOWS FROM OUR EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO PITCH-IN," HE SAID.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE; CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; MEMBER OF THE JOINT UC/RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, MR POON CHIN-HUNG; DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JAMES SO; AND ACTING DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, MISS JACQUELINE WILLIS.

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DURING THE DAY, SEVERAL DISTRICT CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARDS IN SUPPORT OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG DAY WILL BE HELD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE FULL TEXT OF THE SPEECHES BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY AND MR TONG KAM-BIU ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS NEWSROOM.

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84,044 PRIMARY 6 PUPILS ALLOCATED FREE SECONDARY 1 SCHOOL PLACES ♦ * * * * t t

ALL 84,044 PUPILS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SECONDARY 1 PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE NUMBER INCLUDES 2,962 PUPILS (3.52 PER CENT) WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN APPLYING FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT 38,963 (46.36 PER CENT) WERE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO THEIR FIRST CHOICE.

"THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO WERE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO THEIR FIRST THREE CHOICES IS 67.52 PER CENT, OR 56,746 PUPILS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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"ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE THREE-YEAR PLACES FOR WHICH NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED," HE SAID.

ALLOCATION RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM PUPILS’ PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON THURSDAY (JULY 12).

PUPILS SHOULD FOLLOW THE ARRANGEMENTS SET DOWN BY THEIR SCHOOLS AND COLLECT THE ADMISSION SI. P AND ALLOCATION SLIP CONTAINED IN THEIR PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORM FROM THEIR SCHOOLS.

"THERE IS ONLY ONE REGISTRATION PERIOD - JULY 18 AND 19 (WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY) - THIS YEAR.

"ALL PUP U.S MUST REPORT DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED. FAILING TO DO SO MAY MEAN THAT THEY HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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 SCHOOLS, HE SAID.

IN CASE OF GENUINE DIFFICULTIES THE PARENTS OR PUPILS 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 ENTIRE DISCRETION OF THE SCHOOLS," HE ADDED.

WHEN REPORTING TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION, PUPILS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR THEIR SCHOOL UNIFORM AND MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING:

(A) PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS AND THEIR ALLOCATION SLIPS;

(B) THE ADMISSION SLIPS;

(C) BIRTH CERTIFICATES, HONG KONG JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS OR OTHER DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR DATE OF BIRTH AND THEIR STATUS AS PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG (NOTE: PUPILS SHOULD ALSO BRING ALONG THEIR TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS IF THE SYMBOL ’C’ (FOR CONDITIONAL STAY) IS FOUND AT LINE 7 OF THE NEW TYPE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD);

(D) LATEST SCHOOL REPORT, IF ANY; AND

(E) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS.

PARENTS SEEKING TRANSFERS FOR THEIR WARDS HAVE TO APPROACH THE SCHOOLS OF THEIR WISH DIRECT FOR APPLICATION. ACCEPTANCE IS AT THE ENTIRE DISCRETION OF THE SCHOOLS.

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SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS HAVE TO RETRIEVE THE ADMISSION SLIPS FROM THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH THEY HAVE REGISTERED AND HAND THEM TO THE SCHOOLS OF TRANSFER.

”PARENTS/PUPILS ARE REMINDED THAT BY RETRIEVING THEIR ADMISSION SLIPS, THEIR REGISTRATION WITH THE SCHOOLS WILL AT THE SAME -TIME BE CANCELLED,” THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

’’SHOULD THE TERRITORY BE AFFECTED BY TYPHOON OR PERSISTENT RAIN DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PAY HEED TO ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS,” HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 891 2200.

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HOSPITAL WARD STEWARD SCHEME PROVES HELPFUL

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THE WARD STEWARD SCHEME OF THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS HELPED TO RELIEVE WARD STAFF IN MAJOR HOSPITALS OF THEIR NON-CLINICAL AND NON-PROFESSIONAL DUTIES.

WARD STEWARDS WERE INTRODUCED LAST AUGUST INTO BUSY WARDS AND HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTING WELL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED TO MAXIMISE PROFESSIONAL STAFF RESOURCES SO AS TO ACHIEVE BETTER PATIENT SERVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE SCHEME HAS BEEN CLOSELY MONITORED AND REVIEWED BY A STEERING COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISES NURSES, DOCTORS AND HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS.

’’THE STEERING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN RECEIVING POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK. DOCTORS AND NURSES APPRECIATE THE HELP OF WARD STEWARDS. THEY CAN NOW BETTER CONCENTRATE ON THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND CLINICAL DUTIES AND PROVIDE BETTER CARE FOR PATIENTS.”

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 110 WARD STEWARDS WORKING IN THE FOUR REGIONAL HOSPITALS: QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL, PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL. THEY ALSO WORK IN THE TWO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS: CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL AND KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED ANOTHER ROUND OF RECRUITMENT EXERCISES TO EMPLOY ABOUT 70 MORE WARD STEWARDS. THE NEW RECRUITS WILL BE POSTED TO THE SIX MAJOR HOSPITALS.

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"OUR PLAN IS THAT EVENTUALLY ALL BUSY WARDS WITH 34 BEDS OR MORE IN MAJOR HOSPITALS WILL EACH BE SERVED BY ONE WARD STEWARD," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WARD STEWARDS WORK A FIVE-AND-A-HALF-DAY WEEK FOR EIGHT HOURS A DAY BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM.

"NEW RECRUITS GO THROUGH A SIA-DAY INDUCTION PROGRAMME BEFORE THEY START TO WORK IN THE WARDS. THE PROGRAMME AIMS TO BRIEF THEM ON THEIR DUTIES AND TO FAMILIARISE THEM WITH THE WARD SITUATION."

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALL PERSONS BELOW 45 YEARS OF AGE WHO HOLD A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH FIVE PASSES AND SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE CAN APPLY FOR THE JOB. THE FIVE PASSES INCLUDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS A).

THE SALARY IS $5,515 A MONTH.

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SIX-MONTH RESERVATION PERIOD ON IVORY EXPORT TO EXPIRE ON JULY 17 ***»*»*»

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED IVORY TRADERS THAT THE SIX-MONTH RESERVATION PERIOD WILL NOT BE EXTENDED WHEN IT EXPIRES ON TUESDAY, JULY 17.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID IVORY TRADERS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE TO EXPORT THEIR LEGALLY ACQUIRED IVORY TO NON-CITES (CONSERVATION ON TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA) PARTIES OR TO PARTIES WITH APPROPRIATE RESERVATION SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION BEFORE JULY 16.

HONG KONG IS A PARTY TO THE CITES THROUGH THE UNITED KINGDOM MEMBERSHIP.

MEANWHILE, THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND WILL TAKE EFFECT ON THE EXPIRY DATE.

THE NEW AMENDED LEGISLATION WILL PROHIBIT BOTH THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF IVORY AND OTHER HIGHLY ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTED UNDER THE SIXTH SCHEDULE OF THE ORDINANCE.

TO HELP CONSERVE THE AFRICA ELEPHANTS, CITES IMPOSED A TOTAL BAN ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE OF IVORY SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR.

HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF HONG KONG’S UNIQUE POSITION AS AN IVORY PROCESSING CENTRE IN THE WORLD, THE UK ENTERED A SIX-MONTH RESERVATION TO THE CITES DECISION ON HONG KONG’S BEHALF TO PROVIDE TIME FOR CARVERS TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY RE-TRAINING AND TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT.

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IT ALSO PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TRADERS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR LEGALLY ACQUIRED IVORY STOCKS TO NON-CITES PARTIES OR TO PARTIES WITH APPROPRIATE RESERVATION.

AT PRESENT, IMPORT, EXPORT AND POSSESSION OF IVORY ARE SUBJECT TO LICENSING CONTROLS IN HONG KONG.

THE IMPORT OF IVORY INTO HONG KONG HAS ALREADY BEEN BANNED SINCE JUNE LAST YEAR AND COMMERCIAL EXPORT OF IVORY WILL NOT BE AUTHORISED WHEN THE AMENDMENT BILL TAKES EFFECT ON JULY 17, 1990.

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MORE SAFETY COURSES IN THE PI ELINE

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSES FOR PEOPLE IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR UNDER ITS ONGOING SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMME.

THE COURSES ARE INTENDED TO HELP PARTICIPANTS IDENTIFY UNSAFE ACTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS IN THEIR WORKPLACES AND TO EQUIP THEM WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE IN TACKLING SAFETY PROBLEMS.

’’SINCE 1972, THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE (ISTC) HAS BEEN RUNNING FREE SAFETY TRAINING COURSES ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND HAS ALREADY PROVIDED TRAINING FOR OVER 133,000 PEOPLE UP TO THE END OF LAST YEAR,” THE ACTING SUPERINTENDENT OF FACTORY INSPECTORS (ISTC), MR CHUNG BING-WOR, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

"WE WILL OFFER ANOTHER 171 COURSES OF 26 TYPES BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER FOR PROPRIETORS, SUPERVISORS, SAFETY PERSONNEL AND WORKERS IN INDUSTRY, EACH LASTING FOR HALF A DAY TO FIVE DAYS,” HE ADDED.

MR CHUNG SAID EMPHASIS WOULD BE LAID PARTICULARLY ON SAFETY LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE PARTICIPANTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW AND HELP THEM COMPLY WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS.

"MOREOVER, GREATER ATTENTION WILL ALSO BE PAID TO PAST CASE STUDY AND ANALYSIS SO THAT PARTICIPANTS MAY LEARN A USEFUL LESSON FROM PAST EXPERIENCES.

"TO COINCIDE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1989 AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THE ISTC WILL INTRODUCE A NUMBER OF HALF-DAY COURSES ON THE PROVISION WHICH IMPOSES GENERAL DUTIES ON PROPRIETORS AND EMPLOYEES TO MAINTAIN SAFETY AT WORK.

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"THERE MAY ALSO BE MORE COURSES ON SUBJECTS RELATED TO GENERAL DUTIES SUCH AS SAFETY PROGRAMME AND SAFETY PROMOTION," MR CHUNG NOTED.

THE COURSES ARE CONDUCTED MAINLY IN CANTONESE AND OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE, THOUGH APPLICATION MUST PE MADE THROUGH EMPLOYERS.

COURSE PROSPECTUS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE CENTRE ON 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 852 3563.

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TELEMATCH TO PROMOTE VOTERS REGISTRATION

ABOUT 500 MEMBERS FROM THE 15 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT TODAY (SUNDAY) TOOK PART IN A TELEMATCH SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO PROMOTE VOTERS REGISTRATION.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TELEMATCH, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BE A MILESTONE IN THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG.

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT IN THE FUTURE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN POLICY FORMULATION AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLITICAL ACTIVITIES.

"AND AREA COMMITTEES, AS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND AN IMPORTANT TERRITORY-WIDE ADVISORY BODY, HAVE PLAYED AN INDISPENSABLE ROLE IN CULTIVATING A SENSE OF BELONGING IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES AND IN BUILDING A HARMONIOUS AND STABLE SOCIETY BY ACTIVELY ORGANISING VARIOUS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SCHEMES," HE SAID.

MR LAN SAID ONE OF THE MAJOR TASKS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN 1990-91 WAS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS AND TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHT TO CAST THEIR VOTE AT POLLING STATIONS.

IN THIS RESPECT, AREA COMMITTEES HAD LINED UP A SERIES OF FUNCTIONS TO PROMOTE VOTERS REGISTRATION, HE NOTED.

TODAY’S TELEMATCH, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WAS HELD AT THE KOWLOON BAY INDOOR GAMES HALL.

IT SERVED AS A PRELUDE TO THE LAUNCHING OF THE SOLAR PROJECT ’90 OPENING CONCERT WHICH WILL BE HELD ON JULY 22 AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE 1991 ELECTIONS.

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THE AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THE TELEMATCH WERE ALSO APPOINTED AS "VOTERS REGISTRATION AMBASSADORS" TO HELP PROMOTE VOTERS REGISTRATION IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER GUESTS PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI.

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48 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN APRIL *****

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED A TOTAL OF 48 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN APRIL.

OF THE PLANS, 21 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 10 IN KOWLOON AND 17 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 15 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/ COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS; 14 FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT; AND SIX FOR FACTORY AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 35 PROJECTS, INVOLVING 38,600.9 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 231,518.3 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $877 MILLION. THE USABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES WERE ABOUT 144,238 SQUARE METRES AND 73,115.4 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 24 OCCUPATION PERMITS, EIGHT FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, THREE FOR KOWLOON AND 13 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 38 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 81 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 461 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 728 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 180 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDING SECTION INSPECTED 336 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED THREE EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS.

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CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN TAI PO ♦ * * * ♦

MORE THAN 400 TAI PO RESIDENTS JOINED AN EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN THE DISTRICT THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO HIGHLIGHT THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN DAY.

CALLED THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN DAY PIONEERS MASSIVE CLEAN-UP OPERATION, THE ACTIVITY WAS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON TAI PO DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

THE AIM WAS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

THE PARTICIPANTS, FORMED INTO 21 TEAMS, CLEANED UP THE STREETS IN LUEN YICK FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE, YUEN CHAU TSAI, TAI PO PLAZA AND TAI WO ESTATE.

A LAUNCHING CEREMONY WAS HELD EARLIER TODAY AT TAI PO CENTRAL TOWN SQUARE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO YUNG-SANG OFFICIATING.

AN EXHIBITION ON THE RE-CYCLING OF REFUSE WAS HELD AT THE SAME VENUE.

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SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED TO YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS

NINE TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS WHO WERE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND WILL LEAVE FOR BRITAIN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES TO RECEIVE FURTHER TRAINING IN MUSIC AND DANCE.

THEY ARE YIP CHING, CHENG WAI, ANDREW MA, YIU SONG-LAM. CHRISTINE WONG, LAU CHIN-YAN, RONLY KONG, CATHEDRAL MA AND CHRIS HO.

THEY WERE SELECTED FROM A GROUP OF 57 CANDIDATES FOR THE OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE MUSIC FUND FOR 1990-91 AFTER AN AUDITION TEST AND AN INTERVIEW HELD EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP IS TO ASSIST EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE TO RECEIVE TRAINING INPOST-DIPLOMA STUDIES AT OVERSEAS INSTITUTES.

YIP CHING, CHENG WAI, ANDREW MA, YIU SONG-LAM, CHRISTINE WONG AND LAU CHIN-YAN WILL PURSUE THEIR MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COURSES IN BRITAIN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES.

RONLY KONG, CATHEDRAL MA AND CHRIS HO WILL ATTEND MODERN DANCE COURSES IN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.

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THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND IS ESTABLISHED IN 1980 WITH A DONATION OF $10 MILLION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

IT IS A NON-STATUTORY TRUST FUND FOR THE PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC, DANCE AND RELATED ACTIVITIES IN THE TERRITORY BY WAY OF GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

SINCE 1980, THE MUSIC FUND HAS AWARDED 48 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS AND 16 DANCE SCHOLARSHIPS TO ENABLE 31 YOUNG MUSICIANS AND 12 DANCERS TO FURTHER THEIR TRAINING OVERSEAS.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS IN MONG KOK *****

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK PART IN AN ART AND HANDICRAFT FAIR AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN MONG KOK TODAY (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE, SAID YOUNG PEOPLE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SOCIETY.

BY PARTICIPATING IN RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE COULD DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND TALENTS AND BECOME MORE CIVIC-MINDED, HE SAID.

THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SEMINARS ON LAW, QUIZ COMPETITIONS, ESSAY AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, TALKS ON CIVIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES, CAMPING, PICNICS AND SPORTS.

MORE THAN 40,000 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 25 ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 121 ACTIVITIES OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR HO FEI-CHI, ENCOURAGED YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS LORNA MA, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR CHAN KWOK-MING, AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), MRS PUN LEE WAI-CHUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE GIS NEWSROOM LATER TODAY.

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OB MEMBERS TAKE PART IN CLEAN-UP EXERCISE

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FJ'-k SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (SUNDAY) JOINED HANDS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS IN A CLEAN-UP EXERCISE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN DAY.

AFTER MOUNTING TWO PUBLICITY BANNERS AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, THE GROUP WENT TO THE NAM CHEONG STREET SITTING-OUT AREA, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RECREATIONAL GROUNDS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, TO CLEAN UP THE PLACE.

THEY WERE ASSISTED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 10 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT. * * f' • •-••••

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN WORKING GROUP, THE EVENT WAS PART OF THE GROUP’S YEAR-LONG EFFORT TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

OTHER PUBLICITY EVENTS TO BE ORGANISED LATER IN THE YEAR . INCLUDE THE PRINTING OF POSTERS, A CARNIVAL AND A CLEAN-UP EXERCISE IN LOCAL TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS. |

THE GROUP WILL ALSO SUBSIDISE LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES TO ORGANISE ACTIVITES TO DRIVE HOME THE CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS DUTY OFFICER.

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CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD TO FANLING TONG HANG VILLAGE

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THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE IS PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT A ROAD LEADING TO FANLING TONG HANG VILLAGE, SOUTHEAST OF LUEN WO MARKET, TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR ACCESS AND IMPROVED PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE VILLAGE.

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AS PART OF THE ”IMPROVEMENT TO URBAN FRINGE AND RURAL AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES” PROGRAMME, THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE TRACK ACCESS ROAD WITH ASSOCIATED TURNING AREA, FOOTPATH AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED TO MINIMISE ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE.

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A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING.THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT" OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT 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 AUGUST 28 THIS YEAR.

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KOWLOON CITY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS

MORE THAN 320 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR THE YOUNGSTERS OF KOWLOON CITY IN A TWO-MONTH-LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THAT BEGAN TODAY (SUNDAY).

ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE MA TAU WAI ROAD FOOTBALL PITCH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE BY TAKING PART IN VARIOUS CULTURAL, COMMUNITY, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, WOULD DEVELOP HEALTHY HABITS AND CIVIC AWARENESS.

KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME. A BOOKLET GIVING DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THIS YEAR’S DISTRICT PROGRAMME IS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WITH FUNDS ALSO COMING FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS.

A VARIETY SHOW AND GAMES FOLLOWED THE OPENING CEREMONY.

GUESTS INCLUDED MR KWOK KA-MING, MEMBER OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE; MR WONG SIK-KONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD; MS JOEY LAM, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER; AND MR CHEUNG HON-LEUNG, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SPORTS COMPLEX PROJECT

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SPORTS COMPLEX AT THE JUNCTION OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND LUNG SUM AVENUE IN SHEUNG SHUI.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 2,500-SEAT SPECTATOR STAND, AN EIGHT-LANE ALL-WEATHER 400 METRE SYNTHETIC SURFACED RUNNING TRACK, A TURFED SOCCER PITCH, A VOLLEYBALL COURT, AND SIX TENNIS AND THREE BASKET BALL COURTS.

IT WILL ALSO HAVE A PLAY AREA WITH ASSOCIATED FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE NOON ON JULY 27 THIS YEAR.

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SAI KUNG KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN STARTS ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

ABOUT 50 STUDENTS OF CARMEL DIVINE GRACE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL TOOK PART IN A CLEAN-UP OPERATION TODAY (SUNDAY) AT PO LAM AND TSUI LAM ESTATES IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE OPERATION IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR.

ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, THE ACTIVITIES ARE AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S EVENT WERE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FREDERICK TONG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; CHAIRMAN OF THE DB’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN; CONVENER OF THE WORKING GROUP ON KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN 1990-91, MR EDWARD PONG; AND THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHU WING-WAI.

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OVER 200 ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WAN CHAI THIS SUMMER, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP), MR MANN SAID THE SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE JOINTLY ORGANISES WITH LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MANY ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT EVERY YEAR.

OF THE $260,000 FOR THIS YEAR’S SYP, $220,000 WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE REMAINDER BY PRIVATE SPONSORS, HE SAID.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S SYP IS AGAIN ’’SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY”, REMINDING YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP BUILD THE COMMUNITY WHILE TAKING PART IN THE ACTIVITIES, HE SAID.

FROM TODAY UNTIL LATE AUGUST, CHILDREN AND YOUTHS AGED SIX TO 25 WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN SUMMER CAMPS, PICNICS, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS AND TRAINING CLASSES.

TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW AT THE SOUTHORN STADIUM, FEATURING A LION DANCE, AND SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL CHOIRS.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT WAS A PARADE BY OVER 200 PARTICIPANTS FROM ABOUT 20 YOUTH CENTRES AND SCHOOLS ALONG JOHNSTON ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD.

A CARNIVAL WAS ALSO HELD TODAY AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND WITH TELEMATCHES, STALL GAMES AND KARAOKE SINGING.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR LIU WING-TING, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRYAN CHAN.

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS TOMORROW (MONDAY) THE SERVICES BEING PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR SINGLETON TENANTS LIVING AT PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TWO DEPARTMENTS WILL BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING TO HEAR MEMBERS’ VIEWS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

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THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL BODIES FOR DB FUNDS FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING FUNCTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SOUTHRN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LATTER HALF OF THE MEETING, WHICH WILL DEAL WITH APPLICATIONS FOR DB FUNDS, WILL BE HELD IN CAMERA.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 10), THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WESTERN DISTRICT AS PART OF THE POK FU LAM ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME:

* THE SECTION OF FIRST STREET BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND WESTERN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND; AND

* THE SECTION OF SECOND STREET BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND WESTERN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE FLYOVER AT WATERLOO ROAD ADJACENT TO HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 10) AND WEDNESDAY (JULY 11) TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES FROM THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE GROUND LEVEL OF WATERLOO ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WONG TAI SIN A *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 10), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF YING FUNG LANE IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS:

t THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE EASTERN ARM OF YING FUNG LANE FROM A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FUNG TAK ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 82 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE SOUTHERN ARM OF YING FUNG LANE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE EASTERN ARM OF THE SAME LANE TO A POINT ABOUT 47 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

MONDAY, JULY 9, 1990

CONTENTS

EIGHT QUESTIONS, SEVEN BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ................................. NEW SYSTEM PUTS HK AT FOREFRONT OF LETTER SORTING TECHNOLOGY ................. PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL ........................ REGISTRATION OF PARAMEDICS BEGINS LATER THIS YEAR ............................ MORE FIRMS USING DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME .................................. EPCOM SUPPORTS SETTING UP TWO MORE WATER CONTROL ZONES ....................... CHILD SUPPLEMENT FOR PA FAMILIES ............................................. COMMON RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION 1990-91 ....................................... REAR STAIRCASE OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ...................... ALL 345 REDUNDANT TEACHERS FOUND JOBS ........................................ GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY REPORT ON LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS .............. JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ............................ IMMIGRATION OFFICES ON MOVE ................................................... CLOSURE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE OFFICE ....................................... CHLORINE STORAGE ON DB AGENDA ................................................. STUDENTS PITCHIN TO KEEP BEACHES CLEAN ........................................ BUS AND FERRY SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................................. CONSTRUCTION OF TOWN HALL ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .............................. WATER STORAGE FIGURE .......................................................... WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI ....................................................... TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD ....................................... TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD..................................................................................... URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WESTERN DISTRICT............................................*...........................................*. TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WAN CHAI .....................................

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MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF EIGHT QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER SEVEN BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY'11).

OF THE SEVEN BILLS, THREE WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS AND DEBATES ON THEM WILL BE ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE THE HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (REPEAL) BILL 1990 AND A PRIVATE BILL, THE MORRISON SCHOLARSHIPS FUND BILL 1990.

THE OTHER BILLS ARE EACH DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING, AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THEY ARE THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, THE LAWS (LOOSE-LEAF PUBLICATION) BILL 1990, THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WILL MOVE A MOTION ON HOMOSEXUALITY.

IT READS: "THAT MEASURES BE PRESENTED TO THIS COUNCIL — (A) TO REMOVE THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES RELATING TO HOMOSEXUAL ACTS COMMITTED IN PRIVATE BY CONSENTING MEN WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21; AND (B) TO EXTEND TO MEN AND BOYS, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AFFORDED BY THE CRIMES ORDINANCE TO WOMEN AND GIRLS."

ALSO, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER THE RADIATION ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, DR THE HON DANIEL TSE WILL SPEAK ON THE 1989 ANNUAL REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTINGS FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERIES AND THEY MAY MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONING 844 0899.

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NEW SYSTEM PUTS HK AT FOREFRONT OF LETTER SORTING TECHNOLOGY *******

THE COMMISSIONING OF THE MECHANISED LETTER SORTING SYSTEM (MLSS) IN THE POST OFFICE PUTS HONG KONG FIRMLY AT THE FOREFRONT OF MECHANISED LETTER SORTING TECHNOLOGY, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT T11E OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW SYSTEM, MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT POSTAL TRAFFIC IN HONG KONG CONTINUED TO GROW AT A COMPOUND RATE OF 10 PER CENT EACH YEAR WITH OVER TWO MILLION ITEMS OF MAIL NOW HANDLED EACH DAY.

THIS ADDED UP TO AN ASTONISH ING'FIGURE OF OVER 800 MILLION POSTAL ITEMS HANDLED BY THE POST OFFICE IN 1989.

MRS CHAN SAID THE OVER $100 MILLION MLSS WENT A LARGE STEP FURTHER IN MECHANISATION BY EMPLOYING, FOR THE FIRST TIME ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WHICH READ ADDRESSES TYPED OR MACHINE PRINTED IN ENGLISH WITHOUT THE NEED FOR POSTAL CODES.

AUTOMATIC SORTING WAS NOT LIMITED TO THOSE LETTERS WITH ADDRESSES TYPED OR PRINTED IN ENGLISH, SHE SAID.

"LETTERS WITH ADDRESSES TYPED, PRINTED OR HANDWRITTEN IN CHINESE OR HANDWRITTEN IN ENGLISH ARE ALSO PROCESSED FOR AUTOMATIC SORTING BY THIS SYSTEM USING VIDEO CODING MACHINES.

"THESE MACHINES ALLOW OPERATORS TO VIEW THE LETTERS ON A SCREEN AND TYPE IN AN APPROPRIATE BAR CODE REPRESENTING THE ADDRESS WHICH IS PRINTED ON THE ENVELOPE TO FACILITATE MACHINE SORTING," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID TAKEN AS A WHOLE, THE SYSTEM SHOULD RESULT IN THE AUTOMATIC SORTING OF 90 PER CENT OF ALL LETTERS HANDLED BY THE POST OFFICE, AMOUNTING TO 1.7 MILLION ITEMS A DAY AND WELL OVER 600 MILLION ITEMS IN A YEAR AT CURRENT LEVELS OF POSTAL VOLUME.

"THE BENEFIT OF THE SYSTEM TO THE TAXPAYER AND POSTAL SERVICE CUSTOMER IS THAT IT WILL ALLOW THE POST OFFICE TO MAINTAIN ITS CUSTOMARY HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE WITHOUT HAVING TO ENGAGE SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS OF ADDITIONAL STAFF TO COPE WITH THE FAST GROWING VOLUME OF POSTAL TRAFFIC AND TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO THE RAPIDLY INCREASING NEW TOWN POPULATIONS.

"IN THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION ALONE WE ESTIMATE THAT SOME 200 POSTS WILL BE SAVED AS A RESULT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SYSTEM," SHE SAID.

HOWEVER, MRS CHAN STRESSED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR REDUNDANCIES.

"SOME POSTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LAPSE AS THEY BECOME VACANT DUE TO NORMAL WASTAGE THROUGH RESIGNATION OR RETIREMENT.

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"THE REST WILL BE REDEPLOYED TO COPE WITH AREAS OF INCREASING DEMAND SUCH AS IN THE NEW TOWNS," SHE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, SAID THE COMMISSIONING OF THE MLSS WAS THE CULMINATION OF EFFORTS IN INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVING EFFICIENCY, AND IN RELYING ON MECHANISATION AND AUTOMATION AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

HE SAID IN ORDER TO REAP THE FULL BENEFITS OF THE NEW EQUIPMENT, THE POST OFFICE NEEDED THE CO-OPERATION OF EVERYONE IN HONG KONG IN PROPERLY ADDRESSING AND MAKING UP MAIL ITEMS SO THAT THEY COULD BE READ BY THE EQUIPMENT AND THUS REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF MANUAL SORTING.

"WITH PUBLIC CO-OPERATION I AM SURE THAT OUR MAIL CAN BE PROCESSED MORE QUICKLY AND THAT IT CAN REACH RECIPIENTS FASTER," HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY AND COPIES OF SPEECHES BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND THE POSTMASTER GENERAL WILL BE BOXED.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL

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THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1990 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 1 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 1 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 2 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 2 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX) INCREASED 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.

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COMPARING THE MONTH OF APRIL 1990 WITH APRIL 1989, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT. AS SUCH, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 1 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. IMPORT PRICES INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP FOR APRIL 1990 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN APRIL 1990 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989, INCLUDING RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-45 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-37 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (-25 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-23 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-22 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (-22 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS(-9 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-8 PER CENT); CLOTHING (-5 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (-5 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-4 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, AN INCREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+11 PER CENT).

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1990 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989. THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+5 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+5 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+4 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+3 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+3 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+2 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+2 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+1 PER CENT); AND RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED IN METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-8 PER CENT) AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-3 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1990 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1990 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WHEAT AND FLOUR; RICE; AND FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS; LIVE POULTRY; AND TEA AND COFFEE.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT. COMMODITY ITEMS WITH CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME INCLUDED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; TOBACCO MANUFACTURES; FOOTWEAR AND WATCHES. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN IMPORT VOLUME OF CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN APRIL 1990 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989.

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THE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; RAW COTTON; AND IRON AND STEEL. INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK; FABRICS OF MANMADE FIBRES: PAPER AND PAPERBOARD; AND THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS.

IMPORTS OF FUl.LS INCREASED BY 75 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1990 A COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989.

AS REGARDS ( Al L GOODS, THE IMPORT VOLUME DECREASED BY 3 PER CENT TN APRIL 1990 o APRIL 1989. DECREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORD! > FOR TRAN ORT EQUIPMENT; AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY (OTHER THAN I EXTILE MA' NERY AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY).

ON TIE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES; AND SCIc.Nl it IC, MliblCAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

COMPARING APRIL 1990 WITH APRIL 1989, THE IMPORT PRICES OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED : FUELS (+6 PER CENT); CONSUMER GOODS (+4 PER CENT); FOODSTUFFS (+4 PER CENT); AND CAPITAL GOODS (+1 PER CENT). THE IMPORT PRICES OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1990 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 86 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN APRIL 1990 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989. HOWEVER, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF FOODSTUFFS; RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES; AND CAPITAL GOODS DECREASED, BY 23 PER CENT, 9 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN APRIL 1990 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1989: FUELS (+8 PER CENT); CONSUMER GOODS (+5 PER CENT); RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+3 PER CENT); CAPITAL GOODS (+3 PER CENT) AND FOODSTUFFS (+1 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE APRIL 1990 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS” WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND JULY 14 AT $3 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO.: 842 8802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO.: 823 4918).

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TABLE 1: CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % COMPARING APR 1990 WITH APR 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1990 WITH JAN-APR 1989

UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING -4 1 -5 -2 2 -3

TEXTILE FABRICS -2 3 -5 6 4 2

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD -21 4 -23 -11 4 -15

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES -2 2 -4 -4 3 -6 '

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -44 1 -45 -34 * -34

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 16 5 11 13 2 11

FOOTWEAR -19 3 -22 -22 1 -23

METAL MANUFACTURES -22 5 -25 -19 6 -23

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -16 -8 -8 -26 -6 -21

WATCHES AND CLOCKS -11 -3 -9 -4 -2 -2

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -19 4 -22 -18 4 -21

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -36 2 -37 -35 2 -36

ALL COMMODITIES -6 1 -7 -4 2 -5

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TABLE 2: CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % COMPARING APR 1990 WITH APR 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1990 WITH JAN-APR 1989

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FOODSTUFFS -1 4 -4 * 3 -3

CONSUMER GOODS 18 4 13 15 5 9

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -2 -1 -1 -5 -5

FUELS 86 6 75 10 11 -1

CAPITAL GOODS -3 1 -3 1 1 »

ALL COMMODITIES 6 2 4 3 2 1

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

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % COMPARING APR 1990 WITH APR 1989 COMPARING JAN-APR 1990 WITH JAN-APR 1989

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CONSUMER GOODS 28 5 22 28 5 22

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -6 3 -9 • -5 4 -9

FUELS 102 8 86 93 14 69

CAPITAL GOODS 2 3 -1 3 3 -1

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT REGISTRATION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS WOULD COMMENCE LATER THIS YEAR.

THIS FOLLOWED THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL’S APPROVAL OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE IN RESPECT OF THESE TWO PROFESSIONS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

DETAILED PROVISIONS REGARDING THE REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINE OF THE TWO PROFESSIONS WOULD BE GAZETTED ON FRIDAY (JULY 13).

’’THESE REGULATIONS WILL PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION TO THE PUBLIC BY MAINTAINING ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS TN THE PRACTICE OF THESE TWO SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT AFTER THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE IN RESPECT OF THESE TWO PROFESSIONS CAME INTO EFFECT, ONLY PERSONS REGISTERED IN THE PROFESSION WOULD BE ALLOWED TO PRACTISE THE PROFESSION.

IT WOULD BE AN OFFENCE FOR ANY UNREGISTERED PERSON TO PRACTISE THE PROFESSION OR FOR ANY PERSON, INCLUDING MEDICAL DOCTORS, TO EMPLOY UNQUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO PRACTISE THESE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS.

HOWEVER, CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF PERSONS WHO MIGHT PERFORM FUNCTIONS THAT COME WITHIN THE SCOPE OF WORK OF A PARTICULAR SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSION IN THE COURSE OF THEIR OWN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE REGULATIONS.

IN THE CASE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, THESE WOULD INCLUDE REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND STUDENTS UNDERGOING TRAINING IN MEDICINE OR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REGULATIONS HAD BEEN DRAWN UP AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS BOARD, THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS BOARD, THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL AND OTHER RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS.

THE REGULATIONS WOULD BE CONTAINED IN THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS (REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 1990 AND THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS (REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 1990.

’’THEY PRESCRIBE THE FORM OF THE REGISTER, SPECIFY THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION, AND PROVIDE FOR PROCEEDINGS RELATING TO THE DISCIPLINE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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UNDER THE REGULATIONS, THE REGISTER FOR BOTH PROFESSIONS WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS: PART I AND II FOR FULL REGISTRATION AND PART III FOR PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION.

ONLY PROFESSIONALS REGISTERED IN PART I CAN PRACTISE WITHOUT SUPERVISION. THOSE REGISTERED IN PART II AND PART III WILL HAVE TO PRACTISE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PERSON REGISTERED IN PART I.

THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS AND WITH NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE RECOGNISED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS BOARD WOULD BE REGISTERED IN PART I OF THE REGISTER. THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE:

- A PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; OR

- A DIPLOMA ISSUED BY THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS; OR

- A CERTIFICATE FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS BOARD FOR FULL REGISTRATION UNDER SECTION 12(1)(A) OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE.

THOSE WHO POSSESS ANY OF THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS BUT WITHOUT THE ONE YEAR POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE WILL BE REGISTERED IN PART II OF THE REGISTER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PERSONS CURRENTLY PRACTISING THE PROFESSION BUT WHO HAVE NO RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS OR FORMAL TRAINING WILL BE REGISTERED IN PART III WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION BY THE BOARD.

IN THE CASE OF MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS, A PERSON WHO HOLDS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS TOGETHER WITH NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE RECOGNISED BY THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS BOARD WILL BE REGISTERED IN PART I OF THE REGISTER. THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE:

- A HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; OR

- A HIGHER DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; OR

- AN ASSOCIATE OR A FELLOW OF THE UNITED KINGDOM INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES.

THOSE WHO HOLD ANY OF THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS BUT WHO DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, OR ANY PERSON WHO HOLDS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE REGISTERED IN PART II:

- A DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; OR

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- AN ORDINARY CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; OR

- A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ISSUED BY THE FORMER MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO 1982; OR

- A CERTIFICATE FROM THE BOARD FOR FULL REGISTRATION UNDER SECTION 12(1)(A) OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE.

PERSONS CURRENTLY PRACTISING THE PROFESSION BUT WHO HAVE NO RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS OR FORMAL TRAINING WILL BE REGISTERED IN PART III WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION BY THE BOARD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PERSONS WHO HOLD OTHER OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY OR MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE MAY ALSO APPLY TO THE RESPECTIVE BOARD FOR REGISTRATION.

THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE RELEVANT BOARD, WILL DECIDE WHETHER THAT PARTICULAR OVERSEAS QUALIFICATION IS REGISTRABLE AND, IF SO, WHETHER ITS HOLDER BE REGISTERED IN PART I OR PART II OF THE REGISTER.

TO FACILITATE SUCH APPLICATIONS, THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE RELEVANT BOARD, WILL SHORTLY DRAW UP A LIST OF OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR FULL REGISTRATION UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

TURNING TO THE DISCIPLINE OF PERSONS IN THE TWO PROFESSIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS WERE SET OUT IN THE REGULATIONS WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE FORMATION OF A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE UNDER THE BOARD TO INQUIRE INTO ANY CASE OF COMPLAINT REFERRED TO THE BOARD.

APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD FROM OCTOBER 1, 1990. TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION TO OBTAIN THEIR REGISTRATION, IT IS EXPECTED THAT RELEVANT PROVISIONS IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE WHICH PROHIBIT PRACTICE OF THE PROFESSION BY UNREGISTERED PERSONS WOULD NOT COME INTO EFFECT UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE TWO PROFESSIONS WERE THE FIRST TO COMMENCE REGISTRATION UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE. IT WAS HOPED THAT REGISTRATION OF PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, RADIOGRAPHERS AND OPTOMETRISTS WOULD BE ABLE TO COMMENCE NEXT YEAR.

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DETAILED PROCEDURES REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS BOARD AND THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS BOARD NEARER THE TIME OF COMMENCEMENT OF REGISTRATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MORE FIRMS USING DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME

MORE AND MORE TRADING FIRMS ARE NOW USING THE DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN JULY LAST YEAR, TO LODGE THEIR IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"BY THE END OF LAST MONTH, ABOUT 500 FIRMS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME, SUBMITTING MORE THAN 40,000 DECLARATIONS EACH MONTH," HE SAID.

THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN JULY 1, 1989 IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF FIRMS NOW HANDLING THEIR TRADE DOCUMENTATION BY COMPUTERS.

"IT PROVIDES TRADING FIRMS WITH AN ADDITIONAL OPTION TO SUBMIT DECLARATIONS ON MICRO-COMPUTER DISKETTES.

"THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTER, TRADERS CAN PREPARE AND LODGE THEIR IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS IN A MORE ACCURATE AND EFFICIENT WAY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE NUMBERS OF PARTICIPATING FIRMS AND DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED IN THE SCHEME ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO GROW STEADILY," HE ADDED.

HE SAID FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS INDICATED THAT THE SCHEME HAD GREATLY FACILITATED THEIR DECLARATION WORK, PARTICULARLY THE PREPARATION, SUBMISSION AND SIGNING OF DECLARATIONS.

ACCORDING TO THE PARTICIPANTS, THEIR EFFORT SPENT ON PREPARING DECLARATIONS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERABLY REDUCED, FROM ABOUT EIGHT MINUTES PER DECLARATION BEFORE JOINING THE SCHEME TO FOUR MINUTES, REPRESENTING A REDUCTION OF 50 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID AS ASSESSMENT OF DECLARATION CHARGES AT THE DECLARATION COLLECTION OFFICES WAS NOW BEING DONE BY COMPUTER, EFFICIENCY IN COLLECTING TRADE DECLARATIONS AND CHARGES AT THE COLLECTION COUNTERS HAD BEEN IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY.

"TRADERS ONLY NEED TO SPEND, ON AVERAGE, LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES IN SUBMITTING A DISKETTE CONTAINING MORE THAN 100 DECLARATIONS. THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO MORE QUEUING REQUIRED AT THE COLLECTION OFFICES FOR USERS OF THE SCHEME.

"FOR DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED IN PAPER, IT TAKES ABOUT HALF A MINUTE TO PROCESS EACH DECLARATION AT THE COLLECTION COUNTERS AND HENCE 50 MINUTES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PROCESSING 100 DECLARATIONS.

"MOREOVER, FOR DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED ON THE SAME DISKETTE, ONLY ONE SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED TO BE ENTERED ON A SUMMARY FORM," HE SAID.

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TO TRADERS SUBMITTING MANY TRADE DECLARATIONS, THE SCHEME OFFERED GREAT BENEFITS, HE STRESSED.

TO JOIN THE SCHEME, TRADERS NEED ONLY A MICRO-COMPUTER SYSTEM WHICH RUNS ON MS-DOS OF VERSION 2.0 OR HIGHER.

FOR TRADERS WHO ARE USING COMPUTERS BUT HAVE NOT YET COMPUTERISED THEIR TRADE DOCUMENTATION WORK, THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE AVAILABLE A USER FRIENDLY MICRO-COMPUTER SOFTWARE TO FACILITATE THEM IN PREPARING IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS USING MICRO-COMPUTERS AND AT THE SAME TIME PRODUCING OUTPUTS THAT MEET ALL THE FORMAT REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE SOFTWARE TOGETHER WITH THE OPERATION MANUAL ARE AVAILABLE AT $160 PER SET FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

NEVERTHELESS, THE USE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SOFTWARE WAS NOT MANDATORY FOR JOINING THE SCHEME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’TRADERS CAN DEVELOP THEIR OWN COMPUTER SYSTEMS TO MEET THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS AND SUBMIT DECLARATIONS ON DISKETTES TO GOVERNMENT SO LONG AS THE OUTPUT FORMATS OF DECLARATIONS CONFORM TO THE GOVERNMENT’S SPECIFICATIONS," HE SAID.

HE SAID ONE MAJOR ADVANTAGE OF USING THE GOVERNMENT’S SOFTWARE WAS THAT IT ENABLED A TRADING FIRM TO SET UP A PRODUCT FILE TO CONTAIN SUCH PARTICULARS AS THE FIRM’S OWN PRODUCT CODES, PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS AND THE CORRESPONDING HARMONIZED SYSTEM CODES.

"BY SIMPLY INPUTTING THE TRADING FIRM’S OWN PRODUCT CODES, THE OTHER PRE-STORED PARTICULARS CAN BE OUTPUT AUTOMATICALLY.

"THUS, THE NEED OF KEYING IN PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS AND HARMONIZED SYSTEM CODES IS DISPENSED WITH.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED PRODUCT FILE WOULD GREATLY FACILITATE THE PREPARATION OF IMPORT OR EXPORT DECLARATIONS.

"IN THIS RESPECT, A TRADING FIRM JOINING THIS SCHEME MAY SEND ITS PREPARED PRODUCT FILE TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WHERE SPECIALISED STAFF WOULD EXAMINE THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS AND THE CORRESPONDING HARMONIZED SYSTEM CODES," HE SAID.

FOR THOSE TRADERS INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME BUT HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN OPERATING THE GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS ORGANISED A NUMBER OF SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS TO ASSIST THEM IN LEARNING HOW TO USE THE SOFTWARE.

MORE SUCH SEMINARS WILL BE ORGANISED. FOR DETAILS, THOSE INTERESTED MAY WRITE TO COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS (ATTN. : SENIOR STATISTICIAN (TRADE) 2) WANCHAI TOWER I, 17TH FLOOR, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI (REF. : DISKETTE SUBMISSION SCHEME).

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EPCOM SUPPORTS SETTING UP TWO MORE WATER CONTROL ZONES

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM), AT A MEETING THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, DISCUSSED AND UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH TWO NEW WATER CONTROL ZONES IN DEEP BAY AND MIRS BAY.

THE DEEP BAY WATER CONTROL ZONE’S CATCHMENT EXTENDS FROM YUNG LONG BATHING BEACH AND YUEN LONG/KAN TIM SUBZONES IN THE WEST TO THE RIVER GANGES SUBZONE IN THE NORTH.

THE MIRS BAY WATER CONTROL ZONE MAINLY COVERS THE STRETCH OF WATER IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE TERRITORY.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE CONTROLS IN THE TWO ZONES SHOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR, OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE COMES INTO EFFECT.

EPCOM NOTED WITH GRAVE CONCERN THE DETERIORATION IN THE QUALITY OF HONG KONG’S WATERS, THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION AND THE DELAY IN ENACTING THE AMENDMENTS TO STRENGTHEN THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS MONTH.

EPCOM CHAIRMAN, DR WANG GUNGWU, EMPHASISED THE NEED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE AND EFFECTIVE ACTION TO CONTROL POLLUTION AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY.

HE REMARKED THAT THE EXEMPTION PROVISIONS IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION EFFECTIVELY CONFERRED A LICENCE TO POLLUTE AND THEIR REPEAL WAS OVERDUE. HE ALSO CRITICISED INDUSTRY FOR DRAGGING ITS FEET ON THE AMENDMENT BILL.

INDUSTRY’S OBJECTION WAS GENERALISED, WITHOUT CONCRETE DATA TO SUPPORT ITS CLAIM THAT THE MAJORITY OF FACTORIES, SUCH AS THOSE IN THE TEXTILE BLEACHING AND DYEING SECTOR, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE EFFLUENT STANDARDS AND WOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS.

POINTING OUT THAT EVERYONE HAD A PART TO PLAY IN REDUCING POLLUTION, DR WANG URGED INDUSTRY TO STOP POSTURING AND ADOPT A MORE POSITIVE STANCE AND TAKE STEPS TO SEEK ADVICE, INTRODUCE WASTE MINIMISATION MEASURES, AND, WHERE NECESSARY, INSTALL TREATMENT FACILITIES.

HE SAID THAT AVAILABLE DATA SHOWED THAT THE CAPITAL COST OF TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR TEXTILE FACTORIES WITH FLOW RATES OF 3,000 TO 4,000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY AMOUNTED TO ONLY A FEW PER CENT (1.2 PER CENT TO 3.4 PER CENT) OF THE FACTORIES’ CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

TECHNICAL ADVICE WAS AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AND THE CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY FOR INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS MANY PRIVATE CONSULTANCY FIRMS, HE ADDED.

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HE REGRETTED THAT MOST FACTORIES WERE ADOPTING A WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE, AND THERE WERE ALSO CASES OF PERSISTENT OFFENDERS, WHICH COULD NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.

DR WANG STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO TIME TO LOSE IN MAKING THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL INTO LAW, AND BRINGING IT INTO EFFECT. THIS SHOULD BE DONE WITHOUT FURTHER ADO.

EPCOM ALSO CONSIDERED PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (SMOKE) REGULATIONS, AND RECOMMENDED THAT A MORE STRINGENT STANDARD ON THE EMISSION OF DARK SMOKE SHOULD BE INTRODUCED.

TWO PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND MARICULTURE WERE ALSO PRESENTED FOR EPCOM’S INFORMATION.

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CHILD SUPPLEMENT FOR PA FAMILIES **»»»♦

OVER 20,000 CHILDREN WILL BE BENEFITTED FROM A CHILD SUPPLEMENT WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN 1991, SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

AT ITS LAST MEETING, MEMBERS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) ENDORSED IN PRINCIPLE THAT A CHILD SUPPLEMENT AT ONE QUARTER OF THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BASIC RATE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN OF FAMILIES WHO ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. THESE CHILDREN MUST BE STUDENTS BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE, AND ARE NOT IN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT.

SPEAKING AT A SWAC MEETING TODAY (MONDAY), THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR KWOK NAI-SIK, POINTED OUT THAT CHILDREN ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AT PRESENT RECEIVED A BASIC RATE OF $515, $505 OR $495 A MONTH DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE FAMILY.

"THESE LEVELS OF PAYMENT ARE INSUFFICIENT FOR THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN. JUST AS THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED, CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS APART FROM THOSE WHICH THE BASIC RATE IS MEANT TO COVER," HE SAID.

SWAC MEMBERS AGREED THAT AT THE PRESENT BASIC RATE, CHILDREN WERE LIKELY TO BE CONFINED TO A RESTRICTED DIET AND DEPRIVED OF SUFFICIENT SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL STIMULATION.

THEY FELT THAT THESE CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THOSE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ON A LONG TERM BASIS SUCH AS CHILDREN OF WIDOWS, THE UNEMPLOYED OR THE SEVERELY-DISABLED, WOULD GO THROUGH CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE DEPRIVED OF MANY ACTIVITIES ESSENTIAL TO NORMAL HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT AND MIGHT GROW UP SOCIALLY DEPRIVED.

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THEY ALSO HELD THE VIEW THAT ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE ON THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS WOULD RE MODEST BUT NEVERTHELESS ESSENTIAL FOR NORMAL HEALTHY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT.

THE ESTIMATED INCREASE IN ANNUAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE EXPENDITURE ARISING FROM THE NEW SCHEME AS AT MID-1990/91 WILL BE ABOUT $45 MILLION.

SWAC MEMBERS RECOMMENDED THAT, TO MEET THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN, A CHILD SUPPLEMENT OF $170 PER CHILD BE PAID TO FAMILIES ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR USE AT THEIR DISCRETION.

ON ANOTHER ISSUE, SWAC MEMBERS RECOMMENDED THAT LEGISLATION PROHIBITING PARENTS AND GUARDIANS FROM LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN THE HOME SHOULD NOT BE INTRODUCED. INSTEAD, PUBLICITY SHOULD BE STEPPED UP.

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COMMON RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION 1990-91 ******

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 (MONDAY).

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 1991 MAY ALSO APPLY WHILE DIPLOMA HOLDERS MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE MSO II POSTS, AND EXCEPTIONALLY FOR THE EO II POST," HE SAID.

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

"IT WAS INTRODUCED TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SEPARATE EXAMINATIONS WHICH CANDIDATES HAD TO TAKE FOR DIFFERENT CIVIL SERVICE JOBS .

"IT HAS ESPECIALLY RELIEVED THE BURDEN OF MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS ON UNDERGRADUATES WHO PREPARE FOR THEIR FINAL UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

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PAPER I 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.

PAPERS 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 ADVERTISEMENT 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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REAR STAIRCASE OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED THE EXTERNAL REAR STAIRCASE AT 203 AND 205 PORTLAND STREET IN KOWLOON DANGEROUS AND THE MAIN BUILDINGS AT 203 AND 205 PORTLAND STREET LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THE BUILDINGS WERE SIX STOREYS (WITH COCKLOFTS) POST-WAR REINFORCED CONCRETE FRAMED STRUCTURES WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOFS AND BRICK INFILL PANEL WALLS.

THE EXTERNAL STAIRCASE AT THE REAR SERVING BOTH 203 AND 205 PORTLAND STREET IS AT ADVANCED STAGE OF DETERIORATION WITH SEVERELY SPALLED AND CRACKED REINFORCED CONCRETE MEMBERS.

SUCH STAIRCASE IS CONSIDERED TO BE BEYOND REASONABLE ECONOMIC REPAIR AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED.

THE REAR PORTIONS OF THE MAIN BUILDINGS ARE ALSO BADLY DILAPIDATED AS EVIDENCED BY SPALLED CONCRETE BEAMS, CEILINGS, WINDOW HOODS, LOOSE EXTERNAL RENDERING AND LOOSE INTERNAL PLASTER.

THERE ARE OTHER MINOR DEFECTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE MAIN BUILDINGS.

THE DEMOLITION OF THE REAR STAIRCASE WILL RENDER THE BUILDINGS DANGEROUS BY REASON OF LACK OF ADEQUATE MEANS OF ESCAPE AND THEREFORE THE BUILDINGS THEMSELVES SHOULD ALSO BE CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED.

A BUILDING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEFECTS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED IN PART BY LACK OF ADEQUATE MAINTENANCE BY THE OWNERS OF THE BUILDINGS OVER THE PRECEDING YEARS.

/WHILST THERE .......

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WHILST THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO COMPEL OWNERS TO CONTINUALLY MAINTAIN THEIR BUILDINGS, HE SAID A PRUDENT OWNER WOULD DO SO IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE VALUE OF HIS PROPERTY.

SHOULD THE OWNERS WISH TO REBUILD THE REAR STAIRCASE, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WOULD CONSIDER ANY FORMAL APPLICATIONS MADE IN THIS RESPECT, HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ALL REQUIRED WORKS TO MAKE THE BUILDINGS SAFE GENERALLY HAD BEEN SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED, THE BUILDINGS SHOULD REMAIN CLOSED.

THIS CASE WAS DISCOVERED AS A RESULT OF THE INTENSIFIED ACTIVITIES OF THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE WHICH COMMENCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON OCTOBER 9, 1990 WERE POSTED TODAY ON THE BUILDINGS.

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ALL 345 REDUNDANT TEACHERS FOUND JOBS ******

ALL 345 REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHO HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS.

"THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR FULL SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION IN ACCEPTING THE REDUNDANT TEACHERS REFERRED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO FILL THEIR VACANCIES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

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 CHILDREN AND A POPULATION SHIFT FROM URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW TOWNS.

ABOUT 6,000 TEACHERS HAVE BEEN HELPED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE POSTS BETWEEN 1975 AND THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE MEANTIME, WRITTEN ADVICE IS BEING SENT TO ALL AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS INFORMING THEM THAT THEY CAN NOW ENTER INTO EMPLOYMENT WITH TRAINED TEACHERS FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SCHOOLS ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT A LIST OF THIS YEAR’S GRADUATES FROM THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IS AVAILABLE AT DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICES.

"IN CASE THEY FAIL TO FIND SUITABLE TRAINED TEACHERS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER IN THEIR DISTRICT FOR ASSISTANCE," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY REPORT ON LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS

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THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR JANUARY-MARCH 1990, CONTAINING STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOR THE QUARTER, IS NOW AVAILABLE.

THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR FORCE, INCLUDING THEIR AGE AND SEX STRUCTURE, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AS WELL AS REASON FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

COPIES OF THE REPORT AT $11.5 EACH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY * ♦ *

OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION * * *

A TOTAL OF 1,794 GRADUATES FROM THE GRANTHAM, NORTHCOTE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL RECEIVE THEIR CERTIFICATES AT A JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THEY ARE GRADUATES OF THE ADVANCED COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION; THE FULL-TIME INITIAL COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION; THE PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSES OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS OF PRIMARY, SECONDARY, SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS; AND THE PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSES OF TRAINING FOR LECTURERS OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING AND PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO THE GRADUATES.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL CHAIR THE CEREMONY AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, MRS IRENE CHIU, WILL DELIVER A JOINT REPORT OF THE FOUR COLLEGES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 3.45 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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IMMIGRATION OFFICES ON MOVE

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THE SHEUNG SHUI DISTRICT BIRTHS REGISTRY AND SHEUNG SHUI MARRIAGE REGISTRY CURRENTLY SITUATED AT GROUND FLOOR, 26 SAN FUNG AVENUE WILL BE REPROVISIONED TO SECOND FLOOR, FANLING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 3 PIK FUNG ROAD, FANLING ON JULY 23, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

’’THE TWO OFFICES WILL BE RENAMED FANLING DISTRICT BIRTHS REGISTRY AND FANLING MARRIAGE REGISTRY RESPECTIVELY UPON REMOVAL,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE NEW REGISTRIES WILL BE FROM 8.J3 AM TO 12.45 PM AND 2 PM TO 4.45 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND FROM 9 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

THEY WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND PUDLIC HOLIDAYS.

ALSO ON JULY 23, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S SHEUNG SHUI OFFICE CURRENTLY SITUATED AT GROUND FLOOR, NOS. 44, 44A AND B SAN FUNG AVENUE WILL BE MOVED TO SECOND FLOOR, FANLING GOVERNMENT OFFICES. IT WILL BE RENAMED THE FANLING OFFICE.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR BRITISH PASSPORTS, HONG KONG CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY, EXTENSIONS OF STAY, RE-ENTRY VISAS, HONG KONG RE-ENTRY PERMITS AND OTHER IMMIGRATION FACILITIES.

ITS OFFICE HOURS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED: FROM 9 AM TO 12.45 PM AND 2 PM TO 4.30 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM ON SATURDAY.

IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

FOR ENQUIRIES, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY TELEPHONE 824 6111.

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CLOSURE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE OFFICE ♦ * » ♦ ♦

INJURED EMPLOYEES IN THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES AREA SEEKING MEDICAL CLEARANCES FOR COMPENSATION PURPOSES SHOULD APPROACH THE KWAI CHUNG OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE UNIT FROM FRIDAY (JULY 13).

THE TSUEN WAN OFFICE PRESENTLY LOCATED AT TSUEN WAN GARDEN PHASE II, THIRD FLOOR, TEXACO ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGE.

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ITS WORK WILL THEN BE TAKEN UP BY THE KWAI CHUNG OFFICE LOCATED AT KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SIXTH FLOOR, 166-174, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI < HUNG.

THE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE UNIT ASSISTS INJURED EMPLOYEES IN PROCESSING CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION AND PERFORMS MEDICAL CLEARANCES FOR EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION CASES.

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CHLORINE STORAGE ON DB AGENDA *****

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF STORING EXCESSIVE CHLORINE IN THE SHA TIN WATER TREATMENT WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, A MOTION WILL BE MOVED TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEED UP THE EXTENSION OF THE OBSTETRIC UNIT AND LI KA SHING SPECIALIST CLINIC OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND TO COMPLETE ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKS WITHIN ONE YEAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO PROPOSE REFORMS TO THE ALLOCATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES AND DISCUSS MEASURES TO PREVENT THE CONSUMPTION OF CONTAMINATED FISH CAUGHT FROM THE FO TAN NULLAH.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE ANNUAL PROGRAMMES OF THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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STUDENTS PITCHIN TO KEEP BEACHES CLEAN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE 11TH AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME, ONE OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED TO INVOLVE STUDENTS TO KEEP PUBLIC BEACHES CLEAN, WAS INAUGURATED BY URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR JOSEPH CHAN, AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TODAY (MONDAY).

ABOUT 600 SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM 45 SCHOOLS JOINED THE SCHEME THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR CHAN SAID THE EMPHASES OF THE CAMPAIGN WERE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY EDUCATION OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

"WE ARE THEREFORE VERY GLAD TO SEE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICES,” HE SAID.

HE HOPED THAT BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME, THE STUDENTS WOULD UNDERSTAND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CITIZEN AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR THEIR FRIENDS AND OTHER CITIZENS.

IN THE PREVIOUS YEARS, THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME COVERED ONLY BEACHES IN THE URBAN AREA; BUT THIS YEAR IT WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE STUDENTS WILL BE ON DUTY ON SUNDAYS IN JULY AND AUGUST AT REPULSE BAY, DEEP WATER BAY, SHEK O, STANLEY MAIN BEACH IN THE URBAN AREA; AND THE BUTTERFLY BEACH, SILVER STRAND BEACH, LIDO BEACH AND CLEAR WATER BAY (2ND) BEACH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

BESIDES CLEANING UP THE BEACHES, THEY WILL ADVISE SWIMMERS AGAINST LITTERING AND REMIND THEM TO CLEAN UP THE RUBBISH BEFORE LEAVING.

AT THE CEREMONY THE STUDENTS WERE BRIEFED ON THE GUIDELINES OF THEIR DUTY. THEY WERE ALSO PRESENTED WITH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAPS AND T-SHIRTS TO BE WORN WHILE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES ON THE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME WILL BE BOXED.

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BUS AND FERRY SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THF YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A DOCUMENT ON THE DISTRICT’S SETTLED BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE DOCUMENT, TO BE PRESENTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL FORM THE BASIC GUIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF 1991.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF TWO PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS ACROSS SALISBURY ROAD AT ITS JUNCTIONS WITH NATHAN ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL CONSIDER ALLOCATING FUNDS FOR ORGANISING ROAD SAFETY ACTIVITIES TARGETTED AT ELDERLY PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, GROUND FLOOR, MIDDLE ROAD CARPARK BUILDING, TSIM SHA TSUI. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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CONSTRUCTION OF TOWN HALL ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS AGAIN THE NEED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TOWN HALL AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 11).

MEMBERS WILL SUGGEST LOCATIONS FOR INSTALLING AN EMERGENCY TELEPHONE ALONG THE TOLO HIGHWAY CYCLING TRACK.

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OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS ON THE RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 11) 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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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 48.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 285.446 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 325.978 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 55.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI *****

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 11) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT CERTAIN PREMISES BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, WOOSUNG STREET, BOWRING STREET AND NATHAN ROAD, INCLUDING PARKES STREET AND PILKEM STREET.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE RESURFACING WORKS, TWO TRAFFIC LANES OF THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN TSING LUNG TAU AND PAI MIN KOK WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN TURN FROM 9.30 PM ON JULY 11 TO 6 PM ON JULY 17.

CLOSURE OF THE TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 9.30 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A SECTION OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN NGAN SHING STREET AND THE SOUTHBOUND SLIP ROAD OF SHA TIN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM DAILY FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 11) TO FRIDAY (JULY 13) TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON SHA TIN WAI ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SIU LEK YUEN ROAD, TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND SHA TIN ROAD TO REJOIN SHA TIN WAI ROAD WESTBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN WESTERN DISTRICT ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 11), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

* THE SECTION OF WATER STREET FROM A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD WEST TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE SECTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD WEST FROM A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WATER STREET TO A POINT ABOUT EIGHT METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WAN CHAI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT DUE TO A WATERMAIN BURST, A SECTION OF THE INNER TRAFFIC LANE ON HARCOURT ROAD WESTBOUND OUTSIDE THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS, IN WAN CHAI, WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS.

MOTORISTS ON GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR CENTRAL DISTRICT ARE ADVISED TO GO VIA TONNOCHY ROAD FLYOVER, CONVENTION AVENUE AND FENWICK PIER STREET, OR FENWICK STREET AND HENNESSY ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ENHANCEMENTS TO HOSPITAL AUTHORITY TERMS APPROVED .................................... 1

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS PRAISED ............................. 4

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ....................................................... 5

HK-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP FORMED .............................................. 5

MEASURES TO RESTORE MORALE OF TEACHING PROFESSION .................................... 7

RAINFALL IN JUNE NEAR NORMAL ................................................

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN YUEN LONG TO BE CLOSED.................................... 12

SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD SCHEME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.................................... 12

ISLANDERS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ............................................... 14

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR WORKING AT HEIGHTS ........................................... 14

CYC MEMBERS ON OVERSEAS EDUCATIONAL TRIPS ........................................... 15

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS UC CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME .................................. 16

DB TO DISCUSS BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ....................................... 16

DB TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME ................................... 17

DB TO DISCUSS CANCELLATION OF BUS ROUTES ............................................ 18

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT ............................................ 18

TUESDAY, JUL

1990

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ENHANCEMENTS TO HOSPITAL AUTHORITY TERMS APPROVED

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TH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO A NUMBER OF MODIFICATIONS TO THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY’S TERMS OF SERVICE AND BRIDGING-OVER ARRANGEMENTS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

"THESE WERE MADE IN THE LIGHT OF THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY STAFF AND WERE LARGELY BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY," SHE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE MODIFICATIONS, MRS WONG SAID THE ENHANCED PACKAGE WAS A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT ON THE PREVIOUS PROPOSALS.

SEVERAL OF THE MORE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(A) IN THE ORIGINAL PROPOSALS BY THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS WERE EXCLUDED FROM THE COSTING OF THE GOVERNMENT PACKAGE OF FRINGE BENEFITS. IT HAS NOW BEEN AGREED THAT, EXCEPT FOR STAFF ON THE TRAINING PAY SCALE, ALL DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE COSTING, ON THE GROUNDS THAT IN PRACTICE THE QUARTERS REPRESENT A HOUSING BENEFIT TO THE STAFF WHO OCCUPY THEM.

TO INCLUDE THESE QUARTERS IN THE CALCULATION WOULD CONSIDERABLY INCREASE THE CASH ALLOWANCE TO STAFF IN THE SECOND BAND (RANKS WITH MPS POINTS BEGINNING AT 34 OR ENDING BETWEEN 34 AND 44B ON THE NEW SCALE). HOWEVER, THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WILL IN FUTURE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS ARE ALLOCATED STRICTLY ON OPERATIONAL GROUNDS.

(B) THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY’S VIEW THAT A HOUSING LOAN SCHEME SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO STAFF. THE HOUSING LOAN SCHEME WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF DETAILED EXPLANATION BY THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

(C) THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE PROVIDED THAT THE CASH ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE REDUCED BY 10 PER CENT. THIS REDUCTION HAS BEEN REMOVED.

(D) CIVIL SERVANTS BETWEEN MPS POINTS 34 AND 44B ON THE NEW SCALE (BAND 2), WHO MAY HAVE PRIVATE TENANCY ALLOWANCE, HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY DISSATISFIED OVER THE CASH ALLOWANCE PERCENTAGE THEY WOULD RECEIVE. BY SPLITTING THIS BAND INTO TWO, THE CASH ALLOWANCE WILL CORRESPOND MORE CLOSELY TO THE VALUE OF CIVIL SERVICE BENEFITS RECEIVED FOR THE RESPECTIVE BANDS.

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(E) ANOTHER MODIFICATION IS IN RELATION TO THE BRIDGING-OVER ARRANGEMENTS IN TERMS OF THE EARNED PENSION OF CIVIL SERVANTS. PREVIOUSLY, CIVIL SERVANTS OPTING FOR FULL HA TERMS CAN HAVE THEIR EARNED PENSION DEFERRED OR FROZEN DEPENDING ON WHETHER THEY ARE ON THE NEW OR OLD PENSION TERMS, AND WHETHER THEY HAVE 10 YEARS OF SERVICE.

TWO CHANGES ARE NOW MADE :

(1) FOR THOSE WHO OPT FOR FULL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY TERMS, THE CALCULATION OF THEIR EARNED PENSION WILL BE BASED ON THEIR SALARY POINT AT THE TIME OF THEIR DEPARTURE FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE (INSTEAD OF THE SALARY AMOUNT ADJUSTED BY ANNUAL PENSION INCREASE). THE PENSION THEY WOULD GET ON RETIREMENT FROM THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WILL THUS BENEFIT FROM ANY SUBSEQUENT IMPROVEMENT IN CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES.

(2) STAFF CAN ALSO HAVE THE CHOICE OF CONTINUING TO EARN PENSION ENTITLEMENTS AS IF THEY WERE CIVIL SERVANTS DURING THE PERIOD OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT' WITH THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY; THOSE WHO SO OPT WILL NOT RECEIVE BENEFITS UNDER THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY PROVIDENT FUND AND THEIR CASH

ALLOWANCE WILL BE REDUCED BY SIX TO 11

PERCENTAGE POINTS, SINCE A PENSION SCHEME IS MORE COSTLY TO THE EMPLOYER THAN A PROVIDENT FUND.

SINCE THE REPORT OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON APRIL 4, THERE HAS BEEN A THREEMONTH CONSULTATION EXERCISE.

COMMENTING ON THE ENHANCED PACKAGE, MRS WONG SAID THIS HAD BEEN PREPARED HAVING REGARD TO FEEDBACK FROM STAFF.

"THE PACKAGE IS CONSIDERED TO BE MOST REASONABLE, AND HAS FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE LEGITIMATE INTERESTS OF STAFF. THIS IS THE GOVERNMENT’S FINAL OFFER.

"HOWEVER, STAFF WILL STILL HAVE THE OPTION TO REMAIN IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. THEY WILL BE GIVEN THREE YEARS TO EXERCISE THE OPTION," SHE POINTED OUT.

ON THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, MRS WONG SAID THE INCLUSION OF THE VALUE OF THE DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS IN THE CASH ALLOWANCE COULD COST AN ADDITIONAL $70 MILLION A YEAR, BUT THIS COST WOULD BE OFFSET INSOFAR AS IT WAS POSSIBLE TO RECOVER THE DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF.

"THE REINSTATEMENT OF THE 10 PER CENT REDUCTION OF THE CASH ALLOWANCE IS ESTIMATED TO COST AN ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION PER ANNUM, AS COMPARED TO THE TERMS PRESENTLY ON OFFER," SHE SAID.

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MRS WONG ADDED THAT THE OTHER MAIN CONCERNS OF THE STAFF WERE ALSO BEING ADDRESSED, INCLUDING THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY’S FUTURE PERSONNEL POLICIES AND THE NEW HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

"WITH REGARD TO THE FORMER, THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WILL SOON ISSUE THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY’S PERSONNEL POLICIES SUMMARY AND EMPLOYEES’ HANDBOOK TO STAFF FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

"THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY IS IN THE PROCESS OF REVISING THE PROPOSED HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND WILL SHORTLY CONSULT CONCERNED STAFF AGAIN,” SHE SAID.

REGARDING SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY IS APPROACHING INDIVIDUAL BOARDS OF DIRECTORS TO DISCUSS DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS.

THE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS WILL BE GIVEN A GRACE PERIOD OF ONE . YEAR TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO JOIN THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY AND SEPARATE SUBVENTION OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WILL CEASE AT THE END OF THE THIRD YEAR.

AS REGARDS FEE-CHARGING, MRS WONG STRESSED THAT NO CHANGE TO THE CURRENT FEE-CHARGING BASIS WOULD BE MADE UNTIL A BROAD STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FEES AND WAIVER ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN DEVISED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

SHE FURTHER STRESSED THAT UNDER THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY BILL ITSELF, THERE WAS PROVISION WHICH STATED CLEARLY THAT NO PERSON SHOULD BE PREVENTED, THROUGH LACK OF MEANS, FROM OBTAINING ADEQUATE MEDICAL TREATMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TWO TABLES SHOWING THE COMPARISON OF THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE PACKAGE WHICH HAVE BEEN CHANGED IN VARIOUS STAGES, AND THE PREVIOUS AND PRESENT BRIDGING-OVER ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE AND BOXED.

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1990

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STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS PRAISED

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) COMMENDED THE EFFORTS OF THE HONG KONG COALITION OF SERVICE INDUSTRIES (HKCSI) IN PRODUCING A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON THE URUGUAY ROUND SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT).

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID IT WAS GRATIFYING TO SEE THE OUTCOME OF AN EXTENSIVE EXERCISE UNDERTAKEN BY THE HKCSI ON ITS OWN INITIATIVE.

HE SAID THE EXERCISE HAD PRODUCED VALUABLE INPUTS TO THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR REGARDING THE CURRENT URUGUAY ROUND NEGOTIATIONS ON TRADE IN SERVICES.

’’THE HKCSI’S STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES CONSISTS OF VIEWS FROM A WIDE SPECTRUM OF SERVICE INDUSTRIES ON THE MAIN PROVISIONS THAT SHOULD BE COVERED IN A SERVICE AGREEMENT.

"THE STATEMENT WOULD DEFINITELY BE USEFUL IN PROVIDING GUIDANCE TO OUR STRATEGY IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS.

"NOT ONLY DOES THE STATEMENT FACILITATE THE GOVERNMENT’S ASSESSMENT OF THE INDUSTRIES’ BROAD THINKING ON WHETHER FUNDAMENTAL GATT PRINCIPLES SHOULD APPLY HERE, BUT IT ALSO SHEDS MUCH LIGHT ON THE ACTUAL BARRIERS ENCOUNTERED BY OUR SERVICE INDUSTRIES IN EXPORTING THEIR SERVICES OVERSEAS," MR CHAN SAID.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHARED WITH THE HKCSI A FIRM COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE SUCCESS OF THE URUGUAY ROUND MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, AND IN PARTICULAR TOWARDS CONCLUDING A MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES.

"THE STRONG SUPPORT RENDERED BY THE HKCSI AND OUR SERVICE INDUSTRIES HAS INDEED STRENGTHENED THE HANDS OF OUR NEGOTIATORS IN THE DIFFICULT TALKS AHEAD," MR CHAN SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE HONG KONG COALITION OF SERVICE INDUSTRIES, NOT ONLY IN THE RUN-UP TO THE END OF THE URUGUAY ROUND BUT ALSO BEYOND, IN PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S SERVICE INDUSTRIES WHICH ARE COMMANDING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT SHARE IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC GROWTH,” HE ADDED.

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

A TOTAL OF 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

BIDDING. THEY ARE

EH8288 BW 88 EH 228 AE3383

BB3502 EH 378 EH9283 EG6789

EG 871 EH9887 EK 100 EH 990

CX 350 EG 218 EH 133 EH4000

AJ7227 EH 14 7393 EH3809

EG 339 EH9983 CF9968 EG 418

CT1122 EF 823 EH1128 EF6377

EF8689 EJ 299 EK 9 AP6848

EH 130 EH2823 EG8128 EH1800

BC 638 EH3223 EH 883 EF8898

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 153RD ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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HK-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP FORMED

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THE HONG KONG-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LIAISON GROUP IS OFFICIALLY FORMED TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM ON ITS ESTABLISHMENT BY RESPECTIVE OFFICIALS.

REPRESENTING THE HONG KONG SIDE OF THE GROUP AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY WAS THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR GRAHAM BARNES. REPRESENTING THE CHINESE SIDE WAS THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE, MR QIANG BINGHUAN.

/MR BARNES .......

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1990

MR BARNES SAID HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG HAD REGULAR CONTACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES IN RECENT YEARS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS HIGH-LEVEL COMMITTEE WOULD FURTHER ENHANCE THE CO-OPERATION AND CO-ORDINATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION CONTROL EFFORTS IN AREAS BORDERING GUANGDONG AND HONG KONG.

"ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION DOES NOT RESPECT BOUNDARIES. THERE ARE ISSUES OF MUTUAL, INTERNATIONAL INTEREST AND PROBLEMS AFFECTING 'ERRITORIES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER," MR BARNES SAID.

THE LIAISON GROUP, WHICH WILL HOLD REGULAR JOINT MEETINGS ALTERNATELY IN GUANGDONG AND HONG KONG, WILL:

* CONSULT ON AIR QUALITY, WATER QUALITY AND OTHER

ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES RELATING TO AREAS OF MUTUAL

CONCERN;

* REVIEW EXISTING AND PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT MAY GIVE RISE TO ADVERSE EFFECTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN BOTH HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG, AND CONSULT ON APPROPRIATE MITIGATING MEASURES TO REDUCE SUCH EFFECTS;

* CONSULT ON CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR DEALING WITH POLLUTION INCIDENTS WHICH AFFECT BOTH SIDES;

* ARRANGE EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION ON COMMON POLLUTANTS, ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, WASTE TREATMENT AND OTHER MATTERS INVOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION THAT ARE OF MUTUAL CONCERN; AND

* REVIEW PERIODICALLY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LIAISON GROUP IN RELATION TO BOTH ITS ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AND THE TECHNICAL CONTENT OF ITS PROGRAMME, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMMES.

IF NECESSARY, AND WITH THE AGREEMENT OF BOTH SIDES, AD HOC MEETINGS OF THE LIAISON GROUP MAY BE HELD TO RESOLVE SPECIFIC PROBLEMS.

THE GROUP WILL, IF REQUIRED, SET UP SUB-GROUPS OF TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS. THE TASK OF THE SUB-GROUPS WILL BE TO COMPILE AND PREPARE MATERIAL FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE LIAISON GROUP.

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP ARE MADE UP OF RELEVANT OFFICERS FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND GUANGDONG. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SIDE OF THE GROUP IS MR BARNES AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GUANGDONG SIDE IS MR QIANG.

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MEASURES TO RESTORE MORALE OF TEACHING PROFESSION

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THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING HARD TO FORMULATE SHORT AND MEDIUM TERM MEASURES TO RESTORE MORALE OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND TO IMPROVE ITS ATTRACTIVENESS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION THIS AFTERNOON, MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING TWO SHORT TERM MEASURES TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE GENERALLY FOR TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS.

THE FIRST AIMED TO IMPROVE THEIR PAY AND PROMOTION PROSPECTS.

HE NOTED THAT A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS REGARDING THE PAY, STRUCTURE AND RELATED MATTERS OF ALL THE EDUCATION GRADES HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

"ALTHOUGH THE STANDING COMMISSION IS ONLY CONCERNED WITH CIVIL SERVANTS ANY PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT TEACHING STREAM WILL ALSO AFFECT AIDED SCHOOLS,” MR YEUNG SAID.

WHILE HE DECLINED TO RELEASE THE DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED PACKAGE SO AS NOT TO PRE-EMPT OR INFLUENCE THE DELIBERATION OF THE COMMISSION, MR YEUNG, HOWEVER, TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT THE PROPOSED PACKAGE SOUGHT TO IMPROVE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION BY MAKING THE TEACHING PROFESSION MORE ATTRACTIVE IN TERMS OF PAY SCALES AND PROMOTION PROSPECT.

"IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE STANDING COMMISSION WILL MAKE ITS RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

"THE OTHER SHORT TERM MEASURE WE ARE LOOKING INTO RELATES TO THE AIDED, RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR," MR YEUNG SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE TEACHERS IN AIDED SCHOOL PARITY OF TREATMENT WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS.

"FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES EXIST IN THE TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECTORS, BUT IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE GAP TO BE NARROWED FOR AIDED SCHOOL TEACHERS, FOR EXAMPLE IN SUCH AREAS AS ASSISTANCE TOWARDS HOUSING," HE SAID.

"THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT ARE NOW EXPLORING VARIOUS POSSIBILITIES AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT, IF ALL GOES WELL, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO CONSTRUCT A PACKAGE OF APPROPRIATE MEASURES BY THE END OF THE YEAR," MR YEUNG SAID.

ON MEDIUM TERM MEASURES, MR YEUNG SAID THE ENHANCEMENT OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT WAS ONLY ONE FACET OF IMPROVING THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

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"MORE NEED TO BE DONE IN THE NON-MONETARY AREAS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE AREA OF JOB SATISFACTION, IN THE EXERCISE OF INITIATIVE AND CREATIVITY, IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF PROFESSIONALISM THROUGH TRAINING, IN THE INTRODUCTION-OF MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHING METHODS, AND IN THE DEVOLUTION OF A GREATER DEGREE OF AUTHORITY TO HEADMASTERS AND TEACHERS," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT TARGETS AND CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTS, AND THE DEVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO SCHOOLS WERE TWO POSSIBLE CHANGES IN THIS DIRECTION.

ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT TARGETS AND CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTS, MR YEUNG SAID ON THE PEDAGOGICAL LEVEL, THE TESTING INVOLVED CHANGING THE EMPHASIS IN SCHOOLS FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING.

UNDER THE CRITERION-REFERENCED SYSTEM, TEACHERS COULD ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PROGRESS AT THEIR OWN PACE, AND COULD ADDRESS THEIR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AS SHOWN UP BY THE ASSESSMENTS, MR YEUNG SAID. .

"TEACHERS WILL THUS HAVE A MUCH CLEARER IDEA OF WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM AND THIS MUST LEAD TO GREATER JOB SATISFACTION AND SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT.

"UNDER SUCH A SYSTEM, A STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT PROGRESS HE OR SHE HAS ATTAINED UP THE LADDER OF ATTAINMENT TARGETS.

"ALTHOUGH EACH STUDENT WILL PROGRESS AT A DIFFERENT PACE, THEIR PROGRESS IS VISIBLE AND THIS CREATES GREAT INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT HIGHER STEP.

"TEACHING AND LEARNING SHOULD BE GREAT FUN AFTER THIS," HE SAID.

REGARDING THE DEVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO SCHOOLS, MR YEUNG SAID WHEN MANY SCHOOL BODIES WERE INEXPERIENCED AND SOME WERE MOTIVATED BY POLITICAL AS WELL AS EDUCATION AIMS, THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED FIRM CENTRAL CONTROL OVER THE SYLLABUS AND THE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, AND OVER THE MANNER IN WHICH SCHOOLS SPENT THE PUBLIC FUNDS.

"NOW THAT OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS MATURING, WE ARE REVIEWING THE WAY IN WHICH THE CODES OF AID ARE BEING INTERPRETED AND APPLIED, IN ORDER TO GIVE SCHOOLS A GREATER DEGREE OF AUTONOMY AND INITIATIVE," HE SAID.

"THE DEVOLUTION OF DECISION-MAKING POWER TO THE SCHOOLS WILL MAKE THEM MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR PERFORMANCE AND SHOULD FOSTER STRONGER LEADERSHIP AMONG SCHOOL HEADS AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES.

"IT WILL HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ROLE OF TEACHERS WITHIN THE SCHOOLS, WHOSE JOB AS A RESULT WILL BECOME LESS CONSTRAINED BY BUREAUCRACY," MR YEUNG SAID.

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LOOKING INTO FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, MR YEUNG SAID THE SHOULD NEED TO CONSIDER THE DESIRABILITY AND PRACTICABILITY TOWARDS AN ALL-GRADUATE, TRAINED TEACHING PROFESSION.

GOVERNMENT

OF MOVING

"AS FAR AS THE PREPARATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS WE ARE CONCENTRATING ON ACHIEVING TEACHER TRAINING FOR ALL GRADUATE TEACHERS BY 1994 AS RECOMMENDED IN COMMISSION’S SECOND REPORT PUBLISHED IN 1986," HE SAID.

IS CONCERNED, 80 PER CENT OF THE EDUCATION

"WE HAVE SOME WAY TO GO TO PROFESSION, SUCH AS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

REACH AN ALL-GRADUATE TEACHING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OTHER

"HOWEVER EXPENSIVE, AND HOWEVER DIFFICULT THIS MAY BE FROM POINT OF VIEW OF SUPPLY OF GRADUATES WILLING TO GO INTO TEACHING BELIEVE THAT THE CASE FOR IT MUST AT LEAST BE EXAMINED WITH CARE,”

THE

I HE

MR YEUNG SAID HE SHOULD BE RECOMMENDING TO THE COMMISSION THAT IT SHOULD LOOK EVEN MORE CLOSELY THAN IT PREVIOUSLY AT THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

EDUCATION

HAD DONE-1

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RAINFALL IN JUNE NEAR NORMAL

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RAINFALL IN JUNE WAS CLOSE TO NORMAL, WITH THE 448.1 MILLIMETRES RECORDED BEING ONLY FOUR PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL FIGURE OF 431.8 MILLIMETRES, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL OF 1,081.2 MILLIMETRES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1990 WAS ABOUT NINE PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 992.9 MILLIMETRES.

AFTER MAY ENDED IN FINE CONDITIONS, THE WEATHER DETERIORATED ON THE FIRST DAY OF JUNE AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FROM GUANGDONG CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST LATER THAT DAY. HEAVY DOWNPOURS ACCOMPANIED BY SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED AHEAD OF AND DURING THE PASSAGE OF THE TROUGH.

THE DAILY RAINFALL OF 144.8 MILLIMETRES WAS THE HIGHEST RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SO FAR FOR THE YEAR. OVER 100 MILLIMETRES FELL DURING A TWO-HOUR PERIOD AROUND NOON TIME. THE DELUGE RESULTED IN 18 CASES OF FLOODING BEING REPORTED IN HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ALTHOUGH NO FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN KOWLOON, RAIN-RELATED INCIDENTS CAUSED DISRUPTIONS OF ROAD TRAFFIC.

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AS THE RAIN GRADUALLY EASED OVER THE NEXT . TWO DAYS, A FRESH EASTERLY AIRSTREAM MAINTAINED CLOUDY CONDITIONS AND BROUGHT SLIGHTLY COOLER WEATHER. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 23 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 3 WAS THE LOWEST RECORDED FOR THE MONTH.

FOLLOWING THE MODERATION OF THE EASTERLIES LATER THAT DAY, THE WEATHER ON JUNE 4 TO 7 WAS A MIXTURE OF BRIEF SUNSHINE AND PASSING SHOWERS.

THE WEATHER BECAME MORE UNSETTLED AGAIN ON JUNE 8 WITH THE OCCASIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THUNDERSTORMS AS ANOTHER TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE PASSED THROUGH THAT EVENING.

WHILE THE EASTERLIES FRESHENED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, RAINY WEATHER WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS PERSISTED UNTIL THE MORNING OF JUNE 11. THE WEATHER IMPROVED LATER THAT DAY ONCE THE EASTERLIES SUBSIDED. BESIDES SOME OFFSHORE FOG PATCHES OVERNIGHT, THE WEATHER BECAME GENERALLY FINE FOR THE NEXT FOUR DAYS.

AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WEST OF LUZON DEVELOPED INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION CALLED NATHAN, THE EASTERLIES FRESHENED AGAIN IN . HONG KONG ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 15.

A STRENGTHENING NATHAN TRACKED WEST-SOUTHWESTWARDS TO XISHA EARLY ON JUNE 16 BEFORE TURNING TO A NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD COURSE THAT NIGHT. ANOTHER DIRECTIONAL CHANGE TO THE NORTHWEST LATER ON JUNE 17 TOOK NATHAN ACROSS LEIZHOU PENINSULA THE NEXT DAY.

WHILE NATHAN WAS MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, DISTURBED WEATHER ALONG THE PERIPHERY OF ITS CIRCULATION BROUGHT WINDY CONDITIONS AND SQUALLY SHOWERS TO THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL AREAS.

A CARGO SHIP, THE TIEN FU, SANK ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 16 NEAR THE NINEPIN ISLANDS. THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP WAS MISSING AND THREE OF THE CREW MEMBERS WERE DROWNED IN ROUGH SEAS.

IN HONG KONG, TWO PEOPLE WERE SWEPT AWAY BY SURGING WAVES WHILE SWIMMING AND ROWING IN SAI KUNG.

ACCIDENTS INSHORE WERE MOSTLY CONNECTED WITH COLLAPSED SCAFFOLDINGS, FALLING DEBRIS AND UPROOTED TREES.

AS NATHAN DISSIPATED OVER GUANGXI, SUNNY AND HOT WEATHER SET IN ON JUNE 19. THE FINE SPELL WAS INTERRUPTED BY A HAZY DAY ON JUNE 22 AS WINDS TURNED WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A CLOUDY DAY BEFORE THE FINE WEATHER RETURNED ON JUNE 24.

DURING THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS, SHOWERS OCCURRED IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING, THE HEAVIEST BEING ACCOMPANIED BY THUNDER AND LIGHTNING ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 26.

HOWEVER, THESE SHOWERS DID LITTLE TO ALLEVIATE THE INTENSE HEAT DURING DAYTIME. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.9 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 27 WAS THE HIGHEST FOR THE MONTH AND ALSO THE HIGHEST SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY ON JUNE 29 AS TYPHOON PERCY APPROACHED THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF CHINA. AN OUTER RAINBAND OF PERCY BROUGHT SOME SHOWERS THAT MORNING. HOWEVER, HEAVIER RAIN DID NOT MATERALISE TILL THE NEXT DAY AS PERCY MOVED FURTHER INLAND.

AN UNSTABLE SOUTHWESTERLY AIRSTREAM ENCROACHED UPON THE COASTAL AREAS IN THE WAKE OF PERCY. INTENSE RAIN CLOUDS DEVELOPED FREQUENTLY OVER.THE PEARL RIVER ESTUARY AND MOVED IN SUCCESSION ACROSS THE TERRITORY, BRINGING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WHICH PERSISTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

THREE CASES OF LANDSLIPS AND OVER 30 CASES OF FLOODING WERE RPORTED, MOSTLY IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. A BOY WAS DROWNED AFTER BEING WASHED AWAY IN A FLOODED CULVERT IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE SEVERE WEATHER ALSO DISRUPTED ROAD TRAFFIC IN MANY PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN JUNE.

DURING THE MONTH, NINE AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT ON JUNE 1, 6-11, 17, 26, 28-30. FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 1, 8, 16 AND 30 AND LANDSLIP WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 1 AND 30.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

SYSTEM SIGNAL OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

SEVERE TROPICAL 1 JUNE 17 JlftlE 17

4.05 PM 10 PM

STORM NATHAN 3 JUNE 17 JUNE 18

10 PM 10.10 AM

TYPHOON PERCY 1 JUNE 28 JUNE 29

8 AM 1.30 PM

THE MONTH ’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 149.7 HOURS ; 9.5 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR 13.89 MJ/SQ.M ; 2.80 MJ/SQ.M BELOW NORMAL

RADIATION

TOTAL RAINFALL 448.1 MM ; 16.3 MM ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD 77 PER CENT ; 2 PER CENT MORE THAN

NORMAL

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY 85 PER CENT ; 1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN

NORMAL

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MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AIR 30.1 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.3 DEGREE NORMAL CELSIUS BELOW

MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE 27.9 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.2 DEGREE NORMAL CELSIUS ABOVE

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AIR 26.2 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.6 DEGREE NORMAL CELSIUS ABOVE

MEAN DEW POINT 25.0 DEGREES ; CELSIUS 0.5 DEGREE NORMAL CELSIUS ABOVE

TOTAL EVAPORATION 105.6 MM ; 42.1 MM BELOW NORMAL

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UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN YUEN LONG TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE CERTAIN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN YUEN LONG SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT FLAT D, SECOND FLOOR, HANG FAT MANSION, 8-18 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 6 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY).

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, A CLOSURE ORDER IS REQUIRED BEFORE THE DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD SCHEME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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RESIDENTS AND ORGANISATIONS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR THE 1990-91 SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD SCHEME.

NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THE SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING AND AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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AIMING TO GIVE DUE RECOGNITION TO VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE MADE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY THROUGH SOCIAL OR COMMUNITY SERVICES, THE SCHEME ALSO ENCOURAGES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

’’ANY ONE WHO HAS RENDERED SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE NEEDY, SUCH AS THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED, OR HAS SERVED IN LOCAL RESIDENTS OR COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE NOMINATED,” A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE ARE SIX DIVISIONS IN THE AWARD SCHEME, NAMELY:

* CHILDREN DIVISION (AGED UNDER 15),

» STUDENTS DIVISION (AGED 15 OR ABOVE),

* WORKING PEOPLE DIVISION,

» NON-WORKING PEOPLE DIVISION (AGED UNDER 60),

SENIOR CITIZENS DIVISION (FOR RETIREES AGED 60 OR ABOVE), AND

* GROUP DIVISION.

’’LOCAL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAI FONG ASSOCIATIONS, YIN NGAI SOCIETIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE ALL WELCOME TO PUT FORWARD THEIR NOMINATIONS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 10.

ABOUT 100 NOMINEES, INCLUDING THE THREE WINNERS IN EACH OF THE SIX DIVISIONS, WILL BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A DAY CAMP IN THE LEI YUE MUN PARK IN OCTOBER TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

THE WINNERS WILL ALSO BE AWARDED OUTSTANDING SERVICE CERTIFICATES AND BOOK COUPONS AT A PRIZE PRESENTATION TO BE HELD AT THE CAMP.

DETAILS OF THE AWARD SCHEME AND NOMINATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN ABBA COMMERCIAL BUILDING, LEI TUNG ESTATE, WAH FU ESTATE AND STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 552 0508.

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ISLANDERS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ***** ’ ■ , ' .-J'S' • RESIDENTS LIVING ON THE OUTLYING ISLANDS SHOULD TAKE THE CHANCE TO SIGN UP AS VOTERS DURING THE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE NEXT MONTH, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KIM SALKELD, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"AS REGISTERED VOTERS, THEY CAN CAST THEIR VOTES IN THE DISTRICT BOARD, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR,” HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP), MR SALKELD ALSO URGED YOUNG ISLANDERS TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS TO WIDEN THEIR SCOPE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.

"TO REGISTER AS A VOTER IS AN ESSENTIAL STEP TOWARDS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, WHILE TO TAKE PART IN THE SYP WOULD HELP DEVELOP YOUR POTENTIALS THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICES," HE SAID.

AFTER THE OPENING, 250 YOUTHS TOOK PART IN A TELEMATCH AT THE TAI O PUBLIC SCHOOL ON LANTAU. s

TWENTY-FIVE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE LINED UP OVER 50 RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 ON THE ISLANDS THIS YEAR, WITH A SPONSORSHIP OF $122,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

A PROGRAMME LEAFLET OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SYP CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AT MUI WO, LANTAU AND ON CHEUNG CHAU.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 852 4327.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED BUILDING CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS OF THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH WORKING AT HEIGHTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.

"ACCIDENTS OFTEN OCCUR AS A RESULT OF INADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN OR FAILURE TO USE THE SAFETY BELTS PROVIDED," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE REMINDER WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING THREE ACCIDENTS LAST WEEKEND IN WHICH THREE WORKERS WERE KILLED AFTER FALLING FROM HEIGHTS.

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"UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS, BUILDING CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SAFE MEANS OF ACCESS AND EGRESS, SUITABLE WORKING PLATFORMS, SECURED GUARDRAILS FOR FLOOR EDGES AND SUITABLE COVERS FOR FLOOR OPENINGS," HE SAID.

"WHERE IT IS NOT PRACTICABLE TO ADOPT THE PRECAUTIONS, SUITABLE SAFETY BELTS SHOULD BE PROVIDED AND BE KEPT READILY ACCESSIBLE FOR USE BY SITE WORKERS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE ALSO URGED WORKERS TO CO-OPFRATE WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS BY USING THE SAFETY BELTS AS INSTRUCTED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REAFFIRMED THAT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WILL CONTINUE ITS RIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ANY FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS FOR WORKERS WORKING AT HEIGHTS.

"ANY CONTRACTOR WHO FAILS TO OBSERVE THE PRECAUTIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50,000," HE SAID.

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CYC MEMBERS ON OVERSEAS EDUCATIONAL TRIPS ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

FORTY-ONE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL LEAVE FOR JAPAN AND SINGAPORE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (JULY 14 AND 15) ON OVERSEAS EDUCATIONAL TOURS.

THE TRIPS ARE IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN THIS YEAR’S CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME.

THE TRIPS ARE SPONSORED BY THE LAW’S FOUNDATION, WITH THE HELP OF THE TOKYO METROPOLITAN BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE SINGAPORE COMMISSION IN HONG KONG.

TO MARK THEIR DEPARTURE, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL PRESENT A FLAG TO THE DELEGATION AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FLAG PRESENTATION CERMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CAROLINE ROOM, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, FIRST FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY AT 4.15 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS UC CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 12).

MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE PRIORITY OF THE PROJECTS IN THE APPROVED, ADVANCED AND PRELIMINARY STAGES OF PLANNING.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE PROPOSALS FOR SETTING UP A MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTRE AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER MENTAL HOSPITAL IN HIGH STREET AND CONVERTING THE EXISTING SHEK TONG TSUI MARKET IN HILL ROAD INTO A SITTING-OUT AREA.

A QUESTION ON THE SANITARY CONDITIONS OF OUTDOOR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE RAISED AND A PAPER ON THE CENTRAL, WESTERN AND WAN CHAI WEST SEWERAGE MASTERPLAN STUDY WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 12) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE SETTLED BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 1990-91 AT A MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME, PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL FORM THE BASIC GUIDELINE FOR THE BUS SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO CANCEL FOUR MONEY-LOSING BUS ROUTES IN THE DISTRICT.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES 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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THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 12).

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER FOUR FUND APPLICATIONS TO BEAUTIFY ENVIRONMENT AND TO ORGANISE PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ON KEEPING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 12) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRITC BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE CANCELLATION OF TWO MONEY-LOSING BUS ROUTES SERVING THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 12).

THESE TWO ROUTES ARE 6E, WHICH PLYS BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND CHEUNG SHA WAN, AND 7IX, WHICH RUNS BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI AND CHEUNG SHA WAN.

A DETAILED BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE DISTRICT FOR 1990-91 WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 12) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 12), RIGHT-TURNING FROM SOUTHBOUND POKFULAM ROAD INTO THIRD STREET (NEAR ST ANTHONY’S CHURCH) WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON SOUTHBOUND POKFULAM ROAD HEADING FOR THIRD STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO MAKE U-TURN AT THE POKFIELD ROAD BUS TERMINUS ONTO NORTHBOUND POKFULAM ROAD, BEFORE JOINING THIRD STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, RIGHT-TURNING FROM NORTHBOUND POKFULAM ROAD INTO FIRST STREET WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND POKFULAM ROAD HEADING FOR FIRST STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THIRD STREET (NEAR ST ANTHONY’S CHURCH), EASTERN STREET, SECOND STREET, CENTRE STGREET, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, POKFULAM ROAD BEFORE JOINING FIRST STREET.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES ■ BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 1990

CONTENTS ’ PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

REALITY CANNOT BE IGNORED : CS .................................................... 1

HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR NOT A MATTER FOR GOVT REGULATION: CS ......................... 2

LEGAL POLICY CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING HOMOSEXUALITY EXPLAINED ................... .7

HOMOSEXUALS WILL COME TO TERMS WITH SOCIETY ....................................... 9

DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS SUPPORTED ................................... 10

NOT JUST THEIR OWN AFFAIR ........................................................ 10

CHANGES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED ..................................................... 12

CURRENT LAW ON HOMOSEXUALITY NOT APPROPRIATE ..................................... 12

BALANCE SHOULD BE STRUCK ......................................................... 13

ALL ABOUT THE RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE LIFE .................................. 14

DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS WOULD HAVE UNIMAGINABLE CONSEQUENCES ............. 16

CALL TO REVIEW HANDLING OF SEXUAL OFFENCES ....................................... 17

HOMOSEXUALITY NOT A DISEASE ...................................................... 18

REDUCTION IN MAXIMUM PENALTIES SUPPORTED ......................................... 19

TIMES HAVE CHANGED ............................................................... 20

MOTION ON RADIATION REGULATIONS PASSED ........................................... 21

VIEWS OF SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY SHOULD PREVAIL IN JSC .............................. 23

BILL TO EXPAND JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION'S MEMBERSHIP .......................... 25

BETTER BUILDING CONTROL IN NORTHWESTERN NT ....................................... 26

HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 INTRODUCED..................... 27

MORE EFFECTIVE SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE ................................. 27

POLICY ON DETENTION OF YOUNG CHILDREN REVIEWED ................................... 28

11 SETS OF REGULATIONS GOVERN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ...................... 29

CS EXPLAINS DIRECTORATE MANPOWER PROJECTIONS ..................................... 30

LIMITS ON PESTICIDE RESIDUE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE SET .......................... 32

CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS ON CONTROL OF CFC'S ........................................ 33

GOVT CONSIDERING SETTING UP FILM ARCHIVES ........................................ 33

REVIEW OF POLICY ON VISITORS FROM EASTERN EUROPE ................................. 34

/NATURALISATION REQUIREMENT .....

NATURALISATION REQUIREMENT FOR UK NATIONALITY SCHEME PUBLICISED ................... 35

ICAC OPERATIONS DEPT HANDLED 2,423 CASES IN 1989 .................................. 36

LEGCO PASSES MOTION ON DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS ....................... 37

CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE ....................................... 38

STATEMENT ON HK-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION .................................. 40

GUANGDONG DELEGATION VISITS REFUSE TRANSFER STATION ................................. 41

MORE WINDING-UP AND BANKRUPTCY CASES ................................................ 42

SENIOR CITIZENS SHOULD REMAIN ACTIVE ................................................ 42

DB COMMITTEE TO STUDY REMOVAL OF SHIPYARD............................................ 43

NEW MARKET ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ..................•................................ 44

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES ............................... 44

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER INSTALLING SIGNBOARD ....................................... 45

MERIT TRIP FOR OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS .............................................. 45

STUDENTS WIN READING AWARDS ......................................................... 46

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE IN KWUN TONG TO BE CLOSED .................................... 47

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS .................................... 47

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ......................................... 48

URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG.......................................................... 48

SPEED LIMIT IN KWUN TONG............................................................. 49

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHA TIN ROAD ................................................... 49

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 1990

1 REALITY CANNOT BE IGNORED : OS * * * * *

ANYONE WHO VOTED IN FAVOUR OF DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS DID NOT SIGNIFY THAT HE CONDONED HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, SAID WHEN HE WOUND UP THE MOTION DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE LEGI 'LATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"A VOTE IN FAVOUR SIMPLY SIGNIFIES RECOGNITION THAT PERSONAL MORAL CODES MAY DIFFER AND CAN CO-EXIST IN A SOCIETY.

"NOR DOES A VOTE IN FAVOUR SIGNIFY A STATE OF APPROVAL, IT SIGNIFIES ONLY RECOGNITION OF AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO PERSONAL CHOICE IN HIS PRIVATE SEXUAL PRACTICES.

"A VOTE IN FAVOUR DOES NOT SIGNIFY P'RSONAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE RIGHTNESS OR WRONGNESS OF SUCH ACT, BUT ONLY SUGGESTS WHETHER SUCH ACTS COMMITTED BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS AND IN PRIVATE MERIT THE MOBILISATION OF THE FULL MACHINERY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT," THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

NOTING THAT WE COULD NOT LET TIME STAND STILL ON THIS ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID THAT TO SUGGEST LEAVING THINGS AS THEY WERE IGNORED THE REALITY.

"BECAUSE IF WE VOTE TODAY AGAINST THIS MOTION, WE CANNOT IGNORE THE LAW AS IT NOW STANDS.

"WE WILL HAVE TO REDEPLOY THE POLICE AND OTHER PERSONNEL IN THE TASK OF INVESTIGATION AND THE GATHERING OF EVIDENCE, IN THE PROSECUTION AND THE TRIAL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTING THAT CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

"THIS WILL MEAN THAT EVERY ALLEGATION, REGARDLESS OF WHO MAKES IT OR AGAINST WHOM IT IS LEVELLED, WILL HAVE TO BE PURSUED," HE ADDED.

THE MOTION WAS PASSED.

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HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR IS A MATTER FOR PERSONAL CHOICE BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS AND NOT FOR GOVERNMENT REGULATION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING A MOTION ON THE DECRIM[NALISATION OF PRIVATE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BY CONSENTING ADULT MALES, SIR DAVID SAID: ”WHAT IS AT ISSUE IS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE: THE DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THE MORAL AND THE LEGAL CODES, WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY BEGINS AND THE GOVERNMENT’S DUTY TO INTERFERE ENDS.”

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE, AND ITS IMPLICATIONS EXTENDED BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE SUBJECT.

’’AND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT IN ADDRESSING IT WE CLEAR OUR MINDS OF PRECONCEPTION, PREJUDICE AND EMOTION.

”IF WE DO NOT, IF WE ALLOW PERSONAL MORALITY ALONE TO DICTATE THE SCOPE OF CRIMINAL LAW, THEN THERE IS A REAL DANGER THAT THE LAW WILL BECOME AN INSTRUMENT FOR IMPOSING MORAL VALUES RATHER THAN PRESERVING PUBLIC ORDER AND PROTECTING THE CITIZEN,” SIR DAVID SAID.

THE MOTION BEING DEBATED READ:

’’THAT MEASURES BE PRESENTED TO THIS COUNCIL -

(A) TO REMOVE THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES RELATING TO HOMOSEXUAL ACTS COMMITTED IN PRIVATE BY CONSENTING MEN WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21; AND

(B) TO EXTEND TO MEN AND BOYS, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AFFORDED BY THE CRIMES ORDINANCE TO WOMEN AND GIRLS.

THE MOTION WAS PASSED AFTER DEBATE.

OUTLINING THE PRESENT POSITION ON HOMOSEXUALITY, SIR DAVID SAID BEING A HOMOSEXUAL WAS NOT IN ITSELF A CRIME UNDER THE PRESENT LAW.

’’BUT FOR A MAN TO ENGAGE IN A HOMOSEXUAL ACT IS A CRIME.

"THERE IS NO REASON TO SUPPOSE THAT HOMOSEXUAL ADULTS HAVE ANY LESS DESIRE TO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS IN A PHYSICAL WAY THAN HETEROSEXUAL ADULTS.

’’THEY ARE COMMITTING THOSE ACTS PRIVATELY AND CONSENSUALLY WITHOUT DOING HARM TO OTHERS BUT NONETHELESS CRIMINALLY,” HE SAID.

IN THEORY THEN A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE MALE HOMOSEXUAL POPULATION OF HONG KONG SHOULD BE IN PRISON, SIR DAVID SAID.

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"IT IS NOT SATISFACTORY THAT A CRIMINAL ACT GOES UNPUNISHED," HE SAID.

"IMAGINE THE PUBLIC OUTCRY IF A BLIND EYE WERE TURNED TO THE COMMISSION DAY AFTER DAY, HUNDREDS LET ALONE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TIMES, OF ANY OTHER CRIMINAL ACT.

"YET, IN OUR HEART OF HEARTS, ALL OF US KNOW THAT THESE ACTS ARE COMMITTED AND THAT IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE POLICE FORCE TO STAMP THEM OUT," SIR DAVID SAID.

WHILE NOTING THAT THE MANPOWR REQUIRED WOULD BE ENORMOUS, SIR DAVID SAID THE INVASION OF PRIVACY THAT WOULD RESULT WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE.

THE POLICE CRACKED DOWN HARD ON UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC, AND ON ANY ABUSE OF MINORS. BUT ACTS IN PRIVATE BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS HAD, GENERALLY SPEAKING, FOR MANY YEARS BEEN IGNORED, HE SAID.

"IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO PUBLIC OUTCRY ABOUT THIS STATE OF BENIGN NEGLECT.

"SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES THE TACIT TOLERANCE WHICH . THE COMMUNITY ACCORDS THE PRIVATE PRACTICES OF CONSENTING ADULT HOMOSEXUALS," SIR DAVID SAID.

"SIGNIFICANT BUT NOT, I SAY AGAIN, SATISFACTORY," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO AN EXAMINATION OF THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST DECRIMINALISATION, SIR DAVID SAID TRADITIONALLY THREE ARGUMENTS HAD BEEN PUT AGAINST DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS IN PRIVATE. THEY WERE:

* THAT IT THREATENED SOCIAL HEALTH AND STABILITY;

* THAT IT WAS HARMFUL TO NORMAL FAMILY LIFE; AND

* THAT IT PUT YOUNG BOYS AT RISK.

REGARDING THE SUGGESTION THAT THE TOLERANCE OR ENCOURAGEMENT OF SEXUAL FREEDOM LED TO THE DECAY OF NATIONS, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS INGENIOUS BUT DISINGENUOUS.

"THERE NEVER HAS BEEN A DIRECT CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SEXUAL LICENCE OR INHIBITION, ON THE ONE HAND, AND THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILISATIONS ON THE OTHER.

"SEXUAL MORALITY IS THE PRODUCT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT NOT ITS ENGINE," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID NOTED IT WAS SOMETIMES ARGUED THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY MIGHT BE UNDERMINED WHERE HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR LEFT PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS VULNERABLE TO BLACKMAIL.

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"BUT VULNERABILITY TO BLACKMAIL MAY ARISE FROM A WEAKNESS FOR WINE, WOMEN AND GAMBLING JUST AS EASILY AS FROM HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR.

"DECRIMINALISATION REDUCES RATHER THAN INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF EXTORTION," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID SEVERE SOCIAL DISAPPROVAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY MEANT THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF BLACKMAIL COULD NEVER BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. >■

BUT THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES PROVIDED THE VICTIM WITH NO DEFENCE WHATEVER.

"IN ORDER TO SECURE PROTECTION FROM ONE DREADFUL CRIME, BLACKMAIL, HE MUST FIRST HIMSELF CONFESS TO ANOTHER, HOMOSEXUALITY. YET, WHILE THE ONE HAS A REAL VICTIM, THE OTHER INVOLVES MUTUAL CONSENT," HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE SECOND ARGUMENT THAT DECRIMINALISING ADULT MALE HOMOSEXUALITY WOULD THREATHEN FAMILY LIFE WAS EQUALLY GROUNDLESS.

"WHERE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS ARE CRIMINAL, THE LIKELIHOOD OF A HOMOSEXUAL MALE FEELING OBLIGED TO SEEK THE RESPECTABILITY OF A HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE IS GREATER, AS IS THE RISK OF SUCH AN UNHAPPY UNION EVENTUALLY FALLING APART.

"SUCH MARRIAGES ARE MUCH MORE COMMON THAN MOST OF US WOULD IMAGINE AND WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO LESSEN THE POSSIBILITY OF THEIR TAKING PLACE.

"CLEARLY DECRIMINALISATION WOULD HELP," SIR DAVID SAID.

AS TO MINORS, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM INTENTION TO PROTECT THE YOUNG.

"INDEED, WE WOULD LIKE TO STRENGTHEN THAT PROTECTION," HE STRESSED.

SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS OFTEN ARGUED THAT DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS WOULD ENCOURAGE LICENCE AND EXPERIMENTATION; THAT FREED OF THE FEAR OF PROSECUTION FOR SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A CONSENTING ADULT MALE PARTNER, THE PROMISCUOUS HOMOSEXUAL WOULD SEEK EXCITEMENT IN THE SEDUCTION OF YOUNG BOYS.

"This is nonsense," he said.

"ALL THE EVIDENCE POINTS STRONGLY TOWARDS A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN MEN WHO SEEK OTHER ADULT MALES AS PARTNERS AND THOSE WHO ARE ATTRACTED BY YOUNG BOYS.

"THE EVIDENCE ALSO INDICATES THAT THOSE WITH ADULT PARTNERS SELDOM SEEK RELATIONS WITH YOUNG BOYS, AND, VICE VERSA, THE PAEDOPHILIAC SELDOM SEEKS INTIMACY WITH AN ADULT MALE," HE ADDED.

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SIR DAVID SAID THAT ''NDER THE PRESENT LAW SOME HOMOSEXUALS DID SEEK SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH BOYS IN THE BELIEF THAT NAIVETY AND FEAR OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED WAS MORE LIKELY TO PROTECT THEM FROM EITHER BLACKMAIL OR PROSECUTION.

"IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT DECRIMINALISING ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS WILL PROVIDE A GREATER DEGREE OF PROTECTION OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAN THE PRESENT ANOMALOUS SITUATION ALLOWS," HE SAID.

ON ANOTHER ARGUMENT THAT HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR WOULD RESULT IN THE SPREAD OF THE AIDS VIRUS, SIR DAVID SAID WHILE HE APPRECIATED THE PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THIS MATTER, i E DID NOT ACCEPT THE ARGUMENT.

"HOMOSEXUAL MEN ARE ONE OF THE HIGH-RISK GROUPS FOR AIDS.

"MAINTAINING EXISTING LAWS TENDS TO FORCE THEM UNDERGROUND, MAKES PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING MORE DIFFICULT AND THEREFORE HAMPERS OUR EFFORTS TO COUNTER THE DISEASE.

"CHANGING THE LAW MAY NOT REMOVE THE SOCIAL STIGMA, BUT IT WILL CERTAINLY MAKE IT EASIER TO IDENTIFY AND THEREFORE HELP THIS GROUP," HE SAID.

CONSIDERING THE WAY FORWARD, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID HE SUGGESTED THAT WE SHOULD AIM TO ACHIEVE THREE OBJECTIVES.

"FIRST, TO PROTECT OUR YOUTH AND ANY OTHER VULNERABLE GROUP.

"SECONDLY, TO MAKE A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BEHAVIOUR.

"THIRDLY, TO SET SENSIBLE PARAMETERS FOR OUR CRIMINAL LAW AND ITS ENFORCEMENT BY DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS IN PRIVATE," SIR DAVID SAID.

ACHIEVING THESE AIMS WOULD REQUIRE LEGISLATIVE CHANGE AND CAREFUL DEFINITION, HE ADDED.

REGARDING THE ISSUE OF CONSENT, SIR DAVID SAID THE SAME CONSIDERATIONS APPLIED TO RELATIONS BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALS AS BETWEEN HETEROSEXUALS.

"A MAN WHO IMPOSES HIS WILL ON ANOTHER BY VIOLENCE, THREAT OF VIOLENCE, FRAUD OR USE OF DRUGS CANNOT BE SAID TO HAVE THE CONSENT OF HIS PARTNER ANY MORE A MAN WHO FORCES HIMSELF ON A WOMAN."

ON THE LIMITS OF PRIVACY, SIR DAVID SAID PHYSICAL INTIMACY BETWEEM PARTNERS OF EITHER SEX WAS SOMETHING TO BE EXPRESSED OUT OF THE PUBLIC GAZE.

HE STRESSED THAT IN CHANGING THE LAW, THE INTENTION WOULD NOT BE TO OFFEND AGAINST PUBLIC DECENCY.

ON THE DEFINITION OF ADULTHOOD, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID A NUMBER OF FACTORS HAD TO BE CONSIDERED.

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"WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE YOUNG, INNOCENT AND IMMATURE ARE PROTECTED AGAINST ADVANCES BY THE OLDER AND MORE EXPERIENCED.

"THE AGE SET IN RESPECT OF HETEROSEXUAL RELATIONS IS CURRENTLY 16 AND THERE IS, I SUPPOSE, SOME LOGIC IN SETTING THE SAME AGE FOR HOMOSEXUALS,” HE SAID.

VIEWED FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE, SIR DAVID SAID, THE AGE OF MAJORITY FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN FOR ALL CONTRACTUAL PURPOSES OTHER THAN MARRIAGE, WAS BEING LOWERED TO 18.

"IF A MAN IS JUDGED LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AT THAT AGE, SHOULD HE NOT ALSO BE DEEMED RESPONSIBLE FOR MATTERS OF SEXUAL CHOICE?" HE SAID.

"IN COMING TO A DECISION ON THE QUESTION OF THE AGE OF CONSENT I AM SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY WOULD WISH US TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF PROTECTING THE YOUNG AND IMMATURE EVEN IF THIS MEANS ACCEPTING A DEGREE OF INCONSISTENCY WITH OUR OTHER LAWS ON THE AGE OF MAJORITY.

"ABOVE ALL WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE DECISION OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN HOMOSEXUAL LIAISONS IS AN INFORMED AND CONSCIOUS ONE," HE ADDED.

ON THE QUESTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SIR DAVID SAID: "THOSE COMMUNITIES WITH MORE EXPERIENCE OF DEMOCRACY THAN HONG KONG HAVE COME INESCAPABLY TO ONE CONCLUSION: THAT THE MAJORITY SHOULD ONLY IMPOSE ITS WILL ON THE MINORITY IN CASES WHERE THE WIDER PUBLIC INTEREST OVERWHELMINGLY REQUIRES, AND THAT OTHERWISE THERE SHOULD BE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY.

"INDEED FOR MANY THE DEGREE OF TOLERANCE OF MINORITIES IS A MEASURE OF THE CIVILISED QUALITY OF A SOCIETY.

"WHILE THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS MAKES NO SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO HOMOSEXUALITY OUR PRESENT LAW WOULD, WE BELIEVE, BE OPEN TO CHALLENGE UNDER THE BILL OF RIGHTS ENDORSED BY THIS COUNCIL IN ITS DEBATE TWO WEEKS AGO."

IN CONCLUSION, SIR DAVID SAID: "THE COMMUNITY HAS NO REAL WISH FOR THE AUTHORITIES TO SEEK OUT AND PROSECUTE HOMOSEXUAL MALES WHO BEHAVE DECENTLY IN PUBLIC.

"I SUSPECT THAT THIS IS BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY INSTINCTIVELY RECOILS FROM THE INVASION OF PRIVACY WHICH SUCH A FRIGHTFUL ENFORCEMENT WOULD ENTAIL."

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LEGAL POLICY CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING HOMOSEXUALITY EXPLAINED *****

IT COULD NOT BE CREDIBLY ARGUED THAT ADULTS OF NORMAL MENTAL CAPACITY WHO FREELY PARTICIPATED IN SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR OWN HOMES NEEDED TO BE PROTECTED FROM SUCH CONDUCT BY THE CRIMINAL LAW, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR MATHEWS MADE REFERENCE TO THE IMPORTANT LEGAL POLICY CONSIDERATIONS.

FIRST, HE SAID, ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THE CRIMINAL LAW WAS TO PROTECT FROM HARM THOSE WHO WERE IN NEED OF PROTECTION FROM THE ACTS OF OTHERS.

HE NOTED THAT HE WAS WELL AWARE OF THE ARGUMENT THAT HARM WAS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR MAKING CERTAIN CONDUCT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE, AND THAT OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR WHICH CAUSED NO HARM TO OTHERS OUGHT, OF ITSELF, TO GIVE RISE TO CRIMINAL SANCTIONS.

HOWEVER, MR MATHEWS SAID HE PREFERRED THE ARGUMENT PROPOUNDED BY THE WOLFENDEN COMMITTEE, WHICH SOME 30 YEARS AGO IN ENGLAND : CONSIDERED THE VERY SAME QUESTIONS WHICH CONFRONTED MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TODAY.

IT WAS THE VIEW OF THAT COMMITTEE THAT THE PROPER FUNCTION OF THE CRIMINAL LAW WAS "TO PRESERVE PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY, TO PROTECT THE CITIZEN FROM WHAT IS OFFENSIVE OR INJURIOUS, AND TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARDS AGAINST EXPLOITATION AND CORRUPTION OF OTHERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE SPECIALLY VULNERABLE BECAUSE THEY ARE YOUNG, WEAK IN BODY OR MIND, INEXPERIENCED, OR IN A STATE OF SPECIAL PHYSICAL, OFFICIAL, OR ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE".

"I EMPHASISE THE USE OF THE WORDS PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY IN THIS CONTEXT.

"IN MY VIEW, THE CRIMINAL LAW SHOULD NOT INTERVENE IN THE PRIVATE LIVES OF CITIZENS, OR SEEK TO ENFORCE ANY PARTICULAR PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR, UNLESS IT IS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES JUST OUTLINED," MR MATHEWS SAID.

HE SAID THE SECOND LEGAL POLICY CONSIDERATION WAS A PRACTICAL ONE.

"IF PART OF THE ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL LAW IS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY, THE LAW SHOULD COMMAND THE RESPECT AND OBSERVANCE OF THE COMMUNITY.

"IT INEVITABLY FALLS INTO DISREPUTE IF IT IS CONTINUALLY IGNORED AND FLOUTED WITH IMPUNITY," HE SAID.

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MR MATHEWS POINTED OUT THAT THE PARTICIPANTS WERE RARELY PROSECUTED, FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT THE POLICE COULD NOT INVESTIGATE WITHOUT KNOWING WHERE OR WHEN THESE ACTS OCCURRED, BECAUSE OF THE CONSENSUAL NATURE OF THE CONDUCT.

HE SAID TO ENFORCE THE LAW WOULD ENTAIL ALL THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH PERHAPS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WOULD BE WHAT WOULD BE REGARDED AS THE MOST UNACCEPTABLE - THE INVASION OF PRIVACY.

"A LAW WHICH IS NOT ENFORCED ENGENDERS DISRESPECT FOR THE LAW AND FOR ITS PROCESSES," HE SAID.

FINALLY, MR MATHEWS SAID, HONG KONG HAD AN INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE INDIVIDUAL FROM ARBITRARY AND UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE WITH HIS PRIVACY.

THIS RIGHT TO PRIVACY FOUND EXPRESSION IN BOTH THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS.

A SIMILAR RIGHT TO PRIVACY CONTAINED IN THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS HAD BEEN INTERPRETED BY THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN . RIGHTS TO INCLUDE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM FROM INTERFERENCE IN RESPECT OF CONSENSUAL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR BETWEEN ADULTS IN PRIVATE.

"WHILST IT CANNOT BE SAID CONCLUSIVELY THAT HONG KONG LAWS IN THIS AREA ARE ARBITRARY OR UNLAWFUL SINCE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED IN THE COURTS, THE INTERPRETATION BY THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE EQUIVALENT PROVISION IN THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION MAKES IT LIKELY THAT, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE PRESENT LAW OF HONG KONG INTERFERES WITH THE SEXUAL ACTIVITIES OF CONSENTING ADULTS IN PRIVATE, THAT LAW IS AT VARIANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS.

"IT HARDLY NEEDS SAYING THAT THE LAWS OF HONG KONG ARE REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS, TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THOSE OBLIGATIONS,” MR MATHEWS SAID.

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DECRIMINALISATION WILL ENABLE PRACTISING HOMOSEXUALS NOT TO LIVE IN FEAR OF BLACKMAIL AND TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR OWN SEXUALITY AND WITH SOCIETY, THOUGH IT MAY NOT REMOVE SOCIAL STIGMA, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON DECRIMINALISATION OF PRIVATE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BY CONSENTING MALE ADULTS, MRS WONG SAID: ’’OBJECTIONS TO DECRIMINALISATION APPEAR TO COME FROM THE BELIEF THAT IT MIGHT LEAD TO AN EXPLOSION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES, THEREBY DESTABILISING SOCIETY; THAT IT COULD IN TURN LEAD TO THE SPREAD OF AIDS VIRUS; AND THAT LAWMAKERS HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY FROM CORRUPTING INFLUENCES.”

COMMENTING THAT HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR WAS AN INTERPLAY BETWEEN. GENETIC BIOLOGICAL MAKE-UP AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, MRS WONG SAID AETIOLOGICAL STUDIES SUGGESTED THAT THIS SEXUALITY COULD BE BOTH NATURAL AND/OR NURTURED; AND WAS EITHER EGO-SYNTONIC OR EGO-DYSTONIC.

’’THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT WE CAN PREVENT HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR MERELY BY PUNISHING IT UNDER THE LAW, ANY MORE THAN WE CAN PREVENT ADULTERY BY STATUTORY PENALTY,” SHE SAID.

’’THUS, IF ONE LIQUIDATES THE RHETORIC OF THE OBJECTIONS RAISED, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT THE LAW IS ARCHAIC.

"TO TAKE REFUGE BEHIND THE STATUS QUO IS TO ESCAPE REALITY AND EVADE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,” SHE SAID.

MRS WONG POINTED OUT THAT WHILST HOMOSEXUALS OCCUPIED A FAIR PROPORTION OF THE REPORTED AIDS CASES, TRANSMISSION TOOK PLACE HETEROSEXUALLY AS WELL, FROM MALE TO FEMALE AND ALSO FEMALE TO MALE.

"ON EXPERT AUTHORITY, I BELIEVE THAT IT HAD BEEN LONG KNOWN THAT AIDS CAN BE ACQUIRED THROUGH HETEROSEXUAL CONTACT, AND, INDEED, IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT, NO VIRUS CAN SURVIVE IN EVOLUTION IF TRANSMITTED ONLY BY HOMOSEXUALS,” SHE SAID.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION RECOMMENDATION, PREVENTION OF AIDS AND REDUCTION IN THE INFECTION RATE COULD BE ACHIEVED THROUGH EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY AND OTHER MEASURES TO MODIFY SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR.

"HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES PER SE ARE NOT BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SPREADING THE DISEASE, AND IT WOULD BE WRONG TO ASSUME THAT THE DISEASE CAN BE PREVENTED BY THE MERE EXISTENCE OF THE LAW WHICH IS PURPORTED TO PUNISH HOMOSEXUAL ACTS," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG STRESSED THAT IT WAS OF CARDINAL IMPORTANCE THAT DECRIMINALISATION SHOULD NOT BE MISTAKEN AS A MOVE TO CONDONE OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR WHICH WAS REPUGNANT TO THE COMMUNITY.

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IN THIS RESPECT, SHE SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT THE LAW SHOULD BE CONSISTENT IN ITS APPROACH TO MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE.

"TO THAT EXTENT, I WOULD SUPPORT ANY MEASURE WHICH INTRODUCES APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT FOR SEXUAL OFFENCES ARISING FROM- HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES COMPARABLE TO THOSE ARISING FROM HETEROSEXUAL ACTIVITIES; FOR EXAMPLE, EXPLOITATION, INDECENT ASSAULT AND OTHER SEXUAL OFFENCES, PaStIcOlARLY WHEN SUCH OFFENCES ARE COMMITTED AGAINST YOUNG PERSONS, MRS WONG ADDED.

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IF TWO MEN WHO ARE ADULTS AND WILLINGLY COMMIT A HOMOSEXUAL ACT IN PRIVATE, THEY SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS CRIMINALS, THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON ALLEN LEE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR LEE ADMITTED THAT FACING A COMMUNITY THAT WAS GENERALLY HOSTILE TOWARDS HOMOSEXUALITY, IT WAS NOT EASY TO OBJECTIVELY ANALYSE THE PROBLEM, AND TO CONSIDER THE CONTROVERSY AND COME TO A CONCLUSION.

"IT IS A CHOICE BETWEEN MORALITY AND PRIVACY AND TO A GREAT EXTENT, HUMAN RIGHTS ALSO COME INTO PLAY," HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID HE HAD CONSIDERED THIS PROBLEM LONG AND HARD AND HAD REACHED A CONCLUSION THAT CRIMINAL PENALTIES SHOULD BE REMOVED EVEN THOUGH PERSONALLY IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO ACCEPT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS.

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TO DECRIMINALISE AN ACT ON THE GROUND THAT WHAT CONSENTING ADULTS DO IN PRIVATE IS ENTIRELY THEIR OWN AFFAIR IS AN OVER-SIMPLISTIC APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AGAINST THE MOTION ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING MALE ADULTS IN PRIVATE.

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MR CHEONG ARGUED THAT IF ONE ACCEPTED THE LOGIC THAT WHATEVER ACT TWO CONSENTING ADULTS PERFORMED IN PRIVATE WAS A MATTER FOR THEM ONLY AND NOT FOR ANYONE ELSE, THEN THE SAME LOGIC SHOULD APPLY TO THE ACT OF BUGGERY BETWEEN TWO CONSENTING ADULTS OF WHOM ONE WAS A FEMALE, POLYGAMY AND INCESTUOUS ACTS BETWEEN TWO CONSENTING ADULTS, BE THEY MOTHER AND SON OR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

HE ALSO DISAGREED THAT THE CURRENT LAW ON HOMOSEXUALITY SHOULD BE RE-EXAMINED BECAUSE THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS PERFORMING AN HOMOSEXUAL ACT WERE PROTECTED BY THE FORTHCOMING HUMAN RIGHTS BILL.

HE SAID THAT IF THE SAME LOGIC WAS APPLIED TO OTHER ISSUES THAT HAD A MORAL UNDERTONE, IT WOULD LEAD TO SOME STARTLING AND PERHAPS UNACCEPTABLE CONCLUSIONS; AND THERE WAS A DANGER THAT, ARMED WITH THE "SHIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS”, HONG KONG MIGHT BECOME AN ANARCHIC AND PERMISSIVE SOCIETY WITH LOOSE MORAL VALUES.

HE SAID, "SOCIETY IS NO MORE THAN THE AGGREGATE OF ITS INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND HOW PEOPLE FEEL AND BEHAVE IN PRIVATE OR PUBLIC REFLECTS THE GENERAL PERCEPTION OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG WHICH IN TURN DETERMINES THE SOCIETY’S OVERALL VALUES".

MR CHEONG SAID HE FELT STRONGLY THAT IF THE ADMINISTRATION WAS SERIOUS ABOUT INTRODUCING A BILL ON HOMOSEXUALITY, VIEWS FROM A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE SOUGHT.

HE BELIEVED THAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS WERE NOT WIDELY PRACTISED NOR WIDELY ACCEPTED BY THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, AND THAT IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT TO ARGUE THAT WE HAD TO LEGALISE THEM BECAUSE OTHER DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES LIKE THE UK AND U.S. HAD DONE SO.

"THIS LINE OF THINKING MAY GIVE THE WRONG IMPRESSION TO THE COMMUNITY IN THAT PROGRESS AND DEMOCRACY IS EQUATED WITH ACCEPTING HOMOSEXUAL ACTS AS BEING LEGAL," HE SAID.

"ALSO IT POSES AN IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT WHETHER THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WOULD BE LIABLE TO RUN A GREATER RISK OF BEING EXPOSED TO, ENTICED OR EVEN GOADED INTO TAKING PART IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ACT SO THAT THEY CAN PROVE TO THEIR CONTEMPORARIES THAT THEY ARE PROGRESSIVE, LIBERAL, DEMOCRATIC AND WITH IT," HE ADDED.

CONCLUDING, MR CHEONG SAID: "EACH AND EVERY SOCIETY HAS ITS OWN CULTURAL BACKGROUND, AND ITS OWN MORAL VALUES. WE SHOULD NOT READILY FORSAKE OUR OWN MORAL VALUES TO OPT FOR A CHANGE SIMPLY TO CONFORM WITH OTHER VALUES PREVAILING ELSEWHERE."

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CHANGES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED *****

THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATIVE CHANGES REGARDING THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING MALE ADULTS IN PRIVATE AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNE TIME, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MRS FAN NOTED THAT REMOVAL OF PENALTIES DID NOT IMPLY LEGAL APPROVAL.

SHE RECALLED THAT THE ’’DECRIMINALISATION" OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING MALE ADULTS IN PRIVATE, PROPOSED BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION IN 1983, WAS TRANSLATED INTO "LEGISLATION” OF THESE ACTS BY MANY REPORTS IN CHINESE AT THAT TIME.

MRS FAN SAID THIS MIGHT BE WHY THE PROPOSAL WAS REJECTED BY MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY INCLUDING HERSELF AS SHE DID NOT WISH TO SEE THESE ACTS GIVEN THE STAMP OF APPROVAL THROUGH GAINING A "LAWFUL STATUS".

SHE SAID THAT IN FACT THE REMOVAL OF A CRIMINAL OFFENCE ON THESE ACTS WAS COUPLED WITH THE RETENTION OF AN EXISTING OFFENCE WHICH APPLIED TO HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN MALES UNDER OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, THE EXTENSION OF PROTECTIVE MEASURES TO MALES FROM SEX EXPLOITATION AND THE STRENGTHENING OF LAW ON PUBLIC BEHAVIOUR MAKING IT CLEAR THAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS WERE IMMORAL.

MRS FAN, A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, SAID SHE AGREED WITH THE SOCIETY WHICH HAD EXPRESSED FULL SUPPORT FOR THE MOVE TOWARDS DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS.

THE SOCIETY HELD THAT TO CRIMINALISE THE SEXUAL EXPRESSION OF ADULT HOMOSEXUALS ENGAGING IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER VOLUNTARILY CONSENTING ADULTS IN PRIVATE WAS CONTRARY TO CONSIDERATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND MENTAL HEALTH.

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STRONG COMMUNITY DISAPPROVAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY DOES NOT P^0V^5 SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION FOR IMPOSING HARSH CRIMINAL PENALTIES ON THE PARTIES INVOLVED, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF PRIVATE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING MALE ADULTS, THE HON MARTIN LEE SAID: "THE CURRENT LAW - UNDER WHICH ADULTS CAN BE IMPRISONED FOR LIFE FOR A PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL ACT - IS

NOT APPROPRIATE."

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MR LEE COMMENTED THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG HAD TAKEN THE POSITION THAT ALTHOUGH HOMOSEXUALITY BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS WAS A SIN, IT WAS NOT A CRIME FOR WHICH THE STATE OUGHT TO PUNISH PEOPLE.

"INDEED, THERE ARE MANY ACTS WHICH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY MAY STRONGLY CONDEMN - SUCH AS INFIDELITY TO ONE’S SPOUSE OR DISHONESTY WITH ONE’S FRIENDS - BUT FOR WHICH THE STATE DOES NOT LEVY CRIMINAL PENALTIES," HE SAID.

ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALITY AND AIDS, MR LEE SAID THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT CRIMINALLY PENALISING HOMOSEXUALITY WOULD PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, ESPECIALLY SINCE SUCH CRIMINAL PENALTIES WOULD OFTEN PREVENT PEOPLE FROM RECEIVING COUNSELLING, TESTING, OR EDUCATION.

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A BALANCE SHOULD BE STRUCK BETWEEN MAINTAINING MORAL VALUES AND PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF EVERY CITIZEN, HOMOSEXUAL OR NOT, TO RESPECT FOR HIS PRIVATE LIFE, THE HON RONALD ARCULLI SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE NOTED THAT THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION ESTIMATED SEVEN YEARS AGO THAT THE NUMBER OF HOMOSEXUALS COULD AMOUNT TO NEARLY 10 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION.

"IT IS THEREFORE RATHER UNSATISFACTORY THAT SUCH A SIGNIFICANT MINORITY OF OUR COMMUNITY, WHO MAY OTHERWISE BE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, HAVE TO FEAR PROSECUTION DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR THEIR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, WHICH IF CONDUCTED CONSENSUALLY IN PRIVATE DO NO HARM TO OTHER PEOPLE," HE SAID.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR ARCULLI SAID HE WOULD SEEK CLARIFICATIONS ON THREE ISSUES FROM THE ADMINISTRATION.

FIRSTLY, HE FOUND THE MOTION DID NOT SEEM TO PROVIDE A FULL PICTURE OF THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ANY CHANGE IN THE EXISTING.LAW.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MOTION SEEMED TO CONFORM WITH THE SECOND OF THE THREE OPTIONS PROPOSED IN THE 1988 CONSULTATION PAPER, BUT IT WAS NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE NINE OFFENCES LISTED IN APPENDIX A OF THAT PAPER AS BEING OFFENCES TO BE RETAINED WOULD FORM PART OF ANY CHANGE IN THE EXISTING LAW.

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ALSO, THE SECOND PART OF THE MOTION CALLED FOR THE EXTENSION OF PROTECTION TO BOTH MEN AND BOYS FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION GIVEN TO WOMEN AND GIRLS BY THE CRIMES ORDINANCE BUT NO DETAILS HAD BEEN GIVEN AS TO THE EXTENT OF SUCH PROTECTION, HE SAID.

SECONDLY, HE NOTED THAT THE MOTION DID NOT DEAL WITH THE EXISTING OFFENCE OF BUGGERY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION RECOMMENDED IN 1983 THAT THE LAW SHOULD NO LONGER PROHIBIT ANY FULLY CONSENSUAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN PRIVATE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN WHERE BOTH WERE OVER 16 YEARS OLD.

THE 1988 CONSULTATION PAPER DID NOT RAISE THIS MATTER BUT THE REFERENCE IN APPENDIX A TO NON-CONSENSUAL BUGGERY AND BUGGERY WITH A GIRL UNDER 16 AS OFFENCES TO BE RETAINED MIGHT BE MISUNDERSTOOD SO AS TO IMPLY THAT CONSENSUAL BUGGERY AS -OUTLINED BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION MIGHT BE PERMISSIBLE, HE SAID.

HE HOPED THE ADMINISTRATION COULD CLARIFY WHETHER IT INTENDED FOR CONSENSUAL BUGGERY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN TO CONTINUE TO BE AN OFFENCE.

THIRDLY, MR ARCULLI NOTED THAT A CIVIL SERVICE CIRCULAR ISSUED • IN 1982 STATED THAT NO KNOWN HOMOSEXUAL SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE, IRRESPECTIVE OF RANK OR GRADE, AND THAT A SERVING OFFICER IF CONVICTED OF A HOMOSEXUAL OFFENCE FACED IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL.

HE QUESTIONED WHETHER THIS POLICY WOULD BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF ANY PROPOSAL TO DECRIMINALISE CONSENSUAL HOMOSEXUAL ACTS.

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THE DEBATE ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN CONSENTING MALE ADULTS IN PRIVATE IS ALL ABOUT ’’THE RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE LIFE”, THE HON PAUL CHENG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR CHENG SAID THAT THE DEBATE WAS A BATTLE OVER WHETHER OR NOT THE RIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL PRIVACY SHOULD BE PROTECTED, AND NOT A BATTLE OVER WHETHER OR NOT MORALS SHOULD BE LOOSENED.

’’HIGH STANDARDS OF GOVERNANCE OF HONG KONG SHOULD EMBODY THE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS SO LONG AS THEY DO NOT INFRINGE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, SOCIAL ORDER, OR NATIONAL SECURITY,

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"IN OTHER WORDS, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF EACH PERSON WITH THE CONSTRAINT THAT IT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF ALL THE PEOPLE IT SERVES," HE SAID.

MR CHENG REMINDED HIS COLLEAGUES THAT THEY HAD SUPPORTED THIS POSITION AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY JUST A SHORT TIME AGO DURING THE DRAFT BILL OF RIGHTS DEBATE.'

"TO DECIDE TO MAKE HOMOSEXUALITY AN EXCEPTION TO THIS POSITION THAT WE SUPPORTED JUST A FEW WEEKS EARLIER IS UNJUST AND ILLOGICAL," HE SAID.

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HE SAID THAT MORALITY COULD NOT BE LEGISLATED. TO DO THAT, PEOPLE WOULD BE MAKING A MOCKERY OF LAW FOR THE VERY FACT THAT BEHAVIOUR IN PRIVATE WAS NOT VISIBLE TO- THE PUBLIC, AND COULD NOT THUS BE CONTROLLED.

HE MAINTAINED THAT THE LAW AS IT CURRENTLY STOOD WAS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE. IT WOULD REQUIRE ENORMOUS POLICE RESOURCES AND A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY, MR CHENG EXPLAINED.

"THE RESULT IS THAT WE HAVE AN UNENFORCEABLE LAW - AND UNENFORCEABLE LAWS STIMULATE DISRESPECT FOR THE LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

"TO AVOID THIS, WE MUST DO OUR BEST TO LEGISLATE MEASURES THAT ENABLE THE EXERCISE OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS RESTRICTED TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY FOR ACCOMMODATING THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS," HE SAID.

MR CHENG BELIEVED THAT DECRIMINALISING CONSENSUAL HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN PRIVATE WOULD REMOVE A DETERRENT TO POSSIBLE AIDS CARRIERS COMING FORWARD FOR MEDICAL TESTING AND HELP.

HE ADDED THAT STATISTICS REFUTED THE ARGUMENT THAT AIDS WAS MOST RIFE IN COUNTRIES WHERE HOMOSEXUALITY WAS LEGAL.

MR CHENG STRESSED THAT HE WAS ENDORSING LEGISLATION WHICH ACKNOWLEDGED THE LOGICALITV OF DECRIMINALISING AN ACT THAT TOOK PLACE IN PRIVATE BY TWO CONSENTING ADULTS, AND NOT ADVOCATING SOMETHING WHICH WOULD IN TURN PERMIT AN INDIVIDUAL TO CORRUPT THE MINDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE OR TO OFFEND THE SENSIBILITIES OF OTHERS.

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UNIMAGINABLE CONSEQUENCES

THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN PRIVATE BETWEEN TWO CONSENTING ADULTS WOULD OPEN THE FLOODGATES LEADING TO UNIMAGINABLE CONSEQUENCES, THE HON DAVID CHEUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

OPPOSING THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR CHEUNG SAID THE VALUE AND LIFESTYLE OF A MINORITY GROUP OF HOMOSEXUALS WOULD THEREBY BE DISSEMINATED THROUGH SOCIETY IF DECRIMINALISATION WERE ALLOWED.

"IF ADOLESCENTS ARE EXPOSED TO A HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE OR ARE EFFECTIVELY INFLUENCED BY THOSE WHO ARE THEMSELVES HOMOSEXUALS, THEN THIS MAY AFFECT THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND HAVE LONG TERM DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE YOUTHS," HE SAID.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAD SAID THAT DECRIMINALISATION DID NOT NECESSARILY•IMPLY LEGAL APPROVAL, TO THE YOUNG MINDS, IT WOULD PASS A DEADLY-WRONG-YET-STRAIGHT-FORWARD MESSAGE THAT SUCH ACTS WERE ACCEPTABLE TO SOCIETY AND THEREFORE COULD BE PRACTISED.

MR CHEUNG ARGUED THAT BY DECRIMINALISATION, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE CONTRADICTING ITSELF: ON THE ONE HAND, IT ENCOURAGED MORK MORAL AND PROPER SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS BUT, ON THE OTHERi ENCOURAGED PERMISSIVENESS OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS.

HE SAID THAT DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS WOULD ALSO OPEN THE FLOODGATE OF VERY DAMAGING OPPORTUNITIES, AS THE MOVE WOULD GIVE RISE TO OPPORTUNITY FOR SERIOUS ATTEMPTS TO SECURE RIGHTS FOR HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS TO MARRY ONE ANOTHER, CLAIMING SPOUSAL STATUS FOR TAX AND SOCIAL BENEFITS, AND ADOPTING AND RAISING CHILDREN. FURTHER, THERE WAS THE AIDS FACTOR.

MR CHEUNG STRESSED THAT HE WANTED A CLEAR MORAL STANDARD BACKED UP BY LEGAL CONSTRAINTS TO BE MAINTAINED.

"THIS WILL GIVE A CLEAR MESSAGE TO SOCIETY THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF BEHAVIOUR FROM SOCIETY’S POINT OF VIEW.

"IT WILL ALSO PREVENT THE FLOODGATE FROM BEING OPENED WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO ALL KINDS OF UNDESIRABLE POSSIBILITIES."

NOTING THAT SOME PEOPLE FAVOURED DECRIMINALISATION ON THE BASIS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, MR CHEUNG SAID AS MUCH AS HE SUPPORTED THE BILL OF RIGHTS, THE BILL MUST NOT BE SEEN AS AN INSURANCE OR A PROTECTIVE UMBRELLA FOR WRONGDOINGS.

"FROM WHATEVER ANGLE WE LOOK AT THE ISSUE, THE RIGHT A PERSON HAS DOES NOT GIVE HIM/HER THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS WRONG OR SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE," HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG PROPOSED THAT HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO SEEK PSYCHOTHERAPY. HE SUGGESTED THAT AN ALL-OUT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN SHOULD BE MOUNTED TO ENCOURAGE HOMOSEXUALS TO COME FORWARD TO GET HELP, SO AS TO CHANGE THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

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CALL TO REVIEW HANDLING OF SEXUAL OFFENCES


THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REVIEW THE PRESENT METHOD OF HANDLING ALLEGED CASES OF SEXUAL OFFENCE TO AVOID FURTHER HURTING THE VICTIMS WHILE IT PROCEEDS WITH LEGISLATION TO DECRIMINALISE CERTAIN HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, THE HON NELLIE FONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MRS FONG SAID AT PRESENT THE VICTIM OF SUCH CASES WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH CROSS EXAMINATIONS DURING TRIAL TO EXPOSE HIS OR HER PRIVATE LIVES, BUT IN RETURN WOULD GAIN NOTHING OTHER THAN TO SEE JUSTICE BEING UPHELD.

”1 BELIEVE THAT WHILE WE GO FORWARD WITH LEGISLATION ON THE ISSUE OF DECRIMINALISATION OF CERTAIN HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, WE SHOULD FOCUS ON HOW CASES OF ALLEGED SEXUAL OFFENCES, HOMOSEXUAL OR OTHERWISE, COULD BE HANDLED TO AVOID THE VICTIM EITHER NOT BRINGING CHARGES DUE TO THE INEVITABLE NEGATIVE EXPOSURE, OR THE VICTIM’S LIFE BEING SERIOUSLY DAMAGED IN THE COURSE OF A TRIAL CONDUCTED ALONG THE LINES TRIALS ARE CONDUCTED TODAY,” SHE SAID.

MRS FONG SAID SHE FAILED TO SEE WHY HOMOSEXUAL ACTS COMMITTED IN PRIVATE BY CONSENTING ADULTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS CRIMINAL OFFENCES IF THE ACTS DID NOT BRING HARM TO ANYONE.

SHE SAID HER CONCERN ON THE ISSUE FOCUSSED ON WHETHER ANYONE GOT HURT, AND THAT THIS TIED IN WITH THREE ISSUES.

FIRSTLY, THAT THE REMOVAL OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR SPECIFIC HOMOSEXUAL ACTS SHOULD NOT IMPLY LEGAL APPROVAL OR PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE ACTS.

SECONDLY, SINCE HOMOSEXUALITY WAS SUCH A COMPLICATED ISSUE FROM MANY POINTS OF VIEW, INCLUDING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL ASPECTS, IT WOULD BE QUESTIONABLE WHETHER AGE 21 WAS SUFFICIENT FOR A PERSON TO BE CAPABLE OF DECIDING ON THEIR ACTIONS.

THIRDLY, HOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE WAS CONSENT BECAUSE IT WAS DOUBTFUL WHETHER THE PERSONS WHO WERE HARMED WOULD EVER COME FORWARD TO CHALLENGE THEIR AGGRESSORS AND RISK EXPOSURE AND POTENTIAL MARGINALISATION BY THE COMMUNITY.

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HOMOSEXUALITY NOT A DISEASE

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THE PRESENT LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED SO THAT NO PARTICULAR INJUSTICE IS DONE TO A SECTION OF THE POPULATION OVER WHOSE SEXUAL INCLINATION THEY HAVE NO CONTROL, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF A MOTION ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, DR THE HON LEONG CHE-HUNG SAID THAT HOMOSEXUALITY PER SE WAS ONLY A VARIATION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND NOT A DISEASE.

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALITY AND AIDS, DR LEONG SAID IT WAS MOST MISLEADING TO ARGUE THAT A LAW WHICH MADE HOMOSEXUALITY A CRIME COULD PROTECT THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE SPREAD OF AIDS.

HE HELD THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF CONTROLLING AIDS WAS THROUGH EDUCATION.

"THE TASK OF MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO MOST NEED THIS EDUCATION GET IT COULD BE MADE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT BY A LAW WHICH PREVENTS OPEN DISCUSSION ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY AND DRIVES THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY UNDERGROUND," HE ADDED.

DR LEONG SAID MANY HOMOSEXUALS WERE SUBJECTED TO CONSIDERABLE STRESS AS A RESULT OF STRONG DISAPPROVAL OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE CONDEMNATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY BY RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY AND CERTAIN DRACONIAN LAW SECTIONS FORCING THEM TO KEEP THEIR SEX LIVES SECRET.

DR LEONG ALSO OUTLINED THE STANDPOINT OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN RELATION TO THE EXISTING LAW.

HE SAID THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HELD THE VIEW THAT CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN PRIVATE BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS SHOULD BE REMOVED, AND THAT THE PRESENT LAW DISCRIMINATED AGAINST THE MALE HOMOSEXUALS AS FEMALE HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES OCCURRING IN PRIVATE WERE NOT PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

THE ASSOCIATION ALSO HELD THAT PUNISHMENT FOR BUGGERY WITHOUT CONSENT SHOULD BE THE SAME AS PUNISHMENT FOR RAPE WHILE PUNISHMENT FOR INDECENT ASSAULT IN HOMOSEXUAL ACTS SHOULD BE THE SAME AS THE PUNISHMENT FOR INDECENT ASSAULT ON FEMALES.

"I WANT TO EMPHASISE HERE THAT THE POSITION OF THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SHOULD IN NO WAY BE TAKEN TO IMPLY THAT WE CONDONE HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES,” DR LEONG ADDED.

THE HON JIMMY MCGREGOR, WHO IS IN EUROPE, HAD ASKED DR LEONG TO INFORM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT HE SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL TO DECRIMINALISE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS.

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REDUCTION IN MAXIMUM PENALTIES SUPPORTED

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THE HON JAMES TIEN SUPPORTED A REDUCTION IN THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS ALTHOUGH HE DISAPPROVED OF ANY MOVE TOWARDS COMPLETE DECRININALISATION OF SUCH BEHAVIOUR.

SPEAKING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AGAINST THE MOTION IN THE LEGCO DEBATE ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, MR TIEN SAID HE SAW MERIT IN ADOPTING "A MORE REALISTIC APPROACH" TO THE ISSUE.

HE WAS OF THE VIEW THAT A REDUCTION IN SENTENCES WOULD BRING THE LAW INTO LINE WITH THE PRESENT POLICING PRACTICE AND THE PATTERN OF SENTENCING BY THE COURTS WHILE AVOIDING THE UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES WHICH MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH REMOVAL OF THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN PRIVATE BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS.

MR TIEN POINTED OUT THAT ORIENTAL CULTURES WERE IN BROAD TERMS UNSYMPATHETIC, OR EVEN HOSTILE, TO HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR.

HE SAID IT WOULD BE WRONG TO ARGUE THAT RIGHTS FOR HOMOSEXUALS WERE PART AND PARCEL OF RIGHTS GENERALLY.

THE BILL OF RIGHTS WAS NOT RELEVANT IN THIS RESPECT, HE ADDED.

"THE ARGUMENT FOR SO-CALLED GAY RIGHTS ASSUMES THAT GAY PERSONS HAVE A MORAL CLAIM TO PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OR APPROVAL.

"GAY RIGHTS REPRESENTS A SCALE OF VALUES WHICH IS OUT OF HARMONY WITH OUR MORAL VALUES. IT IS OUT OF HARMONY WITH ASIAN CULTURES IN THEIR BROAD TRADITION, AS WELL AS THEIR HOPES FOR THEIR FUTURE WELL-BEING.

"I JUST DO NOT SEE WHY WE SHOULD INHERIT OCCIDENTAL PREJUDICES IN MORALITY AND CULTURE," HE SAID.

MR TIEN SAID MEMBERS WERE APPARENTLY BEING ASKED A NARROW LEGAL, RATHER THAN A MORAL, QUESTION.

"DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUALITY BETWEEN CONSENTING MEN OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE IS A CLEAR MATTER OF EXPEDIENCY. WHAT DOES THE ARGUMENT BOIL DOWN TO? THE PROPOSAL SIMPLY ARGUES THIS : IF YOU CAN’T EFFECTIVELY POLICE IT, YOU SHOULDN’T REGULATE IT."

HE SAID WHAT THE ARGUMENT ON NARROW LEGALITY IGNORED, HOWEVER, WAS THAT WHAT WENT ON IN PRIVATE OFTEN SPILLED OVER INTO THE PUBLIC ARENA.

HOMOSEXUALITY IF PERMITTED BY LAW IN PRIVATE, MIGHT LEAD TO THE GREATER SOLICITATION OF YOUNG BOYS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND SUCH DEVIANT BEHAVIOUR HAD ALSO BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH OTHER CRIMES, HE ADDED.

MR TIEN SAID IF THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL TO DECRIMINALISE HOMOSEXUALITY, IT WOULD SEND A WRONG MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

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"THIS WOULD INDICATE SOME SORT OF APPROVAL TO THE IDEA, NOT THE LAW, ABOUT THIS SENSITIVE MATTER. PEOPLE WON’T SEE THE SUBTLETIES.

"WHAT WE SHOULD SAY IS THAT, WE DO NOT WISH TO APPROVE SOMETHING ... WHEN, IN FACT, WE DO NOT APPROVE OF IT ALL.

"FOR IT IS NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ’YES’ OR ’NO’ TO A RATHER AMBIGUOUS LAW. IT IS A QUESTION OF WHETHER THE HONG KONG PUBLIC WILL SEE THIS COUNCIL AS CONDONING OR ENCOURAGING SOMETHING WHICH IT FEFI S OUR PEOPLE FIND OVERWHELMINGLY REPUGNANT," HE SAID.

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TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND CONTINUING TO TREAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS AS A CRIME CERTAINLY DOES NOT ASSIST THOSE BORN OR CAUGHT UP WITH SUCH A PROBLEM, THE HON PETER WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION IN THE DEBATE ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MR WONG SAID HE FOUND DERISORY THE ARGUMENT THAT HOMOSEXUAL LOVE WOULD DESTROY TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES.

"SURELY, OUR TRADITIONAL VALUES ARE BASED ON FIRMER FOUNDATIONS THAN THAT SUGGESTED, AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT DECRIMINALISATION SHOULD ALLOW US TO TREAT THE PROBLEM WITH OPENNESS AND HUMANITY."

MR WONG NOTED THAT THE NON-ENFORCEMENT OF THE ORDINANCE AGAINST ACTS COMMITTED IN PRIVATE AND THE LIGHT SENTENCES IMPOSED IN RECENT YEARS ON THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN PUBLIC COMMITTING SUCH ACTS, HAD NOT AT THE TIME PRODUCED STRONG PUBLIC OUTCRY ONE MIGHT EXPECT IF THEY HAD OUTRAGED PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS.

HE ALSO FOUND THE ARGUMENT THAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR MEN OF 21 AND OVER TO BE ILLOGICAL WHEN 18 WAS CONSIDERED TO BE OLD ENOUGH FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE.

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MOTION ON RADIATION REGULATIONS PASSED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION APPROVING THE RADIATION (CONTROL OF IRRADIATING APPARATUS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990 AND THE RADIATION (CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990 MADE BY THE RADIATION BOARD ON JUNE 8 THIS YEAR.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, EXPLAINED THAT SECTION 13(1) OF THE RADIATION ORDINANCE EMPOWERED THE RADIATION BOARD TO MAKE REGULATIONS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MANY OF THE AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATIONS IN THE CURRENT EXERCISE WERE TECHNICAL IN NATURE, SHE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE RECENT INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF FINES FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE RADIATION ORDINANCE APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL, MRS WONG SAID, THE TWO SETS OF AMENDMENT REGULATIONS SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE A THREE-FOLD INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF FINES FOR VARIOUS OFFENCES UNDER THE REGULATIONS.

"THESE FINES HAVE NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE THE REGULATIONS CAME INTO FORCE IN 1965 BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF OFFENCES PROSECUTED WAS VERY SMALL.

"HOWEVER, WE CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE FINES IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THEIR DETERRENT EFFECT," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG SAID THAT UNDER THE RADIATION (CONTROL OF IRRADIATING APPARATUS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990, REGULATION 2 SOUGHT TO UPDATE THE EXISTING TERMINOLOGY AND DEFINITIONS WHICH WERE CONSIDERED OUTMODED.

"THESE INCLUDE CHANGING THE TERM ’DENTAL X-RAY MACHINE’ TO ’DENTAL IRRADIATING APPARATUS’ AND THE REFERENCE OF ’MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE DOSE’ TO ’DOSE-EQUIVALENT LIMIT’, INTRODUCING THE TERMS ’DIAGNOSTIC IRRADIATING APPARATUS’ AND ’THERAPEUTIC IRRADIATING APPARATUS’ AND DEFINING THESE NEW TERMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS," SHE SAID.

IN ADDITION, REGULATION 7 AMENDED REGULATION 17 TO EXTEND THE OFFENCES OF LICENSEES IN RELATION TO THE IMPROPER USE OF PROTECTIVE MATERIALS AND SAFETY PRACTICES TN CASE OF IRRADIATING APPARATUS TO ALL PERSONS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THESE PROVISIONS COULD BE ENFORCED TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY PROTECTION FROM RADIATION HAZARDS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER A LICENCE WAS IN FORCE.

"IN PRACTICE, THE RADIATION BOARD HAS AT TIMES FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY THE LICENSEE IN ENFORCING THIS REGULATION WHEN A LICENCE IS EITHER NOT RENEWED OR IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING APPLIED FOR," SHE SAID.

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MRS WONG SAID REGULATION 8 UPDATED AND SPELT OUT EXPLICITLY FILTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR DENTAL AND DIAGNOSTIC IRRADIATING APPARATUS AND LIMITS ON RADIATION LEAKAGE RATES FROM THE PROTECTIVE HOUSING OF X-RAY TUBES.

"THESE SPECIFICATIONS ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS,” SHE SAID.

REGULATION 8 ALSO SOUGHT TO REPEAL REGULATION 20 WHICH WAS INCONSISTENT WITH PROVISIONS IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

"REGULATION 20 WAS ENACTED IN 1970 WITH AN INTENTION TO PROHIBIT THE MANUFACTURE, SALE OR POSSESSION OF ANY TELEVISION SET WHICH EMITS IONIZING RADIATION AT A RATE EXCEEDING 130 NANOCOULOMBS PER KILOGRAM PER HOUR OR THE EQUIVALENT OF FIVE MICROSIEVERTS PER HOUR.

"HOWEVER, SECTIONS 2 AND 7 IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHEN TAKEN TOGETHER WILL IMPLY THAT ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO MANUFACTURE, SELL OR POSSESS SUCH TELEVISION SETS MAY APPLY TO THE RADIATION BOARD FOR A LICENCE.

"THE BOARD IS OF THE VIEW THAT SUCH INCONSISTENCIES SHOULD BE REMOVED AND IN THE LIGHT OF SUFFICIENT CONTROLS OVER SUCH EQUIPMENTS IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, REGULATION 20 SHOULD BE REPEALED," MRS WONG EXPLAINED.

FURTHERMORE, UNDER THE RADIATION (CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1990, AMENDMENTS WERE INTRODUCED TO REPEAL AN OUTDATED DEFINITION OF "VESSEL" AND TO SUBSTITUTE THE TERM "MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE DOSE" BY THE NEW TERM "DOSE-EQUIVALENT LIMIT" AS PROPOSED IN THE RADIATION (CONTROL OF IRRADIATING APPARATUS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO SOUGHT TO REPEAL REGULATION 7(6) WHICH CURRENTLY PROHIBITED THE CARRYING OF PASSENGERS IN VEHICLES OR VESSELS WHICH WERE AT THE SAME TIME CONVEYING RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES AND REQUIRED THAT SUCH SUBSTANCES BE PLACED IN A SEPARATE COMPARTMENT FROM THE CREW.

"■THESE PROVISIONS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE UNREALISTIC WHEN THE RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES CONVEYED AT ANY ONE TIME ARE IN SMALL QUANTITIES AND OF VERY LOW RADIOACTIVITY.

"INSTEAD, THE BOARD FEELS THAT THE EXISTING PERMIT ARRANGEMENTS UNDER REGULATION 7(1) WILL PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR MORE RATIONAL CONTROLS OVER THE CONVEYANCE OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ON VEHICLES OR VESSELS," MRS WONG SAID.

ACCORDINGLY, MRS WONG SAID, THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT THAT RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES SHOULD NOT BE CARRIED IN THE SAME VESSEL WITH OTHER DANGEROUS GOODS UNDER REGULATION 7(7) WAS ALSO REMOVED.

"APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS ON THE CONVEYANCE OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ON VEHICLES OR VESSELS WILL, HOWEVER, BE IMPOSED BY THE BOARD IN THE ISSUE OF THE PERMIT,” SHE ADDED.

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VIEWS OF SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY SHOULD PREVAIL IN JSC

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THE ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERS THAT A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY ON THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (JSC) SHOULD BE ABLE TO PREVAIL OVER THE VIEWS OF A MINORITY AND TENDER ADVICE ACCORDINGLY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989, SIR'DAVID EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL WAS A REVISED VERSION OF A BILL FIRST INTRODUCED IN JUNE 1988.

IT ALREADY MODIFIED THE EARLIER BILL AS A RESULT OF VIEWS EXCHANGED WITH THE LEGAL PROFESSION AT THE SUGGESTION OF THE AD HOC GROUP ON THE FIRST BILL, HE SAID.

’’FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH THE AD HOC GROUP ON THE PRESENT BILL, AND THROUGH THE AD HOC GROUP WITH THE LEGAL PROFESSION, HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT SINCE THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED,’’ SIR DAVID ADDED.

HE SAID THE MAIN OUTSTANDING ISSUES CONCERNED THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS REQUIRED TO FORM A QUORUM; THE MECHANISM WHEREBY THE GOVERNOR SHOULD CONSULT THE PROFESSION REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR MEMBERS OF THE JSC; AND THE NUMBER OF DISSENTING VOTES TO BE ALLOWED IN MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION.

"THE ADMINISTRATION IS PREPARED TO ACCEPT AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL IN RESPECT OF THE FIRST TWO MATTERS,” SIR DAVID SAID.

AS TO THE NUMBER OF DISSENTING VOTES TO BE ALLOWED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID MENTION HAD BEEN MADE OF THE FACT THAT RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMISSION MUST AT PRESENT BE UNANIMOUS.

’’THIS ARRANGEMENT CAN GIVE RISE TO A SITUATION IN WHICH A SINGLE MEMBER COULD VETO A DECISION OF THE REMAINDER.

"THAT IS NOT A SATISFACTORY SITUATION, AND THE UNANIMITY RULE IS FELT-TO BE UNWORKABLE IN REALLY DIFFICULT CASES.

"IT IS OUR VIEW THAT A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY ON THE COMMISSION SHOULD BE ABLE TO PREVAIL OVER THE VIEWS OF A MINORITY AND TENDER ADVICE ACCORDINGLY," SIR DAVID EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IF, THEN, THE PRINCIPLE OF MAJORITY VOTING WAS ACCEPTED, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT REMAINED WAS THE SIZE OF THE MAJORITY.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALWAYS ACCEPTED THAT THERE SHOULD BE A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY AND ITS ORIGINAL PROPOSAL, CONTAINED IN THE BILL INTRODUCED IN 1988, HAD BEEN FOR A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY.

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"THE LEGAL PROFESSION HAVE ARGUED THAT IF THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT FOR UNANIMITY IS TO BE MODIFIED, IT SHOULD BE MODIFIED ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF ALLOWING RESOLUTIONS TO BE PASSED WITH NOT MORE THAN ONE DISSENTING VOTE.

"THAT SIMPLY DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TOWARDS THE OBJECT OF MOVING AWAY FROM THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT FOR UNANIMITY.

"INDEED, GIVEN THAT THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION IS TO BE EXPANDED FROM SIX MEMBERS TO NINE MEMBERS, IT IS HARDLY ANY IMPROVEMENT ON THE PRESENT SITUATION," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE BILL WOULD ENABLE THE COMMISSION TO TENDER ADVICE PROVIDED THAT THERE WERE NO MORE THAN TWO DISSENTING VOTES AND THUS, IF ALL NINE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION WERE PRESENT, SEVEN WOULD HAVE TO AGREE BEFORE A RESOLUTION COULD BE EFFECTIVE.

THIS LIMITED MOVE AWAY FROM UNANIMOUS VOTING TOWARDS SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY VOTING WAS SOMETHING WHICH WAS NEEDED NOW AND IT WOULD BE EVEN MORE NECESSARY IN THE FUTURE, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT THE COMMISSION ADVISED THE GOVERNOR, WHO WAS NOT BOUND IN LAW TO ACCEPT ITS ADVICE.

"IN FUTURE THE GOVERNOR, OR AFTER 1997 THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WILL BE BOUND TO ACCEPT THE COMMISSION’S ADVICE.

"THAT IS BECAUSE THE JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDES THAT 'JUDGES OF THE HKSAR COURTS SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HKSAR ACTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION OF AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION COMPOSED OF LOCAL JUDGES, PERSONS FROM THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND OTHER EMINENT PERSONS’,"SIR DAVID SAID.

THAT PROVISION WAS NOW REFLECTED IN THE BASIC LAW, HE ADDED.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT SITUATION COULD ARISE IF THE COMMISSION WERE UNABLE TO PASS EFFECTIVE RESOLUTIONS.

TO ADOPT THE "8 OUT OF 9" VOTING FORMULA INSTEAD OF THE FORMULA PROPOSED IN THE BILL WOULD INCREASE THE CHANCES OF THAT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT SITUATION ARISING, HE REMARKED.

"IT IS OUR JUDGEMENT THAT THE FORMULA PROPOSED IN THE BILL MEETS OUR TWIN OBJECTIVES OF MOVING AWAY FROM THE UNANIMITY RULE, WHILST RETAINING THE REQUIREMENT OF A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY," SIR DAVID SAID.

LATER, IN THE BILL’S COMMITTEE STAGE, SIR DAVID OPPOSED AN AMENDMENT MOTION MOVED BY THE HON RONALD ARCULLI, SAYING THAT THE FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 2(D) AND 2(E) MOVED BY MR ARCULLI, IF ACCEPTED, WOULD MEAN THAT RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMISSION COULD ONLY BE PASSED IF THERE WERE NOT MORE THAN ONE DISSENTING VOTE.

SIR DAVID SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD MOVED AWAY FROM ITS ORIGINAL POSITION IN THE BILL OF A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO ITS PRESENT POSITION. "IT’S NOT TO SUGGEST THAT WE’VE HAD NO FLEXIBILITY," HE SAID.

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THE ADMINISTRATION BELIEVED THAT IF THERE WAS ONE DISSENTING VOTE, THAT WOULD PUT A POWER OF VETO TOO STRONGLY IN THE HANDS OF VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION AND DID NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TOWARDS THE OBJECT OF MOVING AWAY FROM THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT FOR UNANIMITY.

"I EXPLAINED IN MY REPLY TO THE DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING WHY WE CONSIDERED IT ESSENTIAL TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE UNANIMITY RULE, WHILST RETAINING THE REQUIREMENT OF A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY.

"THE FORMULA PROPOSED IN THE BILL MEETS THOSE OBJECTIVES. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT," SIR DAVID SAID.

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BILL TO EXPAND JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION’S MEMBERSHIP

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THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989 SEEKS TO EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION (JSC), TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN THE QUORUM AND TO PROVIDE THAT RESOLUTIONS SHOULD BE PASSED WITH NO MORE THAN TWO DISSENTING VOTES, THE HON RONALD ARCULLI SAID IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN HIS CAPACITY AS CONVENER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP TO STUDY THE BILL, MR ARCULLI SAID THE ISSUES THAT RAISED CONCERN AMONG THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND HIS AD HOC GROUP WERE THE ADVICE OF THE JSC; THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S MEMBERSHIP ON THE COMMISSION; QUORUM; THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF DISSENTING VOTES PERMISSIBLE.

MR ARCULLI SAID THE AD HOC GROUP, AFTER THOROUGH DELIBERATIONS, SATISFACTORILY RESOLVED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE NUMBER OF DISSENTING VOTES PERMISSIBLE IN THE MAKING OF RESOLUTION.

HE NOTED THAT AS THE BILL WAS DRAFTED AT PRESENT, A RESOLUTION MIGHT BE CARRIED EVEN IF THERE WERE TWO DISSENTING VOICES, BUT IN THE EXISTING ORDINANCE A RESOLUTION WAS CARRIED ONLY IF IT WAS PASSED BY ALL MEMBERS PRESENT.

"IT WILL BE MOVING TOO QUICKLY FROM THE EXISTING RULE OF UNANIMITY IF TWO DISSENTING VOTES ARE ALLOWED.

"MOREOVER, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE ANY CONCERN BY THE JUDICIARY THAT THE LEGAL PROFESSION HAS IN ANY WAY ABUSED THE EXISTING RIGHT OF VETO," HE SAID.

HE SAID HE HIMSELF WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT IF A CANDIDATE DID NOT RECEIVE THE SUPPORT OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION OR THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE OR SHE WOULD NEVERTHELESS BE APPOINTED.

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"PERSONALLY I AM IN FAVOUR OF THE AD HOC GROUP’S RECOMMENDATION THAT ONLY ONE DISSENTING VOTE SHOULD BE PERMISSIBLE." HE ADDED.

HAVING SAID THAT, MR ARCULLI SAID THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRESENT BILL DID NOT MERELY LIE IN THE FACT THAT THE JSC ADVISED THE GOVERNOR IN THE APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES BEFORE 1997, IT WOULD ALSO FORM THE BASIS OF AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION IN THE FUTURE SAR WHICH WOULD BY THEN ASSUME AN EXECUTIVE ROLE.

WITH THIS IN MIND, HE HOPED THE CHANGES PROPOSED TODAY WOULD HELP UNDERLINE AND ENHANCE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE PRESENT AS WELL AS THE FUTURE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

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THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, I ENACTED, WILL PROVIDE BETTER CONTROL OVER THE GEOTECHNICAL ASPECTS OF BUILDING WORKS IN THE KARST MARBLE AREA OF THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING THE RIGHT STEP TO EMPOWER THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO TIGHTEN GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OVER BUILDING WORKS IN THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES IN VIEW OF THE HIGHLY COMPLEX GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS OF THE REGION.

MR CHENG SAID HE AGREED THAT TO ENSURE SAFE DEVELOPMENT OF A SITE IN SUCH A GEOLOGICALLY COMPLEX AREA, A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE GEOLOGICAL FEATURES UNDERLYING THE SITE WAS ESSENTIAL.

"IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO REQUIRE SUBMISSION OF GROUND INVESTIGATION PLANS FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF GROUND INVESTIGATION WORKS," HE SAID.

AS THIS WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT AND WOULD TAKE EXTRA TIME FOR APPROVAL, MR CHENG SUGGESTED THE BUILDING AUTHORITY ADOPT A SENSIBLE APPROACH TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAY IN THE PROCESSING OF THE GROUND INVESTIGATION PLANS.

"AFTER ALL, THE FINAL INVESTIGATION RESULTS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE GEOTECHNICAL REPORT WHICH WILL ACCOMPANY THE SUBMISSION OF THE FOUNDATION PLAN AT A LATER STAGE," HE SAID.

MR CHENG NOTED THAT THE BILL ALSO SOUGHT TO EMPOWER THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE THE SUBMISSION OF PERFORMANCE REVIEWS OF FOUNDATION WORKS.

HE SAID THERE WAS A NEED TO CONTINUE THE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD UNTIL AT LEAST THE SUPERSTRUCTURE WAS COMPLETED WITH A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF LOADS ALREADY IMPOSED ONTO THE FOUNDATION.

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HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 INTRODUCED ***♦♦♦*

THE HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE PURPOSE OF WHICH IS TO AMEND THE HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) ORDINANCE SO THAT THE BANK, WHICH HAS BEEN SOLD BY GOVERNMENT, CAN BE PUT BACK ON THE SAME FOOTING AS OTHER BANKS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO REPEAL A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF THE BANK BY GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY WERE NO LONGER APPROPRIATE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, IT WAS NECESSARY TO LEAVE SOME EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE INTACT, HE SAID.

”OF THESE SECTIONS 6(3) TO ’ (5) PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS TO BE DISCLAIMED BY THE BANK IF SO DIRECTED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

”IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT SUCH A RIGHT BE PRESERVED BECAUSE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN THE PURCHASER OF THE BANK CERTAIN INDEMNITIES AND WARRANTIES IN RESPECT OF LIABILITIES INCURRED BY THE BANK BEFORE ITS ACQUISITION BY GOVERNMENT,” SIR PIERS SAID.

SIR PIERS ADDED THAT SINCE THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY THAT SOME RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION CONFERRED BY SECTIONS 8(2) AND (3) OF THE ORDINANCE WOULD NOT BE TIME-BARRED, THE BILL ALSO LEFT THESE PROVISIONS INTACT, TOGETHER WITH PARTS OF SECTION 9, WHICH ALLOWED REGULATIONS RELATING TO SUCH COMPENSATION TO BE MADE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MORE EFFECTIVE SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE ♦ ♦ ♦ * * ♦

THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THERE ARE MORE EFFECTIVE SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES THAN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (REPEAL) BILL 1990, MR ASPREY SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO REPEAL THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ORDINANCE WHICH GAVE THE COURTS THE POWER TO AWARD SENTENCES OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE PROPOSAL TO REPEAL THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ORDINANCE DID NOT REPRESENT A RELAXATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

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ALTHOUGH AT PRESENT JUDICIAL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT MIGHT BE IMPOSED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF OFFENCES, IN PRACTICE THE COURTS HAD USED IT VERY SPARINGLY, HE SAID.

"IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE COURTS ON ONLY 23 OCCASIONS, AND ON NO OCCASION SO FAR IN 1990,” MR ASPREY SAID.

"I BELIEVE THAT THE COURTS CONSIDER THAT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS UNNECESSARY AND OUTDATED, AND THAT THERE ARE OTHER SENTENCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE WHICH BETTER ACHIEVE THE PENAL OBJECTIVES OF PUNISHMENT, DETERRENCE AND REHABILITA ION.

"THAT ALSO IS THE VIEW OF THE ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE ADEQUACY OF ALTERNATIVE SENTENCES AND PUNISHMENTS AVAILABLE TO THE COURTS TO DEAL WITH OFFENDERS, AND IN THE LIGHT OF THE RESULTS OF A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY WHICH WE COMMISSIONED FROM A PRIVATE MARKET RESEARCH COMPANY," HE SAID.

"ALTHOUGH MANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SUPPORT THE RETENTION OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, MOST ALSO CONSIDER THAT I IS LESS EFFECTIVE AS A PUNISHMENT THAN IMPRISONMENT OR OTHER FORMS OF PUNISHMENT," HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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POLICY ON DETENTION OF YOUNG CHILDREN REVIEWED

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THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IS NOT TO DETAIN YOUNG CHILDREN IN PRISON UNLESS THERE IS NO PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ELSIE TU, MR ASPREY SAID THE DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS POLICY HAD BEEN REVIEWED FOLLOWING RECENT COURT CASES.

"WE DO NOT NORMALLY DETAIN YOUNG CHILDREN NOR THEIR MOTHERS WHEN THE LATTER SURRENDER THEMSELVES AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

"BUT IN FUTURE WE WILL ENSURE THAT WE WILL NOT DETAIN CHILDREN WHERE RECOGNIZANCE IS PROVIDED, WHERE THE FATHER OR A CLOSE RELATIVE IS WILLING AND CAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER THE CHILD, AND WHERE THE MOTHER HAS GIVEN HER CONSENT," MR ASPREY SAID.

"ONLY WHERE THE ABOVE CONDITIONS CANNOT BE MET, OR WHERE THERE ARE STRONG REASONS TO BELIEVE THE CHILD WILL BE ASSISTED TO ABSCOND, OR WHERE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILD IS LIKELY TO BE REMOVED FROM HONG KONG WITHIN A FEW DAYS WILL A CHILD BE DETAINED," HE STRESSED.

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"OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO DETAIN AS FEW CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE.

"BUT IN PRACTICE, MANY MOTHERS WISH TO KEEP THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH THEM, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF VERY YOUNG INFANTS," MR ASPREY ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT MOTHERS WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WERE ANOTHER MATTER.

"THEY ARE NOT INNOCENT PARTIES. THEY HAVE DELIBERATELY BROKEN THE LAW, EVADED OUR IMMIGRATION CONTROLS AND MAY HAVE LIVED ILLEGALLY IN HONG KONG FOR A SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD OF TIME, SOMETIMES MANY YEARS.

"IF RELEASED, THEY MAY WELL SEEK TO GO INTO HIDING AGAIN. THEY WILL THEREFORE USUALLY BE DETAINED PENDING REPATRIATION," HE EXPLAINED.

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11 SETS OF REGULATIONS GOVERN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT *******

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 11 SETS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REGULATIONS THAT SPECIFY THE PROVISION AND USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, MR YEUNG SAID THESE REGULATIONS COVERED ALL AREAS OF WORK WHERE THE INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES INVOLVED REQUIRED THE USE OF SUITABLE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.

"TO THIS EXTENT IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT THE RANGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION IS INADEQUATE," HE SAID.

ON MR TAM’S QUESTION ABOUT THE GUIDELINES FOR THE EQUIPMENT'S SAFETY STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS, MR YEUNG SAID HONG KONG FOLLOWED THE UNITED KINGDOM APPROACH IN THAT WHILE SAFETY LEGISLATION LAID DOWN BROAD PRINCIPLES, THERE WERE CODES OF PRACTICE WHICH OUTLINED THE SAFE PROCEDURES, EQUIPMENT STANDARDS AND THE RANGE OF ACCEPTABLE VARIATIONS.

IN THE AREA OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, 19 CODES OF PRACTICE HAD ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED AND MORE WERE BEING DEVELOPED, HE SAID.

ELABORATING ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE PROTECTION, MR YEUNG SAID FIVE OF THE 11 SETS OF REGULATIONS, WHICH DEALT WITH HIGH RISK OPERATIONS, REQUIRED THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT EITHER TO BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR OR TO MEET THE SPECIFICATIONS LAID DOWN IN THE REGULATIONS OR CODES OF PRACTICE.

"THE REMAINING SIX SETS OF REGULATIONS SPECIFY THAT THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE SUITABLE TO THE WORK OR ACTIVITY INVOLVED," HE ADDED.

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HOWEVER, HE EXPLAINED THAT THE USE OF INADEQUATE OR INEFFECTIVE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OF ITSELF WAS NOT A CAUSE OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

’’SERIOUS ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED MAINLY BY FALLING OBJECTS, THE FALL OF PERSONS AND MACHINERY,” HE SAID.

’’OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS NOT REGISTERED ANY INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT THAT INVOLVED PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS DEFECTIVE.

’’RECENTLY, HOWEVER, CONCERN HAS BEEN EXPRESSED ABOUT THE ABILITY OF SOME LOCALLY MADE SAFETY HELMETS TO WITHSTAND THE IMPACT OF FALLING OBJECTS,” MR YEUNG NOTED.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS INVESTIGATING THESE REPORTS, INCLUDING THE VALIDITY OF THE TESTS INVOLVED, AND WOULD CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO PRESCRIBE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE EQUIPMENT, HE SAID.

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THERE IS NO SINGLE 10-YEAR PROJECTION OF MANPOWER NEEDS FOR THE ENTIRE DIRECTORATE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

’’BECAUSE OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENT CIVIL SERVICE GRADES, THE MANPOWER NEEDS ARE DONE ON A GRADE BY GRADE BASIS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE DISTRIBUTION OF SERVING OFFICERS, WASTAGE RATES, GROWTH TRENDS AND VACANCY POSITION,” HE SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PAUL CHENG, SIR DAVID SAID SOME GRADES DID A LONGER RANGE PROJECTION WHILE SOME PROJECTED FOR THE SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM ONLY.

ON THE SUBJECT OF GOVERNMENT’S OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT EFFORTS, SIR DAVID EXPLAINED WHILST THE MAJORITY OF POSITIONS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE FILLED BY LOCAL TALENT, THOSE WITH INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE COULD PLAY A VERY USEFUL ROLE IN SERVING HONG KONG, IN VIEW OF OUR OPEN ECONOMY AND THE COSOMPOLITAN CHARACTER OF OUR COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THAT WITHIN THE BROAD FRAMEWORK OF THE LOCALISATION POLICY, IT WAS USEFUL TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WHO HAD STUDIED OR WORKED OVERSEAS.

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REGARDING THE TRACK RECORD ON OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALWAYS RECRUITED FROM OVERSEAS WHEN SUITABLE LOCAL CANDIDATES WERE NOT AVAILABLE OR WERE AVAILABLE IN INSUFFICIENT NUMBERS.

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THE MAJORITY OF THOSE APPOINTEES WERE POLICE INSPECTORS, SURVEYORS, ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND LAWYERS,

"IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, A TOTAL OF 507 OVERSEAS OFFICERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED," HE SAID,

SIR DAVID SAID SINCE 1988, THE ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE HAD MOUNTED OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT EXERCISES TARGETTED AT FORMER HONG KONG RESIDENTS AND HONG KONG STUDENTS OVERSEAS.

"IN 1988-89, THREE CANDIDATES FROM THE UK AND THREE FROM USA WERE RECRUITED, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 25 APPOINTEES.

"IN THE EXERCISE THAT HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED IN 1989-90, APPOINTMENT IS BEING OFFERED TO FOUR CANDIDATES IN THE UK, FIVE IN -THE USA AND TWO IN CANADA, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 37 CANDIDATES TO BE OFFERED APPOINTMENT," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID NOTED IN ADDITION TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE, THE SOCIAL WORK GRADE HAD ALSO ATTEMPTED A SMALL SCALE EXERCISE TO RECRUIT FROM CANADA IN 1989.

SO FAR NO SUITABLE CANDIDATE HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR APPOINTMENT IN THAT EXERCISE AND A SECOND ATTEMPT WOULD BE MADE THIS YEAR.

ON HOW THE DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES FOR RECRUITMENT IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS WAS DETERMINED, SIR DAVID EXPLAINED THE DISTRIBUTION WAS DETERMINED ON A NEED BASIS.

"CLEARLY WE SHALL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CANADA AND AUSTRALIA WHERE WE KNOW THERE IS A GROWING POOL OF FORMER HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO MAY WISH TO RETURN TO HONG KONG TO WORK AFTER ACQUIRING THE RIGHT OF ABODE THERE," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT RECRUITMENT IN THE UK WAS CONDUCTED THROUGH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON WHERE A SMALL DEDICATED TEAM OF STAFF WAS STATIONED TO HANDLE ALL RECRUITMENT RELATED MATTERS FOR ALL CIVIL SERVICE GRADES.

IN NORTH AMERICA, THE ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICES IN SAN FRANCISCO AND WASHINGTON PROVIDED ASSISTANCE.

"IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND WHERE THERE IS NO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE, EX-CIVIL SERVANTS ARE ENGAGED TO HELP IN CO-ORDINATION WORK, FOR EXAMPLE SORTING APPLICATIONS, CO-ORDINATING INTERVIEW SCHEDULES AND SETTING UP INTERVIEW FACILITIES.

"AFTER INITIAL SCREENING AND WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS, SELECTION INTERVIEWS WITH PROSPECTIVE APPOINTEES ARE USUALLY CONDUCTED BY SENIOR OFFICERS FROM HONG KONG, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT CONSISTENT STANDARDS ARE APPLIED BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS," SIR DAVID SAID.

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LIMITS ON PESTICIDE RESIDUE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE SET

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY SET LIMITS ON PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE HAVING REGARD TO RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE JOINT FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATION/WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (FAO/WHO) CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PEGGY LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NOTING THAT MOST OF HONG KONG’S FRESH AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE CAME FROM OR THROUGH SHENZHEN, MRS WONG SAID FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE SHENZHEN IMPORT AND EXPORT INSPECTION COMMODITY BUREAU IN 1988, FARMERS IN CHINA HAD BEEN REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THE BUREAU WRITTEN PARTICULARS OF THE KINDS AND CONCENTRATIONS OF PESTICIDES APPLIED TO THEIR EXPORT VEGETABLE CROPS, THE DATES OF APPLICATION AND HARVESTING.

"THIS INFORMATION, SUPPLEMENTED BY RANDOM TESTS, ALLOWS THE BUREAU TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE VEGETABLES ARE SAFE FOR FOOD.

"IF SO, THE PRODUCE WILL BE CLEARED BY THEM FOR EXPORT AND TAGGED FOR IDENTIFICATION," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG ALSO POINTED OUT THAT STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STATIONED AT BORDER CONTROL POINTS KEPT A CLOSE WATCH FOR UNTAGGED OR INADEQUATELY-TAGGED VEGETABLES TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING CHANNELLED INTO THE LOCAL MARKET.

"SUCH PRODUCE IS DETAINED AND MAY, IF FOUND UNSUITABLE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, BE DESTROYED."

INSPECTION OF IMPORTED PRODUCE FOR TAGGING WAS AUGMENTED BY SCREENING TESTS AND SAMPLING FOR LABORATORY ANALYSIS OF ANY PESTICIDE RESIDUES, BOTH AT BORDER CROSSING POINTS AND ALSO AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN VEGETABLE WHOLESALE MARKET.

"LOCALLY-PRODUCED VEGETABLES ARE SUBJECT TO SIMILAR ROUTINE SAMPLING AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THE DISTRIBUTION PROCESS," MRS WONG ADDED.

TOGETHER THESE MEASURES SHOULD PREVENT POISONING CAUSED BY THE CONSUMPTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE CONTAINING EXCESS PESTICIDE RESIDUE, MRS WONG STRESSED.

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CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS ON CONTROL OF CFC’S

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CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN IMPLEMENTING THE OBLIGATIONS IMPOSED BY THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL IN THE CONTROL OF THE USE OF CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC'S).

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, STATED THIS IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERN IENT BANNED LOCAL MANUFACTURE OF CFC’S AND HALONS FROM JULY 1, 1989.

FROM THE SAME DATE, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO FROZE THE IMPORT OF CFC’S AT 1986 LEVELS, SETTING UP A SCHEME TO REGISTER IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF THESE SUBSTANCES, ALLOCATING A MAXIMUM IMPORT QUOTA TO THEM, AND LICENSING EACH IMPORT AND EXPORT SHIPMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS COMMITTED TO REDUCING USE TO 80 PER CENT OF THE 1986 LEVELS BY 1993, AND TO 50 PER CENT BY 1998 AND DID NOT ANTICIPATE PROBLEMS IN ACHIEVING THESE TARGETS, HE SAID.

FROM JANUARY 1, 1990, THE GOVERNMENT BANNED THE IMPORT OF REGULATED CFC’S AND HALONS FROM COUNTRIES WHICH HAD NOT RATIFIED THE ’ MONTREAL PROTOCOL.

MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CURRENTLY DRAFTING LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD BAN THE MANUFACTURE AND IMPORT OF NON-ESSENTIAL AEROSOL PRODUCTS CONTAINING CFC’S AND HALONS.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS THEREFORE MORE THAN MEETING THE INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS, AND WOULD KEEP THE OZONE LAYER PROTECTION ORDINANCE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, SO AS TO FALL IN LINE WITH ANY NEW INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS THAT THE TERRITORY WAS REQUIRED TO MEET, AND TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF ANY NEW CFC SUBSTITUTES, HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING SETTING UP A FILM ARCHIVES, WITH ACQUISITION, PRESERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND EDUCATION BEING ITS FOUR BASIC FUNCTIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON PETER TSAO, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ELSIE TU, MR TSAO SAID PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES INDICATED THAT THE CAPITAL COST OF SETTING UP OF A FILM ARCHIVES COULD BE IN THE REGION OF $8 MILLION AND THE RECURRENT COSTS AROUND $4 MILLION A YEAR.

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"THESE ESTIMATES DO NOT INCLUDE THE EXPENSES FOR ACQUISITION AND RESTORATION OF FILMS NOR RENTAL CHARGES FOR OFFICE AND STORAGE FACILITIES.

"BESIDES THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, THE CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ARCHIVES AND THE PRODUCERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF THE FILMS, INCLUDING COPYRIGHTS, WOULD NEED TO BE EXAMINED IN DETAIL."

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR TSAO SAID, A SURVEY OF FILM COMPANIES HAD RECENTLY BEEN CONDUCTED AND THE RESULTS WERE BEING ANALYSED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A CONSULTANCY COMMISSIONED IN 1989.

"IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE RESULTS WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN TWO TO THREE MONTHS. THIS WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR A DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT A FILM ARCHIVES SHOULD EVENTUALLY BE SET UP," HE ADDED.

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REVIEW OF POLICY ON VISITORS FROM EASTERN EUROPE

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY REVIEWED ITS POLICY ON THE ENTRY OF VISITORS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION, AND THE FOLLOWING CHANGES WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM JULY 16:

(A) VISITORS FROM THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (EAST GERMANY) WILL BE TREATED IN THE SAME WAY AS VISITORS FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (WEST GERMANY), THAT IS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT HONG KONG FOR UP TO 30 DAYS WITHOUT A VISA; AND

(B) VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TOURISM AND SIGHTSEEING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VISITORS FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA, HUNGARY AND POLAND.

IN GIVING A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARTIN BARROW, MR ASPREY SAID THE POLICY ON VISITS FROM THE SOVIET UNION AND OTHER EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES (BULGARIA, ROMANIA, ALBANIA) WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR THE TIME BEING.

"VISAS WILL BE ISSUED ONLY TO BUSINESSMEN, SPORTSMEN AND ENTERTAINERS OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION, DELEGATES TO CONFERENCES, CONVENTIONS AND TRADE FAIRS, MERCHANT SEAMEN, AND A FEW OTHER MINOR CATEGORIES.

"BUSINESSMEN WILL NEED TO DEMONSTRATE ONLY THAT THE PURPOSE OF THEIR VISIT IS BUSINESS; SIMILARLY FOR DELEGATES TO CONFERENCES, CONVENTIONS AND TRADE FAIRS," HE SAID.

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NATURALISATION REQUIREMENT FOR UK NATIONALITY SCHEME PUBLICISED * * * * * * *

ANY NON-BRITISH SUBJECTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP UNDER THE UK NATIONALITY SCHEME SHOULD APPLY FOR NATURALISATION AS BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS (HONG KONG) (BDTCS(HK)) BEFORE THE ENACTMENT OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) BILL 1990, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID FORD, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ROSANNA TAM, SIR DAVID SAID: "THIS IS A PRE-REQUISITE UNDER THE BILL.”

"ANYONE WHO HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO LIMIT OF STAY CAN APPLY FOR NATURALISATION AS A BDTC, IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE OR NATIONALITY," HE SAID.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

"SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS ARE HOWEVER NOT REQUIRED TO MEET THIS NATIONALITY REQUIREMENT," SIR DAVID SAID.

"IT IS EXPECTED THAT ROYAL ASSENT TO THE BILL WILL BE OBTAINED IN LATE JULY.

"ACCORDINGLY, ANYONE WHO DOES NOT FULFIL THE NATIONALITY REQUIREMENT BUT IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING UNDER THE SCHEME IS ADVISED TO APPLY FOR NATURALISATION IMMEDIATELY," THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT CONTINUOUS EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE TO INFORM THE PUBLIC THAT PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS WHO WERE NON-BRITISH SUBJECTS SHOULD APPLY FOR NATURALISATION AS BDTCS BEFORE THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL.

"THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICISED THIS WHEN THE BILL WAS PUBLISHED IN APRIL.

"THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION HAS STRESSED THIS IN MEDIA INTERVIEWS MANY TIMES OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS," HE SAID.

THE PUBLIC WAS REMINDED OF THIS REQUIREMENT IN THE PRESS STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL THROUGH ITS SECOND READING IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS ON JUNE 29.

A FURTHER REMINDER WAS GIVEN IN THE TELEVISION "ACCESS" PROGRAMME ON JULY 1, SIR DAVID SAID.

"THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ROYAL ASSENT BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH AND FURTHER REMINDERS WILL BE ISSUED," HE ADDED.

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ICAC OPERATIONS DEPT HANDLED 2,423 CASES IN 1989 ♦ * ♦ * ♦

THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION INVESTIGATED 2,423 REPORTS ALLEGING CORRUPTION IN 1989, AN EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE ON 1988, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CORRUPTION, DR THE HON DANIEL TSE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TABLING THE ICAC ANNUAL REPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR TSE SAID THAT OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE WAS THAT 1,573 OF THESE REPORTS WERE CAPABLE OF INVESTIGATION -- THE HIGHEST NUMBER IN ONE YEAR SINCE THE COMMISSION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974.

ALTHOUGH ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION INVOLVING THE PUBLIC SERVICES HAD DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT COMPARED WITH THOSE IN 1988, DR TSE SAID ALLEGATIONS IN RESPECT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT TO 1,326, THE HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED SINCE 1974.

HE SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF THE INCREASED NUMBER OF ALLEGATIONS CAPABLE OF INVESTIGATION, THE NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED AND CAUTIONED IN 1989 WAS 487, THE FOURTH HIGHEST SO FAR.

ACCORDING TO DR TSE, ONE CONSEQUENCE OF THE INCREASE IN ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD BEEN THAT THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT WAS RECEIVING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF REQUESTS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANISATIONS TO ADVISE ON MEASURES TO PREVENT CORRUPTION AND FRAUD.

’’DURING 1989, THE DEPARTMENT SO ASSISTED 176 ORGANISATIONS, THE HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE THE DEPARTMENT’S PRIVATE SECTOR ADVISORY SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED,” HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT ANOTHER REASON FOR THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ALLEGATIONS CAPABLE OF INVESTIGATION WAS THE PUBLICITY THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN GIVING THROUGH DIRECT CONTACTS WITH THE PUBLIC AND THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA.

DR TSE NOTED THAT IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE ICAC HAD HAD CONSIDERABLE HELP FROM COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS.

HE SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO FOCUSSED PARTICULAR ATTENTION ON GETTING THE ANT I-CORRUPTI ON MESSAGE ACROSS TO THE YOUNG, AND THE RESPONSE WAS GENERALLY FAVOURABLE.

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LEGCO PASSES MOTION ON DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUAL ACTS *******

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF PRIVATE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BY CONSENTING ADULT MALES.

THE MOTION, MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, READ:

"THAT MEASURES BE PRESENTED TO THIS COUNCIL -

(A) TO REMOVE THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES RELATING TO HOMOSEXUAL ACTS COMMITTED IN PRIVATE BY CONSENTING MEN WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21; AND

(B) TO EXTEND TO MEN AND BOYS, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE

PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AFFORDED BY THE

CRIMES ORDINANCE TO WOMEN AND GIRLS".

THE MOTION WAS PASSED BY VOICE VOTE AND, IN A DIVISION REQUESTED BY THE HON JAMES TIEN, THE VOTE WAS 31 FOR, 13 AGAINST, WITH SIX ABSTENTIONS.

TWENTY-THREE MEMBERS SPOKE IN THE DEBATE, WHICH WAS LED OFF AND WOUND UP BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE ALSO SPOKE FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, A MOTION MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE UNDER THE RADIATION ORDINANCE WAS ALSO PASSED.

FOUR BILLS WERE PASSED. THESE WERE THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE LAWS (LOOSE-LEAF PUBLICATION) BILL 1990, THE BUILDING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990.

THE DATE OF THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION AMENDMENT BILL WAS CHANGED TO 1990, FROM 1989, AT THE THIRD READING STAGE.

IN ADDITION, THREE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THESE WERE THE HANG LUNG BANK (ACQUISITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (REPEAL) BILL 1990 AND A PRIVATE BILL, THE MORRISON SCHOLARSHIPS FUND BILL, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY THE HON SZETO WAH.

DEBATES ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE

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CIVIL SERVANTS IN HONG KONG HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE, TO INITIATE CHANGE AND BE PART OF THE CHANGE, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WIGGHAM SAID CIVIL SERVANTS, AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, HAD EXPERIENCED THE SAME ANXIETIES ABOUT THE FUTURE AS OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

"THERE ARE HOWEVER SOME ASPECTS OF THE CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY WHICH AFFECT CIVIL SERVANTS MORE DIRECTLY," HE TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LION’S CLUB OF VICTORIA.

MR WIGGHAM SAID CIVIL SERVANTS FOR INSTANCE WOULD HAVE TO ADJUST TO A NEW POLITICAL SYSTEM, GIVEN THE INEVITABLE CHANGES THAT WOULD RESULT FROM THE 1991 AND 1995 DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE' LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS - POLICY SECRETARIES - WILL CEASE TO BE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL; AND DIFFERENT METHODS WILL HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED FOR STEERING LEGISLATION, GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND EXPENDITURE ITEMS THROUGH," HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CIVIL SERVANTS AND LOCAL LEADERS AND POLITICIANS WOULD ALSO CHANGE.

ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE PARTICULAR CHANGES WOULD BE FAR REACHING, CHANGE ITSELF WAS NOTHING NEW; EVEN THE CIVIL SERVICE HAD OVER THE YEARS NOT ESCAPED CHANGE-FREE.

"I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN SOME OF THOSE CHANGES, AND HAVE SEEN HOW SUCCESSFUL FELLOW BUREAUCRATS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADJUST," HE SAID.

THERE WOULD BE CHANGES IN CIVIL SERVANTS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA, MR WIGGHAM SAID.

MOST CIVIL SERVANTS DID NOT HAVE ANY FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE OF DEALING WITH THEIR EQUIVALENTS IN CHINA, HE NOTED.

"I CAN’T HELP FEELING THAT THE MORE WE CIVIL SERVANTS KNOW ABOUT AND UNDERSTAND THE WORKING OF THE CHINESE BUREAUCRACY - AND VICE VERSA - THE BETTER IT WILL BE FOR BOTH PARTIES," HE SAID.

"THERE IS ALREADY CONSIDERABLE CONTACT AND A STEADY STREAM OF OFFICIAL VISITORS: BUT THIS IS MAINLY AT WHAT ONE MIGHT CALL THE WORKING LEVEL, BETWEEN EXPERTS.

"WE NEED TO GIVE MORE THOUGHT TO ARRANGEMENTS SPECIFICALLY TO STUDY AND LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL: THIS CAN ONLY BE TO OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT.”

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HE SAID MUTUAL TRUST BETWEEN CHINA AND HONG KONG WAS NEEDED FOR THE TERRITORY, UNDER ITS OWN SEPARATE SYSTEMS, TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY TO THE FULL THE PROMISED HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY.

"FOR HISTORICAL REASONS THIS IS NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT: BOTH PARTIES NEED TO WORK AT IT."

MR WIGGHAM NOTED THAT SOMETIME AGO THE GOVERNMENT EMBARKED ON A PROGRAMME OF VISITS BY GROUPS OF SENIOR HONG KONG CIVIL SERVANTS TO THE MAINLAND; THERE WERE A NUMBER OF VISITS BY CHINESE OFFICIALS IN RETURN.

"WE SHOULD NOW CONSIDER WHETHER THE TIME IS RIGHT TO RESUME SUCH A PROGRAMME, TAKING CARE ALWAYS TO ENSURE THAT THE PURPOSE OF SUCH TWO-WAY VISITS IS NOT MISUNDERSTOOD," HE SAID.

TURNING TO CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS, MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE HAD LED MANY CIVIL SERVICE STAFF ASSOCIATIONS TO ASK FOR FUNDING OF THEIR PENSIONS, OR THE INSTITUTION OF WHAT WERE SEEN AS BETTER SAFEGUARDS THAN THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT MEETING ITS PENSION LIABILITIES OUT OF GENERAL REVENUE AS THEY FELL DUE.

HE SAID THAT ACTUALLY ALL THE BENEFITS ACCRUING TO CIVIL SERVANTS WERE GUARANTEED BY CURRENT PENSIONS LEGISLATION, AND IN FUTURE BY THE BASIC LAW.

"I HAVE AGREED TO LOOK AT STAFF SUGGESTIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE, AND HAVING REGARD TO OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SITUATION," HE SAID.

"THE ONLY CONCLUSION AT THIS STAGE IS THAT WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FUND OUR PENSION SCHEMES, AS THIS WOULD REQUIRE US TO SET ASIDE SOME $120 BILLION IF SUFFICIENT INVESTMENT INCOME WERE TO BE GENERATED TO MEET OUR ACCRUED PENSION LIABILITIES BY 1997.

"CHANGES TO EXISTING SCHEMES CAN ONLY BE CONTEMPLATED IF THEY DO NOT IMPOSE A DISPROPORTIONATE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON THE TAXPAYERS: BUT WE ARE CONSIDERING VARIOUS POSSIBILITIES, INCLUDING GREATER FLEXIBILITY."

MR WIGGHAM ALSO SAID ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF MANAGING THE CIVIL SERVICE WAS ITS SIZE: THE GOVERNMENT WAS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER IN HONG KONG, WITH 190,000 CIVIL SERVANTS AT THE LAST COUNT.

"IT IS, IN MY VIEW, INEVITABLE THAT IN SUCH A LARGE ORGANISATION THERE WILL BE AT ANY ONE TIME SOME GROUP OR OTHER WITH A COMPLAINT OR A DEMAND OR A CONCERN WHICH, MORE SO NOW THAN IN THE PAST, THEY ARE PREPARED TO EXPRESS PUBLICLY.

"IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO CONCLUDE FROM THIS, HOWEVER. THAT HONG KONG’S CIVIL SERVICE IS A SEETHING MASS OF DISCONTENT. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE CONTINUING TO PUT IN A HARD AND HONEST DAY’S WORK," HE SAID.

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HE ADDED THAT THE POINT MIGHT HAVE BEEN REACHED WHERE THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT NEEDED TO BE RESTRUCTURED, SO THAT THE BRANCH MIGHT BECOME EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE IN ACHIEVING ITS OVERALL OBJECTIVES AND BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO DEMANDS.

ON CIVIL SERVICE PAY POLICY, MR WIGGHAM SAID THE ANNUAL CIVIL SERVICE PAY ADJUSTMENT WAS NORMALLY BASED ON A SURVEY OF PAY TRENDS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THIS GAVE RISE TO A PERCEPTION PROBLEM. SINCE INEVITABLY A PAY AWARD WAS MADE IN THE PERIOD FOLLOWING THE SURVEY PERIOD. THE TTMF LAG COULD LEAD TO MISUNDERSTANDING.

THIS PROBLEM OF PERCEPTION, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT’S

CATCHING-UP’ IS MISTAKEN AS ’TREND SETTING’, IS DIFFICULT TO ?sE=nt?^T.WSlARE CURRENTLY giving THOUGHT AS TO WHETHER ANY CHANGE

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STATEMENT ON HK-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LIAISON GROUP AT THE END OF ITS TWO-DAY MEETING:

FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LIAISON GROUP, BY MR GRAHAM BARNES (SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS), AND MR QIANG BINGHUAN, DIRECTOR, GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU, THE LIAISON GROUP CONVENED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING. TWO ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED --ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN DEEP BAY AND ITS CATCHMENT AREA, AND THE LOCATION OF THE OCEANIC OUTFALL FOR THE SEWAGE STRATEGY.

ON DEEP BAY, HAVING REVIEWED PRESENT AND PROPOSED FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA, IT WAS AGREED THAT A JOINT WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS SHOULD BE SET UP TO CONSIDER COMMON STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF DEEP BAY’S ECOSYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA AND THE BENEFICIAL USES WHICH COULD BE SUSTAINED. THE HONG KONG SIDE WOULD BE LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND INCLUDE STAFF FROM AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT. THE GUANGDONG SIDE WOULD INCLUDE STAFF IN CHARGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, PLANNING, AS WELL AS THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT AND THE OCEANIC ADMINISTRATION. THE WORKING GROUP WOULD HAVE ITS FIRST MEETING IN AUGUST AND WOULD REPORT BACK TO THE LIAISON GROUP AT ITS NEXT MEETING IN EARLY 1991 IN GUANGZHOU.

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ON THE OCEANIC OUTFALL LOCATION FOR THE SEWAGE STRAP GY, THE HONG KONG SIDE PRESENTED TO THE GUANGDONG SIDE THREE VOLUMES OF DETAILED FINDINGS ON THE SEWAGE STRATEGY, AND THE GUANGDONG SIDE PRESENTED TO THE HONG KONG SIDE COPIES OF CHINESE LEGISLATION GOVERNING WATER QUALITY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MARINE TUNNELS. LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION OF THE STRATEGY WERE ALSO AGREED.

THE MEETING WAS HELD IN A FRIENDLY AND CO-OPERATIVE ATMOSPHERE AND BOTH CHAIRMEN EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT FUTURE MEETINGS WOULD BE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL.

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GUANGDONG DELEGATION VISITS REFUSE TRANSFER STATION

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHINESE SIDE OF THE HONG KONG-GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LIAISON GROUP TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE KOWLOON BAY REFUSE TRANSFER STATION TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ITS OPERATION.

THE FACILITY IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG. AT THE STATION, REFUSE BROUGHT IN BY COLLECTION VEHICLES IS DISCHARGED INTO HOPPERS. HYDRAULIC RAMS IN THE HOPPERS WILL PUSH THE REFUSE INTO LARGE SCALED CONTAINERS FOR TRANSPORT TO THE DISPOSAL SITE.

THE DELEGATION, LED BY VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE, MR QIANG BINGHUAN, WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED.

THE DELEGATION LEARNED THAT THE KOWLOON BAY REFUSE TRANSFER STATION MARKED THE FIRST STAGE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S WASTE DISPOSAL STRATEGY FOR THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

"IT IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FACILITIES THAT HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED AS PART OF AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT BY USING THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNIQUES SUCH AS COMPUTER MODELLING," DR REED TOLD THE DELEGATION.

OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE SYSTEM WILL INCLUDE THREE VERY LARGE LANDFILLS AND SEVEN OR MORE REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS, PLUS AN INTEGRATED TREATMENT CENTRE FOR CHEMICAL WASTE.

CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADVANCED INCINERATION PLANT AND A FACILITY TO DEAL WITH THE RAPIDLY INCREASING QUANTITY OF CLINICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL WASTE FROM HOSPITALS.

"AND WE ARE PLEASED TO SHOW COLLEAGUES OF THE CHINESE SIDE OUR LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES.

"THIS IS PART OF THE CONTINUING EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND OF EXPERIENCES IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD THAT STARTED NEARLY A DECADE AGO AND WHICH HAS LED TO VALUABLE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEMS AND PLANS OF EACH SIDE," DR REED SAID.

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MORE WINDING-UP AND BANKRUPTCY CASES

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THERE WERE 142 NEW COMPULSORY WINDING-UPS AND 93 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES OF 74 AND 86 IN 1989, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IT COULD BE SEEN, THEREFORE, THE RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES HAD INCREASED BY 46.88 PER CENT WHICH WAS A REVERSAL OF THE DOWNWARD TREND SINCE 1986, HE SAID.

BY COMPARISON THERE WAS A 20.4 PER CENT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES IN THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1989 OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF 1988.

THE MORE COMPLICATED OR SIGNIFICANT INSOLVENCIES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE MAGNIFICENT GARMENTS LTD, GRAND UNION LIFE ASSURANCE LTD, HANG LUNG INSURANCE LTD AND ARMOUR INSURANCE CO. LTD.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS DECLARED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1990 AMOUNTED TO $38.99 MILLION IN 122 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST $88.60 MILLION IN 153 INSOLVENCIES FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1989.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACTIVE INSOLVENCY CASES BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR WAS 1,624 — 884 COMPULSORY WINDING-UPS AND 740 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR TOTALLED $845 MILLION, A DECREASE OF 33.04 PER CENT AS AGAINST $1,262 MILLION AT THE END OF JUNE 1989.

THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER ALSO ADMINISTERED A SUM OF US$7.5 MILLION TOGETHER WITH A JOINT OVERSEAS LIQUIDATOR.

SENIOR CITIZENS SHOULD REMAIN ACTIVE

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SENIOR CITIZENS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE CONTRIBUTING TO THE WELL-BEING OF SOCIETY SO AS TO MAKE THEIR OWN LIVES MORE MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING, THE SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON SENIOR CITIZENS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION.

MR LAN NOTED THAT AS HONG KONG STEPPED INTO THE 90’S, THE NUMBER OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WOULD BE ON THE INCREASE.

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"HE PROBLEM OF AN AGEING POPULATION HAD TO A CERTAIN EXTENT BEEN CO’’OUNDED BY THE MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE OVER 60 SHOULD BE REGA' ’ AS OLD AND THEREFORE SHOULD RETIRE, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE WAS OF THE VIEW THAT AS FAR AS HONG KONG WAS CONCERNED, MOST PEOPLE OVER 60 WERE ABLE TO REMAIN HEALTHY AND ENERGETIC WHICH MEANT THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE MAKING USE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

MR LAN HOPED THAT THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON SENIOR CITIZENS1 SOCIETY WOULD ENCOURAGE ITS MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT THE ELDERLY SHOULD CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE WELL-BEING OF SOCIETY SO AS TO MAKE THEIR OWN LIVES MORE MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING.

HE COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY IN THE PAST 11 YEARS.

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DB COMMITTEE TO STUDY REMOVAL OF SHIPYARD

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE WILL PRESENT A FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORT ON THE REMOVAL OF A SHIPYARD FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN TO SIU LAM, TUEN MUN, AT A MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEASURES TO CONTROL THE NOISE NUISANCE PRODUCED BY BUSES, REPUGNANT SMELL FROM A RIVER RUNNING BETWEEN SIU HONG COURT AND TZE TIN TSUEN, AND POTENTIAL FLOODING AT CHI LOK FA YUEN WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE A REPORT BY THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, A PROPOSAL TO FORM A TUEN MUN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WORKING ORGANISATION, AND AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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NEW MARKET ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ******

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE OPENING OF THE URBAN COUNCIL KWUN CHUNG MARKET AT A MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 13).

MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE PROPOSED ARRANGEMENTS FOR REPROVISIONING EXISTING MARKET STALLS AS WELL AS RESITING ON-STREET HAWKERS INTO THE NEW MARKET AND COOKED FOOD CENTRE. THE MARKET IS DUE TO BE OPENED NEXT MONTH.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR CONDUCTING A BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING A ROOF FOR THE JADE HAWKER MARKET IN KANSU STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVFR THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY (JULY 13) AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, GROUND FLOOR, MIDDLE ROAD CARPARK BUILDING, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE REPORTS BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE REPORTS BY THE WORKING GROUPS ON YOUTH PROJECTS AND ON COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) 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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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER INSTALLING SIGNBOARD ******

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER, AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY), PUTTING UP A DISTRICT SIGNBOARD OUTSIDE TAI PO MARKET KCR STATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE LOCATIONS OF TRAFFIC SIGNS ALONG THE CYCLING TRACKS IN THE DISTRICT.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL STUDY A REPORT FROM THE WORKING GROUP ON PUBLICATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) 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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MERIT TRIP FOR OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS

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TWENTY-TWO SECONDARY SCHOOL AND 19 PRIMARY SCHOOL MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) WILL BE LEAVING FOR JAPAN AND SINGAPORE ON SATURDAY (JULY 14) AND SUNDAY (JULY 15) FOR A WEEK-LONG EDUCATIONAL TOUR.

THE 41 MEMBERS WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS THIS YEAR UNDER THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME.

THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN 1978, IS AIMED AT BUILDING UP A STRONG COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

AT A CEREMONY THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, PRESENTED FLAGS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CYC KWUN TONG DISTRICT COMMITTEE, MRS TO KWONG WAI-YIN WHO WILL LEAD THE SECONDARY GROUP, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CYC TAI PO DISTRICT COMMITTEE, MR KWONG KAI-TO WHO WILL LEAD THE PRIMARY GROUP.

MR LI CALLED ON THE AWARD RECIPIENTS TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT AND THE GOOD WORK OF CYC WHILE VISITING THE TWO COUNTRIES.

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"AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 300,000 MEMBERS IN HONG KONG, YOU SHOULD SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FELLOW MEMBERS ON YOUR RETURN," MR LI ADDED. x

THE TRIPS THIS YEAR ARE SPONSORED BY THE LAW’S FOUNDATION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF TOKYO METROPOLITAN BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SINGAPORE COMMISSION IN HONG KONG.

THE PROGRAMME FOR BOTH GROUPS INCLUDE SIGHTSEEING AS WELL AS VISITS TO LOCAL PRIMARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS, OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES, PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATIONS AND HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE BOXED.

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STUDENTS WIN READING AWARDS

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WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S READING AWARD SCHEME FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, AT A CEREMONY.

THE SCHEME, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S LIBRARY SECTION, IS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP STUDENTS’ READING HABITS, IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE SKILLS AND TO PROMOTE THE USE OF LIBRARY RESOURCES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE IN KWUN TONG TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN KWUN TONG SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURE IS ON THE REINFORCED CONCRETE CANOPY ADJOINING UNIT B, FIRST FLOOR, KIN TAK FUNG INDUSTRIAL BUILDING, 174 WAI YIP STREET AND 39 TSUN YIP STREET.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE SHA TIN DISTRICT COURT ON AUGUST 10 THIS YEAR HAD BEEN POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURE.

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, A CLOSURE ORDER IS REQUIRED BEFORE DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 13), THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD RE-CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY ON THIS ROAD SECTION FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

ALSO, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WESTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH KA ON STREET AND WHITTY STREET, EXCLUDING THE LAY-BY, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 13), THE SECTION OF TIN WAN STREET SOUTH OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RETAINING WALL AND A PAVEMENT AT TIN WAN STREET AND ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 13).

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF JUNK BAY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 800 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF JUNK BAY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 130 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF JUNK BAY ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 800 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE SECTION OF KAI TIN ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JUNK

BAY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME

JUNCTION.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE WITH PERMITS

ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM

STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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SPEED LIMIT IN KWUN TONG * * * * *

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR WILL BE INTRODUCED ON THE SECTION OF JUNK BAY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 800 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 13).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SHA TIN ROAD

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF SHA TIN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

A SECTION OF ABOUT 200 METRES OF THE FAST LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM FRIDAY (JULY 13) TO SUNDAY (JULY 15)

THE SLOW LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN TSANG TAI UK AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY (JULY 16) TO FRIDAY (AUGUST 17).

A SECTION OF ABOUT 200 METRES OF THE FAST LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND NEAR TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY (JULY 16) TO SUNDAY (JULY 22).

THE SLOW LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND NEAR TSANG TAI UK FOR A SECTION OF ABOUT 200 METRES WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY (JULY 23) TO SUNDAY (JULY 29).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1990

CONTENTS

140 NET OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HK .............................................. EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY RELEASED .................................... REPEAL OF LOITERING PROVISION RECOMMENDED......................................’..................................... TECHNOLOGY THE KEY TO HIGH VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS ............................... FINANCE COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW ........................................................................................ TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS DROP FOUR PER CENT IN 1989-90 ............................. SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS .. GOVERNOR OF MACAU TO VISIT HK ..................................................

262 SUBMISSIONS OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT RECEIVED ........................ VARIETY OF TOPICS COVERED BY GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY ......................... SPECIAL ARTICLE ON MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY FROM CANCER IN HK .................. NEW GOVT CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR BETTER CLEANING SERVICE ......................... LABOUR COMMISSIONER VISITS WATCH FACTORY ...................................... FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO THE YOUNG ..........................« YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO PREPARE FOR CHALLENGE ................................... GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ................................................ DISTRICT OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY SUB-OFFICE ON MOVE ............................... BEWARE OF BOGUS SWD OFFICERS .................................................. FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTIVITIES .................................. ISLANDS DB STUDY TOUR TO THAILAND ............................................. DB WORKING GROUP TO BE BRIEFED ON ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS ....................... DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .................................... DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS UC RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME..................... TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG TAI SIN ................................ OPENING OF UNNAMED ROAD IN KOWLOON CITY ....................................... TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS ................................. EXTENSION OF OPERATING HOURS OF NT GMB ROUTES 33, 35 ..........................

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NO NET OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HK *******

BOTH FROM THE GEOGRAPHICAL AND FROM THE CURRENCY POINTS OF VIEWS, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HONG KONG, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR JOSEPH YAM, SAID YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CANADIAN CLUB IN TORONTO, MR YAM STRESSED THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY NET OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HONG KONG OR FROM THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.

HE SAID THAT WITH 1997 ON THE HORIZON AND WITH EVENTS SUCH AS THOSE IN JUNE 1989, IT WAS VERY EASY FOR ONE TO POINT TO THE MOVEMENTS OF MONEY AND JUMP QUICKLY TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE WAS ENORMOUS ’’CAPITAL FLIGHT” FROM HONG KONG.

’’BUT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO TRY AND LOOK CAREFULLY FOR EVIDENCE,” HE SAID, ’’AND EVIDENCE IS SIMPLY NOT THERE.”

HE SAID THAT IF MONEY WAS MEASURED BY THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF DEPOSITS IN THE BANKING SYSTEM, THEN MONEY IN HONG KONG HAD NEARLY TRIPLED OVER THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1985 TO 1989, THAT WAS SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION AT THE END OF 1984.

IN 1989 WHEN THE MYTH OF OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HONG KONG RECEIVED INCREASING ATTENTION, AS A RESULT OF EVENTS IN CHINA, TOTAL DEPOSITS IN THE BANKING SYSTEM IN HONG KONG GREW BY 19 PER CENT, MR YAM SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE GROWTH IN 1989 WAS SLOWER THAN THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE IN PREVIOUS YEARS, BUT THIS WAS BECAUSE THE HONG KONG ECONOMY WAS EXPERIENCING A SLOW DOWN.

IN ANY CASE, EVEN AT 19 PER CENT WAS VERY HIGH BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM HONG KONG DOLLAR TO FOREIGN CURRENCIES, MR YAM STRESSED THAT THE FACTS DID NOT SUPPORT THIS CONTENTION ALSO.

SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION AT THE END OF 1984, MONEY IN HONG KONG DOLLARS, AS MEASURED BY THE AMOUNT OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS IN THE BANKING SYSTEM OF HONG KONG, HAD ON AVERAGE BEEN GROWING AT A HEALTHY RATE OF 16 PER CENT PER ANNUM, BROADLY CONSISTENT WITH THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY, HE SAID.

REGARDING THE FALL IN THE SHARE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS TO TOTAL DEPOSITS IN HONG KONG, FROM ABOUT 60 PER CENT AT THE END OF 1984 TO ABOUT 45 PER CENT AT THE END OF 1989, MR YAM SAID THERE WAS A VERY GOOD EXPLANATION BEHIND THIS.

AS HONG KONG HAD BEEN DEVELOPING RAPIDLY AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, MORE AND MORE FOREIGN FUNDS IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES WERE BEING MOVED INTO HONG KONG, HE SAID.

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"THIS STARTED WAY BACK IN 1982 WHEN INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WAS REMOVED. THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE OF NONHONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FOR THE FIVE YEAR 1985 TO 1989 IS OVER 30 PER CENT PER ANNUM,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT A COMMON FEATURE OF DEVELOPING FINANCIAL CENTRES WAS THAT FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS TENDED TO GROW FASTER THAN DEPOSITS IN DOMESTIC CURRENCY, SO THAT THE SHARE OF DEPOSITS IN THE DOMESTIC CURRENCY WILL FALL OVER TIME.

MR YAM SAID THAT DEPOSITS IN DOMESTIC CURRENCIES REPRESENT ONLY THE MINORITY OF THE TOTAL DEPOSIT BASE, ADDING THAT IN LONDON STERLING DEPOSITS REPRESENT ONLY 40 PER CENT OF TOTAL DEPOSITS AND IN SINGAPORE THE CORRESPONDING SHARE WAS ABOUT 50 PER CENT.

MOREOVER, CASH RICH HONG KONG COMPANIES HAD BEEN SEEKING OUT OVERSEAS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AS THEY EXPANDED, IN THE SAME WAY AS JAPANESE, U.S. OR CANADIAN COMPANIES HAD EXPANDED OVERSEAS.

"THIS NATURAL DIVERSIFICATION OF BUSINESS HAS ALSO INVOLVED THE MOVEMENT OF MONEY OUT OF HONG KONG OR OUT OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR," MR YAM NOTED.

ANY OUTFLOW OF FUNDS, FOR POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC REASONS, MUST HAVE BEEN OFFSET BY AN INFLOW OF FUNDS INTO HONG KONG AND INTO THE HONG KONG DOLLAR; OTHERWISE THE POOL OF MONEY IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW AT THE RATES THAT HONG KONG WAS EXPERIENCING AND THE HONG KONG DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO STABLE, HE SAID.

"THE OVERALL PICTURE IS THEREFORE THAT, WHEREAS THERE HAS INEVITABLY BEEN SOME OUTFLOW OF MONEY FROM RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG, GIVEN HEALTHY MONETARY GROWTH AND A STABLE EXCHANGE RATE, THERE MUST HAVE BEEN OFFSETTING INFLOWS FROM NON-RESIDENTS," MR YAM SAID.

"SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY STATE OF AFFAIRS. THEY EXPRESSED SOME DOUBT ABOUT THE LEVEL OF COMMITMENT OF NONRESIDENTS TO THE LONG TERM STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

"WITH RESPECT, THESE PEOPLE ARE HOLDING A VERY NARROW VIEW OF WHAT HONG KONG REALLY IS," MR YAM SAID.

"HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLACE FOR MAKING MONEY. WHOEVER YOU ARE OR WHATEVER NATIONALITY YOU HOLD, AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE GAME, WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK," HE ADDED.

"NARROW DISTINCTIONS OF WHO IS A RESIDENT AND WHO IS A NONRESIDENT, AND WHETHER THE MONEY MADE IN HONG KONG ACCRUES TO HONG KONG PEOPLE OR CANADIANS ARE MEANINGLESS," MR YAM SAID.

"AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE PREPARED TO PUT THEIR MONEY IN HONG KONG AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE MORE OF IT, HONG KONG WILL STAY PROSPEROUS.

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"MONEY STAYS IN HONG KONG BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SURE THAT MONEY CAN BE MOVED OUT OF HONG KONG ANY TIME THEY WANT TO, WITHOUT QUESTIONS BEING ASKED AND FORMS TO BE FILLED IN.

"THIS WILL CONTINUE. IT WILL CONTINUE BEYOND 1997. ALL CONCERNED RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TO HONG KONG," MR YAM SAID, ADDING THAT THIS HAS BEEN VERY CLEARLY WRITTEN IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

TURNING TO THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM, MR YAM GAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION FOR THE LINK TO BE ABANDONED OR THE RATE CHANGED.

’ONE OF THE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS OF STABILITY' IN HONG KONG IS THE STABILITY OF THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR," MR YAM SAID.

WITHOUT THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM, AND THE VARIOUS REFORM MEASURES THAT HAD BEEN INTRODUCED RECENTLY TO HONG KONG’S MONETARY SYSTEM, THE MONETARY ENVIRONMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHAOTIC, MR YAM NOTED.

"IN HONG KONG’S CASE, THERE WERE ONLY NINE YEARS IN THE HISTORY OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR THAT IT WAS FLOATING.

"AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE NINE YEARS, FROM 1974 TO 1983 WAS, TO PUT IT MILDLY, UNPLEASANT," MR YAM SAID.

"FOR MOST OF THE TIME AND PARTICULARLY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THAT NINE-YEAR PERIOD, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WAS DEPRECIATING. INFLATION AS A RESULT WAS HIGH, SO WERE THE GROWTH RATES OF MONEY AND CREDIT.

"ALTHOUGH INTEREST RATES WERE KEPT HIGH, THEY WERE LARGELY INEFFECTIVE IN CONTAINING THE SPIRAL OF MONETARY EXPANSION, INFLATION AND CURRENCY DEPRECIATION.

"WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT, EVEN IF THERE HAD NOT BEEN CONCERN THEN ABOUT THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF HONG KONG, WE MIGHT STILL HAVE FOR ECONOMIC REASONS RETURNED TO A FIXED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM IN 1983," MR YAM STRESSED.

HE SAID THE WORLD WAS NOWADAYS MOVING TOWARD AN ENVIRONMENT WITH MORE STABLE EXCHANGE RATES, IF NOT FIXED EXCHANGE RATES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR YAM’S SPEECH WILL BE BOXED.

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY RELEASED

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN MAY 1990, AT $110,209 MILLION, GREW BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN MAY 1990 RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT TO $18,826 MILLION, WHILE THAT OF REEXPORTS ROSE BY 25 PER CENT TO $34,892 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT TO $53,718 MILLION. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT TO $56,491 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO MAY 1990, AT $470,406 MILLION, INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT TO $81,693 MILLION, WHILE THAT OF REEXPORTS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT TO $148,901 MILLION.

THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT TO $230,594 MILLION. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT TO $239,812 MILLION.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND CHINA INCREASED BY 65 PER CENT, 46 PER CENT, 24 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE NETHERLANDS ALSO RECORDED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN VALUE TERMS BY 1 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA, JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE USA DECREASED BY 6 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA DECREASED BY 19 PER CENT AND 14 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN, FRANCE, THE USA AND Till: NETHERLANDS ALSO DECREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 9 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT, 4 PER CENT, AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TAIWAN AND SINGAPORE, BY 60 PER CENT AND 22 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ALSO INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

/COMPARING JANUARY .......

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COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $549 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $334 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $208 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $192 MILLION OR 3 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $547 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $500 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM MOST OF THE MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED FROM THE USA, CHINA, SINGAPORE AND TAIWAN, BY 46 PER CENT, 25 PER CENT, 20 PER CENT AND 18 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THOSE FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, SWITZERLAND, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND ITALY ALSO INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE USA AND CHINA INCREASED BY 19 PER CENT AND 17 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THOSE FROM SWITZERLAND, ITALY, SINGAPORE AND TAIWAN ALSO INCREASED BY 9 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, IMPORTS FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM DECREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 7 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR CLOTHING (BY $3,380 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $2,903 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT); OTHER TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (BY $2,242 MILLION OR 265 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $1,185 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR IRON AND STEEL (BY $1,465 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR WASTES (BY $1,011 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

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THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN MAY 1990 OVER MAY 1989. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, TAIWAN, FRANCE, SINGAPORE, CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE USA, BY 65 PER CENT, 52 PER CENT, 50 PER CENT, 48 PER CENT, 40 PER CENT, 34 PER CENT AND 34 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JAPAN AND CHINA ALSO INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 10 PER CENT, 10 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, REEXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, FRANCE, CANADA AND THE USA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS, BY 53 PER CENT, 36 PER CENT, 30 PER CENT AND 29 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED FOR THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN, BY 25 PER CENT, 24 PER CENT, 22 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, THOSE TO CHINA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA DECREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 7 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1990 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1989, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $5,115 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $3,568 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2,589 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $1,139 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR WASTES (BY $1,139 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), AND MACHINERY SPECIALISED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES (BY $894 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT).

ALL TRADE STATISTICS DESCRIBED 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 1990 WILL BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

THE MAY 1990 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE" WITH DETAILED ANALYSES ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY 1990 WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SALE AROUND JULY 16 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $27 PER COPY.

/ENQUIRIES REGARDING .......

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ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 842 8802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 823 4915).

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TABLE I: DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (%) JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 90 OVER

JAN-MAY (%) 89

U.S.A. 5,540 -1 24,037 -4

CHINA 4,259 + 10 17,198 < + 2

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,311 + 24 5,886 + 1

U.K. 1 , 126 -2 4,514 -19

JAPAN 870 -2 4,326 -9

SINGAPORE 640 + 46 2,647 + 22

TAIWAN 534 + 65 2,365 +60

CANADA 441 -6 2,014 -14

NETHERLANDS 369 + 1 1,814 -2

FRANCE 325 ♦ < • V *r • 1,388 -6

• • .r • - ♦ DENOTES LESS THAN 0. 5%

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (%) * » JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 90 OVER JAN-MAY 89 (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 5,496 + 10 • * • 1* * 23,918 + 1

/MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED .......

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MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES) 2,179 -5 ' { J -! -• . 10,068 -5

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,673 ; i + 5 7,232 -3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 1,640 + 14 6,690 -7

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,512 + 1 6,676 + 3

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,440 + 5 6,117 -4

TABLE 3; IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (X) JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 90 OVER JAN-MAY 89 (X)

CHINA 20,300 + 25 84,206 + 17

JAPAN 8,081 -4 37,268 -6

U.S.A. 5,457 + 46 22,162 + 19

TAIWAN 5,480 + 18 21,650 + 3

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,718 + 10 10,880 -6

SINGAPORE 2,468 + 20 9,502 + 5

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F.R. OF GERMANY 1,284 + 6 5,387 -7

U.K. 1,077 -5 5,383 -3

ITALY 866 + 4 4,354 + 6

SWITZERLAND 951 + 8 4,324 + 9

TABLE 4: IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (%) JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY OVER JAN-MAY (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 7,430 + 8 30,400 + 4

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 5,746 + 15 24,077 + 3

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4,352 + 29 18,625 + 22

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 4,174 + 23 17,713 + 13

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,899 + 29 f , 16,054 € + 22

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,789 + 12 12,106 -1

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TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAY MAJOR MARKET 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (%) JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 90 OVER JAN-MAY 89 (%)

CHINA 9,758 + 5 • 40,725 -7

U.S.A. 7,197 + 34 30,230 + 29

JAPAN 1,757 + 10 8,756 + 5

TAIWAN 2,093 + 52 8,414 + 25

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,654 + 65 7,046 + 53

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,230 + 10 5,465 -2

SINGAPORE 1,188 + 48 5, 148 + 24

U.K. 922 + 34 3,744 + 22

CANADA 549 + 40 2,374 + 30

FRANCE 586 + 50 2,345 + 36

TABLE 6: RE -EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) MAY 90 OVER MAY 89 (%) JAN-MAY 1990 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 90 OVER JAN-MAY 89 (%)

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 4,571 + 51 17,743 + 41

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4,288 + 12 17,523 + 7

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,556 + 36 16,170 + 28

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ELECTRICAL MACHINE^ APPARATI S AND APPLIAN ES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 3,542 + 26 14,815 + 8

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2,982 + 39 12,399 + 26

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS 1,373 + 34 5,822 + 33

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REPEAL OF LOITERING PROVISION RECOMMENDED ★ * ★ * *

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED THE REMOVAL OF A SUBSECTION OF THE CRIMES ORDINANCE COMMONLY USED TO PROSECUTE PEOPLE FOR LOITERING IF A SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION FOR A PERSON’S PRESENCE IS NOT GIVEN.

THE COMMISSION, HOWEVER, PROPOSES THAT TWO OTHER SUB-SECTIONS RELATING TO LOITERING OFFENCES - ONE ON WILFUL OBSTRUCTION TO OTHERS AND THE OTHER ON CAUSING A PERSON CONCERN FOR HIS SAFETY - BE RETAINED.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE CONTAINED IN A REPORT ON THE LAW OF LOITERING PUBLISHED BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE REPORT IS THE RESULT OF MORE THAN TWO YEARS’ WORK BY THE COMMISSION, AND A SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MRS ROSANNA TAM TO EXAMINE THE APPLICATION OF THE THREE SUB-SECTIONS.

THE REPORT EXPLAINS THAT LOITERING, IN THE LEGAL CONTEXT, IS NOT TO BE INTERPRETED AS MERELY STANDING OR WAITING IN A PUBLIC PLACE SUCH AS A STREET OR STAIRWAY, BUT RATHER LOITERING IN SUCH PLACES IN SUCH A WAY AS TO REASONABLY INDICATE TO AN OBSERVER THAT THE LOITERER IS IDLING FOR SOME UNLAWFUL PURPOSE.

THERE ARE THREE SUB-SECTIONS UNDER SECTION 160 OF THE CRIMES ORDINANCE THAT DEAL WITH LOITERING OFFENCES.

/SUB-SECTION (1) .......

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SUB-SECTION (1) MAKES IT AN OFFENCE IF A LOITERER FAILS TO GIVE A SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION AT THE TIME FOR HIS PRESENCE THERE.

SUB-SECTION (2) SAYS THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A LOITERER IN ANY WAY TO WILFULLY OBSTRUCT ANY OTHER PERSON.

UNDER SUB-SECTION (3), A LOITERER COMMITS AN OFFENCE IF HE CAUSES ANY PERSON REASONABLY TO BE CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY.

THE COMMISSION PROPOSES THAT SUB-SECTION (1) BE REPEALED WHILE SUB-SECTIONS (2) AND (3) SHOULD BE RETAINED. THE COMMISSION CONSIDERED THAT THE LATTER TWO SUB-SECTIONS WERE OPERATING SATISFACTORILY AND POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO CRITICISM OF THOSE PROVISIONS.

CONVICTIONS UNDER SUB-SECTION (1) - LOITERING WITHOUT SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION - FORM A LARGE MAJORITY OF CASES.

IN MAKING ITS RECOMMENDATIONS, THE COMMISSION CRITICISED THE OPERATION OF SUB-SECTION (1) FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF ABUSE BY THE POLICE SINCE POLICE TESTIMONY ALONE WAS HABITUALLY USED TO CONVICT.

IN ADDITION, THE REQUIREMENT FOR A SUSPECT TO PROVIDE A SATISFACTORY ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF AND A SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION FOR HIS PRESENCE AT THE SCENE OF THE ALLEGED CRIME WAS FELT TO RAISE QUESTIONS REGARDING AN ACCUSED’S RIGHT TO SILENCE, ALTHOUGH THIS REQUIREMENT WAS ORIGINALLY INSERTED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SUSPECT.

UNDER THE COMMON LAW DOCTRINE, A PERSON ACCUSED OF A CRIME COULD REFUSE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION PUT TO HIM BY A POLICE OFFICER OR ANY OTHER PERSON. THE COMMISSION FELT THAT THE REQUIREMENT IMPOSED ON A SUSPECT BY THE LAW TO PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION RAN COUNTER TO THE GENERAL RULE ON A RIGHT TO SILENCE.

THE COMMISSION ALSO CONSIDERED THAT THE POWERS GIVEN TO THE POLICE UNDER SECTION 54 OF THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE SUBSTITUTE FOR SECTION 160(1) OF THE CRIMES ORDINANCE WITHOUT SUFFERING FROM THE DRAWBACKS.

SECTION 54 OF THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE POLICE TO STOP AND SEARCH AND IF NECESSARY ARREST AND DETAIN ANY PERSON FOUND ACTING IN A SUSPICIOUS MANNER OR WHOM AN OFFICER SUSPECTS OF HAVING COMMITTED OR OF BEING ABOUT TO COMMIT ANY OFFENCE.

THE COMMISSION EMPHASISED THAT THE POLICE SHOULD HAVE SUCH POWERS AND THAT SUCH POWERS ALREADY EXISTED IN THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE.

UNLIKE SECTION 160(1) OF THE CRIMES ORDINANCE, SECTION 54 OF THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE DOES NOT LEAD TO A PROSECUTION, BUT MERELY EMPOWERS THE POLICE TO ARREST AND DETAIN A PERSON FOR FURTHER INQUIRIES WHERE NECESSARY.

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TECHNOLOGY THE KEY TO HIGH VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS

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TECHNOLOGY IS THE KEY TO ACHIEVING HIGH VALUE-ADDED THROUGH PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PRODUCT PRECISION AND INNOVATION, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY). >•

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERCHEM 90 CONFERENCE, MR BARMA SAID THAT AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF KEEN COMPETITION FROM ECONOMIES WITH AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF CHEAPER LABOUR AND THE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS, LOCAL MANUFACTURERS HAD TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER UPGRADING PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES.

MR BARMA SAID WHILE HONG KONG’S PLASTICS INDUSTRY WAS STILL COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD MARKETS, THE POSITION WAS BEING THREATENED BY THE PACE OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND THE IMPROVED CAPABILITIES OF ITS COMPETITORS.

"THIS REINFORCES THE NEED FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS TO MOVE TOWARDS GREATER EFFICIENCY AND HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS, IF THEY ARE TO MAINTAIN THEIR COMPETITIVENESS," HE SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS WORKABLE ONLY IN THE SHORT TERM FOR SOME OF THE LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO SHIFT THEIR LABOUR-INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES OUTSIDE HONG KONG TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHEAP LABOUR SO AS TO MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS COMPETITIVE IN TERMS OF PRICE.

"AS OUR COMPETITORS CHALLENGE US AT THE LOWER VALUE-ADDED END OF THE MARKET AND OUR OVERSEAS MARKETS DEMAND HIGHER LEVELS OF QUALITY FROM US, THE TREND WILL BE TOWARDS KNOWLEDGE-BASED MANUFACTURING PRODUCING HIGH QUALITY AND HIGH VALUE-ADDED GOODS," MR BARMA SAID.

MR BARMA SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF THE NEED TO PROMOTE THE WIDER APPLICATION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY AND IT HAD TAKEN MANY INITIATIVES TO ASSIST MANUFACTURERS TO UPGRADE THEIR OPERATIONS AND ACHIEVE HIGHER VALUE-ADDED CONTENT OF THEIR PRODUCTS IN RECENT YEARS.

WITH A PRIVATE DONATION AND THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE GOVERNMENT SET UP THE HONG KONG PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IN 1988.

"THE PURPOSE OF THE CENTRE IS TO PROVIDE A TECHNOLOGY-ORIENTED CONSULTANCY SERVICE TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS OF LOCAL PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS, AND TO ASSIST THEM TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABILITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY.

"IT IS DEVELOPING AN INCREASINGLY WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES AND IS LAUNCHING AN INDUSTRIAL CLUB SCHEME TO ENSURE THAT THE SERVICE WILL REACH A GREATER NUMBER OF PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS," HE SAID.

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THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ALSO COMMISSIONS PERIODIC TECHNO-ECONOMIC AND MARKET RESEARCH STUDIES ON THE MAJOR GROUPS OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

’’SUCH A STUDY IS BEING UNDERTAKEN RIGHT NOW TO EXAMINE, INTER ALIA, HOW LOCAL', REGIONAL AND GLOBAL TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY MIGHT AFFECT HONG KONG’S PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

’’WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, THE CONSULTANTS, NAMELY ARTHUR D. LITTLE ASIA PACIFIC INC. AND HONG KONG PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, WILL CONDUCT A MAILING SURVEY AND OVER 100 INTERVIEWS IN HONG KONG TO ASSESS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LOCAL PLASTICS INDUSTRY,” HE SAID.

MR BARMA APPEALED TO PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS TO RENDER THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THIS STUDY AS AND WHEN REQUIRED.

"THE ENTIRE STUDY IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR.

"IN THE LIGHT OF ITS FINDINGS, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO DECIDE WHAT FURTHER BASIC SUPPORT SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS," HE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF MR BARMA’S SPEECH WILL BE BOXED.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW * t * * * t

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY), IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE COMMITTEE’S PROCEEDINGS FROM THE CHAMBER’S PUBLIC GALLERIES AND THEY MAY MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONING 844 0899.

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TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS DROP FOUR. PER CENT IN 1989-90 * * ★ * ★

THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 9,908 COMPLAINTS IN 1989-90, A DECREASE OF FOUR PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE 1988-89 FIGURES.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY) TO RELEASE THE UNIT’S ANNUAL REPORT, THE ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE UNIT, MR MARIUS CHAN, SAID PUBLIC TRANSPORT SIRVICES AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS REMAINED THE MAIN TARGETS OF PUBLIC COMPLAINTS.

OF THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED, 53 PER CENT WERE ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, THE SAME AS LAST YEAR; AND 22 PER CENT WERE ABOUT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, WHICH REPRESENTED A SLIGHT DROP OF TWO PER CENT.

OTHER MAJOR AREAS OF COMPLAINT WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD MAINTENANCE.

COMPLAINTS ON BUS SERVICES STOOD AT 2,502 OR AN INCREASE OF 13.7 PER CENT. THEY WERE MOSTLY RELATED TO INADEQUATE SERVICE AND STANDARD OF SERVICE.

REGARDING INADEQUATE SERVICE, THERE WERE 116 COMPLAINTS LEVELLED AGAINST CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY (CMB) WHILE 497 WERE AGAINST THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (KMB).

LAST YEAR, THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST CMB AND KMB WERE 185 CASES AND 462 CASES RESPECTIVELY.

MOST OF THESE COMPLAINTS WERE ABOUT FREQUENCY OF BUS SERVICES OR ROUTEINGS, PARTICULARLY TO NEW TOWNS.

FOR CROSS HARBOUR BUS SERVICES, THERE WERE 79 COMPLAINTS, TWO CASES LESS THAN LAST YEAR.

COMPLAINTS RELATING TO THE STANDARD OF SERVICE OF FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES INCLUDED FAILURE TO KEEP TO SCHEDULES AND DRIVERS’ BEHAVIOUR.

WITH REGARD TO CMB, THE UNIT RECORDED 584 COMPLAINTS, AN INCREASE OF 46 CASES, WHEREAS KMB ATTRACTED 846 COMPLAINTS, A RISE OF 190 CASES.

FOR CROSS HARBOUR BUS SERVICES, THERE WERE 267 COMPLAINTS, COMPARED WITH 174 IN LAST YEAR.

ON TAXI SERVICE, MR CHAN SAID A TOTAL OF 1,625 COMPLAINTS, OR A DECREASE OF 19 PER CENT WERE RECEIVED IN 1989-90.

OF THESE, 1,555 WERE RELATED TO TAXI MALPRACTICES, A DROP OF 301 CASES. THE MAJOR COMPLAINT WAS REFUSING HIRE/SOLICITING PASSENGERS.

/THE UNIT .......

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THE UNIT RECEIVED 2,170 COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, OF WHICH 1,178 WERE RELATED TO ROAD CONGESTION.

THE MAIN CONGESTION AREAS WERE EASTERN, CENTRAL, WESTERN AND WAN CHAI ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KWUN TONG, KOWLOON CITY, WONG TAI SIN IN KOWLOON; AND KWAI TSI NG, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE ROAD CONGESTION AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT HAD ACCOUNTED FOR 1,693 CASES AS AGAINSI 1,462 CASES IN 1988-89.

MR CHAN SAID THE UNIT WAS SET UP UNDER THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE AND MONITOR COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON TRANSPORT MATTERS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WANT TO MAKE ANY SUGGESTION OR COMPLAINT MAY TELEPHONE THE TCU HOTLINE, 577 6866, WHICH OPERATES AROUND THE CLOCK.

AFTER INVESTIGATING THE COMPLAINTS, I’ll UNIT WOULD GIVE THE COMPLAINANT A VERBAL OR WRITTEN REPLY AS DEEMFI APPROPRIATE, MR CHAN SAID.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TCU SUB-COMMITTEE, DR STEPHEN TANG LUNG-WAI.

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SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND RESTAURANTS AND **♦♦♦♦

IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, HOTELS ♦

A TOTAL OF 125,367 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES WERE OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1988, ACCORDING TO THE SUMMARY RESULTS OF THE 1988 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1987, THE NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT.

IN 1988, THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $1,019,230 MILLION OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS; AND SPENT $44,958 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, $95,213 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES AND $839,333 MILLION ON PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1987, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT, WHILE COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES AND PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE ROSE BY 24 PER CENT, 32 PER CENT AND 25 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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THE SECTOR’S VAI.UE ADDED INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT TO $104,359 MILLION IN 1988, FROM $84,793 MILLION IN 1987. VALUE ADDED IS A MEASURE OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF AN ECONOMIC SECTOR TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.

ALL VALUE FIGURES IN THIS PRESS RELEASE ARE EXPRESSED IN CURRENT PRICE TERMS. PERCENTAGE CHANGES DERIVED FROM THESE FIGURES HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUSTED FOR PRICE INCREASES.

WHEN ANALYSED BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST SHARE OF SALES AID OTHER RECEIPTS, AT $762,401 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL.

RETAIL TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR 13 PER CENT, WHILE WHOLESALE TRADE TOOK UP 9 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS 3 PER CENT AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES 1 PER CENT.

IN 1988, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST SHARE (60 PER CENT) OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THF SECTOR. THE REST WAS CONTRIBUTED BY RETAIL TRADE (17 PER CENT), RES’! URANTS (11 PER CENT), WHOLESALE TRADE (6 PER CENT) AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES (6 PER CENT).

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1987, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS (+29 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES (+24 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (+23 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (+15 PER CENT) AND WHOLESALE TRADE (+5 PER CENT).

IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED, THE RETAIL TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE (+28 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES (+27 PER CENT), IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE (+24 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (+17 PER CENT) AND WHOLESALE TRADE (+8 PER CENT).

THE 1988 SURVEY WAS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND ON THE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, FLOOR AREA, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE, STOCKS, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SURVEY, TOGETHER WITH ANALYTICAL TABLES SHOWING THE PRINCIPAL STATISTICS FOR ALL ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED BY MAJOR GROUP/ACTIVITY AND ANALYSED BY VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, ARE INCLUDED IN THE STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1988 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS".

THIS REPORT WILL BE ON SALE NEXT MONTH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; AND THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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STATISTICS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT WILL BE USEFUL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR DECISION MAKING, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND MARKET RESEARCH.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 556 1394.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A TABLE ON THE COMPARISON OF SELECTED PRINCIPAL STATISTICS FOR ALL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND 1MPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BETWEEN 1987 AND 1988 WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE AND BOXED.

/COMPARISON OF .......

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1990

Comparison of Selected Principal Statistics for all establishments in the Wholesale, Retail and Import/Export Trades, Restaurants and Hotels Sector between 1987 and 1988

Activity Number of establishments Number of persons engaged Number of employees Compensations of employees Operating expenses Purchases of goods for sale Changes in stocks Sales and other receipts Value added

$ Mn. $ Mn. $ Mn. $ Mn. $ Mn. $ Mn.

Wholesale 1988 14 917 68 229 51 359 3,029 5,530 76,966 1,166 87,363 6,199

trade 1987 14 843 67 055 49 984 2,578 5,221 73,931 1,109 83,532 5,759

% change +2 +3 +17 +6 *4 *5 *5 *8

Retail trade 1988 51 233 190 145 129 690 7,806 14,506 99,191 3,298 127,596 17,463

1987 50 943 178 744 115 250 6,199 11,909 81,271 2,919 103,659 13,617

% change +1 +6 +13 +26 + 22 +22 +13 +23 +28 1

Import/export trade 1988 1987 50 195 41 198 295 141 •255 715 264 007 223 191 23,293 18,110 64,557 45,801 648,963 501,060 11,939 7,215 762,401 589,427 63,032 50,754 1

1 % change +22 +15 +18 +29 +41 + 30 +65 *29 +24 l

Restaurants 1988 7 654 168 768 159 359 8,774 7,404 13,251 47 32,272 11,719 I

1987 7 463 168 351 158 223 7,661 6,400 11,834 110 28,025 9,987 o

% change *3 1 +1 +15 +16 *12 -58 +15 +17 i

Hotels/ 1988 1 369 31 058 29 777 2,056 3,217 961 13 9,599 5,947 i

i boarding 1987 1 241 29 149 28 119 1,717 2,569 808 16 7,756 4,677

houses % change +10 +7 +6 +20 + 25 +19 -17 +24 + 27 1 i

Total 1988 125 367 753 341 634 192 44,958 95,213 839,333 16,464 1,019,230 104,359

1987 115 688 699 015 574 768 36,265 71,901 668,905 11,369 812,400 84,793

% change +8 +8 +10 +24 +32 +25 +45 +25 +23

Notes : (1) Individual items may not add up to total due to rounding.

(2) Value added is a measure of the contribution of an economic sector to Hong Kong's Gross Domestic Product.

(3) Figures denoting changes are derived from unrounded figures.

(4) I denotes changes within * 0.5%.

THURSDAY, JULY I . 1990

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GOVERNOR OF MACAU TO VISIT HK *****

THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU, MR CARLOS MELANCIA, WILL VISIT HONG KONG NEXT MONDAY (JULY 16) AT THE INVITATION OF THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID WILSON.

DURING THE VISIT, THE GOVERNOR WILL HOLD DISCUSSIONS AND HAVE LUNCH WITH MR MELANCIA.

MR MELANCIA WILL ALSO TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR OF HONG KONG DURING WHICH HE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU, MR CARLOS MELANCIA, WILL BE GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID WILSON, AT THE HONG KONG AND MACAU FERRY TERMINAL.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING MR MELANCIA'S ARRIVAL SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PERMIT OFFICE OF MARINE DEPARTMENT ON THE THIRD FLOOR, SHUN TAK CENTRE, AT 10.15 AM ON MONDAY. THEY ARE REQUESTED TO BE PUNCTUAL TO FACILITATE THE ISSUING OF RESTRICTED AREA PERMITS.

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262 SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT RECEIVED

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A TOTAL OF 262 WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY JULY 9, THE DEADLINE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS.

THE SECRETARY OF THE WORKING PARTY ON SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES, MRS LOUISE WONG, TODAY (THURSDAY) EXPRESSED GRATITUDE AT THE VOLUME AND QUALITY OF THE SUBMISSIONS.

THESE SUBMISSIONS HAD BEEN CIRCULATED TO MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY AND ITS SUB-COMMITTEES, SHE SAID.

/THE PUBLIC .......

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THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO COMMENT ON THE DRAFT WHITE PAPER DURING A THREE-MONTH CONSULTATIVE PERIOD FALLOWING ITS PUBLICATION LATE NEXT MONTH, SHE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE WORKING PARTY ON SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES WILL HOLD A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL.

A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION WILL FOLLOW. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO ATTEND THE SESSION ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT THE CGO PRESS ROOM AT 5.30 PM.

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VARIETY OF TOPICS COVERED BY GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

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SUPPLEMENTARY ENQUIRIES ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS ARE INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS CONDUCTED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE AIM IS TO COLLECT SOCIAL DATA REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR PLANNING THE PROVISION OF SERVICES AND FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL CONDITION OF THE TERRITORY.

THE JUST-PUBLISHED SPECIAL TOPICS REPORT NO. VI COVERS SEVEN TOPICS BASED ON ENQUIRIES CONDUCTED DURING THE PERIOD FROM AUGUST 1988 TO MARCH 1989.

THEY TOPICS ARE COUNTRY PARKS, HERITAGE PRESERVATION, DOCTOR CONSULTATION, EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO AND FROM WORK, TAXI WAITING TIME, DOMESTIC HELPERS AND HONG KONG RESIDENTS WORKING IN CHINA.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, IT WAS ESTIMATED FROM A SURVEY CONDUCTED DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988 THAT SOME 52,300 HONG KONG RESIDENTS AGED 15 AND OVER HAD WORKED IN CHINA DURING THE REFERENCE YEAR BEFORE THE SURVEY, REPRESENTING 1.9 PER CENT OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THEM, 43 PER CENT, WERE IN PRODUCTION OCCUPATIONS, 26 PER CENT WERE IN PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGERIAL OCCUPATIONS AND 20 PER CENT IN SALES OCCUPATIONS. ABOUT FOUR-FIFTHS WERE STILL IN THE COUNTRY AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY.

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ON THE TOPIC OF DOCTOR CONSULTATION, A SUPPLEMENTARY ENQUIRY CONDUCTED IN JANUARY 1989 SHOWED THAT FOR EVERY 1,000 POPULATION, 131 HAD CONSULTED A DOCTOR DURING A TWO-WEEK REFERENCE PERIOD.

CHILDREN AGED UNDER FIVE HAD THE HIGHEST CONSULTATION RATE AT 287 PFR 1,000, FOLLOWED BY THE ELDERLY AGED 65 AND OVER, AT 200 PER 1,000. IN GENERAL, THE CONSULTATION RATE FOR FEMALES, 150 PER 1,000, WAS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR MALES, 113 PER 1,000.

ON THE TOPIC OF DOMESTIC HELPERS, A TOTAL OF ABOUT 59,000 (OR 3.8 PER CENT) DOMESTIC HOUSEHOLDS WERE EMPLOYING ONE OR MORE DOMESTIC HELPERS IN 1988, COMPARED WITH A LOWER FIGURE OF 54,100 (OR 3.6 PER CENT) IN 1987.

ABOUT SEVEN OUT OF 10 OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS EMPLOYED "LIVE-IN” DOMESTIC HELPERS (THOSE WHO STAYED OVERNIGHT IN THEIR EMPLOYERS’ HOME), AND ONE OUT OF FIVE EMPLOYED PART-TIME DOMESTIC HELPERS (THOSE WHO WORKED LESS THAN 40 HOURS PER WEEK).

FROM ANOTHER SURVEY CONDUCTED IN MARCH 1989, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 43 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION AGED 12 AND ABOVE HAD USED TAXI DURING THE REFERENCE MONTH BEFORE THE SURVEY.

AS REGARDS THE WAITING TIME OF THEIR LAST TAXI TRIP, 57 PER CENT HAD WAITED FOR LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES, AND LESS THAN 25 PER CENT FOR FIVE TO LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.

THE SPECIAL TOPICS REPORT NO. VI CONTAINS MANY MORE FINDINGS AND DETAILED TABLES ON THE SUBJECTS CONCERNED.

THE REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT $28 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AND THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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SPECIAL ARTICLE ON MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY FROM CANCER IN HK

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A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ENTITLED ’’MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY FROM CANCER IN HONG KONG - THE LAST 20 YEARS” IS CONTAINED IN THE MARCH 1990 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

CANCER CONTINUES TO BE THE TOP KILLING DISEASE IN HONG KONG DURING THE PAST 20 YEARS. THE SPECIAL ARTICLE PRESENTS DETAILED ANALYSES ON THE TREND OF CANCER MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY OBSERVED DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD.

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DIFFERENCES IN PATTERNS BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES AND AMONG VARIOUS AGE GROUPS ARE STUDIED. SIMILAR INDICATORS OF SELECTED COUNTRIES ARE COMPARED. EFFORTS SPENT BY THE HEALTH AUTHORITY AND RELATED ORGANISATIONS ON FIGHTING AGAINST CANCER ARE ALSO REVIEWED.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, AT $40 PER COPY, CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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NEW GOVT CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR BETTER CLEANING SERVICE

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS INTRODUCED NEW AND IMPROVED DOCUMENTATION AND CONTROL MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT CONTRACTORS PERFORM PROPERLY AND DELIVER GOOD QUALITY CLEANING SERVICE TO GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

THE FIRST BATCH OF 12 NEW CLEANING CONTRACTS TO EFFECT THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WERE SIGNED BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LEI, AND SIX CONTRACTORS TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE VALUE OF THE CONTRACTS AMOUNTED TO $68.3 MILLION.

THE SIX CONTRACTORS ARE RELIANCE SERVICES CO. LTD, ORIENTAL CLEANING SERVICES CO. LTD, UNIVERSAL CLEANING SERVICES LTD, LEE ON REALTY (PROPERTY MANAGEMENT) LTD, JOHNSON CLEANING SERVICES CO. AND YU’S TIN SING ENTERPRISES CO. LTD.

EXPLAINING THE DETAILS OF THE NEW PACKAGE, THE SENIOR PROPERTY SERVICES MANAGER (BUILDING MANAGEMENT) OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR NG TAT-CHOI, SAID ONE SIMPLE AND FAIR UNIT RATE SYSTEM IS ADOPTED FOR PRICING TENDERS AND VARIATIONS.

THIS WOULD ENABLE BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CONTRACTORS TO IMMEDIATELY APPRECIATE THE COST IMPLICATIONS OF ANY TENDER AND SUBSEQUENT VARIATION WITHOUT THE NEED FOR COMPLICATED CALCULATIONS AND POSSIBLE DISPUTES, HE SAID.

"CLEARLY LAID OUT SCHEDULES ARE USED TO SPECIFY THE BUILDINGS TO BE CLEANED, THE LEVEL OF SERVICE REQUIRED AT EACH PARTICULAR LOCATION,' AND THE FLOOR OR WINDOW AREAS INVOLVED.

"DRAWINGS ARE INCORPORATED TO PRECISELY INDICATE THE EXTENT AND SPREAD OF THE WORK TO ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT’S SUPERVISORY STAFF, THE ’LAY’ CLIENTS AND THE CONTRACTORS TO SUPERVISE THE CONTRACTS MORE EASILY AND EFFECTIVELY," HE SAID.

THE PERFORMANCE AND FACILITIES SPECIFICATION HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED TO PUT FIRMLY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE CONTRACTORS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MANAGE THEIR OWN STAFF.

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"THE CONTRACTORS HAVE TO STATE IN THEIR TENDERS DETAILS OF THEIR PROPOSED LABOUR DEPLOYMENT AT EACH JOB LOCATION, AND ARE REQUIRED TO EMPLOY A DEDICATED TEAM OF MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL TO ADMINISTER EACH CONTRACT," MR NG SAID.

"THE NEW SPECIFICATION CLEARLY SPELLS OUT THE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS REQUIRED OF THE CONTRACTORS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR FAILURE TO DO SO."

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SPECIFICATION ALSO CONTAINS A DEMERIT POINT SYSTEM TO SERVE AS A YARDSTICK TO MEASURE THE CONTRACTOR’S PERFORMANCE TO FACILITATE EASY REMOVAL OF HABITUALLY NON-PERFORMING CONTRACTORS.

TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT GETS GOOD QUALITY CLEANING SERVICE FOR THE PRICE IT PAYS, THE DEPARTMENT IS ARRANGING TO INVITE A CLEANING CONSULTANT FROM BRITAIN TO TRAIN ITS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT STAFF ON THE SUITABLE METHODS, MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT FOR EVERY ASPECT OF BUILDING CLEANING, THE SUPERVISION OF CLEANING OPERATIONS AND THE RESULTS TO LOOK FOR.

ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE ASD STAFF WILL IN TURN PROVIDE TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE TO THEIR CLIENTS IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE COURSE WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED TO CONTRACTORS AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. THEIR ACQUIRED SKILLS WILL RECEIVE THE RECOGNITION OF THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE UNDER THE OPERATIVES PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATION SCHEME, AND MAY LATER BECOME THE QUALIFICATION FOR ADMITTING NEW CONTRACTORS TO AND RETAINING SERVING CONTRACTORS ON THE APPROVED LIST OF CONTRACTORS.

"WITH A GOOD CONTRACT, A TEAM OF DEDICATED, PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED AND COMPETENT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT STAFF, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE AND SKILLED CONTRACTORS, THE GOVERNMENT CAN CONFIDENTLY LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING AND WORKING IN CLEANER BUILDINGS AT A REASONABLE COST," MP NG SAID.

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LABOUR COMMISSIONER VISITS WATCH FACTORY * * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED A WATCH MANUFACTURING FACTORY IN KWUN TONG TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT ON THE LABOUR SCENE.

ESTABLISHED IN 1970, SUNCITI MANUFACTURERS LTD NOW EMPLOYS

ABOUT 900 EMPLOYEES, WITH PRODUCTS FOR SALE IN BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MARKETS.

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MR HAMMOND WAS RECEIVED BY THE FACTORY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR MR Y. ASABA AND THE ADMINISTRATION MANAGER MR K. ICHIMATA WHO BRIEFED HIM ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND GENERAL EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF THE COMPANY.

HE LATER TOURED THE PLANT’S INFORMATION AND ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING, PRODUCT DESIGN AND PRODUCTION SECTIONS TO SEE WORKERS AT WORK.

HE NOTED THAT THE COMPANY HAS SET UP 60 TO 70 QUALITY CONTROL CIRCLES AT THE GRASSROOT LEVEL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE BETWEEN MAXIMUM CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT DEMOCRACY.

IT HAS ALSO FORMED A SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE COMPRISING SENIOR STAFF MEMBERS AND REGULARLY ORGANISES SAFETY COMPETITIONS TO AROUSE WORKERS’ AWARENESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

MR HAMMOND WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THF COMPANY HAS NO RECORD OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AND HAS NOT BEEN PROSECUT: D UNDER THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LAWS IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS VISIT, MR HAMMOND ALSO HAD A BRIEF DISCUSSION WITH THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT ON GENERAL LABOUR RELATIONS ISSUES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN DURING THE VISIT WILL BE BOXED.

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO THE YOUNG ♦ ♦ t * * ♦ *

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES GUIDANCE IN THOSE ASPECTS OF FAMILY LIFE ON WHICH THE YOUNGER GENERATION MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THEIR PARENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE PO LEUNG KUK DIRECTORS LUNCHEON MEETING, MRS WONG SAID MUCH OF THE MAIN PROGRAMME AREAS OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WAS THEREFORE AIMED AT ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

THE FOUR MAIN PROGRAMME AREAS ARE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOUR, SEX EDUCATION, HUMAN ROLES AND RELATIONSHIPS, AND HOME MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH EDUCATION.

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IT WAS EASY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ASK THEIR PARENTS FOR ADVICE OR INFORMATION ON MOST SUBJECTS, BUT WHEN IT CAME TO SUBJECTS SUCH AS SEX EDUCATION OR PERHAPS THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY, THIS MIGHT NO LONGER RE THE CASE, MRS WONG NOTED.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE TRADITIONAL VIEW ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY WOULD BE IN COMPLETE CONTRAST TO THE MORE WESTERN VIEWS OF SEXUAL EQUALITY, AND THE FREEDOM TO "LIVE ONE’S OWN LIFE”.

"TRYING TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO ROLES IS NOT EASY, AND IS THE SORT OF AREA IN WHICH FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAN BE OF GREAT HELP, IN THAT THE SOCIAL WORKERS MAY GIVE ADVICE FROM A FAIRLY NEUTRAL VIEWPOINT," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT ADEQUATE FACILITIES WERE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY TO ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO RECEIVE PROPER FACTUAL INFORMATION AND TO DEVELOP HEALTHY ATTITUDES ABOUT SEXUALITY, AND ITS PLACE IN A RELATIONSHIP.

"IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO ‘E ABLE TO SEEK ADVICE AS TO HOW TO DEAL WITH THEIR CHILDREN’S QUESTIONS ON THIS ISSUE, AS WELL AS HOW TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT DEVIATE FROM AN INDIVIDUAL’S ROLE IN SOCIETY.

"THUS, BOTH THE ATTITUDE AND THE COMMITMENT TO THE SUBJECT BY THE GOVERNMENT IS IMPORTANT,” SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT THROUGH FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, NOT ONLY COULD YOUNG PEOPLE, AS WELL AS THEIR PARENTS, ACQUIRE AN APPROPRIATE SET OF VALUES, BUT ALSO THEY WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE ON SUBJECTS WHICH AFFECTED THEIR FUTURE LIFE AND HAPPINESS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF MRS WONG’S SPEECH WILL BE BOXED.

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO PREPARE FOR CHALLENGE ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD PREPARE THEMSELVES TO COPE CHANGES AND CHALLENGES FACING HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

WITH THE

HONG KONG

OFFICIATING AT THE CARITAS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS DAY, MR LAN SAID HONG KONG WOULD FACE A SERIES OF CHALLENGES IN THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS.

JOINT SPEECH

CHANGES AND

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’’AND YOUNG PEOPLE, AS THE FUTURE MAINSTAY OF THE SOCIETY, SHOULD SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE MORE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS, TO DEVELOP THEIR CHARACTER AND TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIETY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE ROLES IN THE FUTURE,” HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME LAUNCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1981 WAS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE MORE SPEEDY RESPONSE TO THE NEEDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE OF YOUNG PEOPLE, THROUGH A NETWORK OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES.

”IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT MORE RESIDENTS, AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR, WILL' ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AFFAIRS AND VOICE THEIR OPINIONS,” HE SAID.

’’ONE POINT WORTH NOTING IS THAT NEARLY 40 PER CENT OF THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARE UNDER 40 YEARS OF AGE AND AT PRESENT, THERE ARE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE SERVING AS CO-OPTED MEMBERS ON VARIOUS COMMITTEES UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

’’THIS GOOD TRAINING HELPS GROOM THE YOUNG PEOPLE INTO FUTURE DISTRICT LEADERS,” HE ADDED.

MR LAN COMMENDED CARITAS FOR ENCOURAGING ITS STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND FOSTERING THEIR CIVIC AWARENESS.

HE NOTED THAT PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL WAS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM AS IT PROVIDED AN ALTERNATIVE TO GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN MEETING THE DIFFERENT ABILITIES AND APTITUDE OF THE STUDENTS AND THE NEEDS OF THE SOCIETY.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC 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 AR? USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT E. COLI DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME. AS WITH LAST YEAR, 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 IN RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

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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. 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:

GRADE "1” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE E. COL1 COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 24 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED RISK OF MINOR ILLNESS TO SWIMMERS IS UNDETECTABLE.

GRADE ”2” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS FAIR. THE E. COLI COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 180 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS NO MORE THAN 10 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

GRADE ”3” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE. THE E. COLI COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 610 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS NO MORE THAN 15 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

GRADE ”4” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE E. COLI COUNT IS MORE THAN 610 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS MORE THAN 15 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

NORMALLY, THE CLOSURE OF A BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "4" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY, SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY, THE REOPENING OF A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A ”3” GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, TWO BATHING BEACHES, NAMELY CASTLE PEAK AND OLD CAFETERIA, HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES, BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS.

THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAIL TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THE WATER AT THESE TWO BEACHES.

IN ADDITION, ROCKY BAY BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING •PURPOSES BY THE URBAN COUNCIL. THESE THREE BEACHES ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN ”X” IN THE FOLLOWING LIST.

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THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY ARE LISTED BELOW:

OF VARIOUS BEACHES

BEACH

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY

CHUNG HOM KOK

DEEP WATER BAY

HAIRPIN

MIDDLE BAY

REPULSE BAY

SHEK O

SOUTH BAY

ST STEPHEN’S

TURTLE COVE

STANLEY MAIN

ROCKY BAY

TO TEI WAN*

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA

NEW CAFETERIA

CASTLE PEAK

KADOORIE

BUTTERFLY

LAST GRADING

(AS AT 28.6.90)

3

2

1

3

1

1

4

1

2

2

2

X

1

X

2

X

2

3

PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 12.7.90)

3

1

1

2

1

1

3

1

2

2

2

X

1

X

2

X

3

3

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ISLANDS DISTRICT

- : 1

CHEUNG SHA UPPER 1

CHEUNG SHA LOWER 2

DISCOVERY BAY* •. 2

HUNG SHING YEH 1

KWUN YAM WAN 1

TONG FUK 1

LO SO SHING 1

PUI O 1

SILVERMINE BAY 3

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU 1

TUNG O* 2

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS 2

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH 2

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH 2

HAP MUN BAY 1

KIU TSUI 1

PAR SHA CHAU 1

SILVERSTRAND 3

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) 3

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ 3

APPROACH 2

CASAM 2

GEMINI 2

HOI MEI WAN 2

/LIDO 2 ........

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

1

2

2

2

2

1

2

1

3

3

4

3

2

2

2

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LIDO 2 2

TING KAU 4 4

TUNG WAN, MA WAN 1 1

NOTE: "X” THE BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

CHUNG HOM KOK AND DISCOVERY BAY, FROM ”2” TO ”1”; HAIRPIN, FROM ”3” TO ”2”; KIU TSUI, FROM ”1” TO ”2”; APPROACH AND KADOORIE, FROM ”2” TO ”3".

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

SHEK O, FROM ”4” TO ”3”.

SHEK 0 BEACH IS UPGRADED ON THIS OCCASION. THE PREVIOUS GRADE WAS DUE TO THE HEAVY RAINFALL IN JUNE WHICH HAD CAUSED THE POLLUTANTS IN THE BEACH HINTERLAND TO BE WASHED INTO THE BEACH WATER. SAMPLES TAKEN RECENTLY AT THE BEACH INDICATE THE WATER QUALITY HAS RETURNED TO ACCEPTABLE CONDITION.

• - • ' * I • f

ANGLERS’, FROM ”3” TO ”4'’.

HEAVY RAINFALL AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY RESULTED IN POLLUTANTS BEING FLUSHED INTO THE SEAWATER AT THIS BEACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, MR PAUL R. HOLMES, ON TEI. 835 1234.

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DISTRICT OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY SUB-OFFICE ON MOVE ♦ ♦ ♦ t ♦

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S CAUSEWAY BAY SUB-OFFICE WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES ON THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED CAUSEWAY BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE, AT 7 FOOK YUM ROAD, ON MONDAY (JULY 16).

THE SUB-OFFICE WILL PROVIDE PUBLIC ENQUIRY AND STATUTORY DECLARATION SERVICES TO RESIDENTS FROM 9 AM TO 5.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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IT WILL ALSO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR PUBLIC ENQUIRIES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT 566 2 150, BUT THE MAIL EXCHANGE NUMBER WILL CHANGE TO 570 4125.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL MAKE AVAILABLE ITS CONFERENCE ROOM AND A MULTJ - PURPOSE HALL FOR USE BY LOCAL GROUPS BETWEEN 10 AM AND 10 PM DAILY, EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS.

MEMBERS Ol- THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO MAKE TELEPHONE BOOKINGS ON 566 2011.

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BEWARE OF BOGUS SWD OFFICERS

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED RESIDENTS TO BE WATCHFUL WHEN APPROACHED BY PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE ADVICE WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING A RECENT COMPLAINT FROM A CLIENT OF THE DEPARTMENT WHO REPORTED THAT SHE WAS APPROACHED BY A PERSON CLAIMING TO BE AN SWD OFFICER AND ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING ONE OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS.

"AS WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVANTS, OFFICERS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARE ISSUED WITH A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, WHEN IN DOUBT, SHOULD REQUEST THE INTERVIEWER TO PRODUCE HIS IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT, OR TELEPHONE SWD’S DISTRICT OFFICES, FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES OR FIELD UNIT OFFICES BEFORE SUPPLYING THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THE PERSON," HE ADDED.

THE SWD OPERATES 31 FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND 34 FIELD UNIT OFFICES TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN THE TERRITORY.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTIVITIES

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RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT CAN NOW APPLY TO THEIR AREA COMMITTEES FOR SUBSIDIES FOR ORGANISING NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTIVITIES.

UNDER A ’’BLOCK ALLOCATION SCHEME”, AREA COMMITTEES IN SOUTHERN HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (CBAC) TO VET APPLICATIONS FOR DB FUNDS FROM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER RESIDENTS’ BODIES.

”A TOTAL OF $100,000 HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR ALLOCATION TO THESE ORGANISATIONS THROUGH THE SEVEN AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT,” A DB SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

’’THE CBAC WILL CONSIDER THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE AREA COMMITTEES AND MAKE GRANTS TO THE APPLICANT ORGANISATIONS DIRECT,’’ HE ADDED.

THE MAXIMUM GRANT IS $1,800. HOWEVER, FOR PURE ENTERTAINMENT FUNCTIONS SUCH AS PICNICS, BARBECUES AND VEGETARIAN MEALS, THE MAXIMUM GRANT WOULD BE $1,000.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME AIMS TO STRENGTHEN THE TIES AMONG THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS, AND TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO ORGANISE MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE THE TO AREA COMMITTEES DIRECT, OR TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR ITS SUB-OFFICES, OR BY TELEPHONING MISS WINNIE CHONG ON 554 0271.

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ISLANDS DB STUDY TOUR TO THAILAND

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AN ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD OVERSEAS STUDY GROUP, LED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM WAI-KEUNG, LEFT TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR A SEVEN-DAY VISIT TO THAILAND.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KIM SALKELD, AND THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARY, MRS MARINA WOODHEAD, THE GROUP COMPRISED EIGHT DB MEMBERS, FOUR CO-OPTED MEMBERS AND SOME LOCALS.

MR LAM SAID THAILAND WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE THE COUNTRY’S EMPHASIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM WAS SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

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"THE AIM OF THE TOUR IS TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF A SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRY WHICH HAS A SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUND AND ACTIVITIES SIMILAR TO THAT OF OUR DISTRICT," HE SAID.

"IT IS HOPED THAT MEMBERS WILL BE INSPIRED THROUGH SITE VISITS AND EXCHANGES OF IDEAS WITH THAI OFFICIALS," HE ADDED.

THE GROUP WILL FIRST VISIT PATTAYA WHERE THE CHIEF OF THE LOCAL TOURISM AUTHORITY WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE JOM TIEN BEACH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

THEY WILL ALSO VISIT THE EASTERN SEABOARD PROJECT AND SOME MARICULTURE FARMS NEAR PATTAYA.

IN BANGKOK, THE GROUP WILL CALL ON THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND TO ATTEND A BRIEFING ON TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION IN THE COUNTRY BY THE DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT CO-ORDINATION DIVISION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD STUDY GROUP TAKEN AT THE AIRPORT WILL BE BOXED.

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DB WORDING GROUP TO BE BRIEFED ON ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS

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MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE ASSISTANCE BEING OFFERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL REPORT THEIR FINDINGS ON THE WATER QUALITY NEAR A CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT AT YIM TIN TSAI.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE THE PROPOSED DESIGNATION OF NEW FISH CULTURE ZONES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE SHAM WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE BOUNDARY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) 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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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER SEVERAL APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION, TO PRODUCE THE DISTRICT BOARD REPORT, AND TO FINANCE AN EXCURSION FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROJECT.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE PROGRESS REPORTS FROM VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, TSUEN WAN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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

THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY REPORTS ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS IN KWUN TONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 TUNG YAN STREET.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WONG TAI SIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL RE IMPLEMENTED IN CHOI WAN ESTATE, WONG TAI SIN, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 14) FOR SEVEN WEEKS TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION WORKS AT THE SECTION OF JAT’S INCLINE BETWEEN NGAU CHI WAN STREET AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD.

THE SECTION OF JAT’S INCLINE BETWEEN NGAU CHI WAN STREET AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM THE EXISTING TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

THE SECTION OF NGAU CHI WAN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH JAT’S INCLINE AND A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM THE EXISTING TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND ONTO JAT’S INCLINE NORTHBOUND, TO TURN LEFT FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND ONTO JAT’S INCLINE NORTHBOUND, AND TO TURN RIGHT FROM JAT’S INCLINE SOUTHBOUND ONTO NGAU CHI WAN STREET WESTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ON CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR THE SECTION OF JAT’S INCLINE BETWEEN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND NGAU CHI WAN STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND, FUNG SHING STREET AND NGAU CHI WAN STREET.

MOTORISTS ON CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR THE SAME SECTION OF JAT’S INCLINE ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND, FUNG SHING STREET AND NGAU CHI WAN STREET.

THOSE ON JAT’S INCLINE SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR NGAU CHI WAN STREET ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA JAT’S INCLINE SOUTHBOUND, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND AND FUNG SHING STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE THEM.

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OPENING OF UNNAMED ROAD IN KOWLOON CITY ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 14), THE UNNAMED ROAD BENEATH THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND TO THE NORTH OF ARRIVALS ROAD WILL BE OPENED FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

CONCURRENTLY, THIS ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD NORTH (NORTHBOUND) TO GILLIES AVENUE (SOUTHBOUND) WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 14) TO FACILITATE CLEANSING WORK THERE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS FROM TSTM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WISHING TO PROCEED TO HUNG HOM AREA ARE ADVISED TO USE EITHER CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE; OR GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PAK KUNG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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EXTENSION OF OPERATING HOURS OF NT GMB ROUTES 33, 35

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE OPERATING HOURS OF NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 33 (YUEN LONG (TAI FUNG STREET) TO HA PAK NAI) AND ROUTE 35 (YUEN LONG (TAI FUNG STREET) TO SHA KIU (TSIM BEI TSUI)) WILL BE EXTENDED FROM SATURDAY (JULY 14), FROM 9 PM TO 9.30 PM DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LABOUR IMPORTATION APPLICATIONS TO START NEXT WEEK ........................ 1

DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN AIR QUALITY ....................................... 2

CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT FOR WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION ........................ 4

S157M EFFLUENT TUNNEL CONTRACT AWARDED .................................... 5

UK SHIPPERS BRIEFED ON HK REGISTER ........................................ 6

FUNDS FOR A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE APPROVED .................................... 7

FUNDS APPROVED FOR COMMISSIONING CONSULTANCY .............................. 8

OVER 30,000 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS REGISTERED IN FIRST HALF OF 1990 . 9

FIRST QUARTER SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES ................. 12

NEW HELICOPTERS FOR RHKAAF................................................. i5

NEW RESCUE VESSEL FOR AIRPORT ............................................. i6

AIRCRAFT CRASH/RESCUE EXERCISE ............................................ i6

FORMER KCR CLOCK TOWER DECLARED MONUMENT .................................. i7

REFURBISHMENT OF SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN STANLEY ................. 18

REMINDER ON DISPLAY OF GOLD AND PLATINUM MARKING ORDER NOTICES ............ 18

RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON THIRD QUARTER PAYMENT ........................ 19

SUMMER FUN FOR YUEN LONG YOUTHS ........................................... 21

WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO START ON SUNDAY .................... 21

STUDENT AMBASSADORS VISIT CSD TRAINING INSTITUTE .......................... 22

COMPULSORY INSPECTION OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES ............................. 23

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KOWLOON CITY ............................. 23

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN ......................... 23

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE ...................................... 24

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LABOUR IMPORTATION APPLICATIONS TO START NEXT WEEK *******

THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL STEERING GROUP ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR HAS FINALISED THE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME FOR TWO SCHEMES UNDER WHICH 2,700 SKILLED WORKERS AND 10,000 EXPERIENCED OPERATIVES CAN BE IMPORTED.

ANNOUNCING DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG SAID APPLICATIONS MAY BE LODGED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 16).

"HOWEVER, THE SCHEME TO IMPORT 2,000 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FOR THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED PROJECTS WILL NOT COMMENCE YET. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER IN THE YEAR," HE SAID.

STRESSING THAT THE STEERING GROUP WHICH HE CHAIRS WILL MONITOR CLOSELY THE SCHEMES’ IMPLEMENTATION TO ENSURE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION, MR YEUNG ADDED THAT ADEQUATE STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO PREVENT UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS FROM EXPLOITING IMPORTED WORKERS.

"AS A SAFEGUARD, WE HAVE AMENDED THE STANDARD CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT BY STIPULATING THAT ACCOMMODATION MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYER TO CERTAIN STANDARDS AND BY EMPHASISING THAT EMPLOYERS MAY NOT MAKE DEDUCTIONS FROM THE WAGES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, EXCEPT FOR THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 32 OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE," HE SAID.

THE STANDARD CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING TWO YEARS WILL ALSO SPECIFY THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER HONG KONG LABOUR LAWS AND WILL COVER AREAS SUCH AS WAGES, HOLIDAYS, MEDICAL BENEFIT AND FREE PASSAGE.

ADDRESSING CONCERN OVER THE POSSIBILITY OF LOW-WAGE COMPETITION FOR LOCAL WORKERS, MR YEUNG SAID THE PUBLICATION OF MEDIAN WAGES IN RESPECT OF TECHNICIANS, CRAFTSMEN, SUPERVISORS AND EXPERIENCED OPERATIVES WOULD GIVE HONG KONG WORKERS AN ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD COME UNDER NO SUCH THREAT.

"I WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE THAT ONLY THOSE APPLICATIONS OFFERING WAGES AT OR ABOVE THE MEDIAN LEVEL WILL BE CONSIDERED.

MOREOVER, BEFORE AN APPLICATION IS PROCESSED, THE EMPLOYER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT HE HAS FAILED TO RECRUIT LOCALLY AT MARKET WAGES.

"HE CAN EITHER ADVERTISE VACANCIES IN NEWSPAPERS OR REGISTER VACANCIES WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

"VALID APPLICATIONS WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED IN AN ORDER OF PRIORITY THAT HAS REGARD TO RECENT VACANCY RATES AND RATES OF WAGE INCREASE.

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"IT IS ENVISAGED TIIA Til I INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM THE HIGHEST VACANC. RA1 is AND SUSTAINING THE HIGHEST GROWTH RATE IN WAGES WOULD BE GIVEN A HIGHER PRIORITY," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT FOR EACH SCHEME, A LIST OF INDUSTRIES AND SERVICES RANKED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES AND THE RATE OF WAGE INCREASE, AND A SECOND LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL JOB TITLES IN EACH INDUSTRY OR SERVICE RANKED ACCORDING TO THEIR VACANCY SITUATION HAD BEEN COMPILED. THE LISTS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE IMMIGRATION AND LABOUR DEPARTMENTS.

"THESE LISTS WILL HELP PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS UNDERSTAND HOW THEIR APPLICATIONS WILL BE ASSESSED.

"A PAMPHLET, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, DESCRIBING THE PROCEDURE FOR IMPORTING LABOUR WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO HELP EMPLOYERS TO MAKE USE OF THE SCHEMES," HE SAID.

ON THE TIME-SCALE FOR IMPLEMENTATION, MR YEUNG SAID EMPLOYERS WOULD BE GIVEN SIX WEEKS UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST TO LODGE APPLICATIONS WITH THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AND IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT A MONTH FOR ALL APPLICATIONS TO BE EXAMINED.

"ONCE AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED, WE WILL NOTIFY THE EMPLOYER, AND ALLOW HIM UP TO THREE MONTHS WITHIN WHICH TO RECRUIT WORKERS AND TO ARRANGE FOR THE WORKERS TO APPLY FOR VISAS.

"VISA APPLICATION WILL TAKE BETWEEN THREE TO FIVE WEEKS, DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF VISAS REQUIRING TO BE PROCESSED.

"IT IS THEREFORE EXPECTED THAT THE FIRST BATCH OF WORKERS TO BE IMPORTED UNDER THE SCHEMES WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG EARLY NEXT YEAR," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE PROVIDED WITH ADDITIONAL STAFF TO COPE WITH THE WORK ARISING FROM THESE SCHEMES.

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DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN AIR QUALITY ******

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (FRIDAY) RELEASED THE FIRST DETAILED AIR QUALITY DATA RESULTING FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF AIR POLLUTION (FUEL RESTRICTION) REGULATIONS WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EPD, MR FRED TROMP SAID THE IMPROVEMENTS IN AIR QUALITY THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD OBSERVED OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAD BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF DRAMATIC.

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"IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT WHERE RESIDENTS HAVE LONG SUFFERED HIGH LEVELS OF AIR POLLUTION, WE HAVE SEEN LEVELS OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE GAS DROP BY OVER 80 PER CENT. THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A LOWERING OF LEVELS OF NITROGEN DIOXIDE GAS AND GENERAL DUST LEVELS.

"AIR POLLUTION LEVELS IN OTHER DISTRICTS AFFECTED BY INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS, SUCH AS KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN HAVE SHOWN SIMILAR IMPROVEMENTS," MR TROMP SAID.

"WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE PUBLIC,” MR TROMP EXPLAINED, "IS THAT THE AIR NOT ONLY LOOKS A LOT CLEANER, BUT WILL BE MUCH SAFER TO BREATHE."

"DOCTORS AND CLINICS IN THESE AREAS CAN EXPECT TO SEE A REDUCTION IN THE INCIDENCE OF RESPIRATORY AND LUNG ILLNESSES SUCH AS ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS AND THROAT INFECTIONS.”

THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (FUEL RESTRICTION) REGULATIONS 1990 WHICH WERE GAZETTED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR AND TOOK EFFECT ON JULY 1, RESTRICT THE SULPHUR CONTENT OF LIQUID FUELS TO 0.5 PER CENT AND THAT OF SOLID FUELS TO 1.0 PER CENT. THERE IS ALSO A VISCOSITY RESTRICTION FOR LIQUID FUEL.

BEFORE THE NEW REGULATIONS CAME INTO EFFECT, MOST FUEL BURNING INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG USED A THICK, HEAVY FUEL OIL WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO BURN AND HAS A SULPHUR CONTENT OF AROUND 2.5 PER CENT.

THE NEW, LIGHTER AND CLEANER FUEL IS EASIER TO BURN, AND THE EPD HAS DISCOVERED THAT CHIMNEYS EMITTING BLACK SMOKE, WHICH WAS A COMMON FEATURE OF INDUSTRY IN THE PAST, IS NOW AN EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE RULE.

OTHER VISIBLE EMISSIONS, SUCH AS WHITE AND BLUE HAZES HAVE ALSO ALMOST DISAPPEARED.

EPD WELCOMED THE CO-OPERATION AND EFFORTS MADE BY THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED AND THEIR FUEL SUPPLIERS. INTENSIVE INVESTIGATION BY EPD OFFICERS HAVE SHOWN THAT ALL FACTORIES VISITED SO FAR (AROUND 20 PER CENT OF ALL FUEL USERS) ARE NOW COMPLYING WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS.

MR TROMP WARNED THAT, IN THE FACE OF AN EVER-GROWING AND PROSPEROUS HONG KONG, FURTHER AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS WERE URGENTLY NEEDED IF THE GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR ALL AIR POLLUTANTS WERE TO BE MET.

"PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT WILL BE THE IMPOSITION OF STRINGENT VEHICLE EMISSION CONTROL MEASURES WHICH WILL FOLLOW THE INTRODUCTION OF UNLEADED PETROL NEXT YEAR. FURTHER CONTROLS ON SOME INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS ARE ALSO NEEDED," HE SAID.

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CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT

FOR. WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION I * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH A CONSULTANCY FIRM ON WORKS RELATED TO THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION, WHICH IS A KEY PART OF THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT.

THE 330-NECTARE RECLAMATION, EXTENDING ALONG THE WATERFRONT FROM YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER TO LAI CHI KOK, WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR ESSENTIAL TRANSPORT SERVICES TO THE NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS BEING PLANNED ON THE RECLAMATION INCLUDE RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, PORT-RELATED, GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY AND OPEN SPACE USES.

IN VIEW OF THE NEED TO COMPLETE THE MAJOR PORTION OF THE RECLAMATION WORKS WITHIN A PERIOD OF ABOUT FOUR YEARS, THE TECHNIQUES OF RECLAMATION AND SEAWALL CONSTRUCTION AS WELL, AS THE DREDGING AND DISPOSAL OF SEA MUD TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES DURING AND AFTER CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE CAREFULLY EXAMINED.

THE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, DR NIP KAM FAN AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MOTT MACDONALD HONG KONG LIMITED, WOULD INVOLVE THE DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF THE 160 HECTARES OF RECLAMATION AND SEAWALL IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION, TOGETHER WITH AGREED LOCAL ROADS SYSTEM, DRAINAGE AND LANDSCAPING FOR THE TOTAL AREA OF 330 HECTARES.

THE NECESSARY ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS WOULD ALSO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE CONSULTANT.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE FIRST CONTRACT IN THE AREA TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE CONSULTANT WOULD BE LET IN EARLY 1991 WITH A VIEW TO ACHIEVING SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF RECLAMATION WORKS BY MID-1994.

OF THE 330 HECTARES TO BE RECLAIMED, ABOUT 170 HECTARES FORMING THE SOUTHERN PART WILL BE DESIGNED AND SUPERVISED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE WORKS, WHICH WILL INCLUDE ASSOCIATED SEAWALLS AND DRAINAGE, WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION IS ABOUT $8.3 BILLION.

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$157M EFFLUENT TUNNEL CONTRACT AWARDED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A $157 MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED BY THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EFFLUENT TUNNEL AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE TOLO HARBOUR EFFLUENT EXPORT SCHEME.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR K.T. KUO, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CONTRACTOR, AN ITALIAN FIRM OPERATING LOCALLY.

THE EFFLUENT EXPORT SCHEME IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $873 MILLION AS THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO REDUCE POLLUTION IN TOLO HARBOUR WHERE THERE HAS BEEN EVIDENCE OF A PROGRESSIVE INCREASE IN NUTRIENT CONCENTRATION, LEADING TO THE FORMATION OF "RED TIDES”.

AT PRESENT, TREATED SEWAGE EFFLUENT IS DISCHARGED FROM THE SHA TIN AND TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS INTO TOLO HARBOUR. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE NUTRIENT SOURCES TO THE NEARBY WATERS.

TO REMEDY THE SITUATION, THE EFFLUENT EXPORT SCHEME HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO TOTALLY REMOVE THIS SOURCE OF NUTRIENT LOAD TO THE HARBOUR BY EXPORTING EFFLUENT FROM THE TWO TREATMENT WORKS TO THE VICTORIA HARBOUR VIA KAI TAK NULLAH FOR DISCHARGE.

THIS WOULD REQUIRE THE INTERCEPTION OF ALL THE FINAL TREATED SEWAGE EFFLUENT FROM THE TWO TREATMENT WORKS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SERIES OF PUMPING STATIONS, PIPELINE, SUBMARINE PIPELINE, AND A TUNNEL FOR EXPORTING THE EFFLUENT TO KOWLOON.

THE TUNNEL FOR WHICH THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TODAY IS OF DRIVEN BORE AND CONCRETE LINED TYPE, MEASURING 7.5 KILOMETRE LONG AND 3.2 METRE IN DIAMETER.

IT WILL RUN UNDERNEATH TATE’S CAIRN TO CARRY TREATED EFFLUENT FROM SHA TIN TO DIAMOND HILL AND IS THE FIRST CONTRACT SIGNED FOR STAGE I OF THE SCHEME.

ONE UNIQUE FEATURE OF THE CONTRACT IS THAT TUNNEL EXCAVATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY A TUNNEL BORING MACHINE AND NOT BY THE CONVENTIONAL DRILL AND BLAST METHOD.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH A MECHANISED METHOD OF EXCAVATION HAS BEEN USED ON A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT IN HONG KONG.

APART FROM SOME INITIAL ESTABLISHMENT WORKS, THE NEW TUNNELLING METHOD WOULD AVOID LARGE SCALE USE OF EXPLOSIVES WITH A CONSEQUENT ABSENCE OF ASSOCIATED VIBRATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE WORKS.

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BORING MACHINE TOGETHER WITH A

SHOULD SPEED UP WORK AND REDUCE TO

TWO-AND-A-HALF YEAR CONSTRUCTION

TUNNELLING.

ALSO, THE USE OF THE TUNNEL PRECAST CONCRETE SEGMENTAL LINING TWO YEARS WHAT SHOULD. HAVE BEEN A PERIOD USING CONVENTIONAL MEANS OF

IT IS SCHEDULED THAT STAGE I WORKS OF THE SCHEME TO SERVE SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE COMMISSIONED IN EARLY 1993 WHILE STAGE II WORKS FOR TAI PO ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE IN MID 1994.

WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE SCHEME WILL SERVICE THE PLANNED TOTAL POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OF SHA TIN AND TAI PO.

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UK SHIPPERS BRIEFED ON HK REGISTER * * * * *

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR JOHN YAXLEY, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) HOSTED A RECEPTION FOR SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM’S SHIPPING INDUSTRY TO PRESENT TO THEM THE TERRITORY’S NEW INDEPENDENT SHIPPING REGISTER.

THE HONG KONG MERCHANT SHIPPING (REGISTRATION) BILL WHICH PRESCRIBES IN LAW THE ARRANGEMENTS UNDER WHICH THE NEW REGISTER WILL OPERATE, MOVED THROUGH ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RECENTLY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE ENACTED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

’’THIS WILL MARK AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE TERRITORY’S EVOLUTION FROM A BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORY TO A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA WITH WIDE POWERS OF SELF GOVERNMENT,” MR YAXLEY SAID.

"BY SPECIFYING AND ENFORCING INTERNATIONALLY BASED STANDARDS OF VESSEL CONTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT AND CREWING, WE HAVE PROVIDED A HIGH QUALITY REGISTER.

"THESE STANDARDS ARE CONSISTENT WITH OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE IMO (INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION) CONVENTIONS IN PARTICULAR AS REGARDS THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA, CERTIFICATION OF CREWS AND PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT," HE ADDED.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND OF THE NEW REGISTER, CAPTAIN TONY JESTICO OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TOLD THE AUDIENCE THAT THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENT UNDER WHICH HONG KONG-REGISTERED SHIPS FORMED PART OF THE BRITISH REGISTER COULD NOT CONTINUE AFTER JULY 1, 1997.

ACCORDING TO THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE HONG KONG SAR IS AUTHORISED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A SHIPPING REGISTER AND ISSUE RELATED CERTIFICATES UNDER ITS OWN LEGISLATION IN THE NAME OF "HONG KONG, CHINA".

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THE SETTING UP OF AN INDEPENDENT SHIPPING REGISTER WOULD THEREFORE MARK AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION AS WELL AS ENHANCE IIONG KONG’S STATUS AS A LEADING CENTRE OF SHIPPING AND MARITIME COMMERCE, CAPT JESTICO SAID.

HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A REGISTER OF GOOD REPUTE WHICH WOULD SPECIFY AND ENFORCE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED STANDARDS OF SHIP CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY.

"IN NO SENSE WILL THE NEW REGISTER BE A FLAG OF CONVENIENCE, EITHER NOW OR IN THE FUTURE," HF SAID, ADDING THAT THE IMO CONVENTIONS FOR SAFETY AT SEA AND THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT WOULD BE FULLY INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG’S LEGISLATION.

HE SAID SO FAR AS MANNING WAS CONCERNED, THERE WOULD BE NO NATIONALITY OR RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR THE MASTER OR ANY MEMBER OF THE CREW.

ON THE FINANCIAL SIDE, CAPT JESTICO SAID THE FEES AND CHARGES WHICH SHIPOWNERS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY WOULD BE CALCULATED TO RECOVER COSTS RATHER THAN TO RAISE REVENUE.

DETAILS ON TAXATION WOULD BE ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER, HE ADDED.

ALSO ATTENDING THE RECEPTION WERE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S MARINE ADVISER IN LONDON, MR DERRICK HALL, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR JOHN TSE.

THE GUESTS INCLUDED MR D.A. DEARSLEY OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF BRITISH SHIPPING; MR G.A. HAVILLAND OF MESSRS JOHN SWIRE & SONS; MR J.C.S. HORROCKS OF INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF SHIPPING; AND MR M.T. STEELE OF WESCOL INTERNATIONAL MARINE SERVICES.


FUNDS FOR A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE APPROVED ♦ * * * »

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY) APPROVED FUNDS FOR CONSTRUCTING AND OPERATING A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE.

THE FUNDS ARE IN THE FORM OF A GRANT OF $250 MILLION AND A LOAN OF $188 MILLION FROM THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUND.

IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD APPROVED THE SETTING UP OF A STATUTORY CORPORATION FOR THE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE AND THAT A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT OF ABOUT 5,600 SQUARE METRES OF GOVERNMENT LAND AT THE JUNCTION OF TAT CHEE AVENUE AND FA PO STREET SHOULD BE MADE TO THE STATUTORY CORPORATION AT NOMINAL PREMIUM.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THE SETTING UP OF A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IN HONG KONG WOULD ASSIST THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR TO RESPOND TO THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY MORE EFFECTIVELY.

"A KEY FUNCTION OF THE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IS TO PROVIDE PURPOSE-BUILT ACCOMMODATION FOR HIGH-TECHNOLOGY DESIGN, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCT PROTOTYPING,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE WOULD ALSO PROVIDE PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND SET UP TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FACILITIES TO ASSIST MANUFACTURERS IN PRODUCT INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADING.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE STATUTORY CORPORATION, KNOWN AS THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTRE CORPORATION, WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN ABOUT A YEAR’S TIME.

MEANWHILE, A PROVISIONAL HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTRE COMPANY LIMITED HAS BEEN SET UP TO PERFORM THE NECESSARY FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF HAVING THE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OPERATIONAL IN 1993.

A BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS ALSO BEEN APPOINTED TO OVERSEE THE OPERATIONS OF THE COMPANY.

DR RAYMOND CH’IEN HAS BEEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN WHILE THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY CHAIRMAN.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD INCLUDE THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, PROFESSOR Y.C. CHENG, MR DAVID GAIRNS, PROFESSOR CHARLES KAO, MR JEFFREY LAM, MR J.P. LEE, DR CHRISTOPHER LEONG, MR C.D. TAM AND MR ALLAN WONG.

THE COMPANY SECRETARY IS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR MAXIMUS LI.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING SHORTLY.

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FUNDS APPROVED FOR COMMISSIONING CONSULTANCY

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY) APPROVED AN ADDITIONAL ADVANCE OF $760 MILLION FROM THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUND TO THE PROVISIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (PAA).

I THIS WILL ENABLE THE PAA TO COMMISSION THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN CONSULTANCY TO ESTABLISH A MAJOR WORKS SITE AT CHEK LAP KOK FOR THE SUBSEQUENT USE OF THE MAJOR RECLAMATION CONTRACTOR.

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THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN CONSULTANCY WILL TAKE 16 MONTHS AND WILL COVER THE PREPARATION OF AN AIRPORT MASTER PLAN, A CIVIL ENGINEERING ASSIGNMENT AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT STUDY.

IN ORDER TO AVOID UNDUE DELAY IN STARTING THE MAIN RECLAMATION WORKS FOR THE AIRPORT PLATFORM, THE AVAILABILITY OF A SUITABLE WORKS SITE ON CHEK LAP KOK FROM WHICH THE MAIN CONTRACTOR(S) CAN OPERATE IS A PREREQUISITE.

ALTHOUGH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORKS AREA WOULD NORMALLY BE A LEAD COMPONENT OF THE MAIN SITE FORMATION CONTRACT, IT IS CONSIDERED PRUDENT TO AWARD A SEPARATE CONTRACT FOR WORKS TO START IN EARLY 1991 IN ORDER THAT THE WORKS SITE IS AVAILABLE IN 1992 FOR USE BY THE MAIN CONTRACTOR(S) WHEN THE AIRPORT SITE FORMATION CONTRACT IS LET.

THE WORKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT INCLUDE:

FORMATION OF ABOUT 25 HECTARES’ OF FLAT LAND AT THE NORTH OF CHEK LAP KOK, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SUPPORTING FACILITIES;

* CONSTRUCTION OF A STAGING AREA ON THE MAINLAND COAST NEAR CHEK LAP KOK TO SERVE AS A CENTRAL POINT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DESPATCH OF PLANT AND MATERIALS; AND

REPROVISIONING OF AN AIR-TRAFFIC BEACON AND METEOROLOGICAL STATION, WHICH ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED IN NORTHEAST CHEK LAP KOK AND WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY NEARBY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES.

A SITE FOR THE WORKS AREA HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AT THE NORTHERN TIP OF CHEK LAP KOK WHICH MEETS ALL THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS.

PRELIMINARY DESIGN HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT. DETAILED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CAN BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN CONSULTANT TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY WITH THE FUTURE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN.

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OVER 30,000 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS REGISTERED IN FIRST HALF OF 1990

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS, THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THEM IN UNCOMPLETED BUILDINGS, REGISTERED IN THE LAND OFFICE DECREASED BY 6.7 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF BUT INCREASED BY 3.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SECOND HALF OF 1989, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

REPORTING ON HIS DEPARTMENT’S FIGURES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1990, MR GLEESON SAID IN ALL 30,158 SUCH AGREEMENTS WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE AGREEMENTS DECREASED BY 21.5 PER CENT FROM $50.44 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 BUT INCREASED SLIGHTLY FROM $39.26 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $39.60 BILLION IN THE CURRENT HALF YEAR.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990, 45,733 ASSIGNMENTS OF UNITS IN COMPLETED BUILDINGS, THE MAJORITY RESIDENTIAL, WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 47,780 AND 39,896 RESPECTIVELY DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1989, SHOWING A DECREASE OF 4.3 PER CENT AND AN INCREASE OF 14.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS DECREASED BY 7.1 PER CENT FROM $57,558 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 BUT INCREASED BY 29.5 PER CENT FROM $41,284 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $53,447 BILLION.

A TOTAL OF 4,372 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE COMPLETED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 3,135 AND 7,574 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1989 RESPECTIVELY.

THERE WERE 200 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS. THIS WAS 61.8 PER CENT AND 15.6 PER CENT LESS THAN IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1989 RESPECTIVELY.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE ASSIGNMENTS DECREASED BY 38.1 PER CENT FROM $22,787 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 BUT INCREASED BY 68.2 PER CENT FROM $8,389 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $14,112 BILLION.

THIRTY-TWO BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 46,451 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990, COMPARED WITH 31 AND 51,178 RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND 29 AND 39,644 RESPECTIVELY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990 ROSE BY 711.2 PER CENT FROM $0,727 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND BY 222.4 PER CENT FROM $1,829 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $5,895 BILLION.

THIS FIGURE WAS ACCOUNTED FOR, AS TO A TOTAL OF $5,547 BILLION, BY FIVE PARTICULARLY LARGE BUILDING MORTGAGES ONE OF WHICH, ALONE, WAS FOR $3.3 BILLION.

THE AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES DROPPED BY 14.3 PER CENT FROM $33,426 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 BUT INCREASED BY 9.5 PER CENT FROM $26,171 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $28,657 BILLION.

THE AMOUNTS ACTUALLY DRAWN DOWN ON THESE MORTGAGES AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THE AMOUNTS SECURED.

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY DISCHARGES AND MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, WERE DOWN BY 34.5 PER CENT FROM $18,791 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND BY 24.2 PER CENT FROM $16,239 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 TO $12,316 BILLION.

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SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC DURING THE FIRST HALF OF' 1990 TOTALLED 736,455, DOWN BY 8.4 PER CENT AND 3.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1989.

THERE WERE 721 SURRENDERS AND RESUMPTIONS OF LAND WITH A TOTAL COMPENSATION OF $0,405 BILLION PAID IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, COMPARED WITH 850 AND $0,347 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AND 1,245 AND $1,221 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1989 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 AT THE END OF JULY 1990.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990, THE SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 144,511 INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING 25,625 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS, 36,364 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS, 2,046 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 47 BUILDING MORTGAGES, 45,379 OTHER MORTGAGES AND 19,693 MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, RE-ASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS OF $20,880 BILLION, $24,249 BILLION, $3,202 BILLION, $1,227 BILLION, $9,902 BILLION AND $4,168 BILLION RESPECTIVELY.

A TOTAL OF 617 GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS WERE COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990 IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES COMPARED WITH 656 AND 724 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1989 RESPECTIVELY.

THE MORE SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1990 WERE THE FOLLOWING:

* THE SALE BY CASH TENDER ON JANUARY 3 OF A 11,220-SQUARE METRE SITE (RURAL BUILDING LOT NO. 3) AT PEAK ROAD TO STOOKET LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $328,000,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

* THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON JANUARY 23 OF A 2,941-SQUARE METRE SITE (NEW KOWLOON INLAND LOT NO. 5971) AT WANG HOI ROAD, KOWLOON BAY TO SOLANA LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $238,000,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

» THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON JANUARY 23 OF A 5,220-SQUARE METRE SITE (HUNG HOM INLAND LOT NO. 545) AT MAN LOK STREET, HUNG HOM TO VIEW SUCCESS INVESTMENTS LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $200,000,000 FOR GODOWN PURPOSES.

* THE SALE BY LETTER A/B TENDER ON FEBRUARY 2 OF A 27,290-SQUARE METRE SITE (SHA TIN TOWN LOT NO. 307) IN AREA 100, MA ON SHAN TOWN CENTRE, SHA TIN TO SHUNG KING DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED (54.7 PER CENT), EVERCOT

ENTERPRISE COMPANY LIMITED (29.2 PER CENT) AND MILLAP COMPANY LIMITED (16.1 PER CENT) AT A PREMIUM OF

$137,837,150 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (INCLUDING A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

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* THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON JUNE 22 OF A 2,900-SQUARE METRE SITE (INLAND LOT NO. 8740) AT HOI CHAK STREET, QUARRY BAY TO DELOSA INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $130,000,000 FOR GODOWN PURPOSES.

* THE GRANT ON JUNE 26 OF A 7,337-SQUARE METRE UNDERGROUND STRATUM OF LAND (INLAND LOT NO. 8762) AT ADMIRALTY, QUEENSWAY, TO GTM CARPARKS HONG KONG LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $25,400,000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF A FEE-PAYING UNDERGROUND PUBLIC CARPARK.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTY OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY ROSE BY 4 PER CENT FROM 1,166,201 IN- JUNE 1989 TO 1,213,000 IN DECEMBER 1989 AND AGAIN BY 4.7 PER CENT TO 1,270,158 IN JUNE 1990.

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FIRST QUARTER SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, ESTIMATED AT $8,660 MILLION, WAS 12 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1989, WHILE THE VOLUME WAS 4 PER CENT LOWER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF TOTAL PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990 WAS $3,458 MILLION, WHICH WAS 5 PER CENT HIGHER IN VALUE TERMS THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, BARS, FAST FOOD SHOPS AND NONCHINESE RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989. THESE WERE FOLLOWED BY CHINESE RESTAURANTS (8 PER CENT) AND "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES" - COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND OTHER OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURD JELLY, AND SO ON (5 PER CENT).

IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF BARS, FAST FOOD SHOPS AND NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT, 9 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE FOR "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES" AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT AND 8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990 WITH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1989 - AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS - TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THE VALUE OF PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS FELL BY 1 PER CENT.

IN VALUE TERMS, TOTAL RECEIPTS OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND NONCHINESE RESTAURANTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE FOR "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES", FAST FOOD SHOPS AND BARS, DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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IN VOLUME TERMS, TOTAL RECEIPTS OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS, ’’OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES", NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS, FAST FOOD SHOPS AND BARS DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT, 1 PER CENT, 4 PER CENT, 5 PER CENT AND 8 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 1989 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1989 AND FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100. ■» . . .

ALSO TABULATED ARE COMPARISONS OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1989 AND FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989.

THE REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 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 (TEL. NO. : 556 5240).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLES 1 AND 2 WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE AND BOXED.

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TABLE 1 : TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS ANO PURCHASES

4th qtr. 1989 (Revised figures)

1st qtr. 1990 (Provisional figures)

Total restaurant receipts

(in HKI Million)

8 466

8 660

Total purchases by restaurants (in HKI Billion)

3 490

3 458

TABLE 2 : VALUE AND

RECEIPTS FOR

VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RESTAURANT 4TH QUARTER 1989 AND 1ST QUARTER 1990

(Quarterly average of October 84 - September 85 = 100)

1 i 1 1 Type of restaurant 1 Index of total restaurant receipts 4th quar ter 1989 1st quarter 1990 1 1 1st qtr. J cotpared ' 4th qtr. 1990 with 1989 1st qtr. 1990 cotpared with 1st qtr. 1989 » • । । । i -»

; ———— 1 (Revised (Provisional 1 Points X Points X

figures) figur es) I ।

I Chinese restaurants Value 178 183 : *6 • ♦3 ♦13 *8 1 ।

Volute 120 120 1 4 -1 -10 -8

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I Non-Chinese restaurants Value 183 187 1 *4 ♦2 ♦36 <24 i

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I Volute 128 123 1 -5 -4 ♦8 <7 । ■

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। ! I Fast food shops Value 236 231 । ’ -4 -2 ♦45 *24

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Volute 175 165 -9 -5 ♦13 H I

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J Bars Value 164 151 1 -12 -8 ♦29 424 i

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Volute 131 120 1 -11 -8 ♦17 +16 !

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• । (Other eating and drinking places Value 145 144 • 1 -1 -1 ♦6 ♦S । । 1

» Volute 101 100 1 -1 -1 -7 -7 । । _ ।

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' Entire restaurant sector Value 182’ 187 1 *4 ♦2 ♦20 H2 । ।

I

• । Volute 126 123 1 -2 -2 -5 -4 1

1 1

Note: Figures denoting changes are derived frot unrounded figures.

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NEW HELICOPTERS FOR RHKAAF *****

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, TODAY (FRIDAY) ATTENDED A CEREMONY TO MARK THE BRINGING INTO SERVICE OF THREE NEW HELICOPTERS BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE (RHKAAF).

MR ASPREY SAID THE RHKAAF WAS IN THE PROCESS OF ACQUIRING A NEW FLEET OF AIRCRAFT. TWO TWIN-ENGINE BEECH 200 SUPERKING AIR AND FOUR SINGLE-ENGINE SLINGSBY TRAINING AIRCRAFT HAD ALREADY ENTERED SERVICE.

THE THREE EXISTING DAUPHIN HELICOPTERS ARE BEING REPLACED BY THREE SIKORSKY S 76 AIRCRAFT NOW, AND FIVE OTHERS WOULD BE ADDED BY MID-1911.

MR ASPREY SAID THE DAUPHIN HELICOPTERS WERE BEING RETIRED AFTER SERVING HONG KONG WELL FOR 10 YEARS, FLYING 16,500 HOURS, CARRYING OUT 3,600 EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATIONS AND SEARCH AND RESCUE FLIGHTS, AND CARRYING SOME 60,000 PASSENGERS.

NEW TECHNOLOGY IS ALSO BEING INTRODUCED TO THE RHKAAF, INCLUDING ADVANCED NAVIGATION AND AVIONICS SYSTEMS AND INFRA-RED NIGHT SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS. CONNECTED WITH THIS IS AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE TRAINING OF STAFF, BOTH AIR CREW AND GROUND CREW, TO OPERATE THE NEW EQUIPMENT.

NEW STAFF ARE ALSO BEING RECRUITED AND TRAINED, AND THERE IS A PROGRAMME TO LOCALISE THE RHKAAF’S PILOTS. THE INTENTION WAS TO TRAIN UP TO 30 CADET PILOTS TO OPERATIONAL STANDARD OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

MR ASPREY ALSO SAID NEW ACCOMMODATION WAS BEING PLANNED, WITH TWO NEW FACILITIES AT SEK KONG AND KOWLOON BAY DUE FOR COMPLETION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE RHKAAF IS BEING TRANSFORMED INTO A FULL-TIME CIVILIAN DISCIPLINED SERVICE. THIS WILL REQUIRE NEW LEGISLATION, A NEW ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE AND COMPLIANCE WITH NEW LICENSING AND OPERATING REQUIREMENTS.

THE NEW ORGANISATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ON ADDITIONAL TASKS INCLUDING A MUCH GREATER SEARCH AND RESCUE ROLE AND A COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING AIR SUPPORT FOR THE POLICE AS THEY PROGRESSIVELY TAKE OVER FROM THE ARMY RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER PATROL DUTIES.

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NEW RESCUE VESSEL FOR AIRPORT ♦ t ♦ * ♦

AFTER OVER 15 YEARS OF SERVICE THE RESCUE VESSEL AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS TO BE REPLACED.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS JUST ACCEPTED DELIVERY OF A BRAND NEW BRIGHT YELLOW CATAMARAN AFTER 10 MONTHS’ CONSTRUCTION IN A LOCAL SHIPYARD.

AT A COST OF $9 MILLION THE PERFORMANCE OF THE 23 METRE LONG ALUMINIUM CRAFT IS NOT ONLY BETTER THAN THE OLD VESSEL, BUT HAS EXCEEDED THE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS BY ACHIEVING OVER 27 KNOTS ON TRIALS.

"AT THESE SPEEDS SHE CAN REACT TO AN AIRCRAFT EMERGENCY FROM HER STANDBY BERTH AND REACH ANYWHERE INSIDE LEI YUE MUN IN LESS THAN SEVEN MINUTES,” THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARINE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT FLEET, MR PETER CRISP, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE DESIGN CONCEPT, WHICH WAS THE WORK OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S OWN GOVERNMENT NEW CONSTRUCTION SECTION, INVOLVES THE DEPLOYMENT OF INFLATABLE LIFERAFTS FROM THE VESSEL FOR 250 PEOPLE AND ALSO THE CRAFT’S OWN SPECIALLY ARRANGED RESCUE CAPACITY FOR A FURTHER 250 PEOPLE.

THIS COVERS THE FULL PASSENGER LOAD OF TODAY’S BIGGEST JUMBO JETS.

’’THE NEW BOAT WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT VERY SOON,” MR CRISP SAID.

”1 AM SURE THEY WILL TEST HER TO THE LIMITS, BUT I HOPE THERE WILL NEVER BE A NEED TO USE HER CAPABILITIES IN EARNEST,” HE ADDED.

AIRCRAFT CRASH/RESCUE EXERCISE

♦ » » * *

AND FOR

an AIRCRAFT CRASH/RESCUE EXERCISE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW < o ATIIROAV > S SU PO TO PROVIDE CONTINUATION TRAINING

ll AIRCRAFT CRASH/RESCUE TECHN18UES AND PROCEDURES

THOSE WHO WOULD BE INVOLVED IN SUCH OPERATIONS.

THE EXACT TIME OF THE EXERCISE IS BEING WITHHELD TEST THE ALERTNESS OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN DEALING EMERGENCIES.

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TAKING PART IN THE EXERCISE WILL BE STAFF avtatton DEPARTMENT, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, So TOLICB FORCE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HOSPITAL SERVICES CIVIL ’*XD SERVICES, AUXILIARY MEDICAL services REPRESENTATIVES OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS.

AND

A SPOKESMAN FOR INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC MINIMUM.

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT DURING THE EXERCISE WOULD BE KEPT TO

SAID THE

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FORMER KCR CLOCK TOWER DECLARED MONUMENT »»»*»*

THE FORMER KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (KCR) CLOCK TOWER IN TSIM SHA TSUI WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) GAZETTED AS A MONUMENT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE.

THE HONG KONG SECTION OF THE KCR WAS OPENED IN 1910, AND CONSTRUCTION OF A TERMINUS TOGETHER WITH A CLOCK TOWER BEGAN IN APRIL 1913.

THE CLOCK TOWER WAS COMPLETED AS PART OF THE TERMINUS PROJECT IN 1915.

BUILT OF RED BRICKS WITH GRANITE BLOCKS AT THE FOUR CORNERS, THE CLOCK TOWER IS A 44-METRE HIGH STRUCTURE SURMOUNTED BY A SEVEN-METRE ANTENNA ON A SLENDER STEEL SUPPORT.

THE SQUARE TOWER IS TOPPED BY A CONCRETE DOME MOUNTED ON A DRUM-SHAPED BASE. THE COLUMNS OF THE BASE ARE ALTERNATIVELY PIERCED BY DOORS ON FOUR SIDES, EACH LEADING TO A BALCONY WITH A CURVED METAL BALUSTRADE.

INSTALLATION OF THE ELECTRIC TURRET CLOCK AND THE ONE-TON HOUR BELL STARTED IN 1920 AND WAS COMPLETED IN 1921. IT BEGAN FUNCTIONING ON MARCH 22, 1921 .

DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION THE CLOCK STOPPED FUNCTIONING. IT WAS RE-ACTIVATED ON OCTOBER 2, 1945.

BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTIES IN MAINTAINING A CLOCK OPERATED BY BATTERIES, FOUR MOTORS, ONE FOR EACH FACE OF THE TOWER, WERE INSTALLED. AS A RESULT, THE TIMES SHOWN ON EACH FACE WERE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AND THE USE OF THE BELL WAS THEREFORE DISCONTINUED IN 1950.

THE CLOCK TOWER, LOCATED AT A PROMINENT POSITION ON THE TSIM SHA TSUI WATERFRONT, HAS BECOME A FAMILIAR HISTORICAL LANDMARK EASILY RECOGNISED BY BOTH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND OVERSEAS TOURISTS.

FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF THE KCR TERMINUS TO HUNG HOM IN 1975, THE TERMINUS BUILDING WAS DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW CULTURAL CENTRE.

THE CULTURAL CENTRE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE PRINCE OF WALES IN NOVEMBER 1989. THE CLOCK TOWER HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE DESIGN OF THE PIAZZA OUTSIDE THE CENTRE’S AUDITORIA BLOCK.

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REFURBISHMENT OF SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN STANLEY

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THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS WITHIN THE STANLEY AREA.

THE EXISTING SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN THE AREA HAD BEEN INSPECTED AS PART OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND SOUTH SEWERAGE MASTER PLAN STUDY.

THESE INVESTIGATIONS IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR REPAIR AND REFURBISHMENT OF CERTAIN PIPELINES. THE PROPOSED WORKS ARE DESIGNED TO RETURN THE EXISTING SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS TO A FULLY OPERATIONAL STATE AT A MINIMUM COST.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, COMPRISING CLEANSING, RELINING AND REPAIR OF EXISTING SEWERS AND DRAINS, IS SCHEDULED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT FROM EXISTING MANHOLES WITH EXCAVATION FROM ROAD SURFACE BEING KEPT TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.

THE PROJECT IS ALSO PART OF THE STANLEY AREA SEWERAGE AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME WHICH WILL PROVIDE SEWERAGE FOR THE TAI TAM REDHILL AND STANLEY AREAS BY 1993 TOGETHER WITH A PLANT TO TREAT AND DISPOSE OF THE SEWAGE COLLECTED.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 10.

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REMINDER ON DISPLAY OF GOLD AND PLATINUM MARKING ORDER NOTICES

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THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED GOLD AND JEWELLERY SHOPS OPERATORS TO DISPLAY IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE WITHIN THEIR SHOPS THE GOLD AND PLATINUM MARKING ORDER NOTICES LEST THEY SHOULD CONTRAVENE THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE.

THE REMINDER WAS MADE FOLLOWING A TOTAL OF NINE SHOPS WERE FOUND TO HAVE FAILED TO PROPERLY DISPLAY THE GOLD AND PLATINUM MARKING ORDER NOTICE IN A TWO-DAY OPERATION, WHICH ENDED TODAY, BY THE DEPARTMENT’S TRADING STANDARD INVESTIGATION BUREAU TO INSPECT GOLD AND PLATINUM JEWELLERY SHOPS.

THE PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER, MR ANDREW WONG, SAID A TOTAL OF 48 GOLD AND PLATINUM JEWELLERY SHOPS LOCATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS OF CHEUNG CHAU AND LANTAU WERE INSPECTED.

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’’UNDER THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (MARKINGS) (GOLD AND GOLD ALLOY) ORDER 1981 AND THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (MARKINGS) (PLATINUM) ORDER 1988, A SHOP IS REQUIRED TO DISPLAY THE MARKING ORDER NOTICES IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE WITHIN THE SHOP PREMISES WHERE GOLD OR PLATINUM ARTICLES ARE SUPPLIED OR OFFERED FOR SUPPLY IN THE COURSE OF TRADE OR BUSINESS.

’’THE GOLD MARKING ORDER NOTICE OR THE PLATINUM MARKING ORDER NOTICE SHOULD INDICATE THAT EVERY ARTICLE OF GOLD, GOLD ALLOY OR PLATINUM THAT IS SUPPLIED OR OFFERED FOR SUPPLY IN THE COURSE OF TRADE, SHOULD BEAR A MARK INDICATING THE FINENESS OF THE GOLD ALLOY OR PLATINUM,” MR WONG SAID.

IN AUGUST 30 LAST YEAR, SIMILAR INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED ON 63 GOLD AND PLATINUM JEWELLERY SHOPS IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS OF KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND.

AS A RESULT, 16 SHOPS WERE FOUND FAILING TO DISPLAY THE REQUIRED NOTICES AND 14 SHOP OWNERS WERE LATER PROSECUTED AND FINED FROM $750 TO $5,000.

MR WONG REMINDED TRADERS OF GOLD AND PLATINUM ARTICLES THAT CUSTOMS OFFICERS WOULD FROM TIME TO TIME INSPECT THEIR SHOPS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAD COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE LEGISLATION.

’’SIMILAR PROSECUTION ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST THE SHOP OWNERS WHO ARE FOUND FAILING TO DISPLAY THE REQUIRED NOTICES IN THE PRESENT OPERATION,” HE ADDED.

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RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON THIRD QUARTER PAYMENT

RATEPAYERS SHOULD BY NOW HAVE RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES FOR RATES FOR THE QUARTER JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1990 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 OF 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 1ST FLOOR, 28 SHU KUK STREET, HONG KONG;

» THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, 4TH FLOOR,

405 NATHAN ROAD (MARKET STREET ENTRANCE), KOWLOON;

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* THE KOWLOON CITY SUB-TREASURY, MAN SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 1ST 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 FORTHWITH 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, 1990 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, 1990. RATEPAYERS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS CONTAIN THE NECESSARY FUNDS ON THAT DATE.

RATEPAYERS ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT THE AMOUNT PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DATE IS INDICATED ON THE DEMAND NOTE BY AN ARROW-HEAD IN THE 'TOTAL AMOUNT DUE’ BOX.

RATES ARE PAYABLE ON VACANT PROPERTIES BUT ARE REFUNDABLE UNDER THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 30 OF THE ORDINANCE.

UNDER SECTIONS 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.

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SUMMER FUN FOR YUEN LONG YOUTHS * * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN YUEN LONG WILL HAVE A FUN FILLED SUMMER THIS YEAR AS OVER 170 RECREATIONAL, SPORTING AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR THEM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHOW YIU-WING, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF OTHER PROJECTS TO ENHANCE THE CIVIC AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF YOUNG PEOPLE," HE ADDED.

THE SYP IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WITH A DONATION OF OVER $260,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

IT WILL BE KICKED OFF BY A PAINTING COMPETITION AT THE YUEN LONG CHILDREN PLAYGROUND AROUND NOON TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE YUEN LONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOSEPH LAI; THE CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP, MR PETER LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

A PROGRAMME PAMPHLET IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, AND THE LONG PING COMMUNITY HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 12.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE YUEN LONG CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, HONG LOK ROAD.

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THE 1990 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (JULY 15) WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AND CARNIVAL AT THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE.

THE SYP HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 TO ENJOY A HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER BY TAKING PART IN RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

MORE THAN 600 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY 41 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE THIS YEAR, AND THE SLOGAN IS "I LOVE SUNSHINE, I LOVE VIGOUR”.

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THE ANNUAL PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE 1990 AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY ON SUNDAY WILL BE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU; REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR LOK MAN-PAN; REGIONAL LEISURE MANAGER (KOWLOON EAST) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHAN WING-FONG; AND CHIEF HOUSING MANAGER (ISLAND AND KOWLOON CENTRAL) OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR CHOY KI-WONG.

IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A YOUTH LION DANCE, A MAGIC SHOW, SINGING AND BRASS BAND PERFORMANCES AND A CARNIVAL WITH STALL GAMES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1990 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY AND CARNIVAL WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 15) AT THE OPEN DECK AND PERFORMANCE STAGE OF THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE, KOWLOON.

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STUDENT AMBASSADORS VISIT CSD TRAINING INSTITUTE ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

PROGRAMME

VISITED

FIFTY PARTICIPANTS OF THE STUDENT AMBASSADOR

ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION TODAY (FRIDAY) THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT --------------- ttPADM madk AuniiT THE PROVISION OF CORRECTIONAL

(CSD) AT STANLEY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THE

PROVISION

THE STUDENTS FIRST ATTENDED A TALK WHICH DEPARTMENT’S WORK, THE OPERATION OF THE PENAL SYSTEM, CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR OFFENDERS.

OUTLINED THE AND THE VARIOUS

TO SEE THE FACILITIES FOR THE TRAINING COURT ROOM, MOCK CELL,

THEY THEN TOURED THE INSTITUTE TRAINING OF CSD STAFF, INCLUDING THE INDOOR FIRING RANGE AND GYMNASIUM.

THE STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME IS STUDENTS WHO ARE ABOUT TO FURTHER THEIR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT HONG KONG.

DESIGNED TO FURNISH

STUDIES OVERSEAS WITH

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COMPULSORY INSPECTION OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT ALL LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WITH A GROSS WEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING 1.9 TONNES MANUFACTURED IN 1983 OR BEFORE WHICH REQUIRE A NEW LICENCE ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 1 MUST BE INSPECTED AT A DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT SUCH VEHICLES SHOULD BE INSPECTED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1 AND A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS OBTAINED PRIOR TO RELICENSING.

’’THE CERTIFICATE IS ONLY VALID FOR RELICENSING DURING THE FOUR MONTHS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DATE OF ISSUE," HE SAID.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KOWLOON CITY

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 15), THE RIGHT-TURN VEHICULAR MOVEMENT FROM SAN MA TAU STREET ONTO LONG YUET STREET IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE TEMPORARILY BANNED TO FACILITATE THE URGENT REPAIRING OF A WATERMAIN AT THE JUNCTION OF THESE TWO STREETS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

THE INNER-MOST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND NEAR MA LIU SHUI FOR A SECTION OF ABOUT 500 METRES WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 15) TO 8 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20).

THE CENTRE LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND NEAR MA LIU SHUI FOR A SECTION OF ABOUT 500 METRES WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8 PM EACH DAY AND 6 AM NEXT MORNING FROM SUNDAY (JULY 15) TO THURSDAY (JULY 19).

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE REGULAR MAINTENANCE WORKS, THE TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED ON SUNDAY (JULY 15), FROM AFTER MIDNIGHT TO 2 AM AND FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL BE RE-OPENED TO GENERAL TRAFFIC AT A TEN-MINUTE INTERVAL AND IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AND POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON SITE TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MARCH-MAY UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS RELEASED ...................... 1

MARCH EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED ......................... 2

NEW AIRPORT MASTER PLAN CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT SIGNED ................................ 7

OVER 8,500 CANCER DEATHS LAST YEAR .................................................. 8

HK TAKES LEAD IN COPYRIGHT PROTECTION ............................................... 9

CIVIC EDUCATION IMPORTANT TO YOUNG PEOPLE ........................................... 9

WAN CHAI FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS ............................................... 10

KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS ............................................ H

GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER .......................................................... H

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES START ................................................. 12

TALKS TO PROMOTE SUMMER JOB SAFETY ................................................. 12

NEW PUBLIC EARTH DUMP TO OPEN IN TUEN MUN .......................................... 13

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ................................................ 14

WATER CUTS IN SHEUNG WAN AND CHEUNG CHAU ........................................... 14

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGMENT IN TSIM SHA TSUI ...................................... 15

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI ............................................... 15

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TO KWA WAN ...................................................... 16

EXTENSION OF GMB OPERATING HOURS ................................................... I6

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MARCH-MAY UNEMPLOYMENT AND *

UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS RELEASED * * * t *

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED AT A LOW LEVEL WHILE THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASED DURING THE PERIOD MARCH - MAY 1990.

THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY Till' CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT ALTHOUGH THE D , I OR LABOUR HAS PROBABLY BECOME LESS INTENSE, STRONG SIGNS OF EASING IN THE LABOUR MARKET WERE NOT YET APPARENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1990 WAS 1.6 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.5 PER CENT FOR BOTH THE THREE MONTHS ENDJi.. FEBRUARY 1990 AND THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASES OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTE STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN MARCH - MAY 1990 WAS ESTIMATED AT 44,200, COMPARED WITH 40,800 IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1990 AND 40,300 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1989.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1990 WAS 1.0 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 0.6 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1990. AND 0.9 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.4 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.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS IN MARCH - MAY 1990 WAS 26,900, COMPARED WITH 17,500 IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1990 AND 25,800 IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY 1989.

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.

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THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1990 WAS 1.6 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.9 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY FOR MARCH - MAY 1990 COVERED A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 11,500 HOUSEHOLDS OR 41,100 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-1NSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL ' AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY / NTER'IEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE ' HOUSE OLDS SAMPLED. IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1990 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND SEPTEMBER 20 AT $11.50 PER COPY.

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MARCH EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED

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IN MARCH 1990, EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED COMPARED WITH MARCH 1989, WHILE EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THUS THE SHIFT IN EMPLOYMENT FROM MANUFACTURING TO SERVICES CONTINUED.

THERE WERE 764,700 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN MARCH 1990, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 6.1 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH MARCH 1989.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 773,400 IN MARCH 1990, WAS 9.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1989.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 263,300, WAS UP BY 9.3 PER CENT.

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EMPLOYMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES INCREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT COMPAI ED WITH MARCH 1989.

THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR MARCH 1990 IN THESE SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, WITH COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1989 AND DECEMBER 1989, ARE AS FOLLOWS :

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN* PERCENTAGE CHANGE**

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR 89 DEC 89 MAR 90 MAR 90 ON MAR 89 MAR 90 ON DEC 89

MANUFACTURING 814,200 791,500 764,700 -6.1 -3.4

CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES ONLY) 73,000 69,500 74,200 + 1.7 + 6.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 707,100 774,000 773,400 + 9.4 -0.1

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 241,000 254,800 263,300 + 9.3 + 3.4

t FIGURES ARE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST 100. tt BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARING MARCH 1990 WITH DECEMBER 1989, EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION SITES AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS INCREASED BY 6.7 PER CENT AND 3.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED BY 3.4 PER CENT. EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN MARCH 1990 WERE DERIVED FROM THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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THESE SECTORS COVER THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. THERE IS A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING CONSTRUCTION SITES.

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 1989 AND DECEMBER 1989 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF REPORTED

VACANCIES IN* PERCENTAGE CHANGE**

SELECTED MAJOR

SECTORS OF THE MAR 90 ON MAR 90 ON

ECONOMY MAR 89 DEC 89 MAR 90 MAR 89 DEC 89

MANUFACTURING 57,050 36,170 38, 270 -32.9 UI 00

WHOLESALE AND 37,720 27,050 34, 910 - 7.5 + 29.0

RETAIL, IMPORT

AND EXPORT TRADES

AND RESTAURANTS

AND HOTELS

FINANCING, 11,630 10,520 10,930 - 6.0 + 4.0

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

* FIGURES ARE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST 10.

* * BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

114 LINE WITH THE SLACKENING IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY SINCE THE LATTER HALF OF 1989, THE DEMAND FOR LABOUR SEEMED TO HAVE BECOME LESS INTENSE. THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS DECREASED BY 32.9 PER CENT, 7.5 PER CENT AND 6.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY BETWEEN MARCH 1989 AND MARCH 1990.

HOWEVER, COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1989, AND BEARING IN MIND THE INFLUENCE OF SEASONAL FACTORS, 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, HOWEVER INCREASED BY 5.8 PER CENT, 29.0 PER CENT AND 4.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MARCH 1990.

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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 FOLLOWING TABLE : TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN 1ST QTR. 1ST QTR. 1989 1990 HK$ MN HK$ MN % 1ST 1ST CHANGE* QTR. 1990 ON QTR. 1989

MANUFACTURING 11,712 12,63 + 7.8 4

WHOLESALE AND 11,071 14,088 + 27.2

RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

FINANCING, 5,970 7,358 +23.2

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

♦ BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES

COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 7.8 PER CENT, 27.2 PER CENT AND 23.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN MARCH 1989 AND MARCH 1990, 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 1989 AND MARCH 1990 ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW :

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NOMINAL INDEX OF

PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED t iiimp i non - 1 nn \ % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR 90 ON MAR 89

MAR 89 MAR 90

MANUFACTURING 297.0 338.5 + 14.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 290.0 334.0 + 15.2

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 288.6 316.4 + 9.6 • • V r

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR 90 ON MAR 89

MAR 89 MAR 90

MANUFACTURING 151.2 156.7 + 3.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 147.7 154.6 i ■. ■ • • *j + 4.7

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 146.9 146.5 • -0.3

BETWEEN MARCH 1989 AND MARCH 1990, AN INCREASE OF 14.0 PER CENT WAS REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

FOR THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 15.2 PER CENT AND FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 9.6 PER CENT.

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THE RELATIVELY SMALL INCREASE IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WAS LARGELY DUE TO THE SMALL INCREASE IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR (BY 5.5%).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF 3.6 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 4.7 PER CENT FOR THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, BUT A DECREASE OF 0.3 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 1990, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $ 11 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AND AT THE SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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THE PROVISIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (PAA) TODAY (SATURDAY) SIGNED THE FIRST MAJOR CONTRACT MARKING AN IMPORTANT STEP IN TAKING FORWARD THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT.

THE CONTRACT, WHICH IS FOR THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN CONSULTANCY, WAS SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE PAA BY ITS CHAIRMAN, SIR PIERS JACOBS, AND ON BEHALF OF THE GREINER-MAUNSELL JOINT VENTURE BY THE DIRECTOR OF GRIENER INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, MR SAM MILITELLO, AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LIMITED, MR FRANCIS BONG.

FOR THE AIRPORT MASTER PLAN, THE CONSULTANTS WILL REVIEW AIR TRAFFIC DEMAND FORECASTS; DEFINE THE SERVICE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES; PLAN THE AIRPORT CONFIGURATION AND LAYOUT; DEFINE THE AIRSPACE STRUCTURE AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM; IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR GENERATING CONCESSION REVENUE AT THE AIRPORT; AND ESTABLISH THE PROGRAMME AND THE COST FOR THE PROJECT, INCLUDING THE FUTURE AIRPORTS OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING ASSIGNMENT, THE CONSULTANTS WILL UNDERTAKE FURTHER SITE INVESTIGATION; PREPARE PRELIMINARY DESIGNS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS FOR THE ENTIRE AIRPORT; PREPARE TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR THE INITIAL PHASE(S) OF THE AIRPORT SITE PREPARATION; AND OVERSEE THE CONTRACT FOR THE FORMATION OF AN ADVANCE WORKS SITE ON CHEK LAP KOK.

FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, THE CONSULTANTS WILL EXAMINE METHODS TO MINIMISE POLLUTION AND NUISANCE ARISING FROM THE TOTAL DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE NEW AIRPORT; IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ARISING FROM CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE AIRPORT; AND IDENTIFY AND SPECIFY MEASURES TO MITIGATE THESE IMPACTS AND REDUCE THEM TO ACCEPTABLE LEVELS.

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OVER 8,500 CANCER DEATHS LAST YEAR *****

MORE THAN 8,500 PEOPLE DIED OF CANCER IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING 30 PER CENT OF TOTAL DEATHS IN THE TERRITORY, THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON CANCER ORGANISED BY THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR LEE SAID ACCORDING TO THE CANCER REGISTRY THE NUMBER OF NEW CANCER CASES NOTIFIED IN 1988 WAS 14,500.

"MANY OF THE CANCER CASES ARE IN FACT CLOSELY RELATED TO OUR LIFE-STYLES," HE SAID. "ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE EXAMPLES IS THE RELATION OF CIGARETTE SMOKING AND LUNG CANCER.”

DR LEE POINTED OUT THAT LUNG CANCER ACCOUNTED FOR 2,592 DEATHS OR 30 PER CENT OF TOTAL CANCER DEATHS LAST YEAR, AND THAT 90 PER CENT OF THE LUNG CANCER CASES WERE ATTRIBUTABLE TO SMOKING AND WERE THUS : PREVENTABLE.

WHILE "CANCER" MIGHT BE A VERY FRIGHTENING WORD, THE CURE RATE OF SOME OF THE CANCERS WAS VERY PROMISING IF THE DISEASE WAS DIAGNOSED AND TREATED AT AN EARLY STAGE, HE SAID.

HE SAID PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER WAS THEREFORE CONSIDERED EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

"THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS DETERMINED TO PROMOTE AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE IN ORGANISING CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAMMES," DR LEE STRESSED.

"ITS FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDES FREE CERVICAL SMEAR EXAMINATIONS FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER OF THE CERVIX FOR WOMEN ABOVE THE AGE OF 30.

"BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION IS ALSO PROMOTED THROUGH THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE AND THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT."

DR LEE SAID THE IMMUNISATION OF ALL NEWBORNS IN HONG KONG AGAINST VIRAL HEPATITIS B INFECTION WAS STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1988.

THIS WAS ANOTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE TO PREVENT CANCER OF THE LIVER, THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER DEATH IN HONG KONG.

IN THE PROMOTION OF CANCER EDUCATION, HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WORKED CLOSELY WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH AND THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY.

DR LEE PRAISED THE MEDICAL STUDENTS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN ORGANISING THE EXHIBITION WHICH HE SAID WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH IN SOCIETY.

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HK TAKES LEAD IN COPYRIGHT PROTECTION * * * * *

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TRYING HARD TO COMBAT VARIOUS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF COPYRIGHT OWNERS, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR TONG KANG-SING, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE "COPYRIGHT AND YOU" EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE PENINSULA JAYCEES, MR TONG SAID SUCH COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDED PIRATED POP MUSIC CASSETTES, MOVIES AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, PHOTOCOPIED AND PIRATED REFERENCE BOOKS AND COMPUTER MANUALS.

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD BEEN TAKING A LEAD IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND HAD HENCE ATTRACTED A RAPID INCREASE IN OVERSEAS TECHNOLOGY AND INVESTMENTS.

HE SAID HONG KONG WAS ONCE REFERRED TO AS "THE PARADISE OF COMPUTER SOFWARE INFRINGEMENT", WHICH HAD AFFECTED THE TERRITORY’S REPUTATION AND IMPEDED ITS ECONOMY, HE NOTED.

BUT NOW OTHER THAN A SMALL NUMBER OF TOUTS WHO WENT UNDERGROUND, NO PIRATED PRODUCTS WERE SOLD IN PUBLIC, MR TONG SAID.

"DUE TO EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT, THE BENEFIT AND REPUTATION OF PUBLISHERS, MANUFACTURERS AND SINGERS CAN BE PROTECTED AND FURTHER IMPROVED.

"SUCH PROTECTION PROVIDES INVESTORS THE CONFIDENCE TO TAKE ON MORE VENTURES, SUCH AS ORGANISING CONCERTS OF TOP SINGERS," HE SAID.

MR TONG SAID UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE, MANY COUNTRIES HAD ADOPTED A MORE POSITIVE APPROACH TOWARDS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

"A COUNTRY WILL BE FACING TRADE SANCTIONS IF IT DOES NOT EXERCISE EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS," HE ADDED.

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CIVIC EDUCATION HAS BECOME A VERY ESSENTIAL PART OF THE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG IN THE LIGHT OF FUTURE CHANGES IN HONG KONG, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FUNFUL ENGLISH PRIMARY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN.

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MR LAN TOLD HIS YOUNG AUDIENCE THAT HONG KONG’S FUTURE WAS IN THEIR HANDS.

"ALTHOUGH AT THIS STAGE YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO PARTICIPATE DIRECTLY IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, YOU SHOULD MAKE GOOD USE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND TO PARTICIPATE TO PREPARE YOURSELVES TO MAKE CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIETY IN FUTURE," HE SAID.

"IN ADDITION, I HOPE THAT PARENTS CAN SET A GOOD EXAMPLE AND HELP THEIR CHILDREN TO DEVELOP HEALTHY HABITS AND A GOOD CHARACTER SO AS TO LAY A SOUND FOUNDATION FOR THEIR FUTURE," HE ADDED.

HE PRAISED THE SCHOOL FOR SPARING NO EFFORTS IN ENHANCING THE STUDENTS’ CIVIC AWARENESS.

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CRIME CAMPAIGN STARTS * * * * *

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) HAS BEEN ORGANISING YEARLY ACTIVITIES TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF CRIME PREVENTION AND TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO HELP POLICE FIGHT CRIME, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME AND ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN, MR MANN SAID THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY DRIVE WOULD FOCUS ON THREE SUBJECTS, NAMELY, YOUTH CRIME, PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND CONTROL, AND HOME SECURITY.

HE ADDED THAT VARIOUS FUNCTIONS WOULD BE ORGANISED TO MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF ABUSING NARCOTICS AND SOFT DRUGS.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE DFCC CHAIRMAN, MR LESTER KWOK, DEPUTY POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR ALBERT CHEUNG, AND THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A MARCHING BAND PARADE AND CHOIR PERFORMANCES AT THE WEST GARDEN OF HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

A BUS TOUR TO PUT ACROSS THE FIGHT CRIME AND ANTI-DRUG MESSAGES WAS ALSO HELD, DURING WHICH PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO PASSERS-BY.

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KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS

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MORE THAN 560 SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT EROM TODAY (SATURDAY) UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TONG MAN-YIU, SAID A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ARRANGED FOR PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25.

"IN ADDITION TO WATER AND LAND SPORTS, COMMUNITY SERVICES ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED TO INCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WHILE HAVING FUN," HE SAID.

OVER 10,000 COPIES OF THE PROGRAMME BOOKLET ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE OR SAD1CK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL. OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TANG KWOK-WAI; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LEE WING-TAT; AND REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR STEPHEN CHAU.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY AEROBIC AND FOLK DANCES, MARCHING BAND AND A LION DANCE PERFORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM EIGHT SUB-DISTRICTS.

THIS YEAR’S KWAI TSING DISTRICT SYP, WITH A BUDGET OF $580,000, IS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER *****

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A LAND LOT ON TSING TSUEN ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

THE SITE COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 11,600 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC PARTING AREA FOR PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES, TAXIS AND GOODS VEHICLES CURRENTLY LICENSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS ATTACHED.

THE TENANCY IS FOR 18 MONTHS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 27.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, NEW TERRITORIES; THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE KOWLOON DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES START t * * » I

MORE THAN 100 YOUNGSTERS WILL TAKE PART IN A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ORGANISED RY THE WEST KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROGRAMME, THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF REGIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES, WAS AIMED AT FOSTERING A SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND ENCOURAGING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

"THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A SEMINAR, AN OPEN FORUM AND AN OPINION SURVEY," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALEXANDER FUNG. GUEST SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE A LECTURER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR TSANG WING-KWONG, AND A CIVIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER, MR CHENG KA I-NAM.

FOUR OTHER REGIONAL PROGRAMMES WILL BE ORGANISED IN AUGUST AND OCTOBER THIS YEAR ON THE TOPICS OF YOUNG PEOPLE’S ROLES IN MEETING NEW CHALLENGES AND THE WORK OF VOLUNTEERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE ACADEMY ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, HOLIDAY INN HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, BEGINNING AT 9 AM.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION OFFICER WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO INSTIL IN STUDENTS THE MESSAGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TO AVOID ACCIDENTS IN SUMMER JOBS.

"UNDER A SAFETY PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS STARTED IN MAY, FACTORY INSPECTORS HAVE VISITED 40 SECONDARY SCHOOLS OVER THE TERRITORY AND TALKED TO SOME 12,000 STUDENTS," THE DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR HO SING-CHUEN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

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"DURING THE VISITS, STUDENTS WERE BRIEFED ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS AND SOME BASIC WORK SAFETY PRACTICES AND WERE SHOWN FILMS ON RELATED TOPICS.

"IT IS DEPLORABLE TO SEE YOUNG STUDENTS INJURED AT SHORT-TIME SUMMER WORK, ESPECIALLY WHEN SUCH TRAGEDIES RESULTED IN PERMANENT DISABILITIES," HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENTAL STATISTICS, 29 SUMMER-JOB WORKERS WERE INJURED LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH 35 IN 1988 AND 41 IN 1987.

THOUGH THE NUMBER OF INJURIES HAD SHOWN A DECLINE, MR HO SAID THE ACCIDENT RATE WAS STILL UNDESIRABLE GIVEN THE LIMITED NUMBER OF STUDENTS TAKING SUMMER JOBS WITHIN A PERIOD OF ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

"LACKING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING IN WORK SAFETY, STUDENTS ARE MORE PRONE TO ACCIDENTS THAN OTHER WORKERS," HE NOTED.

MR HO URGED STUDENTS TO REFRAIN PARTICULARLY FROM WORKING AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY, VIGOROUS MANUAL WORK AND PROCESSES INVOLVING FIRE AND DANGEROUS SUBS I \NCES.

"IF IN DOUBT ABOUT THE NATURE OF WORK, THEY SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PARENTS AND CAREERS TEACHERS, OR SEEK ADVICE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE ON TEL. 852 3565," HE SAID.

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NEW PUBLIC EARTH DUMP TO OPEN IN TUEN MUN

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A NEW PUBLIC EARTH DUMP AT WONG CHU ROAD, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY (JULY 16).

THE PUBLIC EARTH DUMP IN AREA 16, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

DUMPING PERMIT IS REQUIRED AT THE WONG CHU ROAD EARTH DUMP. VALID DUMPING PERMITS PREVIOUSLY ISSUED FOR AREA 16 CAN ALSO BE USED THERE.

APPLICATIONS FOR DUMPING PERMITS CAN BE MADE TO THE TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SEVENTH FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $718,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER BW 88 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $235,000.

ANOTHER NUMBER EK 9 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $80,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 FOR EF 6377.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’ S AUCTION:

$ $ $ $

EH8288 22,000 BW 88 235,000 EH 228 38,000 AE3383 10,000

BB3502 3,000 EH 378 5,000 EH9283 2,000 EG6789 22,000

EG 871 2,000 EH9887 2,000 EK 1 00 50,000 EH 990 10,000

CX 350 4,000 EG 218 11,000 EH 133 15, ’00 EH4000 10,000

AJ7227 4,000 EH 14 10,000 7 393 30,000 EH3809 9,000

EG 339 8,000 EH9983 4,000 CF9968 4,000 EG 418 2,000

CT1122 13,000 EF 823 6,000 EH1 128 6,000 EF6377 1,000

EF8689 4,000 EJ 299 5,000 EK 9 80,000 AP6848 4,000

EH 130 5,000 EH2823 6,000 EG8128 5,000 EH1800 20,000

BC 638 11,000 EH3223 16,000 EH 883 18,000 EF8898 6,000

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 153RD ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $103,344,505.

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WATER CUTS IN SHEUNG WAN AND CHEUNG CHAU

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 16) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES AT 127-133 (ODD NUMBERS) HOLLYWOOD ROAD, 76-130 (EVEN NUMBERS) HOLLYWOOD ROAD, LADDER STREET BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, CIRCULAR PATHWAY, SHING WONG STREET BETWEEN GOUGH STREET AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD, 1-2 TSUI ON LANE, AND 270-290 (EVEN NUMBERS) QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

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ON TUESDAY (JULY 17), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES ON CHEUNG CHAU WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FOM 10 AM TO 4 PM TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES AT THE SOUTHERN HALF OF CHEUNG CHAU INCLUDING TAI HING TAI ROAD, 92-173 TAI SAN STREET, TAI SAN BACK STREET, NAM SHE TONG, PEAK ROAD, KWUN YAM WAN, FA PENG, TAI CHOI YUEN DISTRICT, KO SHAN TSUEN, LUNG TSAI TSUEN, NAM TAM, TAI SHEK HAU, SIN YAN TSENG, SHUI HANG, ROUND TABLE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD VILLAGES, SHUN YEE VILLAGE, SAI WAN, AND CARE VILLAGE.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF A WATERMAIN, COX’S ROAD BETWEEN AUSTIN ROAD AND TAK SHING STREET, IN TSIM SHA TSUI, WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 16) FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT SEVEN DAYS.

MOTORISTS ON JORDAN ROAD HEADING FOR AUSTIN ROAD CAN TRAVEL VIA PARKES STREET SOUTHBOUND ONTO AUSTIN ROAD.

FROM MONDAY (JULY 16) TO SUNDAY (JULY 22), BUSES OF KMB ROUTE 2C (TAT CHEE AVENUE TO STAR FERRY) WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA NATHAN ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO STAR FERRY.

DURING THIS PERIOD, BUS STOPS FOR KMB ROUTE 2C WILL BE DESIGNATED OUTSIDE NOS. 230, 134 AND 26 OF NATHAN ROAD, WHILE EXISTING BUS STOPS IT OBSERVES ON COX’S ROAD SOUTHBOUND, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 16), THE SECTION OF JOHNSTON ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN SPRING GARDEN LANE AND TAI YUEN STREET, IN WAN CHAI, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO FACILITATE MAINLAYING WORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TO KWA WAN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 16), THE FOLLOWING URBAN CLEARWAYS WILL BE IMPOSED IN TO KWA WAN FOR ABOUT 60 WEEKS:

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TO KWA WAN ROAD BETWEEN SAN MA TAU STREET AND SAN SHAN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CONVERTED TO AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY; AND

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY IN SAN MA TAU STREET, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TO KWA WAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CONVERTED TO AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 33 (YUEN LONG TAI FUNG STREET TO HA PAK NAI) AND ROUTE 35 (YUEN LONG TAI FUNG STREET TO SHA KIU TSIM BEI TSUI) WILL BE EXTENDED FROM 9 PM TO 9.30 PM DAILY AS FROM TODAY (SATURDAY).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DB DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THAILAND AND SINGAPORE .............................

WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS .......................................... 1

OVERTIME WORK FOR WOMEN MUST BE REPORTED ............................................. 3 .

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES FOR FIVE REGIONS ...............................

LONGER NURSERY OPENING HOURS BEING CONSIDERED ....................................... 4

PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON IMPOSTERS ............................................

REVIEW OF DESIGN METHODS FOR EXCAVATIONS PUBLISHED ..........................

REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR NORTH POINT .....................................

REFUSE TRANSFER STATION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ..............................

URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG .................................................

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DB DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THAILAND AND SINGAPORE ******

A WAN CHAT DISTRICT BOARD DELEGATION DEPARTED TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR THAILAND AND SINGAPORE ON A SEVEN-DAY STUDY VISIT.

THE 10-MEMBER DELEGATION WILL FIRST VISIT THAILAND AND STAY THERE UNTIL WEDNESDAY (JULY 18).

DURING THEIR STAY, MEMBERS WILL MEET OFFICIALS FROM THE THAI EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE AND BANGKOK’S METROPOLITAN ADMINISTRATION.

IN SINGAPORE, THEY WILL VISIT THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT, THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION.

THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE GREENERY PROJECTS IN THE ISLAND REPUBLIC BY OFFICIALS OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

LED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, THE DELEGATION COMPRISES SEVEN OTHER DB MEMBERS. THEY ARE MR ARTHUR CHAM, MR RAYMOND CHOW, MR WARREN CHOW, MR CHUNG YEE-ON, MS JACQULINE HA, MR LEE LAU-SHEK AND MR NORMAN LO.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, AND A DISTRICT SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER ARE ACCOMPANYING THE GROUP.

THE DELEGATION IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON SATURDAY (JULY 21).

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WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS

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IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION, THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN LAU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

"THEREFORE, A GREAT VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP A GOOD PHYSIQUE AND PLEASANT PERSONALITY," HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1990 WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) AT THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE, MR LAU SAID THE SYP WAS A COMMUNITY BUILDING EXERCISE TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT TO ENJOY A HEALTHY AND RELAXING SUMMER HOLIDAY.

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"THROUGH TAKING PART IN VARIOUS RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT THE DUTIES OF A GOOD CITIZEN AND PUT INTO PRACTICE THE SYP THEME OF 'SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY’ , " HE SAID.

MR LAU SAID THE WONG TAI SIN SYP’S SLOGAN -- "I LOVE SUNSHINE, I LOVE VIGOUR" -- AIMED TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES AND MAKE USE OF THE LONG HOLIDAY TO ENRICH AND ENJOY THEMSELVES.

ON THE SUBJECT OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES, MR LAU SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SOON LAUNCH A VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN TO PREPARE FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR.

"THE COMMUNITY ORGANISERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CONDUCT DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS IN THE DISTRICT IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP,” HE SAID.

UNDER THIS YEAR’S SYP, MORE THAN 600 RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY 41 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL BE HELD IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

THESE INCLUDE CAMPS, PICNICS, LIFE EXPERIENCING SCHEMES, INTEREST CLASSES, TRAINING COURSES, SEMINARS, EXHIBITIONS AND CARNIVALS.

AN AMOUNT OF ABOUT $600,000 FOR THE ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON), MR LOK MAN-PAN; REGIONAL LEISURE MANAGER (KOWLOON EAST), MR CHAN WING-FONG; CHIEF HOUSING MANAGER (ISLAND AND KOWLOON CENTRAL), MR CHOY Kl-WONG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHOI LUK-SING.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE AUDIENCE WAS TREATED TO A LION DANCE, MAGIC SHOW, AND SINGING AND BRASS BAND PERFORMANCES.

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FACTORY PROPRIETORS ARE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED THAT THEY MUST REPORT TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ANY INTENDED CHANGE IN THE PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT OF THEIR FEMALE WORKERS, OTHF WISE THEY MAY BE PROSECUTED.

ACCORDING TO THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, NO CHANGE SHOULD BE MADE IN THE PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT OR INTERVALS FOR MEALS OR REST FOR WOMEN EMPLOYED IN AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING UNLESS THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN DULY NOTIFIED IN WRITING.

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“A NOTICE OF PERMISSIBLE HOURS OF WORK CONTAINING DETAILS OF SUCH CHANGE SHOULD ALSO BE POSTED IN THE WORKPLACE 48 HOURS BEFORE THE CHANGE TAKES EFFECT,” THE SENIOR LABOUR 01 ICER (PROSECUTIONS), MR TSANG KIN-WOO, EXPLAINED.

MR TSANG NOTED THAT TWO MANUFACTURERS WERE RECENTLY FINED HEAVILY BY THE COURT FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT.

THE WINNERTEX FASHION LIMITED AND HERMES TEXTILE INDUSTRY (HK) LIMITED WERE FOUND DURING INSPECTIONS TO HAVE EMPLOYED 30 AND 15 WOMEN RESPECTIVELY OUTSIDE THEIR NORMAL PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT AND HAD NOT SUBMITTED OVERTIME REPORTS TO THE DEPARTMENT.

’’THE FORMER WAS SENTENCED THE MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000 BY A KWUN TONG MAGISTRATE, WHILE THE LATTER WAS FINED $9,000 BY A TSUEN WAN MAGISTRATE,” MR TSANG SAID.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A SERIES OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES IN FIVE REGIONS TO AROUSE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERN ABOUT SOCIETY AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALEXANDER FUNG, SAID THIS TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF A SEMINAR TO MARK THE START OF THE PROGRAMMES.

HE NOTED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE FACING MORE CHALLENGES AS HONG KONG UNDERWENT RAPID CHANGES IN THE 90’S.

"IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE TERRITORY’S PROSPERITY AND STABILITY,” HE SAID.

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MR FUNG APPEALED TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT THEY HAD LEARNED ABOUT CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

MORE THAN 100 YOUNGSTERS ATTENDED TODAY’S SEMINAR, WHICH INCLUDED TALKS ON CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND YOUNGSTERS IN THE 90’S BY A LECTURER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR TSANG WING-KWONG, AND BY A CIVIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER, MR CHENG KAI-NAM.

THE OTHER REGIONAL PROGRAMMES, COVERING THE TOPICS OF YOUNG PEOPLE’S ROLES IN MEETING NEW CHALLENGES AND THE WORK OF VOLUNTEERS, WILL BE HELD IN AUGUST AND OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

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LONGER NURSERY OPENING HOURS BEING CONSIDERED

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE OPENING HOURS OF DAY NURSERIES TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS OF PARENTS, THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR CARLOS LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE FOURTH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE ALICE LAN AND VERA SHEN EDUCATION FUND DELIA PEI NURSERY IN SHA TIN, MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT CHILDREN’S PRE-SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT HAD AN IMPORTANT EFFECT ON THEIR FUTURE PROGRESS.

"THAT IS WHY THE DEPARTMENT AND ORGANISATIONS ENGAGED IN CHILD CARE SERVICES HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD IN PROMOTING PRE-SCHOOL SERVICE FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION," HE SAID.

AT PRESENT THERE IS A TOTAL OF 18,937 PLACEMENTS FOR CHILDREN AGED TWO TO SIX AT THE EXISTING 173 REGISTERED SUBVENTED DAY NURSERIES TERRITORY-WIDE. THEIR OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM DAILY.

MR LEUNG SAID HE HOPED THESE NURSERIES COULD BE MORE FLEXIBLE IN COPING WITH THE PARENTS’ NEEDS.

"IN THIS RESPECT, WE ARE NOW WORKING WITH THE SUBVENTED NURSERIES TO LOOK INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THEIR OPENING HOURS," HE ADDED.

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PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON* IMPOSTERS

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) ADVISED COMPANY PROPRIETORS TO BE WATCHFUL FOR PEOPLE IMPERSONATING AS OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A NUMBER OF COMPANIES HAD RECENTLY BEEN APPROACHED BY PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE LABOUR OFFICERS AND ASKING FOR PARTICULARS OF THE COMPANIES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS WHEN MAKING ENQUIRIES WOULD ALWAYS PROVIDE THEIR NAMES AND THE DIVISIONS THEY WERE WORKING IN.

’’OFFICERS CONDUCTING SITE INSPECTIONS ARE ALSO INSTRUCTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES BY PRODUCING THEIR WARRANT CARDS,” HE ADDED.

"IF PROPRIETORS HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT Till CALLER’S IDENTITY, THEY SHOULD ASK FOR HIS CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESS FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.

"THEY COULD ALSO CHECK WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OR REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION," HE SAID.

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THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE HAS PUBLISHED A TECHNICAL DOCUMENT ENTITLED "REVIEW OF DESIGN METHODS FOR EXCAVATIONS".

THIS PUBLICATION PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF A REVIEW CARRIED OUT BY THE OFFICE ON THE DESIGN OF EXCAVATION SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND IN THE PREDICTION OF GROUND MOVEMENT AROUND EXCAVATIONS.

THE ACTING HEAD OF THE OFFICE, MR JOHN MASSEY, SAID IN THE LAST DECADE, THERE HAD BEEN A RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS IN HONG KONG WHICH REQUIRED THE CONSTRUCTION OF DEEP EXCAVATIONS.

"IN RESPONSE, THE OFFICE HAS BEGUN WORK SEVERAL YEARS AGO ON THE REVIEW OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE ON THE SUBJECT OF EXCAVATIONS," HE SAID.

THE AIM OF THE REVIEW IS TO FACILITATE THE USE OF MODERN METHODS AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE DESIGN OF EXCAVATION SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

IT IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES OUTLETS AT A COST OF $30. USERS OF THE PUBLICATION ARE INVITED TO COMMENT ON ITS CONTENTS.

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REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR NORTH POINT ♦ ♦*♦♦♦

A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL BE BUILT IN NORTH POINT FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF . A $2.36 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OCCUPYING A 540-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT MARBLE ROAD, THE SINGLE-STOREY REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL ACCOMMODATE A CARBON FILTRATION SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE EMISSION OF FOUL SMELL.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED WILL INCLUDE AN OFFICE, A PUMP ROOM AND STAFF CHANGING ROOMS.

WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MAY NEXT YEAR.

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REFUSE TRANSFER STATION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ♦ * * ♦ ♦

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REFUSE TRANSFER STATION IN CHAI WAN AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 17).

THE STATION WILL HANDLE 1,200 TONNES OF WASTES ON HONG KONG ISLAND PER DAY. IT IS EXPECTED TO COME INTO OPERATION BY THE END OF 1992.

ALSO, MEMBERS WILL SUGGEST WAYS TO PROMOTE GREATER USE OF RECYCLED PAPER AND THE COLLECTION OF WASTE PAPER FOR RECYCLING.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE PROBLEMS AT THE NORTH POINT TRAM TERMINUS, THE CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN CHAI WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 17) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN KWUN TONG ♦ ♦ ♦ » »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 17), THE SECTION OF HIU KWONG STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SAU MING ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

MONDAY, JULY 16, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

14 QUESTIONS, EIGHT BILLS ON LEGCO AGENDA ................ 1

CLOSE TIES NEEDED FOR HK AND MACAU ....................... 1

WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH PUBLISHED ......................... 2

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS ON FOREX DEALINGS ............... 6

NEW YAU TSIM OFFICE CONTINUES TO SERVE DISTRICT .......... 6

PROPER LABELLING FOR PREPACKAGED FOOD .................... 7

OVERSEAS YOUNG MUSICIANS TAKE PART IN MUSIC CAMP ......... 8

NEW PLAYGROUNDS FOR WESTERN DISTRICT AND KOWLOON BAY ..... 9

KWUN TONG DB REPORT PUBLISHED ............................ 10

PARENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION .. 10

HK REGIONAL HEPATITIS B VACCINATION CENTRE ON MOVE ....... 11

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ............... 11

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PREFERENTIAL SCHEME FOR ELDERLY .. 12

REPERTORY THEATRE TO PERFORM IN SOUTHERN ................. 12

PRESERVATION OF SCENERY ON DB AGENDA ..................... 13

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ..................................... 13

WATER CUT IN TAI KOK TSUI ................................ 14

TEMPORARY PARTIAL LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY ........... 14

MONDAY, JULY 16, 1990

14 QUESTIONS, EIGHT BELLS ON LEGCO AGENDA t * * * t

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK A TOTAL OF 14 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER EIGHT BILLS AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 18).

OF THE EIGHT BILLS, FOUR WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS AND DEBATES ON THEM WILL BE ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, AND THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1990.

THE OTHER BILLS ARE EACH DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING, AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THEY ARE THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1989-90) BILL 1990, THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, AND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER THE ■ LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP WILL SPEAK ON THE REPORT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TRAVEL AGENTS’ RESERVE FUND FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 1, 1988 TO MARCH 31, 1989, AND THE HON PETER POON WILL SPEAK ON THE REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ON REPORT NO. 15 OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ON THE RESULTS OF VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTINGS FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERIES AND THEY MAY MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONING 844 0899.

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IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT HONG KONG AND MACAU, BOTH HAVING MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PLANS, SHOULD KEEP CLOSELY IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER TO ENSURE THAT EACH SIDE KNOWS WHAT THE OTHER IS DOING, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE HONG KONG MACAU FERRY TERMINAL WHERE HE BID FAREWELL TO THE MACAU GOVERNOR, DR CARLOS MELANCIA.

THIS WAS A RETURN VISIT OF THE MACAU GOVERNOR TO THE TERRITORY AFTER SIR DAVID OFFICIALLY VISITED MACAU IN JANUARY LAST YEAR.

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"WE ARE VERY CLOSE NEIGHBOURS AND WHAT ONE DOES AFFECTS THE OTHER,” THE GOVERNOR SAID.

WHEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE NEW AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT IN MACAU, STR DAVID SAID: "I SEE THE AIRPORT IN MACAU AS SOMETHING WHICH IS VERY MUCH COMPLEMENTARY TO HONG KONG, NOT IN ANY WAY A THREAT TO HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT PLANS.”

HE DID No! THINK THE EARLY ( f MPLET1ON OF THE MACAU AIRPORT WOULD DO ANY DAMAGE AT ALL TO HONG KONG’S PLANS.

SIR DAVID \DDED THAT THE ONE THING BOTH SIDES MUST WORK OUT

TOGETHER WOULD BE HOW TO DEAL WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL BECAUSE OF THE RELATIVELY’ CLOSE PROXIMITY OF THE TWO AIRPORTS.

THE MACAU GOVERNOR ARRIVED THIS MORNING AND HELD A DISCUSSION WITH SIR DAVID IN THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

IN THE AFTERNOON, DR MELANC'IA VISITED MODERN TERMINALS LIMITED IN KWAI CHUNG TO SEE THE FACILITIES THERE. HE LATER FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO CHEK LAI’ KOK WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT.

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WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH PUBLISHED

THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR MARCH 1990, AT 199.1, INCREASED BY 12.7 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1989 AND BY 6.6 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX, AT 115.2 IN MARCH 1990, WAS 2.4 PER (ENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN MARCH 1989 AND 2.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN SEPTEMBER 1989.

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.

IN MARCH 1990, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE OF THE NOMINAL

WAGE INDEX FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR WAS 11.2 PER CENT, AND FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WAS 16.7 PER CENT.

WHEN COMPARING MARCH 1990 WITH SEPTEMBER 1989, IT IS NOTED THAT

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX WAS HIGHER BY 3.4 PER CENT IN THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR, AND BY’ 8.5 PER CENT IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

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THE NOMINAL ANH REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1989 TO MARCH 1990 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1 AND TABLE 2 RESPECTIVELY. DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTUR1 NG SECTOR ARE GIVEN'. IN TABLE *3.

THE WAGE INDEXES ARE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY COVERS ROTH MANUAL ANU NON-MANUAL WORKERS (EXCLUDING EMPLOYEES AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS) IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN FIVE MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS.

THE FREQUENCY OF THE SURVEY HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM QUARTERLY TO HALF-YEARLY BASIS STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 1989. FOLLOWING THE MARCH 1990 SURVEY, THE NEXT HALF-YEARLY SURVEY WJL1/. BE CONDUCTED IN SEPTEMBER 1990. THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEX, IS MARCH 1982.

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 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 EARNING.

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, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

TOTAL PAYROLL IS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMENT THAT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYERS, AND THEREFORE ALSO INCLUDES OVERTIME PAY AND OTHER NON-GUARANTEED AND IRREGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCE.

HENCE, STATISTICS ON PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED TEND TO BE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS ACTUALLY WORKED, THE TIMING OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY, AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

AS A RESULT, MOVEMENTS IN WAGE RATES DO NOT NECESSARILY CONFORM WITH THOSE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT ON HALF-YEARLY SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS VOLUME I, MARCH 1990 WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE VOLUME 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 THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 823 4744 OR 823 4747.

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TABLE 1: NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

% CHANGE % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS MAR. 1989 SEPT. 1989 MAR. 1990 MAR. 1990/ SEPT. 1989 MAR. MAR. 1990/ 1989

MANUFACTURING 171.3 180.6 192.2 ♦ 6.4 + 12 .2

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES. RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 174.8 181.0 194.3 ♦ 7.3 + 11 .2

TRANSPORT SERVICES 199.9 222.3 229.9 ♦ 3.4 + 15.0

BUSINESS SERVICES 201.7 217.0 235.4 ♦ 8.5 + 16 .7

PERSONAL SERVICES 194.8 209.4 224.1 +7.2 + 15 .2

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 176.7 186.7 199.1 +6.6 + 12 .7

TABLE 2: REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

MAR. 1989 SEPT. 1989 MAR. 1990 % CHANGE MAR. 1990/ SEPT. 1989 % CHANGE

MAR. MAR. 1990/ 1989

MANUFACTURING 109.1 108.7 111.2 + 2.3 + 1 .9

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 111.3 108.9 u- 112.5 + 3.3 + 1 . 1

TRANSPORT SERVICES 127.2 133.8 133.0 -0.6 + 4 .6

BUSINESS SERVICES 128.4 130.6 136.2 + 4.3 + 6 . 1

PERSONAL SERVICES 124.0 126.1 129.9 + 3.0 + 4 .8

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 112.5 112.4 115.2 + 2.5 + 2 .4

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TABLE 3 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

SELECTED MAJOR INDUSTRIES MAR. 1989 INDEXES SEPT. 1989 (MARCH 1982 = 100) % CHANGE MAR. 1990/ MAR. 1989

MAR. 1990 % CHANGE MAR. 1990/ SEPT. 1989

GARMENTS 144.2 153.1 160.9 + 5. 1 + 11.6

GLOVES 189.1 192.2 191.0 -0.6 + 1.0

HANDBAGS 162.2 180.5 192.2 + 6.5 + 18.5

COTTON SPINNING/WEAVING 190.3 193.0 210.7 + 9.2 + 10.7

KNITTING 161.6 168.3 175.0 + 4.0 + 8.3

BLEACHING AND DYEING 189.6 200.6 207.7 + 3.5 + 9.5

PRINTING 203.5 222.9 238.5 + 7.0 + 17.2

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 165.2 170.5 184.1 + 8.0 + 11.4

METAL PRODUCTS 182.7 193.9 201.7 + 4.0 + 10.4

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 208.0 227.7 244.4 + 7.3 + 17.5

ELECTRONICS 202.8 210.6 228.4 + 8.5 + 12.6

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 215.3 224.6 243.4 + 8.4 + 13.1

MANUFACTURING 171.3 180.6 192.2 + 6.4 + 12.2

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS ON FOREX DEALINGS ******

WRITTEN-.SUBMISSIONS TO THE WORKING GROUP SET UP TO STUDY THE NEED TO IMPOSE CONTROL ON LEVERAGED DEALINGS IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE BY RETAIL INVESTMENT COMPANIES HAVE TO BE MADE BEFORE THE END OF THIS (JULY) MONTH, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE GROUP, WHICH WAS FORMED BY THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS UNDER THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, HAS BEEN INVITING WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS ON THE SUBJECT IN EARLY JUNE.

"SINCE THEN A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS HAVE SENT IN THEIR SUBMISSIONS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, THE WORKING GROUP INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION.

"IT WILL EXAMINE ALL THE SUBMISSIONS BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER. AND IF SO WHAT CONTROL SHOULD BE IMPOSED ON LEVERAGED DEALINGS IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE BY COMPANIES WHICH ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE EXISTING SUPERVISION AND REGULATION FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS AT THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, 24TH FLOOR, ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER 2, 18 HARCOURT ROAD.

ALL WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

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NEW YAU TSIM OFFICE CONTINUES TO SERVE DISTRICT ******

REDEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN YAU TSIM IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BRING ABOUT A FACELIFT FOR THE DISTRICT, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW OFFICE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AND YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD.

CITING THE "SIX STREETS” REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME AS EXAMPLE, MR LAN SAID THIS WAS TO BE COMPLETED IM TWO PHASES AND THE WHOLE SCHEME WOULD EVENTUALLY PROVIDE THE DISTRICT WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS, EITHER FOR SALE OR FOR RENTAL, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND RECREATIONAL AREAS.

"THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT OF YUNNAN LANE AND THE RECLAMATION OF THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER, WOULD RESULT IN A NEW OUTLOOK FOR THE DISTRICT," HE SAID.

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IN THE MEANTIME, A SERIES OF IMPROVEMENT WORKS WAS BEING PLANNED AS STOP-GAP MEASURES TO COPE WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE OLDER PARTS OF THE DISTRICT, MR LAN NOTED.

IN THIS RESPECT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD SET UP A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM IN 1985 TO PROVIDE LOCAL RESIDENTS, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WITH EXPERT ADVICE ON IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR BUILDINGS.

ON COMMUNITY BUILDING, MR LAN SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE ASSISTED LOCAL NON-PROFIT MAKING GROUPS IN ORGANISING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

TO HELP PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING AND ENCOURAGE GREATER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD WOULD HOLD THE SECOND DISTRICT FESTIVAL WHICH WOULD LAST FROM NOVEMBER UNTIL JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

MR LAN URGED ALL RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT TO TAKE AN ACTIVE-PART IN THE THREE-MONTH FESTIVAL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE MORE THAN 40 ACTIVITIES INCLUDING A CONCERT, AN EXHIBITION ON YAU TSIM’S TOMORROW AND A CARNIVAL.

ON THE WORK OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, MR LAN NOTED THAT THE OFFICE HANDLED MORE THAN 10,000 CASES EVERY MONTH. THESE INCLUDED GENERAL ENQUIRIES, COMPLAINTS, DECLARATION SERVICE AND FREE LEGAL ADVICE AS WELL AS BOOKING APPOINTMENTS FOR MEETING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

MR LAN SAID WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD BECOME MORE IMPORTANT.

"TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN ITS ROLE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC," HE SAID.

"IT WILL ALSO CANVASS MORE VIGOROUSLY THE SUPPORT OF GRASS-ROOT ORGANISATIONS IN PROMOTING PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE DISTRICT," HE ADDED.

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PROPER LABELLING FOR PREPACKAGED FOOD *****

FOOD MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS ARE TODAY (MONDAY) REMINDED TO SELL FOOD ITEMS IN PREPACKAGED FORM, WHETHER COMPLETELY OR PARTIALLY PACKED, WITH PROPER LABELLING AS REQUIRED BY THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF THE FOOD AND DRUGS (COMPOSITION AND LABELLING) REGULATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POINTED OUT THAT OFFENDERS MAY BE FINED A MAXIMUM OF $25,000 AND JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS, u

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THE REMINDER FOLLOWS RECENT COURT CASES IN WHICH FOUR RETAILERS WERE FINED FROM $750 TO $2,000.

LN THE FIRST TWO CASES, A SUPERMARKET IN CENTRAL AND A GINSENG AND DRIED SEAFOOD COMPANY IN KOWLOON WERE EACH FINED $2,000 FOR SELLING PREPACKAGED FOOD ITEMS, ALMONDS AND INSTANT NOODLES AND PISTACHIO WITHOUT PROPER MARKING OR LABELLING.

THE ITEMS DID NOT HAVE THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS, INDICATION OF MINIMUM DURABILITY, THE NAME OR DESIGNATION OF THE FOOD, NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE MANUFACTURER OR PACKER, NUMERICAL COUNT OF THE CONTENTS OR THE NET WEIGHT OR NET VOLUME OF THE FOOD AS STIPULATED IN THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF THE FOOD AND DRUGS (COMPOSITION AND LABELLING) REGULATIONS.

FOR CONTRAVENING THE SAME REGULATIONS, TWO SHOPS IN TUEN MUN AND CENTRAL, SELLING PREPACKAGED DRIED PORK, OX LIVER WITH ONION AND COOKED CHICKEN WITH VEGETABLES WERE FINED $750 AND $1, 500 RESPECTIVELY.

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OVERSEAS YOUNG MUSICIANS TAKE PART IN MUSIC CAMP

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THREE HUNDRED YOUNG MUSICIANS INCLUDING 10 FROM OVERSEAS COUNTRIES ARE TAKING PART IN THE 11TH HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT LEI YUE MUN PARK IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

ADDRESSING THE YOUNG MUSICIANS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAMP TODAY (MONDAY), THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MRS RACHEL CARTLAND, SAID THE MUSIC CAMP OFFERED A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG MUSIC TALENTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES WITH FELLOW MUSIC LOVERS THROUGH AN INTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF MUSIC TRAINING AND APPRECIATION.

"THE REASON WE CHOSE A HOLIDAY CAMP SITE FOR THE EVENT IS TO PROVIDE A CONGENIAL ATMOSPHERE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIP AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING," SHE SAID.

"I AM DELIGHTED TO SEE YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHINA, JAPAN, MACAU, MALAYSIA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES TAKING PART THIS YEAR, AND I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS STIMULATING EXPERIENCE," SHE ADDED.

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MRS AGNES ALLCOCK, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE WESTERN JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE FRINGE CLUB FOR THEIR UNFAILING SUPPORT IN PLANNING AND ORGANISING THE MUSIC CAMP.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, MEMBERS OF THE WESTERN JUNIOR POLICE CALL PERFORMED A LION DANCE, WHILE THE HONG KONG FRINGE CLUB PRESENTED A MIME SHOW, ACROBATICS AND JUGGLING AND CLOWN MAGIC SHOWS.

/THE YOUNG

•IONDAY, JULY 16, 1990

THE YOUNG MUSICIANS ATTENDING THE CAMP WILL JOIN EITHER THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHINESE ORCHESTRA, STRING ORCHESTRA, SYMPHONIC BAND OR THE COMBINED YOUTH CHOIR.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMPING PERIOD, THEY WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS AS WELL AS GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA, JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THEY WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN ORCHESTRAL AND SECTIONAL REHEARSALS, MASTER CLASSES AND DEMONSTRATION CONCERTS.

IN ADDITION, A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE ARRANGED TO PROVIDE A BALANCED PROGRAMME FOR THE CAMPERS.

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NEW PLAYGROUNDS FOR WESTERN DISTRICT AND KOWLOON BAY *******

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND A PLAYGROUND AT KOWLOON BAY.

WORK ON THE 594-SQUARE-METRE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN MUI FONG STREET, WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

IT WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES INCLUDING PLANTERS, SITTING BENCHES, CHESS TABLES AND PLAY EQUIPMENT WITH SAFETY MATTING.

THE PLAYGROUND IN LAM WAH STREET, KOWLOON BAY, MEASURING ABOUT 5,900 SQUARE METRES, WILL CONSIST OF A MINI SOCCER PITCH AND A SITTING-OUT AREA WITH LANDSCAPING, ELEVATED ARCADE, ARBOURS AND TOILETS.

WORK IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS FOR BOTH PROJECTS IS NOON ON AUGUST 3.

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KWUN TONG DB REPORT PUBLISHED

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A REPORT ON THE WORK AND ACHIEVEMENTS OE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD FOR THE YEAR 1989-90 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE 28-PAGE BOOKLET, IN FULL COLOUR, IS ENTITLED "FOURTH TERM KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WORK REPORT 1989-90" WITH CHAPTERS ON THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS AS WELL AS ITS STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP.

THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, SAID THE REPORT WOULD GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, INCLUDING ITS ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE PAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 50,000 COPIES, COSTING ABOUT $100,000, HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED. COPIES OF THE REPORT WILL RE SENT TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING AREA COMMITTEES, N'TUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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PARENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION

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HONG KONG RESIDENTS WITH CHILDREN AGED THREE OR ABOVE STUDYING IN REGISTERED KINDERGARTENS ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR FEE REMISSION.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE NEW KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION SCHEME CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE KINDERGARTENS IN WHICH THEIR CHILDREN ARE ATTENDING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"PARENTS MAY FORWARD APPLICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE KINDERGARTENS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR OR AT ANY TIME WHEN FEE REMISSION IS NEEDED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED WITH COPIES OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO THE KINDERGARTENS, BUT THE DEPARTMENT WILL DIRECTLY INFORM PARENTS OF THE RESULT.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY THE REMITTED FEES TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS THROUGH THE KINDERGARTENS,” HE SAID.

A LEAFLET INTRODUCING THE KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION SCHEME HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

/PARENTS MAY

MONDAY, JULY 16, 1990

PARENTS MAY OBTAIN IHE LEAFLETS FROM KINDERGARTENS, OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATION OFFICES AND THE KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION SCHEME THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

DISTRICT DISTRICT UNIT OF

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE KINDERGARTEN FEE REMISSION SCHEME UNIT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ON TEL. 839 2546 OR 839 2344.

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HK REGIONAL HEPATITIS B VACCINATION CENTRE ON MOVE * * * * «

THE HONG KONG REGIONAL HEPATITIS B VACCINATION CENTRE IS OPERATING FROM ITS NEW ADDRESS AT WESTERN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE, ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF DAVID TRENCH REHABILITATION CENTRE, BONHAM ROAD, WESTERN DISTRICT FROM TODAY (MONDAY), THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED.

THE CENTRE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE AND FOLLOW-UP INJECTIONS FOR BABIES BORN TO HEPATITIS B CARRIER MOTHERS.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 540 7011. THE HOURS OF OPERATION WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THREE APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $201,210 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE AMOUNT WILL BE USED FOR RECONSTRUCTING A FOOTPATH AT TUNG LO WAN, AND ORGANISING A DRAMA FESTIVAL AND A YOUTH DRAMA PROJECT.

THE WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC RELATIONS WILL ALSO REPORT ON ITS WORK PROGRESS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 11.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PREFERENTIAL SCHEME FOR ELDERLY ******

THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PREFERENTIAL PRIVATE MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 TUNG YAN STREET.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A PLAY BY THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE ON SUNDAY (JULY 22).

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE PERFORMANCE IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (SDACA) AND THE URBAN COUNCIL. IT WILL OPEN AT 8 PM AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

ENTITLED ’’THE CUSTOMS”, THE PLAY IS ABOUT THE UNEXPECTED REUNION OF A PAIR OF FORMER LOVERS WHILE BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY A DRUNKARD AT THE CUSTOMS SECTION OF AN AIRPORT.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE PERFORMANCE WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR RESIDENTS BUT ALSO PROMOTE THEIR INTEREST IN THEATRE ARTS,” A DB SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

FREE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE SDACA OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF LEI CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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PRESERVATION OF SCENERY ON DB AGENDA ♦ ♦ « ♦ ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL STUDY THE NEED FOR PRESERVING THE SCENERIES IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

A MEMBER WILL SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT PROTECT THE OLD PINE GROVE AT KAM TSIN VILLAGE IN SHEUNG SHUI, PLANT MORE TREES AND CONTROL THE NUMBER OF GRAVES ON THE HILLSLOPE BEHIND FUNG YING SIN KOON, FANLING. ’

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER WHETHER TO ORGANISE A CARNIVAL IN SUPPORT OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND VILLAGE LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD 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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WATER STORAGE FIGURE *****

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 50 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 293.192 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 324.578 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 55.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 18) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT CERTAIN PREMISES BOUNDED BY TONG MEI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET, IVY STREET, ANCHOR STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND CHERRY STREET INCLUDING ASH STREET, OAK STREET, PINE STREET, BEECH STREET, POK HOK LANE, TIT SHU STREET AND 1-18 ELM STREET.

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TEMPORARY PARTIAL LANE CLOSURE ON TOLO HIGHWAY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 18) TO 6 AM ON JULY 26, THE THREE TRAFFIC LANES OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND (HEADING FOR FANLING) NEAR HA WUN YIU, TAI PO WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED IN TURN TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE PERIOD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: NO DIFFERENCE IN AIMS ............................ 1

PASSAGE OF NATIONALITY BILL IN HOUSE OF IORDS .................................. 3

CITES RESERVATION ENDS ......................................................... 3

MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED .................... 5

JUNE ANTI-POLLUTION PROSECUTION FIGURE RELEASED ................................ 9

HK A FAVOURED PLACE FOR JAPANESE INVESTORS .................................... 72

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING ON THURSDAY .............................. 13

1989 ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS .................................................. 13

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN YAU MA TEI TO BE CLOSED ............................ 15

DB TO DISCUSS MID-LEVELS REDEVEIiOPMENT IMPACT ................................ 15

DB TO DISCUSS UC CAPTIAL MORKS PROGRAMME ...................................... I6

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .................................... 17

DB TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .............................................. I7

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1990

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HK AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: NO DIFFERENCE IN AIMS

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THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE WHATEVER IN THE FUNDAMENTAL AIMS OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND THOSE OF THE BRITISH AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS, THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR FRANCIS MAUDE, SAID IN HIS REPLY TO AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.

THE REPLY, WHICH REPRESENTED THE JOINT VIEWS OF BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS, WAS IN RESPONSE TO AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S LETTER DATED JUNE 22 SENT TO MR MAUDE CONCERNING AMNESTY’S MEMORANDUM ISSUED IN JANUARY.

"WE HAVE A COMMON INTEREST IN ENSURING THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF FIRST ASYLUM IS PRESERVED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THAT NO VIETNAMESE ARE RETURNED TO THEIR COUNTRY IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE THAT THEY WOULD IN ANY WAY BE PERSECUTED IN THE TERMS OF THE 1951 CONVENTION AND 1967 PROTOCOL RELATING TO THE STATUS OF REFUGEES," MR MAUDE SAID IN THE REPLY LETTER DATED JULY 13.

"BUT I HOPE THAT YOU WILL AGREE THAT AT THE SAME TIME WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE CHANNEL OF RESETTLEMENT REMAINS OPEN FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT BE SUBJECTED TO PERSECUTION AND IS NOT ABUSED TO THE EXTENT THAT THE FUTURE OF THOSE WITH A LEGITIMATE CLAIM TO REFUGEE STATUS IS PUT AT RISK."

MR MAUDE NOTED THAT TO THIS END, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, WORKING IN CO-OPERATION WITH UNHCR, HAD DEVISED A PRACTICAL AND OPERABLE SYSTEM OF SCREENING.

"CONTRARY TO THE ASSERTION IN THE MEMORANDUM, NEITHER WE, NOR UNHCR, ACCEPT THAT THE PROCESS IS ’CRITICALLY FLAWED’,” MR MAUDE SAID.

HE SAID THAT HE DID NOT ACCEPT THAT ANY SERIOUS RISKS EXISTED IN THE SCREENING SYSTEM.

"INDEED I BELIEVE THAT TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE AMNESTY MEMORANDUM IN FULL WOULD INEVITABLY CAUSE THE PROCESS TO BECOME MUCH SLOWER, AND THUS MEAN FAMILIES LINGERING IN HONG KONG IN UNCERTAINTY FOR FURTHER MONTHS, IF NOT YEARS, TO NO PURPOSE.”

MR MAUDE ALSO SAID THE UNHCR AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WORKED CLOSELY TO INTRODUCE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SCREENING SYSTEM WHERE APPROPRIATE, AND SOME RECENT EXAMPLES ACCORDED WITH RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE AMNESTY MEMORANDUM.

ONE RECENT IMPROVEMENT WAS THAT THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES HAD AGREED WITH UNHCR THAT IN FUTURE A WRITTEN EXPLANATION WOULD BE GIVEN FOR DECISIONS OF THE REVIEW BOARD, WHETHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE. THE FIRST OF THESE HAD NOW BEEN ISSUED.

/another improvement

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ANOTHER IMPROVEMENT WAS THAT TO ENABLE ASYLUM SEEKERS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCREENING PROCESS, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS NOW SUPPLEMENTING UNHCR’S BRIEFING WITH A PAMPHLET TO BE GIVEN TO ALL ASYLUM SEEKERS EXPLAINING THE SCREENING PROCEDURES IN DETAILS.

MR MAUDE NOTED THAT UNHCR’S LEGAL COUNSELLORS WERE ALLOWED TO BE PRESENT TO MONITOR ANY INTERVIEW, AND THAT UNHCR HAD ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO ASYLUM SEEKERS AT ALL STAGES OF THE SCREENING AND REVIEW PROCESS.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE INTERPRETATION SKILLS WERE BEING ORGANISED FOR INTERPRETERS, AND THAT ALL INFORMATION OBTAINED DURING INTERVIEWS WAS RECORDED IN THE ASYLUM SEEKERS’ FILE, COPIED TO UNHCR WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY ANY OMISSIONS OR ERRORS WHEN PREPARING AN APPEAL TO THE REFUGEE STATUS REVIEW BOARD.

MR MAUDE POINTED OUT THAT THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES HAD NO ULTERIOR INTEREST IN THE OUTCOME OF SCREENING INTERVIEWS SINCE NEITHER REFUGEES NOR NON-REFUGEES WOULD REMAIN IN THE TERRITORY.

TURNING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF VBP CENTRES, MR MAUDE SAID MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WHICH HAD ARISEN IN THE CENTRES WERE DUE TO OVERCROWDING.

"WHILE THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN BUILDING ADDITIONAL CENTRES TO IMPROVE SPACE AND CONDITIONS, THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION IN THE LONG-TERM IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT REFUGEES TO RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN," HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, IMPORTANT STEPS HAD BEEN TAKEN. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT THE BOAT PEOPLE WERE TO BE ALLOWED GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN THE RUNNING OF CENTRES.

"ONE ELEMENT OF THIS GREATER INVOLVEMENT IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MECHANISM TO ENABLE THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO CONSULT THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY LEADERS, UNHCR AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ON THE IDENTIFICATION AND TRANSFER OF INDIVIDUALS WHOSE BEHAVIOUR HAD DISRUPTED GOOD ORDER IN DETENTION CENTRES.

"SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER CENTRE AT CHI MA WAN WITH THE RESULT THAT THERE HAS BEEN A MARKED REDUCTION OF TENSION IN THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE,” HE NOTED.

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PASSAGE OF NATIONALITY BILL IN HOUSE OF LORDS *****

A HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) BILL PASS THROUGH ITS COMMITTEE STAGE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS WITHOUT AMENDMENTS.

”IF THERE ARE NO AMENDMENTS DURING ITS THIRD READING IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS, THE BILL WILL NOT HAVE TO BE REFERRED BACK TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, AND WE CAN EXPECT TO OBTAIN ROYAL ASSENT BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO ARE NON-BRITISH NATIONALS THAT THEY MUST APPLY FOR NATURALISATION BEFORE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL IF THEY WISH TO BECOME ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP WHEN THE SCHEME IS LAUNCHED.

’’ANY PERSON WHO HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY LIMIT OF STAY CAN APPLY FOR NATURALISATION, IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE OR NATIONALITY,” HE SAID.

’’THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ONE MUST HOLD A CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY BEFORE HE CAN APPLY FOR NATURALISATION. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE INFORMATION SECTION OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON 829 3333 OR 824 6111," HE ADDED.

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CITES RESERVATION ENDS * * * ♦ »

HONG KONG WILL COMPLY FROM TODAY (TUESDAY) WITH A BAN ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN IVORY IMPOSED BY THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) IN JANUARY 1990.

THIS COINCIDES WITH THE EXPIRY OF A SIX-MONTH RESERVATION OF THE BAN SECURED BY THE UNITED KINGDOM ON HONG KONG’S BEHALF TO ALLOW TIME FOR LOCAL TRADERS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR LEGALLY ACQUIRED STOCKS AND FOR CARVERS TO ACQUIRE RE-TRAINING TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT.

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE, WHICH COME INTO EFFECT TODAY, BRING HONG KONG LAW INTO FULL COMPLIANCE WITH CITES REQUIREMENTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS FOLLOWED THE UPGRADING OF THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT TO APPENDIX I OF CITES, MAKING IT A HIGHLY ENDANGERED SPECIES.

TUESDAY, JULY 17 1%'J

"WHILE THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED A POLICY OF ADOPTING CONTROLS TO HELP THE SURVIVAL OF ELEPHANTS WHILE CAUSING THE LEAST DISTURBANCE TO TRADERS, MORE STRINGENT MEASURES ARE NOW REQUIRED AS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO SAVE THE ELEPHANT FROM EXTINCTION," HE EXPLAINED.

THE IMPORT OF COMMERCIAL IVORY TO HONG KONG HAS BEEN BANNED SINCE JUNE 1989.

ADDITIONAL CONTROLS WERE INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER 1989 REQUIRING LICENCES TO BE OBTAINED FOR THE POSSESSION AND EXPORT OF ANY QUANTITY OF RAW IVORY AND WORKED IVORY FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, AND MORE THAN FIVE KILOGRAMS OF WORKED IVORY CLASSIFIED AS PERSONAL EFFECTS.

LICENCES HAVE ALSO BEEN REQUIRED FOR THE IMPORT OF ANY QUANTITY OF RAW IVORY AND FOR MORE THAN ONE KILOGRAM OF WORKED IVORY CLASSIFIED AS PERSONAL EFFECTS.

THE ORDER PUBLISHED TODAY PROVIDES FOR HONG KONG RESIDENTS TO CONTINUE TO BE EXEMPT FROM CONTROLS FOR THE EXPORT OF UP TO FIVE KILOGRAMS OF IVORY CLASSIFIED AS PERSONAL OR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BUT REQUIRES VISITORS TO OBTAIN A LICENCE TO EXPORT IVORY PURCHASED IN HONG KONG, REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT TO BE EXPORTED.

RETURNING RESIDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN IMPORT LICENCES FROM HONG KONG BEFORE ENTERING WITH ANY AMOUNT OF IVORY CLASSIFIED AS PERSONAL EFFECTS WHICH IS ACQUIRED OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY OF USUAL RESIDENCE.

ANY LICENCE FOR THE EXPORT OF IVORY WILL NOT BE GRANTED IN FUTURE UNTIL THE OWNERS OBTAINS AN IMPORT LICENCE FROM THE COUNTRY FOR WHICH IT IS DESTINED.

VISITORS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE NEW REGULATIONS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LEGISLATION WAS PART OF A WORLDWIDE TREND, RESULTING IN A SLUMP IN THE IVORY EXPORT TRADE GENERALLY AND THE CLOSURE OF MOST OF HONG KONG’S MARKETS.

"DESPITE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL TRADERS TO SELL THEIR IVORY STOCKS TO NON-CITES COUNTRIES AND THOSE WITH SIMILAR EXEMPTIONS FROM THE BAN DURING THE RESERVATION PERIOD, LESS THAN TWO PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STOCK IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN EXPORTED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS," HE SAID.

REGARDING HELP FOR THE TRADE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WAS ORGANISING RE-TRAINING COURSES FOR CARVERS AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS ASSISTING DISPLACED CARVERS TO FIND ALTERNATIVE JOBS.

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MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED

IN MAY 1990, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND REPORTED BY FHE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, BUT DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MAY 1990 INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, ORDERS DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY.

COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, THE OFFERS POSITION DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, ORDERS INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

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 1990 DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990 AND MAY 1989 RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1990 DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY WHILE THAT IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST DECREASES RECORDED IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. HOWEVER, A MODERATE INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT WAS RECORDED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

IN MAY 1990, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED FAIRLY SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE TEXTILES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. THESE INCREASES WERE DUE PARTLY TO MORE OVERTIME WORK AS REPORTED BY SOME OF THE COMPANIES SURVEYED AND MORE WORKING DAYS IN MAY WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL.

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ON THE OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRIES FOLLOWING THE ISSUE OF SPECIAL BONUSES IN APRIL BY SOME COMPANIES SURVEYED.

COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS. INCREASES IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE PERCENTAGE INCREASES BEING MOST SIGNIFICANT IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1990 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN APRIL 1990, BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989. PER CAPITA EARNIN S IN MAY 1990 INCREASED MODERATELY WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, (IT SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OVER MAY 1989.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT FIGURES FOR THIS INDUSTRY COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

IN THE SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS, THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1990 AS REPORTED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, BUT INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER MAY 1989.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MAY 1990 WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1990, MAINLY DUE TO THE ISSUE OF SPECIAL BONUSES IN APRIL BY SOME COMPANIES SURVEYED. COMPARING MAY 1990 WITH MAY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MOST SERVICE SECTORS SURVEYED.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN THE ATTACHED TABLES 1 TO 3.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 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 SCli’MTIFICALLY 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 DEVELOPMENT IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR MAY 1990 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO 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 $2.50 PER COPY.

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ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION - OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 823 -1820.

TABLE 1 : ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

ORDERS-ON-HAND

INDUSTRY AS AT THE END OF MAY 1990 CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH ’ ' Z‘‘

APR. 90 MAY 89

(MONTHS) 3 XV -A. (X)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.3$ •• f v’-z'K ' >

' ■„ •..ust .-. jr .'w ';

WEARING APPAREL 4.61 -1 -4

TEXTILES 2.48 -4 -3

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.33 U • . V +1 ♦ 3

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.31 -12

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.37 + 2 + 5

OTHERS 4.14 -1

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5X

TABLE 2-t EMPLOYMENT --------w-----------

PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF MAY 1990

INDUSTRY/SERVICES

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

FOOD AND DRINKS

WEARING APPAREL

TEXTILES

PLASTIC PRODUCTS

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS OTHERS

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

APR. 90 MAY 89

(X) (%)

-1 -10

as — — —

41 + 5

-1 -9

-1 -9

-6 -10

-13

-1 -17

-1

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CONSTRUCTION #

-2

SERVICES

+ 3

BANKS

HOTELS

PUBLIC UTILITIES

OTHERS

♦ 1 -1 t *

42

-4

42

47

« CHANGES WITHIN ♦/- 0.5*

# PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

TABLE 3 : PER CAPITA EARNINGS

PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/SERVICES AVERAGE AS IN MAY 1990 CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

APR. 90 MAY 89

(HKt) (X) (X)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 5,843 42 + 1B

FOOD AND DRINKS 6,358 -6« + 14

WEARING APPAREL 4,673 46 413

TEXTILES 5,673 49 410

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 5,449 48 48

FABRICATED METAL 5,735 -60 422

PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND 5,701 41 416

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

OTHERS 7,686 * 416

CONSTRUCTION # 8,390 45 417

/services

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SERVICES 9,956 -21 *19

BANKS 9,718 + 3 + 18

HOTELS 6,460 + 1 + 15

PUBLIC UTILITIES 9,749 + 9 + 21

OTHERS 11,217 -48© + 17

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5%

# PER CAPITA EARNINGS COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

© THE DECREASES WERE MAINLY DUE TO SPECIAL BONUSES BEING ISSUED BY SOME OF THE COMPANIES IN APRIL 1990.

NOTES TO TABLES 1

- 3 : UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON-HAND" AND ’’PER CAPITA EARNINGS", WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES AMONGST THE COMPANIES SURVEYED, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

----------------------0------- JUNE ANTI-POLLUTION PROSECUTION FIGURE RELEASED

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (TUESDAY) RELEASED A LIST OF COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY IN THE COURTS, DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE, OF BREACHING ANTI-POLLUTION LEGISLATION CURRENTLY ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE EPD HAS DECIDED TO MAKE SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENTS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE DEPARTMENT MEASURED ITS SUCCESS IN TERMS OF POLLUTION PROBLEMS AVOIDED AND IMPROVEMENT IN THE ENVIRONMENT, NOT BY THE NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS.

"BUT INEVITABLY, THERE IS A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO, EVEN AFTER ADVICE AND WARNINGS, DO NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SOME CASES, EVEN SIMPLE ONES, MAY TAKE A LONG TIME TO COME BEFORE THE COURT BECAUSE IT WAS OFTEN NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT DETAILED INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE AND LABORATORY ANALYSES.

ALL OF THIS COULD BE VERY TIME CONSUMING AND AS A RESULT THERE WAS SOMETIMES A LENGTHY TIME GAP BETWEEN THE DATE OF THE OFFENCE AND THE CONVICTION DATE.

/THE FOLLOWING

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF PROSECUTION CASES AND THE

ASSOCIATED FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE:

NAME (COMPANY) ADDRESS DATE OF OFFENCE NATURE OF OFFENCE FINES($) RECORD OF OFFENCE COURT

MASTER LINK DEVELOPMENT LTD FORTUNE PLAZA, TAI PO 1.9.89- 5.10.89 APCO: UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES 1,000 1ST SHA TIN

FAR BAST POLYFOAM LTD ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING 13.9.89 APCO: USING PROHIBITED FUEL IN A FUEL RESTRICTION AREA 5,000 1ST FANLING

TRANS CONTINENTAL PRODUCTS LTD HENNESSY RD, WAN CHAI 15.9.89- 29.10.89 APCO: UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES 3,000 1ST CENTRAL

CHINA DYEING HOLDINGS LTD TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, TSUEN WAN 2.10.89- 4.10.89 APCO: UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES 3,000 1ST TSUEN WAN .1

KWAN KBE SIU LIK YUEN, SHA TIN 3.10.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1,000 2ND SHA TIN

RAIN & COAT GARMENT FACTORY LTD YIP FAT ST, WONG CHUK HANG 20.10.89 APCO: FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANTS 2,000 2ND CENTRAL

HOI WAN (SZE YAU) RESTAURANT SHEK PAI WAN RD, ABERDEEN 31.10.89 APCO: FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANTS 5,000 1ST CENTRAL

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SHRINK STANDARD DYEING & LAUNDRY LTD FU UK RD, KWAI CHUNG 6.11.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 3,000 1ST TSUEN WAN

HENRY CLOTHING MFRS. LTD CASTLE PEAK RD, KWAI CHUNG 20.11.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 2,500 1ST TSUEN WAN

DIAMOND FABRIC PRINTERS WANG WO TSAI ST, TSUEN WAN 28.11.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 2,500 1ST TSUEN WAN

BESTGARY LTD NATHAN RD, MONG KOK 29.11.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 3,000 1ST TSUEN WAN

KWAN KEE SIU LIK YUEN, SHA TIN 6.12.89 APCO: EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1,000 3RD SHA TIN

GAMMON-NISHIMATSU JOINT VENTURE DIAMOND HILL, WONG TAI SIN 7.1.90 nco: BREACH PERMIT CONDITION 5,000 1ST SAN PO KONG

GAMMON-NISHIMATSU JOINT VENTURE SHEUNG YUEN LENG, WONG TAI SIN 7.1.90 NCO: BREACH PERMIT CONDITION 5,000 1ST SAN PO KONG

MANFIELD BUILDING CONTRACTORS LTD OLD PEAK RD, CENTRAL 14.2.90 nco: BREACH PERMIT CONDITION 20,000 2ND WESTERN

PAUL Y. CONSTRUCTION CO. OLD PEAK RD, CENTRAL 14.2.90 NCO: BREACH PERMIT CONDITION 20,000 2ND WESTERN

UNITED CIRCUITS (H.K.) LTD CHAI WAN KOK ST, TSUEN WAN 19.2.90 APCO: FAILURE TO ABATE AN AIR 2,500 1ST TSUEN WAN

POLLUTANT NUISANCE (GENERAL)

/SIMON NATHAN.......•

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SIMON NATHAN 9.3.90 apco: 1,500

CONSTRUC- RD, FAILURE TO

TION & MONG KOK ABATE AN AIR

ENGINEE- «• POLLUTANT

RING CO. NUISANCE

(GENERAL)

4TH WESTERN

ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE RELATING TO NEIGHBOURHOOD NOISE, A TOTAL OF 15 PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED BY THE POLICE FOR CAUSING EXCESSIVE NOISE FROM DOMESTIC PLACES AT NIGHT WITH FINES RANGING FROM $200 TO $500.

NOTE

APCO: AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE NCO: NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE

AN EPD SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT ENFORCEMENT OF WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE IN JUNK BAY AND PORT SHELTER CONTROL ZONES BECAME EFFECTIVE ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, MORE PROSECUTION CASES ARE EXPECTED IN THE COMING MONTHS.

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HK A FAVOURED PLACE FOR JAPANESE INVESTORS

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FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, HONG KONG HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FAVOURED PLACES FOR JAPANESE INVESTORS, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF WINGTAI FOOD MANUFACTURERS LTD AT TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MR BARMA SAID JAPANESE COMPANIES PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR, WITH MORE THAN 170 FACTORIES.

JAPAN WAS THE LARGEST OVERSEAS INVESTOR IN 1988 AND RANKED SECOND IN THE TABLE OF OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, ACCOUNTING FOR 27 PER CENT OF SUCH INVESTMENTS.

MR BARMA SAID THE OPENING OF THE FACTORY OF WINGTAI FOOD MANUFACTURERS LTD WAS ANOTHER EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE CONTINUING JAPANESE INTEREST IN HONG KONG AS AN OFFSHORE MANUFACTURING BASE.

"IT IS ALSO FURTHER EVIDENT THAT JAPANESE COMPANIES ARE INCREASINGLY AWARE OF HONG KONG’S ADVANTAGES AND ATTRACTION FOR INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT," HE ADDED.

/A NUMBER .......

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A NUMBER OF JAPANESE COMPANIES HAD EXPRESSED THEIR READINESS TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID SOME OF THEM WOULD BE MOVING INTO OTHER CLOSELY RELATED OPERATIONS, WHEREAS OTHER INTENDED TO SHIFT FROM TRADITIONAL ASSEMBLY-TYPE OPERATIONS AND DIVERSIFY INTO RELATIVELY SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS OF HIGHER QUALITY.

"THE HONG KONO GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT BUSINESS DECISIONS ARE BEST LEFT TO BUSINESSMEN.

"SO THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEEK TO DIRECT WHICH INDUSTRIES SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT BE DEVELOPED.

"IT LEAVES COMPANIES TO MAKE THEIR DECISIONS BASED ON THEIR OWN FEASIBILITY STUDIES," MR BARMA SAID.

"IN GENERAL, THOSE COMPANIES WHICH HAVE A REASONABLY HIGH LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY, AND WHICH ARE EXPORT-ORIENTED OR PROVIDE SERVICES TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, ARE ABLE TO OPERATE VERY PROFITABLY IN HONG KONG.

"BUT SOME HAVE FOUND SPECIAL NICHES IN WHICH THEY CAN OPERATE WITH MUCH SUCCESS," HE SAID.

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SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING ON THURSDAY

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THE TWO SIDES OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HAVE AGREED THAT THE COMMISSION’S 20TH MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JULY 19, AT 9.30 AM.

THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS THE AVERAGE COST OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR THE 1990-91 FINANCIAL YEAR.

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1989 ANNUAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS *******

QUESTIONNAIRES ON A NUMBER OF ECONOMIC SURVEYS FOR 1989 ARE TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES COVERED:

* INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION;

/» WHOLESALE AND

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* WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS;

* BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS;

» TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES; AND

» STORAGE, COMMUNICATION, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES.

"THESE SURVEYS ARE CONDUCTED ANNUALLY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT ECONOMIC STATISTICS FOR ASCERTAINING THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES IN THE ECONOMY, AND FOR ASSESSING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"RESULTS OF THE SURVEYS WILL BE USEFUL TO BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN FORMULATING POLICIES AND MAKING DECISIONS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE MAILED TO SOME 24,000 ESTABLISHMENTS SAMPLED FOR THE 1989 SURVEYS IN APRIL - MAY THIS YEAR.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRES TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS APPEALED TO THE MANAGEMENTS OF THE SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES WITHOUT DELAY.

"THOSE WHO FAIL TO DO SO MAY BE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE.

"EACH QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN SO DESIGNED THAT RESPONDENTS MAY COMPLETE IT THEMSELVES.

"IF NECESSARY, OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WHO CARRY A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD AND A CERTIFICATE FOR CONDUCTING THE RESPECTIVE SURVEYS, CAN VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED TO ASSIST THEM IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES," HE SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT AUDITED ACCOUNTS WERE NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUPPLY OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE DATA REQUIRED IN THESE SURVEYS.

"THE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTS FIGURES BASED ON PRELIMINARY ACCOUNTS OR ESTIMATES WHICH ARE CORRECT TO THE BEST OF THE RESPONDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OF RETURNS.

"THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED THEREFORE NEED NOT WAIT FOR THEIR AUDITED ACCOUNTS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THEIR QUESTIONNAIRES," HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE, AND THAT ONLY AGGREGATE INFORMATION WHICH DID NOT REVEAL DETAILS OF INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD BE RELEASED.

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1990

15

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN YAU MA TEI TO BE CLOSED »♦»♦♦*

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE CERTAIN UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN YAU MA TEI SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE STRUCTURES, PROJECTING FROM THE EXTERNAL WALL OF THE BUILDING, ARE IN THE LIGHT WELL ADJACENT TO THE FLATS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF 482 AND 484 NATHAN ROAD.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 18 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY).

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, A CLOSURE ORDER IS REQUIRED BEFORE DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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DB TO DISCUSS MID-LEVELS REDEVELOPMENT IMPACT

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A REPORT BY A WORKING GROUP ON THE IMPACT OF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE MIDLEVELS AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 19).

THE WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD IN MARCH THIS YEAR TO STUDY WHETHER THE EXTENSIVE PRIVATE REDEVELOPMENTS IN THE MID-LEVELS HAVE RESULTED IN INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

INFORMATION SUCH AS POPULATION DENSITY, TRAFFIC VOLUME, PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES, NUMBER OF SCHOOL PLACES AND CARPARKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT.

AT THE MEETING, QUESTIONS RELATING TO GOVERNMENT’S MEASURES TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS, THE STRATEGIC SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ALLOCATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES TO NON-CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT STUDENTS WILL BE RAISED.

/members will

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR ORGANISING A SPORTS FESTIVAL, A ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND A CANTONESE OPERA FOR THE ELDERLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 19) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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DB TO DISCUSS UC CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL, AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 19), DISCUSS THE VARIOUS PROJECTS TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE DISTRICT UNDER ITS FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PLANNED PROVISION OF 12.26 HECTARES OF ADDITIONAL OPEN SPACE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD.

ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM IS THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1988-91 SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD REPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 19) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXAMINE 28 APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A PAPER SUMMING UP 730 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THIS QUARTER WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM

DB TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

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THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER 18 APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 19).

THESE INCLUDE A MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL LANTERNS CARNIVAL, SPORTS COMPETITIONS AND CIVIC EDUCATION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 19) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: MEASURES TO BRING RENTS UP TO REALISTIC LEVEL ........................................ 1

SECOND READING OF SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL ............... 3

COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL EXPLAINED ..................................... 4

STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 EXPLAINED ........................ 5

SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL EXPLAINED ............... 6

ENTRY POINT FOR TAIWANESE UNIVERSITIES' GRADUATES BEING CONSIDERED ................. 6

CABLE AND SATELLITE TV POLICY UNDER REVIEW ......................................... 7

GOVT PREFERS TO IMPROVE TEACHER TRAINING AND TO SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH ............................................................................ 7

USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS IN PUBLIC PLACE REQUIRES POLICE APPROVAL ....................... 8

CRITERIA USED IN APPROVING FUND-RAISING APPLICATIONS ............................... 9

MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYERS ESSENTIAL ................................. 10

PLANS AND MEASURES TO SOLVE FLOODING PROBLEMS OUTLINED ............................ 10

PAYMENT OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE EXPLAINED ............................................ 12

USA ENCOURAGED TO TAKE CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH ...................................... 12

SKETCH PLANS FOR SMITHFIELD JOINT USER BUILDING TO BE PREPARED..................... 13

RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT STUDY PLANNED FOR 1991 ........................................ i4

TUEN MUN HOSPITAL IN FULL OPERATION BY LATE 1992 .................................. 15

AMOUNT OF HK CURRENCY EXTRACTED UNDER DURESS UNKNOWN .............................. 16

NO PLANS FOR TRAVEL AGENTS TO HAVE SEGREGATED BANK ACCOUNTS ....................... 16

SELF-REGULATION FOR TRAVEL INDUSTRY TO BE REVIEWED ................................ I7

COST-EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC FUNDS MANAGEMENT STRESSED ............................... 18

MOTION UNDER LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE PASSED ................. 19

HONG KONG BILL OF RIGHTS BILL 1990 .................................................. 20

BILL TO CLARIFY TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS ......................................... 22

/IMMIGRATION FACILITIES ........

IMMIGRATION FACILITIES FOR URGENT TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES ...............

GOV RNOR VISITS SHAM SHUI PO TOMORROW .....................................

INVESTIGATION INTO AFFAIRS OF PALADIN LIMITED CONCLUDED ............................ 24

HK TO CLOSELY MONITOR US TRADE BILL ................................................ 24

DIRECT MAILING OF VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS ......................................... 25

NEWSPAPER R!PORT ON VBP REFUTED .................................................... 26

CSD TAKES PART IN INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OLYMPICS ........................... 27

ANNUAL SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS ................................................ 28

EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE .................................................. 28

SAI KUNG DB TO STUDY PHA REPORT .................................................... 29

PERSONS TAKING UNAPPROVED EMPLOYMENT ARRESTED ...................................... 30

BEACH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPGRADED ................................................. 30

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ........................................... 31

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ........................................... 32

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI ......................................... 33

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONE IN YAU TONG............................................... 34

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1990

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MEASURES TO BRJ’-'G RENTS Uf TO REALISTIC LEVEL

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THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE IN RESPECT OF RENT CONTROL IS THAT EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO ACCELERATE THE PHASING OUT OF RENT CONTROL, PROVIDED THAT SOCJ\L DISRUPTION AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP CAN BE AVOIDED, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON PETER TSAO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS MOVING THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE (AMENDMENT) RESOLUTION 1990 1 THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE FIRST PROPOSAL IN THE 1 ESOLUTION SEEKS TO RAISE THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES COVERED BY PART I OF THE ORDINANCE, TO A MORE REALISTIC LEVEL.

THE SECOND PROPOSAL IS TO RAISE THE SO-CALLED "MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT" IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM THAT APPLIES TO POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES PROTECTED UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE.

MR TSAO SAID THOSE RENT CONTROLS WOULD ' REVIEWED AGAIN NEXT YEAR, TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE STATE OF THE PR TERTY MARKET AND THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES.

"IF THE CURRENT PROPERTY AND RENTAL MARKETS CONTINUE TO BE REASONABLY STABLE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE ADMINISTRATION EXPECTS THAT THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT CAN BE REVISED ANNUALLY SO THAT, WITHIN ABOUT TWO TO THREE YEARS OR EVEN EARLIER, RENTS WILL HAVE INCREASED TO A LEVEL AT WHICH PART II CONTROLS CAN BE ALLOWED TO LAPSE WITHOUT CAUSING UNDUE HARDSHIP TO THE TENANTS. IT IS ALSO INTENDED TO PHASE OUT PART I CONTROLS AT THE SAME TIME," HE SAID.

"AT THAT POINT, THE WHOLE ORDINANCE INCLUDING PART IV WILL BE LOOKED AT TO SEE WHAT CHANGES WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO BRING THE PROVISIONS UP TO DATE,” HE ADDED.

ON THE INCREASE IN THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, MR TSAO EXPLAINED THAT THE RENT OF SUCH PREMISES WAS DERIVED FROM A "STANDARD RENT" PAYABLE AS AT DECEMBER 25, 1941.

THE CURRENT "PERMITTED RENT" WAS SET AT 43 TIMES THIS LEVEL, AND IT WAS NOW PROPOSED TO INCREASE THIS TO 48 TIMES THE STANDARD RENT, HE SAID.

HE NOTED THIS CHANGE WOULD BRING THE AVERAGE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES UP FROM 71 PER CENT TO 76 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET LEVEL.

IT WOULD RESULT IN AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 12 PER CENT, OR $180 PER MONTH, ON CURRENT PERMITTED RENTS AND WOULD AFFECT ABOUT 1,200 DOMESTIC PREMISES.

REGARDING THE PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE "MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT", MR TSAO SAID THE AMOUNT OF INCREASE IN RENT IN RESPECT OF TENANCIES PROTECTED UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE WAS 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.

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"HOWEVER, IF THE NEW RENT CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THIS FORMULA IS LESS THAN A SPECIFIED PERCENTAGE (AT PRESENT 65 PER CENT) OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT, THE PERMITTED RENT INCREASE SHALL BE THE AMOUNT WHICH WILL BRING THE NEW RENT UP TO THIS MINIMUM PERCENTAGE.

"THE REASON FOR SPECIFYING THIS MINIMUM PERCENTAGE, WHICH IS KNOWN AS THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT IS TO ENSURE THAT CONTROLLED RENTS DO NOT FALL TOO FAR OUT OF LINE WITH THE PREVAILING MARKET RENTS AND TO ENABLE RENT CONTROL ; TO BE PHASED OUT WITHIN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME WITHOUT ADVERSE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES," HE SAID.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT THE AVERAGE CONTROLLED RENTS FOR PART II TENANCIES NOW STOOD AT ABOUT 62 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT. HOWEVER, FOR ABOUT 54 PER CENT OF THESE TENANCIES, THE CONTROLLED RENT WAS BELOW THIS OVERALL AVERAGE.

"IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT CONTROLLED RENTS DO NOT FALL TOO FAR BEHIND THE PREVAILING MARKET RENTS, THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT FROM 5 PER CENT TO 70 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT," HE SAID.

"ASSUMING THAT MARKET RENTS REMAIN RELATIVELY STABLE, THIS WILL HAVE A NET EFFECT OF INCREASING THE NUMBER OF TENANCIES AFFECTED BY THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT FROM ABOUT 7,200 TO 9,500.

"THE RESULTING ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN THE AVERAGE CONTROLLED RENT OF THE AFFECTED TENANCIES WILL BE $129 PER MONTH," HE ADDED.

ELABORATING FURTHER ON HOW THE PERMITTED INCREASE IN RENT IS DETERMINED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE PERMITTED INCREASE WAS DETERMINED BY TAKING THE LESSER AMOUNT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT AND THE CURRENT RENT OR 30 PER CENT OF THE CURRENT RENT.

"HOWEVER, IF THE INCREASE SO DETERMINED, WHEN ADDED TO THE CURRENT RENT, RESULTS IN A SUM OF LESS THAN 70 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT, THE PERMITTED INCREASE WILL BE AN AMOUNT NECESSARY TO BRING THE CURRENT RENT UP TO 70 PER CENT OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT," HE SAID.

THE METHOD OF DETERMINING THE PERMITTED INCREASE AND THE PERCENTAGE COMPONENTS CONTAINED THEREIN ARE PRESCRIBED IN THE ORDINANCE, WHEREAS THE CURRENT RENT IS THE RENT ACTUALLY PAID BY THE TENANT. ONLY THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT IS AN ASSESSMENT MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT IS ASSESSED BY REFERENCE TO EVIDENCE OF FREELY-NEGOTIATED OPEN MARKET RENTS, BUT NOT CONTROLLED RENTS, OF SIMILAR PREMISES IN THE LOCALITY. FINANCIAL STATUS AND PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE LANDLORD AND THE TENANT ARE NOT FACTORS WHICH CAN PROPERLY BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE ASSESSMENT.

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SECOND READING OF SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL

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THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL, WHICH AIMS TO ENABLE THE COMMISSION TO WAIVE OR MODIFY CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS IN RESPECT OF PERSONS APPLYING TO BE REGISTERED AND REGISTERED PERSONS UNDER THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION ORDINANCE, THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID: WE BELIEVE THE BILL WILL BE OF ASSISTANCE TO MARKET INTERMEDIARIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLYING WITH THE RELEVANT REQUIREMENTS.

"I SHOULD ADD, HOWEVER, THAT THE PROPOSED DISCRETION IS NOT UNFETTERED".

SIR PIERS POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMISSION WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO EXERCISE ITS DISCRETION IF COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS CREATED AN UNDUE BURDEN FOR THE PERSON CONCERNED, AND,PROVIDED THAT WAIVER OR MODIFICATION OF THE REQUIREMENTS DID NOT RESULT IN UNDUE RISK TO THE INVESTING PUBLIC.

HE SAID DURING THE PASSAGE OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION BILL EARLY LAST YEAR, HE HAD STRESSED THE NEED TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN CONTROLS DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN MARKET INTEGRITY AND FREEDOM TO ENCOURAGE MARKETS TO GROW AND INNOVATE.

THE ENACTMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE REPRESENTED A FIRST BUT IMPORTANT PHASE OF A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF SECURITIES LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT ON MAY 1 LAST YEAR HAD BEEN CONTINUING THE REVIEW PROCESS.

"IN REVIEWING THE SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION OF MARKET INTERMEDIARIES, THE COMMISSION HAS FOUND THAT CERTAIN STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON MARKET INTERMEDIARIES GIVE RISE TO PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES, NOT ONLY FOR SUCH INTERMEDIARIES BUT ALSO FOR THE COMMISSION.

"TO AVOID UNNECESSARY RIGIDITY IN THE WAY THE COMMISSION PERFORMS ITS FUNCTIONS, WE CONSIDERED IT ESSENTIAL THAT THE COMMISSION BE ENABLED TO WAIVE OR MODIFY THESE REQUIREMENTS IN RESPONSE TO MARKET NEEDS AND DEVELOPMENTS," SIR PIERS SAID.

/THE STATUTORY .......

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THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS IN QUESTION RELATED TO THE REGISTRATION OF DIRECTORS, CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, MAINTENANCE OF A REGISTER OF SECURITIES, TRUST ACCOUNTS, FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS AND RECORD KEEPING.

"THESE ARE ALL ISSUES WHICH ARE UNDER REGULAR REVIEW BY THE COMMISSION.

"THE PROPOSED DISCRETION IS REQUIRED SO THAT THE COMMISSION CAN APPLY THE REQUIREMENTS FLEXIBLY," SIR PIERS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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COMMODITIES TRADING *

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THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 AIMS TO REMOVE THE RIGIDITIES IN EXISTING LEGISLATION WHICH IMPAIRED THE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT EXERCISE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR PIERS SAID THESE RIGIDITIES WERE IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION IN THE COURSE OF ITS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OVER THE PAST 14 MONTHS.

SIR PIERS SAID AT PRESENT, THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE COMMISSION TO APPROVE RULES RELATING TO THE FUTURES EXCHANGE AND ITS CLEARING HOUSE WAS ONLY TWO WEEKS.

"THIS HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE INADEQUATE.

"WE THEREFORE PROPOSE TO EXTEND THIS TIME LIMIT TO SIX WEEKS, AS IS ALREADY THE CASE FOR THE STOCK EXCHANGE, AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY BY ENABLING THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FURTHER IN PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES," HE SAID.

HE SAID THERE WAS ALSO NO STATUTORY PROVISION ALLOWING EXTENSION OF TIME LIMITS BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT.

"WE PROPOSE THAT THE COMMISSION SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FURTHER EXTEND THE TIME LIMITS SUBJECT TO AGREEMENT BY THE EXCHANGE OR CLEARING HOUSE CONCERNED," HE SAID.

SIR PIERS SAID THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT PUBLISHED IN JUNE 1988 HAD POINTED OUT THAT PROPER AND ADEQUATE REGULATION LAY AT THE HEART OF ITS PROPOSALS.

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"BOTH THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION AND THE EXCHANGES WOULD HAVE RESPONSIB I LIT I S, AND THIS REQUIRED THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND THE EXCHANGES," HE SAID.

"SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT ON MAY 1, 1989, THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE EXCHANGES ON POLICY MATTERS RELATING TO TRADING PRACTICES AND THE FUNCTIONING AND DEVELOPMENT OF MARKETS, AS WELL AS IN REVIEWING RULES AND PROCEDURES WITH A VIEW TO ENSURING THAT RISK MANAGEMENT AND CLIENT PROTECTION SYSTEMS ARE EFFECTIVE, AND THAT Ti E RULES ARE DEVELOPED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE MARKET AS A WHOLE," SIR PIERS SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IT WAS THE COMMISSION’S INTENTION TO COMPLETE ITS EXAMINATION OF ANY PROPOSED RULES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT A RULING MAY BE GIVEN.

"IT IS JUST THAT A LITTLE MORE LEEWAY NEEDS TO BE GIVEN FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL CASES," HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 EXPLAINED *******

THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 SEEKS TO EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION TO APPROVE RULES RELATING TO THE STOCK EXCHANGE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, SIR PIERS SAID THIS PROVISION WAS SIMILAR TO THE ONE PROPOSED IN THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE REASONS FOR ITS INTRODUCTION WERE IDENTICAL.

"THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE COMMISSION TO RECOGNISE A CLEARING HOUSE AND TO APPROVE ITS RULES AND CONSTITUTION.

"THIS TIES IN WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL CLEARING AND SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENTS IN RESPECT OF SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS," SIR PIERS SAID.

"THE PROVISIONS IN RESPECT OF THE TIME LIMITS FOR APPROVAL WILL BE IN LINE WITH THOSE WHICH ARE PROPOSED FOR THE CLEARING HOUSE OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE IN THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990.

"IN ADDITION, WE PROPOSE THAT THE COMMISSION SHOULD CONSULT ME BEFORE EXERCISING ITS POWER TO RECOGNISE A CLEARING HOUSE, AND THAT IT SHOULD TAKE BOTH THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE MARKET REGULATION INTO ACCOUNT IN REACHING ITS DECISION," SIR PIERS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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1990

SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL EXPLAINED

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THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990 SEEKS TO SPECIFY THAT THE PROPOSED POWER IN THE EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 TO RECOGNISE A CLEARING HOUSE FOR SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS AND APPROVE ITS RULES AND CONSTITUTION CANNOT BE DELEGATED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR PIERS SAID THAT IN THE PASSAGE OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION BILL THROUGH THIS COUNCIL IN 1989, MEMBERS WERE CONCERNED THAT IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR DECISION BY THE FULL COMMISSION.

"SCHEDULE 1 TO THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION ORDINANCE SPECIFIES A NUMBER OF FUNCTIONS THE PERFORMANCE OF WHICH ARE NOT TO BE DELEGATED BY THE COMMISSION TO ITS COMMITTEES, INDIVIDUAL DIRECTORS OR STAFF.

"AMENDMENTS TO THIS SCHEDULE CAN ONLY BE EFFECTED BY A RESOLUTION OF THIS COUNCIL," SIR PIERS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED

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ENTRY POINT FOR TAIWANESE UNIVERSITIES’ GRADUATES BEING CONSIDERED

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER DEGREE HOLDERS FROM TAIWAN UNIVERSITIES AND HOLDERS OF OTHER NON-STANDARD QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD HAVE THEIR ENTRY POINT REVISED, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE RESULTS OF THIS EXERCISE WERE BEING FINALISED AND WOULD SHORTLY BE FORWARDED TO THE RELEVANT POLICY BRANCHES FOR CONSIDERATION, HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SZETO WAH, MR YEUNG STRESSED THAT NO TAIWAN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE HAD EVER BEEN HIRED TO TEACH IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

"THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE ENTRY POINT SPECIFIED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS REGRETTABLE BUT THEORETICAL, IN AS MUCH AS ITS EXISTENCE HAS NOT AFFECTED ANY TEACHER," HE SAID.

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MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE DISCREPANCY AROSE AS A RESULT OF LACK OF CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES INVOLVED, BUT HAD NOW BEEN REMOVED.

"IN JANUARY 1989, THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AMENDED THE ENTRY POINT FOR GRADUATES FROM TAIWAN UNIVERSITIES FROM MASTER PAY SCALE 17 TO MASTER PAY SCALE 15 SO AS TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH THE GENERAL PRACTICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,” HE SAID.

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CABLE AND SATELLITE TV POLICY UNDER REVIEW

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THE GOVERNMENT IS REVIEWING ITS POLICY ON CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON PETER TSAO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG, MR TSAO SAID THERE WAS AT PRESENT NO ESTABLISHED POLICY ON SATELLITE TV.

"WE ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR A GENERAL INTENTION TO EXEMPT FROM LICENSING SATELLITE TELEVISION RECEPTION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS WHICH ARE DESIGNED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION AND ARE RESTRICTED TO SINGLE PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS.

"IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING OUR POLICY IN THIS AREA.”

HE ADDED THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS LTD AND THE GOVERNMENT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEM AND A SECOND TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK.

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GOVT PREFERS TO IMPROVE TEACHER TRAINING AND TO SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

AT PRESENT 292 SECONDARY SCHOOLS USE OR CLAIM TO USE ENGLISH AS THEIR MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WHILE 136 USE CHINESE FULLY OR PARTLY AS THEIR MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON K. Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON DAVID CHEUNG, MR YEUNG SAID: ”WE DO NOT KNOW PRECISELY TO WHAT EXTENT TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH USE OR CLAIM TO USE ENGLISH AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION ARE PROFICIENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.”

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NEVERTHELESS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S REPORT ON LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES, PUBLISHED IN MAY 1989, HAD SUGGESTED THAT THE ENGLISH OF SOME OF THESE TEACHERS WAS NOT UP TO THE SCRATCH, HE ADDED.

’’THIS HAS BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS FOURTH REPORT, WHICH INCLUDES A REVIEW OF THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION,” MR YEUNG SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID, WITHOUT WISHING TO MAKE A PREMATURE DISCLOSURE OF THE COMMISSION’S FINDINGS, HE THOUGHT THE WAY FORWARD MIGHT BE PARTLY TO DEVELOP A MECHANISM BY WHICH THE LANGUAGE ABILITY OF ALL STUDENTS WAS ASSESSED OBJECTIVELY, AND PARTLY FOR SCHOOLS TO MAKE A CLEAR-CUT CHOICE AS TO WHICH MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION THEY WOULD USE.

’’THE AIM WOULD BE TO PLACE STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS USING THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION BEST SUITED TO THEIR COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT,” HE SAID.

’’THUS, RATHER THAN DEPLOYING SCARCE RESOURCES ON RESEARCH TO ESTABLISH THE PROFICIENCY OF EXISTING TEACHERS USING ENGLISH AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, WE WOULD PREFER TO DEPLOY THESE RESOURCES TO SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH AND TO IMPROVE TEACHER TRAINING,” MR YEUNG ADDED.

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USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS IN PUBLIC PLACE REQUIRES POLICE APPROVAL

THE USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS IN A PUBLIC PLACE REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, UNLESS THE USE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN SEPARATELY AUTHORISED UNDER THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON HUI YIN-FAT.

HE SAID THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE ALSO PROHIBITED THE USE OF LOUDSPEAKERS WHICH WERE A SOURCE OF ANNOYANCE TO THE PUBLIC.

’’EACH APPLICATION TO USE LOUDSPEAKERS IS CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS.

”IN GENERAL, A PERMIT IS ISSUED IF THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT THE USE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT IS NECESSARY AND WILL NOT CAUSE A NUISANCE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC,” MR ASPREY SAID.

AS APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WERE NOT CATEGORISED BY THE TYPE OF PERSON OR BODY MAKING THE APPLICATION, STATISTICS ON APPLICATIONS FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS ALONE WERE NOT AVAILABLE, HE SAID.

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HOWEVER, THERE WERE FIGURES FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, AND PERMITS ISSUED IN THE PAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

IN 1988, THERE WERE 487 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND 481 PERMITS ISSUED. LAST YEAR, THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES WERE 402 AND 391. FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1990, 285 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED AND 272 PERMITS ISSUED. TWELVE APPLICATIONS WERE STILL BEING PROCESSED.

"IN SUM, IN THE LAST 30 MONTHS, NEARLY 1,200 APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED, OF WHICH SOME 97 PER CENT HAVE BEEN APPROVED," MR ASPREY SAID.

HE NOTED THAT SINCE THE POLICE LICENSING OFFICE ISSUED MANY DIFFERENT LICENCES AND PERMITS, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO CALCULATE SEPARATELY THE COST OF PROCESSING APPLICATIONS TO USE LOUDSPEAKERS.

"HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THE TOTAL ANNUAL COST IS SMALL," MR ASPREY ADDED.

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CRITERIA USED IN APPROVING FUND-RAISING APPLICATIONS ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, BEFORE APPROVING FUND-RAISING APPLICATIONS FROM ORGANISATIONS, FIRST NEEDS TO ESTABLISH THAT THERE WILL BE AN ACTIVE SOLICITATION OF FUNDS, AND THAT THE COLLECTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN A PUBLIC PLACE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MRS WONG WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON RONALD CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

SHE SAID: ’’WHEN THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED EACH APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS, HAVING REGARD TO THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

THE STATUS OF THE ORGANISATION - WHETHER THE APPLICANT IS A BONA-FIDE NON-PROFIT-MAKING CHARITABLE OR WELFARE ORGANISATION;

THE NATURE OF THE ACTIVITY - WHETHER THE ORGANISATION’S ACTIVITIES ARE CHARITABLE OR WELFARE RELATED; AND

THE FUND-RAISING OBJECTIVE - WHETHER THE MONEY RAISED WOULD SUPPORT CHARITABLE OR WELFARE WORK.”

THE STATUTORY POWER FOR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO GRANT PERMITS FOR FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES IN PUBLIC PLACES WAS PROVIDED IN SECTION 4(17) OF THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, CAP. 228, MRS WONG ADDED.

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MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYERS ESSENTIAL * * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID HE BELIEVED THAT MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYERS IS ESSENTIAL TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LEUNG WAI-TUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), MR ASPREY SAID: “I THEREFORE INTEND TO SEEK THIS COUNCIL’S APPROVAL EARLY NEXT SESSION OF MEASURES TO FACILITATE THE PROSECUTION OF EMPLOYERS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, AND TO PROVIDE MORE STRINGENT PENALTIES FOR EMPLOYERS CONVICTED OF THIS SERIOUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE OFFENCE.”

HE NOTED THAT THE SUB-CONTRACTING SYSTEM USED ON CONSTRUCTION SITES MADE IT DIFFICULT IN MOST CASES TO IDENTIFY THE EMPLOYER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOUND WORKING ON SUCH SITES.

"AS A RESULT, IT HAS USUALLY NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO BRING PROSECUTIONS AGAINST EMPLOYERS IN SUCH CASES, DESPITE EXTENSIVE POLICE ENQUIRIES," HE SAID.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WERE NORMALLY RELUCTANT TO IDENTIFY THEIR EMPLOYER, MR ASPREY ADDED.

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PLANS AND MEASURES TO SOLVE FLOODING PROBLEMS OUTLINED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BOTH LONG-TERM STRATEGIES AND CONTINGENCY MEASURES TO PREVENT AND SOLVE THE FLOODING PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE RAINY SEASON.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR BARNES SAID THE LONG TERM STRUCTURAL MEASURES INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DRAINAGE CHANNELS, IMPROVING EXISTING CHANNELS AND PROVIDING PROTECTIVE WORKS AND FLOOD PUMPING STATION IN VILLAGES WHICH WERE AT PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE LOCATIONS.

HE NOTED THAT THESE PROJECTS, WITH A TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF SOME $6 BILLION, HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE TUEN MUN, NORTH WEST AND NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT OFFICES.

"THESE ARE MAJOR AND DIFFICULT WORKS AND CAN ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS,” HE SAID.

"ALSO BECAUSE OF THE TERRAIN, MOST OF THESE AREAS ARE NOT ONLY AFFECTED BY RAINFALL BUT ALSO BY TIDE AND STORM SURGES.

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"SO TOTAL PREVENTION OF FLOODING IS NOT PRACTICAL AND THE LONGTERM STRATEGY IS AIMED AT REDUCING THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF FLOODING," HE ADDED.

MR BARNES SAID OTHER LONG-TERM MEASURES TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDED THE DRAWING UP OF RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANS BY THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION TO CONTROL LAND USE IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

"THE BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANS WILL IDENTIFY THE FUNCTION OF MAIN STREAMCOURSES, THE CAPACITY OF FLOW WHICH THEY MUST MAINTAIN AND THE WORKS AND CONTROL NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THESE CAPACITIES ARE MAINTAINED.

"DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR A LAND DRAINAGE ORDINANCE ARE BEING PREPARED AND UNDER THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DRAINAGE IMPACT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ANY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH IS LIABLE TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE DRAINAGE OF A BASIN," HE SAID.

MR BARNES ALSO NOTED THAT WATERCOURSE MAINTENANCE WAS CURRENTLY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS. IT WOULD BE CENTRALISED WITH THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS IN ORDER TO ENSURE A CLEAR LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND A MORE EFFICIENT MAINTENANCE SERVICE.

"AS FOR CONTINGENCY MEASURES, THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH WAS SET UP LAST YEAR, ALSO CO-ORDINATES FLOOD PREVENTION AND REMEDIAL ACTION AGAINST FLOODING."

IF FLOODING OCCURRED, MR BARNES SAID, THERE WERE PRACTICAL MEASURES THAT COULD BE TAKEN TO RELEASE THE WATER. VILLAGES COULD TELEPHONE THE DISTRICT OFFICES OR THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR HELP. A MAINTENANCE GANG WOULD BE DESPATCHED TO THE AREA TO REMOVE MATERIALS FROM CULVERTS OR TO CLEAR BLOCKED DRAINS.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT IN A MAJOR FLOOD, SUCH AS WAS EXPERIENCED DURING TYPHOON BRENDA, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE THAT COULD BE DONE.

"IN SUCH AN EVENT, THE POLICE, AMBULANCE, FIRE SERVICES ARE DEPLOYED TO EFFECT RESCUES AND THEY IN TURN MAY HAVE TO CALL IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND THEIR HELICOPTER TEAMS," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON MAINTENANCE OF FLOODING BLACK SPOTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS SOMETHING LIKE $35 MILLION PER ANNUM.

THE WORKS INCLUDED ROUTINE INSPECTION OF SEWERS AND STORMWATER DRAINS AND CARRYING OUT CLEARANCE TO BLOCKAGES.

FROM NOVEMBER 1989 TO MAY 1990, NEW FLAPGATES HAD ALSO BEEN INSTALLED, PARTICULARLY IN THE YUEN LONG NULLAH AREA IN WHICH ALL OR PART OF 125 VILLAGES WOULD BE BENEFITTED, HE SAID.

MR BARNES NOTED THAT A TOTAL OF 197 BLACK SPOTS HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED.

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PAYMENT OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE EXPLAINED

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OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WAS WITHHELD FROM 5,400 RECIPIENTS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS ON THE GROUNDS THAT THEY HAD BEEN ABSENT FROM HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS IN A YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, MRS WONG SAID THE AVERAGE PERIOD OF ABSENCE IN THESE CASES WAS 210 DAYS.

MRS WONG EXPLAINED THAT OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WAS A NON-CONTRIBUTORY WELFARE PAYMENT FUNDED BY GENERAL REVENUE, AND WAS INTENDED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS TO MEET EXTRA EXPENSES ARISING FROM OLD AGE.

"WHILE IT IS ASSUMED THAT RECIPIENTS WILL BE RESIDING IN HONG KONG IF THEY ARE TO RECEIVE THE ALLOWANCE, AT PRESENT THEY ARE PERMITTED TO BE ABSENT FOR UP TO 90 DAYS A YEAR IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR NEED TO GO ANYWHERE OVERSEAS FOR SHORT VISITS, BE THESE FOR MEDICAL OR SOCIAL REASONS," SHE SAID.

AT PRESENT, WHEN INTENDING TO BE ABSENT FROM HONG KONG FOR OVER 90 DAYS TO GO TO CHINA OR, INDEED, ELSEWHERE FOR MEDICAL REASONS, THE RECIPIENT MIGHT SEEK PERMISSION TO EXTEND HIS ELIGIBILITY FOR CONTINUED PAYMENT OF THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE.

"IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MERITS OF THE CASE, SUCH PERMISSION MAY BE GIVEN FOR PERIODS OF TIME AS REQUIRED IN THAT PARTICULAR CASE," SHE SAID.

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USA ENCOURAGED TO TAKE CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS ENCOURAGING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO TAKE A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH TO DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS TO THE MIGRATION OF PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON ALISTAIR ASPREY, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARTIN BARROW, MR ASPREY SAID: ’’FOR ITS PART, HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT RECOGNISE THE NEED TO TACKLE THE ROOT CAUSES OF THE MIGRATION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.”

ON MAY 17 THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCED THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIAL SCHEME TO SUPPORT THE ACTIVITIES OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS (NGO’S) IN THOSE PARTS OF NORTHERN VIETNAM FROM WHICH BOAT PEOPLE HAD PREDOMINANTLY COME IN RECENT YEARS, HE SAID.

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"UNDER THE SPECIAL SCHEME, THE OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ODA) WILL MEET 80 PER CENT OF THE COSTS OF AGREED HUMANITARIAN AND ECONOMIC PROJECTS PUT FORWARD BY BRITISH NGO’S IN THE TARGET AREAS."

HE NOTED THAT A SUM OF ONE MILLION POUND STERLING HAD BEEN SET ASIDE TO SUPPORT THESE PROJECTS.

"IN ADDITION, HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO ADD VIETNAM TO THE LIST OF COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE GENERAL JOINT FUNDING SCHEME, UNDER WHICH THE ODA MEETS 50 PER CENT OF THE COSTS OF AGREED NGO PROJECTS," MR ASPREY SAID.

"THERE ARE NO GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITATIONS UNDER THIS SCHEME," HE ADDED.

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SKETCH PLANS FOR SMITHFIELD JOINT USER BUILDING TO BE PREPARED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SCHEDULE FOR ACCOMMODATION FOR ALL THE USERS OF THE SMITHFIELD ROAD JOINT USER BUILDING WAS APPROVED EARLIER THIS MONTH AND SKETCH PLANS WILL NOW BE PREPARED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, STATED THIS IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARTIN LEE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS PROJECT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING ALLOCATION OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS UNDER THE 1989 RESOURCE ALLOCATION SYSTEM.

"IT WILL HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST OTHER PRIORITY PROJECTS FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDS THIS YEAR.

"IT IS NOT POSSIBLE THEREFORE AT THIS STAGE TO INDICATE A NEW START OR COMPLETION DATE FOR THE PROJECT," HE SAID.

MR BARNES SAID THE COMPLETION DATE OF DECEMBER 1993 ORIGINALLY GIVEN TO THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER FOR THE PROJECT WAS VERY OPTIMISTIC AND WAS BASED ON THE ASSUMPTIONS THAT FUNDS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE ANNUAL ALLOCATION EXERCISE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THAT PREPARATION OF SKETCH PLANS WOULD COMMENCE IN JUNE 1989.

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RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT STUDY PLANNED FOR 1991

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO COMMISSION A RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT STUDY EARLY NEXT YEAR IN ORDER TO TAKE AN OVERALL VIEW ON PRIORITIES AND TIMING OF FUTURE RAIL PROJECTS, SUBJECT TO FUNDS BEING AVAILABLE.

THIS WAS STATED IN A WRITTEN REPLY BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LEUNG SAID THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT STUDY WOULD REASSESS AND UPDATE FUTURE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC IN THE TERRITORY.

THE STUDY, TAKING FULL ACCOUNT OF THE AIRPORT RAILWAY, WOULD EVALUATE A NUMBER OF POTENTIAL RAILWAY PROJECTS WITHIN A TIME FRAME EXTENDING TO 2011.

THESE MIGHT INCLUDE, APART FROM THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES RAIL LINK, THE EXTENSION OF MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TO TSEUNG KWAN 0, A THIRD RAIL HARBOUR CROSSING, AND OTHER RAIL LINKS IDENTIFIED IN RECENT DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, SUCH AS THE METROPLAN.

MR LEUNG SAID THE RAIL PROJECTS SELECTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION WOULD THEN BE SUBJECT TO MORE DETAILED INVESTIGATION TO ESTABLISH THEIR ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY, FINANCIAL VIABILITY AND CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES.

THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UP TO THE YEAR 2001 RECOMMENDED BY THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY (CTS-2) INCLUDED A PROPOSED NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES RAIL LINK TO SERVE THE NEW TOWNS OF TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND TIN SHUI WAI, HE ADDED.

TWO ALTERNATIVE

THE TUEN MUN-TSUEN WAN

ROUTES WERE IDENTIFIED FOR DETAILED STUDY LINK, AND THE YUEN LONG-TSUEN WAN LINK.

SINCE THE COMPLETION OF CTS-2, THE GOVERNMENT HAD ANNOUNCED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK, TOGETHER WITH RELATED RAIL AND ROAD LINKS.

AS THESE PROJECTS AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF ROUTE 3 TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW AIRPORT HAD MAJOR IMPLICATIONS ON THE TIMING AND ALIGNMENT OF THESE RAILWAYS RECOMMENDED BY CTS-2, A FURTHER REVIEW OF THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES RAIL LINK AND OTHER RAIL PROJECTS WAS REQUIRED.

AS PRIORITY HAD TO BE GIVEN TO THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT, FINANCIAL AND ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDIES HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED ON THE AIRPORT RAILWAY, TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THIS WOULD THEN BE FOLLOWED BY A RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT STUDY, MR LEUNG SAID.

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TUEN MUN HOSPITAL IN FULL OPERATION BY LATE 1992

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TUEN MUN HOSPITAL WILL BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN FIVE PHASES, AND BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL IN LATE 1992, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ELIZABETH WONG, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAI CHI-WAH, MRS WONG SAID THE FIRST PHASE WAS OPENED BETWEEN MARCH 8 AND APRIL 2 THIS YEAR.

"IT IS PLANNED TO OPEN PHASE TWO IN LATE 1990/EARLY 1991 AND TO PROCEED WITH SUCCESSIVE PHASES UNTIL THE HOSPITAL IS IN FULL OPERATION IN LATE 1992.

"ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL ALSO BE PHASED-IN TO MATCH THE BUILD-UP OF SPECIALTY BEDS TO ACCOMMODATE ADMISSION CASES AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SUFFICIENT ANCILLIARY FACILITIES."

SHE SAID THESE SERVICES WOULD START ON A 9 AM TO 5 PM BASIS FROM JULY 30 AND WOULD BE EXTENDED TO 12-HOUR SERVICE IN JANUARY 1991 AND 24-HOUR SERVICE IN JULY 1991.

MRS WONG POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THE NORMAL PRACTICE FOR ANY NEW MAJOR HOSPITAL TO BE CONSTRUCTED AND COMMISSIONED IN PHASES.

THE OPENING DATE FOR PARTICULAR PHASES WAS DETERMINED ONCE THE COMPLETION DATE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSIONING WORK WAS KNOWN.

FOR TUEN MUN HOSPITAL, MRS WONG SAID CONSTRUCTION WORK COMMENCED ON AUGUST 30, 1984, WITH A 36-MONTH WORK PERIOD FOR PHASE ONE AND A 42-MONTH PERIOD FOR PHASE TWO.

"DURING THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION, 506 DAYS’ EXTENSION OF TIME WAS GIVEN FOR PHASE ONE AND 463 DAYS’ EXTENSION TO PHASE TWO, MAINLY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE OUTBREAK OF A FIRE IN THE RADIOTHERAPY BLOCK AND A REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS.

"THESE EXTENDED THE CONTRACTUAL COMPLETION DATES TO JANUARY 16, 1989 AND JUNE 6, 1989 RESPECTIVELY," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG SAID CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS CONTRACTUALLY CONSIDERED TO BE "SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE" ON JANUARY 16, 1989 FOR PHASE ONE, WHICH WAS ON TIME, AND ON AUGUST 9, 1989 FOR PHASE TWO, WHICH WAS TWO MONTHS LATE.

SHE SAID A CONTRACTUAL SIX-MONTH PERIOD OF DEFECTS RECTIFICATION AND COMPLETION OF ANY OUTSTANDING WORKS COMMENCED ON AUGUST 9, 1989, IN PARALLEL WITH TESTING AND COMMISSIONING OF EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES.

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"IN TAKING OVER EACH AREA, END-USERS HAVE IDENTIFIED ADDITIONAL WORKS, DESIGN CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS.

"THESE ARE NOW BEING CARRIED OUT AS POST-CONTRACT VARIATION," MRS WONG SAID.

"THE AIM OF THESE MEASURES IS TO ENSURE EQUIPMENT RELIABILITY AND PATIENTS’ WELL-BEING BEFORE HOSPITAL SERVICES ARE INTRODUCED," SHE ADDED.

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AMOUNT OF HK CURRENCY EXTRACTED UNDER DURESS UNKNOWN

IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MUCH HONG KONG CURRENCY WAS EXTRACTED UNDER DURESS FROM HONG KONG RESIDENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR MILITARY CURRENCY DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ELSIE TU.

AS TO THE QUESTION OF REDEMPTION, SIR PIERS SAID AS HONG KONG WAS A BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORY, IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR HONG KONG TO RAISE THIS MATTER WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN.

"QUESTIONS OF THIS KIND CONCERNING THE ALLEGED RESPONSIBILITY OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT IN RELATION TO CITIZENS OF HONG KONG ARE MATTERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NOT THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

"WE ARE CURRENTLY IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM REGARDING A POSSIBLE WAY FORWARD," HE ADDED.

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NO PLANS FOR TRAVEL AGENTS TO HAVE SEGREGATED BANK ACCOUNTS ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NO PLANS AT PRESENT TO REQUIRE TRAVEL AGENTS TO HAVE SEGREGATED BANK ACCOUNTS FOR CLIENTS’ MONEY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PIERS JACOBS, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER WONG, SIR PIERS SAID THE CONCEPT OF SUCH ACCOUNTS WAS CONSIDERED IN DETAIL IN 1987, WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION WAS SEARCHING FOR REMEDIES TO PLUG THE LOOPHOLE EXPOSED BY THE AUSTRAVEL CASE.

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FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TRAVEL AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, MAJOR OPERATIONAL AND PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES WERE IDENTIFIED.

’’THESE INCLUDED THE NEED TO DETERMINE AND PRESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE LEGAL AND CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN TRAVEL AGENTS, THEIR CLIENTS, THE 'CUSTODIANS’ OF THE MONEY AND THE BANKS WITH WHICH THE ACCOUNTS ARE OPENED,” SIR PIERS SAID.

’’ALTHOUGH THESE PROBLEMS WERE NOT INSURMOUNTABLE, THEY WERE NEVERTHELESS COMPLEX IN NATURE AND WOULD HAVE REQUIRED MUCH TIME TO RESOLVE,” HE ADDED.

"IN THE END, THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDED IN FAVOUR OF THE PRESENT SCHEME OF SELF-REGULATION WHICH INCLUDES, INTER ALIA, THE PROVISION OF SOME ASSURANCE FOR OUTBOUND TRAVELLERS THROUGH THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY COUNCIL RESERVE FUND," SIR PIERS SAID.

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SELF-REGULATION FOR TRAVEL INDUSTRY TO BE REVIEWED ♦ * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONDUCTING A REVIEW TO EXAMINE THE ENTIRE PACKAGE OF SELF-REGULATION FOR THE OUTBOUND TRAVEL INDUSTRY, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

TABLING THE REPORT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TRAVEL AGENTS’ RESERVE FUND FOR THE FISCAL YEAR STARTING APRIL 1, 1988, DR IP SAID IN TERMS OF COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY, THERE WERE AREAS IN THE PRESENT SYSTEM THAT COULD BE REFINED.

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"ALL THESE, I AM CONFIDENT, WILL BE CRITICALLY EXAMINED IN THE REVIEW," SHE SAID.

FOR THE TRAVEL AGENTS’ RESERVE FUND, DR IP SAID VIRTUALLY ALL THE 2,300 FORMER CLIENTS OF THE DEFUNCT AUSTRAVEL COMPANY LIMITED AND P.C. TRAVEL SERVICE LTD, WHO HAD OPTED FOR A ONE-OFF 70 PER CENT PAYMENT OF AMOUNT CLAIMED HAD BEEN PAID.

FOR THOSE 800-ODD FORMER CLIENTS WHO OPTED FOR 100 PER CENT PAYMENT, DR IP SAID THE THIRD AND FINAL INSTALMENT WAS EXPECTED TO BE PAID BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

IN ALL, $10 MILLION HAD BEEN PAID TO FORMER CLIENTS AND IT WAS HOPED THAT OUTSTANDING CLAIMS ON THE TWO DEFUNCT AGENCIES COULD BE SETTLED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, SHE SAID.

THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY COUNCIL RESERVE FUND, A BODY CORPORATE FORMED WITH A VIEW TO REPLACING THE TRAVEL AGENTS’ RESERVE FUND, HAD CONTINUED TO PROVIDE A SAFETY NET FOR OUTBOUND TRAVELLERS, DR IP SAID.

BY CHARGING A ONE PER CENT LEVY ON TOUR PACKAGES, A HEALTHY RESERVE WAS GRADUALLY BEING BUILT UP, STANDING AT $33 MILLION AT PRESENT, SHE SAID.

DR IP NOTED THAT ONY A FEW TRAVEL AGENTS HAD FAILED SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF SELF-REGULATION INCURRING LIMITED LIABLILITY ON THE FUND.

SHE SAID BY NOW TRAVELLERS WERE AWARE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RECEIVING RECEIPTS FOR THEIR TOURS BEARING THE ONE PER CENT FRANKING MACHINE MARK.

WITH SUCH RECEIPTS, THEY WERE ABLE TO CLAIM UP TO 70 PER CENT OF THEIR LOSS SHOULD THE TRAVEL AGENT FAIL, DR IP ADDED.

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COST-EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC FUNDS MANAGEMENT STRESSED

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THE NEED FOR COST-EFFICIENCY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER, GIVEN THE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMMES OF INFRASTRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENT OUTLINED BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE MAJOR EXPANSION PLANNED FOR THE TERTIARY EDUCATION.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE (PAC), THE HON PETER POON, SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN TABLING PAC REPORT NO. 15 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR POON SAID IT WAS NOW WIDELY UNDERSTOOD AND ACCEPTED BY ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT THAT THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR PROFLIGACY WITH THE PUBLIC PURSE.

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HE SAID THE CHANGE IN ATTITUDES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WAS WELL ILLUSTRATED AT THE PUBLIC HEARINGS OF THE COMMITTEE HELD IN MAY THIS YEAR.

"THE DEFENSIVE ATTITUDES ADOPTED BY SOME WITNESSES IN THE PAST HAD BEEN REPLACED BY A REFRESHING WILLINGNESS TO ADMIT PAST MISTAKES AND ACCEPT THAT IMPROVEMENTS COULD, AND SHOULD BE MADE TO IMPROVE ECONOMY AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS IN THE FUTURE."

MR POON SAID GIVEN THIS HEIGHTENED AWARENESS OF, AND ATTENTION TO, THE NEED FOR COST-EFFICIENCY, HE TRUSTED THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT NO. 15 WOULD BE ACCEPTED IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH THEY WERE OFFERED; THAT IS, NOT TO PUNISH OR RAKE OVER PAST FAULTS, BUT TO LOOK FORWARD, AND TO IDENTIFY THE SCOPE FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS.

HE ALSO SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE ENCOURAGING TRENDS PAC MEMBERS CHARTED THROUGH THEIR REPORTS IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE 1980’3 COULD BE MAINTAINED THROUGH THE 1990’S.

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MOTION UNDER LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE PASSED *****

A MOTION MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FOUR BILLS WERE ALSO PASSED. THEY WERE THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1989-90) BILL 1990, THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 AND THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990.

IN ADDITION, FOUR BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY WERE THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990, THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 AND THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1990.

DEBATES ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY IE, 1990

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HONG KONG BILL OF RIGHTS BILL 1990 ******

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) APPROVED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE HONG KONG BILL OF RIGHTS BILL 1990 INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 25, 1990.

"THE BILL HAS BEEN PREPARED IN THE LIGHT OF PUBLIC VIEWS ON AN EARLIER WHITE BILL WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN MARCH THIS YEAR," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXPLAINING THE BILL, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN HIGHLIGHTED THE MAJOR CHANGES WHICH HAD BEEN INTRODUCED.

CLAUSE 1(2) OF THE BILL SEEKS TO PROVIDE A FREEZE OF THE EFFECT OF THE BOR IN RESPECT OF EXISTING LEGISLATION FOR THE FIRST YEAR AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A SELECTIVE FREEZE IN RESPECT OF LEGISLATION LISTED IN A SCHEDULE FOR A FURTHER PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR TO BE DECIDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE SCHEDULE SHOULD BE APPROVED BY A RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE FREEZE WILL ALSO COVER ACTS DONE UNDER STATUTORY POWERS, INCLUDING THE EXERCISE OF DISCRETIONARY POWERS.

"THIS FREEZE DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY DECIDED THAT ANY OF OUR LEGISLATION IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR) AS APPLIED TO HONG KONG, BUT WILL PROVIDE TIME FOR A FULL REVIEW TO BE UNDERTAKEN," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEFINITIONS PROVIDED IN THE WHITE BILL ON "NATIONAL SECURITY" AND "LIFE OF THE NATION” BY INCLUDING HONG KONG SPECIFICALLY HAVE NOW BEEN DELETED.

"UNDER THE ICCPR, RESTRICTIONS AND DEROGATIONS IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS MAY BE IMPOSED ON THE GROUNDS OF ’NATIONAL SECURITY’, OR IN TIMES OF PUBLIC EMERGENCY WHICH ’THREATEN THE LIFE OF THE NATION’. HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT THAT THE DEFINITIONS IN THE WHITE BILL WOULD PERMIT RIGHTS TO BE RESTRICTED OR TAKEN AWAY IN CIRCUMSTANCES DIFFERENT FROM THOSE ALLOWED BY THE ICCPR AND COULD THEREFORE BE REGARDED AS INCONSISTENT WITH THE ICCPR. HENCE THEIR DELETION," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

CLAUSE 2(3) OF THE WHITE BILL HAS BEEN AMENDED BY MAKING REFERENCE ONLY TO THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WHICH IS TO IMPLEMENT FURTHER THE ICCPR AS APPLIED TO HONG KONG.

"THE AMENDMENT WILL AVOID GIVING THE IMPRESSION THAT THE BILL ADVOCATES A DEPARTURE FROM ESTABLISHED LEGAL PRACTICE, WHICH COULD BE REGARDED AS CONTRARY TO THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

CLAUSE 6(1) OF THE WHITE BILL WHICH PROVIDES THAT A VIOLATION IN RELATION TO A PERSON IS ACTIONABLE AS A TORT IS DELETED, WITH CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSE 6(2).

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"THE DELETION IS MADE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOME FORCE IN THE ARGUMENT THAT A TORT ACTION, WHICH IF SUCCESSFUL NORMALLY LEADS TO A REMEDY IN DAMAGES, WOULD NOT ALWAYS BE APPROPRIATE FOR A BREACH OF BOR," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"THE NEW CLAUSE WILL ENABLE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS TO GRANT AN EFFECTIVE REMEDY IN RESPECT OF BREACHES OF THE BOR, AND DAMAGES ARE TO BE AWARDED ONLY WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE AND JUST TO DO SO," HE SAID.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES THAT THE APPLICATION OF ARTICLE 14 (THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY) TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD ENTER INTO FORCE AT A LATER DATE WHEN SPECIFIC LEGISLATION ON PROTECTION OF PRIVACY IS ENACTED. AT PRESENT THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION IS ALREADY WORKING ON PRIVACY LEGISLATION WHICH ALSO COVERS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION.

THE COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL SECTORS FEEL THAT SOME OF THE ARTICLES IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS AS REGARDS OBLIGATIONS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS ARE TOO BROAD AND THEIR EFFECTS UNCERTAIN. THEY FEAR THAT SUCH RIGHTS AS COUCHED IN THE GENERAL TERMS OF THE ICCPR PROVISIONS, COULD LEAD TO CONFUSION WITHIN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WITH REGARD TO THE LEGALITY OF CERTAIN EXISTING OBLIGATIONS AND CURRENT PRACTICES.

"WE ACCEPT THAT SOME OF THESE CONCERNS ARE VALID. OUR VIEW IS THAT THE MAJOR PROBLEMATIC AREA LIES IN ARTICLE 14 RELATING TO PRIVACY, SINCE THERE IS AT PRESENT NO SPECIFIC LEGISLATION GOVERNING THIS AREA OF HUMAN RIGHTS. WE THEREFORE PROPOSE TO DEFER THE APPLICATION OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

"THE OTHER TWO ARTICLES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL SECTORS AS PROBLEMATIC, I.E. ARTICLE 16 RELATING TO RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND ARTICLE 23 OF THE WHITE BILL RELATING TO NONDISCRIMINATION, SHOULD NOT LEAD TO SUCCESSFUL CLAIMS AGAINST THE PRIVATE SECTOR," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

ARTICLE 17 AND CLAUSE 13 OF THE WHITE BILL HAVE BEEN DELETED.

ARTICLE 17 STATES THAT PROPAGANDA FOR WAR OR ADVOCACY OF NATIONAL, RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS HATRED "SHALL BE PROHIBITED BY LAW". THIS ARTICLE CORRESPONDS TO ARTICLE 20 OF THE ICCPR, BUT UNDER A RESERVATION ENTERED BY THE UK, THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO INTRODUCE "FURTHER LEGISLATION". THE WHITE BILL ATTEMPTED TO REFLECT THIS RESERVATION BY INCORPORATING CLAUSE 13 TO THE EFFECT THAT THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO LEGISLATE FURTHER IN RESPECT OF ARTICLE 17. HOWEVER, ARTICLE 17 MAY BE CONSTRUED AS CREATING AN OBLIGATION TO LEGISLATE IN RESPECT OF PROPAGANDA FOR WAR ETC. SINCE SUCH AN OBLIGATION CONTRADICTS CLAUSE 13 WHICH SAYS THERE IS NO SUCH OBLIGATION, IT COULD LEAD TO CONFUSION.

"DELETION OF BOTH ARTICLE 17 AND CLAUSE 13 WILL AVOID SUCH CONFUSION. THE MATTERS REFERRED TO IN THE ARTICLE WILL CONTINUE TO BE COVERED BY EXISTING LAWS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE ARE ALSO OTHER MINOR AND TEXTUAL CHANGES INTRODUCED TO THE WHITE BILL. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONE INVOLVES CHANGING THE CHINESE TITLE OF THE BILL FROM "RENQUAN XUANYAN" TO "RENQUAN FA’AN” IN ORDER TO CONFORM WITH THE GENERALLY ACCEPTED CHINESE TRANSLATION FOR THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

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BILL TO CLARIFY TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO AMEND THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE TO REFLECT THE GOVERNMENT'S PRACTICE IN RESPECT OF THE TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS.

THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1990, TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS YEAR, WILL BE GAZETTED ON FRIDAY (JULY 20).

EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT AIMED TO CLARIFY THE GOVERNMENT'S PRESENT POSITION ON TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS FOLLOWING THE DECISION ON THE DAVID HARDY GLYNN V. THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE CASE, BY THE COURT OF APPEAL IN DECEMBER 1988.

’’THE BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE AT THIS POINT IN TIME TO BROADEN THE EXTENT TO WHICH FRINGE BENEFITS ARE TAXED,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN BROAD TERMS, THE GLYNN CASE WAS CONCERNED WITH THE QUESTION OF WHETHER SCHOOL FEES PAID BY MR GLYNN’S EMPLOYER IN RESPECT OF HIS DAUGHTER'S EDUCATION, ESCAPED CHARGEABILITY TO SALARIES TAX BY VIRTUE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS USED TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS.

A DECISION HANDED DOWN BY THE COURT OF APPEAL IN THAT CASE RULED THAT THE WORD "PERQUISITE” IN THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE SHOULD BE GIVEN ITS ORDINARY MEANING AND HENCE ALL BENEFITS DERIVED BY AN EMPLOYEE FROM HIS EMPLOYMENT WERE CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX.

"THIS CREATED SOME UNCERTAINTY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ADDING THAT PRIOR TO THE DECISION, THE DEPARTMENT’S PRACTICE WAS THAT BENEFITS RECEIVED IN A FORM OTHER THAN MONEY, UNLESS COVERED BY SPECIFIC PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, WERE NOT TAXED IF THEY DID NOT TAKE THE FORM OF "MONEY’S WORTH".

A BENEFIT IS REGARDED AS CONSTITUTING "MONEY’S WORTH" IF IT IS CAPABLE OF BEING CONVERTED INTO MONEY BY THE RECIPIENT OR IT IS THE DISCHARGE BY THE EMPLOYER OF A LIABILITY OF THE EMPLOYEE.

IN A STATEMENT MADE IN MARCH 1989, THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ANNOUNCED THAT LEGISLATION WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO ACCORD WITH THE PRE-GLYNN PRACTICE CONCERNING THE TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS.

AT THAT TIME HE HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE PRACTICE WOULD BE FOLLOWED FOR 1988-89 AND 1989-90 ASSESSMENTS RAISED PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE CASE PROCEEDED TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL. THE PRIVY COUNCIL’S RULING, LIKE THAT OF THE COURT OF APPEAL, ALTHOUGH NOT TO THE SAME EXTENT, ALLOWS THE TAXATION OF FRINGE BENEFITS ON A WIDER SCALE THAN THE DEPARTMENT’S PRACTICE.

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IMMIGRATION FACILITIES FOR URGENT TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES * * ♦ ♦ ♦

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN STRANDED IN THE PHILIPPINES BECAUSE OF THE EARTHQUAKE THAT OCCURRED ON JULY 16.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD LIAISED WITH THE TWO LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCIES WHICH HAD ORGANISED TOURS TO THE PHILIPPINES TO IDENTIFY HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO WERE VISITING THE COUNTRY.

FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WISH TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES AND NEED ASSISTANCE FOR URGENT ARRANGEMENT OF TRAVEL DOCUMENT AND VISA MAY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 829 3075 OR 829 3076.

THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN MANILA HAD ALSO BEEN ASKED TO INFORM THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ONCE THE EMBASSY RECEIVED ANY NEWS ON CASES INVOLVING HONG KONG RESIDENTS. FAMILY MEMBERS MAY ALSO CALL THE ABOVE TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO CHECK THE LATEST SITUATION.

RESIDENT FILIPINE NATIONALS WHO WISH TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES URGENTLY MAY APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT’S EXTENSION SECTION ON FIFTH FLOOR, TOWER II, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI FOR IMMIGRATION FACILITIES SUCH AS RE-ENTRY VISAS.

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GOVERNOR VISITS SHAM SHUI PO TOMORROW ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO HAVE A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT THERE.

HE WILL TOUR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, THE NAM CHEONG STREET SITTING-OUT AREA AND NAM CHEONG ESTATE.

SIR DAVID WILL ALSO INSPECT WORKS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE TO RENOVATE 38 BUILDINGS AT THE BERWICK STREET AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

/THOSE WISHING .......

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THOSE WISHING TO MAKE USE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. PRESS VANS WILL DEPART PUNCTUALLY AT 1.30 PM FOR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, WHICH IS THE FIRST STOP OF THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT.

THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO MEI FOO SUN CHUEN SHOULD ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE 16 NASSAU STREET (JUNCTION OF NASSAU STREET AND HUMBERT STREET) AT 2.35 PM.

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INVESTIGATION INTO AFFAIRS OF PALADIN LIMITED CONCLUDED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, IN EXERCISE OF THE POWERS CONFERRED ON HIM BY SECTION 143(1)(C) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, APPOINTED MR MARVIN K.T. CHEUNG ON MARCH 1 THIS YEAR AS INSPECTOR TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF PALADIN LIMITED.

A LIMITED INVESTIGATION HAS NOW BEEN CONCLUDED AND THE INSPECTOR HAS SUBMITTED A REPORT TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY EARLIER THIS MONTH.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 146(3)(A) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, SIR PIERS HAS SENT A COPY OF THE REPORT TO THE COMPANY INVESTIGATED.

AS THE REPORT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH MAY HAVE A BEARING ON POSSIBLE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, IT IS NOT CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE TO PUBLISH THE REPORT.

HOWEVER, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MAY SEND COPIES OF THE REPORT TO REGULATORY BODIES CONCERNED.

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HK TO CLOSELY MONITOR US TRADE BILL

THE TEXTILE, APPAREL AND TRADE BILL OF 1990 SEEKING TO FURTHER LIMIT THE GROWTH OF TEXTILE, APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR IMPORTS INTO THE UNITED STATES WAS PASSED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

"BUT THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT WILL BECOME LAW. THE BILL HAS YET TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,” THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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MR CHAU SAID THE PRESENT BILL WAS SIMILAR TO 1'1.ti JENKINS BILL (1985) AND THE TEXTILES BILL (1987), BOTH VETOED BY MR REAGAN.

"PRESIDENT BUSH OPPOSED THE 1987 BILL DURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. HE CAN BE EXPECTED TO VETO THIS ONE IF IT REACHES HIS DESK," HE SAID.

INDEED, HE ADDED, THE US ADMINISTRATION HAD INDICATED IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS ITS STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

"AMBASSADOR RON SORINI, THE UNITED STATES CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR, HAD STRESSED IN THE SENATE HEARING EARLIER THAT THE BILL WAS UNNECESSARY, UNJUSTIFIED ON ECONOMIC GROUNDS, WOULD VIOLATE US’ BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL OBLIGATIONS AND UNDERMINE THE TEXTILES AND CLOTHING NEGOTIATIONS IN THE URUGUAY ROUND.

"THE BILL HAS APPARENTLY BEEN INTRODUCED TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE US NEGOTIATORS IN THE URUGUAY ROUND OF GATT TALKS AGAINST MAKING CONCESSIONS ON TEXTILES AND APPAREL.

"DESPITE THE VOTE IN THE SENATE, 68 TO 32, RECENT DEVELOPMENTS SUGGEST THAT INTEREST IN AND SUPPORT FOR THE BILL IS WANING. RECENTLY, LEADING US APPAREL MANUFACTURERS HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH THE APPAREL RETAILERS TO VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE BILL," MR CHAU SAID.

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT IS CLOSELY MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS THROUGH ITS WASHINGTON OFFICE.

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DIRECT MAILING OF VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS

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HALF OF THE ABOUT TWO MILLION HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WILL BE RECEIVING VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH THEIR WATER BILLS BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"THIS DIRECT MAILING OF VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS IS PART OF THIS YEAR’S SPECIAL EFFORTS TO MAKE SUCH FORMS AS READILY AVAILABLE AS POSSIBLE TO PROSPECTIVE ELECTORS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REMAINING ONE MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WOULD RECEIVE THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH THEIR WATER BILLS AFTER SEPTEMBER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FORM SERVED A DUAL PURPOSE: FOR MAKING AN INITIAL APPLICATION BY A PROSPECTIVE ELECTOR WHO HAD NOT YET REGISTERED, OR FOR REPORTING A CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BY A REGISTERED VOTER.

"A REGISTERED ELECTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO FILL IN A FRESH REGISTRATION FORM UNLESS HE HAS CHANGED HIS RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. AND IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE ELECTORAL ROLL UPDATED AS TO HAVE MORE NAMES ADDED TO IT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, POST OFFICES AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, HE ADDED.

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NEWSPAPER REPORT ON VBP REFUTED *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REFUTED A NEWSPAPER REPORT WHICH CLAIMED THAT VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WERE REMOVED TO CHI MA WAN (UPPER) DETENTION CENTRE BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS AND ACTIVITIES.

HE ALSO DENIED THAT THEY WERE BEING PERSECUTED.

"AS STATED BEFORE, CHI MA WAN IS A DETENTION CENTRE AND NOT A PRISON, AND THE BOAT PEOPLE THERE ARE NOT TREATED AS PRISONERS.

"THE STATUTORY RULES APPLIED THERE ARE THE SAME AS IN OTHER CENTRES, ALTHOUGH THERE IS STRICTER SECURITY IN KEEPING WITH THE REASONS WHY THE BOAT PEOPLE ARE SENT IN THE FIRST PLACE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THE BOAT PEOPLE WHO WERE TRANSFERRED TO CHI MA WAN INCLUDED THOSE WHO WERE BEING INVESTIGATED BY I'HE POLICE FOR ALLEGED CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, AND THOSE WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN OR HAD ATTEMPTED TO CAUSE DISTURBANCES AT VBP DETENTION CENTRES.

PEOPLE MIGHT ALSO BE TAKEN THERE FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION IF THERE WAS ANY POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION AGAINST THEM IN THEIR OWN CENTRES, HE SAID.

"CHI MA WAN WAS BROUGHT INTO USE TO ASSIST US TO PRESERVE PEACE AND ORDER AT DETENTION CENTRES GENERALLY, AND THIS IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE BOAT PEOPLE THEMSELVES AS WELL AS MANAGEMENT," THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

"IT IS NOT USED AS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE TAKEN BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL VIEWS.”

FOUR MAJOR DISTURBANCES BROKE OUT AT WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE IN APRIL AND MAY, AND A NUMBER OF BOAT PEOPLE WERE TRANSFERRED FOLLOWING A SEARCH FOR WEAPONS.

"THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE REMOVAL OF CERTAIN DISRUPTIVE AND CRIMINAL ELEMENTS TO CHI MA WAN IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT NO MAJOR DISTURBANCE HAS OCCURRED AT WHITEHEAD SINCE THAT TIME AND IT HAS BECOME A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE," THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

HE ADDED THAT THOSE WHO WERE TRANSFERRED WERE INFORMED OF THE REASONS PRIOR TO BEING MOVED AND WERE TOLD FOR HOW LONG THEY MIGHT HAVE TO REMAIN IN CHI MA WAN. A BOARD OF REVIEW MEETS EVERY WEEK TO DECIDE ON THE TIMING OF THEIR RETURN.

COMMENTING ON THE TREATMENT OF BOAT PEOPLE AT CHI MA WAN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY WERE NOT SEGREGATED AS THEY COULD ASSOCIATE WITH OTHER BOAT PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE DURING THE DAY AND WITH THEIR ROOMMATES AT NIGHT.

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"DORMITORY FACILITIES ARE NOT A REWARD FOR GOOD BEHAVIOUR," HE SAID. "AS A MATTER OF RULE, ALL NEW ARRIVALS AT CHI MA WAN ARE tFIRST PUT UP IN CELL TYPE ACCOMMODATION AND THEN GRADUALLY MOVED TO DORMITORIES AS THEIR RETURN NEARS AND WHEN SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THE BOAT PEOPLE AT CHI MA WAN WERE ALLOWED VISITS ONCE A MONTH AND TO SEND AND RECEIVE LETTERS.

"VOLUNTARY AGENCY AND UNHCR STAFF HAVE ACCESS TO THE CENTRE AND ANY COMPLAINANTS CAN CONVEY THEIR GRIEVANCES TO THE UNHCR OR TO VISITING JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

"A MEDICAL OFFICER IS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES AT THE CENTRE," HE ADDED.

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CSD TAKES PART IN INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OLYMPICS

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A 25-MEMBER DELEGATION OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CSD) WILL TAKE PART IN THE 1990 INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OLYMPICS (ILEO) TO BE HELD IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, BETWEEN JULY 29 AND AUGUST 4.

THE ILEO IS A TWO-YEARLY EVENT IN WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS SUCH AS CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, POLICE OFFICERS, IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND JUSTICE PERSONNEL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MEET AND COMPETE IN VARIOUS SPORTS.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON PRESENTED THE DEPARTMENTAL FLAG TO THE TEAM MANAGER OF THE DELEGATION, MR LEE GA-SAN, TO MARK THE START OF THE JOURNEY.

ADDRESSING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT THE CSD’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, THE COMMISSIONER SAID AT A TIME WHEN CSD’S STAFFING SITUATION WAS STRINGENT, THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMITMENT TO TAKE PART IN THE ILEO IN A SUBSTANTIAL WAY WAS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT.

"IT REFLECTS THE IMPORTANCE THE DEPARTMENT ATTACHES TO PROMOTING SPORTS AND PHYSICAL FITNESS AMONG ITS MEMBERS AND TO THE KIND OF INTERACTION AND EXPERIENCE THAT WILL BE GAINED FROM TAKING PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL EVENT," MR CHAN SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID HE BELIEVED ALL THE DELEGATES WOULD TAKE PART IN THE GAMES WITH THE GREATEST ENTHUSIASM AND TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES, NOT ONLY IN THE COMPETITIONS BUT ALSO IN PROMOTING THE GOOD NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT.

CSD’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ILEO IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS DONATIONS OF $100,000 AND $50,000 RESPECTIVELY FROM THE DUTY FREE SHOPPERS CHARITABLE TRUST AND THE HONGKONG BANK FOUNDATION.

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ANNUAL SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS ******

MORE THAN 80 SECONDARY SCHOOL CAREERS TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ON FRIDAY (JULY 20).

ENTITLED "PREPARING SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THE CHANGING WORLD OF THE 90’S”, THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED FOR THE 12TH YEAR BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS.

"IT WILL EXAMINE WAYS TO HELP STUDENTS COPE WITH THE CHALLENGES IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF THE 90'S IN THEIR SEARCH FOR A SUITABLE CAREER," THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE), MR LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, SAID.

"IN ADDITION, THE SEMINAR ALSO PROVIDES A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND SHARE EXPERIENCE IN CAREERS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING," HE SAID.

THERE WILL BE TALKS BY EXPERTS ON MOTIVATIONS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS, AND CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES AND ASPIRATIONS OF YOUTH IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997, FOLLOWED BY GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20) AT THE INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SHA TIN.

TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO PICK UP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT AT THE KCR UNIVERSITY STATION, SHA TIN, AT 9.30 AM SHARP.

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EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE *****

HONG KONG HAS EXPERIENCED RAPID POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS, THE SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR ROBERT LO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN OPENING AN EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE.

IN VIEW OF THE RAPID CHANGES, THOSE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION SHOULD HELP STUDENTS EQUIP THEMSELVES AND DEVELOP A STRONG PERSONALITY IN PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE, HE SAID.

/"BEING AND .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1990

"BEING AND BECOMING, THE THEME OF THE EXHIBITION, POINTED AT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE," MR LO SAID.

"TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP CORRECT VALUES, A NEW TEACHING KIT -IN SEARCH OF VALUE - WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS," HE ADDED.

THE EXHIBITION, OPEN UNTIL JULY 20 AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE, WAS ORGANISED BY THE RELIGIOUS/ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH APPROACHES AND TEACHING MATERIALS TO PROMOTE MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS. ✓ '

A TOTAL OF 15 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITION.

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SAI KUNG DB TO STUDY PHA REPORT * * * * *

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL STUDY THE REPORT OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY AT ITS MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 20).

A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR TSANG HING-KAY, WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

A TOWN PLANNER OF THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, MISS PAULA HUNG, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTHERN HANG HAU, TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR $48,650 IN DB FUNDS FOR HOLDING A FOOD CARNIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

A NUMBER OF PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMITTEES WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 20) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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PERSONS TAKING UNAPPROVED EMPLOYMENT ARRESTED *****

IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS ARRESTED SIX FILIPINO DOMESTIC HELPERS AND A FEMALE TWO-WAY PERMIT HOLDER AT A FOOD PROCESSING FACTORY IN YUEN LONG AREA TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SIX FILIPINO DOMESTIC HELPERS, FIVE WOMEN AND A MAN, AGED BETWEEN 30 AND 38, AND THE FEMALE TWO-WAY PERMIT HOLDER, AGED 32, WERE FOUND TO HAVE TAKEN UNAPPROVED EMPLOYMENT AT THE FACTORY.

THE PERSON-IN-CHARGE OF THE FACTORY IS NOW ASSISTING WITH INVESTIGATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UNDER THE LAWS OF HONG KONG, A FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPER IS ONLY ALLOWED TO WORK FOR A SPECIFIC EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT ATTESTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

"THE EMPLOYER SHOULD NOT ASK THE HELPER TO WORK IN ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD OR CARRY OUT NON-HOUSEHOLD CHORES," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THOSE WHO HAVE BREACHED THEIR CONDITION OF STAY HERE ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND TO A FINE OF $5,000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

THOSE WHO AID AND ABET OTHER PEOPLE TO COMMIT THE OFFENCE ARE ALSO LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND PENALTY.

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BEACH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPGRADED

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THE IMPROVEMENTS TO CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH FACILITIES PROJECT WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) UPGRADED TO CATEGORY I UNDER THE REGIONAL COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME.

THE APPROVAL TO UPGRADE THE PROJECT FOLLOWED DISCUSSION BY MEMBERS AT A MEETING OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS SELECT COMMITTEE THIS MORNING.

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL WOULD ENABLE THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS UNDERTAKING THE OVERALL ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROJECT INCLUDING SITE SUPERVISION, TO LET OUT TENDER FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.

THE COMPLETION OF WORKING DRAWINGS, CONTRACT DOCUMENTS AND PROJECT COSTING HAD ALSO PREPARED THE IMPROVEMENTS TO CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH FACILITIES PROJECT TO BE UPGRADED, HE SAID.

UNDER THE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, EXISTING BEACH FACILITIES IN CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH IN SAI KUNG WHICH WERE BUILT IN 1968 AND ARE NOW DILAPIDATED, WOULD HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED AND REPLACED.

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NEW FACILITIES WILL COMPRISE A BUILDING ACCOMMODATING CHANGING ROOMS, OPEN SHOWER BOOTH, TOILETS, FIRST-AID ROOM AND MANAGEMENT FACILITIES.

TO ENSURE THAT WATER QUALITY OF CLEAR WATER BAY SECOND BEACH NOT BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED, A PUMPING AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM WILL BE BUILT TO CONVEY SEWAGE AND WASTE SHOWER WATER FROM THE BEACH FACILITIES TO A NEARBY SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

OTHER NEW FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A SITTING OUT/CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA AND THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE EXISTING REFRESHMENT KIOSK.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT CONSTRUCTION OF THE $9.86 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WOULD START IN OCTOBER 1990 AND BE COMPLETED IN LATE 1991.

DURING THE SAME MEETING, THE IMPROVEMENTS TO YUEN LONG STADIUM PROJECT WAS ALSO UPGRADED FROM CATEGORY III TO CATEGORY II TO ENABLE THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO PROCEED WITH DETAILED WORKING DRAWINGS, CONTRACT DOCUMENTS AND PROJECT COSTING.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STADIUM, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1968, WILL INCLUDE RELAYING OF THE RUNNING TRACK WITH ALL-WEATHER SYNETHETIC MATERIALS AND ADJUSTING THE DIMENSIONS OF THE LONG JUMP AND TRIPLE JUMP RUNWAYS AND SAND PITS TO FOLLOW INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR ATHELETIC FEDERATION STANDARDS.

THE JAVELIN-THROW RUNWAY AND CIRCLE WILL BE RELOCATED TO A POSITION KEEPING CLEAR OF GOAL POSTS ON THE SOCCER PITCH AND RELAYING THE RUNWAY. AT THE SAME TIME, THE SAFETY CAGE FOR DISCUS AND HAMMER CIRCLE WILL BE REPLACED AND THE SHOT PUT CIRCLE WILL BE RELOCATED AND TURFED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20), THE BEACH ROAD CARPARK OFF HOUSE NO. 33 IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE DESIGNATED A BAN ZONE TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT PRIVATE CARS AND MOTOR CYCLES.

ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT PRIVATE CARS AND MOTOR CYCLES AND THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD IN WAN CHAI FROM LUARD ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO FACILITATE SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION WORKS ACROSS HENNESSY ROAD BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

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ALSO, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE ABOVE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

IN ADDITION, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WING LOK STREET IN SHEUNG WAN BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 11 AND 43 WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD DRAINAGE WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THIS SECTION OF ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ELECTRIC ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WING HING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* WING HING STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ELECTRIC ROAD AND A PIONT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

ALSO, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THE SAME SECTIONS OF ELECTRIC ROAD AND WING HING STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF KING’S ROAD.

THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY:

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

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KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

ALSO, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THE SAME SECTIONS OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND, FROM A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FOR GOODS VEHICLES FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL GOODS VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR RESTRICTED AREA FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES ON THE SAME SECTION OF KING’S ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.

IN ADDITION, QUARRY BAY STREET, AND THE SECTION OF MOUNT PARKER ROAD SOUTH OF QUARRY BAY STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM FOR ABOUT FOUR HOURS ON FRIDAY TO FACILITATE FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20), TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON HENNESSY ROAD, IN WAN CHAI, FOR ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO FACILITATE SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION WORKS ACROSS HENNESSY ROAD BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD FROM LUARD ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE THREE BUS STOPS OUTSIDE HOUSE NOS. 125 - 147 HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND FOR BUS ROUTES 1, 75, 90, 97, AND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL BUS ROUTES 101, 103, 111, 119, 182 AND A3 WILL BE RELOCATED TO OUTSIDE HOUSE NOS. 153 - 173 HENNESSY ROAD.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONE IN YAU TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 20), THE SECTION OF BIK WAN ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KO CHIU ROAD IN YAU TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONE.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BAN ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HIGH-LEVEL MINISTERIAL CONTACTS NEEDED BETWEEN BRITAIN/CHINA ... 1

PROVISIONAL DATES FOR 1990-91 LEGCO SESSION .................... 2

EXTRA FC MEETING NEXT WEEK ..................................... 4

HK HEADING DETERMINATELY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY .................. 4

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING TODAY ..................... 8

GOVERNOR SEES IMPROVING LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN SHAM SHUI PO ..... 8

JOINT EFFORTS TO HELP STREET SLEEPERS .......................... 10

CAREERS SEMINAR FOR POST-SECONDARY GRADUATES ................... 11

ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1917 OR BEFORE ................ 12

REPORT ON 1988 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE

SECTORS ON SALE ............................................... 13

YOUNG BRITONS VISIT HONG KONG .................................. 14

YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PERFORM IN NORTH AMERICA .................... 15

SEVEN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS ON OVERSEAS TRAINING ................ 16

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN WAN CHAI TO BE CLOSED ..................... 17

NAM CHEONG STREET HALF-WAY HOUSE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ........ 17

INSTALLATION OF PARKING METERS IN KWAI CHUNG ................... 18

URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI ..................................... 18

URBAN CLEARWAY IN YUEN LONG..................................... 19

URBAN CLEARWAYS ON TAI HA STREET................................ 19

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWAI CHUNG................................... 20

THURSDAY, .JULY 19, 1990

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HIGH-LEVEL MINISTERIAL CONTACTS NEEDED BETWEEN BRITAIN/'"!! I NA » t * » *

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THERE SHOULD BE HIGH-LEVEL MINISTERIAL CON'IAi IS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA, TH! GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER A VISIT TO SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID THE VISIT TO PEKING NEXT WEEK OF BRITISH MINISTER OF STATE OF FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR FRANCIS MAUDE, WAS IMPORTANT.

SIR DAVID SAID WHAT CONCERNED US WAS THAT MR MAUDE WOULD BE ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION AT MINISTERIAL LEVEI. BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA.

"AND THAT I THINK IS HELPFUL TO US IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

WHEN ASKED TO COMMENT WHETHER THE NATIONALITY PACKAGES AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS WOULD AFFECT THE ATMOSPHERE OF TALKS IN PEKING, THE GOVERNOR SAID HE DID NOT THINK THAT SHOULD SERIOUSLY INFLUENCE MR MAUDE’S VISIT.

ON THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SIR DAVID SAID THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARRESTED HAD BEEN GOING WELL OVER A HUNDRED A DAY AND THAT WAS A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT WE MUST TRY TO DEAL WITH.

HE ATTRIBUTED THE REASON FOR THE PROBLEM TO PARTLY, UNEMPLOYMENT IN CHINA, AND PARTLY, A LACK OF LABOUR HERE.

TO PREVENT ILLEGAL USE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SIR DAVID SAID, "WE MUST NOT GIVE ANY IMPRESSION AT ALL THAT THERE WOULD BE A SLACKENING OF OUR EFFORTS IN DEALING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEM. THERE WOULD BE NO SLACKENING AND THERE WOULD NEVER BE AN AMNESTY."

NOTING THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM OF OVERCROWDING IN OUR PRISONS WITH THE IMPRISONMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT WORKING IN HONG KONG, HE SAID, "WE’VE GOT TO TRY TO SEE BETTER WAYS OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AT WORK SITES.

"IT’S VERY DIFFICULT AT THE MOMENT TO PIN DOWN WHO PRECISELY IS RESPONSIBLE. IF WE CAN DO THAT, AND WE CAN IMPOSE PENALITIES ON THOSE PEOPLE, THEN, THAT MIGHT HELP TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM."

SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE WORKING AT WAYS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. AND IF THERE WOULD BE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO BE BROUGHT IN, THEN, THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RESUMED AFTER THE SUMMER RECESS.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SAID THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN FREQUENTLY IN TOUCH WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES WHO ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROBLEM.

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HE SAID THERE WAS A CONSTANT LIAISON ON THE PROBLEM IN BORDER LIAISON AND ALSO BETWEEN POLITICAL ADVISER’S OFFICE AND THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

ON THE QUESTION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, SIR DAVID SAID BRITAIN, ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG, WOULD CONTINUE TO DISCUSS WITH THE ASEAN COUNTRIES TRYING TO WORK OUT \ COMMON POSITION TO DEAL WITH THESE PROBLEMS.

"AND WE ALSO TRY TO LIAISE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES FOR THE MEETING OF THE SC4 BECAUSE IT IS NOT JUST A QUESTION OF AN ISOLATED GROUPS OF FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES, WE HAVE SUPPORTS FOR OUR POLICIES FROM MANY OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL, LIKE AUSTRALIA, FOR INSTANCE.

"SO WE DON’T WANT TO BE JUST A SMALL GROUP, WE WANT TO TRY TO GET THE AGREEMENT OF AS MANY AS COUNTRIES T KING PART IN SC4 AS POSSIBLY CAN.

"IN MANY WAYS, THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTIONS IS ALREADY SUFFERING AS A RESULT OF NOT HAVING FOUND A PROPER SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SCREENED OUT. AND THE LONGER IT GOES OUT WITHOUT A PROPER SOLUTION, THEN MORE THREAT THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE FIRST ASYLUM MUST COME UNDER."

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PROVISIONAL DATES FOR 1990-91 LEGCO SESSION

THE 1990-91 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, WHEN THE GOVERNOR WILL GIVE HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PROVISIONAL DATES FOR THE COUNCIL’S

SITTINGS IN THE NEW SESSION:

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10 OPENING OF THE 1990-91 SESSION (GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS)

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24 DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 (MEMBERS OTHER THAN OFFICIALS SPEAK)

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31 DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS (OFFICIALS SPEAK)

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14 REGULAR SITTING

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12 REGULAR SITTING

(CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR RECESS)

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 REGULAR SITTING

(LUNAR NEW YEAR RECESS)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 FIRST BUDGET SITTING (FINANCIAL SECRETARY PRESENTS BUDGET)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 REGULAR SITTING

(SPECIAL FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETINGS ON MARCH 21 AND 22)

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY MARCH 27 MARCH 28 SECOND BUDGET SITTING (MEMBERS OTHER THAN OFFICIALS SPEAK)

(EASTER RECESS)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17 THIRD BUDGET SITTING (OFFICIALS SPEAK AND FINAL STAGES OF APPROPRIATION BILL 1991)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 1 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 8 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 15 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 22 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY MAY 29 REGULAR SITTING

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1990

WEDNESDAY JUNE 5 REGULAR SITTING

(QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY RECESS)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JULY 3 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JULY 10 REGULAR SITTING

WEDNESDAY JULY 17 REGULAR SITTING

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EXTRA FC MEETING NEXT WEEK ♦ * * * *

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD AN EXTRA MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 25) DUE TO URGENT BUSINESS BEFORE THE SUMMER RECESS.

THE MEETING WILL COMMENCE AFTER THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON THAT DAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE COMMITTEE’S PROCEEDINGS FROM THE CHAMBER’S PUBLIC GALLERIES AND THEY MAY MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TELEPHONING 844 0899.

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HK HEADING DETERMINATELY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ******

HONG KONG’S SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SPITE OF EXTERNAL FACTORS BEYOND ITS CONTROL HAS PLACED IT IN AN IMPORTANT POSITION IN THE WORLD’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT WILL CONTINUE BEYOND THE 20TH CENTURY, AMERICAN BUSINESSMEN HAVE BEEN TOLD.

ADDRESSING THE ASIAN FINANCIAL SOCIETY IN NEW YORK, THE FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ANDREW LEUNG, SAID FROM A ’’BARREN ROCK” HONG KONG HAD TRANSFORMED ITSELF INTO ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC CITIES IN THE WORLD, WITH A GDP PER CAPITA IN ASIA ONLY BEHIND JAPAN AND BRUNEI.

THE ASIAN FINANCIAL SOCIETY IS AN ORGANISATION OF INDIVIDUALS DOING BUSINESS AS REPRESENTATIVES OF FINANCIAL SERVICE AND INVESTMENT FIRMS, BANKS AND OTHER BUSINESSES.

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IN HIS ADDRESS ON "HONG KONG IN THE 1990s: RISK OR OPPORTUNITY?", MR LEUNG WHO IS TOURING MAJOR CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE INVITATION OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT UNDER A MONTH-LONG INTERNATIONAL VISITORS PROGRAMME, DISCUSSED THE CURRENT AND PROJECTED FUTURE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN HONG KONG AND OTHER RELATED ISSUES.

HE SAID HONG KONG’S ECONOMY HAD ALWAYS BEEN HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON EXTERNAL TRADE. ITS TRULY OPEN ECONOMY HAD LED ITS TRADING POSITION TO ADVANCE TO THE 11TH PLACE BOTH AS AN EXPORTER AND AN IMPORTER.

HE SAID IN 1989 HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE WAS EQUIVALENT TO 231 PER CENT OF ITS ESTIMATED GDP. IN THE PERIOD FROM 1986 TO 1989 HONG KONG'S TOTAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES GREW BY 73.5 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS WHILE THE CORRESPONDING FIGURE FOR U.S. IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG REACHED A HIGHER GROWTH OF 99 PER CENT.

REGIONALLY, MR LEUNG SAID, HONG KONG WAS PLAYING A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC. HE SAID THERE WERE OVER 4,000 OVERSEAS COMPANIES IN HONG KONG AND AMONG THEM WERE MANY REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, OVER 130 LICENSED BANKS, NEARLY 160 REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF FOREIGN BANKS AND MORE THAN 600 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS WITH OVERSEAS INTERESTS.

MR LEUNG SAID HONG KONG’S PIVOTAL IMPORTANCE WAS ALSO HIGHLIGHTED BY THE EXTENT OF U.S. AND JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.

TOTAL U.S. INVESTMENT IN 1988 WAS THE LARGEST IN THE REGION, ACCOUNTING FOR 27 PER CENT OF THE U.S. TOTAL AND REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 28.5 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS FROM US$3.9 BILLION IN 1986 TO US$5 BILLION IN 1988. DURING THESE TWO YEARS JAPAN HAD ALSO INCREASED ITS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG BY 231 PER CENT.

"WITH HIGHLY DEVELOPED TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES, CONVENIENT AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS WITH ALL THE MAJOR COMMERCIAL CENTERS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC, AND AN INFRASTRUCTURE WELL-GEARED FOR BUSINESS, HONG KONG IS AN IDEAL REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BASE,” HE SAID.

AS EXAMPLES OF HOW HONG KONG WAS KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, MR LEUNG TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT IT WAS THE FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO INTRODUCE DATAFAX, A SERVICE WHICH ENABLES SUBSCRIBERS TO SEND FAX MESSAGES DIRECT FROM THEIR PERSONAL COMPUTERS TO ANY FAX MACHINE LOCALLY THROUGH THE PUBLIC PACKET SWITCHED SERVICE WITH NO ADDITIONAL HARDWARE. HONG KONG WAS ALSO THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE SUPERTELEX WHICH SENDS TELEXES THROUGH A PERSONAL COMPUTER AND WAS AMONG THE FIRST IN THE FAR EAST TO OFFER PUBLIC VIDEO-CONFERENCING.

TURNING TO HONG KONG’S CHINA DIMENSION, MR LEUNG SAID HONG KONG HAD PROVIDED MUCH OF THE CAPITAL THAT HAD FLOWED INTO THAT COUNTRY IN RECENT YEARS, ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN CHINA.

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BETWEEN 1979 AND 1988, HONG KONG ACCOUNTED FOR TWO-THIRDS OF THE CONTRACTUAL VALUE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA, AS WELL AS A LARGE PROPORTION OF CHINA’S FOREIGN LOANS.

AT THE END OF MARCH 1989, THE OUTSTANDING CLAIMS OF HONG KONG’S BANKING SECTOR ON CUSTOMERS IN CHINA AMOUNTED TO US$5.4 BILLION. THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE OF GUANGDONG ATTRACTED THE LARGEST PROPORTION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA AMOUNTING TO 45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WHILE HONG KONG IN TURN ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF REALISED FOREIGN INVESTMENT THERE AND NEARLY ALL OF ITS OUTWARD PROCESS ING ARRANGEMENTS.

MR LEUNG SAID INVESTMENT HAD LIKEWISE FLOWED INTO HONG KONG FROM CHINA WHICH WAS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE LARGEST NON-LOCAL INVESTOR WITH CUMULATIVE INVESTMENT IN ALL ECONOMIC SECTORS ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN US$6 BILLION AND US$8 BILLION.

HE SAID CHINA BECAME HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER IN 1985 AND LAST YEAR ACCOUNTED FOR 30 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE COMPRISING 19.3 PER CENT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 30 PER CENT OF REEXPORTS AND 35 PER CENT OF IMPORTS.

THESE FACTS, HE SAID, BORE OUT HONG KONG’S UNIQUE ROLE AS THE GATEWAY TO CHINA.

MR LEUNG SAID WITH THE IMPENDING REVERSION OF SOVEREIGNTY TO CHINA ON JULY 1, 1997 QUESTION MARKS BEGAN TO APPEAR, ESPECIALLY AFTER JUNE LAST YEAR AND THE WORLD WAS BEGINNING TO ASK, OPENLY OR INWARDLY, WHETHER HONG KONG WAS A RISK OR AN OPPORTUNITY?

"NOTHING CAN ALTER HONG KONG’S GEO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POSITION AS THE GATEWAY’ TO CHINA IN THE HUB OF THE DYNAMIC ASIA-PACIFIC REGION. THIS IS BORNE OUT BY THE FACT THAT SINCE MID-1989, WHILE SENTIMENTS HAVE BECOME MORE CAUTIOUS, THERE HAS BEEN A SIZEABLE LIST OF NEW INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG WORTH NEARLY US$5 BILLION INVOLVING BOTH OVERSEAS AND LOCAL INTERESTS," HE SAID.

FOR ITS PART, MR LEUNG POINTED OUT, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD A CLEAR VISION OF WHAT IT WAS TRYING TO ACHIEVE, AND WAS CONTINUING TO PLAN FOR AND INVEST IN THE FUTURE TO TAKE HONG KONG THROUGH TO THE NEXT CENTURY.

HE SAID THERE WAS TO BE A NEW MARK-UP IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT YEAR AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING TO INTRODUCE A BILL OF RIGHTS. TERTIARY EDUCATION WAS BEING EXPANDED WITH AN EXPENDITURE OF US$1.7 BILLION IN THE NEXT DECADE; A NEW WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE WAS BEING PREPARED; PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES WERE BEING EXPANDED; MORE THAN HALF A MILLION NEW PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS WERE TO BE BUILT FROM NOW UNTIL 2001 AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS TO SPEND US$2.6 BILLION ON IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT.

MR LEUNG SAID THERE WOULD BE ENORMOUS INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG’S PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW AIRPORT AND PORT FACILITIES WHICH WILL ALSO SEE THE OPENING UP OF NEW AREAS FOR INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE.

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A NEW METROPLAN HAD ALSO BEEN LAUNCHED TO CHANGE THE SHAPE OP URBAN Vji OTHER SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT BY 2011 AND US$3 BILLION WOULD 3B SPENT ON IMPROVING THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.

AMONG IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, A NEW UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WAS EXPECTED TO OPEN IN 1991 J A NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTRE WAS EXPECTED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL IN 1993 TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR NEW AND SMALL HIGH-TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES TO GROW THROUGH PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND A THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WAS TO BE DEVELOPED.

IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, THE GOVERNMENT HAD KEPT ITS REGULATORY MEASURES UNDER REGULAR REVIEW AND A SERIES OF CHANGES TO REINFORCE HONG KONG’S BANKING SYSTEM WERE BEING INTRODUCED.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT HONG KONG, LIKE OTHER HIGH-GROWTH ECONOMIES, ALSO HAD ITS FAIR SHARE OF DIFFICULTIES, AMONG THEM INCREASED EMIGRATION WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WAS TACKLING BY INCREASING TERTIARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND FACILITATING THE RETURN TO HONG KONG OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED AN INSURANCE POLICY IN THE FORM OF A FOREIGN PASSPORT. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TOO, HE ADDED, WAS ASSISTING BY PROVIDING PASSPORTS TO 50,000 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS TO ENCOURAGE KEY PEOPLE TO STAY.

ON THE REPORTED PROBLEM OF CAPITAL OUTFLOW, MR LEUNG SAID IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT SOME PEOPLE WERE ACQUIRING ASSETS ABROAD AS A FORM OF INSURANCE, BUT THAT DID NOT APPEAR TO AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF DEPOSITS IN HONG KONG’S BANKING SYSTEM.

TOTAL DEPOSITS, HE SAID, HAD BEEN GROWING RAPIDLY AND CONTINUOUSLY, AT A RATE IN 1989 OF 20 PER CENT FOR ALL CURRENCIES AND 15 PER CENT FOR HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, HIGHER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN MONEY TERMS.

THE HONG KONG DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE TOO HAD REMAINED VERY STABLE, EVEN IN MID-1989, WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT INTERVENTION.

"EVEN IF ONE IS NOT TO QUESTION THE RELIABILITY OF SOME OF THE MORE COMMONLY QUOTED ’ESTIMATES’ PRODUCED, US$2.87 BILLION A YEAR, THIS IS QUITE INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED WITH THE DAILY TURNOVER OF US$49 BILLION IN HONG KONG’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC MIRACLE HAD NEVER BEEN A BED OF ROSES. "IN PARTICULAR, AS A TOTALLY EXTERNALLY ORIENTED ECONOMY, IT REMAINS HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO OUTSIDE EVENTS BEYOND ITS CONTROL. YET, THROUGH VICISSITUDES, THE ECONOMY HAS ALWAYS BOUNCED BACK WITH ENHANCED VIGOUR."

HE SAID HONG KONG MIGHT BE ENTERING INTO ANOTHER TROUGH AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF IMPRESSIVE GROWTH. "BUT WITH POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS IN EUROPE, THE U.S.A. AND CANADA AND THE ASIA-PACIFIC, FURTHER NEW HEIGHTS ARE APPEARING ON THE HORIZON AND ARE WITHIN HONG KONG’S REACH.

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"MOREOVER, HONG KONG’S LONG-TERM ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN. ITS MANY FORMAL AND INFORMAL INTERNATIONAL LINKS WILL CONTINUE BEYOND THE 20TH CENTURY, AND ITS ALREADY EXCELLENT BUSINESS INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HAVE BEEN EVEN BETTER DEVELOPED BY THE END OF THIS DECADE," HE SAID.

EARLIER MR LEUNG HAD ADDRESSED THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF ORGANISATIONS OF CHINESE AMERICANS IN WASHINGTON DC AT WHICH THERE WERE ABOUT 150 GUESTS INCLUDING A SENATOR, THREE CONGRESSMEN AND OTHER NOTED MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY.

ON JULY 23, HE WILL SPEAK TO THE HONG KONG BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF THE MID-WEST IN CHICAGO;

DURING HIS VISIT HE HAD ALSO BEEN MEETING CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF U.S. CORPORATIONS AND SPEAKING IN COMPANY BOARDROOMS ABOUT HONG KONG. AMONG THESE CORPORATIONS WERE EXXON, MOBIL OIL, ALLIED SIGNALS, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, FORBES AND TEXAS INSTRUMENTS. APART FROM NEW YORK AND CHICAGO HIS ITINERARY COVERS PITTSBURGH, ST. PAUL, MINNEAPOLIS, HOUSTAN, DALLAS AND SEATTLE.

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THE 20TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION WAS HELD ON JULY 19, 1990. THE TWO SIDES AGREED THAT THE AVERAGE COST OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR THE 1990/91 FINANCIAL YEAR WOULD BE HK$2,770 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE LAND COMMISSION ALSO AGREED TO ADJUST THE 1990/91 LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME SO AS TO PROVIDE 6.06 HECTARES OF LAND FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TECHNICAL COLLEGE.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAW FOR HIMSELF THE EFFORTS BEING MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT.

SIR DAVID BEGAN HIS VISIT BY TOURING MEI FOO SUN CHUEN WHICH HOUSES MORE THAN 45,000 PEOPLE.

/THE GOVERNOR

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1 GOVERNOR COMMENDED THE RESIDENTS OF MEI FOO SUN CHUEN FOR CONTI • । ING TO EFFECTIVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND TO CREATING A PLEASAN' LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEMSELVES.

HE WAS TOLD THAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO ALLAY RESIDENTS’ CONCERN ON THE POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION AND FUTURE OPERATION OF THE CONTAINER TERMINALS 7 AND 8.

THESE WILL INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF AN OPEN SPACE AS A BUFFER BETWEEN THE ESTATE AND THE CONTAINER TERMINALS AS WELL AS THE PROPOSED ROUTE 3 HIGHWAY.

SIR DAVID WAS THEN TAKEN TO A ROOF-TOP ON TAI PO ROAD FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE 38 BLOCKS OF FLATS SELECTED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE RENOVATION SCHEME INITIATED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

THE THREE-PHASE RENOVATION, WHICH STARTED LAST AUGUST, HAS BEEN MAKING STEADY PROGRESS. THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDINGS WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED ON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED A SITTING-OUT AREA AT NAM CHEONG STREET NULLAH DECK AND WAS TOLD THAT THE AREA WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A TEMPORARY MARKET TO FACILITATE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SHAM SHU1 PO MARKET AT PEI HO STREET.

"THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME WILL BE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN RESOLVING HAWKING PROBLEMS IN THE AREA," SIR DAVID SAID. HE WAS TOLD THAT THE SITTING-OUT AREA WILL BE BACK IN PLACE BY 1997 FOLLOWING RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NAM CHEONG STREET NULLAH DECK.

SIR DAVID THEN TOURED THE NEW NAM CHEONG ESTATE, COMPLETED IN EARLY 1989. "THE ESTATE HAS WELL-DESIGNED ACCOMMODATION AND MANY COMMUNITY FACILITIES. IT IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT," SIR DAVID SAID.

BEFORE LEAVING THE DISTRICT, THE GOVERNOR MET MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL PERSONALITIES AT THE NAM CHEONG DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE.

SIR DAVID WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN; SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN FUNG; AND SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK.

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JOINT EFFORTS TO HELP STREET SLEEPERS * * * * *

>01 NT GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO STREET SLEEPERS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HOME OF LOVE OF THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY AT NAM CHEONG ESTATE, SHAM SHUI PO.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAD SPECIAL TEAMS TO CONTACT STREET SLEEPERS INDIVIDUALLY AND TO HELP THEM TO FIND SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION OR TO ENTER INSTITUTIONS.

"WE HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS, AND THE NUMBER OF STREET SLEEPERS WITH THE DEPARTMENT HAS REDUCED FROM 1,300 TO 1,000."

SIR DAVID SAID SIX MORE SHELTER HOMES HAD BEEN SET UP RECENTLY FOR STREET SLEEPERS AND OTHER HOMELESS PEOPLE.

"THE EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS IS THAT WHILST THESE SHELTER HOMES CANNOT ON THEIR OWN RESOLVE THE COMPLEX PROBLEMS OF THE PEOPLE, THE SHELTER PROVIDES THEM WITH A LIFELINE FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HONG KONG COULD BE PROUD OF ITS MANY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS, SUCH AS THE NEW TOWNS, MODERN TRANSPORT FACILITIES, THE HOUSING PROGRAMME AND RISING EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS, BUT RAPID DEVELOPMENT HAD ALSO BROUGHT WITH IT THE STRESSES AND STRAINS OF A MODERN SOCIETY.

"ALTHOUGH OUR SOCIAL SERVICES ARE EXTENSIVE AND WE CAN BE PROUD OF THE STANDARDS THEY ACHIEVE, THERE ARE STILL GROUPS OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS - SUCH AS THE HOMELESS AND STREET SLEEPERS FOR WHOM A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE IS NOT YET AVAILABLE," HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID MANY OF THEIR PROBLEMS WERE COMPLEX AND DEEP-ROOTED, AND THEY DTD NOT FIT EASILY INTO THE CONVENTIONAL FACILITIES WHICH WERE PROVIDED.

ON THE WORK OF THE SISTERS OF MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THEY NOT ONLY PROVIDED PHYSICAL SHELTER TO STREET SLEEPERS, BUT DID SO WITH THE COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING WHICH WAS SO CRUCIAL TO BRING STREET SLEEPERS OUT OF ISOLATION AND BACK INTO THE FOLD OF THE COMMUNITY.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1985, THE HOME OF LOVE HAS SERVED ABOUT 600 HOMELESS ADULTS, PARTICULARLY THE OLD, THE INFIRM AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

PREVIOUSLY LOCATED AT THE SHAM SHUI PO EX-ARMY CAMP UNTIL APRIL THIS YEAR, THE HOME HAS BEEN REPROVISIONED TO NAM CHEONG ESTATE TO MAKE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE CAMP SITE.

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THE NEW HOME HAS A CAPACITY OF 70 FOR THE HOMELESS WHO ARE IN NEED OF TEMPORARY SHELTER, CARE AND CONCERN.

AS A GESTURE OF ITS CHARITABLE MOVE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LIMITED HAS MADE A DONATION 01 $1.36 MILLION FOR THE FITTING-OUT AND REFURBISHMENT OF THE HOME 01 LOVE AT ITS EXISTING PREMISES WHERE IT CAN CONTINUE WITH ITS SERVICE FOR THE DESTITUTE.

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CAREERS SEMINAR FOR POST- <CONDARY GRADUATES

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A CAREERS SEMINAR NEXT MONTH SPECIFICALLY FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS GRADUATES WITH POST-SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS TO MEET THEIR EMPLOYMENT NEEDS.

THE SEMINAR IS AIMED AT EQUIPPING PARTICIPANTS WITH THE NECESSARY JOB-HUNTING SKILLS AND PROVIDING THEM WITH UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE JOB MARKET.

"IT WILL COMPRISE TALKS ON BASIC JOB-HINTING TECHNIQUES SUCH AS CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAREERS, WRITING APPLICATION LETTER AND RESUME AS WELL AS ATTENDING JOB INTERVIEWS," LABOUR OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (HEES), MRS MIRANDA LAM, SAID.

"OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE CAREERS IN BANKING, ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING.

"THE TALKS AND RELATED WORKSHOPS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY SPECIALISTS FROM WELL-ESTABLISHED COMPANIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR," SHE ADDED.

ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 11 AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, IS FREE.

APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT CAN NOW BE MADE AT THE HEES ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, OR BY TELEPHONING 852 3232 OR 852 3234.

THE HEES PROVIDES FREE EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE TO BOTH EMPLOYERS AND JOB-SEEKERS WITH POST-SECONDARY OR RECOGNISED PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS.

"OVERSEAS STUDENTS OF HONG KONG ORIGIN WHO WISH TO RETURN AND WORK IN THE TERRITORY MAY ALSO REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE IN WRITING," MRS LAM SAID.

"WE NOW SEND A MONTHLY PUBLICATION ’PRIME JOBS IN HONG KONG’ TO SOME 600 OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES, TERTIARY INSTITUTES AND STUDENT BODIES TO HELP HONG KONG STUDENTS LOOKING FOR JOBS HERE.

"ANOTHER PUBLICATION 'CANDIDATE PROFILE* WHICH CONTAINS ESSENTIAL PARTICULARS OF SELECTED REGISTRANTS IS DISTRIBUTED TO SOME 1,000 EMPLOYERS EVERY MONTH,” SHE SAID.

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ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1917 OR BEFORE *****

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1917 OR BEFORE TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE AUGUST 11.

"TO AVOID THE LAST-MINUTE RUSH, MEN OF THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000," HE ADDED.

APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES TO REPLACE THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM, MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS, AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAYS.

ALL OFFICES CLOSE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

APPLICANTS MAY ALSO MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICES OF THEIR CHOICE.

THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE I

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI TEL. NO. 574 7070

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD NGAU TAU KOK TEL. NO. 755 3669

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI TEL. NO. 723 2424

TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET TEL. NO. 498 0117

SHA TIN : SHOP 8A, SECOND FLOOR, CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, 11-17, SHA TIN CENTRE STREET TEL. NO. 605 9108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD TEL. NO. 477 1543

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN TEL. NO. 458 0646

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SHEUNG SHUI : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI TEL. NO. 672 7191

ENQUIRIES ABOUT DETAILS OF THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED MAY BE MADE ON THE 24-HOUR RECORDED MESSAGE SERVICE, 824 0303.

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

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REPORT ON 1988 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS ON SALE ■ ******

A STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1988 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS" HAS RECENTLY BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW ON SALE AT $26 PER COPY.

IT IS ONE IN A SERIES OF REPORTS PUBLISHED ANNUALLY ON THE SURVEY.

THE REPORT CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE INDUSTRIES FOR THE YEAR 1988, BASED ON THE DATA COLLECTED FROM ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS REFER TO THE INDUSTRIES 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);

* PURCHASE OF GOODS AND MATERIALS;

t OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES; AND

* GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS.

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APART FROM STATISTICS RELATING TO THE YEAR 1988, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS SOME SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE YEARS 1986 AND 1987 TO SHOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE INDUSTRIES 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.

COPIES OF THE REPORT MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, FNTRAL OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES OUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 839 3204.

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YOUNG BRITONS VISIT HONG KONG *****

SIX YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE NOW IN HONG KONG FOR A THREE-WEEK VISIT UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME.

THE YOUNG VISITORS, AGED BETWEEN 19 AND 24, ARE FROM THE COUNTY OF SOUTH GLAMORGAN IN WALES. THEY ARRIVED IN THE TERRITORY YESTERDAY.

THE GROUP CALLED ON THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TODAY (THURSDAY), WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR BOWEN LEUNG, ON HONG KONG’S DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME AND THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

DURING THEIR STAY IN HONG KONG, THE GROUP WILL TOUR NEW TOWNS, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, YOUTH CENTRES, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES AND HOSPITALS.

THEY WILL ALSO VISIT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE FORCE, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG BEFORE RETURNING TO THE UK ON AUGUST 8.

SINCE 1977, THE CNTA HAS BEEN CO-ORDINATING HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, WHICH IS AIMED AT ENABLING YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH THROUGH BILATERAL EXCHANGE VISITS.

SO FAR, 42 LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE, SIX IN EVERY TWO YEARS, HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE UK, AND HONG KONG IN RETURN HAS RECEIVED 36 YOUNG FRIENDS FROM THE UK.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PERFORM IN NORTH AMERICA ******

SIXTY-SIX OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS FROM THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE ARE GETTING READY FOR PERFORMANCES IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES LATER THIS MONTH.

AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 23, THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL VISIT VANCOUVER, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES FROM JULY 23 TO AUGUST 7 AS PART OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME.

UNDER THE BATON OF ITS MUSIC DIRECTOR, MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, AND ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR, MR HO MAN-CHUEN, THE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES IN THE THREE CITIES.

THERE WILL BE TWO FUND-RAISING CONCERTS IN VANCOUVER AND SAN FRANCISCO ON JULY 25 AND AUGUST 1 RESPECTIVELY. THE FUNDS RAISED WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES THERE.

"ALL OF US ARE VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED TO BE GIVEN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE CHINESE MUSIC TO THE PEOPLE OF NORTH AMERICA," THE TOUR DIRECTOR, MRS AGNES ALLCOCK, SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY).

"TRADITIONAL CHINESE MUSIC IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF CHINESE CULTURE AND IS RECEIVING INCREASING RECOGNITION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

"WE HOPE THE PERFORMANCES OF OUR MEMBERS WILL HELP PEOPLE IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES TO BETTER APPRECIATE CHINESE MUSIC," SHE SAID.

"A BOOKLET INTRODUCING CHINESE MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS HAS BEEN PRINTED FOR THIS TOUR AND COPIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO MUSIC LOVERS IN THESE TWO COUNTRIES," SHE ADDED.

THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1978 TO PROVIDE ORCHESTRAL TRAINING TO YOUNG PEOPLE PRACTISING CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN HONG KONG.

"OVER THE YEARS, OUR MEMBERS’ PERFORMANCES IN THE UK, FRANCE, ISRAEL, SINGAPORE AND CYPRUS WERE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED BY MUSIC CRITICS AND CHINESE MUSIC LOVERS THERE," THE MUSIC DIRECTOR, MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, SAID.

HE SAID OVERSEAS PERFORMANCES WERE CERTAINLY A WAY TO BROADEN MEMBERS’ MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATION.

"MAKING MUSIC WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IS ALSO GREAT FUN - THEY ARE IMPROVING ALL THE TIME," MR TONG SAID.

THE ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR, MR HO MAN-CHUEN, SAID THE REPERTOIRE OF THE TOURING ORCHESTRA WILL COMPRISE 35 PIECES OF MUSIC RANGING FROM TRADITIONAL TO MODERN WORKS.

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"WE WILL TAKE ABOUT 120 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH US. SOME OF THERE SUCH AS GUZHENG, SHENG, BIANQING AND BIANZHONG HAVE A HISTORY OF OVER 3,000 YEARS,” HE SAID.

THE MUSICAL DELEGATION WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 8.

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SEVEN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS ON OVERSEAS TRAINING *****

SEVEN OFFICERS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL LEAVE LATER THIS MONTH AND IN AUGUST FOR TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND JAPAN.

CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS MR CHAN TIN-LUN AND MR YIM KWAN-HOI WILL SPEND NINE MONTHS IN THE STUDY OF SYSTEM ANALYSIS, PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, USA.

CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS MR IP HON-TONG AND MR HUI CHIU-YIN, AND SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS MR CHOW LAP-KWOK AND MR WAI CHUEN WILL LEAVE FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM, NETHERLANDS AND WEST GERMANY ON AN EIGHT-WEEK STUDY OF THE IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES IN THESE COUNTRIES.

IMMIGRATION OFFICER MR TAM HON-CHUNG WILL TAKE UP A FOUR-MONTH TRAINING COURSE IN INFORMATION PROCESSING PERSONNEL (PERSONAL COMPUTER PROGRAMMING) IN JAPAN.

AT A BRIEFING TODAY (THURSDAY) BEFORE THE OFFICERS’ DEPARTURE, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR LAURENCE LEUNG, URGED THE OFFICERS TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIDEN THEIR HORIZON AND TO ACHIEVE SELF ENRICHMENT.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO OFFICERS RECEIVING OVERSEAS TRAINING AS WELL AS ESTABLISHING CONTACTS WITH AND LEARNING FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF FOREIGN IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

’’THE STUDY TRIPS WILL ASSIST OFFICERS IN SELF DEVELOPMENT AND ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENT CULTURAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF OVERSEAS VISITORS WHOM THEY MET IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES,” HE SAID.

’’THE DEPARTMENT FULLY RECOGNISES THE LONG TERM BENEFITS THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THESE STUDY TRIPS AND EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO PROVIDE OFFICERS WITH SUCH OPPORTUNITIES, DESPITE STAFF SHORTAGE DUE TO RECRUITMENT AND WASTAGE PROBLEMS," HE ADDED.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN WAN CHAI TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE AT THE REAR LANE OF 118 JAFFE ROAD, WAN CHAI SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 20 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURE TODAY (THURSDAY).

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, A CLOSURE ORDER IS REQUIRED BEFORE THE DEMOLITION CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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NAM CHEONG STREET HALF-WAY HOUSE ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *****

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE WILL SEEK DETAILS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO BUILD A HALF-WAY HOUSE AT NAM CHEONG STREET FOR EX-MENTAL PATIENTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY REPORT. THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR TSANG HING-KAY, WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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INSTALLATION OF PARKING METERS IN KWAI CHUNG

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES IN SHEUNG KOK STREET OUTSIDE BLOCK 6 OF KWAI CHUNG ESTATE. THE PARKING METERS WILL COMMENCE OPERATION IN THREE STAGES:

« STAGE ONE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 21), INVOLVING 30 METERS;

* STAGE TWO WILL BEGIN OPERATION FROM 10 AM ON JULY 28,

INVOLVING 27 METERS;

* STAGE THREE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON AUGUST 4

INVOLVING 20 METERS.

THE TYPE OF PARKING METERS WILL BE TWO-HOUR METERED PARKING SPACES FOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES, BUSES, MOTOR CYCLES AND PEDAL CYCLES. IT WILL OPERATE FROM 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, AND THE CHARGE WILL BE $1 FOR EVERY 30 MINUTES.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 21), THE SECTION OF CONVENTION AVENUE BETWEEN FLEMING ROAD AND TONNOCHY ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON THE ABOVE SECTION OF CONVENTION AVENUE WILL BE CANCELLED.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN YUEN LONG *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 21), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY:

* THE NORTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF FUNG KAM STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH FUNG HEUNG STREET AND A POINT APPROXIMATELY 25 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE WESTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF FUNG HEUNG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH FUNG KAM STREET AND A POINT APPROXIMATELY 100 METRES FROM THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS ON TAI HA STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 21), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF TAI HA STREET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE SECTION OF TAI HA STREET

BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT

100 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE SECTION OF TAI HA STREET

BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT

55 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE TWO KERBSIDE LANES OF THE SECTION OF TAI HA STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CANCELLED.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWAI CHUNG ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 21), THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WO TONG TSUI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 230 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE (TH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

THE EXISTING 24-HOUR RESTRICTED AREA ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WO TONG TSUI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CANCELLED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SECTION OF LAI KING HILL ROAD FROM A POINT OPPOSITE LAI WAN GARDEN TO A POINT ABOUT 380 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI WAN ROAD WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24 HOURS DAILY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 1990

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ENABLING LEGISLATION FOR 1991 ELECTIONS ............................................ 1

1HK'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 1989’ PUBLISHED ..............................

COMPANIES REGISTRY RELEASED HALF-YEARLY FIGURES .................................... 5

7

CANING: THING OF THE PAST ...................................................

ACTIVE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HELPFUL TO SERVE COMMUNITY ................................. 7

POLICE STATEMENT ABOUT VBP AT HIGH ISLAND ........................................... 8 .

CAREERS EDUCATION TO KEEP PACE WITH CHANGES ....................................... 10

PRIORITIES FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT FOR 1990 HIGHLIGHTED .............................. H

TAI A CHAU FISH CULTURE ZONE DEGAZETTED............................................ 12

MORE ASSISTANCE FOR DAY NURSERY SERVICE .....................................

POP CONCERT TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION ......................................... 14

EDUCATIONAL TALKS FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND BOAT PEOPLE ......................... 14

ALLEN LEE TO OFFICIATE AT YOUTH SERVICE DAY ....................................... 15

DRAFT OZP REFERRED BACK FOR AMENDMENT ............................................. 16

REAR STAIRCASES OF FOUR POST-WAR BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ..................... 16

EXHIBITIONS ON EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE .........................................

DRAINAGE CHANNEL TO BE CONSTRUCTED NEAR TAN KWAI TSUEN ............................ 18

PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS AT PO TOI ISLAND AND KWAI CHUNG.............................. 18

LAND RESUMPTION FOR COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ..................................... 19

STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR DISPLAY OF FARE TABLES IN TAXIS ......................... 19

20 FIGHT BEACH CRIME DRIVE IN SOUTHERN .........................................

21 FIRING PRACTICE IN AUGUST....................................................

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 1990

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ENABLING LEGISLATION FOR 1991 ELECTIONS *»»*»»«

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED SIX BILLS PROVIDING i NECESSARY LEGISLATION FOR THE THREE SETS OF ELECTIONS WHICH WILL TAI PLACE IN 1991.

REGARDING ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE LEGISLATIVE FRA! WORK HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1982 AND THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 SEEKS TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE DIRECT ELECTIONS.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO CLARIFY THE LIST OF DISQUALIFYING OFFI ES IN THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE FOR THE PURPOSES OF BEING ELECTED OR NOMINATED AS A CANDIDATE FOR OR HOLDING OFFICE AS A MEMEJR OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, A MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OR DISTRICT BOARD.

FIRSTLY, THE TERM "PUBLIC OFFICE" IN THE EXISTING DISQUALIFICATION WILL BE REPLACED BY REFERENCES TO OFFICES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THE JUDICIAL SERVICE, THE ARMED FORCES AND IN A SCHEDULE OF SPECIFIC OFFICES WHICH SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED ON ACCOUNT OF THE INDEPENDENT NATURE OF THE PUBLIC FUNCTIONS THEY PERFORM.

SECONDLY, THE BILL PROVIDES THAT A PERSON IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE DISQUALIFIED. AT PRESENT ONLY THOSE EMPLOYED BY THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE DISQUALIFIED.

THIRDLY, THE BILL SEEKS TO REMOVE THE EXISTING DISQUALIFICATION ON GROUNDS OF DISMISSAL FROM THE GOVERNMENT OR THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, WHICH IS CONSIDERED TOO HARSH AS OTHER DISQUALIFICATIONS ARE BASED ON MORE SERIOUS OFFENCES SUCH AS A SENTENCE OF IMPRISONMENT AND CONVICTION OF CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES.

FOURTHLY, THE BILL SEEKS TO CLARIFY THAT THE CHAIRMEN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE NOT EMPLOYEES OF THE COUNCILS.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO BRING FORWARD THE STATUTORY PERIOD FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS FOR GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES TO APRIL AND MAY EACH YEAR, COINCIDING WITH THAT FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO SYNCHRONISE THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES AND FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES AND TO ENABLE ELIGIBLE PERSONS TO REGISTER IN BOTH CATEGORIES OF CONSTITUENCIES AT THE SAME TIME.

OTHER MAJOR AMENDMENTS TO THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE AIM TO DEAL WITH FALSE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.

"THE BILL PROPOSES TO MAKE IT A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE A RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES TO ENABLE THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO DEAL WITH FALSE REGISTRATIONS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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"IT IS ALSO PROPOSED THAT ANY DELIBERATE ATTEMPT BY AN APPLICANT TO FALSELY REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR SHOULD DISQUALIFY HIM OR HER FROM BOTH REGISTRATION AS A VOTER AND FROM STANDING FOR ELECTION."

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (ELECTORAL PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 SEEKS TO AMEND THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONSTITUENCIES, THE CREATION OF THE ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, THE CLARIFICATION OF THE DISQUALIFYING OFFICES FOR NOMINATION AND ELECTION AS PROPOSED UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE lMULTANEOUS REGISTRATION IN A GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY AND A FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY.

THE AMENDMENT BILL ALSO SEEKS TO DEFINE THE ELECTORATE FOR THE SEVEN NEW FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES FOR 1991, NAMELY, THE URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL, TOURISM, FINANCIAL SERVICES, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE, RURAL INTERESTS AND ENGINEERING. ? ”?

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THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1990 AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 SEEK MAINLY TO APPLY THE CLARIFICATION OF DISQUALIFYING OFFICES PROPOSED UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 TO THE APPOINTED AND EX-OFFICIO MEMBERSHIP OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD AND TO EXTEND TO EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS THE FULL RANGE OF DISQUALIFICATIONS APPLICABLE TO AN ELECTED OR APPOINTED MEMBER.

"THE INTENTION OF THESE AMENDMENTS IS TO APPLY THE DISQUALIFICATION UNIFORMLY TO DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP ON THE THREE TIERS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT," THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1990 SEEKS TO INCREASE THE PENALTY LEVELS UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO DEAL WITH VOTERS GIVING A FALSE ADDRESS, IT IS PROPOSED THAT FRAUDULENT VOTING ON THE BASIS OF FALSE REGISTRATION BE MADE AN OFFENCE. i-

IN VIEW OF A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS OF FALSE CLAIMS OF SUPPORT IN CANDIDATES’ PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES, IT IS PROPOSED THAT A FURTHER DETERRENT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE FORM OF A PRISON SENTENCE. THIS WOULD BE THREE MONTHS ON SUMMARY CONVICTION AND SIX MONTHS ON CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT, IN ADDITION TO FINES OF $2,500 AND $5,000 RESPECTIVELY.

FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE LEVEL OF FINES AND TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE PENALTIES FOR THESE OFFENCES BE INCREASED TO REFLECT CURRENT MONETARY VALUES.

THE SIX AMENDMENT BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 25.

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’HK’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 1989’ PUBLISHED

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MO' ‘ THAN HALF (66.9 PER CENT) OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS CONSIDERED HONG KONG’S OVERALL MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT TO BE FAVOURABLE, ACCORDING TO A SAMPLE SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ift THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1989.

THOSE WHO FELT IT WAS UNFAVOURABLE STOOD AT 40.4 PER CENT WHILE THE REMAINING 2.7 PER CENT HAD NO COMMENT.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WERE CONTAINED IN THE LATEST EDITION OF AN ANNUAL PUBLICATION ENTITLED "HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 1989" WHICH WAS PUBLISHED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE SURVEY WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S DATA AND SERVICES DIVISION AND THE INTENTION WAS TO CARRY OUT SIMILAR SURVEYS ANNUALLY IN FUTURE.

"THE SURVEY WAS AIMED AT DISCOVERING HOW MANUFACTURERS SAW THEIR BUSINESS PROSPECTS IN 1990, WHAT THEY THOUGHT OF HONG KONO’S INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT, AND WHETHER THEY SAW ANY CONSTRAINTS ON THE GROWTH OF THEIR INDUSTRIES," HE SAID.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BETWEEN JUNE AND SEPTEMBER 1989 AND COVERED 6,761 SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENTS IN 14 SELECTED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, NAMELY, CLOTHING, ELECTRONICS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS, TEXTILES, PLASTICS, TOYS, JEWELLERY, METAL PRODUCTS, HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, PHOTOGRAPHIC GOODS, OPTICAL GOODS, PRINTING, INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, AND FOOD AND BEVERAGES.

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO SOLICIT THEIR VIEWS AND A TOTAL OF 1,832 VALID RETURNS WERE RECEIVED.

ON THE FAVOURABILITY OF INVESTMENT FACTORS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID 12 OF THE 20 INVESTMENT FACTORS LISTED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE RECEIVED FAVOURABLE RATING FROM MORE THAN HALF THE RESPONDENTS.

"THE TOP FOUR WERE HONG KONG’S BANKING AND FINANCIAL FACILITIES (CITED BY 80.2 PER CENT OF RESPONDENTS), INFRASTRUCTURE (79.9 PERCENT), GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC POLICY (70.4 PER CENT) AND REGIONAL LOCATION (70.2 PER CENT).." HE SAID.

SURVEYED MANUFACTURERS WERE ALSO ASKED TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON WHAT CONSTRAINTS THEY PERCEIVED ON THE GROWTH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIES, AND HOW SERIOUS THESE CONSTRAINTS WERE.

"LABOUR SHORTAGE AND HIGH LABOUR COST WERE IDENTIFIED AS VERY SERIOUS CONSTRAINTS BY 40 PER CENT AND 38.6 PER CENT OF RESPONDENTS RESPECTIVELY.

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"OTHER SERIOUS CONSTRAINTS INCLUDED HIGH COSTS OF INDUSTRIAL PREMISES, HIGH LABOUR TURNOVER, AND HIGH COSTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND PARTS AND COMPONENTS," HE SAID.

ON THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK-ON MARKETS, MOST RESPONDENTS FELT THAT THEIR SALES TO ALL MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CHINA, WOULD INCREASE OR REMAIN STABLE.

"MANUFACTURERS WERE MOST OPTIMISTIC ABOUT JAPAN; 51.1 PER CENT OF THE RESPONDENTS EXPECTED THAT EXPORTS TO JAPAN WOULD INCREASE IN 1990, 37.9 PER CENT SAID THERE WOULD BE NO CHANGE AND ONLY 11 PER CENT SAID THEY WOULD DECREASE," HE SAID.

"AS REGARDS CHINA, NEARLY HALF (46.3 PER CENT) OF THE RESPONDENTS EXPECTED EXPORTS TO CHINA WOULD DECREASE, WHILE 24.4 PER CENT AND 29.3 PER CENT OF THEM RESPECTIVELY FELT THAT EXPORTS WOULD INCREASE AND REMAIN UNCHANGED," HE ADDED.

THE "HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 1989", BEING PUBLISHED FOR THE SECOND TIME SINCE ITS INAUGURAL ISSUE LAST YEAR, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANUFACTURING IN HONG KONG SINCE THE WAR.

"PROFILES ARE GIVEN OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE AND OF 14 SELECTED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WHICH HAVE BEEN CHOSEN EITHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO HONG EONO’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS OR HAVE SHOWN RAPID GROWTH IN RECENT YEARS.

"EIGHT SMALLER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES ARE ALSO COVERED IN THIS EDITION, NAMELY, THE BASIC METAL; CHEMICAL; FOOTWEAR; FURNITURE; HANDBAGS AND TRAVEL GOODS; LEATHER AND LEATHER PRODUCTS; PACKAGING PRODUCTS; AND PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING EQUIPMENT INDUSTRIES," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID MANUFACTURING WAS STILL THE LARGEST ECONOMIC SECTOR IN TERMS OF CONTRIBUTION TO EMPLOYMENT, ALTHOUGH ITS SHARE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT HAD DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS, FROM 49.7 PER CENT IN 1976 TO 33 PER CENT IN 1989.

IN TERMS OF PRODUCTION, HE SAID THE VALUE OF THE GROSS OUTPUT OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE GROWTH RATE OF 12.9 PER CENT FROM $136,628 MILLION IN 1981 TO $283,340 MILLION IN 1987. VALUE ADDED ROSE DURING THE SAME PERIOD AT AN AVERAGE ANNUAL RATE OF 13.2 PER CENT, FROM $36,049 MILLION IN 1981 TO $75,761 MILLION IN 1987.

ON THE OUTLOOK OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS A SMALL OPEN ECONOMY, HONG KONG WOULD ALWAYS BE SENSITIVE TO ANY CHANGES IN THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS WHICH AFFECTED TRADING CONDITIONS, OR SHIFTS IN MARKET AND PRODUCT DEMANDS.

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"THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WILL REQUIRE CONTINUOUS PRODUCT UPGRADING AND MARKET DIVERSIFICATION. INDUSTRIES MUST ACHIEVE A TECHNOLOGICAL LEVEL WHICH WILL ENABLE THEM TO MOVE INTO HIGH VALUE-ADDED AND INNOVATIVE MERCHANDISE.

"OTHERWISE, THEY WILL NOT, IN THE LONG RUN, BE ABLE TO COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY AGAINST THE LOWER-COST PRODUCTS IN DEVELOPING ASIAN AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN ECONOMIES, OR AGAINST THE OTHER ASIAN NEWLY INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMIES IN MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY-ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES COULD EXPECT SLOWER EXPORT GROWTH IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, WHILE THE ECONOMIES OF ITS MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS ADJUSTED TO THE RECENT DOWNTURN IN THE WORLD’S ECONOMY. THE IMPACT OF CHINA’S AUSTERITY MEASURES ALSO MADE THE OUTLOOK LESS PROMISING FOR HONG KONO’8 DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, AS WORLD TRADE GRADUALLY RECOVERED, HONG KONG’S EXPORTS SHOULD PICK UP AGAIN.

"WHETHER HONG KONG CAN MAINTAIN GROWTH THEREAFTER WILL DEPEND ON THE ABILITY OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR TO IMPROVE ITS PRODUCTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY LEVELS, UPGRADE ITS PRODUCT QUALITY, AN# DIVERSIFY INTO OTHER MARKETS, PARTICULARLY IN EUROPE AND IN JAPAN AND THE DEVELOPING SOUTHEAST ASIAN ECONOMIES," HE SAID.

COPIES OF THE "HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 1989" ARB NOW AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL DAT