Daily Information Bulletin - 1990s - 1991 - AUG - ENG

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

THURSDAY. AUGUST 1, 1991

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STATEMENT BY PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATOR TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED ("BCCHK") (IN

PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATION) ................................................ 1

MAJOR CHANGES TO PORT OF HONG KONG TN NEXT FEW YEARS ...................... 2

FIRST QUARTER 1991 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED ........... 3

ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERRUPTIONS IN ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED ..................... 6

EIGHT NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ...................... 7

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ........................................... 10

PEACH-CLEANING CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH ON SUNDAY .............................. 13

BROADBRIDGE PRAISED FOR DEDICATED WORK ................................... 14

VISIT TO STREET-SLEEPERS ................................................. 15

24TH JOINT SCHOOL SCIENCE EXHIBITION ..................................... 15

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............... 16

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STATEMENT BY PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATOR TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED ("BCCHK") (IN PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATION) *****

THE HIGH COURT IN LONDON HAS ADJOURNED UNTIL 2ND DECEMBER 1991 THE BANK OF ENGLAND’S PETITION TO WIND UP THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL SA. THE ADJOURNMENT WAS GRANTED TO ENABLE THE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER, THE RULER OF ABU DHABI, TO MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL CASH LOAN, TO BE RECOVERED AT A LATER DATE EITHER FROM THE UK DEPOSIT PROTECTION BOARD IF A WINDING-UP ORDER IS EVENTUALLY MADE OR FROM A RESTRUCTURED BCCI IF A WINDING-UP ORDER IS NOT MADE, TO ENABLE AN EARLY PAYMENT TO BE MADE TO SMALL DEPOSITORS.

THIS RECENT DEVELOPMENT REGARDING BCCI IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, ALTHOUGH NO MORE THAN A LOAN ARRANGEMENT, MAY BE AN INDICATION THAT THE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER STILL RETAINS AT LEAST SOME INTEREST IN THE BCC GROUP OF COMPANIES. IT MAY JUST BE, THEREFORE, THAT IF A WORKABLE SCHEME FOR TAKING OVER OR RESTRUCTURING BCCHK COULD BE PUT TOGETHER IN HONG KONG THE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER MIGHT, AND I PUT IT NO FURTHER THAN THAT, BE PREPARED TO GIVE SUPPORT BY WAY OF A GUARANTEE AGAINST UNRECORDED LIABILITIES OR IN SOME OTHER FORM THAT WOULD FACILITATE THE CONTINUATION OF ITS BANKING BUSINESS LOCALLY.

I MUST EMPHASISE, HOWEVER, THAT NO CLEAR INDICATION EXISTS AT PRESENT THAT ASSISTANCE IN ANY FORM WILL BE FORTHCOMING FOR BCCHK FROM THE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER AND THAT THE DIFFICULTIES IN PUTTING A WORKABLE PROPOSAL TOGETHER SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED.

THE ACCOUNTS OF BCCHK, AUDITED BY MESSRS PRICE WATERHOUSE, FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 1990 SHOW THAT AS AT THAT DATE THE BANK HAD GROSS ASSETS OF $13.9 BILLION, INCLUDING LOANS AND ADVANCES TO CUSTOMERS OF $6.7 BILLION, DEPOSIT LIABILITIES OF $12.7 BlLLtONi OTHER LIABILITIES OF $0.7 BILLION AND NET SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY OF $0.5 BILLION.

BASED ON THE UNAUDITED ACCOUNTS OF THE BANK AS AT 30TH JUNE 1991 PREPARED BY THE BANK ’ S OWN MANAGEMENT (’’THE MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS”) THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO THE SPECIAL MANAGERS TO HAVE BEEN ANY MATERIAL DETERIORATION IN THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE BANK SINCE THAT DATE.

I MUST STRESS THAT THE MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS TO JUNE 1991 HAVE YET TO BE VERIFIED BY THE SPECIAL MANAGERS FROM KPMG PEAT MARWICK. THE SPECIAL MANAGERS HAVE BEEN WORKING AS A MATTER OF THE UTMOST PRIORITY TO ASCERTAIN THE PRECISE FINANCIAL POSITION OF BCCHK AS AT THE PRESENT TIME AND HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED THEIR WORK. UNAVOIDABLY THIS MUST BE A PAINSTAKING AND TIME-CONSUMING EXERCISE WHICH, I AM INFORMED, IS UNLIKELY TO BE CONCLUDED BEFORE ABOUT 4 TO 6 WEEKS.

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THE SPECIAL MANAGERS AND I HAVE HAD CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS WITH A NUMBER OF BANKS, GROUPS OF DEPOSITORS AND PROMINENT BUSINESSMEN WITH A VIEW TO PUTTING TOGETHER A SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT OR O^HER PROPOSAL WHICH, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER OF E^NAING, WOULD CONTINUE THE BUSINESS OF BCCHK ON A SATISFACTORY BASIS. UNTIL NOW, HOWEVER, ALL OF THESE PROPOSALS HAVE FAILED BECAUSE OF EITHER THE ABSENCE OF AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF GUARANTEE OR AN ACCEPTABLE BANK TO TAKE OVER THE BANKING BUSINESS. NEVERTHELESS, THESE PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACTIVELY PURSUED AND HAVE BEEN AND ARE BEING PUT TO THE ADVISERS APPOINTED BY THE BENEFICIAL MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER.

IN THE MEANTIME I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THE HOPE THAT PROMINENT BUSINESSMEN, THE BANKING COMMUNITY AND ALSO THE CREDITORS THEMSELVES WILL WORK TOGETHER CONSTRUCTIVELY AND PUT FORWARD A REALISTIC PROPOSAL FOR CONTINUING THE BANKING BUSINESS OF BCCHK ON A SATISFACTORY BASIS.

IN MAKING THIS STATEMENT I AM CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO ACT QUICKLY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME NOT RAISING FALSE HOPES.

ANY BANK OR GROUP WHICH MAY BE INTERESTED SHOULD PUT THEIR PROPOSALS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE EITHER TO ME PERSONALLY OR TO THE SPECIAL MANAGERS. IT WOULD ASSIST IF THEY DID SO THROUGH THEIR PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS.

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MAJOR CHANGES TO PORT OF HONG KONG IN NEXT FEW YEARS i i * * t «

THE PORT OF HONG KONG WILL UNDERGO MAJOR CHANGES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW AIRPORT, THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION AND THE COMMENCEMENT OF IMPLEMENTING SOME OF THE NEW PORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES UNDER PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PADS).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR ALLAN PYRKE, SAID THIS AT THE 37TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON MOTOR BOATS AND TUG BOATS ASSOCIATION THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

MR PYRKE SAID: "THESE MAJOR CHANGES TO THE PORT WILL REQUIRE ALL OF US TO RE-EVALUATE THE WAY IN WHICH WE DO THINGS AND IT WAS WITH THIS IN MIND, AMONGST OTHER REASONS, WE TRIGGERED THE LOCAL CRAFT REVIEW WHICH COMMENCED IN 1989.

"THE REVIEW LED, IN TURN, TO THE SETTING UP OF THE LOCAL VESSEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH HAD ITS FIRST MEETING ON JUNE 28 THIS YEAR.

"I PLACE A LOT OF IMPORTANCE TO 'HIS COMMITTEE AS IT CARRIES FORWARD AND FORMALISES THE CONSULTATION PROCESS THAT WE HAVE FOLLOWED FOR MANY YEARS WITH OPERATORS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOCAL CRAFT."

/HONG KONG'S .......

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HONG KONG’S LICENSED FLEET COMPRISES 680 LAUNCHES AND FERRY VESSELS, 5,250 PLEASURE VESSELS, 360 DWELLING VESSELS AND 14,030 MISCELLANEOUS CRAFT.

MR PYRKE SAID: "THE NEW COMMITTEE ALLOWS ALL OF THEM TOGETHER TO DISCUSS AREAS OF COMMON INTEREST WITH STAFF OF MY DEPARTMENT AND SO REACH AGREEMENT ON MANY OF THE PROBLEMS FACING LOCAL CRAFT OPERATORS WHILST RETAINING THE HIGH STANDARD OF SAFETY AND THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT DEMANDED BY A MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE PUBLIC."

HR URGED LOCAL CRAFT OPERATORS TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL VESSEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY RAISING APPROPRIATE MATTERS AND TO ASSIST THIS COMMITTEE TO REACH THE RIGHT CONCLUSION.

MR PYRKE ALSO PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT TO NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF THE 220-MEMBER ASSOCIATION.

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FIRST QUARTER 1991 SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED * * * * *

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, 4,642 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 27.3 MILLION NET REGISTERED TONS (NRT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 211 (OR 5%) IN NUMBER AND OF 1.1 MILLION NRT (OR 4%) IN CAPACITY OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

THESE FIGURES WERE CONTAINED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT JANUARY - MARCH 1991" PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 4% OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

ANALYSING INCOMING SHIPS BY SHIP TYPE, MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (+120), DRY BULK- CARRIERS (+71) AND CONVENTIONAL CARGO VESSELS (+47); WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF OIL TANKERS (-40).

ANALYSING INCOMING SHIPS BY FLAG OF VESSELS, MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF SHIPS REGISTERED IN PANAMA (+44), DENMARK AND GREENLAND (+28), CHINA (+23) AND SINGAPORE (+14); WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THOSE REGISTERED IN JAPAN (-22) AND THE NETHERLANDS (-13).

THE NUMBER OF INCOMING SHIPS WITH A CAPACITY OF LESS TRAN 10,000 DEADWEIGHT TONS INCREASED BY 148 W1 .1ST THE NUMBER OF THOSE WITH A LARGER CAPACITY INCREASED BY 63.

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IN ' 11RST QUARTER OF 1991, THERE WERE 4,684 OUTGOING SHIPS WITH A TOTA1. CAPACITY OF 27.6 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 247 (OR 6%) IN NUMBER AND OF 1.4 MILLION NRT (OR 5%) IN CAPACITY OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) ROSE BY 13%.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, ANALYSES OF THE NUMBER OF OUTGOING SHIPS BY SHIP TYPE, FLAG, AND CAPACITY ARE LARGELY THE SAME AS THOSE OBSERVED IN INCOMING SHIPS. ABOUT 69% OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN 2 DAYS.

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, 85% IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS IMPORTS AND 15% WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

OF THE CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, 60% WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) AND 40% WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TONNAGE TERMS WERE SINGAPORE (WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 16%), JAPAN (14%), CHINA (13%), TAIWAN (9%), THE U.S.A. (7%), AUSTRALIA (7%) AND SOUTH AFRICA (6%); WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE U.S.A. (WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 19%), TAIWAN (14%), CHINA (12%), JAPAN (7%), SINGAPORE (6%), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (5%) AND SOUTH KOREA (4%). TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (34%) AND THE U.S.A. (18%), AND WAS MAINLY DISCHARGED ALSO IN CHINA (13%) AND THE U.S.A. (12%).

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM INDONESIA (+71%), TAIWAN (+44%), THE U.S.A. (+28%) AND CHINA (+27%)J WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE IN TONNAGE WAS NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE (-4%).

AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF .SEABORNE IMPORTS ROSE BY 3%.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF OTHER MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND PARTS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+40%), IRON AND STEEL (+32%), AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (+13%); WHILE MAJOR DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF CEMENT AND CEMENT CLINKER (-44%), AND COAL, COKE AND BRIQUETTES (-7%).

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS REEXPORTS) INCREASED BY 12%.

MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+52%), JAPAN (+45%), THE NETHERLANDS (+41%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+37%) AND TAIWAN (+17%); WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CHINA (-13%).

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AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, MAJOR INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF FOOTWEAR (+46%), GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS AND OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+46%), OTHER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES AND PARTS (+41%), AND TOYS (+19%); WHILE A MAJOR DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-6%).

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE IMPORTS AND INWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 41% IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO. OF THOSE LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE EXPORTS AND OUTWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 81% WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO.

IN TERMS OF TONNAGE, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 34% OF SEABORNE IMPORTS.

IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (86%), TAIWAN (81%), THE NETHERLANDS (80%) AND THE U.S.A. (79%).

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE IMPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 ROSE BY 19% OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR, IN TONNAGE TERMS, 98% OF SEABORNE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, 94% OF PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP, OF PAPER OR OF PAPERBOARD, 92% OF TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD, ALL KINDS, 87% OF TEXTILE FIBRES, AND 86% OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT.

FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 73% IN TERMS OF TONNAGE.

IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR ALL SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE NETHERLANDS, AND ALMOST ALL TO THE U.S.A., AUSTRALIA AND THE PHILIPPINES.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERIZED SEABORNE EXPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 ROSE BY 16% OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

SEABORNE EXPORTS OF SOME PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES WERE ALL OR NEARLY ALL CONTAINERISED. THESE INCLUDED COTTON GARMENTS; TOYS; FOOTWEAR; GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NCT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; AND VEGETABLES AND FRUIT.

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPMASTERS CR 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.

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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 THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 ARE CONTAINED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT JANUARY - MARCH 1991", WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, CENTRAL AT $34.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS CONTAINED 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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ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERRUPTIONS IN ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THE ARRANGEMENTS TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ARISING JUST BEFORE OR DURING AN ELECTION AS A RESULT OF TYPHOON OR OTHER SIMILAR OCCURRENCES.

THE AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING REGULATIONS ON ELECTORAL PROCEDURES INCLUDE EMERGENCY ARRANGEMENTS TO DEAL WITH POSTPONEMENT OF AN ELECTION IN SOME OR ALL CONSTITUENCIES, ADJOURNMENT OF POLLING IN SOME OR ALL CONSTITUENCIES OR SOME POLLING STATIONS AFTER POLLING HAS STARTED, AND ADJOURNMENT OF BALLOT COUNTING IN SOME OR ALL CONSTITUENCIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW REGULATIONS PROVIDED THAT THE AUTHORITY FOR DECLARING A POSTPONEMENT OR ADJOURNMENT SHOULD BE THE GOVERNOR IN THE CASE OF ALL CONSTITUENCIES, THE RETURNING OFFICER OF EACH CONSTITUENCY IN THE CASE OF ONE OR MORE CONSTITUENCIES, AND THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF EACH POLLING STATION IN THE CASE OF ONE OR MORE POLLING STATIONS.

"THE REGULATIONS ALSO REQUIRE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A POSTPONEMENT OR ADJOURNMENT, A NEW DATE WHICH IS NO LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DATE SHOULD BE APPOINTED FOR THE ELECTION, OR FOR POLLING OR FOR BALLOT COUNTING AS THE CASE MAY BE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IN THE EVENT OF AN ADJOURNED POLL, THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF EACH POLLING STATION SHOULD DELIVER THE BALLOT BOXES, BALLOT PAPERS AND REGISTERS TO THE RETURNING OFFICER IF PRACTICABLE.

"FAILING THAT, THE BALLOT BOXES AND ELECTION MATERIALS SHOULD BE STORED IN A SAFE PLACE IN THE POLLING STATION, A POLICE STATION, A PUBLIC BUILDING, OR SOME OTHER SECURE BUILDING NEAR THE POLLING STATION."

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IN TH EVENT OF AN ADJOURNED BALLOT COUNT, THE RETURNING OFFICER SHOULD FOLLOW A SIMILAR PROCEDURE FOR STORING THE BALLOT BOXES AND ELECTION MATERIALS,

THE OFFICER HAVING CUSTODY OF THE BALLOT BOXES AND ELECTION MATERIALS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY.

APART FROM EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, THE REGULATIONS ALSO PROVIDE THAT THE RETURNING OFFICER’S DECISIONS RELATING TO THE RESULT OF AN ELECTION CAN BE MADE THE SUBJECT OF AN ELECTION PETITION, SO THAT ANY ALLEGED OR PERCEIVED MISHANDLING OF VOTE COUNTING OR ERROR IN ASCERTAINING OR ANNOUNCING THE RESULT OF AN ELECTION CAN BE DEALT WITH BY THE COURT.

THESE CHANGES WERE SET OUT IN THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (PROCEDURE) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1991 AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (ELECTORAL PROVISIONS) (PROCEDURE) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1991, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW.

THESE TWO SETS OF REGULATIONS TOGETHER GOVERN THE CONDUCT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS TO DISTRICT BOARDS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS WELL AS THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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EIGHT NOMINATIONS RECEIVED i * *

TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ♦ * *

EIGHT NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (WEDNESDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 62.

FIVE NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. THREE NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WERE REGISTERED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, TEACHING AND TOURISM WITH EACH RECEIVING THREE NOMINATIONS.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WAS SEVEN FOR NEW TERRITORIES EAST.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

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FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION L *E SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONT/CT TEL. 140.

FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAM YAU-TONG M 40 SECURITIES DEALER 543 6083

CHUM TING-PONG M 37 CORPORATE CONSULTANT 557 9236 388 9277

TEACHING WOU TCHONG-HONG, WALTER M 61 COLLEGE PRINCIPAL 714 4161 760 1488

LEGAL IP SIK-ON, SIMON M 42 SOLICITOR 843 4332 657 8781

TOURISM RONNIE YUEN M 57 TRAVEL AGENT OWNER 366 1973

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

HONG KONG ISLAND EAST MARTIN LEE M 53 QUEEN’S COUNSEL 529 0864

MAN SAI-CHEONG M 47 SOLICITOR 526 5775

NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH YEUNG FUK-KWONG M 38 SOLICITOR 413 3733 411 2228

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE RECEIVED SO FAR: NOMINATIONS

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 0

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND » COMMERCIAL 0

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 0

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND i INDUSTRIAL 0

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES 3

7. LABOUR

2

/8. SOCIAL SERVICES

8. SOCIAL SERVICES

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

It. TEACHING

12. LEGAL

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

17. TOURISM

18. URBAN COUNCIL

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL

20. RURAL

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0

MEDICAL 1

HEALTH CARE 0

9

1

ENGINEERING 2

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 2

AND PLANNING

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1

3

1

0

0

SUB-TOTAL : 21

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST

3. KOWLOON EAST

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL

5. KOWLOON WEST

6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

5

4

4

5

5

7

4

3

4

SUB-TOTAL: 41

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ♦ t * * * ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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 BACTERIOLOGICAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT BIWEEKLY INTERVALS DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE 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.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER.

. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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 SPOKESMAN SAID: "BEACHES WITH HIGHLY DEVELOPED HINTERLANDS ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE POLLUTED THAN THE GRADES SUGGEST DURING AND AFTER HEAVY RAIN.

"BATHERS SHOULD AVOID SUCH BEACHES FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER A STORM, LONGER IF THE WEATHER REMAINS OVERCAST OR LESS IF THERE IS STRONG SUNSHINE." *

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

GRADE "1" INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE E. COLI 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.

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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. COLT 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 tS 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” GRADE 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.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY ARE LISTED BELOW:

BEACH

PREVIOUS GRADING

PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 18.7.91)

(AS AT 1.8.91)

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*

2 2

1

1

2

1

1

1

2 X

1

2 2

1 2

2 1 2

1 1

1 2 X

1

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X

NEW CAFETERIA 3

CASTLE PEAK X

KADOORIE 3

BUTTERFLY 4

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH

HAP MUN BAY

KIU TSUI

PAK SHA CHAU

SILVERSTRAND

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN)

1 1

1 1

1 1

2 1

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER CHEUNG SHA LOWER DISCOVERY BAY* HUNG SHING YEH KWUN YAM WAN TONG FUK LO SO SHING PUI 0 SILVERMINE BAY TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU TUNG O»

1 2

1 1

1 1

1

2 2

2 1

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ APPROACH CASAM GEMINI HOI MEI WAN LIDO TING KAU

TUNG WAN, MA WAN

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

2

tO CO CO CO CO CO tO I—H to CO * CO tO >"■* CO CO CO

NOTE: "X” THE BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

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THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

DEEP WATER BAY, PUI O AND SILVERMINE BAY, FROM

CHUNG HOM KOK, MIDDLE BAY, CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST AND CLEAR BAY 2ND, FROM "1" TO "2"; BUTTERFLY, FROM ”4" TO 3 .

"1"; WATER

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

ANGLERS', FROM ”3" TO "4".

THE POOR GRADING OF ANGLERS’ IS DUE RAINFALL WHICH HAS FLUSHED THE POLLUTANTS FROM TO THE SEA WATER.

TO THE RECENT HEAVY THE BEACH HINTERLAND

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY), DR M.J. BROOM। ON TEL. 835 1234.

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BEACH-CLEANING CAMPAIGN * ♦ ♦ ♦

TO LAUNCH ON SUNDAY *

THE CLEAN-BEACH PHASE OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN 1991/92 WILL BE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 4) AT CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH) IN SAI KUNG.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REG1ONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE UNDER THE CLEAN-BEACH PHASE INCLUDE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS BY AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS, VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE FIRMS; ANTI-LITTER BLITZ AND A CLEAN-BEACH SHOW.

OFFICIATING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY WILL BE THE STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR GILBERT LEUNG AND MISS CHRISTINA TING; SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN! ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT) OF SAI KUNG, MR THOMAS CHAN J AND ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR HO CHI-LEUNG.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE OFFICIATING GUESTS AND THE CAMPAIGN MASCOT, THE BEACH DRAGON, WILL JOIN 80 AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS IN A LITTER-PICKING ACTIVITY.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A BEACH SHOW FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS MISS YOLINDA YAN, MR ANDY NG, MISS STEPHANIE LAI AND THE GRASSHOPPERS.

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THE SHOW WILL BE PRODUCED AND BROADCAST LIVE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO 2 FROM 2 PM TO 3 PM.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY STARTING AT 1.10 PM AT CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH), SAI KUNG.

A VAN (NO. RC 828) WILL PICK UP REPORTERS AT HANEoW ROAD, TStM SHA TSUI (BEHIND THE PENINSULAR HOTEL), AND LEAVE FOR CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH) AT 11.15 AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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BROADBRIDGE PRAISED FOR DEDICATED WORK

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR T.H. CHAU, TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF MR KEITH BROADBRIDGE WHO WILL SOON RETIRE AS HONG KONG’S PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND HEAD OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN GENEVA.

MR BROADBRIDGE WILL VACATE THE POST ON AUGUST 5 AND, AFTER SPENDING A SHORT PERIOD OF LEAVE IN GENEVA, TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE GATT.

MR BROADBRIDGE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR JOSEPH WONG WING-FING, FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, WITH EFFECT FROM THE SAME DATE.

"WE ARE PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO MR BROADBRIDGE FOR HIE DEDICATED CONTRIBUTION TO FURTHERING HONG KONG’S INTERESTS IN THE FAR-REACHING GATT URUGUAY ROUND TRADE TALKS," MR CHAU SAID.

"MR BROADBRIDGE’S APPOINTMENT TO A SENIOR POSITION IN THE GATT SECRETARIAT NOT ONLY REFLECTS HIS PERSONAL STANDING, BUT ALSO IN A WAY RECOGNISES HONG KONG’S CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION AND COMMITMENT TO THE GATT.

"I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT MR JOSEPH WONG, WHO HAS A SOUND BACKGROUND IN TRADE POLICY AND NEGOTIATIONS, WILL CARRY THE HONG KONG STANDARD IN THE GATT FULLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FINE TRADITION ESTABLISHED BY HIS PREDECESSORS," MR CHAU ADDED.

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VISIT TO STREET-SLEEPERS

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MORE THAN 130 VOLUNTEERS WILL VISIT STREET-SLEEPERS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 3) NIGHT, TO SHOW THEIR CARE FOR THE DEPRIVED IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE VISIT IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A "CARE AND SHARE" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT (SWD) THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

OFFICIATING AT THE SET-OFF CEREMONY OF THE VISIT WILL BE REGIONAL OFFICER (HONG KONG) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MRS PATRICIA CHU.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

THE SET-OFF CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE GYMNASIUM OF LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE, 44 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI ON SATURDAY AT 8 PM.

BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE VISIT, THE REGIONAL OFFICER (HONG KONG) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MRS PATRICIA CHU, WILL GIVE A BRIEFING ON SERVICES FOR STREET-SLEEPERS.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER. SWD INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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24TH JOINT SCHOOL SCIENCE EXHIBITION *****

LEARNING SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS COULD EASILY BECOME A DULL EXERCISE IF STUDENTS JUST MEMORISED FACTS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR JOHN WINFIELD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR WINFIELD SAID A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCIENCES DEPENDED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENQUIRY APPROACH AND THIS COULD BE ACQUIRED THROUGH THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF STUDENTS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 24TH JOINT SCHOOL SCIENCE EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE, MR WINFIELD SAID LUCKILY EDUCATORS AND TEACHERS HAD RECENTLY MADE MUCH EFFORT TO MAKE SCIENCE MORE INTERESTING AND RELATED IT MORE DIRECTLY TO EVERYDAY LIFE.

MORE EMPHASIS HAD ALSO BEEN PLACED ON LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH "ACTIVITY" AND "ENQUIRY".

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IN ORDER TO MAKE SCIENCE A LIVING SUBJECT, STUDENTS THEMSELVES MUST ALSO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN IT, MR WINFIELD SAID, ADDING THAT AN EXAMPLE WAS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES, EXPERIMENTS AND PROJECTS.

THROUGH TODAY’S EXHIBITION, VISITORS COULD SEE HOW MUCH STUDENTS HAD BECOME INVOLVED IN REAL, PRACTICAL AND WORTHWHILE LEARNING, HE SAID.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE S MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 31.7.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 1.8.91 -247

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING +247

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.2 *-0.2» 1.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

1.8.91 31.7.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.59 PCT 5.80 PCT

1 MONTH 5.64 PCT 5.90 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.82 PCT 6.01 PCT

6 MONTHS 6.17 PCT 6.21 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.44 PCT 6.51 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 8,440 MN 5,715 MN

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT CHINA AND HONG KONG ........................... 1

PM'S VISIT TO HK WELCOMED ............................................. 1

RISING NEEDS FOR QUALITY PROGRAMMES ................................... 2

NENDICK DENIES CHINA INVOLVEMENT IN BCCHK CLOSURE ..................... 3

RECLAMATION FOR CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT APPROVED....................... 4

HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION .............................................. 5

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR MAY 1991 RELEASED ...... 5

LOCALISED SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR HONG KONG - REGISTERED SHIPS ......... 8

FOUR NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ................... 8

RC VENUES FOR DISPLAY OF ELECTION POSTERS ............................. 11

CSD MAINTAINS HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE ................................ 12

REGISTRATION OF A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY REVOKED ...................... 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR SALT-WATERMAINS LAYING IN HAPPY VALLEY ............ 13

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR WHOLESALE MARKET WORKS . .. . ;.................. 13

RE-OPENING OF TUEN MUN CHOY YEE BRIDGE PROPOSED ....................... 14

TENDERS INVITED FOR BOULDER FENCE EXTENSION............................ 15

PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS IN YUEN LONG TO BE RESUMED................... 15

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

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1991

PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT CHINA AND HONG KONG *****

AT THE INVITATION OF CHINESE PREMIER LI PENG, THE PRIME MINISTER, THE RT HON JOHN MAJOR MP, WILL VISIT CHINA FROM 2-4 SEPTEMBER 1991 ACCOMPANIED BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, THE RT HON DOUGLAS HURD MP. DURING HIS VISIT THE PRIME MINISTER AND PREMIER LI PENG WILL FORMALLY SIGN THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA RELATING TO THE NEW AIRPORT IN HONG KONG, AND DISCUSS OTHER MATTERS OF COMMON INTEREST.

THE PRIME MINISTER ALSO LOOKS FORWARD TO PAYING HIS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG ON 4-5 SEPTEMBER. HE WILL HOLD TALKS WITH THE GOVERNOR AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND MEET OTHER LEADING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

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PM’S VISIT TO HK WELCOMED *****

THE VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, MR JOHN MAJOR, TO HONG KONG WILL GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO SEE THE PLACE AND MEET THE PEOPLE HERE, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE OPENING OF THE METRO BROADCAST, SIR DAVID SAID: "WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT MR MAJOR IS GOING TO CHINA.

"HE IS GOING TO SIGN THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG. IT WILL ALSO GIVE US THE CHANCE TO SEE MR MAJOR IN HONG KONG.

"HE WILL BE HERE FOR ABOUT 36 HOURS AT THE END OF HIS VISIT AND OBVIOUSLY TO HAVE A CHANCE FOR HIM TO SEE HONG KONG AND TO MEET PEOPLE HERE IS VERY MUCH TO BE WELCOME.

SIR DAVID SAID DETAILS OF MR MAJOR’S VISIT WOULD BE ANNOUNCED OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

ASKED ABOUT THE RESCUE BID FOR THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED (BBC), SIR DAVID SAID: "I THINK ONE SHOULD NOT BE OVER OPTIMISTIC BUT THERE ARE SOME OFFERS WHICH ARE AROUND.

"AND OF COURSE IF THE LIQUIDATOR CAN BE SATISFIED THAT THERE IS.A GENUINE, GOOD BID FOR BCC WHICH PROVIDES ALL THE NECESSARY SAFEGUARD AND GUARANTEE, I AM SURE HE WILL BE TAKING A GOOD LOOK AT IT.

"CLEARLY, IF THERE WERE SUCH A BID, THAT WOULD BE VERY WELCOME BOTH FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW AND OBVIOUSLY FROM THE DEPOSITORS TOO."

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RISING NEEDS FOR QUALITY PROGRAMMES » » * * *

THERE IS AN EVER INCREASING DEMAND IN HONG KONG FOR QUALITY PROGRAMMES TO MEET RISING EXPECTATIONS AS THE CITY BECOMES MORE PROSPEROUS AND COSMOPOLITAN, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD,' SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

WITH THE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS RECENTLY IN RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING, WHICH INCLUDED THE LAUNCHING OF A PAN-ASIAN REGIONAL SATELLITE TELEVISION SERVICE THIS APRIL AND THE COMMENCEMENT OF METRO BROADCAST, SIR DAVID SAID HONG KONG WAS NOW FIRMLY ON THE MAP AS A REGIONAL BROADCASTING CENTRE.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE INAUGURATION OF METRO BROADCAST, SIR DAVID SAID THE COMMERCIAL VITALITY OF HONG KONG DEPENDED ON HEALTHY COMPETITION WHICH HAD ALWAYS BEEN A FEATURE OF THE CITY.

"METRO’S EMERGENCE WILL CREATE A HEALTHY AND POSITIVE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION AMONG BROADCASTERS IN HONG KONG AND, JUST AS IMPORTANT, PROVIDE LISTENERS WITH A MUCH WIDER CHOICE OF HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMES," HE SAID.

METRO IS HONG KONG’S FIRST NEW RADIO STATION SINCE 1959. IN KEEPING WITH ITS IMAGE AS A STATION OF THE 90’S, SIR DAVID SAID IT HAD INTRODUCED NEW PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS THAT WERE UNIQUE IN THE HONG KONG BROADCASTING SCENE.

ITS PROGRAMMING STRATEGY IS TO DEDICATE ONE CHANNEL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, ONE FOR SLIGHTLY OLDER PEOPLE AND ONE FOR NEWS AND INFORMATION.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT METRO RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF BILINGUALISM AND AIMED TO FOSTER CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND IDENTITY.

"WITH SUCH CREATIVE AND IMAGINATIVE PROGRAMMES, I AM SURE THAT METRO WILL ATTRACT NEW TALENT AND ENERGY TO THE BROADCASTING FIELD," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THE RADIO STATIONS IN HONG KONG HAD FOR MANY YEARS PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

"TODAY WE HAVE OVER THREE MILLION RADIO SETS IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THE BROADCASTING TUNE CONTINUED TO

DEVELOP AND CHANGE.

THE FIRST RADIO STATION IN HONG KONG COMMENCED BROADCASTING 63 YEARS AGO, IN 1928, WHEN 124 RADIO LICENCES WERE SOLD TO OWNERS OF RADIO SETS.

/SIR DAVID .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1991

SIR DAVID SAID THE YEARS SINCE THEN HAD SEEN AN INCREASING DEMAND FOR INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION.

"I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE THAT THE BROADCASTING INDUSTRY HAS DONE REMARKABLY WELL IN MEETING THESE CHALLENGES," HE SAID.

HE ALSO WISHED THE METRO BROADCAST EVERY SUCCESS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

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NENDICK DENIES CHINA INVOLVEMENT IN BCCHK CLOSURE ******

THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, TODAY (FRIDAY) CATEGORICALLY DENTED AN AGENCY REPORT FILED FROM THE UNITED STATES WHICH SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA HAD INTERVENED TO BLOCK THE CLOSING OF A BCCI BRANCH IN HONG KONG.

"THERE IS NO TRUTH WHATSOEVER IN THAT AND I THINK THAT IS PROBABLY EITHER A SLIP OF THE PEN BY THE AGENCY CONCERNED OR A SLIP OF THE TONGUE BY THE PERSON GIVING EVIDENCE.

"THEY COULD WELL HAVE BEEN REFERRING TO THE OPERATION IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE WHICH IS A BRANCH OF BCCI (OVERSEAS). WHAT WE HAVE IN HONG KONG IS A SUBSIDIARY CALLED BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED. IT HAS NOT GOT THE WORD ’INTERNATIONAL’ IN IT AND IT IS A SEPARATE ENTITY FROM THE ONE IN CHINA,” MR NENDICK SAID.

HE SAID THE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO BOTH THE OPENING OF THE BANK IN HONG KONG ON SATURDAY AND THE CLOSING ON MONDAY WERE CLEARLY SPELT OUT IN THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING'S REPORT.

"I CAN CATEGORICALLY DENY THERE IS ANY TRUTH IN THE SUGGESTION THAT CHINA HAD ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE MATTER."

MEANWHILE, COPIES OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING’S REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR ON THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED ARE NOW READY FOR COLLECTION BY DEPOSITORS AND CREDITORS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE COUNTER OF THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE ON THE DECK LEVEL, HIGH BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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RECLAMATION FOR CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT APPROVED ♦ ♦ * t i

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 1,905.9 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED IN THE VICINITY OF CHEK LAP KOK FOR THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED DEVELOPMENTS.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE RECLAIMED AREA IS A MODIFICATION OF THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR AND IS IN ADDITION TO THE 72 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED NOW BEING RECLAIMED TO THE NORTH OF CHEK LAP KOK.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL RECLAMATION PROPOSAL, FOUR VALID OBJECTIONS WERE RECEIVED.

THEY WERE FROM THE TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD., THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE HONG KONG AND THE GREEN LANTAU ASSOCIATION.

DESPITE CONTINUED NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE OBJECTORS AND SOME PROGRESS IN CERTAIN AREAS, ONLY THE OBJECTION FROM CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD. HAS BEEN FORMALLY WITHDRAWN.

THE OTHERS HAVE REFUSED TO WITHDRAW THEIR OBJECTIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS, INCLUDING BETTER COMPENSATION AND RESETTLEMENT TERMS FOR VILLAGERS IN THE TUNG CHUNG VALLEY, CONCERN OVER THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT BY THE AIRPORT PROJECT AND CONSERVATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA, SCALE OF THE AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT, AND REQUESTS TO RELEASE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT THAT LED TO THE CHOICE OF THE AIRPORT SITE AND ON SUBSEQUENT ASPECTS OF AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT PLANNING.

"HAVING REGARD TO THE SIGNIFICANCE AND URGENCY OF THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED PROJECTS, AND EFFORTS MADE TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF THE VILLAGERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS, THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS NOW DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AFFECTED MAY SUBMIT A CLAIM WITHIN 12 MONTHS TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION *****

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE EXTENSIONS, SEAWALL AND REMAINING RECLAMATION FOR THE HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION PHASE II.

THE WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 175 METRES OF SEAWALL WITH 11 SEAWATER INTAKE CHAMBERS, ABOUT 1,450 METRES OF STORMWATER DRAINAGE PIPES AND CULVERTS AND THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 16.5 HECTARES OF LAND AT HUNG HOM BAY.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL PROVIDE SPACE FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS, AS WELL AS FOR ESSENTIAL SECTIONS OF THE FUTURE ROAD NETWORK DESIGNED TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN TO KWA WAN AND HUNG HOM.

THE CONTRACT WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE TENDER NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

FORMS OF TENDERS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER, PORT WORKS DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, EIGHTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON, ON AUGUST 23.

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR MAY 1991 RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN MAY 1991, ESTIMATED AT $10,608.2 MILLION, INCREASED BY 14.0% WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1990, WHILE THEIR VOLUME INCREASED BY 6.7%, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RETAIL OUTLET, SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS (OTHER THAN SUPERMARKETS) FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 25.3% IN VALUE AND 13.4% IN VOLUME IN MAY 1991 COMPARED WITH MAY 1990.

SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR FUELS WENT UP BY 24.1% IN VALUE AND 8.2% IN VOLUME. SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR CONSUMER DURABLE GOODS ROSE BY 20.7% IN VALUE AND 13.8% IN VOLUME.

WITHIN THIS GROUP, SALES OF DEALERS IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 13.7% IN VALUE AND 3.6% IN VOLUME, WHILE SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR OTHER CONSUMER DURABLE GOODS ROSE BY 26.3% IN VALUE AND 22.1% IN VOLUME.

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SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 15.2% IN VALUE AND 6.6% IN VOLUME. SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES INCREASED BY 13.8% IN VALUE AND 6.7% IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKET SALES ROSE BY 11.0% IN VALUE AND 1.1% IN VOLUME.

SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR JEWELLERY, WATCHES AND CLOCKS, AND VALUABLE GIFT INCREASED BY 2.7% IN VALUE AND 1.4% IN VOLUME. SALES OF RETAIL OUTLETS FOR OTHER CONSUMER GOODS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED WENT UP BY 7.1% IN VALUE AND 1.9% IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO MAY 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, TOTAL RETAIL SALES ROSE BY 10.9% IN VALUE AND 3.8% IN VOLUME.

COMPARING WITH APRIL 1991, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR MAY 199f INCREASED BY 6.2% IN VALUE AND 5.1% IN VOLUME. -

CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES REFER TO CHANGES IN THE VALUES OF RETAIL SALES AFTER DISCOUNTING ESTIMATED CHANGES IN PRICES.

THE INDICATORS OF PRICE CHANGES USED FOR THE PURPOSE ARE THE RESPECTIVE COMPONENTS OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WHICH CORRESPOND TO THE BROAD CATEGORY OF GOODS IN QUESTION.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE MAY 1991 RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $1.5 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 802 1258.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TWO TABLES WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR APRIL 1991 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR MAY 1991.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL*SALES IN APRIL AND MAY 1991 FOR ALL RETAIL OUTLETS AND BY TYPE OF RETAIL OUTLET, WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1989 TO SEPTEMBER 1990 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF MAY 1991 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1991 AND WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1990, AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

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TABLE 1 : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for Hay 1991 (Provisional Figure) = HKS10.608.2 lillion

for April 1991 (Revised Figure) = HKS 9,985.2 lillion

TABLE 2 : VALUE AMD VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1991 ANO HAY 1991

(Honthly average of Oct. 89 - Sept. 90 = 100)

I Itei : 1 1 Index of Retail Sales April 1991 1 * Nay I 1991 Hay compared April 1991 1 with 1 1991 ! Nay compared Nay 1991 1 nth 1 1990 1 Jan.-Hay compared w Jan.-Nay 1991 ith 1990

(A) 1 1 FOR ALL RETAIL OUTLETS 1 j (Revised figures) 1 (Provisional I fioures) 1 • Points A 1 i । 1 | Points A Points A

। । Value 106.3 1 113.0 ♦6.6 ♦6.2 ! ♦ 13.9 ♦ 14.0 ♦ 10.9 ♦10.9

IB) 1 1 BY TYPE OF RETAIL OUTLETI Volume 98.9 : 104.0 । । । । ♦5.1 ♦5.1 ! । । । । • ♦ 6.6 ♦ 6.7 ♦ 3.8 ♦ 3.8

1 Foodstuffs, alcoholic ! Value 107.6 । 1 112.2 ♦ 4.6 ♦ 4.2 ! ♦22.7 ♦25.3 ♦ 14.3 ♦ 15.4

drinks and tobacco 1 (other than ! supermarkets) 1 । Volume 96.5 ! 101.9 1 1 । ♦5.3 ♦ 5.5 ! 1 1 । ♦12.0 ♦ 13.4 ♦ 5.5 ♦5.9

Supermarkets 1 Value 105.6 1 111.9 • 6.3 ♦6.0 1 ♦ 11.1 ♦ 11.0 ♦12.9 ♦ 13.2

1 Volume 94.7 1 99.7 ♦ 4.9 ♦ 5.2 : ♦ 1.0 ♦ 1.1 ♦2.3 ♦2.4

Fuels ! Value 117.6 1 124.8 ♦7.2 ♦6.1 ! ♦ 24.3 ♦ 24.1 ♦28.0 ♦ 30.7

1 Volume 98.8 I 105.7 ♦7.0 ♦7.1 1 । ♦8.1 ♦8.2 ♦7.6 ♦8.4

• Clothina. footwear and 1 Value 111.6 । 1 115.6 ♦ 4.0 i ♦ 3.6 1 ♦ 15.3 ♦ 15.2 ♦ 12.2 ♦ 11.6

allied products 1 Volume 103.1 1 102.1 । 1.0 -1.0 1 । ♦6.3 ♦6.6 ♦4.3 ♦ 4.1

। Consuier durable goods* 1 । । Value 110 1 1 120.3 ♦ 10.3 ♦9/3.1 ♦20.6 ♦ 20.7 ♦9.8 ♦ 10.0

Volume 104.0 ! 112.2 ♦ 8.2 ♦7.9 1 । ♦ 13.6 ♦ 13.8 ♦ 3.6 ♦ 3.7

• • Kotor vehicles 1 Value 103.4 1 121.6 ♦ 18.2 ♦17.7 1 ♦ 14.7 ♦ 13.7 -0.3 -0.3

and parts 1 Volume 94.2 1 109.3 ♦ 15.1 ♦16.1 1 । ♦ 3.8 ♦ 3.6 -8.7 -8.8

I - Consumer durable 1 Value 115.0 1 119.4 1 H.5 ♦ 3.9 1 ♦ 24.9 ♦ 26.3 ♦17.1 ♦n.5

goods other than 1 motor vehicles 1 and parts 1 • Volume 111.1 1 114.3 । 1 • : H.2 1 1 1 ♦ 2.9 1 । 1 I ♦ 20.7 ♦22.1 ♦ 12.5 ♦ 12.8

Department stores ! Value 93.2 1 104.7 1 »11.6 ♦12.4 1 ♦ 12.7 ♦ 13.8 ♦5.5 ♦5.5

1 Volume 87.2 1 94.3 1 *7.1 ♦8.1 1 । ♦ 5.9 ♦ 6.7 -1.1 -1.1

Jewellery, watches 1 Value 104.1 1 113.2 1 *9.1 i ♦ 8.7 ! ♦2.9 ♦2.7 ! 'Hl.5 ♦ 12.4

and clocks, and ! valuable gift 1 Volume 101.2 1 111.4 । » 1 H0.2 1 । ♦10.1 1 1 । ♦ 1.6 ♦ 1.4 ! H.8 1 I ♦9.5

। Other consuier ooods 1 Value 109.1 1 106.7 i -2.4 -2.2 1 ♦7.0 ♦7.1 1 H.7 ♦5.0

not elsewhere 1 classified ! Volume 104.4 ! 101.1 1 ! -3.3 । । -3.1 1 1 ♦ 1.9 ♦ 1.9 1 H.3 1 ♦1.2

NOTE : 1 This covers both "Hotor vehicles and parts’ and 'Consumer durable ooods other than lotor vehicles and parts'.

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LOCALISED SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR HONG KONG - REGISTERED SHIPS

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TWENTY-SEVEN SETS OF LOCALISED MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1991 CAME INTO EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN THE AUTONOMOUS HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER AND WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARINE (MULTI-LATERAL POLICY), MR WILLIAM JOHNSTON SAID: "THESE NEW REGULATIONS NOW REPLACE THE UNITED KINGDOM REGULATIONS WHICH WERE APPLIED IN HONG KONG.

"THE 27 SETS OF REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN AMENDED TO REPLACE REFERENCES TO UNITED KINGDOM AUTHORITIES WITH REFERENCES TO THE RELEVANT HONG KONG AUTHORITIES.

"THE SUBSTANCE OF THESE REGULATIONS WHICH ARE CONCERNED WITH SAFETY REQUIREMENTS REMAINS BASICALLY UNCHANGED AND THERE IS NO COMPROMISE ON THE CURRENT HIGH STANDARDS OF SAFETY REQUIRED OF tllfi SHIPS ON THE HONG KONG REGISTER."

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE LOCALISATION WAS AIMED AT ENSURING THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF THESE REGULATIONS IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997.

THIRTEEN SETS OF THE REGULATIONS WERE GAZETTED LAST FRIDAY (JULY 26) AND THE REMAINING 14 SETS GAZETTED TODAY.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A NOTICE ON THE 27 SETS OF REGULATIONS INCLUDING A LIST OF TITLES OF THESE REGULATIONS.

MR JOHNSTON SAID THE LIST OF TITLES WERE OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE MULTI-LATERAL POLICY DIVISION OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IN ROOM 2101 ON THE 21ST FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE REGULATIONS ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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FOUR NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS

FOUR NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (WEDNESDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 66.

THREE NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. ONE NOMINATION WAS RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

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SO FAR THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS CONSTITUENCIES WERE REGISTERED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, TOURISM WITH EACH RECEIVING THREE NOMINATIONS.

FOR FUNCTIONAL TEACHING AND

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS -WAS SEVEN FOR NEW TERRITORIES EAST.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

WITH

THFRF ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, TWO SEATS^FOR^THB^LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

— MM — — — ———————

FIRST COMMERCIAL JAMES DAVID MCGREGOR M 67 VICE CHAIRMAN HK CHINESE BANK 526 5510

SECOND WONG YU-HONG, M 52 MERCHANT 525 8081

COMMERCIAL PHILIP

FIRST STEPHEN CHEONG M 50 COMPANY DIRECTOR 362 2341

INDUSTRIAL

geographical CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

^M — — — — — ——————

KOWLOON CENTRAL YEUNG LAI-YIN CECILIA , F 60 SCHOOLS SUPERVISOR 322 1163 116 3399 CALL 888

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

OF THE NOMINATIONS

FOLLOWING IS A RECEIVED SO FAR:

FUNCTIONAL

CONSTITUENCY

ELECTORAL DIVISION

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 0

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5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

7. LABOUR

8. SOCIAL SERVICES

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

11. TEACHING

12. LEGAL

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

17. TOURISM

18. URBAN COUNCIL

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL

20. RURAL

10 -

FINANCE 1

FINANCIAL SERVICES 3

2

0

MEDICAL 1

HEALTH CARE 0

3

1

ENGINEERING 2

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 2 AND PLANNING

1

1

3

1

0

0

SUB-TOTAL : 24

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST

3. KOWLOON EAST

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

5

4

4

6

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5. KOWLOON WEST 0

6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST 7

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH 4

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST 3

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH 4

SUB-TOTAL: 42

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RC VENUES FOR DISPLAY OF ELECTION POSTERS » » » » »

CANDIDATES STANDING FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WILL BE ABLE TO USE REGIONAL COUNCIL FACILITIES TO DISPLAY THEIR PUBLICITY BANNERS AND POSTERS, A REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THE DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE SUITABLE VENUES ALLOWING CANDIDATES TO DISPLAY THEIR CAMPAIGN MATERIALS IN THE RC AREA, AS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ELECTIONS HELD EARLIER THIS YEAR.

"EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO GIVE CANDIDATES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THEIR CAMPAIGN MATERIALS AT THE APPROVED LOCATIONS," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO EXPLAINED THE RULES FOR PUTTING UP THE MATERIALS AND THE PROCEDURE IN APPLYING FOR USING THE VENUES.

THE SIZE OF EACH BANNER SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN ONE METRE BY SEVEN METRES, AND EACH CANDIDATE WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO PUT UP A MAXIMUM OF TWO POSTERS AND ONE BANNER AT EACH DESIGNATED VENUE.

"CANDIDATES SHOULD HAND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS DETAILING THEIR PERSONAL PARTICULARS, THE DISTRICT AND THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOMINATED, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER AND SIZE OF EACH POSTER AND BANNER THEY REQUIRE TO BE MOUNTED FOR DISPLAY AT THE LOCATIONS IN QUESTION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CANDIDATES WISHING TO PUT UP PUBLICITY MATERIALS AT ALLOCATED VENUES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION TO REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S DISTRICT OFFICES. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED IN WRITING.

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CSD MAINTAINS HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CSD) HAS MET THE PROBLEMS OF PRISON OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGE WITH GREAT DETERMINATION AND VIGOUR AND HAS MAINTAINED HIGH STANDARDS IN ALL AREAS OF ITS OPERATIONS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE HELD AT CSD’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY, MR MATHEWS NOTED THAT IN ADDITION TO DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT OF CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AFTERCARE, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES CONTINUED TO RECEIVE CLOSE ATTENTION.

"IN THE AREA OF AFTERCARE, I AM DELIGHTED TO NOTE THAT IN THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1989 TO 1991, THE PERCENTAGES OF INMATES AT DETENTION CENTRE AND YOUNG PRISONERS WHO, AFTER RELEASE, COMPLETED THEIR SUPERVISION PERIODS WITHOUT RECONVICTION STOOD AT 94 PER CENT AND 83 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY," HE SAID.

THE RESULTS WERE EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE FOR THE TWO PAROLE SCHEMES RUN BY THE CSD WHICH AIMED TO PROMOTE THE BETTER RE-INTEGRATION OF OFFENDERS INTO THE SOCIETY, MR MATHEWS SAID.

"AS AT THE END OF JUNE 1991, 13 PRISONERS HAVE BEEN RELEASED UNDER THE RELEASE UNDER SUPERVISION SCHEME AND 60 DISCHARGED UNDER THE PRE-RELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEME.

"THE SUCCESS RATES OF THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED SUPERVISION UNDER BOTH SCHEMES ARE BOTH 100 PER CENT," HE NOTED.

MR MATHEWS POINTED OUT THAT THE CSD ALSO PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN MANAGING DETENTION CENTRES FOR VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS (VM’S).

HE SAID THERE WERE OVER 30,000 VM’S UNDER CSD’S MANAGEMENT AND THIS WAS A HUGE TASK REQUIRING SKILL, INGENUITY, CARE AND FLEXIBILITY.

"THE SERVICE MUST BE COMMENDED FOR ITS CONTINUED ABILITY TO MANAGE EFFECTIVELY THESE CENTRES AND MAINTAIN GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE IN THEM," HE ADDED.

ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED SIX MONTHS’ BASIC TRAINING TOOK PART IN THE PARADE.

MR MATHEWS PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE FIVE BEST RECRUITS.

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REGISTRATION OF A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY REVOKED * ♦ * ♦ *

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE REGISTRATION OF PNC INTERNATIONAL FINANCE (ASIA) LIMITED AS A DEPOSITTAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AS AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON JULY 29, 1991 AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SALT-WATERMAINS LAYING IN HAPPY VALLEY ******

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF SALT-WATERMAINS IN HAPPY VALLEY FOR THE WANCHAI SALT WATER FLUSHING SYSTEM.

NOTICE OF TENDER WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

UPON COMPLETION, SALT WATER FOR FLUSHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PREMISES LOCATED IN THE AREA SOUTH OF THE RACE COURSE BOUNDED BY SHAN KWONG ROAD, BLUE POOL ROAD AND HAWTHORN ROAD.

THIS WILL REPLACE THE FRESH WATER CURRENTLY BEING USED ON A TEMPORARY BASIS FOR FLUSHING IN THE AREA.

THE CONTRACT CONSISTS OF LAYING ABOUT 3,000 METRES OF SUB-MAINS RANGING FROM 40 MM TO 150 MM IN DIAMETER IN THE AREA.

THE MAINS WILL RUN ALONG PUBLIC CARRIAGEWAYS AND FOOTPATHS AS WELL AS SERVICE LANES OF INDIVIDUAL PREMISES.

WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, WANCHAI TOWER II, 44TH FLOOR, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 23.

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PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR WHOLESALE MARKET WORKS

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING CONTRACTORS TO PARTICIPATE IN A PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PERMANENT WHOLESALE MARKETS ON THE PROPOSED WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION IN CHEUNG SHA WAN.

THE WORKS WILL COMPRISE THE FIRST PHASE OF A PROJECT TO REPROVISION VARIOUS WHOLESALE FOOD MARKETS TOGETHER WITH THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, SPECIALIST DRAINAGE, WASTE DISPOSAL INSTALLATIONS AND EXTENSIVE EXTERNAL WORKS.

THE GROSS FLOOR AREA OF THE BUILDINGS IS ABOUT 75,000 SQUARE METRES.

TENDERS FOR THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORKS ARE LIKELY TO BE INVITED FROM PRE-QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS IN DECEMBER.

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THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN APRIL NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ONLY CONTRACTORS ON THE APPROVED CONTRACTORS FOR PUBLIC WORKS LIST I IN GROUP C FOR BUILDING WORKS OR ON THE LIST II FOR BUILDING WORKS MAY APPLY FOR PREQUALIFICATION.

INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD APPLY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS FROM ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PREQUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 30.

A NOTICE ON THE PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

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RE-OPENING OF TUEN MUN CHOY YEE BRIDGE PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO RE-OPEN CHOY YEE BRIDGE (THE EXISTING ROAD BRIDGE BETWEEN AREAS 10 AND 35B) FOR WESTBOUND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO SERVE AS AN ALTERNATIVE NULLAH CROSSING TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC ON THE BUSY PUI TO ROAD.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INCLUDE:

* MINOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING CHOY YEE BRIDGE TO PROVIDE A 4.5-METRE ONE-WAY WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY AND A 2.8-METRE FOOTPATH;

* CONVERSION OF PART OF THE EXISTING CARRIAGEWAY ON THE ACCESS ROAD OPPOSITE TO THE BRIDGE INTO A FOOTWAY;

* CONVERSION OF PART OF THE EXISTING FOOTWAY ON THE ACCESS ROAD OPPOSITE TO THE BRIDGE INTO A CARRIAGEWAY; AND

* ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL WERE PUBLISHED IN A NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). A NOTICE CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

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THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD,CENTRAL, AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

ROAD, HONG KONG NOT

INTEREST AND HOW HE

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED WORKS OR THE USE SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT LATER THAN OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR, DESCRIBING HIS WILL BE AFFECTED.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR BOULDER FENCE EXTENSION

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THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE EXTENSION OF A BOULDER FENCE IN AN AREA ABOVE CONDUIT ROAD, MID-LEVELS.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES A NUMBER OF LANDSLIP PREVENTIVE MEASURES AIMED AT IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE AREA AGAINST FALLING BOULDERS.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BOULDER CATCH FENCE WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF ABOUT 200 METRES ALONG THE BASE OF THE SLOPE ABOVE CONDUIT ROAD ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING BOULDER CATCH FENCE.

THE WORKS WILL ALSO INVOLVE IN-PLACE STABILISATION OF LARGE BOULDERS SCATTERED ACROSS THE SLOPE.

WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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

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PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS IN YUEN LONG TO BE RESUMED

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*

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME 42 PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS IN YUEN LONG TO PROVIDE LAND FOR THE STAGE I, PHASE II OF PING SHAN DEVELOPMENT.

THE LAND, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 35,342.7 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE REVERTED TO THE GOVERNMENT THREE MONTHS AFTER THE POSTING OF NOTICES ON THE LOTS.

DETAILS OF THE RESUMPTION WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 1.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 2.8.91 -297

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 297

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.4 *+0.2« 2.8 .91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

1.8.91 2.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.59 PCT 5.63 PCT

1 MONTH 5.64 PCT 5.64 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.82 PCT 5.81 PCT

6 MONTHS 6.17 PCT 6.15 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.44 PCT 6.46 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 8,440 MN 8,960 MN*

» RECORD HIGH

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 3991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TENDERS INVITED FOR TIN SHUI WAI INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS .................... 1

YOUNGSTERS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES .................. 1

SPECIAL ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE IN FISHING PORTS .................... 2

1,600 STUDENTS SEE WORLD OF WORK .......................................... 3

INSHORE WORKS OFF BELCHER BAY PROPOSED .................................... 4

TENDERS INVITED FOR BUS DOCK AT HK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT .................. 5

TENDERS INVITED FOR SPORTS FACILITIES PROJECTS ............................ 5

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ................ 6

SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 1991

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TIN SHUI WAI INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS « * » « *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS TO UNDERTAKE ANOTHER PACKAGE OF INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS IN TIN SHUI WAI FOR THE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS OF THE NEW TOWN IN FUTURE.

I

THE SCOPE OF THE CONTRACT, WHICH BELONGS TO PACKAGE 6, PHASE

OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OF ABOUT

FOOTPATHS,

ENGINEERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

PROGRAMME, INVOLVES THE ROAD, TOGETHER WITH THE FOOTBRIDGE.

CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATED

THREE KILOMETRES OF

CYCLE TRACKS AND A

IT ALSO INCLUDES

LANDSCAPING,

FOUL AND

STORM-WATER

drainage

WORKS.

WORKS ON THE PROJECT ARE EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY BINNIE CONSULTANTS LTD. FOR THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CONSULTANCY COMPANY ON 11TH FLOOR, NEW TOWN TOWER, PAK HOK TING STREET, SHA TIN. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 23.

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YOUNGSTERS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE REGIONAL OFFICER (HONG KONG) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MRS PATRICIA CHU, TODAY (SATURDAY) APPEALED TO YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

SPEAKING AT THE SET-OFF CEREMONY OF A VISIT TO STREET-SLEEPERS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, MRS CHU POINTED OUT THAT VOLUNTEERING PROVIDED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-REALISATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE VISIT - PART OF THE ACTIVITIES OF A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - IS ALSO A FEATURE OF A CARE AND SHARE OPERATION DEING LAUNCHED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. MORE THAN 130 VOLUNTEERS TOOK PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

”YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS VISIT IS AN EXPRESSION OF CONCERN AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE WELL-BEING OF THE SOCIETY, IN PARTICULAR STREET-SLEEPERS," SHE SAID.

THROUGH THE VISIT, IT WAS HOPED THAT ’IE STREET-SLEEPERS COULD QUIT STREET-SLEEPING AND BE AWAKENED W THE FACT THAT THE PUBLIC DO CARE FOR THEM.

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"I THEREFORE APPEAL TO THEM TO ABANDON STREET-SLEEPING BY ACCEPTING SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED," MRS CHU ADDED.

IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 1,070 STREET-SLEEPERS IN THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING 287 ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, MRS CHU TOOK THE LEAD TO VISIT A NUMBER OF STREET-SLEEPERS, WHO GATHERED NEAR SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND. PACKS OF GIFTS WERE ALSO DISTRIBUTED TO THEM DURING THE VISIT.

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SPECIAL ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE IN FISHING PORTS ♦ * ♦ * ♦

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH A SPECIAL DOG INOCULATION DRIVE IN FISHING PORTS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS SO THAT FISHERMEN CAN HAVE THEIR DOGS IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIES.

THE DRIVE, A REGULAR EXERCISE LAUNCHED SINCE 1980, IS INTENDED TO HELP FISHERMEN WHO FIND LITTLE TIME TO TAKE THEIR DOGS TO AN INOCULATION CENTRE OR A GOVERNMENT KENNELS FOR INOCULATION.

STARTING FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 5), THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE DOG INOCULATION TEAMS WILL GO TO SEVEN FISHING PORTS AND MAKE BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS BETWEEN 10 AM TO 4 PM DAILY.

THE WHOLE OPERATION WILL LAST FOR SEVEN WORKING DAYS UNTIL AUGUST 13.

THEY WILL VISIT THE FISHING PORTS IN SHA TAU KOK ON AUGUST 5; ABERDEEN ON AUGUST 5 AND 6; SAM MUN CHAI ON AUGUST 6 AND 7; CHEUNG CHAU ON AUGUST 7 AND 8; SAI KUNG AND CASTLE PEAK BAY ON AUGUST 8 AND 9; AND SHAU KEI WAN ON AUGUST 12 AND 13.

THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER, DR K.K. LIU, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE DRIVE IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE OUTBREAK OF RABIES IN HONG KONG.

"THE TERRITORY REGAINED THE RABIES-FREE AREA STATUS ON JULY 10 1989 BY HAVING SUCCESSFULLY PREVENTED THE OUTBREAK OF ANY INDIGENOUS RABIES CASE SINCE JULY 10, 1987," HE NOTED.

NEVERTHELESS, HE STRESSED THAT RABIES WAS A DEADLY DISEASE TRANSMISSIBLE FROM ANIMALS TO HUMAN. DOGS ON FISHING VESSELS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF THEIR POSSIBLE CONTACTS WITH OTHER ANIMALS OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

"IT IS, THEREFORE, IMPORTANT THAT FISHERMEN’S DOGS ARE INOCULATED AGAINST THE DISEASE AT LEAST EVERY THREE YEARS TO KEEP UP THEIR IMMUNITY,” DR LIU ADDED.

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UE URGED FISHERMEN WHO OWN DOGS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE SPECIAL INOCULATION SERVICE.

"THE DRIVE WAS STARTED IN 1980, SINCE THEN A TOTAL OF 4,212 DOGS OWNED BY FISHERMEN HAVE BEEN INOCULATED," HE SAID.

UNDER THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE, ALL DOGS OVER FIVE MONTHS OLD ARE REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED AND INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RENDER THE OWNER LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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MORE THAN 1,600 SECONDARY STUDENTS GAINED A FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD OF WORK UNDER AN ANNUAL PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE (CAS) IN THE PAST SCHOOL YEAR.

DESCRIBING AS "FAVOURABLE”, STUDENTS’ AND CAREERS TEACHERS’ RESPONSE TO THE WORK ORIENTATION PROGRAMME, ACTING SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MRS ADA LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THE CAS WOULD CONTINUE TO ORGANISE VISITS TO WORKING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

"THE YEAR-LONG CAREERS EDUCATION PROJECT IS AIMED AT HELPING STUDENTS GAIN A REALISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE BETTER PLANS FOR THEIR ■ FUTURE, " MRS LEUNG SAID.

"THE ESTABLISHMENTS VISITED HAD BEEN CAREFULLY SELECTED TO COVER A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES AND PROFESSIONS INCLUDING THE MASS MEDIA, HOTELS, BANKS, FACTORIES, AIRLINES, TRANSPORT COMPANIES, ADVERTISING AND TRADING FIRMS, LABORATORIES, PUBLIC UTILITIES, TRAINING INSTITUTES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,” SHE ADDED.

THE CAS PROVIDES A WIDE VARIETY OF SERVICES TO YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING CAREERS GUIDANCE THROUGH ITS FOUR INFORMATION CENTRES IN THE TERRITORY.

EACH CENTRE HAS A REFERENCE LIBRARY EQUIPPED WITH AN AUDIO-VISUAL UNIT WITH SOUND-ON-SL1DES, VIDEO AND AUDIO TAPE RECORDINGS, AND PUBLICATIONS ON EQUIPMENT, TRAINING AND FURTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES.

"STUDENTS CAREERS TEACHERS ARE PARTICULARLY WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES AND SEEK FREE CAREERS ADVICE OR INFORMATION FROM THESE CENTRES," MRS LEUNG SAID.

THE CENTRES ARE SITUATED AT:

* 16/F, SOUTHORN CENTRE

130 HENNESSY ROAD

WAN CHAI

HONG KONG

TEL.: 835 2044

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1991

» 2/F, MONG KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES

30 LUEN WAN STREET

KOWLOON

TEL.: 399 2241

* 2/F SHOP 8B, CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE

11-17 SHA TIN CENTRE STREET

SHA TIN

NEW TERRITORIES

TEL.: 601 5101

* 2/F, TAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES

16 TSUN WAN ROAD

TUEN MUN

NEW TERRITORIES

TEL.: 463 6855

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INSHORE WORKS OFF BELCHER BAY PROPOSED * « * » »

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A 936-METRE SEAWALL AND RECLAIM AN AREA OF ABOUT 10.3 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT BELCHER BAY TO PROVIDE LAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC FACILITIES.

THESE FACILITIES INCLUDE A NEW DUAL CARRIAGEWAY LINK CONNECTING THE EXISTING UPGRADED CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST WITH SMITHFIELD IN KENNEDY TOWN AND A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA ALONG THE NEW SEAFRONT FOR REPROVISIONING OF THE AFFECTED CARGO HANDLING FACILITIES.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 1995.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE GAZETTED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 .

THE NOTICE (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER) AND AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS DOCK FOR FLIGHT PASSENGERS IN THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE WORKS ON THE BUS DOCK AND ITS WAITING LOUNGE IN THE TERMINAL BUILDING WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR AND TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 34TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY HONG KONG.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 23.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO INVITING TENDERS EOR tHE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ANEMOMETER MAST ON WAGLAN ISLAND.

THE WORKS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 25-METRE MAST WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND TAKE TWO MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PROPERTY SERVICES BRANCH, ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MAIN BLOCK, AFB CENTRE, 9 SUNG PING STREET, TO KWA WANi

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 23.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SPORTS FACILITIES PROJECTS

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A NUMBER OF WORK PROJECTS RELATING TO SPORTS FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACE AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE TERRITORY.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE PROJECTS ARE THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO A SPORTSGROUND AT WO YT HOP ROAD, KWAI CHUNG NORTH, AND THE SUPPLY AND LAYING OF ALL WEATHER SPORTS SURFACING FOR A SPORTS COMPLEX AT AREA 6 IN FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, TENDERS ARE ALSO INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OPEN SPACE AT KWONG MING STREET, WAN CHAI.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE PROVISION OF A REST GARDEN, A CHESS-PLAYING AREA, AND A CHILDREN’S AND TODDLER’S PLAY AREA.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 34TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

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

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ******

PATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUN1 ON 2.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING 3.8.91 NEUTRAL NEUTRAL

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LOWER CRIME RATE TN TSEUNG KWAN O..................................... 1

CLEAN BEACH OPERATIONS LAUNCHED TODAY ................................ 2

STEP-UP CHECKS AGAINST INACCURATE WEIGHING AND MEASURING INSTRUMENTS . 3

SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVERSEAS STUDIES 1992-93 ...................................................... 4

FISHING SEASON TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH IN RESERVOIRS ..................... 5

NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE SERVICE FOR OUTLYING DISTRICTS ................... 6

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 1991

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LOWER CRIME RATE IN TSEUNG KWAN O *****

THE CRIME RATE IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 HAS BEEN KEPT AT A MUCH LOWER LEVEL THAN IN OTHER POLICE DISTRICTS, THE KWUN TONG POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR CHRIS BIRCH, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE APPOINTMENT CEREMONY OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME STAR IN PO LAM ESTATE, TSEUNG KWAN O, MR BIRCH SAID IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, THE NUMBER OF CRIMES IN HONG KONG AS A WHOLE WAS 346.6 PER 100,000 PEOPLE, WHEREAS THE FIGURE FOR TSEUNG KWAN O WAS HELD DOWN TO 164.5.

HE SAID TSEUNG KWAN O HAD A POPULATION OF OVER 100,000, AND IT WOULD EVENTUALLY BE DEVELOPED INTO A NEW TOWN ACCOMMODATING 440,000 PEOPLE.

HE SAID THE NEW TSEUNG KWAN O POLICE STATION WOULD BE PUT INTO OPERATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR TO STRENGTHEN POLICING IN THE DISTRICT.

MR BIRCH APPEALED TO THE RESIDENT TO JOIN FORCES WITH THE POLICE TO FIGHT CRIMES.

"I WOULD ASK YOU TO EXERCISE YOUR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND CO-OPERATE WITH US IN REPORTING AND PREVENTING CRIME AND WHERE NECESSARY GO TO COURTS TO GIVE EVIDENCE," HE SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUN-HOI, ALSO SAID LARGE-SCALE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE ORGANISED IN SAI KUNG AND TSEUNG KWAN O AREAS TO DRIVE HOME THE THEME OF THE CAMPAIGN - "TO PREVENT, REPORT, AND PROVE CRIMES".

THE COMMITTEE WOULD ALSO STEP UP ITS CO-OPERATION WITH MUTUAL AIDS COMMITTEES IN FIGHTING CRIMES, HE ADDED.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, FAMOUS TV ARTISTE, MISS CHAN SAU-MAN, WAS APPOINTED THE SAI KUNG FIGHT CRIME STAR.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A LARGE-SCALE CARNIVAL WITH GAMES STALLS, VARIETY SHOWS, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE PIPE BAND.

THE POLICE ROBOT, "MR SMART", AND AN EXHIBITION VEHICLE WERE ALSO PRESENT TO PUBLICISE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGES. *

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; AND THE ACTING SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS BERNADETTE LINN.

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CLEAN BEACH OPERATIONS LAUNCHED TODAY *****

CLEANING-THE-BEACH MESSAGES WERE DISSEMINATED TO MORE THAN A MILLION RADIO LISTENERS AND HUNDREDS OF BEACH-GOERS AT CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH), SAI KUNG FOLLOWING THE FORMAL LAUNCHING OF THE CLEAN BEACH PHASE TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE CLEAN BEACH PHASE, IMPLEMENTED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL .KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, FORMS PART OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN 1991/92.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THIS PHASE INCLUDE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS, ANTI-LITTER BLITZ AND A BEACH SHOW.

SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY TODAY, THE STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR GILBERT LEUNG, SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE ACTIVE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BEACH CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

HE NOTED THAT ABOUT 2,000 STUDENTS FROM 40 SECONDARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME OPERATED BY THE STEERING COMMITTEE.

THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS IMPLEMENTED SINCE 1979, COVERS 11 BEACHES IN THE URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES AREAS.

MR LEUNG SAID THE WARDENS’ ADVICE TO BEACH-GOERS NOT TO LITTER AND EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE BEACH WOULD NOT ONLY DEMONSTRATE THE CORRECT CIVIC-MINDED ATTITUDE TOWARDS KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN, BUT WOULD ALSO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE TO THEIR FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO FOLLOW.

"APART FROM THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME, I UNDERSTAND THAT MANY OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAVE CONDUCTED OR WILL CONDUCT LITTER-PICKING ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER UNDER THE ’ADOPT A BEACH’ SCHEME," HE SAID.

"TO THOSE STUBBORN ONES WHO IGNORE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP CLEAN AND NOT TO LITTER, THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WILL STEP UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION," HE ADDED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE STEERING COMMITTER VICE-CHAIRMAN, MISS CHRISTINA TING; SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WILLIAM WAN; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT) OF SAI KUNG, MR THOMAS CHAN; AND ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR HO CHI-LEUNG.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE OFFICIATING GUESTS JOINED HANDS WITH 80 AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS IN A CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

THE CLEAN BEACH EVENT INCLUDED A CONCERT WHICH WAS PRODUCED AND BROADCAST LIVE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO 2 FROM 2 PM TO 3 PM.

THE SHOW FEATURED POPULAR SINGERS MISS YOLINDA YAN, MR ANDY NG, MISS STEPHANIE LAI AND THE GRASSHOPPERS IN VARIOUS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES.

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STEP-UP CHECKS AGAINST INACCURATE WEIGHING AND MEASURING INSTRUMENTS

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OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR SPOT CHECKS ON RETAILERS TO ENSURE THAT ACCURATE WEIGHING OR MEASURING INSTRUMENTS ARE BEING USED.

THE PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU, MR ANDREW WONG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) OFFICERS OF THE BUREAU HAD CONDUCTED MORE THAN 300 SPOT CHECKS SO FAR THIS YEAR.

"THIS COMPARES WITH A TOTAL OF 70 AND 279 SPOT CHECKS IN 1989 AND LAST YEAR RESPECTIVELY," HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID CUSTOMS OFFICERS CARRIED OUT SUCH SPOT CHECKS IN ADDITION TO ACTING ON COMPLAINTS LODGED BY CONSUMERS.

HE REMINDED RETAILERS SUPPLYING GOODS BY WEIGHT OR MEASURE TO CHECK THEIR WEIGHING OR MEASURING EQUIPMENT FREQUENTLY TO ENSURE . ACCURACY. I '

HE SAID OFFENDERS PROSECUTED UNDER THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE WERE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $20,000 IN FINE AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

"A TOTAL OF 76 TRADERS HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED SINCE THfc ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN 1989 WITH FINES AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN $180,000," HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD RECEIVED 134 COMPLAINTS CONCERNING WEIGHTS AND MEASURES MALPRACTICES SO FAR THIS YEAR, REPRESENTING A SLIGHT INCREASE WHEN COMPARED WITH 129 CASES DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"ANY PERSON WISHING TO MAKE COMPLAINTS IN RESPECT OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES MAY CONTACT THE TRADING STANDARDS INVESTIGATION BUREAU OF THE DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 714 6146.

"COMPLAINTS MAY ALSO BE REPORTED TO THE DUTY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 852 3185 AFTER NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, OR THE CONSUMER COUNCIL," HE SAID.

A FISH RETAILER, A ROAST MEAT RETAILER AND A FRESH MEAT RETAILER WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $4,100 LAST MONTH FOR USING INACCURATE WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS.

IN THESE CASES, TESTS BY THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY SHOWED THAT THE READINGS OF THEIR WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS WERE FROM 6.25 TO 18.75 PER CENT IN EXCESS OF THE ACTUAL WEIGHTS.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4( 1991

SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVERSEAS STUDIES 1992-93 » * » * *

THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT ITS FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVERSEAS STUDIES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1992-93 WILL BE OPEN FOR APPLICATION STARTING FROM AUGUST 6.

THE FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE BEST STUDENTS TO PURSUE FURTHER EDUCATION IN REPUTABLE INSTITUTIONS OVERSEAS.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR THE AWARDS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND BE READY TO CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE COMMUNITY UPON RETURN FROM THEIR OVERSEAS STUDIES.

THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO SERVE IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS UPON GRADUATION.

THE FELLOWSHIPS ARE FOR STUDIES LEADING TO POSTGRADUATE DEGREES EITHER BY RESEARCH OR BY COURSEWORK; THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES LEADING TO FIRST DEGREES.

THE APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FULFILLING ALL APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS OF THEIR CHOICE, AND BE OFFERED A PLACE SUBSEQUENTLY.

THE VALUE FOR THE FELLOWSHIP IS ABOUT $160,000 PER YEAR FOR UP TO TWO YEARS; THE VALUE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IS ABOUT $145,000 PER YEAR UP TO THREE YEARS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION NOTES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, G/F, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY, 5/F CLUB LUSITANO BUILDING, 16 ICE HOUSE STREET, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

» EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,

CAREER AND GUIDANCE SERVICE SECTION, ROOM 206, MONGKOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 30 LUEN WAN STREET, MONO KOK, KOWLOON.

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» YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, G/F, MIDDLE ROAD CARPARK BUILDING, 15 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 867 2735.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE OCTOBER 12. SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE SELECTION INTERVIEW IN HONG KONG TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER THIS YEAR AND JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

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ANGLERS WISHING TO INDULGE THEIR PASTIME IN LOCAL RESERVOIRS DURING THE COMING FISHING SEASON MAY APPLY FOR A LICENCE FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, STARTING AUGUST 19.

THE NEXT FISHING SEASON IN RESERVOIRS WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 1.

THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY CAN CALL AT THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 44TH FLOOR OF WANCHAI TOWER II, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT THE GROUND FLOOR OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MAINLAND DEPOT AT THE JUNCTION OF SAI YEE STREET AND ARGYLE STREET IN MONG KOK CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF NGAU TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 21 ON WAH STREET AND ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF PERFECT MOUNT GARDENS IN PO MAN STREET, SHAU KEI WAN.

APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND PAY A LICENCE FEE OF $20. A LICENCE WOULD NORMALLY BE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY UPON SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION.

APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE BY POST TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT WANCHAI TOWER II, GIVING THE APPLICANT’S NAME, ADDRESS, PHOTOCOPY OF HIS IDENTITY CARD, TOGETHER WITH A CROSSED CHEQUE OF $20 MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

A LICENCE WILL THEN BE SENT TO THE APPLICANT BY ORDINARY MAIL. A LICENCE WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 13.

ANGLERS HAVE TO OBSERVE CERTAIN RULES WHILE FISHING IN RESERVOIRS. THEY SHOULD NOT USE A NET OR OTHER EQUIPMENT AS ONLY ROD AND LINE IS ALLOWED.

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EXPLOSIVES AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES ARE PROHIBITED. THE USE OF A BOAT, DINGHY OR R'AFT FOR FISHING IS ALSO BANNED.

AN ANGLERS’S DAILY CATCH SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN TWO BLACK BASS (360 MM OR OVER IN LENGTH), TWO SNAKEHEAD (300 MM OR OVER) AND TWO TILAPIA (180 MM OR OVER).

THESE AND OTHER RULES ARE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE LICENCE.

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NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE SERVICE FOR OUTLYING DISTRICTS * » * » »

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED WOMEN BORN IN 1915 OR BEFORE THAT A VISITING SERVICE FOR THE ISSUE OF NEW IDENTITY CARDS WILL START FROM TOMORROW UNTIL AUGU3T 22.

THE SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED IN LAMMA, MUI WO, SAI KUNG, tAl 0 AND CHEUNG CHAU.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID: "THE SERVICE IS AIMED AT FACILITATING APPLICATIONS FROM WOMEN LIVING IN OUTLYING DISTRICTS AND AFFECTED BY THE CURRENT PHASE."

WOMEN BORN BETWEEN 1916 AND 1928 WHO HAVE MISSED THEIR TURN TO OBTAIN NEW I.D. CARDS MAY ALSO FILE IN THEIR APPLICATIONS DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

THE VISITING SERVICE WILL OPERATE MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS, ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

OPERATING

PERIOD CENTRE OPENING HOURS

AUGUST 5 TO 9

NORTH LAMMA RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, 10 AM - i PM YUNG SHU WAN MAIN STREET, 2 PM - 4 PM

NORTH LAMMA. *

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, 10 AM - 1 PM

MUI WO SUB-OFFICE, 2 PM - 4 PM

GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 NGAN KWONG WAN ROAD, MUI WO, LANTAU ISLAND.

AUGUST 5 SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL, 10 AM - 1 PM

TO 20 PO TUNG ROAD, 2 PM - 4 PM

SAI KUNG.

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AUGUST 12 TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, 10.30 AM - 1 PM

TO 19 29 MARKET STREET, 2 PM - 3.30 PM

TAI 0.

AUGUST 12 CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, 10 AM - 1 PM

TO 22 2 CHURCH ROAD, 2 PM - 4 PM

CHEUNG CHAU.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HK DELEGATION TO GUANGZHOU FOR WATER TALKS ............................. ]

REVIEW OF BUILDING DENSITY AND HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON ................................................................ 1

MAJORITY OF JSEA PARTICIPANTS ALLOCATED PLACES ......................... 2

THE BREAKTHROUGH OF HK'S LONGEST SEWER TUNNEL .......................... 4

FIVE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS .................... 5

NEW SECONDARY 6 ADMISSION PROCEDURE .................................... 7

FIRST HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL HELD IN NEW YORK................... 9

SPECIAL STAMPS FOR 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE 10

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 13

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HK DELEGATION TO GUANGZHOU FOR WATER TALKS ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR KENNETH KWOK, WILL LEAD A DELEGATION TO GUANGZHOU LATER THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITY THE POSSIBILITY OF SUPPLYING ADDITIONAL WATER TO HONG KONG.

THIS VISIT IS BEING MADE AT THE INVITATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG PROVINCIAL BUREAU OF WATER CONSERVANCY AND HYDRO-POWER, MR GUAN ZONGZHI.

THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL COMPRISE THE ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR WORKS (WORKS POLICY), MR PETER BERRY, AND THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WONG KWOK-LAI.

THEY WILL LEAVE FOR GUANGZHOU ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 8) AND RETURN ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

MEANWHILE, THE RESERVOIR STORAGE AS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 204.88 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 35 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY.

THIS COMPARED WITH 312.09 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 53.2 PER CENT AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN VIEW OF THE SLIGHTLY IMPROVED WATER STORAGE SITUATION, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAI FULL SUPPLY WOULD BE MAINTAINED UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF AUGUST WHEN A FURTHER REVIEW WOULD BE MADE.

’IN THE EVENT THAT WATER RESTRICTION IS TO BE IMPOSED, THE PUBLIC WILL BE GIVEN AT LEAST TWO WEEKS TO PREPARE,” DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR HU MAN-SHIU, SAID.

”WE WILL CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE SITUATION AND KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED.”

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THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) COMMISSIONED A CONSULTANCY FIRM TO CARRY OUT A PLANNING STUDY TO REVIEW THE BUILDING DENSITY AND HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID AS A RESULT OF THE REVISED AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS MADE UNDER THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (CONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS) (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) ORDER 1989 AND THE DECISION TO RELOCATE THE KAI TAK AIRPORT TO CHEK LAP KOK, IT WAS EXPECTED THAT SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTENSITIES COULD BE ACHIEVED FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON.

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"THE CONSULTANCY STUDY IS THEREFORE INTENDED TO REVIEW COMPREHENSIVELY THE PLANNING, TRAFFIC, INFRASTRUCTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF RELAXING THE AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS OVER KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON," HE SAID.

"RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE MADE ON SUITABLE DEVELOPMENT CONTROL GUIDELINES AND MEASURES TO PREVENT OVERSTRAINING THE EXISTING AND FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES THAT MAY POSSIBLY ARISE FROM SUCH ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENTS.

"THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM PLANNING OBJECTIVES INCLUDING THOSE OF THE METROPLAN IN IMPROVING THE URBAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT WILL NOT BE PREJUDICED," HE ADDED.

AN AGREEMENT TO CONDUCT THE STUDY WAS SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, DR PETER PUN AND THE DIRECTOR OF SHANKLAND COX LIMITED, MR JULIO FIGUEIRAS AT A CEREMONY TODAY.

THE STUDY WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE AND COST ABOUT S16 MILLION.

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MAJORITY OF JSEA PARTICIPANTS ALLOCATED PLACES

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AMONG THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT (JSEA) PARTICIPANTS THIS YEAR, 92.5 PER CENT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED SECONDARY 4 PLACES AND POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE JSEA RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY.

A TOTAL OF 76,123 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED THIS YEAR.

APART FROM 1,055 STUDENTS WHO HAVE OPTED OUT DURING THE YEAR, 63,923 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED SECONDARY 4 PLACES, INCLUDING 55,046 STUDENTS HAVING OBTAINED PLACES IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS.

IN ADDITION, 5,494 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FULL-TIME POSTSECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES THROUGH INTERVIEWS OR CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

A REGISTRATION FORM CONTAINING DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE TIME, DATE AND PLACE OF REGISTRATION IS ISSUED TO EACH STUDENT ALLOCATED A SECONDARY 4 PLACE IN ANOTHER SCHOOL OR FULL-TIME POSTSECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACE THROUGH CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT TO THOSE SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 8).

WHEN REPORTING FOR REGISTRATION, STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THE FOLLOWING:

/★ THE REGISTRATION

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* THE REGISTRATION FORM;

* THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS; AND

TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS AND SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF MONEY UP TO ABOUT ONE MONTH’S SCHOOL FEE WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES.

REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS ALLOCATED TO FULL-TIME POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 8).

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS AND THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES FOR REGISTRATION.

IF A STUDENT IS UNABLE TO COLLECT HIS/HER REGISTRATION FORM ON WEDNESDAY, OR UNABLE TO TURN UP FOR REGISTRATION ON THURSDAY, THEIR PARENTS SHOULD AUTHORISE, IN WRITING, A REPRESENTATIVE TO COLLECT THE REGISTRATION FORM OR REPORT TO THE ALLOCATED SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION ON THEIR BEHALF.

THE LETTER OF AUTHORISATION MUST BE ENDORSED BY THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL. IT SHOULD BE PRODUCED BY THE AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE AT THE TIME OF COLLECTING THE REGISTRATION FORM OR REGISTERING WITH THE ALLOCATED SCHOOL.

THE STUDENT WOULD BE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN UP THE SUBSIDISED SECONDARY 4 PLACE IF THIS PROCEDURE WERE NOT ADOPTED.

IN REGISTERING WITH A SCHOOL, A STUDENT MUST SURRENDER THE REGISTRATION FORM TO THE ALLOCATION SCHOOL.

”A SCHOOL MAY NOT ADMIT A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO PRODUCE THE REGISTRATION FORM,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED SECONDARY 4 PLACES NOR POST-SECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSE PLACES WILL EACH BE PROVIDED WITH AN INFORMATION SHEET OUTLINING THE ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN. TO THEM.

THE SHEET CONTAINS THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM WHICH STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION. PAMPHLETS ON POSTSECONDARY 3 CRAFT COURSES WILL ALSO BE ISSUED TO THESE STUDENTS.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO SECONDARY 4 OF THE GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL COMMENCE FROM WEDNESDAY UNTIL FRIDAY (AUGUST 9 ) .

APPLICANTS MUST CALL IN PERSON AT THE ADULT EDUCATION ' SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE (TEL. 839 2309), BRINGING ALONG THE ’’STUDENT’S PARTICULARS” SLIP ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION RECORDS AND JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION AND A PHOTOCOPY OF THE SLIP FOR RETENTION BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE COURSES OPERATED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES, STUDENTS COULD CONTACT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DIRECT. •

IN THE EVENT OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE AFFECTING HONG KONG OR PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS TN THE MEDIA FOR ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS.

ALL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING Al.LOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE EDUCATION RECORDS AND JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 891 9099.

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THE BREAKTHROUGH OF UK’S LONGEST SEWER TUNNEL * ♦ » ♦ »

THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR KENNETH KWOK, TODAY (MONDAY) PERFORMED THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY FOR A NINE-KILOMETRE SEWER TUNNEL A'J‘ SAN WAI, YUEN LONG, SIGNIFYING WORKS ON THE $1 BILLION NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES SEWERAGE SCHEME HAD ENTERED AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THE LONGEST SEWER TUNNEL EVER BUILT IN HONG KONG, THE TUNNEL IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE SEWERAGE SCHEME BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AS ONE OF THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SEWERAGE SCHEME HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO SERVE THE DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDING THE YUEN LONG AND TIN SHUT WAI NEW TOWNS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, SEWAGE GENERATED IN THE REGION WILL BE COLLECTED THROUGH A NETWORK OF SEWERS AND CHANNELLED TO A NEW SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AT SAN WAI.

THE TREATED EFFLUENT WILL THEN BE CONVEYED THROUGH THE SEWER TUNNEL UNDERNEATH THE CASTLE PEAK FIRING RANGE FOR DISPOSAL VIA A 3.2-KILOMETRE SUBMARINE OUTFALL OFF THE COAST OF LUNG KWU SHEUNG TAN, THEN MUN TO THE DEEP SEA AT URMSTON ROAD.

THE THREE-METRE DIAMETER TUNNEL EXTENDS FROM SAN WAI, YUEN LONG TO LUNG KWU SHEUNG TAN, TUEN MUN.

IT WAS DRIVEN FROM FOUR POINTS NAMELY THE INLET PORTAL AT SAN WAI, THE OUTLET PORTAL AT LUNG KWU SHEUNG TAN AND THE TWO INTERMEDIATE ADITS AT PO TONG HA AND LEUNG TIN.

SPEAKING AT THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY, MR KWOK SAID THE WORKS FOR THE SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEM WHICH STARTED IN OCTOBER J 989 HAD BEEN PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY AND THAT THE WHOLE SYSTEM WAS SCHEDULED FOR COMMISSIONING BY THE ENI) OF NEXT YEAR.

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"A SEWERAGE NETWORK IS ALSO BEING LAID IN T HE 1 1N SHU1 WAN TOWN, FOR THE FIRST POPULATION INTAKE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

"UPON COMPLETION OF THE WORK, THE SCHEME WILL PROVIDE NOT ' SE»E„ ~F ™ r, »a.PR/“r»B»BUu

NEW

ONLY ALSO

I TO

WERE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE FROM RELEVANT GOVERNMENT

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, DR NIP KAM-FAN, SERVICES, MR K.T. KUO AND REPRESENTATIVES AND THE CONTRACTING COMPANIES.

DEPARTMENTS

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FIVE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ******

FIVE NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (MONDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 71.

TWO NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. THREE NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WERE REGISTERED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, TEACHING AND TOURISM WITH EACH RECEIVING THREE NOMINATIONS.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WAS SEVEN FOR NEW TERRITORIES EAST.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTION Al* CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

REGIONAL COUNCIL LAM WAI-KEUNG M 42 EXECUTIVE 0 I RECTOR 852 4304

RURAL LAU WONG-FAT M 54 MERCHANT 336 9621

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GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT

TEL. NO.

HONG KONG ISLAND WEST CHANG YAU- M HUNG, ALEXANDER 39 SOLICITOR 522 8300

KOWLOON(EAST POON CH I-FAI M 39 A.O. (PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT) 745 742 0977 (O) 8489 (R)

NEW TERRITORIES NORTH CHOW MEI-TAK, RONALD M 4 0 SUPERVISOR 880 8993 646 8773 94883100

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED SO FAR:

NO. OF

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1 . COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3 . INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4 . INDUSTRIAL SECOND 1NDUSTRIAL 0

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES 3

7 . LABOUR 2

8. SOCIAL SERVICES 0

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE MEDICAL 1

10. MEDICAL &. HEALTH CARE HEALTH CARE 0

1 1 . TEACHING 3

12. LEGAL 1

13. ENG I NEER I NG , ARI II I TECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING ENGINEERING 2

14 . ENG J NEER 1 NG, ARCH 1TECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING A RCHIT ECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING 2

15. ACCOUNTANCY 1

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16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCT I ON

17. TOURISM

18. URBAN COUNCIL

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL

20. RURAL

1

3

1

1

1

SUB-TOTAL : 26

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. 2. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST HONG KONG ISLAND WEST 5 5

3. KOWLOON EAST' 5

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL 6

5. KOWLOON WEST 5

6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST 7

7 . NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH 4

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST 3

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH 5

SUB-TOTAL: 45

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STUDENTS WITH 14 OR MORE POINTS FROM SIX SUBJECTS IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS CAN APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES IN THEIR OWN/CONSORTI UM/FEEDER LINK SCHOOLS FROM 9 AM TO 3.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 71.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, IN REMINDING STUDENTS OF THE NEW SECONDARY 6 ADMISSION PROCEDURE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) STUDENTS WITH 14 POINTS OR MORE WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES IN OTHER SCHOOLS CAN DO so FROM 9 AM To 5 PM on THURSDAY (AUGUST 8).

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UNDER THE NEW*SECONDARY 6 ADMISSION PROCEDURE, STUDENTS WITH BASIC A-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS CAN APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES IN THEIR OWN/CONSORTIUM/FEEDER-LINK SCHOOLS FROM 9 AM TO 3.30 PM ON AUGUST 12 (MONDAY) AND IN OTHER SCHOOLS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON AUGUST 13 (TUESDAY).

CURRENT YEAR HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS CANDIDATES WISHING TO APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES THROUGH CENTRAL ALLOCATION CAN SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS AT EIGHT CENTRES BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4 PM ON AUGUST 15 (THURSDAY).

THE EIGHT CENTRES ARE:

HONG KONG REGION:

SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

42 CHAI WAN ROAD, SHAU KEI WAN

TANG SHTU KIN VICTORIA TECHNICAL SCHOOL

5 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI

LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE

269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI

KOWLOON REGION:

KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL

90 KUNG LOK ROAD, KWUN TONG

QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL

SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK

NEW TERRITORIES:

TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL 70 HOI PA STREET, TSUEN WAN

NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK

YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL

123 KAU YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG

SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL 11-17 MAN LAI ROAD, SHA TIN

STUDENTS CAN SEEK FURTHER ADVICE FROM THEIR SCHOOLS ON THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE AND FOR NAMES OF CONSORTIUM AND FEEDER-LINK SCHOOLS

’’PRIVATE CANDIDATES OF THE CURRENT YEAR HKCEE WISHING TO APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES MAY ALSO DO SO ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 8) IF THEY HAVE 14 POINTS OR MORE OR ON AUGUST 13 (TUESDAY),” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED STUDENTS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT DETACH THE TEARAWAY PORTION OF THE HK(’EE RESULT SLIP WHICH WOULD BE DETACHED AND RETAINED BY THE SCHOOL AFTER THE CANDIDATE HAS ACCEPTED THE OFFER OF A SECONDARY 6 PLACE AND REGISTERED WITH THE SCHOOL.

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IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ALLEGATIONS THAT SOME SCHOOLS WOULD IGNORE THE SECONDARY 6 ADMISSION PROCEDURES, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE SYSTEM WAS THE RESULT OF MONTHS OF DISCUSSIONS AND REPEATED CONSULTATIONS WITH MAJOR SCHOOL COUNCILS AND SPONSORING BODIES.

’’THEY ALL AGREED THAT THERE WAS NO BETTER ALTERNATIVE AND FAIRNESS TO ALL INTENDING SECONDARY 6 APPLICANTS,” HE SAID.

THE SECONDARY 6 ADMISSION PROCEDURE WAS DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAXIMISING THE USE OF SECONDARY 6 PLACES TO COPE WITH THE PLANNED TERTIARY EXPENSION AND TO REMOVE THE HECTIC PROBLEMS STUDENTS HAD PREVIOUSLY ENCOUNTERED IN SECURING A PLACE.

THE SUCCESS OF THE SYSTEM DEPENDED ON THE CO-OPERATION OF THE SCHOOLS AND ON SCHOOLS FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURES ALREADY AGREED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT SUPERVISORS OF SCHOOLS WOULD NEED VERY SOUND REASONS FOR DEPARTING FROM THE PROCEDURES AGREED BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS, THROUGH THEIR COUNCILS, AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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FIRST HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL HELD IN NEW YORK

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PADDLING UNDER CLOUDY SKIES AND CHOPPY WATER CONDITIONS ON THE HUDSON RIVER IN NEW YORK, THE DRAGON BOAT RACING TEAM FROM PHILADELPHIA PULLED AHEAD OF TWO OTHER STRONG CONTENDERS FROM SAN DIEGO AND VIRGINIA TO BECOME CHAMPION PADDLERS IN A THRILLING FINAL TO NEW YORK’S FIRST HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

IT WAS A CLOSELY FOUGHT RACE WITH ALL THREE DRAGON BOATS ALMOST DRAGON HEAD TO DRAGON HEAD FOR HALF THE COURSE UNTIL THEY BEGAN TO PULL AWAY FROM EACH OTHER, THE SAN DIEGO TEAM CAME SECOND WITH VIRGINIA CLOSELY BEHIND.

THE THREE TEAMS WERE WINNERS OF EARLIER COMPETING IN THE RACES INCLUDED AN ALL-WOMEN’S TEAM OREGON, AND A TEAM OF GRADUATES FROM WESLEYAN CONNECTICUT.

HEATS. OTHERS

FROM PORTLAND,

UNIVERSITY IN

NEW YORK CITY HAD SIX TEAMS IN THE RACES - FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE BANK OF EAST ASIA, THE WALL STREET LIONS CLUB, THE CHINATOWN PLANNING COUNCIL AND THE HONGKONGBANK WHICH ENTERED TWO TEAMS.

THE WINNING PHILADELPHIA TEAM WILL BE FLOWN TO HONG KONG NEXT YEAR BY DELTA AIR LINES, THE OFFICIAL CARRIER OF THE FESTIVAL, TO COMPETE IN THE INTERNATIONAL RACES IN JUNE.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL AND RACING REGATTA HAD BEEN HELD IN NEW YORK.

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IT WAS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION.

ASIDE FROM DELTA, THE SPONSORS OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDED THE NEW YORK OFFICES OF THREE MAJOR BANKS IN HONG KONG, THE HONGKONGBANK, THE BANK OF EAST ASIA AND THE HANG SENG BANK, AS WELL AS AMERICAN COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS.

AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL, A "HONG KONG VILLAGE" OF MINI-STALLS DEMONSTRATING VARIOUS HANDICRAFTS WAS SET UP AT BATTERY PARK CITY PLAZA. THERE WERE ALSO DEMONSTRATIONS OF NOODLE-MAKING, VARIOUS FORMS OF MARTIAL ARTS AND CLASSIC CHINESE DANCES AND MUSIC.

THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES BEGAN WITH A PARADE OF ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS LED BY A DANCING DRAGON OVER THE QUARTER-OF-A-MILE PROMENADE ALONG THE COURSE OF THE RACE ON THE RIVER.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING, SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR JAMES SO, SAID HONG KONG AND NEW YORK, BOTH MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CENTRES OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE, SHARED MANY COMMON FEATURES AND OFFERED MANY DIVERSE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS.

HE SAID BY BRINGING THE REVERED TRADITION OF THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL TO NEW YORK, HONG KONG HOPED TO ADD GREATLY TO NEW YORK’S CULTURAL LIFE AND AT THE SAME TIME STRENGTHEN CULTURAL TIES- BETWEEN THE TWO CITIES.

ALSO ATTENDING WAS NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR ROBERT ABRAIIMS, WHO PREDICTED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK WOULD ENSURE IT BECOMING AN ANNUAL EVENT IN THE CITY.

THE LAST RACE OF THE DAY WAS A CHARITY RACE BETWEEN THE WALL STREET LIONS CLUB, THE BANK OF EAST ASIA AND ONE OF THE HONGKONGBANK TEAMS, FOR THE RIGHT TO ALLOCATE A DONATION TO A CHARITY OF THEIR CHOICE FROM MONIES THEY HAD COLLECTED FROM AMONG THEMSELVES. THE WALL STREET LIONS WON.

AND, AS IF AS A SIGN FOR FUTURE HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT RACES IN NEW YORK, THE SUN BROKE THROUGH THE CLOUD COVER JUST AS THE LAST RACE ENDED.

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SPECIAL STAMPS' FOR 1 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE t * * * »

THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MISS ELLE SHUM ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED ON AUGUST 25 TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POST OFFICE.

THIS SET OF STAMPS DEPICTS FIVE DIFFERENT POSTING BOXES DATING BACK TO THE VICTORIAN DAYS. SOME OF THESE ARE STILL IN USE IN SOME PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

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THERE WILL BE SIX DENOMINATIONS: 80 CENTS, $1.70, $1.80, $2.30, $5 AND $10.

THE $10 STAMPS IS IN THE EORM OF A SHEETLET WHICH IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF "HONG KONG CLASSICS" STAMP SHEETLETS TO BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

MISS SHUM SAID "THIS STAMP SHEETLET IS EXPECTED TO BE POPULAR AMONG LOCAL COLLECTORS. IT FEATURES TWO REPLICAS OF OLD STAMPS - ONE ISSUED ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HONG KONG IN 1891 AND ONE ISSUED ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HONG KONG IN 1941."

THE STAMPS WERE DESIGNED BY MR HEMMAN CHOI.

THE STAMPS WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AND SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE FROM WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 7) ONWARDS.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS ARE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES AS FROM WEDNESDAY AT $0.70 EACH.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICED OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS ARE AVAILABLE FROM AUGUST 7-15.

THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF COVERS PER ORDER IS FIVE. CUSTOMERS WISHING TO AVOID CONGESTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF STAMPS AND THE $10 STAMP SHEETLETS, CANCELLED WITH THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HK$26 PER SET AT 29 SELECTED POST OFFICES.

HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL COVERS BEARING THE "FIRST DAY" INDICATION ON AUGUST 25.

A SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THIS SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE.

DESPITE THE FACT THAT AUGUST 25 IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, ALL POST OFFICES INCLUDING THE THREE MOBILE POST OFFICES IN. THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

ONLY STAMP SALE AND REGISTRATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON THAT DAY.

ALL OFFICES WILL OPEN FROM 9.15 AM TO 12.15 PM EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING 18 OFFICES WHICH WILL OPEN FROM 9.15 AM TO 4.15 PM:

HONG KONG ISLAND

ABERDEEN POST OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE GENERAL POST OFFICE KING’S ROAD POST OFFICE

/KOWLOON .......

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12

KOWLOON

CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE GILLIES AVENUE POST OFFICE KWUN TONG POST OFFICE MONG KOK POST OFFICE SAN PO KONG POST OFFICE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE

NEW TERRITORIES

KWAI FONG POST OFFICE SAI KUNG POST OFFICE SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE SHEK WU HUI POST OFFICE TAI PO POST OFFICE TSUEN WING STREET POST OFFICE TUEN MUN CENTRAL POST OFFICE YUEN LONG POST OFFICE

THE THREE MOBILE POST OFFICES PLACES ON AUGUST 25:

WILL CALL AT THE FOLLOWING

MOBILE TOST OFFICE 1

T 1 ME

(’ALLING POINT

9.15 AM - 9.45 AM

9.50 AM - 10.20 AM

10.30 AM - 11.00 AM

11.15 AM - 11.35 AM

11.45 AM - 12.15 PM

MOBILE POST OFFICE 2

PING SHAN

HUNG SHU I KIU STU HONG COURT LAM TEI

SHAN KING ESTATE

9.15 AM - 9.45 AM

10.15 AM - 10.45 AN

10.55 AM - 11.25 AM

11.45 AM - 12.15 PM

MOBILE POST OFFICE 3

7 MILESTONE CLEARWATER BAY ROAD SJ LVERSTRAND

10.5 MILESTONE CLEARWATER

BAY ROAD

SHEUNG YEUNG

9.15 AM 9.45 AM 10.05 AM - 10.35 AM 11.00 AM - 11.25 AM 11.45 AM - 12.15 PM

SUN TIN WAI ESTATE CHINESE UNIVERSITY LAN TSUEN HONG LOK YUEN

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS $ MILLION

♦ ♦ * * DATE

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 3.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 5.8.91 NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.1 *-0.2» 5.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

5.8. 91 2.8. 91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.51 PCT 5.63 PCT

1 MONTH 5.55 PCT 5.64 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.66 PCT 5.81 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.92 PCT 6.15 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.35 PCT 6.46 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4 , 580 i MN 8,960 1 MN*

♦ RECORD HIGH

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LANTAU PORT PENINSULA DEVEFjOPMENT STUDIES ............................. 1

SEVEN NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ................... 1

OPERATION HOURS OF LOK MA CHAU BORDER CROSSING TO BE EXTENDED .......... 4

EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES ................. 5

CSD HOTLINES SET UP TO ASSIST JOB HUNTERS .............................. 5

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ......................................... 6

UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED ............................... 7

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND ..................................... 8

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............. 8

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1991

LANTAU PORT PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

*****

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE APPOINTMENT OF APH CONSULTANTS TO CARRY OUT THE LANTAU PORT PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT STUDIES WHICH WILL COMMENCE ON AUGUST 12.

THE STUDY COVERS THE WHOLE OF THE TSING CHAU TSAI PENINSULA IN NORTHEAST LANTAU ISLAND, INCLUDING YAM O, PENNY’S BAY AND DISCOVERY BAY TOGETHER WITH THE ISLANDS OF MA WAN AND PENG CHAU.

THE PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PORT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR C.L. AU, SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE STUDY IS TO PRODUCE A RECOMMENDED OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME FOR THE LANTAU PORT PENINSULA AT THE TSING CHAU TSAI PENINSULA.

HE NOTED THAT PARTICULAR REFERENCE WILL BE MADE TO THE PROVISION OF PORT FACILITIES SUCH AS CONTAINER TERMINALS, MULTI-PURPOSE TERMINALS, RIVER TRADE TERMINALS, PORT BACK-UP AREAS, PRIVATE WATERFRONT, INDUSTRIAL LAND AND OTHER LAND USES TO MEET THE DEMAND UP TO THE YEAR 2011.

THE STUDY, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE PREPARATION OF COST ESTIMATES AND FORMULATION OF PACKAGES TO ALLOW FOR PRIVATE PARTICIPATION.

APH CONSULTANTS IS A JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY ACER CONSULTANTS (FAR EAST) LTD, AU POSFORD CONSULTANTS LTD AND FREDERIC R HARRIS INC.

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SEVEN NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS

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SEVEN NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (TUESDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 78.

THREE NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIQNAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. FOUR NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WERE REGISTERED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, TEACHING AND TOURISM WITH EACH RECEIVING THREE NOMINATIONS.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER.OP NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WERE IN KOWLOON CENTRAL AND NEW TERRITORIES EAST WITH EACH RECEIVING SEVEN NOMINATIONS.

/THE NOMINATION

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THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

SECOND INDUSTRIAL SETO FAI M 71 COMPANY GROUP CHAIRMAN 741 0981

NGAI SHTU-KIT M 66 COMPANY CHAIRMAN 520 0810 528 3483

SOCIAL SERVICES HUI YIN-FAT M 55 SOCIAL WORKER 864 2929

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

HONG KONG ISLAND EAST LEUNG WAI-TUNG F 45 UNIVERSITY LECTURER 547 6914

KOWLOON CENTRAL CHEUNG CHUNG-MING, JUSTIN M 37 ACCOUNTING AND TAX CONSULTANT 774 3958 116 8899 CALL 3823

NEW TERRITORIES WEST TSO SHIU-WAI M 39 COMPANY DIRECTOR 459 7667 90810065

TAI CHIN-WAH M 39 SOLICITOR 450 7003

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE RECEIVED SO FAR: NOMINATIONS

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

/5. FINANCE & ........

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5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

6. FINANCE &. FINANCIAL SERVICES

7. LABOUR

8. SOCIAL SERVICES

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

11. TEACHING

12. LEGAL

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

17. TOURISM

18. URBAN COUNCIL

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL

20. RURAL

FINANCE 1

FINANCIAL SERVICES 3

2

1

MEDICAL 1

HEALTH CARE 0

3

1

ENGINEERING 2

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 2

AND PLANNING

1

1

3

1

1

1

SUB-TOTAL : 29

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

1 . HONG KONG ISLAND EAST

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST

3. KOWLOON EAST

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL

5. KOWLOON WEST

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

6

5

5

7

5

/6. NEW ..........

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NEW TERRITORIES EAST

NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH

NEW TERRITORIES WEST

NEW TERRITORIES NORTH

SUB-TOTAL

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OPERATION HOURS OF LOK MA CHAU BORDER CROSSING TO BE EXTENDED

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THE OPENING HOURS OF THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER CROSSING WILL BE EXTENDED FROM THE EXISTING 9 AM - 5 PM TO 7.30 AM - 8 PM DAILY FROM THURSDAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE CROSSING, HITHERTO RESTRICTED TO GOODS VEHICLES, WILL NOW BE OPENED TO OTHER CATEGORIES OF VEHICLES INCLUDING PASSENGER COACHES AND PRIVATE CARS.

A QUOTA SYSTEM FOR THE LICENSING OF VEHICLES USING THIS CROSSING IS BEING JOINTLY ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONO AND GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES.

COACH OPERATORS WHO WISH TO PROVIDE CROSS-BORDER BUS SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA THROUGH THIS CONTROL POINT SHOULD, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED PROCEDURE, MAKE APPLICATIONS BOTH TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG AND THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

APPLICATIONS IN WRITING SHOULD REACH THE PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 28, MEZZANINE FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 2 MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 16.

"WITH THE OPENING OF THE LOK MA CHAU CONTROL POINT FOR COACHES, THE EXISTING NUMBER OF LICENCES FOR PASSENGER COACHES USING MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK WILL BE FROZEN AND NEW APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES » » * t »

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED ALL EMPLOYERS OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THEM TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE POLICIES FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

THE REMINDER FOLLOWED A RECENT CASE AT WESTERN MAGISTRACY IN WHICH HUNG’S ALUMINIUM TRADING COMPANY IN FIRST STREET, WESTERN, WAS FINED $5,000 FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE A VALID INSURANCE POLICY UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

THE OFFENCE WAS DETECTED BY LABOUR INSPECTORS DURING A ROUTINE VISIT TO THE COMPANY, WHICH EMPLOYED ONLY TWO WORKERS.

"ALL EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE POLICIES TO COVER THEIR FULL LIABILITIES UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE AND UNDER COMMON LAW," SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (PROSECUTIONS), MR TSANG KIN-WO, SAID.

"AN INSURED EMPLOYER IS REQUIRED TO DISPLAY, IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE OF THE WORKPLACE, A NOTICE SHOWING THE NAME OF THE EMPLOYER AND THE NAME OF THE INSURER," MR TSANG STRESSED.

"OTHER DETAILS SHOULD INCLUDE THE POLICY NUMBER, THE DATES OF THE ISSUE OF THE POLICY AND OF THE COMMENCEMENT AND EXPIRY OF THE INSURANCE PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AND THE EXTENT OF THE LIABILITY INSURED," HE ADDED.

MR TSANG NOTED THAT THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR THE OFFENCE WAS $20,000.

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CSD HOTLINES SET UP TO ASSIST JOB HUNTERS ******

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CSD) HAS SET UP RECRUITMENT HOTLINES AND SPECIAL COUNTERS TO ASSIST SCHOOL-LEAVERS TO APPLY FOR THE POST OF ASSISTANT OFFICER IN THE DEPARTMENT.

A CSD SPOKESMAN TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID ALL FORM FIVE GRADUATES ARE WELCOMED TO USE THE HOTLINES 527 5951 AND 399 2560 TO ASK FOR MORE ABOUT THE JOB, PAY SCALE AND CAREER PROSPECTS AS WELL AS THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR THE POST.

IN ADDITION, TWO SPECIAL COUNTERS TO HANDLE ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS WERE SET UP AT CSD’S TWO RECRUITMENT CENTRES AT MONG KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 30 LUEN WAN STREET, MONG KOK, AND AT WANCHAI TOWER I, 23RD FLOOR, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

/"OUR PAST .......

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1991

"OUR PAST EXPERIENCES SHOWED THAT QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOL-LEAVERS WOULD APPLY FOR THE CSD POST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (HKCEE) RESULTS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IT IS HOPED THAT THIS YEAR’S ARRANGEMENTS WOULD HELP SPEED UP THE HANDLING OF APPLICATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS THAT THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG WITH THEIR HKCEE RESULT SLIPS, IDENTITY CARDS AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

IN ORDER TO FACILITATE SCHOOL-LEAVERS TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT, A NUMBER OF MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRES WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT SHOPPING CENTRES IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* NEW TOWN PLAZA, SHA TIN AUGUST 7 AND 8

* TAI PO SHOPPING 8 ON PONG ROAD, CENTRE, TAI PO AUGUST 10 AND 11

* CITY PLAZA, TAI KOO SHING AUGUST 13 TO 15

* TSUEN WAN PLAZA TAI PA STREET, , 4-30 TSUEN WAN AUGUST 17 AND 18

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

* * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 10) AT 10 AM SPECIAL

AT THE

CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A TOTAL OF BIDDING. THEY ARE: ER9929 AE625 ER8453 DD72 ES524 XX7428 ES191 1 ER99 CW8398 AA3103 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE ES2128 AW516 DL801 ET123 DD23 ET4376 AL708 ES293 HK7333 ES2228 AL2008 EJ7788 AT7 EL838 EU448 ES990 ES803 ES9688 ET1997 ET7893 ET768 9345 ES5 ET41 ES118 AH992 EA8798 BB541 ES697 BB1737 FOR

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

BIDDING.

/A TRANSPORT

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1991

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 167TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED

*****

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE A NUMBER OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS AT A BUILDING IN KWAI CHUNG SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ARE LOCATED ON THE FLAT ROOFS ADJACENT TO FLATS A, C AND F ON THE 23RD FLOOR, FLAT F ON THE 18TH FLOOR AND FLATS A AND E ON THE FIRST FLOOR; AND SHOP L AND THE REAR YARD ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NOS. 33-57 TAI PAK TIN STREET.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 17 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY (TUESDAY).

MEANWHILE, THE AUTHORITY ALSO SEEKS TO CLOSE THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ON THE ROOF OVER THE FIFTH FLOOR, 136-138 TUNG LO WAN ROAD IN TAI HANG.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 22 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORKS WILL START AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE ISSUED.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1991

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND HKEG

♦ ♦ » ♦ *

EXCHANGE FUND BILLS TENDER RESULTS TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER QI 32 H170

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 1,893 MN HKD 721 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 400 MN HKD 200 MN

AVERAGE ACCEPTED YIELD 5.74 PCT 5.98 PCT

HIGHEST ACCEPTED YIELD 5.75 PCT 6.00 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 28 PCT ABOUT 65 PCT

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND HKEH

NEXT TENDER OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS TUESDAY 13 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER Q133 Y193

ISSUE DATE 14 AUG 91 14 AUG 91

MATURITY DATE 13 NOV 91 12 AUG 92

TENOR 91 DAYS 364 DAYS

AMOUNT ON OFFER HKD 500 + 100 MN HKD 200 + 60 MN

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

date $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 5.8.91 600.

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 6.8.91 +129

— 1 29

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.9 »-0.2» 6.8.91

/HONG KONG .......

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

5.8.91 6.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.51 PCT 5.58 PCT

1 MONTH 5.55 PCT 5.60 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.66 PCT 5.76 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.92 PCT 5.96 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.35 PCT 6.40 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,580 MN 5,780 MN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MEASURES TO CURB PROPERTY SPECULATION ANNOUNCED ......................... 1

INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR 1ST QUARTER 1991 ..................... 3

NAMES TO GO BACK ON ELECTORS REGISTER ................................... 6

COMPUTER SYSTEM OF COMPANY REGISTRY TO RE UPGRADED ...................... 7

TWO NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ...................... 8

HOTEL OPERATORS URGED TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE BEFOR DEADLINE .......... 11

TWO GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER ......................................... 11

TEMPORARY POST OFFICE FOR TNT'L ABILYMPTCS ............................. 12

FC MEETING ON FRIDAY ................................................... 13

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............. 13

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1991

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MEASURES TO CURB PROPERTY SPECULATION ANNOUNCED

*****

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANNOUNCED A PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO REGULATE THE SALE OF UNCOMPLETED FLATS COVERED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL (LAND OFFICER)’S CONSENT SCHEME.

ANNOUNCING THE DETAILS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD FOR SOME TIME BEEN DETERMINED TO CURB UNSCRUPULOUS TRADING AND PREVENT PUBLIC DISORDER ASSOCIATED WITH THE SALE OF THIS TYPE OF FLATS.

IT ALSO APPRECIATES THE PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT THIS COMPLEX SUBJECT WHICH, HE SAID, WARRANTS THE INTRODUCTION OF IMPROVED AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES.

THE NEW MEASURES WHICH WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE CONDITIONS OF CONSENT IN FUTURE ARE:

» THE MINIMUM INITIAL DEPOSIT PAYABLE BY THE PURCHASER UPON SIGNING THE PRELIMINARY SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT WILL BE FIXED AT FIVE PER CENT OF THE FLAT PRICE AND THE FORFEITURE AMOUNT AT THREE PER CENT. IF THE SITUATION WARRANTS, CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO FURTHER RAISING THE INITIAL DEPOSIT TO 10 PER CENT AND THE FORFEITURE AMOUNT TO FIVE PER CENT. (AT PRESENT, THE INITIAL DEPOSIT IS 1.5 TO FIVE PER CENT AND THE FORFEITURE UP TO 1.5 PER CENT.)

* DEVELOPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REARRANGE THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS BEFORE THE ACTUAL SELECTION OF FLATS. THIS MEANS THAT THE FIRST ONES TO QUEUE UP AND REGISTER DURING PRESALES ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE FIRST TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE FLATS AND THUS THE COMPETITION FOR THE FIRST 50 OR 100 PLACES IN THE QUEUE SHOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. THIS REQUIREMENT SHOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS MEETING THE CONCERNS OF BOTH THE PROSPECTIVE FLAT BUYERS AND THE DEVELOPERS. THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIEWED FROM TIME TO

TIME TO CONSIDER WHETHER STRAIGHT BALLOTING IS WARRANTED IN PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

* DEVELOPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ALLOW ONLY ONE REGISTRATION PER PERSON AND IN PERSON DURING PRE-SALES, WITHOUT ALLOWING FOR PROXY AND POWER OF ATTORNEY.

* DEVELOPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO LIMIT PURCHASES TO ONE FLAT PER EACH REGISTERED PERSON.

« DEVELOPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FLATS OFFERED FOR SALE IN A PARTICULAR SALE EXERCISE, TOGETHER WITH THE NUMBER OF FLATS RESERVED BY THEM FOR SALE TO PRIVATE PURCHASERS. THE EXACT UNITS RESERVED SHOULD ALSO BE DISPLAYED AT THE SITE AND SALE OFFICES PRIOR TO THE PRESALE REGISTRATION AND SELECTION OF FLATS.

/* A PURCHASER ........

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1991

* A PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO DECLARE THE PRICE HE PAID FOR HIS FLAT AND THE PERSON FROM WHOM HE BOUGHT THE PROPERTY SO AS TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH BETTER INFORMATION FOR RECORD, STAMP DUTY AND PROBABLY TAX PURPOSES. THE EXACT AMOUNT AND FORM OF INFORMATION AS WELL AS THE TERMS OF THE CONDITIONS OF CONSENT ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT AND HENCE THIS MEASURE WILL BE INTRODUCED A FEW MONTHS FROM NOW.

* RE-SALE OF UNCOMPLETED FLATS ALLOCATED OR RESERVED THROUGH BLOCK ALLOCATIONS, AS IS COMMON FOR THE STAFF OR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES OF DEVELOPERS, BEFORE COMPLIANCE WITH THE LEASE CONDITIONS WILL BE RESTRICTED. THIS IS HOWEVER A COMPLEX ISSUE AS THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS, SUCH AS WHEN THE PROPERTY MARKET IS LOW, WHEN DEVELOPERS HAVE TO SELL WHOLESALE TO IMPROVE THEIR CASH FLOW. SO THE TERMS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONSENT SCHEME FOR THE PURPOSE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFULLY WORDED. THIS MEASURE CANNOT THEREFORE TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY BUT THE GOVERNMENT HOPES THAT IT WILL BE INTRODUCED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

IN REACHING ITS DECISION TO ADOPT THE ABOVE NEW MEASURES, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE STEEP RISE IN PRICES IN UNCOMPLETED FLATS AND THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY OMELCO MEMBERS, THE LAND AND BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS -

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR REACHED AGREEMENT WITH THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION ON SALES PROCEDURES WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE CONDITIONS FOR CONSENT.

THESE REQUIRE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE AVAILABLE AND ANNOUNCE THE AVAILABILITY OF THE SALE BROCHURES AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SALE AND THE PRICE LIST OF ALL UNITS OFFERED FOR SALE NO LESS THAN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SALE; AND TO ANNOUNCE THE NUMBER OF UNITS TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE EACH TIME SO THAT A PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER MAY ASCERTAIN HIS CHANCE BEFORE JOINING A QUEUE.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS ON THE STEPS TO TAKE WHEN QUEUES OF POTENTIAL PURCHASERS OF UNCOMPLETED FLATS IN LARGE DEVELOPMENTS BEGIN TO FORM.

MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT BOTH THE NEW AND EXISTING MEASURES ARE GEARED FOR UNCOMPLETED FLATS IN THE CONSENT SCHEME WHICH COVERS ESSENTIALLY ALL NEW GRANTS OF LAND. UNDER THE SCHEME, A DEVELOPER MUST SATISFY A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS RELATED TO THE PROPOSED .SALE OF UNCOMPLETED RESIDENTIAL FLATS BEFORE THE LAND OFFICER GIVES HIS CONSENT TO THE SALE.

AS REGARDS UNCOMPLETED FLATS IN REDEVELOPMENTS WHICH ARE NOT COVERED BY THE CONSENT SCHEME, THE GOVERNMENT HAS FEW CONTROLS OVER THEIR SALE PROCEDURES.

/"BUT THE .......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1991

3

"BUT THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG HAS PREVIOUSLY ACCEPTED CERTAIN DISCIPLINES IN RELATION TO THESE SALES, AND WE WILL BE DISCUSSING WITH THE SOCIETY ON HOW TO EXTEND SOME OF THE TERMS OF THE CONSENT SCHEME TO FLATS PRODUCED FROM REDEVELOPMENTS, ' HE SAID.

"AS A START, WE WISH TO DISALLOW RE-SALE BEFORE THE SIGNING OF THE FORMAL SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT, WHICH IS ALREADY IN PLACE FOR CONSENT SCHEME DEVELOPMENTS."

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION, AND ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BOTH THE EXISTING AND THE NEW MEASURES.

"WE SHALL IN PARTICULAR REVIEW THE DEMAND FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL LAND. IF DEMAND INDEED OUTSTRIPS SUPPLY, WE SHALL INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF LAND.

"ALTHOUGH THIS WILL NOT TRANSLATE IMMEDIATELY INTO FLATS, IT SHOULD HAVE A STABILISING EFFECT ON THE PROPERTY MARKET," MR BARNES SAID.

IF THE PRESENT HEATED STATE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET CONTINUES UNABATED, HE WARNED, MORE FUNDAMENTAL MEASURES SUCH AS LEGISLATION TO REGULATE THE SALE OF UNCOMPLETED FLATS, WOULD BE NECESSARY.

BUT HE HOPED THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO SET UP A MACHINERY THAT INTERFERED WITH THE MARKET "WHICH HISTORICALLY HAS SHOWN ITSELF TO BE SUBJECT TO NORMAL CORRECTION BY MARKET FORCES".

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INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR 1ST QUARTER 1991 » » » * *

THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, AT 106, WAS 1 POINT OR 1.0% HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS COMPARES WITH THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATES OF -3.7% IN THE FIRST QUARTER, -1.6% IN THE SECOND QUARTER, -1.5% IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND +3.1% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990. THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATE FOR 1990 OVER 1989 WAS -0.8%.

COMPARED WITH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990, THE INDEX FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 SHOWED A DECREASE OF 27 POINTS OR 20.3%. THIS SIGNIFICANT DROP WAS A SEASONAL PHENOMENON DUE TO THE CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

AMONG THE EIGHT BROAD INDUSTRY GROUPS, FIVE RECORDED INCREASES IN PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1990.

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MORE SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE FOLLOWING GROUPS : FOOD, BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO (+10.3%); PAPER PRODUCTS AND PRINTING (+10.0%); AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT AND OPTICAL GOODS (+8.9%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE BROAD INDUSTRY GROUP "CHEMICALS, RUBBER, PLASTIC AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS" SHOWED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE DECREASE IN PRODUCTION (-16.3%) IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1990.

COMPARING THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 WITH THAT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS MUCH AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, ALL EIGHT BROAD INDUSTRY GROUPS SHOWED DECREASES IN PRODUCTION.

MORE SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE DECREASES IN PRODUCTION WERE RECORDED IN THE FOLLOWING GROUPS : TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITTING) (-32.5%); CHEMICALS, RUBBER, PLASTIC AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS (-29.5%); AND WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT KNITWEAR AND FOOTWEAR (-20.3%).

IN RELEASING THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO REFLECT THE CHANGES OVER TIME OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING OUTPUT IN REAL TERMS.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE VOLUME OF LOCAL PRODUCTION IS MEASURED AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE "REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, FIRST QUARTER 1991", WHICH ON SALE AT $3 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FxjOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SAtES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 839 3238.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS CHANGES IN THE INDEXES OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN GREATER DETAIL:

INDEXES OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION BY BROAD INDUSTRY GROUP AND SELECTED INDUSTRY GROUP

(1986 = 100)

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BROAD INDUSTRY GROUP/ SELECTED INDUSTRY GROUP

INDEX PERCENTAGE

FOR CHANGE OVER

1ST QTR. 1ST QTR. 4TH QTR. 1991 1990 1990

1. FOOD, BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO 139 + 10.3 -11.5

2. WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT KNITWEAR AND FOOTWEAR 98 + 3.2 -20.3

3. TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITTING) 85 -1.2 -32.5

4. PAPER PRODUCTS AND PRINTING 165 + 10.0 -14.9

5. CHEMICALS, RUBBER, PLASTIC AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS 67 -16.3 -29.5

-- PLASTIC PRODUCTS (54) (-20.6) (-31.6)

6. BASIC METALS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND NON-ELECTRICAL MACHINERY 119 + 1.7 -13.8

— FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (100) (-2.9) (-15.3)

7. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT AND OPTICAL GOODS 134 + 8.9 -16.8

-- CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (122) (+4.3) (-15.3)

— ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY ( 160) (+14.3) (-8.6)

8. MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING 94 -9.6 -20.3

INDUSTRIES

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

106 +1.0 -20.3

NOTE : FOR EASY READING, FIGURES FOR THE 4 SELECTED INDUSTRY GROUPS, WHICH CARRY LARGER WEIGHTS AND ARE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE RESPECTIVE BROAD INDUSTRY GROUPS, ARE SHOWN IN BRACKETS.

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NAMES TO GO BACK ON ELECTORS REGISTER * » * * *

AMENDING REGULATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW (THURSDAY) PROVIDING FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OF ELECTORS WHOSE NAMES WERE OMITTED FROM THE REGISTER FOR 1991 AS A RESULT OF THEIR FAILURE TO PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THEIR ADDRESSES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE DECISION WAS TAKEN AFTER A REVIEW OF THE RESULTS OF AN EXERCISE TO UPDATE THE ELECTORAL REGISTER.

UNDER THE EXISTING ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS) REGULATIONS, THE REGISTRATION OFFICER IS EMPOWERED TO MAKE ENQUIRIES TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER AN ELECTOR HAS CHANGED HIS ADDRESS.

AN ELECTOR WHO FAILS TO RESPOND TO AN ENQUIRY WITHIN ONE MONTH WILL HAVE HIS NAME OMITTED FROM THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER, WHICH IS OPEN TO PUBLIC INSPECTION FOR AFFECTED PERSONS TO APPLY FOR THE INCLUSION OF THEIR NAMES.

AS A RESULT OF AN UPDATING EXERCISE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH, ABOUT 35,000 NAMES WERE OMITTED FROM THE FINAL REGISTER BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF INFORMATION ON THE ACCURACY OF THE ELECTORS' ADDRESSES.

UNDER THE EXISTING REGULATIONS, IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE FOR NAMES TO BE ADDED TO THE FINAL REGISTER AFTER IT IS PUBLISHED.

ABOUT 35,000 ELIGIBLE VOTERS ARE THUS DISENFRANCHISED AND, NOTWITHSTANDING THE 10-YEAR RESIDENCE PERIOD, A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY DISQUALIFIED FOR STANDING AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE SEPTEMBER ELECTION.

ALTHOUGH THE OMISSIONS WERE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW AND IN GOOD FAITH, THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THE DEREGISTERED ELECTORS COULD HAVE BECOME CONFUSED BY THIS YEAR’S ELECTORAL EVENTS AS THE MARCH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE MAY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS WERE HELD ON THE BASIS OF THE PREVIOUS FINAL REGISTER IN WHICH THEIR NAMES WERE STILL INCLUDED.

THEY’ WERE THUS NOTIFIED AS REGARDS TAKING PART IN THESE TWO ELECTIONS. ACCORDINGLY THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE BOTHERED TO RESPOND TO THE NOTICES OF ENQUIRY OR INSPECTED THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER UPON ITS PUBLICATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF NEXT MONTH’S ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE OMISSIONS MIGHT HAVE BEEN MADE DESERVED POSITIVE ACTION TO BE TAKEN REGARDING THE SITUATION.

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UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1991, THE REGISTRATION OFFICER WILL INCLUDE IN A SUPPLEMENTARY LIST THE OMISSIONS IN QUESTION. THE SUPPLEMENTARY LIST SO COMPILED WILL BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW AND WILL FORM PART OF THE CURRENT FINAL REGISTER.

HE ADDED THAT THE ADDITION OF THE OMITTED NAMES WAS AN AD HOC ARRANGEMENT AND THAT THE SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS WOULD BE REVIEWED AFTER THE SEPTEMBER ELECTIONS AS PART OF THE OVERALL REVIEW OF OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

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COMPUTER SYSTEM

OF COMPANY

* * * *

REGISTRY TO BE UPGRADED

» *

THE GOVERNMENT IS

THE COMPANIES REGISTRY OF

TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING COMPUTER SYSTEM THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

OF

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD RECENTLY APPROVED THE NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF OVER $21 MILLION FOR THE ACQUISITION OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE.

THE NEW SYSTEM, KNOWN AS COMPANIES REGISTRATION SYSTEM (CRS), WAS PLANNED TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY MAY NEXT YEAR AND TENDERS FOR A TURNKEY SYSTEM WOULD BE INVITED IN MID-AUGUST.

THE CRS WOULD BE A HIGH-END MID-RANGE COMPUTER SYSTEM WHICH WAS COMPATIBLE WITH THE GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE.

COMPANIES

OF

IN VIEW OF THE PROJECTED WORKLOAD INCREASE BEYOND 1991-92, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE REGISTRY TO UPGRADE THE SYSTEM SO AS TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC IN RESPECT OF COMPANIES REGISTRATION AND SEARCHES OF COMPANY RECORDS.

BASED ON THE ACTUAL GROWTH RATE OF TRANSACTIONS FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THE NUMBER OF TRANSACTIONS CARRIED OUT ON THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WOULD EXCEED FIVE MILLION PER ANNUM BY 1995/96 FROM A CURRENT WORKLOAD OF JUST OVER TWO MILLION.

THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD, APART FROM PROVIDING SUFFICIENT CAPACITY TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED WORKLOAD OF THE REGISTRY, ALSO PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER ENHANCEMENT ITEMS UNDER CONSIDERATION SUCH AS SELLING COMPANY DATA TO THE PUBLIC AND ALLOWING SOLICITORS’ FIRMS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIRECT ACCESS TO COMPANIES RECORDS.

THE ULTIMATE AIM WAS TO PROVIDE A MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC BY ELECTRONIC MEANS.

APART FROM THE SUPPLY OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SYSTEM SOFTWARE, THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REDEVELOPING THE EXISTING APPLICATION SYSTEM TO RUN ON THE NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM.

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THE TENDERER WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP A SUITE OF PROGRAMMES TO ENABLE "FREE-FORMAT" SEARCH OF BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE COMPANY NAMES, THAT IS, SEARCHING WITH A COMBINATION OF WORDS OR PART OF A WORD, WITHIN A VERY FAST RESPONSE TIME.

HE ALSO HAD TO CONVERT THE EXISTING COMPANY DATA RECORDS INTO THE NEW SYSTEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT MIGRATION OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM WOULD BE TRANSPARENT TO THE STAFF OF THE REGISTRY WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE PUBLIC SERVICES.

THE EXISTING COMPUTER SYSTEM, KNOWN AS THE COMPANIES REGISTRY INDEXING SYSTEM (CRIS) USING DATAPOINT 7950 TECHNOLOGY, WAS MAINLY USED TO FACILITATE THE INCORPORATION OF NEW COMPANIES BY ENSURING THAT A NEW COMPANY WOULD BE INCORPORATED PROVIDED ITS NAME WAS NOT IDENTICAL TO THAT OF AN EXISTING REGISTERED COMPANY.

IT ALSO PROVIDED NAME SEARCH FACILITIES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SO THAT THEY COULD CHECK THE AVAILABILITY OF THEIR INTENDED NAMES BEFORE SUBMITTING THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR INCORPORATION.

THE UPGRADE WAS PART OF AN OVERALL INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGIC PLAN DEVELOPED FOR THE REGISTRY BY THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT (ITSD) OVER A YEAR AGO.

THE ITSD WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OVERALL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SYSTEM.

TWO NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

* * *

TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS * * *

TWO NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (WEDNESDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 80.

ONE NOMINATION WAS SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. AND ONE NOMINATION WAS RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WERE REGISTERED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES, TEACHING AND TOURISM WITH EACH RECEIVING THREE NOMINATIONS.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WERE IN KOWLOON CENTRAL AND NEW TERRITORIES EAST WITH EACH RECEIVING SEVEN NOMINATIONS.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

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THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

REGIONAL COUNCIL LEUNG KAM-HO, GILBERT M 38 ESTATE SURVEYOR 739 0888

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

KOWLOON WEST SIT HO-YIN M 42 LOSS ADJUSTOR/ SURVEYOR 523 2117

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE NOMINATIONS

RECEIVED SO FAR:

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

5. FINANCE & SERVICES FINANCIAL FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE A SERVICES FINANCIAL FINANCIAL SERVICES ' 3

7. LABOUR 2

8. SOCIAL SERVICES 1

9. MEDICAL * HEALTH CARE MEDICAL 1

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE HEALTH CARE 0

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11. TEACHING 3

12. LEGAL 1

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING ENGINEERING 2

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 2

SURVEYING AND PLANNING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY 1

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION 1

17. TOURISM 3

18. URBAN COUNCIL 1

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL 2

20. RURAL 1

SUB-TOTAL : 30

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST

2. HONG KONQ ISLAND WEST

3. KOWLOON EAST

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL

5. KOWLOON WEST

6. NEW TERRITORIES FAST

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

6

5

5

7

6

7

4

5

5

SUB-TOTAL: 50

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HOTEL OPERATORS URGED TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE BEFORE DEADLINE *****

OPERATORS OF EXISTING HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES, AND SIMILAR ACCOMMODATIONS WERE REMINDED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING FOR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION FOR THEIR BUSINESS WAS AUGUST 31.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) SAID OPERATORS WOULD REQUIRE A VALID LICENCE FOR THEIR PRESENT OPERATIONS IF THEY FAILED TO GET AN EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE.

’’THE REQUIREMENTS OF A VALID LICENCE OR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION ARE PROVIDED UNDER THE HOTEL AND GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION ORDINANCE 1991.

’’MOTELS, YOUTH HOSTELS AND HOLIDAY FLATS ALSO FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF CONTROL UNDER THE ORDINANCE,” HE SAID.

ANY PROPRIETOR WHO IGNORES THE NEW REGULATIONS WILL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $200,000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT, AND TO A FINE OF $20,000 FOR EACH DAY DURING WHICH THE OFFENCE CONTINUES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE SAID THE OFFICE OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY UNDER CNTA TO ADMINISTER THE LICENSING SCHEME HAD COMMENCED OPERATION SINCE JUNE 1.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE OFFICE OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY AT THE EAST WING, SEVENTH FLOOR, HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 881 7034.

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TWO GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER *****

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF TWO LOTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST LOT, LOCATED AT WO MEI, SAI KUNG,' IS A 4,357-SQUARE-METRE SITE FOR PLANT NURSERY.

THE TENANCY IS FOR THREE YEARS AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE OTHER LOT, WHICH MEASURES ABOUT 2,800 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED IN AREA 17, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN. IT IS FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC VEHICLE CARPARK FOR LICENCED GOODS VEHICLES, CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

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THE TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS FOR THE LOTS ARE NOON ON AUGUST 16 AND 23 RESPECTIVELY.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES AT SAI KUNG, TUEN MUN AND KOWLOON AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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*****

THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MISS ELLE SHUM, ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT DURING THE PERIOD FROM AUGUST 10 TO 14, A TEMPORARY POST OFFICE WILL BE SET UP FOR THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS IN SHA TIN.

STAMP SALE, REGISTRATION AND PARCEL ACCEPTANCE SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE TEMPORARY POST OFFICE.

A SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED FOR THE OCCASION.

THE BUSINESS HOURS OF THE TEMPORARY POST OFFICE WILL BE:

9.45 AM TO 12.30 PM AND

1.30 PM TO 4.15 PM

THE TEMPORARY POST OFFICE WILL BE LOCATED AT:

DATE ADDRESS

AUGUST 10 TO 11 COMMON ROOM AREA

AND 14 ADAM SHAW RESIDENCE

UNITED COLLEGE THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF

HONG KONG SHA TIN NEW TERRITORIES

AUGUST 12 TO 13 LEVEL 2

HONG KONG SPORTS INSTITUTE (FORMERLLY JUBILEE SPORTS

CENTRE) SHA TIN NEW TERRITORIES

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THE SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THROUGHOUT THIS PERIOD AT THE TEMPORARY PRIVATELY-MADE COVERS AND SOUVENIR COVERS ISSUED COMMITTEE OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS.

HAND-BACK SERVICE POST OFFICE FOR BY THE ORGANISING

"HOWEVER, FOR THE CONVENIENCE WORKING OUTSIDE SHA TIN," MISS SHUM ALSO BE PROVIDED ON AUGUST 10 AND 12 PHILATELIC OFFICES:

OF THOSE COLLECTORS LIVING OR SAID, "HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL TO 14 AT THE FOLLOWING SEVEN

GENERAL POST OFFICE BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE PEAK POST OFFICE

TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE AIRPORT POST OFFICE

SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE.”

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FC MEETING ON FRIDAY

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 9) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER. IT 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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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 6.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 7.8.91 -112

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 112

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

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TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.7 »-0.2* 7.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

6.8.91 7.8.91

MATURING IN 1 1 3 6 12 WEEK MONTH MONTHS MONTHS MONTHS 5.58 5.60 5.76 5.96 6.40 PCT PCT PCT PCT PCT 5.29 5.42 5.64 5.83 6.32 PCT PCT PCT PCT PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5,780 MN 4,152 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY. AUGUST 8, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS SWD REHAB ESTABLISHMENTS ........... 1

WHITE BILL ON ORGANISED <”RTMF ............. 1

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR TUNF. 1991 ........... 5

CITIBANK NOT TN DIFFICULTIES: SMA ............. 10

CONSULTANCY AGREEMENTS FOR DETAILED DESIGN OF ROUTE i ................. 10

THIRD EDITION OF "HK'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES" PUBLISHED ............ 11

MORE SECONDARY STUDENTS FOUND TO HAVE ABUSED DRUGS .................... 13

MANAGEMENT CHANGE FOR VIETNAMESE DETENTION CENTRE ..................... 15

EXTENSION OF HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE .................................. 16

BAN ON SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD COINS, IRON AND STEEL IMPORTS WILL BE LIFTED 16

EDUCATION SUBSIDIES FOR NEEDY FARM/FISHING CHILDREN ................... 17

246 VM'S RETURNED ..................................................... 17

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE BY AIRMAIL ACCEPTED FOR IRAQ .................. 18

FIVE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ................... 18

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 21

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 19#!

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS SWD REHAB ESTABLISHMENTS

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, VISITED THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE (ARC) AND KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE (KCCC) THIS AFTERNOON (THURSDAY) TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH THE REHABILITATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR M.D. CARTLAND, SIR DAVID FIRST TOURED THE ARC. HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF DRAWING UP PLANS TO REDEVELOP THE COMPLEX TO MAKE FURTHER USE OF THE SITE.

SIR DAVID, WHO WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SERVICES ALREADY BEING PROVIDED AT THE CENTRE, NOTED THAT THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WOULD CATER FOR OTHER SERVICES THAT WERE IN GREAT DEMAND PARTICULARLY RESIDENTIAL SERVICE FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED, INCLUDING THE SEVERELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

THE CENTRE, AT PRESENT, HAS A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 132 DAY PLACES AND 172 RESIDENTIAL PLACES FOR DISABLED ADULTS, AGED 16 AND ABOVE.

SIR DAVID THEN MOVED ON TO VISIT THE KCCC AT THE ADJACENT BUILDING.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES PRIMARILY RESIDENTIAL CARE AND OTHER SOCIAL AND RELEVANT SERVICES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN NEED OF SPECIAL SCHOOLING.

IT ALSO HELPS THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN TO ACQUIRE SKILLS IN SELF-CARE, SOCIALISATION, AND COMMUNICATION TO ENABLE THEM TO ACHIEVE AT LEAST SOME DEGREE OF INDEPENDENCE IN THEIR DAILY LIVING ACTIVITIES.

THE KCCC HAS A CAPACITY OF 125 MODERATE GRADE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 16.

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WHITE BILL ON ORGANISED CRIME ******

PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH ORGANISED CRIME WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE FORM OF A WHITE BILL FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MEASURES PROPOSED, THE PUBLIC WILL BE CONSULTED ON THEIR VIEWS BEFORE THE BILL IS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE EXERCISE WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH AND DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN COPIES OF A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT ARE AVAILABLE.

T’HF ORGANISED

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THE ORGANISED CRIME BILL 1991 OFFENCES AND TOUGHER PENALTIES TO TACKLE

CONTAINS A PACKAGE OF NEW ORGANISED CRIME IN HONG KONG.

"PUBLIC VIEWS HAVE BEEN IN FAVOUR OF CHANGES TO THE LAW TO MAKE THE FIGHT AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME MORE EFFECTIVE, AND THE PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THOSE INVOLVED IN ORGANISED CRIME USED BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL MEANS TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL PROFIT AND CURRENT LAW WAS INADEQUATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROSECUTING THE PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED OR CONTROLLED SYNDICATES.

AT PRESENT, CRIMINAL LAW DOES NOT READILY PERMIT THE PRESENTATION, DURING A TRIAL, OF A LINK BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL’S COMMISSION OF AN OFFENCE AND HIS MEMBERSHIP OF A SYNDICATE OR ASSOCIATION WITH RELATED CRIME ACTIVITY. EVEN IF SUCH A LINK CAN BE PROVED, IT WOULD NOT MEAN THAT THE OFFENCE CARRIES A HIGHER MAXIMUM PENALTY.

IN ADDITION, THE LAWS OF EVIDENCE AND THE RULES OF PROCEDURE DO NOT READILY PERMIT AT A TRIAL THE PROSECUTION OF A PATTERN OF ORGANISED CRIME ACTIVITY, PARTICULARLY WHERE THE CRIMES PERPETRATED ARE NOT LEGALLY SIMILAR OR DIRECTLY RELATED.

OTHER PROBLEMS INCLUDE THE DIFFICULTY FOR COURTS TO RELY ON THE EVIDENCE OF ACCOMPLICES, EVEN THOUGH THIS MAY BE THE MAIN OR ONLY EVIDENCE AVAILABLE, AND THE ABSENCE OF POWER TO CONFISCATE THE PROCEEDS OR PROFITS OF ORGANISED CRIME OTHER THAN FOR DEALING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS.

IN THE BILL, AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IS DEFINED AS A TRIAD SOCIETY OR A GROUP OF TWO OR MORE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED SOLELY OR PARTLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENGAGING REPEATEDLY IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES NORMALLY ASSOCIATED WITH ORGANISED CRIME SUCH AS ILLEGAL GAMBLING, PROSTITUTION, DRUG TRAFFICKING, EXTORTION AND BLACKMAIL.

A PERSON WILL BE PRESUMED TO BE A MEMBER OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IF HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF BEING A MEMBER OF A TRIAD SOCIETY. THERE WILL BE NO TIME LIMIT ON THE PRESUMPTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CONVICTION WAS BEFORE OR AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL.

"A DEFENDANT MAY SUBMIT EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT HE HAS SEVERED HIS LINK WITH THE ORGANISED CRIME GROUP," THE SPOKESMAN SAID, "AND IT WILL BE FOR THE COURT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PERSON'S CONVICTION OF BEING A TRIAD MEMBER AND THE ALLEGED MEMBERSHIP OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IN DECIDING WHETHER THE PRESUMPTION CAN BE REBUTTED."

THE BILL CREATES A NUMBER OF NEW OFFENCES, WHICH ARE RELATED TO THE COMMISSION OF CRIMES IN FURTHERING THE ACTIVITIES OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP.

THE RELEVANT CRIMES ARE ALREADY OFFENCES UNDER VARIOUS ORDINANCES. THEY RANGE FROM KIDNAPPING, SMUGGLING, ROBBERY AND ASSAULT TO FALSE ACCOUNTING, HANDLING STOLEN GOODS, AND CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE.

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THE FIRST THREE MAJOR OFFENCES ARE COMMITTING ONE OF THESE CRIMES WHILE BEING A MEMBER OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP, CONSPIRING WITH ANOTHER PERSON TO COMMIT ONE OF THESE CRIMES KNOWING OR HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP, AND AIDING OR PROCURING THE COMMISSION OF A CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SUCH A CRIME BY A MEMBER OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP.

THE PENALTY FOR THESE NEW OFFENCES WILL BE DOUBLE THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT FOR OFFENCES COVERED BY EXISTING ORDINANCES BUT WHICH DO NOT INCLUDE A CONNECTION WITH AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP.

"THE NEW OFFENCES ARE, IN FACT, OFFENCES AND ARE MORE THREATENING TO

AGGRAVATED VERSIONS OF EXISTING SOCIETY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IN ADDITION TO REFLECTING THE GRAVITY OF THESE OFFENCES, THE HEAVIER PENALTIES ARE NECESSARY TO DETER PEOPLE FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN ORGANISED CRIME AND TO PUNISH THOSE WHO DO."

AS A FURTHER DETERRENT, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 MILLION AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR A FOURTH NEW OFFENCE OF REPEATEDLY COMMITTING THE AGGRAVATED CRIMES, ON THREE OR MORE OCCASIONS.

THE FIFTH OFFENCE RELATES TO MONEY LAUNDERING, WHICH WOULD BE PUNISHABLE BY A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A $5 MILLION FINE AND 14 YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON INDICTMENT OR A $500,000 FINE AND THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON SUMMARY CONVICTION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS OFFENCE WAS CREATED TO DETER PEOPLE, INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT ADVISERS, FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN LAUNDERING MONEY OR OTHER PROPERTY FOR MEMBERS OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP.

THE PROCEEDS NEED NOT NECESSARILY COME FROM AN OFFENCE VNDfeR THE BILL AND THEY CAN RELATE TO ANY OFFENCE COMMITTED BEFORE OR AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, THE PROSECUTION MUST SHOW THAT THE DEFENDANT KNEW OR HAD REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON BENEFITTING FROM THE ARRANGEMENT WAS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP.

IN ADDITION TO IMPOSING FINES AND IMPRISONMENT, THE COURTS WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO DEPRIVE OFFENDERS OF THEIR BENEFITS FROM CRIME.

THE AMOUNT OF THE CONFISCATION ORDER WILL BE BASED ON THE COURT’S ASSESSMENT OF THE BENEFIT FROM CRIMINAL CONDUCT GAINED BY THE DEFENDANT.

THE COURT MAY ASSUME THAT THESE BENEFITS INCLUDE ANY PROPERTY EITHER HELD BY THE DEFENDANT AT ANY TIME SINCE HIS CONVICTION OR TRANSFERRED TO HIM DURING A SIX-YEAR PERIOD BEFORE THE PROCEEDINGS BEGAN.

SIX YEARS IS CURRENTLY THE TIME LIMIT WITHIN WHICH MOST CIVIL ACTIONS MUST BE INSTITUTED.

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TO AID IN THE INVESTIGATION OF ORGANISED CRIME, THE BILL " EMPOWERS THE COURTS TO ORDER A PERSON IN POSSESSION OF PARTICULAR MATERIAL TO ALLOW INVESTIGATORS TO EXAMINE OR TAKE IT AWAY AND TO ISSUE WARRANTS FOR INVESTIGATORS TO ENTER AND SEARCH PREMISES AND TO SEIZE EVIDENCE.

THE PENALTY FOR HINDERING OR OBSTRUCTING OFFICERS EXECUTING A WARRANT WOULD BE A MAXIMUM $250,000 FINE AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON INDICTMENT OR A $50,000 FINE AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT ON SUMMARY CONVICTION.

COMMENTING ON EXISTING PROBLEMS RELATING TO THE CORROBORATION OF EVIDENCE WHEN IT IS GIVEN BY ACCOMPLICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE. GOVERNMENT WOULD GIVE THIS MATTER FURTHER CONSIDERATION BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO MAKE APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO THE LAW.

IT IS COMMON FOR ACCOMPLICES IN CRIME TO PLEAD GUILTY AND GIVE EVIDENCE IN THE HOPE THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE A REDUCED SENTENCE. IN SOME CASES, THE WITNESSES MAY ALSO BE GIVEN IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION ON CONDITION THAT THEY GIVE FULL AND TRUE EVIDENCE.

"AS THERE IS CLEARLY A RISK THAT THE EVIDENCE OF AN ACCOMPLICE MAY BE TAINTED BY AN IMPROPER MOTIVE, THE COURTS HAVE DEVELOPED A RULE THAT THE JUDGE MUST ISSUE A WARNING AGAINST ACTING ON UNCORROBORATED EVIDENCE," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"THE NATURE OF THE WARNING AND ITS APPLICATION HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY COMPLICATED AND THE LAW AND PRACTICE HAVE BEEN CRITICISED WIDELY.

"IN ENGLAND, THE LAW IS UNDER EXAMINATION BY THE LAW COMMISSION AND IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS SIMILAR TO HONG KONG, THE RULE HAS BEEN ABANDONED IN FAVOUR OF A SIMPLER WARNING GIVEN BY THE JUDGE," HE ADDED.

IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT THE PRESENT RULE SHOULD BE REPLACED BY AN OBLIGATION BY THE JUDGE TO WARN HIMSELF OR THE JURY TO TREAT ACCOMPLICE EVIDENCE WITH CAUTION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID BECAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSIAL NATURE OF THE RULE OF CORROBORATION, THE PROPOSAL HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THE WHITE BILL.

"HOWEVER, REFERENCE IS MADE TO IT IN THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT TO INVITE FEEDBACK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT DECIDE HOW THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BEST BE FOLLOWED UP," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS ON EXISTING RULES WHICH REGULATE AND PRESCRIBE THE BASIC FORM OF INDICTMENT AND THE MANNER IN WHICH CASES ARE TO BE PRESENTED.

THE INDICTMENT RULES PROVIDE FOR CHARGES FOR ANY OFFENCES TO BE JOINED IN THE SAME INDICTMENT IF THOSE CHARGES ARE FOUND ON THE SAME FACTS .

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HOWEVER, A JUDGE HAS THE DISCRETION TO SEVER COUNTS IF HE CONSIDERS THIS TO BE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE.

THIS COULD BE DONE ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE INCLUSION OF CERTAIN COUNTS ON AN INDICTMENT MAY PREJUDICE THE ACCUSED, MAKE THE CASE OVER COMPLICATED OR PROLONG PROCEEDINGS UNNECESSARILY.

"TO ENSURE THE MAXIMUM IMPACT OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO SEEK AMENDMENTS TO THE INDICTMENT RULES AND THE PRESENT PRACTICE DIRECTIONS GOVERNING JOINDER OF CONSPIRACY CHARGES WITH ASSOCIATED SUBSTANTIVE ALLEGATIONS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1991 *****

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS AND THE BROADER DEFINITIONS OF HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY INCREASED DURING JUNE, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HONG KONG DOLLAR LOANS AND ADVANCES RECORDED A SMALLER INCREASE IN JUNE COMPARED WITH MAY.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS, ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, GREW BY 2.2% IN JUNE, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.2% IN APRIL AND A ZERO GROWTH IN MAY.

OF THESE DEPOSITS, DEMAND DEPOSITS FELL BY 1.9% WHILE SAVINGS DEPOSITS AND TIME DEPOSITS ROSE BY 1.4% AND 3.3% RESPECTIVELY IN JUNE. COMPARED WITH A YEAR AGO, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 10.3%.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DROPPED BY 0.6% IN JUNE, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 0.6% IN APRIL AND A DECREASE OF 0.6% IN MAY.

AMONG THESE DEPOSITS, US DOLLAR DEPOSITS AND NON-US DOLLAR DEPOSITS DECLINED BY 0.3% AND 0.8% RESPECTIVELY IN JUNE.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 18.0%.

DURING JUNE, DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH LICENSED BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 0.6% AND 1.2% RESPECTIVELY WHILE DEPOSITS WITH RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS DECLINED BY 0.8%.

COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER, DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS INCREASED BY 16.4% WHILE THOSE WITH RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 3.5% AND 19.7% RESPECTIVELY.

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MONEY SUPPLY

HK$M1 DECLINED BY 0.8%, WHILE BOTH HK$M2 AND HK$M3 GREW BY 2.1% IN JUNE. THESE COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES OF -4.4%, 0.1% AND ZERO IN MAY.

OVER THE YEAR, THESE MONETARY AGGREGATES ROSE BY 10.4%, 11.6%

AND 10.3% RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 INCREASED BY 0.7%, 0.6% AND 0.7% RESPECTIVELY IN JUNE. THEIR CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN MAY WERE -4.2%, -0.1% AND -0.4%.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 13.1%, 16.0% AND

14.4% RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INCREASED BY 0.8% IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 1.4% AND 1.8% IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY.

OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 1.0% DURING JUNE, WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES ROSE BY 0.8%. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 15.5% AND 37.1% RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG GREW BY 3.8% IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.3% AND 3.5% IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 20.6%.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 1.3% IN JUNE, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.4% AND 0.9% RESPECTIVELY IN THE PRECEDING TWO MONTHS. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 15.8%.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG ROSE BY 0.5% IN JUNE, AFTER INCREASES OF 8.6% AND 2.4% IN APRIL AND MAY RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 56.0%.

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES

FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991, TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG (EXCLUDING THOSE FOR TRADE FINANCING) INCREASED BY 2.6%. OF THESE, LOANS FOR USE IN MANUFACTURING ROSE BY 5.8%, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 5.2% IN THE FIRST QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 11.0%.

LOANS TO FINANCE WHOLESALES AND RETAIL TRADE INCREASED BY 4.9%, AFTER A DECLINE OF 1.7% IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 10.5%.

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LOANS TO FINANCIAL CONCERNS (OTHER THAN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS) DECLINED BY 7.6% THIS QUARTER, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 6.5% IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 9.9%.

LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (OTHER THAN FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME) GREW BY 9.4% THIS QUARTER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 7.2% IN THE FIRST QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS ROSE BY 36.2%.

LOANS TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT SECTOR INCREASED BY 6.2% IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.9% IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS INCREASED BY 14.6%.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS INCREASED BY ONE AND TWO RESPECTIVELY TO 166 AND 47 WHILE THAT OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 166.

NOTES :

» BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 1990, ’RESTRICTED LICENCE BANKS’ AND

'DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES’ WERE KNOWN AS ’LICENSED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES’ AND ’REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES’ RESPECTIVELY.

* IN THE TEXT ABOVE, TOTAL HK$ DEPOSITS, HK$ TIME DEPOSITS, HK$M2

AND HK$M3 HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS. TOTAL FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, US$ DEPOSITS AND NON-USt DEPOSITS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS.

’SWAP DEPOSITS’ ARE DEPOSITS INVOLVING CUSTOMERS BUYING FOREIGN CURRENCIES (MOSTLY US 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.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLE 1 SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR JUNE 1991 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS. TABLE 2 PRESENTS FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR.

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TABLE I : MONETARY STATISTICS • JUNE 199!

June 1991

Earlier months (% change to June 199!)

(HKSmn)

Money Supply

Mav 1991

Mar 1991

June 1990

Ml -HKS Foreign currency Total M2 • HKS* Foreign currency* Total M3 - HKS* Foreign currency* Total 93,050 15,398 108,449 564,655 694,637 1,259,292 593,160 734,988 1,328,148 93,813 ( -0.8 ) 13.834 ( 11.3 ) 107,647 ( 0.7 ) 553,090 ( 2.1 ) 698,951 ( -0.6 ) 1,252,041 ( 0.6 ) 581,080 ( 2.1 ) 94,145 ( -1.2 ) 13,689 ( 12.5 ) 107,834 ( 0.6 ) 547.442 ( 3.1 ) 692,270 ( 0.3 ) 1,239,712 ( 1.6 ) 576,29! ( 2.9 ) 84,270 11,606 95.876 505,826 579,651 1,085,476 537,659 623,214 1,160,873 ( 10.4 ( 32.7 ( 13.1 ( 11.6 ( 19.8 ( 16.0 ( 10.3 ( 17.9 ( 14.4 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

738,211 1.319,291 ( -0.4 ) ( 0.7 ) 738,318 1,314,609 ( -0.5 )

( io )

Noles and coins in circulation 44.091 43,806 ( 0.7 ) 46,422 ( -5.0 ) 38.795 ( 13.7 )

of which held by public 37.936 37,655 ( 0.7 ) 39,687 ( -4.4 ) 33,611 ( 12.9 )

Total Deposits

Total Demand deposits 70,513 69,992 ( 0.7 ) 68.146 ( 3.5 ) 62,265 ( 13.2 )

Total Savings deposits 244,947 240,794 ( 17 ) 231,006 ( 6.0 ) 202,891 ( 20.7 )

Total Time deposits with licensed banks 888.269 886.240 ( 0.2 ) 883.716 ( 0.5 ) 768,677 ( 15.6 )

Total Time deposits with restricted licence banks 37,793 38,095 ( -0.8 ) 43,305 ( -12.7 ) 39,165 ( -35 )

Total Time deposits with deposit-taking companies 27,938 27,597 ( 12 ) 29,963 ( -6.8 ) 34,787 ( -19.7 )

HKS deposits* 541.580 530,167 ( 2.2 ) 523,581 ( 3.4 ) 490,830 ( 10.3 )

USS deposits* 291,761 292.760 ( -03 ) 296.600 ( -1.6 ) 273,660 ( 6.6 )

Other foreign currency deposits* 436,118 439,789 ( -0.8 ) 435,956 ( 0.0 ) 343,295 ( 27.0 )

All deposits 1,269,459 1.262,717 ( 0.5 ) 1,256,136 ( 11 ) 1,107,785 ( 14.6 )

Foreign currency swap deposits 61,132 55,922 ( 93 ) 62,010 ( -14 ) 68,094 ( -10.2 )

Total Loans and advances

To finance H.K.’s visible trade 80,324 77,387 ( 3.8 ) 74,524 ( 7.8 ) 66,579 ( 20.6 )

To finance merchandising trade not touching H.K. 10,269 9,938 ( 3.3 ) 8,103 ( 26.7 ) 9.21! ( 11.5 )

Other loans for use in H.K. 746.401 736,512 ( 13 ) 727,234 ( 2.6 ) 644,466 ( 15.8 )

Other loans for use outside H.K. 1.029,390 1,024,252 ( 0.5 ) 920,385 ( 118 ) 659,989 ( 56.0 )

Other loans where the place of use is not known 46,165 48,421 ( -4.7 ) 106,781 ( -56.8 ) 105,090 ( -56.1 )

Loans in HKS 664,721 658,395 ( io ) 638,725 ( 4.1 ) 575,346 ( 15.5 )

Loans in foreign currencies 1,247,828 1,238,116 ( 0.8 ) 1,198,303 ( 4.1 ) 909,988 ( 37.1 )

Total loans and advances 1,912,548 1,896,511 ( 0.8 ) 1,837,027 ( 4.1 ) 1.485,335 ( 28.8 )

♦ Adjusted for foreign currency swap deposits. Starting from April 1991, swap deposits can further be broken down into US dollar and non-US dollar 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 I February 1990.

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TABLE 2 : QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY_SECTOR - JUNE. J991

(HKSmn)

Jun 1991 Earlier quarters ( change to Jun 1991)

Sectors Manufacturing 54,886 Mar 1991 Dec 1990 Jun 1990 51,871 ( 5.8 ) 49,315 ( 11.3 ) 49,429 ( 11.0 )

Transport and transport equipment 45,251 43,543 ( 3.9 ) 41,232 ( 9.7 ) 37,658 ( 20.2 )

Building, construction, property 117,017 110,183 ( 6.2 ) 108.112 ( 8.2 ) 102,145 ( 14.6 )

development and investment Wholesale and retail trade 76,991 73,399 ( 4.9 ) 74,641 ( 3.1 ) 69,663 ( 10.5 )

Financial concerns ♦ 103,119 111,575 ( -7.6 ) 104,730 ( -1.5 ) 93,849 ( 9.9 )

Individuals:

to purchase flats in the Home 15,535 15,071 ( 3.1 ) 13,664 ( 13.7 ) 13,883 ( 11.9 )

Ownership Scheme and Private Sector Participation Scheme

to purchase other residential 154,902 141,648 ( 9.4 ) 132,166 ( 17.2 ) 113,773 ( 36.2 )

property

other purposes 68,586 65,271 ’( 5.1 ) 60,896 ( 12.6 ) 58,843 ( 16.6 )

Others 110,114 114,673 ( -4.0 ) 104,612 ( 5.3 ) 105,222 ( 4.6 )

Total 746,401 727,234 ( 2.6 ) 689,368 ( 8.3 ) 644,466 ( 15.8 )

♦ This excludes funds advanced to authorized institutions.

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CITIBANK NOT IN ♦ t

DIFFICULTIES: SMA » » *

COMMENTING ON LARGER THAN USUAL WITHDRAWALS FROM BRANCHES TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR SAW TBBBB WAS NO REASON FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACT >N THE BANK WAS NOT IN ANY DIFFICULTIES.

THIS

SOME CITIBANK

DAVID NENDICK

WAY BECAUSE

HE NOTED THAT RUMOURS WERE CIRCULATING ABOUT SOME BANKS.

"THESE ARE TOTALLY WITHOUT FOUNDATION," HE SAID.

"THOSE SPREADING RUMOURS ARE IRRESPONSIBLE AND CONDEMNED," HE ADDED.

ARE TO BE

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CONSULTANCY AGREEMENTS FOR DETAILED DESIGN OF ROUTE * ♦ ♦ * *

3

THR HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $120 MILLION FOR THE “t“iS DESIGN OF A SECTION OF ROUTE 3 BETWEEN TSING YI AND WEST KOWLOON.

CONSULTANCY NORTHWEST

THE CONSULTANCY WHICH INVOLVES INITIALLY THE DETAILED DESIGN AND PREPARATION OF CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR TENDER PURPOSES, WILL ALSO PROVIDE FOR .SUBSEQUENT SUPERVISION OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE PRO

THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR KWEI SEE-KAN, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID ROUTE 3 WAS A STRATEGIC NORTH TO SOUTH EXPRESSWAY ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE TERRITORY LINKING THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD TO THE WESTERN SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

IT PROVIDED A DIRECT LINK FOR TRAFFIC COMING AND NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES TO URBAN AREA.

FROM THE BORDER

HE SAID THE SECTION OF ROUTE

3 FROM

NORTHWEST TSING YI TO

WEST KOWLOON WAS ONE OF THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ESSENTIAL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE FUTURE CHAK LAP KOK AIRPORT.

IT WOULD INTERCHANGE WITH THE TSING MA BRIDGE AT THE CORNER OF TSING YI AND WOULD CONNECT WITH THE WEST KOWLOON NEAR MEI FOO.

NORTHWEST EXPRESSWAY

MAINLY THE THREE-LANE

THE WORKS OF THIS SECTION OF ROUTE 3 INCLUDED CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROUTE 3 INTERCHANGE, 1.5-KILOMETRE TWIN TUNNELS THROUGH TSING YI, A 500-METRE LONG CROSS RAMBLER CHANNEL BRIDGE AND 3.7-KILOMETRE OF DUAL FOUR-LANE VIADUCT IN KWAI CHUNG AREA.

MR KWEI SAID THE DETAILED DESIGN WOULD START IMMEDIATELY AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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CONSTRUCTION WORK WOULD COMMENCE IN LATE 1992 AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED TODAY BETWEEN MR KWEI AND THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SPHW CONSORTIUM, MR D.R. BUTLER.

THE CONSORTIUM COMPRISES SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS, PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (ASIA) LTD., WILBUR SMITH ASSOCIATES AND CHARLES HASWELL & PARTNERS (FAR EAST), TOGETHER WITH OTHER SUBCONSULTANTS.

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THIRD EDITION OF "HK’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES" PUBLISHED

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THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED FROM 12,867 MILLION IN 1960 TO 1225,875 MILLION IN 1990, SHOWING AN ANNUAL GROWTH OF 12.7%.

OWING TO THE GENERAL SLOWDOWN OF THE WORLD ECONOMY, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ONLY GREW BY 3% AND 1% IN 1989 AND 1990 RESPECTIVELY.

THE ABOVE FIGURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE THIRD EDITION OF THE "HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES" WHICH IS RELEASED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE PUBLICATION ALSO NOTED THAT AS AT 1990, A TOTAL OF 730,217 PERSONS WERE EMPLOYED BY HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, ACCOUNTING FOR 29.5% OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT.

THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, HOWEVER, CEASED TO BE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER AND WAS OVERTAKEN BY THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANT AND HOTELS SECTOR.

THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS DROPPED FROM 49,926 IN 1989 TO 49,087 LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE DECREASING TREND IN THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS AND EMPLOYEES, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR WILFRED WONG, ATTRIBUTED THIS IN PART TO THE INCREASING USE OF AUTOMATION IN MANUFACTURING AND THE SHIFT OF LABOUR-INTENSIVE AND LOWER-END PRODUCTION TO CHINA.

MR WONG SAID HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES MAINLY CONSISTED OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES. THE AVERAGE SIZE OF INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS HAD DROPPED FROM 18 PERSONS IN 1985 TO 15 PERSONS IN 1990.

"OF THE 49,087 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN 1990, 42,281 ESTABLISHMENTS (86.1 PER CENT) EMPLOYED FEWER THAN 20 PERSONS, AND 46,500 (94.7 PER CENT) OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYED FEWER THAN 60 PERSONS.

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"ALTHOUGH MAKING UP THE VAST MAJORITY OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, FACTORIES WITH FEWER THAN 50 PERSONS ONLY EMPLOYED 354,087 PERSONS IN TOTAL (48.5 PER CENT OF TOTAL MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT) IN 1990.

"IN CONTRAST, 51.5 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT, OR 376,130 PERSONS, IS CONCENTRATED IN 2,587 LARGER ESTABLISHMENTS (5.3 PER CENT)," MR WONG SAID.

HE SAID THERE WAS AN INHERENT ADVANTAGE IN THIS MAKE-UP AS MANY SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED OPERATIONS WERE CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE BIGGER FACTORIES THROUGH AN EFFICIENT NETWORK OF SUBCONTRACTING PROCESSING ARRANGEMENTS.

THIS PROVIDES HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR WITH A FLEXIBILITY WHICH ENABLES IT TO RESPOND SWIFTLY TO CHANGES IN EXTERNAL DEMANDS.

THE REPORT ALSO NOTED THAT THE 1980S SAW THE EMERGENCE OF ■ LINKAGE INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG, WHICH CONVERT IMPORTED RAW MATERIALS INTO SEMI-MANUFACTURES, COMPONENTS, PARTS, SUB-ASSEMBLIES AND MACHINES FOR SALE TO OTHER MANUFACTURERS EITHER FOR ASSEMBLY INTO FINISHED PRODUCTS OR FOR USE IN THE PRODUCTION PROCESS.

"THE GROWTH OF THE LINKAGE INDUSTRIES HAS ASSISTED THE TRANSFORMATION OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR FROM THE SIMPLE ASSEMBLY OF IMPORTED PARTS AND COMPONENTS.

"THIS GROWTH IS CONNECTED WITH MANUFACTURING-WIDE TRENDS IN THE 1980S,” MR WONG SAID.

"FIRSTLY, THE SHIFT OF HONG KONG’S LABOUR INTENSIVE ASSEMBLY OPERATIONS INTO OTHER AREAS IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION, ESPECIALLY INTO SOUTH CHINA, HAS ENABLED HONG KONG TO DEVELOP INTO A MANUFACTURING SUPPORT BASE FOR THE REGION, NOT ONLY FOR A VARIETY OF FINANCIAL AND OTHER SERVICES, BUT ALSO FOR MATERIALS, PARTS, COMPONENTS AND PRODUCTION TOOLING THAT CANNOT BE SUPPLIED IN THOSE AREAS.

"SECONDLY, A COMBINATION OF FACTORS INCLUDING RISING LABOUR COSTS, SHORTER PRODUCT LIFE-CYCLES, AND THE NEED TO DIVERSIFY INTO HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS TO MAINTAIN PROFIT MARGINS HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF MORE AUTOMATED AND FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING METHODS IN THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES," MR WONG ADDED.

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MORE SECONDARY STUDENTS FOUND TO HAVE ABUSED DRUGS ♦ t t ♦ ♦ ♦

MORE SECONDARY’ SCHOOL AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS WERE FOUND TO HAVE ABUSED PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES, MAINLY CANNABIS AND TWO TRANQUILLISERS.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FINDINGS OF THE 1990 SURVEY ON THE NON-MEDICAL USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES AMONG STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES RELEASED TODAr (THURSDAY). THE SURVEY HAS BEEN STUDIED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

COVERING FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL THE 16 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE TERRITORY, THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN LAST OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRST SURVEY IN 1987 WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO COLLECT MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE DATA.

A TOTAL OF SOME 110,000 STUDENTS WERE ENUMERATED. THESE INCLUDED 86,147 FROM 126 CHINESE-SPEAKING SCHOOLS AND 16,786 FROM THE EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AS WELL AS ALL 6,875 STUDENTS FROM THE 16 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS.

ALL THE STUDENTS SURVEYED WERE QUESTIONNAIRE.

ASKED TO COMPLETE A

26-QUESTION

QUESTIONS COVERING SUCH POINTS SUBSTANCES ABUSED, THEIR ATTITUDES SUBSTANCES, AND THEIR SOURCES OF SUCH

AS THE TYPES OF AND REASONS FOR

PSYCHOTROPIC

ABUSING THE

SUBSTANCES WERE ASKED.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WERE AND NO INDIVIDUAL DATA WERE RELEASED.

TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE

THE 1990 SURVEY REVEALED THAT 2.1 PER CENT OF THE STUDENTS IN THE CHINESE-SPEAKING SECONDARY SCHOOLS POLLED HAD ABUSED PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES. THE ABUSE RATE IN THE 1987 SURVEY WAS 1.1 PER CEN I .

THE ABUSE RATES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME DAY COURSES OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES COVERED BY THE SURVEY WERE 2.5 PER CENT AND 6.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RESULTS WERE

INTERNATIONAL

DRUG ABUSERS

MOSTLY AT THE OBTAINED THE

THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES IN THE 1987 SURVEY 1.7 PER CENT AND 3.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE SURVEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE ABUSE RATE IN SCHOOLS WAS 5.3 PER CENT.

THE SURVEY INDICATED THAT MOST OF THE STUDENT WERE MALE.

THEY STARTED TO ABUSE PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES AGE OF 13 TO 16, MAINLY OUT OF CURIOSITY. MOST OF THEM

SUBSTANCES FROM THEIR FRIENDS.

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CANNABIS REPLACED MANDRAX AS THE MOST COMMONLY ABUSED SUBSTANCE AMONG STUDENT DRUG ABUSERS IN 1990, FOLLOWED BY ROHYPNOL, HALCION, MANDRAX AND COUGH MEDICINE.

THE SURVEY, HOWEVER, SHOWED THAT LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER OF THE STUDENTS CLAIMED TO HAVE ABUSED THE SUBSTANCES WERE REGULAR ABUSERS WHO ABUSED THE SUBSTANCES REGULARLY IN THE 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SURVEY. THIS SHOWED NO INCREASE WHEN COMPARED WITH THE 1987 RESULTS.

IT IS ALSO HEARTENING TO NOTE THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF STUDENTS SURVEYED DID NOT APPROVE OF THE NON-MEDICAL USE OF DRUGS AND MORE THAN 60 PER CENT OF THE STUDENT DRUG ABUSERS HAD ALREADY STOPPED ABUSING THE SUBSTANCES.

COMMENTING ON THE SURVEY FINDINGS, THE CHAIRMAN OF ACAN, DR GERALD CHOA, SAID THE SURVEY HAD PROVIDED A .CLEARER INDICATION OF THE PROBLEM AMONG STUDENTS.

"TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM, ACAN CONSIDERED AT ITS MEETING THIS AFTERNOON THAT PUBLICITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED,” HE ADDED.

AS FAR AS PUBLICITY IS CONCERNED, DR CHOA SAID THE TARGETS SHOULD BE THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE YOUNGSTERS.

"THE THEME FOR THE ANTI-DRUG MEDIA STRATEGY ENDORSED BY ACAN FOR 1990/91, WHICH IS STILL BEING USED FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, HAS BEEN CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE FOR CONTINUED ADOPTION.

"EVERYONE, YOUNGSTERS IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND SAY ’NO’ TO ALL DRUGS."

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MISS MAUREEN TO, SAID THE NARCOTICS DIVISION WOULD STEP UP ITS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION EFFORTS BY MEANS OF EXTENDING ITS SCHOOL TALK PROGRAMMES EARLY NEXT YEAR TO COVER NOT ONLY SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES BUT ALSO PRIMARY 6 STUDENTS.

"A NEW COMPREHENSIVE DRUG EDUCATION TEACHING KIT, NOW UNDER PRODUCTION, WILL BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR TO ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS, OUTREACH SOCIAL WORK TEAMS AND INTERESTED PARTIES THROUGH A SERIES OF SEMINARS AND VISITS.

"IT WILL COMPRISE VIDEOS, FOLLOW-UP EXERCISES, LESSON PLANS AND ADDITIONAL REFERENCE MATERIALS WITH A VIEW TO PROVIDING STUDENTS AND YOUNGSTERS WITH ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DRUGS AND HELPING THEM TO DEVELOP ATTITUDES AND SKILLS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM.

"THE NARCOTICS DIVISION WILL ALSO ISSUE A GUIDEBOOK FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL CONTAINING SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT DRUGS -- WHAT THEY ARE, WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, THEIR EFFECTS AND DANGERS, AND SYMPTOMS RESULTANT FROM THEIR USE.

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"WHEN THE GUIDEBOOK IS ISSUED, PARENTS WILL BE URGED TO MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES',

PAY

SHE

SAID.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER CONTINUED THAT PUBLICITY THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND PRINTED MATERIALS, AS WELL AS CAMPAIGNS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, WOULD BE MAINTAINED FOR THE COMMUNITY.

"WE’LL CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE SITUATION, REVIEW AND ADJUST OUR PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES IF AND WHEN NECESSARY," SHE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

AS THE 173-PAGE REPORT IS STILL BEING PRINTED, LIMITED PHOTOSTATED COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE MADE AVAILABLE FOR REFERENCE AT THE LIBRARY OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION ON THE 23RD FLOOR OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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MANAGEMENT CHANGE FOR VIETNAMESE DETENTION CENTRE

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IN A MOVE THAT WILL RELEASE OVER 200 POLICEMEN FOR CRIME FIGHTING DUTIES, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO TRANSFER THE MANAGEMENT OF HIGH ISLAND VIETNAMESE DETENTION CENTRE FROM THE POLICE TO THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR CLINTON LEEKS, SAID SOME 500 POLICE OFFICERS WERE AT PRESENT DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN VIETNAMESE MIGRANT DUTIES.

FURTHER MANPOWER RESOURCES ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHENEVER THEY ARISE.

"THE REDEPLOYMENT OF POLICE OFFICERS FROM THEIR NORMAL OPERATIONAL DUTIES PUTS AN OBVIOUS STRAIN ON THE FORCE WITH REGARD TO LAW ENFORCEMENT," MR LEEKS POINTED OUT.

"WITH THE GROWING VIETNAMESE POPULATION AND THE ADDITIONAL BURDENS THIS IMPOSES ON THE MANAGEMENT OF DETENTION DUTIES, WE CANNOT ALLOW POLICE RESOURCES TO GO ON BEING STRETCHED IN THIS WAY," HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, HIGH ISLAND DETENTION CENTRE IS MANAGED BY 228 GOVERNMENT STAFF, OF WHOM 212 ARE POLICE OFFICERS.

SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AN EQUAL NUMBER OF POSTS WILL BE CREATED IN THF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF HIGH ISLAND DETENTION CENTRE UNDER THE DEPARTMENT WILL COST $25 MILLION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, AND $41 MILLION IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

MR LEEKS ADDED THAT EFFORTS WOULD BE MADE TO IDENTIFY SUFFICIENT SAVINGS TO COVER ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE INVOLVED.

THE HANDOVER OF THE CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN ABOUT ONE MONTH’S TIME.

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EXTENSION OF HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE ♦ * ♦ »

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF THE DISBANDMENT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT BEING BROUGHT FORWARD AS A RESULT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB’S PROPOSAL TO EXTEND HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE.

’’THE FUTURE OF THE REGIMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE BRITISH GARRISON BY 1997,” MR ASPREY SAID.

’’THAT DECISION WILL DICTATE WHEN THE PRESENT HEADQUARTERS SITE OF THE REGIMENT CAN BE RELEASED, AND THERE IS NO QUESTION OF BRINGING IT FORWARD IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE,” HE ADDED.

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BAN ON SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD COINS, IRON AND STEEL IMPORTS WILL BE LIFTED

♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO LIFT HONG KONG’S BAN ON IMPORTS OF GOLD COINS MINTED IN SOUTH AFRICA, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID THE BAN ON IRON AND STEEL IMPORTS WOULD ALSO BE LIFTED.

TO GIVE EFFECT TO THIS DECISION, THE IMPORT PROHIBITION (SOUTH AFRICA) (REPEAL) REGULATIONS WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FROM TOMORROW, AS A RESULT OF THE BAN BEING LIFTED, GOLD COINS AND IRON AND STEEL FROM SOUTH AFRICA WOULD NO LONGER BE SUBJECT TO THE ISSUE OF IMPORT LICENCES- BY THE TRADE DEPARTMENT.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1991

EDUCATION SUBSIDIES FOR NEEDY FARM/FISHING CHILDREN

*»♦**♦♦

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMPLETE THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLING TO APPLY FOR THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS EARLY.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH SUBSIDIES IN THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 14.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE 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.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE STUDENTS IN FORM 4 TO 7 AND THE AWARDS CAN BE TENABLE AT ANY SECONDARY SCHOOL IN HONG KONG.

SCHOLARSHIPS MAY BE AWARDED TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED A STANDARD OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"STUDENTS APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS MAY ALSO APPLY FOR GRANTS TO COVER TUITION FEES AND PURCHASE OF BOOKS AND SUCH APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A FINANCIAL NEED BASIS," HE ADDED.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TEL. 733 2249.

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246 VM’S RETURNED

A GROUP OF 246 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS TODAY (THURSDAY) RETURNED TO VIETNAM UNDER THE UNHCR’S VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME.

COMPRISING 142 MEN, 48 WOMEN, 40 BOYS AND 16 GIRLS, THEY WERE THE 62ND BATCH TO GO BACK UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

THIS GROUP BROUGHT TO 8,552 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS WHO HAVE RETURNED VOLUNTARILY.

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PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE BY AIRMAIL ACCEPTED FOR IRAQ

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THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MISS ELLE SHUM, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE SENT BY AIRMAIL WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR IRAQ.

OTHER SERVICES TO IRAQ, INCLUDING SURFACE MAIL, PARCEL AND INSURED MAIL, REMAIN SUSPENDED.

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FIVE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ******

FIVE NOMINATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY (THURSDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 85.

FOUR NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. AND ONE NOMINATION WAS RECEIVED FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WAS FIVE IN FINANCIAL SERVICES.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WERE IN KOWLOON CENTRAL AND NEW TERRITORIES EAST WITH EACH RECEIVING SEVEN NOMINATIONS.

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY/ ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAN P.F., PETER M 69 SECURITIES DEALER 572 0330

WONG PO-IIANG, ALEX M 45 INSURANCE EXECUTIVE 526 0668

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ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING KAN FOOK-YEE M 55 CHARTERED SURVEYOR 810 8123

REGIONAL COUNCIL CHOW YICK-HAY M 33 CHINESE UNIVERSITY STAFF 785 7979

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

KOWLOON EAST TANG MAN-CHUN M 54 CONSULTANT ENGINEER (H.K. 389 344 4719 2613 (O) (R)

GOVT. APPOINTED EXAMINER)

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED SO FAR:

FUNCTIONAL

CONSTITUENCY

ELECTORAL DIVISION

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES 5

7. LABOUR 2

8. SOCIAL SERVICES 1

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE MEDICAL 1

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE HEALTH CARE 0

11. TEACHING 3

12. LEGAL 1

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING ENGINEERING 2

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING 3

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20

1

15

ACCOUNTANCY

16

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

17

TOURISM

18

URBAN COUNCIL

19

REGIONAL COUNCIL

20

RURAL

SUB-TOTAL

34

1

3

1

3

1

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST 6

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST 5

3. KOWLOON EAST 6

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL 7

5. KOWLOON WEST 6

6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST 7

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH 4

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST 5

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH 5

SUB-TOTAL: 51

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21 HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS * » » ♦ *

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 7.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 8.8.91 +149

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING -149

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.5 *-0.2* 8.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

8.8.91 7.8. 91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.10 PCT 5.29 PCT

1 MONTH 5.24 PCT 5.42 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.52 PCT 5.64 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.85 PCT 5.83 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.29 PCT 6.32 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5,991 MN 4,152 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CLOSURE OF STANDARD CHARTERED BANK: MALICIOUS LIES .................... 1

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: QUARTERLY ESTIMATES AND REVISED ANNUAL ESTIMATES ............................................................... 2

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN MAY 1991 .............. 7

PREQUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS FOR NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY PHASE 1 ... 11

CENTRALISED COLLECTION OF STAMP STUDY COMMENCES ON SEPTEMBER 2 ........ 12

RESPONSE TO PHC REPORT FAVOURABLE ..................................... 13

RC CHAMBERS AND RSD MOVE INTO NEW HOME ................................ 15

TENDERS INVITED FOR RECLAMATION IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 ...................... 17

FOUR PRIVATE STREETS IN WAN CHAI TO BE RESUMED ........................ 17

RECLAMATION FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT SIU HO WAN .................. 18

TENDERS INVITED FOR PARK CONSTRUCTION WORKS ........................... 19

LIVESTOCK FARMERS URGED TO SPEAK UP BEFORE MID-AUGUST ................. 19

LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPS DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS .......................... 20

EXTRAVAGANZA IN SHA TIN ON SUNDAY ..............................,...... 21

SIX NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS .................... 21

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 24

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CLOSURE OF STANDARD • H ARTERF l» RANK MM It lOliS MES ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, TODAY (FRIDAY) DESCRIBED AS "PURELY MALICIOUS LIES" REPORTS THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM OPERATION OF THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK HAS CLOSED.

SIGNS WERE EMERGING THAT THIS MIGHT BE PART OF AN ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN BY IRRESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS.

HE DENOUNCED SUCH BEHAVIOUR AND STRESSED THAT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO LOSE CONFIDENCE IN THE BANK OR THE HONG KONG BANKING SYSTEM.

HE MENTIONED THAT HE HIMSELF BANKED WITH THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK AND HAD NO INTENTION OF WITHDRAWING ANY OF HIS FUNDS.

MR NENDICK ALSO POINTED TO THE FOLLOWING FACTS CONCERNING THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK:

t STANDARD CHARTERED BANK IN LONDON HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING PRESS STATEMENT TODAY;

* THE HONG KONG GENERAL MANAGER OF THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS;

* THE BANK IS ONE OF THE TWO NOTE-ISSUING BANKS IN HONG KONG;

* THE BANK HAS A LONG STANDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THIS WILL CONTINUE;

* THE BANK IS ONE OF THE AGENTS FOR THE CONDUCT OF MONETARY

POLICY

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED AT 9.50 AM LONDON TIME:

"STANDARD CHARTERED BANK WISHES TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE RUMOURS CIRCULATING IN HONG KONG TO THE EFFECT THAT IT IS EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH ITS BANKING LICENCE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TOTALLY UNFOUNDED. MOREOVER, RUMOURS THAT ITS SHARES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED ON THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE ARE ALSO COMPLETELY UNTRUE. THIS STATEMENT IS BEING ISSUED WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE RANK OF ENGLAND AND THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE."

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GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT:

QUARTERLY ESTIMATES AND REVISED ANNUAL ESTIMATES

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QUARTERLY GDI’ ESTIMATES

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) GREW BY 4.1 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990, ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES BY THE CENSUS AND STAT I ST K’S I'FI'ARTMFN T .

THIS IS Till- FIRST TIME QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES. IT IS IN WHICH ARE ALREADY BEING PUBLISHED

THAT THE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES

ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES REGULARLY BY THE DEPARTMENT.

PRESENTING THESE QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), DEPUTY <ONMISSI ONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, NR FREDERICK HO WING -BURN, SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOW REGULARLY PUBLISH QUARTERLY GDI’ ESTIMATES ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE REFERENCE PERIOD.

"THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE AS A RESULT OF CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT IN DATA SOURCES AND ESTIMATION METHODS," HE SAID.

"IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO RELEASE FIGURES UP TO THE MOST RECENT QUARTER BECAUSE OF THE TIME REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE BASIC DATA FOR THE ESTIMATION," HE ADDED.

AMONG THE MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES, PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE GREW BY 5.2 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990.

THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS FOR GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE WAS 6.3 PER CENT, WHILE THAT FOR GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION WAS 6.9 PER CENT.

REGARDING EXTERNAL TRADE IN GOODS, SIGNIFICANT GROWTH RATES IN REAL TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS OF GOODS AT 18.4 PER CENT AND 22.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 2.3 PER CENT.

AS REGARDS TRADE IN SERVICES, THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS FOR EXPORTS OF SERVICES, AT 4.7 PER CENT, WAS LESS THAN THAT FOR IMPORTS OF SERVICES, AT 9.9 PER CENT.

THE SLOWER GROWTH IN EXPORTS OF SERVICES WAS PARTLY DUE TO THE EFFECT OF THE GULF WAR ON THE TOURIST INDUSTRY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991. NEVERTHELESS, AN INVISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF HK$4,687 MILLION AT CURRENT MARKET PRICES WAS STILL RECORDED.

ALONG WITH THE FIRST RELEASE OF THESE QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY ALSO PUBLISHED RETROSPECTIVELY A SERIES OF QUARTERLY GDP STATISTICS, DATING BACK TO THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1973.

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"THE ENTIRE STATISTICAL SERIES WILL FACILITATE SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS INTO THE STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY," MR HO SAID.

A NOTABLE FEATURE OF THE QUARTERLY GDP SERIES IS SEASONAL VARIATIONS, HE SAID. "GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE THIRD AND THE FOURTH QUARTERS OF EACH YEAR ARE THE SEASONALLY HIGH QUARTERS, WHILE THE FIRST AND THE SECOND QUARTERS ARE THE SEASONALLY LOW ONES."

MR HO SAID QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES FOR RECENT PERIODS WERE PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR MONITORING SHORT-TERM CHANGES IN ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE.

"HOWEVER, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO RELATIVELY LARGER FLUCTUATIONS THAN ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES. ALSO, BECAUSE OF THE MUCH SHORTER TIME LAG FOR PRODUCING THE ESTIMATES, SOME OF THE DATA USED FOR COMPILING QUARTERLY ESTIMATES MAY BE LESS SOLIDLY BASED THAN THOSE USED FOR COMPILING ANNUAL ESTIMATES."

MR HO SAID FOLLOWING THE FIRST RELEASE TODAY, QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES WOULD IN FUTURE BE PUBLISHED QUARTERLY IN A SHORT REPORT ENTITLED ’QUARTERLY ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT' WHICH WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AFTER EACH REFERENCE QUARTER.

THE FIRST REGULAR ISSUE OF THIS QUARTERLY REPORT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY NOVEMBER 1991 IN RESPECT OF GDP ESTIMATES FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991.

REVISED EXPENDITURE-BASED ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES

ALSO PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ARE REVISED EXPENDITURE-BASED ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES FOR THE PERIOD 1966 TO 1990.

THE REVISED ESTIMATES FOR 1966 TO 1988 REFLECT THE RESULTS OF A NON-ROUTINE REVISION UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT. THIS NON-ROUTINE REVISION INTRODUCED SOME IMPROVED ESTIMATION METHODS AND INCORPORATED THE NEW DATA AVAILABLE FROM THE 1989/90 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY AND A NEW ANNUAL SURVEY OF RE-EXPORT TRADE.

NON-ROUTINE REVISION TO GDP SERIES TAKES PLACE OCCASIONALLY, WHEN IMPORTANT NEW SOURCES OF DATA BECOME AVAILABLE OR IMPROVED ESTIMATION METHODS ARE ADOPTED. THIS IS IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE. THE LAST TIME THIS WAS DONE IN HONG KONG WAS IN 1987.

FOR THE 1989 AND 1990 EXPENDITURE-BASED GDP ESTIMATES, THE REVISED ESTIMATES REFLECT NOT ONLY THE EFFECTS OF THE NON-ROUTINE REVISION, BUT ALSO THAT OF THE ROUTINE REVISION WHEREBY UPDATED REGULAR DATA WERE INCORPORATED.

THE REVISED(AUGUST 1991) EXPENDITURE-BASED GDP ESTIMATES SHOW THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF GDP IN REAL TERMS IN 1990 WAS 2.8 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES OF 2.4 PER CENT PUBLISHED IN MARCH. THE GROWTH RATE OF GDP IN REAL TERMS IN 1989 HAS BEEN REVISED TO 2.7 PER CENT FROM 2.3 PER CENT.

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COMPARED WITH THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATES, THE REVISED EXPENDITUREBASED ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES ONLY DIFFER BY NOT MORE THAN PLUS/MINUS 0.8 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT IN TERMS OF THE REAL GROWTH RATES OF GDP AND NOT MORE THAN PLUS/MINUS 1.4 PER CENT IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF GDP ESTIMATES AT CURRENT MARKET PRICES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PERIOD FROM 1966 TO 1990. THE REVISION REPRESENTS A REFINEMENT IN THE OVERALL GDP FIGURE AND MORE PRECISE ESTIMATES OF THE COMPONENTS.

SPECIAL BOOKLET

THE COMPLETE QUARTERLY GDP SERIES FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1973 TO THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, AND THE REVISED ANNUAL GDP SERIES FROM 1966 TO 1990, ARE CONTAINED IN A SPECIAL BOOKLET ENTITLED ’GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: QUARTERLY ESTIMATES AND REVISED ANNUAL ESTIMATES’.

THE REVISED ANNUAL ESTIMATES IN THIS SPECIAL BOOKLET SUPERSEDE THE CORRESPONDING ESTIMATES PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE ’ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, 1966 TO 1990’ REPORT.

THIS SPECIAL BOOKLET ALSO CONTAINS A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONCEPTS, DATA SOURCES AND ESTIMATION METHODS OF THE QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATES AND THE SCOPE OF REVISION FOR THE ANNUAL GDP ESTIMATES.

THE BOOKLET IS NOW ON SALE AT $12 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG; AND AT THE PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS. DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE 823 5077.

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Table 1 : Preliminary Expenditure-based Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Estimates for the First Quarter of 19?j____________________

At current At constant (1980)

market prices _ market ..prices..

nr$Mn % change over QI 1990 HK$Mn % change over QI 1990

GDP coeponenta

1. Private consumption expenditure 87,300 16.6 41,307 5.2

2. Government consumption expenditure 12,910 21.6 4,685 6.3

3. Gross domestic fixed capital formation 39,868 13.0 17,554 6.9

of which: Buildings & construction 15,725 12.0 6,008 4.2

Plant, machinery a equipment 15,082 12.1 7,004 7.2

4. Change in stocks 2,577 • • 1,972 • •

5. Total exports of goods 152,860 17.9 87,953 14.8

Domestic exports 48,500 4.4 29,846 2.3

• Re-exports 104,360 25.5 58,107. 22.4

6. Less Imports of goods 163,342 22.6 92,861 19.4

7. Exports of services 24,331 8.9 12,293 1 4.7

8. Less Imports of services 19,644 18.6 11,562 9.9

GDP 136,860 12.4 61,241 4.1

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Table 2 : Revised Depend! ture-based Gross Danestic Product (GDP) Estimates for 1989 and 1990

RfiviseJ (August 91) Estimates for 1989 Reused(August 91) Estijcates for 1990

at current market prices at constant (1980) market prices at current market prices at constant (1980) market Drices

gy oawggatj) HK$Nri % change over _1988_ HKjMn % change over _1?88_ 05* % change over 1989 change over 1989

1. Private cowomptlon expenditure 283,533 12.6 153,486 3.6 321,641 13.4 160,445 4.5

2. Governoajt anraptlcD expenditure 36,324 21.0 15,483 6.0 43,705 20.3 16,504 6.6

3. Gross domestic fixed capital formation 133,018 14.9 64,718 3.1 152,622 14.7 69,670 7.7

of which: Buildings & const metier 48,664 i 26.4 21,188 9.7 58,517 20.2 23,269 9.8

Plant, machinery & equipment 54,077 5.2 26,641 1.8 58,204 7.6 27,768 4.2

4. Change in stocks 3,463 • • 2,375 • • 5,236 • • 3,230 • •

5. Tbtal exports of goods 570,509 15.7 344,150 10.2 639,874 12.2 375,842 9.2

Domestic exports 224,104 346,405 3.0 142,174 0.1 225,875 0.8 141,523 -O.5

Re-exports 25.8 201,976 18.6 413,999 19.5 234,319 16.0

6. Lees Imports of goods 565,219 12.8 337,134 8.9 645,200 14.2 375,700 11.4 1

7. Deports of services 97,455 14.0 52,489 5.2 107,833 10.6 55,937 6.6

8. Less Imports of services 62,698 13.1 41.349 6.5 72,468 15.6 44,719 8.2

GDP 496,385 14.5 254,218 2.7 553,243 11.5 261,209 2.8

Per capita GDP ($) 86,157 12.9 44,124 1.3 95,377 10.7 45,031 2.1

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE

*****

IN MAY 1991

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 3%, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 26% IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1991 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 17% IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 20% IN VOLUME.

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 BOTH ROSE BY 2%, WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 3%.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DECREASED BY 1%.

PRICES ARE BASED ON UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED, EXCEPT FOR SOME SELECTED COMMODITIES FOR WHICH SPECIFICATION PRICE INDEXES ARE AVAILABLE.

COMPARING THE MONTH OF MAY 1991 WITH MAY 1990, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 1%, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 27%. TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 17%. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS GREW BY 16%.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 2% AND 1% RESPECTIVELY. IMPORT PRICES INCREASED BY 2%.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP FOR MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990, INCLUDING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+17%); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+11%); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+7%); TEXTILE FABRICS (+5%); METAL MANUFACTURES (+4%); AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+4%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN FOOTWEAR (-20%); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-19%); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-5%); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-5%); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-1%); AND CLOTHING (-1%).

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990.

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THESE INCLUDED FOOTWEAR (+6%); METAL MANUFACTURES (+5%); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+4%); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+4%); CLOTHING (+4%); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+4%); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+3%); TEXTILE FABRICS (+3%); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+2%); AND METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+2%).

HOWEVER, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS DECREASED BY 2%; WHILE THOSE OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS WERE VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 8% IN MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990.

IN PARTICULAR, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MILK, BUTTER, CHEESE AND EGGS; FRUIT; ANIMALS OF THE BOVINE SPECIES; SWINE; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS; FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS; AND CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS, OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR.

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD; RICE; TEA AND COFFEE; WHEAT AND FLOUR; SUGAR; VEGETABLES; AND LIVE POULTRY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 17%.

COMMODITY ITEMS WITH CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS; MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS; CLOTHING; RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES;.TOBACCO MANUFACTURES; AND WATCHES.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 22% IN MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR MAN-MADE FIBRES; RAW COTTON; WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; YARN OF WOOL AND MIXTURES; IRON AND STEEL; PAPER AND PAPERBOARD; CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS; COTTON YARN AND THREAD; BASE METALS OTHER THAN IRON AND STEEL; AND FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURFS.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WIRE RECORDED IN Till IMPORT VOLUME OF CLAY AND RI-1-RAC I >>RY CONSTRUCT I ON MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, FTC . , EXCEPT GLASS; SILK FABRICS; CRUDE \NIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS- AND YARN O| MAN MADE FIBRES.

IMPORTS el FUFI S DECREASED BY 20% III VOLUME' IN MAI I'»<» | AS COMPARED with may 1990.

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AS REGARDS CAPITAL GOODS, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 10% IN MAY 1991 OVER MAY 1990.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS; OFFICE MACHINES; TEXTILE MACHINERY; INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY (OTHER THAN TEXTILE AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY); AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY.

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT; AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY.

COMPARING MAY 1991 WITH MAY 1990, THE IMPORT PRICES OF ALL ENDUSE CATEGORIES INCREASED: FUELS (+4%); CAPITAL GOODS (+3%); CONSUMER GOODS (+2%); RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+2%); AND FOODSTUFFS (+1%).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING MAY 1991 WITH MAY 1990, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES: CAPITAL GOODS (+33%); CONSUMER GOODS (+27%); RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+25%); FOODSTUFFS (+21%); AND FUELS (+17%).

THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN MAY 1991 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1990: FUELS (+6%); FOODSTUFFS (+3%)1 CAPITAL GOODS (+3%); CONSUMER GOODS (+2%); AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES (+0.4%).

FURTHER DETAILS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE MAY 1991 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND AUGUST 15 AT HK$4.00 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).

TABLE 1: CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING WITH MAY MAY 1991 1990 COMPARING JAN-MAY WITH JAN-MAY 1991 1990

COMMODITY GROUP UNIT VALUE VALUE % % < VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % %

CLOTHING 3 4 -1 5 3 2

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TEXTILE FABRICS - 10 5 3 3

8 3

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 15 3 11 3 3 *

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES -17 2 -19 -21 1 -22

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS 11 4 7 -10 4 -14

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS -3 -2 -1 29 -1 30

FOOTWEAR -15 6 -20 -27 6 -31

METAL MANUFACTURES 9 5 4 8 4 3

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 19 2 17 15 1 14

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4 4 8 8

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -1 4 -5 -12 2 -14

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -1 4 -5 3 1 2

ALL COMMODITIES 3 2 1 5 2 3

* LESS THAN 0.5%

TABLE 2: CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY END- USE CATEGORY

COMPARING WITH MAY 1991 MAY 1990 COMPARING JAN-MAY WITH JAN-MAY 1991 1990

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % %

FOODSTUFFS 9 1 8 14 3 11

CONSUMER GOODS 20 2 17 25 3 22

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 24 2 22 22 2 20

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FUELS -16 4 -20 29 24 4

CAPITAL GOODS 13 3 10 24 4 19

ALL COMMODITIES 19 2 16 23 3 20

TABLE 3: CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

9 > END-USE- CATEGORY VALUE % COMPARING MAY 1991 WITH MAY 1990 COMPARING JAN-MAY 1991

VALUE % WITH JAN-MAY 1990 UNIT VALUE VOLUME

UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

% %

FOODSTUFFS 25 3 21 23 3 19

CONSUMER GOODS 29 2 27 33 2 30

RAW MATERIALS AND 20

SEMI-MANUFACTURES 26 2 5 2 1 i

FUELS 24 6 17 3 27 -19

CAPITAL GOODS 36 3 33 29 1 27

ALL COMMODITIES 29 1 27 28 2 26

♦ LESS THAN 0.5%

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q PREQUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS FOR NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY PHASE 1 ♦ ♦ ♦ * t *

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM PREQUALIFY FOR TENDERING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TAI SECTIONS OF THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY.

CONTRACTORS TO HO AND YAM O

A NOTICE OF INVITATION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR KWE1 SEE-KAN 13 5-KILOMETRE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY WOULD EXTEND FROM END OF THE PROPOSED LANTAU FIXED CROSSING AT TSING CHAU NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

SAID THE

THE WESTERN TSAI TO THE

/HE SAID

FRIDAY, AUGOST 9, 1991

1?

HE SAID THE EXPRESSWAY WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS.

THE THREE-KILOMETRE YAM O SECTION FROM TSING CHAU TSAI PANG PO AND THE 6.5-KILOMETRE TAI HO SECTION FROM TA PANG PO TAU KOK FORMED PHASE 1 OF THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY PROJECT.

TO

TO

TA

KEI

PHASE 2 OF THE PROJECT IS THE FOUR-KILOMETRE TUNG CHUNG SECTION EXTENDING FROM KEI TAU KOK TO THE NEW AIRPORT.

MR KWE1 SAID THE WORKS COVERED BY THE PHASE 1 CONTRACT WOULD AHO ‘ U?^TYTSBBV“OVBBC“RTOTAL WIDTH OF ABOUT 65 METRES TO BE BUILT ON EXISTING OR RECLAIMED LA

IN ADDITION, LARGE DIAMETER WATERMAINS WOULD ALSO BE UNDER THE CONTRACTS, HE SAID.

INSTALLED

THE DEADLINE FOR

APPLICATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION

IS NOON

SEPTEMBER 6, THIS

YEAR.

FOI1 OWING THE PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE, THE JH$!1wAYS DEPARTMENTJ WILL INVITE TENDERS FROM PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS NOVEMBER IlIIS YEAR AND FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF

TAI HO AND YAM O SECTIONS RESPECTIVELY.

EXERCISE,

THE

IN THE

CENTRALISED COLLECTION OF STAMP DUTY COMMENCES ON SEPTEMBER 2 ♦ » * * ♦

THF COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR ANTHONY AU-YEUNG, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE, MR FRANCIS YUEN, (FRIDAY) SIGNED AN AGREEMENT FOR THE CENTRALISED .COLLECTION DUTY BY THE STOCK EXCHANGE.

OF

AND TODAY STAMP

WITH THE COLLECTION AGREEMENT, THE STOCK EXCHANGE PERMITTED TO COLLECT STAMP DUTY DUE FROM ITS BROKERS AND CONSOLIDATED PAYMENT TO THE STAMP OFFICE.

WILL BE

MAKE ONE

MR AU-YEUNG SAID UNDER THE CENTRAL COLLECTION SYSTEM, &UE 10

BE IMPLEMENTED ON SEPTEMBER 2, STOCKBROKERS WILL NEED ONLY TO

THF AMOUNT OF STAMP DUTY PAYABLE ON THE CONTRACT NOTE, AND MAKE AN ENDORSEMENT ON IT TO THE EFFECT THAT THE STAMP DUTY SO IMPRINTED WILL

BE PAID TO THE STOCK EXCHANGE.

THE BROKERS WILL THEN PAY THE REQUISITE DUTY ON A BASIS TO THE STOCK EXCHANGE WHICH THEN CONSOLIDATE THE REMIT THEM TO THE STAMP OFFICE.

’’TRADE PAYMENTS

DAY"

AND

MAY ONLY

FOR CONTROL PURPOSES, THE IMPRINT AND ENDORSEMENT

MADE BY PERSONS AUTHORISED BY THE COLLECTOR. ANY CONTRAVENTION THIS IS AN OFFENCE.

BE

OF

/"INITIALLY, ALL

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"INITIALLY, ALL BROKERS IN BUSINESS WILL BE AUTHORISED TO IMPRINT AND ENDORSE ON CONTRACT NOTES UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM," MR AU-YEUNG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT BROKERS WILL BE ASKED TO KEEP PROPER RECORDS OF THE STAMP DUTY PAYABLE AND SEND PERIODIC RETURNS TO THE STAMP OFFICE FOR MONITORING PURPOSES.

TAX INSPECTORS WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT STAMP DUTY INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT PROPER AMOUNTS OF STAMP DUTY ARE PAID.

"1 HOPE THAT THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE A SUCCESS. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RENDER WHATEVER ASSISTANCE WE CAN TO ENSURE THIS,” HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE COMMENCEMENT NOTICE FOR THE STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) ORDINANCE 1991 WHICH EMPOWERS THE COLLECTOR OF STAMP REVENUE TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE TO CONSOLIDATE CONTRACT NOTE DUTY DUE FROM ITS MEMBERS AND REMIT IT TO THE STAMP OFFICE WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL SAVE BROKERS THE EFFORT OF AFFIXING AND CANCELLING ADHESIVE STAMPS ON CONTRACT NOTES. IT ALSO PAVES THE WAY FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW SYSTEM.

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RESPONSE TO PHC REPORT FAVOURABLE ♦ «»»»»

THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GENERAL RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY THE WORKING PARTY ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE (PHC) WHICH WAS PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION IN APRIL HAS BEEN FAVOURABLE.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE KOWLOON LIONS CLUB.

DR LEE SAID DURING THE THREE-MONTH CONSULTATION PERIOD, OVER 150 WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM PROFESSIONAL BODIES, INTERESTED GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS AND SOME 20 BRIEFING SESSIONS WERE GIVEN TO INTERESTED GROUPS, INCLUDING 19 DISTRICT BOARDS.

HE NOTED THAT THE PUBLIC GENERALLY ENDORSED THE OBJECTIVES AND PRINCIPLES AS SET OUT BY THE WORKING PARTY IN DEVELOPING PHC SERVICES IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

"THEY SUPPORT THE WORKING PARTY'S VIEWS THAT HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION, CURATIVE CARE AND COMMUNITY REHABILITATION SHOULD BE THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF PHC," DR LEE SAID.

MOST OF THE 102 RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT RECEIVED STRONG SUPPORT FROM ALL SECTORS, HE ADDED.

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THESE INCLUDE DISEASE PREVENTION, HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION, SCREENING SERVICE, IMPROVEMENT IN GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICE, TRAINING OF HEALTH PERSONNEL, BETTER CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, DISTRICT HEALTH SYSTEM AND STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DR LEE SAID, CONCERN AND RESERVATION WERE EXPRESSED ON RECOMMENDATIONS ON FEES AND CHARGES, CONTRACTING OUT OF CLINIC SERVICE TO PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS AND THE SETTING UP OF A PHC AUTHORITY.

HE DESCRIBED AS A GREAT PITY A MISUNDERSTANDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FORMULATE A STRATEGIC PLAN IN HEALTH EDUCATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACTUAL HEALTH SITUATION OF THE COMMUNITY.

"IT UNDERMINES THE EFFORTS OF BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS IN PROMOTING THE HEALTH OF THE LOCAL POPULATION," HE SAID.

DR LEE POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS SPENT MUCH EFFORTS IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC AND DEGENERATIVE DISEASES SUCH AS CANCER, HEART AND CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES.

THE WORKING PARTY HAS ALSO GIVEN SPECIAL EMPHASIS TO THE EARLY DETECTION AND PREVENTION OF SUCH NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, HENCE THE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR COMMON DISEASES AMONG THE ELDERLY AND OPPORTUNISTIC SCREENING AT GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS.

ON THE RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING FEES AND CHARGES, DR LEE DESCRIBED THE FEAR THAT IT WOULD COVER THE WHOLE RANGE OF PHC SERVICES AS "TOTALLY UNFOUNDED".

"APART FROM THE FACT THAT OUR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN GENERAL ARE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED BY PUBLIC FUNDS, MANY OF OUR PREVENTIVE AND PROMOTIVE SERVICES ARE ABSOLUTELY FREE," HE SAID.

"THERE IS NO INTENTION TO CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND TO PREVENT DISEASES."

AS REGARD THE PROPOSAL TO CONTRACT OUT CLINICS TO THE PRIVATE DOCTORS UNDER SPECIFIED CONDITIONS, DR LEE STRESSED THAT THE RECOMMENDATION WAS INTENDED TO IMPROVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS.

"WE WILL REVIEW THIS PROPOSAL WITH GREAT CARE IN THE LIGHT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS," HE SAID.

REFERRING TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, DR LEE SAID THE WORKING PARTY HAS NOT OVERLOOKED THE ISSUE.

IN FACT, IT HAS RECOMMENDED A SEPARATE REVIEW ON THE SUBJECT WITH A VIEW TO MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES.

/THE DIRECTOR .......

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THE DIRECTOR STRESSED THAT IMPROVEMENTS OF HEALTH SERVICES BY THE GOVERNMENT ALONE COULD NOT ATTAIN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S OBJECTIVE OF "HEALTH FOR ALL BY THE YEAR 2000".

"PHC IS PARTICIPATORY CARE WITH A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AMONG THE GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE COMMUNITY," DR LEE SAID.

"MANY OF OUR HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE INSEPARABLE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS OR RESULTS OF LIFE-STYLES. THE PROMOTION OF SELF-CARE, EXERCISE, HEALTHY DIETS AND LIFE-STYLE WILL THUS GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS ACHIEVING GOOD HEALTH."

DR LEE SAID HIE GOVERNMENT WOULD FORMULATE ITS POLICY FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF PHC SERVICES IN HONG KONG AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE PUBLIC VIEWS AND COMMENTS.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE PUT INTO ACTION.

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RC CHAMBERS AND RSD MOVE INTO NEW HOME » » t * »

THE REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS WILL START OPERATING FROM THEIR NEW HOME IN SHA TIN STARTING NEXT WEEK.

THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL BUILDING IS LOCATED AT 1-3 PAI TAU STREET AND IS A FEW MINUTES WALK FROM SHA TIN KCR STATION.

i

MOST DIVISIONS QF THE RSD HEADQUARTERS WILL HAVE MOVED INTO THE NEW BUILDING BY MONDAY (AUGUST 12) WHILE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL SECRETARIAT, THE DEPARTMENT'S LICENSING OFFICE AND SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL MOVE IN A WEEK LATER.

BUILT AT A COST OF $200.6 MILLION ON A SITE OF 0.4 HECTARE, THE NEW BUILDING IS A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FIVE-LEVEL, PILLAR-MOUNTED COUNCIL CHAMBERS BLOCK AND A 20-STOREY OFFICE TOWER.

ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE LOW BLOCK WILL BE THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, AN EXHIBITION ROOM AND AN AUDIO-VISUAL ROOM.

THE SECOND FLOOR WILL HOUSE THE OFFICES OF THE CHAIRMAN, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, COUNCILLORS AND THE COUNCIL SECRETARIAT, AN INTERVIEW-CONFERENCE ROOM, AND A PRESS ROOM.

THERE WILL BE A MEMBERS’ COMMON ROOM, A LIBRARY, A COMMITTEE ROOM, A PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, A FUNCTION ROOM AND A RECREATION ROOM BETWEEN THE THIRD AND FIFTH FLOORS.

/THE OFFICE

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THE OFFICE TOWER WILL ACCOMMODATE THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

DIRECTORATE I6TH FLOOR

LEGAL ADVISER 11TH FLOOR

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE 8TH FLOOR

LICENSING OFFICE 9TH FLOOR

FINANCE AND SUPPLIES DIVISION 9TH FLOOR AND 10TH FLOOR

MANAGEMENT SERVICES DIVISION 11TH FLOOR

ADMINISTRATION DIVISION 12TH FLOOR AND 13TH FLOOR

FESTIVAL OFFICE 14TH FLOOR

CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION 14 TH FLOOR

TRANSPORT DIVISION 14TH FLOOR

ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE DIVISION 15TH FLOOR

LEISURE SERVICES DIVISION 1 5TH FLOOR

PLANNING DIVISION 17TH FLOOR

INFORMATION DIVISION 17TH FLOOR

THE ENTRANCE TO THE LOW BLOCK IS GUARDED BY l'W(.) TRADITIONAL STONE LIONS. THE LIONS ARE CARVED OUT OF WHITE MARBLE IN THE STYLE OF THE EARLY TANG DYNASTY AT A COST OF ABOUT $200,000.

THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL BUILDING WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR ON SEPTEMBER 26.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF OFFICERS TN THE RSD INFORMATION

DIVISION ARE:

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER s. HOOSAIN 601 8627

PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER K. RATHOUR 601 8628

SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICERS MS LOUISA MAK 601 8629

GABRIEL TONG 601 8630

MS EVA TSANG 601 8631

SIMON TAM 601 8632

INFORMATION OFFICERS THOMAS CHENG 601 8633

MS Y1K WAT-KING 601 8634

HO YUEN-TUNG 601 8635

MS NATALIA LEUNG 601 8636

MS YUNG YUEN-HAN 601 8637

ASSISTANT INFORMATION OFFICER MS SUSANNA HO 601 8647

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 1991

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TENDERS INVITED FOR RECLAMATION IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 * ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS TO UNDERTAKE RECLAMATION WORKS IN SIU CHIK SHA ADJOINING THE TSEUNG KWAN O LANDFILL SITES AS PART OF THE TSEUNG KWAN O NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

WORKS ON THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEAWALLS, BOX CULVERTS AND THE EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF A SECTION OF ROAD D6.

THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START THIS NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT

26 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LTD. FOR THE SOUTH EAST NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CONSULTANCY COMPANY AT 4 FUNG WO LANE, WO CHE, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 6.

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FOUR PRIVATE STREETS IN WAN CHAI TO BE RESUMED ♦ ♦ ♦ t t ♦

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RESUME AND REPAIR A REAR LANE OF LOCKHART ROAD, FOO MING STREET, MONMOUTH TERRACE AND THE SOUTHERN PART OF 44 - 58 JAFFE ROAD IN WAN CHAI.

THE FOUR STREETS ARE UNDER PRIVATE MULTIPLE OWNERSHIPS AND ARE NOT PROPERLY MANAGED OR MAINTAINED. AS A RESULT THEY ARE IN POOR REPAIR AND CAUSE CONSIDERABLE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.

THE RESUMPTION WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO REPAIR THE STREETS TO A PROPER STANDARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START TN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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

THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY BE INSPECTED AT IHF FOLLOWING OFFICES:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL;

/* HONG KONG.........

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* HONG KONG WEST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI; AND

* WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 2 O’BRIEN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED WORKS OR THE USE SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 8 THIS YEAR, DESCRIBING HIS INTEREST AND HOW HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

RECLAMATION FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT SIU HO WAN

******

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 9.8 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT SIU HO WAN, LANTAU ISLAND TO PROVIDE LAND FOR CONSTRUCTING SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS TO SERVE THE NEW AIRPORT AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTH LANTAU AREA.

THE WORK WILL COMMENCE IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1993.

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

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 8.

THE NOTICE (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER); AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR PARK CONSTRUCTION WORKS

*****

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF LAI CHI KOK PARK STAGE ONE (PHASE TWO) IN LAI CHI KOK, KOWLOON.

THE WORKS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHINESE-STYLE GARDEN WITH PAVILIONS, POOLS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS.

WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 34TH FLOOR QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 30.

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LIVESTOCK FARMERS URGED TO SPEAK UP BEFORE MID-AUGUST

*****

LIVESTOCK FARMERS AND ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED ARE TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED TO FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROPOSALS UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME BEFORE THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ENDS

THE PROPOSALS, WHICH INCLUDE A NEW LICENSING SCHEME FOR LIVESTOCK KEEPING, WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN EARLY JUNE.

A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT OUTLINING THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LICENSING SCHEME HAS THEN BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE FARMERS THROUGH VARIOUS CHANNELS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO REDUCE THE RISKS POSED BY OLD-FASHIONED LIVESTOCK KEEPING METHODS STILL IN USE IN HONG KONG. U

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH SAID TO ENABLE THIS PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS TO BE IMPLEMENTED, IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PROPOSE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN DUE COURSE.

"WIDE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSALS HAS BEEN HELD IN THE PAST MONTHS WITH VARIOUS ESTABLISHED BODIES, INCLUDING THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE AND THE LIVESTOCK SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES,"

/"A SPECIAL .......

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"A SPECIAL MEETING HAS ALSO BEEN HELD WITH DUCK AND GOOSfe FARMERS TO COLLECT THEIR VIEWS ON SIMILAR CONTROL ON DUCK AND GOOSE KEEPING.

"SO FAR, WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK KEEPING ASSOCIATIONS WHICH REPRESENTED SEVERAL MAJOR FARMERS’ UNION, AND THE DUCKS AND GEESE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION PREPARATORY COMMITTEE AND INDIVIDUALS."

HE STRESSED THAT ALL VIEWS COLLECTED WILL BE CONSOLIDATED AND SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE A FINAL DECISION WAS MADE.

HE URGED THE FARMERS TO PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ADDING THAT "THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO WORK OUT SATISFACTORY SOLUTION IN CONSULTATION WITH FARMERS".

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPS DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS

*****

DISABLED PERSONS WHO WISH TO SEEK OPEN EMPLOYMENT MAY APPROACH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION (SPD) FOR ASSISTANCE.

"IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS, WHICH IS CURRENTLY STAGED IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ON REHABILITATION AIDS AND TECHNOLOGY TO SHOW HOW WE CAN HELP DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS," SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (SELECTIVE PLACEMENT), MR TANG KONG-KIN, SAID.

"IN THE EXHIBITION, WE WILL INTRODUCE THE WORK AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SPD OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

"WE WILL ALSO DEMONSTRATE OUR PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO HELP INTEGRATE DISABLED PERSONS FULLY INTO THE COMMUNITY," MR TANG ADDED.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL BE OPENED AT THE HONG KONG SPORTS INSTITUTE IN SHA TIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY), WILL ALSO FEATURE VIDEO TAPES ON THE WORKING ABILITIES OF DISABLED PERSONS.

"LABOUR OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES," MR TANG SAID.

THE EXHIBITION WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM DAILY UNTIL AUGUST 13 (TUESDAY). ADMISSION IS FREE.

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EXTRAVAGANZA IN SHA TIN ON SUNDAY *****

A LARGE-SCALE EXTRAVAGANZA WILL BE HELD AT THE PODIUM OUTSIDE THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 11). IT WILL BEGIN AT 5 PM.

THE EVENT, CO-ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WAS AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT.

THERE WILL BE CHINESE OPERA, LION DANCE, A DRAMA, MAGIC SHOW, SINGING BY CHILDREN’S CHOIR, AND GUITAR AND ZITHER PERFORMANCES.

AN ART GALLERY WILL BE SET UP FEATURING EXHIBITIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF TRADITIONAL ART AND CRAFT, SUCH AS CHINESE PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY, EGGSHELL PAINTING, SCULPTURE, SKETCHES, LIFE DRAWING AND CHINESE MACRAME.

ALL 'RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE EXTRAVAGANZA.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EXTRAVAGANZA WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 5 PM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 11) AT THE PODIUM OUTSIDE SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

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SIX NOMINATIONS RECEIVED TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS

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SIX NOMINATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER WERE RECEIVED TODAY NOMINATIONS SO FAR TO 91.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS (FRIDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER

IN

OF

FOUR NOMINATIONS WERE CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL

ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. AND TWO

DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON

SO FAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR CONSTITUENCIES WAS SIX IN FINANCIAL SERVICES.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT WAS EIGHT IN KOWLOON EAST.

FUNCTIONAL

ELECTIONS

THE NOMINATION PERIOD WILL END ON AUGUST 12.

/THERE ARE .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 1991

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THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CANDIDATES WHOSE

NOMINATION FORMS WERE RECEIVED TODAY.

FUNCTIONAL

CONSTITUENCY/

ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

FINANCIAL SERVICES WONG WUN-WING DAVID , M 43 SECURITIES 801 6950

HEALTH CARE HO MUN-KA, MICHAEL M 35 REGISTERED NURSE 454 730 0619 6655

LEGAL MILLER, JOHN WILLIAM M 41 BARRISTER

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING BROOKE, CHARLES NICHOLAS M 49 CHARTERED SURVEYOR 823 840 1523 0059

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

KOWLOON EAST LAI KING-TIM M 36 AUTO PARTS COUNTER SALESMAN 563 562 346 5969 8662 8617 (O) (R)

CHAN CHEONG M 38 FULL TIME DB MEMBER 346 346 112 CALL 8877 5344 8188 , 400 (O) (R)

FOLLOWING RECEIVED SO FAR: FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF ELECTORAL DIVISION THE NOMINATIONS NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 1

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

/4. INDUSTRIAL .......

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4. INDUSTRIAL

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

7. LABOUR

8. SOCIAL SERVICES

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

10. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE

11. TEACHING

12. LEGAL

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

17. TOURISM

18. URBAN COUNCIL

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL

20. RURAL

SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

FINANCE 1

FINANCIAL SERVICES 6

2

1

MEDICAL 1

HEALTH CARE 1

3

2

ENGINEERING 2

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 4

AND PLANNING

1 1

3

1

3 i

SUB-TOTAL : 38

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST

3. KOWLOON EAST

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL

5. KOWLOON WEST

NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

6

5

8

7

6

/6. NEW TERRITORIES ........

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6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST 7

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH 4

8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST 5

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH 5

SUB-TOTAL: 53

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

***** DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 8.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 9.8.91 -60

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 60

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON + 200*

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.8 *+0.3* 9.8.SI

♦ LATE O/N ASSISTANCE, TO BE REVERSED ON 12.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

8.8.91 9.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.10 PCT 5.15 PCT

1 MONTH 5.24 PCT 5.37 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.52 PCT 5.65 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.85 PCT 5.92 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.29 PCT 6.35 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5,991 MN 6,441 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BANKING SYSTEM IS SOUND: ACTING GOVERNOR ............................. 1

NENDICK MEETS BCCHK DEPOSITORS' REPRESENTATIVES ...................... 1

JOINT STATEMENT BY HSBC AND BANK OF CHINA ............................ 2

JOINT POLICE/ICAC INVESTIGATION INTO BANK RUMOURS .................... 2

HONG KONG HAS A SOUND BANKING SYSTEM: ACTING GOVERNOR ................ 3

REHABILITATION POLICIES AND SERVICES UNDER REVIEW : ACTING GOVERNOR .. 3

TSZ WAN SHAN/DIAMOND HILL/SAN PO KONG OZP AMENDED .................... 5

THE WEATHER OF JULY 1991 ............................................. 5

STUDENTS WITH BASIC A-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR S6 PLACES ...... 9

1,344 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS RECORDED TN JULY ............................. 9

SCHOOL LEAVERS INVITED TO JOIN POLICE FORCE .......................... 10

OUTREACHING REGISTRATION SERVICE FOR FAR-OFF RESIDENTS ............... 10

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION .................................. 11

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

11

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1991

BANKING SYSTEM IS SOUND: ACTING GOVERNOR

*****

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (SATURDAY) REASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT THE BANKING SYSTEM IS SOUND AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT STOOD FIRMLY IN SUPPORT OF IT.

"IT IS VERY CLEAR TO US," SIR DAVID SAID, "THAT THE CAUSE OF RECENT PROBLEMS AT CITIBANK AND THE CHARTERED BANK IS RUMOUR AND NOTHING MORE. THESE RUMOURS, WHETHER THEY HAVE STARTED IN HONG KONG OR ELSEWHERE, HAVE PROVED TO BE BASELESS.

"THE WAY THE BANKING SECTOR AS A WHOLE HAS RESPONDED IS A CLEAR INDICATION OF THE SOUNDNESS OF THE SYSTEM AND WE IN THE GOVERNMENT STAND FULLY BEHIND IT. SHOULD THE NEED ARISE THE EXCHANGE FUND IS THERE TO GIVE THE NECESSARY SUPPORT."

SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD ASKED THE POLICE TO CONDUCT A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE SPREADING OF FALSE RUMOURS ABOUT INDIVIDUAL BANKS IN HONG KONG.

"SCAREMONGERING HURTS ORDINARY PEOPLE,” HE SAID.

"WE DO NOT KNOW WHO IS DOING IT, OR WHY, BUT WE INTEND TO GET TO THE ROOT OF IT, AND BRING WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE TO BOOK. I UNDERSTAND THE ANXIETY THAT PEOPLE FEEL. AND I CAN REASSURE THEM THAT THESE RUMOURS ARE WITHOUT FOUNDATION."

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NENDICK MEETS BCCHK DEPOSITORS’ REPRESENTATIVES

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THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, TODAY (SATURDAY) HAD A MEETING WITH A SMALL GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPOSITORS OF THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED (BCCHK).

IN REFERRING TO HIS REMARKS YESTERDAY REGARDING WHAT APPEARED TO BE AN ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN OF RUMOUR MONGERING AIMED AT DESTABL1S1NG CERTAIN BANKS IN HONG KONG, MR NENDICK SAID HE HAD MADE IT CLEAR THAT, AS YET, THERE WAS NO HARD EVIDENCE TO INDICATE WHO HAD STARTED THESE RUMOURS.

HE EXPLAINED TO THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT IN SPECULATING WHETHER THIS MIGHT HAVE INVOLVED SOME MISGUIDED DEPOSITORS OF BCCHK, HE HAD NOT INTENDED TO CRITICISE THE GENERAL BEHAVIOUR OF SUCH DEPOSITORS.

"IF THERE WERE DISRUPTIVE ELEMENTS AT WORK, THIS WOULD BE CONFINED TO A VERY SMALL MINORITY OF INDIVIDUALS," HE SAID.

/"THE VAST........

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’’THE VAST MAJORITY OF BCCHK DEPOSITORS HAD IN MY VIEW BEHAVED, AND WILL, 1 AM SURE, CONTINUE TO BEHAVE, IN A RESPONSIBLE, RESTRAINED AND DIGNIFIED MANNER.”

MR NENDICK EXPRESSED HIS SYMPATHY FOR THE PROBLEMS FACED BY BCCHK DEPOSITORS AND APPLAUDED THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS EFFORTS TO FIND A MEANS OF RESURRECTING THE BANK.

HE EXPLAINED TO THE DELEGATION THE EFFORTS WHICH WERE UNDERWAY TO FIND A SOLUTION WHICH WOULD BE IN THEIR BEST INTEREST.

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JOINT STATEMENT BY HSBC AND BANK OF CHINA »»»»»♦

THE FOLLOWING IS ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND BANK OF CHINA:

THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND BANK OF CHINA WISH TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS IN VIEW OF EVIDENT PUBLIC

CONCERN ABOUT THE HEALTH OF CERTAIN BANKS IN* HONG KONG.

1. THE UNDERLYING STRENGTH OF HONG KONG'S BANKING INDUSTRY IS BEYOND DOUBT. IT IS WELL REGULATED AND STANDARDS OF

SUPERVISION STAND FAVOURABLE COMPARISON WITH ANY OTHER OF

THE WORLD'S MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES.

2. THE CURRENT WAVE OF RUMOURS CIRCULATING ABOUT CERTAIN BANKS IN HONG KONG IS DEMONSTRABLY WITHOUT FOUNDATION.

3. HONGKONG BANK AND BANK OF CHINA HAVE NOT CUT THEIR LINES TO THESE BANKS AND AND CONTINUE TO ASSIST THEM WITH THEIR CASH REQUIREMENTS.

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JOINT POLICE/ICAC INVESTIGATION INTO BANK RUMOURS

A JOINT POLICE AND INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION TEAM WILL LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE SOURCE OF AND MOTIVE FOR RUMOURS ABOUT INDIVIDUAL BANKS IN HONG KONG.

COMMENTING ON THE MOVE, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR LI KWAN-HA, SAID THAT THE INVESTIGATION WOULD BE WIDE-RANGING AND AIMED AT DISCOVERING THE CULPABILITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RUMOURS.

/3 ........

HONG KONG HAS A SOUND BANKING SYSTEM ACTING GOVERNOR *******

THE WAY IN WHICH THE BANKS HAVE COPED WITH THE RECENT SITUATION HAS PROVED THAT WE DO HAVE A SOUND BANKING SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, AND THE GOVERNMENT STANDS READY TO BACK THE BANKS WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS 1991 AT SHA TIN TOWN HALL, SIR DAVID SAID: "I THINK WE’VE ALL BEEN CONCERNED BY THE UNCERTAINTY WHICH HAS BEEN CREATED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS BY RUMOURS ABOUT CERTAIN BANKS, BUT I HOPE IT’S NOW CLEAR TO PEOPLE IN HONG KONG THAT THOSE RUMOURS WERE TOTALLY UNTRUE."

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE SUPPORT WHICH WAS GIVEN BOTH BY THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND BY THE BANK OF CHINA, WHO WERE CLEARLY ON THE RECORD, AS STATING THAT HONG KONG DID HAVE A SOUND BANKING SYSTEM AND THAT THEY STOOD READY TO SUPPORT ANY BANK IN HONG KONG.

"SO I HOPE NOW THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG CAN SETTLE DOWN AND NOT WORRY BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT," HE SAID.

"WE MUST, HOWEVER, NOT LET THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SPREADING RUMOURS GO UNPUNISHED AND I HAVE ASKED THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TODAY TOGETHER WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ICAC TO CARRY OUT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO TRY TO FIND OUT WHO THOSE PEOPLE ARE," SIR DAVID SAID.

"WE CANNOT LET THE COMMUNITY BE UNSETTLED IN A WAY IT HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS BY SUCH RUMOUR-MONGERING WHICH AFFECTS EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

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REHABILITATION POLICIES AND SERVICES UNDER REVIEW : ACTING GOVERNOR

HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO ACHIEVE THE AIM "EQUALITY THROUGH PARTICIPATION" AND GREAT EFFORT’S HAVE BEEN MADE IMPROVE ^THE SERVICES FOR DISABLED PERSONS, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT STILL MUCH NEEDS TO DONE " SIR DAVID SAID, WHEN SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS 1991 HONG KONG.

OF

TO

SIR

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THE REHABILITATION A GREEN PAPER FOR H SET OUT WAYS IN

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW REVIEWING POLICIES AND SERVICES WITH AN AIN OF PRODUCING PUBLIC CONSULTATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR Will! WHICH THE SERVICES COULD BE IMPROVED.

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’’THE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SO MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IN THIS FIELD, MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE ABILYMPICS WILL, I AM SURE, DO MUCH TO INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND HELP US FIND THE RIGHT WAY FORWARD," THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID.

HE SAID HONG KONG WAS VERY HONOURED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THIS MAJOR EVENT, WHICH MARKED THE CLOSING OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ "DECADE OF DISABLED PERSONS" AND CELEBRATED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED.

THE ABILYMPICS, SIR DAVID SAID, HAD CAUGHT THE IMAGINATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND WON WIDESPREAD SUPPORT.

"THE PRESENCE OF OVER 80 DELEGATIONS AND SOME 2,000 PARTICIPANTS HERE IN HONG KONG IS A VIVID DEMONSTRATION OF THAT," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE AIM OF THE ABILYMPICS WAS TO ACHIEVE "EQUALITY THROUGH PARTICIPATION" BY FULLY INTEGRATING PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, AND AT ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF DISABLED PERSONS.

UNTIL AUGUST 16, DELEGATES WOULD BE ENGAGED IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, SKILLS CONTESTS AND PERFORMANCES.

THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES, PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WOULD BE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT.

• "I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE ABILYMPICS, ALL WILL GAIN STRENGTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THIS EXPERIENCE," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID ALSO CONGRATULATED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS, Die HARRY FANG, AND MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, ON SUCCESSFULLY BRINGING THIS INTERNATIONAL EVENT TO HONG KONG.

HE ALSO EXTENDED A VER\ WARM WELCOME TO OVERSEAS DELEGATES AND WISHED ALL PARTICIPANTS, BOTH LOC£L AND OVERSEAS, A MOST ENJOYABLE STAY IN HONG KONG.

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TSZ WAN SHAN/DIAMOND HILL/SAN PO KONG OZP AMENDED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TSZ WAN SHAN, DIAMOND HILL AND SAN PO KONG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE MAJOR AMENDMENTS INCLUDE THE REZONING OF A “GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTE/COMMUNTTY” SITE AT TAI HOM PROPOSED FOR INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE TO "COMMUNITY/RECREATION“ BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL TO THE RECREATION CENTRE.

ALSO, THE AREAS TO THE EAST OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL’S ENTRANCE ARE REVISED IN ZONING TO FACILITATE THE CHI LIN NUNNERY REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS.

IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE SITE AREA OF A PROPOSED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME/PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME SITE TO THE WEST OF HAMMER HILL ROAD, AN ADJACENT OPEN SITE IS ALSO REZONED TO RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A).

THE AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING FOURTH FLOOR, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT PLAN MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BY SEPTEMBER 6.

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THE WEATHER OF JULY 1991

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FOR A MONTH IN WHICH TROPICAL CYCLONE SIGNALS WERE HOISTED ON THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS, JULY FAILED TO PRODUCE THE EXTRA RAIN THAT EVERYONE HOPED FOR, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (SATURDAY).

TWO-THIRDS OF THE PRECIPITATION DURING THE MONTH WERE ATTRIBUTED TO TROPICAL CYCLONES, WITH THE REST BROUGHT BY TWO EPISODES OF ACTIVE SOUTHWEST MONSOON.

INSTEAD OF HEAVY RAINFALL, THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON AMY LED TO A DAY OF INTENSE OPPRESSIVE HEAT ON JULY 19 AS THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO 34.5 DEGREES, THE SEVENTH HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF JULY.

TYPHOON BRENDAN CAME EVEN CLOSER FOUR DAYS LATER AND PROMPTED THE HOISTING OF THE NO. 8 GALE OR STORM SIGNAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE TYPHOON GORDON TWO YEARS AGO.

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HOWEVER, THE STORMY AND RAINY WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH BRENDAN WAS NOT PARTICULARLY PROLONGED.

IN THE END, THE MONTHLY RAINFALL OF 293.6 MILLIMETRES FELL SHORT OF THE JULY NORMAL OF 323.5 MILLIMETRES BY 9 PER CENT.

THE ACCUMULATED DEFICIT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR REMAINED LARGE. THE TOTAL RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 WAS 849.3 MILLIMETRES, 35 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL OF 1,316.0 MILLIMETRES AND THE FOURTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE SEVEN-MONTH PERIOD.

THE FINE AND HOT WEATHER AT THE END OF JUNE CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST DAY OF JULY.

BUT WHILE THERE WERE STILL LONG SUNNY PERIODS OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS, SHOWERS ALSO OCCURRED AS THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON GREW MORE ACTIVE.

MOST OF THE SHOWERS DEVELOPED IN THE MORNING. THOSE ON JULY 3 WERE RATHER HEAVY AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE ALSO REPORTED.

AFTER JULY 5, ONLY SOME ODD SHOWERS REMAINED AND EVEN THESE GRADUALLY DIED OUT AS THE FINE WEATHER PERSISTED TILL JULY 11.

MEANWHILE, A TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMED ZEKE WAS CROSSING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON ITS WAY TOWARDS HAINAN ISLAND.

AFTER SOME LIGHT SHOWERS ON THE EVENING OF JULY 11, THE RAIN BECAME MORE FREQUENT THE NEXT DAY WHEN FRESHENING WINDS PROMPTED THE HOISTING OF TROPICAL CYCLONE SIGNALS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE PERIPHERAL RAINBANDS OF ZEKE, THE RAIN WAS ALMOST CONTINUOUS ON JULY 13 AND 14, WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRING LATER IN THE DAY. AS ZEKE DISSIPATED OVER NORTHERN VIETNAM, THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON JULY 15 AND FINE CONDITIONS 'PREVAILED FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

THE HOTTEST DAY IN THE MONTH OCCURRED ON JULY 19 AS TYPHOON AMY APPROACHED FROM THE LUZON STRAIT.

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 34.5 DEGREES WAS ACTUALLY ATTAINED UNDER A SMOTHERING HAZE AND AN OMINOUSLY CLOUDY SKY.

THE OPPRESSIVE HEAT PERSISTED INTO THE NIGHT. RAIN BEGAN TO AFFECT THE TERRITORY AFTER THE LANDING OF THE FAST-MOVING AMY OVER EASTERN GUANGDONG.

SQUALLY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE PARTICULARLY ACTIVE IN THE EARLY HOURS OF JULY 20 AND 21.

RAIN BROUGHT BY AMY SUBSIDED EARLY ON JULY 22 AND THE WEATHER TURNED SUNNY DURING THE DAY.

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HOWEVER, AS ANOTHER TROPICAL CYCLONE BRENDAN VENTURED INTO THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, CLOUD AND RAIN SOON RETURNED ON THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 23.

WITH BRENDAN MOVING RAPIDLY TOWARDS THE PEARL RIVER ESTUARY, LOCAL WEATHER DETERIORATED FURTHER THAT EVENING AND THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 24.5 DEGREES, THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH.

GUSTY WINDS AND DRIVING RAIN SWEPT ACROSS THE TERRITORY THAT NIGHT.

DURING THE CLOSEST APPROACH OF BRENDAN IN THE EARLY MORNING OF JULY 24, HOURLY MEAN WINDS OF 100 KILOMETRES PER HOUR AND GUSTS OF 150 KILOMETRES PER HOUR WERE RECORDED OFFSHORE.

THE GALES GRADUALLY SUBSIDED LATER THAT MORNING AS BRENDAN STARTED TO MOVE AWAY. THE SQUALLY SHOWERS ALSO BECAME LESS FREQUENT BY THE END OF THE DAY.

AFTER TWO DAYS OF GENERALLY FINE CONDITIONS ON JULY 25 AND 26, THE WEATHER TURNED INTO A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE, CLOUD, AND OCCASIONAL BRIEF SHOWERS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

FRESHENING SOUTHWEST MONSOON SET IN ON JULY 29 AND THE WEATHER BECAME SHOWERY UNDER A CLOUDY TO OVERCAST SKY. THE SHOWERS WERE MOST RAMPANT IN THE MORNING AND THE UNSETTLED WEATHER PERSISTED TILL THE END OF THE MONTH.

SEVERE RAINBANDS AND WIDESPREAD SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE TERRITORY IN THE EALRY HOURS OF JULY31.

THE HEAVIEST DOWNPOUR TOOK PLACE OVER THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WHERE OVER 100 MILLIMETRES OF RAINFALL WERE RECORDED.

EXTENSIVE FLOODING OCCURRED IN THE YUEN LONG AREA WHERE THE FLOOD WATER TN SEVERAL VILLAGES EXCEEDED ONE METRE IN DEPTH.

IN ADDITION TO PROPERTY DAMAGE AND DROWNED LIVESTOCK, LOSSES IN INUNDATED FISH PONDS AND VEGETATED FARMLAND WERE ALSO BIG.

THERE WERE FOUR AIRCRAFT DIVERSIONS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER IN JULY.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON 3, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21,

25, 29, 30, AND 31 JULY. A FLOOD WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON JULY 31.

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SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE & TIME 0: HOISTING F DATE & TIME OF

LOWERING

TYPHOON ZEKE 1 12 JULY 8. 50 AM 12 JULY 10.40 PM

3 12 JULY 10. 40 PM 13 JULY 7.10 AM

TYPHOON AMY 1 18 JULY 10. 45 PM 19 JULY 11.10 AM

3 19 JULY 11. 10 AM 20 JULY 10.10 AM

TYPHOON BRENDAN 1 22 JULY 10. 10 PM 23 JULY 10.00 AM

3 23 JULY 10. 00 AM 23 JULY 9.00 PM

8 NE 23 JULY 9. 00 PM 24 JULY 3.20 AM

8 SE 24 JULY 3. 20 AM 24 JULY 10.00 AM

3 24 JULY 10. 00 AM 24 JULY 3.10 PM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 208 .0 HOURS > 23.1 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL 16.58 MJ/SQ.M. > 2.57 MJ/SQ.M. BELOW

SOLAR RADIATION TOTAL RAINFALL 293.6 MM > NORMAL 29.9 MM BELOW NORMAL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD 70% » 5% MORE THAN NORMAL

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY 80% NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM 31.3 DEGREES CELSIUS > 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS

AIR TEMPERATURE &EAN AIR TEMPERATURE 28.9 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL 0.1 DEGREE CELSIUS

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM AIR TEMPERATURE 26.8 DEGREES CELSIUS » ABOVE NORMAL 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 24.9 DEGREES CELSIUS ; NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 145.6 MM ; 26.0 MM BELOW NORMAL

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STUDENTS WITH BASIC A-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR S6 PLACES ♦ * » ♦ ♦

SIUDENTS WITH GRADE E IN SIX SUBJECTS (INCLUDING CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE) OR GRADE E IN FIVE SUBJECTS (INCLUDING CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE) WITH A TOTAL OF NO LESS THAN EIGHT POINTS IN ONE SITTING OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION CAN APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (AUGUST 12 AND 13). A

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID STUDENTS WITH BASIC A-LEVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS SECONDARY 6 PLACES MAY APPLY AT THEIR OWN OR SCHOOLS FROM 9 AM TO 3.30 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST

TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT BUT HAVE NOT OBTAINED CONSORTIUM/FEEDER-LINK 12).

RESULTS OF APPLICATIONS WILL BE RELEASED THE SAME DAY.

STUDENTS WITH THESE QUALIFICATIONS WHO WISH TO STUDY IN OTHER SCHOOLS MAY SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS BEFORE 5 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 13). luisnuAY

A LIST OF SCHOOLS WITH VACANCIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICES FROM 9 AM THAT DAY FOR STUDENTS’ REFERENCE.

A LIST OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 14).

POSTED AT SCHOOLS FROM

STUDENTS OFFERED SECONDARY 6 PLACES BY MORE WILL HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION AND REGISTER WITH THE CHOICE BEFORE 3.30 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

THAN ONE SCHOOL

SCHOOL OR THEIR

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1,344 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS RECORDED IN JULY

A TOTAL OF 1,786 CASUALTIES WERE RECORDED IN 1,344 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY LAST MONTH.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT IN THESE ACCIDENTS, 27 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, 351 PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND 1,408 SLIGHTLY INJURED.

THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR JULY SHOWED THAT 280 OF THE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 728 IN KOWLOON AND 336 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE FIGURES REPRESENTED A FIVE PER CENT AND A 2.6 PER CENT INCREASE RESPECTIVELY IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES RECORDED OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

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SCHOOL LEAVERS INVITED TO JOIN POLICE FORCE

SIXTY-THREE THOUSAND LETTERS CARRYING A PERSONAL INVITATION FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO JOIN THE FORCE WILL BE GOING OUT NEXT WEEK TO ALL MALE CANDIDATES OF THIS YEAR’S CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

THIS COLOSSAL EXERCISE IS UNDERTAKEN IN AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO BOOST RECRUITMENT AT POLICE CONSTABLE LEVEL.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY): ’’THESE CANDIDATES ALL MEET THE BASIC ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT FOR POLICE CONSTABLES.”

THE MAILING PACKAGE, CONSISTING OF A LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER, AN INFORMATION LEAFLET AND A REPLY SLIP, IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO APPEAL TO THESE YOUNG SCHOOL-LEAVERS.

’’FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING AND CHALLENGING CAREER, THE POLICE FORCE MAKES AN ATTRACTIVE OFFER WITH GOOD SALARY. AND FRINGE BENEFITS,” HE SAID.

CARTONS OF THESE MAILING PACKAGES WERE DELIVERED TODAY TO THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY WHERE ADDRESS LABELS WILL BE PUT ON BEFORE BEING SENT OUT THROUGH THE POST.

THESE PACKAGES ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE CANDIDATES SOME TIME NEXT WEEK.

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OUTREACH ING REGISTRATION SERVICE FOR FAR-OFF RESIDENTS ♦ * * ♦ *

TUCKED AWAY BEHIND A LABYRINTH OF ALLEYS AND VILLAGE HOUSES IN TAI O IS A MODEST TWO-STOREY ’’TOWN CLUB” - THE NERVE CENTRE OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY.

HERE, THE TEMPERATURE WILL RISE IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH WHEN PAIRS OF SENIOR VILLAGERS MUSTER INSIDE THE BUILDING - TAI O RURAL COMMITTEE, NOT FOR CHIT-CHATS, BUT WAITING FOR THE ’’GOVERNMENT MARRIAGE MEN” TO ARRIVE TO OFFICIALLY TIE THEIR LOVEKNOTS - ON PAPER.

THESE PAIRS HAVE BEEN LIVING TOGETHER FOR DECADES, HOWEVER, FOR DIFFERENT REASONS THEY NEED TO REGISTER THEIR MARRIAGE AGAIN.

ACCORDING TO DEPUTY REGISTRAR PHILIP TANG PAK-3HING, HIS TEAM (’AN ONLY REGISTER AT MOST FIVE COUPLES DURING THEIR MONTHLY TRIP THERE.

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THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR DOING MORE, HE CONFIDED.

MR I’ANG SAID MOST OF THE COUPLES CAME FOR POST-REGISTRATION.

SEVENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHENG HING-FAT SAID HE AND HIS WIFE TO POST-REGISTER THEIR MARRIAGE BECAUSE THEY HAD LOST DOCUMENTS AT WARTIME, AND THEIR CHILDREN CERTIFICATE TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

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WHETHER OR NOT IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE CUSTOMS.

"QUITE OFTEN, WE THEIR ORIGINAL WEDDING CALENDAR," MR TANG SAID.

HAVE TO RESORT TO THE CHINESE ALMANAC TO TRACE DAYS AND MATCH THE DATES WITH THE WESTERN

T

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AGA I NS I AN OLD WORLD SETTING, THE CEREMONIES ARE PERFORMED WITH NO POMP AND FRILL, NO CONFETTI, AND NO SOUND OF GONGS AND DRUMS

IS SIMPLE. A LONG WOODEN TABLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PACKED IMMIGRATION OFFICE CUM MARRIAGE HALL.

TANG ALSO SAID THE OTHER COUPLES MAY ACT AS THE WITNESSES OF

THE PAIR IN THE CEREMONY.

"THIS PRACTICE IS QUITE RARE IN OTHER MARRIAGE REGISTRIES," HE REMARKED.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE CLOSE TIES MAY BE ONE REASON.

ANOTHER UNIQUE FEATURE HERE CERTIFICATE WITH FINGER, NOT WITH PEN.

’’WE TOOK THEIR FINGER-PRINTS SAID.

BETWEEN THE VILLAGE FOLKS HERE

IS THAT SOME MAY SIGN THEIR

FOR THEY CAN’T WRITE," MR TANG

ALTHOUGH THE KIND OF CEREMONIAL SOLEMNITY CANNOT O, THE AMICABLE AND INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE MAKES EVERYONE RELAX, MR TANG SAID.

BE SEEN IN TAI

FEEL EASY AND

BUT TT IS NOT WITHOUT A PRICE.

MR PANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE TO SACRIFICE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TIME TO FULFIL THEIR DUTIES. THEY NEED BOTH A WILL AND A BODY TO DO GOOD THEIR JOB.

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"FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO OUR HONG KONG ISLAND REENTRY PERMIT OFFICE IN CENTRAL EARLY IN THE MORNING AND PACK OUR STUFF BEFORE EMBARKING ON OUR LONG TRIP TO LANTAU," HE SAID.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS THEY HAVE TO CARRY?

"THINGS LIKE A TYPEWRITER, DOCUMENTS, FILES, CHOPS, MEMOS AND CERTIFICATES. YOU CAN’T MISS ANY ONE SINGLE THING FOR THEY ARE ALL VITAL FOR US," MR TANG SAID.

"IT’S GOOD TO HAVE FOUR OR FIVE OF US TO SHARE OUT THE DONKEY WORK. IT’S REALLY A LOAD," HE ADMITTED.

THEIR FIRST DESTINATION IS MUI WO GOVERNMENT OFFICES WHERE THEY PROVIDE DOCUMENTS SERVICE.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE WHOLE TEAM WILL TRAVEL FOR ANOTHER HOUR TO TAI O TO RENDER BOTH BIRTH AND MARRIAGE REGISTRATION SERVICES.

SPENDING MORE THAN SIX HOURS TRAVELLING A DAY IS NOT ENJOYABLE AT ALL, MR TANG CONFESSED.

"SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR BREAKFAST, DO OUR PAPER WORK ON BOARD THE FERRY TO MUI WO."

THAT WILL SAVE TIME, HE ADDED.

DESPITE ALL THESE DISCOURAGING FACTORS, MR TANG SAID THE SERVICE THEY PROVIDE GIVES THEM SATISFACTION.

APART FROM OFFERING BIRTH AND MARRIAGE REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENTS SERVICE TO TAI O RESIDENTS, THEY ALSO TRAVEL TO OTHER FRINGE AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES LIKE SAI KUNG, HANG HAU AND CHEUNG CHAU.

REGARDLESS THE DISTANCE AND THE TIME ON THE ROAD, THE OUTREACH I NG TEAM GOES TO WHERE THE SERVICE IS NEEDED.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ******

FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $707,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER ES5 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $53,000.

THE NUMBERS AT7 AND DD23 WERE SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $52,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 FOR ER8453.

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FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S AUCTION:

ER9929 $ 6,000 ES2128 $ 9,000 AW516 $ 7,000 DL801 $ 17,000

AE625 7,000 ET123 29,000 DD23 52,000 ET4376 WITHDRAWN

ER8453 1,000 AL708 11,000 ES293 10,000 HK7333 30,000

DD72 25,000 ES2228 36,000 AL2008 17,000 EJ7788 22,000

ES524 7,000 AT7 52,000 EL838 48,000 EU448 20,000

XX7428 4,000 ES990 12,000 ES803 19,000 ES9688 11,000

ES1911 8,000 ET1997 8,000 ET7893 4,000 ET768 11,000

ER99 46,000 9345 21,000 ES5 53,000 ET41 18,000

CW8398 9,000 ESI 18 24,000 AH992 17,000 EA8798 5,000

AA3103 9,000 BB541 10,000 ES697 5,000 BB1737 6,000

SUCCESSFUL . BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

AFTER THE BIDDING. THERE WAS NO BIDDER FOR ET4376 AND THE NUMBER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE ORIGINAL APPLICANT.

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 167TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $121,075,605.00.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS **♦♦♦♦

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 9.8.91 800*

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 10.8.91 NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING NEUTRAL

♦ INCLUDES 200MN O/N ASSISTANCE, TO RE REVERSED ON 12.8.91

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SAFE USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES URGED .................................. 1

TRAINING MANUAL FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED ....................... 1

35 COURSES AND SEMINARS ORGANISED FOR TEACHERS IN JULY ................ 2

SSP TO SELECT OUTSTANDING CARETAKERS .................................. 3

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1991

1 SAFE USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES URGED » ♦ ♦ » *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS TO REMAIN MINDFUL OF THE SAFE USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES.

THE CALL FOLLOWED THE COMPLETION OF A RECENT SPECIAL PROGRAMME BY THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE BETWEEN MARCH AND JUNE ON THE SAFE USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES.

THE PROGRAMME WAS AIMED AT CURBING UNSAFE USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES IN WORKPLACES, ESPECIALLY CRANES IN CONSTRUCTION SITES.

’’DURING THE SPECIAL PROGRAMME PERIOD, THREE TEAMS OF FACTORY INSPECTORS VISITED 280 CONSTRUCTION SITES TO ADVISE CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS ON THE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AND THE LEGISLATIVE CONTROL ON THE OPERATION OF LIFTING APPLIANCES,” DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN TAT-KING, SAID.

’’STRICT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WERE INITIATED FOR SERIOUS BREACHES OF REGULATIONS, RESULTING IN 67 SUMMONSES BEING ISSUED AGAINST CONTRACTORS,” HE SAID.

MR CHAN URGED CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS TO MAKI EXTRA EFFORTS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS BY OBSERVING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING LIFTING APPLIANCES.

----------------------0-------- TRAINING MANUAL FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A TRAINING MANUAL FOR VOLUNTEERS.

THE MANUAL, ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE CURRENT YEAR’S REGIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, OUTLINES THE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE SO THAT VOLUNTEERS CAN ORGANISE THEIR SERVICE MORE EFFECTIVELY.

SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (YOUTH) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MISS CHUNG WOON-CHUNG TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID VOLUNTEER SERVICE IS AN IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT FOR ALL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

"THROUGH THESE PROGRAMMES, WE WANT TO HELP OUR YOUNGER GENERATION TO BE A RESPONSIBLE AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY,” SHE SAID.

VOLUNTEERING ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-REALISATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND IT IS ALSO AN EXPRESSION OF CONCERN AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY, MISS CHUNG ADDED.

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SHE SAID ONLY THE BASIC CONCEPTS AND SKILLS OF VOLUNTEERING ARE LISTED IN THE MANUAL BECAUSE EACH YOUTH WORKER OR USER OF THE MANUAL IS EXPECTED TO APPLY FLEXIBILITY SO THE MANUAL CAN BE USED TO MEET THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF HIS GROUP.

THE MANUAL COMPRISES OF 10 CHAPTERS WHICH EXPLAIN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF VOLUNTEERING; INCLUDING THE RECRUITMENT OF VOLUNTEERS; PLANNING OF PROGRAMMES; ORGANISING COMMITTEES TO HANDLE PROBLEM; EVALUATION OF PROGRAMMES AND HANDLING OF PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

COPIES OF THE MANUAL ARE NOW PLACED IN ALL SWD'S YOUTH OFFICES, GROUP WORK UNITS AND YOUTH CENTRES FOR REFERENCE.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT LAST (JULY) MONTH CONDUCTED 35 COURSES, SEMINARS, TALKS BY SPECIALISTS AND WORKSHOPS FOR KINDERGARTEN, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.

TOPICS DISCUSSED AT THE SEMINARS INCLUDED SCHOOL-BASED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT; TEACHING OF VARIOUS SUBJECTS IN ADVANCED LEVELS IN CHINESE; DESIGNING SCHOOL-BASED CURRICULUM PROJECTS FOR SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES; ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF STUDENTS’ PROGRESS IN MUSIC FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS; ORIENTATION FOR UK-BOUND STUDENTS, AND CAREERS EDUCATION AND FOOD HYGIENE.

WORKSHOPS HELD IN JULY INCLUDED THOSE ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS; ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR REMEDIAL CLASS TEACHERS; SELECTING, ADAPTING AND DESIGNING LANGUAGE EXERCISES; CONSTRUCTION OF SOLAR MOTOR UNIT, INFRA-RED EMITTER AND DETECTOR FOR LABORATORY TECHNICIANS, AND CHINESE RECIPES DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

COURSES INCLUDED TEACHING COMPUTER LITERACY FOR COMPUTER TEACHERS, TEACHING PRINT-MAKING; ACTIVITY APPROACH FOR TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS; TEACHING POTTERY; INDUCTION FOR NEW HOME ECONOMICS TEACHERS; TEACHING PAINTING, AND REMEDIAL TEACHING IN MATHEMATICS.

A TALK ON THE LATEST ART SCENES IN EUROPE AND THE USA WAS ALSO ORGANISED.

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SSP TO SELECT OUTSTANDING CARETAKERS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

NOMINATIONS FOR THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT'S OUTSTANDING CARETAKERS ARE BEING INVITED FROM OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE GOOD CARETAKERS AWARD SCHEME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO COMMEND CARETAKERS OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS WHO HAVE GOOD PERFORMANCES ON THEIR JOBS.

ASSESSMENT WILL BASE ON THE NOMINEES' KNOWLEDGE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND WORKING PERFORMANCES.

THERE WILL BE FIVE WINNERS AND EACH OF THEM WILL RECEIVE A TROPHY AND A GIFT COUPON.

NOMINATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37 TONKIN STREET.

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS WILL BE SEPTEMBER 16 AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 720 4251.

INTERVIEWS FOR FINALISTS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN OCTOBER AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELI) AT A FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL ON DECEMBER 22 AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NINETY-FIVE NOMINATIONS RECEIVED FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ................ 1

DISTRICT OFFICES HELP PROMOTE LEGCO ELECTIONS ....................... 9

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR JUNE RELEASED ......................... 10

DEPOSITORS' REQUEST FOR FURTHER MEETING DECLINED .................... 17

MONTHLY AIR QUALITY REPORT RELEASED ................................. 17

CONSULTATION ON LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 15 22

NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS WHOLE OF HONG KONG ....................

ADMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY ................. 24

SECONDARY 6 VACANCIES ............................................... 25

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

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .......... 25

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A TOTAL OF 95 NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT MONTH.

FORTY NOMINATIONS WERE SUBMITTED FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, AND 55 FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

THERE WAS ONE WITHDRAWAL OF NOMINATION. MR TANG MAN-CHUN (54), A CONSULTANT ENGINEER, WITHDREW FROM THE KOWLOON EAST CONSTITUENCY TODAY.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WAS SIX FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES.

THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS WAS EIGHT FOR KOWLOON EAST.

FIVE NOMINATIONS WERE RECEIVE ON THE LAST DAY OF NOMINATION TODAY (MONDAY), TWO FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS, AND THREE FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS.

THERE ARE 21 SEATS IN THE 20 FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH TWO SEATS FOR THE LABOUR CONSTITUENCY. AS FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ALL NINE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES ARE DOUBLE-SEATED.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL LIST OF THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR PERSONAL PARTICULARS:

FUNCTIONAL

CONSTITUENCY/

ELECTORAL DIVISION NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

FIRST COMMERCIAL JAMES DAVID MCGREGOR M 67 VICE CHAIRMAN HK CHINESE BANK 526 5510

♦ CHENG MING-FUN PAUL M 54 COMPANY DIRECTOR 842 4656

SECOND COMMERCIAL WONG YU-HONG, PHILIP M 52 MERCHANT 525 8081

FIRST INDUSTRIAL STEPHEN CHEONG M 50 COMPANY DIRECTOR 362 2341

SECOND INDUSTRIAL SETO FAI M 71 COMPANY GROUP CHAIRMAN 741 0981

NGAI SHIU-KIT M 66 COMPANY CHAIRMAN 520 0810

528 3483

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FINANCE LI KWOK-PO, DAVID M 52 BANKER 842 3206

FINANCIAL SERVICES CHIM PUI-CHUNG M 45 COMPANY DIRECTOR 541 0810

CHAM YAU-TONG M 40 SECURITIES DEALER 543 6083

CHUM TING-PONG M 37 CORPORATE CONSULTANT 557 388 9236 9277

CHAN P.F. , PETER M 69 SECURITIES DEALER 572 0330

WONG PO-HANG, ALEX M 45 INSURANCE EXECUTIVE 526 0668

WONG WUN-WING, DAVID M 43 SECURITIES 801 6950

LABOUR PANG CHUN-HOI M 70 RETIRED WORKER 782 3718

TAM YIU-CHUNG M 42 UNION OFFICER 544 2312

SOCIAL SERVICES HUI YIN-FAT M 55 SOCIAL WORKER 864 2929

MEDICAL LEONG CHE- HUNG, EDWARD M 52 MEDICAL PRACTITIONER 523 524 8562 9596

HEALTH CARE HO MUN-KA, MICHAEL M 35 REGISTERED NURSE 454 730 0619 6655

TEACHING HO KING-ON M 57 TEACHER 770 3918

CHEUNG MAN-KWONG M 36 TEACHER 780 742 7337 5523

WOU TCHONG-HONG, WALTER M 61 COLLEGE PRINCIPAL 714 760 4161 1488

LEGAL IP SIK-ON, SIMON M 42 SOLICITOR 843 657 4332 8781

MILLER, JOHN WILLIAM M 41 BARRISTER

ENGINEERING TANG KA-FAT M 48 CONSULTING ENGINEER 854 3686

WONG PING-WAI, SAMUEL M 53 CONSULTING ENGINEER 806 0288

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ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING HO SING-TIN, EDWARD M 52 ARCHITECT 890 9333

LAU SHIU- KWAN, FRANCIS M 56 SURVEYOR 730 6212

KAN FOOK-YEE M 55 CHARTERED SURVEYOR 810 8123

BROOKE, CHARLES NICHOLAS M 49 CHARTERED SURVEYOR 823 840 1523 0059

ACCOUNTANCY WONG HONG- YUEN, PETER M 47 CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT 528 4111

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION RONALD JOSEPH ARCULLI M 52 LAWYER/DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY COMPANY 526 6886

TOURISM HOWARD YOUNG M 43 TOURISM EXECUTIVE 747 525 5200 3355 (O) (ft)

WU TAN, HAROLD M 64 TRAVEL AGENCY OWNER 525 1101

RONNIE YUEN M 57 TRAVEL AGENT OWNER 366 1973

URBAN COUNCIL ELSIE TU F 78 SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOL 389 8599

REGIONAL COUNCIL LAM WAI-KEUNG M 42 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 852 4304

LEUNG KAM-HO, GILBERT M 38 ESTATE SURVEYOR 739 0888

CHOW YICK-HAY M 33 CHINESE UNIVERSITY STAFF 785 7979

» CHAU CHUN-WING, WILLIAM M 37 MERCHANT 416 7681

RURAL LAU WONG-FAT M 54 MERCHANT 336 9621

/GEOGRAPHICAL .......

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GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NAME SEX AGE OCCUPATION CONTACT TEL. NO.

MONO KONG ISLAND EAST CHOW KIT-BING, JENNIFER CHAN YING-LUN F M 36 41 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER CORPORATE AFFAIRS MANAGER 529 - 805 4293 1016

CHENG KAI-NAM M 41 TEACHER 770 111 CALL 3918 0888 1992

MARTIN LEE M 53 QUEEN’S COUNSEL 529 0864

MAN SAI-CHEONG M 47 SOLICITOR 526 5775

LEUNG WAI-TUNG F 45 UNIVERSITY LECTURER 547 6914

HONG KONG ISLAND WEST YEUNG SUM HUANG CHEN-YA M M 43 51 LECTURER DOCTOR 550 547 623 1382 4444 3322

CHEUNG WAI-SUN, WINNIE F 39 P.R. CONSULTANT 869 1180

WONG MAN-CHIU, RONNIE M 39 COMPANY DIRECTOR 727 340 6333 5509

CHANG YAU- M HUNG, ALEXANDER 39 SOLICITOR 522 8300

* CHAN YUK-CHEUNG M 40 NEWSPAPER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 865 6787

KOWLOON EAST LI WAH-MING M 36 LECTURER 339 345 797 7143 0958 3259 (O) (R) (O)

HAU SHUI-PUI M 66 FULL-TIME DB MEMBER 341 750 6300 8350 (O) (R)

LI TING-KIT M 40 MANAGING DIRECTOR 347 5626 775 6379 346 1038 112 8078 CALL 698S (O) (R) (O) 1

SZETO WAH M 60 HEADMASTER 343 384 7343 0709 (0) (R)

780 7337

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POON CHI-FAI M 39 A.O. (PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT) 745 742 0977 8489 (O) (R)

LAI KING-TIM M 36 AUTO PARTS COUNTER SALESMAN 563 562 346 5969 8662 8617 (O) (R)

CHAN CHEONG M 38 FULL TIME DB MEMBER 346 8877 346 5344 112 8188 CALL 400 (O) (R)

LI KOI-HOP, PHILIP M 42 EXECUTIVE 782 459 782 6607 0779 6831 (0) (R)

KOWLOON CENTRAL CHAN CHI-KWAN, PETER M 55 BARRISTER-AT-LAW 525 336 2105 0839

LAU CHIN-SHEK M 46 CHURCH WORKER 739 0836

LAM KUI-SHING M 55 MEDICAL PRACTITIONER 711 6677

DR JOHN D. YOUNG M 42 PROFESSOR OF HISTORY 761 3620

CHAN YUEN-HAN F 44 LABOUR & SOCIAL SERVICE 712 0231

YEUNG LAI-YIN, CECILIA , F 60 SCHOOLS SUPERVISOR 322 1163 116 3399 CALL 888

CHEUNG CHUNG-MING, JUSTIN M 37 ACCOUNTING AND TAX CONSULTANT 774 3958 116 8899 CALL 3823

KOWLOON WEST TO KUN-SUN, JAMES M 28 SOLICITOR 360 0161

LEE YU-TAI, DESMOND M 47 TRANSLATION OFFICER, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC 802 2055

LAW CHEUNG-KWOK M 41 RESEARCH DIRECTOR 820 6323

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FUNG KIN-KEE, FREDERICK M 38 GRADUATE SCHOOL, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMIN. DEPARTMENT, CHINESE UNIVERSITY 777 4766

NG KIN-SUN M 43 SOCIAL WORKER 770 2218

SIT HO-YIN M 42 LOSS ADJUSTOR/ SURVEYOR 523 2117

NEW TERRITORIES EAST CHOI MAN-HING, SUNNY M 40 MERCHANT 792 6731

LEUNG KA-CHING M 45 CONSULTANT 684 116 CALI 1026 3787 , 1946

LAU KONG-WAH M 34 LECTURER 684 8333

KAN CHUNG-NIN, TONY M 41 SOLICITOR 606 1880

WONG HONG- M CHUNG, JOHNSTON 36 LECTURER 788 8746

WONG WANG-FAT, ANDREW M 47 UNIVERSITY LECTURER 699 691 7699 2165

LAU WAI-HING, EMILY F 39 FORMER JOURNALIST 491 1796 112 3076 CALL 171

NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH CHAN WAI-YIP, ALBERT M 36 SOCIAL WORKER 411 416 3107 2382

LEE WING-TAT M 35 TEACHER 429 411 2612 3107

LEUNG YIU-CHUNG M 37 TEACHER 410 0360

YEUNG FUK- KWONG M 38 SOLICITOR 413 411 3733 2228

NEW TERRITORIES WEST NG MING-YUM M 35 SECONDARY SCHOOL 558 TEACHER 6678

WONG WAI-YIN, M 33 SOCIAL WORKER 474 4562

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TANG SIU-TONG M 48 DOCTOR 477 3552 443 2202 116 3311 CALL 123

TSO SHIU-WAI M 39 COMPANY DIRECTOR 459 7667 90810065

TAI CHIN-WAH M 39 SOLICITOR 450 7003

NEW TERRITORIES CHEUNG HON- NORTH CHUNG M 33 EXECUTIVE 673 4802 675 5277 (O)

FUNG CHI-WOOD M 35 CLERGYMAN, TEACHER 116 8393 CALL 456 650 4808

TIE CHI-YUEN M 33 SOCIAL WORKER 671 9616 465 8668

WONG CHI- KEUNG, JOHNNY M 33 SOLICITOR 525 1469 651 1953 94811239

CHOW MEI-TAK, RONALD M 40 SUPERVISOR 880 8993 646 8773 94883100

♦ TONG WAI-MAN M 40 MERCHANT 650 0975 112 8668 CALL 891

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE RECEIVED SO FAR: NOMINATIONS

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1 . COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 2

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1-

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4. INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES 6

7. LABOUR

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8. SOCIAL SERVICES j

9. MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE MEDICAL 1

10. MEDICAL ft HEALTH CARE HEALTH CARE 1

11. TEACHING 3

12. LEGAL 2

13. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING 2

SURVEYING AND PLANNING

14. ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING 4

SURVEYING AND PLANNING AND PLANNING

15. ACCOUNTANCY i

16. REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION 1

17. TOURISM 3

18. URBAN COUNCIL j

19. REGIONAL COUNCIL 4

20. RURAL j

SUB-TOTAL : 40

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1. HONG KONG ISLAND EAST 6

2. HONG KONG ISLAND WEST 6

3. KOWLOON EAST g

4. KOWLOON CENTRAL ' 7

5. KOWLOON WEST 6

6. NEW TERRITORIES EAST 7

7. NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH 4

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8. NEW TERRITORIES WEST 5

9. NEW TERRITORIES NORTH 6

SUB-TOTAL: 55

* CANDIDATE WHO SUBMITTED HIS NOMINATION TODAY (MONDAY).

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THE SHOW WINDOWS OF ALL DISTRICT OFFICES WILL BE GIVEN A NEW LOOK IN TWO WEEKS’ TIME - A MOVE WHICH WILL CERTAINLY BOOST THE PUBLICITY OF NEXT MONTH’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE RENOVATED SHOW WINDOW OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE (PESC) AT O’BRIEN ROAD WAS COMPLETED TODAY (MONDAY).

TO DATE, THREE DISTRICT OFFICE SHOW WINDOWS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, INCLUDING WAN CHAI, HAVE NOW BEEN MOUNTED WITH TRIMMINGS IN AN ATTEMPT TO AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE TERRITORY’S MAIDEN DIRECT ELECTIONS TO ITS LEGISLATURE.

A CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINSTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID WINDOW DISPLAYS AT THE OTHER 16 DISTRICT OFFICES WILL ACQUIRE A NEW LOOK IN ALMOST TWO WEEKS’ TIME.

TN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, DISPLAYS WILL BE MOUNTED IN THE WINDOWS OF THE PESC’S IN CHEUNG CHAU AND MUI WO.

THE WINDOW DISPLAYS WILL FEATURE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING IN LASER GRAPHICS, A HEADLINE OF "SEPTEMBER 15 - LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS" AND A "VOTE 91" LOGO.

THESE SPECIALLY-DESIGNED WINDOW DISPLAYS WILL FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CNTA’S PUBLICITY EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS.

OTHER PUBLICITY BY THE DEPARTMENT WILL INCLUDE NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENTS, STREET BUNTINGS, BUS PARADES AND MEET-THE-CANDIDATE FORUMS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO TOOK THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CALL ON ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS ON THE POLLING DAY.

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JUNE 1991, AT $124,719 MILLION, GREW BY 19% IN VALUE AS COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN JUNE 1991 RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 0.2% TO $18,812 MILLION, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 24% TO $42,315 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 15% TO $61,127 MILLION. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 22% TO $63,592 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991, AT $697,259 MILLION, INCREASED BY 21% AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 4% TO $104,925 MILLION, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 27% TO $233,113 MILLION.

THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 19% TO $338,038 MILLION. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 23% TO $359,221 MILLION.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JUNE 1991 WITH JUNE 1990, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, BY 25%, 17%, 16%, AND 15%

RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE TO FRANCE AND CHINA INCREASED BY 9% AND 4% RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA, THE U.S.A. AND JAPAN DECREASED BY 11%, 10% AND 3% RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, SINGAPORE, THE NETHERLANDS, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA, BY 32%, 29%, 21%, 17% AND 14% RESPECTIVELY.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO FRANCE, TAIWAN AND JAPAN INCREASED BY 10%, 8% AND 4% RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA AND THE U.S.A. DECREASED BY 14% AND 13% RESPECTIVELY.

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TABLE 2 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $1,437 MILLION OR 5%); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1,294 MILLION OR 18%); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,026 MILLION OR 13%); AND PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $202 MILLION OR 2%).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $158 MILLION OR 2% IN VALUE. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $978 MILLION OR 8%), AND FOOTWEAR (BY $124 MILLION OR 27%).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JUNE 1991 WITH JUNE 1990, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM MOST MAJOR SUPPLIERS.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JAPAN AND CHINA, BY 45%, 37%, 27%, 25% AND 22% RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE U.S.A., THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITALY INCREASED BY 12%, 10%, 8% AND 3% RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM SWITZERLAND DECREASED BY 18%.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, CHINA AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, BY 38%, 31%, 29%, 29%, 26%, 25% AND 15% RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE FROM THE U.S.A., ITALY AND SWITZERLAND INCREASED BY 7%, 4% AND 2% RESPECTIVELY.

TABLE 4 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $7,783 MILLION OR 27%); TEXTILES (BY $7,410 MILLION OR 20%); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5,836 MILLION OR 27%); AND CLOTHING (BY $5,477 MILLION OR 24%).

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HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR OTHER TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (BY $674 MILLION OR 21%), AND CORK AND WOOD MANUFACTURES (BY $39 MILLION OR 2%).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JUNE 1991 WITH JUNE 1990, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO FRANCE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ITALY, CHINA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, BY 69%, 57%, 49%, 31%, 25% AND 18% RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE TO THE U.S.A., JAPAN AND TAIWAN INCREASED BY 12%, 12% AND 6% RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE DECREASED BY 19%.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY, CHINA, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN, BY 78%, 49%, 44%, 34%, 28% AND 23% RESPECTIVELY.

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN, THE U.S.A. AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED BY 17%, 15% AND 10% RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE DECREASED BY 11%.

TABLE 6 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $6,920 MILLION OR 34%); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $5,537 MILLION OR 25%); TEXTILES (BY $4,876 MILLION OR 23%); AND FOOTWEAR (BY $4,049 MILLION OR 69%).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE RECORDED IN FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $155 MILLION OR 8%), AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $77 MILLION OR 19%) .

ALL THE 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 JUNE 1991 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 1991.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

/THE JUNE .......

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THE JUNE 1991 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE" WITH DETAILED ANALYSES ON IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN JUNE 1991 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AROUND AUGUST 22 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $33.50 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 STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 823 4915).

TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JUN JUN 91 JAN-JUN JAN-JUN 91

MAJOR MARKET 1991 OVER JUN 90 1991 OVER JAN-JUN 90

(HKD MN.) ( % ) (HKD MN.) ( X )

U.S.A. 5,130 - 10 25,973 13

CHINA 4,283 + 4 24,303 + 14

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 ,668 + 16 9,673 4- 32

U.K. 1,160 + 15 6,488 + 17

JAPAN ' 919 ’ - 3 5,487 + 4

SINGAPORE 746 + 25 4,188 + 29

TAIWAN 490 + 17 2,992 + 8

NETHERLANDS 399 * 2,679 + 21

CANADA 436 - 11 2,145 14

FRANCE ♦ DENOTES 327 LESS THAN 0.5% + 9 1,862 10

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

JUN JUN 91 JAN-JUN JAN-JUN 91

COMMODITY DIVISION 1991 OVER JUN 90 1991 OVER JAN-JUN 90

(HKD MN.) ( % ) (HKD MN.) ( « l )

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES

6,482

31,646

+ 3

/MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED .......

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MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND

SILVERSMITHS’ WARES) 1,961 - 3 11,102 - 8

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS,

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES,

OPTICAL GOODS,

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,483 - 21 9,312 4 2

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY,

APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES >

AND ELECTRICAL PARTS

THEREOF 1,659 + 22 9,074 4 13

OFFICE MACHINES AND

AUTOMATIC DATA

PROCESSING EQUIPMENT 1,298 4 6 8,529 4 18

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS,

MADE-UP ARTICLES AND

RELATED PRODUCTS 1,445 + 1 8,259 4 2

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

JUN JUN 91 JAN-JUN JAN-JUN 91

MAJOR SUPPLIER 1991 OVER 1991 OVER

JUN 90 JAN-JUN 90

(HKD MN.) ( % ) (HKD MN.) ( % )

CHINA 23,353 4 22 129,229 4 25

JAPAN 11,014 4 25 59,297 4 29

TAIWAN 6,515 4 45 34,272 4 31

U.S.A. 4,469 4 10 28,169 4 7

REP OF KOREA 3,035 4 27 17,177 4 29

SINGAPORE 2,403 4 37 15,555 4 38

* U.K. 1,208 4 8 8,165 4 26

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 , 369 + 12 7,725 4 15

SWITZERLAND 801 - 18 5,425 4 2

ITALY 852 4 3 5,399 4 4

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TABLE 4: IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION JUN 1991 (HKD MN.) JUN 91 OVER JUN 90 ( % ) JAN-JUN 1991 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 91 OVER JAN-JUN 90

( % )

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 8,156 25 44,313 20

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF t 7,274 + 39 37,079 + 27

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4,965 + 10 28,631 24

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 4,657 + 18 27,511 + 27

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 4,579 '+ 18 23,730 + 19

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3,002 + 3 17,845 4 19

TABLE 5: RE -EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JUN 1991 (HKD MN.) JUN 91 OVER JUN 90 ( % ) JAN-JUN 1991 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN OVER JAN-JUN ( * 91 90 I )

CHINA 12,438 31 67,530 34

U.S.A. 8,762 + 12 43,688 + 16

F.R. OF GERMANY 2,575 + 57 15,770 + 78

JAPAN 1,961 12 12,976 23

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TAIWAN 1,810 + 6 11,800 4- 17

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,209 + 18 7,113 + 10

U.K. 1,157 + 25 5,987 4- 28

SINGAPORE 880 - 19 5,530 - 11

FRANCE 801 4- 69 4,207 + 49

ITALY 653 49 3,753 4 44

TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION (1 JUN 1991 IKD MN.) JUN 91 OVER JUN 90 ( % ) JAN-JUN 1991 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 91 OVER JAN-JUN 90

( 1 * )

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 5,892 4- 30 27,824 4- 25

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4,760 + 15 27,229 4- 34

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS % 4,966 + 28 26,286 4- 23

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 3,457 4- 10 19,660 4- 9

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3,443 4- 20 19,303 4- 26

FOOTWEAR 1,916 + 59 9,878 4- 69

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MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1991

DEPOSITORS' REQUEST FOR FURTHER MEETING DECLINED

A GROUP OF DEPOSITORS OF THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED (BCCHK) HAVE MADE KNOWN THEIR INTENTION OF CALLING ON SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, AT 4.30 PM TODAY (MONDAY) TO DEMAND A PUBLIC APOLOGY IN RESPECT OF COMMENTS HE MADE LAST WEEK.

MR NENDICK HAD AN HOUR'S MEETING ON SATURDAY WITH FIVE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPOSITORS IN WHICH HE CLARIFIED WHAT HE HAD SAID IN PRESS INTERVIEWS THE PREVIOUS DAY.

HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAD NOT BEEN SUGGESTING THAT BCCHK DEPOSITORS IN GENERAL HAD BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN OF RUMOUR MONGERING.

IF DISRUPTIVE ELEMENTS HAD BEEN AT WORK, AND AS YET THERE WAS NO HARD EVIDENCE OF THIS, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS, THE SECRETARY SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HE WAS CERTAIN THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF BCCHK DEPOSITORS HAD BEHAVED, AND WOULD CONTINUE TO BEHAVE IN A RESPONSIBLE, RESTRAINED AND DIGNIFIED MANNER.

WHILST MR NENDICK DID NOT FEEL ABLE TO APOLOGISE FOR HIS EARLIER REMARKS, HE SAID HE WAS CONCERNED AT THE WAY THESE REMARKS HAD BEEN DISTORTED IN SOME OF THE MEDIA REPORTS AND APOLOGISED ON THEIR BEHALF FOR THIS AND FOR THE CONSEQUENT PUBLIC REACTION, A PRESS RELEASE WAS ISSUED FOLLOWING THE MEETING.

IN ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES, MR NENDICK FEELS THAT NO PURPOSE WOULD BE SERVED BY ANY FURTHER MEETING WITH DEPOSITORS AND HE HAS THEREFORE DECLINED TO MEET THEM THIS AFTERNOON. IF THERE ARE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS THEY WISH TO MAKE, THESE SHOULD BE PUT IN WRITING.

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MONTHLY AIR QUALITY REPORT RELEASED ♦ ♦ * ♦ »

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED THE AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENTS OBTAINED IN THE MONTH OF JULY AT THE MONG KOK, CENTRAL/WESTERN AND KWAI CHUNG AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATIONS.

THIS IS THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT MADE AND SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE REGULARLY ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THE MEASUREMENTS FOR TYPICAL LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS TO WHICH THE GENERAL POPULATION IN AN AREA IS EXPOSED.

/HE SAID

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HE SAID OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASING AWARENESS AMONG THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT IT IS HAVING.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE PRIVATE SECTOR COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, WHICH SHOWED A KEEN CONCERN ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES, HAS MADE CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS RELATING TO THIS RELEASE.

THE MONTHLY ANNOUNCEMENT, IN THE FORM OF A ONE PAGE AIR QUALITY REPORT, ILLUSTRATES THE MONTHLY AVERAGE AND DAILY AVERAGE MEASUREMENTS OF THE FOUR POLLUTANTS AT THE THREE SELECTED MONITORING STATIONS.

CURRENTLY, A TOTAL OF 11 FIXED AIR MONITORING STATIONS ARE IN USE. THEY ARE LOCATED IN KWUN TONG, SHAM SHUI PO, TSIM SHA TSUI, CENTRAL/WESTERN, JUNK BAY, TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, HONG KONG SOUTH, TAI PO, MONG KOK AND SHA TIN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID MEASUREMENTS OF THE MONG KOK, CENTRAL/ WESTERN AND KWAI CHUNG AIR MONITORING STATIONS WERE RELEASED BECAUSE THESE REPRESENT THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SITUATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THE MONG KOK, CENTRAL/WESTERN AND KWAI CHUNG STATIONS REPRESENT RESPECTIVELY THE GROUND LEVEL, RESIDENTAL/COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITUATIONS.

THE FOUR TYPES OF POLLUTANTS COVERED ARE SULPHUR DIOXIDE (SO2), NITROGEN DIOXIDE (NO2), TOTAL SUSPENDED PARTICULATES (TSP) AND RESPIRABLE SUSPENDED PARTICULATES (RSP).

• SO2 AND NO2 ARE GASEOUS POLLUTANTS THAT MAINLY COME FROM COMBUSTION OF FUEL. TSP AND RSP ARE DUST PARTICLES OF DIFFERENT SIZES FLOATING IN THE AIR, WHICH USUALLY COME FROM DIESEL VEHICLE ENGINES, COMBUSTION PROCESSES, CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES.

COMMENTING ON AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENTS OBTAINED IN JULY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID MEASURED LEVELS AT THE MONG KOK STATION ARE RELATIVELY HIGHER THAN THOSE RECORDED AT THE OTHER TWO STATIONS.

THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL AS THE STATION IS LOCATED AT THE ROAD LEVEL TO MEASURE VEHICLE EMISSIONS, AND THE MEASURING EQUIPMENT WILL EASILY PICK UP AIR POLLUTANTS EMITTED FROM MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINES ('LOSE BY.

IT IS ALSO PROBABLE THAT PARTICULATES ON THE ROAD GET RE-ENTRAINED INTO THE AIR BY THE MOVING TRAFFIC, AND THESE AIRBORNE PARTICULATES ARE COLLECTED BY THE TSP SAMPLER.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT NEVERTHELESS NO AIR POLLUTANT AT THE THREE STATIONS EXCEED THE RELEVANT DAILY AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES IN JULY .

/HE ALSO .......

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HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE MISSING DATA AROUND JULY 23 WAS DUE TO THE SUSPENSION OPERATION OF THE STATIONS DURING TROPICAL CYCLONE BRENDAN, AND THE SHUTTING DOWN OF KWAI CHUNG STATION EARLIER ON JULY 20 FOR MAINTENANCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND LEUNG, ON TEL. 835 1048.

/EXPLANATORY NOTES

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Explanatory notes

Air quality levels are reported in microgramme of a pollutant per cubic metre of air (ug/m3).

In the figure showing monthly averages, the monthly means for July 1990 are also shown for comparison. No comparison is possible for figures of the Mong Kok station which only began operation in April 1991.

The daily Air quality Objectives for TSP, RSP, SO2 and NO2 are respectively 350 ug/m3, 150 ug2/m3, 2602 ug/m3 and 180 ug/m3. There is no monthly air quality objectives established for Hong Kong or elsewhere in the world.

Daily averages for TSP and RSP are measured and reported once every 3 to 6 days and measurements are illustrated as discrete points in the figures.

In the SO:/NO2 figures, daily variations are plotted as continuous lines. Broken lines indicate missing data or data not being validated.

/AIR QUALITY .......

Air Quality Report JULY-1991

Monthly Average ( yg / m3)

Mong Kok Central / Western Kwai Chung

TSP a Total Suspended Particulates. Duly AQO 260 pg / m3 . act synergistically with other gaseous pollutants, respirable fraction has effects on health.

RSP ■** Respirable Suspended Particulates. Daily AQO 180 pg/m3. cause respiratory illness, reduce lung function and have cancer risk for certain particles.

so2

Sulphw Dioxide. Daily AQO 350 pg/m3. causes respiratory illness, reduces lung function and increases mortality rate at high level.

no2

Nitrogen Dioxide.Daily AQO 150 pg/m3 .causes respiratory irritation, increases susceptibility to respiratory infection and impair lung development

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1991

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1991

CONSULTATION ON LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 15 ******

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH TODAY (MONDAY) URGED LIVESTOCK FARMERS AND ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED TO FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON THE LIVESTOCK WASTES CONTROL SCHEME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 15.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED A NUMBER OF MEASURES INCLUDING A NEW LICENSING SYSTEM FOR LIVESTOCK KEEPING TO REDUCE THE RISKS POSED BY OLD-FASHIONED LIVESTOCK KEEPING METHODS STILL IN USE IN HONG KONG.

SO FAR, WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK KEEPING ASSOCIATIONS WHICH REPRESENTED SEVERAL MAJOR FARMERS’ UNION AND THE DUCKS AND GEESE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION PREPARATORY COMMITTEE AND INDIVIDUALS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO CONDUCTED WIDE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSALS IN THE PAST MONTHS WITH VARIOUS ESTABLISHED BODIES, INCLUDING THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE AND THE LIVESTOCK SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

IN ADDITION, A SPECIAL MEETING HAD BEEN HELD WITH DUCK AND GOOSE FARMERS TO COLLECT THEIR VIEWS ON SIMILAR CONTROL ON DUCK AND GOOSE KEEPING, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ALL VIEWS COLLECTED WOULD BE CONSOLIDATED AND SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE A FINAL DECISION WAS MADE.

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NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS WHOLE OF HONG KONG ♦ **»»»

HONG KONG’S NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST AMBITIOUS OF ITS KIND PLANNED BY ANY CITY IN THE WORLD, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ALBERT LAM, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON OF THE ASSOCIATION OF YAN 01 TONG DIRECTORS, MR LAM SAID THE HEAVY INVESTMENTS IN ROADS, COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT DID NOT ONLY BENEFIT PEOPLE RELOCATED FROM THE URBAN AREAS, BUT ALSO THE INDIGENOUS INHABITANTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

APART FROM HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS, THE PROGRAMME ALSO HELPED TO SUSTAIN AND CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF HONG KONG, HE NOTED.

/"THE MAJOR

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"THE MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORT LINKS PUT HONG KONG IN CLOSER AND MORE DIRECT CONTACT WITH GUANGDONG, WHERE SOME THREE MILLION CHINESE WORKERS ARE HELPING HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS WITH OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES ALONG THE PEARL RIVER DELTA.

"THIS MUST BE CONDUCIVE TO THE FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA," HE SAID.

TRACING THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, MR LAM NOTED THAT IT WAS FIRST STARTED IN THE MID-1960'S.

IT WAS ONLY LAUNCHED ON A FULL SCALE IN 1973 TO SYNCHRONIZE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME AIMED AT PROVIDING BETTER HOUSING AND IMPROVED ENVIRONMENT FOR TWO MILLION PEOPLE.

"SINCE THEN, THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ACTIVELY PURSUED AND SUBSTANTIALLY EXPANDED THROUGHOUT THE PAST 18 YEARS.

"IN 1973, THERE WERE ONLY 670,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, REPRESENTING ABOUT 17 PER CENT OF THE THEN POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

"BUT TODAY, THE NEW TERRITORIES POPULATION HAS MORE THAN TREBLED TO 2.4 MILLION, REPRESENTING SOME 42 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION," HE OBSERVED.

MR LAM SAID BY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WOULD GROW TO OVER THREE MILLION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FROM 1973 UP TO THE END OF 1990, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT ALTOGETHER $34 BILLION ON THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, AND THIS FIGURE DID NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF LAND ACQUISITION AND PUBLIC HOUSING EXPENDITURE.

SO FAR, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PLANNED AND DEVELOPED EIGHT NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THEY ARE TSUEN WAN (INCLUDING KWAI TSING), SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, TAI PO, FANLING (INCLUDING SHEUNG SHUI), YUEN LONG, TIN SHUI WAI AND TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE BUILD-UP AND LAYOUT OF A NEW TOWN, MR LAM SAID, FOLLOWED THE GUIDELINES PROVIDED IN THE OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WHICH SETS OUT BROAD LAND USE PATTERNS AND MAJOR ROAD FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT.

ON THE LATEST PROJECTS, HE MENTIONED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TIN SHUI WAI NEW TOWN, WHICH IS BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND FROM FISH PONDS, WITH A PLANNED POPULATION OF 150,000.

"INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THIS NEW TOWN WILL BE CONFINED TO THE SOUTH OF THE NEWLY FORMED LAND, WHILE THE NORTHERN PART WILL BE RETAINED AS A LAND BANK FOR FURTHER INDUSTRIAL, HOUSING AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE FUTURE," HE SAID.

SUMMING UP, MR LAM SAID THIS MASSIVE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME REQUIRES THE COMMITMENT OF, AND CONTINUED CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE RURAL ORGANISATIONS, AND THE RESIDENTS IN HIE NEW TERRITORIES.

/MR LAM ........

MONDAY, AUGSIIT 1?, 1991

MR LAM STRESSED THAT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT OFFICERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN FACILITATING CLEARANCE AND PROMOTING BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC, AS WELL AS AN IMPORTANT CO-ORDINATING ROLE WHEN DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS IMPINGE UPON THE LIFE OF A SETTLED VILLAGE COMMUNITY.

HE ALSO SAID AS PART OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PLANS TO ESTABLISH TWO MORE NEW TOWNS, NAMELY TUNG CHUNG AND TAI HO, ON NORTH LANTAU ISLAND.

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ADMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY

SECONDARY 5 SCHOOL LEAVERS AND MATRICULANTS WISHING TO BECOME TEACHERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE FOUR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 16).

THE COLLEGES ARE THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID SECONDARY 5 STUDENTS MEETING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS CAN APPLY FOR THE THREE-YEAR COURSE AND ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS, THE TWO-YEAR COURSE.

THE COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO TEACH GENERAL SUBJECTS AT PRIMARY LEVEL AND TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS UP TO SECONDARY 3 LEVEL.

"COURSES OFFERED AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE ARE INTENDED TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO TEACH TECHNICAL OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN STILL BE OBTAINED AT THE FOUR COLLEGES AND AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH SCHOOLS FOR THIS YEAR'S SCHOOL LEAVERS OR, FOR THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY LEFT SCHOOL BEFORE LAST SEPTEMBER, AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

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SECONDARY 6 VACANCIES * * * * *

STUDENTS WITH BASIC ADVANCED LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS MAY APPLY FOR SECONDARY 6 PLACES IN OTHER SCHOOLS BEFORE 5 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) WHEN THE NEW ADMISSION PROCEDURE WILL ENTER ITS FOURTH STAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THERE ARE STILL 88 VACANT SECONDARY 6 PLACES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 160 TN KOWLOON AND 146 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE COMPRISED 213 IN THE ARTS STREAM, 54 IN SCIENCE, AND TWO IN COMMERCE. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE 125 HIGHER LEVEL VACANCIES.

THE TAKE-UP RATE SO FAR IS 98 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OF 19,400 PLACES AVAILABLE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 35.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OF 208.287 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 314.444 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 53.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 10.8.91 800*

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 12.8.91 -210

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 10

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.9 *0.1* 12.8.91

* O/N ASST TO BE REVERSED -200MN OTHER FORWARDS - 10WN

/HONG KONG .......

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

12.8. 91 9.8. 91

MATURING TN 1 WEEK 4.88 PCT 5. 15 PCT

1 MONTH 5.14 PCT 5.37 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.40 PCT 5.65 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.78 PCT 5.92 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.27 PCT 6.35 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,780 MN 6,441 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR APRIL - JUNE 1991 1

ONE WITHDRAWAL TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ................................ 2

GOVT SCHOOLS RECRUITING SUPPLY TEACHERS ................................. 4

WORK SAFETY ON GONDOLAS URGED ........................................... 4

DSW VISITS REHAB CENTRES ................................................ 5

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES .................................... 6

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND....................................... 7

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .............. 8

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1991

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR APRIL - JUNE 1991

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WHILE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE, THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE DURING THE PERIOD APRIL - JUNE 1991. THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ARE DETAILED BELOW.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1991 WAS 2.4%, COMPARED WITH 1.8% FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1991 AND 1.6% FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASES OF 0.6 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND 0.8 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN APRIL -JUNE 1991 WAS ESTIMATED AT 67,700, COMPARED WITH 49,900 IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1991 AND 43,900 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1991 WAS 1.7%, COMPARED WITH 1.5% FOR JANUARY - MARCH 1991 AND 0.9% FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT WHILE THE INCREASE OF 0.8 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS IN APRIL - JUNE 1991 WAS 47,200, COMPARED WITH 43,600 IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1991 AND 26,100 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

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.

AS 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 PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY -JULY 1991 WAS 2.3% AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.4%.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

/THE SURVEY .......

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THE SURVEY FOR APRIL - JUNE 1991 COVERED A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 10,900 HOUSEHOLDS OR 38,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG

KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1991 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND SEPTEMBER 20, AT $13.50 PER COPY.

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ONE WITHDRAWAL TODAY FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS

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ONE WITHDRAWAL WAS RECEIVED TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER.

THE WITHDRAWAL RESULTED IN THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES VYING FOR THE ELECTIONS REDUCING FROM 95 TO 94. FORTY WERE FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS AND 54 FOR THE DIRECT ELECTIONS.

THE WITHDRAWAL WAS RECEIVED FROM LAI KING-TIM OF KOWLOON EAST.

FOLLOWING IS A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE NOMINATIONS:

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTORAL DIVISION NO. OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

1 . COMMERCIAL FIRST COMMERCIAL 2

2. COMMERCIAL SECOND COMMERCIAL 1

3. INDUSTRIAL FIRST INDUSTRIAL 1

4 . INDUSTRIAL SECOND INDUSTRIAL 2

5. FINANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCE 1

6. FINANCE A FINANCIAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 6

SERVICES

/7. LABOUR ........

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GOVT SCHOOLS RECRUITING SUPPLY TEACHERS *****

QUALIFIED PEOPLE ARE BEING INVITED TO TEACH IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AS SUPPLY TEACHERS IN THE 1991-92 SCHOOL YEAR.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT HOLDERS OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITY DEGREES, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TEACHER’S CERTIFICATE OR APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE DIPLOMA, OR EQUIVALENT, MAY APPLY.

’’SHORT-TERM SUPPLY TEACHERS WILL BE APPOINTED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS WITH DAILY RATES OF $528 OR $641 - DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATION AND THE POST - FOR TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND $456 FOR TEACHING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

’’SUPPLY TEACHERS SUBSTITUTING FOR A VACANCY LASTING FOR THREE MONTHS OR MORE CAN BE APPOINTED ON A MONTHLY BASIS. THOSE WITH RECOGNISED TEACHING EXPERIENCE WILL BE AWARDED INCREMENTAL CREDITS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SERVICING UNIT, ROOM 334, THIRD FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALONG THE ORIGINAL AND COPIES OF DOCUMENTS CERTIFYING THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RELEASE, A PHOTOGRAPH AND THEIR BANKBOOK.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 839 2329 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) URGED CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS TO OBSERVE ALL NECESSARY SAFETY PRECUATIONS WHEN USING GONDOLAS AT WORKPLACES.

’’FACTORY INSPECTORS VISITING WORK SITES WILL ADVISE CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS ON THE APPROPRIATE SAFETY MEASURES TO BE TAKEN ON GONDOLAS," THE ACTING CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN TAT-KING, SAID.

MR CHAN SAID CONTRACTORS SHOULD ENSURE THAT EVERY GONDOLA, WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY A SUSPENSION ROPE AT EACH END OF THE PLATFORM AND WHICH CAN BE RAISED OR LOWERED BY POWER-DRIVEN CLIMBERS OR WINCHES, SHOULD BE INSTALLED WITH A SAFETY ROPE AT EACH SUSPENSION POINT.

’’IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE SAFETY ROPE SHOULD HAVE AN AUTOMATIC FALL-ARRESTOR MOUNTED ON IT SO THAT THE PLATFORM CAN BE KEPT IN ITS UPRIGHT POSITION EVEN IN THE EVENT OF A SUDDEN FAILURE OF THE PRIMARY SUSPENSION ROPE OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE GONDOLA,’’ HE SAID.

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"IN ADDITION, THE GONDOLA AND ITS ATTACHMENTS SHOULD BE OF GOOD CONSTRUCTION, SOUND MATERIAL, FREE FROM DEFECT AND REGULARLY MAINTAINED."

WORKERS SHOULD ALSO BE THOROUGHLY BRIEFED ON THE SAFE AND PROPER OPERATION OF THE GONDOLAS.

"EVERY WORKER ON THE GONDOLA IS REQUIRED TO WEAR A SUITABLE SAFETY BELT WITH ITS LANYARD SECURELY ATTACHED TO AN INDEPENDENT LIFELINE OR AN APPROPRIATE ANCHORAGE POINT," MR CHAN CONTINUED.

HE STRESSED THAT IT IS THE DUTY OF THE CONTRACTOR TO PROVIDE SUCH SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND TO ENSURE THAT IT IS PROPERLY USED BY THE WORKERS.

HE ADDED THAT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, BOTH PROPRIETORS AND WORKERS HAVE A GENERAL DUTY TO MAINTAIN SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

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DSW VISITS REHAB CENTRES

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR M.D. CARTLAND, TODAY (TUESDAY) UPDATED HIMSELF ON REHABILITATION SERVICES DURING A FAMILIARISATION VISIT TO TWO SERVICE UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WEST REGION.

MR CARTLAND FIRST VISITED THE CHEUNG HONG HOSTEL AND DAY ACTIVITY CENTRE (DAC) AT CHEUNG HONG ESTATE, TSING YI, WHICH HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE AUGUST 1988.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON A TOUR OF THE VARIOUS FACILITIES THERE BY THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES WEST), MRS LESLIE HUNG, AND DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (TSUEN WAN/KWAI TSING), MR NG KAI-KIN.

AT PRESENT, THE HOSTEL AND THE DAC EACH HAS A CAPACITY OF 50.

THE HOSTEL PROVIDES ACCOMMODATION AND CARE TO THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WHO ARE HOMELESS OR CANNOT LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, WHILE THE DAC OFFERS TRAINING TO MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AND SHELTERED OR OPEN EMPLOYMENT.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE KWAI SHING HOSTEL WHICH CURRENTLY ACCOMMODATES 40 MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE.

MR CARTLAND NOTED THAT THE SERVICES AND TRAINING PROGRAMME THERE HELP MINIMISE RESIDENTS’ DEPENDENCE ON OTHERS AND ASSIST THEM IN LEADING A SEMI-INDEPENDENT OR EVEN AN INDEPENDENT LIFE.

AT THE END OF THE VISIT, MR CARTLAND COMMENDED THE CENTRES* STAFF FOR THEIR DEVOTION IN LOOKING AFTER THE DISABLED.

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS AUTHORISED A DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES.

AS FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST WILL BE SIX PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 6.60 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

THE CHANGE WAS STATED IN A LEGAL NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE YESTERDAY (MONDAY).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.50 PER MONTH PER $100.

INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE TOMORROW WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:

7.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER [ 8, 1989;

FEBRUARY 15, 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM MARCH 8, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 22, ON OR AFTER 1989;

8.28 PER CENT PER ANNUM MARCH 22, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1989 AND BEFORE JUNE 22, ON OR AFTER 1989;

7.80 PER CENT PER ANNUM JUNE 22, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1989 AND BEFORE JULY 12, ON OR AFTER 1989;

7.32 PER CENT PER ANNUM JULY 12, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1989 AND BEFORE AUGUST 9, ON OR AFTER 1989;

6.84 PER CENT PER ANNUM AUGUST 9, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1989 AND BEFORE MARCH 7, ON OR AFTER 1990;

7.08 PER CENT PER ANNUM MARCH 7, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1990 AND BEFORE APRIL 4, ON OR AFT?R 1990;

8.04 PER CENT PER ANNUM APRIL 4, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED 1990 AND BEFORE AUGUST 15 ON OR AFTER , 1990;

7.56 PER CENT PER ANNUM AUGUST 15 FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED , 1990 AND BEFORE OCTOBER ON OR AFTER 24, 1990;

/7.08 PER CENT ........

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PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE:

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7.08 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFI ER OCTOBER 24, 1990 AND BEFORE JANUARY 30, 1991;

6 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 30, 1991 AND BEFORE MAY 29, 1991;

7.56 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 29, 1991 AND BEFORE JULY 3, 1991; AND

6 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 3, 1991 AND BEFORE AUGUST 14, 1991.

BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAI INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR

$1,000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON AUGUST 14, 1991,

SEPTEMBER 14, 1991 AND OCTOBER 14, 1991 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDERED IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON NOVEMBER 13, 1991 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

ON $1,000,.AUGUST 14, 1991 TO NOVEMBER 13, 1991

3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $5.00 PER MONTH =$15.00

ON $1,000, SEPTEMBER 14, 1991 TO NOVEMBER 13, 1991

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $5.00 PER MONTH =$10.00

ON $1,000, OCTOBER 14, 1991 TO NOVEMBER 13, 1991

1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $5.00 PER MONTH =$ 5.00

$30.00

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND HKEG

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EXCHANGE FUND BILLS TENDER RESULTS TUESDAY 13 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER Q133 Y193

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 1,561 MN HKD 516 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 500 MN * HKD 200 MN

AVERAGE ACCEPTED YIELD 5.56 PCT 6.42 PCT

HIGHEST ACCEPTED YIELD 5.59 PCT 6.45 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 57 PCT ABOUT 63 PCT

/HONG KONG........

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

HKEH

NEXT TENDER OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS ---- TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER

ISSUE DATE

MATURITY DATE

TENOR

AMOUNT ON OFFER

Q134

21 AUG 91

20 NOV 91

91 DAYS

HKD 500 + 100 MN

H171

21 AUG 91

19 FEB 92

182 DAYS

HKD 200 + 60 MN

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE TN THE ACCOUNT ON 12.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 13.8.91 -69

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 69

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 112.8 *-0.1» 13.8.91

HONG KONG CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE MATURING IN 1 WEEK GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND FUND BILLS 12.8.91 13.8.91 4.88 PCT 5.02 PCT

1 MONTH 3 MONTHS 6 MONTHS 12 MONTHS TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5.14 PCT 5.25 PCT 5.40 PCT 5.55 PCT 5.78 PCT 5.88 PCT 6.27 PCT 6.41 PCT 4,780 MN 5,190 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SECOND QUARTER BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ........................ 1

CHAIRMAN OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND BETTERMENT MEETS PANEL OF EXPERT ADVISERS ............................................ 3

HK OFFICIALS TO VISIT CHINA ............................................ 5

CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS URGED TO CALL OFF INDUSTRIAL ACTION ....... 5

EXTENSION OF HK/CANADA TEXTILES AGREEMENT .............................. 7

251 VM’S RETURN TO VIETNAM ............................................. 7

SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO BE REBUILT ............................ 8

EMPLOYERS URGED TO MAKE TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS ........................... 9

THREE GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER ....................................... 9

MEETING TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT................................. 10

24 S6 VACANCIES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION ................................ 11

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 11

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

SECOND QUARTER BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED *******

FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991.

LOOKING AHEAD, FIRMS IN THIS SECTOR GENERALLY EXPECT A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER.

THESE COMPARISONS ARE, HOWEVER, LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS. AS FAR AS MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IS CONCERNED, THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR IS USUALLY A SEASONAL LOW WHILE THE THIRD QUARTER IS NORMALLY MORE ACTIVE THAN THE SECOND QUARTER.

THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT BELOW.

RELEASED TODAY ARE SUMMARISED

FIRMS IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE PLASTICS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES, EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER.

AS REGARDS THE BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER, FIRMS IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE PLASTICS, FOOD, BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO, AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS INDUSTRIES, ANTICIPATE AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS OVER THE SECOND QUARTER.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THE FIRMS SURVEYED EXPERIENCED A LOWER LEVEL OF BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND EXPECT THE SITUATION TO CONTINUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE AND CATERING TRADES SECTOR, HOTELS EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, WHILE RESTAURANTS RECORDED A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, BUSINESS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES REMAINED STABLE.

REGARDING THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER, RESTAURANTS AND FIRMS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES EXPECT AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS, WHILE HOTELS ANTICIPATE THEIR BUSINESS TO REMAIN STABLE.

IN THE OTHER SERVICES SECTOR, BANKS AND FIRMS IN THE TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, WHILE BUSINESS IN THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES REMAINED STABLE.

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REGARDING THE SHORT-TERM BUSINESS PROSPECTS, THE SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE’IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

ABOUT 1,000 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND TRADES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTTON OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY.

THEY WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS AS WELL AS THE BUSINESS PROBLEMS THEY FACED.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991, FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR GENERALLY ENCOUNTERED THE PROBLEMS OF HIGH WAGE RATES, PRICE COMPETITION, HIGH MATERIAL PRICES, INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS ORDERS OR CONTRACTS, AND SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, PRICE COMPETITION, SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR, AND INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS OR CONTRACTS WERE THE MAJOR PROBLEMS. IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO SUSTAIN TN THE THIRD QUARTER.

IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE AND CATERING TRADES SECTOR AND THE OTHfeR SERVICES SECTOR, A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF FIRMS CITED PRICE COMPETITION, HIGH STAFF COSTS, AND HIGH STAFF TURNOVER AS THEIR MAJOR BUSINESS PROBLEMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991.

IN ADDITION, HOTELS ALSO ENCOUNTERED THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE A SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG FROM A SHORT-TERM PERSPECTIVE.

IN THE SURVEY, PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND THE LEVEL OF CAPACITY UTILISATION HAD "IMPROVED", "REMAINED THE SAME” OR "DETERIORATED" IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO "IMPROVE”, "REMAIN THE SAME" OR "DETERIORATE" IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1991.

THE OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE THEN ANALYSED AND THE SUMMARY FINDINGS PUBLISHED IN THE "REPORT ON QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY, SECOND QUARTER 1991".

MOREOVER, THE SURVEY REPORT CONTAINS A SECTION ON THE BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS, AND A BREAKDOWN OF THE VIEWS OF FIRMS BY EMPLOYMENT SIZE GROUP.

/THE DEPARTMENT......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT, IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CAUTION AS IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ RECOLLECTION OF THE PAST AND PERCEPTION OF THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY PURCHASE COPIES OF THE SURVEY REPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL OR FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT $8 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 839 3223.

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THE (HAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND BETTERMENT, MR JOHN TODD, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS, INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS, LAW SOCIETY, THE BAR ASSOCIATION, THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

THEY, TOGETHER WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ADMINISTRATION, FORM A PANEL OF EXPERT ADVISERS WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO ASSIST THE COMMITTEE IN ITS WORE.

THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND BETTERMENT WILL PLAY A SPECIAL PART IN THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS OF THE REVIEW OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

"IT WILL BE CONSIDERING THE VERY CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION OF WHETHER COMPENSATION SHOULD BE PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR TOWN PLANNING DECISIONS WHICH ADVERSELY AFFECT PROPERTY RIGHTS," MR TODD SAID.

"IT WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERING WHETHER BETTERMENT SHOULD BE PAID TO THE GOVERNMENT WHEN THE VALUE OF PROPERTY IS ENHANCED.

"AT PRESENT, LAND COMPENSATION IS ONLY PAID WHEN LAND IS RESUMED AND THERE ARE NO BETTERMENT CHARGES AS SUCH."

THE INTRODUCTION OF’ NEW PLANNING RESTRICTIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES LAST YEAR CAUSED MANY LANDHOLDERS THERE TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO PLAY OUT COMPENSATION FOR PLANNING RESTRICTIONS AND PLANNING BLIGHT CAUSED BY THF ZONING OF LAND.

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THE POINT HAS ALSO BEEN MADE THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S ACTIVITIES DO NOT ONLY RESTRICT THE USE OF LAND BUT IN OTHER CASES ENHANCE ITS VALUE BY IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE AND THROUGH PLANNING DECISIONS.

IF A MORE EXTENSIVE SYSTEM OF COMPENSATION IS TO BE INTRODUCED, IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THERE SHOULD BE A COUNTER-BALANCING SYSTEM BY WHICH THOSE WHOSE PROPERTY VALUES ARE INCREASED SHOULD PAY A BETTERMENT LEVY TO THE GOVERNMENT. THIS WOULD OFFSET THE COMPENSATION PAYMENTS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE FALL ON THE GENERAL TAXPAYERS.

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, IN ANNOUNCING LAST MONTH THAT THERE WOULD BE A PERIOD OF CONSULTATION ON THE NEW PLANNING BILL, EXPLAINED THAT THIS ISSUE NEEDED AN INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE WHOSE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE CONSIDERED AND INCORPORATED IN THE OVERALL PROPOSAL FOR A NEW PLANNING ORDINANCE NEXT YEAR.

MR TODD WHO WAS FORMERLY SECRETARY FOR HOUSING HAS RETURNED FROM RETIREMENT IN AUSTRIA FOR THIS SIX-MONTH TASK. BEFORE BECOMING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, HE WAS DIRECTOR OF LANDS AND ALSO DEPUTY SECRETARY BOTH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND, TN THE LATE 1970’S, FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN IS II.H. JUDGE CRUDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

OTHER MEMBERS INCLUDE MR GERRY FORSGATE, RECENTLY RETIRED CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL; PROFESSOR ANTHONY WALKER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURVEYING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (HKU); MR ALBERT CHEN HUNG-YEE, A SENIOR LECTURER IN THE LAW FACULTY OF THE HKU; MR SELWYN MAR, A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT; MR RONNY WONG FOOK-HUM, QUEEN’S COUNSEL; AND MR PATRICK WU PO-KONG, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF WING LUNG BANK.

THE PANEL OF EXPERT ADVISERS WILL RESPOND TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE AND ADVISE ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT. IT IS ALSO EXPECTED THAT THE MEMBERS WILL MAKE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO THE COMMITTEE WHICH WILL THEN DISCUSS THEM WITH THE PANEL.

"DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PANEL WOULD ONLY BE PART OF THE CONSULTATION PROCESS," MR TODD EXPLAINED.

"THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMPENSATION AND BETTERMENT WILL AFFECT MANY SEITORS OF THE SOCIETY AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND I HOPE THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO RECEIVE SUBMISSIONS FROM INTERESTED GROUPS AND FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC."

NOTING THAT THE CONSULTATIVE PERIOD FOR THE WHOLE EXERCISE WILL IND ON NOVEMBER 30, AND THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL NEED TO PUT FORWARD ITS RECOMMENDATIONS IN TIME FOR SUBMISSION TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EARIA NEXT YEAR, MR TODD URGED THOSE WHO WISH TO APPROACH THE COMMITTEE TO DO SO EARLY.

"THERE WILL THEN BE TIME FOR THE COMMITTEE TO MEET AND DISCUSS ANY PROBLEMS WUH THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED PROPOSALS BEFORE IT DRAWS UP ITS RECOMMENDATIONS," life ADDED.

/ANYONE WISHING ........

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

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ANYONE WISHING TO SUBMIT VIEWS ON COMPENSATION

AND

BETTERMENT

SHOULD DO SO EITHER IN WRITING OR IN PERSON TO THE CHAIRMAN OR TO SECRETARY DR SIMON VICKERS, OR THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, MRS' ■ Z a?the special committee's office on the seventh floor,

_ mri ri r»rn

THE

SARAH CLUB

LUS ITANO BUILDING,

ICE HOUSE STREET.

NOTE:

MR JOHN TODD, CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMPENSATION AND BETTERMENT, WILL BE «APPY TO MEET-ANSWER QUESTIONS ON OR DISCUSS HIS COMMITTEE S WORK.

COMMITTEE ON

THE MEDIA TO

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT LEUNG (TEL. NO. 524 0205) OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE SPECIAL FOR ARRANGEMENTS.

MRS SARAH COMMITTEE

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HK OFFICIALS TO VISIT CHINA

THP SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, OF CHINA.

WILL HONG

MRS WONG WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SIX OTHER HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF VISITS STARTED A FEW YEARS AGO FOR GENERAL FAM ILI AR I SAT I ON.

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CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS URGED TO CALL OFF INDUSTRIAL ACTION ♦ ♦ ♦ t ♦

KWOK-LAI, TODAY

HOUSE SERVICES

RALLY AT THE AS A MEANS TO AGO.

THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WONG (WEDNESDAY) NOTED WITH REGRET THE DEPARTMENT’S I NS PECT< 'RS * ASSOCIATION'S DECISION 'TO HOLD A PEIITION GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT THIS SATURDAY ( AUGUSI 17) ESCALATE ITS INDUSTRIAL ACTION WHICH STARTED TWO WEEKS

HF APPEALED TO THE CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS (FORMERLY KNOWN AS HOUSE SERVICES INSPECTORS) TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT IN PURSUING THEIR DEMANDS AND TO CALL OIT THEIR INDUSTRIAL AC I ION IMMED1AIEL .

/A SPOKESMAN .......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14. 1991

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE ASSOCIATION’S decision came as a surprise because, in ihe meeting WITH EIGHT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), BOTH THE STAFF AND THE MANAGEMENT SIDES HAD AGREED IO CONTINUE WITH THE DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE THE DEMANDS OF THE CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS.

THE ASSOCIATION DEMANDED THE INCLUSION OF GRADE E IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS THE ENTRY QUALIFICATION, IMPROVED PROMOTION PROSPECT AND EXEMPTION FROM EXAMINATIONS FOR THE PLUMBING LICENCE.

"THE PRESENT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS PLACE EMPHASIS ON TECHNICAL ABILITY BECAUSE THE WORKS OF THESE INSPECTORS REQUIRE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE, ' THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HOWEVER, IN RESPONSE TO THE ASSOCIATION'S REQUEST, THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY AGREED TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO CANDIDATES WITH GRADE E IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN THE RECRUITMENT OF CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS."

ON THE ASSOCIATION’S PROPOSAL FOR IMPROVED PROMOTION PROSPECT, THF SPOKESMAN COMMENTED THAT THIS WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE CAREER OF MANY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO RECONSIDER ITS PROPOSAL WHI CH SOUGHT THE CREATION OF A SENIOR RANK.

UNDER THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS, THE CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF MOVING UP TO ASSIS I ANT WATERWORKS INSPECTOR AND OTHER SENIOR RANKS IN THE WATERWORKS INSPECTOR GRADE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.

AS TO THE EXEMPTION FROM EXAMINATION FOR THE LICENSING OF PLUMBERS, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT CONSUMER SERVICES INSPECTORS WITH ADEQUATE YEARS OF SERVICE ARE ALREADY EXEMPTED FROM PART II OF THE EXAMINATION WHICH TESTS THE CANDIDATES’ KNOWLEDGE OF THE WATERWORKS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS.

THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL CONSIDERING THE ASSOCIATION’S JUSTIFICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM PART 1 OF THE EXAMINAI1ON WHICH TESTS THE CANDIDATES’ COMPETENCE IN CARRYING OUT PLUMBING WORKS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS NOT REJECTED THE ASSOCIATION’S DEMANDS BUT IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO HOLD discussions with it with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable SOLUTION.

SO EAR, THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION HAS NOT AFFECTED THE DEPARTMENT'S SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

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EXTENSION OF HK/CANADA TEXTILES AGREEMENT

*****

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT AGREEMENT HAD BEEN REACHED ON A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE HONG KONG/CANADA TEXTILES AGREEMENT.

"AGREEMENT ON THE EXTENSION HAS BEEN REACHED AND WILL BE RATIFIED ONCE INTERNAL PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED," THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR DONALD TSANG SAID.

"THE EXTENSION WILL APPLY TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT, INCLUDING GROWTH RATES AND FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS.

"IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS A ROLLOVER FOR TWO YEARS OF THE EXISTING AGREEMENT WHICH EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31, 1991," HE SAID.

"THIS AGREEMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE EXTENSION OF THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) AND OUR EARLIER AGREEMENTS WITH FINLAND, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AND THE UNITED STATES, HAS REMOVED THE UNCERTAINTY HITHERTO SURROUNDING HONG KONG’S TEXTILES TRADE ON WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO," MR TSANG SAID.

"WE WILL NOW DEVOTE OURSELVES FULLY TO THE TASK OF NEGOTIATING A NEW AND MORE LIBERAL MULTILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT UNDER THE URUGUAY ROUND," HE SAID.

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251 VM’S RETURN TO VIETNAM ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

A GROUP OF 251 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RETURNED TO VIETNAM UNDER THE UNHCR’S VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME.

COMPRISING 128 MEN, 54 WOMEN, 42 BOYS AND 27 GIRLS, THEY WERE THE 63RD BATCH TO GO BACK UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

THIS GROUP BROUGHT TO 8,803 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS WHO HAVE RETURNED VOLUNTARILY.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

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SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO BE REBUILT

»*»»*«

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $48 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST BETWEEN KING TAI STREET AND KOWLOON CITY INTERCHANGE, AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROADS TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE REGIONAL HIGHWAY ENGINEER (KOWLOON), MR CHIU WING-HUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FROM KING TAI STREET TO KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT WOULD BE RECONSTRUCTED TO INCLUDE MINOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CARRIAGEWAY ALIGNMENTS AND STORM WATER DRAINS AS WELL AS PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL LANE AT THE WESTBOUND APPROACH TO KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROADS TO THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL INCLUDE:

♦ CONSTRUCTION OF A GYRATORY SYSTEM IN OLYMPIC AVENUE AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD;

* RE-ROUTING OF KOWLOON CITY ROAD BETWEEN MA TAU KOK ROAD AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND; AND

» JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS AT TO KWA WAN ROAD/SAN SHAN ROAD JUNCTION.

"LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO ENHANCE THE

ENVIRONMENT UPON COMPLETION OF THE NEW CARRIAGEWAYS," MR CHIU SAID.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, ONE EASTBOUND AND ONE WESTBOUND LANE IN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WILL BE OCCUPIED FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT TO SHA TIN AND SAI KUNG ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA CHOI HUNG ROAD AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD TO THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS USING THIS ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM THE END OF THIS MONTH FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT MONTHS.

FURTHER ADVICE TO MOTORISTS WILL BE ISSUED AS THE WORKS PROGRESS. MOTORISTS ARE REQUESTED TO BE PATIENT AND TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN THEY DRIVE THROUGH THE SITE OF THE WORKS.

THE EXISTING NUMBER OF TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE MAINTAINED IN SUNG WONG TOI ROAD AND OLYMPIC AVENUE UNTIL THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS ARE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

THE WORKS OF THIS CONTRACT WILL COMMENCE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 16) AND THE ROADWORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN 27 MONTHS.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

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WEDNESDAY, AUC-UST 14, 1991

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO MAKE TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS * * * * *

EMPLOYERS ARE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED TO MAKE PRIOR AGREEMENT WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES ON WORKING ARRANGEMENTS DURING TYPHOONS.

SUCH AGREEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE RULES FOR REPORTING TO WORK AND RELEASING EMPLOYEES FROM WORK, AND THE METHOD OF CALCULATING WAGES IN VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

ACTING CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER, MR FRANCIS HO, SAID THE LAW DID NOT LAY DOWN ANY PARTICULAR PROVISIONS ON WHAT ONE SHOULD DO IN A TYPHOON SITUATION BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT NATURES AND REQUIREMENTS OF JOBS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.

"IT WILL, NEVERTHELESS, BE MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL FOR AN AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED TO AVOID CONFUSION," MR HO STRESSED, ADDING THAT THE INTERESTS OF BOTH PARTIES WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

HE SAID EMPLOYERS SHOULD GIVE CONSIDERATION TO THEIR WORKERS’ SAFETY, BOTH AT THE WORKPLACE AND WHILE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM HOME DURING A TYPHOON.

"NORMALLY, EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO REPORT FOR DUTY OR TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR WORK WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NO. 8 OR A HIGHER SIGNAL IS HOISTED, OR WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS ABOUT TO. STOP," HE SAID.

"THIS, HOWEVER, DOES NOT APPLY TO EMPLOYEES WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY DUTIES DURING A TYPHOON. IN SUCH CASES, THE EMPLOYER SHOULD CLEARLY INFORM THE EMPLOYEES CONCERNED AT THEIR COMMENCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT," HE NOTED.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN DRAFTING OR PREPARING TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS MAY APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICES FOR ADVICE.

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THREE GOVT LOTS TO LET BY TENDER ******

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF THREE LAND LOTS FOR OPEN STORAGE.

TWO LOTS, LOCATED AT YEN CHOW STREET, SHAM SHUI PO, KOWLOON AND SIU LAM, TUEN MUN, MEASURE ABOUT 865 AND 2,800 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

THEY ARE BOTH FOR OPEN STORAGE, EXCLUDING CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY FOR THE LOTS IS FOR ONE YEAR AND TWO YEARS RESPECTIVELY AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

/THE THIRD .......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1931

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THE THIRD LOT, WHICH MEASURES ABOUT 1.64 HECTARES, IS LOCATED AT LAI CHI KOK RECLAMATION AREA, KOWLOON.

IT IS FOR OPEN STORAGE OF CONTAINERS, INCLUDING STUFFING AND DESTUFFING OF CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR AND RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 30.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE RELEVANT DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MEETING TO PROMOTE BUILDING MANAGEMENT

MEMBERS OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN SHAM SHUI PO ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CONSULTATIVE MEETING TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 3, AT THE LAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL.

PRIVATE BUILDING CARETAKERS AND RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND.

THE MEETING IS ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD TO ENHANCE LOCAL RESIDENT’S KNOWLEDGE TN BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

OFFICIALS FROM THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL BE PRESENT.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37 TONKIN STREET.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE AUGUST 23.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 361 7352.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1991

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24 S6 VACANCIES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION * ♦ ♦ * *

A TOTAL OF 24 VACANT SECONDARY 6 PLACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS SHOULD REGISTER AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT CENTRES TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM.

THE AVAILABLE PLACES, COMPRISING 13 IN ARTS STREAM AND 11 IN SCIENCE STREAM, ARE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

» ♦ * ♦ ♦ DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO RE SETTLED ON EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING EFFECT 01' OPERATIONS IIIIS AFTERNOON 13.8.91 14.8.91 600 -327 + 327 NEUTRAL

I RADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.0 *4-0.2* 14.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

14.8.91 13.8. 9 1

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 4.G4 PCT 5.02 PCT

. I MONTH 5.19 PCT 5.25 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.63 PCT 5.55 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.93 PCT 5.88 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.42 PCT 6.41 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 8,090 MN 5,190 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TWO GOVT SITES SOLD FOR $890 MILLION .................................... 1

DISABLED CONTRIBUTE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT .................................. 1

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY .......................................... 4

19,376 OUT OF 19,400 S6 PLACES FILLED ................................... 7

COMPULSORY INSPECTION OF PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES .......... 7

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ............................................. 8

IDENTITY CARD REMINDER FOR WOMEN BORN IN OR BEFORE 1915 ............... 9

SEMINAR TO CARE FOR COMMUNITY .......................................... 10

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............. 11

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1991

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TWO GOVT SITES SOLD FOR $890 MILLION * * * * »

TWO PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND LOCATED IN KOWLOON WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $890 MILLION BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IN A PUBLIC AUCTION THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

BOTH LOTS ARE INTENDED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE FIRST LOT, LOCATED IN AREA 2 OFF TAT CHEE AVENUE IN YAU YAT TSUEN, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 5,555 SQUARE METRES.

THE SITE WAS SOLD TO WHOLE RfeSULT LTD AND JADE QUEEN PROPERTIES LET FOR $430 MILLION. BIDDING OPENED AT $230 MILLION.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 9,166 SQUARE METRES HAS TO BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1994.

THE OTHER LOT, LOCATED AT ARGYLE STREET, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 5,678 SQUARE METRES.

IT WAS BOUGHT BY FREE CHAMPION CO LTD AND KEEVIL CO LTD FOR $460 MILLION WITH BIDDING OPENED AT $230 MILLION.

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 15,330 SQUARE METRES ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 14, 1995.

THE LAND AUCTION, HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE, WAS CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR JAMES HUGHES.

MR HUGHES SAID THE SALE PRICES REFLECTED THE RECENT BUOYANT TREND OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET.

DISABLED CONTRIBUTE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT «*»»**

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DARWIN CHEN, TODAY (THURSDAY) APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS TO TAKE ON DISABLED EMPLOYEES AS THEY CONTRIBUTE TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY JUST AS THEIR ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPARTS.

MR CHEN NOTED THAT DISABLED PERSONS IN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT HAD DEMONSTRATED THEIR POTENTIAL AND HAD ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES AS PRODUCTIVE AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY.

"MANY DISABLED PERSONS HAVE ACQUIRED THE REQUIRED SKILLS OF THE JOB AND DEVELOPED GOOD ATTITUDE OF WORK, AND ARE READY TO WORK HARMONIOUSLY WITH NON-HANDICAPPED CO-WORKERS," HE STRESSED.

/MR CHEN .......

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MR CHEN WAS SPEAKING AT THE 11TH SOUVENIR PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED PERSONS AND OUTSTANDING DISABLED EMPLOYEES.

ORGANISED BY THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE ANNUAL EVENT IS AIMED AT PAYING TRIBUTE TO EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE EITHER EMPLOYED A LARGE NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS OR WHO HAVE MADE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO ACCOMMODATE SUCH WORKERS, AS WELL AS AWARDING PRAISEWORTHY DISABLED EMPLOYEES.

WHILE APPEALING TO .EMPLOYERS TO GIVE THE DISABLED A CHANCE TO PROVE THEIR ABILITIES, MR CHEN SAID EMPLOYERS DID IN FACT GAIN AN INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY, ESPECIALLY UNDER A TIGHT LABOUR MARKET.

"THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED BY OFFERING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO THE DISABLED, REARRANGING OFFICE LAYOUT, AND REDEPLOYING STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE DISABLED EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION PROVIDED A FREE COUNSELLING AND PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED PERSONS INTERESTED IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT, INCLUDING THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, MENTALLY RETARDED AND EX-MENTALLY ILL.

"THE DIVISION MADE A TOTAL OF 1,127 PLACEMENTS IN 1990, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 9.2 PER CENT OVER THE 1989 FIGURE," HE SAID, NOTING THAT THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS USING THE SERVICE HAD ALSO INCREASED FROM 500 TO 533 BETWEEN JUNE 1990 AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

IN PROMOTING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF THE DISABLED THIS YEAR, MR CHEN SAID THE DIVISION RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF TRIPARTITE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND THE GOVERNMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND STRESSED THE CONCEPT OF "TOGETHER WE CONTRIBUTE".

THIS YEAR’S PRESENTATION CEREMONY ALSO SERVED TO COMMEMORATE THE CLOSING OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ DECADE FOR DISABLED PERSONS AND TO CELEBRATE THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE DISABLED.

THE TOP 10 EMPLOYERS OF THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH THE DIVISION, WHICH WERE AWARDED SOUVENIR PLAGUES, TOGETHER EMPLOYED 214 DISABLED EMPLOYEES BETWEEN JULY LAST YEAR AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

THEY WERE:

MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS (IIK) LTD,

HONG KONG l Af’ I’ORY I OR THF DI. I ND ,

1,0 • ; Cl.I AN INC. SKIM’ I < IS LTD,

LUCULLUS 1-ooD * WINKS CO. LTD,

D * D MESSENGER * DELIVERY SERVICES CO.,

/SECURITY ALLIANCE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1991

SECURITY ALLIANCE LTD,

UNIVERSAL CLEANING SERVICES LTD,

RELIANCE SERVICES CO. LTD, EENG KEE CLEANING CO. LTD, AND TINGO LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING LTD. IN ADDITION, CERT IEI( 'ATES OF’ APPRECIATION WERE PRESENTED TO THE FOLLOWING 10 ESTABLISHMENTS FOR THEIR SPECIAL EFFORTS IN

REARRANGING DUTIES AND REDEPLOYING STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE DISABLED WORKERS:

VDI SERVICES CO. LTD,

MAY TRADING CO.,

JOHNSON CLEANING SERVICES CO. LTD, AH YIN SCREEN PRINTING CO., TEXWOOD LTD, (’ANON I HDDSTR I AL CO. , ABERDEEN MARINA CLUB, R X- G SPEEDPOST * DELIVFRY, WAN YUEN GARMENTS FACTORY, AND QUARTRON TIME LTD.

THE 12 DISABLED EMPLOYEES WHO WERE PRESENTED WITH HIE OUTSTANDING DISABLED EMPLOYEES AWARDS FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY WORK PERFORMANCE WERE:

MR I AU (HUNG-WAI OF HONG KONG TELECOM, MR TAM SAI HUNG OF (’I VI I. SERVICE BRANCH, MR (HEUNG RI-LUNG OF OMNI MARCO POLO HOTEL, MR TANG WAI-MING OF ANDRE LAYE (UK) LTD, MR (HAU KWOK-YIN OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, Hi; |,AU ’ III KING o| INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, MR TSE IIOK-SUN O| CROWN MOTORS LTD, MR WONG KIN-MING OF W \N CH \ I DISTRICT OFFICE,

/MR CHAN .......

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MR CHAN LEUNG-KEE OF SHERATON HONG KONG HOTEL & TOWERS,

MISS KWOK OF VDL SERVICES CO. LTD,

MR PANG HON-KEUNG OF RELIANCE SERVICES CO. LTD, AND

MR AU YEUNG SHING OF OCEAN OFFICE AUTOMATION LTD.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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 BACTERIOLOGICAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT E. COL I DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME. AS WITH LAST YEAR, 'HIE 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.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID BEACHES WITH HIGHLY DEVELOPED HINTERLANDS ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE POLLUTED THAN THE GRADES SUGGEST DURING AND AFTER HEAVY RAIN. BATHERS SHOULD AVOID SUCH BEACHES FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER A STORM, LONGER IF THE WEATHER REMAINS OVERCAST OR LESS IF THERE IS STRONG SUNSHINE..

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

GRADE "I" INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE E. COLI COUNT IS NO MORE I’HAN 2 1 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED RISK OF MI NOR ILLNESS TO SWIMMERS IS UNDE TECTABLE.

/GRADE "2”

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GRADE ”2” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS FAIR. THE E. GOLI 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” GRADE 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 ADVISFD NOT TO SWIM IN THE WATER AT THESE TWO BEACHES. IN ADDITION, ROCKY BAY BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES BY HIE URBAN COUNCIL. THESE THREE BEACHES ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN "X" TN THE FOLLOWING LIST.

THE GRADES ON ’HIE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY ARF LISTED BELOW:

BEACH

PREVIOUS GRADING PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 1.8.91) (AS AT 15.8.91)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY CHUNG HOM KOK DEEP WATER BAY HAIRPIN MIDDLE BAY REPULSE BAY SHEK O SOUTH BAY ST STEPHEN’S

2

2

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

1 1

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TURTLE COVE STANLEY MAIN ROCKY BAY TO TEI WAN*

1

2 X

1

1

2

X

1

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA NEW CAFETERIA CASTLE PEAK KADOORIE BUTTERFLY

X 3 X 3

3

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS 1

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH 2

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH 2

HAP MUN BAY 1

KIU TSUI 1

PAK SHA CHAU 1

SILVERSTRAND 2

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) 1

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER 1

CHEUNG SHA LOWER 2

DISCOVERY BAY* 1

HUNG SHING YEH 1

KWUN YAM WAN 1

TONG FUK 1

LO SO SHING I

PUI O 1

SILVERMINE BAY 1

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU 2

TUNG O* I

— C\3 C«O b— t—. t—tSOGOi—‘{'ODOt'O GO GO X GO x

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ 4

APPROACH 3

CASAM 3

GEMINI 3

HOI MEI WAN 3

LI DO 3

TING KAU 4

TUNG WAN, MA WAN 2

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NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED

GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

CHEUNG SHA LOWER, FROM "2” TO "1 DEEP BAY, CAMPERS AND TRIO (HEBE HAVEN), FROM 1

FROM ”2” TO ’’3”; TING KAU, FROM "4” TO 3 .

WATER BAY, SILVERMINE TO "2”; SILVERSTRAND,

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTAC'I FHE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLIC'D M.J. BROOM, ON TEL. 835 1234.

ACTING PRINCIPAL

OF THE EPD, DR

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19,376. OUT OF 19,400 S6 PLACES FILLED

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 723 STUDENTS FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION OF SECONDARY 6 PLACES UNDER THE NEW ADMISSION SYSTEM.

IN THE 1991-92 SCHOOL YEAR, 19,400 SECONDARY 6 PLACES ARE PROVIDED IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

UNDER A NEW ADMISSION PROCEDURE INTRODUCED THIS YEAR, 19,376 ELIGIBLE SECONDARY 5 STUDENTS HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY SCHOOLS, LEAVING ONLY 24 PLACES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCAI ION.

RESULTS OF THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON AUGUST 21.

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COMPULSORY INSPECTION OF PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES • t ♦ ♦ ♦ *

PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING 1.9 TONNES MANUFACTURED IN 1985, WHICH REQUIRE A NEW LICENCE COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, MUST BE INSPECTED FOR THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS AS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR LICENCE RENEWAL.

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A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE CERTIFICATE WAS ONLY VALID FOR RELICENSING DURING THE FOUR MONTHS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DATE OF ISSUE.

HE SAID THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE STIPULATED THAT OWNERS OF ALL PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES SIX YEARS OR MORE FROM THE YEAR OF MANUFACTURE WERE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THEIR VEHICLES FOR INSPECTION AT A DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRE TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS.

"FOR VEHICLES WHICH ARE MANUFACTURED BEFORE 1985, AN ANNUAL INSPECTION WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REL1 CENS ING,HE ADDED.

VEHICLE OWNERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO ANY OF THE 17 DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY FOR INSPECTION.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCEDTHE SPECIAL POSTAL SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE FORTHCOMING HOLIDAY PERIOD FROM AUGUST 24 TO 26.

THERE WILL BE ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 24. MAIL WILL NOT BE DELIVERED ON AUGUST 25 AND 26.

ON AUGUST 25, THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE, ALL POST OFFICES WILL OPEN FOR SELLING THE SPECIAL 150TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS.

ONLY STAMPS AND REGISTRATION SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED ON THAT DAY.

THE OPENING HOURS OF ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE FROM 9.15 AM TO 12.15 PM, EXCEPT 18 POST OFFICES WHICH WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 4.15 PM.

THESE 18 POST OFFICES ARE : GENERAL POST OFFICE, ABERDEEN POST OFFICE, CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE, KING’S ROAD POST OFFICE, TS1M SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE, GILLIES AVENUE POST OFFICE, KWUN TONG POST OFFICE, MONG KOK POST OFFICE, SAN PO KONG POST OFFICE, KWAI FONG POST OFFICE, SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE, SAI KUNG POST OIF ICE, SHEK WU HUI POST OFFICE, TUEN MUN CENTRAL POST OFFICE, TAI PO POST OFFICE, TSUEN WING STREET POST OFFICE AND YUEN LONG POST OFFICE.

ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 24 AND 26.

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IDENTITY CARI) REMINDER FOR WOMEN BORN IN OR BEFORE 1915

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY BORN IN OR BEFORE 1915 TO APPLY FOR SEPTEMBER 7.

(THURSDAY) REMINDED WOMEN NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE

”TO AVOID THE LAST-MINUTE RUSH, WOMEN OF HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHOUT DELAY," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

PERIOD

"FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF

THIS AGE GROUP WHO SHOULD COME FORWARD

WITHIN THE SPECIFIED $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, MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

ALL OFFICES CLOSE ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

APPLICANTS MAY 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:

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: (ANTON 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. 49R 0117

SHOP RA, SECOND FLOOR, CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, 11-17 SHA TIN CENTRE STREET

TEL. NO. 605 9 1 OR

HOP YJCK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP Y1CK ROAD

TEL. NO. 477 1543

CHI LOK COMMERCIAL (ENTRE, GROUND FLOOR,

(’III LOK FA YUEN

TEL. NO. 45R 0616

SIIEUNG SIIUI :

TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, R2-R4 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI TEL. NO. 672 7191

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THEY MAY ALSO MAKE USE OF THE 24-HOUR RECORDED MESSAGE SERVICE BY DIALLING 824 0303 TO ENQUIRE ABOUT DETAILS OF THE DOCUMENTS TO BRING ALONG.

”AS THIS IS THE LAST PHASE FOR ADULTS TO RENEW THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, .THOSE WHO HAVE NOT DONE SO SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPROACH ANY ISSUE OFFICE FOR REGISTRATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

SEMINAR TO ♦

CARE FOR COMMUNITY *****

SOME 130 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 18) TO ENHANCE THEIR SELF-EVALUATION AND AWARENESS OF THEIR POTENTIAL AND ABILITY.

ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES WEST REGION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE "CARE AND SHARE FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING” SEMINAR IS PART OF THE REGION’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN I 991-92.

THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES WEST), MRS LESLIE HUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE SEMINAR.

THE SEMINAR WILL FEATURE GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND TALKS BY VETERAN SOCIAL WORKER, DR YEUNG WAI-TSANG; PRINCIPAL LECTURER OF THE CITY POLYIECHNIC’S DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES, MR CHEN WING-TAI; AND SENIOR LECTURER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES OF Till HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, MR ('HENG CH I-HO.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

THE SEMINAR WILL BE UELI) AT THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE HILLTOP COUNTRY CLUB, ’TSUEN WAN ON SUNDAY, BEGINNING AT 9.30 AM.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER.

A CLUB’S SHUTTLI BUS WILL DEPART ITS STATION, NEAR TSUEN WAN MTR STATION AND ADJACENT TO LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN SHOPPING ARCADE, FOR THE HILLTOP COUNTRY CLUB AT 8.45 AM SHARP.

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.0 »+0.0* HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILL 14.8. MATURING IN 1 WEEK IM 14.8.91 15.8.91 15.8.91 EXCHANGE S 91 PCT FUND 15.8. 4.62 91 PCT 600 + 158 -158 NEUTRAL

TOTAL 1 MONTH 5.19 PCT 3 MONTHS 5.63 PCT 6 MONTHS 5.93 PCT 12 MONTHS 6-42 PCT BILLS TRANSFERRED fl,090 MN 5.05 PCT 5.46 PCT 5.82 PCT 6.35 PCT 7,470 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTING GOVERNOR EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS' FAMILIES ............ 1

CONTRACT FOR THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AWARDED ........................ 1

TENDERS INVITED FOR TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ................... 2

SUSPENSION OF THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION TRIBUNAL ....................... 3

TENDERS INVITED FOR TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT ......................... 4

CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT FOR SEWERAGE SCHEME SIGNED .................... 5

DREDGING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT OUTER DEEP BAY ................... 6

REGISTRATION OF A DEPOSIT-TAKING CO REVOKED ......................... 6

PESTICIDE CONTROL IN HONG KONG IS IMPORTANT ......................... 6

CLOSE CO-OPERATION ESSENTIAL TO WELFARE SERVICES .................... 9

EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT LAW ................................ 10

UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED ............................ 11

WALLED CITY CLEAREE EVICTED ......................................... 11

YAU TSIM FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO START ON SUNDAY .................... 12

AMS RECRUITMENT DAY ON SUNDAY ....................................... 12

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .......... 13

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1991

ACTING GOVERNOR EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS’ FAMILIES ♦ t t ♦ ♦

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (FRIDAY) EXTENDED HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE MEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE BARGE WHICH SANK OFF THE HONG KONG COAST ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 15).

SIR DAVID ALSO EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE OPERATION, INCLUDING THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WHICH CO-ORDINATED THE RESCUE EFFORTS.

"THEIR QUICK RESPONSE AND BRAVERY ARE A CREDIT TO HONG KONG’S SEARCH AND RESCUE ORGANISATION. IN PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT RISK THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED A SELFLESS DEDICATION TO OTHERS," SIR DAVID SAID.

"FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO WISH THOSE INJURED IN THE INCIDENT A SPEEDY RECOVERY," HE SAID.

CONTRACT FOR THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AWARDED

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSEUNG KWAN O NEW TOWN HAS ENTERED A NEW PHASE WITH THE SIGNING OF A CONTRACT TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF LAND FORMATION AND INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS FOR THE TSEUNG KWAN O INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

BEING THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IN HONG KONG AFTER TAI PO AND YUEN LONG, THE DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE CONTRACT IS MANAGED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CORPORATION WHO HAVE EARMARKED OVER $500 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOUTH EAST NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICE SAID THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IS LOCATED AT A 93-HECTARE SITE WHICH WILL BE MAINLY RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA IN THE TAI CHIK SHA AREA ON THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF TSEUNG KWAN O BAY.

WORKS ON THE CONTRACT WOULD REQUIRE THE REMOVAL OF SOME THREE MILLION CUBIC METRES OF EARTH FROM THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF FAT TONG CHAU TO FORM PART OF THE SITE FOR THE ESTATE.

MORE THAN THREE KILOMETRES OF STORMWATER DRAINS AND ALMOST TWO KILOMETRES OF ROADS AND SEWERS WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED UNDER THE CONTRACT WITH ALL WORKS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 1995.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TO TIE IN WITH THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, TENDERS FOR ANOTHER CONTRACT HAD ALREADY BEEN INVITED FOR THE RECLAMATION AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN A PART OF THE SIU CHIK SHA AREA IMMEDIATELY TO THE NORTH OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

/OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL


OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS INCLUDING WATER SUPPLY AND SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS IN THE AREA ARE ALSO IN THE PIPELINE.

UNDER THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, HE NOTED THAT SIU CHIK SHA WOULD EVENTUALLY BE DEVELOPED AS A CONVENTIONAL INDUSTRIAL AREA OF TSEUNG KWAN O.

IT WILL BE SUFFICIENTLY CLOSE TO BUT SEPARATED FROM THE TSEUNG KWAN O RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREA BY A LARGE OPEN SPACE THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF VICTORIA PARK.

THE DEVELOPMENTS IN TSEUNG KWAN O ARE NOW PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY WITH MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S LAND DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN PO LAM AND TSUI LAM DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TOWN HAD ALREADY COMPLETED WHILE RECLAMATION AND THE ASSOCIATED ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN HANG HAU DISTRICT WERE NOW AT AN ADVANCE STAGE.

THE FIRST RECLAMATION CONTRACT FOR THE TOWN CENTRE WHICH STARTED LAST YEAR WAS ALSO PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY, HE ADDED.

TENDERS INVITED FOR TURN

* ♦

MUN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS * * «

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A CONTRACT WHICH COVERS A NUMBER OF PROJECTS RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINS, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 20-METRE WIDE PAVED WATERFRONT ALONGSIDE A NEW SEAWALL FOR PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING TO CATER FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE LAYING OF A TRUNK SEWER BETWEEN SAM SHING ESTATE AND TUEN MUN NULLAH TO SERVE THE DEVELOPMENT IN SO KWUN WAT AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM SO KWUN WAT TO SAM SHING.

TN ADDITION, THE CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE A FOOTBRIDGE EXTENSION TO LINK UP WITH THE PODIUM OF THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX OF SIU HONG COURT, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE LINK.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE 25 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

NOTICE OF THE TENDER WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, MESSRS SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS, 38TH FLOOR, METROPLAZA TOWER 1, 223 HING FONG RO'AD, KWAI FONG, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDER IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 13.

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SUSPENSION OF THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION I’RIBUNAI

THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION TRIBUNAL HAS BEEN SUSPENDED WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANNOUNCING THIS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SOCIETIES (SUSPENSION OF SECTIONS 26A AND 26B) ORDER 1991, WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, PROVIDED FOR THE SUSPENSION OF THE TRIBUNAL, FOLLOWING THE DETERMINATION OF ALL APPLICATIONS UNDER THE SCHEME.

THE TRIBUNAL HAD CEASED TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED ON DECEMBER 8, 1988 AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE TO ALLOW PERSONS TO FORMALLY RENOUNCE THEIR MEMBERSHIP OF A TRIAD SOCIETY IN RETURN FOR A STAY OF PROSECUTIONS FOR OFFENCES RELATED TO TRIAD MEMBERSHIP UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE.

PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME, ANYONE WHO HAD AT ANY TIME BECOME A TRIAD MEMBER WOULD ALWAYS REMAIN LIABLE TO PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE.

’’THE SCHEME WAS AIMED PARTICULARLY AT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE BECOME TRIAD MEMBERS UNDER DURESS OR OUT OF IGNORANCE OF THE IMPLICATIONS, AND AS A RESULT, HAVE BLACK CLOUDS HANGING OVER THEIR CHANCES OF LEADING CRIME-FREE AND USEFUL LIVES,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT BETWEEN DECEMBER 8, 1988 AND MARCH 31 THIS YEAR, WHEN APPLICATIONS CEASED TO BE ACCEPTED, 4,989 ENQUIRIES AND 1,197 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM PERSONS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO WANTED TO RENOUNCE THEIR TRIAD LINKS.

AS A RESULT, A TOTAL OF 779 GENUINE TRIAD MEMBERS HAD SUCCESSFULLY RENOUNCED THEIR TRIAD MEMBERSHIP; 10 WERE UNSUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THEY DID NOT TAKE THE OATH OF RENUNCIATION OR FOR OTHER REASONS WHILE ANOHTER 408 ABANDONED THEIR APPLICATIONS.

’’THE VAST MAJORITY (99.5%) OF THE APPLICANTS WERE MALES AND BETWEEN 11 AND 20 YEARS OF AGE (41.6%). MOST OF THE SUCCESSFUL RENOUNCERS (93.8%) WERE JUNIOR TRIAD MEMBERS WHO DID NOT HOLD ANY OFFICES OF MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY IN TRIAD SOCIETIES,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID A PERIOD OF TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS WAS LONG ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO RELINQUISH THEIR TRIAD LINKS TO COME FORWARD.

FURTHER EXTENSION OF THE SCHEME WOULD HAVE SENT A WRONG MESSAGE TO EXISTING AND POTENTIAL TRIAD MEMBERS BY IMPLYING THAT THEY COULD SAFELY COMMENCE OR MAINTAIN TRIAD MEMBERSHIP IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY COULD RENOUNCE IT LATER.

’’FOLLOWING THE SUSPENSION OF THE TRIBUNAL, THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION SECRETARIAT WILL TAKE OVER THE STORAGE AND HANDLING OF RENUNCIATION RECORDS. SINCE THIS IS A BODY INDEPENDENT OF ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF ITS RECORDS WILL BE MAINTAINED.”

/"SUCCESSFUL RENOUNCERS .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1991

"SUCCESSFUL RENOUNCERS WHO WISH TO CONTACT THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION SECRETARIAT TO OBTAIN CERTIFICATES OF RENUNCIATION OR FOR OTHER REASONS MAY DO SO BY WRITING TO GENERAL POST OFFICE BOX NO. 3888 OR CALLING 523 2918.

PERSONS WHO CALLED THE PREVIOUS TRIBUNAL HOTLINE WILL HEAR A TAPE-RECORDED MESSAGE INFORMING THEM OF THIS NEW CONTACT NUMBER. THE TAPED MESSAGE SERVICE WILL CONTINUE FOR THREE MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE LIKED MORE TRIAD MEMBERS TO COME FORWARD, THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION SCHEME HAD BEEN REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL.

"TO DATE, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY OF THE 779 SUCCESSFUL RENOUNCERS HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY REJOINED TRIAD SOCIETIES OR ENGAGED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. THE SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION OF THESE OFFENDERS THROUGH THE SCHEME HAS THUS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER IN OUR COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT * * * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF WATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR THE STAGE I OF SHAM TSENG TREATMENT WORKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CONTRACT IS ONE OF THR SEVERAL CONTRACTS TO BE AWARDED UNDER A PROJECT WHICH IS AIMED AT PROVIDING TREATED WATER TO TSING LUNG TAU AND SHAM TSENG WHERE AT PRESENT ARE RECEIVING A CHLORINATED WATER SUPPLY.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SHAM TSENG TREATMENT WORKS WILL HAVE A CAPACITY OF 23,000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY.

HOWEVER, THE TREATMENT WORKS IS DESIGNED FOR FUTURE EXPANSION TO AN ULTIMATE CAPACITY OF 75,000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY.

THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF CLARIFIERS, RAPID GRAVITY FILTERS, CHEMICAL DOSING PLANT, WASHWATER RECOVERY PLANT AND ASSOCIATED SLUDGE THICKENING PLANT.

WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL LAST FOR 33 MONTHS.

FORM OF TENDERS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE WATER SUPPLES DEPARTMENT, 44TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER II, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 1.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1991

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CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT FOR SEWERAGE SCHEME SIGNED

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A $10 MILLION CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT WAS AWARDED BY THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STAGE I, PHASE I OF THE TOLO HARBOUR CATCHMENT SEWERAGE SCHEME.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR TSE HOM-SUM, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF AN ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY FIRM WHO WILL UNDERTAKE THE INVESTIGATION AND DESIGN OF THE SCHEME.

IN JUNE 1990, THE GOVERNMENT COMPLETED A STUDY OF THE UNSEWERED DEVELOPMENTS IN TOLO HARBOUR, WHICH RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR IMPROVING THE WATER QUALITY IN THE HARBOUR THROUGH A SEWAGE MASTER PLAN .

THE TOLO HARBOUR CATCHMENT SEWERAGE SCHEME IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF THE MASTER PLAN AIMED AT PROVIDING A SYSTEM OF SEWERS AND PUMPING STATIONS TO CARRY SEWAGE AND WASTE WATER FROM EXISTING UNSEWERED DEVELOPMENTS AROUND TOLO HARBOUR TO TREATMENT WORKS IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO.

THESE DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDE MOSTLY VILLAGES WHICH ARE SCATTERED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TAI PO AND SHA TIN NEW TOWNS, AND IN A REGION SOUTHWEST OF KEI LING HA HOI.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START AT THE END OF THIS YEAR AND TO BE COMPLETED IN 1996 AT A COST OF ABOUT $102 MILLION.

WORKS ON THE SCHEME WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF GRAVITY SEWERS, PUMPING STATIONS, PUMPING MAINS TO CONNECT SOME 45 UNSEWERED DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO CATCHMENT AREAS TO THE EXISTING PUBLIC SEWERAGE SYSTEM AND CONVEY THE WASTE WATER TO THE NEAREST TREATMENT WORKS FOR TREATMENT.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO REQUIRE THE CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNAL SEPTIC TANKS FOR LOCAL TREATMENT OF WASTE WATER IN PLACES WHERE CONNECTION TO THE PUBLIC SEWERAGE SYSTEM IS NOT FEASIBLE.

UNDER THE SEWERAGE MASTER PLAN THE SEWERAGE SCHEME WILL SUBSEQUENTLY BE EXTENDED TO COVER MORE VILLAGES AND DEVELOPMENTS ONCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ABOVE CONSTRUCTION WORKS HAVE BEEN FULLY EVALUATED.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT SUCH WORKS WILL BRING ABOUT A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE ADVERSE IMPACTS OF RAW SEWAGE AND OTHER POLLUTANTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN GENERAL. CONSEQUENTLY, AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE WATER QUALITY IN TOLO HARBOUR CAN BE ACHIEVED.

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DREDGING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT OUTER DEEP BAY * » » * »

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO CARRY OUT DREDGING WORK AT OUTER DEEP BAY TO PROVIDE MATERIALS FOR USE IN CONSTRUCTION AND FUTURE RECLAMATIONS.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,955 SQUARE METRES OF SEABED. WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT YEAR.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HIS INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WILL BE INJURIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THIS UNDERTAKING MAY DELIVER A WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 15 NEXT YEAR.

HE SHOULD STATE IN HIS SUBMISSION THE SUM OF MONEY WHICH HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF HIS CLAIM AND SHOULD SUBMIT SUCH PARTICULARS WHICH HE POSSESSES TO SUBSTANTIATE HIS CLAIM.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH THE RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICES; YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES; TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE; AND NOTICE BOARDS AT LUNG KWU TAN AND LUNG KWU SHEUNG TAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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REGISTRATION OF A DEPOSIT-TAKING CO REVOKED ' » * * ♦ ♦

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE REGISTRATION OF NATCAN FINANCE (ASIA) LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON AUGUST 16 AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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PESTICIDE CONTROL TN HONG KONG IS IMPORTANT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

EFFORT FRESH AND

IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSCIENTIOUS TOXIC PESTICIDES CONTROL THAT HONG KONG RESIDENTS CAN ENJOY HIGH-QUALITY VEGETABLES PRODUCED LOCALLY WITH PUBLIC HEALTH

IN AND THE

ENVIRONMENT CAN BE PROTECTED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE “ THE LIONS CLUB

DR LAWRENCE LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) AT

LUNCHEON MEETING ON ’’PESTICIDE CONTROL IN HONG KONG .

AND FISHERIES, OF TUEN MUN

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DR LEE SAID THE PROBLEM OF CONTAMINATED VEGETABLES WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH SERIOUS AND DIFFICULT TO HANDLE IF THE PRESENT EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF CONTROL OF PESTICIDES WERE NOT IN EXISTENCE IN THE TERR(TORY AND THAT THERE WERE NO CONSTANT EDUCATION OF LOCAL FARMERS ON THE SAFE AND PROPER USE OF PESTICIDES BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT (AFD).

HE SAID THE FIRST SUCH INCIDENT IN THE TERRITORY WAS. REPORTED IN NOVEMBER 1987 WHEN MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALISED AFTER EATING CHINESE FLOWERING CABBAGES LATER FOUND TO HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED BY METHAMIDOPHOS, A HIGHLY TOXIC ORGANO-PHOSPHORUS PESTICIDE WHICH WAS NOT PERMITTED FOR IMPORTATION OR USE IN HONG KONG.

"SINCE THEN, SPORADIC CASES OCCURRED BUT ALL VEGETABLES CONTAMINATED WITH METHAMIDOPHOS WERE CONFIRMED TO HAVE ORIGINATED FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

"TO FURTHER SAFEGUARD THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM CONSUMING CONTAMINATED VEGETABLES, AFD HAS ALSO DEVELOPED A QUICK SCREENING METHOD TO CHECK WHETHER THERE IS EXCESSIVE LEVEL OF PESTICIDE RESIDUALS ON VEGETABLES.

"THIS METHOD IS CURRENTLY ADOPTED BY THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION TO SCREEN VEGETABLES THAT ARE MARKETED THROUGH THE ORGANISATION TO SUPPLEMENT REGULAR CHECKS ON VEGETABLES CONDUCTED BY STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH," HE CONTINUED.

TRACING THE HISTORY OF PESTICIDE CONTROL IN HONG KONG, DR LEE SAID IN THE EARLY 50’S WHEN FARMING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS MUCH MORE ACTIVE THAN TODAY, THERE WAS NO CONTROL ON PESTICIDES WHICH WERE COMMONLY AND CASUALLY USED BY FARMERS TO PROTECT THEIR CROPS FROM INSECT DAMAGE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE EARLY 50’S, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF FATAL ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY THE IMPROPER USE OF A HIGHLY TOXIC ORGANO-PHOSPHORUS COMPOUND - PARATHION IN THE FARMING COMMUNITY.

"AS A RESULT, CONTROL ON AGRICULTURAL POISONS WAS URGENTLY INTRODUCED IN 1955 UNDER THE EMERGENCY (AGRICULTURAL POISONS) REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE EMERGENCY REGULATIONS ORDINANCE.

"THESE REGULATIONS PROHIBITED THE IMPORTATION, PURCHASE, SALE OF POSSESSION OF SOME ORGANO-PHOSPHORUS WHICH WERE SET OUT IN THE SCHEDULE," HE SAID.

EXPORTATION, INSECTICIDES

IN 1970, THE CONTROL OF AGRICULTURAL POISONS WAS PUT UNDER THE PHARMACY AND POISONS (AGRICULTURAL POISONS) REGULATIONS.

"AS THIS LEGISLATIVE CHANGE WAS PURELY A TIDYING EXERCISE, ACCIDENTAL PESTICIDE POISONING CASES CONTINUED TO OCCUR IN THE EARLY 70’8. THE VICTIMS WERE MAINLY PESTICIDE OPERATORS AND USERS," DR LEE SAID.

HE SAID THE CAUSES OF THESE ACCIDENTS WERE VARIED BUT VERY OFTEN THEY WERE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE IMPROPER HANDLING, USAGE, DISPOSAL AND STORAGE OF THE TOXIC PESTICIDES; THE LACK OF INFORMATION ON THE CONTAINERS AND THE IMPROPER PACKAGING OF THESE CHEMICALS.

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”IN A TRAGEDY WHICH TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY 1973, FIVE MI BERS OF A FARMER’S FAMILY IN MUI WO WERE KILLED WHEN A BOTTLE OF HERB CTDE (GRAMMOXONE) WAS MISTAKEN FOR SOYA SAUCE AND USED FOR FRYING RICE.

"IT WAS HIGH TIME FOR MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL ON PESTICIDES AND LEGISLATION INDEPENDENT OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE WAS DEEMED NECESSARY," HE SAID.

THE AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES ORDINANCE FORMULATED AND ADMINISTERED BY AFD CAME INTO BEING IN 1977.

"THIS ORDINANCE PROVIDES MECHANISM FOR CONTROLLING THE IMPORTATION, SALE OR SUPPLY OF AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES BY MEANS OF A REGISTRATION AND LICENSING SYSTEM.

"THROUGH REGISTRATION ONLY THOSE AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES WHICH ARE CONSIDERED SAFE AND SUITABLE FOR USE HERE ARE ALLOWED FOR IMPORT AND LOCAL DISTRIBUTION," HE EXPLAINED.

"THE LICENSING OF DEALERS AND TRADERS REQUIRES ALL PESTICIDES DISPLAYED FOR SALE TO BE PROPERLY STORED, BOTTLED, AND LABELLED WITH INFORMATION RELATING TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER USE AND COMPONENTS OF THE CHEMICAL.

"WITH THE HELP OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, IMPORT OF UNREGISTERED PESTICIDES IS STOPPED AT THE ENTRY POINT," HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE ENFORCEMENT SIDE, DR LEE SAID AFD REGULARLY CHECKED WHETHER THERE WERE ANY UNREGISTERED PESTICIDES CIRCULATING IN THE MARKET, WHETHER PESTICIDES WERE PROPERLY LABELLED OR BOTTLED AND WHETHER THE INGREDIENTS ADVERTISED COMPLIED WITH THE LEGISLATION.,

"THE REGISTERED PESTICIDES AND THOSE COMMONLY USED ARE ALSO CLOSELY MONITORED SO THAT PROMPT ACTION CAN BE TAKEN IF ANY PESTICIDE IS FOUND TO POSE A HEALTH HAZARD OR TO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT," HE CONTINUED.

HE NOTED THAI’ DURING THE RO’S, A TOTAL OF 11 PESTICIDES ORIGINALLY ALLOWED FOR USE IN THE TERRITORY WERE DEREGISTERED AND WERE NO LONGER PERMITTED FOR IMPORTATION AND USE LOCALLY.

"THE ABOVE SYSTEM OF CONTROL HAS PROVEN TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE, HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID AFD HAD BEEN ACTIVELY DEVELOPING NON-CHEMICAL METHODS OF PEST CONTROL FOR FARMERS TO REDUCE THEIR DEPENDENCE ON PESTICIDES.

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE USE OF REFLECTIVE MATERIAL TO REPEL IMPORTANT PESTS SUCH AS APHIDS ON CABBAGE AND THR1PS ON GOURDS, AND THE APPLICATION OF A BACTERIAL-BASED INSECTICIDE WERE GOOD AND SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES IN THIS AREA OF WORK, DR LEE SAID.

"IF CHEMICAL PESTICIDES ARE UNAVOIDABLE, SCREENING AND SELECTION OF SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ONES FOR PROMOTION I’O FARMERS IS THE TOP PRIORITY OF OUR PLANT PROTECTION STAFF.

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"ALL THESE TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON THE SAFE, PROPER AND EFFECTIVE USE OF PESTICIDES ARE DISSEMINATED TO FARMERS AND OTHER USERS SUCH AS PEST CONTROL OPERATORS THROUGH SEMINARS, TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ORGANISED REGULARLY BY OUR EXJENSION OFFICERS,” HE ADDED.

TURNING TO DOMESTIC PESTICIDES, DR LEE SAID THESE TOXIC CHEMICALS, IF NOT PROPERLY CONTROLLED AND USED, COULD ALSO HAVE A HARMFUL EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

’’THE EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF CONTROL PROVIDED BY THE AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES ORDINANCE HAS MADE IT EASY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND IT TO CONTROL DOMESTIC PESTICIDES, AND AFD HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THIS NEW RESPONSIBILITY.

”THE NEW PESTICIDES ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED ON FEBRUARY 25 THIS YEAR. IT PROVIDES ESSENTIALLY THE SAME CONTROL MECHANISM AS THAT OF THE AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES ORDINANCE," DR LEE SAID.

THIS MEANS THAT ONLY REGISTERED PESTICIDES ARE PERMITTED FOR IMPORT AND USE LOCALLY AND ALL DEALERS OF PESTICIDES ARE LICENSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH PROPER LABELLING AND REPACKAGING REQUIREMENTS.

TO BETTER PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT, THE NEW ORDINANCE ALSO CONTROLS OTHER SUBSTANCES ADDED TO THE PESTICIDE FORMULATIONS. SUBSTANCES SUCH AS EMULSIFIABLE AGENTS, IF FOUND TOXIC, COULD BE BANNED.

HE ADDED THAT A SIX-MONTH TRANSITIONAL PERIOD HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR DEALERS TO ACQUIRE THE REQUIRED LICENCES AND TO CLEAR THEIR STOCKS IN HAND. PEOPLE OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENCE ON OR AFTER AUGUST 25 THIS YEAR WOULD BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50,000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF ONE YEAR.

MOREOVER, BY FEBRUARY 25 NEXT YEAR, ALL PESTICIDES DEALERS SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING LABELLING, PACKAGING AND USE.

"OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2,000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS,” DR LEE WARNED.

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CLOSE CO-OPERATION ESSENTIAL TO WELFARE SERVICES

THE MAINTENANCE OF A VIGOROUS AND PROGRESSIVE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, FUNCTIONING IN GENUINE PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES, IS VITAL TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR M.D. CARTLAND, SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN VISITING THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND HEADQUARTERS AND MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE BLIND IN. NAM CHEONG STREET, SHEK KIP MEI.

"THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS (NGO’S) WILL CONTINUE TO BE MAJOR PROVIDERS OF SERVICES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT," HE SAID, ADDING THAT THEY ALREADY PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES AND IN SERVICE PLANNING.

"THE NGO’S WILL, THEREFORE, CONTINUE TO BE ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED IN THE PIONEERING OF NEW INITIATIVES," HE ADDED.

EARLIER, MR CARTLAND, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND, MRS GRACE CHAN, VISITED A HOME FOR THE AGED BLIND IN YUEN LONG AND THE SITE OF A MULTI-PURPOSE HOME FOR THE AGED BLIND IN TUEN MUN.

HE ALSO TOURED A SMALL GROUP HOME FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED ANd BLIND ADULTS. MR CARTLAND NOTED THAT THIS IS A NEW SERVICE FOR THe BLIND AND HOPED IT COULD BE FURTHER DEVELOPED IN FUTURE.

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EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT LAW

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD AN EXHIBITION TO INTRODUCE THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN TAI PO FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO MONDAY (AUGUST 19).

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT INCREASING PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE STATUTORY BENEFITS FOR WORKERS UNDER THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING PAID HOLIDAYS, MATERNITY LEAVE, LONG SERVICE AND SEVERANCE PAYMENTS, AND TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.

A QUIZ WILL ALSO BE HELD TO AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND LABOUR RELATIONS, WHILE LABOUR OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM AT THE TAI PO CENTRE, COMMERCIAL ARCADE, 3 ON PONG ROAD (OPPOSITE THE SILVER STAR CINEMA).

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UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ON A BUILDING IN HO MAN TIN, KOWLOON, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS IS LOCATED ON THE ROOF OVER FLAT A, 22ND FLOOR, 29-33 SOARES AVENUE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 30 HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY (FRIDAY).

MEANWHILE, THE AUTHORITY ALSO SEEKS TO CLOSE THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ON THE ROOF OVER THE THIRD FLOOR OF 29 YIN CHONG STREET IN MONG KOK.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 18 WAS ALSO POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORKS WILL START AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE ISSUED.

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WALLED CITY CLEAREE EVICTED *****

THE SPECIAL DUTIES OFFICE OF THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY CLEARANCE TODAY (FRIDAY) EVICTED A WOMAN FROM A FLAT IN THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR PETER TSAO, EXPLAINED THAT THE CLEAREE HAD SIGNED AN AGREEMENT ACCEPTING A COMPENSATION OFFER OF $335,733 IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF ALL CLAIMS SHE MIGHT HAVE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AND COLLECTED $235,013 OF THIS SUM.

’’SHE HAD ALSO TAKEN OVER A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLAT IN TAI PO IN MARCH THIS YEAR BUT HAD SINCE REFUSED TO HONOUR A WRITTEN UNDERTAKING TO DELIVER VACANT POSSESSION OF THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY FLAT TO THE GOVERNMENT.

"HER ACTION WAS UNREASONABLE AND IT WAS THEREFORE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EVICT HER," MR TSAO SAID.

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YAU TSIM FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN * ♦ * * ♦

TO START ON SUNDAY

THE 1991-92 YAU CAMPAIGN WILL START OPENING CEREMONY AND A SHA TSUI.

TSIM DISTRICT ’’JOINT FORCES AGAINST CRIME" ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 18) AFTERNOON WITH AN

VARIETY SHOW AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA IN TSIM

THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT

ADMISSION TO THE VARIETY SHOW IS FREE. THERE WILL BE SINGING. A BAND PARADE, A MAGIC SHOW, A QUIZ COMPETITION AND A LUCKY DRAW.

THE YAU TSIM AND MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ANNIE TANG. AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR HARRY BLUD, WILL OFFICATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM.

A POLICE RECRUITMENT BOOTH WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT THE VENUE.

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AMS RECRUITMENT DAY ON SUNDAY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES (AMS) WILL HOLD ITS PASSING OUT PARADE AND RECRUITMENT DAY ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 18), AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN CHAI.

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, WILL INSPECT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE BEGINNING AT 4 PM.

THE RECRUITMENT DAY WILL LAST FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM. THERE WILL BE A DISPLAY OF FIRST AID EQUIPMENT AND PICTURES INTRODUCING THE ACTIVITIES OF AMS.

RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN FIRST AID SERVICE CAN APPLY FOR ENROLMENT AT THE VENUE.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS » * » * »

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE TN THE ACCOUNT ON 15.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 16.8.91 -29

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING +29

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.2 *+0.2* 16.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

16.8.91 15.8.91

MATURING TN 1 WEEK 4.66 PCT 4.62 PCT

1 MONTH 5.05 PCT 5.05 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.48 PCT 5.46 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.83 PCT 5.82 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.40 PCT 6.35 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 6,650 MN 7,470 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS DROPPED 21 PER CENT IN 1990/91 ...................... 1

MINISTER AND GOVERNOR THANK RESCUE TEAM .................................. 2

EMPLOYMENT OF CHILD WORKERS AN OFFENCE ................................... 3

LEGCO ELECTION FORUMS GO ON AIR .......................................... 3

ROAD CLOSURE FOR SAU MAU PING ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT........................ 4

SALT WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION ...........................................   5

CSD SCOUT GROUP CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ............................. 5

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............... 6

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1991

TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS DROPPED 21 PER CENT IN 1990/91

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THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 7,805 COMPLAINTS IN 1990/91, A DROP OF 21 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 1989/90.

A TCU SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS REMAINED THE MAIN SUBJECTS OF PUBLIC COMPLAINTS.

OF ALL THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED, 56 PER CENT WERE ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, A RISE OF THREE PER CENT, WHILE 19 PER CENT WERE ABOUT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, A DROP OF THREE PER CENT COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR.

OTHER MAJOR AREAS OF COMPLAINTS WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD MAINTENANCE.

THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ON BUS SERVICES STOOD AT 1,994, A PLUNGE OF 20 PER CENT. THEY ARE MOSTLY ON INADEQUATE SERVICE AND STANDARD OF SERVICE.

ON INADEQUATE SERVICE, 106 COMPLAINTS WERE LODGED AGAINST THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY (CMB) WHILE 459 WERE AGAINST THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (KMB).

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 116 AND 497 COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE CMB AND THE KMB RESPECTIVELY.

MOST OF THESE COMPLAINTS WERE ABOUT FREQUENCY OF BUS SERVICES OR ROUTEINGS, PARTICULARLY TO NEW TOWNS. 110 COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED ON CROSS-HARBOUR BUS SERVICES, COMPARED WITH 79 CASES RECEIVED LAST YEAR.

COMPLAINTS ON THE STANDARD OF SERVICE OF FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES INCLUDED FAILURE TO KEEP TO SCHEDULES AND DRIVERS’ UNSATISFACTORY BEHAVIOUR.

THE UNIT RECORDED 375 COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE CMB, A DROP OF 209, AND 649 AGAINST THE KMB, A FALL OF 197.

A TOTAL OF 209 COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED ON CROSS-HARBOUR BUS SERVICES, COMPARED WITH 267 LAST YEAR.

ON TAXI SERVICES, THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 1,520 COMPLAINTS RECEIVED IN 1990/91, A DROP OF 6.5 PER CENT COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE, 1,465 WERE ON TAXI MALPRACTICES, A DROP OF 90 CASES. THE MAJOR COMPLAINT WAS ON OVERCHARGING.

THE UNIT RECEIVED 1,477 COMPLAINTS ON TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, OF WHICH 744 WERE ON ROAD CONGESTION.

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THE MAIN CONGESTION AREAS WERE EASTERN ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KOWLOON CITY AND KWUN TONG IN KOWLOON; AND SHA TIN AND KWAI TSING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE ROAD CONGESTION AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTED TO 993 CASES AS AGAINST 1,693 CASES IN 1989/90, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS 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 COULD CALL THE ROUND-THE-CLOCK TCU HOTLINE ON TEL. 577 6866.

AFTER INVESTIGATING INTO THE COMPLAINTS, THE UNIT WILL GIVE THE COMPLAINANT EITHER A VERBAL OR WRITTEN REPLY.

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MINISTER AND GOVERNOR THANK RESCUE TEAM

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD CAITHNESS, HAS CONVEYED HIS THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE FROM THE OIL BARGE, DB 29, WHICH SANK IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 15).

"OUR CONDOLENCES GO TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST RELATIVES IN THIS TRAGEDY, BUT THE TOLL WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH GREATER WITHOUT THE MAGNIFICENT EFFORTS IN APPALLING CONDITIONS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, THE ROYAL NAVY, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS WHO HAVE HELPED IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WHO IS ON LEAVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAS ALSO SENT HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS.

HE ALSO PRAISED ALL THOSE WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES UNDER ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING THE RESCUE OPERATION.

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EMPLOYMENT OF CHILD WORKERS AN OFFENCE

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT ILLEGALLY TAKE ON CHILD WORKERS, PARTICULARLY IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

DURING TWO RECENT TERRITORY-WIDE OPERATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT FOUND 21 FACTORIES ILLEGALLY EMPLOYING 24 CHILDREN AGED BELOW 15, AND TWO NON-INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING TWO CHILDREN AGED BELOW 13.

THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (LABOUR INSPECTION), MR CHAN KWOK-KUEN, EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS TO EMPLOY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15 IN AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING.

"AS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, THE LAW PROVIDES THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 14 MAY BE EMPLOYED ON A PART-TIME BASIS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS," MR CHAN SAID.

"EMPLOYERS SHOULD, THEREFORE, BE MINDFUL OF THE REQUIREMENT PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY OFFER EMPLOYMENT TO STUDENTS SEEKING SUMMER JOBS,” HE STRESSED.

THE TWO OPERATIONS MOUNTED ON JULY 30 AND AUGUST 6 COVERED 7,529 INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS AND 408 NON-INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

"THE OPERATIONS WERE A MAJOR EXERCISE BY THE DEPARTMENT TO PREVENT ILLEGAL CHILD EMPLOYMENT WHICH MAY INTERFERE WITH A CHILD’S SCHOOLING AND WHICH MAY POSE POSSIBLE SAFETY AND HEALTH PROBLEMS," MR CHAN SAID.

"ANY EMPLOYER WHO BREACHES THE PROVISIONS ON CHILD EMPLOYMENT MAY BE FINED UP TO *20,000," HE SAID.

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THE ELECTORS OF HONG KONG ISLAND EAST CONSTITUENCY FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CANDIDATES AT AN ELECTION FORUM TO BE HELD AT THE NORTH POINT FERRY PIER ON MONDAY (AUGUST 19) MORNING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE FORUM WOULD START OFF A SERIES OF FORUMS TO BE HELD IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS FOR EACH OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES.

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"THE FORUMS, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (RTHK) AND THE CNTA, REPRESENT AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PUBLICITY EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE MAIDEN DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," HE SAID'.

APART FROM ATTENDING THE FORUM, THE ELECTORS CAN TAKE PART IN ANOTHER FORMAT: LISTEN TO THE RADIO AND CALL 338 4711.

"THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF EACH FORUM, INCLUDING PLATFORM PRESENTATION, OPEN DEBATE BY CANDIDATES, AND QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE AND RADIO LISTENERS, WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON THE RTHK-PROGRAMME ’TALKABOUT’ BETWEEN 8 AM AND 10 AM ON RADIO I (FM 92.6-94.4) AND RADIO V (AM 783)," HE ADDED.

DETAILS OF THE OTHER EIGHT ELECTION FORUMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

CONSTITUENCY DATE VENUE

NEW TERRITORIES NORTH AUGUST 20 FU SHIN ESTATE, TAI PO

NEW TERRIRORIES SOUTH AUGUST 21 KWAI CHUNG PLAZA

NEW TERRITORIES EAST AUGUST 22 OUTSIDE TAI WAI KCR STATION

NEW TERRITORIES WEST AUGUST 23 YAN 01 SQUARE, TURN MUN

KOWLOON CENTRAL AUGUST 26 CHUK YUEN SOUTH, TZE WAN SHAN

KOWLOON EAST AUGUST 27 TELFORD GARDEN PODIUM, KOWLOON BAY

KOWLOON WEST AUGUST 28 LAI CHI KOK GARDEN, MEI FOO SUN CHUEN

HONG KONG ISLAND WEST AUGUST 29 AP ^EI CHAU ESTATE

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ROAD CLOSURE FOR SAU MAU PING * * * * *

ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT »

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE PART OF TAK WO STREET IN JUNE NEXT YEAR FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF SAU MAU PING ESTATE PHASE 2, KOWLOON.

THE AREA OCCUPIED BY THAT PART OF TAK WO STREET WILL BE PARTLY TURNED INTO LANDSCAPED OPEN SPACE AND PARTLY USED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF DOMESTIC BLOCKS.

WHEN COMPLETED IN 1995, THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE PHASE 2 REDEVELOPMENT WILL PROVIDE 2,432 HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS FOR 7,880 PEOPLE.

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A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE.

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

» CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL;

» KOWLOON EAST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

♦ KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAU MAU PING SUB-OFFICE, UNITS 6 AND 7, BLOCK 28, SAU MAU PING ESTATE, KOWLOON.

THE USE, OR BOTH, , CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT INTEREST AND HOW HE

THOSE WHO WISH TO OBJECT TO THE WORKS OR SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT LATER THAN OCTOBER 15 THIS YEAR, DESCRIBING HIS

WILL BE AFFECTED.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

SUPPLY OF SALT WATER TO CERTAIN AREAS IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY (AUGUST 19) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT YAU TONG INCLUDING YAU TONG ESTATE AND KO CHIU ROAD ESTATE, LEI YUE MUN, CHA KWO LING AND SAM KA TSUEN.

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CSD SCOUT GROUP CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MEMBERS OF THE 221ST HONG KONG SCOUT GROUP, WHO ARE TRAINING CENTRE INMATES, TODAY (SATURDAY) ATTENDED A CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE THE GROUP’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.

ESTABLISHED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE GROUP PROVIDES YOUNG INMATES WITH NORMAL SCOUT TRAINING SUCH AS KNOTTING, MAP READING, EXPEDITION, FIRST AID AND LIFE-SAVING.

IN THE PAST YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE GROUP HAVE TAKEN PART IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG SCOUT ASSOCIATION AND HAVE ACHI EVEI) SATISFACTORY RESULTS.

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THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN ACTIVELY SERVICES, SUCH AS CLEANING WORK MAINTENANCE WORK AT CAMP SITES, AND MENTALLY DISABLED.

ENGAGED IN A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY

IN COUNTRY PARKS, MOWING AND

SERVICES FOR THE AGED AND THE

LAST NOVEMBER THE GROUP STAGED PERFORMANCES AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM $37,000 FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

MR LAU HON-WAH, AND

MR ERIC MCCOSH, OFFICIATED TAI TAM SCOUT CENTRE

THE PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP, COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HELD AT THE

TWO "BEATING RETREAT"

IN WAN CHAI AND RAISED

THE AT THIS

AFTERNOON.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS »««*»*

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING

16.8.91 600

17.8.91 NEUTRAL

NEUTRAL

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES HANDLE 6.2 M CASES ................................ 1

ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE IN LEGCO POLLS .................................... 2

UK/HK GOVERNMENTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME ................................... 3

PUBLIC SUPPORT NEEDED IN FIGHTING CRIME .................................. 4

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO CARE FOR OTHERS .................................... 5

REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS FARING WELL ........................... 5

SEMINAR TO BOOST WORK SAFETY ON GONDOLAS ................................. 6

MOVE TO NEW HOME COMPLETED ............................................... 7

LI PO CHUN MATERNITY HOME CLOSES ......................................... 7

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18,

1991

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PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES HANDLE 6.2 M CASES ******

THE 20 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES (PESC’S) AND THE NEWLY SET-UP CENTRAL TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE (CTEC) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HANDLED A TOTAL OF 6.2 MILLION CASES IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE PESC’S, LOCATED CONVENIENTLY IN THE 19 DISTRICTS, HAD PROVIDED A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

"THESE SERVICES INCLUDE ANSWERING GENERAL ENQUIRIES ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES, DISTRIBUTING GOVERNMENT FORMS, LEAFLETS AND PUBLICITY MATERIAL, ADMINISTERING DECLARATIONS AND OATHS, AND MAKING REFERRALS UNDER BOTH THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME AND THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME," HE ADDED.

DURING THE PERIOD, 313,018 DECLARATIONS AND OATHS WERE ADMINISTERED. THE MORE POPULAR TOPICS WERE DECLARATIONS OF TRUE COPY OF DOCUMENT, AND THOSE FOR EDUCATION, EXAMINATION AND EMIGRATION PURPOSES.

THE PESC’S HAVE ALSO REFERRED 1,340 CASES TO HONG KONG LAW SOCIETY UNDER THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, WHICH IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE SOCIETY AND THE CNTA.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, 8,071 ENQUIRIES ON RENT AND TENANCY PROBLEMS WERE HANDLED BY OFFICERS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT UNDER THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME.

"UNDER THE SCHEME, RENT OFFICERS ATTEND THE 15 DISTRICT OFFICES ON A REGULAR BASIS," THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

WITH A VIEW TO STRENGTHENING THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE AND ENABLING THE PUBLIC TO MAKE ENQUIRIES WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO A PESC, A CENTRAL TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR.

UNTIL JUNE, ’THE SERVICE HAS HANDLED 42,197 TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES.

"MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT PESC’S OR ASK ABOUT GOVERNMENT SERVICES MAY NOW TELEPHONE THE NEW ENQUIRY CENTRE ON TEL. 835 1501.

"THE LINE OPERATES FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE IN LEGCO POLLS * » ♦ t *

ELECTORS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED TO PLAY THEIR PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG BY CASTING THEIR VOTES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 15.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE ASSISTANT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MARY TSANG, AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) FOR THE DISTRICT.

MISS TSANG NOTED THAT THE 77,565 REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE DISTRICT REPRESENTED SOME HALF OF THE ELECTORATE IN THE ISLAND WEST CONSTITUENCY, WHICH ALSO INCLUDED THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

SHE ADDED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT MONTH WOULD HINGE ON THE ELECTORS’ ENTHUSIASM TO VOTE.

MISS TSANG ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO CALL ON THOSE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS ON SEPTEMBER 12.

TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTIONS, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN WHICH INCLUDED A BUS PARADE, STREET BUNTINGS, NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENTS AND ELECTION SOUVENIRS TO ATTRACT VOTERS TO THE BOOTH, SHE ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR HO SHIU-SUM SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOME 30 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, ORGANISED MORE THAN 700 ACTIVITIES FOR THE DISTRICT’S YOUTH THIS SUMMER.

MR HO HOPED THAT PARTICIPANTS WOULD NOW HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SYP THEME "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY" THROUGH THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

THE FINALE OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS A VARIETY SHOW TODAY AT THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND, KENNEDY TOWN.

THE EVENT HAD ATTRACTED MORE THAN 2,000 LOCAL RESIDENTS, MOSTLY CHILDREN, TO JOIN.

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UK/HK GOVERNMENTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME * ♦ ♦ ♦ *

NEW STUDENTS INTENDING TO PURSUE TERTIARY EDUCATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AS FROM THE 1991-92 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE UK/HK GOVERNMENTS JOINT FUNDING SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY SAID THE SCHEME WAS JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE HONG KONG AND UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENTS TO HELP NEEDY HONG KONG STUDENTS MEET THE HIGHER TUITION FEES CHARGED ON OVERSEAS STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

"IT IS OPEN TO HONG KONG STUDENTS PURSUING FULL-TIME FIRST DEGREE OR HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COURSES AT UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND COLLEGES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, SUBJECT TO THEIR HAVING RESIDED CONTINUOUSLY OR BEEN DOMICILED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO COURSE COMMENCEMENT," HE SAID.

THE SCHEME IS MEANS-TESTED AND THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TUITION FEES PAYABLE BY AN OVERSEAS STUDENT AND A BRITISH HOME STUDENT STUDYING THE SAME COURSE.

THE BRITISH HOME STUDENT FEE HAS BEEN INCREASED CONSIDERABLY STARTING FROM THE YEAR 1990-91.

HAVING CONSIDERED THE NEED OF HONG KONG STUDENTS, A NOTIONAL ’HOME FEE’ IS ADOPTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING STUDENTS’ FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1991-92, THE NOTIONAL ’HOME FEE’ WILL BE 669 POUND STERLING.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OFFERED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE IN THE FORM OF GRANT, RUT IF THE TOTAL REQUIREMENT EXCEEDS THE JOINT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE TWO GOVERNMENTS, THEN EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT’S SHARE OF GRANT WILL BE PROPORTIONATELY REDUCED, WITH THE BALANCE MADE UP BY A LOAN SOLELY FINANCED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

AN INTEREST ON THE LOAN BORROWED BY APPLICANTS IS CHARGEABLE AT THE RATE OF 2.5% PER ANNUM CALCULATED FROM THE COMMENCEMENT DATE OF THE LOAN REPAYMENT PERIOD.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY AT QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOW BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING WITH THEM DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR HAVING BEEN ACCEPTED BY AN INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR ONE OF THE COURSES COVERED BY THE SCHEME (PROOF OF CONDITIONAL OFFER WILL BE ACCEPTABLE).

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ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL. 867 3547.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY HAND TO THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE SPECIFIED ABOVE BUT ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR MAY BE ACCEPTED BUT WILL BE PROCESSED FOR THE PURPOSE OF LOANS ONLY.

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THE YAU TSIM AND MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ANNIE TANG, TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO HELP THE POLICE IN FIGHTING CRIME.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT ’’JOINT FORCES AGAINST CRIME" CAMPAIGN AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, MISS TANG SAID THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) WOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORT IN SPREADING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.

SHE ALSO SAID A CAMPAIGN ENTITLED "CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL TRADES IN FIGHTING CRIME" WOULD BE LAUNCHED LATER THIS YEAR TO COMBAT SHOP CRIME.

"THE CAMPAIGN AIMS TO PROMOTE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE AMONG STAFF OF ALL BUSINESSES," SHE SAID.

ON THE FIRST DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS TANG APPEALED TO ALL VOTERS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON SEPTEMBER 15.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR HENRY BLUD, SAID THE POLICE WOULD CONSTANTLY REVIEW ITS TACTICS AND MAKE EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT OF STAFF TO CURB CRIME.

"IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO COME FORWARD TO REPORT CRIME, A ONE-WAY MIRROR VIEWING FACILITY AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT HAVE BEEN INSTALLED IN YAU TSIM POLICE DISTRICT TO HELP IDENTIFY SUSPECTS WHILST PROTECT WITNESSES," HE SAID.

TO TIE IN WITH THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY PROGRAMME, THE YAU TSIM DFCC WILL ORGANISE A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO PUT THE MESSAGE ACROSS.

THESE INCLUDE A SINGING CONTEST, A YEAR-END FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, A CARNIVAL AND A GOOD CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH AND YAU TSIM DFCC CHAIRMAN, MR YANG TSE-KONG.

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

THE REGIONAL OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES WEST) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MRS LESLIE HUNG, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED , ON YOUNGSTERS TO CARE FOR OTHERS AND ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A ’’CARE AND SHARE FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING" SEMINAR, MRS HUNG POINTED OUT THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ENSURE THE SOCIETY TO GO ON AND PROGRESS.

"IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT, THEREFORE, THAT THEY ARE GIVEN THE SUPPORT AND TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO BE RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY," SHE ADDED.

AFTER THIS SEMINAR, THE YOUNG PARTICIPANTS WOULD TAKE PART IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES TO CARE FOR OTHERS AND FULFIL THEIR ASPIRATION IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

MORE THAN 130 YOUNGSTERS FROM KWAI TSING, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN ATTENDED THE SEMINAR WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES WEST REGION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AS PART OF THE REGION’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

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REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS FARING WELI

THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW ELECTRICITY LEGISLATION IN THE ('ON I NG YEARS WILL DEPEND VERY MUCH ON THE CO-OPERATION OF THE INDUSTRY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR KWOK PING-KI, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING.

THE REMARK WAS MADE AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND APPLIANCES TRADE WORKERS UNION DURING WHICH MR KWOK PAID TRIBUTE TO THE UNION FOR THEIR ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE IN THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS.

"SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR UNDER THE NEW ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE, THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD SO FAR RECEIVED ABOUT 22,000 APPLICATIONS," HE SAID.

IN THE AREA OF REGISTRATION, MR KWOK SAID THE UNION HAD NOT ONLY PROVIDED INVALUABLE ADVICE TO HIS DEPARTMENT, BUT HAD ALSO OFFERED MUCH ASSISTANCE IN MAKING THE "BULK REGISTRATION" A SUCCESS WITHOUT Will ('ll THE REGISTRATION PROCESS WOULD HAVE TO BE PROLONGED.

HE ALSO THANKED THE ’ UNION FOR TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN ORGANISING THE ELEC TRI (’AL TECHNICIAN EXAMINATION TO HELP ELECTRICAL WORKERS MEET Till ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS STIPULATED UNDER THE ELECTR J CITY (REG I STRAT ION) REGULATIONS.

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’’THE DATE FOR THE FIRST OF SUCH AN EXAMINATION WAS SCHEDULED ON AUGUST 30 THIS YEAR AND THOSE EXPERIENCED ELECTRICAL WORKEf WHO DID NOT POSSESS THE NECESSARY ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS COULD MAKE USE OF THE EXAMINATION TO BECOME A REGISTERED WORKER," MR KWOK SAID.

* REGARDING THE ON-GOING REGISTRATION PROGRESS, HE POINTED OUT THAT SO FAR EXCEPT FOR A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF WORKERS WHO FAILED TO MEET ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS, THE MAJORITY OF APPLICA1IONS WERE CONSIDERED SATISFACTORY FOR REGISTRATION.

HE SAID HIS DEPARTMENT AIMED TO REGISTER ALL THE EXISTING ELECTRICAL WORKERS, WHICH WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 30,000 IN THE INDUSTRY, BY AROUND MID-1992.

’’BY THEN, FIXED ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS CAN ONLY BE CARRIED OUT BY REGISTERED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND WILL HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN IN THE ELECTRICITY (WIRING) REGULATIONS," HE SAID.

MR KWOK ALSO SAID FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY, THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT WOULD PUBLISH A CODE OF PRACTICE BY EARLY NEXT YEAR WHICH WOULD SET OUT IN DETAILS TECHNICAL GUIDELINES ON HOW THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS COULD BE MET.

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SEMINAR TO BOOST WORK SAFETY ON GONDOLAS ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A SEMINAR ON AUGUST 28 (WEDNESDAY) TO FURTHER PROMOTE SAFETY AT WORK ON GONDOLAS.

ACTING CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN TAT-KING, NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS, SOME OF THEM FATAL, ON WORK SITES INVOLVING THE USE OF GONDOLAS IN RECENT YEARS.

"THESE ACCIDENTS WERE MOSTLY CAUSED BY FAILURE OF THE GONDOLA’S SUSPENSION SYSTEM, OR WERE DUE TO WORKERS’ FAILURE TO WEAR SAFETY BELTS WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN ATTACHED TO AN INDEPENDENT LIFELINE OR A SECURE ANCHORAGE," MR CHAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SEMINAR WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTRACTORS, WORKERS AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS IN THE TRADE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND SHARE EXPERIENCES IN THE SAFE USE OF GONDOLAS.

"THERE WILL BE DISCUSSIONS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF GONDOLA SAFETY SUCH AS INSTALLATION AND RELOCATION, EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS, SAFETY ROPES WITH AUTOMAT I (’ SAFETY DEVICES AND PROPER USE OF SAFETY BELTS," HE ADDED.

THE HALF-DAY SEMINAR WILL START AT 2.30 PM AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON THE 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 3R PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES AND ENROLMENT CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 852 3564.

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MOVE TO NEW HOME COMPLETED

THE MOVE BY THE REGIONAL

COUNCIL SECRETARIAT

AND TWO

THE

OFFICES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

COUNCIL BUILDING AT 1-3, PAI TAU STREET IN SHA TIN WILL

NEW BE

REMAINING

REGIONAL COMPLETED

THIS WEEKEND.

THE SECRETARIAT, WHICH WILL BE HOUSED ON THE

THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS LOW BLOCK, WILL START OPERATING FROM

FLOOR OF TOMORROW

(MONDAY).

OFFICE WILL BE

THE RSD’S SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND LICENSING LOCATED ON THE EIGHTH AND NINTH FLOORS OF THE 20-STOREY

OFFICE TOWER.

THEIR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ARE 601 8841

AND 601 8747 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW BUILDING WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, ON SEPTEMBER 26.

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LI PO CHUN MATERNITY HOME CLOSES ♦ ♦ * »

THE LI PO CHUN MATERNITY HOME IN MONG KOK WILL BE CLOSED FROM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

SAID TODAY (SUNDAY)

THAT ALL ANTE-NATAL CLIENTS PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO THE MATERNITY ....... -ro Bl . I 7 ARRTII HOSPITAL OR KWONG WAH HO

HOME

WILL BE DIRECTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL

OR

KWONG

HOSPITAL

STARTING FROM AUGUST 25.

THE CLOSURE WILL NOT AFFECT THE NORMAL OPERATION OF LI MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO VARIOUS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

PO CHUN PROVIDE

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1991

CONTENTS page no.

GOVT RESPONSE TO SOVIET UNION'S SITUATION ................................. 1

ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FIGURES FOR JUNE RELEASED ................................................................ 1

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY STATEMENT .......................................... 6

S6 CENTRAL ALLOCATION RESULTS ON WEDNESDAY ................................ 7

PESTICIDE DEALERS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR LICENCES .......................... 7

PUBLIC CONCERT TO CELEBRATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE .............. 8

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

FLUSHING WATER CUT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ................................. 8

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ................ 9

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1991

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GOVT RESPONSE TO SOVIET UNION’S SITUATION t ♦ ♦ ♦ *

IN RESPONSE TO PRESS ENQUIRIES REGARDING REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN THE SOVIET UNION, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY):

”WE ARE NATURALLY VERY CONCERNED AT THESE REPORTS. WE ARE IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE IN LONDON WHO ARE MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS”.

ORDERS-ON-HAND,

EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FIGURES FOR JUNE RELEASED » * * ♦ *

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN JUNE 1991 SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, BUT INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN JUNE 1991 INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, BUT DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, ORDERS SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990, THE ORDERS POSITION IN JUNE 1991 INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY.

ON THE OTHER HAND, ORDERS DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, AND SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC 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 JUNE 1991 INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, BUT DECREASED BY 9 PER (’ENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE-1990.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1991 INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN I HE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, DUE PARTLY TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF SUMMER WORKERS.

/OVER THE ........

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE TEXTILES AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES, BUT SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990, EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1991 DECREASED IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH SUBSTANTIAL DECREASES RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND THE TEXTILES INDUSTRIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY REPORTED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

IN JUNE 1991, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, AS SPECIAL BONUSES AND PAYMENTS HAD BEEN ISSUED IN MAY 1991 BY SOME COMPANIES SURVEYED.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, DUE PARTLY TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF SUMMER WORKERS.

ON THE'OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED BY 16 PER CEN 1 IN MONEY TERMS IN JUNE 1991.

INCREASES IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES RECORDED IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1991 DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991 AND MODERATELY WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JUNE 1991 SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, BUT INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990.

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 LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE 1991 AS REPORTED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991, BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JUNE 1991 FOR THE SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1991 AND SIGNIFICANTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1990.

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THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLES 1 TO 3.

THE COMPANIES

SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200

AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES

IN THE

LARGEST MANUFACTURING

CONSTRUCTION

AND SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS, CHOSEN BY

REFERENCE TO THEIR

INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT

SIZES IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

THE THE

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT AS THE SURVEY SAMPLE COVERS ONLY LARGE COMPANIES, THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY NOT BE REPRESENTATIVE OF SITUATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION AND THE

SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS.

NEVERTHELESS, THE SURVEY RESULTS SHOULD BE ABLE 10 PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THESE SECTORS IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING,

SALE AT THE

POST OFFICE

SURVEY REPORT FOR JUNE 1991 IS NOW ON PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL

CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE CENSUS AND PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1

STATISTICS

DEPARTMENT

HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT $4.50 PER COPY.

12

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS DEPARTMENT AT 805 6441.

MADE TO THE

AND STATISTICS

TABLE 1 : ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

ORDERS-ON-HAND

INDUSTRY AS AT THE END OF JUNE 1991 CHANGE WHEN MAY 91 COMPARED WITH JUNE 90

(MONTHS) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.42 + 2

WEARING APPAREL TEXTILES PLASTIC PRODUCTS FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS OTHERS 4.73 2.27 3.61 4.17 5.39 4.12 ♦ -3 -8 -1 + 1 + 1 + 2 -3 + 16 -1 -1

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5%

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TABLE 2 : EMPLOYMENT

PERSONS ENGAGED

AT THE END OF JUNE 1991

INDUSTRY/SERVICES CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 91 JUNE 90

(%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES + 1 -9

FOOD AND DRINKS -4

WEARING APPAREL -1 -4

TEXTILES -1 -18

PLASTIC PRODUCTS + 9 -23

FABRICATED METAL + 1 + 2

PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND + 2 -14

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

OTHERS + 1 -2

CONSTRUCTION # -1 -9

— —

SERVICES -1

— —

BANKS + 1 + 2

HOTELS -7

PUBLIC UTILITIES * -4

OTHERS + 2

* 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

NOTE : DUE TO THE POSSIBLE INCLUSION OF IRREGULAR PAYMENTS (E.G. BACKPAY OR SPECIAL BONUS), "PER CAPITA EARNINGS" FOR A GIVEN MONTH MAY BE SUBJECT TO RATHER VOLATILE FLUCTUATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME. THEREFORE, IT IS PARTICULARLY ADVISABLE, IN STUDYING PER CAPITA EARNINGS STATISTICS, NOT TO TAKE A GIVEN MONTH’S DATA IN ISOLATION, BUT TO MAKE REFERENCE TO DATA OVER A LONGER PERIOD.

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PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/SERVICES AVERAGE AS IN JUNE 1991 CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 91 JUNE 90

(HK$ ) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 6,760 -2 + 16

FOOD AND DRINKS WEARING APPAREL TEXTILES PLASTIC PRODUCTS FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS OTHERS 7,638 5,294 6,212 6,198 6,310 6,993 8,585 ♦ + 1 -12 -6 -3 + 1 -1 + 18 + 12 + 15 + 13 + 12 + 21 + 12

CONSTRUCTION # 9,562 * + 14

SERVICES 11,130 + 3 + 12

+ 5 + 11 ♦ + 5 + 10 + 22 + 13 + 10

BANKS HOTELS PUBLIC UTILITIES OTHERS 11,028 7,898 10,417 12,768

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5%

# PER CAPITA EARNINGS COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE ONLY; SITE WORKERS NOT INCLUDED.

NOTE TO TABLES I - 3 :

UNLIKE

AVERAGE NUMBER

"ORDERS-ON-HAND" AND ’’PER CAPITA EARNINGS’-, FIGURES AMONGST THE COMPANIES SURVEYED, PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE I HIS IS

OF

MEANINGFUL

SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

WHICH THE

IS A

ARE TOTAL

NOT PANEL

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BROADCASTING AUTHORITY STATEMENT » » » » »

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY HAS CONSIDERED AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY COMMERCIAL RADIO HONG KONG FOR APPROVAL TO BROADCAST AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A CONCERT TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 30 AND.31, 1991 AND HAS COME TO THE VIEW THAT PERMISSION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE AEVERTISEMENT IS POLITICAL IN NATURE WITHIN THE AMBIT OF PARAGRAPH 8 (M) OF THE RADIO CODE OF PRACTICE, NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO ANY POLITICAL GROUP OR MEMBERS OF THE GROUP IN THE ADVERTISING SCRIPT.

PARAGRAPH 8 (M) OF THE RADIO CODE OF PRACTICE ON ADVERTISING STANDARDS STATES THAT "NO ADVERTISEMENT OF A POLITICAL NATURE SHALL BE BROADCAST EXCEPT WITH THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY".

"IN CONSIDERING THE NATURE OF THIS ADVERTISEMENT, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY TAKES THE VIEW THAT IT SHOULD LOOK BEYOND THE MERE WORDING OF THE ADVERTISEMENT AND GO INTO THE WHOLE BACKGROUND OF THE SUBJECT MATTER.

"IN PARTICULAR, IT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT THE DOMINANT PURPOSE OF THE CONCERT IS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANDIDATES OF A POLITICAL GROUP TO STAND IN THE COMING ELECTION.

"IT IS ALSO THE CONSIDERED OPINION OF ADUTHORITY THAT GRANTING PERMISSION FOR THE RADIO ADVERTISEMENT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT PROVISIONS OF THE ('ODES OF PRACTICE," THE SPOKESMAN

THE BROADCASTING BROADCAST OF THE OF THE CURRENT SAID.

THE APPLICATION WAS MADE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO ON AUGUST 15 AFTER HAVING OBTAINED ADVICE FROM THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY THAT THE ADVERTISEMENT APPEARED TO BE OF A POL IT I ('AL NATURE.

"ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT MENTION ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL GROUP OR CANDIDATE, REPORTS IN THE PRESS CLEARLY INDICATE THAT THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE CONCERT IS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANDIDATES OF A POLITICAL GROUP TO STAND IN HIE ELECTION.

"THE ADVERTISEMENT MAI THEREFORE BE CONSTRUED AS INDIRECTLY PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF A POLITICAL GROUP," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1991

S6 CENTRAL ALLOCATION RESULTS ON WEDNESDAY

STUDENTS WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION OF THE REMAINING SECONDARY 6 VACANCIES ARE REMINDED THAT A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE EIGHT REGISTRATION CENTRES FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 21).

STUDENTS SHOULD RETURN TO THE SAME CENTRE WHERE THEY LODGED THEIR APPLICATIONS TO SEE THE RESULT.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS SHOULD COLLECT AN ALLOCATION SLIP FROM THE CENTRE AND REGISTER WITH THE ALLOCATED SCHOOL BEFORE 5 PM I HE SAME DAY, THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR HKCEE (HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION) RESULTS NOTICE AND IDENTITY CARD.

PESTICIDE DEALERS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR LICENCES

DOMESTIC AND

SUPERMARKETS, AND FISHERIES ON OR BEFORE

IMPORTERS, SUPPLIERS AND RETAILERS OF NON-AGRI CULTURAL PESTICIDES, INCLUDING DRUG STORES AND ARE TODAY (MONDAY) REMINDED BY THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT (AFD) TO APPLY FOR LICENCES AND PERMITS

AUGUST 24.

THE LICENSING REQUIREMENT IS STIPULATED IN THE NEW ORDINANCE WHICH TOOK EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 25 THIS YEAR.

PESTICIDES

FOR

UNDER THIS ORDINANCE, IMPORT AND USE LOCALLY.

ONLY REGISTERED PESTICIDES ARE

PERMITTED

’’ALL DEALERS OF PEST I ('I DES ARE LICENSED BY THE DI RECI OR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH I HE PROPER LABELLING AND REPACKAGING REQUIREMENTS,” AN AFD SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID A SIX-MONTH GRACE PERIOD IS GIVEN FOR DEALERS TO ACQUIRE THE REQUIRED LICENCES AND TO CLEAR THEIR STOCKS IN HAND.

’’PEOPLE OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENCE ON OR AFTER AUGUST 25 THIS YEAR ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50,000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT,” HE STRESSED.

BY FEBRUARY 25, 1992, ALL PESTICIDE DEALERS SHOULD COMPLY

FULLY WITH THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING LABELLING, PACKAGING AND USE.

CONTRAVENTION OF THESE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2,000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS.

•IIIF TERRITORY’S 3,300 DOMESTIC PESTICIDE DEALERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY AFI) OF SUCH REQUIREMENTS AND THEY yRGE”

WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS BEFORE THE END OF THE GRACE PERIOD, SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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PUBLIC CONCERT TO CELEBRATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE *****

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL AND DOMINIC S.W. WONG, ANNOUNCED TODAY THE RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, A 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS YEAR WILL BE HEI SHATIN RACE COURSE OF THE ROYAL HOI

TEI.ECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, MR (MONDAY) THAT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH PUBLIC CONCERT TO, CELEBRATE THE POST OFFICE AND THE INTERNATIONAL ,D ON MONDAY, AUGUST 26 AT THE 4G KONG JOCKEY CLUB FROM 3 TO 5 PM.

SENIOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI; THE POSTMASTER GENERAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, MR DOMINIC S.W WONG; AND THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS M.Y. CHEUNG; WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONCERT.

PERFORMANCES WILL BE GIVEN BY WELL-KNOWN LOCAL SINGERS SUCH AS ANDY LAU, SALLY YIP, GEORGE LAM, JACKY CHEUNG, AND OTHER FAMOUS ARTISTS FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PARACHUTING DISPLAY AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 39.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 232.347 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 313.120 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 53.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FLUSHING WATER <’UT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE SUSPENDED ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 21), FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM, TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS ON POWER CABLES BY THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC CO. LTD. |

THE ARFA TO BE AFFECTED IS ROUNDED BY CONNAUGHT PLACE, PEDDER STREET, WYNDHAM STREET, GLENEALY, CAINE ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, POK FU LAM ROAD, HOK SZ TERRACE AND SANDS STREET.

IN ADDITION, PREMISES TN KOTEWALL ROAD, CONDUIT ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD, (’ASTLE ROAD, ROBINSON ROAD AND MACDONNEL ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL ALSO RE AFFECTED.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ♦ t ♦ * ♦

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 17.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 19.8.91 +28

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING -28

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.9 *+0.5» 19.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

OF EXCHANGE FUND BI M.S

CLOSING YIELDS

16.8. 91 19.8. 91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 4.66 PCT 4.73 PCT

1 MONTH 5.05 PCT 5.05 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.48 PCT 5.58 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.83 PCT 5.90 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.4 0 PCT 6.4 1 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 6,65C 1 MN 4,40C ► MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1ST QUARTER TRADE WITH CHINA OF OUTWARD PROCESSING NATURE .............. 1

FEASIBILITY STUDY ON CENTRAL KOWLOON ROUTE ............................. 3

EXPRESSWAY LAW EFFECTIVE IN OCTOBER .................................... 4

STATEMENT ON SATELLITE TV PROGRAMME .................................... 6

ANTI-POLLUTION PROSECUTION FIGURE RELEASED ............................. 6

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT .................................................. 15

FLOATING HOLIDAY FOR EMPLOYEES REMINDED ................................ 16

SPECIAL FC MEETING TOMORROW ............................................ 16

CLEARANCE TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT OF RESITE VILLAGE ..................... 17

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND...................................... 18

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............. 18

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, J991

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1ST QUARTER TRADE WITH CHINA OF OUTWARD PROCESSING NATURE *****

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, SOME 67% OF HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA WAS RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY).

ON THE OTHER HAND, SOME 56% OF HONG KONG'S TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA WAS FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING; THE FIGURE WAS 79% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AND 47% FOR RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA.

THE CORRESPONDING PROPORTIONS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1990 WERE 57% FOR IMPORTS, 56% FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, 77% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 48% FOR RE-EXPORTS.

TO PROVIDE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA BY HONG KONG FIRMS, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN CONDUCTING A SAMPLE SURVEY AS FROM THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1988 TO DISTINGUISH HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO CHINA -BOTH DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS - INTO THOSE WHICH ARE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH ARE NOT.

THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY HAS ALSO BEEN EXTENDED AS FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 SO AS TO SEGREGATE HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA INTO THOSE WHICH ARE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH ARE NOT. THE RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

IN VALUE TERMS, SOME $38,071 MILLION OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 45% OVER THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING INCREASED BY 22% TO $21,505 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING GREW BY 13% TO $7,881 MILLION AND 28% TO $13,624 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

THE ESTIMATES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 AND CHANGES OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1990 ARE SUMMARISED IN THE TABLE BELOW:

/TOTAL VALUE .......

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TOTAL VALUE OF TRADE WITH CHINA AND ESTIMATED VALUE AND PROPORTION OF TRADE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING NATURE, 1ST QUARTER OF 1991

TOTAL

TRADE

TRADE TYPE VALUE *

1ST % CHANGE

QTR OVER 1ST

1991 QTR 1990

(HKD MN .) (%)

IMPORTS FROM CHINA 56,847 + 24.5

TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA 38,617 + 23.2

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA 9,931 + 10.4

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA 28,685 + 28.4

ESTIMATED VALUE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE 1ST % CHANGE QTR OVER 1ST 1991 QTR 1990 (HKD MN.) (%) ESTIMATED PROPORTION OF OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE 1ST 1ST QTR QTR 1991 1990 (%) (%)

38,071 + 45.4 67.0 57.3

21,505 + 22.4 55.7 56.1

7,881 + 13.3 79.4 77.3

13,624 + 28.3 47.5 47.5

THE VALUE EXCLUDES COMMODITIES AND TRANSACTIONS NOT CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO KIND.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE EXPORTING OF RAW MATERIALS OR SEMIMANUFACTURES FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING, WITH THE RESULTING PROCESSED GOODS BEING SUBSEQUENTLY RE-IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG.

IMPORTS FROM CHINA RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE IMPORTING OF GOODS FROM CHINA OF WHICH ALL OR PART OF THEIR RAW MATERIALS OR SEMI-MANUFACTURES ARE UNDER CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT EXPORTED FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING.

A SAMPLE OF TRADE DECLARATIONS IN RESPECT OF HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH CHINA (IMPORTS FROM CHINA, DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA) ARE SELECTED FOR ENUMERATION TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION FROM ESTABLISHMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED SYSTEM OF RECORDING TRADE FLOWS, ALL MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ACROSS THE BORDER, FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE, ARE RECORDED AS EXTERNAL TRADE.

/THUS THE .......

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THUS THE MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ASSOCIATED WITH OUTWARD PROCESSING ARE CORRECTLY INCLUDED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS.

"THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY, HOWEVER, FACILITATE A MORE INFORMED ANALYSIS OF THE NATURE OF HONG KONG-CHINA TRADE," HE SAID.

"IN THIS RESPECT, THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE A USEFUL SUPPLEMENT TO THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS."

THE ABOVE SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN PART I OF THE JUNE 1991 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AROUND AUGUST 22 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $33.5 PER COPY.

--------------------0-------- FEASIBILITY STUDY ON CENTRAL KOWLOON ROUTE *****

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED A CONSULTANCY GROVI> TO CARRY OUT A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE CENTRAL KOWLOON ROUTE♦ AN URBAN TRUNK ROAD LINKING TO KWA WAN AND YAU MA TEI.

THE $10.8 MILLION CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT FOR THE FEASIBILITY STUDY WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR TANG KWOK-KEE, SAID WORK ON THE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT WOULD START LATER THIS MONTH AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

HE SAID THE NEED FOR STUDYING THE CENTRAL KOWLOON ROUTE FOLLOWED RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN THE CENTRAL KOWLOON TRAFFIC STUDY AND THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION TRANSPORT STUDY.

IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE METROPLAN IN BOTH WEST AND EAST KOWLOON WOULD REQUIRE AN EAST-WEST ROUTE ACROSS KOWLOON, IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING ROUTE 4 FROM TSEUNG KWAN O TO LAI CHI KOK, BY 2001, HE SAID.

MR TANG SAID THE CONSULTANTS WOULD INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF CONSTRUCTING A DUAL TWO-LANE TUNNEL WITH APPROACHES AT YAU MA TEI AND TO KWA WAN RESPECTIVELY.

’’THE YAU MA TEI APPROACH WILL LINK THE WEST KOWLOON EXPRESSWAY ON THE NEW WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION.

"THE TO KWA WAN APPROACH WILL CONNECT TO THE PROPOSED HUNG HOM BYPASS AND NORTH SOUTH HIGHWAY AT TO KWA WAN," HE SAID.

MR TANG SAID THE CONSULTANTS WOULD ALSO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF COMBINING PROPERTY REDEVELOPMENT WITH THE ROAD SCHEME TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS TO THE SURROUNDINGS.

/HE ADDED......A.

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HE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD SUPERVISE THE FEASIBILITY STUDY.

THE CONSULTANCY GROUP COMMISSIONED BY THE DEPARTMENT IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (ASIA) LTD AND MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LTD, TOGETHER WITH FOUR SUB-CONSULTANTS -- MVA (ASIA) LTD, SHANKLAND COX LTD, CHESTERTON PETTY, AND CES CONSULTANTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ASIA) LTD.

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EXPRESSWAY LAW EFFECTIVE IN OCTOBER

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THE EXPRESSWAY LEGISLATION STIPULATING FOR ROADS DESIGNATED AS EXPRESSWAYS WILL TAKE THIS YEAR.

A SET OF DRIVING RULES

EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PANG HAU-CHUNG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT EXPRESSWAYS PROVIDED PRIMARY, NON-STOP LINKS BETWEEN MAJOR POPULATION CENTRES, AND CARRIED LARGE VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC AT SPEEDS RANGING FROM 70 KILOMETRES TO 100 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

"TO MAINTAIN SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW AND TO ENHANCE ROAD SAFETY, WE CONSIDER THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS NEEDED TO PROMULGATE A MORE APPROPRIATE STANDARD FOR THE USE, CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF THESE ROADS," MR PANG SAID.

"THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES NEW VEHICLE, PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS AND MOTORISTS INCLUDING MOTOR CYCLISTS,"

DRIVING RULES, AND CONTROL ROAD WORKS AND APPLIES TO HE ADDED.

OVER ALL

THE ROADS WHICH WILL BE DESIGNATED AS EXPRESSWAYS INCLUDE:

NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR TRUNK ROAD FROM SHA TIN, THROUGH TAI PO AND FANLING TO FAIRVIEW PARK IN YUEN LONG DISTRICT, INCLUDING SHA TIN ROAD AND TOLO HIGHWAY,

TUEN MUN ROAD AND TSUEN WAN ROAD,

* ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR,

KWUN TONG BYPASS, AND

ROADS T5 AND T6 IN SHA TIN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF HIGHWAY ENGINEER OF RESEARCH AND DIVISION, MR FRED TEAGUE, AND THE POLICE SENIOR STAFF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT BUREAU, MR RONALD CURLEWIS.

HIGHWAYS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF

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UNDER THE EXPRESSWAY LEGISLATION, VEHICLES MUST KEEP TO THE EXTREME LEFT-HAND LANE OF AN EXPRESSWAY UNLESS OVERTAKING ANOTHER VEHICLE. OVERTAKING MUST BE DONE ON THE RIGHT-SIDE OF THE VEHICLE AHEAD. IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO DO SO FROM THE LEFT.

THE LEGISLATION ALSO PROHIBITS BUSES, MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES FROM USING THE EXTREME RIGHT-HAND LANE OF AN EXPRESSWAY WHERE THERE ARE THREE OR MORE TRAFFIC LANES.

ON THE EXPRESSWAYS, VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE VERGE ON THE CENTRAL RESERVATION AREA AND DRIVERS CANNOT MAKE U-TURN OR REVERSE THEIR VEHICLES.

DRIVERS ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED TO STOP OR PARK THEIR VEHICLES ON ANY PART OF THE EXPRESSWAY EXCEPT FOR BREAKDOWNS OR EMERGENCIES.

MEANWHILE, LEARNER DRIVERS, CYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS, ANIMALS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES AND ANY VEHICLE WITH AN ENGINE CAPACITY UNDER 125 CC ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE AN EXPRESSWAY.

MR PANG SAID THE START AND END POINTS OF AN EXPRESSWAY WOULD BE INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS WHILE WARNING SIGNS WOULD ALSO BE PUT UP IN ADVANCE OF THE STARTING POINT OF AN EXPRESSWAY.

"THE START SIGN OF AN EXPRESSWAY MEANS THAT DRIVING RULES OF THE EXPRESSWAY LEGISLATION ARE AUTOMATICALLY IN FORCE FROM THAT POINT," HE SAID.

THIS, HE SAID, AVOIDS HAVING TO ERECT LARGE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC SIGNS SUCH AS "KEEP LEFT" SIGNS AND "NO STOPPING" SIGNS ALONG EXPRESSWAYS.

THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES CONTROL MEASURES THAT ANY ONE WHO WANTS TO CARRY OUT WORK OF ANY NATURE ON AN EXPRESSWAY MUST OBTAIN AN EXPRESSWAY WORKS PERMIT ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS WELL IN ADVANCE WHILE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL WORKING ON EXPRESSWAYS ARE SPECIFIED.

NO FLAGS, BANNERS OR ADVERTISEMENT OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED TO BE PUT UP ON OR OVER ANY PART OF AN EXPRESSWAY.

HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT MAY REMOVE ANY PLANTS OR INSTALLATION CAUSING DANGER OR OBSTRUCTION TO EXPRESSWAY TRAFFIC.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR FIRST CONVICTION OF VIOLATING THE NEW REGULATIONS IS $5,000 AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT, BUT FIXED PENALTY TICKETS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED TO FACILITATE ENFORCEMENT.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE EXPRESSWAY LEGISLATION ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICES. THEY WILL ALSO BE DIRECTLY MAILED TO ALL VEHICLE OWNERS.

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STATEMENT ON SATELLITE TV PROGRAMME ******

IN RESPONSE TO PRESS ENQUIRIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY SAID UNDER THE SATELLITE MASTER ANTENNA TELEVISION (SMATV) LICENCE, ANY SATELLITE TELEVISION PROGRAMME INTENDED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION MAY BE RECEIVED AND DISTRIBUTED BY A SMATV SYSTEM.

"A SATELLITE TELEVISION PROGRAMME IS CONSIDERED TO BE INTENDED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION IF IT IS NOT ENCRYPTED (SCRAMBLED), AND IF NO FEE IS LAWFULLY REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY VIEWERS OR BY SMATV SYSTEM OPERATORS FOR WATCHING THE PROGRAMME OR DISTRIBUTING IT FOR PRIVATE VIEWING," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IF A SATELLITE TELEVISION PROGRAMME IS ENCRYPTED, IT MAY STILL BE REGARDED AS INTENDED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION IF NO PAYMENT OF FEE IS REQUIRED FOR RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING THE PROGRAMME AND THE PROGRAMME ORIGINATOR PUBLICLY DECLARES THAT IT IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL RECEPTION," HE CONTINUED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT IDENTIFIED ANY UNSCRAMBLED SATELLITE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES RECEIVABLE IN HONG ■ KONG WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY RECEIVED AND DISTRIBUTED BY SMATV SYSTEMS UNDER SMATV LICENCES.

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ANTI-POLLUTION PROSECUTION FIGURE RELEASED

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (TUESDAY) RELEASED A LIST OF COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY IN THE COURTS, DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, OF BREACHING ANTI-POLLUTION LEGISLATION CURRENTLY ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE REGULARLY ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

THE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS 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 IS THE LIST OF PROSECUTION CASES AND THE ASSOCIATED FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY THIS YEAR:

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NAME (COMPANY/ PERSON) ADDRESS DATE OF OFFENCE NATURE OF OFFENCE FINES($) RECORD OF OFFENCE COURT

1.CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG TAT CHEE AV, YAU YAT TSUEN 16.3.90 APCO : 0 UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES 1ST NORTH KOWLOON

2.TONG CHENG WANG KWUN RD, KOWLOON BAY 16.5.90- 29.6.90 APCO : 500 1ST KWUN TONG

3.THOUSAND DRAGON DEVELOPMENT LTD BELVEDERE GARDEN SHOPPING CENTER, TSUEN WAN 15.7.90- 30.8.90 APCO : " 3,000 1ST TSUEN WAN

4.CHINA CEMENT CO (HK) LTD TAP SHEK KOK , TUEN MUN 20.7.90 APCO : 4,000 FAILURE TO ABATE AN AIR POLLUTANT NUISANCE (GENERAL) 1ST TUEN MUN

5.HORNTIFF J NV ESTMENT LTD NATHAN RD, TSJLM SHA TSUI 1 1.8.90- 29.10.90 APCO : 1,000 UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES 1ST SOUTH KOWLOON

6.GOLD WHEAT INVESTMENT LTD HUNG UHEUNG RD, TUEN MUN 3.9.90- 13.10.90 APCO : " 3,000 1ST TUEN MUN

7.GOLDEN SOUTH INVESTMENT LTD MELODY GARDEN COMMERUI AL COMPLEX, TUEN MUN 6.10.90- 8.11.90 APCO : " 2,000 1ST ti

8.SILKWAY DYEING FTY LTD WING KEI RD, KWAI CHUNG 5.11.90 APCO : 2,000 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION. 3RD TSUEN WAN

9.BOON WAI LTD LOCKHART RD, WAN CHAI 6.11.90- 25.11.90 APCO : 1,500 UNAUTHORISED INSTALLATION 1ST EASTERN

OR ALTERATION OF FURNACES

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10.LUNG MOON TEA HOUSE JOHNSTON RD, WAN CHAI 5.12.90 APCO : 5,000 1ST it

EXCESSIVE DARK

SMOKE EMISSION

11.SUN FAT ROASTED PIG STOVE PORTLAND ST, YAU MA TEI 19.12.90 APCO : 2,500 FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANT 1ST SOUTH KOWLOON

12.YUCCA DE LAC MA LIU SHUI , SHA TIN 20.12.90 APCO : 6,500 USING PROHIBITED FUEL IN THE TERRITORY 2ND SHA TIN

13.VICFAST CO LTD TAI WAI, SHA TIN 20.12.90 APCO : " 7,500 1ST n

14.YAU YUE FOOD & BEVERAGE CO LTD JORDAN RD, YAU MA TEI 20.12.90 NCO : 5,000 FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT IN A NOISE ABATEMENT NOTICE 1ST SOUTH KOWLOON

15 .SHING TAO RESTAURANT LTD JORDAN RD, YAU MA TEI 20.12.90 NCO : 5,000 1ST ii

16.INCORPORATED OWNERS OF SEA VIEW VILLA (LOT 768) SEA VIEW VILLA, LOT 760, DD216 SAT KUNG 2.1.91 WPCO : 12,000 DISCHARGE POLLUTED WASTEWATER INTO A COMMUNAL SURFACE DRAINAGE WATER SEWER 2ND KWUN TONG

17. INCORPORATED OWNERS OF SEA VIEW VILLA (LOT 762) it 9.1.91 WPCO : " 12,000 2ND it

18. INCORPORATED OWNERS OF SEA VIEW VILLA (LOT 760) •I 9.1.91 WPCO : " 12,000 2ND it

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19.HONG KONG TIN PRESS & CAN MFR LTD FAN KAM RD, PAT HEUNG 18.J.91 APCO : 5,000 FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANT IS’I 1ANL1NG

20.SIU KUNG UNIVERSAL DOCKYARD limited, KO LAI RD, \AU T^NG BA\ 18.1.91 DASO : 5,000 PERMIT DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CIHIH MITRES OF DREDGED marine MUI' \T SI A SOUTH op (’HEUNG ( HAU WITHOUT LICENCE 1ST EASTERN

2 I.KAN KOOK YUEN LTD NATHAN RD, MONG KOK 23.1.91 APCO : 7,500 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1ST NORTH KOWLOON

??.GENERAL I «’i 'K » ’< ’ LTD LION ROCK RD, KOW1J )ON CITY 23.1.91 NCO : 12,500 failure TO COMPLY WITH THE PEQU1REMENT IN A NOISE ABATEMENT NOT 1 CE 1ST SAN PO KONG

23.VI NG WAI-TING YUEN LONG TOWN LOT 284 , YUEN LONG 25.1.91 NCO : " 7,000 1ST FANLING

24.KING CONNIE TEXTILE CO WAI YIP ST, KWUN TONG 30.1.91 APCO : 2,500 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1ST KWUN TONG

25.CHEUNG YUK-LUNG (CONTRACTS MANAGER) UNIVERSAL DOCKYARD LTD, KO FAI RD, YAU TONG BAY 5.2.91 DASO : 2,500 PERMIT DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE MUD AT SEA WITHOUT LICENCE 1ST EASTERN

26. IIO I YEUNG RESTAURANT RIVIERA GARDENS, TSUEN WAN 6.2.91- 20.2.91 APCO : -500 FAILURE TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION TO THE AUTHORITY 1ST TSUEN WAN

27.K. WAH QUARRY CO LTD ANDERSON RD, SAT KUNG 7.2.91 APCO : 5,000 FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANT 1ST KWUN TONG

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28.CAFE DE CORAL GROUP LTD TSUEN WAN CENTRE, TSUEN WAN 19.2.91 APCO : 2,500 FAILURE TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION TO THE AUTHORITY 1ST 'AS RN

29.WO FAT HING DISTILLERY LTD LOT 800, DD226, LUNG SAN, SAI KUNG 27.2. 91 WPCO : 8,000 DISCHARGE UNTREATED WASTEWATER INTO A STREAM IN JUNK BAY WATER CONTROL ZONE 1ST KWUN TONG

30.DICKSON CONSTRUCTION CO LTD (LICENSEE) LOCKHART RO, WAN CHAI 28.2. 91 DASO : 5,000 PERMIT LOADING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL ONTO A BARGE FOR DUMPING AT SEA SOUTHEAST OF TUNG LUNG CHAU OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 3RD EASTERN

AND

FANTA MACHINERY CO LTD (EXCAVATION SUBCONTRACTOR ) WA I ST, YAU CHING MA TEI • 28.2 .91 DASO : " 5,000 2ND >1

AND

HONG KONG TUG SHIP AND TRANSPORTATION CO (TUG BOAT OWNER) WATERLOO RD, YAU MA TEI 28.2 .9 1 DASO : 4,000 PERMIT DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL AT SEA SOUTHEAST OF TUNG LUNG CHAU OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 1ST ii

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31.CHINA HARBOURS ENGINEERING CO (LICENSEE) CONNAUGHT 1.3.91 RI) WEST, CENTRAL DACO : 5,000 PERMIT DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE MUD AT SEA ABOUT 1.5 KM SOUTH OF TSING YI ISLAND OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 1ST EASTERN

AND

HONG KONG DREDGING LTD (SHIPPING SUB- CONTRACTOR ) YEE WO ST, 1.3.91 CAUSEWAY BAY DASO : " 5,000 1ST ti

AND

LAI TAK-HONG (TUG BOAT MASTER) AP LEI 1.3.91 CHAU EST, AP LEI CHAU DASO : 5,000 DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE MUD AT SEA ABOUT 1.5 KM SOUTH OF TSING Yl ISLAND OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN accordance WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 1ST it

AND

WONG KAM- WAII (BARGE SAILOR) WONG CHUK HANG EST, ABERDEEN 1.3.91 DASO : 5,000 1ST it

32 . AS SOCIATED CIRCUITS LTD KING LAM ST, SHAM SIIUI PO 1.3.91 a Ifo : FAILURE TO ABATE AN AIR POLLUTANT NUISANCE (GENERAL) 3,000 1ST NORTH KOWLOON

33.MIDGARD CO LTD CANTON RD, YAU MA TEI 5.3.91 APCO : FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES 5,000 2ND SOUTH KOWLOON

TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANT

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34.CHAN AH-SHUT (TUG BOAT MASTER) SHEK WAI KOK EST, TSUEN WAN 6.3.91 DASO : 5,000 DUMPING OF ABOUT 350 CUBIC METRES OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL AT SEA NEAR LEI YU MUN OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND INACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 2ND It

AND

SIN KAM-SUI (BARGE OPERATOR) SIU SAI WAN EST, CHAI WAN 6.3.91 DASO : " 5,000 1ST EASTERN

35.CHINA PRINTING & DYEING INDUSTRIAL CO WAI YIP ST, KWUN TONG 11.3.91 APCO : 2,500 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1ST KWUN TONG

36.CONTAI ENGINEERING CO LTD (LICENSEE) TAK KU LING RD, KOWLOON CITY 13.3.91 DASO : 5,000 PERMIT DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL AT SEA ABOUT 200 METRES FROM THE SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION 1ST tt

AND

LO KWAN W 1 NG i tug b<>a r il.v: i i b’ i TAK KU LING RD, M'WL* »< »N Cl TV 13.3.91 DASO : 5,000 DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES o|-EXCAVATFD MAI 1 RIAL AT SEA ABOUT ?IHi METRE’: I ROH THE SHFI’riG WAN I-IRE STATION OTHERWISE THAN UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE ( < HID IT ION 1ST it

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NG FO (BARGE OPI RA TOP ) WAH HI EST, pn|( HI LAM 13.3.91 DASO : ’* 6,000 1ST

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37.ULTRAFINE CIRCUITS LTD WONG CHUK YEUNG ST, FO TAN 13.3.91 WPCO : 20,000 DISCHARGE TRADE EFFLUENT IN BREACH OF LICENCE CONDITIONS 4TH SHA TIN

38.TRANSWORLD BLEACHING & DYEING FTY LTD WAI YIP ST, KWUN TONG 15.3.91 APCO : EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 5,000 3RD KWUN TONG

39.HERAEUS LTD WAI YIP ST, KWUN TONG 15.3.91 APCO : 8,000 5TH it

40.POLYWASH LTD HUNG TO RD, KWUN TONG 15.3.91 APCO : 2,000 1ST tt

41.LUNG MOON TEA HOUSE JOHNSTON RD, WAN CHAI 15.3.91 APCO : " 4,000 2ND EASTERN

42.UNIVERSAL (HOT-DIP) GALVANISING LTD KWAN TEI NORTH VILLAGE, FANLING 27.3.91 APCO : FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR POLLUTANT 6,000 2ND FANLING

43.01 MAN RESTAURANT LTD 01 MAN EST, HO MAN TIN 3.4.91 NCO : FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT IN A NOISE ABATEMENT NOTICE 12,500 1ST SAN PO KONG

44.SUN CHEONG BLEACHING & DYEING FTY LTD HUNG TO RD, KWUN TONG 11.4.91 APCO : EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 3,500 3RD KWUN TONG

45.KING CONNIE TEXTILE CO WAI YIP ST KWUN TONG 15.4.91 APCO : 2,000 2ND ff

46.UNIVERSAL (HOT-DIP) GALVANISING LTD KWAN TEI NORTH VILLAGE, FANLING 19.4.91 APCO : FAILURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY AIR 6,000 3RD FANLING

POLLUTANT

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47.LEE CHUNG-LUNG FILO COLOUR & CHEMICALS (HK) CO, WONG CHUK YEUNG ST, FO TAN 23.4.91 WPCO : 8,000 1ST SHA TIN

DISCHARGE TRADE

EFFLUENT INTO

FO TAN NULLAH

48.LI KING-MING TOWN TACT PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD CO, AU PUI WAN ST, FO TAN 25.4.91 WPCO : 4,000 DISCHARGE TRADE EFFLUENT IN BREACH OF LICENCE CONDITIONS 1ST it

49.MING KEE METAL FOUNDRY AU PUI WAN qt FOTAN 1.5.91 APCO : 1,000 USING PROHIBITED FUEL IN THE TERRITORY 3RD it

50.MIDGARD CO LTD CANTON RD, YAU MA TEI 2.5.91 APCO : 3,000 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 1ST SOUTH KOWLOON

51.INTERPAC CONTAINERS LTD TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, TAI PO 2.5.91 WPCO : 6,500 DISCHARGE TRADE EFFLUENT IN BREACH OF LICENCE CONDITIONS 1ST SHA TIN

52.WAI KEE SIZING & DYEING FTY LTD HUNG TO RD, KWUN TONG 22.5.91 APCO : 3,500 EXCESSIVE DARK SMOKE EMISSION 3RD KWUN TONG

NOTE:

APCO: AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE

NCO: NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE

DASO: DUMPING AT SEA ACT 1974 (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER 1975

WPCO: WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE

ON THE PROVISION OF NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE RELATING TO CARRYING OUT CONSTRUCTION WORK WITHOUT A PERMIT, NINE PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED BY POLICE WITH FINES RANGING FROM $1,000 TO $7,500.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID IN CASE 20, 25, 30, 31, 34 AND 36 RELATING TO THE DUMPING AT SEA ACT 1974 (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER 1975, A TOTAL OF 14 PARTIES WERE SUCCESSFULLY CONVICTED, AND 12 OF THEM WERE GIVEN THE MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000.

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APART FROM THE BARGE OPERATOR AND THE TUG BOAT MASTER WHO WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE ILLEGAL ACT, OTHER PARTIES INCLUDING THE LICENSEE, THE CONTRACT MANAGER/SITE AGENT, THE SUBCONTRACTOR AND THE TUG BOAT OWNER WERE PROSECUTED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ENQUIRIES ON SPECIFIC CASE CAN BE ADDRESSED TO THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICERS:

APCO MR S.W. PANG TEL. NO. 835 1046

NCO MR STEVEN HO TEL. NO. 835 1123

DASO MR PATRICK LEI TEL. NO. 782 7280

WPCO CASE 16, 17 DR , 18 DANIEL LAU , 29 TEL. NO. 782 7282

WPCO CASE 37, 47 MR , 48 K.S. CHAN , 51 TEL. NO. 417 4100

HOWEVER, ENQUIRIES ON GENERAL ISSUES SHOULD CONTINUE BE

DIRECTED TO EPD’S PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION.

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT *****

RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE HOLDING CASH ORDER BOOK COUPONS MAY RECEIVE THEIR WELFARE PAYMENT EARLIER IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON THE COMING HOLIDAYS.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THEY MAY CASH THEIR COUPONS ON AUGUST 21, 22 AND 23 OR AFTER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD AT THE DESIGNATED POST OFFICES AND TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

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FLOATING HOLIDAY FOR EMPLOYEES REMINDED ♦ * * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THIS YEAR’S SECOND STATUTORY FLOATING HOLIDAY FALLS ON AUGUST 26, THE LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, ALL EMPLOYEES SHALL BE GRANTED THEIR SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY ON THIS DATE IF THE EMPLOYER HAS NOT ALREADY FIXED A DATE FOR THAT HOLIDAY AND IF THE EMPLOYEE HAS NOT REQUESTED IT TO BE ADDED TO HIS PAID ANNUAL LEAVE.

IN ADDITION, AN EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO BE PAID FOR THAT HOLIDAY IF HE HAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS FOR HIS EMPLOYER PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AN EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY AND SHOULD INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AS WELL AS ALLOWANCES THAT CAN BE EXPRESSED IN MONEY TERMS SUCH AS MEALS AND COSTS OF LIVING ALLOWANCES.

WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, THE HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE DAILY EARNINGS DURING EVERY COMPLETE WAGE PERIOD OF 28 TO 31 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HB MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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SPECIAL FC MEETING TOMORROW

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER, BEGINNING AT 4.30 PM.

MEMBERS WILL BE INVITED TO APPROVE:

* A NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF $9.4 MILLION FOR PREPARATORY WORK ON WATER RATIONING;

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $64.9 MILLION FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL WATER FROM CHINA; AND

A NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF $31.5 MILLION FOR WORKS IN CHINA FOR THE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF WATER.

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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CLEARANCE TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT OF RESITE VILLAGE ******

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE TODAY (TUESDAY) JOINED HANDS WITH A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO MOUNT A LARGE-SCALE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE IN HO PUI VILLAGE, A 20-YEAR-OLD RESITE VILLAGE LOCATED IN TSUEN WAN.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CLEARANCE IS TO RETURN THE VILLAGE TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION - A TIDY AND ORDERLY RESIDENTIAL AREA, FREE OF UNDESIRABLE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS AND UNAUTHORISED EXTENSIONS.

LIKE MANY OTHER RESITE VILLAGES IN THE DISTRICT, HO t>UI VILLAGE HAS SEEN ITS ENVIRONMENT DETERIORATING BADLY THROUGH THE UNAUTHORISED CONVERSION OF GROUND FLOOR PREMISES TO INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS.

FURTHERMORE, A LOT OF THESE INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES HAVE SPREAD. TO THE SURROUNDING PUBLIC COMMON AREAS, PASSAGEWAYS AND IN SOME CASES EVEN THE FIRE EXITS. THERE WERE MORE THAN 90 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IDENTIFIED IN THE VILLAGE.

THE CLEARANCE IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR MORE THAN A MONTH WHEN ALL UNAUTHORISED BUSINESSES AND OCCUPANTS WILL BE CLEARED AND THE UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES ON GOVERNMENT LAND, SUCH AS CANOPIES AND OPEN STORAGE, WILL BE REMOVED.

THE EXERCISE WILL ALSO INVOLVE LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST INDIVIDUAL VILLAGE HOUSES WHICH ARE USED FOR UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS AND INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS, BOTH OF WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO THE LEASE CONDITIONS.

TODAY’S CLEARANCE WAS THE SECOND SIMILAR EXERCISE INITIATED BY A WORKING GROUP SET UP BY THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE TO DEAL WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM OF RESITE VILLAGES IN TSUEN WAN.

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THAT TOOK PART IN THE EXERCISE INCLUDED THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, THE HOUSING AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, THE WORKING GROUP LAUNCHED ITS FIRST SUCCESSFUL CLEARANCE IN 1989 IN THE VILLAGE OF CHUNG KWAI CHUNG.

THE VILLAGE IS NOW A CLEAN AND SAFE RESIDENTIAL AREA WITH REDECORATION OF ORIGINAL RESITE HOUSES NOW BEING ACTIVELY CARRIED OUT.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND ***** HKEG

EXCHANGE FUND BILLS TENDER RESULTS TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER Q134 H171

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 1,738 MN HKD 746 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 500 MN HKD 200 MN

AVERAGE ACCEPTED YIELD 5.56 PCT 5.93 PCT

HIGHEST ACCEPTED YIELD 5.58 PCT 5.93 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 86 PCT 100 PCT

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND HKEH

NEXT TENDER OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS --- TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER Q135

ISSUE DATE 28 AUG 91

MATURITY DATE 27 NOV 91

TENOR 91 DAYS

AMOUNT OF OFFER HKD 500 + 100 MN

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 19.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 20.8.91 -108

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING +108

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.8 *-0.1* 20.8.91

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

20.8.91 19.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 4.61 PCT 4.73 PCT

1 MONTH 4.96 PCT 5.05 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.49 PCT 5.58 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.86 PCT 5.90 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.40 PCT 6.41 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5,370 MN 4,400 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FULL WATER SUPPLY UNTIL END OF OCTOBER .................................. 1

STUDY OF WESTERN HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT .................................... 2

JOIbrr ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION MOUNTED........................ 2

PEOPLE URGED TO TAKE UP CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES .......................... 4

PARA 8(M) DOES NOT INFRINGE BILL OF RIGHTS .............................. 4

HK PEOPLE ADVISED TO POSTPONE NON-ESSENTIAL TRIPS TO SOVIET UNION...... 5

RC COMMITTEE BRIEFED ON BCCHK DEVELOPMENT................................ 5

RECEPTION TO COMMEMORATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE ............... 6

249 VM’S RETURN TO VIETNAM .............................................  6

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES ................................................. 7

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ROADSIDE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICES ........... 7

GOVT LOT IN WESTERN TO LET BY TENDER .................................... 7

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .............. 8

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1991

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FULL WATER SUPPLY UNTIL END OF OCTOBER * ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED THAT THE PRESENT FULL WATER SUPPLY WILL BE MAINTAINED UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF OCTOBER.

THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WONG KWOK-LAI, SAID THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE IMPROVED STORAGE LEVEL IN THE RESERVOIRS AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT RAINFALL AND CHINA’S AGREEMENT TO SUPPLY ADDITIONAL WATER TO HONG KONG.

BUT HE ADDED THAT WHETHER IT WAS NECESSARY TO IMPOSE WATER RESTRICTIONS LATER THIS YEAR WOULD DEPEND ON THE RAINFALL RECEIVED IN THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT WET SEASON.

A FULL REVIEW OF THE TOTAL RESOURCES WILL BE MADE AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), FUNDS TOTALLING $105.8 MILLION WERE -APPROVED FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL WATER FROM CHINA AND OTHER RELATED NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS.

’’FOLLOWING THE APPROVAL OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS, A FORMAL AGREEMENT MAY NOW BE ENTERED INTO WITH CHINA FOR SECURING THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF WATER,” MR WONG SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT A PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT WAS REACHED EARLY THIS MONTH WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES IN CANTON, UNDER WHICH CHINA WILL SUPPLY A FURTHER 145 MILLION CUBIC METRES (MCM), POSSIBLY 151 MCM IF CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT, IN ADDITION TO THE 570 MCM ALREADY AGREED FOR 1991-92.

AS AT 9 AM TODAY, THE STORAGE LEVEL STOOD AT 238.45 MCM OR 40.7 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY.

THIS COMPARED WITH 312.552 MCM OR 53.3 PER CENT AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE THIS YEAR, THE AMOUNT STOOD AT JUST 129 MCM, REPRESENTING 22 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STORAGE.

IN THE MEANTIME, MR WONG ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO DO EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO CONSERVE WATER AND AVOID WASTAGE.

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2

STUDY OF WESTERN t ♦

HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT ♦ * ♦ ♦

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED

APH CONSULTANTS TO CARRY OUT THE WESTERN HARBOUR THAT WILL COMMENCE ON SEPTEMBER 9 THIS YEAR.

THE

APPOINTMENT OF

DEVELOPMENT

STUDIES

THE AREA INVOLVED

IN THE STUDY COVERS

CHEUNG CHAU AND LAMMA ISLAND TO INCLUDE HEI ISLAND.

LING

THE WATERS

CHAU AND

BETWEEN SUNSHINE

OF

THE PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PORT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR C.L. AU, EXPLAINED THAT AIM OF THE STUDY IS TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY, EXTENT COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROVISION OF OFF-SHORE PORT FACILITIES THE WESTERN HARBOUR TO MEET FUTURE DEMAND.

THE THE AND IN

IT IS INTENDED THAT THE

OFF-SHORE PORT FACILITIES TO

BE

PROVIDED IN THE WESTERN HARBOUR INCLUDE

BY A BREAKWATER TO BE CONSTRUCTED TYPHOON SHELTER AT HEI LING CHAU.

AT

AN ANCHORAGE AREA PROTECTED

WEST LAMMA CHANNEL, AND A

THE BREAKWATER BETWEEN LAMMA

AND

PROTECTION TO THE PORT FACILITIES AT THE

CHEUNG CHAU WILL ALSO PROVIDE LANTAU PORT PENINSULA.

IN ADDITION, THE STUDY WILL ALSO NAVIGATIONAL CHANNELS FOR OCEAN-GOING SHIPS MACAU AND OTHER OUTLYING DISTRICTS.

EXAMINE THE AS WELL

AS

PROVISION FERRIES

OF

TO

THE STUDY, SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED

BY THE END PROVIDING

OF A

WILL ALSO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF BEHIND THE PROPOSED BREAKWATER FOR SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL USES.

NEXT YEAR, RECLAMATION

API! CONSULTANTS, A JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY ACER (FAR EAST) LTD, AU POSFORD CONSULTANTS LTD AND FREDERIC R IN ADDITION TO THIS STUDY, ARE ALSO UNDERTAKING THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT STUDY.

CONSULTANTS HARRIS INC, LANTAU PORT

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

A TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION JOINTLY MOUNTED BY THE POLICE, AND THE LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS RECENTLY HAS RESULTED TN THE ARRESTS OF 63 PERSONS.

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

OF THE ARRESTED PERSONS, 38 WERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT AT THE BORDER. THEY HAVE BEEN SENT TO SAN UK LING FOR REPATRIATION.

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THE REMAINING 25 HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. THOSE FOUND TO BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE REPATRIATED.

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

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

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

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

DURING THE JOINT OPERATION, WHICH BEGAN AT 5 AM YESTERDAY AND ENDED AT 5 AM TODAY, THE POLICE HAD STEPPED UP THEIR IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND CARRIED OUT CHECKS AT SUSPICIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

AS A RESULT, A TOTAL OF 11,737 PERSONS, 2,187 VEHICLES AND 371 VESSELS WERE STOPPED FOR IDENTIFICATION CHECKS.

THREE PERSONS WERE SUMMONSED AND 13 PERSONS CHARGED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY. A FURTHER 10 PERSONS WERE WARNED IN RESPECT OF THIS OFFENCE, WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1,000.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT VISITED 2,765 ESTABLISHMENTS TO WEED OUT ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MAY BE WORKING, AND TO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS FULFIL THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION OF KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

A TOTAL OF 9,853 EMPLOYEES HAD THEIR PROOF OF IDENTITY CHECKED DURING THE OPERATION.

TWENTY-TWO ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR INSPECTION A RECORD OF EMPLOYEES.

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

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PEOPLE URGED TO TAKE UP CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES

HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD STRIVE TO BOOST THEIR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN MORE COMMUNITY BUILDING PURSUITS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ADDRESSING A JOINT LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIONS CLUB DISTRICT 303, MR LAN ENCOURAGED THEM TO REFLECT, THROUGH THE MANY CHANNELS, THEIR CRITICISMS OR SUGGESTIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE ADMINISTRATION MORE EFFICIENT.

"TO HELP FULFILL THIS OBJECTIVE, ELIGIBLE ELECTORS SHOULD EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC DUTY BY CASTING THEIR VOTES IN HONG KONG’S FIRST DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE ON SEPTEMBER 15.

"BY ELECTING CAPABLE REPRESENTATIVES WHO CAN FIGHT FOR MORE LEGITIMATE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS FOR THE PEOPLE AT LARGE, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO CREATE A MORE IDEAL COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT AS A COMMUNITY BECAME MORE AND MORE AFFLUENT, PEOPLE'S ASPIRATIONS FOR ITS GOVERNMENT WOULD BE MUCH HIGHER.

NO GOVERNMENT COULD PROGRESS IF THERE WAS A LACK OF CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT FROM ITS PEOPLE, HE ADDED.

MR LAN ALSO GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE PAST 20 TO 30 YEARS.

"WE SHOULD NOT BE COMPLACENT WITH WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED," HE SAID, ADDING THAT MORE NEEDED TO BE DONE TO MAINTAIN THAT MOMENTUM.

MR LAN ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRAISE THE LIONS CLUB Boft ITS EFFORTS IN COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT.

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PARA 8(M) DOES NOT INFRINGE BILL OF RIGHTS ♦ * * * ♦

IN RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRIES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT PARAGRAPH 8(M) OF THE RADIO ADVERTISING STANDARDS CODE OF PRACTICE DOES NOT INFRINGE THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 16 OF THE HONG KONG BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THAT SOME RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT IN THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARE DESIRABLE TO TRY TO ENSURE THE IMPARTIALITY OF THE ELECTORAL PROCESS.

/THIS IS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1991 J*

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THIS IS BECAUSE POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS COULD FAVOUR THOSE PARTIES WHO CAN AFFORD TO LAUNCH ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA. OTHER PARTIES WHOSE RESOURCES DO NOT PERMIT SUCH ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS COULD THEREBY BE PREJUDICED.

THp RESTRICTION WOULD NOT BE INCONSISTENT WITH ARTICLE 16 OF *TrfE“BfLt OF RIGHTS’(FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION); INDEED THE RESTRICTION PROVIDES SAFEGUARDS FOR THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN A FAIR ELECTION WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION UNDER ARTICLE 21.

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HK PEOPLE ADVISED TO POSTPONE NON-ESSENTIAL TRIPS TO SOVIET UNION *****

ON THE ADVICE OF THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADVISED HONG KONG RESIDENTS TO POSTPONE ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO THE SOVIET UNION, WHERE A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED.

”WE SEE NO NEED FOR VISITORS ALREADY THERE TO CUT SHORT THEIR VISITS, BUT THEY SHOULD ACT SENSIBLY, AVOID DEMONSTRATIONS, LISTEN TO THE RADIO FOR NEWS AND CONTACT THE BRITISH EMBASSY ON TELEPHONE NUMBER 231 8511 FOR ADVICE IF NECESSARY,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN THE SOVIET UNION MAY CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE NUMBER 829 3075 OR 829 3076 DURING OFFICE HOURS, AND ON 543 1958 AFTER OFFICE HOURS.

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RC COMMITTEE BRIEFED ON BCCHK DEVELOPMENT

*****

THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BRIEFED ON THE LATEST EVENTS CONCERNING THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE (HONG KONG), FOLLOWING AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL EARLY THIS MONTH.

AT THAT COUNCIL MEETING, IT WAS DECIDED THAT:

» THE COUNCIL WELCOMES ANY REASONABLE PROPOSAL WHICH WILL ENABLE IT TO SECURE ALL OF ITS REMAINING DEPOSITS WITH THE BCCHK;

♦ IT WOULD BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE CONVERSION OF PART OF THE REMAINING DEPOSITS WITH THE BCCHK INTO LONGER TERM INVESTMENT INSTRUMENTS, SUBJECT TO THE NECESSARY APPROVAL BEING OBTAINED FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, IF THIS WOULD ASSIST IN ACHIEVING THE ABOVE OBJECTIVE;

/* AT THIS.........

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1991

» AT THIS STAGE, THE COUNCIL SHOULD NOT COMMIT ITSELF TO ANY SINGLE RESCUE PROPOSAL BUT SHOULD MONITOR CLOSELY THE DEVELOPMENTS AND THE DETAILS OF THE VARIOUS RESCUE PROPOSALS; AND

* THE COUNCIL’S FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE WOULD BE DELEGATED WITH AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE TO HANDLE THE ISSUE.

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE EVENTS WILL BE MONITORED CLOSELY 6Y THE SELECT COMMITTEE.

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RECEPTION TO COMMEMORATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST OFFICE ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC S.W. WONG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE A SET OF COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 TO MARK ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY.

AS THIS IS A HISTORIC OCCASION, ALL BRANCH POST OFFICES WILL OPEN FOR A FEW HOURS ON THAT DAY TO SELL THE NEW STAMPS AND TOr DATESTAMP FIRST DAY COVERS.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, 2 CONNAUGHT PLACE, • CENTRAL AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY AND AT THE CELEBRATION PARTY THAT FOLLOWS.

THIS FUNCTION, TOGETHER WITH THE PUBLIC CONCERT TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 26 AT THE SHATIN RACE COURSE, MARKS THE CLIMAX OF THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER

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249 VM’S RETURN TO VIETNAM *****

A GROUP OF 249 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RETURNED TO VIETNAM UNDER THE UNHCR’S VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME.

COMPRISING 107 MEN, 60 WOMEN, 41 BOYS AND 41 GIRLS, THEY WERE THE 64TH BATCH TO GO BACK UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

THIS GROUP BROUGHT TO 9,052 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS WHO HAVE RETURNED VOLUNTARILY.

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HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANN°UNCED ™AT EIGHT GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL STAY OPEN ON AUGUST 24 (THE SATURDAY PRECEDING THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST) AND AUGUST 26 (LIBERATION DA AND THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST) WHICH ARE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THEY ARE THE VIOLET PEEL HEALTH CENTRE AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, THE ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN KOWLOON; THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC AND YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM. ALL OTHER GENERAL OUT-PATIENT AND EVENING CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED.

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ROADSIDE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICES

*******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT ALL ROADSIDE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICES ALONG TUEN MUN ROAD, TSUEN WAN ROAD, TSING YI NORTH AND SOUTH BRIDGES, SHA TIN ROAD, TOLO HIGHWAY, NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD AND THE LOK MA CHAU BORDER LINK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM SEPTEMBER 24 (TUESDAY) TO OCTOBER 14 (MONDAY).

THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SERVICES IS TO FACILITATE’ THE RELOCATION OF THE POLICE REGIONAL COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE FROM KWAI CHUNG TO TAI PO.

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A GOVERNMENT SITE IN WESTERN DISTRICT, ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

LOCATED AT 5-17 QUEEN STREET, THE SITE MEASURES 775 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE (EXCLUDING DANGEROUS GOODS, CONTAINERS, CONTAINER VEHICLES AND TRAILERS), AND/OR FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CARPARK FOR LICENSED PRIVATE CARS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR SIX MONTHS, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 6.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE HONG KONG WEST AND KOWLOON DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES, AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 1 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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- 8 - HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ♦ » » * ♦ DATE $ MILLION CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 20.8.91 600 EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 21.8.91 -72 EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING +72 EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.5 *-0.3* 21.8.91 HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS 20.8.91 21.8.91 MATURING IN 1 WEEK 4.61 PCT 4.52 PCT 1 MONTH 4.96 PCT 4.90 PCT 3 MONTHS 5.49 PCT 5.49 PCT 6 MONTHS 5.86 PCT 5.87 PCT 12 MONTHS 6.40 PCT 6.38 PCT TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 5,370 MN 6,338 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO^

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS TIN SHUT WAI NEW TOWN ..........................

STATEMENT ON BCCHK (TN PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATION) .......................

ORGANISED CRIME BILL "AN IMPORTANT NEW WEAPON AGAINST CRIME" ..........

4

VIEWS SOUGHT ON .ORGANISED CRIME BILL .................................

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MEETS CONSORTIA ON SUBSCRIPTION TV PROPOSALS .. 4

RULES FOR ELECTION PETITIONS TO BE GAZETTED TOMORROW ..................

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP $ 1992/93 AWARDS ........................................................

UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED ..............................

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1991

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS TIN SHUI WAI

NEW TOWN

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, VISITED THE LATEST NEW TOWNS TN TIN SHUT WAI, YUEN LONG, THIS (THURSDAY) AFIERNOON.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, DR NIP KAM-FAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, MR CHOW CHE-KING.

SIR DAVID LF.ARN'I THAT A NOVEL FEATURE OF TIN SHUT WAI IS THAT IT IS JOINTLY DEVELOPED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND A MAJOR PRIVATE DEVELOPER.

HE INSPECTED THE TIN YIU ESTATE, THE FIRST OF TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO BE DEVELOPED 1^ THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

THIS ESTATE', COMPLETED WITH RETAIL AND SOCIAL FACILI1IES, PROVIDES OVER 10,000 FLATS, THE FIRST LOT OF FLATS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE I

HE j

DEVELOPED I STAGE OF C< BY THE END

TIN

NORTH-WEST OF THEM TO

OTHERS IN SEVEN PRIVATE LOTS.

APART FORM A FULL RANGE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES, THEEE ALSO BE A SPORTS GROUND, AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AND A DISTRICT PARK AT THE CENTRE OF THE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

OCCUPATION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

LSO TOURED THE NEARBY K1NGSWOOD VILLA WHICH IS BEING Y THE PRIVATE DEVELOPER. THE PROJECT IS NOW IN AN ADVANCE INSTRUCTION AND THE FIRST PHASE IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION OF THIS YEAR.

SHU I WAI NEW TOWN COVERS ABOUT 188 HECTARES OF LAND TO THE OF YUEN LONG. IT WILL HOUSE SOME 145,000 PEOPLE WITH HALF BE ACCOMMODATED IN TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND THE

SIR DAVID THEN DROVE THROUGH A NEARING-COMPLETED NEW ROAD CONNECTING THE NEW TOWN TO YUEN LONG.

THIS DUAL-CARRIAGEWAY 1.6-KM ROAD WILL PROVIDE AN ACCESS LINKING THE NEW TOWN WITH THE EXISTING AND THE TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD SYSTEM.

ADDITIONAL

FUTURE NEW

IT WILL BE OPEN BEFORE THE FIRST RESIDENTS MOVE IN TO TIN SHUI WAI .

IN ADDITION TO BUSES, THE NEW TOWN WILL BE SERVED BY AN EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

KCRC IS CONSTRUCTING THE LINK INTO TIN SHUI WAI ON A DEDICATED RESERVE WITH A VIEW TO COMPLETING IT BY THE END

PREPARED

OF NEXT

YEAR.

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STATEMENT ON BCCHK (IN PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATION)

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY MR NOEL GLEESON, REGISTRAR GENERAL AND PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATOR OF THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE HONG KONG LIMITED (BCCHK), TODAY (THURSDAY):

"WHEN THE PETITION PRESENTED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR THE WINDING UP OF BCCHK IS REACHED IN THE HIGH COUR 1 ON FUESDAY , 27IH AUGUST I WILL APPLY TO THE COURT THAT IT BE ADJOURNED FOR IWO MONTHS WITH LIBERTY FOR ME TO APPLY AT ANY TIME AFTER 1OTH SEPT EMBER 1991 TO RESTORE THE PETITION FOR HEARING AT AN EARLIER DATE IF NECESSARY.

”1 UNDERSTAND THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AS THE PETITIONER, WILL BE SUPPORTING MY APPLICATION.

’’THIS PWO-MONTH PERIOD WOULD GIVE ME TIME TO NEGOTIATE AND, IF POSSIBLE, FINALISE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE TAKEOVER OF THE BANK OR ITS BANKING BUSINESS BY ONE OF THE THREE CURRENTLY INTERESTED PARTIES WITH WHOM I AND THE SPECIAL MANAGERS ARE PRESENTLY NEGOTIATING.

”1 AM STRONGLY OF THE VIEW THAT SUCH AN ADJOURNMENT WILL THEREFORE BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL THE CREDITORS, INCLUDING THE DEPOSITORS, BIG AND SMALL.

"THE PERIOD OF 1’WO MONTHS WILL ALSO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A SUCCESSFUL PARTY TO CONDUCT THE USUAL DUE DILIGENCE EXERCISE ON BCCHK TO ASCERTAIN ITS FINANCIAL POSITION TO THE PARTY’S OWN SATISFACTION IN THE EVENT OF A PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT BEING SIGNED.

"THE PERIOD \ND THE TERMS OF ANY ADJOURNMENT WILL BE A MATTER FOR THE COURT TO DECIDE AFTER HEARING MY APPLICATION.

"IF MY APPLICATION FOR AN ADJOURNMENT IS SUCCESSFUL, AND IF NO PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT CAN BE SIGNED BY ABOUT 14TH SEPTEMBER, I WOULD HAVE TO CONSIDER AT THAT STAGE ASKING THE COURT TO BRING FORWARD THE HEARING AND OBTAIN A RULING BY THE COURT ON THE PETITION AT AN EARLIER DATE IN THE INTERESTS OF CREDITORS.

"REGARDING THE POSITION OF THE ABU DHABI GOVERNMENT, IT NOW APPEARS THAT A GUARANTEE AGAINST ANY UNRECORDED LIABILITIES WILL BE FORTHCOMING. HOWEVER, ITS PRECISE TERMS HAVE NOT YET BEEN AGREED AND WILL DEPEND TO SOME EXTENT ON THE MECHANICS BY WHICH BCCHK IS TO BE ACQUIRED BY ANY OF THE INTERESTED PARTIES. WHILE SUCH A GUARANTEE WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE HELP IN THE NEGOTI AT IONS 1’HERE ARE OTHER FACTORS AND PROBLEMS THAT STILL NEED TO BE RESOLVED.

"AS I WILL BE REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF CREDITORS AT THE HEARING ON 27TH AUGUST IT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY FOR ANY OF THE DEPOSITORS, UNLESS THEY WISH TO DO SO, TO ATTEND THE COURT ON THAT OCCASION.”

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1991

ORGANISED CRIME BILL "AN IMPORTANT NEW WEAPON AGAINST CRIME”

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THE ORGANISED CRIME BILL IS AN IMPORTANT NEW WEAPON IN TACKLING AN INSIDIOUS THREAT TO LAW AND ORDER IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR ASPREY SAID ORGANISED CRIME REPRESENTED A PARTICULARLY INSIDIOUS THREAT TO LAW AND STABILITY BECAUSE IT SURVIVED ON FEAR AND CORRUPTION, AND IN PARTICULAR ON THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE TO ENFORCE EXTORTION.

"ORGANISED CRIME IMPOSES RIGID DISCIPLINE ON ITS MEMBERS, AND IN PARTICULAR ON THE UNDERLINGS WHO DO THE DIRTY WORK, WHILE THE BOSSES ATTEMPT TO INSULATE THEMSELVES FROM THE CRIMINAL ACT AND HENCE THE THREAT OF PROSECUTION," HE SAID.

"IT GENERATES ENORMOUS PROFITS WHICH ARE THEN IN MANY CASES LAUNDERED INTO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS, WITH THE LEGITIMATE AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THEN BOLSTERING AND SUPPORTING EACH OTHER."

ORGANISED CRIME WAS PARTICULARLY INSIDIOUS ALSO BECAUSE IT AFFECTED ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO COULD LEAST AFFORD TO RESIST THEIR EXTORTIONATE DEMANDS - HAWKERS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS DRIVERS, AND THOSE LIVING IN SQUATTER AREAS.

MR ASPREY SAID ALTHOUGH MUCH ORGANISED CRIME WAS THE WORK OF TRIAD GROUPS, BY NO MEANS WAS ALL OF IT PERPETRATED BY MEMBERS OF CRIMINAL SYNDICATES OR SOCIETIES BOUND TOGETHER BY TRIAD RITUAL.

"THERE ARE OTHER NON-TRIAD CRIME GROUPS WHO ENGAGE IN ORGANISED CRIME FROM THE MOST SERIOUS - SUCH AS TRAFFICKING IN NARCOTICS AND MAJOR FRAUD - TO THE MORE MUNDANE STREET LEVEL EXTORTION AND PROTECTION OF SHOPKEEPERS AND HAWKERS," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE OBJECTIVES OF ORGANISED CRIME GROUPS WERE PURELY FINANCIAL.

"WHATEVER MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINS AND POLITICAL OBJECTIVES OF TRIAD SOCIETIES IN THE PAST IS NOW HISTORY. THE AIM OF TRIAD SOCIETIES AND OTHER ORGANISED CRIME GROUPS IS CRIMINAL EXPLOITATION FOR PROFIT."

MR ASPREY ALSO SAID THE POLICE HAD COMBATED ORGANISED CRIME VIGOROUSLY AND HAD A NUMBER OF NOTABLE SUCCESSES IN RECENT YEARS.

"BUT IT IS DIFFICULT UNDER THE LAW AS IT STANDS TO BRING TO JUSTICE EFFECTIVELY THOSE WHO HEAD AND MANAGE ORGANISED CRIME SYNDICATES."

THIS WAS WHY THE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED THE ORGANISED CRIME BILL, WHICH AIMED TO IMPROVE THE AUTHORITIES’ ABILITY TO PROSECUTE AND PUNISH THOSE INVOLVED IN ORGANISED CRIME, TO DETER ORGANISED CRIME THROUGH HEAVIER PENALTIES AND TO DESTROY THE FINANCIAL POWER OF CRIMINAL SYNDICATES BY PROVIDING FOR THE CONFISCATION OF THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1991

VIEWS SOUGHT ON ♦

ORGANISED CRIME BILL ♦ * * *

THE PUBLJC CONSULTATION EXERCISE ON THE ORGANISED CRIME WHITE BILL WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT, COMPRISING THE BILL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES ON THE BILL, HAD BEEN PUBLISHED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO INTERESTED PARTIES.

COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AT DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THEY WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES IN THE LEGAL FIELD SUCH AS THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND LAW SOCIETY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A ROUND OF DISTRICT BOARD CONSULTATION WILL START FROM SEPTEMBER 2 ON THE BILL. A BRIEFING SESSION WILL BE ARRANGED FOR ALL DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES ON SEPTEMBER 17.

THE THREE-MONTH CONSULTATION PERIOD WILL LAST UNTIL NOVEMBER 22.

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS ON THE BILL SHOULD BE SENT TO -

SECRETARY FOR SECURITY

GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT

6TH FLOOR

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING)

LOWER ALBERT ROAD

HONG KONG.

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BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MEETS CONSORTIA ON SUBSCRIPTION TV PROPOSALS

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THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY (BA) MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF TVB AND LATER ON WITH THOSE OF WHARF (HOLDINGS) LTD TODAY (THURSDAY) TO LISTEN TO THEIR PROPOSALS ON SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

A THIRD CONSORTIUM, MILLISAT, WHICH HAD ALREADY SUBMITTED PROPOSALS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN WRITING, WILL MEET WITH THE BA EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE MEETINGS \IM TO ENABLE A FREE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS BETWEEN THE BA MEMBERS AND THE CONSORTIA WHICH HAD EARLIER SUBMITTED PROPOSALS TO THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY, SIR ROGER LOBO, SAID: "WE FIND THE MEETINGS A VERY USEFUL MEANS OF OBTAINING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE AUTHORITY AND THE CONSORTIA CONCERNED.

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"SUCH EXCHANGES OF VIEWS AND INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THESE PROPOSALS ARE EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO THE BA IN FORMULATING OUR FUTURE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE POLICY A*ND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION.

"WE WOULD WELCOME SIMILAR PRESENTATIONS FROM OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES WITH SUBSTANTIAL PROPOSALS. IT SHOULD BE CLEAR, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH PRESENTATIONS ARE MADE STRICTLY ON A NO-COMMITMENT BASTS."

AS PART OF ITS REGULAR EFFORT TO KEEP ABREAST OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BROADCASTING TECHNOLOGY AND REGULATORY MATTERS, THE BA MEMBERS WILL BE VISITING THE USA AND JAPAN FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 24) TO SEPTEMBER 2.

ORGANISATIONS TO BE VISITED IN THE USA INCLUDE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, INTELSAT, AND THE WIRELESS CABLE ASSOCIATION IN WASHINGTON.

WHILE IN JAPAN, THE BA MEMBERS WILL BE CALLING ON THE MINISTRY 01 POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT, THE JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (NHK), THE JAPAN SATELLITE BROADCASTING CO. AND THE SATELIIT! DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING CO.

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RULES FOR ELECTION PETITIONS TO BE GAZETTED TOMORROW

THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (ELECTION PETITION) RULES 1991 AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (ELECTORAL PROVISIONS) (ELECTION PETITION) RULES 1991 WHICH PROVIDE FOR THE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE OF .ELECTION PETITIONS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

EXPLAINING THESE RULES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE TWO SETS OF RULES WERE BASED ON EXISTING RULES AND WERE INTRODUCED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EXPANSION OF THE SCOPE OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE TO COVER DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"Till OPPORTUNITY WAS TAKEN TO TIDY UP ’ CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE RULES \ND TO IMPROVE THE ELECTION PETITION FORM IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE RULES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REVISED RULES WERE MADE BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE ON AUGUST 16 THIS YEAR.

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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP 1992/93 AWARDS

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A NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED, UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND NIGERIA.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE INTENDED FOR HONG KONG PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE WHO ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG ON THEIR RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD.

THEY ARE PRIMARILY AVAILABLE FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY OR. RESEARCH AT OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES NORMALLY EXTENDING OVER A PERIOD OF TWO ACADEMIC YEARS.

THE AWARDS WILL COVER APPROVED EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL, LIVING AND STUDY DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

CANDIDATES SHOULD BE:

* PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG;

* NORMALLY NOT MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMENCES (PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE BELOW 28 YEARS OF AGE); AND :

* GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS. CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE, HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY, FIFTH FLOOR, CLUB LUSITAblO BUILDING, 16 ICE HOUSE STREET, CENTRAL, HONG KONG AS FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS TO BE CLOSED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE A NUMBER OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS IN THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS SO I HAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER. TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDER FOR THE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 405 SHANGHAI STREET, YAU MA TEI, FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON SEPTEMBER 27 HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY (THURSDAY).

/MEANWHILE, NOTICE ........

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1991

MEANWHILE, NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDER FOR THE UNAUTHORISED EXTENSION FROM FLAT A2 ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF 480 KING’S ROAD AND J5-23A TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD, NORTH POINT FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 24 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY ALSO SEEKS TO CLOSE THE UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF FLAT E, KAM WAH MANSION, 61, 61A, 63-67 KAM WA STREET AND 30 ALDRICH STREET, SHAU KEI WAN.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 7 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORKS FOR THE UNAUTHORISED WORKS WILL START AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE ISSUED.

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS » * * ♦ *

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN HIE ACCOUNT ON 21.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 22.8.91 + 40

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING -40

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.1 »-0.4» 22.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

22.8. 9 1 21.8. 91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 4.35 PCT 4.52 PCT

1 MONTH 4.84 PCT 4.90 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.37 PCT 5.49 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.84 PCT 5.87 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.38 PCT 6.38 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 3,920 MN 6,338 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

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GDP AND PRICES FOR 1991 ..............................

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HONG KONG IS FAST BECOMING A CULTURAL CENTRE: ACTING GOVERNOR ...........

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HK PEOPLE URGED TO TAKE PART TN POLITICAL PROCESS .......................

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DHS - A STEP TN THE RIGHT DIRECTION .............................

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merchant sentenced for tax evasion ..............................

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FORMS FOR REGISTRATION AS OVERSEAS UK ELECTORS AVAILABLE ................

AIRPORT AND PORT PROJECTS RESOURCE CENTRE TO OPEN .......................

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TWO GOVT IjOTS FOR SALE BY AUCTION ...........................

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INSHORE WORKS IN FORESHORE AND SEABED AREAS PROPOSED ...................

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AMENDMENTS TO TSUEN WAN WEST DRAFT O7.P .....................

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TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER IMPROVEMENT WORKS ..........................

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CONSTRUCTION OF YUEN JONG SOUTHERN BYPASS ..........................

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FIRING PRACTICE tn SEPTEMBER ................................

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ..............

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ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 AND UPDATED FORECASTS OF GDP AND PRICES FOR 1991 *****

ECONOMIC ACTIVITY CONTINUED TO REVIVE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991. THE PERFORMANCE OF RE-EXPORTS REMAINED ROBUST, WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS RECORDED A MODERATE INCREASE, ACCORDING TO THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1991 RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY).

LOCALLY, INVESTMENT DEMAND GREW SIGNIFICANTLY. CONSUMPTION DEMAND ALSO SHOWED A FAIR INCREASE. THE LABOUR MARKET EASED SOMEWHAT BUT INFLATION AT THE CONSUMER LEVEL WAS STILL HIGH.

THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) GREW BY AN ESTIMATED 4.1% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 OVER A YEAR EARLIER, AND IS LIKELY TO HAVE INCREASED BY AROUND 4-4.5% IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

INFLATIONARY PRESSURES AT THE CONSUMER LEVEL INTENSIFIED DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1991, PEAKING IN APRIL BEFORE MODERATING SOMEWHAT IN MAY AND JUNE.

THE PACKAGE OF COUNTER-INFLATION MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN MAY HAD SOME EFFECT. THE GDP DEFLATOR, AS A BROAD OVERALL MEASURE OF INFLATION IN THE ECONOMY, ROSE LESS RAPIDLY THAN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDICES.

THE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIST, MR K.Y. TANG SAID, ON THE BASIS OF THIS REPORT AND OTHER LATEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION, A REVIEW HAD BEEN MADE OF THE FORECASTS OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) AND OF THE PRICE TRENDS FOR 1991.

"AS A RESULT OF THIS REVIEW, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF THE GDI' IS REVISED UPWARD FROM 3.5% TO 4%. THE FORECAST RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) IS ALSO REVISED UPWARDS, FROM 11% TO 12%.

"HOWEVER, THE FORECAST RATE OF INCREASE IN THE GDP DEFLATOR, AS A MEASURE OF OVERALL INFLATION IN THE ECONOMY, IS LOWERED FROM 9.5% TO 9%," HE SAID.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY ABOUT 2% TN REAL TERMS OVER A YEAR EARLIER.

"THE PICK-UP IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN RECENT QUARTERS WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO AN EARLIER IMPROVEMENT IN THE EXTERNAL COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS, DUE TO THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR ALONG WITH THE US DOLLAR IN THE LATTER PART OF 1990 AND IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 1991," MR. TANG SAID.

THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE VARIOUS MAJOR MARKETS WAS MIXED. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND CHINA RECORDED FURTHER SIGNIFICANT INCREASES, WHILE THOSE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN ALSO PICKED UP.

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONTINUED TO DECLINE. AS A RESULT, THE SHARE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES IN HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS FELL TO ONLY 25% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991, FROM 29% FOR 1990 AS A WHOLE.

’’RE-EXPORTS ROSE MARKEDLY, BY ABOUT 25% IN REAL TERMS, IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990. AS RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW AT A FASTER RATE THAN DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THEIR SHARE IN TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED FURTHER, TO 69%.IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 FROM 65% FOR 1990 AS A WHOLE.

"SUSTAINED STRONG GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS INVOLVING CHINA IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WAS THE MAIN FACTOR UNDERLYING THIS REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE. CHINA REMAINED THE LARGEST MARKET FOR AS WELL AS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, ACCOUNTING FOR 29% AND 57% RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991," MR TANG SAID.

IMPORTS REGISTERED A STRONG GROWTH OF ABOUT 20% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 OVER A YEAR EARLIER. RETAINED IMPORTS ALSO GREW SIGNIFICANTLY, BY ABOUT 13% OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

AMONG THE VARIOUS END-USE CATEGORIES, RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES RECORDED THE FASTEST GROWTH, BY ABOUT 22% IN REAL TERMS.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $21,183 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 6% OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991. A LARGER AMOUNT OF RETAINED IMPORTS, PARTICULARLY RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES FOR PRODUCTION, CONTRIBUTED CONSIDERABLY TO THE INCREASED TRADE DEFICIT.

ACCORDING TO THE PRELIMINARY QUARTERLY GDP ESTIMATE, PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, AS THE LARGEST COMPONENT OF DOMESTIC DEMAND, GREW BY 5% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 OVER A YEAR EARLIER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 7% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990. .

THERE WAS A GREATER DEMAND FOR DURABLE GOODS, IN LINE WITH THE INCREASED TAKE-UP OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. EXPENDITURE OF HONG KONG RESIDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD ALSO ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY.

AS REGARDS GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, THE GROWTH RATE IN NATIONAL ACCOUNTS TERMS WAS 6% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OVER A YEAR EARLIER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 5%. IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990.

LOCAL INVESTMENT, MEASURED IN TERMS OF GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION, ROSE BY 7% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OVER A YEAR EARLIER, FOLLOWING A MARKED INCREASE OF 19% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

OF THE MAIN COMPONENTS, EXPENDITURE ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION GREW BY 1% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 13% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990. THE SLOWER GROWTH REFLECTED MAINLY THE WINDING DOWN OF SOME LARGE PROJECTS.

EXPENDITURE ON PLANT, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT ROSE BY 7% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THE GROWTH RATE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1990 WAS 1R%.

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THE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN DOMESTIC DEMAND IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991 WAS SUSTAINED IN THE SECOND QUARTER. ON INVESTMENT DEMAND, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS ACCELERATED SHARPLY FROM 9% IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO ABOUT 20% IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

RETAINED IMPORTS OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY SHOWED PARTICULARLY RAPID GROWTH.

ON CONSUMER SPENDING, MR TANG SAID, SENTIMENT SHOULD HAVE IMPROVED AFTER THE ENDING OF THE GULF WAR.

ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON, RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS SHOWED A SMALLER DECLINE OF ABOUT 2% IN REAL TERMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER, AS AGAINST A DECLINE OF 6% IN THE FIRST QUARTER. "OF PARTICULAR NOTE IS THE REBOUND IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES, GIVING A YEAR-ON-YEAR INCREASE OF 4% IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS COMBINED," HE ADDED.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 11.9% AND 13.1% RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTERS LAST YEAR. REFLECTING A DECELERATION IN CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION DURING THE SECOND QUARTER, THE CPI(A) ROSE BY 13.9% IN APRIL, 13.0% IN MAY, AND 12.3% IN JUNE OVER A YEAR EARLIER.

THE GDP DEFLATOR, AS A BROAD INDICATOR OF INFLATION FOR THE. ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, INCREASED BY 8% IN THE FIRST QUARTER OVER A YEAR EARLIER.

IT ROSE AT A LESS RAPID RATE THAN THE CPI, MAINLY DUE TO MORE MODERATE INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF EXPORTS AND OF PLANT AND MACHINERY, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT, IN THE PRICES OF BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT.

THE LABOUR MARKET EASED SOMEWHAT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991. THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE SECOND QUARTER, AT 2.4%, WAS 0.6 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN IN PRECEDING QUARTER, AND 0.8 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE TO 1.7% IN THE SECOND QUARTER. THIS WAS 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER, AND 0.8 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

IN THE FIRST QUARTER, THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES IN .MOST SECTORS CONTINUED TO DECLINE. MOST RECENTLY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION SEEMS TO HAVE STABILISED.

THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET WAS ACTIVE DURING MOST OF THE FIRST HALF OF 1991. THE UNDERLYING DEMAND FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS CONTINUED TO BE STRONG. SPECULATIVE ACTIVITY IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INTENSIFIED DURING THE MONTHS OF MARCH TO MAY BUT EASED IN JUNE.

"THE INCREASE IN THE MORTGAGE RATE BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT IN LATE MAY AND THE GENERALLY TIGHTER BANK POLICY ON MORTGAGE LENDING CONTRIBUTED TO THIS MODERATION," MR TANG POINTED OUT.

/THE DEMAND .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

THE DEMAND FOR LARGE FLATS SHOWED FURTHER IMPROVEMENT. THE MARKET FOR SHOPPING SPACE HELD UP WELL PARTICULARLY IN THE PRIME SHOPPING AREAS, WHILE THAT FOR FACTORY PREMISES WAS GENERALLY STABLE. THE MARKET FOR OFFICE SPACE, HOWEVER, REMAINED SOFT.

IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE FOLLOWING MAIN DEVELOPMENTS WERE OBSERVED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

FIRST, WITH A VIEW TO DAMPENING INFLATIONARY EXPECTATIONS, LOCAL MONEY MARKET CONDITIONS WERE TIGHTENED AND INTEREST RATES RAISED BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT IN LATE MAY. THE WIDER GAP BETWEEN THE HONG KONG DOLLAR INTEREST RATES AND THE CORRESPONDING US DOLLAR INTEREST RATES PUSHED THE MARKET EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR TO A HIGH OF HK$7.714 TO US$1 ON JUNE 22. BUT TOWARDS THE END OF JUNE, IT MOVED BACK CLOSER TO THE LINK RATE OF HK$7.8O TO US$1.

THE OVERALL EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, IN TERMS OF THE EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEX, ROSE FROM 109.3 AT THE END OF 1990 TO 114.1 AT THE END OF JUNE 1991.

SECONDLY, DOMESTIC LOANS AND ADVANCES REGISTERED A FAIRLY STRONG GROWTH DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1991, IN LINE WITH AN IMPROVED ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE BROADEST DEFINITION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY (HK$M3) ROSE AT A RATE BROADLY COMPATIBLE WITH THAT OF NOMINAL GDP.

THIRDLY, LOCAL SHARE PRICES WERE GENERALLY ON AN UPTREND DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1991. SHARE PRICES EASED IN LATE MAY, BEFORE SHOWING SOME RECOVERY TOWARDS THE END OF JUNE. THE STOCK MARKET WAS THEN BOOSTED CONSIDERABLY BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED PROJECTS.

MR TANG SAID IN UPDATING THE GDP AND PRICE FORECASTS FOR 1991 IN THE LIGHT OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS, ADJUSTMENTS WERE MADE TO THE COMPONENT FORECASTS AS APPROPRIATE. THE UPDATED FORECASTS ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLE BELOW.

IN THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, CONTINUED GROWTH IN DEMAND IN MANY OF THE MAJOR MARKETS ARE EXPECTED TO SUPPORT HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE COMING MONTHS. HOWEVER, A STRONGER US DOLLAR COULD REDUCE THE PRICE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS.

FURTHERMORE, ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE IN THE MAJOR INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES IS MIXED. TAKING THESE FACTORS TOGETHER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 1.5% IN REAL TERMS IN 1991, WHICH IS MORE MODERATE THAN THE EARLIER FORECAST OF 2.5%.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF

RE-EXPORTS IS REVISED UPWARD FROM 15% TO 19%.

THIS HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE ROBUST GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. WITH THE RENEWAL OF CHINA’S MOST FAVOURED NATIONS STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES BEING ALMOST CERTAIN, THERE SHOULD BE SUSTAINED GROWTH IN OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE BORDER, AND HENCE IN HONG KONG'S RE-EXPORTS INVOLVING CHINA.

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FOR RE-EXPORTS AND A FASTER INCREASE IN OCAL DEMAND, THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN IS REVISED UPWARD FROM 10.7% To 14.6%.

GIVEN A HIGHER FORECAST RETAINED IMPORTS FOR MEETING L REAL TERMS OF IMPORTS OF GOODS

THE DEMAND FOR TRADE-RELATED SERVICES SHOULD INCREASE IN WITH THE GROWTH IN OVERALL TRADE, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE BETTER THE EARLIER FORECAST.

LINE

THAN

HONG

ON TRAVEL AND TOURISM, THE ADVERSE IMPACT OF THE GULF WAR ON KONG'S TOURIST RECEIPTS HAS BEEN ABSORBED, WHILE THE EXPEND I 1_RE OF HONG KONG S RESIDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE.

THUS THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF SERVICES IS RAISED FROM 5% TO 6%, AND THE FORECAST GROWTH TERMS OF IMPORTS O1 SERVICES FROM 7.5% TO 8%•

EXPORTS OF RATE IN REAL

WITH THESE DIFFERENTIAL

SERVICES IS EXPECTED TO SHOW

RATES OF INCREASE, NFT EXPORTS OF A SMALL DECLINE COMPARED WITH THE

PRECEDING YEAR.

LOCALLY, PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE IS EXPECTED TO GROW BY 5% IN REAL TERMS. THIS IS FASTER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF 3.5% FORECAST EARLIER. THE HIGH TAKE-UP RATE OF RESIDENTIAL FLATS CAN BE EXPECTED TO SUSTAIN THE SPENDING ON DUPABLE GOODS.

SPENDING ON SERVICES,

PARTICULARLY THOSE RELATED TO

TRAVELLING

ABROAD, CONSUMER FORECAST,

S LIKELY SPENDING

TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE.

LENDS

NOTWITHSTANDING

SUPPORT TO THIS

SOME DAMPENING

THE RECENT UPWARD REVISION EFFECT OF THE

TREND OF IN THE CURRENT

INFLATION ON CONSUMER DEMAND.

THE FOREC AST GROWTH RATI REMAINS UNCHANGED AT 6%.

OF GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE

............................................................................................ [N REAL TERMS OF GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED '''J\>J/m'vNOD ' I s"ra1SEd'YroN' 7.7% TO 7.1%, MAINLY REFLECTING THE INCREASE IN PRIVATE SECTOR EXPENDITURE ON PLANT AND MACHINERY.

THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE

CAPITAL FASTER

THF FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE 0N PLANT AND MACHINERY REMAINS O). HINGED..UOWIO^R,. JUDGiNIl FROM^THE^CURRENT

i INCREASE LESS

REMAINS UNCHANGED. HOWEVER, CONSTRUCT I'*) WORKLOAD, EXPENDITURE ON BUILDING AND * BOTH THE PRIVATE AND Illi' PUBLIC SECTORS IS LIKELY TO

RAPIDLY THAN AS FORECAST FYRLIER.

OVERALL, rm REVISED FORECAST Ol THE GDP GROWTH CONSISTENT WITH THE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE SO FAR AND GROWTH FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

RATE, AT 1%, IS IMPLIES STEADY

HAVING REGARD 1'0 YEAR, THE FORECAST RATE EOR 1991 AS \ WHOLE IS

THE Ai'TUAI OUTTURN IN THE FIRST HALF OF o| INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REVISED UI WARD FROM 11% TO 12%.

THE (A)

THF

US DOLLAR PR I UES), IS

I EOi NT I AS I NG OF Till LABOUR MARKE’I , ALONG Wl III A \ND S'l \BLE WORLD COMMODITY PRICES (INCLUDING OIL CONDUI’IVI TO A II RTHER MODERATION OF INFLATION.

STRONGER PRODUCT

/HOWEVER, AS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

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HOWEVER, AS OVERALL DEMAND IN THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO THERE WILL BE GREATER PRESSURES ON RESOURCES.

INCREASE

CENTRAL

ALSO, THE DROUGHT IN SOUTH CHINA AND THE FLOODING IN

AND EAST CHINA OVER THE PAST MONTH OR SO HAVE LED TO A TEMPORARY RISE IN THE PRICES OF CERTAIN ESSENTIAL FOODSTUFFS. THUS CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION IS LIKELY TO EASE MORE GRADUALLY THAN ENVISAGED EARLIER.

ON THE GDP DEFLATOR, THE RATE OF INCREASE HAS DECELERATED FROM A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEVEL SINCE THE SECOND QUARTER OF LAST YEAR. AFTER REVIEWING ITS VARIOUS PRICE COMPONENTS, THE EARLIER FORECAST OF A 9.5% INCREASE FOR 1991 IS REVISED DOWNWARD TO 9%.

ON SALE ON GROUND FLOOR, AT $30 A COPY.

THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1991 WILL BE 27 AUGUST 1991 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL,

FORECAST FOR 1991 AS RELEASED ON 24.5.1991 (%) GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF : CURRENT UPDATE RELEASED ON 23.8.1991 (%)

PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION TRANSFER COSTS OF LANI) AND BUILDINGS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PRIVATE PUBLIC REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS’ MARGIN PLANT, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT PR 1VATE PUBLIC TOTAL EXPORTS OF GOODS DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS IMPORTS OF GOODS EXPORTS OF SERVICES IMPORTS OF SERVICES 3.5 6 5.7 5 6.7 6 8 6.5 4.5 4 20 10.3 2.5 15 10.7 5 7.5 5 6 7.4 14 5.3 5.5 5 6 9.3 9 20 12.4 1.5 19 14.6 6 8

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDI') PER CAPITA GDP 3.5 2.4 4 2.9

GROWTH RATE IN MONEY TERMS OF : GDP PER CAPITA GDP RATE OF INCREASE IN : 13.3 12.1 13.4 12.1

GDP DEFLATOR DOMES’!’IC DEMAND DEFLATOR CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) n 9.5 10.5 1 1 9 9.3 12

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HONG KONG IS FAST BECOMING A CULTURAL CENTRE: ACTING GOVERNOR ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

HONG KONG IS FAST BUILDING UP A REPUTATION AS A CULTURAL CENTRE WHERE EAST MEETS WEST AND IT HAS NOW BECOME AN IMPORTANT POINT IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARTS CIRCUIT, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, STR DAVID FORD, SAID TONIGHT (FRIDAY!.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL 2000, STR DAVID SAID THIS WAS A FAR CRY FROM HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS SOMETHING OF A CULTURAL DESERT ONLY A DECADE OR SO AGO.

” IN

CENTRE HAS

ALL THIS DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARTS SCENE, THE HONG KONG ARTS PLAYED A LEADING ROLE," HE SAID.

AFTER

OUT THAT IT WAS NOW FIRMLY AND A FOCUS FOR SUPPORT AND ARTISTS.

\ FEW SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN EARLY YEARS, SIR DAVID ESTABLISHED AS A CENTRE FOR LOCAL

ENCOURAGEMENT OF'’ MANY OF HONG

POINTED TALENT KONG’S

”1 AM DELIGHTED WITH

ITS SUCCESS," HE NOTED.

HONG KONG NOW PLAYED HOST TO A NUMBER OF ARTS FESTIVALS,' INCLUDING THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, THE FESTIVAL OF ASIAN ARTS, AND CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL.

THE INTERNATIONAL

SIR DAVID

SAID THESE FESTIVALS HAD

ACHIEVEMENTS

COMMUNITY, AS

OF

HAD

BROUGHT

OF THE

HONG KONG TO THE ATTENTION

OVERSEAS TOURS BY LOCAL PERFORMING GROUPS.

THE ARTISTIC

INTERNATIONAL

WH I I.F

PERFORMING

PLENTY OF

RECOGNISING THAT BY WORLD STANDARDS ARTS WERE STILL YOUNG, SIR DAVID SAID THE

TALENT AND

CREATIVITY.

HONG

KONG’S

TERRITORY HAD

HE HAD BEEN PERFORMING

ADDED THAT ENHANCED

THE

BY

ARTS IN 1981.

"WE

AND THEATRE

NOW HAVE TWO COMPANIES,

INTERESTS,” HE NOTED.

THESE PERFORMING

SUPPORT

TRAINING Ol HONG KONG’S TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACADEMY FOR THE

PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAS, SIX FULL-TIME DANCE AND MANY AMATEUR GROUPS WITH A VARIETY OF

GROUPS AND COMPANIES HAD BLOSSOMED THROUGH

FROM MANY PEOPLE AND DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS.

"I HOPE THAT TONIGHT WE ARE SEEING THE BIRTH OF ARTS FESTIVAL FOR HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE FESTIVAL 2000 WAS A UNIQUE PROJECT WHICH HAD BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME ARTS CENTRE, THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AND KONG’S MOST TALENTED DANCE AND DRAMA GROUPS.

ANOTHER ANNUAL

ARTS

THE

NINE

PROMOTION

HONG OF

KONG HONG

THREE

PERFORMANCES

"THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ENRICHED BY ARTISTS WHO HAVE COME OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND AS AN ADDED EXCITEMENT IT WILL BRING IANCES WHICH INCLUDE THE LATEST ’MULTI-MEDIA’ ART

FROM US FORM

TECHNIQUES.

HE CONGRATULATED THE ORGANISERS FOR BRINGING FESTIVAL 2000 TO FRUITION.

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8

HK PEOPLE URGED TO TAKE PART IN POLITICAL PROCESS t ♦ * * ♦

THE

PEOPLE OF HONG KONG

CAN MAKE THEIR FULL CONTRIBUTION TO

ONLY IF THEY ACCEPT A PERSONAL

SHAPING THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENTHUSIASTIC AND WELL-INFORMED PARTICIPATION IN THE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, MR

SHAPING

THE

POLITICAL PROCESS, THE SECRETARY

MICHAEL SUEN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR SUEN WAS SPEAKING IN HONG KONG AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE MASTER’S DEGREE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMME JOINTLY OFFERED BY SHUE YAN COLLEGE AND THE NORTHEAST LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY OF USA.

HE SAID HE WAS VER\ PLEASED TO NOTE THE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATION OF CANDIDATES IN THE FORTHCOMING DIRECT ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"WE HAVE 54 CANDIDATES, CONTESTING IN NINE CONSTITUENCIES. THIS REPRESENTS A RESPECTABLE FIGURE OF AN AVERAGE OF SIX CANDIDATES CONTESTING TWO SEATS IN A CONSTITUENCY. THIS IS CERTAINLY ENCOURAGING AND GIVES THE ELECTION A VERY GOOD START," HE SAID.

"WE ALSO NEED THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE ITS RIGHT TO VOTE," HE ADDED.

"WE WANT THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE SUCCESSFULLY RETURNED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO BETTER REFLECT PUBLIC VIEWS AND ASPIRATIONS."

MR SUEN NOTED THAT THE QUESTION HAD OFTEN BEEN ASKED AS TO HOW THE SUCCESS OF HIE FIRST DIRECT ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL COULD BE MEASURED.

"AN ACTIVE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS A GOOD BEGINNING. IT WOULD BE MOST ENCOURAGING IF THERE IS A GOOD TURNOUT OF VOTERS AND A WARM AND ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC' TO THE ELECTION," HE SAID.

THE

BE

AND HONG HONG

HE ADD!* I) THAT SUCCESS MUSI ALSO BE MEASURED IN TERMS OF SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ITSELF. THIS WOULD JUDGED ON THE BASIS OE WHETHER IT WAS SEEN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE EFFICIENT FORUM IN REFLECT I NG THE INTERESTS OE THE PEOPLE OF KONG, WHETHER 1'1 .WAS FURTHERING THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF KONG AND LOOKING AFTER PEOPLE’S INTEREST.

"I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL PASS THESE TESTS AND THAT THE FIRST DIRECT ELE( T I ON WILL PROVIDE THE FI RM FOUNDATION FOR US TO MAKE FURTHER PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC INST1TUT1ONS," HE SAID.

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FS MEETS LU PING ♦ * i *

IN RESPONSE TO PRESS ENQUIRIES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT A MORNING MEETING HAD BEEN ARRANGED IN SHENZHEN TODAY (FRIDAY) TO ENABLE THE NEW FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF A GENERAL DISCUSSION WITH MR LU PING ON FINANCIAL MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

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DHS - A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

THE INTRODUCTION OF A DISTRICT HEALTH SYSTEM (DHS) IN THE DELIVERY OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE (PHC) SERVICES HAS BEEN VIEWED BY MANY PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND INTERESTED GROUPS AS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE, SAID THIS TONIGHT (FRIDAY) AT A MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

DR LEE SAID HONG KONG WAS IN THE PHASE OF REFORMING ITS HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM SO AS TO REDRESS THE IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM AND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE.

"LT IS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO DEVELOP PHC TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF PROMOTIVE, PREVENTIVE, CURATIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES AS THE BASIS IN ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVE OF HEALTH FOR ALL IN THE WAY AHEAD,'' HE SAID.

ON DHS, ONE OF THE MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT BY THE WORKING PARTY ON PHC, DR LEE SAID: "DHS IS A NEW CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE DELIVERY OF PHC SERVICES UNDER WHICH THE WHOLE TERRITORY WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO VARIOUS GEOGRAPHICAL PHC DISTRICTS.

"A NETWORK OF CLINICS LINKING TOGETHER ALL EXISTING CLINIC FACILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SAME DISTRICT WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE HOSPITALS IN THE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF PHC SERVICES.

"THERE WILL BE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN DISCUSSING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN THEIR OWN DISTRICT."

DR LEE POINTED OUT THE NEED TO CHANGE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DESPITE THE FACT THAI THE HEALTH OF THE HONG KONG POPULATION WAS SAID TO BE OE \ HIGH STANDARD WITH HEALTH INDICES EVEN BETTER THAN THOSE IN THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

"THE EXISTING SYSTEM LACKS FLEXIBILITY AND PROMPTNESS IN RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY NEEDS AND IN ADJUSTING SERVICE PRIORITIES.

/•'THE COMMUNICATION

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"THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CLINICS AND HOSPITALS IS INADEQUATE AND REFERRAL SYSTEM INEFFICIENT,” DR LEE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THESE, HE SAID, THERE WAS A NEED TO INVOLVE ALL THE RELEVANT SECTORS IN IDENTIFYING THE MAIN HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT AND IN SETTING OUT RIGHT TARGETS AND PRIORITIES TO IMPROVE HEALTH AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

TURNING TO IMPLEMENTATION, DR LEE SAID KWUN TONG HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE PILOT DISTRICTS FOR DHS BECAUSE OF IPS EXISTING SERVICE COMPONENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT INTO A CO-ORDINATED NETWORK.

THESE COMPONENTS INCLUDED A DISTRICT HOSPITAL -- THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, OUT-PATIENT HEALTH FACILITIES, HEALTH CENTRES, A PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY, COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES AND WELFARE SERVICES, HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID THE NGAU TAU KOK CLINIC WOULD BE THE DISTRICT HEALTH CENTRE SERVING AS THE CO-ORDINATING CENTRE OF THE PILOT KWUN TONG DHS.

IN THE PILOT SCHEME, DR LEE SAID, THE PLANNING OF HEALTH SERVICES WOULD BE AT DISTRICT LEVEL BASING ON LOCAL NEEDS AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT SUGGESTIONS FROM THE FIELD STAFF, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

"THERE WILL BE DEVOLUTION OF AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND EMPHASIS ON A TEAM APPROACH INVOLVING PROFESSIONALS OF DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES.

’’COMMUNICATION CHANNELS WILL BE ESTABLISHED AND ENHANCED AMONG HEALTH STAFF, PUBLIC, SUBVERTED AND PRIVATE SECTORS, HOSPITALS, (’LIN ICS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS,” HE SAID.

VARIOUS INNOVATIVE IDEAS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING PARTY WILL BE TRIED OUT IN THE PILOT DHS.

THESE INCLUDE SCREENING OF COMMON DISEASES FOR THE ELDERLY, OPPORTUNISTIC SCREENING FOR PATIENTS AGED BETWEEN 45 AND 64 ATTENDING GENERAL OUT-PATIENT (GOP) CLINICS, WELL-WOMEN CLINIC IN A FAMILY HEALTH CENTRE AND MINI-SPEC!AL 1ST CLINIC.

DEPARTMENT TO ARE INDIVIDUAL CHRONIC CASES, ENTS AND DRUG

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS BEING PLANNED BY THE INTRODUCE INTO THE NETWORK OF CLINK’S IN KWUN TONG MEDICAL RECORDS AT GOP CLINICS, APPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR SPECIAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES FOR CHRONIC PATI

LABELLING.

"ALL THESE HELP TO PROVIDE A BETTER QUALITY AND

CONTINUITY

OF

PATIENT CARE.

"IN THE LONG RUN, OUR AIM IS TO INTRODUCE A CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM USING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN OUR GOPD (GENERAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT) SERVICE,” DR LEE SAID.

/HE ADDED .......

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

I IK ADDED THAT A MULTI-SECTORAL DISTRICT HEALTH COMMITTEE WOULD BE SET UP TO FACILITATE (’O-ORD I NAT 1 ON WITH HOSPITALS AMD OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS AND TO ENSURE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION TO PLAN HEALTH PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITY.

HE ALSO STRESSED THE ACTIVE ROLE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES PLAYED IN HEALTH PROMOTION, THUS RAISING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ACHIEVING POSITIVE HEALTH.

’’HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION ARE TWO MAJOR COMPONENTS IN THE DHS.

’’VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE MORE FLEXIBLE IN ADOPTING NEW APPROACHES AND INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION AND INFORMATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANISATION.

"THEIR INVOLVEMENT WILL GREATLY ENHANCE THE OVERALL EFFORTS OF COMMUNITY PARTICI PATTON IN IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID PHC WAS PARTICIPATORY CARE WITH SHARED COMMITMENTS AMONG THE GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE COMMUNITY.

"GOVERNMENT ALONE CANNOT SECURE THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION,’ HE SAID, 'THE SUPPORT, CO-OPERATION, ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL SECTORS ARE ESSENTIAL TO MAKE PHC A SUCCESS.

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MERCHANT SENTENCED FOR TAX EVASION

*****

A 55-YEAR-OLD MERCHANT, WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO TAX EVASION CHARGES, WAS SENTENCED TO NINE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT ON EACH COUNT SUSPENDED FOR 24 MONTHS IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE DEFENDANT, LOKE FU-YING, WAS ALSO ORDERED TO PAY A FINE OF $15,000 ON EACH CHARGE, AND A FURTHER FINE OF $388,802 WHICH WAS EQUIVALENT TO 200 PER CENT OF THE TAX EVADED.

LOKE IS THE SOLE PROPRIETOR OF KWONG SANG WATCH COMPANY WHICH RETAILS WATCHES AND CLOCKS.

THE DEFENDANT APPEARED BEFORE JUDGE BURRELL IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR SIGNING PROFITS TAX RETURNS WITHOUT REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THEM TO BE TRUE.

THE OFFENCES INVOLVED OVERSTATING PURCHASES OF $1,166,220 AND CONSEQUENTLY UNDERSTATING PROFITS OF $1,166,220 FOR THE YEARS 1986/87 AND 1987/88.

THE PROFITS UNDERSTATED REPRESENTED 71 PER CENT OF THE FULL PROFITS AND THE TAX EVADED AMOUNTED TO $194,401.

/THE CROWN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

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THE CROWN WAS REPRESENTED BY MR P.L. ROBERTS, SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL. AND THE DEFENDANT WAS REPRESENTED BY MR ALAN HOO, Q.C.

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT REMINDS THE PUBLIC 'I HAI I AX EVASION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE. UPON CONVICTION, THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE IS THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $20,000 ON EACH CHARGE, I LIS A FURTHER FINE EQUIVALENT TO THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF I AX UNDERCHARGED.

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FORMS FOR REGISTRATION AS OVERSEAS UK ELECTORS AVAILABLE

******

A SPOKESMAN FOR IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FORMS AND EXPLANATORY LEAFLETS FOR REGISTRATION AS AN OVERSEAS ELECTOR IN UK PARLIAMENTARY AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

"BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN HONG KONG MAY CONTACT THE INFORMATION OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON SECOND FLOOR, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, BY WRITING OR IN PERSON TO OBTAIN THE FORMS AND EXPLANATORY LEAFLETS," HE SAID.

UNDER THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT OF 1989, IMPORTANT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE IN WHO CAN VOTE IN UK PARLIAMENTARY AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS.

THE QUALIFYING PERIOD FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR PEOPLE LIVING ABROAD HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM FIVE TO 20 YEARS.

THAT MEANS IF A BRITISH CITIZEN LEFT THE UK AS LONG AGO AS OCTOBER 1971, HE CAN STILL VOTE.

HE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED TO DECLARE AN INTENTION TO RETURN TO THE UK AND THE VOTE WILL BE CAST IN THE CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH HE OR HIS FAMILY WERE REGISTERED BEFORE LEAVING THE UK.

PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE UK BEFORE THEY WERE OLD ENOUGH TO BE INCLUDED ON THE ELECTORAL REGISTER MAY REGISTER AS OVERSEAS ELECTORS.

"IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, POTENTIAL ELECTORS WILL HAVE TO FILL IN AN APPLICATION FORM AND RETURN IT DIRECT TO THEIR ELECTORAL REGISTRATION OFFICI BY OCTOBER 10 THIS YEAR (SEPTEMBER 15 IF THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY RESIDENT IN NORTHERN IRELAND)', THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED.

HF ALSO APPEALED TO BRITISH CITIZENS FOR ASSISTANCE IN INFORMING ANYONE THEY KNOW LIVING ABROAD ABOUT THIS.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

AIRPORT AND PORT PROJECTS RESOURCE CENTRE TO OPEN ******

A RESOURCE CENTRE PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS TO REFERENCE MATERIAL ON MATTERS RELATED TO AIRPORT AND PORT DEVELOPMENT WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 27).

THE AIRPORT AND PORT PROJECTS RESOURCE CENTRE HAS ABOUT 600 TECHNICAL PAPERS AND REPORTS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT AT CHEK LAP KOK AND ASSOCIATED CORE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, AS WELL AS OTHER READING MATERIAL.

THE RESOURCE CENTRE, IN WHICH THE PUBLIC CAN READ THE REFERENCE MATERIAL, IS LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE FRENCH MISSION BUILDING AT 1 BATTERY PATH, CENTRAL, AND WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAY. IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THERE ARE ALSO AUDIO-VISUAL FACILITIES THAT ILLUSTRATE THE PROJECTS, A LARGE FLOOR MODEL INCORPORATING THE CORE PROJECTS, AND MODELS OF THE TSING MA SUSPENSION BRIDGE.

THE RESOURCE CENTRE, OPERATED BY THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECTS CO-ORDINATION OFFICE, IS DESIGNED AS PART OF THE OVERALL PUBLICITY: AND PROMOTIONAL EFFORT TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF AlftPORT AND PORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

THE CENTRE’S EQUIPMENT INCLUDES A COMPUTERISED ON-LINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGUE OF THE REFERENCE MATERIAL AVAILABLE, ALLOWING FOR EASY ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION DESIRED.

OWING TO THE LIMITED CAPACITY OF THE RESOURCE CENTRE, INTENDING VISITORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN GROUPS, ARE ADVISED TO MAKE BOOKINGS IN ADVANCE BY TELEPHONING 877 3829.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO VISIT THE RESOURCE CENTRE IN ADVANCE OF ITS OPENING MAY DO SO TODAY (FRIDAY), AT 4 PM. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, NAPCO, MR RAYMOND WONG, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

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TWO GOVT LOTS FOR SALE BY AUCTION ******

TWO PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IN A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 18.

THE FIRST SITE IS A LOT ADJOINING 3 IC WYNDHAM STREET ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

IT MEASURES ABOUT 78.5 SQUARE METRES AND IS INTENDED FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 470 SQUARE METRES ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 25, 1994.

THE OTHER LOT IS LOCATED AT AREA 11, ON LAI STREET, SHA TIN.

WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,839 SQUARE METRES, THE SITE IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING DANGEROUS GOODS GODOWN).

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 16,182 SQUARE METRES ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.

THE AUCTION WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES

KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI

STREET, KOWLOON.

CONDITIONS OF SALE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT

LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, KWAI TSING,

TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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INSHORE WORKS IN FORESHORE ♦ ♦ ♦

AND SEABED AREAS PROPOSED ♦ * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT A NUMBER OF INSHORE WORKS INVOLVING FORESHORE AND SEABED AREAS AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE TERRITORY.

ON LANTAl ISLAND, RECLAMATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN AN AREA OF ABOUT 90.4 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED NEAR SIU HO WAN TO PROVIDE LAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RAILWAY DEPOT AND REFUSE TRANSFER STATION TO SERVE THE NEW AIRPORT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NORTH LANTAU AREA.

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THE RECLAMATION WORK IS PROGRAMMED TO START IN APRIL NEXT YEAR AND TO BE COMPLETED BY MID 1994.

IN HONG KONG ISLAND SOUTH, ANOTHER RECLAMATION WORK IS PROPOSED TO BE CARRIED OUT NEXT YEAR WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 1.3 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ALONG THE EASTERN PORTION OF STANLEY BAY.

THE PURPOSE OF THE RECLAMATION IS TO PROVIDE LAND AND TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 200-METRE SEAWALL, BOTH OF WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SEWERAGE AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL PROJECT FOR STANLEY IN FUTURE.

THE DISPOSAL PROJECT WILL INVOLVE INSTALLATION OF GRAVITY SEWER PIPE AND ASSOCIATED UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES AND CONSTRUCTION OF AN EMERGENCY ROADWAY AND ASSOCIATED WORKS AND LANDSCAPING IN THE RECLAMATION AREA.

MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO PROCEED WITH TWO OTHER INSHORE WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A PIER AT PAK KOK ON LAMMA ISLAND, AND THE LAYING OF SUBMARINE PIPELINE TO CONVEY WATER SUPPLY TO AP CHAU IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PIER PROJECT, WHICH IS PROPOSED TO PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE SHORE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS AT NORTH LAMMA, WILL INVOLVE AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,040 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED WHILE WORKS ON THE SUBMARINE PIPELINE WILL INVOLVE AN AREA OF ABOUT 2.11 HECTARES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS AFFECTED BY THESE PROJECTS WERE DESCRIBED IN SEPARATE NOTICES PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABEDS INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 22.

THE NOTICES (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) TOGETHER WITH THEIR RELATED PLANS CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITES OF THE PROPOSED WORKS.

THE PLANS CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER), AND AT THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

16 AMENDMENTS TO TSUEN WAN WEST DRAFT OZP * * * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED SOME AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TSUEN WAN WEST OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1989.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS IS THE REZONING OF A BUILDING LOT AT TING KAU FROM "RESIDENTIAL (GROUP C)" TO "RESIDENTIAL (GROUP C) 1" WITH RESTRICTIONS ON DEVELOPMENT INTENSITY TO A MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT OF THREE STOREYS INCLUDING CARPARK AND A MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 0.75.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THE AMENDMENT WAS MADE TO MEET AN OBJECTION SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD.

OTHER AMENDMENTS GAZETTED TODAY INCLUDE ADDITIONS TO AND ELABORATION ON SOME OF THE NOTES.

IT HAS BEEN SPECIFIED THAT THE MAXIMUM PLOT RATTOS IS SUBJECT TO A SATISFACTORY DEMONSTRATION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD THAT A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN ACCOUNT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURAL CAPACITIES AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS OF THE SITE.

OBJECTIONS TO THESE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

DEADLINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF OBJECTIONS TO THE REZONING OF THE TING KAU LOT AND OTHER AMENDMENTS ARE SEPTEMBER 6 AND SEPTEMBER 13 RESPECTIVELY.

THE DRAFT PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THF. TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SECTION AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT PI.ANN ING OFFICE.

COPIES OF THE PLAN ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, CENTRAL AND KOWLOON MAPS SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER IMPROVEMENT WORKS

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF FRESH WATER MAINS IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND HAPPY VALLEY.

THE WORKS, WHICH FORM PART OF THE IMPROVEMENT TO THE HONG KONG EAST TRUNK FEED SYSTEM STAGE II PROJECT, ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE CAPACITY OF THE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR TAI HANG, JARDINE’S LOOKOUT, BLACKS’ LINK, MIDDLE GAP AND MOUNT NICHOLSON AREAS.

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THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE LAYING OF ABOUT 4,000 METRES OF MILD STEEL TRUNK MAINS RANGING FROM 600 TO 1,200 MILLIMETRES IN DIAMETER IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND HAPPY VALLEY.

THE MAINS WILL FACILITATE THE TRANSFER OF TREATED WATER FROM THE SHA TIN TREATMENT WORKS TO THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND VIA THE NORTH POINT CROSS HARBOUR MAINS AND THE EXISTING WATER MAINS IN THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES THE LAYING OF ABOUT 285 METRES OF DUCTILE IRON MAINS RANGING FROM 80 TO 200 MILLIMETRES IN DIAMETER IN HAPPY VALLEY FOR DISTRIBUTION OF FLUSHING WATER.

WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN 18 MONTHS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 13.

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CONSTRUCTION OF YUEN LONG SOUTHERN BYPASS * * * ♦ » ♦

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL START BUILDING THE YUEN LONG SOUTHERN BYPASS EARLY NEXT YEAR.

TENDERS FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION ARE BEING INVITED AND A TENDER tyOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE THREE-KILOMETRE YUEN LONG SOUTHERN BYPASS WILL CONNECT THE YUEN LONG - TUEN MUN EASTERN CORRIDOR (NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION) NEAR LAM HAU TSUEN TO THE WEST AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD NEAR POK OI HOSPITAL TO THE EAST.

THIS SECTION OF NEW ROAD CONSISTS OF A 1.8-KILOMETRE LONG DUAL-TWO LANE EXPRESSWAY FROM LAM HAU TSUEN TO KONG TAU SAN TSUEN, AND TWO 1.2-KILOMETRE LONG DISTRIBUTOR ROADS FROM KONG TAU SAN TSUEN TO POK OI HOSPITAL.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SERVICE ROAD TO CONNECT TAI TONG ROAD WITH THE BYPASS AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF A VILLAGE ROAD ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FILL SITE AT CHEUNG NGAU SHAN.

VEHICULAR BRIDGES, AND VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN UNDERPASSES WILL BE BUILT TO BRING THE BYPASS OVER THE EXISTING NULLAHS AND ROADS.

PROVISIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE IN THE DESIGN TO CATER FOR THE CONNECTIONS WITH THE FUTURE ROUTE 3 AND THE AU TAU BYPASS.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE YUEN LONG SOUTHERN BYPASS IN MID 1994, THROUGH TRAFFIC WILL BE ABLE TO BYPASS YUEN LONG TOWN TO THE SOUTH RESULTING IN A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN FLOW IN THE AREA.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN SEPTEMBER

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN - CASTLE RANGE ON 10 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

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

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FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES

THAT FIRING PRACTICE

PEAK

ARE

WILL

TAKE PLACE:

DATE TIME

SEPTEMBER 16 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 17 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM -.5 PM

SEPTEMBER 19 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 20 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 24 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 25 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 26 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 27 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

SEPTEMBER 30 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS » » * * ♦

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 22.8.91 * 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 23.8.91 -140

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING +140

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.0 *-0.1* 23.8.91

/HONG KONG

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1991

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS 22.8.91 23.8.91

MATURING TN 1 WEEK 4.35 PCT 4.36 PCT

1 MONTH 4.84 PCT 4.67 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.37 PCT 5.31 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.8 I PCT 5.82 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.38 PCT 6.35 PCT

TOTAL RILLS TRANSFERRED 3,920 MN 10,460 MN*

♦ RECORD HIGH

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON IMPOSTERS ......................................... 1

SECOND PHASE OF ANTI-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN STARTS IN SEPTEMBER ............... 1

POLICE NEW TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HQS TO OPEN NEXT WEEK ...................... 2

SUSTAINED POLICE THREE-PRONGED ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN JULY ................ 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1991

PROPRIETORS ALERTED ON IMPOSTERS

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) 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 MAKING ENQUIRIES WOULD ALWAYS MAKE KNOWN THEIR NAMES AND THE NAMES OF THEIR OFFICES.

"OFFICERS CONDUCTING SITE INSPECTIONS ARE ALSO INSTRUCTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES B^ PRODUCING THEIR WARRANT CARDS," HE ADDED.

IF PROPRIETORS HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE CALLER’S IDENTITY,

THEY SHOULD ASK FOR HIS CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESS FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THEY COULD ALSO CHECK WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OR REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION," HE SAID.

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SECOND PHASE OF ANTI-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN STARTS IN SEPTEMBER ******

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL HOLD THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON MOSQUITO PREVENTION NEXT MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SATURDAY), A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE CAMPAIGN, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, FOLLOWS THE PHASE I CAMPAIGN IN APRIL THIS YEAR TO REINFORCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF MOSQUITO PREVENTION.

TO DRIVE HOME THE MOSQUITO PREVENTION MESSAGE, A 24-HOUR TELEPHONE HOTLINE -- 723 0013 -- WILL BE IN SERVICE TO PROVIDE TAPED MESSAGES IN CANTONESE ON THE SUBJECT.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS SUCH AS ADVISORY LETTERS, POSTERS AND LEAFLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO BUILDING MANAGEMENT BODIES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS.

PRINTED EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ARE OBTAINABLE AT DISTRICT OFFICES (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) OF BOTH THE URBAN SERVICES AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING AND TO ERADICATE MOSQUITO NUISANCES, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO:

/* COVER TIGHTLY

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* COVER TIGHTLY ALL WATER CONTAINERS, STORAGE TANKS AND WELLS;

t CHANGE WATER FOR FLOWERS AND PLANTS AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND LEAVE NO WATER IN PLATES OR TRAYS UNDERNEATH THE FLOWER POTS ;

* KEEP ALL DRAINS FREE FROM CHOKAGE; AND

» TOP UP ALL DEFECTIVE GROUND SURFACES TO PREVENT THE ACCUMULATION OF STAGNANT WATER.

BUILDING CONTRACTORS ARE ALSO REMINDED TO REGULARLY INSPECT THEIR SITES AND REMOVE ALL STAGNANT WATER, AND TO SPRAY A LAYER OF DIESEL OIL ON THE SURFACE OF STAGNANT WATER IF DRAINING IS NOT POSSIBLE.

"UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, TO ALLOW MOSQUITO BREEDING ON PREMISES IS AN OFFENCE WHICH IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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POLICE NEW TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HQS TO OPEN NEXT WEEK

THE POLICE NEW TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS WILL COME INTO FULL OPERATION ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 28) WHEN ALL PERSONNEL HAVE FINISHED MOVING INTO THEIR NEW OFFICES.

THE 17-STOREY BUILDING, INCLUDING OFFICES FOR DISTRICT AND DIVISIONAL PERSONNEL, IS SITUATED AT 23 TSUEN KING CIRCUIT. THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 117 5200.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED THAT THE REPORT ROOM IN THE NEW TSUEN WAN POLICE STATION WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 26) .

THE OLD HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL BE USED AS THE OI’ERATIONAI BASE OF SOUTH NEW TERRITORIES, ACCOMMODATING PERSONNEL FROM THE POLICE TACTICAL I NIT, NEW TERRITORIES EMERGENCY UNIT AND NEW TERRITORIES TRAFFIC .

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SUSTAINED POLICE THREE-PRONGED ENFORCEMENT ACTION IN JULY » * ♦ * *

POLICE ARRESTED 1,658 PEOPLE IN 2,960 RAIDS IN A SUSTAINED THREE-PRONGED ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST DRUGS, ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND VICE ACTIVITIES LAST MONTH.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT DURING THE MONTH, NARCOTICS BUREAU AS WELL AS REGIONAL AND DISTRICT OFFICERS CARRIED OUT 765 ANTI-DRUG RAIDS AND ARRESTED 589 PEOPLE.

THE DRUGS SEIZED INCLUDED 1.8 KILOGRAMS OF HEROIN, 380 GRAMS OF "ICE", 155 GRAMS OF CANNABIS AND THREE GRAMS OF OPIUM.

POLICE CARRIED OUT 133 RAIDS TO COUNTER ILLEGAL GAMBLING, RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF 931 PEOPLE. SOME $900,000. IN TABLE MONEY AND BETTING SLIPS WORTH ABOUT $2.5 MILLION WERE SEIZED.

POLICE ALSO CONDUCTED 2,062 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 138 PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES. A TOTAL OF 350 OBJECTIONABLE MAGAZINES AND 613 OBSCENE VIDEO TAPES WERE CONFISCATED.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 1991

INCREASING ROLE FOR POST OFFICE IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS: ACTING GOVERNOR HEAVIER FINES FOR LABOUR OFFENCES ....................................

29 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE ............................... DB FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS ............................ POLICE REMINDER ON HAZARDS OF OVERLOADING ............................

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INCREASING ROLE FOR POST OFFIC1 IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS: ACTING GOVERNOR t ♦ t ♦ t

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID THE POST OFFICE HAS IN RECENT YEARS PLAYED AN INCREASING IMPORTANT ROLE IN OVERSEEING THE PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

OFF I(1 AT I NG AT THE POST OFFICE’S I50TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION, SIR DAVID SAID HIE ROLE OF THE POST OFFICE WOULD GAIN PROMINENCE IN THE YEARS TO COME.

SIR DAVID SAID EFFICIENT COMMUNICATIONS HAI) BEEN INSTRUMENTAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG INTO A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CITY.

THE POST OFFICE COULD JUSTLY BE PROUD OF THE ROLE IT HAD PLAYED OVER Till LAST 150 YEARS IN TRANSFORMING HONG KONG INTO A VIBRANT AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETY, HE ADDED.

’’THE POSTMAN BRINGS TO US MANY MESSAGES WHICH PLUCK AT OUR HEART-STRINGS BUT ON A MORE PRACTICAL LEVEL ALSO PLAYS A KEY ROLE TN HILI’I NG BUSINESS AND COMMERCE TO KEEP IN TOUCH,” HE SAID.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR PAID TRIBUTE TO THE STAFF OF THE POST OFFICE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

SIR DAVID ALSO PRAISED THE POST OFFICE WHICH HAD WON AWARDS FOR SUCCESSIVE YEARS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANISATIONS FOR BEING THE MOST COURTEOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

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HEAVIER FINES FOR LABOUR OFFENCES

'HIE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS FOR LABOUR OFFENCES AND THE LEVEL OF FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS CONTINUED TO GO UP IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

DURING THE PERIOD, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT 1 917 CASES ’I’O COURT, RESULTING IN FINES AMOUNTING TO $8.21 MILLION. THESE COMPARED WITH 1.758 CONVICTIONS AND $7.19 MILLION IN FINES IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

’’THE COMPARISON ALSO SHOWS A NINE PER (‘ENI’ INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONVICTIONS WHILE THE AVERAGE FINE HAS GONE UP FROM $4,091 TO $4,288,” THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (PROSECUTIONS), MR TSANG KIN-WOO, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR TSANG EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE MARKED INCREASES IN THE NUMBERS OF SOME OFFENCES UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, INCLUDING THE NON-GRANTING Ol HOLIDAYS, UNDERPAYMENT FOR HOLIDAYS AND PAYMENT IN LIEU OF HOLIDAYS.

/•'A TOTAL.......

SUNDAY. AUGUST 25, 1991

"A TOTAL OF 33 CONVICTIONS WERE RECORDED BETWEEN JANUARY TO ONLY TWO IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990,

AND HE

JUNE THIS YEAR, COMPARED

SAID.

"IN ADDITION, THE INCREASED BY 61 PER CENT

NUMBER OF CHILI) EMPLOYMENT CONVICTIONS TO 71 CASES DURING THE PERIOD,” HE SAID.

HAS

MR TSANG NOTED THAT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFENCES CONTINUED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE MAJORITY OF LABOUR-RELATED PROSECUTIONS, REPRESENTING OVER 53 PER CENT OF ALL CONVICTED CASES.

BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY)

$1.88 MILLION AND $4.63 MILLION

"THEY INCLUDED 475 CASES OF INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE WHILE 554 CASES RELATED TO THE REGULATIONS, WITH FINES AMOUNTING TO

RESPECTIVELY,” HE SAID.

OF THE REMAINING CASES, 760 INVOLVED VIOLATION OF WeLFArF PROVISIONS UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS AS WELL AS THE EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR RELATIONS, AND EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ORDINANCES.

THE FINES TOTALLED $1.37 MILLION.

.OTHER CASES INCLUDED 111 PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS ORDINANCE AND 17 CASES OF FAILURE TO KEEP OR PRODUCE FOR INSPECTION EMPLOYEES RECORDS UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

FINES TOTALLING $342,950 WERE IMPOSED.

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29 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE

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THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT APPROVED 29 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN JUNE.

OF THESE, SEVEN WERE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, FIVE FOR KOWLOON AND 17 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 12 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/ COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS, THREE FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND FIVE FOR FACTORY PURPOSES.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 38 PROJECTS, INVOLVING 73,218.7 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 106,781.7 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $1,416 MILLION. USABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES WERE ABOUT 82,100.9 SQUARE METRES AND ABOUT 206,746 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

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ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 35 OCCUPATION PERMITS; 12 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, EIGHT FOR KOWLOON AND 15 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, 26 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 132 BUILDINGS WERE ISSUED.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 549 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 1,207 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 283 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 638 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED 12 EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS.

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DB FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD J “S 1.0CA1. ORGANISATIONS TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR CARRYING OUT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES BETWEEN OCTOBER THIS YEAR

AND MARCH NEXT YEAR.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, MONG KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 30 LUEN WAN STREET, KOWLOON, ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER IB.

CULTURAL OR SPORTING TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY THE PUBLIC DEVELOP AND TO BE EDUCATIONAL.

THESE ACTIVITIES CAN BE RECREATIONAL, WITH ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES: SPIRIT AND SOCIAL COHESION; TO HELP MEMBERS OF GOOD HOBBIES, INTEREST AND CIVIC CONSCIOUSNESS;

THE COMMITTEE HAS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE

SENT LETTERS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND DISTRICT INVITING THEM TO APPLY FOR FUNDS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARIAT OF MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 399 2121.

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POLICE REMINDER ON HAZARDS OF OVERLOADING ♦ * * * *

POLICE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED LORRY DRIVERS NOT TO OVERLOAD THEIR VEHICLES AS IT POSES A SERIOUS HAZARD TO ROAD SAFI1Y AND CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE ROADS.

THE REMINDER CAME AFTER POLICE REGISTERED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF OVERLOADING OFFENCES.

"IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 16,964 PEOPLE WERE PROSECUTED AS COMPARED WITH 13,085 PEOPLE PROSECUTED DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR,” ACCORDING TO A POLICE SPOKESMAN.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN IN THE INCREASED NUMBER OF DRIVERS SUMMONSED AND ARRESTED FOR SUCH OFFENCES.

"THERE WERE 724 SUMMONS ISSUED AND 85 ARRESTS MADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH 351 SUMMONS AND 28 ARRESTS DURING THE SAME PERIOD IN 1990," HE SAJD.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED OWNERS AND DRIVERS OF HEAVY LORRIES THAT OVERLOADING IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE. ANY PERSON FOUND COMMITTING SUCH OFFENCE IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5,000 AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, AND FOR THE SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION IS LIABLE TO $10,000 IN FINE AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

"DEPENDING ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OVERLOADING, THE OFFENDER MAY EITHER BE ISSUED A FIXED PENALTY TICKET, A SUMMONS OR EVEN BE ARRESTED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"FOR SERIOUS CASES, THE VEHICLE WILL ALSO BE DETAINED FOR EXAMINATION AND THE DRIVER WILL BE (BARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING IF THE VEHICLE EXAMINATION REPORT INDICATES THAT THE OVERLOADING HAS LOWERED THE EFFICIENCY OF THE BRAKING SYSTEM OF THE VEHICLE TO AN UNSAFE LEVEL.

"VEHICULAR OVERLOADING DOES NOT ONLY POSE A SERIOUS HAZARD TO ROAD SAFETY BUT ALSO CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE ROADS," HE SAID.

"THE POLICE WILL CONTINUE TO STEP UP ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST OVERLOADING OFFENDERS.” HE ADDED.

TO AID ENFORCEMNET ACTIONS, THE POLICE ARE AT PRESENT OPERATING FOUR WEIGHBRIDGES AT LOK MA CHAU, MAN KAM TO, MA LIU SHUI AND HO MAN TIN. ANOTHER WEIGHBRIDGE SITED AT JAVA ROAD WILL COME INTO OPERATION SOON.

IN ADDITION, THE POLICE ARE EQUIPPED WITH 13 SETS OF WEIGHPADS WHICH ARE PORTABLE. WITH THESE WEIGHPADS, CHECKS AGAINST OVERLOADING OFFENDERS ARE BEING FREQUENTLY TAKEN AT VARIOUS ROADS WHICH ARE TRAVELLED REGULARLY BY HEAVY VEHICLES.

THE SPOKESMAN INDICATED THAT SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO MAKING OVERLOADING A DRIVING-OFFENCE POINTS OFFENCE WITH A VIEW TO HAVING THE REPEATED OFFENDERS DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE Mp.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ............ 1

GOVT LAWYER SECONDED TO UN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ....................... 2

INT’L CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE QUALITY ....................................  2

PLEA ON CHILD CARE ....................................................... 3

REMINDER ON OUTDOOR WORK DURING THUNDERSTORM ............................. 4

MAJOR DRUG SEIZURES IN JULY .............................................. 4

MONDAY, YUGUST 26, 1991

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ♦ ♦ t t t *

THE PROBLEMS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THE ROLE OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION ARE ALL KEY ISSUES WHICH NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING THE 1991 ICSW ASIA AND PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE, SIR DAVID SAID IF THE WORLD WAS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING A SOLUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, WE MUST FIND WAYS IN WHICH ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE COULD COME TOGETHER, TO POOL KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES AND TO AGREE THE WAY FORWARD.

"THIS INVOLVES NOT ONLY GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS BUT PRESSURE GROUPS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS ALSO.

"IN PARTICULAR THE PROBLEM OF EDUCATING COMMUNITIES AND ENLISTING THEIR SUPPORT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES MUST BE A TOP PRIORITY," SIR DAVID SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT WERE IMPORTANT, BUT WITHOUT THE UNDERSTAND!NG AND ACTIVE SUPPORT OF ALL THOSE AFFECTED, THE SEA CHANGE IN PEOPLES’ ATTITUDES SO ESSENTIAL TO ARREST THE DAMAGE BEING DONE TO THE ENVIRONMENT, WOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ABOUT.

’’CLEARLY SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONALS CAN PLAN A VITAL ROLE IN CHANGING COMMUNITY ATTITUDES ON THESE CRUCIAL ISSUES," THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR DAVID TOLD THE DELEGATES THAT HONG KONG HAD ACHIEVED SOME SUCCESSES IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENLISTING COMMUNITY SUPPORT, BUT THE PROBLEMS WHICH STILL FACED THE 1ERRITORY WAS DAUNTING, AS THEY WERE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

"WE \RE DETERMINED TO TACKLE THESE, BUT WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET," HP SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE SHARING OF EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS 'I HROUGH THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE WOULD GIVE EVERYBODY A NEWER AND BROADER PERSPECTIVE IN UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT AND FINDING BETTER IDEAS TO PRESERVE IT.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1991

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GOVT LAWYER SECONDED TO UN CENTRE * * ♦ ♦ *

FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

A SENIOR CROWN SECONDED TO THE UNITED ONE YEAR IN ORDER TO

COUNSEL FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WILL NATIONS’ CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS LN GENEVA GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD

BE

FOR OF

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

ONE OF THE MAIN DUTIES OF THE SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL, WONG KAI-Y1, WILL BE '1'0 ASSIST IN SERVING THE SECRETAR UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE (UNHRC) RESEARCH, DRAFTING ASSISTANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.

MR STEPHEN

SECRETARIAT

BY PROVIDING

OF THE ! LEGAL

THE UNHRC IS SET UP UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON AND POLITICAL RIGHTS. THE POSTING WILL HELP DEVELOP CONTACTS EXPERTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS.

CIVIL WITH

MR WONG, AGED 36, JOINED THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AS CROWN COUNSEL IN 1986 AND WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL IN 1988.

HF SERVED IN THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION BEFORE TAKING UP HIS PRESENT POSTING IN THE LEGAL POLICY DIVISION IN THE DEPARTMENT.

HE WILL XSSUME DUTY IN THE UN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

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INT’L CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE QUALITY * * * * *

MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE FROM Till EDUCATION SECTOR, INCLUDING 73 FROM OVERSEAS, ATTENDED LAST YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THIS TODAY (MONDAY) IN REMINDING THOSE WHO WISH TO ATTEND THIS YEAR’S LANGUAGE CONFERENCE OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AS GENERAL PARTICIPANTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR REGISTERED GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOL TEACHERS TO RECEIVE A PARTIAL REFUND OF THE REGISTRATION FEE.

THE THEME OF THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, WHICH WILL OPEN ON DECEMBER 17, IS "QUILT AND QUILL". KEY ISSUES RELATING TO ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING QUALITY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING WILL BE EXAMINED.

THE PURSUIT OF QUALITY WILL BE ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES TO BE DISCUSSED AT THIS SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE STUDIES AND TEACHER EDUCATION.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1991

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IT WILL ENCOURAGE DISCUSSION ON:

* QUALITY IN SCHOOLS: THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS;

RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS;

QUALITY IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC IMPERATIVES;

* LANGUAGE STANDARDS;

* AREAS IN THE PURSUIT OF QUALITY; AND

ASSESSMENT, APPRAISAL AND MONITORING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ABOUT 100 PAPERS, AND WORKSHOPS WILL BE PRESENTED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY WORLD EXPERTS.

THEY INCLUDE PROF FRANCES CHRISTIE, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, NORTHERN TERRITORY UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA; PROF NIGEL REEVES, t

THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, ASTON UNIVERSITY, ENGLAND; DR LOO SHAW CHANG DIRECTOR OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE AND RESEARCH CENTRE AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE; PROF ZHANG JING, CHANCELLOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE HENAN TV UNIVERSITY; AND PROF TIEN BANNA OF THE EDUCATIONAL SCIENCE RESEARCH UNIT OF TIENJ IN NORMAL UNIVERSITY.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE EDUCATION AT 2 HOSPITAL ROAD IN 803 2420.

AT THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN THE MID-LEVELS OR BY TELEPHONING

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PLEA ON CHILD CARE

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT (SWD) SPOKESMAN TODAY (MONDAY) APPEALED TO PARENTS TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE SERVICE, INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN UNATTENDED AT HOME.

’’FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN, THEY SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALONE AT HOME, EVEN FOR A SHORT WHILE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED /X LEAFLET PUBLICISING OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE SERVICE.

"THE DEPARTMENT HAS EXPANDED ITS OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE SERVICE, WHICH IS AN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT AIMING AT ELIMINATING THE RISK OF LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED AT HOME,” HE REITERATED.

A TOTAL OF 50 GOVERNMENT-A IDE!) NURSERIES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IS TAKING PART IN THE PROJECT, OFFERING 150 PLACES TO CHILDREN AGED TWO TO SIX.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LEAFLET ALSO PUBLISHED A LISP OF THE CENTRES RUNNING THE SERVICE.

/COPIES OF .......

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1991

COPIES OF THE LEAFLET ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OFFICES, CHILD CARE CENTRES, DISTRICT OFFICES, HOSPITALS, HOUSING ESTATES OFFICES AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS.

AT SWD

PUBLIC

MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN CALL THE SWD HOTLINE 343 2255 OR THE DEPARTMENT’S CHI ADVISORY INSPECTORATE ON 578 1892.

THE SERVICE MAY LD CARE CENTRES

REMINDER ON OUTDOOR WORK DURING THUNDERSTORM * * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) URGED WORKERS TO AVOID WORKING IN EXPOSED, OPEN SITES DURING THUNDERSTORMS.

THE DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR CHAN HON-TING, POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING OUTDOOR WORKERS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES OR DEATH.

HE CALLED ON ALL INDUSTRIAL PROPRIETORS AND WORKERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE OPERATING HEAVY OR POWER-DRIVEN MACHINERY IN CONSTRUCTION SITES, TO TAKE SHELTER DURING A THUNDERSTORM.

’’UNDER THE GENERAL DUTIES PROVISIONS OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE, A PROPRIETOR HAS THE DUTY TO DEVISE A SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK AND TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE INSTRUCTION AND SUPERVISION TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF HIS WORKERS,” MR CHAN SAID.

"IT IS, THEREFORE, AN OFFENCE UNDER THESE PROVISIONS FOR A PROPRIETOR TO INSTRUCT A WORKER TO WORK OUTDOORS DURING A THUNDERSTORM, WHICH MAY CAUSE THE WORKER TO BE INJURED BY LIGHTNING.

”A PROPRIETOR WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS WILFULLY AND WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $30,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT," HE ADDED.

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MAJOR DRUG SEIZURES IN JULY ' *****

THE POLICE HAVE MADE A NUMBER OF MAJOR ARRESTS AND SEIZURES Ofr DANGEROUS DRUGS WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS LAST MONTH FOLLOWING JOINT OPERATIONS BETWEEN ITS NARCOTICS BUREAU AND VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

"THE SUCCESS WAS MAINLY ATTRIBUTED TO THE CLOSE LIAISON BETWEEN HONG KONG AND OTHER COUNTRIES," ACCORDING TO THE ACTING CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF THE NARCOTICS Bl REAU CHAN KAI-WING.

"WE ALSO MANAGED TO NEUTRALISE A NUMBER OF DRUG SYNDICATES," MR CHAN SAID.

/HE SAID .......

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1W1

HE SAID DURING LAST MON III MORE THAN 16 KILOGRAMS OF HEROIN WERE SEIZED. OTHER SEIZURES I NCLt DED 3.34 KILOGRAMS OF HERBAL CANNABIS AND CANNABIS RESIN, 18.2 KILOGRAMS OP RAW OPIUM AND 306.5 GRAMS Ol MF.1 HVLAMPHFTAM I NE (R BITTER KNOWN AS ICE"•

AS FOR THE (ONE I SCAT I ON o|- ASSETS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DRUG TRAFFICKING (RECOVERY OF I ’KO( Fl DS) ORDINANCE IN SEPTEMBER 1989, MR CHAN SAID A TOTAL OF 89 RESTRAIN I ORDERS HAD BEEN ISSUED BY the’police and ihf customs vid excise.

“THE POLICE HAVE 1 SSI I D 15 CONFISCATION ORDERS AND THE

CUSTOMS SEVFN SUCH ORDERS," MR (HAN S\ID.

HE ADDED THAI MORE Til\N $2Rf- MILLION o| ASSETS HAD DfeEN “FROZEN", OF WHICH OVER $251 MILLION HAD BEEN SEIZED BY IDE POLICE AND $35 MILLION Id THE CUSTOMS AND I X( ISE.

SO FAR, MR CHAN SAID, ABOU’I Si MILLION W’ERI TO BE CONFISCATED WHILE $591,09.3 II AD ALREADY BEEN < ONE I S(’\TED.

CITING ’Till CLOSE CO-OPI R AI I o» BETWEEN HONG KONG POLICE AND ITS OVERSEAS COUNTERPARTS, IR CHAN SAID \ JOINT OPERATION BETWEEN THE NARCOTICS BUREAU AND THE TOKYO METROPOLITAN POLlCl RESULTED IN THE. SEIZURE OF 10 KILOGRAMS OF "ICE" IN KOBE ON JULY 27, I HE FOURTH. LARGEST SEIZURE EVER IN JAPAN.

THE DRUG WOULD FETCII $ I IB MILLION IF SOLD TO THE JAPANESE YAKUZA GANGS AS ORIGINAILY ARRANGED IO Till*. DRUG DEALERS.

ALTOGETHER SIX PEOPLI INCIUDING ONE WOMAN WERE ARRESTED IN JAPAN AND HONG KONG.

TWO JOINT (MI-RATIONS HI TWEEN THE NARCOTICS BUREAU, THE DUTCH AND ’IIIE 1II \ I I'OI.HI RI SUI TED IN TUI SEIZURE OF 11.3 KILOGRAMS OF NO.4 HEROIN WOK III $10 Mill I on DI-STINED FOR EUROPE. TWO HONG KONG CHINESE WERE ARRESTED

IN ANOTHER ( ASE, THE THAI ALT I-NARI OT I US POLICE, Information supplied by the narcotics bukfai, arrested three people AND SE IZED $3 MILLION WORTH <»!• No. I HEROIN DESTINED I oR TAIWAN.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DIRECTORATE POSTINGS ANNOUNCED ......................................... 1

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON MEASURES AGAINST LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED .. 2

NO NEW AIDS CASE SO FAR AUGUST ......................................... 3

FRANCHISE FOR NEW BUS ROUTE AWARDED .................................... 5

bEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ................................................ 5

YOUTH ORCHESTRA RECRUITS NEW MEMBERS ................................... 6

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ................................................... 6

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND ..................................... 6

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ...........

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1991

DIRECTORATE POSTINGS ANNOUNCED

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT MR PAUL WONG KAM-CHIU, CURRENTLY COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSUftANCfc CORPORATION, WILL SUCCEED MR DAVID LAN HONG-TSUNG AS REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

MR LAN WILL BE POSTED TO HEAD THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN TOKYO, JAPAN, IN OCTOBER IN THE NEW SENIOR POST OF PRINCIPAL HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE REPRESENTATIVE.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON MR WONG AND MR LAN ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MR PAUL WONG KAM-CHIU

AGED 54, MR WONG JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1960. HE HAS SERVED FOR THE MAJORITY OF HIS CAREER IN THE FORMER COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, WHERE HE BECAME AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN JULY 1974.

HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN JULY 1982. HE WAS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY FROM 1982 TO 1985, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE FROM 1985 TO 1986, DEPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL FROM 1986 TO 1989, WHEN HE WAS SECONDED TO THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION AS COMMISSIONER.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES STAFF GRADE Bl IN JANUARY 1991.

MR DAVID LAN HONG-TSUNG

AGED 51, MR LAN JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1961 AND WAS APPOINTED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN AUGUST 1966.

DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF HIS CAREER, MR LAN SERVED IN A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE FORMER ESTABLISHMENT AND HOME AFFAIRS BRANCHES, THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AS WELL AS THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MORE RECENTLY, HE WAS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING FROM 1981 TO 1984, DEPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL FROM 1984 TO 1986, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT FROM 1986 TO 1987, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FROM 1987 TO SEPTEMBER 1988, WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl IN DECEMBER 1988.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1891

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON MEASURES AGAINST LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED ♦ **♦♦»

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO HOLD A THREE-MONTH PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE ON MEASURES TO PREVENT YOUNG CHILDREN FROM BEING LEFT UNATTENDED AT HOME, COMMENCING FROM OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAc), PROFESSOR NELSON CHOW WING-SUN, TOLD A SWAC MEETING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY).

PROF CHOW SAID FOLLOWING SEVERAL FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN LEFT ON THEIR OWN AT HOME, THERE HAD BEEN WIDESPREAD PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THE PROBLEM OF CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED.

"THE RECURRENCE OF SUCH TRAGEDIES HAS PROMPTED CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM BEING LEFT UNATTENDED," HB SAID.

APART FROM THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE SERVICES, ESTABLISHMENT OF MUTUAL HELP AND ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE HAZARDS OF LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED AT HOME, PROF CHOW SAID SOME PEOPLE STILL THOUGHT THAT THE BEST WAY TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM WAS BY LEGISLATING TO PROHIBIT PARENTS FROM LEAVING CHILDREN UNATTENDED AT HOME.

"HOWEVER, THERE ARE ARGUMENTS BOTH FOR AND AGAINST LEGISLATION OF THIS NATURE.

"A PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE IS, THEREFORE, TO BE HELD STARTING FROM OCTOBER," HE CONTINUED.

VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

"DISTRICT BOARDS AND WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS As WELL AS LAN BODIES WILL BE CONSULTED," PROF CHOW ADDED.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1991.

NO NEW AIDS CASE SO FAR AUGUST »»**♦*

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AIDS (ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME) CASES IN HONG KONG REMAINS AT 54 TO DATE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAID TODA! (TUESDAY).

SO FAR, 38 AIDS PATIENTS HAVE PASSED AWAY WHILE 16 OTHERS ARE EITHER UNDER COUNSELLING AND TREATMENT OR HAVE LEFT HONG KONG.

RELEASING THE MONTHLY STATISTICS ON THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID FIVE MORE PERSONS INCLUDING A WOMAN WERE FOUND TO BE POSITIVE FOR THE HIV ANTIBODY TEST, BRINGING TO 184 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HIV CARRIERS WHO HAVE NOT YET DEVELOPED AIDS.

OF THESE, 52 WERE HAEMOPHILIACS, 110 ACQUIRED THE INFECTION SEXUALLY, FOUR WERE DRUG ABUSERS, THREE ACQUIRED THE INFECTION THROUGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION AND THE INFORMATION FOR THE OTHER 15 WAS INADEQUATE FOR CLASSIFICATION.

UNDER THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME WHICH STARTED IN 1985, A TOTAL OF 201,304 BLOOD SPECIMENS HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR THE AIDS VIRUS.

THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE HAS ALSO SCREENED ALL BLOOD DONORS FOR AIDS.

UP TO THE MONTH OF JULY, 927,182 UNITS OF BLOOD WERE TESTED AND 16 WERF FOUND POSITIVE.

TUESDAY. AUGUST 27, 1991

# m M ®

AIDS Virus. (HIV) Antibody Testing Vir^aAhrii, Departmelt^ M Health

Apr 35-,: 'tested* Tun 91 Jul 91 Total

No. 4-ve NO. tested* NO. +ve NO. tested* NO . +ve

Referrals from Govt. 406 17626 91

hospitals and clinics U jl W 17120 90 1

Referrals from private practitioners and

eubvented hospitals 2234 46 23 0 2257 46

Attendances at social 174036

hygiene clinics 171601 35 2435 4 39

Haemophiliacs <. Referrals from Family Planning Association 516 5651 60 1 11 126 0 0 527 5777 6o > 1

226 0 2 0 228 0

Healtn care personnel 932 0 21 0 953 0

237

to LT* 14 x. K Tf* 232, 3024 „ 5 201304 OSt-k».

* This indicates the number of specimens and not persons as tests

are repeated for certain individuals.

§ "t $ ^1C2.

Hong Kong Red Cross Blood transfusion Service

Aug 85-Jun SI Jul 91 Total

No. No. No. No. No. No.

tested +ve tested +ve tested +ve

910077 16 17105 0 927182 16

Department of Health August 1991

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FRANCHISE FOR NEW BUS ROUTE AWARDED

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS AWARDED TO CITYBUS LIMITED THE FRANCHISE FOR A BUS SERVICE BETWEEN MACDONNELL ROAD AND CENTRAL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

FIVE TENDERERS SUBMITTED BIDS FOR THE ROUTE BETWEEN MACDONNELL ROAD AND CENTRAL - THE FIRST ROUTE TENDERED OUT IN THIS WAY.

IN EVALUATING THE COMPETING BIDS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE QUALITY OF SERVICE AND FARE LEVELS PROPOSED BY THE TENDERERS, THEIR MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY, COMPANY INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDING CAPACITY TO MEET ADDITIONAL COMMITMENT, AND PAST PERFORMANCE IN TERMS OF SERVICE RELIABILITY AND INNOVATION.

THE FRANCHISE COVERS A THREE-YEAR PERIOD AND THE SERVICE IB EXPECTED TO START WITHIN ONE MONTH FROM THE DAY CITYBUS ACCEPTS THE FRANCHISE.

OTHER THAN THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME WHICH WILL NOT APPLY, THE NEW FRANCHISEE IS SUBJECT TO THE SAME CONTROLS NOW APPLICABLE TO EXISTING FRANCHISED OPERATORS, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANNUALLY ROLLED-FORWARD PLANS TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR SCRUTINY, APPROVAL OF FARE INCREASES BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, REGULAR VEHICLE EXAMINATION, AND OTHER STATUTORY PROVISIONS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

"THE NEW BUS SERVICE TO BE PROVIDED BY CITYBUS IS SUBSTANTIALLY SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FROM EXISTING FRANCHISED fiUS SERVICES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NEW SERVICE IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT COMMUTERS WHO MlOttT OTHERWISE USE TAXIS OR PRIVATE CARS, WITH BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON ROAD TRAFFIC.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ’ * ♦ » *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICfe OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON LAW SHING-HUEN ON FEBRUARY 1, 1989 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

LAW WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF HO FAT-WONG.

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA RECRUITS NEW MEMBERS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE tS RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS FOR 1991/92.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1976 WITH THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF PROVIDING TRAINEES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WITH ORCHESTRAL TRAINING.

OVER THE YEARS, THE ORCHESTRA HAS HELD REGULAR CONCERTS 1W HONG KONG, AS WELL AS PERFORMING OVERSEAS IN AUSTRALIA, CYPRUS, FRANCE, ISRAEL, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND SINGAPORE.

APPLICANTS SHOULD EE UNDER 25 YEARS OF AGE AND EAVE ATTAINED GRADE SIX OR ABOVE IN THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATION, OR EQUIVALENT, IN AT LEAST ONE ORCHESTRAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS SEPTEMBER 9. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED LATER TO AN AUDITION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF The music office, completed forms should be returned to tsuen wan MUSIC CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 492 8127.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ i i ♦ i

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (TUESDAY) STOOD AT 42.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 250.550 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 310.654 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 53 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND ♦ * * * t

EXCHANGE FUND BILLS TENDER RESULTS ---- TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 1991

ISSUE NUMBER QI 35

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 1,857 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 400 MN

AVERAGE ACCEPTED YIELD 5.57 PCT

/HIGHEST ACCEPTED .

TUESDAY AUGUST 27, 1991

7

HIGHEST ACCEPTED YIELD 5.59 PCI’

PRO RATA RATIO 16 PCT

AVERAGE DAILY TRANSFER FOR WEEK END'NG 23.8 .9 1 WAS 6,099 MN

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND HKEH

NEXT TENDER OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS ----- TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 1991

ISSUE NUMBER QI 36 H 172

ISSUE DATE 1 SEP 1991 4 SEP 1991

MATURITY DATE 4 DEC 1991 I MAR 1992

TENOR 91 DAYS 182 DA'YS

AMOUNT OF OFFER HKD 500 + 100MN HKD 200 + 60MN

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

♦ * * ♦

*

DATE

$ MILLION

600

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON

23.8.91

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 27.8.91 + 119

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING -119

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX

113.2 *+0.2* 27.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

27.8.91 23.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.02 PCT 4.36 PCT

1 MONTH 5.03 PCT 4.67 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.65 PCT 5.31 PCT

6 MONTHS 6.02 PCT 5.82 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.45 PCT 6.35 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,535 MN 10,460 MN*

» RECORD HIGH

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CONTENTS . PAGE NO.

PRIME MINISTER ARRIVES IN HK ON SEPT 4 ................................ 1

STI WELCOMES APEC OFFICIALS' RECOMMENDATION ........................... 2

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED ........................... 3

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY RELEASED .............................. 5

JLG SUB-GROUP ON IRO MEETING .......................................... 9

MODERN, COMPREHENSIVE QUALITY PROGRAMMES IMPORTANT .................... 9

MARICULTURE IN OPEN SEA UNDER TRIAL ................................... 10

VOLUNTARY RETURN OF VM'S REACH 1,000 MONTHLY TARGET ................... 11

263 VM'S RETURN TO VIETNAM ............................................ 12

SPONSORS OF GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR INDUSTRY PRAISED ..................... 12

HOTEL AND GUESTHOUSE OPERATORS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE ...... 13

GOVT LAND TO LET BY TENDER ............................................ 14

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED .................................. 14

FRESH WATER CUT IN TO KWA WAN ........................................... 15

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 15

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1991

1

PRIME MINISTER ARRIVES IN HK ON SEPT 4

THE PRIME MINISTER, MR JOHN MAJOR, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG FROM CHINA ON SEPTEMBER 4 FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MRS MAJOR AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR DOUGLAS HURD.

DURING HIS VISIT TO CHINA FROM SEPTEMBER 2 TO 4, MR MAJOR WILL FORMALLY SIGN THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA RELATING TO THE NEW AIRPORT IN HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE SIGNING CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 3. HE WILL ACCOMPANIED BY MRS ANSON CHAN, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, AND MR RAFAEL HUI, DIRECTOR OF NAPCO.

AFTER HIS VISIT TO CHINA, MR MAJOR WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG IN THE AFTERNOON OF SEPTEMBER 4.

HE WILL IMMEDIATELY EMBARK UPON HIS BUSY SCHEDULE BY TAKING A HELICOPTER TOUR TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING CHEK LAP KOK, THE SITE OF THE FUTURE AIRPORT.

BEFORE COMPLETING THE TOUR, HE WILL LAND AT HIGH ISLAND, SAI KUNG TO VISIT A DETENTION CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS.

LATER IN THE EVENING, THE PRIME MINISTER WILL ATTEND A DINNER

IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE HOSTED BY THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON FOR

BUSINESS AND POLITICAL LEADERS.

ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE PRIME MINISTER WILL FIRST ATTEND AN

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING BEFORE PAYING A VISIT TO HENG ON ESTATE IN

MA ON SHAN.

IN HENG ON ESTATE, HE WILL SEE THE VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED FOR THE RESIDENTS AND HE WILL BE VISITING A FAMILY. HE WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN SHA TIN.

MR MAJOR WILL ATTEND A COMMUNITY LUNCH HOSTED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE AT WHICH HE WILL MAKE A SPEECH.

AFTER THE COMMUNITY LUNCH, HE WILL TAKE A RIDE ON AN MTR TRAIN TO VISIT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC.IN KOWLOON TONG.

MR MAJOR WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE DEPARTING HONG KONG LATER IN THE EVENING.

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STI WELCOMES

APEC OFFICIALS’ RECOMMENDATION

******

THE SECRETARY FOR

TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR BY SENIOR OFFICIALS KOREA TODAY

T.H. CHAU, OF THE ASIA

WELCOMED PACIFIC

THE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE

ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION (APEC) IN

WOULD RECOMMEND TO THEIR MINISTERS THAT HONG KONG, TOGBTHBK CHINA AND TAIWAN, SHOULD BE ADMITTED INTO APEC AND INVITED PARTICIPATE AT THE THIRD APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING TO BE HELD IN

IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

(WEDNESDAY) THAT KONG, TOGETHER

THEY WITH i TO

SEOUL

THIS IS VERY ENCOURAGING NEWS," MR CHAU SAID.

"HONG KONG STANDS READY TO PARTICIPATE MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES.

"AS AN ECONOMY WITH STRONG AND INCREASING TIES IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION, HONG KONG CONTRIBUTE TO THE DELIBERATIONS OF APEC," HE SAID.

FULLY IN

ECONOMIC

IS

WELL

ALL

AND

APEC

TRADE

PLACED

TO

MR CHAU ACKNOWLEDGED THE IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, ACTING IN HOST OF THIS YEAR’S APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING,

MR

PART

THE

PLAYED CAPACITY

BY OF

IN BRINGING ABOUT

THE THE THE

SATISFACTORY OUTCOME.

"I AM PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO AMBASSADOR ASSISTANT MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE THE GREAT SKILL AND PATIENCE WITH WHICH HE

KOREAN ACHIEVED

LEE SEE-YOUNG, GOVERNMENT, FOR THIS IMPORTANT

RESULT," HE SAID.

APEC IS AN INTER-GOVERNMENTAL FORUM MULTILATERAL TRADING SYSTEM; PROVIDE AN PROSPECTS FOR, AND OBSTACLES TO, ---

WITHIN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION; AND IDENTIFY THE COMMON ECONOMIC INTERESTS.

TO HELP

STRENGTHEN THE

Huvivc OPPORTUNITY TO ASSESS

INCREASED TRADE AND INVESTMENT FLOWS

RANGE OF PRACTICAL

THE EXISTING PARTICIPANTS COMPRISE THE USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND THE ASEAN COUNTRIES.

TIES

IN AN EFFORT TO STRENGTHEN ITS ECONOMIES, HONG KONG ALSO BECAME A MEMBER CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE (PECC) IN MAY THIS YEAR.

WITH ASIA

OF THE

PACIFIC

PACIFIC ECONOMIC

THE PECC IS A NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION ACADEMIC, BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS TO CO-OPERATION IN THE REGION.

BRINGING PROMOTE

TOGETHER ECONOMIC

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED ♦ * » * »

IN JULY, RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY, WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS SHOWED A MODERATE GROWTH, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS

AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE GROWTH IN IMPORTS WAS BOOSTED NOT ONLY BY THE RISE IN REEXPORTS BUT ALSO BY THE MARKED INCREASE IN RETAINED IMPORTS.

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN JULY ROSE BY $12,311 MILLION OR 34.0% OVER A YEAR EARLIER TO $48,505 MILLION. THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JULY, AT $21,180 MILLION, WAS $771 MILLION OR 3.8% HIGHER.

TAKING RE-EXPORTS AND DOMESTIC EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $13,082 MILLION OR 23.1% OVER A YEAR EARLIER TO $69,685 MILLION IN JULY.

OVER THE. SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY $14,603 MILLION OR 26.8% TO $69,082 MILLION. •

AS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS LARGER THAN THAT OF TOTAL IMPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF $603 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 0.9% OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN JULY 1991.

THE SURPLUS RECORDED IN JULY LAST YEAR WAS $2,124 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 3.9% OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. • • *

PUTTING THESE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AT $281,618 MILLION, INCREASED BY $62,328 MILLION OR 28.4% OVER THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1990.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY $5,158 MILLION OR 4.3% TO $126,105 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AT $407,723 MILLION, WAS THUS $67,485 MILLION OR 19.8% HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF LAST YEAR. MEANWHILE, IMPORTS GREW BY $81,991 MILLION OR 23.7% TO $428,303 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $20,580 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 4.8% OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1991.

THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $6,074 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 1.8% OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF LAST YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED THAT THE ROBUST GROWTH IN REEXPORTS INVOLVING CHINA IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WAS THE MAIN REASON UNDERLYING THE SUSTAINED GOOD PERFORMANCE OF RE-EXPORTS.

THE POSITIVE GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JULY WAS A REVERSAL OF THE DECLINE RECORDED IN JUNE.

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THE STRONG GROWTH IN RETAINED IMPORTS IN THE OF THIS YEAR, AT 17.7% IN VALUE TERMS OVER THE SAME WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE IMPROVED DOMESTIC DEMAND ACTIVITY SO FAR THIS YEAR.

FIRST SEVEN MONTHS PERIOD LAST YEAR, AND MANUFACTURING

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS JULY THIS YEAR:

THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES

FOR

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE

$21,180 MILLION

$48,505 MILLION

$69,685 MILLION

$69,082 MILLION

$603 MILLION [IN SURPLUS]

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE MAY 91 TO JUL 91 HK$ MN. 59,423 135,744 195,167 199,812 -4,645 MAY 90 TO JUL 90 HK$ MN. 58,081 105,281 163,362 162,992 370 INCREASE

HK$ MN. 1,342 30,463 31,805 36,820 -5,015 * 2.3 28.9 19.5 22.6

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JULY 1991 HK$ MN. JULY 1990 HK$ MN. INCREASE HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE 21,180 (30.4%) 48,505 69,685 69,082 603 20,409 (36.1%) 36,194 56,603 54,479 2,124 771 12,311 13,082 14,603 -1,521 3.8 34.0 23.1 26.8

LAST MONTH JULY 1991 HK$ MN. JUNE 1991 HK* MN. INCREASE HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE 21,180 (30.4%) 48,505 69,685 69,082 603 18,812 (30.8%) 42,315 61,127 63,592 -2,465 2,368 6,190 8,558 5,490 3,068 12.6 14.6 14.0 8.6

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CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE JAN-JUL 1991 HK$ MN. JAN-JUL 1990 HK$ MN. INCREASE

HKi MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 126,105 120,947 5,158 4.3

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (30.9%) (35.5%)

RE-EXPORTS 281,618 219,290 62,328 28.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 407,723 340,238 67,485 19.8

IMPORTS 428,303 346,312 81,991 23.7

TRADE BALANCE -20,580 -6,074 -14,506

AUG 90 TO AUG 89 TO INCREASE

LAST 12 MONTHS JUL 91 JUL 90

HK$ MN. HK$ MN. HK$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 231,034 221,890 9,144 4.1

RE ^'^ORTS 476,326 373,169 103,157 27.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 707,360 595,059 112,301 18.9

IMPORTS 724,521 583,747 140,774 24.1

TRADE BALANCE -17,161 11,312 -28,473

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY RELEASED

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1984/85-BASED CPI’S (SEE TABLE 1)

THE 1984/85-BASED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) WERE 12.6% AND 11.9% RESPECTIVELY HIGHER IN JULY 1991 THAN IN JULY 1990, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ALTHOUGH THESE RATES OF INCREASE WERE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THOSE RECORDED IN JUNE 1991 (12.3% AND 11.8% RESPECTIVELY FOR CPI(A) AND CPI(B)), THEY WERE STILL LOWER THAN THE CORRESPONDING RATES OF INCREASE IN APRIL (13.9% AND 13.0% RESPECTIVELY) AND MAY (13.0% AND 12.4% RESPECTIVELY).

THESE RATES OF INCREASE WERE MAINLY DUE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR THE FOODSTUFFS, SERVICES AND HOUSING COMPONENTS. AS REGARDS THE FOODSTUFFS COMPONENT, THE FLOOD IN CHINA HAD CAUSED A TEMPORARY RISE IN THE PRICES OF CERTAIN ESSENTIAL FOODSTUFFS WHILE CHARGES FOR MEALS AT RESTAURANTS SHOWED FURTHER INCREASES.

AS FOR SERVICES, HIGHER CHARGES WERE RECORDED FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT, PACKAGE TOURS AND MEDICAL SERVICES. MEANWHILE, HIGHER RENTS WERE ALSO RECORDED FOR SOME PRIVATE HOUSING UNITS IN THE HOUSING COMPONENT.

AS THE COMPILATION OF THE 1989/90-BASED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) SERIES ONLY BEGAN FROM OCTOBER 1990, REFERENCE HAS TO BE MADE TO THE 1984/85-BASED CPI’S FOR YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON OF PRICE MOVEMENTS.

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ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON, FASTER RATES OF INCREASE IN CPI(A) IN JULY 1991 WERE RECORDED FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO FOR HOME CONSUMPTION (41.6%), SERVICES (15.1%), HOUSING (13.4%), FOODSTUFFS (12.4%) AND TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES (12.3%). THE CORRESPONDING RATES OF INCREASE FOR THE SAME COMPONENTS IN CPI(B) WERE 39.3%, 13.9%, 11.9%, 12.6% AND 11.8% RESPECTIVELY.

THESE FIVE COMPONENTS TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR OVER 89% OF THE OVERALL INCREASE IN THE CPI(A) AND 88% OF THE INCREASE IN THE CPI(B).

FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY TO JULY 1991, THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) INCREASED BY 12.5% AND 12.0% RESPECTIVELY OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1990.

FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1991, THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) WERE 11.6% AND 11.4% RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN IN THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1990.

FOR JULY 1991, THE 1984/85-BASED HANG SENG CPI WAS 11.0% HIGHER THAN IN JULY 1990. FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1991, THE HANG SENG CPI WAS UP BY 11.7% COMPARED WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1990.

1989/90-BASED CPI’S (SEE TABLE 2)

THE 1989/90-BASED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) FOR JULY 1991 INCREASED BY 0.7% AND 0.6% RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH JUNE 1991. FOODSTUFFS ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST PROPORTION OF THE INCREASES IN BOTH INDEXES. WITHIN THIS COMPONENT, INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR THE CHARGES FOR MEALS AT RESTAURANTS. THE RETAIL PRICES OF PORK AND BEEF INCREASED, PARTLY REFLECTING THE EFFECT OF THE FLOOD IN CHINA.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF LIVE POULTRY, SALT-WATER FISH, EDIBLE OIL AND FRESH FRUIT. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY HOUSING, IN WHICH HIGHER RENTS WERE RECORDED FOR SOME PRIVATE HOUSING UNITS, AND SERVICES, IN WHICH HIGHER CHARGES WERE RECORDED FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT, PACKAGE TOURS AND MEDICAL SERVICES.

HOWEVER, THE PRICES OF CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED IN JULY 1991 AS A RESULT OF THE SUMMER SALE IN DEPARTMENT STORES.

THE 1989/90-BASED HANG SENG CPI FOR JULY 1991 WAS AT THE SAME LEVEL AS THAT FOR JUNE 1991.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO RELEASE THE 1984/85-BASED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) IN PARALLEL WITH THE NEW SERIES OF 1989/90-BASED CPI(A) AND CPI(B) UNTIL MARCH 1992, AFTER WHICH THE FORMER SERIES WILL BE DISCONTINUED.

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE ’’CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT” FOR JULY 1991, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $7 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI; OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, CENTRAL FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

/FOR ENQUIRIES .......

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FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES, PLEASE TELEPHONE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 805 6403.

DETAILS REGARDING THE HANG SENG CPI ARE CONTAINED IN THE HANG SENG CPI REPORT ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF HANG SENG BANK LTD.

TABLE 1 CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES (A) AND (B) (OCT. 84 - SEP. 85 = 100) FOR JULY 1991 COMPARED WITH JULY 1990

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 = 100)

CPI(A) CPI(B)

INDEX % CHANGE INDEX % CHANGE

FOR OVER FOR OVER

SECTION JULY 91 JULY 90 JULY ! 91 JULY 90

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FOODSTUFFS 162.7 + 12.4 165.0 + 12.6

MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME 181.9 + 13.5 182.5 + 13.4

FOODSTUFFS, EXCLUDING MEALS 146.3 + 11.2 147.7 + 11.6

BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME

HOUSING 150.1 + 13.4 143.2 + 11.9

FUEL AND LIGHT 111.5 + 7.5 111.0 + 6.9

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 223.6 + 41.6 221.4 + 39.3

(FOR HOME CONSUMPTION)

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 157.1 + 7.5 161.5 + 8.2

DURABLE GOODS 131.2 + 3.9 129.7 + 3.6

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 149.4 + 8.7 149.3 + 8.4

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 175.1 + 12.3 173.6 + 11.8

SERVICES 181.7 + 15.1 180.4 + 13.9

ALL ITEMS 160.4 + 12.6 159.2 + 11.9

THE 1984/85-BASED CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS DERIVED FROM THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

THE CPI(A) IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF ABOUT 50% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $2,000-$6,499 A MONTH IN 1984/85.

THE CPI(B) IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF- THE NEXT 30% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $6,500-$9,999 IN THE SAME PERIOD.

(THE 1984/85-BASED HANG SENG CPI IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF ABOUT 10% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $ 10,000-S24,999 IN 1984/85.)

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TABLE 2 CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES (A) AND (B) (OCT. 89 - SEP. 90 = 100) FOR JULY 1991 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1991

(OCTOBER 1989 TO SEPTEMBER 1990 = 100) CPI(A) CPI(B)

INDEX FOR % CHANGE OVER INDEX FOR % CHANGE OVER

SECTION JULY 91 JUNE 91 JULY 91 JUNE 91

FOODSTUFFS 115.7 + 1.0 116.2 + 1.1

MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME 118.1 + 1.2 118.2 + 1.3

FOODSTUFFS, EXCLUDING MEALS 113.4 + 0.8 113.5 +0.7

BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME

HOUSING 117.2 + 0.8 116.4 + 0.7

FUEL AND LIGHT 108.7 + 0.3 108.3 + 0.1

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 145.4 + 0.1 138.5 + 0.3

(FOR HOME CONSUMPTION)

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 109.4 -1.6 110.5 -1.7

DURABLE GOODS 104.7 -0.3 103.8 -0.8

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 108.0 + 0.3 107.3 + 0.2

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 117.9 + 0.6 117.5 +0.7

SERVICES 115.0 + 0.8 114.4 + 1.1

ALL ITEMS 115.4 + 0.7 114.8 + 0.6

THE 1989/90-BASED CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS DERIVED FROM THE 1989/90 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

THE CPI(A) IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF ABOUT 50% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $2,500-$9,999 A MONTH IN 1989/90.

THE CPI(B) IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF THE NEXT 30% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $10,000-$17,499 IN THE SAME PERIOD.

(THE 1989/90-BASED HANG SENG CPI IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF ABOUT 10% OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $ 17,500-$37,499 IN 1989/90.)

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JLG SUB-GROUP ON IRO MEETING ♦ * i * *

THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP SUB-GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL fttuHTS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL HOLD EXPERT TALKS IN HONG KONG ON AUGUST 29 AND 30, 1991 TO DISCUSS THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES TO HONG KONG AFTER 1991.

THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE LAW OFFICER {INTERNATIONAL LAW), MR DAVID EDWARDS.

THE CHINESE TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE CHINESE REPRESENTATIVE, JLG, MR LIU JUNBAO.

THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY OTHER EXPERTS FROM THE TWO SIDES.

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MODERN, COMPREHENSIVE QUALITY ♦ ♦ * ♦ i

PROGRAMMES IMPORTANT ♦

THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE MODERN, COMPREHENSIVE QUALITY PROGRAMMES ARE NOW REGARDED AS PRE-REQUISITES FOR SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OPERATIONS, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT AN ISO 9001 CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR BARMA SAID THIS WAS BECAUSE HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS HAD BECOME EVER MORE DISCERNING AND TRADITIONAL QUALITY SYSTEMS, RELYING HEAVILY ON INSPECTION AFTER PRODUCTION, HAD BEEN FOUND INADEQUATE TO GUARANTEE THE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY OF PRODUCTS.

PRESENTING THE CERTIFICATE TO COMPUTER PRODUCTS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED, MR BARMA SAID MANY COMPANIES IN HONG KONG WERE IN THE PROCESS OF ADDRESSING VITAL QUALITY ISSUES TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE QUALITY CONSCIOUS 1990’S, AND WERE DISCOVERING JUST HOW MUCH EFFORT WAS REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE ISO 9000 CERTIFICATION.

"COMPUTER PRODUCTS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED HAS ALWAYS HAD A HIGH REPUTATION FOR THE QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND HAS PUT IN A LOT OF EFFORT TO FURTHER UPGRADE ITS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO MATCH THE ISO 9000 REQUIREMENTS.

"THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS INDEED COMMENDABLE AS COMPUTER PRODUCTS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED IS THE FIRST COMPANY IN HONG KONG TO HAVE DESIGN CAPABILITY INCLUDED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE CERTIFICATION," HE SAID.

MR BARMA NOTED THAT IT WAS JUST 18 MONTHS AGO THAT THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED ITS QUALITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.

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"JUDGING FROM THE LARGE NUMBER OF CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS BEING PROCESSED BY THE HONG KONG QUALITY ASSURANCE AGENCY (HKQAA) AND THE KEEN INTEREST AND ATTENDANCE AT MAJOR QUALITY SEMINARS AND TRAINING SESSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ORGANISED, IT IS EVIDENT THAT OUR INDUSTRIALISTS HAVE TAKEN ON BOARD THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS HOLD THE KEY TO OUR CONTINUING SUCCESS," HE SAID.

MR BARMA SAID BEFORE EMBARKING ON THE QUALITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, THE INDUSTRY- DEPARTMENT SYSTEMATICALLY ESTABLISHED A FULL RANGE OF SUPPORT SERVICES TO ASSIST COMPANIES IN ADDRESSING QUALITY ISSUES.

"THE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY HAS AN EXCELLENT INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION FOR THE QUALITY OF ITS SERVICES.

"IT HOLDS HONG KONG’S OFFICIAL MEASUREMENT STANDARDS AND PROVIDES A CONVENIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE SERVICE FOR CALIBRATION OF COMPANIES’ PRECISION MEASURING INSTRUMENTS," HE SAID.

MR BARMA ADDED THAT HOKLAS, THE LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME, WAS NOW A LEADING CONTRIBUTOR TO INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE IN THIS AREA AND HAD NEGOTIATED MUTUAL RECOGNITION AGREEMENTS WITH MAJOR OVERSEAS SCHEMES.

"IT HAS DONE A GREAT DEAL TO ASSIST IN UPGRADING THE QUALITY OF HONG KONG’S TESTING SERVICES AND MANY LABORATORIES HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION UNDER THE SCHEME," HE SAID.

MR BARMA SAID ALL THESE FACILITIES CONTINUED TO BE DEVELOPED IN LINE WITH THE CHANGING NEEDS OF HONG KONG.

"THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THE HEAVY INVESTMENT BY GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING SUCH FACILITIES IS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

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MARICULTURE IN OPEN SEA UNDER TRIAL

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT (AFD), IN COLLABORATION WITH A LOCAL FISH FARMING COMPANY, HAS BEEN EXPERIMENTING A NEW CAGE SYSTEM OFF CLEAR WATER BAY SINCE MAY THIS YEAR AS PART OF A PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP MARICULTURE IN THE OPEN SEA.

ABOUT 5,000 TAILS OF PURPLE AMBERJACK HAVE BEEN STOCKED INTO A 10-METRE BY 10-METRE CAGE FOR A TEST CULTURE TRIAL.

/THE CAGE .......

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THE CAGE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND STftoMG CURRENTS AND WAVE ACTIONS EVEN UNDER GALE CONDITION.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

A PRESS TOUR WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO LOOK AT THE CAGE AND FEEDING OF THE FISH.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO JOIN THE TOUR. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND WILL LEAVE AFD HEADQUARTERS, 393 CANTON ROAD, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KOWLOON AT 12.15 PM TOMORROW.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO

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VOLUNTARY RETURN OF VM’S REACH 1,000 MONTHLY TARGET * * ♦ * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WELCOMED THE UNHCR’S SUCCESS IN ACHIEVING THE RETURN OF 1,000 VOLUNTEERS TO VIETNAM IN AUGUST, THE FIRST TIME THIS FIGURE HAS BEEN REACHED SINCE THE VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME BEGAN IN MARCH 1989.

COMMENTING ON TODAY’S FLIGHT, WHICH BROUGHT TO 1,009 THE NUMBER RETURNED THIS MONTH, THE ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR CLINTON LEEKS, SAID: "THIS IS A VERY POSITIVE STEP IN GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH TO THOSE IN DETENTION CENTRES AND THOSE THINKING OF LEAVING VIETNAM THAT, FOR NON-REFUGEES, THEIR ONLY REAL FUTURE LIES BACK HOME IN VIETNAM.

"WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TO THE UNHCR TO ACHIEVE 1,000 RETURNS A MONTH SINCE THE VISIT OF THE THEN MINISTER OF STATE, MR FRANCIS MAUDE, TO HANOI IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, WHEN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE VOLUNTARY SCHEME WERE FIRST AGREED WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

"THIS SHOULD NOW HELP TO BOOST THE NUMBERS VOLUNTEERING TO GO HOME IN FUTURE MONTHS."

MR LEEKS POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE STILL A TOTAL OF 57,000 SCREENED OUT NON-REFUGEES AND UNSCREENED ASYLUM SEEKERS IN THE DETENTION CENTRES.

"THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE 1,000 TARGET HAS DONE LITTLE TO OFFSET THE ALMOST 17,000 ARRIVALS WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

"BUT IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT THE VOLUNTARY PROGRAMME HAS ElCKED UP SO WELL FROM THE DIFFICULTIES IT FACED EARLY THIS YEAR, WHEN FOR A WHILE WE WERE RETURNING ONLY A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE EACH MONTH."

/HE SAID

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HE SAID THE LEVEL OF INTEREST IN DETENTION CENTRES IN VOLUNTARY RETURN REMAINED HIGH AND THIS SHOULD ENSURE A CONTINUING FLOW OF RETURNEES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

THE AVAILABILITY OF UNHCR REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE, PLUS THE OPERATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY’S ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR RETURNEES IN VIETNAM, WERE STILL USEFUL CONTRIBUTIONS.

"IT APPEARS THAT THE MESSAGE OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION MAY NOW BE BEGINNING TO GET THROUGH: FIRST THAT THERE IS NO POINT IN ECONOMIC MIGRANTS COMING TO HONG KONG AND SECONDLY THAT THOSE HERE MUST RETURN TO VIETNAM," MR LEEKS SAID.

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263 VM’S RETURN TO VIETNAM * * * * *

A GROUP OF 263 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RETURNED TO VIETNAM UNDER THE UNHCR'S VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAMME.

COMPRISING 132 MEN, 57 WOMEN, 43 BOYS AND 31 GIRLS, THEY WERE THE 65TH BATCH TO GO BACK UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

THIS GROUP BROUGHT TO 3,019 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS WHO HAVE RETURNED VOLUNTARILY THIS YEAR AND 9,315 WHO HAVE RETURNED SINCE THE PROGRAMME STARTED IN MARCH 1989.

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SPONSORS OF GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR INDUSTRY PRAISED

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SPONSORS OF THIS YEAR’S GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR INDUSTRY WERE PRAISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, AT A CHEQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE 13 SPONSORS HAVE DONATED $100,000 EACH TOWARDS THE COSTS OF ORGANISING THE AWARD WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED AT A CEREMONY AT THE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE ON NOVEMBER 5.

"I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE YOUR GENEROSITY," MR BARMA, CHAIRMAN OF THE AWARD ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID.

"THE TOTAL CONTRIBUTION OF $1.3 MILLION IS MANIFESTATION OF YOUR KEEN SUPPORT OF HONG KONG’S CONTINUING SEARCH FOR INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCE.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT WITH SUCH WIDE COMMUNITY SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT EVENT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH IN FUTURE YEARS," HE SAID.

/THE 13 .......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1991

THE 13 SPONSORS ARE: A. FAI ENGINEERS AND SHIPREPAIRERS LTD; BANK OF CHINA GROUP; CHEKIANG FIRST BANK LTD; CHIAPHUA-SHINKO COPPER ALLOY CO LTD; THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HONG KONG; DHL INTERNATIONAL LTD; GOLD PEAK INDUSTRIES (HOLDINGS) LTD; HANG SENG BANK LTD; THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LTD; HONG KONG TELECOM; LIPPO GROUP; SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL BANK LTD; AND STANDARD CHARTERED BANK.

THE GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR INDUSTRY, LAUNCHED IN 1989, IS THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD SCHEME IN HONG KONG. IT RECOGNISES AND ENCOURAGES EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER PRODUCT DESIGN, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT DESIGN, PRODUCTIVITY, AND QUALITY.

WINNERS RECEIVE THE GOVERNOR’S AWARD TROPHY AND ARE ENTITLED TO DISPLAY AN OFFICIAL LOGO FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

SPONSORSHIP WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR WHEN A TOTAL OF J 1.2 MILLION WAS CONTRIBUTED. THE COST OF ORGANISING THE 1991 AWARD IS ESTIMATED AT $2 MILLION.

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HOTEL AND GUESTHOUSE OPERATORS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE »»****

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED OPERATORS OF HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES AND SIMILAR ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION FOR THEIR BUSINESS BEFORE THE DEADLINE ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 31).

A CNTA SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AFTER THIS DATE, A VALID LICENCE WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR THEIR PRESENT OPERATIONS IF THEY FAILED TO GET AN EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE.

"THE REQUIREMENTS OF A VALID LICENCE OR A CERTIFICATE Of EXEMPTION ARE PROVIDED UNDER THE HOTEL AND GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION ORDINANCE 1991.

"MOTELS, YOUTH HOSTELS AND HOLIDAY FLATS ALSO FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF CONTROL UNDER THE ORDINANCE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"ANY PROPRIETOR WHO IGNORES THE NEW REGULATIONS WILL BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $200,000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT, AND TO A FURTHER FINE OF $20,000 FOR EACH DAY DURING WHICH THE OFFENCE CONTINUES," HE ADDED.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE OFFICE OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY AT EAST WING, SEVENTH FLOOR, HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 881 7034.

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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 GOVERNMENT LAND LOT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MEASURING ABOUT 11,600 SQUARE METRES, THE SITE, LOCATED IN AREA 47, TUEN MUN, IS INTENDED FOR OPEN STORAGE AND LOADING, UNLOADING AND REPAIRING OF CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 13.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SIXTH FLOOR, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN; 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.

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE THE UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES AT A BUILDING IN SHAM SHUI PO, KOWLOON, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES ARE ON THE ROOF OF 41 UN CttAU STREET.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON OCTOBER 23 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE AUTHORITY IS ALSO SEEKING TO CLOSE AN UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE ON THE FLAT ROOF ADJACENT TO FLAT B6 ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 90-98D MA TAU CHUNG ROAD, KOWLOON CITY.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 27 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY.

DEMOLITION OF THESE STRUCTURES IS EXPECTED TO START ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE ISSUED.

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

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON WILL BE SUSPENDED ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 30), FROM 9.30 AM TO 4 PM, TO FACILITATE MAINS CONNECTION WORKS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KOWLOON CITY ROAD, MOK CHEONG STREET, HUNG WAN STREET AND MA TAU KOK ROAD AND INCLUDING 3-17 MOK CHEONG STREET, THE MA TAU KOK LARGE ANIMAL QUARANTINE DEPOT AND THE PUBLIC TOILET AT MA TAU KOK ROAD.

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

* * * * * DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 27.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 28.8.91 + 483

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING -483

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113. 2 *+0.0* 28 .8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

27.8.91 28.8. 91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.02 PCT 5.34 PCT

1 MONTH 5.03 PCT 5.18 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.65 PCT 5.59 PCT

6 MONTHS 6.02 PCT 5.98 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.45 PCT 6.43 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,535 MN 10,594 MN*

♦RECORD HIGH

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

2ND QUARTER 1991 DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ............................................................... 1

NEW AIRPORT GREATLY BENEFITS THE NEW TERRITORIES ..................... 4

EXPANSION OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM OUTLINED ............................ 5

ESTABLISHMENT OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE APPROVED ........... 8

NEW ICAC COMMISSIONER ................................................ 9

REAPPOINTMENTS TO SALARIES STANDING COMMITTEE AND STANDING COMMISSION 10

GOVT STATEMENT ON HK TELECOMMUNICATIONS' OFFER TO STAFF .............. 11

ACTIONS BY ANTI-SMUGGLING TASK FORCE SUCCESSFUL ...................... 11

OPEN SEA MARICULTURE INTERESTS ACAF SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS ............ 12

1992 EDITION OF HK IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ........... 13

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ....................................... 14

VARIETY SHOW TO CLOSE NORTH DISTRICT SYP ............................. 17

HONG kONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ........... 18

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

2ND QUARTER 1991 DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN

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THE SIX MAJOR INDUSTRY GROUPS WITH THE LARGEST VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 ARE : TEXTILES, INCLUDING KNITTING; CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS; WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR; MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, APPARATUS, PARTS AND COMPONENTS; PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT; AND BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS.

THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THESE GROUPS TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 79.2% OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991.

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES IN THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1990 WERE : MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, APPARATUS, PARTS AND COMPONENTS (+$501 MILLION); TEXTILES, INCLUDING KNITTING (+$467 MILLION); CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (+$337 MILLION); WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR (+$264 MILLION); CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+$206 MILLION); AND PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS, PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (+$190 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1990 WERE : TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (+142.0%); PRODUCTS OF PETROLEUM AND COAL (+89.4%); BEVERAGES (+39.0%); FOOD (+25.2%); AND RUBBER PRODUCTS (+21.7%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, SEVERAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES RECORDED DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1991 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1990.

THEY WERE : PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-$205 MILLION OR -9.2%); FOOTWEAR, EXCEPT RUBBER, PLASTIC AND WOODEN FOOTWEAR (-$68 MILLION OR -31.9%); WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS, FURNITURE AND FIXTURES (-$23 MILLION i2.8%); AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT PRODUCTS OF PETROLEUM AND COAL (-$13 MILLION OR -9.2%).

OUTSIDE THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ORIGINATING FROM THE FISHING INDUSTRY DECREASED BY $8 MILLION OR 3.8% AS COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1990, WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICITY INCREASED BY $93 MILLION OR 51.7%.

THE ABOVE STATISTICS ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ARE DERIVED BY RE-GROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS UNDER THE EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE MERCHANDISE ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED.

TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE EXCLUDED.

THE INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION USED IS THE HONG KONG STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION (HSIC).

/THE HSIC ........

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THE HSIC IS TO BE DISTINGUISHED FROM THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SITC) USED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS IN THAT THE FORMER IS MORE RELATED TO PRODUCTION PROCESSES WHEREAS THE LATTER IS MORE GEARED TO END USES OF PRODUCTS.

CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN REFERRING TO THESE DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN. CERTAIN MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS MAY REQUIRE SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IN THEIR PRODUCTION.

HOWEVER, IN COMPILING THE ABOVE STATISTICS, THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE ITEM HAS BEEN WHOLLY ALLOCATED TO THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH THE ITEM IS FINALLY PRODUCED.

BESIDES, DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS OF A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY MAY INCLUDE PRODUCTS WHICH ARE PRODUCED AS SECONDARY PRODUCTS BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED UNDER OTHER INDUSTRIES.

FURTHER DETAILS OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

COPIES OF THE TABLE ARE ALSO OBTAINABLE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO., 839 3250).

A TABLE SHOWING MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF SIMILAR STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT "HOUG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1991".

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

Value of merchandise domestic exports classified by wdustrial_erian for the second quarter of 1991

(Value in HK1000)

F Industrial origin of the commodities exported Merchandise domestic exports

1991 2nd qtr. 1990 2nd qtr. Value change % change

Agriculture and Fishing

Agricultural, livestocks and poultry 1,995 1,860 *135 +7.3

production Fishing 200,477 208,484 -8,008 -3.1

Mining and Quarrying 1.766 2,316 -550 -23.1

Manufacturing

Food 547,641 437.296 4110,345 425.2

Beverages 131,219 94,430 436,789 439.0

Tobacco manufactures 791,562 730,751 *60,810 48.3

Textiles (including knitting) 11,214.694 10,747,680 4467,014 *4.3

Wearing apparel, except footwear 10,082,923 9,818,607 ♦264,316 ♦2.7

Leather and leather products, except 446.556 422,920 423,636 ♦5.6

footwear and wearing apparel Footwear, except rubber, plastic and 144,278 211,967 -67,689 -3i.$

wooden footwear Wood and cork products, furniture and 154,907 177,594 -22,687 -12.8

fixtures 4189,665 ♦12.7

Paper and paper products, printing and 1.681,672 1,492,007

publishing Chemicals and chemical products 1.677,823 1,472,274 4205,548 *14.0

Products of petroleum and coal 2,707 1.430 41,278 ♦89.4

Rubber products 33,040 27,151 45,889 ♦21.7

Plastic products 2,018,039 2,222,994 -204,955 -9.2

Non-metallic mineral products, except 125,288 138,012 -12,724 -9.2

products of petroleum and coal Basic metals and fabricated metal 2,475,077 2,368.570 4106,507 ♦4.5

products Machinery, equipment, apparatus, parts 5,601.641 5,101,005 4500,636 +M

and components Consumer electrical and electronic products 10.111.870 9,774,394 4337,476 +3.3

Transport equipment 120,591 49,826 470.765 +142.0

Professional and optical equipment 5,227,437 5,168,286 ♦59,151 ♦1.1

Other manufacturing industries 3,333,319 3,196,273 ♦137,047 ♦4.3

Electricity 272,346 179,546 ♦92.799 ♦51.7

Miscellaneous items 25,730 32,389 -6,659 -20.6

(e.g. developed photographic plates and film, antiques, and works of art)

Total 56,424,596 54,078,064 42.346.532 ♦4.3

Notes: 1. Individual entries oft column may not add up exactly to the corresponding total due to rounding. All percentage changes are calculated from unrounded figures.

2. As from 1991, the above statistics are published by major industry groups based on the Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification (HS1C). In order to compare the 1991 figures with the 1990 ones, the value changes and percentage changes between the second quarter of 1991 and the second quarter of 1990 for the respective major industry groups are derived after re-grouping the values of export items in the second quarter of 1990 according to the HS1C. The HSIC-based statistics may not be strictly comparable with the domestic export statistics classified by industrial origin for earlier years due to the change in industrial classification.

Industrial Research Section,

Census & Statistics Department,

Hong Kong.

Tel.839 3250 August 1991

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

NEW AIRPORT GREATLY BENEFITS THE NEW TERRITORIES

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK REPRESENTS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AS THE PROJECT TAKES THE TERRITORY BEYOND 1997 WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND PAVES THE WAY FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

HONG KONG WOULD HAVE A BIGGER, BETTER AND MORE MODERN AIRPORT BEFITTING ITS STATUS AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CITY AND COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR ALBERT LAM, AT A DINNER TALK HE DELIVERED TO THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

FOCUSSING ON THE BENEFITS THAT THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECT AND THT RELATED DEVELOPMENTS WOULD BRING TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE POINTED OUT THAT THEY WOULD PROVIDE PLENTY OF NEW JOBS AND WOULD CREATE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

FOR LANTAU ISLAND WHERE THE AIRPORT WOULD BE BUILT, MR LAM NOTED THAT THE NEW AIRPORT WITH SOME LARGE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING, THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY AND AN AIRPORT RAILWAY LINKING LANTAU WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES MAINLAND, WOULD ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF THE ISLAND TO BE MORE FULLY REALISED.

HE ADDED THAT THE TWO NEW TOWNS BEING PLANNED ON LANTAU - TUNG CHUNG AND TAI HO - WOULD UPON FULL DEVELOPMENT HOUSE 260,000 PEOPLE.

HE ALSO ESTIMATED THAT PLANS FOR DEEP WATERFRONT INDUSTRY AND CONTAINER TERMINALS NEAR THE NORTHEASTERN END OF LANTAU, TOGETHER WITH THE NEW AIRPORT AND THE TWO NEW TOWNS, WOULD PROVIDE SOME 120,000 JOBS BY THE YEAR 2011.

AS TO THE BENEFITS TO THE WEST COAST OF THE NEW TERRITORIES MAINLAND, MR LAM SAID THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING AND THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY WOULD LINK UP LANTAU ISLAND WITH TSUEN WAN, KWAI TSING AND TUEN MUN, AND THROUGH ROUTE 3, WITH YUEN LONG.

ROUTE 3, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD RUN FROM LOK MA CHAU ON THE NORTH TO SAI YING PUN ON THE SOUTH VIA THE THIRD CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, AND WOULD BE A STRATEGIC LINK BETWEEN CHINA AND HONG KONG.

"BEING SITUATED AT THE CROSSROADS OF THESE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS, TSUEN WAN AND KWAI TSING’S POSITION IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG WILL BE FURTHER ENHANCED," MR LAM SAID.

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FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, ROUTE 5 TOGETHER WITH THE MANY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNO, SUCH AS THE WIDENING OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND THE IMPROVEMENTS TO TEXACO ROAD, WOULD LINK UP VARIOUS PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES EFFICIENTLY WITH THE NEW AIRPORT AND WOULD ENSURE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES WOULD CONTINUE.

MR LAM ALSO HIGHLIGHTED OTHER BENEFITS THE NEW AIRPORT WOULD BRING, SUCH AS THE AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES WITH THE CLOSURE OF KAI TAK.

IT WOULD ALSO HELP ALLEVIATE THE EXISTING NOISE POLLUTION AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS GENERATED BY KAI TAK.

STRESSING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS MINDFUL OF THE POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS THAT THE PROJECT MIGHT GENERATE, MR LAM SAID STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO MINIMISE THE ADVERSE IMPACT ON RESIDENTS.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT STUDY ON AIR QUALITY। WATER QUALITY, NOISE AND VISUAL IMPACT SHOULD PROVIDE US WITH SOME POINTERS TO REDUCE THE ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TO A MINIMUM, HE SAID.

ADDITIONALLY, MR LAM SAID, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WOULD ENSURE THAT PUBLIC CONCERNS ARISING FROM THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED PROJECTS WOULD BE PROPERLY ADDRESSED AND BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

"WE SMALL ALSO CO-ORDINATE GOVERNMENTAL ACTION TO ENSURE THAT ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO RESIDENTS IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM," THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADDED.

MR LAM APPEALED FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AND THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW AIRPORT BECOMES A SUCCESS.

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EXPANSION OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM OUTLINED

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS COMPLETED CONCEPTUAL PLANNING FOR AN ENHANCED SYSTEM TO COPE WITH AN ULTIMATE WATER SUPPLY OF UP TO 1,100 MILLION CUBIC METRES (MCM) PER YEAR FROM CHINA, WHICH IS 480 MCM OVER THE EXISTING DESIGN CAPACITY.

THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WONG KWOK-LAI, SAtD THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORKS WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO STAGES. THE FIRST STAGE ESTIMATED AT $1,900 MILLION WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED BY 1995 AND THE REMAINING STAGES ESTIMATED AT $900 MILLION WOULD BE PROGRAMMED OVER THE PERIOD 1995 TO 2001.

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HE SAID THE STAGE I WORKS OF THE PROJECT WOULD COMPRISE SEVERAL MAJOR PUMPING STATIONS, WITH A TOTAL PUMPING CAPACITY OF 7.6 MCM PER DAY.

IT ALSO INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS AND LAYING OF OVER 15 KILOMETRES OF PIPES OF OVER TWO METRES IN DIAMETER FROM MUK WU (A PLACE AT THE BORDER ADJACENT TO MAN KAM TO) TO TAI PO TAU.

THE WORKS ARE UNDER DETAILED DESIGN STAGE AND THE FIRST CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS IS TO BE GAZETTED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG ROTARY CLUB, MR WONG SAID THE NEW CHINA WATER SCHEME PROJECT WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS WHICH WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IN THE COMING YEARS TO MEET THE INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR WATER.

THE DIRECTOR POINTED OUT THAT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, THE DAILY CONSUMPTION OF FRESH WATER IN HONG KONG HAD INCREASED FROM 1.39 MCM IN 1980 TO 2.39 MCM IN 1990, AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 5.6 PER CENT PER YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF METERS INSTALLED ALSO INCREASED FROM 920,000 IN 1980 TO 1,810,000 IN 1990.

MR WONG SAID: "IT IS EXPECTED THAT UNLESS THE WATER INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES SUCH AS DYEING, ELECTROPLATING ETC WERE TO RECEDE ON ACCOUNT OF LIKELY PROBLEMS TO COMPLY WITH THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS, THE WATER CONSUMPTION WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE AT A RATE OF 3.5 PER CENT PER YEAR.

"THIS MEANS THAT BY 2001 THE AVERAGE DAILY DEMAND OF FRESH WATER WILL BE 3.23 MCM."

MR WONG ALSO NOTED THAT SINCE MORE THAN 33 PER CENT OF THE TERRITORY’S AREA, VIRTUALLY ALL THE SUITABLE LAND, HAD ALREADY BEEN DEVELOPED AS WATERWORKS CATCHMENT, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO BUILD ANOTHER RESERVOIR OF SUBSTANTIAL SCALE.

UNDER THE AVERAGE RAINFALL CONDITION, THE YIELD OF HONG KONG‘S CATCHMENT IS ONLY 342 MCM PER YEAR, OR 0.937 MCM PER DAY, THAT IS ONLY 39 PER CENT OF LAST YEAR’S AVERAGE DAILY CONSUMPTION.

’’THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE SUPPLY SOURCES TO COPE WITH THIS INCREASING DEMAND.

"THIS IS PROVIDED FOR BY SUPPLY FROM CHINA FOR WHICH A LONG TERM AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SECURED FOR SUPPLY WITH ANNUAL INCREASING QUANTITIES UP TO THE TURN OF THE NEXT CENTURY,” HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF HIS DEPARTMENT WAS TO EXPAND THE EXISTING WATER SYSTEM IN ORDER TO RECEIVE, TREAT AND DISTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA.

/ON THE ........

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ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PLANNING TO REPLACE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, FRESH WATER FLUSHING WITH SEA WATER SUCH THAT FRESH WATER COULD BE CONSERVED.

WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW AIRPORT AND THE RE-DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION TO THE NEW TOWNS, NEW SYSTEMS HAVE TO BE INSTALLED TO MEET SUCH DEMAND.

HE CITED NORTH LANTAU WHERE THERE WAS AT PRESENT NO MAINS WATER SUPPLY.

"AS A MUCH LONGER LEAD TIME IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM, A TEMPORARY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IS BEING IMPLEMENTED TO MEET THE WATER REQUIREMENT OF THE AREA DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEW AIRPORT AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS,” MR WONG SAID.

"MOREOVER, THE PERMANENT WATER SUPPLY IS BEING PLANNED FOR AN ULTIMATE CAPACITY OF 300,000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY WITH A STAGE I CAPACITY OF 150,000 CUBIC METRES.

"IT WILL COMPRISE A SUBMARINE PIPELINE LINKING TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR AND NORTH LANTAU, WHERE A TREATMENT WORKS AND ASSOCIATED PUMPING STATIONS, SERVICE RESERVOIRS AND PIPE SYSTEMS ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED TO SUPPLY THE NEW AIRPORT AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTH LANTAU.

"THE STAGE I OF THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED AT $1,700 MILLION AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1996.

"THE REMAINING STAGES ARE ESTIMATED AT $1,430 MILLION AND THE TIMING IS DEPENDENT ON THE ACTUAL PROGRESS OF THE DEVELOPMENTS.”

MR WONG ADDED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD SEE THE COMPLETION OF THE $515 MILLION PAK KONG TREATMENT WORKS AND STAGE I OF AU TAU TREATMENT WORKS LATER THIS YEAR.

THE MA ON SHAN TREATMENT WORKS IS ALSO UNDER PLAN TO MEET THE WATER DEMAND OF MA ON SHAN AND PART OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN WITH WORK SCHEDULED TO .START IN LATE 1993.

APART FROM THE ENGINEERING RELATED ASPECTS OF WORK, MR WONG SAID HIS DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAD A DUAL NATURE OF BOTH A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT AND A PUBLIC UTILITY, WAS NOW STRENGTHENING ITS CONSUMER SERVICE TO STREAMLINE ACTIVITIES AND ENHANCE RELATIONSHIP WITH CONSUMERS TO COPE WITH THE GROWING CONSUMER AWARENESS AND INCREASING NUMBER OF ACCOUNTS.

THESE INCLUDED THE COMPUTERISATION OF CONSUMERS’ RECORDS AND THE STREAMLINING OF ENQUIRY AND COMPLAINTS SERVICES TO CONSUMERS.

MR WONG EXPLAINED THAT CONSUMER ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS USUALLY CAME UNDER TWO MAJOR CATEGORIES - ACCOUNTS ORIENTED OR TECHNICALITY ORIENTED. THE FORMER INCLUDED ENQUIRIES ON ABNORMAL WATER BILLS, CHANGE OF CONSUMERSHIP AND SO ON AND THE LATTER CONSISTED OF POOR WATER QUALITY, INTERRUPTION OF SUPPLY, MAIN BURST, AND SO ON.

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"THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT TELEPHONE ANSWERING SYSTEMS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO HANDLE THE TWO KINDS OF ENQUIRIES AROUND THE CLOCK," MR WONG SAID.

"FOR ACCOUNTS ORIENTED ENQUIRIES, A MANNED TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE PROVIDES ANSWERS DURING OFFICE HOURS.

"AN ENQUIRY HOTLINE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY TO PROVIDE PRERECORDED MESSAGES ON COMMON TOPICS SUCH AS HOW TO DEAL WITH A HIGH WATER BILL, HOW TO CHANGE A CONSUMER TITLE AND HOW TO OBTAIN A REFUND OF WATER DEPOSIT.

"TECHNICAL ENQUIRIES DURING OFFICE HOURS ARE REFERRED TO THE RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONAL TEAMS WHILST MANNED ENQUIRY STAFF AND EMERGENCY TEAMS ARE SET UP TO HANDLE TECHNICAL FAULTS AFTER OFFICE HOURS."

HE ALSO ENCOURAGED CONSUMERS TO MAKE ENQUIRIES WITH REGARD TO THE POSITION OF THEIR ACCOUNTS OR WATER BILLS AT THE VARIOUS CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT WHICH ARE LOCATED AT CONVENIENT SPOTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

"THESE CENTRES ALSO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FOR OUR VARIOUS TECHNICAL SERVICES SUCH AS FOR A NEW SUPPLY AND FOR APPROVAL OF PLUMBING PROPOSALS," HE SAID.

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ESTABLISHMENT OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE APPROVED

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A RECOMMENDATION BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION TO SET UP A CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (CDI) AS A NEW DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1992-93.

THE CDI WILL BE A FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL BODY DEDICATED TO CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT. IT WILL BE ABLE TO RECRUIT OPENLY AND EMPLOY ON CONTRACT TERMS PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERIENCED PEOPLE FROM WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THIS REFORM PROPOSAL IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 4 TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION FOLLOWING A TWO-MONTH PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"ONCE ESTABLISHED, THE CDI WILL SERVE AS THE SECRETARIAT OF A RECONSTITUTED AND MORE REPRESENTATIVE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (CDC), MEMBERS OF WHICH WOULD BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

"THE CDI WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CURRICULUM PLANNING, INCLUDING RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTATION, INNOVATION’ AND EVALUATION. IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE AND UPDATE CURRICULUM GUIDES AND SUBJECT SYLLABI, DEVELOP RESOURCE MATERIALS AND MANAGE RESOURCE CENTRES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/IN ADDITION .......

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IN ADDITION, THE INSTITUTE WILL LIAISE WITH THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AND TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF THE CURRICULUM.

ANOTHER OF THE CDI’S MAIN FUNCTIONS WOULD BE REVIEWING TEXTBOOKS AND PROVIDING RESOURCE LIBRARY SERVICES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL ALSO ENDORSED THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL FOR THE CDI TO TAKE UP THE FOLLOWING TASKS :

!

(A) TO PROMOTE THE ADOPTION AND USE OF THE ACTIVITY APPROACH MORE EXTENSIVELY, ‘TOGETHER WITH THE APPLICATION OF ADEQUATE INCENTIVES;

(B) TO FACILITATE THE FURTHER INTEGRATION OF SUBJECTS AT PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVELS;

(C) TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A MODULAR URRICULUM AT THE JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL;

(D) TO CONSIDER, FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF (B) AND (C), THE BALANCE OF THE COMMON CORE CURRICULUM IN TERMS OF THE RANGE OF SUBJECTS TO BE COVERED IN OUR SYSTEM OF FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION;

(E) TO DEVELOP THE CURRICULA AND PROVIDE MATERIALS TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS AT BOTH ENDS OF THE ABILITY RANGE;

(F) TO FURTHER THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FRAMEWORK OF ATTAINMENT TARGETS AND TARGET-RELATED ASSESSMENTS RECOMMENDED IN CHAPTER 5 OF ECR4;

(G) TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A MASTERY LEARNING PROGRAMME; AND

(H) TO DEVELOP THE CURRICULUM MATERIAL NECESSARY TO SUPPORT SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE PROCESS OF ADAPTING TO THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION THEY HAVE CHOSEN, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF THOSE WHICH CHOOSE THE CHINESE LANGUAGE.

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NEW ICAC COMMISSIONER

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT MR PETER JAMES ALLAN WILL SUCCEED MR DAVID JEAFFRESON AS COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION ON DECEMBER 1, 1991.

MR JEAFFRESON WILL BE RETIRING AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

/BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL .......

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BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON MR PETER JAMES ALLAN AND MR DAVID JEAFFRESON ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MR PETER JAMES ALLAN, JP

AGED 46, MR ALLAN QUALIFIED AS A BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW ZEALAND IN 1970. HE JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS A CROWN COUNSEL IN 1979. THROUGH A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS, HE ROSE TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF LAW OFFICER IN APRIL 1988.

HE HAS SERVED IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE HAS BEEN CROWN SOLICITOR AND HEAD OF THE CIVIL DIVISION OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SINCE APRIL 1, 1988.

MR DAVID G. JEAFFRESON, CBE

AGED 59, MR JEAFFRESON JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1961. HE ROSE TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN 1977. DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF HIS CAREER, MR JEAFFRESON SERVED IN THE FORMER ESTABLISHMENT BRANCH, LANDS BRANCH, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND FINANCE BRANCH.

MORE RECENTLY, HE WAS DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY FROM 1972 TO 1976, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES FROM 1976 TO 1982, AND SECRETARY FOR SECURITY FROM 1982 TO 1988, WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS PRESENT APPOINTMENT AS COMMISSIONER, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

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REAPPOINTMENTS TO SALARIES STANDING COMMITTEE AND STANDING COMMISSION

THE GOVERNOR HAS REAPPOINTED MR MARTIN BARROW AND MR VINCENT LO AS MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DIRECTORATE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE UPON THE EXPIRY OF THEIR CURRENT TERMS, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE APPOINTMENT IS FROM AUGUST THIS YEAR TO OCTOBER 1994.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO REAPPOINTED MRS NELLIE FONG WONG KUT-MAN AS MEMBER OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE. THE APPOINTMENT IS FOR TWO YEARS, FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, WHEN HER CURRENT TERM EXPIRES, TO AUGUST 1993.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE AND THE STANDING COMMISSION ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES GOVERNING THE PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR DIRECTORATE AND NON-DIRECTORATE CIVIL SERVICE RESPECTIVELY.

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GOVT STATEMENT ON HK TELECOMMUNICATIONS’ OFFER TO STAFF

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COMMENTING ON A LETTER ISSUED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) TO STAFF OF THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE CO. LTD (TELCO) AND HONG KONG TELECOM INTERNATIONAL LTD (HKTI), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE OFFER OF COMMON TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT TO STAFF OF THE TWO COMPANIES IN NO WAY CONSTITUTED A MERGER OF THEIR OPERATIONS.

"STAFF OPTING FOR THE NEW PACKAGE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE EMPLOYED BY THE TWO COMPANIES, WHICH WOULD REMAIN SEPARATE LEGAL ENTITIES," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT THE HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS GROUP HAD APPROACHED THE GOVERNMENT OVER THIS MATTER.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD EMPHASISED TO THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COMPANIES CONCERNED THE NEED TO CONSULT FULLY WITH STAFF THROUGH ALL AVAILABLE CHANNELS AND TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO REACH AN UNDERSTANDING WITH THEM OVER THE NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

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ACTIONS BY ANTI-SMUGGLING TASK FORCE SUCCESSFUL

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TOUGH AND SUCCESSFUL ACTIONS SPEARHEADED BY THE ANTI-SMUGGLING TASK FORCE AGAINST HIGH-POWERED SPEEDBOAT HAVE VIRTUALLY ERADICATED THE SMUGGLING OF STOLEN CARS TO CHINA.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR JOHN THOMSON, POLICE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER OF THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL TASK FORCE WHICH WAS FORMED IN FEBRUARY AMID GROWING PUBLIC CONCERN ON RAMPANT SEA SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES.

MR THOMSON TOLD A ROTARY CLUB (HARBOUR) LUNCH MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE NUMBER OF LUXURY CARS REPORTED STOLEN IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WAS 52 AND NEARLY ALL HAD BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY RECOVERED IN HONG KONG.

IN COMPARISON, 316 LUXURY CARS WERE REPORTED STOLEN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR AND MOST OF THEM WERE NOT RECOVERED AND WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED TO CHINA THROUGH THE USE OF HIGH-POWERED SPEEDBOAT, HE NOTED.

WITH CO-OPERATION FROM THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, THE RESULTS WERE DRAMATIC, ACCORDING TO MR THOMSON.-

HE SAID THE TASK FORCE WAS GIVEN THE NECESSARY LEGAL MUSCLE IN APRIL TO COMBAT SMUGGLING, WITH ITS ENFORCEMENT TARGET AIMED DIRECTLY AT HIGH-POWERED SPEEDBOATS BUILT FOR SMUGGLING PURPOSES.

THE TASK FORCE IS STAFFED BY OFFICERS FROM THE POLICE AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, WITH MILITARY LIASION OFFICERS ATTACHED.

/THE SIGHTINGS .......

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THE SIGHTINGS OF THESE SPEEDBOATS, WHICH COULD HIT 70 KNOTS, DROPPED TO AN AVERAGE OF 185 A MONTH BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE, 85 PER CENT DOWN FROM THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SIGHTINGS OF 1,250 REGISTERED IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THE AVERAGE SIGHTINGS OF THESE SPEEDBOATS WERE FURTHER REDUCED TO 23 IN JULY.

ARMED WITH NEW LEGAL POWERS, MR THOMSON SAID: "WE RAIDED THE BOATYARDS AND SEIZED A LARGE NUMBER OF SPEEDBOATS WHICH WERE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND HAVE CONTINUED TO SEIZE THESE VESSELS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

"THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ALSO MOUNTED AN INITIATIVE AGAINST THESE BOATS AND SEIZED OR DESTROYED A LARGE NUMBER.

"THE SMUGGLERS HAVE LEARNED THAT THE PRESENCE OF A SPEEDBOAT IN HONG KONG WATERS BRINGS UNWANTED ATTENTION AND THE ANTI-SMUGGLING TASK FORCE BREAKING DOWN THEIR NECKS," HE SAID.

WITH THE HUGH PROFITS INVOLVED, MR THOMSON SAID, HOWEVER, THAT SMUGGLERS WOULD CERTAINLY ATTEMPT TO FIND WAYS TO CIRCUMVENT THE LAWS -- BY USING BOATS WHICH CONFORMED TO CURRENT LICENSING CONDITIONS.

"ALTHOUGH WORRYING, THIS NEW TREND HAS REDUCED THE VOLUME OF ILLICIT CARGO AND OF COURSE, THE NEW BOATS WHICH ARE SMALLER AND CANNOT TAKE A VEHICLE," MR THOMSON SAID.

HE ASSURED THAT THE TASK FORCE WOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A TIGHT GRIP OVER SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES WHICH WERE CONTROLLED LARGELY BY TRIADS.

"IF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN HONG KONG DO NOT ACT TO CONTAIN THIS MENACE, THEN WE FAIL IN OUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER IN THE WATERS OF HONG KONG," MR THOMSON STRESSED.

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OPEN SEA MARICULTURE INTERESTS ACAF SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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MEMBERS OF THE AQUACULTURE SUB-COMMITTEE UNDER THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES (ACAF) WHO SAW FOR THEMSELVES AN EXPERIMENT ON OPEN SEA MARICULTURE OFF CLEAR WATER BAY TODAY (THURSDAY) WERE DEEPLY INTERESTED BY THE NEW FISH FARMING TECHNIQUE.

THE TECHNIQUE INVOLVES THE SETTING UP OF A CAGE SYSTEM WHICH CAN WITHSTAND STRONG CURRENT AND WAVE ACTION IN THE OPEN SEA. FISH ARE REARED IN THE CAGE AS IN CONVENTIONAL FISH FARMS.

ONE SUCH CAGE SYSTEM COSTING $340,000 HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN WATERS OFF TAI HANG TUN OF CLEAR WATER BAY IN MAY THIS YEAR BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH A LOCAL FISH FARMING COMPANY, TO EXPERIMENT THE NEW MARICULTURE TECHNIQUE IN LOCAL CONDITIONS.

/THE 5,000 .......

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

THE 5,000 TAILS OF PURPLE AMBERJACK STOCKED IN THE CAGE HAS REPORTED STEADY GROWTH SO FAR AND THE CAGE HAS REMAINED INTACT DESPITE RECENT TYPHOONS.

MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT THE EXPERIMENT WILL TAKE TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. THEY ALSO LEARNT THAT IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, OPEN SEA MARICULTURE EXCELS IN-SHORE FISH FARMING.

ON THE SAME TRIP, MEMBERS VISITED THE TUNG LUNG CHAU FISH CULTURE ZONE WHICH WAS DESIGNATED IN EARLY MAY THIS YEAR.

MEMBERS PRESENT TODAY INCLUDED ANDREW WONG, LEUNG JICK-CHIU, CHAN KAR-LUEN, MORIYOSHI IWAO AND OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

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1992 EDITION OF HK IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ******

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE EXISTING HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST (HARMONIZED SYSTEM) FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATION WILL BE REPLACED BY A NEW EDITION AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1992.

THE HARMONIZED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYSTEM, OR HARMONIZED SYSTEM FOR SHORT, IS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND CODING SYSTEM DESIGNED BY THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL (CCC) AND ADOPTED BY MANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD INCLUDING MOST OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS.

HONG KONG HAS PLANNED TO ADOPT THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM IN TWO STAGES. IN THE CURRENT CLASSIFICATION LIST, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN 1988, PART BUT NOT ALL OF THE CCC HARMONIZED SYSTEM IS FOLLOWED.

IN THE 1992 EDITION, ALL OF THE COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND CODES IN THE CCC HARMONIZED SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED, THUS MAKING HONG KONG’S COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND CODES FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS TOTALLY COMPATIBLE WITH THOSE USED BY MOST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

"THE USE OF STANDARDISED COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND CODES SUCH AS THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF REDUCING COSTS IN REDESCRIBING, RECLASSIFYING AND RECORDING GOODS AS THEY MOVE FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER,” A CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"ITS OTHER ADVANTAGES INCLUDE FACILITATING THE STANDARDISATION OF TRADE DOCUMENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF DATA; FACILITATING THE COMPARISON AND ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE STATISTICS; AND REDUCING UNCERTAINTY IN THE NEGOTIATION AND INTERPRETATION OF TRADE AGREEMENTS."

/AS FROM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

AS FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS SHOULD FOLLOW THE 1992 EDITION OF THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST (HARMONIZED SYSTEM) IN COMPLETING IMPORT OR EXPORT DECLARATIONS.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE REMINDED TO LODGE SUCH DECLARATIONS WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER THE IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF GOODS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NEW CLASSIFICATION LIST WILL BE PUBLISHED FOR SALE AROUND OCTOBER.

TO FAMILIARISE IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS WITH THE NEW COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION AND CODING SYSTEM, FREE TRAINING SEMINARS WILL BE ORGANISED NEAR THE END OF THIS YEAR. MORE DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES ON THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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 BACTERIOLOGICAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIWEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON, TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATERS ARE USUALLY SAMPLED.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT E. COLI DATA OBTAINED BY TH; EPD IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME. AS WITH LAST YEAR, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR OKIN 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.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING THE SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIOLOGICAL 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 QUALMY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

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AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID: "BEACHES WITH HIGHLY DEVELOPED HINTERLANDS ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE POLLUTED THAN THE GRADES SUGGEST DURING AND AETER HEAVY RAIN.

"BATHERS SHOULD AVOID SUCH BEACHES FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER A STORM, LONGER IF THE WEATHER REMAINS OVERCAST OR LESS IF THERE IS STRONG SUNSHINE."

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

GRADE "1” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE E. COLI 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" GRADE 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.

/THE GRADES .......

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THE GRADES ON BEACHES IN HONG KONG

THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY AS AT TODAY ARE LISTED BELOW:

OF VARIOUS

BEACH

PREVIOUS GRADING

PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 15.8.91)

(AS AT 29.8.91)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY CHUNG HOM KOK DEEP WATER BAY HAIRPIN MIDDLE BAY REPULSE BAY SHEK 0 SOUTH BAY ST STEPHEN’S TURTLE COVE STANLEY MAIN ROCKY BAY TO TEI WAN*

2 2

2 2

2 1

2 1

1 1

2 X

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

3

1

1

1

2

X

1

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA NEW CAFETERIA CASTLE PEAK KADOORIE BUTTERFLY

X 3 X

3 3

X 3 X 3 3

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS 2

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH 2

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH 2

HAP MUN BAY 1

KIU TSUI

PAK SHA CHAU 1

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1991

TONG FUK LO SO SHING PUI O SILVERMINE BAY TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU TUNG O*

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ANGLERS’ 4 4

APPROACH 3 3

CASAM 3 3

GEMINI 3 3

HOI MEI WAN 3 3

LIDO 3 3

TING KAU 3 4

TUNG WAN, MA WAN 2 2

NOTE: "X” THE BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES. » NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION!

TUNG WAN ON CHEUNG CHAU, CAMPERS AND TRIO (HEBE HAVEN), FROM ”2” TO ”1''; CHEUNG SHA LOWER, FROM ”1” TO ”2”; SHEK O, FROM ”2” TO ”3”; AND TING KAU, FROM ”3” TO ”4”.

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE ACTING PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF THE EPD, DR M.J. BROOM, ON TEL. 835 1234.

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VARIETY SHOW TO CLOSE NORTH DISTRICT SYP

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL IN SHEUNG SHUI TOMORROW (FRIDAY) EVENING TO CONCLUDE THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

THERE WILL BE SINGING PERFORMANCES AND GAMES. FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE'S FANLING PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NORTH DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 3 PIK FUNG ROAD.

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IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS, OVER 25,000 YOUNG PEOPLE tN THE DISTRICT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN MORE THAN 150 RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES UNDER THE SYP.

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT SYP ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THESE ACTIVITIES WERE SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE THE SYP COMMITTEE CHAIf&lAN, MR PETER LEE; NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI; AND NORTH DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS: * MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING

CEREMONY OF THE NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE RECITAL HALL OF THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL IN LUNG SUM ROAD, SHEUNG SHUI.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 28.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 29.8.91 -19

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING + 19

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.0 *-0.2* 29.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

29.8.91 28.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.57 PCT 5.34 PCT

1 MONTH 5.25 PCT 5.18 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.46 PCT 5.59 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.96 PCT 5.98 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.39 PCT 6.43 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,290 MN 10,594 MN*

♦ RECORD HIGH

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1991

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PM'S VISIT TO PEKING IS IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG: GOVERNOR .............. 1

HK'S RE-EXPORT TRADE IN 1ST HALF OF 1991 BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF

ORIGIN ............................................................. 2

SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM PUBLISHED ............................................................... 6

GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS ............. 8

NEW MEMBER TO JOIN EDUCATION COMMISSION ............................... 9

APPOINTMENTS TO THE HIGH COURT ........................................ 10

NEW MTRC BOARD DIRECTOR APPOINTED...................................... 10

BUNTING TO PUBLICISE LEGCO ELECTIONS .................................. 11

BUS PARADE TO PUBLICISE LEGCO POLLS ................................... 12

GOVT INVESTS HEAVILY IN QUALITY SUPPORT SERVICES ...................... 12

IRD'S INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY STUDY CONTRACT SIGNING ............. 13

ROAD WORKS TO RELIEVE MONG KOK TRAFFIC CONGESTION...................... 14

FLEMING ROAD FOOTBRIDGE EXTENSION PROPOSED ............................ 15

PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE FOR KOWLOON WALLED CITY DEMOLITION .......... 16

TENDERS INVITED FOR LANDFILL PROJECT .................................. 17

REPROVISIONING OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA PROPOSED .................. 17

TENDERS FOR TAP MUN POLICE POST INVITED ............................... 18

CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS TOMORROW .......................... 19

NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR JUVENILES BORN IN 1975 OR 1976 ................. 19

POSTAL SERVICES TO LIBERIA BACK TO NORMAL ............................. 21

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ............ 21

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1991

PM’S VISIT TO PEKING IS IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG: GOVERNOR

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT HE SEES THE VISIT TO PEKING BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR JOHN MAJOR, AS BEING VERY IMPORTANT IN HONG KONG TERMS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON HIS RETURN FROM LEAVE IN THE U.K., SIR DAVID SAID THE VISIT WAS IMPORTANT NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE SIGNING OF THE AIRPORT AGREEMENT, BUT ALSO IT HELPED HONG KONG ESTABLISH THE RIGHT SORT OF PRACTICAL WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA THAT THE TERRITORY VERY MUCH NEEDED OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WOULD BE GOING ON MONDAY TO PEKING TO MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR DOUGLAS HURD.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS STICKING TO HIS PLAN TO GO TO PEKING AND THEN COME TO HONG KONG DESPITE ALL THE THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING IN THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND ALL HIS PREOCCUPATIONS, FOR INSTANCE, HIS VISIT TO MOSCOW.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WOULD BE SEEING THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAO AFFAIRS OFFICE, MR LU PING, WHEN HE VISITED PEKING.

"I HOPE I WILL GO OVER WITH HIM THE USUAL RANGE OF THINGS WHICH ARE OF CONCERN TO US HERE IN HONG KONG. . ■

"I EXPECT WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY. I HOPE THAT AT SOME STAGE, BUT NOT NECESSARILY THIS MEETING, THERE IS NO TREMENDOUS URGENCY ABOUT IT, BUT AT SOME STAGE, I WILL GET SUGGESTIONS FROM HIM ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE APPOINTED BY ME ONTO THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY," HE SAID.

"I WILL COVER OTHER ASPECTS I SHOULD THINK OF THE AIRPORT, THE AIRPORT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE AND SO ON, BUT THE WHOLE RANGE OF MATTERS WHICH ARE OF CONCERN TO US OR CHINESE SIDE," HE ADDED.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE RECENT MEETING BETWEEN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, AND MR LU PING IN SHENZHEN, SIR DAVID SAID! "KEEPING THE CHINESE SIDE INFORMED OF MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE HERE IS SOMETHING WHICH WE'VE GOT TO GRADUALLY BUILD UP OVER THE YEARS, I SEE THAT IS A POSITIVE THING TO DO, NOT AS A NEGATIVE ONE."

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD BEEN FOLLOWING VERY CLOSELY WHAT HAD BEEN HAPPENING WITH BCC1 IN HONG KONG AND AROUND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

"AND ONE POINT WHICH I WOULD MAKE IS THAT THIS IS NOT A HONG KONG ISSUE, IT’S SOMETHING WHICH HAS BEEN A WORLDWIDE ISSUE.

"WE’VE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE BACKWASH OF THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO BCCI ELSEWHERE BUT I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING IT VERY CLOSELY OF COURSE, IT’S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE," SIR DAVID SAID.

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HK’S RE-EXPORT TRADE IN 1ST HALF OF 1991 BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ******

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 AMOUNTED TO $233,113 MILLION, REPRESENTING A 27% INCREASE OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN RELEASING THE SUMMARY STATISTICS ON HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 ANALYSED BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET

CHINA AND THE U.S.A., THE TWO LARGEST MARKETS FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, ACCOUNTED FOR 29% AND 19% RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

THE SHARES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, JAPAN AND TAIWAN WERE 7%, 6% AND 5% RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD OF 1990, RE-EXPORTS TO MOST OF THE MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED.

MORE NOTABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+78%), FRANCE (+49%), ITALY (+44%), CHINA (+34%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+28%) AND JAPAN (+23%).

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN, THE U.S.A. AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ALSO INCREASED BY 17%, 15% AND 10% RESPECTIVELY WHEREAS THAT TO SINGAPORE DECREASED BY 11%.

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY $17,317 MILLION OR 34% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1990.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY FOR THIS MARKET, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $3,616 MILLION OR 29%)J ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $2,216 MILLION OR 65%); AND ROAD VEHICLES INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $1,382 MILLION OR 134%).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $805 MILLION OR 62%); AND CORK AND WOOD MANUFACTURES (BY $124 MILLION OR 14%).

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO CHINA (INCLUDING RE-EXPORTS AS WELL AS DOMESTIC EXPORTS) ARE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING, AS RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURED GOODS WERE EXPORTED TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING AND THE FINAL PRODUCTS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RETURNED TO HONG KONG.

RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 INCREASED BY $5,659 MILLION OR 15% OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1990.

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COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE TO THIS MARKET INCLUDED FOOTWEAR (BY $2,363 MILLION OR 61%)’ MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES J TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $1,084 MILLION OR 12%); AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $729 MILLION OR 21%).

HOWEVERH DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $172 MILLION OR 12%); AND POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $80 MILLION OR 28%).

COMPARING WITH A YEAR EARLIER, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY RECORDED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OF $6,890 MILLION OR 78% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $2,550 MILLION OR 109%); AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GO DS (RY $1,047 MILLION OR 66%).

HOWEVER, A NOTABLE DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN CHEMICAL MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS (BY $43 MILLION OR 65%).

RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN INCREASED BY $2,467 MILLION OR 23% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1990.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $329 MILLION OR 28%); AND CLOTHING (BY $321 MILLION OR 14%).

A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $173 MILLION OR 16%).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN GREW BY $1,679 MILLION OR 17%.

THE RE-EXPORT VALUE OF TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES INCREASED DRASTICALLY BY $1,358 MILLION OR 110% WHEREAS THAT OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $262 MILLION OR 79%.

A DECREASE WAS HOWEVER REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $713 MILLION OR 20%).

RE-EXPORTS BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

GOODS FROM CHINA, JAPAN, TAIWAN, THE U.S.A. AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA CONTRIBUTED 57%, 11%, 8%, 5% AND 3% RESPECTIVELY TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, RE-EXPORTS FROM MOST OF THE MAJOR ORIGIN COUNTRIES REGISTERED INCREASES IN VALUE, PARTICULARLY FOR THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+35%), TAIWAN (+35%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+33%) AND JAPAN (+33%).

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CHINA CONTINUED TO BE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S REEXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

A GROWTH OF 31% IN VALUE OR $31,450 MILLION OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1990 WAS RECORDED IN THE RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN CHINA.

AMONGST GOODS ORIGINATING IN CHINA, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $6,883 MILLION OR 35%)-MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $4,951 MILLION OR 25%); AND FOOTWEAR (BY $4,011 MILLION OR 70%).

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE RECORDED IN FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $282 MILLION OR 21%); AND ESSENTIAL OILS AND PERFUME MATERIALS; TOILET, POLISHING AND CLEANING PREPARATION (BY $82 MILLION OR 24%).

JAPAN REMAINED THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S REEXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1990, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF $6,298 MILLION OR 33% IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN JAPAN.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE REGISTERED FOR ROAD VEHICLES INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $1,084 MILLION OR 102%); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $675 MILLION OR 20%); AND PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $656 MILLION OR 28%).

DECREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS EDIBLE PRODUCTS AND PREPARATIONS (BY $13 MILLION OR 50%); AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (BY $11 MILLION OR 19%).

RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN TAIWAN INCREASED BY $4,783 MILLION OR 35% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991 OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1990.

AMONG THE VARIOUS COMMODITIES, RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE IN ABSOLUTE TERM (BY $1,658 MILLION OR 34%).

THIS IS FOLLOWED BY ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $791 MILLION OR 69%). HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WAS RECORDED IN CRUDE ANIMALS AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $18 MILLION OR 51%).

COMPARING WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN THE U.S.A. INCREASED BY $43 MILLION OR 0.3% IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1991.

COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN RE-EXPORT VALUE INCLUDED ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $364 MILLION OR 55%); AND TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $321 MILLION OR 17%).

HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WAS RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,330 MILLION OR 42%).

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED BY $1,815 MILLION OR 35%, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF TEXTILES (BY $726 MILLION OR 39%); AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $200 MILLION OR 90%) .

HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN RE-EXPORT VALUE WAS RECORDED IN GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $30 MILLION OR 37%).

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE ABOVE RE-EXPORT STATISTICS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1991" WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $33.5 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 823 4915.

THE FOLLOWING TABLES SHOWED THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF REEXPORTS TO THE 10 MAJOR MARKETS AND RE-EXPORTS FROM THE 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN.

TABLE 1 : RE-EXPORTS TO THE 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JAN-JUN JAN-JUN INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

MAJOR MARKET 1991 1990 DECREASE CHANGE

(HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) ( % )

CHINA 67,530 50,212 +17,317 + 34

U.S.A. 43,688 38,029 + 5,659 + 15

F.R.OF GERMANY 15,770 8,879 + 6,890 + 78

JAPAN 12,976 10,509 + 2,467 + 23

TAIWAN 11,800 10,121 + 1,679 + 17

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 7,113 6,493 + 621 + 10

UNITED KINGDOM 5,987 4,672 + 1,316 + 28

SINGAPORE 5,530 6,230 699 -11

FRANCE 4,207 2,820 + 1,387 + 49

ITALY 3,753 2,601 + 1,152 + 44

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TABLE 2 : RE- EXPORTS FROM THE 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

JAN-JUN JAN-JUN INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN 1991 1990 DECREASE CHANGE

(HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) (HKD MN.) ( % )

CHINA 133,843 102,393 +31,450 + 31

JAPAN 25,487 19,189 + 6,298 + 33

TAIWAN 18,547 13,764 + 4,783 + 35

U.S.A. 12,472 12,429 + 43 *

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 6,970 5,155 + 1,815 + 35

F. R. OF GERMANY 3,094 2,502 + 592 + 24

UNITED KINGDOM 2,813 2,112 + 701 + 33

SINGAPORE 2,708 2,346 + 362 + 15

SWITZERLAND 2,658 2,226 + 432 + 19

FRANCE 2,646 2,265 + 381 + 17

♦ DENOTES LESS THAN 0.5%

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SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM PUBLISHED

THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM HAS SUBMITTED ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1990 TO THE GOVERNMENT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

AMONG THE SUBJECTS ANSWERED BY THE COMMITTEE WAS THE ISSUE OF COMPANIES PURCHASING THEIR OWN SHARES.

IN ITS SIXTH REPORT, THE STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE SHOULD BE AMENDED TO ALLOW COMPANIES 10 PURCHASE THEIR OWN SHARES, SUBJECT TO A NUMBER OF SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT CREDITORS AND NON-SELLING SHAREHOLDERS.

IN JUNE 1990, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ENDORSED DETAILED PROPOSALS BY THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION AND THE STOCK EXCHANGE TO REGULATE SHARE REPURCHASES.

"THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY INCLUDED IN THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1991 WHICH WILL COME INTO FORCE ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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IN THE LIGHT OF A UK COURT CASE, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO CONFIRM THE VALIDITY OF THE COMMON PRACTICE OF BANKS SECURING LOANS OR LINES OF CREDIT BY TAKING CHARGES OVER CASH DEPOSITS PLACED WITH THEM BY BORROWERS.

’’PROPOSALS WERE INCORPORATED IN THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1991 ENACTED TN JULY,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO CONSIDERED A PROPOSAL BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL TO EXPAND THE PRESENT LIMITED INDEX OF COMPANY DIRECTORS TO INCLUDE ALL DIRECTORSHIPS HELD BY DIRECTORS OF LISTED COMPANIES.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT THIS SHOULD PROCEED.

A FURTHER RECOMMENDATION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE INVOLVES AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 290 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

’’THIS SECTION PROVIDES FOR A TWO-YEAR TIME LIMIT FOR INTERESTED PARTIES TO MAKE AN APPLICATION TO THE COURT TO DECLARE THE DISSOLUTION OF A COMPANY VOID,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE STANDING COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THAT THIS WAS TOO SHORT A PERIOD AND MIGHT CAUSE INJUSTICES,” HE SAID.

IT RECOMMENDED THAT SECTION 290 BE AMENDED SO THAT THE COURT MAY EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT ”IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES”, AND THAT AN APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION MAY BE MADE AT ANY TIME.

OTHER ISSUES CONSIDERED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR RELATED TO THE AUDIT OF COMPANY ACCOUNTS, THE PROPOSED NEW CENTRAL CLEARING AND SETTLEMENT SYSTEM AND THE DISQUALIFICATION OF COMPANY DIRECTORS.

’’THESE ISSUES ARE STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE’S REPORT CAN WRITE TO THE SECRETARY TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM, REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, COMMERCIAL DIVISION, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 12TH FLOOR, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER II, 24TH FLOOR, 18 HARCOURT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN NOVEMBER 2.

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GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED EDUCATION COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FRAMEWORK OF ATTAINMENT TARGETS AND RELATED ASSESSMENTS TO COVER INITIALLY THE CORE SUBJECTS CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS UP TO SECONDARY 3 LEVEL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS MOVED FROM A SELECTIVE ONE TO ONE IN WHICH ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE NINE YEARS OF FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION.

’’ASSESSMENT THUS NO LONGER NEEDS TO PLAY THE PRIMARILY SELECTIVE ROLE WHICH IT HAS PLAYED TN THE PAST," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE EDUCATION COMMISSION SAW THE NEED FOR A NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WHICH WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE STUDENTS’ STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES TO ENABLE TEACHERS TO PLAN THEIR FUTURE TEACHING.

"THE SYSTEM WILL ALSO PROVIDE EMPLOYERS AND PARENTS WITH A CLEAR STATEMENT OF STUDENTS ACH1EVEMENTS; AND ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, TO SET AND MONITOR EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS," HE SAID.

SUBJECT TO RESEARCH, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FRAMEWORK OF TARGETS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR THE THREE CORE SUBJECTS OF CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS CAN BE COMPLETED BY 1994, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL ALSO ENDORSED OTHER MEASURES RELATED TO THE NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM. THESE MEASURES ARE:

(A) AT THE PRESENT STAGE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS AT SECONDARY 5 LEVEL BY THE NEW FORM OF ASSESSMENT SHOULD NOT BE PURSUED;

(B) THE APPROPRIATE ATTAINMENT TARGETS AND LEVELS BE DRAWN UP AND TRIED OUT, THE RELATED ASSESSMENTS BASED ON CRITERIONREFERENCING PRINCIPLES INVOLVING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMPONENTS BE DESIGNED AND TESTED, THE APPROPRIATE GUIDELINES AND MATERIALS BE PRODUCED, AND THE MEANS TO ENABLE TEACHERS TO IMPLEMENT THE FRAMEWORK BE DEVELOPED;

(C) TEACHERS BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK RELATING TO THE FRAMEWORK;

(D) INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED WITH TEACHER EDUCATION SHOULD DESIGN COURSES TO ENABLE NEW AND EXISTING TEACHERS TO IMPLEMENT THE FRAMEWORK;

(E) THE NEW TARGET-RELATED ASSESSMENTS RASED ON CRITERIONREFERENCING PRINCIPLES AT PRIMARY 3, PRIMARY 6 AND SECONDARY 3 SHOULD REPLACE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE EXISTING ASSESSMENTS;

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(F) SCHOOLS SHOULD WORK TOWARDS MAKING THEIR INTERNAL

ASSESSMENTS TARGET-RELATED AND BASED ON CRITERION- . REFERENCING PRINCIPLES AT BOTH PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVELS;

(G) TARGET-RELATED ASSESSMENTS BASED ON CRITERION-REFERENCING PRINCIPLES SHOULD GRADUALLY REPLACE HONG KONG ATTAINMENT TESTS;

(H) FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM, THE ASSESSMENTS FOR CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RESULTS OF INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS FOR OTHER SUBJECTS;

(I) RESEARCH BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE SECONDARY . SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM SHOULD INCLUDE THE

ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST IN THE LONG RUN; AND

(J) IN THE LONGER TERM AND SUBJECT TO THE EFFECTIVENESS. OF THE FRAMEWORK AND ASSESSMENTS IN CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS, TARGETS AND RELATED ASSESSMENTS IN OTHER SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED.

THIS REFORM PROPOSAL IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 4 SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION FOLLOWING A TWO-MONTH PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW MEMBER TO JOIN EDUCATION COMMISSION

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR REMUEL AU YEUNG YING-CHEONG AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION TO REPLACE MR DAVID CHEUNG CHI-KONG WHO HAS RECENTLY RESIGNED FROM THE COMMISSION.

MR AU YEUNG IS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE ISLAMIC COLLEGE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS. HE IS ALSO AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MANY EDUCATIONAL, ART AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.

MR AU YEUNG’S TERM OF APPOINTMENT TO THE EDUCATION COMMISSION WILL LAST FROM SEPTEMBER 1 UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR WHEN THE TERMS OF OFFICE OF THE WHOLE COMMISSION WILL EXPIRE.

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APPOINTMENTS TO THE HIGH COURT

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THE JUDICIARY ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE APPOINTMENTS OF THREE HIGH COURT JUDGES. THEY ARE MR BRIAN RICHARD KEITH, QC, JUDGE DAVID JOHN LEONARD AND JUDGE ARTHUR LEONG SHIU-CHUNG.

THE APPOINTMENTS OF MR KEITH AND JUDGE LEONARD WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 2, 1991 AND SEPTEMBER 12, 1991 RESPECTIVELY. THAT OF JUDGE LEONG WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM A LATER DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

MR KEITH WAS BORN IN APRIL 1944. HE WAS EDUCATED AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL, LONDON, AND LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD. HE WAS A JOHN F. KENNEDY FELLOW IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL FROM 1966 TO 1967. HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR AT INNER TEMPLE IN 1968.

FROM 1969 TO PRESENT, MR KEITH HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN LONDON WHERE HIS WORK HAS BEEN MAINLY CIVIL. HE WAS APPOINTED SILK IN 1989 AND HAS SAT AS ASSISTANT RECORDER SINCE 1988.

JUDGE LEONARD WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1937 AND ATTENDED MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE WHERE HE OBTAINED HIS DEGREE IN 1959. HE WAS ADMITTED AS A SOLICITOR IN 1967 AND THEN WORKED AS LEGAL ASSISTANT IN NEW SCOTLAND YARD.

IN 1971 HE ENTERED PRIVATE PRACTICE AND REMAINED THERE UNTIL 1977 WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED MAGISTRATE IN HONG KONG. IN 1981 HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE DISTRICT COURT.

JUDGE LEONG WAS BORN IN HONG KONG IN 1936 AND WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN ENGLAND IN 1965. THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE JOINED THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG AS ASSISTANT CROWN COUNSEL.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO CROWN COUNSEL IN 1969 AND REMAINED IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT UNTIL 1973 WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED MAGISTRATE. IN 1978 HE WAS APPOINTED PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL AND IN 1982 AS A DISTRICT JUDGE.

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NEW MTRC BOARD DIRECTOR APPOINTED ******

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED MR DAVID W. GAIRNS TO THE BOARD OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

MR GAIRNS IS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND WAS FORMERLY THE SENIOR PARTNER OF KPMG PEAT MARWICK.

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HE CURRENTLY SERVES ON A NUMBER OF PUBLIC BOARDS AND COUNCILS, INCLUDING THE BOARD OF OVERSEERS FOR THE INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL FOR ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION AND THE APP<'INlMFNTS BOARD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR GA1RNS IS ALSO A DIRECTOR OF THE PROVISIONAL HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTRE CO. LTD.

IN ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE MTRC BOARD IS CHAIRED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CORPORATION, MR HAMISH MATHERS.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD ARE MR GORDON MACWHINNIE, MR CHENG HON-KWAN, MR HO SAI-CHU, MR JOHN STRICKLAND, MR DAVID GLEDHILL, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS MR DAVID NENDICK, AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT MR MICHAEL LEUNG.

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS WILL RETIRE FROM THE BOARD ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

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BUNTING TO PUBLICISE LEGCO ELECTIONS

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OVER 8,000 COLOURFUL BUNTING HAVE BEEN MOUNTED ON LAMPPOSTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY TO PUBLICISE HONG KONG’S FIRST DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 15.

THE TWO-METRE HIGH BUNTING FEATURE THE ALL IMPORTANT POLLING DATE, THE "LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS -- OUR ELECTION" SLOGAN AND A "VOTE 91" LOGO.

A CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THIS EXTENSIVE PUBLICITY EFFORT WAS DESIGNED AS A FURTHER REMINDER TO RESIDENTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 15 ELECTION DATE.

"IN ADDITION, THE CNTA HAS PUT UP WINDOW DISPLAYS AT ALL ITS DISTRICT OFFICES, AS WELL AS BANNERS AND BILLBOARDS AT CONSPICUOUS SPOTS TO BOOST THE ELECTION ATMOSPHERE," HE SAID.

"TO ADD MOMENTUM TO THE ELECTION PUBLICITY, THE CNTA WILL PUBLISH SUPPLEMENTS IN DISTRICT NEWSPAPERS AND ORGANISE OTHER DISTRICT-BASED PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES NEARER THE POLLING DAY," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED FORUMS, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY CONCLUDED WITH THE LAST ONE FOR YESTERDAY.

HE TOOK THIS OPPORTUNITY THEIR BALLOTS ON ELECTION DAY.

THAT A SERIES OF MEET-THE-CANDIDATES

THE CNTA AND RTHK, HAD JUST BEEN THE ISLAND WEST CONSTITUENCY HELD

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BUS PARADE TO PUBLICISE LEGCO POLLS ******

A "PUBLICITY BUS" DECORATED WITH BANNERS WILL TOUR THE ISLAND EAST CONSTITUENCY ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO REMIND AND ENCOURAGE ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS ON THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL’S POLLING DAY ON SEPTEMBER 15.

THE BUS PARADE WILL START AT 10.15 AM FROM THE CHAI WAN MTR STATION. IT WILL PROCEED TO THE SHAU KEI WAN TRAM TERMINUS, NORTH POINT FERRY PIER AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD TRAM TERMINUS BEFORE FINISHING AT THE JUNCTION OF WUN SHA STREET AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD AROUND 2.30 PM.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEVE BARCLAY, AND ABOUT 20 STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL JOIN THE TOUR AND DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIRS TO PEDESTRIANS AT THE VARIOUS STOPS.

THE BUS PARADE IS PART OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S PUBLICITY PACKAGE FOR THE FORTHCOMING LEGCO DIRECT ELECTIONS.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE BUS PARADE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE KUT SHING STREET EXIT OF THE CHAI WAN MTR STATION BEFORE 10.15 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

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GOVT INVESTS HEAVILY IN QUALITY SUPPORT SERVICES ********

THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S HEAVY INVESTMENT IN PROVIDING QUALITY SUPPORT SERVICES IS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG Q-MARK COUNCIL LICENCE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR BARMA SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONTINUING TO DEVELOP ALL THESE FACILITIES IN LINE WITH THE CHANGING NEEDS OF HONG KONG.

"IT IS GRATIFYING TO SEE THAT THE HONG KONG Q-MARK COUNCIL IS ALSO OF THE VIEW THAT IN ORDER FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS TO MAINTAIN THEIR COMPETITIVE EDGE VIS-A-VIS THE EMERGING ECONOMIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, WE NEED TO PAY GREATER ATTENTION TO THE QUALITY OF THE GOODS WE PRODUCE, AND TO MOVE INTO HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTION," HE SAID.

HE SAID THE 11 RECIPIENT COMPANIES OF THE Q-MARK LICENCES HAD PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE WORTHY OF THE Q-MARK DESIGNATION ON THEIR PRODUCTS.

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’’THE PRODUCTS IN QUESTION HAVE BEEN EXAMINED RIGOROUSLY BY THE HONG KONG Q-MARK COUNCIL BEFORE THE RIGHT TO BEAR THE HONG KONG Q-MAi K LABEL IS GRANTED. THESE COMPANIES CAN NOW PROUDLY DISPLAY THE Q-MARK ON THEIR LICENCED PRODUCTS,” HE SAID.

MR BARMA SAID THE FACT THAT THESE MANUFACTURERS HAD INVESTED MONEY AND MANPOWER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A QUALITY LABEL FOR THEIR PRODUCTS WAS TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT THE LEVEL OF QUALITY CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG OUR MANUFACTURERS WAS RISING.

"HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN ARE GENERALLY WELL INFORMED OF WHAT THEIR BUYERS WANT.

’’THEY SEE THE DEMAND FOR QUALITY PRODUCTS AND THE NEED TO SHOW CLEARLY TO THEIR CUSTOMERS THAT THEIR PRODUCTS ARE QUALITY PRODUCTS.

’’ONE WAY OF DOING THIS IS BY MAKING PRODUCTS WHICH CAN CARRY THE Q-MARK," HE SAID.

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I RD’S INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY STUDY CONTRACT SIGNING ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS EMBARKED ON ANOTHER MAJOR DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY STUDY (ISSS) IN A CONCERTED MOVE TO ALIGN DEPARTMENTAL CORPORATE PLANS WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ("IT”) STRATEGIES.

THIS IS TO ENSURE THE TIMELY AND COHERENT INTEGRATION OF "IT" IN THE FAST EVOLVING BUSINESSES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON GOAL OF MORE EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICES.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT (ITSD), DR COLIN GREENFIELD, TODAY (FRIDAY) SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THE ’ MG PEAT MARWICK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR A.K. GILL, FOR CONDUCTING AN ISSS FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT (IRD).

THE STUDY WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE SEVEN MONTHS.

AN ITSD SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONSULTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO RECO’’ TN THE LIGHT OF THE POLICY AND OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES OF IRD D THE LIKELY TECHNOLOGICAL OPTIONS AND RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A FIVE-YEAR INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY PLAN TO MEET THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION NEEDS.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE PLAN SHOULD COVER:

* A PORTFOLIO OF STRATEGIC APPLICATIONS WITH PRIORITIES;

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» A BLUEPRINT OF THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE AND CORPORATE DATA ARCHITECTURE IN SUPPORT OF THE STRATEGIC APPLICATIONS;

* PROFILES OF RESOURCES, CASH FLOW REQUIREMENTS AND BENEFITS;

* STRATEGIES FOR HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE BASED ON THE GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE;

* "IT" RELATED MANAGEMENT, STAFFING, AND TRAINING IMPLICATIONS; AND

* A PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT, MONITORING AND REVIEW MECHANISM FOR THE STRATEGY PLAN.

"THE IRD STRATEGY STUDY UNDERLINES THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM COMMITMENT IN MOVING AWAY FROM THE PROJECT-BY-PROJECT APPROACH TRADITIONALLY USED TO IMPLEMENT COMPUTERISATION AND REPLACING IT BY A STRATEGIC PLANNING APPROACH," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT IS ONE OF SIX SIMILAR STUDIES WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED FOR DEPARTMENTS DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

"THE CONDUCT OF THE STUDY WILL BE OVERSEEN BY A DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY STEERING COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE IRD, ITSD, AND THE FINANCE BRANCH."

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ROAD WORKS TO RELIEVE MONG KOK TRAFFIC CONGESTION ******

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR CARRYING OUT TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS IN MONG KOK TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE DISTRICT ESPECIALLY DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR STAGE 4 PHASE I PROJECT.

A TENDER NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR STAGE 4 PHASE I PROJECT INVOLVES MAINLY THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-LANE SOUTHBOUND ELEVATED ROAD ALONG TONG MI ROAD AND FERRY STREET FROM THE END OF THE EXISTING STAGE 3 OF THE CORRIDOR AT TUNG CHAU STREET.

THE ELEVATED ROAD EXTENDS SOUTHWARDS AND ENDS AT A DOWN RAMP TO FERRY STREET NEAR SOY STREET.

CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE IN MAY NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC PRESSURE TO BE CAUSED BY THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR STAGE 4 PHASE I PROJECT, THE WORKS MENTIONED IN THE TENDER NOTICE WILL START THIS NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN A YEAR’S TIME.

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THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING WORKS UNDER THE MONG KOK WEST IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, THE MAIN FEATURES OF WHICH INCLUDE:

» RE-ROUTING ARGYLE STREET BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND RECLAMATION STREET TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND;

» RE-ROUTING MONG KOK ROAD BETWEEN TONG MI ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND;

* RE-ROUTING SHANGHAI STREET BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND PUBLIC SQUARE STREET TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

* OTHER MINOR RE-ROUTINGS AT SECTIONS OF ARRAN STREET, BUTE STREET AND PORTLAND STREET;

* WIDENING EXISTING FOOTWAYS ALONG SECTIONS OF SHANGHAI STREET, ARGYLE STREET, MONG KOK ROAD AND DUNDAS STREET; AND

* MODIFICATIONS TO LAYOUT AND TRAFFIC SIGNALLING AT VARIOUS JUNCTIONS WITHIN MONG KOK WEST.

THE WORKS WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF CARRIAGEWAYS ALONG SECTIONS OF ARRAN STREET, PORTLAND STREET AND SHANTUNG STREET.

BOTH THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THEIR CONSTRUCTION.

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FLEMING ROAD FOOTBRIDGE EXTENSION PROPOSED

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THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING FOOTBRIDGES AT THE JUNCTION OF GLOUCESTER ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD IN WAN CHAI TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT AT THE ROAD JUNCTION.

THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE PROVISION OF COVERS TO THE FOOTBRIDGES, AND CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL SPANS ACROSS GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND SERVICE ROAD AND AT THE JUNCTION OF FLEMING ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

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

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

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL;

* HONG KONG WEST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI; AND

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* WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 2 O’BRIEN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE WORKS OR THE USE SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 29 THIS YEAR.

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PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE FOR KOWLOON WALLED CITY DEMOLITION

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR PREQUALIFICATION OF TENDERERS FOR THE DEMOLITION OF KOWLOON WALLED CITY.

THE EXISTING KOWLOON WALLED CITY IS LOCATED SOUTH OF 'TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND ADJACENT TO THE CARPENTER ROAD PARK IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

IT OCCUPIES AN AREA OF ABOUT 2.8 HECTARES WITH BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES VARYING FROM SINGLE TO 14 STOREYS.

THE PROJECT WILL COMPRISE THE DEMOLITION OF ALL BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES IN THE WALLED CITY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE "YAMEN" BUILDINGS WHICH ARE LOCATED AT THE CENTRE OF THE WALLED CITY, AND THE REMOVAL OF THE BUILDING DEBRIS ARISING THEREFROM.

THE CLEARED SITE WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A PUBLIC PARK UNDER A SUBSEQUENT CONTRACT.

DEMOLITION IS SCHEDULED TO START BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1994.

DEMOLITION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE SPECIAL DUTIES OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE IS OPEN FOR CONTRACTORS ON THE LIST OF APPROVED SUPPLIERS OF MATERIALS AND SPECIALIST CONTRACTORS FOR PUBLIC WORKS FOR DEMOLITION OF VARIOUS STRUCTURES, AND LARGE LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES WITH PROVEN EXPERIENCE IN LARGE-SCALE DEMOLITION PROJECTS TO APPLY.

PREQUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER/DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SEVENTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING COMPLETED PREQUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 1.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR LANDFILL PROJECT ♦ ♦♦»»»

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS TO UNDERTAKE WORK FOR THE STAGE III, PHASE I CONTRACT FOR THE TSEUNG KWAN O LANDFILL.

WORKS UNDER THE CONTRACT COMPRISE THE PLACING AND COMPACTION OF 5.5 MILLION TONNES OF REFUSE IN THE LANDFILL AT TAI CHIK SHA VALLEY IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE WORKS WILL REQUIRE THE EXCAVATION OF EARTH FROM THE NEARBY BORROW AREA FOR COVERING THE COMPACTED REFUSE.

LANDFILLING CONSISTS ESSENTIALLY OF SPREADING AND COMPACTING REFUSE IN LAYERS AND THEN COVERING EACH LAYER WITH EARTH AS LANDFILLING PROCEEDS.

A COVER LAYER OF ONE METRE OF COMPACTED EARTH WILL BE PLACED OVER THE COMPLETED LANDFILL TO ELIMINATE HEALTH AND FIRE HAZARDS.

THE CONTRACT PERIOD IS 30 MONTHS AND THE WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER, DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION, CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SEVENTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 20.

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REPROVISIONING OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT RECLAMATION AT CHA KWO LING TO PROVIDE LAND FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE KOWLOON BAY PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA, A MARINE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND A SEWAGE TREATMENT LANDING AREA.

THE PROJECT, INVOLVING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 720-METRE VERTICAL SEAWALL AND THE RECLAMATION OF FOUR HECTARES OF LAND WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 8.4 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED, WILL BEGIN IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT NOVEMBER 1993.

ALSO, THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT RECLAMATION WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 19.65 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TA PANG PO IN NORTH LANTAU.

THIS IS TO PROVIDE LANDFALLS TO RECEIVE SUBMARINE GAS AND WATER PIPELINES FROM TAI LAM KOK. THE WORK WILL BEGIN IN MID-NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1995.

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ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT Ot? EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 29, THIS YEAR.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS AFFECTED WERE DESCRIBED IN TWO SEPARATE NOTICES IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NOTICES (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) TOGETHER WITH THEIR RELATED PLANS CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLANS CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD AND THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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TENDERS FOR TAP MUN POLICE POST INVITED ******

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARINE POLICE POST ON TAP MUN ISLAND.

THE POLICE POST WILL BE A TWO-STOREY CONCRETE STRUCTURE CONTAINING BARRACKS, OFFICES, TOILETS, PANTRY ACCOMMODATION AND AN ANCILLARY UNDERGROUND SEPTIC TANK WITH SOAKAWAY SYSTEM.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE AN EXTERNAL ANEMOMETER STEiEL STRUCTURE TO BE USED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR AND COMPLETE BY JULY NEXT YEAR.

A TENDER NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 20 THIS YEAR.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 34TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

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CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS TOMORROW ♦ * t * *

A CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE HO MAN TIN ESTATE PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY), BEGINNING AT 1 PM.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HO MAN TIN NORTH AREA COMMITTEE, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HOUS I NG DEPARTMENT, THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A BAND PARADE, A CHILDREN’S COLOURING COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION, GROUP PERFORMANCES AND GAME STALLS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CARNIVAL’S OPENING WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DONNA WONG; SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER (KOWLOON SOUTH), MR LAM WAI-KEUNG; POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY), MR TONY FUNG; AND HO MAN TIN NORTH AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR MAK HON-KAI.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE HO MAN TIN NORTH AREA CARNIVAL TOMORROW (SATURDAY), BEGINNING AT 1 PM AT THE HO MAN TIN ESTATE PLAYGROUND.

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NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR JUVENILES BORN IN 1975 OR 1976

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT JUVENILES BORN IN 1975 OR 1976 WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPLACE THEIR IDENTITY CARDS FROM SEPTEMBER 9 TO OCTOBER 19.

’’PARENTS WITH CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP SHOULD ACCOMPANY THEM TO ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES TO APPLY FOR NEW JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS DURING THIS PERIOD," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THF ISSUE OFFICES ARE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM, MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

ALL OFFICES CLOSE ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

APPLICANTS MAY 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:

HONG KONG: BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI

TEL. NO. 574 7070

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EAST KOWLOON: AHOY 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

SHEUNG SHU1: TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI TEL. NO. 672 7191

APPLICANTS MAY ALSO MAKE USE OF THE 24-HOUR RECORDED MESSAGE SERVICE BY DIALLING 824 0303 TO OBTAIN DETAILS OF THE DOCUMENTS TO BRING ALONG.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED WOMEN BORN IN OR BEFORE 1915 WHO HAVE NOT APPLIED FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS TO COME FORWARD WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY AS THERE IS ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE CURRENT PHASE CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 7.

FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000.

"ALL NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES WILL CEASE TO PROVIDE SERVICES FROM DECEMBER 2 THIS YEAR, EXCEPT FOR THE TSUEN WAN ISSUE OFFICE WHICH WILL BE CLOSED AS FROM OCTOBER 21 THIS YEAR.

"APPLICATIONS FOR ALL TYPES OF IDENTITY CARDS THEREAFTER WILL BE PROCESSED AT REGULAR REGISTRATION OFFICES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1991

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POSTAL SERVICES TO LIBERIA BACK TO NORMAL

SURFACE MAIL SERVICES TO LIBERIA HAS RESUMED TODAY (FRIDAY), THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MISS ELLE SHUM, ANNOUNCED.

WITH THE RESUMPTION OF AIRMAIL SERVICES EARLIER IN JUNE THIS YEAR AND OF SURFACE MAIL TODAY, ALL POSTAL SERVICES TO LIBERIA HAVE NOW RETURNED TO NORMAL.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS » ♦ ♦ ♦ »

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 29.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 30.8.91 NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON NEUTRAL

TRADE WEIGHTED INDEX 113.1 »+0.1* 30.8.91

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND

CLOSING YIELDS OF EXCHANGE FUND BILLS

29.8.91 30.8.91

MATURING IN 1 WEEK 5.57 PCT 5.23 PCT

1 MONTH 5.25 PCT 5.15 PCT

3 MONTHS 5.46 PCT 5.39 PCT

6 MONTHS 5.96 PCT 5.90 PCT

12 MONTHS 6.39 PCT 6.39 PCT

TOTAL BILLS TRANSFERRED 4,290 MN 5,951 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1991

CHANGE IN WAGE REQUIREMEW FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS .......... EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM CHEMICAL HAZARDS ..... FULL-FLEDGED PROMOTION CAMPAIGN FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS SET IN MOTION HEAVIER TRAFFIC EXPECTED WHEN SCHOOLS RESUME ON MONDAY .......... FARE INCREASE ON GMB ROUTE 99 ................................... HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ......

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1991

CHANGE IN WAGE REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED A CHANGE IN THE WAGE REQUIREMENT FOR THE ADMISSION OF FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS BY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION.

WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MUST CARRY A WAGE NOT BELOW #3,200 PER MONTH.

RE-ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 MAY CARRY THE OLD RATE OF NOT LESS THAN $3,000 PER MONTH, BUT SUCH CONTRACTS MUST TAKE EFFECT NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 1.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM CHEMICAL HAZARDS

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INDUSTRIAL PROPRIETORS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WORKERS HANDLING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS.

THE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN, POINTED OUT THAT EMPLOYERS WHO FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES) REGULATIONS TO PROTECT THEIR WORKERS FROM CHEMICAL HAZARDS MIGHT FACE PROSECUTION.

MR YIP SAID 23 PROPRIETORS HAD BEEN PROSECUTED AND FINED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR FOR BREACHES OF THE REGULATIONS.

"THE REGULATIONS REQUIRE COMPULSORY CLASSIFICATION AND ' LABELLING OF COMMONLY-USED, DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES WHICH COULD BE TOXIC, INFLAMMABLE, OXIDISING, EXPLOSIVE, CORROSIVE, IRRITANT OR HARMFUL," HE EXPLAINED.

IN ADDITION, PROPRIETORS SHOULD PROVIDE WORKERS WITH ADEQUATE INFORMATION ON THE HAZARDS AND PRECAUTIONS NEEDED IN HANDLING DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES.

"THEY SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS, TRAINING AND SUITABLE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO EMPLOYEES EXPOSED TO SUCH SUBSTANCES AND SHOULD ENSURE THAT SUCH EQUIPMENT IS PROPERLY USED," HE SAID.

ANY PROPRIETOR WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $30,000.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1991

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FULL-FLEDGED PROMOTION CAMPAIGN FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS SET IN MOTION »*»♦»*

EYE-CATCHING BANNERS AND ENLIVENING BUNTING PUT UP IN THE STREETS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IN RECENT DAYS FORM A PUBLICITY COBWEB THAT PULLED THE HECTIC CROWDS FROM THEIR HELTER-SKELTER STEPS WITH ONE CLEAR MESSAGE: GO TO VOTE.

ALREADY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUMPED A RECORD SUM OF MONEY FOR THE PUBLICITY OF AN ELECTION - $9.6 MILLION - TO PROMOTE THE FORTHCOMING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS WITH ONE THING IN MIND: TO ENSURE THE FIRST-EVER DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGCO, A SUCCESS.

THE LUMPSUM NEARLY DOUBLED THS TOTAL SUM DRAWN FOR THE 1991 MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS PUT TOGETHER.

ELECTORAL OFFICIALS ARE NOW ROLLING UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GETTING DOWN TO ADD THEIR FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE ALL-OUT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELECTIONS WHICH WILL OPEN A NEW PAGE IN THE HISTORY OF HONG KONG.

CAMPAIGN WORK HAS ALREADY GOT ON THE RAILS SINCE MID-LAST MONTH AND WILL REACH A CRESCENDO IN THE COMING WEEKS LEADING TO THE POLLING DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

ELECTIONS FOR THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 12 AND THE DIRECT ELECTIONS, ON SEPTEMBER 15.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE ADVERTISEMENT ON CINEMAS AND NEWSPAPERS, ANOTHER ROUND OF POSTER DISPLAY AND A THEME SONG ON THE ELECTIONS PRODUCED BY A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION.

HE SAID MORE THAN 60 OUTDOOR DISPLAY SIGNS HAVE BEEN PUT UP IN VARIOUS STRATEGIC LOCATIONS SUCH AS TUNNEL EXITS, ROUNDABOUTS, BUSY PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AND SHOPPING MALLS.

SOME 500,000 COPIES OF PROMOTION LEAFLET WILL BE PLACED AT COUNTERS OF MAJOR BANKS AND THEIR BRANCHES, SHOPS AND POPULAR SHOPPING ARCADES, KCR AND MTR STATIONS.

APART FROM THE LEAFLETS, NEARLY 20,000 POSTERS HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO PUT UP WINDOW DISPLAYS AT ALL ITS DISTRICT OFFICES, AS WELL AS BANNERS AND BILLBOARDS AT CONSPICUOUS SPOTS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 8,000-PLUS BUNTING PUT UP ON LAMPPOSTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

MEANWHILE, THE OFFICE HAS STARTED ISSUING POLL CARDS TO SOME 1.9 MILLION ELECTORS SINCE EARLY LAST WEEK.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1991

FOR THE CANDIDATES, THERE ARE TWO ROUNDS OF FREE MAILING SERVICE - ONE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 23 AND ANOTHER ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 3.

TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR VOTERS TO COTTON ON TO THEIR CANDIDATES, ELECTION FORUMS ARE BEING HELD, IN THEIR RELEVANT CONSTITUENCIES, ON RADIO AND TELEVISION.

THE LIMELIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE FOCUSED ON AN ELECTION PROMOTION SPECTA.CULAR ”’91 ELECTIONS TELEGAME SHOW” WHICH WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 14.

THIS TELEGAME SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ELECTIONS PUBLICITY STEERING GROUP AND TVB AND WILL BE BROADCAST ON TVB-JADE THAT EVENING. THERE WILL BE A THEME SONG COMPOSED SPECIALLY FOR THE OCCASION. IT WILL BE SUNG JOINTLY BY FAMOUS POP SINGERS: MR JACKY CHEUNG, MR LEON LAI AND MR HACKEN LEE.

THE ELECTIONS PUBLICITY STEERING GROUP COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS BRANCH, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, RTHK AND THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND WAS FORMED IN MAY LAST YEAR TO CO-ORDINATE PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES FOR THE 1991 ELECTIONS.

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HEAVIER TRAFFIC EXPECTED WHEN SCHOOLS RESUME ON MONDAY

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED MOTORISTS AND OTHER ROAD USERS THAT FOR MOST SCHOOLS THE AUTUMN TERM BEGINS ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) AND TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVIER THAN FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS CAN EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER MUCH MORE TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS FROM MONDAY ONWARDS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE VOLUME OF RAIL TRANSPORT PASSENGERS ON THE MTR, KCR, LRT AND THE TRAMS WILL ALSO INCREASE.

HE URGED ROAD USERS TO EXERCISE CARE AND PATIENCE, AND BE PREPARED TO ADJUST THEIR TRAVEL TIMES AND ROUTES TO COPE WITH THE RESUMPTION OF SCHOOL TRAFFIC.

"MOTORISTS SHOULD ALSO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN CROSSING THE ROAD, ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL BUSES," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

TO MINIMISE THE EXTRA TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS, HE RECOMMENDED THAT MAXIMUM USE SHOULD BE MADE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT INSTEAD OF PRIVATE CARS.

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FARE INCREASE ON GMB ROUTE 99 *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE FARE FOR GMB ROUTE 99 FROM RIVIERA GARDEN TO TSUEN WAN FERRY PIER WILL BE REVISED FROM $1.30 TO $1.60 PER SINGLE JOURNEY FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

NOTICES WILL BE PUT UP AT TERMINAL POINTS AND . INSIDE VEHICLES TO ADVISE PASSENGERS ON THE FARE INCREASE.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE FUND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *♦*♦♦♦

DATE $ MILLION

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT ON 30.8.91 600

EFFECT OF FORWARDS TO BE SETTLED ON 31.8.91 NEUTRAL

EFFECT OF OPERATIONS THIS MORNING NEUTRAL

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