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Thursday, December 1,1994

Contents . EageJSLo-

Transcript of Chief Secretary's media session.................... 1

Procedures for disclosure of financial interests by Exco Members. 2

Trading countries should seek progress in services............... 3

Transcript of remarks by Financial Secretary..................... 4

New Home Affairs Department inaugurated.......................... 7

Bill to localise UK laws embodying anti-terrorism conventions.... 8

CMU-Euroclear Link in operation.................................. 9

More cable tv networks after mid-1996 expected................... 10

Vehicle towing charges to go up.................................. 11

Primary 1 admission registration................................. 12

Civil works contract for explosives complex at Kau Shat Wan...... 13

CS sees work and public services at Trade Department............. 14

Appointment of HKSCC Director.................................... 15

Appointment of five judges....................................... 15

Election of Labour Advisory Board employee representatives....... 17

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations............. 18

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Transcript of Chief Secretary's media session ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

The following is the transcript of the media session by the Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, after visiting the Trade Department today (Thursday).

CS : Good morning everyone. I am sorry I didn't get a chance yesterday to speak with you after I got off the flight. As you know, I've just spent one week in London. This is my first official visit to London since taking up the post of the Chief Secretary. I met with ministers. I met with the Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, the Minister of State, Mr Alastair Goodlad, a number of officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I also met with a few members of parliament and with business people. And as you know, I addressed the Conference on Hong Kong 2001, which is organised by the Department of trade and Industry. I also spoke with the Hong Kong Association. This was a very useful and productive meeting and a series of meetings. At my meeting with Douglas Hurd, I was able to bring him up-to-date on issues of current concern to Hong Kong. In particular, we reviewed progress on the Court of Final Appeal, on the establishment of the Court of Final Appeal. I am very glad to notice that the council of the Law Society has agreed in principle to support the establishment of this court. This is very very welcome. And I hope very much that the Bar Association would also review its stand on this matter. I think the issue to concentrate on is not so much whether the Law Society has or has not changed its mind. The real issue at stake is do we set up a Court of Final Appeal before 1997, or do we take the risk of, a real risk of, a legal vacuum, because we're not likely to have a better Court of Final Appeal after 1997. So as I said, I hope very much that the legal profession as a whole will review its stance on this.

Question : What's your comment on the scrapping of the ICAC ....

CS : We do not believe that the Section 10 of the ICAC Ordinance in any way infringes the Bill of Right Ordinance. The Attorney General will be taking immediate steps to appeal against the court's judgment.

end/Thursday, December 1,1994

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Procedures for disclosure of financial interests by Exco Members ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

The Government today (Thursday) announced procedures for the disclosure of financial interests by Members of the Executive Council.

A Government spokesman said the Council’s existing rules for the disclosure of interests required Members to declare all registrable interests in a Register of Members' Interests (which is open to public inspection) and to declare specific interests at meetings of the Council, when relevant.

"These rules are scrupulously followed and work well," he said.

Following a review of the existing procedures, Members have agreed that the current rules should continue to apply but, in addition, they should disclose to the Governor, on a confidential basis, information on their interests and activities in Hong Kong's financial markets.

This information will be contained in a Register of Members' Financial Interests and will be separate from and additional to Members' existing obligations with regard to the disclosure of interests in the public register.

"The new Register will contain details of Members' personal shareholdings in Hong Kong companies and any positions they hold on the Hong Kong Futures Exchange at a given date.

"Members will also disclose, on an ongoing basis, details of all subsequent transactions in both the stock exchange and the futures markets," the spokesman said.

"The new arrangements, which will come into effect from January 1 next year, will ensure that advice tendered to the Governor will remain impartial and unbiased," he added.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Trading countries should seek progress in services ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Trading countries should seek to make the maximum progress possible in services, the Financial Secretary, Sir Hamish Macleod, said today (Thursday).

Addressing a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce, Sir Hamish said such progress should also be made in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and in the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC).

He noted that while the Uruguay Round had turned out quite well, achievements in the services area had only been modest.

’’One problem with the Uruguay Round was that those who were keenest to push for liberalisation in services had not frankly thought their position through very carefully, meaning in particular the United States and the European Union.

"When they came to look in more detail at the various sectors, they found to their surprise that their own domestic service sectors were much less willing to open up than they had thought,” Sir Hamish said.

"The other problem is that services is a new issue, compared to trade in goods.

"It needed - it still needs - much fundamental thought to work out what free trade means in this area. And it began to seem it might mean different things in different areas," he added.

Sir Hamish said it had been suggested by some that even Hong Kong was not entirely free trade in services.

"In some sense that is true. But it is only fair to add that in services we are nevertheless among the most liberal in the world."

He pointed out that most countries had enormous powers of self-delusion over their own performance in the spectrum of protectionism.

"In fact, in a polite way I am trying to encourage a useful habit when occasionally I am approached with some complaint about Hong Kong's performance in services.

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’’And that is first to ask what the complainant’s country does in that specific area.

’’I believe that generally the same broad argument applies - the more competition, on an equal basis, the better in the long run for everyone.”

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

Transcript of remarks by Financial Secretary ♦ * * ♦ ♦

The following is a transcript of remarks made by the Financial Secretary, Sir Hamish Macleod, after addressing the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon today (Thursday):

FS: Good afternoon, well that was I think a useful exploration of what I think the real meaning of the APEC declaration is. What the task which lies before us is, that is to say, to produce a blueprint, by the meeting next year. And also I was really highlighting the need to make some progress on services, whether in the GATT/WTO or in the APEC forum, or both; it doesn’t really matter. But I think we need to go on trying on services.

Q: Can you give us a comment about the vote tomorrow by the Senates on GATT? How do you see it and consequences to Hong Kong if it is not ratified?

FS: I think we all hope very much that the vote of course, will be in favour of ratification, and that we'll see the new WTO getting off to a good and early start. I don't think it's much, too much doubt about it, unless there's some very unexpected development. I think there's going to be ratification. The EU and Japan will follow suit pretty quickly. Most of the rest of us has signed up already, certainly Hong Kong has. So I'm pretty confident and upbeat, we'll see a WTO and we’ll do our best to fit it with enthusiasm. I think the more interesting challenge now really is on the APEC side, where we've got to put the flesh on the bones of the undertaking to reach free trade.

Q: The airport railway, there has been suggestion that it won't be open by 1997 and there would be a delay. Have you now got a date on when the airport is going to open?

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FS: The short answer is no. I think on the railway, we’ve been quite open for some months, that the forecast for the section from Kowloon to Hong Kong, of course, was a delay until sometime in 1998. We know the reasons for that. But there is no refined and official date for the opening for the railway as a whole; and nor is there any refined date on the airport, as you know, we’ve been saying I think reasonably that we must wait for a few more things to be resolved before we try and refine the opening date.

Q: If the next committee meeting actually comes up with the financial support agreements, do you see things speed up considerably after that? By how much?

FS: Well, I think so far I’m pretty happy with the way things are going. We got the approval on the land side from the land commission quite swiftly after the agreement that came out. Talks are going on constructively on the FSAS, so hopefully that will not take too long, I'm not going to stick my neck out and try and guess when. We’ve then really got the bill to sort out, that will obviously take a bit longer. Legislation inevitably does. But so far, it's looking hopeful.

Q: Sir, regarding the interest rate. The figures come out from the US on the consumer index look strong and the bonds market in US goes down. Do you think the pressure for another adjustment for the interest rate is becoming greater before the end of this year, and what is your forecast for the upcoming months?

FS : Luckily financial secretaries aren't supposed to make forecast about interest rates, but what's been happening is I think very much what we would have hoped to happen. We don't of course pretend that we control US interest rates, clearly we don't but I think all commentators were agreeing last year that interest rates, from Hong Kong's point of view, should go up to dampen growth a bit, to help combat inflation -particularly the property market - and that's precisely what's happened. I guess most forecasts are saying, probably the upward trend in interest rates hasn't finished, nobody is going to stick their necks out and say when the next rise might be. But I am pretty relaxed (a) about where interest rates reached now - they are not historically very high, actually - and, (b) about one or two more increases. I think it's just what we need. We are not facing an extreme situation here.

Q: Could you elaborate on the full list of property assets that you have just passed to the JLG Chinese side. What does it contain?

FS: It contains a list of government property but I am not the expert on exactly what the list is. I am sure that there will be a sensible dialogue with China if they want more details. Then no doubt they'll tell us exactly what'd been....

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Q : What is the Chinese side ... to make sure it responds?

FS: I don't have that.

Q: What is the timing on mortgage securitisation?

FS: There is no timing on it. What's been happening of course is that it's been gradually occurring. There have been already some cases of mortgage securitisation. What I want to do is to ensure that we are looking very seriously at whether we need some guidelines, just to make sure that that development is in a sensible direction both from the consumers' point of view, and from the point of view of any effect on the property market. Those have been my two main interests. But this is an early stage. It's a new development for Hong Kong. We have to look, for instance, at what has happened in the US, what's been through, I would say, a very turbulent history in the US on that subject. So I am just signalling that we are looking at that rather carefully.

Q: On the issue of stock futures. Yesterday LegCo have passed a motion that government may not have full consultation on this. So is it a sound proof that the government may have overweight the factor of competition in the region but underweight... ?

FS: Well I think in a way the debate is so far removed from the fact that it's quite difficult to give a rational answer to the question. 1 means the problem is, of course, the way. The questions are couched, or the way the motion was couched, don't actually reflect the reality. We have set up a very expert SFC. It didn't exist in the day when we had our previous problems, and it is them who assess whether the risk management measures which exist in the futures exchange in this case are adequate for this particular new product. They are happy that those measures are adequate. The government actually doesn't need to ‘take any view on it whatsoever. It's not really for us to become experts on what will be good for the market. But we are happy that the SFC has the expertise to judge that. I think that many LegCo members made it clear yesterday their main criticism was that there wasn't enough consultation. That's not actually consultation by the government, that's consultation by the futures exchange in essence. But they also said that they will not seek to stand in the way of this subsidiary legislation which is going through, which is merely to enable SFC to impose some other risk control measures. So although I am disappointed at the result of the debate, I don't think there would actually be any slowing down in our progress towards that new product. Of course in parallel the Futures Commission is going through a consultation process, it's up to them in the SFC to judge whether any fine tuning is needed. That was the last question. Thank you very much.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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New Home Affairs Department inaugurated

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The Home Affairs Department was officially inaugurated today (Thursday) following the re-organisation of the City and New Territories Administration (CNTA),

The first phase of the restructuring took place on October 15 last year when the Home Affairs Branch, under the direct supervision of the Secretary for Home Affairs, was established to group policy responsibility for all human rights related issues under a single policy branch.

The Home Affairs Department, meanwhile, was formed by amalgamating the Hong Kong, Kowloon Region Headquarters and the New Territories Region Headquarters of the former CNTA, resulting in a more efficient deployment of staff resources and better co-ordination between headquarters and district offices.

Mr Joseph Wong Wing-ping, who took up the post of Regional Secretary for Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories on November 14 this year, is now the Director of Home Affairs.

He said: ’’The new structure provides for a clearer division of responsibility, with the Home Affairs Branch adopting a conventional policy branch role, and the Home Affairs Department concentrating on its executive functions.”

As to the work of the new Home Affairs Department, Mr Wong explained that it will be responsible for:

implementing the District Administration Scheme; community involvement activities; Rural Planning and Improvement Strategy; local minor works and environmental improvement projects;

disseminating information relating to, and where necessary promoting the public’s understanding of, major Government policies, strategies and development plans;

* collecting and assessing public opinion on relevant issues affecting the community;

exercising statutory functions related to building management, the improvement of safety standards of hotels, guesthouses, clubs and bedspace apartments; and

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* operating district offices, public enquiry service centres and community facilities, and co- ordinating emergency relief services.

Mr Wong added: "Although these responsibilities are not new, they continue to be of great significance to the stability and well- being of our community.

"As a department which is rooted in the community, we care about the aspirations and concerns of the general public and help to resolve their day-to-day problems.

"We will continue to provide, through our 18 District Offices and their Public Enquiry Service Centres, a level of service which lives up to the expectations of the community throughout the whole range of activities which we undertake.

"The basic duties and level of responsibilities of the District Officers will remain the same as at present.

"They will continue to exercise a high degree of autonomy in managing their district offices and dealing with district affairs," he affirmed.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

Bill to localise UK laws embodying anti-terrorism conventions ♦ ♦ * * *

The Governor in Council has endorsed proposed legislation to localise UK laws applied to Hong Kong implementing two international anti-terrorism conventions, a Government spokesman said today (Thursday).

The Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill 1994 will enable Hong Kong to continue to implement the two conventions after July 1, 1997.

These two international conventions are the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, and the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages.

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The spokesman said the Chinese side in the Joint Liaison Group had agreed that the two conventions should continue to apply to Hong Kong after July 1, 1997, and that the measures in the localising Bill should be introduced.

"The Bill makes both acts of violence, or threats to do such acts, against protected persons outside Hong Kong and the taking of hostage, wherever it is committed, offences in Hong Kong.

"It also makes it an offence to attempt, aid, abet, counsel or procure the commission of such prohibited acts, whether the activity occurs in Hong Kong or elsewhere," the spokesman said.

The Bill will be gazetted tomorrow (Friday). It is expected to be introduced into the Legislative Council on December 14.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

CMU-Euroclear Link in operation

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (Thursday) that the link between the Central Moneymarkets Unit (CMU), the centralised clearing system for debt instruments operated by the HKMA, and Euroclear Clearance System Societe Cooperative (Euroclear) will become operational tomorrow (Friday).

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, the local agent of Euroclear, has opened accounts with the HKMA to process transactions on behalf of Euroclear.

CMU's link with Euroclear is the first established between an international clearing system and a domestic debt clearing system in East Asia.

The link, which was announced in October, will broaden the overseas investor base of the Hong Kong dollar debt instruments as investors can trade in Hong Kong dollar debt instruments through the vast international network of the Euroclear.

Currently, there are 134 Recognised Dealers for the trading of Exchange Fund papers and 170 CMU members for the trading of private sector debt securities.

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As at end November 1994, the amount of debt securities held by the CMU was HK$75 billion, made up of HK$52 billion in Exchange Fund Bills and Notes and HK$23 billion in private sector debt securities.

Turnover of Exchange Fund papers, which amounted to an average of HKS28 billion a day, reached a record high of HK$64 billion on October 26, 1994.

cnd/Thursday, December 1, 1994

More cable tv networks after mid-1996 expected ♦ * ♦ * ♦

More cable television systems are expected to come on line by mid-1996 when Wharf Cable's exclusivity ends, the Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Mr James So, said today (Thursday).

Cable systems, both officially and commercially provided, are springing up all over Asia, Mr So added.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Cable and Satellite Asia 1994 exhibition in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mr So said: "In China alone, hundreds of new networks have been installed since the beginning of this decade and this trend will continue.

"Virtually every country in the Far East is installing or is planning the installation of new cable networks. Hong Kong is no exception," he added.

Other potential developments related to cable were more personalised interactive multi-media services such as video-on- demand, pay per view, home shopping and their ultimate evolution into the information superhighway, Mr So said.

On the satellite front, Mr So said Hong Kong had played a catalytic role in bringing satellite television to the Asian region, "a move which has spurred the widespread development of cable systems in many countries in Asia".

"I see Hong Kong maintaining this special role in the Asian region, despite the change of sovereignty in 1997.

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"Hong Kong certainly continues to attract satellite uplinkers," Mr So said.

Future business prospects in the region for cable and satellite television are very exciting.

"As a launch pad into the Asian market Hong Kong is second to none."

"A central geographical position, an extensive business network and excellent connections in the region, particularly in China, all play an important role," he said.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

Vehicle towing charges to go up

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The Governor in Council has decided that the Government's vehicle towing charge of $110 should be replaced by a sliding scale of fees according to vehicle weight to reflect more accurately the cost in providing these services.

The proposed towing charges will be $440 for vehicles not exceeding 5.5 tonnes; $1,100 for vehicles between 5.5 and 24 tonnes; and $2,960 for vehicles exceeding 24 tonnes. The existing fee has remained unchanged since 1981.

The new charges are set out in the Road Traffic (Amendment of Schedule 5) Order 1994 to be published in the Gazette tomorrow (Friday). They will take effect on January 12, 1995.

A Government spokesman said: "The increase is needed to recover the Government's cost. We do not wish to provide a subsidised towing service."

The proposed charges will apply to vehicles towed away by the Police or their contractors because of obstruction, traffic accident or illegal parking.

Motorists can use their own towing agents in the case of accident or breakdown, provided that the vehicles are not causing a traffic obstruction.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Primary 1 admission registration *****

The Education Department reminds parents to go back to the school to which they have applied for a discretionary Primary 1 place for their children between 9 am and 5 pm tomorrow (Friday) or between 9 am and noon the following day (Saturday) to find out the results of their application.

They are also reminded that registration will take place next Monday and Tuesday (December 5 and 6) during school hours.

A spokesman for the Education Department advised parents whose children had been offered a Primary 1 place to note carefully the registration procedures and requirements of individual schools, such as a parent's copy of the Application Form for Admission to Primary One and the number of photos to be brought along to the school.

If they cannot register their children with the school within the specified period, they should notify the school, or through the Primary One Admission Unit of the Education Department on tel 5724383 to make alternative arrangements.

"If parents fail to do so, they will be deemed to have given up the discretionary place offered by the school," the spokesman said.

Children who have not secured a discretionary place will be centrally allocated to a government or aided primary school.

The spokesman said: "Parents will receive a letter in late February or early March 1995 from the department requesting them to go to a specified distribution and collection centre to collect a 'Choice of Schools' form and a list of all government and aided primary schools in their home district."

Children will be allocated a Primary 1 place under central allocation according to parents' choices.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Civil works contract for explosives complex at Kau Shat Wan ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

A $214-million contract for civil works in connection with the construction of an explosives complex at Kau Shat Wan, Lantau Island, was awarded today (Thursday) to Leighton-Hochtief Joint Venture, which was formed by local and German firms.

The explosives complex will replace the existing explosives facilities on Stonecutters Island. Most of the explosives will be stored in underground rock caverns. Access to the complex will be by sea only and no vehicluar access will be provided.

To achieve the target commissioning date of June 1997, construction of the complex was divided into two contracts: the civil works contract which has just been awarded and the building , mechanical and electrical works contract. Tenders for the latter are expected to be invited in late 1995.

The civil works contract comprises reclamation and underground work. A 340-metre seawall will be constructed together with six hectares of reclamation to provide the operational area of the new explosives complex. A scries of underground rock caverns will be constructed within the hillside, linked by tunnels to provide the main storage space for explosives.

The building and mechanical and electrical works contract includes the construction of above- ground buildings and magazines, provision of mechanical and electrical facilities and security systems, and construction of roads and landscaping works. Works on this contract are expected to start in early 1996 and the entire project will be completed by mid-1997.

The design of the new complex had been undertaken by TBV Consult Limited, who will also oversee its construction. Works will start early this month and take 19 months to finish.

The civil works contract was signed by Dr Choi Yu-Leuk, Principal Government Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Department, and Mr John Nash of Leighton Contractor and Mr Erwin Behr of the German firm, Hochtief A.G, for the joint venture company.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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CS sees work and public services at Trade Department *****

The Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, was today (Thursday) given an insight into the work of the Trade Department and the public services it provided to traders during a morning visit to the Department.

Mrs Chan toured the various sections of the Department, met front-line staff and saw for herself different aspects of their services ranging from import/export licensing to the processing of local sub-contracting applications.

Accompanied by the Director-General of Trade, Mr Tony Miller, the Chief Secretary first visited the Department's information counter and an adjoining enquiry counter of the Trade Development Council where she was briefed on their operation.

At a multimedia panel nearby designed to facilitate customers' enquiries, she showed keen interest in the $290,000 computer system which used touch-screen technology to bring services information, in Chinese or English, virtually at fingertips.

Mrs Chan later met staff and and was explained the work and services at the various offices of the Department's Divisions such as North America. Systems, Other Regions and Europe.

At the Microfilming Unit, she was briefed on the procedures for licence verification and watched with interest a demonstration on the microfilming of licences and retrieval.

Later at the Certification and Textiles Controls Branches, the Chief Secretary was given an insight into the processing of local sub-contracting applications, textiles sample classification, as well as textiles import and/or export licensing control.

End/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Appointment of HKSCC Director

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The Financial Secretary has appointed Mr Denis M P C Ho as an independent director of the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited (HKSCC) with immediate effect until the 1996 Annual General Meeting of the HKSCC, the Secretary for Financial Services, Mr Michael Cartland, announced today (Thursday).

Under the Articles of Association of the HKSCC, the Financial Secretary may at any time appoint not more than five persons as directors of the HKSCC to represent public interest.

In addition to Mr Ho, the other four independent directors are Professor Chan Yuk-shee, Mr William Ebsworth, Mr Stuart Leckie and Mr Donald Yap.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

Appointment of five judges

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The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:

The Judiciary announced today (Thursday) the appointment of two Justices of Appeal, two Judges of the High Court and one District Judge.

The two Justices of Appeal are appointed from within the Judiciary. They are High Court Judges Mr Justice Liu and Mr Justice Mayo.

Mr William Waung Sik-ying, a local barrister, and Mr Conrad Seagroatt,QC, a barrister from the United Kingdom, are appointed Judges of the High Court. Mr Steven Ronald Bailey, a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel of the Legal Department is appointed District Judge.

Mr Justice Liu. Mr Waung and Mr Bailey's appointments will take effect from next Monday (December 5) while the appointments of Mr Seagroatt and Mr Justice Mayo will take effect respectively in early January and April next year.

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Mr Justice Liu was born in Hong Kong in 1931. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1954. He was called to the Bar in England in 1957 and the Hong Kong Bar in 1959. Mr Justice Liu was in private practice between 1959 and 1973. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1973. In the same year, he joined the Hong Kong Judiciary as a District Judge and was appointed Judge of the High Court in 1980. Mr Justice Liu is married and has a son and a daughter.

Mr Justice Mayo was bom in England in 1937. He was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1961 and as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1963. In 1967, he was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in West Australia. Before joining the Hong Kong Judiciary as Assistant Registrar in 1968, Mr Justice Mayo was in private practice. He was appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court in 1976 and Judge of the High Court in 1980. Mr Justice Mayo is married and has a son and a daughter.

Mr Waung was born in China in 1943. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in England in 1970 and the Hong Kong Bar in 1972. He has been in private practice in Hong Kong since 1972. He has previously served as a Deputy District Judge in 1984 and also as a Deputy High Court Judge between September and November in 1994. Mr Waung is married and has a son and a daughter.

Mr Seagroatt was bom in the United Kingdom in 1938. He was admitted as a solicitor in the United Kingdom in 1967 and called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1970. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983. Mr Seagroatt served as a Recorder in Crown Court in 1980 and a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 1991. In 1993, he was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in the United Kingdom. Mr Seagroatt is married and has five daughters.

Mr Bailey was born in England in 1950. He was admitted as a solicitor and banister in Australia in 1979. He came to Hong Kong in 1985 as a Senior Crown Counsel with the Attorney General's Chambers and was promoted to Deputy Principal Crown Counsel in 1992. He is married and has a son and a daughter.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Election of Labour Advisory Board employee representatives *****

Seven candidates nominated by registered employee unions will be competing for five employee representative seats in the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) on Saturday (December 3).

Successful candidates will be appointed to the board for a term of two years starting from January next year.

A Labour Department spokesman said today (Thursday) that 263 employee unions had registered as electors in the LAB election to be held at the Making Wong Technical Institute in Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon.

’’Authorised union representatives are required to arrive at the institute before 2.30 pm on the election day,” he said.

’’They must produce their Hong Kong identity cards for inspection before being admitted to the election hall,” he added.

Representatives of the Secretary for Education and Manpower and Registrar of Trade Unions will be present to supervise the counting of votes. Acting Assistant Commissioner for Labour, Mr Yeung Chi- kin, will act as the Returning Officer.

Attention news editors:

You are invited to cover the LAB election on Saturday (December 3).

Media representatives should assemble in Room 128B outside the Assembly Hall on the first floor of Haking Wong Technical Institute at 2.30 pm. They are advised to enter the institute via Fortune Street near the Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station.

Information Officers from the Labour Department will be on hand to assist.

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Media representatives will be able to cover the opening session of the election and the initial checking of ballot papers at the end of voting in the election hall. They will be required to leave the election hall while voting and counting of votes are in progress.

Arrangements will be made for them to cover the announcement of election results and to interview successful candidates. Film crews should bring their own power supply.

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (.$ million)

Opening balance in the account 2904 0930 -894

Closing balance in the account 1851 1000 -1088

Change attributable to : 1100 -1183

Money market activity -1183 1200 -1183

Laf today + 130 1500 -1183

1600 -1183

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TW1 121.7 *+0.0* 1.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.89 18 months 2605 6.35 99.47 6.85

1 month 5.01 24 months 2611 6.90 99.57 7.26

3 month 5.40 29 months 3704 6.15 97.29 7.53

6 months 5.78 35 months 3710 7.25 99.00 7.78

12 months 6.44 58 months 5909 7.45 97.05 8.37

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 20,919 million

Closed 1 December 1994

end/Thursday, December 1, 1994

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Friday, December 2,1994

Contents Page No,

Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee to be set up............... 1

GEO welcomes consultant's report on Kwun Lung Lau................. 2

HK pleased with Uruguay Act passage in US Congress................ 4

Changes in HA membership.......................................... 5

$54M award to boost language proficiency.......................... 6

Proactive approach to enhance technology in industry.............. 7

Drainage channel planned for Kam Tin.............................. 8

Remote marine radar station planned............................... 9

Sewage pumping station planned for Tuen Mun.................. 10

Laying of outfall pipe at Yau Kom Tau........................ 11

Tenders for building platforms and bridge........................ 12

Credit to Correctional Services.................................. 13

Amusement rides owners reminded of new law....................... 15

Ancient study hall to open after restoration..................... 16

Swimming race at Ting Kau.................................... 18

Crown rents due on December 25............................... 18

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations......... 21

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Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee to be set up ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A Government spokesman announced today (FFriday): ’’Following discussions in Beijing, the Sino-British Co-ordinating Committee on Major Cross-border Infrastructure between Hong Kong and the Mainland (to be referred to in short as the Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee) will be established.”

The spokesman said it had been agreed that:

1. the Committee will consider infrastructure projects straddling the border;

2. these will be major projects;

3. the Committee will not have any decision-making function;

4. the Committee will be a forum for exchange of views and information

and for seeking to reach a common view on co-ordination and interface and matters on which a common view has been reached shall be recorded;

5. the Committee will respect and not compromise the decision-making power of Hong Kong and the Mainland on their respective infrastructure projects;

6. it is the important working objective of the Committee to shorten the decision-making process on the convergence and interface of cross-border infrastructure projects, and thereby expedite the development of such projects of the two places;

7. the agenda for discussion will be subject to agreement of both sides;

8. panels dealing with specific subjects will be set up under and report to the Committee; and

9. meetings of the Committee will be held in a variety of venues including Beijing, Hong Kong and Guangdong.

The spokesman further said existing channels on cross-border liaison and co-ordination could remain in being, and continue to perform their cunent functions under the guidance of the Committee.

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The spokesman said the membership of the British side was set out below. It is agreed that the membership may be varied by either side according to the agenda of meetings of the committee and experts and consultants can be invited to attend meetings when necessary.

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE BRITISH TEAM

Leader:

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Planning, Environment and

Lands Branch, Mr A G Eason

Members:

Secretary for Transport, Transport Branch, Mr Haider Barma

Secretary for Economic Services, Economic Services Branch, Mr Gordon Siu

Director of Planning, Planning Department, Dr Peter Pun

Director of Highways, Highways Department, Mr H S Kwong

Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Constitutional Affairs Branch.

Mr Stephen Lam

Assistant Political Adviser, Political Adviser's Office, Miss Shirley Yung

end/Friday, December 2,1994

GEO welcomes consultant's report on Kwun Lung Lau ♦ * * * *

The Head of the Government's Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO), Dr Andrew Malone, has welcomed Professor Norbert Morgenstern's report as "a very comprehensive and valuable piece of work".

"This report explains the causes of the Kwun Lung Lau landslip in great detail and its findings will help shape our future strategy for upgrading old retaining walls," Principal Government Geotechnical Engineer Dr Malone noted today (Friday).

He went on to say that some of the very constructive recommendations made by the independent expert would have significant impact on property management and geotechnical practice in Hong Kong in the future.

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Professor Morgenstern has recommended a major programme for monitoring and repair of leaking drainage pipes buried in slopes, and a more integrated approach to the slope stability assessment process.

"Our first reaction is that these are very useful and positive suggestions," Dr Malone said.

"We are now discussing the recommendations within Government and with the professions and trade associations."

He expected Professor Morgenstern's ideas on achieving a more integrated approach to the slope stability assessment process to stimulate debate in the geotechnical community.

"As always, one of the major concerns is resources," Dr Malone said.

"Legislation might also be required for the campaign on leaking drains," he added.

However, Dr Malone felt confident of support in the increasingly risk averse climate of 1994.

"There is now wide recognition," he said, "that greater resource input is needed all round for slope safety improvements to achieve the level of safety now expected in Hong Kong. This involves action by private and public owners of slopes as well as GEO.

"We in GEO have been pressing for more resources to expedite the upgrading of sub-standard old slopes and retaining walls."

Dr Malone pointed out that great improvements in slope safety had been achieved over the last 17 years since the establishment of GEO, and the community as a whole had greatly benefited from the services of its dedicated team of professional and technical staff.

"GEO is internationally recognised for its achievements and the setting of standards. However, we are eager to respond to new challenges and changing community expectations and are open to new ideas," Dr Malone said.

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• "I must reiterate the Governor's statement yesterday, that we owe it to those who suffered in the landslide tragedy to do all we can to make sites safe wherever possible and as fast as possible," he noted.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

HK pleased with Uruguay Act passage in US Congress *****

The Director-General of Trade, Mr Tony Miller, today (Friday) said the Government was pleased that the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) had gained congressional passage in the United States.

The Act was passed in the US House of Representatives on November 29 and in the Senate on December 1. It now awaits President Clinton to sign it into law.

Mr Miller said: "This takes us over a major hurdle on the way to the establishment ofthe World Trade Organisation (WTO) on January 1, 1995."

"The world looks to the US for leadership in promoting free trade under the multilateral regime. The passage of the URAA in the US should help speed up the ratification of the WTO Agreement by other major trading entities including the European Union, Japan and Canada," he added.

Hong Kong is among the first 30 participants in the Uruguay Round to have ratified the Agreement. The necessary ratification formalities were completed on October 1.

"The establishment of the WTO will be a vote of confidence in, and strengthening of, the multilateral trading system, which has served Hong Kong well over the past 40 years," Mr Miller said.

"As we have said before, we are concerned about certain provisions in the URAA which we find objectionable. These included unilateral changes to the rules of origin for textiles and apparel products, and certain provisions regarding anti-dumping.

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"On rules of origin, the URAA stipulates assembly as the origin determining process for most trade sensitive textiles products, in place of the existing rule of cutting.

"This represents a break from current US principles and practice. It potentially disrupts trade and investment by cutting across established commercial arrangements and is contrary to the market trends towards internationalisation of production.

"The Hong Kong Government will take appropriate action to protect Hong Kong's trade interest."

The URAA only sets out principles for revising US origin rules for textile products. The Act requires the US Secretary for Treasury to publish detailed rules for implementing its principles, by July 1, 1995, for implementation on July 1, 1996.

Mr Miller said: "It is therefore not possible at this stage to be precise about how the change in US origin rules will affect our textile exports to the US."

"We will be monitoring closely the development of the detailed rules by the.US Treasury and take action as appropriate," he added.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Changes in HA membership *****

The Government today (Friday) announced the appointment of Miss Eliza Chan and Mrs Chan Wong Shui, Pamela to be members of the Board of the Hospital Authority with effect from December 1, 1994.

Miss Chan is a solicitor and chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Mrs Chan is the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council and a very active co-opted member of the Hospital Authority.

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Mr Simon C Penney, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, has also been appointed a member to the Board from January 1, 1995.

Professor David Todd and Mr Peter Wong Hong- yuen have been reappointed to serve on the Board from December 1, 1994.

Meanwhile, Mrs Lee Lo Yuk-sim has resigned from the Board and Mr James C S Rankin has tendered his resignation which will take effect from December 31, 1994.

Dr William H P Lewis has already left the Board when his term of appointment expired at the end of November, 1994.

A Government spokesman paid tribute to Mrs Lee Lo Yuk-sim, Mr James C S Rankin and Dr William H P Lewis for their advice and contributions to the Hospital Authority which is dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of medical services in Hong Kong.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

$54M award to boost language proficiency *****

A total of 35 language improvement projects amounting to $54.4 million today (Friday) received the green light from the Acting Director of Education and Trustee of the Language Fund, Miss Elaine Chung.

The 35 projects are among the first batch of 177 applications to the government’s $300 million Language Fund, and have been recommended by the Language Fund Advisory Committee chaired by Professor Rosie Young.

Miss Chung said the successful applicants were being notified separately and that it was the intention of the trustee to enter into an agreement with each grantee before funds were allocated.

Of the 35 successful applications aimed at improving the language proficiency of teachers, students and members of the public, 23 are Chinese

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language (including Putonghua) projects, eight English language projects and four concerned with improving proficiency in both English and Chinese.

"There is a balanced mix of research, teaching and learning resource materials, teacher training, curriculum and student activity projects. The approved ones have all met the stringent criteria set by the Language Fund Advisory Committee. They should make an impact in raising language standards in Hong Kong," Miss Chung said.

Miss Chung paid tribute to members of the Language Fund Advisory Committee for their dedication, judgment and hard work. In particular, she thanked members who sat on the three vetting groups who had to work long hours and had to make hard decisions regarding the applications.

"I know that members left no stone unturned and no detail unexamined in order to be scrupulously fair to every applicant. The whole exercise demonstrated very clearly what jointly the public and private sectors can achieve for the benefit of the community," she said.

Note to editors:

A list of the successful applications will be faxed.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Proactive approach to enhance technology in industry *****

The Government has taken a proactive approach in recent years in providing manpower training and various types of support to the manufacturing industry to help enhance its technological level and development towards high value-added and technology based manufacturing, the Director- General of Industry, Miss Denise Yue, said today (Friday).

Speaking at the CMA Prevocational School Speech Day. Miss Yue said the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre, which was built at the cost of

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$250 million, commenced full operation in October. It provides technologybased businesses with incubation and other services.

On industrial land, Miss Yue said the first phase of 28 hectares in the third industrial estate at Tseung Kwan O was open to application.

She said: "Upon completion in 1996, the industrial estate will provide a total of 70 hectares to those manufacturers who cannnot operate in multi-storey buildings."

Miss Yue said the government-funded Hong Kong Applied R&D Fund Company Limited, which was formed in 1993 to provide funding support to applied research and development projects, had acted as a catalyst in promoting applied research and development activities in the territory.

"In addition, the Government approved an additional $180 million in 1994/95 to various organisations to undertake projects which are beneficial to the industrial or technological development of Hong Kong.

"Recipients ranges from industrial support bodies, trade and industrial organisations, higher educational organisations, professional bodies and research institutions," she said.

"Funding for this purpose will increase to around $200 million in 1995/96," she added.

Miss Yue said the manufacturing industries had a workforce of about 450,000.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Drainage channel planned for Kam Tin *****

The Government plans to construct a concrete drainage channel to alleviate the flooding problems in Kam Tin area.

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The channel will be built within an area of about 1.7 hectares of foreshore and seabed at the upstream of Kam Tin River. The works will begin in mid-1996 for completion in late 1998.

The extent of the area affected is notified in the Government Gazette today (Friday).

The notice and its related plan can be seen on notice boards near the site.

The plan can also be seen at the Lands Department's Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor, Murray Building, Garden Road; and at the Yuen Long District Office, ground floor, Yuen Long District Branch Offices Building, 269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long.

The plan can also be purchased at the Survey and Mapping Office.

Any person who considers that his interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed involved will be affected, may submit a written claim for compensation to the Director of Lands on or before December 2, 1995.

He should state in his submission the sum of money that he is willing to accept in full and final statement of his claim and should submit particulars to substantiate his claim.

end/Friday /December 2, 1994

Remote marine radar station planned *♦»***

The Government plans to build a remote marine radar station at Kau Yi Chau for development of Container Terminals 8 and 9.

In association with the project, it is proposed that a submarine cable for supplying electricity to Kau Yi Chau from Peng Chau will be laid by the China Light and Power Company, Limited.

The works will start in April 1995 for completion in July 1995.

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The extent of the area affected is notified in the Government Gazette today (Friday).

The notice and its related plans can be seen on notice boards near the site.

The plan can also be seen at the Lands Department's Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor, Murray Building, Garden Road; and at the Islands District office, 20th floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong.

The plan can also be purchased at the Survey and Mapping Office.

Any person who considers that he has an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed involved will be affected may submit a written objection to the Director of Lands on or before February 2, 1995.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Sewage pumping station planned for Tuen Mun

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The Government plans to construct a sewage pumping station and the associated network for improving the efficiency of conveying sewage across the Tuen Mun nullah.

The works will take place within an area of about 3,240 square metres of foreshore and seabed in Tuen Mun.

The works will commence in July next year for completion by about June 1997.

The extent of the area affected is notified in the Gazette today (Friday).

The notice and its related plan can be seen on notice boards posted near the site.

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The plan can also be seen at the Lands Department’s Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor, Murray Building, Garden Road, and at the Tuen Mun District Office, second floor, Tuen Mun Government Offices, 1 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun.

The plan can also be purchased at the Survey and Mapping Office.

Any person who considers that he has an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed affected may submit a written objection to the Director of Lands on or before February 2, 1995.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Laying of outfall pipe at Yau Kom Tau *****

The Governor in Council has given authorisation for the Net Gain Limited to use about 150 square metres of foreshore and seabed at Yau Kom Tau as works area for laying a stormwater outfall pipe.

The works will start in early December and will take about six months to complete.

The extent of the area affected is notified in the Government Gazette today (Friday).

The notice and its related plan can be seen at the Lands Department's Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor. Murray Building. Garden Road; and at the Tsuen Wan District Office, first floor, Tsuen Wan Station Multi-storey Carpark Building, 174-208 Castle Peak Road. Tsuen Wan, New Territories.

Any person who considers that his interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed involved will be affected may submit a written claim for compensation to the Director of Lands on or before December 2, 1995.

He should state in his submission the sum of money that he is willing to accept in full and final statement of his claim and should submit particulars to substantiate his claim.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994.

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Tenders for building platforms and bridge ♦ * * * *

The Territory Development Department's New Territories East Development Office is inviting tenders for a works contract under the continuing development programme of the Sha Tin New Town.

The contract comprises the construction of platforms for village type development houses; an electric substation; parking area, footpaths and stairs; associated sewerage and drainage works as well as laying of water mains.

The works are scheduled to begin next month for completion in about 16 months.

Tender forms and further particulars may be obtained from the office of Maunsell Consultants Asia Limited at 4 Fung Wo Lane, Wo Che, Sha Tin.

Meanwhile, the department's Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office is also inviting tenders for the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Tai O Creek on Lantau Island.

The works, which are expected to begin in February next year for completion in April 1996, will be a link between Wing On Street and Tai O Market Street.

Tender forms and further particulars of this contract may be obtained from the office of Messrs Wilbur Smith Associates at Suite 803, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, West Wing, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Notices of the tender invitations are gazetted today (Friday).

The tender closing date of both contracts is noon on December 23.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

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Credit to Correctional Services ♦ * * * *

The Secretary for Security, Mr Alistair Asprey, today (Friday) said the Correctional Services Department (CSD) had a well-deserved reputation for its high standards.

Speaking at a passing-out parade at CSD's Staff Training Institute in Stanley this afternoon, Mr Asprey said the work of Correctional Services Officers was made more demanding by the problem of overcrowding in prisons.

"This problem is particularly pressing, because of the large numbers of illegal immigrants and overstayers now in custody.

"I am aware of the effect that this problem has on staff morale as well as the stress it places on the management of our institutions," he said.

He was also aware of the difficulties and pressure that the staff were encountering every day in the management of Vietnamese Migrants detention centres. Currently, there are about 17,000 Vietnamese migrants under the Department's custody.

"These people are not prisoners, and their care and safety requires skills different from those used in penal institutions.

"It is a credit to the Department that this task has been carried out with dedication, at times in the face of great pressure," he pointed out.

Mr Asprey noted that a great deal of important work went on behind the scenes, often unnoticed by the public. It was a growing emphasis on the need to rehabilitate prisoners.

"The Department had made great efforts to develop a comprehensive range of rehabilitation programmes to cater for different types of prisoners.

"These programmes aim to restore self- discipline and instil a sense of personal responsibility into prisoners to enable them to re-integrate into society as law-abiding citizens," he said.

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He cited as an example the pass rate for inmates who sat for this year's Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination which was a creditable 62 per cent.

"I am especially pleased to note that, in recent months, 44 inmates have received certificates of educational qualifications obtained while in custody," he said.

Mr Asprey was also impressed by CSD's aftercare services which were provided to discharged prisoners.

"The change from institutional life back to the community can be difficult, and many need assistance and guidance to help them re-adapt themselves into society.

"Statistics indicate that a large majority of prisoners released from custody into supervision remain crime-free throughout their supervision periods," he said.

"We proposed to extend aftercare services to cover more adult prisoners," he added.

A total of 147 Assistant Officers who have successfully completed 23 weeks' basic training took part in today's parade.

Note to editors:

A photograph taken at the Correctional Services Department's passingout parade will be available for collection at G1S later today (Friday).

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

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Amusement rides owners reminded of new law ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

An Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) spokesman today (Sunday) reminded owners of amusement rides and kiddie rides that the Amusement Rides (Safety) Ordinance and its subsidiary regulations will be enforced as from Thursday (December 8).

The new law aims at providing a comprehensive control over the design, installation, operation and maintenance of amusement rides.

The spokesman pointed out that under the ordinance, any person wishing to operate any new amusement rides must seek prior approval of the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services.

"The scope of control provided under the new legislation also covers kiddie rides for children of 12-year-old or below, having a power rating of not more than 1.1 kilowatts and a carrying capacity of 100 kilograms. These equipment include coin-operated rides.

’’The ordinance requires all amusement and kiddie rides owners to provide and display notices stating conditions of using their rides; inspect the ride equipment daily and keep a log book for inspection by EMSD,” the spokesman explained.

He further pointed out that kiddie ride owners were required to arrange a surveyor or a qualified person to examine their equipment once every six months.

"If they already have kiddie rides in operation before December 8, they should register their rides with the EMSD,” the spokesman added.

Other amusement rides, on the other hand, are subject to even more stringent requirements.

"Their owners must employ a competent person to take charge of the operation and maintenance work; employ an approved number of operators for each ride; provide rescue facilities and fully trained first-aid personnel, and arrange a surveyor to examine a ride once every year.

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"If they already have amusement rides in operation before December 8, they have to provide EMSD with emergency operation and maintenance manuals.

"If they wish to install any new ride, they have to submit its design, specifications and the proposed method and programme of installation to EMSD for approval," the spokesman said.

Anyone failing to comply with the requirements of the ordinance and regulations is liable to a maximum fine of $50,000, and two years' imprisonment. The legislation also provides a daily fine of $1,000.

Information leaflets and appropriate application forms are available from District Offices, Public Housing Estate Offices, EMSD Headquarters, Licensing Offices of the Urban Services Department and Regional Services Department, and the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority.

Enquiries may be made on tel 882 801 1 or by writing to EMSD at 98 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Ancient study hall to open after restoration ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

An ancient study hall in Kam Tin, the New Territories, which has been declared as a historical building will be opened to the public on Sunday (December 4).

Yi Tai Shu Yuen, which literrally means a study hall of the two immortals (the Man Cheong and Kwan Tai, literary god and martial god respectively), was built in the Daoguang Reign (1821-1850).

The study hall was used as a venue for educating the youngsters of the Shui Tau Tsuen.

It also emerged as an important focus of scholarship where prominent scholars from elsewhere held lectures.

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With the introduction of modem education in the early 20th century, the study hall was converted into a primary school with about 30 students.

It was abandoned during the Japanese Occupation (1941-1945) although the worship of the literary and martial gods continued.

The building however has since been left vacant and unattended.

With full support from members of the Tang clan, emergency repairs were carried out in November 1992 to avoid further deterioration after the formal declaration of the building as a historical building on June 26, 1992.

The final phase of restoration work which started in March this year to fully restore the study hall was completed in September this year.

Solely funded by the Government, the restoration project was supervised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Recreation and Culture Branch and the Antiquities Section of the Architectural Services Department.

The study hall will be opened on Sunday (December 4) when Deputy Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Mrs Rachel Cartland, in her capacity as Commissioner for Recreation and Culture, will unveil a board to declare its opening.

Attention News Editors:

You are invited to cover the opening ceremony of Yi Tai Shu Yuen in Shui Tau Tsuen, Kam Tin, Yuen Long.

Special transport for the media (No. AM 5605) will set out from the Antiquities and Monuments Office at 136 Nathan Road at 8.30 am on Sunday (December 4).

Media representatives who wish to make their own way to the venue should arrive before 10 am.

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A photograph of the Yi Tai Shu Yuen will be boxed.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

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Swimming race at Ting Kau ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Marine Department announces today (Friday) that about 1,200 contestants will participate in a swimming race at Ting Kau on Sunday (December 4).

The race will be held between 10 am and 11 am from Ting Kau Beach eastward for about 800 metres to Approach Bay Beach (Kun Soy Wan).

Guard boats will patrol the course.

The department urged all vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

Crown rents due on December 25 ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

Demand Notes have been issued for Crown rents for the half year ending on December 25 in respect of an amount exceeding $100 per year, a spokesman for the Treasury said today (Friday).

Payment can be made using the Payment by Phone Service or by post addressed to the Director of Accounting Services, P.O. Box 8000, GPO, Hong Kong, or in person at any of the following offices:

The Treasury Headquarters Collection and Payment Office, Immigration Tower, 1st Floor, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong;

The Central Sub-Treasury, Central Government Offices (West Wing), 11 Ice House Street, Hong Kong;

The North Point Sub-Treasury, Max Share Centre, 1st Floor, 373 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong;

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The Sai Wan Ho Sub-Treasury, Eastern Law Courts Building, Ground Floor, 29 Tai On Street, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong;

The Yau Ma Tei Sub-Treasury, Kowloon Government Offices, 4th Floor, 405 Nathan Road (Market Street entrance), Kowloon;

The Kowloon City Sub-Treasury, Man Sang Commercial Building, 1st Floor, 348-3552 Prince Edward Road (comer of Prince Edward Road and Junction Road), Kowloon;

The District Office at Sai Kung, Sha Tin, Tai Po, North, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan or Kwai Tsing.

Crown rent payers who have not received their demand notes should bring along those for any previous period to any of the Treasury Collection Offices.

Duplicate demand notes will be issued to them.

If the payers cannot produce demand notes for any previous period, they should enquire at the Crown Rent Unit of the Treasury at Immigration Tower, 30th Floor, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Non-receipt of the demand notes does not alter the requirement that the Crown rents must be paid by December 25, the spokesman said.

Crown rent payers who have submitted a valid direct debit authorisation should note that if the wording "Payment to Be Made By Autopay" is shown on the ,demand notes, payment will be made by direct debit to their bank accounts on December 25.

They should then ensure that their bank accounts contain the necessary funds on that date.

If the above wording is not shown, they should pay according to the instructions as set out in the demand notes.

To save queuing time, the spokesman urged Crown rent payers to use the Payment by Phone Service, or pay by post using cheques or cashier orders, or by early personal attendance at any of the collection offices.

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"However, the most convenient payment method is autopay," he said.

Applications for autopay are obtainable from Treasury Collection Offices, District Offices and all major banks in Hong Kong or by telephoning 829 4999.

For additional information regarding the Payment by Phone Service, please call 170 222 329.

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The spokesman advised Crown rent payers to note the following points:

To avoid legal action for re-entry of a property, the owner for the time being of that property is obliged to pay Crown rent including any arrears as demanded;

The Crown rent payable under a lease of a property which has been renewed under the Crown Leases Ordinance and re-developed, will be 3 per cent of the rateable value of that property as assessed following the redevelopment. Pending completion of the assessment and other related procedures, Crown rent demands will be based upon the pre-redevelopment rateable value. In due course, Crown rent for the difference between the rent based upon pre- and post- redevelopment rateable values will be demanded and the owner for the time being is obliged to pay the rent as demanded. If he does not, legal action for re-entry of the property may be instituted.

He advised property buyers to instruct their solicitors to ensure that at the time of purchase the Crown rent was paid up to date.

If a property is subject to the Crown Leases Ordinance and has been redeveloped but the rental paid up to the date of the purchase is not based upon an assessment of the rateable value of the property since its redevelopment, appropriate steps should be taken by the purchaser or his solicitors to protect the purchaser, he said.

Enquiries on outstanding accounts in respect of Crown rent may be addressed to the Director of Accounting Services. The fee is $55 for each enquiry per property.

end/Friday, December 2, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority Money Market Operations

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$ million

Cumulative

Time change (hours) ($million)

Opening balance in the account 1851 0930 -70

Closing balance in the account 1746 1000 -63

Change attributable to: 1100 -76

Money market activity -105 1200 -78

Laf today Nil 1500 -78

1600 -105

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 ♦+0.P 2.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.57 18 months 2605 6.35 99.35 6.94

1 month 4.93 24 months 2611 6.90 99.53 7.29

3 months 5.51 29 months 3704 6.15 97.26 7.55

6 months 5.88 35 months 3710 7.25 98.98 7.79

12 months 6.52 58 months 5909 7.45 97.04 8.37

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 24,029 million

Closed 2 December 1994

end/Frdiay, December 2, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Saturday, December 3,1994

Contents Page No.

Five employee representatives elected to LAB............................ 1

Precautionary measures against food-borne diseases...................... 2

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations.................... 3

Sunday, December 4,1994

Contents Page No»

Common law system in HK to remain after 1997 ........................... 4

First ODHC opens today.................................................. 5

63 new building plans approved.......................................... 6

Mai Po Marshes should be conserved.......................................7

Integrated teams for youth services..................................... 9

TOC implementation on target........................................... 10

POA Registration.................................................... 11

$20,000-fme for unreported overtime work............................... 12

Applications invited for mortgage interest subsidy scheme.............. 13

Second heritage trail to open....................................... 13

Water cuts in Ma On Shan and Mong Kok.................................. 14

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Five employee representatives elected to LAB ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Five employee representatives nominated by registered employee unions were today (Saturday) elected to the Labour Advisory Board for two years with effect from January next year.

They were:

Mr Poon Siu-ping (139 votes)

Hong Kong Store Houses and Transportation Staff Association

Mr Leung Fu-wah (206 votes)

Hong Kong and Kowloon Rubber and Plastic Workers' General Union

* Mr Cheung Kwok-bui (152 votes)

Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union

Mr Leung Tsz-leung (113 votes)

Hong Kong Building Construction Workers' General Union

* Mr Chu Ming (96 votes)

Hong Kong Prosthetists and Orthotists Association

At today's election at Haking Wong Technical Institute in Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, 251 registered employee unions turned out to vote, while 251 votes cast were declared valid.

The election was supervised by Acting Assistant Commissioner for Labour Mr Yeung Chi-kin, who acted as the Returning Officer.

The votes were counted in the presence of Mr Raymond Fan who represented the Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Mr Tong Moon-chi from the Registrar of Trade Unions.

Meanwhile, nominations of employer representatives for the LAB closed today and the results will be announced at a later date.

end/Saturday, December 3, 1994

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Precautionary measures against food-borne diseases

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The Department of Health today (Saturday) called on members of the public to adopt proper food hygiene practices when having hot pots in winter.

In making the appeal, the Assistant Director of Health (Hygiene), Dr Mahommed Bin Ali, warned the general public of the possible food-borne diseases such as food poisoning and Hepatitis A.

"Staff of food establishments should always observe hygiene practices in preparing food for hot pots," Dr Ali said.

"Customers, on the other hand, should make sure that food items are thoroughly cooked before consumption."

Housewives should also observe good hygiene practices when preparing hot pots at home.

Dr Ali advised the public to observe the following precautionary measures:

For shellfish

(a) Use only wholesome and preferably live ones;

(b) Remove the dirt with a brush and rinse shellfish thoroughly in clean water;

(c) Discard the intestines and other dubious or inedible parts such as shells;

(d) Cook thoroughly before consumption; and

(e) Keep under refrigeration if not for immediate consumption.

For vegetables

(a) Do not patronise illegal hawkers;

(b) Do not buy those with an obvious strange smell;

(c) Remove the outer leaves;

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(d) Wash well in clean water and immerse in water for one hour;

(e) Or use boiling water to blanch the vegetable for one minute. Water used for blanching should be discarded; and

(f) Cook thoroughly.

"Wholesome raw materials, proper washing and handling, and thorough cooking are the best measures against gastro-intestinal diseases. Members of the public should observe these hygiene practices at all times," Dr Ali added.

end\Saturday, December 3, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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$ Million Time (Hours) Cumulative Change OMillkm)

Opening Balance in the account 1,746 09:30 NIL

Closing Balance in the account 1,556 10:00 NIL

Change Attributable to: 11:00 NIL

Money Market Activity NIL 11:30 NIL

Laf Today -190 15:00

Laf Rate 3.75% Bid/ 5.75% Offer TWI 122.0 *+0.2* 3.12.94.

end/Saturday, Decembers, 1994

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Common law system in HK to remain after 1997 ♦ * * * *

The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:

The continuation of the existing common law system in Hong Kong after 1997 is a striking manifestation of the one country two systems principle which underpins the Basic Law, the Acting Chief Justice, Mr Justice Power, said today (Sunday).

In delivering his welcoming speech at the Eighth International Conference of the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law held in Hong Kong this evening, Mr Justice Power said, although Hong Kong would become a part of China after 1997, it would at the same time remain part of the great common law family.

Noting that the maintenance of Hong Kong’s law and judicial system beyond 1997 is the most significant element for the future, Mr Justice Power said: "The system is guaranteed by the Basic Law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."

Highlighting the key provisions of the Basic Law which relate to Hong Kong’s law and courts, he said: "The common law system which has served Hong Kong so well for the past 150 years will remain. The courts will continue to exercise judicial power independently. The principle of trial by jury will remain.

"Judges will continue to enjoy immunity while performing their judicial office. They will continue to enjoy security of tenure - a prerequisite of the independence of the Judiciary."

Mr Justice Power said: "Judges will continue to be selected by an independent body which will look, as it does now, at their integrity and ability. Judges will continue to be recruited from other common law jurisdictions after 1997."

On criminal law enforcement in Hong Kong, Mr Justice Power said Hong Kong had an extraordinarily low level of crime - lower than almost all other cities. •

"The crime rate in 1993 fell to its lowest level in 10 years. Indeed our crime level is only one-tenth of that of an average large American city and this has been achieved in an urbanised, fast moving and cosmopolitan community," he concluded.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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First ODHC opens today *****

About 100 overseas domestic helpers were given the opportunity to spend their day off at an activity centre at the Clementi Secondary School in North Point today (Sunday).

The Deputy Director of Home Affairs, Mr Philip Chok, said the centre was the first of seven to be set up in the next six to eight months.

A non-profit making organisation, the Hong Kong Bayanihan Trust (the Trust) is responsible for the financing of the entire overseas domestic helper centre (ODHC) schepie and the operation and management of all the centres.

"So far the Trust has raised a total of $4 million, including a donation of $1 million from the Jockey Club, to finance the whole project," Mr Chok said.

A great deal of effort had been made to ensure that the centre would be used in an orderly and acceptable manner, he added.

Only those who participate in the activities would be allowed to go into the centre and passes were issued in advance.

To dispel fears of hygiene and traffic problems in the vicinity, Mr Chok pointed out that the Trust had employed a cleaning company to provide cleaning services to the centre and that transport was provided for the helpers to and from Star Ferry and the centre today.

As to the Steering Committee which will monitor the use of the ODHCs, Mr Chok said it was formed in November and a meeting had already been held.

Members of the Committee include the District Board member of the constituency concerned; representatives of relevant Government Departments, including the Police, the Urban Services Department, the Transport Department and the Education Department; as well as representatives from the Trust, Parent-Teacher Associations and relevant Consulates.

The formation of the Committee was to make certain that these centres run smoothly and to quickly resolve any problems that might arise.

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Mr Chok pointed out that four more centres were expected to be opened between January and March next year.

They are the Ho Tung Technical School for Girls, the Jockey Club Government Technical School, the Kowloon Technical School and the Po Leung Kuk Yu Lee Mo Fan Memorial School.

Acknowledging the valuable and significant contribution of these helpers, Mr Chok said the community should do something for them so that they could spend their rest days in suitable activities venues.

In this connection, he said the Home Affairs Department would continue identifying more suitable sites for ODHCs.

"I thought the participants had a good time today and made full use of the venue which would otherwise have been left empty," Mr Chok said.

"More importantly, I hope people can now see that the centres can operate without causing nuisance and problem to residents nearby, he added.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

63 new building plans approved ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Buildings Department approved 63 new building plans in September this year.

Of the plans, 24 are for Hong Kong Island, 18 for Kowloon and 21 for the New Territories.

The approved plans include 22 for apartment and apartment/commercial development, 18 for commercial development and seven for factory and industrial developments.

In the same month, consent was given for work to start on 29 building projects, which involve 88,241 square metres of usable domestic floor area and 78,894.1 square metres of usable non-domestic floor area.

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The declared cost of new buildings completed in the month totalled about $1,005 million.

Of the buildings certificated for occupation in the month, usable floor areas for domestic and non-domestic uses are 64 892.2 square metres and 42 665.9 square metres respectively.

In the same month, the department issued 22 occupation permits - five for Hong Kong Island, seven for Kowloon and 10 for the New Territories.

In addition, 33 demolition consents involving 82 buildings were issued.

The Buildings Department’s Control and Enforcement Division received 702 complaints of unauthorised building works, carried out 1,674 inspections and issued 272 Removal Orders on unauthorised works.

The department's dangerous buildings section also inspected 997 buildings and obtained four Emergency Closure Orders from the court.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

Mai Po Marshes should be conserved ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

As the Mai Po Marshes is an ideal place for bird watching, field studies and researches, it is crucial that this valuable natural habitat be conserved for the present and future generations.

This was stated by the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Lawrence Lee, when addressing the opening ceremony of this year's "Discover Mai Po" project at the nature reserve in the Northwest New Territories.

Apart from the government's efforts, Dr Lee stressed, public awareness and support for wetland was of equal importance in ensuring the long term success in protecting it.

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"Mai Po Marshes (and Inner Deep Bay) is a wetland of international importance, as its ecosystem comprises the largest colony of dwarf mangroves in Hong Kong, intertidal mudflats, shallow waters, fish ponds and gei wais.

"It is home to many species of birds and a range of local wildlife such as leopard cats and otters, and an important stopover and 'refuelling' station for thousands of migratory birds including rare species as Blackfaced Spoonbills, of which only about 350 remain in the world and 25 per cent of them wintering at Mai Po.

"The figures of annual bird counts also show a rising trend from some 20,000 birds 10 years ago to over 50,000 last winter, pointing to the increasing importance of this wetland for migratory birds," he said.

Mai Po is not just a good exhibit of the great mother nature, Dr Lee said, adding that it also offers excellent learning opportunity for those who were interested in conservation and the environment.

Noting that over 35,000 visitors coming to Mai Po every year, including students from 350 schools, he believed the visits not only gave them enjoyable outdoor recreation and enriched their understanding of Mai Po but also helped spread the message of nature conservation.

The Director also thanked the World Wide Fund for Nature (Hong Kong), which had managed Mai Po since 1984 and been working closely with his department for many years to conserve the Mai Po Marshes and to promote conservation education in the area.

On the "Discover Mai Po" project, Dr Lee said it had grown from strength to strength. Last year alone, the project raised more than $750,000.

"The fact that so many participants have come to join this event today shows that more and more people care for the environment and are eager to contribute their efforts in improving our environment," he added.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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Integrated teams for youth services

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The Subventions and Lotteries Fund Advisory Committee has endorsed a proposal of setting up 10 integrated teams to provide better and co-ordinated services for young people in the territory.

Preparation works for the establishment of these teams are in full swing and it is expected that they will all become operational within the current 1994/95 financial year, a spokesman for the Social Welfare Department (SWD) said today (Sunday).

Of the 10 integrated teams, two are located in Sham Shui Po, two in Wong Tai Sin/Sai Kung, and one each in Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan/Kwai Tsing, Eastem/Wan Chai and Kowloon City.

"The proposal of setting up integrated teams is one of the recommendations by the Report on Review of Children and Youth Centre Services which was released to the public earlier this year.

"The report recommended that services for young people should be integrated and provided in a specific catchment area by a team of social workers under one management structure.

"The services to be integrated are children and youth centres, outreaching social work, school social work and, where appropriate, family life education," the spokesman said.

To implement the recommendations of the report, the SWD has invited nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) providing services for young people to set up integrated teams. A total of 37 applications from 21 NGOs have been received so far.

In consultation with the Steering Committee on the Implementation of Integrated Team of Children and Youth Services, the SWD recommended that as a start, 10 integrated teams should be set up in 1994/95.

"However, the SWD and the Steering Committee will continue to examine the rest of the applications submitted with a view to forming more integrated teams in the coming years," the spokesman said.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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TOC implementation on target

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The Education Department has so far received applications from 69 primary schools, including government schools, aided, private and special schools, to join the first phase of implementation of the Target Oriented Curriculum (TOC) in September 1995.

"The applications came from an array of sponsoring bodies," a spokesman of the Education Department said.

"A few more schools have notified the department that their forms are on the way or that they are awaiting the endorsement of their management committees. The total number of applications is therefore likely to exceed the target of 70 schools.

"The department will still entertain requests from those who had already notified the department of their intention but whose forms have not yet been received," he said.

He pointed out that staff of the participating schools would be given priority in the teacher education programme to ensure that they were well- equipped for full implementation of TOC in September 1995.

"Staff of the Education Department will be available to help these schools solve their teething problems, if any, when called upon to do so," he added.

The spokesman suggested schools which have not joined the first phase of full implementation to prepare for the second phase in 1996/97, for example, through using the materials provided by the Education Department or trying out target-oriented task-based teaching.

"More back-up materials are being developed and will be displayed at the TOC resource centre at the Government Offices in To Kwa Wan. Teaching and learning packages produced by educational publishers will be available around April next year," he said.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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POA Registration *****

The Education Department reminds parents to register with the schools which offered their children a discretionary Primary 1 place tomorrow (Monday) and on Tuesday during school hours.

About 40,000 out of 66,700 applicants have succeeded in obtaining a discretionary Primary 1 place at government and aided primary schools for the 1995/96 school year. •

A spokesman for the Education Department advised parents to note carefully the registration procedures and requirements of individual schools, such as a parent's copy of the Application Form for Admission to Primary One and the number of photos to be brought along to the school.

Parents should notify the schools or through the Primary One Admission Unit of the Education Department on tel 572 4383 for alternative arrangements if they have difficulties in registering their children with the school during the specified period.

"If parents fail to do so, they will be deemed to have given up the discretionary place offered by the school," the spokesman said.

Children who have not secured a discretionary place at this stage can take part in the central alloation. Parents of these children will receive a letter in late February or early March 1995 from the department requesting them to go to a specified distribution and collection centre for choice of schools.

The Education Department will then allocate a Primary 1 place to their children within their home district in accordance with the parents' choices as far as possible.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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$20,000-fine for unreported overtime work

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The Labour Department today (Sunday) urged factory proprietors and employers to comply with labour law and stop engaging women to work outside their normal permitted period of employment.

Labour Officer (Prosecutions) Miss Rita Ma said factory proprietors and employers had to submit applications of overtime work for woman workers to the Labour Department if they wanted to engage women to work overtime.

In a recent court case, the employer of Draper Company Limited in Kwai Chung was fined a total of $20,000 at the Tsuen Wan Magistracy for engaging women in unreported overtime work on two separate occasions.

The case was detected when Labour inspectors of the Labour Department conducted their routine inspections.

On the first occasion, the company was found to have engaged 12 women in unreported overtime work. On another occasion, 10 women were found working overtime illegally.

A maximum fine of $10,000 was imposed for each of the two summonses.

Miss Ma pointed out that it was an offence under the Women and Young Persons(Industry) Regulations for an employer to change the fixed working hours of women in industry or to engage them in overtime work without notifying the Labour Department beforehand.

"The law also requires the employer to display in a conspicuous place in the factory a prescribed notice setting out the period of employment, intervals for meals or rest, and rest day for woman workers," she said.

She advised employers to adhere strictly to the permissible hours of work set out in the prescribed notice.

Any employer who breaches the regulations is liable to a maximum fine of $10,000.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

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Applications invited for mortgage interest subsidy scheme

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The Education Department is inviting eligible full-time employees holding subvented posts in aided and per caput grant schools to apply for assistance under the 1994/95 Mortgage Interest Subsidy Scheme (MISS).

A spokesman for the Education Department said today (Sunday) that eligible staff are:

* Those receiving a monthly basic salary equivalent to Master Pay Scale point 22 or above ($20,955 or more) and having a minimum of 10 years’ continuous recognised service as at October 31, 1994; or

* Those receiving a monthly basic salary below Master Pay Scale point 22 who have a minimum of 20 years’ continuous recognised service as at October 31, 1994.

The closing date for submitting applications is January 15, 1995.

’’Circulars, application forms and relevant information leaflets have been sent to heads of schools. Under the scheme, successful applicants will receive a monthly subsidy for payment of interest on their home mortgage loan,” the spokesman said.

Enquiries about the scheme should be directed to the Mortgage Interest Subsidy Scheme Section on 961 7406, 961 7409 or 961 7412.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

Second heritage trail to open ♦ * * ♦ ♦

The Government has plans to open a second heritage trail in the New Territories after the first which opened in Ping Shan a year ago.

Disclosing this today (Sunday) during the unveiling ceremony of an ancient study hall in Kam Tin, Yuen Long, the Commissioner for Recreation and Culture, Mrs Rachel Cartland, said the Government had been striving strenously in the past decades to preserve cultural heritage and promote public awareness of its importance.

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She said: ’’The establishment of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust and the opening of the first heritage trail in Ping Shan are two distinguished examples.

1 sincerely hope that a new heritage trail will be opened in Kam Tin to cater for public interest in local heritage."

Since its opening in December last year, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail has been exceedingly well patronised by both tourists and locals. An average of 25,000 visitors has been recorded every month.

The study hall opened today, Yi Tai Shue Yuen (literally meaning study hall of the two immortals (the Man Cheong and Kwan Tai, literary god and martial god respectively), is the first declared building in Kam Tin area.

Yi Tai Shue Yuen was built during the Daoguang Reign (1821-1850) and was used as a venue for educating the youngsters of the Shui Tau Tsuen where it is located.

The structure was restored with the full support of the Tang clan from the area.

Solely funded by the Government, the restoration project was supervised by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Recreation and Culture Branch and the Antiquities Section of the Architectural Services Department.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

Water cuts in Ma On Shan and Mong Kok *****

Flushing water supply to some premises in Ma On Shan will be temporarily suspended from 8 am to 8 pm on Tuesday (December 6) to facilitate the checking of the water supply system.

The affected areas include Yiu On Estate, Hing On Temporary Housing Area, Kam Hay Court, Fok On Garden, Sunshine City, Fu Fai Garden, Bayshore Towers, Ma On Shan Centre, Kam Ying Court, Villa Athena, Saddle Ridge Garden, Kam Lung Court, Lee On Estate as well as all the premises at Ma On Shan Road, On Shan Lane and to the north of Hang Hong Street.

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Meanwhile, fresh water supply to some premises in Mong Kok will also be cut off from 11 pm on Wednesday (December 7) to 7 am the following day to facilitate water mains leakage detection.

The suspension will affect all the premises bounded by Shanghai Street, Prince Edward Road West, Tong Mi Road and Mong Kok Road.

end/Sunday, December 4, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, December 5,1994

Contents Eag£,No,

Joint effort to halt growing trend of drug abuse.................. 1

Governor to visit Republic of Korea and Japan..................... 2

Governor presents insignia and commendations to 109............... 4

Transcript of Chief Secretary’s media session..................... 9

Law Society Council’s endorsement of CFA Bill welcomed............ 10

Date set for 1995 LegCo elections................................. 10

Study on introduction of Real Time Gross Settlement completed..... 11

Study on Central and East Kowloon Development..................... 13

Largest commercial site in Fanling to be auctioned................ 14

Pilot test for proposed traffic management scheme for IEC......... 15

Second issue of’’COMAC News” published............................ 17

Seminar on automation for ED staff................................ 18

AFD staff urged to keep up good efforts........................... 19

Speedpost service extends to three countries...................... 20

Flower logo symbolises arts development........................... 22

Water storage figure.............................................. 23

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations.............. 23

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Joint effort to halt growing trend of drug abuse ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Governments, non-govemment organisations (NGOs), schools and families all have to work together in mutual support to address effectively the manifold problems related to drug abuse, the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, said today (Monday).

Speaking at the 15th International Federation of Non-govemment Organisations Conference for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse today, the Governor said: "The nature of the problem we face is growing. Since 1989 in Hong Kong we have seen a persistent and worrying increase in drug abuse by those under 21."

The number of reported drug abusers rose by only 15 per cent overall between 1989 and 1993, to around 17,500, the number under the age of 21 increased by 147 per cent, to over 3,000. Over 50 per cent of newly reported cases are young people.

The Governor noted that comparing with other cities, the drug problem in Hong Kong was not as serious as that in many other cities, but improvement was still needed in some aspects, like the coverage and efficiency of drug education; the detection and strengthening of international co- operation; and the establishments of more treatment facilities to meet the demand.

Mr Patten said actions had been taken in the areas of treatment, enforcement and education.

On the treatment side, the Governor listed a number of measures to help the young drug abusers, such as to set up a separate treatment facilities for them; to strengthen the local networks among social service units; to provide more training programmes for front line social workers and to develop programmes to encourage greater parental support.

The Hospital Authority's treatment services for psychotropic substance abusers will also be expanded.

A new counselling centre in the New Territories Region for young abusers and two more residential treatment centres for young opiate abusers will also be established, he added.

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On the law enforcement front, Mr Patten said there would measures like increasing the number of pharmacy inspectors to conduct frequent inspection of drug retail premises.

He said: "We are amending the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulation to increase the maximum penalties for offences of illegal or improper sale of drugs."

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He added that the Customs and Excise Service would be implementing new control systems on precursor chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs.

On the education front, the Governor pointed out that better training of teachers and the provision of better education material was needed.

Mr Patten said a summit conference was planned to hold next year to bring together schools, parents and non-govemment organisations to plan a community-wide education and support to try to halt the growing trend in drug abuse by young people.

end/Monday, Decembers, 1994

Governor to visit Republic of Korea and Japan

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, will make the first official visit by a Hong Kong Governor to the Republic of Korea from December 11 to 13, after which he will pay a four-day official visit to Japan.

Announcing this today (Monday), a Government spokesman said during his visit to Seoul, Mr Patten would call on senior Government leaders, the Foreign Minister, Dr Han Sung-joo, and other Ministers and business leaders.

Mr Patten will deliver a keynote speech on ’’Korea and Hong Kong: Opportunities for Growth” at the Second Joint Meeting of Hong Kong/Korea and Korea/Hong Kong Business Round Table, and will be a guest of honour at a breakfast meeting of the Korean Newspaper Editors' Association.

"Mr Patten's visit to Korea, the first by a Hong Kong Governor, underlines the growing importance of the economic and trade links between us," the spokesman said.

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"The Governor looks forward to discussing ways in which business relations between Hong Kong and Korea can be developed and how the partnership in regional economic co-operation, through APEC, can be deepened.

"He also looks forward to explaining to influential Korean business and political leaders the good opportunities and prospects that Hong Kong enjoys. He will also use the visit to encourage Hong Kong businessmen to respond to the opportunities afforded by Korea’s large and growing market.”

Mr Patten will leave Seoul on the afternoon of December 13 for Tokyo, where he will meet the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, other senior Ministers, Government officials and leading businessmen.

He will deliver a major speech at a luncheon hosted by the Japan/Hong Kong Society, the Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

He will also attend the opening of the 17th Joint Plenary Meeting of the Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee and the Japan/Hong Kong Business Co-operation Committee.

The Government spokesman, said the visit to Korea and Japan was part of the ongoing programme by the Governor and other senior Government officials to promote Hong Kong's long-term economic and trade prospects in the international business community.

Mrs Patten will accompany the Governor on the visit. The Information Coordinator, Mr Kerry McGlynn; Personal Adviser, Mr Edward Llewellyn; and, Deputy Private Secretary, Mr Kim Salkeld, will travel with them.

Mr Patten will return to Hong Kong on the evening of December 16.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

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Governor presents insignia and commendations to 109 ♦ ♦ * * *

The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, presented insignia and commendations to 109 people at a ceremony at Government House this (Monday) evening.

Of them, 83 were decorated by the Queen for services to the public, 14 were given the St John Insignia and 12 the Governor's Commendations.

Following is the list of recipients:

Dr The Hon Raymond CH'IEN Kuo-fung Mr Michael SUEN Ming-yeung The Hon Rosanna WONG Yick-ming

Professor CHANG Shu-ting Mr CHOW Che-king Dr James Z M KUNG Mr Charles LEE Yeh-kwong Professor LEUNG Wai-sun Mrs Eleanor LING Ching-man Mr Paul WONG Kam-chiu Mr John YEUNG Hin-chung Dr YEUNG POON Yeuk-foo

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MBE

Mr Thomas CHAN Siu-kam Mr CHAN Yan-leung Mr CHEUNG Yiu-kwan Mr CHUNG Chi-hang Miss Mary FUNG Shiu-kai Dr Erik KVAN Mr LAM Siu-tin

Mrs Cecilia LEE YIP Wai-kay Mr LEUNG Cheuk-ming Mr Herbert LIANG Hin-ying Mr David LUNG Ping-yee Mr MA Chi-keung Mr NG Bun-hung Mr TAM Tak-kwong Mr TSANG Chiu-ning Mr WONG Yu-kwan Madam YEUNG Kam-chun Mrs Julia YEUNG LI Yick-ho Mr Paul YU Shiu-tin Mr YU Tai

Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

Mr Chau Ka-keung

PPM

Mr Douglas LAU Yuk-kuen

Mr Basil Francis LIM Sak-yeung

Mr Benny NG Ching-kwok

Mr David DEPTFORD

QFSM

Mr Paul CHAN Hoi

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ISM

Mr WONG Yat-keung

Mr WONG Yim

CEM

Police

Mr LEE Ming-kwai

Mr Norman Alexander RAE

Mr Neil Edward Harrell McCABE

Mr CHAN K wok-kan

Mr Michael Harold FRANCIS

Mr Martin Swinnerton COWLEY

Mr John Edward BURTON

Mr John NG Sheung-lok

Mr Ian James STENTON

Mr CHIANG Kwok-keung

Mr Kedith CHOW Keng-kan

Mr WONG Tim-fat

Mr TSANG Loi-fuk

Mr LAM Yim-fat

Mr LEUNG Sum

Mr SIN King-ki

Mr KWOK Yiu-wai

Mr LAU Yui-ki

Mr CHEUNG Chiu-wai

Mr WU Kwong-cheung

Fire

Mr HO King-san

Mr LO Sik-lun

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Badge of Honour

Mr CHAN King-lun

Mr CHAN Shan-ho

Mr CHAN Tak-hang

Mr CHAN Tung

Mr Jimson CHAN Wing-tai

Mr CHEUNG Fo-taj

Mr Benny CHIA Chun-heng

Mr CHIU Wai-shing

Mr FUNG Yan-yee

Mr Stephen HO Fei-chi Mr KONG Tze-wing Miss Hilda KWAN Wei-yin Mr KWONG Kam-shing Miss LEE Lai-shan Mr LIU Cheung-hin Mr LO Man-tuen Mr MO Chi-sing Mr TANG Ki-tat

Mr TSUI Cheung-ling Mr YAU Chung-wan Madam Cecilia YEUNG Lai-yin

Governor's Commendations

Mr Stephen Bruce FARRER

Mr LUI Kai-man

Mr TAM Kin-wah

Mr LO King-wing

Mr Sydney SUN Hiu-ming

Mr Brian John CARROLL

Mr Alfred Colin MORRIS

Mr Peter GREGORY

Mr Alexander Bruce BREMNER

Mr Neil MALONEY

Mr Robert FIELD

Mr Thomas Roger BATTY

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St John Ambulance

Commander Brothers

Mr SIU Kam Ping

Mr John Vanham Green MITCHELL

Officer Brothers

Mr TUNG Wai Kuen Mr CHAN Kam Wah

Serving Brothers

Dr Alfred SO Ping Fai Mr LAM Man Kong Mr LAM Kam Kuen Mr YEUNG Yee Kit Mr YUNG Kwok Kit Mr KU Sze Chung

Serving Sisters

Miss Mary MAN Miu Yung Miss YEUNG Ching Lan Miss Pauline SO Fung Lan Miss TSUI King Ling

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

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Transcript of Chief Secretary’s media session *****

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, after her luncheon address to the Swiss Business Council this (Monday) aftemoon:-

Mrs Chan: Good afternoon, everyone. As you know. I've just come from addressing the Swiss Business Council on what I believe to be an important speech and I was very glad ofchatting with those sitting at the head table to find that the topics that I covered in my speech, in fact, reflected the concerns of the Swiss businessmen here in Hong Kong. I was told that there will be a delegation of representatives of international chambers of commerce who will be going up to China next Monday and Tuesday. They will be meeting with Chinese leaders and will be reflecting to Chinese leaders their concerns. Of course, essentially, what they are interested in knowing is can they continue to do business in Hong Kong. In my speech, I drew attention to what I believe to be the three key ingredients for Hong Kong's success and why international businessmen are interested in doing business here. Those three elements are first, the rule of law, a clean, efficient civil service and operating a level playing field and we must make sure that we maintain these valuable elements. Now, underlying these vital elements particularly that of the rule of law, we have some important decisions to make. Specifically, we need to decide on the way forward for the Court of Final Appeal. We welcome the Law Society Council's endorsement of the bill to establish the Court of Final Appeal. I understand that some members of the legal profession have reservations about the bill and, of course, we respect their reservations but we do have a decision to make. In our view, we have an agreement with the Chinese which we reached in 1991. It provides for a good Court of Final Appeal. We need to set up this Court of Final Appeal as quickly as possible and it is our intention to put the draft bill before the Legislative Council early next year.

Question: Mrs Chan, if the JLG fails to reach an agreement on the Court of Final Appeal Bill next week, will the Government be prepared to table the legislation......?

Mrs Chan: I don't think there is any question of failing to reach an agreement. We already have an agreement with the Chinese on the setting up of the Court of Final Appeal. We have a bill that reflects that agreement and there is no way in which we can depart from the agreement which we reached with the Chinese. What we are now awaiting is, first of all, comments from the legal profession and I very much hope that the legal profession as a whole will see fit to endorse the bill. If they have any suggested amendments to the bill, we would be happy to consider them. But I repeat again. We cannot agree to any amendments that would place us in breach of the 1991 agreement. We are also waiting for Chinese comments on the draft bill and we hope very much that they will let us have these comments as soon as possible.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

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Law Society Council's endorsement of CFA Bill welcomed ♦ * * * *

The Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, this (Monday) afternoon welcomed the Law Society Council's endorsement of the bill to establish the Court of Final Appeal.

Speaking to reporters after a luncheon address to the Swiss Business Council, Mrs Chan said: "I understand that some members of the legal profession have reservations about the bill and we respect their reservations but we do have a decision to make."

Noting that the Government had reached an agreement with the Chinese in 1991 on the setting up of the Court of Final Appeal, Mrs Chan said: "We need to set up this Court of Final Appeal as quickly as possible and it is our intention to put the draft bill before the Legislation Council early next year."

Mrs Chan said the Government was awaiting the comments from the legal profession and she very much hoped that the legal profession as a whole would see fit to endorse the bill.

"If they have any suggested amendments to the bill, we would be happy to consider them.

"But 1 repeat again. We cannot agree to any amendments that would place us in breach of the 1991 agreement," she added.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Date set for 1995 LegCo elections

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The 1995 Legislative Council elections are to be held on September 17, a Government spokesman announced today (Monday).

A notice to formally appoint the election date will be published in the gazette in due course.

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The spokesman said it was decided that all three sets of elections to the Legislative Council - the functional constituency, geographical constituency and Election Committee elections - should be held on the same day.

"This arrangement is intended to facilitate voting by electors," he said.

"The independent Boundary and Election Commission, which will be responsible for supervising and conducting the elections, is confident that satisfactory polling and counting arrangements can be made," he added.

The spokesman said the Commission was working on the detailed arrangements for the elections and that the public would be consulted.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Study on introduction of Real Time Gross Settlement completed

The feasibility study on the introduction of a Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) for Hong Kong's interbank payment system has been completed by a consultant commissioned by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB).

The report has been forwarded to the HKAB and the Committee on Payment System (CPS) for consideration.

The CPS, chaired by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and with members comprising the leading bankers in Hong Kong, was established in June this year to provide policy steer to the feasibility study.

The study concludes that it would be feasible to implement the RTGS project in phases beginning February 1996. The study recommends the adoption of a system with the following features:

♦ compliance with international standards;

* final settlement across the books of the HKMA;

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* single tier system in which all licensed banks would maintain clearing accounts with the HKMA;

* seamless interface with the Central Moneymarkets Unit operated by the HKMA to enable the banks to obtain intraday liquidity through same-day Repurchase Agreement to fund their clearing account payments; and

* allowance for domestic and international linkages to facilitate real time delivery versus payment (DvP) and real time payment versus payment (PvP).

The report also recommends the establishment of a new clearing and settlement company to be jointly owned by the HKMA and HKAB.

Financial liabilities of this new clearing company would be guaranteed by the HKMA and the three Continuing Members of HKAB.

The capital cost associated with the implementation of RTGS is still being assessed, but is expected to be cheaper than similar systems elsewhere, given the geographical compactness of Hong Kong and its advanced telecommunication system and electronic banking technology.

"The report offers a clear direction for the development of Hong Kong's payment and settlement systems," Chairman of HKAB Mr Paul Selway-Swift said.

"We will need to review the report in detail within the Association but are comfortable with the main conclusions reached," he said.

The Chief Executive of the HKMA. Mr Joseph Yam, said: "I am pleased with the Report's main conclusion that Hong Kong would be able to implement an RTGS system which meets the international standards within a short time frame.

"However, we need to study in greater detail the report's findings according to the basic parameters advised by CPS. We will present HKMA's recommendations on the way forward to the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee."

At present, the payment and settlement arrangements are provided by the Clearing House of the HKAB, which has contracted the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd. as the Management Bank to operate the clearing system.

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In January this year, the HKMA Working Party on Payment and Settlement System recommended Hong Kong to move to RTGS as soon as possible.

Having accepted the Working Party's recommendation, the HKAB in June commissioned Mr Paul Whitmore as the Project Co-ordinator to undertake the feasibility study. •••

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Study on Central and East Kowloon Development

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The Director of Planning, Dr Peter Pun, today (Monday) signed a consultancy agreement with Shankland Cox Limited to commission the firm to undertake a study on the Central and East Kowloon Development Statement (CEKDS).

A spokesman for the Planning Department said the study aimed to provide a planning framework to guide the planning and development of Central and East Kowloon up to 2011.

"The Development Statement is to translate the broad Metroplan concepts into specific district planning targets," the spokesman said.

"It is the fifth to be prepared for the metropolitan area. So far Development Statements for West Kowloon, Tsuen Wan - Kwai Tsing and South East Kowloon have been completed, and that for Hong Kong Island West is under preparation.

"The areas for the CEKDS cover east of the Kowloon- Canton Railway Terminus and north of the Kai Tak Airport, including the Hung Hom Bay Reclamation, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon Tong, Wong Tai Sin, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong and Yau Tong.

"As compared to the other metro districts, much of Central and East Kowloon has been developed in the relatively recent past.

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"The existing land use pattern is dominated by low and medium density private housing in Kowloon Tong and Ho Man Tin, industrial development on the flat land in San Po Kong, Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong, and large-scale public housing development on the foothills.

’’The future development in Central and East Kowloon is likely to be influenced by changes both within the district and in the adjoining areas, particularly development in Tseung Kwan O and South East Kowloon.

’’One of the primary goals of this study is, therefore, to achieve full land use-transport-environment integration with the surrounding metro districts,” the spokesman added.

The study will be completed by February 1996.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Largest commercial site in Fanling to be auctioned

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A prime site in Fanling is to be auctioned on January 25, 1995 for commercial development which, on completion, will provide more than 100,000 square metres of office and shop space.

The site, measuring 1.128 hectares at Luen Wo Hui, is the largest commercial site in the northeast New Territories to come under the hammer.

Details of the site and other conditions of sale will be gazetted on December 30.

District Lands Officer/North, Mr Albert So, said because it was a large site for a town centre development, he had written to all major developers and the Real Estate Developers Association informing them of the forthcoming auction.

’’This is to give potential bidders ample time to make forward planning by providing them with the basic data of the site," Mr So said.

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He said the new town centre would be a focal point for the rapidly expanding residential area in Luen Wo Hui, which is very close to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.

"Some military sites in the Fanling district are being planned for residential development in the future," he revealed.

"These include Dills Comer Camp, Lo Wu Camp and Burma Lines. The latter is just one kilometre north of Luen Wo Hui and this 28.4-hectare military site will have the capacity for about 4,700 flats.

"Looking at the site from a larger geographical context, the Fanling site is strategically located about 12 kilometres from Yiantian, a fast expanding container terminal just across the Sha Tau Kok border. Therefore its commercial/office potential is very promising," he added.

Close to the Fanling Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Station, the site will be well served by minibus and other public transport services.

The maximum plot ratio for offices, commercial uses and shop is 9.5 and around 1,000 car parking spaces will be provided.

The basic development parameters include a day nursery, a social centre for the elderly, a public bus terminus, a public car park, an internal pedestrian walkway and a landscaped area of about 2,200 square metres.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Pilot test for proposed traffic management scheme for IEC *****

A pilot test for a proposed traffic management scheme will be implemented along Island Eastern Corridor (IEC) between 3 pm and 10 pm on Thursday (December 8).

A spokesman for the Transport Department said today (Monday) that the pilot test involved prohibiting all vehicles which entered the IEC from Man Hong Street slip road in North Point from merging into the approach lanes for the Eastern Harbour Crossing (EHC).

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"The purpose of the test is to assess the overall traffic improvement and impact of the proposed scheme against its objective of improving the traffic movement along the eastbound IEC near the eastbound approach to the EHC," the spokesman said

He added that the Traffic and Transport Committee of the Eastern District Board had agreed on this pilot test and that the test would be reviewed to determine if further tests should be conducted.

During the test period, the tunnel bound traffic from Man Hong Street slip road will be guided to route via IEC eastbound, the Sai Wan Ho/Lei King Wan area and IEC westbound to enter the EHC.

Kowloon-bound tunnel bus routes 601, 680, 690 and 691 will be routed via King's Road, Komhill Road, Shau Kei Wan Road and Tai Hong Street to the IEC westbound and then enter the EHC.

Traffic cones will be placed between the slow lane and the middle lane of eastbound IEC from the junction with Man Hong Street slip road to the approach to the EHC to prohibit weaving between the two lanes. Appropriate temporary traffic signs and overhead gantry signs indicating "Diversion" will be put up to guide motorists.

Traffic police will standby at the major road junctions in Lei King Wan area and will assist to direct motorists when necessary. Survey teams of Transport Department will carry out traffic surveys during the test period.

Upon completion of the pilot test at 10 pm, the traffic cones will be removed and the temporary traffic signs will be covered up. All temporary traffic diversion arrangements will be reintroduced if it is decided to conduct further pilot tests.

The spokesman said the pilot test would enable the Transport Department to carry out traffic surveys to assess the overall traffic implications of the proposed traffic management scheme.

Information collected will be analysed to finalise the appropriate scheme for consultation with members of the Eastern District Board prior to its implementation.

He pointed out that at present, traffic congestion was observed during evening peak hours at the eastbound carriageway of IEC near the approach to the EHC.

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"The congestion problem is mainly because of the capacity of the EHC being reached during peak hours. When this happens, traffic queues inevitably build up from the tunnel portal and extend onto the carriageway of the IEC.

"Traffic from Man Hong Street slip road also have to wait on the IEC to merge into the tunnel bound traffic queue, thus creating blockage to the eastbound through traffic along the IEC," he said.

The traffic management scheme under consideration aims to eliminate the merging conflict by prohibiting all vehicles, except buses, from Man Hong Street slip road to merge into the middle lane to head for the EHC during peak hours..

The proposed scheme involves substantial amount of modification works and it is most desirable to carry out this pilot test to evaluate the improvements to the through traffic movement as well as the impact in the vicinity areas' traffic to provide the necessary justification for implementing the proposed scheme.

The spokesman urged motorists to drive with care particularly along the affected section of the eastbound carriageway of the IEC.

EHC bound traffic from Man Hong Street slip road should observe the diversion arrangement and follow the direction of the "Diversion" sign for the alternative route to the EHC.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Second issue of "COMAC News" published

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The following is issued on behalf of the Office of the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints:

The Office of the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints today (Monday) held a press conference to release details of the latest issue of its monthly * publication "COMAC News".

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During the press conference, the Acting Commissioner for Administrative Complaints, Miss Sarah WU, briefed members of the press on a summary of an anonymised investigation report.

Based on the number of enquiries (1,234) and written complaints (449) received for the five- month period from July to November this year, it is projected that the yearly total will be 2,962 and 1,078 respectively.

In comparision with last year's total of 1,054 and 173, this projection represents a three-fold increase in the number of enquiries and a six-fold increase in the number of written complaints received.

The next issue of "COMAC News" will be published on January 5 next year.

Note to editors:

For press enquiries, please contact Senior Executive Officer (Adriiinistration and Community Relations), Miss Anna Chan, on Tel 805 7015.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Seminar on automation for ED staff *****

The Deputy Director of Education, Miss Elaine Chung, assured that automation would ultimately improve the department's services to the community and make its work more interesting.

Speaking at the opening of a seminar for senior staff of the department today (Monday), Miss Chung said: "Having had personal experience in successfully implementing computer system in other departments, I can assure you that automation will ultimately improve our services to the community and make our work more interesting.

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’’But I do understand how some staff could feel threatened by changes to their work place and daily routines. In this regard, directorate officers have a special role to play in leading their division forward and counselling their staff who may have difficulties adjusting to change,” Miss Chung said.

The seminar - divided into three sessions - is organised for about 120 heads of divisions and sections as well as principals of Government secondary and primary schools.

The seminar is aimed to help senior and middle managers of the department to understand the organisational behaviour during such changes and, more importantly, to enable them to counsel and support their subordinates who may be apprehensive in the face of changes.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

AFD staff urged to keep up good efforts *****

The Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Lawrence Lee, has urged his staff to keep up their good efforts so as to make the department highly efficient.

Dr Lee made the appeal when addressing the Agriculture and Fisheries Department's (AFD) annual presentation ceremony held at its headquarters this (Monday) morning.

He hoped all AFD colleagues would continue their good work to achieve the goal of making greater development in the various objectives of the department.

At today's ceremony, Dr Lee presented awards to outstanding staff who had done well in the department's performance pledge competition.

The best performance pledge award went to the Livestock Regulatory Section, whereas the Fauna Conservation Section and the Plant and Pesticide Regulatory Section emerged as first and second runners-up in the competition.

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Dr Lee also presented long and meritorious service certificates to 136 AFD staff who had among themselves chalked up a total of 2,380 years of service. Of them, 17 had each served 30 years.

While commending the recipients for their hard work, long and loyal service, he hoped other incumbent staff members to follow their good examples with a view to continuing serving the community.

The Director also presented souvenirs to 18 former colleagues who had retired from the Civil Service recently.

end/Monday, Decembers, 1994.

Speedpost service extends to three countries * * * * *

The Postmaster General, Mr Mike Pagliari, announced today (Monday) that reciprocal Speedpost service would be extended to Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam and the Czech Republic from December 12.

This will bring the total number of overseas destinations served by Speedpost to 70.

The service will be available to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, the municipal areas of Brunei and the whole of Czech Republic.

Speedpost service is a fast and reliable service for sending documents, samples and merchandise. Speedpost items are accepted at 37 strategically located post offices. Customers who regularly send Speedpost items may apply for the Post Office pick-up service.

"Speed and convenience are key features of the Post Office Speedpost service but they are not the only reasons for choosing Speedpost," Mr Pagliari said.

"Many customers also find the customs procedures simple and trouble-free.

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’’With its Speedpost service, the Hong Kong Post Office offers the widest range of destinations with prices and delivery standards which compare very favourably with those offered by our competitors,” he said.

Enquiries about the Speedpost service should be made of the Postal Services Representatives on telephone 9221 2277 (2921 2277 with effect from January' 1 next year.

Bhutan Brunei Darussalam Czech Republic

Hostage

- not over 250g $115 $85 $155

- not over 500g $140 $90 $190

- each additional 500 g $45 $30 $50

- Kilopak rate $175 $110 $230

Deliver,' Standards Thimphu: Generally first to second working day after posting. Bandar Seri Begawan: Next working day after posting. Kuala Belait and Tutong: Third working day after posting. Praha: First to second working day after posting. Rest of the country: Second to third working day after posting.

end/Monday. December 5, 1994

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Flower logo symbolises arts development * * * * *

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council:

Winner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) logo design competition, Mr Bosco Yip Po-hoi, today (Monday) explained the concept behind his design of the flower which won him the top place in the competition.

Mr Yip, whose previous winning logo designs include those of the Hospital Authority and the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, said he considered Hong Kong no longer a cultural desert.

"The concept of the logo is to use a flower to symbolise the development of the arts in Hong Kong.

"Actually arts, just like plants, can improve the quality of life in our community."

The black and red used in the logo arc to enhance the sense of originality and the Orient.

"Also, the free-style flower represents the freedom of creativity of arts in the territory," he said.

Mr Yip, whose entry was selected by a panel of five adjudicators from more than 600 entries, was awarded $15,000 and a certificate at a prize-presentation ceremony officiated by the Chairman of the HKADC, Sir Joseph Hotung, today.

Five merit prizes, each of $3,000 and a certificate, were presented to Miss Adeline Chang Wai- man, Mr Benny Au Tak-shing. Mr Choy Fui, Miss Tracy Fung Wai-man and Mr Benjamin Wong Wai-bun.

The adjudicators were Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Designers Association, Mr John Au, Chairman of the Chartered Society of Designers, Mr Dennis Chan, Head of the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Dr Hazel Clark, Chairman of the HKADC Visual Arts Committee, Mr Oscar Ho and a member of HKADC, Mr Kan Tai-keung.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

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Water storage figure ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

Storage in Hong Kong's reservoirs at 9 am today (Monday) stood at 81.7 per cent of capacity or 478.650 million cubic metres.

This time last year the reservoirs contained 450.877 million cubic metres of water, representing 76.9 per cent of capacity.

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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Time Cumulative Change •

Opening balance in the account 1556 mn 09:30 hr +118 mn

• Closing balance in the account 1544 mn 10:00 hr +118 mn

Change attributable to: 11:00 hr -52 mn

Money market activity -52 mn 12:00 hr -52 mn

Laf today +40 mn 15:00 hr -52 mn

16:00 hr -52 mn

Lafrate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 122.0 *+0.0* 5.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government Bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

Iw 4.69 18m 2605 6.35 99.36 6.93

Im 5.16 24m 2611 6.90 99.54 7.28

3m 5.55 29m 3704 6.15 97.31 7.53

6m 5.96 35m 3710 7.25 99.06 7.76

12m 6.57 58m 5909 7.45 97.32 8.30

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 14,191 mn

Closed 5 December 1994

end/Monday, December 5, 1994

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Tuesday, December 6,1994

Contents Page No.

Commission on remuneration for LegCo members formed..................... 1

Legal study delegation returns to Hong Kong............................. 1

Govt resolving lease dispute in Cheung Chau............................. 3

Design study on West Kowloon Reclamation underway....................... 4

School-based curriculum projects exhibition............................. 5

TOC teacher training in full swing...................................... 6

Seminar on open employment for the disabled............................. 7

Post Christmas cards early.............................................. 8

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results............................. 9

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................... 10

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Commission on remuneration for LegCo members formed

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The Government announced today (Tuesday) the composition of the new Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Legislative Council.

Professor Wang Gungwu is appointed Chairman of the Commission. Members include Mr Cheng Hon-kwan, Mr Christopher Cheng Wai-chee, Dr Thomas Leung Kwok-fai, Miss Gladys Li Chi-hei and Mr Lawrence Lam Yin-ming.

Their term of appointment is one year starting from December 1.

"The function of the Commission are as recopimended in the report of the former commission — that is to carry out regular reviews of the remuneration of nonofficial members and to advise the Government on the interpretation of guidelines for the use of members' allowances," a Government spokesman said.

"The Commission will also advise the Government on any other issues related to the remuneration of Legco members."

Except for Miss Gladys Li and Mr Lawrence Lam, the other four appointees were members of the former Commission appointed by the Governor in July last year to review the remuneration package for members of the Legislative Council.

"We are pleased that all former members have agreed to continue to serve on the new Commission. Their presence will ensure that the new Commission contains some people who are familiar with the subject," the spokesman added.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

Legal study delegation returns to Hong Kong ♦ * * * *

A group of Hong Kong Government officials, led by the Crown Solicitor, Mr Ian Wingfield, returned to Hong Kong today (Tuesday) after an eight-day legal study visit to Peking and Shanghai.

The visit is a continuation of the programme of reciprocal legal visits started in 1988 and it is the fourth such visit made by Hong Kong officials.

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During the visit, the delegation, comprising five officials from the Legal Department and one from the Constitutional Affairs Branch, had useful meetings with officials of the legal and judicial institutions in Peking and Shanghai.

Members of the delegation also learnt a great deal about the legal and judicial systems in China.

In Beijing, the delegation met senior officials of the Ministry of Justice, including the Vice-Minister Mr Zheng Seng. They also had discussions with the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, and a senior judge of the Supreme People's Court.

In Shanghai, the Hong Kong team met the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice, Mr Miao Xiaobao, and other officials. They also met representatives of the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, as well as members of the Shanghai judiciary.

During a visit to Fudan University, members of the delegation had a useful and interesting discussion with the teaching staff of the Law Department, including Professor Li Chengdao.

Mr Wingfield said on his return today: "The delegation acquired a good understanding of the work of the various legal and judicial institutions in Peking and Shanghai, and the civil, legal and judicial systems.

"There is a clear wish on both sides to increase contacts and further improve this understanding.

"In legal circles, there was a general appreciation of the need to maintain and develop recognition and enforcement of civil judgments and other forms of mutual legal assistance in civil matters between Hong Kong and China both before and after 1997," he said.

Mr Wingfield also noted that it had been suggested that a delegation from Beijing would visit Hong Kong in the near future to have detailed discussions of the practical arrangements that could be implemented.

He also said officials met by the delegation in Shanghai had expressed interest in public construction contract, city construction and planning laws, and the regulation of lawyers.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Govt resolving lease dispute in Cheung Chau * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Government is pressing ahead with proposals to resolve the dispute between Wong Wai Tsak Tong and its sub-lessees in Cheung Chau.

A spokesman for the Planning, Environment and Lands Branch explained that the Government could not unilaterally abolish the legal position of the Tong as the Crown Lessee under the Block Crown Lease.

To address the sub-lessees' concerns regarding the renewal of their sub-leases, the payment of Government rent and fees charged by the Tong for agreeing to lease modifications and land exchanges, the Government is in the process of drafting legislation for introduction to the Legislative Council in April next year to regulate the Tong’s relationship with the sub- lessees.

The proposed legislation will renew the great majority of sub-leases registered in the Land Registry, through to 2047.

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The proposed legislation will also enable sub-lessees to pay Government rent directly to the Government and to allow the Tong to collect from the sub-lessees the amount specified in the sub-leases, but no other charges and fees.

Finally, the Tong will be deemed under the legislation to have given its consent for lease modifications and land exchanges sought by the sub-lessees. In return, the Tong would be allowed to charge a fee equivalent to no more than 10 per cent of the premium chargeable by the Government for the grant of a lease modification or land exchange.

The spokesman said, subject to the enactment of the legislation, implementation of these measures should largely address the concerns of the sub-lessees while taking account of the legal and other interests of both sides as far as possible.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Design study on West Kowloon Reclamation underway ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

An urban design study on West Kowloon Reclamation is being carried out by a consultancy firm on behalf of the Planning Department.

The Director of Planning, Dr Peter Pun, has recently signed a consultancy agreement on the study with Urbis Travers Morgan Limited.

A spokesman for the department said today (Tuesday) that the study was intended to provide a consolidated urban design framework and overall concept for the West Kowloon Reclamation which had an area of about 300 hectares stretching from Sham Shui Po to Yau Ma Tei.

Detailed design parameters for individual development sites within the area will also be formulated.

"The study will take on board existing land use proposals and recommend preferred height bands, built forms, building lines, visual corridors and pedestrian networks, and so on, for the West Kowloon Reclamation.

"It will also provide detailed design and development parameters, such as plot ratios, maximum building heights, set-backs and pedestrian walkways, for all commercial and residential and some selected industrial sites in the area.

"These parameters will in turn be incorporated into the lease conditions when the sites are put up for sale," the spokesman added.

In the study, environmental considerations, such as noise control and landscaping, will be taken into account. Linkages to the existing urban areas will also be carefully considered to ensure that the new developments in the West Kowloon Reclamation will function as a natural extension of the existing urban core.

The study is expected to be completed by June next year.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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School-based curriculum projects exhibition ♦ ♦ * * ♦

A total of 43 school-based curriculum projects undertaken by 36 schools will be displayed in an exhibition at the Hong Kong Teachers’ Centre on Saturday (December 10) and from December 12 to 14.

These projects, involving the participation of 92 teachers, are designed to adapt the centrally designed curriculum to match the needs and abilities of their students.

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A spokesman for the Education Department said: "School-based Curriculum Project Scheme organised by the department with the support of the Curriculum Development Council has been launched since 1988 to encourage the development of school-based curriculum."

The scheme not only encourages teachers to adapt the centrally designed curriculum into forms of educational experiences appropriate to the ability and specific needs of students in their schools but also helps to enhance the professionalism of teachers.

Under the 1993-94 School-based Curriculum Project Scheme, a total of 43 projects, among which three are at kindergarten level, 10 at primary level and 30 at secondary level, are of exceptionally good quality.

The Director of Education, Mr Dominic S W Wong, will present letters of appreciation to participating teachers who completed the projects with satisfactory results in an opening ceremony on Saturday (December 10).

Also attending the ceremony will be Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council, Mr Kenneth Ting; Chairman of the School-based Curriculum Project Scheme Advisory Committee, Dr Tam Man-kwan; and Chief Executive of the Curriculum Development Institute, Dr Leung Yat-ming.

The projects will be displayed at the Hong Kong Teachers' Centre, Pak Fuk Road, on December 10 (between 11 am and 6 pm) and from December 12 to 14 (between 9 am and 6 pm).

Note to Editors:

Your representatives are invited to cover the 1993-94 School-Based Curriculum Projects Exhibition opening ceremony at 10.30 am on Saturday (December 10) at the Teachers' Centre, Pak Fuk Road, North Point,

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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TOC teacher training in full swing *****

The majority of primary school teachers taking part in two three-day seminars on the Target Oriented Curriculum (TOC) considered that the seminars were useful to the implementation of TOC, according to an end-of-course questionnaire survey.

The seminars, which commenced on November 22 and 29 respectively, were ' the first two in a series organised by the Education Department for all panel chairmen in the three core subjects of Chinese, English and Mathematics in 945 primary schools in the territory.

A spokesman for the Education Department said the seminars were organised to familiarise participants with teaching, learning and assessment in TOC, and the roles of the panel chairmen in implementing the curriculum.

The spokesman said out of the 226 teachers who responded to a questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of the two seminars, 153 (68 per cent) said the contents of the seminar were useful.

Overall, about 69 per cent of the respondents found the seminars helpful for them in implementing TOC in their schools.

The spokesman said most panel chairmen participated actively in the seminars and were very enthusiastic in finding ways and means to enhance implementation of TOC in their schools.

They were eager to learn more and commented that all teachers, not just panel chairpersons, should take part in teacher education programmes on TOC.

From February next year, the department will also organise four-day schoolbased preparatory programmes for the 70 Phase I schools to prepare their teachers of English, Chinese and Mathematics to implement TOC in Primary 1 from September 1995.

The spokesman said the implementation of TOC would be extended to higher levels year by year and by September 2000 TOC would be adopted throughout all classes in primary schools.

The spokesman stressed that TOC addressed the imminent needs of Hong Kong's education system.

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He said: "Apart from making learning a more pleasurable experience through pupil-centred activities, TOC helps pupils to relate learning to their daily experience, to learn how to learn, and to enhance their verbal and written abilities.

"It also facilitates early identification of their weaknesses and problems for immediate remedy before these are carried to higher levels. Tryouts at Primary 4 and 5 have given evidence of these functions of TOC.

"The introduction of TOC at Primary 1 also synchronises nicely with the teaching methodology common in kindergartens, that is, using themes, games and activities to aid learning, thus making the transition from pre-primary to primary education more natural and removes the adaptation problem of the very young pupils," the spokesman said.

The spokesman appealed to school heads, teachers, pupils, parents, teacher associations, tertiary institutions and publishers to work with the Education Department to make the implementation of TOC a success.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

Seminar on open employment for the disabled

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The Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department will organise a seminar on open employment for the disabled tomorrow (Wednesday).

The aim of the seminar is to promote employers' awareness of the employment needs of the disabled through better understanding of their working abilities.

There will be panel discussions, work demonstrations by the disabled, a video show and an exhibition.

The seminar is co-organised with the Rehabilitation Development Coordinating Committee Employment Subcommittee, major employers' associations and personnel managers' associations in Hong Kong.

Attention News Editors:

The opening ceremony of the Seminar on Open Employment for the Disabled will be held at 9.30 am tomorrow (Wednesday) in Room 401, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.

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Officiating at the ceremony will be the Commissioner for Labour, Mr Yiu Yan-nang, and Chairman of Rehabilitation Development Co-ordinating Committee Employment Sub-committee, Mr Vincent Cheng.

You are invited to send representatives to cover the event.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

Post Christmas cards early

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The Postmaster General, Mr Mike Pagliari, announced today (Tuesday) that the latest date for posting Christmas cards for local delivery before Christmas was December 19 (Monday). "Postings after this date might run the risk of not being delivered in time because of anticipated seasonal pressure of work," he said.

He advised members of the public to post as early as possible to avoid a last-minute rush.

Mr Pagliari also announced that a special mail delivery would be provided on December 18 (Sunday) and on December 27 (Tuesday).

A special collection service for posting boxes would also be provided on December 18.

No delivery would be made on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the New Year holiday.

All post offices would be closed during the Christmas and the New Year holidays.

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Tender Date 6 Dec 94 6 Dec 94

Paper on Offer EF Bills 9 EF Bills

Issue Number Q449 H479

Amount Applied HK$3,530 MN HK$2,050 MN

Amount Allotted HK$ 1,500 MN HKS800 MN

Average Yield Accepted 5.65 PCT 6.08PCT

Highest Yield Accepted 5.69 PCT 6.12 PCT

Pro Rata Ratio About 9 PCT About 20 PCT

Average Tender Yield 5.68 PCT Hong Kong Monetary Authority 6.16 PCT

Tenders to be held in the week beginning 12 Dec 94 -

Tender Date 13 Dec 94

Paper on Offer EF Bills

Issue Number Q450

Issue Date 14 Dec 94

Maturity Date 15 Mar 95

Tenor 91 Days

Amount on Offer HK$ 1,500 MN + 300 MN

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations *****

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,544 0930 -5

Closing balance in the account 1,424 1000 -5

Change attributable to : 1100 -25

Money market activity -78 1200 -24

LAF today -42 1500 -44

1600 -78

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.9 *-0.1* 6.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.58 18 months 2605 6.35 99.18 7.07

1 month 5.14 24 months 2611 6.90 99.27 7.44

3 months 5.59 29 months 3704 6.15 97.07 7.65

6 months 6.04 35 months 3710 7.25 98.82 7.86

12 months 6.71 58 months 5909 7.45 97.06 8.37

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 21,576 million

Closed December 6, 1994

end/Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Wednesday, December 7,1994

Contents Page Mo.

Government statement on Bar Council’s comments on draft CFA Bill.............................................................. 1

Seizure of medical reports........................................ 3

Govt to set up $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund.. 4

Joint Liaison Group 31 st meeting................................. 5

Transcript of the Governor’s media session........................ 5

Governor opens the West Island School............................. 7

Report proposes a new strategy for quality assurance in education ... 8

Improvements made after election review.......................... 13

Aberdeen Tunnel industrial action............................. 15

Bus lanes on approach roads to Aberdeen Tunnel...................

CAD organises aircraft search and rescue exercise................

Applications for entry of nationals from China for employment in HK..............................

Hotline set up for local workers seeking airport-related jobs....

Contents

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Open employment for the disabled................................. 19

Five sites to let................................................ 20

New hostel and day centre open for mentally handicapped...... 22

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations......... 23

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Government statement on Bar Council's comments on draft CFA Bill *****

A Government spokesman today (Wednesday) made the following statement on the Bar Council's comments on the draft Court of Final Appeal (CFA) Bill:

"The Government is disappointed that the Bar Council is proposing to its members that the CFA Bill be rejected, and hopes that members of the Bar will take the opportunity of their extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to take a different view.

"We are surprised and disappointed that the Bar Council gives so little consideration to the wider implications of its stance. The only result of rejecting the CFA Bill would be to ensure that Hong Kong has a judicial vacuum at the highest level, for possibly two to three years, until the Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government is able to set up the CFA. We cannot believe that members of the council really consider this to be in Hong Kong's best interests, nor that they believe that the CFA eventually set up by the SAR Government will provide greater flexibility than the 1991 agreement.

"We are also surprised that the Bar Council should argue that the judicial vacuum that will occur if the CFA Bill is rejected is acceptable because the Privy Council hears only a relatively small number of Hong Kong cases. We cannot understand why any potential litigant should be deprived of the right of final appeal. And the Bar Council's emphasis on numbers overlooks completely the significance of these limited number of cases to the development of jurisprudence on matters of great public importance, and the detrimental effect that a judicial vacuum would have on international confidence in our judicial system.

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"We welcome the Bar Council’s recognition that it would be desirable to set up the CFA before 1997, and its statement that it would support a Bill establishing a CFA that conforms with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. We have drafted the CFA Bill on the basis of the agreement reached at the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) in September 1991, which the British and Hong Kong Government are satisfied that it is consistent with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. We have given the Chairman of the Bar Association a copy of an authoritative statement explaining HMG’s view that the agreement on the composition of the CFA reached in the JLG in September 1991 is compatible with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. The British Government draws legal advice from a variety of sources and is satisfied that its advice on the CFA issue is drawn from the best available sources, inside or outside the Government. We cannot agree that the provisions in the draft Bill on composition, which are based on the JLG agreement, are inconsistent with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.

"We also fail to see the basis on which the Bar Council concludes that the CFA Bill does not provide for the preservation after 1997 of any CFA set up before that date. The whole purpose of the 1991 JLG agreement was to establish a CFA before 1997 that would continue in being beyond 1997. Article 93 of the Basic Law clearly provides that members of the Judiciary serving before July 1, 1997 may remain in employment after that date. There may be a need for some validation or appointment procedures, e.g. new Oaths in 1997, but there is no reason to believe that these would affect the continued employment of any judges.

"We are pleased to note that the Bar Council and some members of the Bar have made comments on the technical aspects of the Bill. But we are extremely surprised that the Bar Council should give as one of its reasons for advising members of the Bar to reject the Bill the fact that they consider technical amendments need to be made to it. The whole purpose of our consulting the legal profession was to seek their views on the technical and practical aspects of the draft Bill. We will give the comments careful consideration once the Bar Association sends them to us.

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"At the EGM tomorrow (December 8), members of the Bar Association will have a clear choice: to support the establishment of a CFA before 1997 on the basis of the 1991 JLG agreement or to vote for a policy that would ensure a judicial vacuum at the highest level, with no guarantee about the nature of the CFA eventually set up by the SAR. The Government has no doubt that the former is in the best interests of the people of Hong Kong. Indeed a recent opinion poll shows that the majority of the people of Hong Kong would like the CFA to be established before 1997 and accept the 1991 agreement. We therefore hope that members of the Bar will give careful consideration to the wider implications of the motion put forward by the Bar Council when they discuss it at the EGM."

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Seizure of medical reports

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Commenting on an article in the South China Morning Post edition today (Wednesday), Mr Anthony Au-Yeung, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, confirmed that it had been necessary for his staff to seize the patient records in order to establish details of Dr Shiu's income.

"Experience has shown us that many Hong Kong doctors do not issue receipts but record details of charges on individual patient cards," he explained.

"Consequently, attendance records may not provide sufficient information to establish accurately the amount of income earned by a doctor. Often, individual patient cards are the only reliable source of information about income earned.

"My department would be quite happy to go through a doctor's patient cards without removing them from his office. But that requires the cooperation of the doctor.

"Whilst we accept that the relationship between a doctor and patient is confidential, this does not mean that a doctor can prevent the department from obtaining details of his income simply because the information is recorded on patient records.

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"We recognise that seizure of records is a serious matter. A search warrant is required and to obtain this a magistrate must be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that a person has made an incorrect return," Mr Au-Yeung said.

He added that his staff had also taken urgent steps to minimise any inconvenience to Dr Shiu's patients. "We have agreed to provide Dr Shiu with copies of his records, by fax if necessary."

The Commissioner also confirmed that the seizure of the medical records was lawful and was not in breach of the provisions of the Bill of Rights.

"Our legal advice is that no conflict is involved. Article 14 of the Bill of Rights prohibits the "arbitrary" or "unlawful" interference with privacy. Our legal advisers have confirmed that seizures carried out under a search warrant are neither "arbitrary" nor "unlawful". There is nothing arbitrary about this exercise as the information sought is required for a specific purpose and the seizure cannot be unlawful as it is made pursuant to specific provisions of the Inland Revenue Ordinance."

Finally, Mr Au-Yeung emphasised that the Inland Revenue Ordinance contained important safeguards against the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information.

"My staff are required under the Ordinance to preserve the secrecy of information about the affairs of any person which may come to their knowledge in the performance of their duties."

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Govt to set up $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund ♦ * ♦ * ♦

The Administration today (Wednesday) briefed the staff sides of the Central Consultative Councils on the Govemor-in-Council's decision to set up a $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund as soon as possible with the future balance of the Fund being maintained at a minimum of one year's estimated pension expenditure.

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The proposal is subject to a resolution of the Legislative Council and the voting of funds by the Finance Committee.

Staff sides noted the Government's position and asked for a few days to consider their response to be conveyed to the Administration at a further meeting of the Joint Working Group on Pension Reserve Fund.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Joint Liaison Group 31st meeting

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The following is issued on behalf of the Office of the British Senior Representative of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group:

The 31st meeting of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group will take place in London from December 14 to 16. The British team will be led by the Senior Representative, Mr Hugh Davies. The other members of the British team will be Mr Alan Paul (Counsellor, Office of the British Senior Representative, Sino-British Joint Liaison Group), Mr Nicholas Ng (Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Hong Kong Government), Mr Robert Peirce (Political Adviser, Hong Kong), and Mr Sherard Cowper-Coles (Head of Hong Kong Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

end/Wednesday, December?, 1994

Transcript of the Governor's media session

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The following is a transcript of the media session by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, after opening the West Island School this (Wednesday) morning:

Question: There've been talks about ESF being part of the statute infrastructure. I think that it's rather slow in meeting places and it is potentially damaging...?

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Governor: I think that all of us are acutely aware of the importance of providing enough places at international schools in Hong Kong because it is after all an international city. There are two phenomena that we have to deal with. The first is Hong Kongers returning to Hong Kong, having been educating their children in Canada or United States or Europe, all wanting a similar sort of education to continue. Secondly, with a growing international business community, increasingly, managers or bankers who are posted here want to bring their families, all want to be able to educate their children in a Korean or a Japaneseor a French or an English school. I’ve been involved in a number of international schools as well as the local ones. German, Swiss, the Korean which I opened. I' ve been discussing recently with the Canadians.Then, theAmerican Chamber of Commerce has talked to me about it. For I think everyone recognises the need and I think the ESF is responding to it like others and they are helping out parents like me. I think that it is probably the case that all of us’ve under-estimated, in particular, the need for places at primary level. That is where the biggest problems so far have been. But they are obviously going to move on into the secondary level as their children get older. We’ve just got to make sure that we cope adequately. I was talking to the Chief Secretary and the Secretary for Education and Manpower about this problem this morning. We are doing a study at the moment of the requirement for places and we have to meet it as well as we can. This is a wonderful school and I think all the children who are here, are very lucky.

Question: But, do you think that the drug abuse problem is more serious in international schools? Are you worried about your daughter?

Governor: No, I think that drug abuse is a problem which is faced right across the community. As I was saying the other day, one of the things we have to face up to in Hong Kong is even though we don’t have some of the social problems which are commonly associated with drug abuse by young people, for example, high youth unemployment. We don’t have that in Hong Kong. Even though we don't have those problems, we’ve still got increasing figures for drug abuse. And that is why we've got to do much more in every school and to get across education about the perils of taking drug but it is a problem which every school faces.

Question: So, would you like to say a word about your Vietnamese trip?

Governor: I'll be, as I said before, I am prepared to answer questions about ESF schools and international schools. But I am answering questions in the Legislative Council tomorrow and I dare say Vietnam will come up.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

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Governor opens the West Island School ♦ * ♦ * *

The English Schools Foundation has responded to the rapidly growing demand for international school places by setting up the West Island School, the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, said today (Wednesday).

"We have a tremendous challenge ahead of us to meet the needs for this kind of school," Mr Patten said.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the school, Mr Patten said the extraordinary development of Hong Kong as one of the world's great centres for international business and services was bringing people and their children in the region from all over the world.

"Hong Kong families are returning from abroad and want their children to carry on in the education systems that they have started overseas," he added.

He noted that the West Island School had been operating in the old British Military Hospital on Borrett Road since September 1991.

Since then, all the teachers, parents and the English School Foundation administrators had been working together in setting up the new school building.

Note to Editors:

A photo taken at the ceremony will be boxed.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

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Report proposes a new strategy for quality assurance in education ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The following is issued on behalf of the Education Commission:

A better framework is needed to enable professional educators to account for the quality of their services, so that they can respond positively to the public’s concerns about education quality.

This is the message in a report, published today (Wednesday) by the Education Commission’s Working Group on Educational Standards for three months of public consultation. The report, Quality in School Education, makes 13 recommendations for a new strategy to promote quality.

The report calls for the creation of an independent Quality Assurance Unit; school development planning in all schools; and the wider extension of the School Management Initiative (SMI) to promote effective decision-making in schools.

’’Now we have enough places at all levels of education, people are more interested in quality issues," the working group chairman, Dr Cheng Kai- ming, said.

' "Educators are coming under increasing pressure to demonstrate to the public and the Government that they are doing a good job, and are making effective use of the huge public resources we provide for education.

"Unless educators develop their own professional accountability arrangements, they will be vulnerable to uninformed criticism from the media and politicians. The main aim of the report is to define a framework in which professional accountability can develop.

"At this stage it is the school sector which requires most attention as far as quality is concerned," Dr Cheng said, "but the working group would like the Education Commission to keep in view the need for similar studies of other sectors — technical education, teacher education, and tertiary education."

The Chairman of the Education Commission, Professor Rosie Young, noted that this is the second working group report to be published.

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’’The Language Proficiency report attracted a lot of public attention and useful comments,” she said.

"I hope this report will be debated seriously by educators and interested members of the public, so that the Commission can submit final recommendations to the Government in the full knowledge of public views."

Present quality monitoring activities

In describing current activities and procedures relating to quality, the report notes that the large financial and human resources now expended on monitoring schools could be targeted more effectively, to meet the needs of an education system which has changed greatly in recent years. For example:

Information gathered from inspections and other evaluation activities should feed back more systematically into policy- making, resource decisions and support services;

There should be more openness in the school system; and

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Not just schools, but all parts of the school education service — teacher education, in- service development, curriculum development, teacher resource centres, school social work and other support services — should be subject to regular evaluations.

"The present system is designed to ensure that schools operate at least to the minimum standard acceptable to the Director of Education," Dr Cheng said.

"But quality is about striving for the best possible standard. We believe that a new approach to school quality assurance at the system level can establish ’benchmarks' of quality and encourage all schools and teachers to strive for the best possible quality."

The new Quality Assurance Strategy

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The report notes that educational quality depends on the commitment and capabilities of individual educators and schools. To encourage and develop good ideas from schools and teachers, the report says, Hong Kong needs a quality assurance framework which gives maximum encouragement and minimum hindrance to the exercise of professional judgment and skills, while providing the public with clear evidence of achievements in individual schools and across the whole system.

"Our strategy is based on four goals, four principles, and three components," said Dr Cheng. The four goals are to:

Foster the commitment and competence of all school educators in striving for the highest possible quality;

Monitor quality in schools and their support services independently of other organisations;

Provide policy-makers and educators with information on which to base decisions; and

Provide accurate and impartial assessments of current achievements, and what is being done to improve on those achievements.

The four principles are:

Transparency - to meet the growing public demand for more information about education quality;

Respect for professionalism - to encourage initiatives arising from schools themselves;

Enhancement of existing strengths - to build on best practice already found in our schools;

Efficiency - to achieve the maximum impact with an economical use of professional manpower and the least disruption to existing services.

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The three components of the strategy are:

School development planning;

School management reform on SMI lines; and

A new approach to external quality assessments.

School development planning

Dr Cheng explained: "School development planning helps a school to clarify and make known its goals; understand better its current stage of development; evaluate its strengths and weaknesses; formulate improvement plans; and motivate its staff to contribute to quality improvement.

"Some schools already do school development planning in some form," Dr Cheng explained.

"We would now like all schools to begin drawing up a development plan. What is important is not so much the contents or format, but the learning process the school's staff and management go through as they tackle quality issues."

School management reform

"The goals of SMI are generally supported by educators," Dr Cheng said, "but some are reluctant to join SMI for various reasons.

"The report proposes a four-stage approach, rather than the all-or-nothing approach in place at present. We hope this will encourage all schools to proceed down the SMI path."

External quality assessments

The focus of the report is on a new framework for assessing the quality of school education.

"We set out the arguments for a new agency to perform this task," Dr Cheng said.

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"The proposed Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) will be a small professional body, independent of other agencies, and accountable to the Secretary for Education and Manpower.

"It will visit a number of schools each year, either by selection or by invitation, study each school as a whole, or a certain highlighted aspect of work across different schools, and produce detailed written reports for the attention of the school and those most closely connected with it.

"The QAU will be able to define benchmarks of best practice in schools catering for students of all kinds and levels of ability," Dr Cheng said.

"Another key feature of the new approach will be a better flow of information. Detailed reports by the QAU will be seen by those most closely connected with the school, and summaries will be made available more widely.

"Based on its visits, the QAU will compile reports on the overall quality of school education. It will also publish reports on specific aspects, such as the quality of school library services, or the ability of schools to make meaningful staff development plans given their current resources and the constraints of employment contracts.

"In this way, wider issues of quality in schools and their support services can be brought to the attention of policy-makers and the public."

Consequential changes

Dr Cheng noted three areas where the report's proposals will have an impact on existing bodies and their functions.

"Firstly, we propose a review of the Board of Education's role, so that it can advise on all aspects of school education, not just those which come under the Education Department," Dr Cheng said.

"Secondly, we propose a review of curriculum development activities, to see whether the compromise arrangement arising from ECR4 (the creation of the Curriculum Development Institute within the Education Department) is working well. In principle, the working group feels that curriculum activities, like teacher education, are an academic function best performed outside the civil service environment.

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"Thirdly, we note that the creation of the QAU will have implications for the work of the Advisory Inspectorate. We see a continuing need for the Inspectorate to conduct compliance inspections, provide advice and support to schools, and feed information back to the Director of Education and the QAU. But we envisage that advisory functions will become a more important part of the Inspectorate's role once the new strategy is in place," Dr Cheng said.

"This is a very comprehensive report," Dr Cheng concluded.

"Previous reports on education have generally focused on what the Government should do, or how much money should be spent. This report is different: it sets out a framework which will encourage and help educators themselves to fulfil their professional responsibilities more effectively.

"I hope all teachers, principals, school managers and those working in school support services will discuss the report and give us their comments before March 15 next year, when the consultation period ends. Comments from the general public will also be welcomed."

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Improvements made after election review * ♦ * * *

The following is issued on behalf of the Boundary and Election Commission:

Following a review of the District Board Elections in September, the Boundary and Election Commission (BEC) has introduced a number of electoral procedures for implementation in the Municipal Council Elections in March next year.

Improvements that require amendments to the legislation are contained in the Boundary and Election Commission (Electoral Procedure) (Geographical Constituencies) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 1994 to be gazetted on Friday (December 9).

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A BEC spokesman said today (Wednesday) that the amendment regulation would be brought into operation on Friday so that preparation for the coming Municipal Council elections could proceed on the basis of the revised arrangement before the nomination period starts in January next year.

The spokesman said there were other more involved issues requiring detailed consideration which would be included in the BEC report on the District Board Elections to be submitted to the Governor in mid-December.

He added that the amendments were drawn up after taking into account the views and comments of the candidates, election staff and the public.

The main changes are as follows:

to standardise the appointment and revocation of four types of candidates’ agents, namely election expense agents, canvassing agents, polling agents and counting agents;

to allow the need for the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) not to send poll cards to those electors who have died and those whose addresses in the Final Register do not exist;

* to allow the CEO to determine the form and contents of the copies of the register sent to candidates;

* to provide for the endorsement of questionable ballot papers the acceptance of which by the Returning Officer is objected to by a candidate or agent of the constituency concerned;

* to make clear that communication of information as to whether or not a person has voted is permitted for the purpose of investigating an election-related offence; and

* to provide for public inspection of candidates’ declarations of election advertisements and to lengthen the inspection period.

end/Wednesday. December 7, 1994

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Aberdeen Tunnel industrial action

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Owing to industrial action by some staff of Aberdeen Tunnel, traffic at the tunnel was disrupted between 5.36 pm and 6.06 pm today (Wednesday). However, the four autotoll lanes remained open during the period.

The Police and staff of the Transport Department were at the scene to monitor the situation.

"The Government's concern is the maintenance of smooth and safe traffic circulation within the tunnnel," a spokesman for the Transport Department said.

A meeting with the tunnel management contractor was immediately held in the evening to review the situation.

The Labour Department is assisting in settling the dispute between the staff and management.-

The tunnel management contractor was requested to submit a written report on the incident tomorrow and to revise its contingency plan so as to improve its capability to handle such incidents to reduce any inconvenience to motorists to the minimum.

end/Wednesday, December?, 1994

Bus lanes on approach roads to Aberdeen Tunnel *****

Two bus lanes along the approach roads to Aberdeen Tunnel will be put into effect at 7 am on Saturday (December 10). >

A spokesman for the Transport Department said today (Wednesday) that the two bus lanes, each of 450 metres long, were designated along the slip roads off Wong Chuk Hang Road up to the toll plaza for buses coming from the west and the east.

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"The bus lanes will operate daily between 7 am and 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm. Except for buses and those with permits, vehicles are prohibited to enter the bus lanes during the above operating hours," he said.

This scheme is to make more efficient use of the limited road space by giving priority to the most efficient passenger carriers on the road.

"It is expected that bus journey times will be reduced, improving service reliability including shorter and more predictable waiting times by commuters," the spokesman said.

"On the other hand, vehicles other than buses are expected to experience a marginal delay during the bus lane operating hours," he added.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

CAD organises aircraft search and rescue exercise *****

A scenario simulating a plane crash incident over the hills was held today (Wednesday) at the Sek Kong Airfield as part of the annual search and rescue exercise to provide training and familiarisation in search and rescue techniques for staff of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) and other rescue units.

The new exercise plan being tested included water bombing by helicopters to fire-fight the "crashed plane" and a tandem jump of paramedic personnel from a Hercules aircraft to the "hill area not accessible to helicopters" where the "victims" had to be evacuated.

A spokesman for the Department responsible for co-ordinating the exercise said the search and rescue exercises held in the previous years mainly involved incidents simulating plane crashed into the sea.

This year, the Department had been able to draw up a different scenario which was welcomed by the participating organisations.

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The spokesman said besides the Sek Kong short- range drill, there would be a long-range exercise and a static display of search and rescue aircraft and equipment.

The long-range exercise is aimed to test the alerting, co-ordination and communication procedures and facilities of various participants.

In addition to CAD, other participants included the United States Air Force, Marine Department, Government Flying Service, Royal Air Force, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, Japanese Maritime Safety Agency, Guangdong Marine Emergency Search and Rescue Centre, Royal Navy, Royal Hong Kong Police Force, Civil Aid Services and Government Information Services.

A number of personnel from the Asia-Pacific Region including Guangdong Marine Emergency Search and Rescue Centre, Zhuhai and Shenzhen Airport Authorities, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, New Zealand, Cambodia and Vietnam had also attended as observers.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Applications for entry of nationals from China for employment in HK ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Immigration Department announced today (Wednesday) the results of the third ballot exercise of applications for entry of professionals and managers from China for employment in Hong Kong.

"Up to the end of last month, a total of 2,984 applications was received,” a spokesman for the Immigration Department said.

"More than half of the applications are from the trading, construction and finance sectors and the most popular jobs are engineers, administrators and marketing executives," the spokesman added.

In a ballot exercise held today, 250 applications were randomly selected by computer from the applications received.

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"Successful employers will be notified in writing individually," the spokesman said.

"Unsuccessful applications in the ballot exercise will continue to remain eligible for the fourth exercise to be held in March next year. Employers should not submit double applications for the same vacancy. Overbidding will result in refusal of the applications," the spokesman added.

For enquiries, employers may telephone 824 6111.

Note to Editors:

The results will be faxed.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Hotline set up for local workers seeking airport- related jobs *****

The Labour Department announced today (Wednesday) that a "jobs hotline" 417 6201 had been introduced to help local construction workers seek airport-related vacancies.

Senior Labour Officer in charge of the Employment Services Division Mr Raymond Chan said the Local Employment Service (LES) of the Department has been actively providing employment assistance to local construction workers looking for jobs in the new airport and related projects.

"To protect the interests of local construction workers, contractors applying for imported workers under the Special Labour Importation Scheme are required to register their vacancies with the LES," he said.

As a standing practice, information on job vacancies will be displayed in a special section in all nine LES offices throughout the territory. The LES will also send the information to 20 construction workers' unions and two seamen's unions, inviting their members to make use of the placement service.

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"To ensure that local workers have priority in filling the vacancies, contractors who have set restrictive recruitment requirements will be advised to relax the requirements.

"Failure to do so may result in the refusal of application for imported workers," Mr Chan stressed.

He noted that applications from employers found to have no sincerity in employing local workers would also be rejected.

Local construction workers who are interested in airport-related vacancies are urged to call the "jobs hotline" or visit any of the LES offices for placement service.

end/Wednesday, December?, 1994

Open employment for the disabled *****

The disabled were given a good chance today (Wednesday) to show off their working abilities.

At the Seminar on Open Employment for the Disabled organised by the Selective Placement Division of the Labour Department, they showed employers how they had overcome their handicaps and were capable of doing various kinds of work.

Speaking at the opening, the Commissioner for Labour, Mr Yiu Yan-nang, said the seminar was a new attempt to enhance employers’ understanding of the working abilities of the disabled.

The seminar featured panel discussions among employers, chief executives, personnel managers, departmental managers and representatives of disabled groups, work demonstrations by the disabled, a video show and an exhibition.

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Mr Yiu said the Selective Placement Division had all along been promoting open employment for the disabled. In the past nine months, TV and radio programmes were produced and a series of pamphlets were published to educate the public on the working abilities of the disabled.

He urged employers and the public to support open employment for the disabled by exploring more job opportunities for them.

Also officiating at the opening ceremony was the Chairman of Rehabilitation Development Co- ordinating Committee (RDCC), Employment Sub- committee, Mr Vincent Cheng.

The seminar is co-organised with the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, Employers' Federation of Hong Kong, Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Institute of Personnel Management, Hong Kong Industrial Relations Association and RDCC Employment Subcommittee.

Note to Editors:

Copies of a photograph taken at the seminar will be boxed.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Five sites to let

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The Lands Department is inviting tenders for the short- term tenancies of five pieces of Government land on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon and the New Territories.

The first lot, located in Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay, has an area of 1,420 square metres, for use as a fee-paying public car park for motor vehicles, excluding dangerous goods vehicles and container tractors and trailers. The tenancy is for three years, renewable quarterly.

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The second lot, located off Chiu Yuen Cemetery, Pokfulam, has an area of 810 square metres, for use as a commercial garden and ancillary uses to be approved by the District Lands Office.

The tenancy is also for three years, renewable quarterly.

Located at Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan, the third lot has an area of 470 square metres for use as a fee-paying public car park for motor vehicles, excluding goods vehicles, container tractors and trailers.

The tenancy is for one year, renewable quarterly.

The fourth lot in area 25, Wing Shun Street, Tsuen Wan, has an area of 2.40 hectares. It is divided into sites Al and A2, both to be used as a feepaying public car park for motor vehicles, excluding container tractors and trailers. The tenancy for site Al is for one year, renewable quarterly, while that for site A2 is tor six months, renewable monthly.

Closing dates for submission of tenders for these four lots are noon on December 23 this year.

With an area of 1.74 hectares, the fifth lot is located in reclamation area, North Stonecutters Island, Kowloon. It is earmarked for use as a public feepaying carpark for container tractors and trailers only.

The tenancy is for three years, renewable quarterly.

Closing date for submission offender is noon on December 16 this year.

Tender forms, tender notice and conditions are available from the following respective District Lands Offices:

District Lands Office, Hong Kong East, 19th floor, Southom centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong;

* District Lands Office, Hong Kong West, 19th floor, Southom Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong;

* District Lands Office, Tsuen Wan, 10th floor, Tsuen Wan Station Multi-storey Carpark Building, 174-208 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan;

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* District Lands Office, Kwai Tsing, 10th floor, Tsuen Wan Station Multi-storey Carpark Building, 174-208 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan;

* The Lands Department, 14th floor. Murray Building, Garden Road; and

* The District Lands Offices Kowloon, 10th floor, Yau Ma Tei Car Park Building, 250 Shanghai Street, Kowloon.

Tender plans are also available at these offices.

end/Wednesday, December 7, 1994

New hostel and day centre open for mentally handicapped *****

It is a happy day for the mentally handicapped people with the opening of two new facilities at the heart of a busy community where they can live and learn.

The Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Handicapped's Fung Tak Day Activity Centre in Fung Tak Estate and Tung Tau Hostel in Tung Tau Estate were officially opened today (Wednesday) by Mrs Patten. "Tung Tau Hostel and Fung Tak Centre will change the lives of many people," she said.

Mrs Patten thanked the residents of Tung Tau and Fung Tak Estates for welcoming the staff and residents into their communities.

"We all know there were misunderstandings at the start, but they are behind us now. Both the hostel and the day activity centre are working smoothly.

"Your presence here shows the warm relations that now exist between the Association and the residents of the two estates, and we look forward to many years as good neighbours," she told the gathering at the opening ceremony.

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She commended the Hongkong Bank Foundation for donating $9.7 million towards the two projects.

Note to editors:

Full text of Mrs Patten's speech has been faxed and a photograph taken at the ceremony will be boxed.

end/Wednesday, December?, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Time Cumulative change

$ million (hours) (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,424 0930 + 112

Closing balance in the account 1,569 1000 +11

Change attributable to : 1100 -4

Money market activity -20 1200 -3

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Thursday, December 8,1994

Contents Page No.

Governor’s question & answer session in LegCo........................... 1

Appointments of Management Committee of Consumer Legal Action Fund 16

The HK Community Charter on AIDS....................................... 17

SCA speaks on functional constituency elections.................... 18

Govt response to report on Kwun Lung Lau landslide..................... 20

Volume and price movements of external trade in September 1994 ........ 21

Government closely monitoring Aberdeen Tunnel traffic.................. 26

Thirteen rescuers awarded for bravery.................................. 27

Additional teachers for aided secondary schools........................ 28

Music Office to present carol concert.................................. 28

IEC pilot test to be postponed......................................... 30

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................... 30

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Governor’s question & answer session in LegCo ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The President: The Governor will answer questions on the ten topics which have been indicated to Members and a Member who has asked a question may, for the purpose of seeking elucidation only, ask a short follow-up question. Can I have a show of hands please.

Mrs Selina Chow: Thank you Mr President. Governor, given the overwhelming vote that was taken yesterday in this Council in favour of the suggestion that the British Government should take the stranded boat people into the UK in 1997, should any of them still remain in Hong Kong, may I ask you Sir, what you are going to do to put this case forward to the British Government on our behalf?

Governor: What I shall do in the next two and a half years or shorter if we succeed in our objective before then, is to work with my colleagues in the Administration to ensure the successful repatriation of all those Vietnamese migrants in detention centres as soon as possible. I read accounts of yesterday’s debate, I wholly endorse the arguments adduced by the Secretary for Security and at the end of studying the Honourable lady’s speech and other speeches that were made, I wasn’t entirely sure what proposals were being put forward to help us expedite the achievement of an objective that we all share.

As for what the Honourable lady has said about the situation in 1997, as I’ve said before, as others have said, including I note one or two newspapers, I don't myself think it’s very sensible to give Vietnamese migrants in the camps the wholly wrong impression that if they only hang on they'll be able to be resettled in another country after 1997. I think that that encourages Vietnamese migrants to stay, and indeed it could encourage some Vietnamese migrants to come to Hong Kong. I don’t think it’s a very helpful proposal. I don’t think it represents any sort of reality that I know and I don't think it would be well received by those who want to see us deal successfully with this problem or by those in the international community who have in their turn helped with the resettlement of genuine refugees.

There is one other point that I'd make to the Honourable lady. I'm sure that if she spoke to her honourable friend who was a member of the Executive Council in 1988, which took the key policy decisions on policy on Vietnamese migrants, he would be able to assure her that the policy was made by the Hong Kong Government and wasn't imposed on the Hong Kong Government by the present sovereign. So, I hope the Honourable lady will find that a helpful and comprehensive reply to her question.

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Mrs Selina Chow: Follow-up Mr President, does that mean that the Governor would not put the position forward to the British Government as voiced by this Council yesterday?

Governor: I will report what the Council said, I will certainly report it, but I shall also add in terms what I've just said to the Honourable lady.

Mr Hui Yin-fat: Thank you Sir. Governor, in view of the explicit rejection by the Chinese Government on the proposed old age pension scheme, proposed by the Hong Kong Government, and a recorded statement of our Government officials that the scheme should not start without the agreement of the Chinese Government, how would you, Governor, propose to introduce the proposed scheme and when?

Governor: The aim which I imagine we all share, is to find ways of providing better, more comprehensive assistance to the elderly as soon as possible. Hong Kong has been discussing the possibility of a pension scheme for the best part of three decades. Meantime, the number of those who would be affected by a pension scheme as beneficiaries has increased exponentially, part of Hong Kong's success story, in particular, the number of those who are very old has increased very substantially. But we still don’t have any comprehensive way of addressing the financial insecurities which the elderly face, or which those who are soon going to be elderly and retired, face.

The Government, a few months ago, as the Council will know, put forward what in our view was the most sensible, immediate, and cost effective way of dealing with the problem of providing for the elderly and since then we've been involved in a consultation exercise which has drawn six thousand or rather more than six thousand responses which we're at present examining. Some responses, of course, haven't been specifically addressed to us as part of that consultation exercise. For example, one or two Chinese officials, both on and off the record, have suggested that the pension proposals that we put forward aren't in the interests of Hong Kong, represent a point which I would strongly contest, some lurch into socialism which the said officials for present purposes regard apparently as being a bad thing. They've made similar criticisms but most of the criticisms that we've seen have been from political groups in this Council or from organisations representing employers. We have to take very seriously what apparently is the view of the future sovereign, though we haven't had that put on the record in the Joint Liaison Group, and we have to take account of what's said within the community. I think it would be very difficult for us to proceed without a broad consensus which embraced first and most significant, because we will have to legislate, a majority in this Council, second, most business leaders and trade union leaders in the community, and third, those who speak for the future sovereign power. Without such a consensus I think any scheme would have great difficulty moving forward. Indeed I don't think without that consensus that we would be able to get a scheme through this Legislative Council.

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So what does that mean? Does it mean that we simply wash our hands of the problems facing the elderly for the next couple of years and hope that the future SAR Government will deal with the problem, facing exactly the same challenges, working within exactly the same parameters, though they might be a little more difficult, that we have to cope with today. I don’t think that's a tolerable way of proceeding. We are therefore intent, after considering all the submissions that we've received, on considering first of all in the Executive Council what we will believe is the best way forward and I trust we will be able to do that at the beginning of the New Year and announce our proposals straightaway. I do not intend to preside over Administration which is not capable of dealing with a major social problem as quickly and compassionately as possible. There are elderly in our community in need and we have to address that need as rapidly as we can, while retaining good economic sense and prudent housekeeping.

I'm sorry to respond at length to the Honourable gentleman but I just wanted to make two things clear. First that the exercise we have been engaged in has been a genuine consultation exercise. Secondly, that we don't intend consultation to turn into indecision.

Mr Hui Yin-fat: Mr President, could I ask the Governor whether he could be more explicit in saying that even with the objection or the disagreement of the Chinese Government, we will proceed with an amended, proposed scheme?

Governor: What I can certainly tell the Honourable gentleman is that we will go forward with a policy to help the elderly cope with their financial problems during the course of the coming months. We will put forward proposals to the Executive Council very soon and we will announce the result of our consultations in the Executive Council early in the New Year.

I repeat that it would be unrealistic for us to try to proceed if we (a) thought that we couldn't get our proposals through this Legislative Council, (b) didn't think we could carry the business community and trade union leaders and (c) were receiving a substantial thumbs down from the future sovereign. In those circumstances, if that was the case, a sensible Administration would refuse to find itself tied hand and foot in a cul-de-sac, it would look for other ways of dealing with an urgent social problem.

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Mr Marvin Cheung: Governor, will you please advise this Council when will you provide concrete evidence to show what proportion of our old age people now and in the future are in fact in need of financial assistance as envisaged by the arguments in support of the proposal for the Old Age Pension Scheme and other similar schemes? And do you support or deny the statements made by the Financial Secretary in this chamber on previous occasions to the effect that Hong Kong has enjoyed a very healthy state of economy for the last 30 years and that our people have been the world’s best savers over this period of time so that there should be very few old people in financial need?

Governor: It is true that because of Hong Kong's economic success, because of 34 years of uninterrupted economic growth - not a bad record, I say in passing, for the Administration to allude to - because of those things there are fewer people in general in need and fewer elderly in particular in need than would otherwise be the case. It is also true that for cultural and doubtless economic reasons as well, Hong Kong has been able to point to high savings over the years, but I am sure that the Honourable Member also recognises that those who were building Hong Kong's economic success in the earlier years, by and large don't find themselves today among the largest beneficiaries of that economic success. You don't have to be a sociologist - perish the thought - to recognise that in our community today it is the elderly who by and large are likely to be the neediest group. There are others who are in need. There are those who are suffering from disabilities and handicaps, there are single-parent families and some low-paid families with a large number of children but the biggest category, I think, of identifiable need is among the retired elderly.

The disputed statistic, I suppose, for the number of people in that category would be those who actually claim the benefits which the Government make available to those whose income does not exceed a particular threshold but I guess that a number of social workers would dispute whether that was a wholly accurate assessment of those in need. I don't dispute for one moment that need is not as acute as in some other communities but I do think that it is an identifiable social problem. It is not a social problem which is going to get easier to deal with as more people live for longer and as we have more very elderly in the community and sooner or later we have to address it, and we have to address it in a way, which we believe we have been doing, which doesn't threaten the same sort of welfare spending problems to which the World Bank, in a very good report, recently alluded. It is a social problem which the community and the government have to address.

Mr Marvin Cheung: Mr Governor, do I take it from your reply that the Government are unable or unwilling to provide any concrete evidence of the actual number of old people in financial need and if not, can I have a straight answer as to when will this statistic be provided?

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Governor: No, we can give the Honourable Member the statistic of those who are claiming the benefit to which they are entitled because of need extremely easily. If the Honourable Member thinks that is an accurate definition of the problem, then so be it. Others would dispute that proposition. But it is the literal, statutory, precise, targeted, well-delineated answer to the question.

Mr Timothy Ha Wing-ho (through interpreter): Thank you Mr President. Mr Governor, my question is: for pre-school education, now that will be managed by the Social Welfare Department and the Education Department, what sort of work will be done in synchronising or unification of the work and will there be a deadline?

Governor: As the Honourable Member, I think, knows because he takes a particularly close interest in these matters, wc have set up a working party to deal with this question. We have broadened the membership of the working party in order to try to ensure that we get as comprehensive and swift a response as possible. Obviously, we don't want to sacrifice quality for speed but we also recognise that this Council feels very strongly on the subject - wc noted the debate the other day on this subject - so we will want to give a reply as quickly as we can.

Mr Tik Chi-yuen (through interpreter): Thank you Mr President. 1 am pleased to learn from the Governor that he is very concerned about pre-primary school education and work will be done very soon. But there are a lot of difficulties in the unification of the problem, especially when this involves two policy branches and two departments. Will there be competition between the two departments? And also, will the problem be complicated? So, will this be done as speedily as possible? And also, on direct subsidy for kindergartens, this has been in discussion for a long time and in the Policy Address there was mention that in 1995 a decision will be taken on how these kindergartens will be subsidised. But Mr Governor, as you know, in the Education sector, and parents, they want this to be done as quickly as possible. Our motion debate also calls for the implementation of direct subsidy in 1995 and the Secretary for Education and Manpower said that the implementation of this programme, the decision will be taken by the end of this year. Mr Governor, can you tell us today the Government is committed in implementing the Direct Subsidy Scheme in 1995 so that kindergarten teachers and parents and also students would be able to receive this Christmas present?

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Governor: I think the Honourable Member would be gratified but surprised if I was to say that that was going to be available before this Christmas. On the working party which he mentioned, of course there is no competition or difference between any government departments, this is . a seamless row and we are all entirely on the same side working comprehensively together on these problems. I think it made sense to put together professionals from both sectors and administrators from both sectors really in order to avoid the sort of tensions and clashes which might come up later on. We don't believe that having, as it were, a trans- professional membership will delay the work of the working party. We intend that the working party should report during the course of the next calendar year so that we can get on and implement a policy which I think the whole community feel strongly about. And I know that there are anxieties in particular because of things like remuneration levels, which are understandable.

Secondly, on the question of subsidising kindergartens, we hope that we can come to a clear decision on that subject early in '95 and perhaps make a start on implementing that policy later in the year. It does have pretty substantial cost implications but I guess that It is a mark of the success we have achieved in other areas of education that so much pressure and emphasis is now on kindergartens and childcare services.

Mr Tik Chi-yuen (through interpreter): Today, we do not receive the Christmas gift yet. It is hoped that in 1995 there will be a decision and we are waiting for this New Year gift. With regard to unification of the Pre-Primary Service Working Group, there are some experts sitting on the working group. Now, Mr Governor, will you consider having parents sitting on the working group because on the working group we have professionals and government department officials but there should be parents sitting on the working group. Will you consider that?

Governor: Even governors and civil servants can be parents too and I'm sure that there are several parents on the working group. We will consider the proposal put by the Honourable Member but I think that if he believes, as he knows he does, and as I do, that the objective should be to get on with things as rapidly as possible, we perhaps shouldn't continually tinker with the membership of the working party but try to ensure that it can do its job as rapidly as possible.

Mr Alfred Tso (through interpreter): Mr Governor, in the past I have been asking questions on major infrastructure projects and also liaison between China and Hong Kong with regard to these infrastructure projects. We have waited for long periods of time and now the Sino-British Co-ordinating Committee on Cross-border Infrastructure has been established and the Governor says that he welcomes the setting up of the Committee and he says that he supports this Committee. There are several major projects which the Chinese authorities want to launch and that will also benefit Hong Kong.

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Now Mr Governor, with regard to this Co-ordinating Committee, what are your aspirations or hopes for this Committee. And secondly, if the progress of work is not satisfactory, you Mr Governor, or the Hong Kong Government, will you take positive actions? Will you be tolerant and will you actively promote this major infrastructure projects in the Committee? And thirdly, will the Hong Kong Government regularly report to this Council on the progress of works, so that the Council and the public will know the progress and up-to-date situation of these major infrastructure works that will help the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong?

Governor: I think it's fair to say and it's commentary above all perhaps on the record of some of my predecessors and of previous civil servants, that this community has a pretty good record at getting on with infrastructure projects. I think it was the Late Lord Kadoorie who said that the day there weren't large numbers of holes all over the landscape of Hong Kong was the day you should start worrying. We actually managed to complete infrastructure projects more rapidly than most other communities and perhaps I could if I was in a less mellow and benign mood, refer to one or two infrastructure projects where delays haven't been the fault of the Hong Kong Government.

But we do think that it's important to discuss Cross-border infrastructure projects with the Chinese authorities. I said that in my speech to the Council at the beginning of October, taking up some suggestions which had been made initially by Chinese officials. We've been very pleased to make as rapid progress as we have in setting up this new Committee. We agreed on all the terms of reference and parameters of the Committee in just a couple of meetings, which I think spoke volumes for the goodwill on both sides. Now I know that those who will represent both the PRC authorities and ourselves want to get down to the real business of the Committee which is not talking about terms of reference but talking about roads and railways and related things. I have to say that I think we will occasionally find that the Chinese authorities themselves want to think through very carefully and co-ordinate even more sharply the infrastructure projects which are taking place in China and I'm sure that they will find that this Committee is a good way of focusing on some of those projects.

We certainly believe that the Committee should help to expedite decisions and implementation on the infrastructure rather than delay decisions and implementation. That was very much one of the things that we pressed for when we were talking about the terms of reference and we received assurances on that point. So we'll go on trying to make the best of this Committee. I hope it will meet, though we haven't yet got an agreement on this, I hope it will meet early in the New Year. I think it would make a lot of sense to start establishing one or two panels on issues like railways and roads which could do more detailed work under the overall umbrella of the Committee. It's an important step forward and we want to make it work as well as possible.

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Rev Fung Chi-wood (through interpreter): Mr President, with regard to the Strategic Sewage Disposal Scheme, the Chinese officials and the Hong Kong officials have been arguing over the Scheme and the Governor said that some people are politicising this issue but the Chinese officials denied that.

Now my question to the Governor is, how does the Governor come to the conclusion that some people are politicising the issue? Does the problem arise because the Hong Kong Government does not prepare adequate information and therefore fails to convince the Chinese authorities?

Governor: Perhaps I can politely correct one thing which the Honourable Member said at the outset. We're not arguing over the Scheme; we're implementing it. The Scheme has two distinct parts. There is the high priority part one, which involves the collection of the sewage and polluted waste water. It involves the separation of sewage from ordinary storm water and it involves having collected the sewage and polluted water primary treatment and disposal. Now that programme would be necessary whatever you then went on to do. The decisions you take on the first part of the Scheme don't, in any way, constrain the ways in which you can build for the future by either producing a long-sea outfall or by secondary or tertiary treatment of what's been collected on Stonecutters. What's even more to the point or what is as much to the point is that we complete part one and pay for part one before 30th June, 1997. We're therefore very happy to explain to PRC officials in the greatest detail how part one, how stage one will operate but we're intent on getting on with it and that's what's happening. We've let I think 17 contracts so far, 14 of which, I believe I'm correct in saying, have been won by Hong Kong firms or by local firms and it's important, not least bearing in mind the health problems that we faced last Summer, the cholera problems that we faced, it's important to get on with cleaning up the waters in the harbour as part one of the Scheme will do. We're discharging 1.5 cubic metres of polluted water into the harbour at the moment and we've got to stop doing that.

Stage two is different. Stage two is different for a couple of reasons. First of all because it's going to be implemented after 1997 and it raises issues in which those who are concerned about the responsibilities of the SAR Government and its challenges naturally concern themselves. It's also different because one of the options which has been proposed for stage two involves a long-sea outfall which would discharge primarily treated sewage into Chinese waters. So for both those reasons it's wholly legitimate for Chinese officials to raise questions and for us to try to engage in a dialogue and try to find agreement on how to deal with stage two of the strategy.

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We'll be, early in the New Year, publishing a document which will consider the various options for stage two and the community and PRC officials will have to weigh on the one hand environmental benefit and on the other hand cost. They'll have to consider the advice of experts, some of whom think that long-sea outfalls are a perfectly sensible environmental option when you're discharging to deep water.

I guess that it's a fair point to make that if Chinese officials conclude that Hong Kong should bear the costs of more expensive treatment of secondary or tertiary treatment they would also conclude that the same should apply to Shanghai and other coastal cities in the PRC, because if the objection is an environmental one that long-sea outfalls into one's coastal waters don't make good sense then that doesn't just apply in Hong Kong but it applies in other places as well. It has very considerable cost implications, as the United States is finding at the moment, as Europe has found, but nevertheless that's a perfectly valid option for people to consider.

So a simple answer to the Honourable Member's question is we're implementing rather than arguing where we have the direct responsibility to do so but we are also engaged in an open-minded consideration of the best options for stage two which the community and PRC officials and this Council will, I know, take an active part in.

Rev Fung Chi-wood (through interpreter): Mr President, I can't see any explanation by the Governor on the question of politicisation of this issue. Now we are talking about options and whether the plans are feasible. So why is it that you are saying that people have politicised the issue, who has politicised the issue?

Governor: I got the impression with one or two things that were said about stage one that some people believed that holding up stage one would provide leverage more generally in discussions with the Hong Kong Government, but maybe I was wrong to get that impression. It was certainly the impression that one might have got if one had read statements and leading articles and commentaries in some of the, I don't know whether one is still allowed to use this expression, left wing newspapers in Hong Kong.

Mr Simon Ip: Mr Chairman, I would like to ask a question about the Court of Final Appeal. A suggestion has been made that if and when the Court of Final Appeal Bill is presented to this Council one amendment will be moved to delete reference to the 4:1 composition of the Court and substitute a provision following the wording of Article 82 of the Basic Law so that the Court of Final Appeal would have complete flexibility to invite overseas judges as may be required. If such an amendment is passed, what would the Flong Kong Government do and how will it set up the Court of Final Appeal in accordance with the amendment? Thank you.

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Governor: I have had reason, perhaps too frequently, in the past to point out in the Council that I find governing Hong Kong quite challenging enough dealing with real questions rather than dealing with hypothetical questions and I think that it is probably the case that my colleagues in the Administration share that view. But let me, without making life more difficult for myself, address some of the issues which the Honourable Member raised arid about which he has considerable knowledge.

This Council will, over the course of the next months, have to consider legislation on the Court of Final Appeal. That is necessary if we are to stand any chance at all of establishing a court before the middle of 1996 so that it can take over the role of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. We don't make up the deadlines. We need to legislate during this session. The Council, with the advice of lawyers both inside and outside the Council ringing in its ears, will have quite a simple, in my judgment, decision to make. Either Hong Kong gets a Court of Final Appeal before 1997 - indeed before the middle of 1996 - or it doesn't. I don't think anybody should kid themselves. It is not an argument between principle on the one hand and expediency on the other. This isn't Thomas Moore country. It's quite clearly an argument about whether we have a Court of Final Appeal which is set up in accordance with the JLG Agreement and with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law or whether we don't have a Court of Final Appeal.

I simply don't understand the arguments of those who seem to suggest that they would get a better Court of Final Appeal if they waited until after 30th June 1997. I can't understand that reasoning at all. Nor do I understand the arguments of those who say: Well it doesn't really matter if we don't get a Court of Final Appeal because the Privy Council only deals with a handful of cases every year. Anybody who says that sort of thing and still argues about principle, really should consider, I think, their position rather carefully.

The proposals which the Government will translate into legislative form will be wholly in line with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law and the JLG Agreement. They will be wholly acceptable in principle and they will make great sense in practice as well. We’ve looked at all the legal arguments. We've considered the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and we believe our position is absolutely sound. And 1 repeat, the question is whether this community gets a Court of Final Appeal before 1997 or not. That is the simple issue and nobody should kid themselves that it is something else. There are consequences of individual actions and I hope that the legal profession in Hong Kong will recognise that.

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Mr Simon Ip: Thank you Mr Chairman. The Governor has side-stepped my question on the ground that it was hypothetical. It wasn't hypothetical, it raises a very real issue in that we know already - unless Martin Lee tells me otherwise - that there will be an amendment moved to the Bill which will track the wording of Article 82 of the Basic Law. The question which I wish to put is: Could we have a Court of Appeal before 1997 along the lines of Article 82 of the Basic Law and not along the lines of the JLG Agreement? Because that would be the effect of the amendment, if passed, and there must be a realistic possibility of the amendment being passed.

Governor: I agree that it may not be hypothetical, that an amendment to a Bill that isn't yet published in its final form will be tabled. On the other hand, it is certainly hypothetical to consider what we would do if such an amendment was passed. But I just put this point to the Honourable Member. This happened in good faith before I became Governor of Hong Kong. In 1991, in good faith, in line with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, totally in line with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, an agreement was made on the Court of Final Appeal. Is the Government of Hong Kong to conclude that the PRC who were party to that agreement would be happy with some differently composed court? I don't think that is likely for one moment and I think you have to be particularly naive to think that they would be happy with some other sort of court, particularly when they have suggested otherwise.

Let me just deal with one other linguistic issue because it seems to me that the main argument of the critics of our proposals, insofar as it has any merit, depends on whether the use of judges - in the plural - in the sacred texts means judges in the plural at the same time or judges in the plural sequentially. The plural, in English, can of course - and in other languages I imagine - refer to both. The Legislative Council could conclude that the Governor could take lunches in the Legislative Council Canteen whenever he wanted. That would not mean more than one lunch at the same time, that would mean lunches every other Friday. So the proposition on which some lawyers seem to base what I think is a wholly invalid and damaging stack of arguments, represents a curiously narrow minded view of the English language.

Mr Szeto Wah (through interpreter): Mr Governor, just now you talked about semantics. Recently you have invented a new term, you talk about "sick parrots". This term has given rise to a lot of repercussions in the community. Now when we talk of parrots they are birds, and sick parrots we are talking about sick birds. And in Chinese the word "bird" has another meaning. So Mr Governor, are you aware that there is another meaning to the word "bird" and when you invented this term have you included that other meaning in your "sick parrots", in your term? Do you know the Chinese meaning of the word "bird"?

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Governor: There are many alternative meanings of the word ’’bird” in the English language, one of which I will not refer to but one can also accuse somebody of ’’giving one the bird” which doesn’t mean handing over a parrot, whether healthy or unhealthy. It isn’t as laudatory a salutation as one would like. I'd be interested to compare ornithological metaphors with the Honourable Member. My ornithological metaphor was drawn from one of the most popular western, and indeed eastern cultures, and that is football. As for definitions of ’’sick parrots”, I am reminded of someone who once, when asked to define or describe an elephant said that they were very difficult to describe but you knew them when you saw them. And I think the same is true of sick parrots.

Mr Martin Lee: Governor, are you aware that in early 1988, the then Chairman of the Bar, had a meeting with the then Attorney General, Mr Michael Thomas, followed by subsequent correspondence, in which the then Attorney General confirmed that the Government's understanding of the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration provision as to the Court of Final Appeal in fact accords that with the Bar namely that the Court of Final Appeal shall have complete and unfettered discretion in deciding on how many judges they should invite to sit in a particular case, not just one, but two or more as required, and when I put this at a recent Bar seminar, the then Attorney General Michael Thomas, confirmed at the seminar that that was the Government’s view and that he also confirmed that in his view that the present Bill which is based on the 1991 secret deal, does not accord with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. Would you please care to explain?

Governor: Well, 1 must allow the distinguished fellow silk to whom the Honourable Member refers to reply for himself. But I’m not sure that the former attorney would entirely share the Honourable Member’s description of that correspondence or of that recent exchange. I think, if I may say so, that there is the world of difference and I don’t accept the Honourable Member’s description of the position, but there is the world of difference between the objectives that you set yourself when you go in for a negotiation and what you conclude at the end of the negotiation is an acceptable deal, albeit conceivably not as splendid a deal as you would have liked at the outset. Conceivably it’s the case for example that Chinese officials going into those negotiations would have liked a Court of Final Appeal sitting as the judicial committee of the Privy Council does in the capital of the sovereign. That is doubtless the sort of issue which they argued about or may have argued about during those discussions, during those negotiations. 1 don't know. What I do know is that the negotiations concluded with an agreement which in my judgement, in the judgement of the Hong Kong Government, in the judgement of the British Government, is wholly in line with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. What is more, it's an agreement which provides in our view the only basis for the establishment of a Court of Final Appeal before 30th June, 1997. I repeat what I said earlier, I think the alternative is that we either have such a Court before '97 or we don't have such a Court with all the implications. I don't think the Honourable Member is going to get a Court in which he has greater confidence if it's not set up until after 30th June, 1997.

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Mr Martin Lee: Supplementary, Mr President. Mr Governor, are you prepared to have a debate with me on this issue at a date and at a time and in a place and in a forum or your choice?

Governor: I’ve been happy to debate with many Members of this Council, though not in a head to head way but as the legislation goes through, I would be perfectly happy to argue my case and the Administration’s case, in public, with the Honourable Member or other Honourable Members, anywhere. I feel very strongly about this though I had no direct part in negotiating the agreement. I think that it is incumbent upon me to do everything I possibly can to ensure that the rule of law and the institutions of the rule of law survive and prosper beyond 1997. I think the argument about the Court of Final Appeal is highly germane to this. I find it difficult to understand why some lawyers having taken the position they did in 1991, have so much difficulty in looking again at the arguments and the facts and coming to a different set of conclusions in the interests of Hong Kong. I think that some of the arguments that are put forward against going ahead with the Court of Final Appeal are very bad arguments indeed and having said that, in due course, I will be happy to debate with the Honourable Member. I’d be happy to debate with the head of his professional body or with any other lawyers or non-lawyers in Hong Kong. I happen to take the view that the law is so important that sometimes non-lawyers like me should be able to have a word about it.

Mr Albert Chan (through interpreter): Mr President, now Mr Governor, there are ten items for discussion for this session including slope safety, airport, Court of Final Appeal and so on. Now many items are awaiting solutions. Now Mr Governor, you have been in Hong Kong for quite a number of years and you have reported to your seniors in the UK and you’ve gone on overseas trips and you have been described as an ’’off-shore” Governor. Now many problems in Hong Kong are still outstanding; solutions to them are still awaited. So will you reduce your overseas trips so that you can spend more time to deal with Hong Kong issues? For example of the ten items for this session, one says slope safety. The rainy season is coming again, so what measures will be taken by the Administration to reduce the possibility of slope collapse so that Hong Kong people will have their lives and properties safeguarded?

Governor: The answer to the first question is a resounding no. I think it’s an absolutely ridiculous question. I’ve actually travelled in two and a half years slightly less than my distinguished predecessor. Like my distinguished predecessor, the trips that I have made have been in the interests of Hong Kong. If when last year the Cabinet was discussing the negotiations with China about, for example, our electoral proposals, I hadn't gone back to join those Cabinet Committee Meetings, the Honourable Member and others would have been vociferous in their criticism of the fact. So I and the Chief Secretary and the Financial Secretary and other Hong Kong Government officials will continue to travel abroad when necessary. This is an international community and not to put the case about Hong Kong's future internationally would be a dereliction of duty and that's not something that I intend to be guilty of.

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Secondly, and I recognise that there are a number of problems in Hong Kong, happily not as many as there would be had we not run the economy in Hong Kong conspicuously successfully and had we not been able to use some of the proceeds of that economic growth for developing our educational, health and social problems as well as we have.

On the specific issue which the Honourable Member raised, we are at present considering the outstandingly good Morgenstern Report. We’re also considering the Coroner's jury recommendations yesterday. We have in addition a report which is being prepared by the Secretary for Works which is going to be considered by the Executive Council early in the New Year. It must be our priority to do everything we can to stop further tragedies like the one to which the Honourable Member quite properly drew attention and we will be looking at engineering issues, we will be looking at questions of resource allocation and in due course we will have to look at questions of liability and responsibility as well.

Mr Albert Chan (through interpreter): Mr President, just now the Governor said that the first question was a ridiculous one but would you feel that your performance in the past would give people an impression that your focus of attention, you have neglected Hong Kong's affairs. So in future will you attach more time to Hong Kong affairs so that people will not call you an "off- shore" Governor?

Governor: I think the Honourable Member should learn the difference between being rhetorical and being offensive.

Mr Zachary Wong Wai-yin (through interpreter): Thank you Mr President. My original question involves a health care issue. Actually, just now Mr Szeto Wah talked about sick parrots and the germs and bacteria, what sort of problems will they bring about to Hong Kong and whether such bacteria, if the germs are spread, are there any ways to prevent or curb the spread of the germs and are we able to be vaccinated or will there be immunity from these germs?

Governor: Any germs that are the result of pollution in Hong Kong's waters, I hope that we will eliminate when we remove 70 per cent of the pollution from Hong Kong's waters with the Stage One of our Sewage Strategy. Political germs are not, I think, for me.

Mr Zachary Wong Wai-yin: Mr President, does the Governor say that these sick parrot germs, they come from the sewage?

Governor: I think that all of us at this point in the saga of sick parrots should remember the advice of Lord Palmerston: never to abuse metaphors.

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Mr Jimmy McGregor: Sir, I would like to ask you, if I may, about the present situation of CT9. I think it fits in one or two of these headings. I didn’t mean, Sir, as a sick parrot.

Governor: I don’t have anything to add to what I have said in this Council and outside before. We put forward proposals for constructing and running CT9 which in our view, and I think when we put them forward in the view of many Members of this Council and many members of the community outside, represented the best balance available between on the one hand increasing competition in the port, while on the other hand being able to move ahead with the development as rapidly as possible. We handled that issue as we have handled other infrastructural developments - it was handled exactly the same way as several other container terminals had been handled -and we don’t intend to politicise the handling of these matters in Hong Kong which would, we think, have appalling implications for investors' confidence and for our future prosperity. So we have nothing to add at present to what I've set out as our position in the past.

But obviously we keep a concerned eye on growing congestion in the port. We recognise that we not only have to get on with CT9 but also with CT10 and CT11 and we will do everything we can in the interests of the long term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong to continue to develop our port on which so many jobs as well as so much of our prosperity depend.

Mrs Elsie Tu: Thank you Mr President. My question is actually a follow-up and it is so simple it won't take more than a one word answer. Would the Governor be surprised if I told him that for once I totally agree with his interpretation of the CFA in the Basic Law and that I have not changed my stance since 1991?

Governor: I'm delighted to find myself in complete agreement with the Honourable lady. I hope this will be a harbinger of better and happier times. I shall certainly keep my fingers crossed that that is the position.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

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Appointment of Management Committee of Consumer Legal Action Fund *****

The Government announced today (Thursday) that the Secretary for Trade and Industry had appointed a Management Committee of 10 members to assist the Consumer Council in the management of the Consumer Legal Action Fund.

The 10 members are appointed for a period of two years with effect from December 6, 1994. They are Mr George Chan Wing-yau, Mrs Pamela Chan Wong Shui, JP, Miss Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, QC, JP, Dr John Ho Dit-sang, Mr Steven Ho Shut-kan, Mr Lee Man-ban, MBE, JP, Mr Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, QC, Mr Ng Shui-lai, JP, Miss Anna Wu Hung-yuk, and Mr Edmund Young Kak-sun.

Mr George Chan is the Executive Director of the HSBC Asset Management Ltd and a member of the Ocean Park Corporation Board.

Mrs Pamela Chan is the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council.

Miss Audrey Eu is a barrister and a member of the Consumer Council.

Dr John Ho is a lecturer with the Department of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Consumer Council. Mr Steven Ho is the Group General Manager of the Century City Holdings Ltd.

Mr Lee Man-ban is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Council of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped. Mr Geoffrey Ma is a barrister and a member of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Board.

Mr Ng Shui-lai is the Director of the Hong Kong Christian Service and a member of the Hospital Authority.

Miss Anna Wu is a solicitor and the Vice-Chairman of the Consumer Council.

Mr Edmund Young is the Vice-president of the Perfekta Enterprises Ltd and the Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Toys Council.

"With a broadly based membership drawing experts from various fields, the Management Committee will be in a position to assist the Consumer Council in determining the eligibility of applicants for assistance from the Fund and managing the Fund effectively," the Government spokesman said.

"The Committee will also conduct regular reviews of the operation of the Fund and recommend improvements."

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

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The HK Community Charter on AIDS

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The Government and six committed companies and community organisations today (Thursday) signed the Hong Kong Community Charter on AIDS as Founder Signatories.

The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Michael Sze, signed the Charter on behalf of the Government at a launching ceremony.

The other six Founder Signatories include: Caritas - Hong Kong, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Catholic Board of Education, Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited, Mass Transit Railway Corporation, and Aetna International Incorporation.

The key principles of the Charter are non-discrimination in dealing with employees or potential employees and adherence to confidentiality regarding a person's HIV status.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine Fok, said she was delighted to witness the beginning of a new phase in the development of Hong Kong's AIDS education programme.

Mrs Fok said: "We now learn from hindsight that AIDS carries a hidden, yet significant, economic dimension.

"The direct costs are minimal when compared with foregone earnings - the loss of output arising from morbidity and mortality of the disease," she said.

Mrs Fok pointed out that a study estimated that AIDS would cost the Asian economy between $38 and $52 billion US dollars by the year 2000.

On the other hand, the World Health Organisation has predicted that good prevention programmes can reduce the number of new HIV infections in the year 2000 from 20 million to 10 million in the developing world.

Mrs Fok stressed: "By implementing AIDS education programmes, we hope to prevent infections from occurring, thereby saving our society from future economic loss."

She said: "By discriminating people with HIV/AIDS, we are not only being short-sighted but are placing additional economic burdens on society.

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"Instead of allowing them to continue to contribute and to help generate profit for their companies, additional costs will be needed to support the unemployed persons and their families," Mrs Fok added.

Mrs Fok said both employers and employees should be concerned about AIDS because it affected the workforce both directly and indirectly by leading to unnecessary fear and anxiety.

Noting that HIV infection could not normally occur in a work place setting, Mrs Fok said the work place provided an ideal forum for conducting meaningful AIDS education to allay fear and arouse awareness.

The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, is the patron of the Charter and Professor Jonathan Mann of Harvard AIDS Institute is the honourary adviser to the Charter.

The Charter is a new initiative launched by the Department of Health and the Lions Clubs International, District 303 - Hong Kong and Macau. The main objectives are to enhance AIDS awareness and to encourage adoption of non-discriminatory policy in the workplace.

The organising committee of the Charter has sent out invitation letters to 2,000 companies and organisations in the territory after the launching.

Any companies or organisations interested in the Charter programme are welcome to enquire on tel 780 8622.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

SCA speaks on functional constituency elections ♦ * ♦ * *

The Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Nicholas Ng, this (Thursday) evening explained next year's Legco functional constituency elections and the registration of voters for the nine new functional constituencies.

In a speech to the Association of Restaurant Managers' annual dinner, Mr Ng said of the 30 Legco seats to be elected from the functional constituencies, 21 would be returned by the existing functional constituencies, while nine seats would be returned through nine new functional constituencies representing all those eligible among the estimated 2.7 million workforce, who were not already in the old functional constituencies.

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"Delineation of the nine new functional constituencies will be based on the broad industrial sectors under the Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification," he said.

"Our workforce will be grouped according to the major activities of the establishments in which they work. The choice of a particular functional constituency for an employee is dependent on the main line of business of his employer.

"For example, a driver who works for a manufacturing factory should register in the Manufacturing Functional Constituency. Similarly, a driver who works in an import/export firm should register with the Import and Export Functional Constituency.

"The drivers will not be registered under the Transport and Communication Functional Constituency in these two examples," he explained.

Citing another new functional constituency, the Hotels and Catering Functional Constituency, as example, Mr Ng said it would cover the 220,000 employees in the hotel and catering sector, be they managers, waiters, chefs or cleaning staff who are working in hotels, restaurants, fast-food outlets or pubs.

Mr Ng said the Boundary and Election Commission would launch a large-scale voter registration exercise in January. Eligible voters will have until June 1 next year to sign up. The Commission has also come up with a method that will make registration easy for the 2.5 million people already on the General Electoral Roll.

"To begin with, the Commission will ask all employers to provide the name and identity card numbers of their employees, as well as confirmation about their main line of business for the purpose of classifying their employees," he said.

"After receiving the information the Registration and Electoral Office will check whether the employees are on the General Electoral Roll and if so, allocate a functional constituency to them according to the employer’s main line of business.

"A notification with the functional constituency identified will be sent to the employees informing them that they will be so registered if they have no objection," he said.

Mr Ng gave an assurance that an employee who received a notification would be given the opportunity to declare any change in his circumstances, for example change of employer, or to make a choice of his functional constituency by completing a new application form should he be eligible for registration in more than one functional constituency.

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"He can, of course, choose not to register as a functional constituency elector," he added.

As for people who are eligible to register in a new functional constituency but have not yet registered in the General Electoral Roll, they could apply to the Registration Officer for registration at the same time in both the General Electoral Roll and a new functional constituency.

"Self-employed, free-lancers and other eligible persons could become electors in an appropriate new functional constituency by making an application to the Registration and Electoral Office," he said.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Govt response to report on Kwun Lung Lau landslide ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A Works Branch spokesman said today (Thursday) that an article in today's Eastern Express on the Kwun Lung Lau landslide which quoted a Civil Engineering Department officer as saying that the Government was responsible and that his Department should bear much of the blame, seriously misrepresented an earlier telephone enquiry to the officer. The article also contained untruths.

The spokesman pointed out that the Chief Geotechnical Engineer, Mr Chan Kin-sek, did not speak to any staff member of the Eastern Express yesterday (Wednesday) as reported in the article.

"Mr Chan has never said that his Department had been negligent," he added.

The spokesman also confirmed that the Secretary for Works, Mr James Blake, had not been approached by any Eastern Express reporter for comment in relation to the article. Therefore, there was no question of Mr Blake having refused to comment.

He said Mr Chan had given a telephone interview to the writer of the article on the work of the Geotechnical Engineering Office on December 1. The remarks attributed to Mr Chan in today's article were presented in an incorrect manner and were irresponsibly out of context.

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The spokesman emphasised that the Government was considering very carefully the question of responsibility and liability for the accident, particularly in the light of the verdict of the Coroner’s Court yesterday (Wednesday).

He said the international slope expert, Professor Norbert Morgenstern, who had produced a comprehensive report on this issue, did not share the view that the Government was to blame for the disaster.

”Nor is it the view of the Government,” he added.

The spokesman said Professor Morgenstern was generally satisfied with the approach to slope safety in Hong Kong and had made a number of important recommendations.

”We have undertaken to implement all the recommendations and are committed to pursuing it," he stressed.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Volume and price movements of external trade in September 1994 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

In the first nine months of 1994, the volume of re-exports recorded an increase of 14% over the same period last year, while the volume of domestic exports decreased by 3.7%, the statistics released today (Thursday) by the Census and Statistics Department showed.

Taking re-exports and domestic exports together, the volume of total exports increased by 10%. Meanwhile, imports increased by 13% in volume.

The growth in the volume of trade is derived from the growth in trade values with the effect of price changes being discounted.

As regards price changes over the same period of comparison, the prices of reexports and domestic exports increased by 0.9% and 1.4% respectively. Import prices increased by 2.0%.

Price changes are reflected by changes in unit value indices, which are compiled based on average unit values or, for certain commodities, based on specific price data.

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The terms of trade index, defined as the ratio of total export price index to import price index, decreased by 0.9% in the first nine months of 1994 over the same period last year.

Comparing September 1994 with September 1993, the volume of re-exports continued to increase markedly, by 15% while that of domestic exports remained virtually unchanged. Taken together, the volume of total exports increased by 12%. Meanwhile, the volume of imports grew by 20%.

Over the same period of comparison, the prices of re-exports and domestic exports increased by 1.9% and 1.4% respectively. Import prices increased by 2.8%.

The changes in the value, unit value and volume of re-exports by end-use category are shown in Table 1.

Comparing September 1994 with September 1993, the volume of re-exports of most end-use categories recorded increases of various magnitudes: raw materials and semi-manufactures (+27%), capital goods (+26%), foodstuffs (+22%) and consumer goods (+6.7%). The volume of re-exports of fuels, however, decreased by 16%.

Over the same period of comparison, the prices of re-exports of all end-use categories increased: capital goods (+2.9%), foodstuffs (+2.3%), raw materials and semi-manufactures (+2.2%), consumer goods (+1.5%) and fuels (+1.4%).

The changes in the value, unit value and volume of domestic exports by principal commodity group are shown in Table 2.

Comparing September 1994 with September 1993, commodity groups which recorded increases in volume of domestic exports included textile made-ups and related articles (+42%); footwear (+27%); metal ores and scrap (+26%); and textile yam and thread (+22%).

On the other hand, the volume of domestic exports of radios of all kinds decreased markedly by 57%.

Commodity groups which recorded increases in domestic export prices included textile made-ups and related articles (+12%); and electronic components (+3.5%).

Decreases in domestic export prices were however recorded for footwear (-5.4%) and radios of all kinds (-1.9%).

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The changes in the value, unit value and volume of imports by end-use category are shown in Table 3.

The import volume of foodstuffs increased by 19% in September 1994 compared with September 1993.

Significant increases were recorded in the import volume of soya bean oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil and lard; and tea and coffee. However, decreases were recorded in the import volume of rice and animals of the bovine species.

Over the same period of comparison, the import volume of consumer goods increased by 16%.

Commodity items with considerable increases in import volume included radios, television sets, gramophones, records, tape recorders and amplifiers; and tobacco manufactures. On the other hand, there was a decrease in the import volume of footwear.

The import volume of raw materials and semi-manufactures increased by 23% in September 1994 compared with September 1993.

Significant increases in import volume were noted of raw cotton and man-made fibres.

Imports of fuels increased markedly by 47% in volume in September 1994 compared with September 1993.

As regards capital goods, the import volume increased by 24% in September 1994 over September 1993.

Notable increases were recorded in the import volume of transport equipment and office machines. However, the import volume of textile machinery and construction machinery declined.

Comparing September 1994 with September 1993, the import prices of most end-use categories increased: raw materials and semi-manufactures (+4.1%), consumer goods (+2.7%), foodstuffs (+2.4%) and capital goods (+1.9%). The import prices of fuels, however, decreased by 9.8%.

Details of the above statistics are published in the September 1994 issue of the "Hong Kong Trade Index Numbers".

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The report will be available on sale from next Monday (December 12) at $9 per copy at either the Government Publications Centre on the Ground Floor, Low Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway; or the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department on the 19th Floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.

Enquiries regarding regular subscription to this report may be directed to the Information Services Department at French Mission Building, 1 Battery Path, Hong Kong on tel 842 8802 and enquiries on trade indices to the Census and Statistics Department on tel 582 4918.

Table 1 : Changes in re-exports by end-use category

Comparing SEP 1994 with SEP 1993 Comparing JAN-SEP 1994 with JAN-SEP 1993 % changes

% changes

Unit Unit

End-use category Value Value Volume Value Value Volume

Foodstuffs 24.6 2.3 21.7 19.7 1.9 17.9

Consumer goods 8.7 1.5 6.7 11.7 1.1 10.4

Raw materials and semi-manufactures 29.2 2.2 26.6 21.4 -0.1 21.2

Fuels -14.3 1.4 -16.0 6.1 -11.3 16.8

Capital goods 31.7 2.9 26.5 13.4 2.0 11.9

ALL COMMODITIES 17.2 1.9 14.8 14.5 0.9 13.8

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Table 2 : Changes in domestic exports by principal commodity group

Comparing SEP 1994 Comparing JAN-SEP 1994

with SEP 1993 with JAN-SEP 1993

% changes % changes

Unit Unit

Commodity group Value Value Volume Value Value Volume

Clothing 6.7 2.6 4.1 1.1 1.7 -0.2

Textile fabrics -0.2 1.1 -1.7 -9.6 -2.4 -7.6

Textile yam and thread 25.2 2.3 22.3 -2.4 0.5 -1.9

Textile made-ups and related articles 63.6 12.4 41.7 13.4 3.1 8.0

Radios of all kinds -60.9 -1.9 -57.0 -58.9 0.9 -58.2

Electronic components 13.3 3.5 8.1 3.8 3.6 -0.2

Footwear 29.1 -5.4 26.7 -19.3 -3.7 -19.9

Metal manufactures 4.2 2.1 3.4 0.3 2.1 0.5

Metal ores and scrap 32.4 2.3 25.6 -5.3 -0.3 -7.1

Watches and clocks -5.7 1.9 -7.6 -7.8 1.8 -8.5

Travel goods, handbags and similar articles -1.4 * -0.3 -2.3 3.5 -5.3

Domestic electrical appliances -10.2 0.7 -12.5 -15.3 1.6 -19.4

ALL COMMODITIES 2.2 1.4 0.2 -2.2 1.4 -3.7

♦ less than 0.05%

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Table 3 : Changes in imports by end-use category

Comparing SEP 1994 with SEP 1993 Comparing JAN-SEP 1994 with JAN-SEP 1993 % changes

End-use category % changes

Value Unit j Value Volume Value Unit Value Volume

Foodstuffs 22.0 2.4 19.1 16.7 0.7 16.3

Consumer goods 17.7 2.7 15.6 11.7 2.4 10.4

Raw materials and semi-manufactures 29.1 4.1 23.2 19.0 2.6 15.5

Fuels 30.0 -9.8 46.6 23.7 - -14.9 42.6

Capital goods 26.9 1.9 23.9 12.0 1.9 9.8

ALL COMMODITIES 23.4 2.8 20.4 14.6 2.0 13.0

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Government closely monitoring Aberdeen Tunnel traffic

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In response to press enquiries, a spokesman for the Transport Department said today (Thursday) that the Government had been closely monitoring the impact on traffic of the industrial dispute between the staff and the Cross Harbour Tunnel Company Limited, Government's contractor for the operation and management of the Aberdeen Tunnel.

While the Labour Department will continue to mediate in the industrial dispute, the Transport Department's primary concern is the maintenance of smooth and safe traffic circulation within the tunnel area.

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The tunnel contractor has submitted a preliminary report on the incident at the Aberdeen Tunnel yesterday evening, which resulted in a 30- minute disruption to traffic. The Department is studying the report and has also asked for additional information from the contractor.

The opportunity was also taken to review the contractor's contingency plan in order to ensure that traffic through the tunnel is not disrupted.

Members of the Transport Department Tunnel Monitoring Team will continuously be deployed to the Aberdeen Tunnel to provide a continuous liaison at the operational level in the next few days, until the labour dispute is satisfactorily resolved.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Thirteen rescuers awarded for bravery * * ♦ * *

The Director of Marine, Mr Allan Pyrke, today (Thursday) presented his Commendation for Bravery to 13 people who acted above the normal call of duty to rescue others from the sea.

The recipients involving in 10 rescues in this year were seven officers of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, five crew members of local ferries and a citizen.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the Mariners' Club, Mr Pyrke said it was sometimes said Hong Kong was a city of selfish people, only interested in themselves and their immediate families.

"The presence of these brave people here today is a heartening reminder that this is untrue. Each one has risked his own life to save a complete stranger from the sea," he said.

Mr Pyrke added that some of these incidents occurred in cold weather and treacherous sea conditions but he felt sure that on each of these occasions the rescuer had to make that gut-wrenching decision to jump and did so unflinchingly.

Among the recipients are Police Station Sergeant Tsang Fung-tai, and Police Constables So Ming-tak, Mok Siu-bun, Lo Ping-kwan, Wong Chi-wai, Cheung Wai-shing and Chu Chi-ming.

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Five recipients from the Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry Company Limited are Mr Chan Chan-ming, Mr Yeung Man-lung, Mr Kwok Sai-ming, Mr Cheung Koon-yung and Mr Chau Wah-chai.

Mr Chu Wai-kee is the citizen who received the Commendation.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Additional teachers for aided secondary schools * * * * *

The Education Department will provide an additional non-graduate teacher to each aided secondary school with more than 30 classes from September 1995 to further upgrade teaching standards and provide more services, an Education Department spokesman said today (Thursday).

The spokesman explained that as these schools already received one additional non-graduate teacher from September this year as part of the improvement measures announced in the Governor's Policy Address in 1992, the above move will mean that these schools with more than 30 classes will get a total of two extra non- graduate teachers from September 1995.

The spokesman said the additional services provided by the extra teacher will include the whole school approach to guidance, school-based induction programmes and the introduction of the Target Oriented Curriculum in the future.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Music Office to present carol concert *****

The Music Office of the Recreation and Culture Branch will present a carol concert by its children’s and youth choirs later this month to celebrate the Christmas festival.

Entitled "Music Office Carol Concert", the concert, with Mr Kenneth Yip and Mrs Gladys Pun as Conductors and Mr Peter Yue and Miss Elizabeth Tse as Accompanists, will be staged at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre at 8 pm on December 21 (Wednesday).

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Programme of the concert will include many Hong Kong premiere of Christmas carols such as "Light a Candle", "In Babylon Town", "Twentieth Century Carol", "Who is this Child?", "The Christmas Story", "Bethlehem's Gift", "Infant Jesus, Holy One", "Hodie! Alleluia!" and "A Christmas Connection".

The Music Office Children's Choir, formerly known as the Music Office Chinese Folk Singing Chindren's Ensemble, was inaugurated in July 1981 with the aim to preserve the brilliance of the Chinese folk music and to encourage its performance by children.

This children's choir has at present about 70 members aged from eight to 15. Its repertoire includes both western and Chinese choral works.

The choir has premiered some choral compositions and performed some unique Chinese folk songs.

Since its establishment, the Choir has participated in a number of concerts organised by the Music Office and has also been invited by outside organisations to perform on various occasions.

It is currently trained by Miss Elizabeth Tse and Mrs Gladys Pun with Mr Kenneth Yip as Choir Master.

The Music Office Youth Choir was established in February 1980 and its repertoire has included sacred and secular music by western composers of different periods and also choral works by Chinese composers.

Since then, the Choir has performed regularly.

From 1984 to 1993, the Choir had sung in a number of choral concerts under renowned conductors such as Messrs Thomas Wang, Christopher Martin and Angus Watson.

There are currently about 50 members in the Choir aged from 15 to 25. It is trained by the Choir Master, Mr Kenneth Yip and the Assistant Choir Master, Mr Peter Yue.

Tickets for the concert, priced at $40 each, are now abailable at all URBTIX outlets.

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Half-price tickets are also offered to full-time students and senior citizens.

Enquiries can be made at 802 0657. For telephone reservations, please call 734 9009.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

IEC pilot test to be postponed

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The Transport Department announces today (Thursday) that because of inclement weather, the pilot test to ease traffic congestion on the eastbound carriageway of the Island Eastern Corridor near the Eastern Harbour Crossing approach scheduled for today has been cancelled at the advice of the Police.

The pilot test will now be conducted between 3 pm and 10 pm on December 12 (Monday), December 13 (Tuesday) and December 15 (Thursday). The traffic diversion arrangements for the pilot test will remain unchanged.

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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Time Cumulative change

$ million (hours) (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,569 0930 -34

Closing balance in the account 1,782 1000 -34

Change attributable to : 1100 -144

Money market activity -147 1200 -144

LAF today +360 1500 -144

1600 -147

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.9 *+0.1* 8.12.94

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.74 18 months 2605 6.35 99.28 7.00

1 month 5.08 24 months 2611 6.90 99.46 7.33

3 months 5.53 29 months 3704 6.15 97.28 7.55

6 months 5.99 35 months 3710 7.25 99.13 7.73

12 months 6.61 58 months 5909 7.45 97.53 8.24

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 24,192 million

Closed December 8, 1994

End/Thursday, December 8, 1994

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Contents Page No,

Condolences to Xinjiang fire victims....................................... 1

Transcript of Governor's media session..................................... 2

Government disappointed at Bar Association's stand on CFA.................. 2

Transcript of Chief Secretary's media session.............................. 4

Interim arrangement on patient cards reached............................... 5

Fees for degree and sub-degree courses..................................... 6

HK emerges as Asia's leading tourism destination........................... 8

Transition to universal education not yet complete: SEM.................... 9

Immigration Department plays major role in HK's stability and prosperity ... 11

Festive lighting for Tsuen Wan............................................ 12

Opportunity for education opens to everyone............................... 13

TPB reviews annex building application.................................... 13

Government House: the story of its unique place in HK's history........... 14

HK's position put to US delegation on unilateral changes to US textile rules 16

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Contents

Page No,

Broadcasting Authority meeting............................................... 18

S5 students and student-teachers receive awards.............................. 19

External trade statistics for October 1994 released.......................... 20

Most people satisfied with present situation: poll........................... 30

Mrs Patten opens 1994 Festival of Trees...................................... 31

Appointments to Education Commission..................................... 31

Diverse actions needed to halt drug abuse.................................... 33

Country park visitor survey begins on Sunday................................. 34

More ozone-depleting substances come under control........................... 35

Road junctions on Tsing Yi to be improved.................................... 37

Tenders invited for two architectural projects............................... 38

Land to be resumed for public open space..................................... 39

Land to be resumed for building village resite houses........................ 39

Road works for Pa Mei North Village proposed................................. 40

Tenders invited for building cargo handling area............................. 40

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations......................... 41

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Condolences to Xinjiang fire victims

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, this (Friday) afternoon expressed deepest condolences, on behalf of the Hong Kong Government and the people of Hong Kong, to the parents and friends of children who died in a cinema fire in Xinjiang, China.

Speaking to reporters after officiating at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Open Learning Institute, Mr Patten said he had been shocked and concerned by the news headlines about the tragedy.

"I'd like, on behalf of the Government of Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong, to express our deepest condolences to the parents and friends of those children and to officials in China," he sum.

"Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go to all those who've lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy."

Asked whether the Government intended to donate some money to the Chinese Government in Xinjiang to help those children or their families, the Governor said: "Obviously, we will want to hear more details about the fire or its aftermath."

"But you know as well as I do that in previous disasters, they'd been natural disasters, the people of Hong Kong, the Government of Hong Kong have responded with as much generosity as they could.

"But I am not sure whether this tragedy is in the same category of some of those natural tragedies like the terrible floodings that we've seen in China," he said.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Transcript of Governor's media session * * * * ♦

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, after officiating at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Open Learning Institute this (Friday) afternoon:

Governor: Like everyone else in Hong Kong, I've been shocked and concerned by the news headlines about the terrible tragedy in China with hundreds of children dying in a cinema fire. I'd like, on behalf of the Government of Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong, to express our deepest condolences to the parents and friends of those children and to officials in China. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go to all those who've lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. I am sure that members of our own Fire Department would have been thinking particularly keenly about what's happened in China. But, I'd just want to put on the record our deep concern about what's happened.

Question: There is some kind of charitable fund in Hong Kong Government. Will the Government intend to donate some money to the Chinese Government in Xinjiang in order to help those children or their families?

Governor: I think, obviously, we will want to hear more details about the fire or its aftermath. But you know as well as I do that in previous disasters, they'd been natural disasters, the people of Hong Kong, the Government of Hong Kong have responded with as much generosity as they could. But I am not sure whether this tragedy is in the same category of some of those natural tragedies like the terrible floodings that we've seen in China.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Government disappointed at Bar Association's stand on CFA * * ♦ * *

The Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, this (Friday) afternoon expressed disappointment at the Bar Association's failure to support the Court of Final Appeal Bill at its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting the Immigration Service Annual Parade, Mrs Chan said: "It doesn't seem to us that the members of the Bar Association have taken into account the wider public interest.

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"But on the other hand, we note that the motion that was eventually passed at the EGM is much less negative than that proposed by the Bar Council. In particular, we note that the motion states very clearly that it is a wish of members of the Bar Association to see the Court of Final Appeal established before 1997 in accordance with the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration."

Mrs Chan reiterated Government's intention to see the establishment of the Court of Final Appeal by 1996 at the latest.

"In order to achieve this target, we need to see the bill enacted during the current session of the Legislative Council," Mrs Chan said.

"If we fail to enact the CFA, then of course, we run the serious risk of judicial vacuum at the very highest level, possibly for two or three years until the Special Administrative Region sets up a Court of Final Appeal after 1997 and, of course, there's no guarantee that the Court of Final Appeal established after 1997 would be any better in terms of composition of the Court of Final Appeal than the one that we've already reached agreement with the Chinese on the 1991 agreement."

In response to a question about the setting up of a provisional legislature, Mrs Chan: "In our view, elections to the legislature next year are fully in accordance with the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration and we see no reason why those elected into the legislature in 1995 should not ride the through-train.

"The best way of avoiding confusion and providing certainty both to the community of Hong Kong and to the international investing public is precisely to have continuity in the legislature.”

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Transcript of Chief Secretary's media session * * * * *

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, after inspecting the Immigration Service Annual Parade this (Friday) afternoon:

CS: Good afternoon, everyone. I'd like to say a few words about the Court of Final Appeal. As you know, the Bar Association had its EGM yesterday. We are naturally, very disappointed that at its EGM yesterday, the Bar Association failed to support the Court of Final Appeal Bill. It doesn't seem to us that the members of the Bar Association have taken into account the wider public interest. But on the other hand, we note that the motion that was eventually passed at the EGM is much less negative than that nronosed bv the Bar Council. In particular, we note that the motion states very clearly that it is a wish of members of the Bar Association to see the Court of Final Appeal established before 1997 in accordance with the Basic Law and the Joint declaration. On our part, we have said on many occasions that we are fully confident that the 1991 agreement with the Chinese is in full accord with the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration. We had given the Bar Association an authoritative statement from Her Majesty's Government, stating that this is so. We also note that the Bar Association has stated at its EGM that members of the Bar Association should concentrate on the legal and technical aspects of the bill, leaving the political aspect to the Legislative Council. This is precisely what we are consulting the members of the legal profession on. That is that we would wish to have their views on the legal and technical provisions in the draft bill now before them. We now look forward to receiving comments from members of the Bar Association. Let me state once again that it is our intention to see the establishment of the Appeal Board by 1996 at the latest. In order to achieve this target, we need to see the bill enacted during the current session of the Legislative Council. If we fail to enact the CFA, then of course, we run the serious risk of judicial vacuum at the very highest level, possibly for two or three years until the Special Administrative Region sets up a Court of Final Appeal after 1997 and, of course, there's no guarantee that the Court of Final Appeal established after 1997 would be any better in terms of composition of the Court of Final Appeal than the one that we've already reached agreement with the Chinese on the 1991 agreement. Finally, the Law Society, of course, will also be having its own meeting on December 21. I hope very much that members of the Law Society will take into account the wider public interest and will feel able to support the draft bill now before them. If they have any comments on the technical and legal aspects of the bill, we would be very happy to receive comments from them and, indeed, from any other members of the community. We will give careful consideration to these comments in deciding whether to propose amendments to the draft bill. Thank you.

Question: Mrs Chan, which party should consider the political aspect of the bill?

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CS: We feel that members of the legal profession should concentrate chiefly on the technical and legal aspects of the bill. This is the main purpose of the consultation with the legal profession.

Question: Has the administration stated.......clearly at the outset?

CS: I don't think we need to state clearly. I think members of the legal profession are quite well aware of the aspects on which we very much would like to have their views, from the legal practitioners' point of view.

Question: Then, which party within.........?

CS: I think that's all. Next question.

Question: Mrs Chan, how do you react to Chinese............ mention that there be the

setting up a provisional legislature and will that assure that Hong Kong will not have a legal vacuum?

CS: It appears to me that Mr Qian Qichen's concern is to avoid confusion and to have a through train in the legislature. This is, of course, very much our wish too to have a through train in the legislature. In our view, elections to the legislature next year are fully in accordance with the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration and we see no reason why those elected into the legislature in 1995 should not ride the through train. The best way of avoiding confusion and providing certainty both to the community of Hong Kong and to the international investing public is precisely to have continuity in the legislature.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Interim arrangement on patient cards reached ♦ * * * ♦

An interim arrangement on a without prejudice basis was reached today (Friday) between Dr Patrick Shiu Kin-ying and the Inland Revenue Department in relation to the patient cards held by the department.

Under the arrangement, these cards which had previously been held in sealed containers are to be copied, as from today, under the supervision of Dr Shiu or his authorised representative.

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The copying is to be carried out in a manner which ensures that the details of the patients are not revealed to staff of the department.

When copying has been completed, the cards will be resealed. The copies will be taken by Dr Shiu for use in his practice.

It is understood that an application for leave for judicial review was filed earlier today. The original cards will be unsealed again on December 15 this year for examination unless the court orders otherwise.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Fees for degree and sub-degree courses *****

The Government announced today (Friday) the fees for degree and sub-degree courses in institutions funded by the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for the 1995-96 academic year.

The new fee for degree courses will be $30,750 and that for sub-degree courses will be $23,065.

A Government spokesman said the adjustment followed a policy decision in January 1991 to increase gradually the cost recovery rate of degree courses to reach 18 per cent by the academic year 1997-98 and that the fee for sub- degree courses should be 75 per cent of that for degree courses.

The objective is to strike a reasonable balance between students and the community in sharing the costs of tertiary education.

"We are seeking a larger contribution from those who can afford to pay," he said.

It is estimated that the new fees for 1995-96 represent 14.5 per cent cost recovery rate.

The indicative fees for the three subsequent academic years 1996-99 are:

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Indicative Fee Indicative Fee Estimated Cost

Year (Degree)_ (Sub-degree) Recovery Rate

1996/97 $37,600 $28,200 16.5%

1997/98 $43,850 $32,890 18.0%

1998/99 $48,020 $36,015 18.0%

The Legislative Council passed a motion in June this year urging that tertiary tuition fees be frozen pending a review.

Having taken into account the need to strike a reasonable balance between students and the community in sharing the costs of tertiary education and the various improvement measures to the Local Student Finance Scheme, the Government has decided to maintain the cost recovery target in accordance with the established policy, but to adjust the fee increases to achieve the target more smoothly over the next three years.

’’The peak in fee increases to achieve the 18% cost recovery target is now passed,’’ the spokesman said.

’’The fees for 1995-96 represent a 28% increase over 1994-95 and from now on the indicative fees represent a decline in the rate of increase in stages to 15% increase in 1997-98 over the previous year.”

The increase in fees should not cause hardship to needy students as corresponding adjustments to student financial assistance will be made.

In addition, subject to the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council’s approval, the Government will spend an additional $203 million on an extended loan scheme and another $122 million to improve the level of grants in connection with various improvement measures to the existing scheme to local students over the next four years.

The spokesman explained that these improvements ’’should help meet the possible difficulties faced by those students who marginally surpass the eligibility limit for financial assistance.”

"It remains Government policy that no student should be denied access to higher education because of a lack of means," he stressed.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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HK. emerges as Asia's leading tourism destination * * * * *

Hong Kong’s emergence as Asia's leading tourism destination is the product of the close co-operation and strong partnership which have developed among the Government, the Hong Kong Tourist Association and various sectors of the industry, the Financial Secretary, Sir Hamish Macleod, said.

Addressing the Hong Kong Hotels Association Gala Dinner this (Friday) evening, Sir Hamish said so far as the pace and direction of tourism development was concerned, the Government believed in general that the private sector should be left to make these decisions.

"At the same time we have provided consistent support to the industry through direct subventions to the Hong Kong Tourist Association, and through an on-going programme of expenditure at Kai Tak Airport to keep it operating at optimum efficiency," he added.

He noted that the territory was making huge investments in a new airport and related transport infrastructure, which would add to Hong Kong's attraction as a major tourist centre.

He was confident that the Tsing Ma and Kap Shui Mun Bridges would become a new tourist attraction themselves.

Turning to hotels, Sir Hamish said the Government was alert to the concerns about the possibility of hotel rooms shortage.

He pointed out that a total of about 4 200 new rooms would be provided during the next four years alone through the construction of new hotels and extension of existing ones.

The incorporation of specific requirements for hotel developments by the Government in a number of Comprehensive Development Areas on the Central and Western Kowloon Reclamation was expected to produce an additional 4,700 hotel rooms, he said.

A consultancy study commissioned by the Hong Kong Tourist Association would assess whether the provision of hotel accommodation was likely to be sufficient to meet the projected growth in demand.

The Government hoped to receive some initial results from the consultants' work early in the new year. Sir Hamish said.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Transition to universal education not yet complete: SEM

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The transition from a selective to a universal system of education will not be complete until educators change the way they approach their work.

This was the theme of a speech by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, at the 30th anniversary dinner of the Association of Heads of Secondary Schools tonight (Friday).

"I put forward the proposition that the transition from a selective to a universal education system is still incomplete," Mr Leung said.

"We have completed the quantitative aspects of the transition. But the qualitative aspects of the transition depend much more on what professional educators can do, than on anything the Government can do."

Mr Leung said some educators still looked back to a mythical "Golden Age" when all students were well-behaved and eager to learn; when the Government and the public let schools go peacefully about their business of helping students pass exams; and there were no winds of change blowing around the schools.

"Nearly a quarter of a century ago we introduced universal, free and compulsory primary education," Mr Leung said.

"This was a major advance in public policy. Previously, we aimed to provide places for children who wanted schooling, or who we thought could benefit from it.

"But since 1971, education has been recognised as a means for developing the potential of all our young people, the bright and not so bright, the eager and the not so eager, in the interests of the continued economic and social development of Hong Kong."

To support the proposition that the transition to universal education is still incomplete. Mr Leung referred to the response from educators to the report of the Working Group on Language Proficiency, on which the public were consulted earlier this year.

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"The report suggested that we need a strategy for failure prevention in primary education," Mr Leung said.

"Interestingly, the response from the Association of Heads of Secondary Schools made no reference at all to this suggestion, even though many secondary schools have a hard job to provide a good education to those who leave primary school with a sense of failure.

"Another group of professional educators, working in an important area of our support services, responded by saying: 'The factors causing a sense of failure among students are complicated, and it is unrealistic to want to prevent all of it.'

"The first part of that response is obviously true," Mr Leung noted. "All the more reason, then, for a strategy to identify and tackle as many of the complicated, failure-inducing factors as we can.

"But the second part of that response shows clearly the point I am trying to make. There are still professional educators, including some in positions of influence, who believe we should not even try to achieve the public policy goal of universal education.

"If we cannot persuade such educators to face up to the realities of the present day, to the desires and demands of the community and the needs of all our young people, what hope is there for tackling those important issues of quality in education which we face now?" Mr Leung asked.

In another example, Mr Leung noted a finding of the perception survey conducted on behalf of the Working Group on Language Proficiency earlier this year.

"The survey found that the Chinese Language syllabus is perceived to be 'uninteresting' and 'lacking in relevance to the students lives' - not just by students, but by teachers as well," Mr Leung said.

"When the teachers themselves share this rather damning perception, one must ask: Why have professional educators in the area of Chinese Language teaching not been able to push for changes which will lead to more interesting teaching approaches, more effective learning, and a more enjoyable and rewarding teaching career?" Mr Leung asked.

Mr Leung urged educators themselves to take a hard look at their professional responsibilities, and respond positively to the opportunities offered by the report on Quality in School Education, published on December 7.

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"The report proposes a framework of quality assurance based on transparency, respect for professionalism, and professional accountability," Mr Leung said.

"Educators must face issues of quality improvement and professionalism with vigour and determination.

"I have no doubt that the Association of Heads of Secondary Schools, with 30 years of history behind it, will take up the challenge and provide ideas and suggestions for completing the transition to universal education," Mr Leung said.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Immigration Department plays major role in HK's stability and prosperity *****

The Immigration Department will continue to play an important role in maintaining the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong in the run-up to 1997, the Chief Secretary, Mrs Anson Chan, said today (Friday).

Speaking at the 1994 Annual Parade of the Immigration Service, Mrs Chan said the department in the past 33 years had played a major role in helping to maintain the stability and internal security of Hong Kong.

’’Immigration staff have provided effective immigration control at our land, sea and air entry points.

’’They have also been responsible for the issuing of high quality travel documents and identity cards, maintaining an accurate registration of persons and, together with the Police Force, combating illegal immigration and other immigration offences,” she said.

The Chief Secretary believed that the list of challenges the department faced was daunting.

Impressed by the department’s flexible response to changing demands, Mrs Chan said it had set a very good example for the rest of the civil service in improving efficiency in the face of an increasing workload.

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"Civil servants must cope with a changing social and political environment and the consequent changes in the needs of the community, while maintaining the Government's tight control over public spending."

Mrs Chan was confident that the Immigration Department would once again demonstrate its ability in taking on new challenges with professionalism and commitment.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Festive lighting for Tsuen Wan *****

Tsuen Wan district will take on a festive look when it is lit up with Christmas and New Year lighting today (Friday).

Speaking at the switching-on ceremony, the Director of Homes Affairs, Mr Joseph Wong , said the illuminations would not only add to the festive atmosphere of the joyful seasons, but also promote local organisations' and residents' sense of belonging to the district.

The glittering colour will be focused around the Tsuen Wan Mass Transit Railway station, the Tsuen Wan Plaza, and a section of Sha Tsui Road between Tai Ho Road and Ham Tin Road.

Costing over $1 million, the lighting projects are jointly sponsored by the Tsuen Wan District Board, the Regional Council and local commercial organisations.

There will also be a photo contest on the festive lighting. The deadline for enrolment is on December 29.

Application forms and leaflets on the contest can be obtained from Tsuen Wan District Office.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Opportunity for education opens to everyone ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Everyone who has the desire and the determination to do better for themselves enjoys every opportunity to get a better education, the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, said today (Friday).

Speaking at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Open Learning Institute, Mr Patten described the institute as an excellent resource for the people of Hong Kong, responding to and encouraging the desire for self improvement.

He was pleased to note that a Research Fund had been set up for adult education to help develop the institute into a centre of excellence in the study of adult learning for the whole region.

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He noted that the institute had already been an outstanding success. Opening with less than 5,000 students in 1989, you have this October enrolled well over 18,000.

"All who have worked so hard to acheive this success - the exellent faculty, good administrators and hard working students - all can take great pride in their accomplishments," he said.

Mr Patten pointed out that the foundation of the institute's permanent campus held out the promise of better facilities, of room for growth, of sustained commitment to open learning in Hong Kong.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

TPB reviews annex building application ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Town Planning Board reviewed the application for the proposed Legislative Council annex building at Chater Garden, Central this (Friday) morning.

At the meeting, representatives of the applicant explained in detail the need for consolidated facilities for the Legislative Council, the difficulties regarding the site selection for the building, technical constraints on the site under application, the feasibility of retaining some of the existing trees within the site and transplanting others, and the merits of the present proposal.

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Members considered carefully the points made in the written submission and in the representations at the review hearing, and, in particular, the need for the annex building to facilitate the efficient operation of Legislative Council and render it easily accessible to the public.

However, they were not fully convinced that the present design of the proposed building under application was wholly compatible with the use of the Chater Garden as a garden for the public.

The proposed design would also involve transplanting 180 existing trees, out of a total of 280, and raising part of the garden to a level some five metres above ground, causing visual intrusion and possible inconvenience to future park users.

The replacement garden would not be comparable to the mature state of the present garden with interlocking branches of mature trees forming a natural woodland in an urban setting.

After lengthy deliberation, members generally considered that there was scope for extending the annex building further at basement level so as to reduce visual intrusion.

Also, there was a need for the removal/transplanting of existing trees on the site to be reduced.

They were of the view that further improvement to the currently proposed development could be achieved by minimising the intrusiveness of the building structure above ground, reducing the adverse impact on the existing trees and enhancing the accessibility of the replacement garden space.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Government House: the story of its unique place in HK's history ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

An updated and revised version of the story of Government House and its unique place in Hong Kong’s history has just been published and is now available at all major bookshops.

Since its completion in 1855, Government House has enjoyed a history as colourful and mixed as that of Hong Kong itself.

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Situated on an otherwise bare hillside on a site which at that time stood high above the city, the first Government House took 10 years to be approved and another four to build.

Over the years as the city grew around it, its location was disparaged and alternatives were contemplated, its woodwork was attacked by white ants and, for many years, it was considered uninhabitable during the hot summer months, but it persevered and slowly established a place for itself in the affections of the people of Hong Kong.

A ballroom annexe almost as large as the original house was added in 1891, and much of the structure was rebuilt by the Japanese in 1943 - in a totally different style but following the original floor plan.

Today, surrounded by high-rise office towers, Government House looks out over the vibrant Central business district.

Together with its inhabitants, Government House has presided over the transformation of Hong Kong into one of the most remarkable cities of the 20th century.

Inside, the spirit that has made that transformation possible is reflected in the recent renovations.

Now restored to its former glory, Government House functions as an elegant, enduring and commanding symbol of Hong Kong's history.

Thoroughly researched and illustrated with more than 100 photographs and drawings, many published for the first time, "The Story of Government House" documents the history of the house in unparalleled detail to create a unique record of this remarkable building and its inhabitants, from the first Governor to live there to the present 28th Governor of Hong Kong, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten.

In a foreword in the book, Mr Patten says: "I am delighted that 'The Story of Government House' is being brought up to date, helping to share the fascinating history of the place even as it prepares for one of the most intriguing changes of all.

"Those who read this book will see that the house, like Hong Kong itself, has faced many great changes in its past and can face the future with an optimism that comes from the great vitality of the community in whose heart it stands."

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The book is a joint effort between the Government Information Services, Miss Katherine Mattock, the author of the first book on Government House published by GIS in 1978, Miss Jill Cheshire, the project architect responsible for the recent renovations and restoration and Mr Ian Lambot of Studio Publications Ltd.

In addition to bookshops, it is also on sale at the Government Publications Centre on the ground floor of Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway (next to the entrance to Pacific Place), Hong Kong.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

HK’s position put to US delegation on unilateral changes to US textile rules

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Trade Department officials today (Friday) formally put on record Hong Kong's position on unilateral changes to the US textiles origin rules during a meeting with a visiting US government delegation.

The US delegation, headed by Deputy Chief Textile Negotiator, Ms Caroyl Miller, is here for consultations on matters relating to Hong Kong/US textile trade.

"We have taken the opportunity of the delegation’s visit to put on record our position and to reserve our rights under relevant bilateral and multilateral agreements," Deputy Director- General of Trade, Mr Thomas Yiu, said after the meeting.

The US Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which became law upon the US President’s signature yesterday, stipulates principles that will fundamentally change current US origin rules for textile and clothing products.

The Act requires the US Secretary of the Treasury to announce final detailed rules to implement the principles by July 1 next year for implementation by July 1, 1996.

"It is therefore not possible at this stage to be precise about the effect the final rules might have on Hong Kong’s textile exports to the US," Mr Yiu said.

"We will follow closely the development of the detailed rules in the US and take appropriate actions to protect Hong Kong’s interests, including eventually having consultations with the US.

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"Exactly how our trade will be affected will depend on the final detailed rules. In the coming months, we will be monitoring developments in the US very closely. We will consult our industry advisors and would welcome views from the trade."

Mr Yiu said: "We had a useful meeting this morning. The two sides discussed the terms of notification to be made by Hong Kong and the US to the Textiles Monitoring Body (TMB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), on administrative arrangements necessary for the implementation of US restraints on Hong Kong's textile exports."

Article 2 of the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) requires notification to the TMB of quantitative restrictions and administrative arrangements necessary for the implementation of such restrictions upon the entry into force of the ATC.

According to present plans, the ATC will come into force together with the WTO on January 1 next year.

During the meeting, Trade Department officials also formally raised objection to the US notification to convert Cat 834 (men's and boys' coats and jackets of silkblend or non-cotton vegetable fibre) into a Specified Limit starting next year.

"The US called us on the item in May, and without our agreement imposed a limit of 10,500 dozens for 1994," Mr Yiu said.

"We told them then that the call was unjustified, and we told them today that the conversion of the item into a Specified Limit is equally unjustified," he added.

Under the Hong Kong/US Textiles Bilateral, the US may under certain specified conditions ask Hong Kong to limit exports of the relevant products for that year.

In respect of such a product for which a limit has been established, the US may elect to convert the limit into a Specified Limit with effect from the immediately following year.

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Mr Yiu said the two sides also discussed matters related to further co-operation in combating illegal textile transhipment.

"We reiterated our determination in combating illegal transhipment on our own and in co-operation with other authorities, in line with our international obligations and domestic laws," he said.

EndZFriday, December 9, 1994

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Broadcasting Authority meeting *****

The following is issued on behalf of the Broadcasting Authority:

The Broadcasting Authority (BA) yesterday (Thursday) met separately with representatives of Hong Kong Telecom and Star TV to discuss their future plans.

A spokesman for BA said the Authority kept in constant touch with all parties interested in broadcasting, and the discussions were part of the regular meetings it had with such parties.

BA also considered a number of complaints about radio and television programmes and advertisements.

Both Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast were given serious warnings for including in programmes indirect advertising material for skin and hair care products marketed by the same person.

The spokesman said advertising material must clearly be identified as such and not hidden within programmes.

In the present cases, the owner of a business had appeared on both radio stations, had taken the opportunity to promote his products and had given the impression that he was offering professional advice, which was not the case.

This was not acceptable to BA, the spokesman added.

Metro Broadcast was further advised to observe the radio programme standards more closely as a result of remarks made to a caller by programme host Ms Pamela Pak.

BA found that Ms Pak's remarks were rude, abusive and inappropriate.

With regard to complaints about television programmes, BA advised ATV to observe its licence requirements more closely after it found that ATV had pre-empted some children's programmes without the prior approval of BA as is required under ATV's licence.

ATV had cut back on the children's programmes in order to broadcast a football match.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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S5 students and student-teachers receive awards ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Director of Education, Mr Dominic S W Wong, today (Friday) presented the Charles and Elizabeth Frankland Moore Awards and the Hong Kong Sino-British Fellowship Trust Scholars' Foundation Award to two Secondary 5 students and two student-teachers for outstanding study achievements.

Secondary 5 student, Mr Lee Ka-yi of Queen's College, won the Charles and Elizabeth Frankland Moore Award, for obtaining lOAs and rank first in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE).

The other S5 student, Miss Chau Man-wa of John F Kennedy Centre who obtained 3As and 3Bs was awarded the Hong Kong Sino-British Fellowship Trust Scholars' Foundation Award and ranked first among all disabled students at the HKCEE this year,

The two student-teachers were Miss Wong Young-ke and Miss So Yuen-yi. They won the Elizabeth Moore Awards for best performance in special education training at the former Sir Robert Black College of Education.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr Wong paid tribute to the students' parents, school principals and teachers for their support and encouragement to the recipients.

He said the training of the two student-teachers would benefit those who need them and would enrich the life of many young people.

The presentation ceremony was organised by the Hong Kong Sino-British Fellowship Trust Scholars'Association in memory of the late Dr Charles Frankland Moore.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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External trade statistics for October 1994 released ♦ ♦ * * *

The Census and Statistics Department today (Friday) released detailed statistics on external trade with breakdown by country/territory and commodity for October this year.

The value of re-exports continued to show a marked increase, by 19% over a year earlier to $91.3 billion in October 1994.

Comparing October 1994 with October 1993, increases were recorded in the value of re- exports to Singapore (+36%), Canada (+27%), Japan (+24%), the United States (+22%), China (+22%), France (+18%), Taiwan (+8.5%), the United Kingdom (+7.3%) and the Republic of Korea (+0.9%).

However, the value of re-exports to Germany decreased slightly by 1.5%.

The changes in the value of Hong Kong's re- exports to the 10 main destinations are shown in Table 1.

The value of re-exports in the first 10 months of 1994 was $779.1 billion, 15% higher than that in the same period in 1993.

Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, increases were recorded in the value of re-exports to Japan (+24%), China (+18%), the United States (+17%), Singapore (+16%), the United Kingdom (+12%), Canada (+10%), the Republic of Korea (+7.8%), France (+5.1%) and Germany (+3.7%).

However, the value of re-exports to Taiwan decreased marginally by 0.2%.

Table 2 shows the changes in the value of re- exports of the 10 principal commodity divisions.

Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, increases of various magnitudes were recorded in the value of re- exports of most principal commodity divisions.

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More notable increases were registered for telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment (by $21.5 billion or 37%); miscellaneous manufactured articles consisting mainly of baby carriages, toys, games and sporting goods (by $11.4 billion or 12%); electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof (by $11.3 billion or 20%); textiles (by $9.5 billion or 16%); office machines and automatic data processing machines (by $6.3 billion or 27%); and footwear (by $5.2 billion or 13%).

Over the same period, a decrease in the value of re-exports was recorded for road vehicles (by $782 million or 2.8%).

The value of domestic exports increased further, by 8.5% over a year earlier to $21.3 billion in October 1994.

Comparing October 1994 with October 1993, increases were recorded in the value of domestic exports to the Philippines (+33%), Japan (+22%), Singapore (+19%), China (+12%), the Netherlands (+11%), Taiwan (+8%) and the United States (+6.8%).

However, the value of domestic exports to Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom decreased by 12%, 2.8% and 1.9% respectively.

The changes in the value of domestic exports to the 10 main destinations are shown in Table 3.

Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, decreases were recorded in the value of domestic exports to Canada (- 14%), Germany (-10%), the United Kingdom (-6.4%), China (-3.5%) and Taiwan (-1.6%).

However, the value of domestic exports to the Philippines increased significantly by 30%. That to Singapore, Japan, the United States and the Netherlands increased by 8.7%, 3.6%, 2.9% and 2.5% respectively.

Taking all destinations together, the value of domestic exports in the first 10 months of 1994, at $181.5 billion, decreased slightly by 1% over the same period in 1993. This reflected the continued structural shift to re-exports.

Table 4 shows the changes in the value of domestic exports of the 10 principal commodity divisions.

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Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, decreases in the value of domestic exports were registered for telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment (by $1.4 billion or 13%); textiles (by $1.1 billion or 7.8%); miscellaneous manufactured articles consisting mainly of jewellery, goldsmiths' and silversmiths' wares (by $902 million or 5.3%); photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks (by $515 million or 3.9%); and machinery specialised for particular industries (by $343 million or 11%).

Over the same period, increases in the value of domestic exports were recorded for electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof (by $1.9 billion or 11%); and clothing (by $1 billion or 1.8%).

The value of imports continued to increase significantly, by 24% over a year earlier to $116.2 billion in October 1994.

The changes in the value of imports from the 10 main suppliers are shown in Table 5.

Comparing October 1994 with October 1993, the value of imports from all of the main suppliers showed increases of various magnitudes: Germany (+41%), Malaysia (+36%), the Republic of Korea (+36%), Singapore (+36%), Italy (+33%), the United States (+29%), Taiwan (+23%), China (+20%), Japan (+19%) and the United Kingdom (+17%).

Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, the value of imports from all of the main suppliers showed increases of various magnitudes: Singapore (+30%), Italy (+28%), Malaysia (+26%), the Republic of Korea (+17%), China (+17%), the United Kingdom (+17%), Germany (+13%), Taiwan (+12%), the United States (+12%) and Japan (+7.3%).

The value of imports in the first 10 months of 1994, at $1,022 billion, increased markedly by 16% over the same period in 1993. This was supported largely by the growth in Hong Kong's re-export trade.

Table 6 shows the changes in the value of imports of the 10 principal commodity divisions.

Comparing the first 10 months of 1994 with the same period in 1993, increases were recorded in the value of imports of most principal commodity divisions.

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More notable increases were registered for telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment (by $23.8 billion or 32%); electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof (by $16.7 billion or 18%); textiles (by $15.2 billion or 19%); office machines and automatic data processing machines (by $9 billion or 31%); miscellaneous manufactured articles consisting mainly of baby carriages, toys, games and sporting goods (by $8.6 billion or 13%); and non- metallic mineral manufactures (by $5.5 billion or 20%).

Over the same period, a decrease in the value of imports was recorded for road vehicles (by $2.2 billion or 4.8%).

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 volume and price movements of external trade for October 1994 will be released in early January next year.

Detailed trade statistics analysed by commodity and by country/territory are published in trade statistics reports.

The October 1994 issue of the "Hong Kong External Trade" with detailed analyses on the performance of Hong Kong's external trade in October 1994 will be available for sale at $86 a copy around December 21.

The report can be purchased either at the Government Publications Centre on the Ground Floor, Low Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong, or at the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department on the 19th Floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.

Enquiries regarding regular subscription to the report may be directed to the Information Services Department at French Mission Building, 1 Battery Path, Hong Kong (Tel 842 8802) and enquiries on trade statistics to the Census and Statistics Department (Tel 582 4915).

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TABLE 1 : RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAIN DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (% CHANGE)

CHINA 28,750 + 21.7 264,787 + 18.0

UNITED STATES 22,328 + 22.3 176,138 + 17.1

JAPAN 5,978 + 24.4 44,460 + 23.6

GERMANY 3,690 - 1.5 33,944 + 3.7

UNITED KINGDOM 2,656 + 7.3 22,474 + 12.2

TAIWAN 1,997 + 8.5 18,139 - 0.2

SINGAPORE 2,094 + 35.6 16,350 + 16.4

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,457 + 0.9 13,678 + 7.8

CANADA 1,448 + 26.9 11,814 + 10.4

FRANCE 1,201 + 18.5' 11,175 + 5.1

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TAI 2 : RE-EXPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (X CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (X CHANGE)

'"SCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED \RTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 13,506 + 21.2 102,899 + 12.5

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 11,144 + 41.2 80,330 + 36.7

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 8,608 - 1.7 77,629 + 4.3

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 7,449 + 15.4 67,257 + 16.4

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 8,995 + 40.9 67,086 + 20.3

FOOTWEAR 4,385 + 9.1 44,584 + 13.3

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4,147 + 15.7 33,318 + 11.4

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 3,727 + 36.2 29,054 + 27.5

ROAD VEHICLES 1,748 - 21.7 26,736 - 2.8

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS 2,734 + 14.4 25,684 + 15.1

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TABLE 3 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAIN DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (X CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (X CHANGE)

CHINA 5,720 + 12.4 50,565 - 3.5

UNITED STATES 6,813 + 6.8 50,336 + 2.9

GERMANY 958 - 2.8 10,224 - 10.2

SINGAPORE 1,102 + 19.0 10,066 + 8.7

JAPAN 993 + 22.0 8,406 + 3.6

UNITED KINGDOM 845 - 1.9 8,229 - 6.4

TAIWAN 679 + 8.0 4,996 - 1.6

NETHERLANDS 316 + 11.2 3,764 + 2.5

CANADA 361 - 12.0 3,398 - 14.2

PHILIPPINES 283 + 32.5 2,402 + 29.7

TABLE ■! : DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (X CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (X CHANGE)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 7,400 + 6.6 59,205 + 1.3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,251 + 22.5 20,385 + 10.5

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES) 1,895 - 2.3 16,056 - 5.3

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 1,659 + 17.2 14,112 + 0.1

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,669 + 18.0 12,760 - 3.9

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,362 - 0.9 12,454 - 7.8

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,147 + 13.9 9,730 - 12.9

MANUFACTURES OF METALS 430 + 5.6 3,874 + 0.8

PLASTICS IN PRIMARY FORMS 363 f 27.7 3,247 + 12.5

MACHINERY SPECIALIZED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES 264 - 11.8 2,657 - 11.4

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TABLE 5 : IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAIN SUPPLIERS

SUPPLIER OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (X CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (X CHANGE)

CHINA 45,193 + 20.3 385,971 + 16.9

JAPAN 17,875 + 19.4 160,330 + 7.3

TAIWAN 9,877 + 22.9 87,003 + 12.4

UNITED STATES 8,405 + 29.5 73,291 + 11.9

SINGAPORE 5,780 + 35.7 50,342 + 29.7

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 5,106 + 35.8 47,034 + 17.2

GERMANY 2,701 + 41.0 23,211 + 12.8

UNITED KINGDOM 2,105 + 16.8 20,123 + 16.7

ITALY 2,148 + 32.6 18,686 + 28.5

MALAYSIA 1,826 + 36.3 16,312 + 25.8

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TABLE 6 : IMPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION OCT 1994 (HKD Mn.) OCT 94 OVER OCT 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-OCT 1994 (HKD Mn. ) JAN-OCT 94 OVER JAN-OCT 93 (% CHANGE)

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 13,825 + 28.3 111,282 + 17.7

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 13,520 + 50.4 98,678 m t + 31.7

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 9,938 + 16.1 97,215 + 1?.5

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 9,110 + 2.0 79,971 + 7.1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 9,244 + 27.0 75,274 + 12.8

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4,607 + 2.8 43,290 + 8.6

ROAD VEHICLES 4,727 + 56.6 42,902 - 4.8

FOOTWEAR 3,921 + 10.9 39,083 + 13.0

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 4,881 + 52.2 38,455 + 30.8

NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES 3,848 + 34.0 32,860 + 20.1

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Most people satisfied with present situation: poll

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A recent opinion poll conducted by the Home Affairs Branch shows that 73 per cent of the respondents are satisfied with the present situation while only 20 per cent consider otherwise.

The bimonthly survey which was carried out in November also indicated that 16 per cent of those interviewed expected the situation to improve in the next 12 months, while 50 per cent considered it would remain about the same.

The respective figures recorded in the September poll were 15 per cent and 51 per c©tt.

"Transport.related problems” continued to top the list of problems most mentioned by the respondents - 47 per cent as compared with 37 per cent in the last survey.

Among these respondents, 77 per cent were concerned about traffic congestion.

The second most-mentioned issue was "housing-related problems" with the percentage of respondents rising from 35 per cent two months ago to 42 per cent in the current survey.

This was followed by "Hong Kong Future" (27 per cent), which was about the same as the previous 28 per cent.

The survey was the 55th in the series to gauge the trend of public opinion in respect of perceived problems in Hong Kong and the community’s expectation of the general situation.

A total of 1, 506 persons were successfully interviewed in this poll which was conducted between November 14 and 18 using a random sample of residential telephone numbers.

Within the household of a selected telephone number, a respondent aged between 15 and 64 was randomly chosen for interview.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Mrs Patten opens 1994 Festival of Trees

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Hong Kong people should remember the children around the world who are in real need, and whose opportunities to enjoy the standard of living and education available to children here are remote, Mrs Patten said today (Friday).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Festival of Trees in aid of Save the Children Fund China Appeal, she said the decorations and presents on the trees put people in mind of the Christmas spirit.

"An important part of that Christmas spirit is giving to others," she said.

Mrs Patten expressed her appreciation to Save the Children for their splendid work in the last 75 years in different parts of the world promoting the well-being of children.

The organisation's latest project, funded largely by the people of Hong Kong, is the construction of a model orphanage for abandoned babies in Anhui province in China. This will also serve as a training centre for care workers.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Appointments to Education Commission

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The Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, today (Friday) announced the appointments by the Governor to the Education Commission for its next term of office commencing January 1 next year.

The Chairman, Professor Rosie Young, and five incumbent members are reappointed and four new members are appointed, giving a total of 16 members.

Professor Young and.two other serving members - Mrs Angela Cheung and Mr Cheung Man-kwong - are appointed for a further one-year term. Professor Young is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She served as Chairman of the Commission for the past two years, and is also chairman of the Commission's working group on school funding, whose report is expected to be published during 1995.

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Mrs Angela Cheung has served on the Education Commission since January 1989. She is re-appointed for a further year so that as Chairman of the Working Group on Language Proficiency, she can help the Commission to complete Education Commission Report No. 6, containing the Commission's final recommendations on language proficiency in the light of the public consultation exercise which concluded in October.

Mr Cheung Man-kwong is curently the Legislative Council member of the teaching constituency and President of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union.

Three serving members are re-appointed for a further two-year term. They are:

Dr Cheng Kai-ming, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. Dr Cheng also serves as Chairman of the Commission's working group on educational standards, whose report was published on December 7; Ms Sansan Ching Teh-chi, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services; and Mr Peter Lee Ting-chang, Director of the Lee Hysan Estate Company Ltd.

The four new Members are: Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, Mr Tai Hay-lap, the Rev Margaret Wong and Mr Norman Yuen Lee-tong.

Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen is the Managing Director of Sun Hing Knitting Factory Ltd. He is active in the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and serves as an employers' representative on the Labour Advisory Board.

Mr Tai Hai-lap is the Principal of Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School in Tuen Mun. He is well-known for his press articles on educational issues.

The Rev Margaret Wong is the Principal of St Paul's Convent School. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Mr Norman Yuen Kee-tong is the Operations Director of the Hongkong Telecom. He is also a member of the Language Fund Advisory Committee.

The chairmen of the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications, the Board of Education, the University Grants Committee and the Vocational Training Council, and the Director of Education will continue to serve as ex-officio members of the Commission. The Secretary for Education and Manpower will continue to be Vice- Chairman of the Commission.

Mr Leung thanked the four outgoing members - Mr Cho Yu-fiin, Ms Kathy Chiu Kam-hing, Dr Alexander Fung Chi-wah and Mr James Tien Pei-chun - for their support and contribution to the compilation of the three working group reports and other important Commission deliberations in the past two years.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Diverse actions needed to halt drug abuse *****

There is no magic formula, waiting to be discovered, which will bring an end to substance abuse.

However, there are many diverse actions that can and should be taken, the Commissioner for Narcotics, Mr Alasdair Sinclair, said today (Friday).

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 15th International Federation of Non-Govemment Organisations Conference on the prevention for drug and substance abuse, Mr Sinclair stressed the need for actions that would help to develop in young people self-confidence and a healthy outlook.

"Children are influenced by the people around them. Parents, teachers, social workers, and others who are involved with young people, set an example," he said.

"Young people have to be made aware of the risks of drug abuse and helped to develop life skills - skills that will enable them to resist peer pressures, and resist taking drugs," he added.

Mr Sinclair acknowledged the part played by non-govemment organisations (NGOs) in the prevention of drug and substance abuse.

"The Government cannot do everything on its own. Nor would it wish to.

"There is a wealth of talent and commitment in the NGOs which it would be folly to ignore," he said.

Turning to the methadone maintenance programme, Mr Sinclair said it made a major contribution to reducing the damage.

"On an average day, 7,000 people do not take heroin because they have been provided with oral methadone instead.

"The money they would have spent on heroin does not have to be obtained and is not passed into the hands of criminals.

"The needles they would have injected themselves with remain unused and are not disposed of carelessly," he said.

"The patients live a normal life without thinking constantly about their next fix.

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"They are rescued from criminality and rescued from disease," he added.

Mr Sinclair said a range of programmes was needed to give people a choice.

"The important thing is to reduce the health risks and minimise the harm, and rehabilitate people into the community," he said.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Country park visitor survey begins on Sunday *****

A survey aimed at gauging views of countryside visitors on the territory's country parks and suggested areas of improvement will begin on Sunday (December ID-

Organised by the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD), the survey will be conducted on two separate periods. The first period will be between Sunday and December 18, whereas the second period falls on January 1 to 15 next year.

Commenting on the survey, AFD's Country Parks Protection Officer Mr Edmond Lam said it was the fifth exercise of its kind, which would form part of the continuous process in data collection including feedbacks of country park visitors.

The last four country park visitor surveys were conducted in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1991 respectively.

Mr Lam pointed out that the main objective of this survey was to reflect the effectiveness of the existing country parks system and to find out areas for improvement.

"The changing needs of country park visitors can be canvassed through the survey, which will be useful for future planning and management of these parks," he said.

On targets of the survey, Mr Lam said country park visitors would be randomly selected for interviews, each of which would last no longer than 10 minutes. It is planned to interview some 6,000 visitors.

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Interviewees will be asked simple questions. Among them are: tour group size and composition; means and cost of transportation; time spent on travelling and hours of stay; frequency of visits; preferred activities; improvement suggestions; and the most welcomed facility or item at country parks.

Mr Lam called on those visitors selected for interview to co-operate. The information and data collected would be compiled into a statistical summary report for future use.

He reassured that under no circumstances would any reference be made to personal data of individual interviewees.

Each interviewee will be given a souvenir in recognition of their support.

The survey will be mainly conducted by AFD's uniformed country park rangers and wardens. Civil Aid Service members will help out on Sundays and public holidays. Some part of the survey may be carried out at night.

The survey will cover 17 of the territory’s 21 country parks, and two special areas at Tsiu Hang and Tai Po Kau.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

More ozone-depleting substances come under control *****

The Gazette announced today (Friday) an amendment to the Schedule of the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance (OLPO) which extends the list of scheduled substances in accordance with amendments made to the Montreal Protocol in Copenhagen in 1992.

The extended list covers methyl bromide, 34 types of hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFC) and 34 types of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), which will be brought under importing control starting January 1, 1995, June 14, 1995 and January 1, 1996 respectively.

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Principal Environmental Protection Officer of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Mr Franklin Chung, said only two of the newly added scheduled substances, namely methyl bromide and chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22), were consumed in a substantial amount in Hong Kong while there was no record of importation of HBFC.

Noting that methyl bromide was exclusively used by the local pest control industry for quarantine and pre- shipment treatment of cargoes, which were exempted under the Copenhagen Amendment to the Protocol, he said: "Although there is no definite phase-out plan for the substance, its use is closely monitored by the Agriculture and Fisheries Department.

"As for HCFC, which have similar physical and chemical properties of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) but with a far lower ozone depleting potential, they have been considered as an alternative substance to CFC before the phase-out of the latter in December 1995.

"However, given the ozone depleting nature of the HCFC, the Montreal Protocol has agreed to phase-out the substance in the year 2030," Mr Chung said.

Under the Copenhagen Amendment of the Protocol, Hong Kong's local consumption of HCFC in 1996 should be limited to the level in 1989 plus 3.1 per cent of the consumption level of CFC in the same year, both are calculated in weighted quantities.

"To meet this requirement, starting from January 1, 1996, any person who imports HCFC into Hong Kong for local consumption will be subject to a quota control," he said.

HCFC are mainly used as refrigerants, foam blowing agents, propellants in aerosols, carrier gases in sterilant mixture, solvents and cleaning agents in electronics, metal cleaning and dry cleaning industries as well as components of fire extinguishants replacing halons.

Of the 34 types of HCFC to be brought under control, only four are currently used in Hong Kong. They are HCFC-22, -123, -141 and -225, with HCFC-22 constituting 97 per cent of the total retained HCFC imports in Hong Kong during 1993.

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Noting that several substitutes for HCFC-22 are being reviewed worldwide, Mr Chung said: "EPD will continue to liaise with affected industries and advise them on other ozone-benign alternatives and technologies to be developed."

Enquiries on the import and export of ozone depleting chemicals should be made to EPD at 594 6242 or 594 6243.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Road junctions on Tsing Yi to be improved ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Government proposes to improve two road junctions along Tsing Yi Road West to accommodate the additional traffic generated because of the opening of the Lantau Fixed Crossing when it is completed as part of the Airport Core Programme.

The existing Tsing Yi Road West comprises a dual two lane carriageway and the traffic capacity of the road is limited by the capacities of the road junctions along the road.

The improvement works involve widening and addition of turning lanes at the junction of Tsing Yi Road West/Liu To Road, and Tsing Yi Road West/Ching Hong Road.

Other associated works will also be carried out.

A notice on the proposed improvement works is published in the Gazette today (Friday).

The plan and scheme may be seen at:

* the Central and Western District Office, Public Enquiry Service Centre, Ground Floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road. Central, Hong Kong.

♦ the District Lands Office/Kwai Tsing, 10th Floor, Tsuen Wan Station Multistorey Carpark Building, 174-208 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories; and

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* the District Office/Kwai Tsing, Second Floor, Kwai Hing Government Offices Building, 166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories.

Any person objecting to the works or the use, or both, should send his objection in writing to the Secretary for Transport at the Central Government Offices, East Wing, Second Floor, Lower Albert Road, Central, not later than February 7 next year.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Tenders invited for two architectural projects * * * * *

The Architectural Services Department is inviting tenders for the construction of a local open space with a total site area of 2,500 square metres at Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long.

The open space will have a garden with landscaped areas and a children's playground.

Meanwhile, tenders are also being called for the design, supply and installation of a new gondola system for the High Block of Queensway Government Offices at 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

Works for the two projects are expected to start in March for completion by September and December 1995 respectively.

Tender forms and further particulars can be obtained from the Architectural Services Department, 34th floor, Queensway Government Offices.

Tender offers will close at noon on December 30 and January 6 respectively.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Land to be resumed for public open space *****

Owing to a shortage of open space in Wan Chai, the Government is to resume four private lots with a total area of 374.1 square metres in Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, for development of public open space by the Urban Council.

"The area to be resumed is zoned 'Open Space’ on the draft Wan Chai Outline Zoning Plan. The project will improve the living environment in Wan Chai, and rehousing and compensation will be offered to those who are eligible," a spokesman for the Lands Department said today (Friday).

Compensation to the affected owners and tenants will be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Lands Resumption Ordinance.

Eligible occupiers will be offered ex-gratia allowance.

Details of resumption were notified in the Government Gazette today (Friday).

The land will be reverted to the Government three months from the date of the Gazette notice.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Land to be resumed for building village resite houses

*****

The Government will resume 103 private agricultural lots with a total area of 20,256.5 square metres in Tung Chung, New Territories, for the provision of land for the Pa Mei North Village Resite Area.

The land is required for building village resite houses for eligible indigenous villagers whose buildings lots are affected by Tung Chung New Town Development.

The works are expected to start in May next year for completion in early 1997.

Details of resumption were notified in the Gazette today (Friday).

The land will be reverted to the Government three months from the date of the Gazette Notice.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994.

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Road works for Pa Mei North Village proposed * * * * *

The Territory Development Department's Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office is planning the construction of a pedestrian and vehicular access to the proposed Pa Mei North Village Resite Area in Tung Chung, Lantau.

The works include construction of a 180-metre-long road together with the associated drainage, three parking areas and installation of utilities.

The works are scheduled to begin in June next year for completion in 22 months.

A notice of the proposed works is gazetted today (Friday).

The plan and scheme of the proposed road works can be seen at the Public Enquiry Service Centre of the Central and Western District Office, the Islands District Lands Office, the Islands District Office, and the Mui Wo Sub-office of the Islands District Office.

Any person wishing to object to the proposed works should write to the Secretary for Transport, Central Government Offices, East Wing, second floor, Lower Albert Road, Hong Kong no later than February 7 next year.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Tenders invited for building cargo handling area * * ♦ * *

The Territory Development Department's New Territories West Development Office is inviting tenders for the remaining construction works for a Public Cargo Handling Area in Area 16, Tuen Mun.

The contract involves the building of the remaining 30- metre-wide waterfront and perimeter wall, and the installation of area lighting.

The works are scheduled to begin in February next year for completion in 14 months.

A notice of the tender invitation was gazetted today (Friday).

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Tender forms and further particulars may be obtained from the office of Messrs Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners, 38th floor, Metroplaza, Tower 1, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Fong, New Territories.

The tender closing date is noon on December 30.

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,782 0930 -376

Closing balance in the account 1,183 1000 -476

Change attributable to: 1100 -576

Money market activity -474 1200 -470

LAF today -125 1500 -469

1600 -474

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 122.0 *+0.1* 9.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills Terms EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds Yield

Yield Term Issue Coupon Price

1 week 4.64 18 months 2605 6.35 99.11 7.13

1 month 5.09 24 months 2611 6.90 99.24 7.46

3 months 5.54 29 months 3704 6.15 97.07 7.65

6 months 6.07 35 months 3710 7.25 98.89 7.83

12 months 6.72 58 months 5909 7.45 97.33 8.29

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 16,210 million

Closed December 9, 1994

End/Friday, December 9, 1994

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Saturday, December 10,1994

Contents Page No,

UN Human Rights Committee Report received............................. 1

Government committed to nurturing youths.............................. 4

Employer fined for not paying injured employee........................ 5

RCB briefing for District Boards on pornographic publications planned. 6

Social Welfare Director celebrates Christmas with his wards........... 7

November much warmer than usual.....................................   8

Fresh water cuts in Western District and Sham Shui Po................. 11

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................. 12

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UN Human Rights Committee Report received ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

The Hong Kong Government has received the report issued yesterday (Friday) by the United Nations Human Rights Committee after its hearing on the economic, social and cultural rights situation in Hong Kong in Geneva between November 23 and 25.

A Government spokesman said today that the Government would study the report in detail as it was an important document through which the Committee made available to us their experience in the promotion of economic, social and cultural rights.

The spokesman said the Government was particularly glad to note the recognition that Hong Kong had prospered economically to a degree that placed considerable material resources at the disposal of the Government to enhance the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in the territory.

"We will make sure that the elements which help realise Hong Kong's economic success, in particular, the rule of law, will continue to operate to the benefit of the community, resulting in further promotion of economic, social and cultural rights," he said.

The spokesman said the Government was also pleased to note that members of the UN Committee were impressed by its efforts to make available to the Hong Kong community the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the report prepared under the Covenant. "We will continue our efforts in this area," he said.

He said the Government took the whole reporting and hearing process under the Covenant very seriously.

"Our officials answered each and every question frankly and fully and we are pleased that our open attitude and serious efforts in this regard are publicly acknowledged by the Committee," the spokesman noted.

The spokesman said: "There is no reluctance on Government’s part in maximising the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Hong Kong, and a lot has been done in the past few years.

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"The introduction of the Bill of Rights Ordinance, the adoption of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the proposed extention of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women are concrete examples.” t

He said the Hong Kong Government had a good record on human rights protection, but added that there was no room for complacency.

"The Committee's report offers advice and makes recommendations on a number of matters which would be carefully examined by relevant branches and departments," he noted. •

Concerning the Committee's remarks on people living in bedspace apartments, the spokesman said the Government was tackling the problem vigorously.

"The Government is committed to ensuring that lodgers will get assistance through various channels including compassionate re-housing; placements in welfare institutions or hostel accommodation. Many, however, have chosen to stay in their old accommodation for personal reasons." He added that Government had introduced legislation to license all bedspace apartments to regulate their building and fire safety and sanitation standards.

"Upon full implementation of the licensing scheme in 1996, bedspace apartment lodgers will live in apartments which meet the safety standards and are less crowded," he said.

Noting that the number of bedspace apartments and lodgers had fallen over the past years, the spokesman said this was indicative of a general improvement in the overall situation.

On the Committee's concern about foreign domestic helpers, the spokesman pointed out that the "two-week rule" was a necessary measure to prevent job-hopping to protect employers and the labour market generally.

"The Director of Immigration applies the rule flexibly when dealing with foreign domestic helpers who appear to have legitimate grounds for change of employment after early termination of their contracts, in particular when their employers do not seem to have fulfilled their contracts, or if the foreign domestic helper has a complaint which may be considered by the Labour Tribunal.

"The rule is not a discriminatory measure against foreign domestic helpers as it is applied on all contract workers, including those who came into Hong Kong under the Importation of Labour Scheme," he said.

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As regards reporting obligation under the ICESCR after 1997, the spokesman said the United Kingdom Government had told the Committee clearly its firm view that China had an obligation under the Joint Declaration to ensure that the provisions of the Covenant, as applied to Hong Kong, remained in force after 1997. The obligation included the requirement to report to the UN, he said.

He said the UK Government had also told the Committee that it would continue to work for a satisfactory resolution of the issue with China.

On the Hai Ho-tak case, the spokesman said the Government had every sympathy for the plight of this little boy and his parents. "But to allow him to stay in Hong Kong would be unfair to the hundreds of thousands who are waiting patiently in the queue for the one-way exit permits to leave China, and would also encourage the smuggling of children in Hong Kong in order to qualify for residence."

He noted that Ho-tak’s case must be seen in the context of Hong Kong’s geographical location, its small size in holding a population of six million people.

"This is not an isolated case. It was estimated that there are 300,000 children in China with a parent in Hong Kong. Our immigration policy seeks to re-unite families in an orderly manner rather than to 'split' families. The fact speaks for itself. There are over 38,000 persons, majority of whom are spouses and children entering Hong Kong from China to join their families every year," the spokesman said.

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He stressed that immigrants from China must come in legally and orderly. "Lenient treatment of illegal immigrants will only serve to encourage more to come," he said.

The spokesman said the Government had always welcomed and considered views expressed by non-govemment organisations (NGOs) on the state of implementation of UN treaties.

Starting with the next reports under the two International Covenants, he said NGOs would be given a formal opportunity to express their views on the implementation of human rights treaties before relevant reports were submitted to the UK for the UN.

"However, it is important to point out a view which was shared by the UN Committee that the reporting obligation was that of the Government, not the NGOs.

"To discharge such obligation, the Government must draft the contribution for incorporation in UK's report," the spokesman said.

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Concerning anti-discrimination legislation and a Human Rights Commission, the spokesman said the Government supported the principle of equality for all, but it was important to note that anti-discrimination legislation was a relatively new area of law, with which Hong Kong had little experience.

He said: ”We will introduce a series of measures which are specific, effective and durable concentrating on areas such as sex discrimination and disability where there is clear need and public demand for action."

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

Government committed to nurturing youths ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Government is committed to giving the best learning opportunities and the best support possible to help young people become mature, responsible and contributing members of society, the Financial Secretary, Sir Hamish Macleod, said today (Saturday).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Felix Wong Children and Youth Centre in Tseung Kwan O, Sir Hamish said in order to achieve that aim, a healthy environment for young people to grow up was also important.

"Economic prosperity alone does not necessarily create such an environment. Sometimes, it even brings more pressures: materialism, or the breakdown of the family, for example."

"And our young people may not be able to withstand these pressures. It is vital that they be given help as early as possible," he said.

Sir Hamish noted that people said the bedrock of Hong Kong's economic success was the huge investment the government made in human capital.

"This is both true and false."

"It is true in the sense that our success depends on the dynamism and hard work of our people," he said.

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And that to sustain this success, Sir Hamish said, Hong Kong must equip its young people with the knowledge and skills to adapt to developments in technology and changes in the market place.

"But it is false if we take the word 'investment' to mean that we only put money into education or social services for our young people in order to produce wealthgenerating machines."

Sir Hamish also praised the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups for its efforts in offering the help young people needed.

"Since the Federation's establishment in 1960, the agency has provided a wide range of children and youth services to foster the healthy and balanced growth of our younger generation and to help those who are at risk," he said.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

Employer fined for not paying injured employee ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Labour Department today (Saturday) reminded employers to make periodical payment to employees who sustained injury at work within seven days after the due date for payment.

The Coming Sea Food Hot Pot Restaurant Limited on Tsing Yi was recently fined $10,000 at Tsuen Wan Magistracy for failing to make periodical payment for five wage periods to an employee who sustained injury at work.

Five summonses were served on the employer.

"Under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance, periodical payment must be paid to the injured employee as soon as practicable but in any case not later than seven days after the due day for payment," Assistant Labour Officer Miss Wong Mo- sze explained.

With effect from August this year, any employer who fails to comply with the statutory obligation is liable to a maximum fine of $25,000.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

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RCB briefing for District Boards on pornographic publications planned ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Recreation and Culture Branch (RCB) today (Saturday) received a petition from a delegation of District Board Members who requested discussion of the subject of control of indecent articles at District Board meetings.

The Administration appreciates and shares the concern of the community over the recent proliferation of indecent articles, especially indecent comic books, and is taking position action in tackling the situation, a spokesman for the branch said.

In the past few months, the Administration has devoted a lot of resources into stepping up enforcement actions, publicity and educational efforts, as well as reviewing the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) with a view to further tightening legislative controls.

As District Boards are elected representative bodies close to the general community, the Administration certainly welcomes views and inputs from them on how the problem should be tackled.

The spokesman said it was exactly with this in mind that the Secretary for Recreation and Culture had arranged a briefing and discussion on December 28 with members of all District Boards to exchange opinions and ideas on the control of obscene and indecent articles and the proposed legislative amendments to the COIAO.

’’Since this is a territory-wide issue, we consider it better and more useful to bring our District Boards together for a cross fertilisation of views and suggestions," the spokesman said.

If District Boards wish to discuss the matter further after the briefing on December 28, the Administration will be happy to receive additional views and comments from them.

Both the Legislative Council and the Executive Council have shown concern on the matter and have impressed upon the Administration to take speedy action in bringing about more stringent legislative controls.

The Administration is working to a tight timetable with a view to bringing proposals involving legislative amendments back to the Legislative Council early next year.

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The branch will shortly issue a paper on the subject to District Boards to facilitate discussion at the briefing on December 28.

"We sincerely hope every District Board member with an interest in the subject will turn up at this briefing," the spokesman said.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

Social Welfare Director celebrates Christmas with his wards ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

Guess who has the largest number of children in Hong Kong?

Not too many people realise that the answer is the Director of Social Welfare, Mr Ian Strachan. He has more than 600.

These children are called Wards of the Director of Social Welfare (DSW Wards) and are all under 21. They have been put under his guardianship by Court orders because their natural parents, owing to various reasons, are unable to exercise their parental right either temporarily or on long-term basis.

The total number of DSW Wards was 644 at the end of October this year.

"I have become their legal guardian since I took over the helm of the department in December 1992. I am pleased to see that through our carers and social workers, our children have been able to be placed in a harmonious home environment to help their growth," Mr Strachan said.

He added that while some of his wards were being looked after by their own relatives, a lot of these underprivileged children were placed in home-like settings such as foster homes or small group homes. Others were being taken care of by hostels, residential creches or nurseries operated by the Social Welfare Department or non-governmental organisations.

"The welfare of each ward is our paramount concern when we arrange temporary placement and formulate their long-term welfare plans," Mr Strachan said .

The Social Welfare Department will normally arrange local or overseas adoption for DSW Wards who are abandoned or relinquished by their parents.

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Usually the general adoption procedures for normal children would be quite smooth, but Mr Strachan said the department had experienced some difficulties in finding suitable homes for the physically or mentally handicapped children.

"This also applies to my older wards as most adoptive parents prefer to take young children or even new-bom babies," he said.

He appealed to members of the public to consider providing loving homes for his wards.

Mr Strachan and his wife today (Saturday) hosted a Christmas party for 150 wards and their carers at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile as part of the activities to celebrate the International Year of the Family 1994.

"I want my wards to know that they are being loved and cared for in this big family. We want them to enjoy Christmas like many other children do. Through this party, we hope that we are able to arouse public concern on the well-being of these children," Mr Strachan said.

He further thanked the First Pacific Davies (HK) Ltd, the CYS Associates and Mr Tony Chu for their generous donation towards the Christmas party.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

November much warmer than usual * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

With no significant surges of the winter monsoon, November was much warmer than usual, a monthly weather report published by the Royal Observatory said today (Saturday).

The mean minimum temperature of 21.1 degrees and the mean temperature of 22.9 degrees were the highest and the second highest values respectively for November since records began in 1884.

The lack of cold surges was also related to the monthly mean pressure of 1,019.5 hPa, the ninth lowest on record.

The month was also relatively humid with a mean dew point temperature of 17.8 degrees, the fourth highest for November.

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Despite the humidity, the weather was generally fine and rain was scarce. The monthly rainfall of 0.2 millimetres was the sixth lowest for November. The total rainfall since January 1 amounted to 2,603 millimetres, 19 per cent above the normal of 2,187 millimetres for the same period.

The fine spell of late October extended to the first half of the month. The lowest temperature in the month of 19.9 degrees was recorded on the early mornings of both November 1 and 2.

On the first 10 days of the month, the weather was fine with long periods of sunshine during the day and clear skies at night.

The amount of cloud increased from November 11 to 13 but the weather stayed generally fine and dry. A hill fire occurred near Tsz Wan Shan on November 12. About one million square metres of grassland was affected. Another hill fire was reported in Sai Kung on November 14.

A continental airstream along the Taiwan Strait arrived over the coastal areas of Guangdong on November 13. Easterly winds strengthened offshore on the early morning of November 14 and strong winds lasted until the next day.

Despite the windy conditions, the month's highest temperature of 27.1 degrees was reached on the sunny afternoon of November 15.

Winds moderated on November 16 and the weather continued fine and warm until November 19. A weak replenishment of the northeast monsoon reached the territory early on November 20. On its arrival, the weather turned cloudy with light rain. Clouds started to disperse the next day as the monsoon moderated.

In the following week, it remained generally fine apart from occasional light rain in the early morning. A moist easterly airflow brought cloudy weather to the territory in the last two days of the month.

There was only one tropical cyclone over the western North Pacific and the South China Sea in November.

Details of the issuance/hoisting and cancellation/lowering of various wamings/signals in the month are summarised in Table 1.1. Monthly meteorological figures and departures from normal of November are tabulated in Table 1.2.

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Table 1.1 Warnings and signals in November 1994

Wamings/Signals Effective date and time

Strong Monsoon Warnings Nov 7 /9.30 pm - Nov 8/ 9.45 am Nov 14 /7.45 am - Nov 14 /4.15 pm Nov 15 /6.40 am - Nov 15 /9.35 am Nov 15 /9.30 pm - Nov 16 /6.45 am

Fire Danger Warnings

Red Yellow Red Yellow Yellow Nov 4/6 am - Nov 5 /6 am Nov 5/6 am - Nov 5 /11 pm Nov 8/6.30 am - Nov 8/4.10 pm Nov 13/6 am - Nov 13/7.45 pm Nov 20/6 am - Nov 20/10.30 pm

Table 1.2 Figures and Departures from Normal - November 1994

Total Bright Sunshine 224.8 hours; 43.3 hours above normal

Mean Daily Global Solar Radiation 14.01 MJ/sq m; 0.62 MJ/sq m above normal

Total Rainfall 0.2 mm; 34.9 mm below normal

Mean Cloud Amount 41%; 12% below normal

Mean Relative Humidity 74%, 5% above normal

Mean Daily Maximum Temperature 25.3 degrees Celsius; 1.1 degrees Celsius above normal

Mean Air Temperature 22.9 degrees Celsius; 1.5 degrees Celsius above normal

Mean Daily Minimum Temperature 21.1 degrees Celsius; 1.9 degrees Celsius above normal

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Mean Dew Point

Total Evaporation

17.8 degrees Celsius;

2.6 degrees Celsius above normal

96.3 mm; 32.8 mm below normal

Remarks: All measurements were made at the Royal Observatory except sunshine, solar radiation and evaporation which were recorded at King’s Park.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

Fresh water cuts in Western District and Sham Shui Po * ♦ ♦ * *

Fresh water supply to some premises in the Western district will be temporarily suspended from 11 pm on Monday (December 12) to 6 am the following day to facilitate water mains leakage detection.

The affected premises are located at 2-54 and 60 Pok Fu Lam Road, 5-131 and 2-116 First Street, 1-12IB and 2-118 Second Street, 1-127B and 2-106 Third Street, 2B-126 and 3-119 High Street, 5-45 and 24-36 Western Street, 27-51 and 46-50 Centre Street, 23A-43 and 36-42 Eastern Street, 18-27 Hing Hon Road, Sai Wa Lane, Yu Po Lane East, Yu Po Lane West, Ng Fuk Lane, Fuk Sau Lane, Sheung Fung Lane, Tak Sing Lane, David Lane, Un Fuk Lane, Ui On Lane, Kwok Hing Lane, Yu Lok Lane, Cheung On Lane, Leung I Fong, Un Shing Lane, West End Terrace and the Western Dental Clinic.

Meanwhile, fresh water supply to some premises in Sham Shui Po will also be cut off from 11 pm on Wednesday (December 14) to 6 am the next day for water mains leakage detection.

The water cut will affect all the premises bounded by Kweilin Street, Fuk Wing Street, Nam Cheong Street and Cheung Sha Wan Road.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

$ Million Time (Hours) Cumulative Change (S-MiHion)

Opening Balance in the account 1,183 0930 +50

Closing Balance in the account 1,173 1000 +50

Change attributable to: 1100 +50

Money market activity +50 1130 +50

LAF today -60 1500

LAF Rate 3.75% Bid/ 5.75% Offer TWI 121.8 *-0.2* 10.12.94.

End/Saturday, December 10, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Sunday, December 11,1994

Contents Page. No,

Lu Ping’s remarks about CFA judges surprising: Governor................... 1

Transcript of Governor's media session.................................... 2

Industry Department delegation to visit China............................. 5

Job bazaar for retrainees................................................  5

Prevocational school applications close Thursday.......................... 6

Kam Tin structures become deemed monuments................................ 7

Lu Ping's remarks about CFA judges surprising: Governor ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, this (Sunday) morning said he was slightly surprised by the reports about Mr Lu Ping's remarks yesterday that there would be no through-train forjudges in the Court of Final Appeal.

Responding to media questions before his departure for Korea on an official visit, Mr Patten said he was pleased that Director Lu underlined the importance of the 1991 agreement on the Court of Final Appeal but he was slightly surprised by the reported remarks which seemed to be contradictions to Basic Law Article 93.

"We’ll be discussing the Court of Final Appeal in the meeting of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) which is taking place later this week in London and, obviously, we'd like to have clarifications of that remark," he said.

"People in Hong Kung want to have more certainty and more confidence about the future, particularly in relation to the rule of law. Nobody wants to see that confidence undermined."

Asked whether the Government would seek guarantee that there would be a through-train, the Governor said: "What we will be doing is confirming at the JLG meeting this week that China stands by the agreement that China made in 1991.

"We think that it's extremely important for confidence in the future that there shouldn't be questions raised about Hong Kong's institutions, about Hong Kong's judges, about matters like right of abode and immigration issues."

In response to a question about new idea to better co-operate with the Preliminary Working Committee (PWC), Mr Patten said: "We have set out in detail the sensible ways in which we are prepared to co-operate with PWC members and inform PWC members and that has been happening.

"Beyond that we have, since the last JLG meeting in September, in a large number of ways put forward ideas for co-operation, given China information which China says it wants in order to help prepare the way for the Special Administrative Region Government.

"All that will be made clear at the JLG meeting this week."

Mr Patten hoped that people would remember that co-operation was a two-way street.

"We are cheerfully marching down our side of the street and I hope that others are coming toward us," he added.

End/Sunday, December 11,1994

Transcript of Governor's media session *****

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, before his departure for Korea on an official visit this (Sunday) morning:

Governor: Good morning. I'm going, as you know, today for a brief visit to Korea and Japan. Korea and Japan are two of our most important business and trade partners and while I'm in Seoul and in Tokyo, I'll be speaking to groups of business leaders. I'll be accompanied by a number of Hong Kong's leading business figures. I'll be putting across our positive message about Hong Kong's success today and, we hope, Hong Kong's success in the future. 1'11 be meeting political leaders as well as business and economic leaders and, of course, speaking to the press frequently during my visit. It's important for us to continue to strengthen our trade links in the region particularly with other members of APEC. I'm starting off in Korea where we have been backing the bid by Minister Kim to become the first Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. We think it would be an excellent thing if the WTO began with a director-general from our region, underlining the importance of our region to the development of world trade and-underlining as well this region’s commitment to free trade and free trade principles which, we hope, will be followed by the rest of the world as well.

Question: Mr Patten, Mr Lu Ping said yesterday that there will be no through train for the judges in the Court of Final Appeal. Could you comment on that?

Governor: I was slightly surprised by the reports this morning to that effect. 1 was pleased that Director Lu underlined the importance of the 1991 agreement on the Court of Final Appeal but 1 was slightly surprised by reported remarks which seemed to be, in fact, contradictions to Basic Law Article 93. We'll be discussing the Court of Final Appeal in the meeting of the JLG which is taking place later this week in London and, obviously, we’d like to have clarifications of that remark. People in Hong Kong want to have more certainty and more confidence about the future, particularly in relation to the rule of law. No body wants to see that confidence undermined.

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Question: Will the Hong Kong Government be seeking guarantee that there will be through train for persons through the draft legislation?

Governor: What we will be doing is, I hope, confirming at the JLG meeting this week that China stands by the agreement that China made in 1991. We think that it's extremely important for confidence in the future that there shouldn't be questions raised about Hong Kong's institutions, about Hong Kong's judges, about matters like right of abode and immigration issues. How can it possibly be conducive to confidence and stability to raise questions about those matters.

Question: Do you think that this is a blow to the establishment of the CFA and it will add some difficulties in the recruitment of judges to the CFA?

Governor: If Chinese officials were to say now that Article 93 no longer applied, it wouldn't just have an impact on the recruitment of judges in the future. It would have an impact on the whole rule of law. So, I very much hope that the confusion that has been created can be quickly sorted out and the best place to do that is in the Joint Liaison Group where the Couil of Final Appeal will be discussed this week. We are extremely concerned to ensure that the rule of law continues to apply in Hong Kong. When people talk about our system, what they mean above all is the rule of law and it's the rule of law and it's the existence of a level playing field for business which as much as anything, makes Hong Kong a success, keeps Hong Kong prosperous. When people say to us: perhaps after 1997, this or that sort of things which happen elsewhere in the region will happen in Hong Kong. We say: no, that is not possible because we, in Hong Kong, have the rule of law. So, nothing matters more to us than to secure the maintenance of the rule of law and 1 don't think it's helpful to raised question marks about it.

Question: The Deputy Premier Qian Qichen has reiterated that the co-operation with the Hong Kong Government and the PWC is the pre-requisite of the Sino-British cooperation. Do you have any new idea in mind to have better co-operation with the PWC?

Governor: No. I don't. We have set out in detail the sensible ways in which we are prepared to co-operate with PWC members and inform PWC members and that, of course, has been happening as you've been reporting. Beyond that we have, since the last JLG meeting, JLGXXX in September, in a large number of ways put forward ideas for co-operation, given China information which China says it wants in order to help prepare the way for the SAR Government. All that will be made clear at the JLG meeting this week. Inevitably, there will come a time when people will look at the balance sheet and they will say: look at all these things the Hong Kong Government is doing and what's on the other side of the account. And I hope that people will remember that co-operation is a two-way street. We are cheerfully marching down our side of the street and I hope that others are coming toward us.

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Question: But, how do you think when the Chinese Government said that, accused that is the Hong Kong Government which does not co-operate with the Chinese side?

Governor: What I say is that there are six million people here in Hong Kong who know the truth.

Question: About the exemption of the visa, because Chinese officials said that they would like the UK to exempt the holder of the visa of the future SAR Government?

Governor: There is a whole basket of immigration, right of abode, visa issues which we want to sort out. Fundamental to them all is, of course, aligning our Immigration Ordinance with the provisions of the Basic Law. We put forward proposals on that, I think, over two years ago and, to be honest, we haven't made as much progress on those issues as we would like though we are totally ready for talks at any time, in the greatest detail with Chinese officials on that. So, we want to see us dealings with all those issues, they are all intimately connected and they are all very important for the future because people want to know whether they are going to be able to stay, whether we can come back, what their status will be if they do. Those are important issues and again like the rule of law, they are pretty fundamental to the future of Hong Kong.

Question: Just about the visit today, Governor. I think it's the first visit by a Governor of Hong Kong to South Korea.

Governor: It is the first visit to Seoul and my first visit as well. So, I am particularly looking forward to it. We have a substantial trade relationship with Korea. We are among each other's most important trading partners and beyond that, we have direct investment links as well. There is substantial investment by Hong Kong in Korea and substantial investment by Korea in Hong Kong. There are many Korean firms here in Hong Kong, a number of them with their regional headquarters. One manifestation of the importance of the Korean community here in Hong Kong is the Korean International School which I opened a few months ago, which is providing a very important part of the infrastructure for the Korean community. We've got a lot to talk about. Korea is fast becoming one of the most important economies in the world. Korea, like us, is committed to liberalisation in trade and economic matters, is committed to globalisation to playing on the world stage as we are in Hong Kong. Korea, like us, believes in the rule of law and a free press. So, we have very much in common and we've worked together successfully in APEC, for example, at the recent Summit of Economic Leaders in Indonesia. We are, as I said in addition, supporting the bid by Minister Kim to become the Director-General of the WTO. All those are reasons and strong ones for us for making this visit. I'm only sorry that it is short as it is. Thank you very much indeed.

End/Sunday, December 11,1994

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Industry Department delegation to visit China

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An Industry Department delegation, led by the Director-General of Industry, Miss Denise Yue, leaves today (Sunday) for a four-day visit to Zhuhai and Zhongshan.

In Zhuhai, the delegation will meet municipal officials from the Commission of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, the Planning Commission and the Commission of Industry.

It will also visit the High and New Technology Development Zone in Zhuhai's Western District, Zhuhai Port and a number of local and joint-venture enterprises.

In Zhongshan, the delegation will receive briefings from municipal officials on the city's economic and industrial development. It will visit the Zhongshan Advanced High and New Technology Industrial Development Zone, an industrial products exhibition and various factories in the electronics, textile and plastics sectors.

Pointing to the increasingly close economic relationship between Hong Kong and China, Miss Yue said: "Regular contacts with Chinese officials and enterprises are very useful as they help to foster a better understanding between the two places."

End/Sunday, December 11,1994

Job bazaar for retrainees *****

The Labour Department will organise a job bazaar at the City Hall on Friday (December 16) to facilitate workers affected by economic restructuring, including retrainees, to find jobs.

Organised by the department’s Local Employment Service (LES) and sponsored by the Employees Retraining Board (ERB), the bazaar will provide an opportunity for employers and potential employees to discuss job vacancies and employment conditions in the trades concerned.

Senior Labour Officer (Employment Sendees) Mr Raymond Chan said today (Sunday) a total of 17 employers from different trades including catering, supermarket, department store, communications, hotel and property management would be participating in the bazaar.

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"They will brief job-seekers about their trades and select potential employees for interview on-the-spot or on a later date," he said.

There will also be talks by the ERB and participating training organisations on the Employees Retraining Scheme.

Mr Chan urged residents aged 30 or above who had been employed and had the need to find a new job to visit the job bazaar at the Exhibition Hall, Lower Block, City Hall, between 11 am and 6 pm.

Three similar bazaars held in July, September and October this year in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin respectively were well- received, drawing a total of about 7,000 people.

Job-seekers wishing to seek more information on the job bazaar can contact the Labour Department on 5911260 or 5520134.

End/Sunday, December 11, 1994

Prevocational school applications close Thursday

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Parents of Primary 6 pupils are reminded that the deadline for applications for Secondary 1 places in Prevocational Schools in the 1995-96 school year is Thursday (December 15).

An Education Department spokesman said completed application forms should be returned via the pupil's primary school.

"Once a pupil is selected for admission to a prevocational school, he will not be eligible for allocation to other schools. However, unsuccessful candidates for prevocational schools are still eligible for central allocation of school places in the Secondary School Places Allocation exercise," he said.

The spokesman said all applicants would be invited to attend an interview on February 11 next year. Those who are not invited for interview by January 26 should contact the Education Department's Secondary School Places Allocation Section on 2891 2200.

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and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration.

Prevocational schools offer an alternative form of secondary school education to that provided in grammar and technical schools to meet different aptitudes and inclinations of students.

In addition to general subjects provided in ordinary grammar schools, prevocational schools offer a wide range of technical and commercial subjects such as Electronics and Electricity; Art and Design; Commerce; Principles of Accounts; Accommodation and Catering; Fashion and Clothing; Silversmithing and Jewellery; and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration.

Situated at Pak Wai Tsuen in Kam Tin, Loi Shing Tong is one of ihe many End/Sunday, December 11, 1994

This'ancestral' Hhll' was Buiit By 'lang Tseiing- Ink in the 40th year of Kangxi reign (1701) to commemorate his ancestor Tang Kwong Yue.

Kam Tin structures become deemed monuments

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of Qianlong reign (1782) with donations from fellow clansmen.

Two structures in Kam Tin, Yuen Long, have been declared as deemed monuments by the Governor.

on both sides.

They are an ancestral hall, Loi Shing Tong and the front block of Cheung Chun Yuen an ancestral hall in the 1970s.

Situated at Pak Wai Tsuen in Kam Tin, Loi Shing Tong is one of the many surviving monuments in the area.

This ancestral hall was built by Tang Tseung- luk in the 40th year of Kangxi reign (1701) to commemorate his ancestor Tang Kwong Yue.

A stone tablet in the ancestral hall recorded a major renovation in the 47th year of Qianlong reign (1782) with donations from fellow clansmen.

Loi Shing Tong is a modest two-hall green brick building with covered aisles on both sides.

The building was converted into a store and later a factory when it ceased to be an ancestral hall in the 1970s.

As a result, the rear hall was much altered.

The building is now in dilapidated condition.

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However, some fine and unique terra-cotta decorations above the main entrance and elaborate wood carvings inside the building still survive in relatively good condition.

Cheung Chun Yuen, which is also situated at Pak Wai Tsuen and comprising two blocks, was once a school for students for military degrees.

It was probably built in the 1870s by Tang Kuen-hin.

As Cheung Chun Yuen was once a school for martial arts, three antique "Kwan Dao"s (cast-iron spears with long blade) are still kept within the building.

The ancestral altar with family soul tablets is at the centre of the front block named Lau Kang Tong.

The rear block which is separated from the front block by a brick wall has been abandoned.

With the support of the managers of Cheung Chun Yuen, the front block is preserved.

The front block is still in very good condition except for the murals above the main entrance which have been blurred through weathering.

A number of historical artefacts, including furniture, incense burners, wooden plaques, antique weapons, soul tablets and village ware, are still present inside the building.

Restoration of Loi Shing Tong and the front block of Cheung Chun Yuen will be arranged by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Recreation and Culture Branch in 1995 with funding from the Government.

End/Sunday, December 11, 1994

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Monday, December 12,1994

Contents Page No.

Governor calls on Korean President Kim................................. 1

Governor invites Korean investment..................................... 3

Government takes seriously human rights report......................... 4

Advisory Committee's recommendations on graduate teachers.............. 4

HAD to implement and speed up rural minor works........................ 6

Tender for 2nd issue of 5-year Exchange Fund Notes next Monday..... 8

Choose schools according to student interest and ability............... 9

Sha Tin illuminations herald festive season........................... 10

Closure of Kwun Tong illegal structure sought...................... 11

Water storage figure.................................................. 12

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations.................. 12

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Governor calls on Korean President Kim ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

The Governor, The Rt Hon Christopher Patten, today (Monday) held an official meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr Kim Young-sam.

"The President and the Governor held good and constructive discussions about Hong Kong - Republic of Korea relationships," a spokesman for the Governor said after the meeting.

The meeting, which lasted 45 minutes, was held at the Blue House, the President's official resident in Seoul.

Visiting Seoul for the first time, the Governor began a busy round of engagements when he met with representative Cho Seung-joon, Chairman of the Trade and Industry Select Committee of the National Assembly. His official programme ended in the evening when he was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by Dr Han Sung-joo, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During his meeting with representative Cho Seung-joon this morning the Governor discussed with him a wide range of issues including the forthcoming establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), follow-up from the recent Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) meeting in Jakarta and the liberalisation of the Korean economy, providing more opportunities for Korea and Hong Kong business.

Mr Patten also briefed representative Cho on Hong Kong economy, the role of Korean business in Hong Kong and the continuing business opportunities for Hong Kong after 1997 with the rule of law and market economy guaranteed by the Joint Declaration.

Accompanied by the Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), Dr Victor Fung, Mr Patten met with the Chairman of the Korean Foreign Trade Association (KFTA), Mr Koo Pyong-hwoi, before he proceeded to address a group of Korean and Hong Kong businessmen at a luncheon co-organised by TDC and KFTA as part of a Korea/Hong Kong business round table.

In his keynote address, the Governor praised the Koreans for their qualities in abundance-hard-work, self-reliance and perseverance, he noted that Koreans had a proud tradition of standing up for their rights and freedoms that they had paid a high price to defend.

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He said they had overcome adversity and created in Korea a powerful and dynamic economy that was one the key players in the most dynamic region on earth.

"And you have at the same time turned your country into Asia's newest multiparty democracy, demonstrating to any who doubted it that economic freedom and political freedom can go hand in hand, reinforcing rather than weakening one another," he said.

Turning to relations with China, Mr Patten said as 1997 approached, Hong Kong was very keen to develop a habit of co-operation with China. He noted recent agreement on the airport and the establishment of a committee to discuss cross-border infrastructure links.

He said this was important because if Hong Kong's airport was delayed, or its port constrained, or its legal framework called into question, Britain itself was not directly affected, but Hong Kong and China were.

The Governor stressed that as 1997 drew closer, people would look to China for answers and to China for reassurance about life after 1997.

"The more China provides those answers and that reassurance, the greater confidence will be in Hong Kong, the more Hong Kong will prosper and thrive, and so too will China," Mr Patten said.

Tomorrow, the Governor will have another busy round of engagements.

He will begin his day early with a breakfast meeting with the Newspaper Editors' association at the Korean press centre. This will be followed by meetings with Mr Hong Jae-hyong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Planning Board and Mr Kim Chul-su, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. In the afternoon, he will leave for Tokyo for a four-day visit.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

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Governor invites Korean investment

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, restated Hong Kong's support for a bid by Korea's Minister for Trade, Industry and Resources, Mr Kim Chul-su, to become the first Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Addressing the Hong Kong/Korea Round Table Conference in Seoul today (Monday), Mr Patten said: "He would make an excellent first Director-General. We hope he wins the post."

The Governor also borrowed a quotation from Korean freedom fighter Paek Pom in his address, citing the national hero's statement that "the true meaning of freedom is in using that freedom to plant a flower in the park rather than pick a flower from the park".

Assuring his audience that the Joint Declaration guaranteeing Hong Kong's way of life would continue for 50 years, Mr Patten invited Korea and Koreans to come in even larger numbers than at present, "to plant flowers with us in the future, and to prosper in the next chapter of the Hong Kong story".

Mr Patten noted Hong Kong's remarkable economic success and pointed out that the territory's importance to China had grown in the two and a half years since he arrived in Hong Kong.

Then, Hong Kong represented 18 per cent of China's GNP; now it was 21 per cent, he said. This figure was astonishing because it had been produced by a territory one ten-thousandth the geographical size of China and with just 0.5 per cent of its population.

Mr Patten noted that Korea, too, had achieved remarkable success in recent years, based on the qualities of hard work, self-reliance and perseverance.

Korea was an important trading partner for Hong Kong. Mr Patten said, adding "as ever, I'm banging the drum for Hong Kong business".

With 350 Korean companies involved in the China trade using Hong Kong as their base, and 270 projects involving Korean investors under way in the territory, the two parties clearly had a big commercial stake in each other's markets and a great deal to offer each other, he said.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

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Government takes seriously human rights report

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In response to press enquiries, a Government spokesman said today (Monday) that the Government took very seriously the report released on December 9 by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

"The Government will study in detail the UN Committee's report and that the relevant branches and departments will examine carefully the advice and recommendations on a number of matters," he said.

The spokesman said the Hong Kong Government had a good record on human rights protection and there was no reluctance in maximising the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Hong Kong.

"A lot has been done in the past few years," he said. "The introduction of the Bill of Rights Ordinance, the adoption of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the proposed extention of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women are concrete examples."

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

Advisory Committee's recommendations on graduate teachers

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The following is issued on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications:

The Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications (ACTEQ) has recommended to the Government that in the long term all graduate teachers in secondary schools should possess a degree, or a degree-equivalent, plus a local Post-Graduate Certificate in Education or Diploma in Education (PGCE).

Announcing this today (Monday), Chairman of the ACTEQ, Professor Felice Lieh Mak, stressed: "To improve the quality of education in our schools, it is important to have an all-trained teaching profession.

"People entering the profession should be familiar with local curriculum development and our students' needs. This applies irrespective of whether these teachers are local or non-local graduates."

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She noted that currently less than 70 per cent of graduate teachers were trained.

"The requirement would be introduced by phases to ensure no disruption to the supply of graduate teachers which would otherwise put at risk both the quality of the existing system and the feasibility of announced improvement measures to secondary education.

"By September 1, 1997, all holders of non-local degrees, or degree-equivalents, will require a local pre-service PGCE to become eligible for employment as graduate teachers.

"The same requirement would be extended to holders of local degrees by 'September 1,2004," Professor Lieh Mak said.

She pointed out that after the recommendations had been accepted by the Government, teachers currently holding such qualifications would become eligible to compete with other candidates for employment as graduate teachers.

"The Committee is aware that there are about 360 teachers holding degrees from the People's Republic of China or Taiwan plus local PGCEs teaching as nongraduates in our schools.

"The recommendations would, if accepted, enable them to apply for graduate teacher posts," She explained.

Other recommendations include that by September 1, 1997, holders of nonlocal Bachelor of Education degrees are required to possess a local PGCE before they become eligible for employment as graduate teachers. This is to ensure that graduate teachers holding such qualifications could teach up to senior secondary level.

The local PGCE can be obtained through in-service study and with appropriate exemptions to avoid double training.

Consistent with the Committee's belief in the importance of the training of teachers, the ACTEQ considers it reasonable to allow untrained teachers no more than five years to commit themselves to teaching and to complete a PGCE, through part-time study, if they are to progress in the profession.

"It recommends that by September 1, 1995 the existing salary bar, beyond which untrained teachers could not progress, be lowered from Master Pay Scale point 27 to point 22.

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"All untrained teachers - whether holders of local or non-local degrees -recruited from that date onwards should be subject to this condition of service.

"The above new condition of service should not be applied to untrained teachers so employed before September 1995," Professor Lieh Mak said.

To meet the anticipated training needs consequential to the introduction of the requirement, the ACTEQ recommends to draw up plans to expand both the full-time and part-time PGCE places for the next University Grants Committee triennium commencing in 1998/99.

The ACTEQ believes that movement towards an all- trained profession is desirable at all levels of the profession. Its next tasks are to consider this in relation to non-graduate teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

HAD to implement and speed up rural minor works ♦ * * ♦ *

The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has set targeted annual expenditures for Rural Planning and Improvement Strategy (RPIS) Minor Works Programme amounting to a total of $1.6 billion over a 10-year period.

It would spend $50 million on 15 projects in 1994/95 and a further $ 150 million on another 15 projects in 1995/96.

This was disclosed by the Director of Home Affairs, Mr Joseph Wong, at the inaugural meeting of the RPIS Minor Works Steering Committee today (Monday).

HAD has taken over the RPIS Minor Works from the Territory Development Department in October this year.

"It was considered that with its established network and its close ties with local communities, the HAD was better placed to supervise the programme with assistance from the Heung Yee Kuk and District Boards in identifying improvement plans which have genuine community endorsement," Mr Wong explained.

From its inception in 1990 up to July this year, 40 projects were completed at a cost of $40 million, Mr Wong noted.

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To ensure that the works are carried out efficiently and speedily, a dedicated RPIS Minor Works team of 15 staff was now in place in HAD to implement the scheme.

The Steering Committee today endorsed the establishment of a two-tier management system - the Steering Committee chaired by the Director of Home Affairs itself and District Working Groups chaired by the respective New Territories District Officers.

Members of the Steering Committee include representatives from the Heung Yee Kuk and District Boards, and prominent non-officials in the districts will be invited to join the District Working Groups. The relevant Government works departments are represented on both the Steering Committee and the District Working Groups.

"We will work closely with the local communities to identify projects which fall under th? RPTS Minor Works Programme."

"This is crucial because if any difficulty arises, we want to make certain that their help and advice will be readily available," Mr Wong said.

The RPIS programme, specifically conceived to improve and enhance rural infrastructural development and the living environment in the New Territories outside the new towns, was endorsed by the Governor-in-Council in March 1989.

The Territory Development Department is responsible for the major public works in the RPIS programme while the HAD will henceforth undertake minor works projects costing less than $10 million each.

Examples of the RPIS minor works include:

* Laying of submarine pipeline to Ap Chau ($4 million);

* So Kwun Wat - drainage improvement ($2 million);

* Construction of pier at Tai Long Wan, Lantau ($1.8 million);

* Improvement of sewerage provision to Kiu Tau Wai, Yuen Long ($3.5 million);

Reconstruction of footbridge at Hang Mei, 1 ai O($8 million)

* Reconstruction of van track at Tin Sum Road, Hung Shut Kiu ($1.2 million)

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

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Tender for 2nd issue of 5-year Exchange Fund Notes next Monday *****

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announces today (Monday) that the tender for the second issue of 5-year Exchange Fund Notes will be held next Monday (December 19) for settlement the following day (Tuesday, December 20).

Similar to the previous issue, an amount of $500 million 5-year Notes will be on offer.

In addition to that; another $100 million will be held as reserve by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority for supply to Market Makers in the secondary market.

The Notes will mature on December 20, 1999 and will carry interest at the rate of 8.15 per cent per annum payable semi-annually in arrears.

Members of the public who wish to tender for the Noles may do so through any of the Market Makers or Recognised Dealers on the published list which can be obtained from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority at 30th floor, 3 Garden Road, Hong Kong (or telephone 878 8150).

Each tender must be for an amount of $50,000 or integral multiples thereof.

Following is the tender information:

Issue Number : 5912

Tender Date and Time : Monday 19 December 1994, 9.30 am to 10.30 am

Issue and Settlement Date : Tuesday 20 December 1994

Amount on Offer : HK$ 500 million plus an additional HK$ 100 Monetary

million as reserve stock Authority for the

Maturity Maturity Date : Five years : 20 December 1999

Interest Rate

: 8.15% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears

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Interest Payment Dates

20 Jun 1995, 20 Dec 1995

21 Jun 1996, 20 Dec 1996

20 Jun 1997, 22 Dec 1997

22 Jun 1998.21 Dec 1998

21 Jun 1999, 20 Dec 1999

Tender Amount : Each tender must be for an amount of HK$ 50,000

or integral multiples thereof. Members of the public who wish to tender for the Notes may approach Market Makers or Recognised Dealers on the published list

Other details

: Please see Information Memorandum published or approach Market Makers or Recognised Dealers

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

Choose schools according to student interest and ability ♦ * * * *

Parents of Primary 6 students are advised to choose schools according to their children’s interest and ability - practical school is an alternative.

A spokesman for the Education Department assured parents that schools would help in identifying Primary 6 students who could not benefit fully from the commoncore curriculum in grammar, prevocational or technical secondary schools.

Parents should note that students who are not interested in the common-core curriculum may consequently feel frustrated and so they would be better off if they could further their studies in a practical school.

At present, there are two practical schools, the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Practical School in Yuen Long.

The spokesman said: "Practical school provides an alternative education which places less emphasis on academic subjects and more on practical skills. This kind of education aims at preparing students for direct employment at the end of Secondary 3 of for entry into apprenticeship schemes."

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"In these schools, apart from academic subjects such as Chinese, English, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies, practical subjects such as Electrical Studies, Accommodation and Catering Services, Book-keeping and Typing will be taught. In parallel, non-curriculum based skills such as Hairstyling, Gardening and Photography are offered.

"This range of subjects and skills will better stimulate students' interest in learning," he said.

The spokesman called on parents to consider carefully the advice given by the schools on choosing a practical school for their children .which was made in accordance with the interests and residential areas of the students.

With parental consent, schools will complete a referral form for each student enclosing relevant information and submit the completed form to the Education Department Special Education Section by January 14 next year.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

Sha Tin illuminations herald festive season *****

Colourful illuminations, specially designed lanterns and greeting balloons will festoon Sha Tin to herald and celebrate the festive season.

Speaking at a press conference today (Monday), the Chairman of the Planning Committee on Festive Lighting in Sha Tin, Mr Ho Wing-chuen, said the fairyland atmosphere would last from December 17 to February 15.

He added that 40 specially-designed Chinese lanterns would be on display with the approach of the Lunar New Year. These will implement the large glittering graphic decorations conveying Christmas and New Year greeting messages from the evening of Saturday (December 17).

More than 60,000 gorgeous bulbs will be arrayed along Shing Mun River, Sha Tin Town Centre, Tai Wai, Lek Yuen Bridge, San Martin Bridge, Tsui Yung Bridge, and two river-side hotels. They will further be extended to the Ma On Shan roundabout.

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The lights will be turned on daily from 6 pm to midnight between Saturday and January 6; and between January 15 and February 15. It will be switched on throughout the night from Christmas eve to December 26, from New Year’s eve to New Year’s Day; and from January 30 to February 2.

Costing about $1.5 million, the programme has been organised by the 1994/95 Planning Committee on Festive Lighting in Sha Tin, and co-organised by the Sha Tin District Office and Regional Services Department.

Sponsors include the Sha Tin District Board and the Regional Council.

A switching-on ceremony cum variety show with the theme of ’’Festive Illuminations for Sha Tin" will be held at the Roof Garden of Sha Tin Town Hall at 6 pm on Saturday (December 17). Other entertainment programmes including performances by popular artistes and singers will follow throughout the festive period.

To celebrate the advent of the Lunar New Year, large glittering graphic decorations will be given a new look starting from the evening of January 15. There will be lion dance performances and specially-designed Chinese lanterns will be switched on at a ceremony at Sha Tin Central Park.

Two variety shows will also be held to celebrate the forthcoming new season on January 22 (Sunday).

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

Closure of Kwun Tong illegal structure sought ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Building Authority is seeking to close an unauthorised structure in Kwun Tong so that it can be demolished without endangering the occupants and the public.

The single-storey structure used for dwelling is located on the flat roof on the first floor of a building in 39-49 Hang On Street.

A notice applying for a Closure Order from the District Court under the Buildings Ordinance on April 11, 1995 was posted on the premises today (Monday).

Demolition work is expected to start as soon as the Closure Order is issued.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

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Water storage figure ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Storage in Hong Kong’s reservoirs at 9 am today (Monday) stood at 79.8 per cent of capacity or 467.931 million cubic metres.

This time last year the reservoirs contained 434.624 million cubic metres of water, representing 74.2 per cent of capacity.

End/Monday, December 12, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (^million)

Opening balance in the account 1,173 0930 +154 -X •

Closing balance in the account 1,692 1000 +154

Change attributable to: 1100 +144

Money market activity +139 1200 +145

LAF today +380 1500 +145

1600 +139

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.9 *4-0.1 * 12.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.71 18 months 2605 6.35 99.07 7.16

1 month 5.13 24 months 2611 6.90 99.18 7.50

3 months 5.55 29 months 3704 6.15 96.98 7.70

6 months 6.10 35 months 3710 7.25 98.80 7.87

12 months 6.75 58 months 5909 7.45 97.23 8.32

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 8,823 million

Closed December 12, 1994

End/Monday, December 12, 1994 ;

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Tuesday, December 13,1994

Contents Eage No.

Governor to meet Japanese Emperor......................................... 1

Governor meets Korean Trade Minister...................................... 1

Government announcement on ECVIIs......................................... 3

TAC briefed on KMB route restructuring.................................... 4

Sex Discrimination Bill an important milestone............................ 5

Fund advisory committee celebrates 100th meeting......................... 10

Two New Territories lots to be auctioned............................. 11

Hennessy Road reconstruction contract awarded............................ 12

Five employers nominated to Labour Advisory Board........................ 12

Post local Christmas cards before December 19..........................   13

176 Vietnamese return home voluntarily................................... 13

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results.............................. 14

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations..................... 15

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Governor to meet Japanese Emperor

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The Government has been informed by the Imperial Palace of Japan that the Emperor and Empress will meet with the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, and Mrs Patten, at 10.30 am on Friday (December 16), at the Imperial Palace, during the Governor's official visit to Japan.

Mr and Mrs Patten will arrive in Japan this (Tuesday) evening. During the four-day visit, the Governor will meet the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, other senior ministers, Government officials and leading businessmen. He will also meet two former Prime Ministers.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

Governor meets Korean Trade Minister

*****

The Governor, The Rt Hon Christopher Patten, today (Tuesday) wound up the first official visit by a Hong Kong Governor to the Republic of Korea with a strong endorsement of Dr Kim Chul-su, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy to be the first chief for the new World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Mr Patten called on Dr Kim this morning and discussed with him a wide range of trade issues and the forthcoming inception of the WTO for which Dr Kim is one of the three candidates for the position as the Director-General.

Mr Kim thanked the Governor for the support from Hong Kong, which he described as one of the world's strongest and most influential free traders.

Earlier at a breakfast meeting of the Korean Newspaper Editors' Association at the Korean Press Centre, Mr Patten said Hong Kong considered Dr Kim an outstandingly good candidate for that important post.

"We think it would be the best possible demonstration of the rest of the world's commitment to making the liberalisation of trade a continuing effective global policy if the world was to support for that post a distinguished public official from one of the strongest economies in the world which is dismantling barriers and accepting liberalisation and globalisation as the best way into the future," Mr Patten said.

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During a 45-minute question-and-answer session at the breakfast meeting, Mr Patten was also questioned about the Vietnamese migrants problem faced by Hong Kong.

In response to that question, he said Hong Kong faced what was almost "a ludicrous paradox" -- on the other hand there were people living in camps in Hong Kong reluctant to return to Vietnam and Hong Kong was now the biggest investor in Vietnam.

Mr Patten said in places like Mozambique, Angola, in what was Yugoslavia, Afghanistan where there were problems of warfare, famine, drought, it was understandable that economic migrants from these countries did not want to return to their countries, but Vietnam was an economy that was starting to pick up speed, there should not be any reason why people should not return to it.

He said some of the migrants hang on in the hope that sooner or later the United States or Canada or Britain or some other countries would resettle them.

"All of them should return home and Hong Kong is encouraging them to do so," he said.

"There is not going to be any more right of resettlement around the world."

Later in the morning, the Governor held a meeting with Mr Hong Hae-hyong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Planning.

They discussed aspects of South Korea's financial deregulation plans, and how that might help Hong Kong financial services firm operating in the country.

The Governor finished his busy schedule in the morning by meeting a group of Korean leading businessmen at a lunch hosted by Mr Thomas Harris, British Ambassador in Seoul at his residence. In the afternoon, he will leave for Tokyo for a three-day visit.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

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Government announcement on ECVIIs

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A Government spokesman announced today (Tuesday) that 14 ex-China Vietnamese illegal immigrants (ECVIIs) plus two Vietnamese migrant spouses (five families — eight men, four women, three boys and one girl) had been released from detention on their own recognizance.

"This particular group of ECVIIs have been detained since 1991 for the purpose of repatriation to China. The Chinese Government confirmed last week that they would not accept them back," the spokesman said.

"While it was clear that they had spent a number of years in China, the Chinese authorities were unable to verify their legal status there.

"In the light of this development and bearing in mind that there is no immediate prospect of being able to remove them from the territory, their continued detention would have been unlawful," he explained.

The spokesman said the Government would now seek to repatriate these ECVIIs to Vietnam. "In the meantime they will be offered accommodation at Pillar Point. They will have no legal status in Hong Kong either as visitors or residents; they remain illegal immigrants," he said.

The spokesman added that 2,000 ECVIIs had been repatriated to China since September last year. Only 473 currently remain in Hong Kong.

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’’Nine of them are scheduled to be repatriated to China on Thursday (December 15). A further 147 are expected to be returned in early January,” he said. "The Government expects to receive clearance to repatriate the remaining ECVIIs in the near future."

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"The overwhelming majority of Vietnamese migrants have of course reached Hong Kong from Vietnam," the spokesman added.

"Of them, almost 45,000 have been repatriated since 1989 and the programme of voluntary and orderly returns to Vietnam continues. Two further flights will take place this week, returning 450 migrants to Vietnam."

"However, despite the limited nature of this release, both the Hong Kong and British Governments share the community’s concern about the problems posed by the release of even a small number of Vietnamese illegal immigrants into the community pending further discussions with the Vietnamese authorities," the spokesman said.

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The British Government will continue to raise the issue at senior levels with the Vietnamese authorities both to convey the strength of feeling of the Hong Kong community and to seek to facilitate the earliest possible repatriation of those Vietnamese migrants remaining in Hong Kong.

In this connection, Mr Alastair Goodlad, the Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for Hong Kong, will be discussing these points with the Vietnamese Ambassador in London.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

TAC briefed on KMB route restructuring *****

The following is issued on behalf of the Transport Advisory Committee:

The Transport Advisory Committee was briefed today (Tuesday) on the results of a review conducted by Kowloon Motor Bus and its proposals to restructure 23 bus routes in Kowloon. Members supported in principle KMB's proposals to rationalise services with a view to improving operating efficiency, frequencies, routings and service quality.

Members noted that most of the existing 160,000 passengers travelling on these 23 routes each day would not be affected.

Members were given to understand that services on the restructured routes would be more frequent and some passengers would enjoy lower section fares, some of the routes will be extended to provide new links, and some would be upgraded to air-conditioned services.

The overall impact of the restructuring proposals would lead to substantial savings in operating costs and hence less pressure on KMB fare increases.

Members will have a full discussion when KMB submits finalised route restructuring proposals for endorsement by the Committee.

Members were also briefed on the Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Company's five-year Forward Planning Programme.

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The company was planning to buy eight vessels, including six new triple decks and two catamarans, to improve services to the outlying islands and the new towns.

HYF would continue to operate most of its low-patronage and loss-making routes until 1999 when good alternative public transport becomes available following the opening of the Western Harbour Crossing and Roule-3 (Tsing Yi Section) in 1997.

Members were also briefed on the progress in 1994 of the Transport Department's Performance Pledge Scheme.

They noted that the scheme has been closely monitored since it was introduced in 1992, and the results of opinion and waiting time surveys indicated that the pledged waiting times have not been exceeded and the public were generally satisfied with the services provided.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

Sex Discrimination Bill an important milestone *****

The introduction of the Sex Discrimination Bill will be an important milestone in the social development of Hong Kong, and will represent a major step towards maintaining an environment of fair and free competition.

Speaking at a joint luncheon meeting of the Lion's Club today (Tuesday), the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Michael Suen, said the Government believed that the bill would cater for the needs of Hong Kong, raise public awareness of the issue of discrimination and ensure that people in Hong Kong can enjoy a high degree of legal protection in respect of equal opportunities between the sexes, so that Hong Kong could compare favourably with other advanced countries.

Mr Suen pointed out that with the changes in demographic structure, economy and social norms in the past decades, the status of women in Hong Kong had been rising steadily.

"In recent years, we are seeing more and more women holding key positions in our society and successfully striking a balance between their family commitments and their needs in career development.

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"Meanwhile, more men are playing a part in doing family chores and taking care of their children. All these show that we are moving towards the realisation of sex equality in Hong Kong." he said.

But the Government will not just rest on its laurels. Mr Suen added.

Besides, the community has also expressed concerns over the furtherance of the principle of sex equality on the established foundation

In response to these concerns, he said, the Government published the Green paper on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in August 1993 to solicit public views on measures to enhance gender equality.

Having conducted a thorough study and extensive consultation on this subject in the past 14 months, the Government has now come up with the Sex Discrimination Bill which was introduced into the Legislative Council on October 26 this year.

"Since the areas covered by this kind of legislation are completely new to Hong Kong, we should take a careful and practical approach in drawing up the legislation.

"The Government therefore has taken into consideration views expressed by different sectors of the community in the formulation of the bill

"While reflecting public exceptions, the bill will seek to achieve equality of opportunities for both women and men in a proper and prudent manner." Mr Suen said.

In short, the Sex Discrimination Bill is mainly to eliminate potential inequalities arising from difference in sex.

The bill renders unlawful sex discrimination and harassment in specified areas of activity; the areas will include employment, education, the provision of goods and services and the disposal and management of premises.

Moreover, taking into account the views expressing by various community organisations, the bill also makes it unlawful, in the employment field, to discriminate against a person on the ground of marital status or pregnancy.

"For example, sex or marital status shall not be made a requirement for a post advertised. Employers too shall not decide, on the basis of sex or marital status, whether the applicant is eligible to take up the post," he said

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Furthermore, Mr Suen said the bill applied to both men and women. It can therefore, be seen that the bill is definitely not made just for the benefit of women but for upholding equality between both sexes.

On sex discrimination, the bill addresses the problems of both direct discrimination on the ground of sex and indirect discrimination without any valid grounds. For instance, for a man and a woman with the same qualifications and holding the same position doing the same jobs in the same establishment, if the man is paid better, then it is direct discrimination on the part of the employer.

Indirect discrimination without any valid grounds is also unlawful, he said.

"For example, for the position of teller in a bank, if the bank requires that the applicants should be at least six feet tall, without explaining why this height requirement is necessary, then it is indirect discrimination because this requirement may prevent many women applicants from becoming eligible for this position."

Regarding sexual harassment, the bill defines the following as sexual harassment behaviours, they are: making sexual advance, request for sexual favours or engaging in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature; and in any of the above circumstances, a reasonable person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

Mr Suen said in view of the wide-ranging scope covered by sex discrimination and sexual harassment, the emphasis on matters of principle in the definitions of these two terms, and given the fact that this is the first time that legislation against discrimination is being enacted in Hong Kong, the Government found it necessary to establish an independent mechanism to monitor the implementation of the legislation so that the public would not break the law inadvertently.

The Equal Opportunities Commission (the Commission), which is an independent statutory body, is responsible for working towards the elimination of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, promoting equality of opportunities between men and women, and investigating any act alleged to be unlawful by virtue of the bill and endeavouring, by conciliation, to effect a settlement of the matter in dispute.

"We propose that members of the Commission will comprise people drawn from various sections of the community including employers, employees, “ professionals and those people who have knowledge of and are interested in promoting equality of opportunities between the two sexes," he said.

Besides carrying out public education programmes and conducting researches ’ into gender-related issues and investigating complaints, another important function of the Commission is to play a conciliation role in settling disputes.

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The Commission will be empowered to make rules to direct persons relevant to a complaint to attend conferences, with a view to resolving the matter in dispute by conciliation.

Of course, he observed, the complainant might lodge a claim with the District Court direct or through the Commission, but the conciliatory function of the Commission should not be overlooked.

"According to overseas experiences, conciliation will help to reduce the number of disputes required to be resolved by proceedings before the District Court.

"We also anticipate that most complaints will be resolved in this process. The Commission will not seek to safeguard equality of opportunities between the two sexes at the expense of creating a litigatious social environment and causing a panic among the public."

Turning to the exceptions provided in the bill, Mr Suen said the Government believed that the legislation should not impose unreasonable restrictions on individual freedom or undue financial burdens on the community.

For instances, he said, there were exceptions to allow for situations where being a particular sex was a genuine occupational qualification and it would not be unlawful for an employer to provide different levels of specified benefits or allowances for employees with different marital status.

"We believe that these exceptions will be acceptable to the public at large," he said.

As to small business employers' concerns over the possible problems arising from frivolous complaints and the cost implications arising from the need to comply with the legislation, Mr Suen said the Government was proposing to provide a grace period of five years to allow these establishments with not more than five employees to comply with the provisions of the bill on a gradual basis.

"This arrangement can provide small employees with the opportunity to better understand the operation of the bill and benefit from the experience of large business establishments.

"We hope the employers' associations will t co-operate with the Equal Opportunities Commission with a view to promoting better understanding of the legislation," he said.

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Hence, another important function of the Commission is to develop a code of practice, which will provide detailed guidance to assist members of the community to comply with the legislation, for example, by assisting employers to formulate their own equal opportunities policies, or to draw up detailed guidelines on sexual harassment behaviours so as to provide a basis for determining if a certain act is unlawful.

In fact, such codes are very common overseas, Mr Suen said.

One such example is the "Codes of Practice on Measures to Combat Sexual Harassment" issued by the Commission of European Communities in 1991.

And the bill also stipulates that the Commission shall consult employers' and employees' groups in drawing up the codes to ensure that they meet practical needs.

Equal Opportunities mean that both women and men should have the same chance and option to exercise their rights in every aspect of social life.

Mr Suen said: "We believe that the concept of equality is best achieved by providing the two sexes with equal opportunities rather than setting a quota and to lay down rigid rules which will only hinder the operation of a free market."

He reiterated that the Government subscribed to the principle of equality between women and men and would make every effort to promote gender equality.

"To eliminate sex discrimination, we have to arouse public awareness of this issue, encourage them to actively participate in discussions and develop community support for the principle of sex equality.

"Furthermore, we are well aware that such a sensitive issue may give rise to strong reactions from the community, and as such we have been dealing with it carefully and prudently.

"The bill is tailor-made for Hong Kong and provides for the establishment of an independent body to put the provisions into practice as well as taking up the essential task of educating the public."

Any comments on the bill can be sent to the Bills Committee of the Legislative Council or the Home Affairs Branch.

"I sincerely hope that there will be an early passage of the bill so that the Equal Opportunities Commission can be established in Hong Kong as soon as possible and the concept of sex equality brought to fruition," he added.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

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Fund advisory committee celebrates 100th meeting

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The Subventions and Lotteries Fund Advisory Committee (SLFAC), since its establishment in October 1984, has played a significant role in advising the Government on the allocation of public funds to social welfare projects.

The terms of reference of SLFAC are to advise the Director of Social Welfare on applications from welfare agencies for subventions from public funds, for allocations from the Lotteries Fund and for permission to hold flag days.

The SLFAC is chaired by the Director of Social Welfare, Mr Ian Strachan, with members appointed by the Secretary for Health and Welfare.

"Over the past 10 years, the SLFAC has endorsed 3,468 applications for capital grants from the Lotteries Fund and allocated a total of $1,674 million to various capital projects," Mr Strachan said.

One of the SLFAC's recent recommendations is a Lotteries Fund grant of over $333 million towards the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Rehabilitation Centre, which is the largest fund grant ever endorsed by the Committee.

"Construction of the new centre will commence early next year and Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 1996.

"On final completion, the centre will have a total area of about 30,000 square metres with 24 service units providing 1,410 places to cater for the needs of persons with various kinds of disabilities," Mr Strachan said.

In addition, the SLFAC allocates subventions for recurrent expenditure to nongovernmental organisations on a yearly basis. A total of $10,632 million have been granted during the past 10 years.

For 1994/95 the revised estimate of recurrent subvention is $2,860 million. This is disbursed to over 2,000 subvented service units operated by 167 agencies which employ 15,000 subvented staff.

As compared with the subvention expenditure of $386 million in 1984/85, this represents an increase of 640 per cent, well illustrates a substantial expansion in social welfare and rehabilitation services during the past decade.

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To celebrate its 100th meeting, all SLFAC members attended a reception at the Social Welfare Department headquarters immediately after the meeting was held today (Tuesday).

Unofficial members currently appointed to this Committee include Mr Paul Young. Mr Lincoln Soo, Dr Wong Hoi-kwok, Mrs Chong Wong Chor-sar, Mr Michael Lai. Dr Simon Wong, Mrs Camille Tang Yeh. Mr Hamilton Ho and Mr Darwin Chen.

End/Tucsday, December 13, 1994

Two New Territories lots to be auctioned *****

The Lands Department will auction two lots of Government land in the New Territories tomorrow (Wednesday).

The public auction will begin at 2.30 pm in the Concert Hall of the City Hall.

The first lot, located in Area 26, Kwai Chung, has an area of about 6.242 square metres for use as godown and public car park.

Located in Town Park Road North. Yuen Long, the second lot has an area of about 8,431 square metres earmarked for residential use.

Attention News Editors:

Your representatives are invited to cover the auction.

A press area will be designated and photographers are advised to bring along telephoto lenses.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

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Hennessy Road reconstruction contract awarded

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Work on reconstructing Hennessy Road in Wan Chai will soon start with the award of the contract today (Tuesday).

The contract, worth $63 million, was signed between the Highways Department and the contractor, Chiu Hing Construction and Transportation Company Limited.

A spokesman for the Highways Department said the work comprised the full reconstruction of the section of Hennessy Road between Fenwick Street and Canal Road East.

Also included are the resurfacing of the existing road between Justice Drive and Fenwick Street; reconstruction of associated footways; upgrading of existing storm water drainage and sewer system; and minor traffic improvements and landscaping works.

The work is expected to be completed in early 1997.

The spokesman said on completion of the works, a durable road with good riding quality would be provided for traffic in Wan Chai District.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

Five employers nominated to I abour Advisory Board

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The Labour Department announced today (Tuesday) that nominations from five major employers' organisations for employers' representatives to serve on the Labour Advisory Board had been received.

They are:

Mr Martin Hay ton of the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong, Mr Ho Sai-chu of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Mr Joseph Lau of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, Mr Andrew Leung of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and Miss Angela Koo of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

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In addition, one employer and one employee members will be appointed by the Government to sit on the board. Their appointments will be announced at a later date.

All members of the Labour Advisory Board will serve for a new term of two years starting from next month (January).

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

Post local Christmas cards before December 19 *****

The Postmaster General, Mr Mike Pagliari, today (Tuesday) reminded the public that the latest date for posting Christmas cards for local delivery before Christmas was December 19 (Monday).

He advised members of the public to post as early as possible to avoid last-minute rush.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

176 Vietnamese return home voluntarily *****

A group of 176 Vietnamese migrants today (Tuesday) returned to Vietnam under the Voluntary Repatriation Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Comprising 55 men. 49 women, 37 boys and 35 girls, they were the 221st batch to go back under the programme.

The group brought to 4,965 the total number of Vietnamese migrants who had returned voluntarily this year, and to 43,578 the total number of returnees since the programme started in March 1989.

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results

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Tender date 13 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF Bills

Issue number Q450

Amount applied HK$4,530 MN

Amount allotted HK$ 1,500 MN

Average yield accepted 5.66 PCT

Highest yield accepted 5.68 PCT

Pro rata ratio about 64 PCT

Average tender yield 5.73 PCT

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Tenders to be held in the week beginning 19 Dec 94 -

Tender date 19 Dec 94 20 Dec 94 20 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF notes EF Bills EF Bills

Issue number 5912 Q451 H480

Issue Date 20 Dec 94 21 Dec 94 21 Dec 94

Maturity date 20 Dec 99 22 Mar 95 21 Jun 95

Tenor 5 years 91 days 182 days

Amount on offer HK$500+100MN HK$l,500MN+300MN HK$800+160MN

Coupon 8.15 PCT

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,692 0930 -375

Closing balance in the account 1,147 1000 -375

Change attributable to : 1100 -355

Money market activity -355 1200 -355

LAF today -190 1500 -355

1600 -355

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *-0.1* 13.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.70 18 months 2605 6.35 98.97 7.24

1 month 5.14 24 months 2611 6.90 99.00 7.60

3 months 5.60 29 months 3704 6.15 96.73 7.83

6 months 6.12 35 months 3710 7.25 98.56 7.97

12 months 6.80 58 months 5909 7.45 97.02 8.38

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 8,120 million

Closed December 13, 1994

End/Tuesday, December 13, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Wednesday, December 14,1994

Contents Page No,

Governor meets Japanese Prime Minister............................ 1

Railway Development Strategy announced............................ 4

Government response to withdrawal of Employment (Amendment) Bill.............................................................. 6

Lot sold for $ 170 million........................................ 7

Extra Field Audit Team set up to fight tax evasion................. 8

Tuition fees for Hong Kong Institute of Education................. 10

Operation against unlicensed guesthouses..................... 11

New membership of Governor’s Business Council..................... 12

New Director of Education......................................... 14

ASD scoops gold medal for architectural excellence................ 15

Closure of Tai Kok Tsui illegal structure sought.................. 16

Revision of fee for appeal to Pharmacy and Poisons Appeal Tribunal........................................................   17

Carnival to publicise anti-drug and fight-crime messages..... 17

Water cuts in Sha Tin and Yuen Long.......................... 18

Closure of Ma Tau Wai illegal structure sought.................... 19

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations......... 20

Governor meets Japanese Prime Minister

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, began a full programme of engagements today (Wednesday) in Tokyo on his second official visit to Japan as the Governor of Hong Kong.

He called on Mr Tomiichi Murayama, the Japanese Prime Minister, and Mr Yohei Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs. He also exchanged views with Mr Ichiro Ozawa, Secretary-General, New Frontier Party and the former Prime Minister, Mr Kiichi Miyazawa.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Murayama, the Governor noted the large and growing stake Japan has in Hong Kong's economy.

He outlined recent developments in Hong Kong, and said he hoped that Japan would continue to be one of Hong Kong's largest trading partners and investors, before and after 1997.

He noted that Hong Kong's success depended in large part on its rule of law and the other rights and freedoms set out in the Joint Declaration. They would continue to underpin Hong Kong's success after 1997.

Earlier at a photo call preceding his meeting with Mr Yohei Kono, the Foreign Minister noted that Mr Patten had a very hectic schedule during his visit which included many meetings and public engagements.

He said it was a reflection of a strong and close relationship between Japan and Hong Kong.

A spokesman for the Governor said the Governor had a series of useful, informative and wide ranging discussions with Japanese Government and political leaders.

The meetings today had provided an opportunity to discuss Hong Kong/Japan relations in detail. Hong Kong and Japan had substantial economic and trade ties, and also share values, the spokesman added.

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Following his meeting with Mr Kono in the morning, he arrived at the Tokyo Kaikan to meet some of the Japanese leading businessmen in a reception before addressing a luncheon hosted by the Japan/Hong Kong Society, Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

Speaking to more than 600 guests attending the luncheon, the Governor listed Hong Kong's achievements since he last addressed the gathering only two years ago.

Hong Kong's per capita GDP was overtaken that of Australia, Canada and United Kingdom; Hong Kong has moved up from being the 10th largest trading entity in the world to the eighth; Hong Kong is now into its 34th year of economic growth; since 1992, 153,000 new businesses have been set up in Hong Kong and over 700 more foreign companies registered there, taking the total to 3.900.

Noted that the growing economic relationship is matched by growing human contacts, Mr Patten said the number of Japanese living and working in Hong Kong has gone up from 14,000 to 20,000; 10 years ago it was only around 7,000.

"Trade between Japan and Hong Kong now totals about US$20 billion. About 11 per cent of Hong Kong total's global trade," he said.

"You are the biggest external investor in our manufacturing sector. Your investment in Hong Kong industry is worth about US$2 billion. One in four of our banks in Hong Kong are Japanese-owned."

Japanese companies are also playing a leading role in helping Hong Kong to build for the future.

"Twenty-six per cent of all the largest infrastructure projects associated with the new airport projects have gone to Japanese companies," Mr Patten said.

Turning to the question of whether Hong Kong will continue to prosper after 1997, the Governor said he was optimistic it would provided that the Joint Declaration was sustained, which underpinned the concept of one country, two systems.

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"Under our system, we have the rule of law; under our system, we have a level playing field in business and in the courts; under our system, we have openness and accountability; under our system, contracts are not awarded according to political correctness; under our system, you can't cancel leases without answering in court; under our system, you can't walk from a commercial bargain that you strike," Mr Patten said.

"As long as the Hong Kong system survives, and I believe it will, Hong Kong will continue to prosper."

Tomorrow, the Governor will meet a number of other cabinet ministers including Mr Masayoshi Takemura, Minister of Finance, and Mr Ryutaro Hashimoto, Minister for International Trade and Industry.

He will officiate at the opening of the 17th Joint Plenary Meeting of the Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee and Japan/Hong Kong Business Co-operation Committee.

He will also meet Mr Schoichiro Toyoda, Chairman of Keidaren (The Japan Federation of Economic Organisations). He will make a speech at Japan's National Press Club and take questions, as well as giving a number of media interviews.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Railway Development Strategy announced

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The Secretary for Transport, Mr Haider Barma, today (Wednesday) announced the Railway Development Strategy which maps out plans for the future development of the railway system in Hong Kong.

Mr Barma said: "The Strategy will contribute greatly towards improving the territory's transport network, relieving road congestion, supporting future housing development in the New Territories and assisting Hong Kong's economic growth."

"The Strategy accords high priority to constructing three railway projects targeted for completion by 2001 as follows:

The Western Corridor:

It would accommodate three rail services as follows:

* A Port Rail Line from the border via Kam Tin and Tsuen Wan to a Port Rail Terminal at Kwai Chung.

* A Cross Border Passenger Service from the border to a terminal at West Kowloon next to the Airport Railway's West Kowloon Station.

* A Sub-regional Passenger Service connecting West Kowloon with the Northwest New Territories via Kam Tin, Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai before terminating at Tuen Mun North. (Consideration will be given to extending the link to Tuen Mun Town Centre at a later date.)

MTR Extension to Tseung Kwan O:

The line would run from the existing Lam Tin Station to Po Lam. To relieve resulting interchange congestion at the existing MTR Quarry Bay Station, there may be a need to extend the existing MTR Kwun Tong Line from Quarry Bay to Tin Hau.

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East Kowloon Route:

It would comprise an underground extension of the existing KCR line from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui and a rail link from Ma On Shan to Tai Wai. (A further extension of the KCR line from Tsim Sha Tsui to West Kowloon, and a rail link from Diamond Hill to Hung Hom via the Kowloon Bay reclamation could be considered at a later stage.)

As a rough indication, the total cost of the three high priority projects is expected to be in the range of $50 billion - $56 billion (at 1994 prices).

The Strategy also recommends that construction of three new rail lines on Hong Kong Island should be considered in the future. They are the South Island Line from Ap Lei Chau to Tamar, the West Island Line from Shcung Wan to Green Island and the North Island Line from Tin Hau to Central via the Central and Wanchai Reclamation.

The Strategy lists, as long-term options, the proposals to build an outer Western Corridor from Tuen Mun to Green Island via Yam O on Lantau and a second Port Rail Line from Yuen Long to Lantau.

The timing for implementing these longer-term projects will be dependent on future land reclamation and development plans.

With regard to the three high priority projects, Mr Barma said: "The next step will be for the Government to invite proposals from the KCRC and the MTRC to build the Western Corridor Railway and the MTR Tseung Kwan O extension respectively."

Further investigation will be needed for the East Kowloon Route proposal.

Mr Barma said: "Since most of the expenditure for these projects will occur after 1997, the Chinese side of the Joint Liaison Group has been briefed on the Strategy.

"They will be fully consulted at a later stage when we have details of the proposed timing, scope and financing of each project before decisions are taken on their implementation.

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"Cross border issues arising from the proposed Western Corridor Railway may be discussed by the newly established Sino-British Co-ordinating Committee on Major Cross-Border Infrastructure between Hong Kong and the Mainland," Mr Barma said.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Goverment response to withdrawal of Employment (Amendment) Bill

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The Government regretted that it was necessary to withdraw the Employment (Amendment) Bill from the Legislative Council, a Government spokesman said today (Wednesday).

The spokesman said that a very important point of principle was at stake.

"The Bill provides for substantial improvements in the provision of severance and long service payments for employees. The package of improvements was based on the conscious decision of the Labour Advisory Board (LAB)," the spokesman said. LAB is the Government's main advisory body on labour issues. It is a body where employees and employers elect their own representatives to deliberate on issues concerning labour policy and legislative proposals.

"The LAB has an excellent record and has made significant improvements to labour welfare at a pace acceptable to both employees and employers. Every set of LAB's proposals represents the outcome of patient, understanding and careful deliberations. We must not seek to overturn lightly or abruptly LAB's proposals without consultation.

"To do so would put our labour relations at risk and would risk damaging the LAB's credibility as a successful forum where employee and employer representatives can deliberate their concerns in an understanding and constructive manner," the spokesman said.

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"We will reflect the views of the Legislative Council to the LAB and we intend to consult the LAB on the way forward as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.

"The Administration acted in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Legislative Council, which provide that the member moving a Bill may withdraw the Bill at any time before the commencement of each stage in the proceeding," the spokesman explained.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Lot sold for $170 million * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A lot of Government land was sold at the opening price of $170 million at a public auction held by the Lands Department this (Wednesday) afternoon.

Located in Area 26, Kwai Chung, the lot was bought by Gay Sierra Company Limited. It has an area of 6,242 square metres for use as godown and public car park.

The developer has to complete a gross floor area of not less than 35,580 square metres on or before December 31, 1997.

Another lot, covering an area of 8,431 square metres for residential use in Town Park Road North, Yuen Long, was withdrawn because no bidding was made for the opening price of $380 million.

Held in the Concert Hall of the City Hall, the auction was conducted by the Government Land Agent, Mr Francis H K NG.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Extra Field Audit Team set up to fight tax evasion

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The Inland Revenue Department will further step up its fight against tax evasion by setting up an extra Field Audit Team in 1995-96, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Mr Anthony Au- Yeung, said today (Wednesday).

In a briefing to the Legco Panel on Financial Affairs, Mr Au-Yeung said this would bring to eight the total number of Field Audit Teams combating tax evasion.

’’This extra team is expected to handle an additional 120 cases a year and recover $72 million in back taxes and penalties.

”In total, I expect to process some 1,400 investigation and field audit cases in 1994-95 and to collect $1,100 million in back taxes and penalties,” he said.

Mr Au-Yeung said this represented a 17 per cent increase in the amount of actual back taxes and penalties assessed last year.

"However, there is no place for complacency. I expect to achieve a further 18 per cent increase in 1995-96, that is $1,300 million," he said.

Mr Au-Yeung told Legco members that Combating tax evasion was still <jn important item on the Inland Revenue Department's agenda.

"Given our low tax regime, there is no excuse for tax evasion. Taxpayers must pay their fair share of tax," he said.

On tax avoidance, Mr Au-Yeung said the Administration had carried out consultations on the proposal to introduce measures to tackle tax avoidance using service companies.

He said as a result of the consultations, it has been decided to tackle the "disguised employment" cases through specific legislation.

"The relevant legislation is now being prepared for submission to the Executive Council and Legislative Council in early 1995," he said.

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"Separately, I will issue a Practice Note to cover cases involving the payment of inflated management fees to service companies using the existing provisions in the Inland Revenue Ordinance," he added.

Mr Au-Yeung said one major development in 1994-95 was the introduction of a composite tax return system on April 1, 1994.

"Individuals now report in a single return all their incomes from certain chargeable sources, namely incomes from employment, properties and unincorporated businesses.

"This has not only streamlined the work of the department by reducing the number of returns filed by taxpayers but has also simplified matters for taxpayers who have more than one source of income," he said.

"The introduction of the new system represented another move towards simplification of our tax system. Its adoption led to the deletion of 254 posts and an annual savings of some $52.8 million," he added.

On the department's performance as a whole, Mr Au-Yeung said his staff would continue to regard the provision of high quality service to taxpayers as a matter of importance.

"I am glad that the department is able to deliver the majority of its performance pledges on target. My in-house service standards team will continue to work with the Users' Committee, which is an independent body with a broadly based membership, to review our performance targets and to recommend the introduction of new pledges," Mr Au-Yeung elaborated.

End/Wednesday, December 14. 1994

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Tuition fees for Hong Kong Institute of Education

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The Government announced today (Wednesday) that a two-stage approach would be adopted to achieve the target of 18 per cent cost recovery on recurrent costs for fees for courses offered in the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) by 2000/01.

Under the new two-stage approach, the tuition fees for pre-service courses will increase by 20 per cent in each of the academic years 1995/96 and 1996/97 before the completion of the new permanent campus for the HKIEd in 1997, and then by about 30 per cent in each of the subsequent four academic years.

The adoption of the two-stage approach is to make the fees more affordable to school leavers so as to encourage them to join the teaching profession.

The new fee for pre-service courses in the HKIEd will be $10,440 for the academic year 1995/96 and the indicative fees for the subsequent three years will be $12,530, $16,260 and $21,090 respectively.

The increase in fees should not cause hardship to needy students of the HKIEd who are undertaking full-time pre-service courses as they will be eligible for financial assistance under the Local Student Finance Scheme (LSFS) which is non-cash-limited and hence a more generous scheme than the Student Finance Assistance Scheme they used to be entitled to.

The grant element of the LSFS covers the tuition fees and academic expenses and will be adjusted automatically to take account of the increase in tuition fees.

"It remains Government policy that no student should be denied access to higher education because of a lack of means,” a Government spokesman stressed.

The HKIEd is established to reaffirm Government's commitment to improving teacher education and hence the quality of school education. Its new permanent campus will be completed in 1997/98 and will provide upgraded facilities for students.

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The spokesman said the 18 per cent target cost recovery for fees for courses in the HKIEd was in line with the established policy of 18 per cent cost recovery for fees for courses in institutions funded by the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee.

"The objective is to strike a reasonable balance between students and the community in sharing the costs of tertiary and teacher education.

"Despite our seeking a larger contribution from those who can afford to pay, education always remains our largest expenditure item and we are still providing heavy Government subsidy to tertiary and teacher education," he said.

It is estimated that the new fee for 1995/96 represents 7.1 per cent cost recovery rate.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Operation against unlicensed guesthouses ♦ * * * *

The Home Affairs Department, in a joint operation with the Police, yesterday (Tuesday) inspected seven suspected unlicensed guesthouses in a bid to crack down on illegal premises in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A man and a woman were arrested and will be served with summonses alleging that they operated unlicensed guesthouses contrary to section 5 of the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

The two were released on police bail.

Assistant Director of Home Affairs Mr Tim Stephenson believed that the result of the operation would send a clear message to the trade that guesthouses operating unlawfully would not be tolerated.

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He said efforts would continue to eliminate the illegal establishments and to ensure that guesthouses operating in the territory met the required safety standards.

"Enforcement action against illegal operators will be taken regularly in any district where the problem is believed to exist," he added.

At present, there are 340 licensed tourist guesthouses.

A total of 191 have been closed down since the department started full-scale inspections throughout the territory in September last year.

Mr Stephenson also called on the public to report unlicensed guesthouses to the Office of the Licensing Authority by telephoning 881 7034.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

New membership of Governor's Business Council

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The Government announced today (Wednesday) the new membership of the Governor’s Business Council.

The Governor has reappointed all of the current members of the council for another term of two years upon expiry of their current term on December 31 this year, and appointed four new members for a term of two years from January 1 next year.

The Governor’s Business Council was established in October 1992 to expand the range of advice available to the Governor on how to maintain Hong Kong’s business-friendly environment and on the impact of government policies on the conduct of business in Hong Kong.

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”In the past two years, the Governor’s Business Council has discussed a wide range of issues which have an impact on the economy and the conduct of business in Hong Kong, including inflation, competition, labour shortage, retirement protection, the renewal of China's Most Favoured Nation status in the United States, the economic implications of the outcome of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations, corruption and business ethics and land supply, planning and redevelopment procedures," a Government spokesman said.

"The candid views offered by members of the council have been very helpful in enabling the Governor and senior officials represented on the council to appreciate the business sector's perspectives on all these issues," he said.

"Specific issues that the council's input has been sought and taken into account include the Government's decision, in respect of competition policy, to ask the Consumer Council to undertake a series of studies on specific sectors of the economy; the strengthening of the Consumer Council so that it can take on a more vigorous role in promoting competition and consumer welfare; the institution of 24-hour border road crossing arrangements at Lok Ma Chau and the development of codes of ethics for the business community," he added.

The reappointed members are Mr Christopher Cheng Wai-chee, Mr Paul Cheng Ming-fun, Mr Michael J Clancy, Dr Victor Fung Kwok-king, Mr John M Gray, Mr Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, Mr Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, Sir Quo Wei Lee, Mr Victor Li Tzar- kuoi, Mr Vincent Lo Hong-sui, Mr Peter D A Sutch, Mr Allan Wong Chi-yun, Mr David Wong Shou-yeu, Mr Peter Woo Kwong-ching, Mr Gordon Wu Ying-sheng and Mr Larry Yung Chi-kin.

The four newly appointed members are Dr Edgar Cheng Wai-kin, Mr Linus Cheung Wing-lam, Mr Alasdair G Morrison and Mr Louis Wong Kar-chit.

The Chief Secretary, Financial Secretary and Secretary for Trade and Industry are official members of the council.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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New Director of Education *****

The Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Lam Woon-kwong, will officially take up the post of Director of Education tomorrow (Thursday), replacing Mr Dominic S W Wong, who has been made Secretary for Housing.

Following are brief biographical notes on the new Director of Education:

Mr Lam Woon-kwong, JP

Aged 43. Mr Lam joined the Administrative Service in 1974 and rose to his present rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade Bl in 1993. During the early years of his career, he served in a variety of posts in the then New Territories Administration and later the City and New Territories Administration, Finance Branch, the then Environment Branch and the then Umelco Office. On return from a training course at Harvard University in 1987, he was Administrative Assistant to the Chief Secretary and then Deputy Director, Regional Services Department. He was Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service from 1991 to 1993, when he took up his appointment as Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower.

Attention News Editors:

The new Director of Education, Mr Lam Woon- kwong, will meet the media at 5 pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Room 1419, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai. Media representatives are invited to attend.

Meanwhile, an official portrait of Mr Lam will be available for collection from GIS Press Boxes later today.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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ASD scoops gold medal for architectural excellence

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The restoration project of Kun Ting Study Hall in Ping Shan by the Architectural Services Department was awarded the Gold Medal under the "Category D-l Conservative Project" by the Architects Regional Council ASIA (ARCASIA) today (Wednesday).

ARCASIA is an organisation of 15 National Institutes of Architects from the Asian region extending from Pakistan in the west, the Philippines in the east, China in the north to Indonesia in the south.

The objectives of ARCASIA include fostering and maintaining professional contacts, material co-operation and assistance among member Institutes, promoting the recognition of the architects role in society, architectural profession in their service to society, research and technical advancement in the field of the built environment.

The aim of the ARCASIA Award, which is given in four categories at two years intervals, is to acknowledge exemplary architectural work and in doing so encourage the sustenance of the Asian spirit, the development and improvement of the Asian built environment and enhancement of the awareness of the role of architecture and architects in the socio-economic and cultural life of Asian countries.

With this Award, the intention is also to demonstrate that good architecture is a major component of the positive influence on the human environment, and that physical development in Asia need not be in disharmony with the cultural values, national identity or the natural environment of developing countries in Asia.

Situated in Hang Mei Tsuen, Ping Shan, the Kun Ting Study Hall was built in 1870 by Tang Heung Chuen, the 22nd generation ancestor of the Tang clan, to commemorate his father Tang Kun Ting. The Study Hall provided facilities for both ancestral worship and education.

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At the time the Kun Ting Study Hall was constructed, the prosperity of the Tang clan was at its peak. A number of study halls were built in the Ping Shan area to prepare youngsters of the clan for the Imperial Civil Service Examination to qualify as officials in the Qing Government which was a way to enhance the prominent social status of the Tang clan.

Despite the abolition of the Imperial Civil Service Examination in 1904, the Study Hall continued to provide education facilities for youngsters in the clan until after the Second World War.

Kun Ting Study Hall is a two-hall building with an enclosed courtyard. The green-brick building is supported by finely carved granite columns with a granite block-base along the facade. The distinguished design of the ancestral altar brackets, screen panels, wall paintings, ridge decorations eaves boards and plaster mouldings inside the Study Hall reflect the work of skilful craftsmen of the period.

The Study Hall was restored by the Architectural Services Department to its original splendour in 1991 with donation from the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Closure of Tai Kok Tsui illegal structure sought

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The Building Authority is seeking to close an unauthorised structure in Tai Kok Tsui so that it can be demolished without endangering the occupants and the public.

The unauthorised building structure used for dwelling is located on the 10th floor of a building in 22 Tong Mi Road.

A notice applying for a Closure Order from the District Court under the Buildings Ordinance on January 13 next year has been posted on the premises.

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Demolition work is expected to start as soon as the Closure Order is issued.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Revision of fee for appeal to Pharmacy and Poisons Appeal Tribunal

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The Government is to increase the fee for each appeal to the Pharmacy and Poisons Appeal Tribunal from $500 to $835.

A Government spokesman said a study by the Department of Health showed that the existing fee level was below cost.

The new fee, which will be set out in the Government Gazette on Friday (December 16), will come into effect on December 28.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Carnival to publicise anti-drug and fight-crime messages ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A carnival to arouse public awareness of the drug problem and to publicise fight-crime measures will be held in Shafrh Shui Po on January 8 next year (Sunday).

The carnival, one of the activities of the Sham Shui Po District Festival, will take place in Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.

It is jointly organised by the Sham Shui Po District Office, the Sham Shui Po District Fight Crime Committee, the Urban Council, the Hong Kong Action Committee Against Narcotics, the Sham Shui Po Sports Association and the Eastern Winter Swimming Association.

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The activity is also sponsored by the Sham Shui Po District Board and the Sham Shui Po District Festival Co-ordinating Committee.

The carnival will feature dragon and lion dances, Police pipe band show, anti-narcotic and fight crime exhibition, stall games and lucky draw.

Admission and games tickets will be available at the following venues starting tomorrow (Thursday):

* Sham Shui Po District Office, sixth floor West Coast International Building, 290- 296 Un Chau Street, Kowloon.

* Sham Shui Po District Office (Recreation, Amenities and Sports) of the Urban Services Department, S7 - S9 Lai Lan House, Lai Kok Estate, Sham Shui Po.

* Sham Shui Po Sports Association, S12 - S13, Lai Fu House, Lai Kok Estate, Sham Shui Po.

* Tung Shing Sewing Machine Company Ltd, 61-65 Nam Cheong Street, ground floor, Tung Shing Building, Sham Shui Po.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Water cuts in Sha Tin and Yuen Long

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Fresh water supply to some premises in Sha Tin will be temporarily suspended from 11 pm on Friday (December 16) to 6 am the following day to facilitate water mains leakage detection.

The suspension will affect all the premises in Tung Lo Wan Tsuen, On Ting Terrace, Tin Liu as well as those at On Lok Road, To Fung Shan Road and Tung Lo Wan Hill Road.

Meanwhile, in order to connect water mains, fresh and flushing water supply to some areas in Yuen Long will also be cut off from 11 pm on Saturday (December 17) to 11 pm the next day.

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The affected areas include Fung Chi Tsuen, Chun Hing San Tsuen, Chung Hau Tsuen, Tung Tau Wai San Tsuen, Kwan Lok San Tsuen, Tung Tau Industrial Area, Yeung Uk Tsuen, Yeung Uk San Tsuen, Tai Tseng Wai, Tai Tseng Ng Uk Tsuen, Fuk Hing Tsuen, Shing Uk Tsuen, Lam Uk Tsuen and Sai Tau Wai.

Water supply to Long Ping Estate will also be weakened at the same time.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Closure of Ma Tau Wai illegal structure sought

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The Building Authority is seeking to close an unauthorised structure in Ma Tau Wai so that it can be demolished without endangering the occupants and the public.

The single-storey structure used for dwelling is on the first floor of a building in 64-66 Pak Tai Street.

A notice applying for a Closure Order from the District Court under the Buildings Ordinance on April 19 next year was posted on the premises today (Wednesday).

Demolition work is expected to start as soon as the Closure Order is issued.

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End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change ($million)

Opening balance in the account 1,147 0930 +172

Closing balance in the account 1,389 1000 +172

Change attributable to : 1100 +162

Money market activity +159 1200 +162

LAF today +83 1500 +162

1600 +159

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *+0.0* 14.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.79 17 months 2605 6.35 98.81 7.37

1 month 5.19 23 months 2611 6.90 98.84 7.70

3 months 5.69 28 months 3704 6.15 96.57 7.91

6 months 6.16 34 months 3710 7.25 98.39 8.04

12 months 6.86 57 months 5909 7.45 96.97 8.39

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 18,483 million

Closed December 14, 1994

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Contents Page No,

Legislative-Council Meeting:

Statement on Railway Development Strategy...................... 1

Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme: SHW........... 3

Employment (Amendment) Bill withdrawn.......................... 6

Committee stage of Employment (Amendment) Bill................. 7

Second reading debate on Sewage Services Bill.................. 8

Amendment to Sewage Services Bill............................. 10

Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill. 12

Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 1994. 13

Radiation Regulation.......................................... 14

Corrupt and Illegal Practices (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 1994... 15

SFS on Commodities Trading Ordinance.......................... 17

Amendments to schedule of Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill....... 19

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Contents

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Amendments to clause of Carriage of Goods By Sea Bill..........•........ 20

Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Municipal Council) Order 1994  21

Sports and entertainment programmes tickets............................. 22

Measures to improve standard of English and Chinese..................... 24

Measures to reduce Lo Wu travellers' waiting time....................... 26

Checks on travel agents................................................. 28

Light Rail Transit services............................................. 29

Operation of Advisory Council on AIDS............................... 31

Noise Nuisance on Route Five............................................ 33

Manpower for hotel industry............................................. 34

Legislative programme................................................... 36

Law to resolve dispute between Wong Wai Tsak Tong and sub-lessees... 46

Immigration Department's functions...................................... 48

"Franchise" mode of buisness not regulated.............................. 48

Operation of Jockey Club................................................ 49

Government services for Hospital Authority.......................... 51

Office rentals.......................................................... 52

Passenger capacity of public light buses................................ 53

Labour disputes involving foreign domestic helpers...................... 55

Youth drug abuse........................................................ 56

Motion on Preliminary Working Committee withdrawn....................... 58

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Statement on Railway Development Strategy ♦ ♦ ♦ • • • -

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Following is the statement by the Secretary for Transport, Mr Haider Barma, on the Railway Development Strategy in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

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Over the past several months considerable interest has been expressed both within and outside this Council regarding the proposed railway in the Northwest New Territories and other rail projects. I am pleased to announce the publication of the Railway Development Strategy today. Copies of the Strategy document have already been distributed to Honourable Members.

The Strategy provides a blue print for the future development of the railway system in Hong Kong. In essence, it identifies three priorities:-

(a) first, the Western Corridor Railway. This will be a new rail corridor through the northwestern part of the territory. It will accommodate three services largely sharing the same tracks, namely a freight line from Lo Wu to the Kwai Chung container port; a cross border passenger service from Lo Wu, and possibly Lok Ma Chau, to a new terminus on the West Kowloon Reclamation; and a domestic passenger service from Tuen Mun North via Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long to the same terminus in West Kowloon.

(b) second, an extension of the MTR system from Lam Tin to Tseung Kwan O to meet the population build-up of 250,000 by the end of the decade. Its construction will help stimulate land development within the new towm and will greatly improve transport services for residents.

(c) third, a new rail link from Ma On Shan to Tai Wai to join the existing KCR system and with an extension of the KCR line underground from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui. This is, comparatively, a new proposal and, as such, will require further in-depth investigations and a decision on which agency should be invited to construct this line.

The Administration will invite the KCRC and the MTRC to sumit proposals to build the Western Corridor Railway and the MTR Tseung Kwan O extension respectively. New railway systems inevitably require a long lead time for implementation. In-depth engineering and financial studies have to be undertaken and the actual alignments firmed up before construction can start. The target completion date for all three of these priority projects is 2001.

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At this juncture may I make some observations :

(a) the Administration has very carefully considered the suggestion that the proposed North-western line be extended to Tuen Mun Town Centre. This, in our view, is not feasible at the present time because of the substantial additional costs (estimated at $3 - 4 bn. at 1994 prices) and also because of the current land and environmental constraints;

(b) in recent weeks there has been considerable press speculation that our Western Corridor Railway proposals do not match railway plans on the Chinese side of the border. Such comment is misplaced. Our proposals envisage that Lo Wu will remain the main crossing point for both passengers and freight. The proposed loop to Lok Ma Chau would simply lead to an alternative terminal for passengers only. But clearly discussion with the Chinese side is essential to reach mutual understanding and agreement on crossing points. This is precisely the kind of detail that will need to be discussed, and views exchanged, at the newly-established Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee;

The Strategy also identifies a number of other railways in the longer term, the timing for which will be dependent on future land reclamation and development plans. For example, on Hong Kong Island, the strategy encompasses a number of schemes including an east-west rail link on the future Central and Wanchai Reclamation (from Central to Tin Hau) and an MTR extension from Sheung Wan to Green Island. And, finally, the strategy also envisages much longer term options such as an "Outer” Western Corridor linking Green Island, Lantau and Tuen Mun, and a freight rail link to the Lantau container port.

The implementation of the three priority railway systems identified in the Strategy will straddle 1997, and most of the expenditure will be incurred thereafter. We have therefore briefed the Chinese side of the JLG.

Mr President, it is my belief that our Railway Development Strategy will contribute greatly towards improving our overall transportation network, relieving road congestion, supporting further development of land in the New Territories, and assisting in Hong Kong’s further economic growth.

Thank you Mr President.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme: SHW *****

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine Fok, in the Legislative Council motion debate on the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme today (Wednesday):

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Madam Deputy President,

The overall objective of social security in Hong Kong is to provide for the basic and special needs of people in our community who are in need of financial or material assistance. This is enshrined in the White Paper on Social Welfare into the 1990s and Beyond, which received widespread public support.

Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme

The Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme is a key component of our social security system for those individuals or families suffering from financial hardship for various reasons, such as old age, disability, illness, unemployment and low earnings. It aims to bring the income of those in need up to a level where basic and special needs can be met. The Scheme is means-tested, noncontributory and is related to an individual's or a family's means and needs.

The cash assistance provided under the CSSA Scheme, however, should not be seen in isolation. It is but an integral part of the "safety net" we have put in place for those who are financially vulnerable. This "safety net" covers a comprehensive range of social services for CSSA clients including cash assistance, free medical care, compassionate rehousing and other free programmes organised by the government and non-governmental organisations.

CSSA Payment

There is a common misconception that the standard rate is all that a CSSA client can get. The fact is that CSSA payment comprises not only the standard rate to meet basic needs such as food and clothing, but also special grants to meet special needs as well as long term supplement and disregarded earnings according to their individual circumstances.

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In addition to the standard rate, we now pay out broadly 24 types of special grants covering, in the case of elderly clients their expenses on rent; their expenses on travelling and special aids for people with disabilities; other expenses including special surgical appliances, medical expenses, special diets, and telephone charges etc.

For clients who have received CSS A for not less than 12 months, they will receive an annual long term supplement to help them replace household goods and durable goods. For those CSSA clients who are working, their earnings from employment are disregarded up to $835 a month. From April next year, this amount will be raised to $ 1,115 a month.

Over the years, the CSSA Scheme has been improved to ensure that payments are better tailored to meet the needs of our clients. The rates are adjusted each year in accordance with increases in the cost of living. Real increases have also been made to enable CSSA clients to snare in Hong Kong's growing wealth. Over the last two decades, the CSSA rates have increased by about 15 times while the rate of inflation measured by CPI(A) has gone up by only six times.

The average CSSA payment now ranges from $2,440 for a single person, $3,840 for a 2-person household, $5,280 for a 3-person household and $6,880 for a 4-person household. These payments represent 35% - 98% of the average manufacturing worker's wage or 30% - 83% of the median wage.

The CSSA payment for an elderly client now amounts to an average of $2,400 a month. As our Scheme is tailored to the individual client's circumstances based on his needs, the more needs there are, the more our clients will get. So, for example, this average payment is $2,690 a month for those who are disabled and $4,220 a month for those who are in need of care and attendance.

Adequacy of CSSA

The adequacy of CSSA benefits is a lively issue and so it should be as we are a community that cares for those who are vulnerable. Dr MacPherson's academic research on the adequacy of CSSA rates makes a useful contribution to the on-going debate. Dr MacPherson, however, has used a "budget standard approach" in determining a perceived "minimum acceptable standard of living" based on the concept of "relative poverty". The approach represents a radical departure from the philosophy and established policy of the CSSA Scheme. The recommendations of the research also have very serious financial and economic implications. Whilst we respect Dr MacPherson's work, we cannot therefore use the research or accept its recommendations as a basis for changing our policy on social security.

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Improvement to CSSA

We are nevertheless alive to people’s concern and the need to ensure that the benefits meet the needs of those who, unfortunately, have to rely upon them. CSSA benefits are therefore reviewed regularly. In these reviews, our aim is -

firstly, to target improvement to CSSA to those in need;

secondly, to encourage CSSA recipients to gain a measure of financial independence through work; and

thirdly, to make the CSSA Scheme more accessible and user-friendly to our clients.

Our CSSA Scheme has developed over more than two decades. It has evolved from providing for basic subsistence to a scheme which meets not only the needs of the average client but also the special circumstances of individuals as well. We recognise that a scheme which provides special grants to individuals is, by its very nature, often difficult for both the recipients and the general public to understand. Many problems faced by CSSA clients arise from the lack of knowledge about their entitlements. We have therefore stepped up publicity on the CSSA Scheme to help recipients understand their entitlements. A handbook on the scheme has been produced by the Social Welfare Department. It sets out in detail the entitlement of a CSSA recipient, including the different types and levels of grants under the Scheme, the complaint/appeal procedures and other pertinent information. The handbook was published in June 1994 and was made available to CSSA recipients, non-governmental organisations, various concern groups, District Boards and the media. In addition, an audio tape and a video tape are being played interchangeably at the reception areas of social security field units to publicise the assistance available.

Review of CSSA Scheme

As Members are aware, the Governor has announced in his recent Policy Address that a special exercise will be conducted to assess how well our social security arrangements are meeting the needs of their clients. Together with the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, we have started the exercise by, first of all, reviewing the administration of special grants to better serve the needs of CSSA clients. We will look into the eligibility criteria for CSSA to target improvements to those in need. We will review our staff training and customer service with a view to improving our services to CSSA clients. We will also review the CSSA payment rates when more statistical information on the spending patterns of different types of households including those on CSSA are made available by the 1994/95 Household Expenditure Survey.

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In conclusion, Mr President, I would like to assure Members that improvement to the CSSA Scheme is high on our agenda. And it is an on-going programme which will continue.

Thank you.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Employment (Amendment) Bill withdrawn

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Following is the speech by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, to withdraw the Employment (Amendment) Bill 1994 in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

A very important principle is at stake here. Mr LAU Chin-shck's amendment ignored a conscious decision by the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) to keep the $180,000 ceiling as part of an agreed package to improve long service payment and severance payment. LAB is the Government's main advisory body on labour issues. It is a body where employers and employees elect their own representatives to deliberate on issues concerning labour policy and legislative proposals. The LAB has an excellent record and has made significant improvements over the years to labour welfare at a pace and at a manner acceptable to both employers and employees. Every set of LAB's proposal represents the outcome of patient, understanding and careful deliberations. We must not seek therefore to overturn these proposals lightly and abruptly. To do so would put our labour relations at risk and would damage the LAB's credibility as a successful mechanism for striking a reasonable balance between employers and employees interests, a system which has served I long Kong so well over the years.

Mr Chairman, because of this fundamental principle. I withdraw the Bill.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Committee stage of Employment (Amendment) Bill

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Following is the speech by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, at the committee stage of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 1994 in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

1 shall explain here why the Administration feels unable to support the Committee Stage amendments moved by Mr Lau. Firstly, Members should recall that this is the second time that the present bill is debated in this Council following its defeat in July this year. Members should also be aware that this bill is already a substantial improvement over the previous bill, in that we now propose to recognise one half of an employee's service over and above 24 years accrued before the amendment bill comes into operation in the calculation of severance and long service payments, as compared with the reckoning of one half of an employee's service beyond 18 years in our previous proposal.

The possible financial impacts on the employers as a result of this improvement in retrospective reckoning of an employee's service, and that caused by the removal of 12 months' wage ceiling for severance and long service payment have been taken into account in formulating our proposals in the present Bill. It is out of this consideration that we now decide to maintain the existing ceiling of severance and long service payments at $ 180,000 at this stage.

Secondly, for the majority of workers who are receiving a median monthly wage at $8,000, the existing ceiling of $180,000 for severance and long service payments is in fact sufficient to cover up to 43.5 years of reckonable service. Moreover, we will review this ceiling regularly to make sure that it is in keeping with inflation and wage level. We therefore consider it not necessary to increase it further at this point in time.

Thirdly, all of our proposals in the present Bill have been fully considered and have the full support of the Labour Advisory Board which, as members know,comprises a balanced representation from both the employers and employees. The proposal to increase the ceiling to $230,000 has not been discussed in the Labour Advisory Board, nor has the public been given the chance to express their views on it. So as not to delay the passage of this Bill, we should therefore proceed with our proposals which have the broad consensus of LAB members, rather than holding it up, pending another new round of discussion and consultation on Mr I au's amendment.

For these reasons, Mr Chairman, the Administration is unable to support the proposed amendments by Mr Lau. Regrettably, we will have no choice but to withdraw this Bill if the amendment were carried.

End/Wednesday. December 14, 1994

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Second reading debate on Sewage Services Bill *****

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, at the resumed second reading debate on Sewage Services Bill in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

I am most grateful to the Honourable Ronald Arculli, the Chairman of the Bills Committee to study the Sewage Services Bill, and to members of the Bills Committee for their very careful consideration of this important Bill, and for their general support for the proposals in it. The constructive suggestions made by the Bills Committee are reflected in the few amendments which 1 will propose at the Committee Stage.

Mr President, I will begin by reminding members of the important debate on sewage charges in this Chamber just one year ago. Yes, it does take a long time. In that debate I began by saying :

"Today should be a landmark day in Hong Kong's environmental history. It should be the day Members seize the opportunity to show their unequivocal support for the Polluter Pays Principle, reinforcing the general support indicated in the Adjournment Debate Evo years ago. This is not just a matter of community leadership but it would also be a message to the world that we arc taking our responsibilities seriously."

In the debate a year ago this Council endorsed the Polluter Pays Principle, a principle now enshrined in the Sewage Services Bill, which will introduce sewage charges, and which is now ready for Members' final approval.

Before I turn to the conclusions of the Bills Committee, let us refresh our memories on the Polluter Pays Principle and the state of water pollution in Hong Kong. First, and obviously, water pollution in Hong Kong is at a critical state. This is evident to the eyes and nose and from the occurrence of cholera this summer, and in the rising trend of criticism, both here and abroad, that a territory of our first world resources tolerates such third world pollution. And tolerates it right at the heart of our community, in our harbour, the focus of so much attention internationally.

Second, to tackle this problem, we propose a cost-effective sewerage programme for the territory including an $8 billion High Priority Programme to provide urgent relief to the serious pollution in the harbour. We are committed to abate that pollution and no responsible Administration would. I suggest, do anything less. We are therefore committed to building the High Priority Programme, the entire capital costs of which will be met by the Government.

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Third, we have been saying for some time that it is only right for the community to contribute to the costs of these essential services, as residents in many cities elsewhere do. But we have also promised that such contributions would be modest, that they would be fair, and that they would be affordable. And so it transpires. In line with the Polluter Pays Principle, the charging scheme this Bill introduces establishes a direct link between the extent to which sewage services are used and the amount of charges which will be paid. Moreover, by funding in full the capital costs, and by allowing a nil return on capital investments and a nil depreciation on existing sewerage assets, sewage charges are significantly reduced. The Government has therefore fulfilled its commitment to keep charges modest.

The Bills Committee has, however, made several suggestions to improve the charging scheme and I am happy to report that these proposals have been accepted by the Administration. We have, for example, agreed with the Bills Committee to do away with fixed charges and to base sewage charges for all consumers on a uniform volumetric charge only. This is a welcome simplification to the charging scheme. We have agreed to model the exemption arrangement fbr households on the existing water tariff. We have agreed with the Bills Committee to further refine the charging arrangements for trade and industry. We have accepted the Bills Committee's suggestion that, to protect the privacy of households, the Drainage Authority would first need to obtain the consent of the occupier before entering into domestic premises for purposes under the Bill. Mr President, the Administration is grateful for these suggestions and I will therefore move amendments to the Sewage Services Bill at the Committee Stage to effect them.

Finally. 1 should refer to two other issues which concerned the Bills Committee. First, some Members were concerned that sewage charges may impose financial hardship on some households - in fact given the arrangements wc propose 1 cannot honestly envisage this. Nevertheless, to clear away any residual concern. I can assure Members that upon the introduction of the sewage charging scheme, the rates of water allowance under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme will be reviewed accordingly to ensure that the modest sewage charges will not cause any additional financial burden to be placed on the families who are recipients of public assistance. Second, the Bills Committee took the view that the introduction of sewage charges should be contingent upon the timely implementation of the High Priority Programme. Although the charging scheme and the construction programme are not directly related, as the capital costs of the priority sewerage programme will be funded by the Government and not by charges, 1 confirm, yet again, that the High Priority Programme will be completed in early 1997. Indeed, as I have explained, we have a responsibility to build this urgently required programme and to abate without delay the harbour pollution we have tolerated for too long.

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What are the results of the charging arrangements we now propose? In short, they will mean that 17% of households will be exempt from sewage charges, that 50% of households will pay less than $8 a month, that 85% of households will pay less than $18 a month. This is, Mr President, a very modest charging scheme by any measure. It is, we believe, acceptable to a large majority of the community, an acceptance reflected in a recent public opinion survey. This survey found that a majority of the 500 respondents supported the Polluter Pays Principle and expressed a willingness to pay sewage charges of up to $30 a month. This is substantially more than we now propose for 85% of households. I therefore believe, and I invite this Council to accept, that the time has come for the community to meet its responsibility under the Polluter Pays Principle, and the sewage charges now proposed, particularly as these charges are fair, modest and affordable. It cannot, I suggest, be reasonable to claim otherwise.

In concluding my remarks on the deliberations of the Bills Committee, I would like to report, Mr President, that a number of issues not directly related to the provisions of the Bill were also considered by the Committee. These included a recommendation that we embark on a publicity programme on the charging scheme, and that we consider long term measures to encourage conservation of water. These matters will be taken up further with the Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs.

With these remarks. Mr President. I commend the Sewage Services Bill to Members. Thank you.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Amendment to Sewage Services Bill *****

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, on amendments to the Sewage Services Bill in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr Chairman,

Notwithstanding the public support for the Polluter Pays Principle, the Hon. Rev. Fung Chi-wood proposes to exempt from sewage charges the average water consumption by households. By definition, therefore, 50% of households, or some 800,000 domestic users would not pay for the sewage services they use. What does this actually mean and what are the consequences?

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First, such wide exemptions clearly breach the Polluter Pays Principle which found favour with this Council during the Motion Debate on Sewage Charges last year. Second, it ignores the fact that households as a whole contribute to over 60% of the organic pollution in Hong Kong, and that as they too contribute to pollution, they too should contribute to its solution, albeit in a very modest way. Third, the consequence of exempting so many households would be that the non-exempt service users, mainly trade and industry, would be required to make up for the revenue forgone. Fourth, it ignores the fact that the public have by and large accepted that they should help pay for sewage services. Fifth, by altering the charging structure to calculate exemptions on the basis of the average water consumption by households, the charging scheme would become unnecessarily complex, as each time the average consumption level was adjusted, or each time a household fluctuated between payment and exemption - and this would occur frequently - the Trading Fund and the householder would be uncertain as to cash flow and charges respectively.

Nor would such an exemption arrangement encourage water conservation as has been suggested. It would, however, cause confusion among the public and significant administrative problems to the charging authority, merely to avoid an $8 per month payment, say the cost of a cup of coffee in a fast food shop. If these issues were the only reasons against Rev Fung’s proposal, I'm sure that Members would reject it. But, there are further difficulties.

There are, for example, unacceptable implications for the Trading Fund Ordinance. Members will recall that in March this year, and with a view to enabling sewage services to be funded by charges, they approved the establishment of the Sewage Services Trading Fund under the Trading Fund Ordinance. This Ordinance requires the Trading Fund to fund itself through charges, a requirement accepted by Members. However, to make up for the revenue forgone from the large number of households that it seeks to exempt from our modest charging proposal, Rev Fung proposes that recurrent subsidies be credited to the Trading Fund by tax-payers. Such subsidies are outside the framework of the Sewage Services Trading Fund and would clearly conflict with the provisions of the Trading Fund Ordinance. To meet the objectives of the Trading Fund Ordinance it would therefore be necessary to recover the charges forgone from the exempt accounts by increasing the charges on the other service users. This is not equitable, could not be justified to those who would pay, and would, furthermore, deviate so much from the Polluter Pays Principle as to negate it.

Rev Fung's alternative charging scheme therefore deviates so significantly from the Polluter Pays Principle, is so discriminatory between different groups of service users and is so unnecessarily complex that it breaches the objective of a fair but easy to administer charging scheme, that I am confident his proposals will not find favour with this Council.

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I can therefore only commend to Members the Committee Stage Amendments which arise from the thorough discussions in six sessions of the Bills Committee and which I will be moving later on. The charging scheme we propose is in line with the Polluter Pays Principle, simple to administer and very modest by any measure - 17% of households would be exempt from sewage charges, 50% would pay less than $8 a month and 85% less than $18 a month. These levels are, 1 am sure, acceptable to this Council and to the community as a whole.

Thank you, Mr Chairman.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill *****

Following is a speech by the Secretary for Security, Mr Alistair Asprey, in moving the second reading of the Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

I move that the Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill be read a second time. This Bill seeks to localise two UK Orders in Council which now apply to Hong Kong, and which implement provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents and the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages. The enactment of this Bill will enable Hong Kong to continue to implement after 30 June 1997 these important measures against terrorism. The continued application of the Conventions after the transfer of sovereignty, and the introduction of this legislation, have been agreed in the Joint Liaison Group.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 1994 *****

Following is a speech by the Acting Secretary for Trade and Industry, Mrs Regina Ip, in moving the second reading of the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 1994 in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

I move that the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No.2) Bill be read the second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to enable Hong Kong to seek accession in its own right to the Convention on Temporary Admission agreed at Istanbul in 1990, which is commonly known as "the Istanbul Convention".

The Istanbul Convention is a customs convention adopted by the Customs Co-operation Council. It aims to facilitate the temporary admission of goods by exempting them from import taxes and duties. It also provides for the use of international customs papers called carnets as substitutes for official customs papers issued by individual contracting parties to the Convention.

The Istanbul Convention seeks to consolidate a number of pre-existing customs conventions on the temporary admission of goods, some of which are currently applicable to Hong Kong. It is important for Hong Kong to seek accession to the Istanbul Convention in order to enable Hong Kong to continue to participate actively in the deliberations of the Customs Co-operation Council in harmonising and developing customs procedures and fostering co- operation among customs territories.

The Bill contains only two clauses.

The first clause provides that the Bill should come into operation on a day to be appointed by the Secretary for Trade and Industry. The commencement date will be synchronised with Hong Kong's accession to the Convention.

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The second clause seeks to exempt clothing items exported with a carnet issued under the Istanbul Convention from the payment of training levy required under the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) Ordinance. At present, clothing items exported with carnets issued under the Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods are already exempted from such training levies. Since this Convention is one of the customs conventions currently applicable to Hong Kong and which the Istanbul Convention seeks to consolidate, it is important to ensure that equal treatment be given to goods for temporary admission under either Convention.

Thank you Mr President.

End/Wednesdav. December 14, 1994

Radiation Regulation ♦ * * * *

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine Fok, in moving the Radiation (Control of Radioactive Substances) (Amendment) Regulation 1994 and the Radiation (Control of Irradiating Apparatus)(Amendment) Regulation 1994 in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

I move that the Radiation (Control of Radioactive Substances) (Amendment) Regulation 1994 and the Radiation (Control of Irradiating Apparatus) (Amendment) Regulation 1994 as set out under my name in the paper circulated to Members be approved.

Various fees for licences and certificates are prescribed in regulations made under the Radiation Ordinance.

It is government policy that fees should in general be set at levels sufficient to recover the full costs of providing the services. The fees described above were last set in 1989. To take into account the increase in costs and inflation since then, the fees should now be increased.

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As regards the second point which relates to the Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Rural Committees) Order 1994, we have no objection to Honourable Members' views that the ceiling should be raised to $30,000. The Heung Yee Kuk has been consulted on the revised ceiling and has given its support. Therefore, the revised ceiling of $30,000 will be proposed when the Election Expenses Order is referred back to the Executive Council.

Mr President, 25 Rural Committees will be conducting their elections early next year. With the passage of the Bill today, I am pleased to say that all these elections, the first of which will be held in early January 1995, will be covered by the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Ordinance. This is a move welcomed by both the rural sector and the community at large.

With these remarks, Mr President, I recommend the Bill to Members.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

SFS on Commodities Trading Ordinance ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

Following is the speech by the Acting Secretary for Financial Services, Mrs Lessie Wei, in the Legislative Council motion debate on Commodities Trading Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 1994 today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

I am grateful to members of the Sub-Committee under the chairmanship of the Honourable Steven Poon for their efforts in examining the Commodities Trading Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 1994. Since the committee was set up in late November, it has met three times within a short span of time. The Administration, together with the Securities and Futures Commission, have tried to address members' concern about the plan of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange to introduce the trading of stock futures contracts. I regret that we have not been able to persuade all honourable members to accept our arguments.

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The Honourable Steven Poon has just raised four points: first, he has emphasised the need for consultation; he has questioned the secretive manner in which this product has been introduced; he has questioned whether there is a need to introduce the product urgently and he has also made reference to heavy losses incurred by some professional investors to highlight the fact that this product is a highly risky product. For the first three points, the Administration had already fully addressed them both in the sub-committee as well as during the motion debate in this Council two weeks ago and I do not intend to go over all the arguments. Responding to the last point made by the Honourable Steven Poon, I must say that this does not contradict with the Administration bill that derivative products are highly specialised product and basically these products are for sophisticated investors. They are not intended for small investors. We have noted, we have taken note of the subcommittee's suggestion that small investors, in particular, should be issued with warning. Indeed, it is already the responsibility of brokers to draw the attention of investors to this question in the form of a risk disclosure statement and we have also conveyed the suggestion to the Futures Exchange on whether the disclosure statement for stock futures could be more strongly worded to advise small investors away from the product.

I have taken note that the Honourable Chim Pui-chung's suggestion that there are political motives behind the product. I must say this is any unfounded allegation.

Let me turn to two important suggestions by the Sub-committee. Some Honourable Members have repeatedly asked for an undertaking from the Administration that other sectors of our financial markets will not be required to bail out the Futures Exchange should the introduction of stock futures lead to a crash similar to the one in 1987. Our view remains that we do not believe the 1987 experience will repeat itself in future, whether as a result of the trading of stock futures or otherwise. The risk management system of the Futures Exchange has been completely overhauled since 1987. The system in place nowadays is effective and regarded as one of the most conservative risk management arrangements in the world. It can withstand even the impact of very taxing circumstances, with the settlement of transactions guaranteed by a substantial reserve fund. This, in a way, is already a guarantee by itself, that the Futures Exchange will be able to absorb financial losses to the market at times of highly exceptional volatility.

Should there be circumstances under which even such a conservative risk management system failed to function properly, the case would be so disastrous that it would affect other sectors of our financial system or even the Economy generally. No responsible Government can give any blanket assurance on how to tackle such a situation. Furthermore, any rescue operation in such cases would most likely need the backing of law and the Administration has no intention to usurp the authority of this Council in giving any undertaking now on how best to handle any unforeseen crises which may happen in future.

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That said, we agree fully with the suggestion of some honourable members that the 1987 rescue package should not be used as a precedent for imposing similar levy on investors in the stock market in future. Indeed, each case has to be assessed on its own merits in the interests of the public and in accordance with the circumstances prevailing at the time.

Some honourable members have also requested that a review on the impact of stock futures on the cash market should be undertaken after the new product has been launched for some time. The Securities and Futures Commission has agreed to conduct such a review six to nine months after the commencement of the trading of the product. I should nevertheless reiterate that the Futures Exchange and the regulator will keep a close watch of the situation. Should any problem be detected at any point in time, it is their duty to take prompt action to address the situation rather than to wait for the review.

As honourable members who have spoken indicated that the Order is made for a genuine and simple purpose of better protecting our investors. It represents the regulator's view on the desirable level of regulation attached to the trading of stock futures. I cannot see any grounds for Members to reject this objective.

Mr President, against this background I urge honourable members not to repeal the Order and to join the official members to vote against the motion.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Amendments to schedule of Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill

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Following is the speech by the Secretary for Economic Services, Mr Gordon Siu, in moving the committee stage amendment to a schedule of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr Chairman,

I move that the Schedule be amended as set out in the paper circulated to Members.

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The proposed amendments to paragraph (d) in Article 1, paragraphs 3(a), 6 and 7 in Article III and paragraph 4 in Article IV of the Schedule are stylistic changes to the Chinese text.

Paragraph 8 of Article III serves to nullify any provision in a contract of carriage which relieves the carrier or the ship from certain liability or reduce their liability. The proposed amendment removes any possible divergence in meaning between the English text and the Chinese text.

The proposed amendment to the Chinese translation of the term "servant" in Article IV is to adapt the latest drafting style.

Mr Chairman, I beg to move.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Amendments to clause of Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill *****

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Economic Services, Mr Gordon Siu, in moving the committee stage amendments to a clause of Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Mr Chairman,

I move that clause 2 be amended as set out in my name in the paper circulated to members.

Members may recall that the purpose of the Bill is to implement in Hong Kong by domestic law an international convention and 2 Protocols which are currently implemented in Hong Kong by United Kingdom enactments.

The liability in respect of the carriage of goods by sea provided for by the Bill covers all aspects of shipping activities. The term "trading" in clause 2 relates more generally to travelling between ports. The proposed amendment to the Chinese text will reflect more accurately this intention.

Mr Chairman, I beg to move.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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• Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Municipal Council) Order 1994 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is the speech by the Acting Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Peter Lai, in the Legislative Council motion debate on Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Municipal Councils) Order 1994 today (Wednesday):

Mr President,

The basic principle of determining the maximum scale of election expenses has been accepted over the years. It is to strike a balance; it should not be so low as to hamper candidates from conducting effective campaigns, nor so high as to deter those who are financially less well-off from contesting the elections.

In accordance with this basic principle, the Administration has determined that the maximum scale of election expenses, last determined at $70,000 for the 1991 Municipal Council elections, should be revised to $100,000 for 1995. This takes into account the common range of items of election expenses such as the printing of publicity material, and the production of banners, placards and posters. It has regard to the fact that inflation in these items has gone up by about 40% over the years, as well as the increasing sophistication of campaigning, and the size of the Municipal Council constituencies in 1995. It is a reasonable figure.

But this time round, we have proposed a new element, i.e. on top of the normal level of election expenses, we consider that an additional limit of $20,000 should be permitted for expenditure on replacing damaged or stolen publicity material such as banners, placards and posters. This takes into account comments by candidates at the last round of DB elections. Hitherto, the cost of replacing these material had to be included as part of the normal limit on election expenses. It has been argued that this is unfair, since it is usually not the candidates' fault that their publicity material are damaged. Indeed, it may sometimes be due to inclement weather. We believe that there is force in their arguments; hence our proposal.

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In order to deter abuse of the additional expenditure limit of $20,000, the independent Boundary and Election Commission has suggested that any candidate who wishes to make use of it must first make a report of damage or theft, as the case may be, to the Police. It is a suggestion, not, I repeat, not a decision. I know that some members of this Council consider that this is cumbersome; if they have other better ideas I am sure the Boundary and Election Commission would be happy to consider them. But we do not believe that this question of implementation is insoluble; it certainly does not obviate the case for the additional expenditure limit itself. So both the Hon Steven Poon's motion, as well as a subsequent motion by the Hon Dr Yeung Sum on the same subject, do seem to us rather like throwing the baby out with the bath-water. Except they do so in different directions.

Mr President, ex-officio Members of this Council will vote against both the Hon Steven Poon's motion, as well as against the Hon Dr Yeung Sum's subsequent motion.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Sports and entertainment programmes tickets *****

Following is a question by the Hon Henry Tang Ying-yen and a reply by the Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Mr James So, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

It is reported that the World Heavy Weight Boxing Championship Event originally scheduled to be held in the Hong Kong Stadium was called off as the organiser failed to pay the boxers, and that there are still some ticket holders who have not yet received refunds. According to the statement made by the Chairman of the Urban Council, organisers who rent Urban Council venues for hosting such events are not required to sell tickets through the URBT1X, make a bank deposit as a reserve fund or pay a certain amount of money as security so as to allow them to achieve costeffectiveness and maximum cash flow. In view of this, will the Government inform this Council whether there are any measures to safeguard the interests of consumers so that they will not suffer any loss from the cancellation of scheduled programmes while at the same time protecting the interests of the organisers?

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Mr President,

All public spectator sports and entertainment venues including the Hong Kong Stadium, in the urban area are managed by the Urban Council under the Urban Council Ordinance. The Urban Council has full autonomy in all matters relating to the management and hiring of these venues.

Under the Urban Council’s existing arrangements, hirers of all UC venues are required to use the URBTIX system to sell tickets for events held, with the exception of the Hong Kong Stadium. There, hirers are encouraged to use the URBTIX facility but are not required to do so. The reasons for this are twofold. First, the Hong Kong Stadium is managed separately and independently by Wembley International (HK) Ltd under the supervision of the UC Board of Governors. Second, greater ticketing flexibility needs to given to hirers of the Hong Kong Stadium in view of its size, the multi-purpose usage it is intended for and the fact that in most cases the bulk of tickets sold are done at the door immediately prior to admission.

Under the present management arrangements, there are no specific measures to safeguard consumers’ interest against loss from the cancellation of events held in the Hong Kong Stadium if the hirer does not act responsibly, as the onus of making ticket refunds rests entirely with the hirer.

As regards the case in question, the hirer however did take steps to ask its ticketing agents to make refunds and the majority of ticket holders were granted appropriate refunds. However, in a small number of cases, because of a dispute arising between the hirer and one ticketing agent over commission charged, refund has been held up for the time being.

Since the occurrence of the case in question, the Chairman of the Urban Council has assured me that his Council attaches great importance to the need to provide adequate protection to ticket holders in the case of an event being cancelled in the Hong Kong Stadium. The Urban Council Board of Governors have now taken this matter up with the stadium manager, Wembley International (HK) Ltd, to consider what safeguards may be introduced to protect the interests of all parties concerned.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Measures to improve standard of English and Chinese

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Following is a question by the 1 Ion Peter Wong Hong-yuen and a reply by the Secretary for Education and Manpower. Mr Michael Leung, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

Will the Government inform this Council :

(a) What specific measures the Government will take in the immediate future to improve the standard of English and Chinese among students at all levels of the school system; and

(b) how much of the $300 million Language Fund will be spent on proposals which aim to obtain short term results as opposed to long term research and projects?

Reply :

Mr President,

(a) The Government is taking a pro-active approach in improving the standard of English and Chinese among school students. Apart from the various measures already implemented to upgrade the teaching and learning of Chinese and English under existing policies over the years, e.g. curriculum renewal, teacher education, bridging courses and the medium of instruction policy, the following measures are being or will be introduced -

(1) starting in September 1995, the introduction in Primary One classes of the Target Oriented Curriculum which sets clearer learning targets for three core subjects including Chinese and English.

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(2) the gradual extension of the English Extensive Reading Scheme, which fosters good reading habits among secondary school pupils, to 200 secondary schools in 1997-98. A new scheme for primary schools will be introduced in September 1995.

(3) a Chinese Extensive Reading Scheme for primary school is now being considered.

(4) with the support of the Language Fund, 35 projects have just been approved for implementation. Practically all these projects will have a direct or indirect beneficial effect on the teaching and learning of languages in our schools as indicated later in part (b) of my answer. Additional projects under the Fund will continue to be considered for approval and implementation over the next few years.

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(5) the revamped Chinese Textbooks Committee is reviewing the availability and adequacy of good quality Chinese textbooks and reference materials for our schools.

(6) since September 1994, the Hong Kong Institute of Education has taken over teacher education courses from the former Colleges of Education and the Institute of Language in Education with the mission to upgrade our teacher education. The Institute has already made an encouraging start in this direction by separating the courses for secondary and primary’ school teachers and strengthening the course curriculum including the teaching of languages.

(7) the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualification is looking into ways and means to upgrade the skills of language and other subject teachers.

(8) And finally, the Education Commission has concluded its public consultation on its Working Group Report on Language Proficiency and will submit its final recommendations to the Government early next year.

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(b) It is not possible to forecast how much of the $300M in the Language Fund will be spent on projects aimed to produce short-term as opposed to longer-term benefits. This is because the Language Fund Advisory Committee (of which Mr Wong is a member) does not operate by way of a pre-set quotas or amounts for the various projects. Rather, it wishes to apply the maximum flexibility in assessing and recommending projects on the basis of merits, having full regard to the need to improve equally the proficiency in both Chinese (including Putonghua) and English. The application of this approach has produced a good mix of projects in the first round of allocations from the Fund announced in early December this year. Of the 35 projects approved, seven are on language surveys or research with the remainder on teacher training, curriculum, teaching and learning resource materials and student activity projects. Many of these projects may produce both short and longer term benefits.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Measures to reduce Lo Wu travellers' waiting time

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Following is a question by the Hon Edward Ho Sing-tin and a reply by the Secretary for Security, Mr Alistair Asprey, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : In view of the long waiting time for travellers to clear immigration and customs formalities through the Lo Wu border, will the Government inform this Council whether :

(a) any measures have been put in place to improve the present situation; and

(b) consideration will be given to opening additional border crossing points

for travellers crossing on foot?

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Reply :

Mr President,

(a) Customs formalities rarely cause delays, because Customs officers do not check every traveller. Most of our efforts, therefore, have been directed at improving immigration facilities.

The Administration has adopted the following measures to reduce the waiting time for travellers using the Lo Wu border crossing :

(i) resources have been allocated during the current financial year to enable an additional 51 immigration staff to be recruited at the Lo Wu Control Point;

(ii) optical character recognition readers are being installed at all control points, including Lo Wu. By September 1995, both Hong Kong identity card holders and machine- readable passport holders will be cleared by these readers. We estimate that the average processing time for a Hong Kong identity card holder will* be reduced by 4 seconds and that for a machine-readable passport holder by 20 seconds;

(iii) an extension to the present immigration hall at Lo Wu is being built and will come into operation in early 1995. The extension will provide, for the Immigration Department, 48 additional arrival counters and 24 additional departure counters. Resources for an additional 60 staff will be provided. There will also be 30 additional customs counters and 67 additional customs staff.

(iv) an Immigration Task Force of 46 staff was formed in April in this year to undertake investigation duties and mount special operations. At peak travel periods members of the Task Force are deployed to reinforce Control Points, including Lo Wu. Resources for a further 46 staff will be allocated to the Task Force in the 1995/96 financial year.

(b) We have no plans at present to open additional border crossing points for travellers on foot. But we are planning to introduce a shuttle bus service between the Lok Ma Chau and Huanggang check points in the middle of next year.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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1.

Checks on travel agents

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Following is a question by the Hon Howard Young and a reply by the Acting Secretary for Trade and Industry, Mrs Regina Ip, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : Regarding travel agencies operating without licences, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) what action does the responsible department take to check those agencies;

(b) how many travel agencies operating without licences were prosecuted in the past four years; and

(c) whether current legislation prohibits organisations or societies from organising package group tours without paying the Travel Industry Council (TIC) levy or issuing stamped receipts to people who join such tours?

Reply :

Mr President,

In reply to part (a) of the Honourable Member's question, the Registrar of Travel Agents, who is the licensing authority for travel agents, and the Travel Industry Council, which is the self- regulatory organisation of the outbound travel industry, work together closely in monitoring the activities of unlicensed travel agents.

A private company has been engaged by the Travel Industry Council to conduct covert checks on travel agents. It reports cases of suspected unlicensed travel agents to the Travel Industry Council which then passes the information to the Registrar. Licensed travel agents are also encouraged to report cases of suspected unlicensed travel agents to the Registrar of Travel Agents, who will refer suspected cases to the Police for investigation.

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As regards part (b) of the Honourable Member’s question, during the period from November 1990 to November 1994, the Registrar referred a total of 123 reports about suspected unlicensed travel agents to the police. 63 of these cases were found to be unsubstantiated. The police brought action against the remaining cases which resulted in 43 successful convictions. There are 17 cases outstanding.

Regarding part (c) of the Honourable Member’s question, the Travel Agents Ordinance does not prohibit organisations or societies from organising package group tours without paying the Council levy or issuing stamped receipts to participants in such tours. However, if an organisation or a society carries on business as a travel agent and obtains for another person carriage on a journey or accommodation at a place outside Hong Kong, it has to apply for a licence from the Registrar. Licensed travel agents are liable to pay the Fund and Council levies in accordance with the provisions of the Travel Agents Ordinance. Failure to pay the levies will be an offence punishable by fines and may lead to the suspension or revocation of licence.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Light Rail Transit services *****

Following is a question by the Hon Zachary Wong Wai-yin and a reply by the Secretary for Transport, Mr Haider Barma, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : As the population of the western part of New Territories has increased drastically to 700,000 following the successive completion of various public and private housing estates in Tin Shui Wai, the services provided by the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in the district are no longer able to cope with the demand. In view of this, will the Government inform this Council :

(a) what measures are in place to resolve the problem of inadequate LRT services (especially during rush hours);

(b) whether the Government will ask the Kowloon- Canton Railway Corporation to purchase additional LRT trains immediately to improve the services; if so, when the purchase will be effected; if not, what the reasons are; and

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(c) whether the Government will consider abolishing all LRT precincts and allowing other modes of public transport to operate in these areas, so as to help to resolve the problem of inadequate LRT services?

Reply:

Mr President,

Over the past two years, the number of passengers travelling on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system has increased from about 267,000 to 347,000 a day or by about 30%. During the same period, the number of Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) in service has correspondingly increased from 70 to 100, or, in terms of daily minimum carrying capacity by 32%, from 378,000 to 500,000. This demonstrates that the LRT system is overall able to cope with passenger demand. Perhaps, the Hon Zachary Wong's concern relates more to peak hour demand. Like all other public transport operators, the LRT faces demand surges during rush hours, especially during the morning rush. At this time some passengers may have to wait, but for no more than 10 minutes, to board an LRV. This particular problem seems to be most acute at Tin Shui Wai.

To cope with the population build-up at Tin Shui Wai, the number of LRVs deployed has been increased from nine vehicles in March 1993 to 26 at present. In addition, there are firm plans to augment these services by two additional LRVs in March next year. As an interim measure, the K.CRC has commissioned two special bus services to Tuen Mun Ferry Pier, one from Tin Shui Wai and the other from Long Ping, to supplement the LRT services.

The KCRC is currently reviewing overall LRT service requirements, particularly the need to purchase new LRVs to meet increasing passenger demand. We expect the Corporation to make a decision in early 1995.

Since June 1, 1993, franchised bus restrictions within LRT precincts, or more accurately the Transit Service Area (TSA), have been lifted. In effect, the LRT has to compete with other modes of public transport such as franchised bus services, public light buses and taxis. We will continue to monitor public transport services closely and, where necessary, arrange for additional bus services, green minibus services and residential coaches in the TSA.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Operation of the Advisory Council on AIDS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

Following is a question by Dr the Hon Lam Kui-shing and a written reply by the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine Fok, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

In connection with the operation of the Advisory Council on AIDS (ACA), will the Government inform this Council of:

(a) the difficulties encountered by the ACA on its operation;

(b) the number of Government representatives on the ACA and their respective ranks;

(c) the source of the ACA's resources;

(d) the size of the ACA secretariat; and

(e) the target of the work of the ACA in the next five years?

Reply:

(a) The Advisory Council on AIDS (ACA) advises the Government on effective programmes for prevention of AIDS, support services for HIV infected persons and the development of a comprehensive strategy on AIDS. Committees, sub-committees and working groups have been set up under the Council for the execution of such programmes and activities. So far, no major problems have been experienced in the implementation of these programmes which, in general, have been well received. However, the ACA is still concerned about the relative indifference of the community towards AIDS.

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(b) There are three Government representatives and one public officer on the ACA. Their respective ranks are as follow :

Director of Health (Chairman)

Consultant (Special Preventive Programme), Department of Health

one representative of Health*and Welfare Branch

(currently a Deputy Secretary)

one representative of Hospital Authority

(currently a Deputy Director)

(c) The Department of Health is responsible for the staffing of the ACA secretariat as well as funding various AIDS programmes. In addition, other Government departments like the Education Department and the Information Services Department also provide resources for various activities co-ordinated or undertaken by the committees and working groups of the ACA. For certain events, sponsorship is sought from other organisations, such as the AIDS Trust Fund, as well as manpower support from non-govemment organisations.

(d) The ACA secretariat consists of one senior executive officer, one clerical officer II, and a typist. In addition, secretarial support for the committees, subcommittees and working groups will also be provided by other Government departments and non-governmental organisations as necessary.

(e) The ACA has mapped out the future direction for AIDS programmes in Hong Kong in a strategy document entitled "Strategies for AIDS prevention, care and control in Hong Kong". Through its various committees and subcommittees, the ACA will continue to keep under review trends and developments relating to AIDS, and to co-ordinate, develop, monitor and evaluate the various AIDS programmes.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Noise Nuisance on Route Five ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is a question by the Hon Albert Chan Wai-yip and a written reply by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

The residents of Cheung Shan Estate Tsuen Wan have complained about the serious traffic noise nuisance on Route Five which can reach a high level of 80 decibels according to the Environmental Protection Department's measurement. However, there is at present no statutory control of traffic noise, and the residents have no way to lodge their complaints. In view of this, will the government inform this Council:

(a) whether consideration will be given to introducing legislation to regulate traffic noise on roads in the vicinity of residential areas so as to lessen the nuisance caused to residents; and

(b) what measures are now in place to reduce traffic noise on Route Five?

Reply :

The President,

(a) Having regard to the large number of vehicles on roads near to residential areas and other noise sensitive users, it is not practical to introduce statutory limits for overall road traffic noise. The Government is, however, preparing legislation to control the mechanical noise generated by individual vehicles. Noise emission standards will be set and vehicles registered after a certain date will have to comply with these standards. This will help mitigate traffic noise.

(b) To reduce traffic noise on Route Five, quiet road surfacing has been applied to the section of Cheung Pei Shan Road in front of Cheung Shan Estate, and to the sections of the Shing Mun Tunnel Road on both ends of the tunnel.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Manpower for hotel industry *****

Following is a question by Dr the Hon David Li Kwok-po and a written reply by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners has indicated that the hotel industry is suffering from a significant labour shortage and that the root of the problem is that the industry is being allowed quotas of imported workers well below stated requirements. In view of this, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether a review on the importation of labour scheme has been conducted to determine its effectiveness in easing the labour shortage in the territory; if so, what the findings are; and

(b) what remedies the Government will make to relieve the labour shortage in the hotel industry in view of its contribution to foreign exchange earnings?

Reply :

Mr President,

Under the General Labour Importation Scheme, the importation of workers at the technician, supervisor, craftsman and experienced operative levels is allowed up to a quota of 25,000 at any one time. This quota is allocated amongst various industry groups on the basis of four criteria, namely, number of vacancies, wage rate, labour utilisation and contribution to the economy. Allocation is made in accordance with an open formula which is applied consistently across all industry groups. In 1994, out of 11,000 quotas that have been reallocated, 152 places have been allocated to the hotel industry, which is equivalent to 1.4 per cent of the total quota allocated. A further allocation of 115 places has recently been approved, in response to requests from certain applicants for a reconsideration of their cases. The hotel industry has therefore been allocated a fair share of the available quotas.

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My reply to the two questions is as follows -

(a) The effectiveness of the scheme has been under regular review. Since its inception in 1989, the ceiling for importation has been raised gradually from the initial 3,000 to 25,000 in January 1992. Although the amount of labour imported is less than one per cent of our labour force, it has helped to relieve some of the bottlenecks in the local employment market. Our policy aim has therefore on the whole been achieved. We shall continue to allocate these quotas to industry groups on the basis of relative demand and their ability to make the best use of these quotas in terms of contribution to the economy. We have also undertaken to review the method of quota allocation early next year with a view to ensuring that it will continue to be effective and efficient.

(b) The importation of labour is not meant to be a means to cater for the hotel industry’s long-term manpower needs. Such needs should be catered for through more effective manpower planning policies including recruitment, retention and training. On Government’s part, our emphasis is on the funding of academic, vocational training and retraining courses to provide the trained manpower for the hotel industry. A total of about 3,800 full-time and part-time places are currently available at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Vocational Training Council at the degree, sub-degree and skilled operative levels. The Employees Retraining Board has, since its inception in 1992, offered 40 retraining courses, and some 600 retrainees have graduated. Some 50 hotels have also participated in the Board’s On-the-Job Training Scheme, producing 240 trainee placements in the hotel industry. Our training institutions are in close touch with the hotel industry and are ready to provide more of these courses should the need arise. ;

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Legislative programme ♦ * * * *

Following is a question by the Hon Martin Barrow and a written reply by the Chief Secretary, the Hon Mrs Anson Chan, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : Would the Government inform this Council:

a) how many items of legislation it plans to bring forward during 1994/95, in addition to the summary of the principal legislative proposals announced in the 1994 Policy Address;

b) whether it will supply a list of the planned legislation;

c) what further legislation is in the pipeline for 1995/96 and 1996/97;

d) how many pieces of proposed legislation put forward to the Committee on Legislative Priorities have been rejected or deferred by the Committee; and

e) how it plans to fit all this new legislation into the legislative timetable, in the light of the need to amend existing legislation to bring it in line with the SAR's Basic Law?

Reply :

Mr President,

a) & b) introduce another 39 items of legislation during the 1994/95 session. 17 of these have already been introduced into the Council. Details of these are at Annex A, and of the other 22 items at Annex B. It is important to note that the list at Annex B is subject to amendment in the light of changing circumstances.

b) The legislative programme for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 sessions has yet to be worked out. In order that a realistic programme can be drawn up, Secretariat Branches are invited to make bids for legislative slots about one year in advance. Bids for slots in the first half of the 1995/96 session are currently being invited from Secretariat Branches, and the provisional programme for this period will be finalised in April 1995. Bids for slots in the second half of the 1995/96 session will be invited in June 1995 and the provisional programme will be finalised in October 1995.

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c) 48 items of proposed legislation were considered by the Committee on

Legislative Priorities, but not included in the 1994/95 legislative programme.

d) Bills relating to the localisation and adaptation of laws are always given priority in the legislative programme. These bills are introduced into LegCo as and when we have been able to reach agreement with the Chinese side on them.

Annex A

Items of legislation introduced into LegCo during the 1994/95 Session up to 14 December but not included in the Legislative Programme rekased_M 6 October 1994

Items/Titles Purpose of the legislation Responsible Officer

Pensions Ordinances (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill To make tidying-up amendments in the light of operational experience after the enactment of the Pensions Modification Ordinance and to make other miscellaneous technical amendments for better administration of pension matters. Secretary for the Civil Service

Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) (Amendment) Bill To increase the current penalties especially for unlicensed import, export and possession of endangered species for commercial purposes or involving highly endangered species so as to deter would-be offenders. Secretary for Economic Services

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Merchant Shipping (Seafarers) Bill To amend the law relating to the registration and employment of seafarers and to introduce new provisions to provide for the health, safety and welfare of seafarers in view of the UK Merchant Shipping Act 1970. Secretary for Economic Services

Shipping (Miscellaneous Powers) Bill To transfer minor administrative or operational powers currently vested in the Governor to either Secretary for Economic Services or Director of Marine. Secretary for Economic Services

Employees Compensation (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill To make miscellaneous improvements including provision of employees compensation for injuries while working outside I long Kong Secretary for Education and Manpower

Hong Kong Polytechnic (Amendment) Bill, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong (Amendment) Bill and Hong Kong Baptist College (Amendment) Bill To change the titles and internal governance structure of the three institutions. The amendments provide the legal basis for the adoption of the new university titles and revised governance structure for the three tertiary institutions. Secretary for Education and Manpower

Polytechnics (Consequential Amendments) Bill To make amendments to a number of Ordinances consequent upon the enactment of three Ordinances to rename and restructure three tertiary institutions as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University and City University of Hong Kong Secretary for Education and Manpower

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Public Health and Municipal Services (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill To amend the definition of “stall” to include all vehicles for better enforcement of the Ordinance in connection with unlicensed hawking. The Bill seeks to facilitate more effective control of illegal hawking. Secretary for Home Affairs

Medical and Related Professional (Registration) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill To amend the legislation relating to the registration and practice of medical, dental, nursing and certain paramedical professionals. Secretary for Health and Welfare

Buildings (Amendment) (No.2) Bill To empower the Building Authority to refuse to approve plans showing the use of hand-dug caisson and to include land situated on the route of proposed sewage tunnels as a Scheduled Area. The Bill seeks to safeguard the safety of construction workers and to protect sewage tunnel areas from ground investigation works. Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

Land Titles Bill To convert the present land registration system to a title registration system. Under the proposed system, registration of a person as owner will confer full and absolute title to the property concerned. The new system therefore provides a higher degree of protection for purchasers of properties and simplifies the establishment of legal title to land. Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

Dumping at Sea Bill To set up the control of dumping waste materials at sea for Hong Kong in a local ordinance. Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

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Timber Stores Bill

Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill

Prisoners’ Education Trust Fund Bill

To establish a new scheme for licensing timber stores in substitution for the existing provisions contained in the Miscellaneous Licenses Ordinance

To provide for the continued implementation of both the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons and the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages by localising the UK enactments which presently apply to Hong Kong but which cease to apply on 30 June 1997. The Bill seeks to put in place a package of international agreements to ensure the safety of individuals at risk from being taken as hostages.

To enact legislation for the establishment of a Prisoners’ Education Trust Fund. The Bill seeks to set up a trust fund to provide financial assistance to adult prisoners for educational pursuits, a part of the rehabilitative process for prisoners, so that they can reestablish themselves upon release from prison.

Secretary for Security

Secretary for Security

Secretary for Security

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Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill

Rating (Amendment) Bill

To enable Hong Kong to meet Secretary for Trade and Industry certain obligations under the 1990 Istanbul Convention on Temporary Admission by extending the present definition of‘A.T.A. Carnet’ to cover an A.T.A. Carnet issued in accordance with the Convention, so that clothing items exported under such a Carnet will also be exempted form the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) Ordinance.

To discontinue the grant of half Secretary for Treasury refunds of rates for vacant nondomestic premises and to make miscellaneous amendments relating to the assessment and collection of rates.

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Annex B

Additional items of legislation for the 1994/95 Session

liile Purpose of the legislation Kesponsible officer

Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill To streamline provisions regarding the appointment system for Notaries Public practising in Hong Kong. Director of Administration

Costs in Criminal Cases Bill To consolidate and reform the law relating to the granting of costs in criminal cases. The Bill seeks to ensure that there is a comprehensive system for the award of legal costs in criminal cases. Attorney General

Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill To effect miscellaneous amendments in a number of areas. The Bill seeks to improve the administration of justice and keep the legal system operating effectively; Attorney General

Pensions (Special Previsions) (Hong Kong Institute of Education) Bill To provide for pension safeguard for civil servants transferring to the Hong Kong Institute of Education. The Bill seeks to apply the existing pension legislation to the transferred officers. Secretary for the Civil Service

Cessation of Office of Elected LegCo Members To transfer certain statutory functions relating to the cessation of office of elected LegCo Members from the Governor to the President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) and the Secretary-General of the LegCo Secretariat. The Bill is needed following the transfer of the Presidency of the LegCo from the Governor. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs

Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Bill

Hong Kong Airport (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill

Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Bill

Education (Amendment) Bill

Employees’ Compensation (Amendment) Bill and Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risks) (Amendment) Bill

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To empower the Director of Marine to give general directions to ships navigating within Hong Kong waters. The Bill seeks to improve harbour management by allowing the Director to direct a large number of ships at one time.

To revise outdated sections of the Ordinance and eliminate ambiguities governing the control of the Kai Tak Airport. The Bill seeks to improve the order and operational efficiency of the Kai Tak Airport by reviewing, as appropriate, the powers of the Director of Civil Aviation.

To establish a registration system to monitor the provision of courses provided in Hong Kong leading to the award of sub-degrees, degrees, postgraduate and related professional qualifications awarded by non-local institutions of higher education and professional bodies. The Bill seeks to ensure better consumer protection to the public.

To clarify the definition of school and to increase the powers of school inspectors. The Bill seeks to increase the effectiveness of school inspections and raise the quality of education in schools.

To make it a mandatory requirement for policy holders to take out a specified minimum cover. The Bill seeks to address the problem arising from the reinsurers’ decision to withdraw unlimited reinsurance cover in respect of motor third party liability and employees compensation insurance.

Secretary for

Economic Services

Secretary for

Economic Services

Secretary for Education and Manpower

Secretary for Education and Manpower

Secretary for

Financial Services

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Urban Council (Amendment) Bill

To replace the armorial bearing of the Urban Council with a new shield. The Bill seeks to ensure that the new shield of the Urban Council will be given proper statutory protection and not be misused.

Secretary for Home Affairs

Law Amendment and Reform (Consolidation) (Amendment) Bill

To empower the court, in cases other than murder, to modify the effect of the rule that precludes a person who has unlawfully killed another from acquiring a benefit in consequence of the killing (the forfeiture rule) where the justice of the case so requires.

Secretary for Home Affairs

Transfer of Powers (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

Wong Wai Tsak Tong Bill

To transfer minor regulation-making powers from the Executive Council to other authorities in order to streamline the work of ExCo.

To regulate the relationship between the Wong Wai Tsak Tong and its sublessees in Cheung Chau. The Bill covers the renewal of sub-leases, payment of Government rent and redevelopment by sub-lessees. The Bill seeks to minimise the disputes that are likely to arise while preserving the other aspects of the present relationship between the Tong and its sub-lessees as far as possible.

Secretary for Health and Welfare

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill

To empower the Commissioner for Transport to refuse the first registration of vehicles which do not comply with the specified noise standards. This Bill seeks to reduce noise pollution due to vehicles.

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

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Lands Tribunal (Amendment) Bill

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill

Mentally Abnormal Offenders - Insanity and Unfitness to Plead

Travel Agents (Amendment) Bill

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill

To empower the Lands Tribunal to have jurisdiction over “notices of termination” issued by landowners in accordance with the provisions in the Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance. The Bill seeks to ensure that the Lands Tribunal would have proper jurisdiction coverage over matters relating to tenancy agreements.

To expand the scope of the rehabilitation scheme so dial more people can benefit from the Scheme. With the improved scheme, more people can return to the society and turn a new leaf.

To enable the courts, in dealing with defendants who are found unfit to plead, to have the discretion in addition to indefinite detention, to dispose of the accused, either under a hospital order, a guardianship order, a supervision and treatment order or an order for absolute discharge. The Bill seeks to safeguard the right of those defendants who are found mentally unfit to plead.

To transfer the various regulation making powers relating to the licensing of travel agents from the Governor in Council to the Secretary for Trade and Industry. The Bill seeks to streamline some existing routine legislative procedures.

To strengthen legislative provisions relating to drink driving, and to make a number of minor amendments to the Ordinance on matters such as the auctioning of vehicle registration numbers and the powers of traffic wardens.

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

Secretary for Security

Secretary for Security

Secretary for Trade and Industry

Secretary for Transport

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Kowloon-Canton

Railway Corporation (Amendment) Bill

Public Bus Services (Amendment) Bill

To provide for additional land to be vested in the KCRC, where this is necessary for the efficient and safe operation of the KCR and the LRT and to delegate powers to make regulations from the Governor in Council to the Secretary for Transport..

To make legislative provision to ensure that public bus services are maintained in the event that a franchised bus operator ceases to provide services.

Secretary for Transport

Secretary for Transport

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Law to resolve dispute between Wong Wai Tsak Tong and sub-lessees ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

Following is a question by the Hon Timothy Ha Wing-ho and a written reply by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : In view of the dispute over land titles between Wong Wai Tsak Tong and a number of Cheung Chau residents, will the Government inform this Council whether it has drawn up any plan to resolve the problem; if so, what the details are; if not, what the reasons are?

Answer

Mr President,

The Administration has come to the view that the dispute between Wong Wai Tsak Tong and its sub-lessees can only be resolved by legislation. We therefore propose to introduce legislation to regulate the relationship between the Tong and its sub-lessees by dealing specifically with the issues in dispute. The main proposals are -

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(a) Renewal and extension of sub-leases

All sub-leases, except those already extended beyond 8 November 1994 by mutual agreement registered in the Land Registry at any time prior to the date of the coming into effect of the legislation, should be renewed from the date they would otherwise have expired until 27 June 2047, ie., 3 days before the expiry of the Block Crown Lease on 30 June 2047.

(b) Payment of Government rent

The Government rent will be payable directly by the sub-lessees to the Government. The Tong will only be entitled to collect from the sub-lessees the amount of rent specified in the sub-lcase and no other charges and fees. Starting from 1 July 1997, the amount of Government rent payable by the sub-lessees to the Government will be an amount equivalent to 3% of rateable value of the land.

(c) Consents to modifications and exchanges of sub-leased land

The Tong should be deemed to have agreed to be a party and shall be obliged to execute the necessary documentation for modifications or exchanges unless it can satisfy the Government that it has reasonable grounds for objecting to the modifications or exchanges.

The Tong should be allowed to charge sub-lessees no more than an amount equivalent to 10% of the premium charged by the Government for such modifications and exchanges in recognition of the Tong being the lessee under the Block Crown Lease and the fact that, but for the legislation, the Tong would not have been obliged to agree to enter into any modifications or exchanges of land sub-leased.

The aim will be to achieve through the legislation a fair and objective solution which recognizes as far as possible the legitimate interests of both the Tong and its sub-lessees. We hope to introduce the legislation into the Council in April 1995.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Immigration Department's functions ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

Following is a question by the Hon Emily Lau and a written reply by the Secretary for Security, Mr Alistair Asprey, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : Will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it has any plans to phase out or transfer certain functions which are now the responsibility of the Immigration Department to the Central Government after 1997; and

(b) if the answer to (a) is in the affirmative, whether it has considered the staff implications arising from such a change; if so, what is the outcome?

Reply:

Mr President,

We do not envisage that any functions of the Immigration Department will be transferred to the Chinese Government after 1997.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

"Franchise" mode of business not regulated ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is a question by Dr the Hon Huang Chen- ya and a written reply by the Acting Secretary for Financial Services, Mrs Lessie Wei, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : In view of the growing trend of conducting business by way of a "franchise", will the Government inform this Council whether consideration will be given to enacting legislation to step up control on such a mode of business operation; and if not, what plans does the Government have to safeguard the interests of investors?

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Answer :

The word "franchise", in the context of modem commerce, has no legal definition and can apply to a variable range of business arrangements. Nevertheless, the term generally refers to all of those types of arrangement whereby a person who has the exclusive right to conduct a certain type of business authorises another person to conduct that business within certain limitation. Normally, this involves the payment of a premium by the latter to the former.

Without referring to particulars of the structure of franchise arrangements, which can vary greatly, it is noted that franchises generally involve the kind of arm's length negotiation between two parties that the Government has traditionally not interfered with. In the absence of fraud, the relationship between franchisers and franchisees would be subject to the rights and remedies which exist under contract law. The Administration sees no evidence that franchisees require legal protection in addition to that afforded generally to other contractors. Where fraud is involved in relation to a particular type of franchise, attention could be given to those types of franchises in the light of existing criminal or regulatory laws.

In the light of the foregoing, the Administration has no plan to introduce specific legislation to govern or regulate the "franchise" mode of doing business.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Operation of Jockey Club ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is a question by the Hon Cheung Man-kwong and a written reply by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Michael Suen, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : Regarding the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club (RHKJC)'s privilege to operate gambling business in the territory, will the Government inform this Council whether:

(a) it is aware of (i) the RHKJC's organisational structure, (ii) the electoral arrangements for its Board of Stewards, (iii) the distribution of its financial income, and (iv) the allocation of its revenue for public and charity purposes; if so, what the details are in respect of (iii) and (iv) for the past three years; an

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(b) the Government will consider monitoring the RHKJC's election arrangements for its Board of Stewards as well as its policy on revenue allocation, so as to ensure that its decisions are in keeping with the interest and expectation of the public?

Answer

Mr President,

The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club (RHKJC) is a limited company incorporated under the Companies Ordinance. Its Memorandum and Articles of Association prescribes (i) its organisational structure and (ii) the electoral arrangements for its Boards of Stewards. The RHKJC publishes annual reports and accounts which reveal (iii) the distribution of its financial income and (iv) the allocation of its revenue for public and charity purposes. In the light of the above, my reply to (a) is yes. Regarding the details in respect of (iii) and (iv) for the past three years, Honourable Members may refer to the annual reports and accounts published by the RHKJC.

Regarding (b), as mentioned in (a) above, the RHKJC is a limited company incorporated under the Companies Ordinance. The Government will not consider monitoring the RHKJC's election arrangements for its Board of Stewards. As regards its policy on revenue allocation, there have been and will continue to be consultations between the RHKJC and the Government on the former's allocation of funds for charitable and community projects to ensure that its decisions are in keeping with the interest and expectation of the public.

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Government services for Hospital Authority *****

Following is a question by the Hon Lam Kui-chun and a written reply by the Secretary for the Treasury, Mr Donald Tsang, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

It is reported that the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) will start charging the Hospital Authority (HA) for maintenance work undertaken on ex-government hospitals. Will the Government inform this Council :

(a) whether contractors in the private sector will be allowed to submit bids for such maintenance work in competition with EMSD; if not, how the Government can justify to the public that the EMSD’s services are the most cost-effective;

(b) whether the costs of all non-medical services of the HA, including the maintenance of buildings, will eventually be charged to the HA;

(c) if the answer to (b) is in the negative, what are the non-medical services the cost of which will be charged to the HA and what are the reasons for such an arrangement; and

(d) what is the estimated annual expenditure on maintenance work in respect of non-medical services referred to in (c) above, and how will such expenditure be met by the HA?

Answer:

In principle, the Government will charge for all the services it provides to the Hospital Authority (HA). This will give a more accurate picture of the full costs of the services provided by the HA. However, for practical reasons, we introduce the charges by stages. We are already charging the HA, for example, for laboratory services provided by the Government Laboratory, financial audit services provided by the Audit Department and vehicle maintenance services provided by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. We intend to introduce charges for printing services and building management services next year. We shall continue to introduce charges in stages for the other services, including maintenance of buildings and electrical and mechanical systems and equipment. We have however yet to draw up specific plans for these items.

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Where we decide to charge for a service, we shall include in the annual grant to the HA adequate additional provision to cover the charge. It will be for the HA to consider whether to continue to buy that service from the Government, to run the service with its in-house staff or to buy the service from the private sector taking into account the cost- effectiveness and reliability of the alternatives. The HA has agreed that if it decides to terminate a service provided by the Government, it will give at least two years' advance notice so that the government department concerned can make necessary arrangements including redeployment of the staff involved to other duties.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Office rentals ♦ * ♦ *

Following is a question by the Hon Howard Young and a written reply by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : With regard to the escalating rental levels of office premises, will the Government inform this Council whether it plans to take measures similar to those for residential premises to dampen office prices and thereby rentals?

Answer

Mr President,

According to Government statistics, between the second quarter of 1991 and the second quarter of 1994, office rentals increased by an average of 12.8% per annum.

The present outlook for the office rental market appears healthy. While supply may be tight in the short term, there will be steady additional supply in the medium term to meet increasing demand. The forecast additional supply in 1994, 1995 and 1996 is 420,400, 537,800 and 570,000 square metres respectively. Most of this will be in Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay. Supply will increase significantly after 1996, mainly from development along the Airport Railway and on the Central and Wan Chai Reclamations. Development of I/O buildings will also help increase overall supply of office accommodation and provide flexibility in the response to market demand in terms of type and location.

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Since offices, and high quality offices in particular, are predominantly offered for rent the scope for speculation is limited. Furthermore, it is difficult to distinguish clearly between investors and speculators in the office market, since buyers are generally looking for an investment return either through resale or leasing.

We do not therefore see the need for any administrative measures, either to improve supply or to dampen speculation, at this time.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

Passenger capacity of public light buses

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Following is a question by the Hon Lee Wing-tat and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport, Mr Haider Barma, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question : In order to increase the passenger volume of public transport facilities, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the percentage of the passenger volume of public light buses (i.e. red minibuses and green minibuses) of the overall road public transport passenger volume in each of the past five years;

(b) whether it will review the existing restrictions prohibiting red minibuses from running in public housing estates and on new highways; and

(c) whether it will consider increasing the passenger capacity of public light buses from 16 seats to 18 seats?

Mr President,

The statistics sought by the Hon. Lee Wing-tat on the number of passengers carried by public light buses (PLBs) are annexed.

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The Government's policy towards PLBs is one of containment. The policy is to limit their numbers as well as their areas of operation. Red Minibuses (RMBs) are allowed to continue to operate in areas where their services have long been established. However, they are excluded from new housing estates and new expressways. As a complementary measure, it is Government's policy to convert RMBs into Green Minibuses (GMBs) so as to channel RMBs away from busy traffic corridors into feeder routes and rural and suburban areas which are more suitable for their operation.

The seating capacity of PLBs was increased from 14 to 16 in 1988. The primary objective then was to encourage replacement of vehicles. PLBs play a supplementary role to franchised bus operations. Having recently reviewed the position and, taking into account various views that have been expressed including feedback and diverse comments from public light bus operators, we consider that, overall, the present arrangements work well in meeting public transport requirements. At this point in time, the Administration has no plans to increase the seating capacity of PLBs.

Annex

Average Daily

Passenger Volume (in millions)

Year GMBs RMBs All PLBs (GMBs + RMBs) All Public Transport Modes Percentage

1990 0.68 4- 1.06 1.74 9.80 17.7%

1991 0.68 4- 1.04 1.72 9.87 17.5%

1992 0.71 4- 1 .02 = 1.73 10.00 17.3%

1993 0.73 4- 1.01 = 1.74 10.13 17.1%

1994* 0.75 4- 0.99 = 1.74 10.34 16.9%

* Projected Figures

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Labour disputes involving foreign domestic helpers ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is a question by the Hon Tam Yiu- chung and a written reply by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Michael Leung, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

Regarding labour disputes between Philippine domestic helpers and their employers, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the total number of such disputes in the past three years;

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(b) how many of these disputes have been dealt with by the Labour Tribunal; and

(c) whether there have been cases in which Philippine domestic helpers have to draw public assistance payment while awaiting the adjudication of the Labour Tribunal; if so, what is the total number of such cases and what is the total amount involved?

Reply :

Mr President,

(a) From January 1991 to October 1994, the Labour Department recorded a total of 6,744 cases of labour disputes between foreign domestic helpers and their employers. These involved foreign domestic helpers from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries. There is no statistical breakdown on the nationality of the individuals involved.

(b) Of the 6,744 cases of dispute recorded by the Labour Department, 2,153 cases were referred to the Labour Tribunal for adjudication at the request of the parties concerned, while the number of cases which had actually been dealt with by the Labour Tribunal amounted to 2,850. The difference between the two figures represents cases which were filed direct with the Labour Tribunal by the parties concerned.

(c) According to the Director of Social Welfare, there has so far not been a case involving domestic helpers from the Philippines drawing comprehensive social security assistance (formerly known as public assistance) while awaiting adjudication of the Labour Tribunal.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Youth drug abuse ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Following is a question by the Hon Fung Chi-wood and a written reply by the Secretary for Security, Mr Alistair Asprey, in the Legislative Council today (Wednesday):

Question :

It is reported that thinner sniffing among teenagers has become a serious problem in recent years. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether the problem of thinner sniffing among teenagers in Tai Po has deteriorated; if so, what are the causes leading to such a situation;

(b) what measures will be taken by various government departments, including the Police, the Education Department and the Social Welfare Department, to tackle the situation; and

(c) whether the Government will consider deploying one additional outreaching social work team to serve in the Tai Po district to help resolve this difficult problem?

Reply:

Mr President,

(a) No cases related to thinner sniffing among teenagers have been reported to the Police in Tai Po Police. We are aware that some social workers in Tai Po have come across individual cases of thinner sniffing, but information on the extent and trend of the problem in Tai Po is limited. Reports to the Central Registry of Drug Abuse indicate that the number of young people involved in solvent abuse remains small in Hong Kong. In 1992 there were 27 reports throughout Hong Kong involving people under 21; in 1993 there were 20, and in the first half of 1994 there were 15. As for the causes of drug abuse by young persons, surveys have shown that curiosity and peer pressure are the two major factors.

(b) The principal measure to reduce solvent abuse is publicity and preventive education directed against substance abuse in general. Solvents are covered in the regular talks given by Narcotics Division to secondary school students and featured in their educational booklet, leaflet and poster.

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The Police pay close attention to the involvement of young people in substance abuse, and encourage information and reports on the problem from residents in Tai Po. The Police are available to the community to discuss juvenile drug abuse; last November, the Police addressed the Tai Po District Fight Crime Committee and 27 local headmasters on the problem of juvenile drug abuse in Tai Po and the territory as a whole.

The Education Department issued "Guidelines on the Handling of Drug Abuse in Secondary Schools" to all secondary schools in June this year. The guidelines cover signs which indicate drug addiction, preventive measures and ways to deal with the problem on school premises, and resources/support to which schools could turn for expert advice. Schools are advised to implement drug education for their students through the teaching of various school subjects such as Social Studies, Economic and Public Affairs, Religious Studies, Human Biology, Chemistry and Liberal Studies at the secondary level and Health Education at the primary level. Relevant topics will also be included in the syllabus of General Studies, a subject to be implemented in primary schools by 1996. The Department has organised training courses for secondary school teachers and discipline teachers to equip them with the knowledge, teaching skills and strategies essential for the implementation of drug education at school. Pamphlets are also produced for parents of all school-aged children to promote good parenting and communication between parents and their children.

The Social Welfare Department undertakes a number of measures to address the problem : to arouse parents' attention and seek their support in the prevention of drug abuse among young people by widening the circulation of the parent's guide and other promotional leaflets and producing a video film on "Parental support in handling drug problems"; to strengthen contacts at the local level between the District Fight Crime Committee, schools, children and youth centres, and outreaching social work teams to combat the problem; and to organise in-depth training programmes for fomtline social workers.

(c) An outreaching social work team was set up in the Tai Po District in June 1993. The target provision of a total of 30 outreaching social work teams as set out in the Social Welfare White Paper 1991 has been achieved. The need for further expansion of the service is being examined by a Steering Group.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Motion on Preliminary Working Committee withdrawn ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

A motion proposed by the Hon Szeto Wah criticising the establishment of the Preliminary Working Committee and its Political Sub-group's proposal to set up a provisional legislature was withdrawn by Mr Szeto himself at the Legislative Council sitting today (Wednesday) in protest against the Administration's withdrawal of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 1994 after it had passed Committee Stage with amendments by the Hon Lau Chin-shek.

A motion moved by Dr the Hon LAM Kui-chun to urge the Government to increase the monthly standard rate of payment for single elderly persons under the Comprehensive Social Assistance Scheme to $2,300 per month and to increase correspondingly the standard rates for other categories of elderly people under the Scheme was passed.

The Hon Fred Li had withdrawn his amendment to Dr Lam's motion, again in protest against the Administration's withdrawal of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 1994.

The Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine Fok, spoke on the motion on behalf of the Administration.

A total of five motions were moved by Members to amend the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance in respect of the Boundary and Election Commission (Registration of Electors) (Functional Constituencies and Election Committee Constituency) Regulation, the Boundary and Election Commission (Registration of Electors) (Geographical Constituencies) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 1994, the Commodities Trading Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 1994 and the Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Municipal Councils) Order 1994.

The motion concerning the Commodities Trading Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order and one of the two motions concerning the Maximum Scale of Election Expenses (Municipal Councils) Order were voted down, while the remaining three motions were passed.

A motion moved by the Secretary for Health and Welfare on the Radiation Ordinance was also passed.

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Three bills were introduced for first and second readings. They were the Internationally Protected Persons and Taking of Hostages Bill, the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 1994 and the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Corporation Bill, which was a Private Member’s bill proposed by Dr the Hon Peter Wong. Debates on them were adjourned.

Debates on five bills were resumed. Of them, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 1994 passed through Committee Stage with amendments but was withdrawn by the Administration; the Employees Retraining (Amendment) Bill 1994 and the Corrupt and Illegal Practices (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 1994 passed the third reading without amendments; while the Sewage Services Bill and the Carriage of Goods by Sea Bill were passed with amendments.

The Administration tabled 10 Sessional Papers to the Council during the sitting.

Members asked a total of 18 questions, six of which required oral answers.

End/Wednesday, December 14, 1994

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Thursday, December 15,1994

Contents Page No,

Governor appeals to Lau Chin-shek to withdraw resignation threat.. 1

LAB to be consulted again on Employment Bill............... 3

Transcript of press session by Deputy to the Governor...... 4

Governor opens Japan/HK Business Committee meeting..... 5

Exco approves changes to TV broadcasters’ operating framework.... 6

TV licence mid-term review results announced............... 8

Mid-term review of ATV and TVB licences.................... 9

Cedel establishes link with Hong Kong.................. 11

Unemployment and underemployment figures for August - October 12

Concern over Garden Road sit-in........................... 14

Schools encouraged to use one language for teaching....... 14

Joint operation to flush out illegal immigrants........ 15

Board of Education visits Hong Kong Sea School............ 17

Last military babies leave hospital.................... 18

Workshop on pricing mechanisms for spectrum management. 19

Tin Sum Fire Station to hold open day..................... 20

Closure of Kwun Tong illegal structure sought.......... 21

Air quality report for November........................... 21

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations... 23

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Governor appeals to Lau Chin-shek to withdraw resignation threat ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

The following is part of the transcript of the press conference given by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo today (Thursday):

Brent Sommerville, Reuters: Yesterday the Democratic Party’s Lau resigned from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. He was protesting at the Hong Kong Government’s withdrawal of the Employment Bill. I wonder do you have any reaction to his resignation and as a former party president, how would you describe the tactic of withdrawing a bill if the parliamentary majority decides that an amendment should change it? Do you think it's good tactic in terms of politics?

Governor: Let me first of all say that I very much hope that Lau Chin-shek withdraws his threat to leave the Legislative Council. I say that for this simple reason, that he is widely respected and an effective Legislative Councillor. He is respected even by those who don’t agree with him. You see that in some of the tributes that have been paid to him in the newspapers today. He has worked over the years for a number of important social and industrial causes, some directly related to the rights of trade unionists in Hong Kong, some related to issues like safety and welfare of workers, about which I feel as strongly as he does, some in a broader humanitarian political context. He is one of best known labour leaders and representatives in Hong Kong. He is one of the best known legislators and I would appeal to him not to leave the Legislative Council, but to stay and continue to contribute as much as he can to Hong Kong. Hong Kong needs people with his integrity and his drive and his enthusiasm for so many good causes.

I want to come to the second question which is also extremely important. What is the issue at stake on this occasion? Is it a fundamental issue about the rights of the Legislative Council? I don't believe it is. the Legislative Council over the year amends in scores, hundreds of ways legislation put before it. There is no question about the Legislative Council's ability to say no or to change things.

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But here we had something which raises another fundamental point. Our existing mechanisms for dealing with labour relations issues. We have a Labour Advisory Board which had proposed generous, more generous terms for severance and long term pay. A Board which brings together elected representatives of labour and of employers. I don’t think that it would have been right simply to throw over their advice.

You say as the former chairman of a party, can I imagine that sort of thing happening elsewhere? To which the simple answer is: Yes I can.

If, in the United Kingdom, in a labour dispute, the advisory committee, ACAS, proposed a way of settling it agreeable to both sides which involved legislative provisions and during the committee stage of the bill those provisions were changed in the house of commons, I think it would be perfectly natural for the government to refuse to go ahead with the bill and to go back to the employers and employees and try to resolve the issue. That’s what we are trying to do. We don’t want to destroy labour relations machinery which has worked for Hong Kong extremely well down the years. We want to try to find some acceptable accommodation. In taking the measure we did in withdrawing the bill, we didn't invent some new procedure. We followed the agreed procedures of the Legislative Council.

But, finally, would there have been a better way of resolving the issue? Yes, there would have been. 1 wish we had won the vote. I wish we had been able to carry the Legislative Council with us. But we’ll have to try to persuade them again, after having discussed the matter with the Labour Advisory Board on the basis of the debate and the discussion in the Legislative Council.

My official have dealt with this matter wholly reasonably. They have my full support. But like them, 1 hope that we can resolve it without further argument and like them, I'm sure, I very much hope Mr Lau Chin-shek will return to the Legislative Council because it will be the poorer without him.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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LAB to be consulted again on Employment Bill

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The Government will consult the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) within this month on the Employment (Amendment) Bill following the withdrawal of the bill yesterday at the Legislative Council.

Speaking to reporters after presiding at the Open Learning Institute's congregation today (Thursday), the Deputy to the Governor. Mrs Anson Chan, said following that she hoped the Government would be in a position to put further proposals reflecting a consensus of the LAB before the Legislative Council.

"The LAB as you all know is the agreed and well-established mechanism for reaching a consensus on issues affecting employers and employees," Mrs Chan said.

"We do not believe that we should lightly set aside a consensus reached at the LAB."

On Mr Lau Chin-shek's intention to resign, Mrs Chan said he was a caring and well-respected member of the Legislative Council and had played a very critical role in putting forward the views of the labour sector.

"I have personally spoken with Mr Lau and urged him to reconsider his decision in the light of the wider public interest and 1 very much hope that he will rescind his decision to resign." she said.

End/Thursday. December 15, 1994

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Transcript of press session by Deputy to the Governor

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The following is a transcript of a press session by the Deputy to the Governor, Mrs Anson Chan, after presiding at the Open Learning Institute's congregation today (Thursday). I

Mrs Chan: Good afternoon everyone. I’d like to say a few words about yesterday's debate in the Legislative Council on the Employment (Amendment) Bill. We very much regret the decision to withdraw this Bill. But we have done so temporarily for further consultation both within the Legislative Council and outside to take it really at the Labour Advisory Board.

This is the second time that we have actually put the amendment Bill before the Legislative Council following the last debate in July, at which members expressed certain views of further improvements. We took this issue back to the LAB and the package that we put yesterday to the Legislative Council was indeed a significant improvement on the further package.

The LAB as you all know is the agreed and well established mechanism for reaching a consensus on issues affecting employers and employees. And over the years, the LAB has played a critical role in maintaining harmonious relationship between the employers and the employees. And we do not believe that we should lightly set aside a consensus reached at the LAB. And that's why in the circumstances prevailing yesterday, we thought it necessary to withdraw the Bill and we would now consult the LAB within this month. Following that 1 very much hope that we would be in a position to put further proposals reflecting a consensus of the LAB before the Legislative Council.

I think that none of us wish to see this package of improvements to severance payments and long service payments delayed any longer than is necessary.

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Finally, I would like to say a few words about Mr Lau Chin-shek's intention to resign. Mr Lau is a caring and well respected member of the Legislative Council. He has played a very critical role in putting forward the views of the labour sector. It is quite clear that his constituency wish him to continue to represent them in the Legislative Council. I have personally spoken with Mr Lau and urged him to reconsider his decision in the light of the wider public interest and I very much hope that he will rescind his decision to resign. Thank.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Governor opens Japan/HK Business Committee meeting

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, today (Thursday) officiated at the opening of the 17th joint plenary meeting of Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee and Japan/Hong Kong Business Cooperation Committee.

Mr Patten stressed the strong economic and trade relationship between Japan and Hong Kong when addressing the leading Japan and Hong Kong businessmen who took part in the meeting.

He then called on Mr Masayoshi Takemura, the Minister of Finance and Mr Ryutaro Hashimoto, the Minister for International Trade and Industry.

He also met Mr Shoichiro Toyoda, Chairman of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organisations) and other senior members of the organisation and was at a lunch co-hosted by Mr Toyoda and Mr Tomiichi Akiyama, Chairman of the Japan-Hong Kong Business Co-operation Committee in honour of him.

After lunch, he held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club. During the 90-minute session he touched on a wide range of issues on Hong Kong's future and Japan's involvement in Hong Kong.

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Later in the afternoon, he met Mr Keizo Obuchi, Vice-President of Liberal Democratic Party and Mr Yosuhiro Nakasone, former prime minister before he arrived at a dinner hosted in his honour by Mr Kunihiko Saito, Administrative Vice- Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The second day of his visit to Tokyo ended when he appeared in a toprating television news programme in the evening.

Tomorrow, Mr and Mrs Patten will have an audience with the Emperor and Empress in the Imperial Palace. This is the first time a Hong Kong Governor will be so honoured.

Before returning to Hong Kong tomorrow evening, the Governor will have a busy day meeting the Japan/Hong Kong Parliamentarian League, former prime minister, Mr Tsutomu Hata and President of New Frontier Party (Shinshinto), Mr Toshiki Kaifa.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Exco approves changes to TV broadcasters' operating framework

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The Govemor-in-Council has approved certain changes to Hong Kong's broadcasting operating environment after having considered the recommendations of the Administration on completion of the 1994 review of the commercial and satellite television broadcasting services, the Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Mr James So, said today (Thursday).

Mr So added that the changes that had been approved following the current review include:

(a) The Cantonese language restrictions on Hutchvision's remaining free-to-air channels, should be lifted and no Cantonese language restrictions should be imposed on similar regional free-to-air satellite television broadcasts that are uplinked from flong Kong;

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(b) No further changes should be made to the royalty payments charged to ATV and TVB in the light of the prevailing competitive conditions;

(c) That upon application to the Governor-in- Council and subject to approval of the application in the public interest by the Governor-in-Council, a local television broadcasting licensee may acquire any level of interest in a satellite television uplink and downlink licensee; and

(d) The introduction of a legislative provision on free competition and the introduction of full-cost recovery licence fees for broadcasting licensees should be approved in principle.

Speaking at a press conference to give details of the review, Mr So said the Executive Council had also directed that as part of the review in 1996 on deregulating the broadcasting environment upon the expiry of Wharf Cable’s exclusivity period, the Administration should address more thoroughly the question on the future of English language channels on commercial television, that is TVB and ATV.

Following on the changes to the broadcasting operating environment, the Governor-in-Council has given approval in principle to grant a 12-year licence to the Galaxy Uplink Limited, a subsidiary of TVB, to establish and operate ground facilities in Hong Kong to transmit and receive television signals comprising the Galaxy regional satellite broadcasting service.

In giving this approval, the Governor-in-Council has fully considered the benefits that the proposed service will bring to Hong Kong and the region, and has concluded that it would be in the public interest to grant this approval.

Mr So said the Galaxy service would enhance Hong Kong's status as a regional broadcasting centre, widen the choice of programmes to the region, bring in overseas broadcasting expertise to Hong Kong as well as create new jobs locally.

Mr So added that the project would expand the export of Hong Kong produced programmes and emphasised that it was a positive development that Hong Kong's major domestic broadcaster was participating in the new and important field of international satellite broadcasting

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Galaxy initially plans to uplink three channels which comprise general entertainment, sports and drama programmes in English and Putonghua. The signals will be transmitted to the Asia-Pacific region using Apstar 1.

Mr So said the Administration would start the licence negotiation with TVB shortly.

He said the Administration would consult China in the normal manner in granting this licence to Galaxy.

End/Thursday, December 15. 1994

TV licence mid-term review results announced

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The following is issued on behalf of the Broadcasting Authority:

The Broadcasting Authority (BA) today (Thursday) announced the results of a mid-term review of the licences of ATV and TVB.

The Chairman of BA, Sir Roger Lobo, said at a press conference: "We have completed a survey into people’s viewing habits; conducted three public hearings at which the public was invited along to tell us what they thought about the performance of ATV and TVB.

"We have met with the licensees themselves, as well as other interested parties such as Legislative Council and our own public advisers, and gathered a lot of statistical information on the performance of the licensees," he said.

In the course of the review, the BA has received a tremendous amount of feedback, information and co-operation and has been able to conclude its review and make its recommendations on time.

Sir Roger said: "Our recommendations have been endorsed by the Governor-in-Council and we will now move to implement the changes to the licences and codes of practice as expeditiously as possible.

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"We have tried to strike a balance between satisfying the public's demands for an improved local commercial television service and the licensees' right to creative freedom and independence from unwarranted Government intervention."

In response to public demand, the BA will impose greater obligations on the licensees in some programming areas, such as in cultural, children's and advisory programmes.

The BA will also review and update its codes of practice to see if, for example, some of the new types of programmes, such as the very controversial and yet quite popular magazine- type programmes, can be better regulated.

Although many people have expressed the hope that the BA will do something about competitive scheduling, the BA has, after careful consideration, decided that to attempt to do so would be interfering too much with the scheduling arrangements of the licensees and would also probably be a breach of the licensees' freedom of expression under the Bill of Rights.

Sir Roger said: "We sincerely believe that through the recommendations we can amend the regulatory system governing commercial television to help ensure that a better product, and one that is more responsive to public aspirations, is delivered into people's homes."

End/Thursday. December 15, 1994

Mid-term review of A TV and TVB licences

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A spokesman for the Recreation and Culture Branch today (Thursday) explained the role of the Broadcasting Authority (BA) in conducting the midterm review of the ATV and TVB licences earlier this year.

"The responsibility of conducting the review falls squarely on the BA,"

he said.

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"The BA must conduct the review, and must report its findings direct to the Govemor-in- Council."

He emphasised that despite this requirement the review had been held in as open a manner as possible.

Three public hearings had been held by the BA and surveys of viewing habits had been carried out in order to canvass public views.

The BA had listened to the views of 69 speakers at these hearings. Seven written submissions had been received from both interest groups and individuals. More than 400 members of the public attended.

The BA had made the recommendations to the Executive Council following the review as was required of it and there was absolutely no way that these recommendations could be divulged before they were submitted to the Executive Council, the spokesman said.

The Legislative Council was given several opportunities to comment on the issues in broad terms - through the hearings and in LegCo Recreation and Culture Panel meetings on the subject.

The Chairman of the BA had briefed Members at the last meeting on December 8.

In future, all mid-term reviews of broadcasting licences would be conducted by BA in the same way, that is. in an open and transparent manner through public hearings and public opinion surveys.

The Legislative Council would continue to be consulted in broad terms through its relevant panels but decisions arising from the reviews would only be made public after they had been considered by the Executive Council as was stipulated by law, he said.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Cedel establishes link with Hong Kong *****

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Cedel, the international clearing and settlement company, jointly announced today that a link had been established between Cedel and the Central Moneymarkets Unit (CMU), the centralised clearing system for debt instruments operated by the HKMA.

The link will become operational tomorrow (Friday). Cedel has appointed Bankers Trust Company, Hong Kong, Cedel's current Eurodepositary in Hong Kong, as its agent to process transactions in connection with those instruments cleared by the CMU.

The Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr Joseph Yam, said: "1 am pleased that the linkage between the CMU and Cedel can be in operation well ahead of schedule. To develop linkages with large international clearing systems is part of HKMA's on-going efforts to develop the market infrastructure to promote the growth of the Hong Kong debt market."

Philippe Metoudi, Cedel's Head of the South East Asia region said: "The service will be Cedel's first link with a domestic clearing system in South East Asia, and is the beginning of further expansion of Cedel services to the key domestic markets of South East Asia.

"Cedel is committed to providing its global customer base with access to the key domestic markets of the world. The link with the CMU establishes a bridge to one of the most dynamic markets in the world and one which is set to enjoy continued growth over the next few years.

"We are also delighted to further our good working relationship with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority."

CMU, the centralised book-entry safekeeping, clearing and settlement system for Hong Kong dollar debt securities, has experienced rapid development in recent months.

Currently there are 134 Recognised Dealers for trading of Exchange Fund paper and 172 CMU Members for the trading of private sector debt securities.

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Since September 1994, the amount of private sector debt securities held by the CMU has increased from HK.S19.3 billion (US$2.5 billion) to HKS28.4 billion (US$3.6 billion).

Cedel is an International Central Securities Depositary which provides custody and settlement services for internationally traded debt and equity securities to nearly 3,000 customers worldwide.

Trades can be cleared and settled in over 64,000 securities in 25 currencies. At the end of October this year, Cedel posted a record level of deposits, and turnover for the year will be some US$7,000 billion. Cedel has been rapidly expanding its network of links across the world and currently provides access to 20 domestic markets.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Unemployment and underemployment figures for August - October

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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August - October 1994 was 2.2%, and the underemployment rate was 1.3%, according to the latest labour force statistics released today (Thursday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

The provisional seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period of September - November 1994 was 2.1%, while the provisional underemployment rate was 1.4%.

The latest figures suggest that the labour market remained generally tight in recent months.

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During the period of August - October 1994, the number of unemployed persons, adjusted for variations in the number of first-time job-seekers, was estimated at 66,700, while the number of underemployed persons was estimated at 37,600.

The unemployment and underemployment statistics were obtained from a continuous General Household Survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department.

The survey for August - October 1994 covered a quarterly sample of some 12,400 households or 42,900 persons, selected scientifically to represent the land-based civilian non-institutional population in Hong Kong.

Relevant data were obtained from 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 International Labour Organisation.

Detailed analysis of labour force characteristics is given in the report on the General Household Survey which is published four times a year.

The next report covering the quarter ending September this year will be available at the Government Publications Centre by the end of this month at $24 a copy.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Concern over Garden Road sit-in

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In response to press enquiries, a Social Welfare Department spokesman today (Thursday) said the department was very concerned about the sit-in of some Tsuen Wan roof-top dwellers on Garden Road yesterday morning which was organised by a group of social workers.

"Social workers should observe the boundaries of the law in organising such activities. We strongly advise against the use of violence in any protest action in trying to achieve their goals," the spokesman said.

He said the department was looking into details of the incident. Of the 22 people arrested by police in yesterday's protest, some were reported to be social workers.

"As responsible social workers, the safety of the group being led in such activities should come first. At the same time inconvenience caused to the general public should be kept to the minimum." the spokesman added.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Schools encouraged to use one language for teaching ♦ * * * *

The Government is encouraging schools to make a firm choice of either English or Chinese as the medium of instruction to help students to develop language proficiency, the Deputy to the Governor, Mrs Anson Chan, said this today (Thursday).

Speaking at the Annual Speech Day of St Paul's Convent School, Mrs Chan said one of the main tasks of Hong Kong schools was to develop the communication skills of students.

"Language is the means by which we express ourselves, understand those around us and avoid chaos.

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’’And we must not forget that Hong Kong’s success depends on our ability to communicate well with the outside world-mainly through English; and with China—mainly through Putonghua," she said.

Regarding the recent trend to use mixed language in Hong Kong, Mrs Chan pointed out that such language mixing did not help students to develop a high level of proficiency in either language.

She also said this should not be used at the expense of the ability to communicate effectively in English or Chinese when the need arose.

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End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Joint operation to flush out illegal immigrants * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A territory-wide operation against illegal immigration jointly mounted by the Police, the Labour and the Immigration Departments has resulted in the arrests of 96 people.

The operation is part of the Government’s continuous effort to flush out illegal immigrants.

The 94 suspected illegal immigrants arrested by the Police have been referred to the Immigration Department. Those found to be illegal immigrants will be repatriated.

The other two persons were arrested by Immigration investigators.

A Government spokesman reiterated today (Thursday) 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 oneself," he said.

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The spokesman stressed 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 (Wednesday) and ended at 5 am today, the Police stepped up their identification spot checks in public places and carried out checks at suspicious locations throughout the territory.

On the labour front, Labour inspectors visited 2,340 establishments to weed out any illegal immigrants who may be working there and to check that employers fulfil their legal obligation of keeping proper records of their employees.

A total of 7,669 employees had their proof of identity checked.

Sixteen establishments were found not able to provide a record of employees for inspection.

The spokesman reminded employers that they could be fined up to $250,000 and jailed for up to three years if they were found to be employing illegal immigrants.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Board of Education visits Hong Kong Sea School ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The following is issued on behalf of the Board of Education:

Six members of the Board of Education, led by its chairman, Dr Tam Man-kwan, and accompanied by the Assistant Director of Education (Services), Mr Tse Kum-shing, today (Thursday) visited the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley.

The other members were Mr Michael Hong Man-hoi, Mr Kenneth Ting Woo-shou, Sister Marie Remedios, Mrs Grace Hui Wong king-man, Mrs Minnie Lai Wei Kit-lin and Mr Sheung Kwok-chu.

The group was welcomed and briefed by the Chairman of the School Management Committee, Mr Cowen Chiu, and Principal, Mr Kwong Hung-piu.

The Hong Kong Sea School started operation as an aided residential and day practical school for unmotivated boys in September last year. The school curriculum places more emphasis on practical skills than academic knowledge in motivating potential dropouts.

The school offers traditional seamanship, steward training and practical studies including accommodation and catering, technical studies and commercial studies.

The school also provides training for students to sit for examinations leading to the award of Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate and Efficient Deck Hand Certificate.

After observing students practising boat rowing at the Bradbury Pier, the group moved to the gymnasium where a class of Secondary Three students were having traditional naval physical training which aims at training students' co- operation, aptness and confidence.

The group also visited Computer Education Room, Music Room, Art and Design Room and Accommodation and Catering Workshop.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Last military babies leave hospital *****

The following is issued on behalf of Joint Service Public Relations Staff:

The maternity unit at the British Military Hospital will close tomorrow (Friday) and the last three military babies, all girls, bom there will leave with their mothers.

To mark the occasion, the last baby, the as- yet-unnamed daughter of Lance Corporal Tang Luen-fu of Hong Kong Military Service Corps and Mrs Tang Tam Fung-yee, will be presented with a silver spoon by the hospital.

The closure of the maternity unit was announced in October when it was also announced that the hospital would close completely in June next year.

Negotiations are underway with local hospitals for maternity care arrangements following the closure of the BMH unit but in the meantime, expectant mothers will be referred to either The Matilda Hospital or the Shatin Union to each of which an Army midwife has been appointed as Liaison Officer.

Attention News Editors:

You are invited to send representatives to meet the last three mothers and babies at the Maternity Unit of the hospital tomorrow (Friday). Media representatives should arrive at the hospital's Reception no later than 11.15 am.

Details of the three babies are as follows:

Honsalic Thapa, bom on December 7 to Mrs Bishnumaya Thapa, wife of Sergeant Hombahadur Thapa, Queen's Gurkha Signals. Weight 3.35 kg at birth.

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Kayleigh Mackin, bom on December 12 to Mrs Sandra Mackin, wife of Warrant Officer II John Mackin, Logistic Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps. Weight 3 kg at birth.

Unnamed daughter, bom yesterday (Wednesday) to Mrs Tang Tam Fung-yee, wife of Lance Corporal Tang Luen-fu, Hong Kong Military Service Corps.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Workshop on pricing mechanisms for spectrum management * * * * *

The Telecommunications Authority has recently appointed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu HK Canada Management Consulting (in conjunction with the National Economic Research Associates) to conduct a consultancy study.

The objectives of the study are to review the current spectrum management framework and to advise the Authority on the feasibility of introduction of economic techniques to spectrum management in Hong Kong.

Following the public forum held on November 21 this year for the consultants to present their preliminary findings and proposals, an industry workshop will be held by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority for the consultants to present their draft final report on the study and to solicit feedback from the telecommunications industry.

The workshop will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on December 21 in Meeting Rooms 606 and 607, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

The maximum number of participants is 180 and reservation is first-come, first-served. Interested parties are requested to call 961 6645 or 961 6647 to reserve a place.

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Copies of the draft final report will be distributed at the workshop. Additional copies will also be available at the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, 29th floor, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong after December 22.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Tin Sum Fire Station to hold open day *****

Tin Sum Fire Station in Sha Tin will be open to the public on Sunday (December 18) from 10 am to 6 pm.

The open day is part of the programme to publicise this year's fire prevention campaign.

There will be a display of fire-fighting equipment, fire appliances and an exhibition of historical photographs of the Fire Services.

Fire Protection Bureau officers will be on hand to give advice on fire protection and safety, and to distribute leaflets.

Visitors can also see fire drills and demonstrations on the use of equipment and fire extinguishers at 11 am and 3 pm.

The fire station is located at 2 Fu Kin Street, near the Hong Kong School of Motoring.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

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Closure of Kwun Tong illegal structure sought

*****

The Building Authority is seeking to close an unauthorised structure in Kwun Tong so that it can be demolished without endangering the occupants and the public.

The unauthorised structure used for storage is located on the roof of an industrial centre in 474-484 Kwun Tong Road.

A notice of application for a Closure Order from the District Court under the Buildings Ordinance on January 11 next year has been posted on the premises.

Demolition work is expected to start as soon as the Closure Order is issued.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994.

Air quality report for November

♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

'♦J »'v r!

The Environmental Protection Department today (Thursday) released air quality information for last month.

A spokesman for the department said the purpose of the announcement was to keep the public informed of the air quality levels in the territory and to explain the measurements.

The announcement contains monitoring results from Mong Kok, Central/Westem and Kwai Chung, which represent three important land use types in the territory:

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* locations close to road traffic in built-up urban areas,

combined commercial and residential districts, and

* districts close to industrial areas.

The department currently monitors air quality continuously at eight stations, including the three mentioned. Short-term measurement exercises are also undertaken as and where the need arises.

The reported air pollutants include sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), total suspended particulates (TSP) which comprise all sizes of dust particles and the respirable fraction of the dust (RSP). All these pollutants can affect respiratory health in sufficient concentration.

High concentrations of dust were recorded at all stations on November 7. At Mong Kok, the TSP level exceeded the 24-hour Air Quality Objective limit of 260 ug/m3.

As the airflow on November 5, 6 and 7 was generally from the north and northeast, the high dust levels might be caused by dust from these directions combined with local emissions.

On November 14 and 15, pollutants were flushed from the territory by strong winds, resulting in lower concentrations of gaseous pollutants.

The gases and particles described originated from various sources. SO2 is mostly produced when fuels that contain sulphur are burned. NO2 is formed during combustion by the combination of nitrogen and oxygen.

However the majority of it is formed in the atmosphere by the oxidation of nitric oxide (NO), also a product of combustion.

Vehicle exhaust is an important source of NO and NO2 in terms of impact on local air quality. It is also a major source of airborne particulate matter, especially the smaller respirable particles.

Diesel-engined vehicles such as taxis, public light buses, passenger coaches, franchised buses and light and heavy goods vehicles are the greatest contributor of particulate matter. Other sources include industry, furnaces and boilers, construction activities, the sea and the soil.

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It is worth noting that while the weather and climate always affect the concentrations of pollutants in the air, the only sure way of reducing the levels is to reduce emissions from man-made sources.

For further information on this air quality report, please contact Mr Raymond Leung on telephone 594 6401.

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Time Cumulative change

$ million (hours) ($million)

Opening balance in the account 1,389 0930 -36

Closing balance in the account 2,484 1000 -36

Change attributable to : 1100 -36

Money market activity +1,185 1200 r36

LAF today -90 1500 +498

1600 +1,185

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *+0.0* 15.12.94

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.76 17 months 2605 6.35 98.82 7.36

1 month 5.18 23 months 2611 6.90 98.84 7.70

3 months 5.66 28 months 3704 6.15 96.63 7.88

6 months 6.18 34 months 3710 7.25 98.52 7.98

12 months 6.85 57 months 5909 7.45 97.10 8.36

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 15,901 million

Closed December 15, 1994

End/Thursday, December 15, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, December 19,1994

Contents Page No,

Govt to set up $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund.......... 1

Maximising capacity of airport........................................ 1

STI welcomes findings on HK the freest economy in the world........... 4

HKMA Chief Executive to visit Beijing................................. 5

Illegal structure occupants urged to register with Housing Department. 6

Second issue of 5-year Exchange Fund Notes well received.............. 7

174th meeting of the Education Commission............................. 7

Value of manufacturers’ order-on-hand in October 1994................. 9

Special public transport arrangements for Christmas holidays.......... 11

Computer games software contest promotes oral health................. 14

Christmas holiday clinic service..................................... 15

Water storage figure................................................. 15

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results.......................... 16

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................. 16

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Govt to set up $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund

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Following further discussions today (Monday) with the staff side, the Government intends to go ahead and establish a $7 billion Civil Service Pension Reserve Fund as soon as possible, subject to a resolution of the Legislative Council and the voting of funds by the Finance Committee.

A Civil Service Branch spokesman pointed out that the Fund would be used exclusively to pay pensions in the extremely unlikely event that they could not be covered by the General Revenue.

The future balance of the Fund would be maintained at a minimum of one year's estimated pension expenditure.

"The Joint Declaration and the Basic Law specifically guarantee the continued payment of pensions on terms no less favourable than before and irrespective of nationality or place of residence. The establishment of the Fund will reinforce these guarantees.

"The Administration has had to consider what the public would accept. This is particularly so given that it is extremely unlikely that the Fund would ever be used as there are already statutory pensions safeguards under the JD and BL," the spokesman explained.

The Fund will be established by a resolution of the Legislative Council under Section 29 of the Public Finance Ordinance.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

Maximising capacity of airport

*****

To overcome the shortage of capacity problem at the Hong Kong International Airport, the Government has proposed to utilise the programmable slots still available but unused during the early morning and late evening periods to accommodate more flights so that the economic benefits of the airport could be maintained.

Despite the efforts made by the Civil Aviation Department in the last few years to enhance the handling capability of the airport, there is little more the department can do within existing operating arrangements and a consultation on the proposals to maximise the airport's capacity is underway.

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The department seeks to consult those people living in the vicinity of the airport through the concerned District Boards before any steps are taken to implement them.

A spokesman for the department today (Monday) said it was necessary to put forward the proposals because if it was not possible to increase the capacity of the airport further prior to the opening of the new airport at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong would forego substantial economic benefits.

The spokesman said in 1993, more than 6.2 million air trips were made by Hong Kong residents and about $390 billion worth of cargo was shipped into and out of Hong Kong by air.

"Of the nearly nine million overseas visitors who came to Hong Kong last year, over 68 per cent travelled through the airport," he said, adding that the total visitor spending amounted to a total of $60 billion contributing to some seven per cent of Hong Kong’s Gross Domestic Product.

"The air transportation industry is also a major job provider employing some 25,000 people at the airport and it is believed that the number of people who work for the industry outside the airport is many times more than this figure," the spokesman said.

If the proposed additional capacity can be made available, the department assessed that the Hong Kong economy will benefit from additional visitor spending of the order of $4.3 billion a year.

Furthermore, there would be other direct and indirect benefits which include: an estimated $100 million a year in increased income from additional aircraft landings; an estimated $60 million a year in increased revenue from air passenger departure tax and additional services to the travelling public and increased business and job opportunities.

Under the proposals, the number of programmed aircraft movements between 6.30 am and 7am and between 9 pm and 11.30 pm, currently limited to 18 movements per hour for noise abatement reasons, will be increased by six or 10 movements an hour.

At the same time, the present programming hours at the airport will be extended by one hour from 11.30 pm to 12.30 am, thereby effectively extending the airport’s operating hours from midnight to lam.

The spokesman said the new measures would provide an additional 224 programmable slots per week.

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He stressed that the additional capacity will also help to build up a stronger traffic base to transfer to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok.

"Any measures to increase the number of flight movements in the early morning and late evening will, unfortunately, cause additional noise disturbance to those living in the vicinity of the airport," he said.

The spokesman said the department accepted that the potential economic benefits must be weighed against the environmental implications of increases in the airport's operating capacity.

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has completed a noise impact assessment and the noise impact of flight movements at the airport can be categorised into two types namely: noise annoyance and wake-up-from-sleep.

On the "noise annoyance" aspect, the proposals will increase the number of people affected by 18 per cent from 330,000 to 388,000 because of an enlarged Noise Exposure Factor which is a number to measure the duration of flyovers, maximum noise levels, tonal characteristics and the number of movements in respect of residential developments in the vicinity of the airport.

If the proposals are implemented, 250,000 people in Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City will be affected at "wake-up-from-sleep" noise level 11 times after 9 pm each day because of the landings as compared to seven times currently. At present, one or two landings per night occur after 10.30 pm.

The EPD assessment estimated that 10 per cent of the landings reach a "shocking" noise level of over 105 dB(A) in the worst area of Kowloon City.

As to take-offs after 9 pm, 90.000 people in Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Eastern would be affected 27 times as compared to 21 times currently.

The spokesman said the additional noise nuisance would however be for a limited and finite period until the opening of the new airport.

He said the department would be taking measures to minimise the noise nuisance as far as possible by for instance not scheduling aircraft arrivals after 10.30 pm. He said in fact this was the case since October this year.

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In addition, only those aircraft which meet the most stringent noise standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), both arrivals and departures, will be permitted to be programmed after 9 pm.

Airlines will be required to adopt ICAO noise abatement procedures on takeoff.

Consultation papers containing the proposals have been issued to members of the Kowloon City, Kwun Tong, Eastern, Sham Shui Po and Wong Tai Sin District Boards, inviting them to comment by January 16 next year.

The department needs to announce decisions in mid-February to allow airlines to plan accordingly for the new proposals to be put in place by March 26 (Sunday), 1995, the start of the summer season.

End/Monday,’ December 19, 1994

STI welcomes findings on UK the freest economy in the world *****

The Secretary for Trade and Industry, Mr T H Chau, today (Monday) welcomed the findings of "Index of Economic Freedom", a study carried out by the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based research centre.

The findings showed that Hong Kong and Singapore have the highest amount of economic freedom in the world.

The "Index of Economic Freedom" measured how well 101 countries score on a list of 10 economic factors: trade policy, taxation policy, Government consumption of economic output, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking policy, wage and price controls, property rights, regulation and black market.

Hong Kong and Singapore are tied for first place in the study.

The Fortune Magazine in the United States, in its November issue, considered Hong Kong the best city in the world to do business.

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Mr Chau said he was pleased to see that Hong Kong was graded having the freest economy in the world because the Government had all along been providing the most liberal environment for business and investment. ’’International trade is Hong Kong’s life blood and Hong Kong has thrived because it has an open economy and a free trade policy.

’’Coupled with factors such as low tax rates, absence of barriers to foreign investment, a stable currency and a sound financial system, it is no surprise that Hong Kong is regarded the most attractive commercial centre having the freest economy in the world,” Mr Chau said.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

HKMA Chief Executive to visit Beijing *****

The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Mr Joseph Yam. will depart for Beijing tomorrow (Tuesday) for a three-day official visit at the invitation of the People's Bank of China.

In Beijing, Mr Yam will meet with senior officials of the People's Bank, including Messrs Zhou Zhcngqing, Dai Xianglong, Chen Yuan and Zhu Xiaohua.

Mr Yam will also call on the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Mr Lu Ping.

The Beijing visit is part of the HKMA's regular contacts with senior Chinese officials to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation.

Mr Yam will be accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive (Banking). Mr David Carse, the Executive Director (Monetary Management). Mr Norman Chan, and Senior Manager (Press and Publications) Ms Julia Leung.

Note to Editors:

For arrangements to cover the event, please contact Mr Osbert Lam of IIKMA at 878 1687.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

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Illegal structure occupants urged to register with Housing Department *****

The Director of Buildings, Mrs Helen Yu, today (Monday) urged occupants of illegal rooftop structures affected by the clearance in Tsuen Wan to register as soon as possible with the Housing Department for rehousing in their own interest.

"Since 1991, the Government has been conducting major clearances of illegal structures, including those on rooftop.

"However, there is no need for anyone affected by the clearances to sleep out in the street.

"The Housing Department's rehousing policy provides that nobody needs to be homeless. But those in need must come forward to register with the Housing Department," Mrs Yu said. Mrs Yu's appeal was echoed by the Tsuen Wan District Officer, Mr Thomas Ghow, who also urged the occupants to approach the Tsuen Wan District Office for assistance if necessary. The occupants have been given more than one year's notice of today's operation. Regrettably, many of them have not registered with the Housing Department.

The appeal followed a number of meetings between the occupants, their supporters and officials from the Buildings and Housing Departments on rehousing arrangements.

The latest meeting took place this afternoon at the Princess Alexandra Community Centre, but to no avail.

Earlier, staff of the Buildings Department and the District Office, assisted by the Police, the Housing Department and the Social Welfare Department, managed to persuade occupants to leave six illegal structures on the roofs of Tak Yan Building and Cheuk Ming Building. After that, government contractors began demolition of the structures.

During the operation. Housing Department officials were on site to register the rooftop structure occupants, and so were personnel from the Social Welfare Department to offer other assistance.

In the operation, 16 illegal rooftop structures were being pulled down in the interest of the safety of the occupants and the many residents of the two buildings.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

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Second issue of 5-year Exchange Fund Notes well received ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) said there was a good market response to the tender today (Monday) for the second issue of five-year Exchange Fund Notes, which matures in 1999.

The five-year Notes, which carried a coupon rate of 8.15 per cent, were 6.2 times over-subscribed.

The average accepted tender price was 99.36, providing an annualised yield of 8.48 per cent, or about 56 basis points above that for five-year US Treasury notes.

Such a small spread demonstrates that the market has largely discounted the risk, if any, associated with the change of sovereignty and thus not demanded any significant premium.

"We are very pleased with the tender result which was good despite concerns for possible interest rate hike in the US. The result demonstrates clearly that the five-year Notes have been extremely well received in the market," the Chief Executive of HKMA, Mr Joseph Yam, said.

"It further reinforces the purpose of establishing a reliable benchmark for other Hong Kong dollar debt issues in the five-year area."

The inaugural issue of the five-year Notes was launched in September, with an over-subscription rate of2.12 times.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

174th meeting of the Education Commission *****

The following is issued on behalf of the Education Commission:

Almost all the recommendations in the report of the Working Group on Language Proficiency are likely to be included in the Education Commission's Report No. 6 (ECR6). But some of the supporting arguments will be strengthened in the light of comments received from the public.

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Speaking after the Commission meeting today (Monday), the Chairman, Professor Rosie Young, said: "The working group report as a whole received wide support, and ECR6 will confirm most of the working group’s proposals.

"In particular, ECR6 will need to set out a clear strategy for implementing two of the most important recommendations: Cl, on a more co-ordinated approach to the language development of young children; and C2, on encouraging various approaches to the development of bilingual proficiency at pre-primary and primary levels.

"The working group’s suggestions relating to these two recommendations attracted most public comments, especially the suggestion that some schools might start teaching English only at Primary' 4.

"In reviewing the public response, we feel that four key issues must be set out clearly in ECR6 -

firstly, how do we ensure that no child in compulsory education experiences a sense of failure due to language difficulties? This means finding ways to help every child leave primary school proficient in at least one language (Chinese, for most children), so they can pursue secondary' studies with little or no difficulty;

secondly, how can we integrate language learning more effectively into the curriculum, having full regard to the bilingual or even trilingual situation our children are in? We must try to ensure a better match between the time and effort our children spend on language learning, and the outcome in terms of language proficiency;

thirdly, we need to keep up a sustained public debate on language issues, so that parents, educators, employers and the public generally can achieve a better understanding of language development in a bilingual or trilingual situation.

fourthly, we need to ensure that all professional educators are able to contribute their expertise and efforts to strengthen language development and overcome any hindrances we identify."

Professor Young said the controversial proposal about starting English in Primary 4 would remain as one possible approach for Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) to explore along with other possible strategies for tackling these four key issues.

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Professor Young said only a few recommendations would be modified in ECR6. For example:

A3 Centre for Lanugage-in-Education Research, Innovation and Evaluation (CLERIE) would recommend no immediate move to set up a new research centre. The SCOLAR support unit would be able to start some review and research projects, and all local experts, from all institutions, could be drawn into these.

A4 (language co-ordinator posts in schools) These should be introduced in a bottom up way, with keen schools identifying suitable staff, and central support services helping them to operate effectively.

G3 (support for non-subject trained language teachers) These should have sustained support not just 'first aid'. How computer links could help here, like the experimental Telenex at the University of Hong Kong, has been discussed.

She expected that the final draft of ECR6 would be ready in about three months time. "The Commission will decide later on the scope of any further public consultation on ECR6," she said.

End/Monday. December 19, 1994

Value of manufacturers' orders-on-hand in October 1994

*****

The value of manufacturers' orders-on- hand for local production in October 1994 increased by 13% over a year earlier, according to the provisional results of a monthly survey released today (Monday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

Comparing October 1994 with October 1993, significant increases in the value of outstanding orders were recorded in the plastic products industry (+49%), textiles industry (+33%), fabricated metal products industry (432%). electronic products industry (+25%) and electrical products industry (+19%).

On the other hand, decreases in orders were registered in the printing and publishing industry (-14%) and wearing apparel industry (- 7%).

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Compared with September 1994, and bearing in mind that this comparison may be affected by seasonal factors, the value of manufacturers' orders-on-hand in October 1994 decreased by 8%.

The Monthly Survey of Orders-on-hand covers a sample of some 300 manufacturing firms engaging 50 or more workers.

Manufacturers' orders-on-hand refer to orders and parts of orders received earlier by manufacturers for local production which remain unfilled as at the end of the reference month.

Orders received by traders not engaged in production are included if such orders are further placed to manufacturers for production locally.

However, orders placed to manufacturing firms for production in China and other places outside Hong Kong are not included in this series of orders-on-hand statistics.

Beginning from January this year, a new series of statistics on manufacturers' orders-on-hand in value terms compiled in the form of an index is produced, to replace the old series which was expressed in terms of number of months to complete the outstanding orders.

The new statistical series provides a more direct measure of the overall value of orders in the local manufacturing sector that lead to the generation of local manufacturing output.

A spokesman for the department pointed out that caution should be exercised in interpreting the manufacturers' orders-on-hand figures in a single month. Instead, the trend movement of the series as displayed over a wider span of time points should be looked at.

The survey report for October 1994, at $4.5 a copy, is now available for sale at the Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, Ground Floor, Queensway, and at the Census and Statistics Department Publications ’Section, 19th Floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road. Wan Chai.

Enquiries about the survey results may be made to the Industrial Production Statistics Section of the Census and Statistics Department on tel 805 6441.

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Percentage changes in the value of orders-on-hand in

September 1994 October 1994

over September 1993. over October 1993

(Revised) (Provisional)

All industries covered

in the survey + 10 + 13

. Wearing apparel - 6 - 7

. Textiles 4 15 133

. Electronic products +29 +25

. Electrical products - 12 + 19

. Fabricated metal products 4 23 +32

. Plastic products +48 +49

. Printing and publishing - 1X - 14

End/Monday, December 19. 1994

Special public transport arrangements for Christmas holidays * * * * *

The Transport Department announces today (Monday) that special public transport arrangements will be implemented for Christmas Holidays this year.

All night services will be provided on Christmas Eve (Saturday) by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR). Tramways except Happy Valley loop and Star Ferry Service between I sim Sha Tsui and Edinburgh Place.

On Christmas Eve, Light Rail Transit Service and its feeder bus routes 521 and 670 will be extended to about 1 am the following morning and Peak Tram Services will be extended to 1.30 am the following morning.

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While Hong Kong Yaumati Ferry Company provides normal services on Christmas Eve, the Discovery Bay Ferry Company will provide additional services between 1 am and 4 am on December 25.

On Christmas Eve, the operating hours of China Motor Bus (CMB) routes 8, 10, 23, 38, 38A, 84M, 590, 592 and 595: Citybus route 6A; and Hong Kong green minibus (GMB) routes 49M and 50 will be extended by between about 20 minutes and three hours after their normal schedules and additional journeys on Citybus overnight routes N72 and N90 will be provided to meet passenger demand.

Citybus will provide a special bus route 6S between Central and Stanley Village from 0.01 am with last departure from Central at 2 am and from Stanley at 3 am on December 25.

In the morning on December 25, additional services on all-night cross harbour tunnel routes 121 and 122 will be provided from Hong Kong side. Meanwhile, free interchange between these two routes will be temporarily suspended on December 25, 26, 27 and 28.

Due to road closures in Central, CMB routes 10, 10A. 20, 21, 22, 23A. 26, 40M, 43, and 781; Citybus routes 5, 5A and 12A; cross harbour tunnel routes A2 and 103, and Hong Kong GMB route 28 will be diverted.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) will provide six all-night bus services on Christmas Eve:

a) No. 6S between Star Ferry and Mei Foo;

b) No. 26S between Shun Tin and Kowloon KCR Station;

c) No. 60S between Tsucn Wan M I R Station and Tuen Mun Town Centre;

d) No. 68S between Jordon Road Ferry and Yuen Long East;

e) No. 80S between Shui Wo Court and Kowloon l ong MIR Station; and

f) No. 82S between Kwong Yuen and Kowloon Tong MTR Station.

On Christmas Eve, the operating hours of KMB routes 1, 1A, 3C, 5, 5C, 14, 16, 28. 3IM. 32M 34M, 36M. 37M. 39M. 4IM. 42A, 42M, 43M, 58M, 58X. 59M. 59X. 60M, 60X. 66M. 67X, 69M, 8IK. 86K. 87K. 88M, 98A. 98D, 211, 216M. 234A, 234X, 235. 235M, 238X, and 243M; Kowloon GMB routes 3. 6. 7. 8. 16. 18. 25M, 33M, 37M, 38M. 5IM, and 53M; and New Territories GMB routes II, 17. 20K, 65K. 80, 8IM. 82. 95M and 96M will be extended b\ between about 10 minutes and three hours after their normal schedules. Supplementary trips will be operated on KMB routes 69X. 2I6M, 216S and 293 to meet passenger demand.

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Due to road closures in Tsim Sha Tsui, the service of Kowloon GMB route 1 will be temporarily suspended. KMB routes Al, Bl, 1, 1A, 2, 2C, 5, 5C, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 9, 15X, 26, 28, 69X, 8IC, 87D, 98D, 203, 208, 216S, 219X, 234X, 24IS, 271, 27IS and 28IS; and Kowloon GMB routes 3, 6, 7, 8 and 606S will be diverted.

At the same time, the terminal points of the following KMB routes will be

temporarily relocated:

KMB Route Existing Terminus New Temporary Terminus

5, 5C & 8 Star Ferry Bus Terminus 15X & 28 Hankow Road Granville Road in TST East Chatham Road South

234X Hankow Road 271 Canton Road (north of Granville Road) Star Ferry Bus Terminus Jordan Road Ferry Bus Terminus

p • •. ’• • • •/

On December 25, KCR, Star Ferry and KMB will provide extended services.

The KCR train services,from Sheung Shui and Kowloon will be extended to 1 am and 1.30 am respectively the following morning.

Star Ferry service between Tsim Sha Tsui and Edinburgh Place will be extended to 3 am the following morning.

KMB route 5 and 6 will be extended by about 1 hour and 1.5 hours respectively after their normal schedules.

MTR will improve services headway whenever necessary on December 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27.

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End/Monday, December 19, 1994

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Computer games software contest promotes oral health *****

Enthusiasts of computer games design can make use of the Christmas and New Year holiday to participate in a computer games software competition for the promotion of oral health education as the deadline has been postponed until January 14 next year.

The competition, organised by the Oral Health Education Unit of the Department of Health in collaboration with the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Hong Kong Dental Association, the Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics and the Hong Kong Society for Multimedia and Image Computing, is open to all secondary school students and the public.

A spokesman for the department said entries should bring out messages on the importance of oral health care and the methods to prevent dental diseases.

He said: "Participants are free to make use of animation cartoon stories, still or motion image games, or questions and answers format in designing their entries.

"The entries will be judged on their effectiveness in bringing out oral health messages, the attractiveness of the games and their visual effects," he said.

The spokesman said the winning entries would be used for public display on the education bus and in oral health exhibitions to be launched by the department.

The competition is divided into the secondary school division and open divisions. Participants may be individuals or in groups or families.

The competition is sponsored by AST Asia Pacific and three winners of each division would receive a souvenir and a cash coupon worth $5,000 to $10,000.

Application forms and health manuals are available from secondary schools, District Offices, and public libraries.

Entries with the completed forms should be sent to the Unit by hand or by mail on or before January 14, 1995. Enquiries could be made on tel 768 8077.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

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Christmas holiday clinic service ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

Eight General Out-patient Clinics will remain open between 9 am to 1 pm on December 25 and 27, which are the Christmas Day and second week-day after Christmas Day, the Department of Health announced today (Monday).

They are: the Violet Peel Health Centre and Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club Clinic on Hong Kong Island; the Kwun Tong Jockey Club Health Centre, 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.

There will be no holiday clinic service on December 26.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

Water storage figure * ♦ * * ♦

IV-

Storage in Hong Kong's reservoirs at 9 am today (Monday) stood at 77.0 per cent of capacity or 451.277 million cubic metres.

This time last year the reservoirs contained 417.798 million cubic metres of water, representing 71.3 per cent of capacity.

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results

*****

1 Tender date 19 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF notes

Issue number 5912

Amount applied HK$3,600 MN

Amount allotted HKS500 MN

Average price (Yield) accepted 99.36 (8.48 PCT)

Lowest price (Yield) accepted 99.34 (8.49 PCT)

Pro rata ratio About 4 PCT

Average tender price (Yield) 99.02 (8.57 PCT)

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

*****

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (SnuUion)

Opening balance in the account 1,791 0930 -259

Closing balance in the account 4,055 1000 -239

Change attributable to: 1100 -239

Money market activity +2,479 1200 -239

LAF today -215 1500 -39

1600 +2,479

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.9 *+0.1* 19.12.94

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 5.09 17 months 2605 6.35 98.75 7.42

1 month 5.31 23 months 2611 6.90 98.75 7.76

3 months 5.66 28 months 3704 6.15 96.48 7.96

6 months 6.21 34 months 3710 7.25 98.31 8.07

12 months 6.93 57 months 5909 7.45 96.80 8.44

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 13,547 million

Closed December 19, 1994

End/Monday, December 19, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Tuesday, December 20,1994

Contents Page No.

Statement by Governor on Lau............................................. 1

External investment in HK's manufacturing industries..................... 2

More overseas companies set up operations in HK.......................... 4

Manufacturing industries maintain high level of productivity............. 5

Young drug abusers on increase........................................... 6

Positive action to tackle underage drinking.............................. 8

Community project to promote care for elderly....................... 10

95 pollution cases in November...................................... 11

Article on marriage and divorce trends in Hong Kong..................... 12

369 Vietnamese return home voluntarily.................................. 13

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results.....................;... 14

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................ 15

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Statement by Governor on Lau ♦ ♦ * * ♦

The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, today (Tuesday) had a meeting with Mr Martin Lee, Mr Yeung Sum, Mr Lau Chin-shek and Mr Anthony Cheung of the Democratic Party concerning Mr Lau's possible resignation from the Legislative Council.

After the meeting, Mr Patten said: "I am pleased that Mr Lau has postponed a decision on whether to resign from the Legislative Council until he has had a chance to consider the revised package which the Government hopes to table in LegCo soon, after discussion with the Labour Advisory Board (LAB).

"Mr Lau is a man of integrity with huge experience of labour issues. LegCo and Hong Kong would be the poorer if he were to leave the Legislative Council.

"It is a pity that this matter has aroused such strong emotions. What it shows above all is that the Legislative Council is not a rubber stamp; if it was, these difficulties would not have arisen.

"Because the Administration lost the vote, we are now returning to the LAB with a revised package, which, we hope, reflects the views of the Council. After consultation with the LAB, we hope to be able to return to LegCo with a proposal which will be acceptable to the Council.

"We believe that the LAB has played a valuable role over the years in promoting good labour relations in Hong Kong. We are keen to preserve its useful experience and role. At the end of the day we hope we will be able to put in place arrangements of which both the Legislative Council and the LAB approve."

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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External investment in HK's manufacturing industries *****

The continuing increase in external investment in Hong Kong's manufacturing industries in the past 10 years reflects the attractiveness of Hong Kong as a manufacturing base, the Director-General of Industry, Miss Denise Yue, said.

Miss Yue was commenting on the findings of the latest survey conducted by the Industry Department on external investment in Hong Kong's manufacturing industries at a press conference today (Tuesday).

According to the latest survey findings, she said the total value of external investment at the end of 1993 was $40.9 billion, 10 per cent higher than the amount identified in last year's survey.

It was three-and-a-half times the figure of $11.4 billion in 1984 when the first survey on external investment in Hong Kong's manufacturing industries was conducted.

"The increase was largely accounted for by the rise in stock of fixed assets which, valued at $28.1 billion, was 16 per cent higher than in 1992," Miss Yue said.

Japan continued to be the leading source of external investment, accounting for $13.9 billion or 34 per cent of the total.

The United States of America was the second largest investor with investment totalling $11.5 billion (28 per cent of the total), followed by China with investment valued at $4.4 billion (11 per cent of the total).

In 1993, investment from Japan grew by 12 per cent over the last year, that from the United States by 14 per cent and that from China by seven per cent.

The electronics, textiles and clothing, electrical products and chemical products industries accounted for about 60 per cent of total external investment last year.

"A major aim of Industry Department’s inward investment promotion programme is to encourage external investors to introduce to Hong Kong, through their investments, new or improved products, advanced technologies, innovative designs and management skills to help Hong Kong's manufacturing industries remain competitive in the world market," Miss Yue said.

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The survey found that 161 of the 433 respondent companies (37 per cent) with external investment were joint ventures with local partners, a form of co-operation which provides a good opportunity for technology transfer.

A total of 170 respondent companies (39 per cent) have staff posted from the country of external investment to Hong Kong to provide guidance or assistance in areas such as company management, operation, and research and development.

Two hundred and fifty-four companies (59 per cent) reported that they received assistance from external investors through licensing arrangements, engineering and technical assistance, or acquisition of machinery and equipment.

Also 115 companies (27 per cent) reported that external investors had been involved in the transfer of advanced technology.

"There is no doubt that external investment obviously plays an important role in upgrading the production capabilities and the quality of products made in Hong Kong," Miss Yue said.

On the overall manufacturing investment environment in Hong Kong, Miss Yue said 59 per cent of the respondent companies considered it to be favourable. About 31 per cent also had plans to expand their production in one or more aspects.

Most companies commented favourably on Hong Kong's banking and financial facilities, infrastructure, regional location, government economic policy as well as the availability of managerial, professional and technical skills.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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More overseas companies set up operations in HK *****

Overseas companies have set up 1,846 regional operations in Hong Kong, representing an increase of 26 per cent over the number identified last year, a recent survey by the Industry Department reveals.

Speaking at a press conference today (Tuesday) the Director-General of Industry, Miss Denise Yue, said: "Hong Kong’s strategic location and excellent external communication links have enabled it to become a major regional representation centre.

’’This role has assumed increasing importance with the rapid economic development in the Asia Pacific region in recent years.”

The 1994 Survey of Regional Representation by Overseas Companies in Hong Kong, the fifth such survey conducted by the Industry Department since 1990, identified 714 regional headquarters and 1,132 regional offices in Hong Kong as at June 1, 1994.

In last year’s survey, 624 regional headquarters and 844 regional offices of overseas companies were identified in Hong Kong.

The United States had the largest number of regional headquarters in Hong Kong, with 178 companies, followed by Japan (91 companies) and the United Kingdom (91 companies).

The major lines of business of the regional headquarters included wholesale, retail, import and export activities, followed by manufacturing, finance and banking, and transport and related services.

As regards regional offices, the survey showed that Japan had the largest number, with a total of 257. The United States (193 companies) was next, followed by the United Kingdom (107 companies), China (69 companies) and Germany (52 companies).

Trading was the most common economic activity pursued by regional offices in Hong Kong, followed by finance and banking, and manufacturing.

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When asked to give views on the suitability of Hong Kong as a regional headquarters or regional office, the majority of the respondents considered Hong Kong's banking and financial facilities as well as infrastructure as the most important and favourable factors.

Other favourable factors identified were the Government's economic policy and the availability of managerial, professional and technical skills.

About 71 per cent of the respondents considered that, compared with last year, the overall favourability of Hong Kong as a regional representation centre had improved or had been satisfactory.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

Manufacturing industries maintain high level of productivity

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Hong Kong's manufacturing industries have maintained a high level of productivity, the Director-General of Industry, Miss Denise Yue, said today (Tuesday).

Speaking at a press conference introducing the report "1994 Hong Kong's Manufacturing Industries" published by the Industry Department, Miss Yue said the dollar value of gross output of Hong Kong's manufacturing industries increased at an average annual rate of about 10 per cent from $132.3 billion in 1982 to $331.2 billion in 1992. The value added per person increased more than three-fold during the same period.

"These are remarkable achievements by any measure, and they underline the continued importance of the manufacturing sector to the economic development of Hong Kong.

"But the contribution of the manufacturing sector is really much more if one takes into account the Hong Kong- owned factories in Southern China and the businesses that they have brought to Hong Kong's manufacturing-support services sector." Miss Yue siad.

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Miss Yue also pointed out that Hong Kong's manufacturing sector was well known for its flexibility and ability to adapt to frequent changes.

"Over the years, there has been a continuous shift from the assembly of relatively labour-intensive and simple products to the manufacture of more technology- intensive and sophisticated products with a higher value- added content," she said.

The report also contains the findings of a survey of Hong Kong's manufacturing environment conducted by the Industry Department between June and September this year.

Questionnaires were sent to 2,467 sampled establishments in 14 selected manufacturing industries. A total of 1,931 valid returns were received.

When asked to comment on the favourability of 12 given investment factors, more than half of the respondents considered seven of those factors to be favourable.

They were: Hong Kong's infrastructure, banking and financial facilities, regional location, labour productivity, availability of managerial skills, availability of professional/technical skills and support of linkage industries.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

Young drug abusers on increase *****

There has been an increase in the number of young drug abusers first reported to the Government in the third quarter of this year over the same period in 1993, according to quarterly statistics released today (Tuesday).

When compared with the first and second quarters of this year, the figure shows a slower growth.

The Action Committee Against Narcotics was told of the latest drug situation at its meeting this afternoon.

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According to the statistics of the Government's Central Registry of Drug Abuse (CRDA) tabled at the meeting, the number of recorded drug abusers under the age of 21 increased by 35.7 per cent to 1,425, compared with 1,050 in the same period last year.

Of that number, 606 were reported to the CRDA for the first time, a rise of 16.8 per cent from 519 in the third quarter in 1993.

However, the corresponding increases for the first and second quarters of this year were 21.1 per cent and 28.6 per cent respectively.

The number of persons of all ages reported to the CRDA in the third quarter was 7,720, an increase of 11.7 per cent against 6,912 in the same quarter in 1993. The number of newly reported persons of all ages stood at 1,141, up by 9.3 per cent from 1.044.

The major types of drugs abused during the period for all ages and the under-21 group alike were heroin, cannabis and cough medicines.

On the treatment side, in the third quarter of this year, a total of 4,478 persons were admitted to the major treatment programmes run by the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers, the Department of Health and the Correctional Services Department (CSD).

Of them. 1,190 or 26.6 per cent were first-time admissions.

These represented an increase in total admissions by 19.1 per cent and an increase in new admissions by 34.3 per cent.

The increase in new admissions in the third quarter was highest in the under-21 group in the Methadone Treatment Programme, from 94 to 215. up by 128.7 per cent, followed by CSD's Drug Addiction Treatment Centres, from 112 to 156. a rise of 39.3 per cent.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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Positive action to tackle underage drinking *****

The following is issued on behalf of the Commission on Youth:

Positive action was required to tackle the problem of underage drinking, the Chairman of the Commission on Youth, Mr Eric Li Ka-cheung, said at a press conference to announce the initial recommendations of a working group on underage drinking today (Tuesday).

Mr Li, who is also the chairman of the working group, said people generally accepted that controlled consumption of alcohol was not a bad thing.

’’Nevertheless, the fact that low doses of a substance might not be harmful under certain circumstances never implies that higher doses of these substances are safe,” he cautioned.

He pointed out that overseas studies had indicated that adolescents could make some very unhealthy choices whilst under the influence of alcohol.

"These can include undue risk-taking and drug-taking.

"And accidents are often the result of heavy drinking," he added.

Highlighting the working group's recommendations on the problem, Mr Li stressed that public education was crucial to changing young people's attitude towards drinking and enhancing their knowledge of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

He said: "The working group believes that young people develop attitudes towards alcohol and drinking from what their peers and parents do and say.

"It is therefore important that parents should develop the right attitudes towards drinking and remind young people of the dangers of alcohol abuse and the harmful effects of drinking."

Acknowledging the fact that very little research had been done on the extent of underage drinking in Hong Kong, Mr Li said it was essential to conduct a comprehensive study on the subject before any specific measures could be done to tackle the problem.

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He said: "Without an accurate assessment of the extern >t the problem and a thorough understanding of the reasons behind, it is difficult for us to develop effective mechanisms to cultivate a correct attitude towards drinking and alcohol abuse."

The working group found it unjustifiable at this stage to recommend a total ban on sale of alcohol to minor* before a comprehensive data- collecting exercise was conducted.

Nevertheless, the working group proposed that the sale of alcohol in sports grounds, schools and places frequented by young people be prohibited.

"This will send a positive message to young people that underage drinking is not socially welcomed nor is it an acceptable behaviour," he said

Furthermore, Mr Li noted that the mass media also had a significant influence on young people.

He said the working group found merits in updating the Codes of Practice on Advertising Standards and examining whether such standards should be tightened.

As to movie and television scenes that often depict drinking as mature behaviour or a means to relieve depression, Mr Li said TV stations and movie producers should be reminded that such depiction would have a direct impact on young people's attitude towards drinking.

The Commission on Youth first examined the problem of underage drinking upon the release of the Report on the Lan Kwai Fong Disaster in February 1993.

A working group was subsequently set up in December the same year to examine the medical, social and psychological aspects of underage drinking.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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Community project to promote care for elderly *****

The Education Department's Community Youth Club will hold a ceremony to launch a territory-wide "Caring for the Elderly" project tomorrow (Wednesday).

The community service project - involving 7,600 club members and benefiting 3,800 elderly people in 19 districts - will help to promote young people's love and care for the elderly.

A spokesman for the department said the aim of the project was to encourage club members to take active part in community service and to offer them opportunities to show respect and concern for the elderly.

"Students taking part in the project will undergo a training programme to learn about the psychology of the old people. Subsequent home visits and gatherings will be arranged to provide students with an opportunity to meet their elderly friends and to establish friendship.

"Those who complete the project with devotion and merit will receive an award," he said:

The Assistant Director of Education (Chief Inspector of Schools), Mr Ho Che-leung and the Chairman of the Law's Foundation, Mr Raymond Law, will officiate at the launching ceremony at the concert hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall.

On Friday (December 23), North District Community Youth Club members will organise a vegetarian banquet for 200 elderly people in the district. Gifts and lucky money will also be distributed to them.

The project is organised by the Community Youth Club of the Education Department and sponsored by the Law's Foundation.

Attention News Editors:

The opening ceremony of the "Caring for the Elderly" community service project will be held at the concert hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall, at 2.45 pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

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The vegetarian banquet at which gifts and lucky money will be distributed to 200 elderly people will begin at 1.15 pm on Friday (December 23) at Wan Chuen Vegetarian, Ping Che Road, Tai Po Tin Tsuen, Fanling, New Territories.

You are invited to send representatives to cover both events.

END/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

95 pollution cases in November ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A total of 95 convictions were made in the courts last month for breaching antipollution legislation enforced by the Environmental Protection Department.

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Among them, 37 were convictions made under the Air Pollution Control Ordinance (APCO), 30 under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance (WPCO), 26 under the Noise Control Ordinance (NCO), one under the Dumping at Sea Act 1974 (Overseas Territories) Order 1975 (DASO) and one under the Waste Disposal (Livestock Waste) Regulations (WD(LW)R) of the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO).

The fines ranged from $2,000 to $100,000. Two cases were fined $100,000. Fairwood Fast Food Ltd was fined $100,000 for discharging polluting matter in the Western Buffer Water Control Zone. It was the fifth time the company was convicted under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance.

Meanwhile, the owner of a bean curd factory named Lee Fat was also fined $100,000 upon its fourth conviction for discharging polluting matter in the Deep Bay Water Control Zone.

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Note To Editors :

Enquiries on specific cases can be directed to the following Principal Environmental Protection Officers :

APCO : Mr Franklin CHUNG Tel: 594 6200

NCO : Mr Steven HO Tel: 594 6500

DASO : Mr Paul HOLMES Tel: 755 3553

WDO : Mr HY WONG Tel:685 1134

WPCO : Cases 65-69 Mr H Y WONG Tel : 685 1134

Cases 70-75 Mr Steven HO Tel : 594 6500

Case 76 Mr Anthony KWAN Tel : 755 1671

Cases 77-86 Mr C W TSE Tel .-417 6074

Cases 87-94 Mr Murray LUO Tel: 411 9601

However, enquiries on general issues should be directed to the department’s Media Relations Unit.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

Article on marriage and divorce trends in Hong Kong

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Men and women in Hong Kong showed a tendency towards delayed marriage during the period 1981 to 1993, as indicated by a continuous increase in the median age at first marriage.

This finding is set out in a special review article entitled ’’Marriage and Divorce Trends in Hong Kong 1981-1993” of the November issue of the Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics.

The number of re-marriages was on the rise, echoing an increasing number of divorces in the same period.

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The article examines the marital condition of the population, marriage rates and certain socio-economic characteristics of brides and bridegrooms in the past 13 years. The number of divorces and divorce rates are also discussed.

The Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics is now on sale at $48 a copy. Purchases can be made at the Government Publications Centre, General Post Office Building, ground floor, Connaught Place, Hong Kong and at the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department on 19th floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

369 Vietnamese return home voluntarily

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A group of 369 Vietnamese migrants today (Tuesday) returned to Vietnam under the Voluntary Repatriation Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Comprising 128 men, 103 women, 69 boys and 69 girls, they were the 223rd batch to go back under the programme.

The group brought to'5,581 the total number of Vietnamese migrants who had returned voluntarily this year, and to 44,194 the total number of returnees since the programme started in March 1989.

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Tender date 20 Dec 94 20 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF bills EF bills

Issue number Q451 H480

Amount applied HK$3,780 MN HK$l,510MN

Amount allotted HK$ 1,500 MN HKS800 MN

Average yield accepted 5.70 PCT 6.30 PCT

Highest yield accepted 5.73 PCT 6.35 PCT

Pro rata ratio About 27 PCT About 70 PCT

Average tender yield 5.73 PCT 6.35 PCT

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Tenders to be held in the week beginning December 26, 1994

Tender date 28 Dec 94 28 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF bills EF bills

Issue number Q452 Y497

Issue date 29 Dec 94 29 Dec 94

Maturity date 29 Mar 95 27 Dec 95

Tenor 90 Days 363 Days

Amount on offer $1,500+300 MN HK$5OO+15OMN

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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$ million

Time (hours)

Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account Closing balance in the account Change attributable to :

Money market activity LAF today

4,055 0930 -2,350

2,483 1000 -2,100

1100 -2,100

-2,098 1200 -2,098

+526 1500 -2,098

1600 -2,098

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *-0.1* 20.12.94

Hon g Kong Monetary Authority

gp biiis EL notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 5.12 17 months 2605 6.35 98.82 7.37

1 month 5.34 23 months 2611 6.90 98.80 7.73

3 months 5.66 28 months 3704 6.15 96.54 7.93

6 months 6.21 34 months 3710 7.25 98.39 8.04

12 months 6.89 57 months 5909 7.45 99.47 8.45

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 16,442 million

Closed December 20,1994

End/Tuesday, December 20, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Wednesday, December 21,1994

Contents Page No,

Hong Kong supports China’s entry into WTO.................................. 1

Transcript of Governor's media session..................................... 2

Governor briefed on measures to enhance navigation safety.................. 7

Measures to enhance navigation safety proposed............................. 8

Great land demand projected for port back-up and open storage activities .. 9

Statement on car growth................................................ 11

Use of unlined galvanised steel water pipes banned........................ 12

By-election held for Education Conduct Council............................ 13

15 EC Vils repatriated.................................................... 14

Flushing water cut in Kowloon Bay......................................... 14

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations...................... 15

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Hong Kong supports China's entry into WTO

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The Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, this (Wednesday) afternoon said Hong Kong was unreservedly of the view that China should be a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and it was in Hong Kong's interest that China was able to join the WTO as rapidly as possible.

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Responding to media questions after visiting the Marine Department about China's failure to return to the GATT by end of this year, the Governor said: "We are pleased that substantive progress has been made."

Mr Patten said China was one of the most important economies in the world and had one of the laigest trade balances with the rest of the world.

"It's important that China should be incorporated in international arrangements which will give the world more free trade and more prosperity," he said.

"What I am pleased about is that even though these negotiations haven't, alas, produced a satisfactory outcome as rapidly as we would have liked, the Chairman of the Working Party has made it clear that negotiations will resume early in the new year.

"And I very much hope that those negotiations bring the success that wasn't possible this month."

Commenting on remarks about an executive-led government, the Governor said: "The question is whether we try to keep in place our existing industrial relations machinery, which has been extremely successful over the years, whether we try to combine that machinery with an effective legislative control.

"The truth of the matter is that we can't get this legislation through without the approval of the legislature.

"We now have to go back to the LAB. We have to try to persuade the LAB of our view about an enhanced package which will reflect what the legislature thinks, and then we have to go back to the legislature."

End\Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Transcript of Governor's media session *****

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, after visiting the Marine Department this (Wednesday) afternoon:

Governor: I've really enjoyed meeting some of the staff of the Marine Department. It's at the1 cutting edge of what Hong Kong is all about, terrifically professional operation which helps to keep our port running as well as it does and I am delighted to see what they are doing to improve their management and improve the service they give to all our customers. Hong Kong's, as you know, the busiest container port in the world and that's partly thanks to the work of the Marine Department. So, I was pleased to see them today. Since there aren't any questions....

Question: The European Parliament approved a lump sum of $1.8 million for the setting up of a human rights centre in Hong Kong. What is your reaction to it?

Governor: 1 haven't seen any more than the announcement about the budget item approved by the European Parliament. I don't have anything to say about it.

Question: Now that the Democratic Party has lost a member in the Legislative Council, how would you gauge its support for you personally in the Legislative Council since they did support your constitutional package?

Governor: As you know, the Govemmennt doesn't have a party and the Government has to work for its majority in the Legislative Council and that's in the nature of our system. The Legislative Council isn't, self-evidently isn't, a rubber stamp so the Executive has to work very hard, one vote after another, persuading a majority of legislators to support us. I think that helps to make Hong Kong's Government both more accountable and more confident and better. If you know that you're going to have to persuade legislators, then you'll have to think through very carefully what you are doing. Over the question of severance pay and long-term payments, we are plainly in the position now in which we've got to go back to the LAB which is also not a rubber stamp and put to them some new ideas which, we hope, will in due course satisfy the Legislative Council. Good government is a process of give-and- take between the Executive and the Legislature and that's what we are seeing in Hong Kong.

Question: Has the Government gauged the support for this bill before it went to the Council? Would you know.........if Lau Chin-shek incident in the past couple of days

could have been avoided?

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Governor: If you look back on the history of this interesting controversy. First of all, the Legco Manpower Panel said that it didn't want to discuss the bill which, 1 think, suggested to the Government that it wasn't hugely controversial. Secondly, Legco decided not to set up a Bills Committee which again, I think, encouraged the Executive to think understandably that we have enough support in the legislature. As things turned out, that wasn't the case. But I think frankly that the vote surprised everyone. I suspect it might even have surprised those who won it.

Question: There are some queries if you have some secret deals or a compromise between you and Mr Martin Lee, or Mr Lau Chin-shek personally?

Governor: I think 1 would like to make a substantial contribution to charity for everytime I've heard the word "secret deal" used in Hong Kong. As you well know, Hong Kong is about the most difficult place in the world to keep any secret whatsoever and I have no secret deals with anybody. I don't have any secret deals with Mr Martin Lee. I don't have any secret deals with Director Zhou Nan. 1 don't have any secret deals with anyone.

Question: Concerning the Court of Final Appeal, does the Government still plan to table the bill to Legco early next year no matter whether the two sides can reach an agreement in the JLG?

Governor: You've heard me talk about legislative timetable before and the fun of the hunt is that you try to get me back into a corner and give you very precise date in the calendar and 1 try to say that it isn't in fact sensible to do that. What I'll tell you is that in order to get the Court set up by the middle of 1996. we will have to get through the legislation by the end of this legislative session, so that we've then got the best part of the year to actually set up the Court and in order to get the bill through by the end of this legislative session, it follows, as night follows day, that we'll have to table the bill fairly early in the new year.

Question: Do you personally endorse the setting up of a human rights centre here and do you think China should be consulted before setting up such a centre?

Governor: It has nothing to do with me.

Question: What is your personal opinion?

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Governor: What is my personal opinion? Hong Kong is a free society. We’ve lots of organisations which look at human rights here in Hong Kong. We've got Amnesty. We've got Asia Watch. We've got Justice. They all look at human rights here in Hong Kong. Some of them criticise the Government. Some of them are less critical of the Government but that is in the nature of an open, tolerant, free, plural society. I am not bothered about organisations doing that. That's part of Hong Kong today and I don't think that anybody should be bothered about those activities continuing. If you look at the Joint Declaration and what it says about a free society, then people are perfectly at liberty to do that sort of things.

Question: ...you're saying that without consulting China. This Human Rights Centre could still be set up in Hong Kong and straddled 1997?

Governor: What Human Rights Centre ? I mean what you're doing is you're taking an agreement in the European Parliament and you're turning it into something which you yourself are describing. I've told you what my reaction is, both to the vote in the European Parliament, and my reaction to monitoring of human rights in Hong Kong. Of course, the best way to monitor human rights in Hong Kong is through the international covenants, and that's why we will continue to argue, as we do, because it's fact that under the Joint Declaration, there is an obligation to report on how we manage in relation to the international covenants.

Question: Do you consider it’s a failure of you and Martin Lee to not persuade Lau Chin-shek to change his mind again ?

Governor: No.

Question: Are you planning to see him again?

Governor: No, unless he wants to see me about something else. I've said before and the Chief Secretary has said, and all other people have said, that Lau Chin-shek is a distinguished legislator. He's done a lot for Hong Kong. Some of the causes in which he's particularly interested, like industrial safety, are issues that I'm interested in myself. And I am sure he'll continue to work on those issues. I am sorry that he's decided to resign from the Legislative Council. But it's his decision. Life will go on. There will be a by- election. There will be another legislator and Hong Kong will go on booming away and being as successful as it has been for the last few years.

Question: China cannot return to the GATT by the end of this year. Do you think Hong Kong's economy will be greatly affected ?

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Governor: No, I don't think that Hong Kong's economy will be affected, at least in the short term. But it's obviously in our interest that China is able to join the World Trade Organisation as rapidly as possible. We are disappointed that it wasn't possible to conclude a deal by the end of this year. We are pleased that substantive progress has been made. We are unreservedly, and I repeat that, unreservedly, of the view that China should be a member of the World Trade Organisation. China is one of the most important economies in the world. It has one of the largest trade balances with the rest of the world, and it's important that China should be incorporated in international arrangements which will give the world more free trade, and therefore, more prosperity. What I am pleased about is that even though these negotiations haven't, alas, produced a satisfactory outcome as rapidly as we would have liked, the chairman of the working party has made it clear that negotiations will resume early in the new year. And I very much hope that those negotiations bring the success that, alas, wasn't possible this month. I think it's fair to say that there are some big and difficult issues that have to be tackled, that have to be cracked between the world and China. So nobody should be, I think, too critical that it has proved such a difficult job. But the sooner it's concluded, the better for everyone, including Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most successful trading territories in the world. We trade with all the other major trading nations. And clearly, in Hong Kong, the more trade there is between China and the rest of the world, the better. Any others ?

Question: ...his accusations that you're just interested in an executive-led government, instead of a legislature...What is your comments on Mr Lau's dealing with his resignation and twist and turn.....

Governor: Well, how Mr Lau behaves is very much a matter for him. And I don't criticise individual legislators. Mr Lau will. I'm sure, explained what he has done to both his constituency and to his party colleagues and fellow legislators. As for the issue. I am not sure 1 have got anything to add to what I have said before. The question is not whether Legco is a rubber stamp, plainly it's not a rubber stamp. If Legco was a rubber stamp, we wouldn't have had this problem. The question is whether we try to keep in place our existing industrial relations machinery, which has been extremely successful over the years, whether we try to combine that machinery with an effective legislative control. The truth of the matter is that we can't get this legislation through without the approval of the legislature. We now have to go back to the LAB. we have to try to persuade the LAB of our view about an enhanced package which will reflect what the legislature thinks, and then we have to go back to the legislature. But at the end of the day, unless the legislature approve, unless the legislature agree, then we won't be able to get our package through. And that is as clear as anything.

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Question: Do you mean that you wish it was a rubber stamp ?

Governor: No 1 don't wish it was a rubber stamp because I believe in greater participation by people in governing their own affairs. That's one of my fundamentals. Hello, Jenny, what can I do for you ? What'll I say ?

Question: You said you're sorry to see him.....

Governor: I don't seek to criticise. 1 don't know where your constituency is. But if that's your view and you live in that constituency, doubtless you'll vote accordingly. But I am not going to criticise legislators as I never have, and never will I leave it to legislators to criticise me. That's I am here for.

Question: Is it the way that politicians used to be?

Governor: I think individual politicians have to explain their own behaviour and the way they behave. I have quite enough to do explaining my policies in the way I behave without trying to explain the way others behave. Yes, last one.

Question: Do you feel anybody in the Government should be responsible to this incident, to take up responsibility, like Michael Leung, Anson Chan ?

Governor: 1 am responsible. 1 am responsible for the Government. And as President Truman, the late President Truman once said, the bug stops on my desk. So that is the position. And I want to make it absolutely clear, in case I haven't done so before, that the Chief Secretary and Michael Leung have my full, 110 per cent support, without any qualification, without any reservation. 1 think they both do a superb job, and will continue to do so. Thank you very much. And you're not too busy, listen to the radio 3, R.THK, nine o'clock on Christmas Day, and you'll hear an hour of very good record.

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Governor briefed on measures to enhance navigation safety *****

The Governor, The Rt Hon Christopher Patten, was today (Wednesday) briefed on the measures the Marine Department had taken to reduce navigational risks in the central part of the Victoria Harbour during his visit to the department.

Met on arrival by the Director of Marine. Mr Allan Pyrke, and the Deputy Director of Marine, Mr Ian Dale, Mr Patten first took a tour at the Vessel Traffic Centre located at the Macau Ferry Terminal.

He was shown how the centre uses an advanced system of radar and radio links to regulate ocean going traffic.

Thereafter he reviewed a "sail past" of a selection of the department’s fleet ranging from patrol to oil pollution responses vessels.

Mr Patten concluded his visit by touring a mini-exhibition featuring the activities and achievements of the six operational divisions of the Marine Department and met a broad selection of operational staff involved in these activities.

Mr Patten was told that the Marine Department had introduced a number of measures to minimise navigational risks in what the public perceived as a "shrinking harbour" and was given an overview of other proposals that were planned.

In particular, he was advised that the Marine Department was seeking funds of about $10 million to carry out a navigational risk assessment consultancy which could lead to the setting up of new fairways and marine traffic arrangements to reduce risk and enhance traffic flow patterns.

Mr Pyrke told the Governor that his department is in the process of completely reorganising the patrol services of the port by redeployment of its existing craft and the acquisition of new ones so that more emphasis can be given to the safe navigation control of ferries and other small craft using the waters of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is the world's busiest port for both large and small vessels and the busiest in term of container throughput. One vessel enters or leaves Hong Kong every 1.5 minutes; one container box is loaded or unloaded every 30 seconds and one passenger leaves or enters Hong Kong by sea every 1.6 seconds.

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At any time during the day about 40 high speed craft and 5,000 small craft are under way in Hong Kong waters.

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

Measures to enhance navigation safety proposed

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The Government is introducing Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Bill 1994 and Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulation 1994 to enhance navigation safety, a Government spokesman said today (Wednesday).

The Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Bill 1994 empowers the Director of Marine to give directions to a class, type or description of vessel over navigational matters. Such directions would remain in force for a period not exceeding six months.

It also empowers the Director to close for safety reasons, any area of the waters of Hong Kong to all vessels, or any class, type or description of vessel, for as period not exceeding six months.

The Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulation 1994 provides the Director the power to regulate or prohibit traffic near fireworks display area.

It requires also any person who intends to hold a gathering of vessels in or upon any part of the waters of Hong Kong to give advance notification to the Director of Marine and to submit information to enable the Director to plan traffic regulation measures.

The regulation also enables the Director to impose conditions in respect of the manner of holding such a gathering.

The Bill and the Regulations will be gazetted this Friday (December 23).

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Great land demand projected for port back-up and open storage activities *****

A consultancy study commissioned by the Planning Department has identified a significant future demand for land for port back-up-and open storage activities.

Speaking on the findings of the study at a press conference today (Wednesday), the Director of Planning, Dr Peter Pun, pointed out that the estimated demand for port back-up land was 380 hectares by 2001 and 507 hectares by 2011 respectively.

Demands for land for open storage are 555 hectares and 753 hectares by 2001 and 2011 respectively.

"A planning strategy is, therefore, required to accommodate future needs," Dr Pun noted.

Dr Pun said potential sources of supply would include 254 hectares of land already planned as part of the new container terminal development at Kwai Tsing and Lantau; 196 hectares of land earmarked for port back-up or open storage on town plans; and other long-term sites at Tuen Mun West and North East Lantau.

The study has recommended two major policies - a broad area policy and a site planning policy.

The broad area policy was to be implemented through planning applications and zoning on statutory plans, he explained.

Existing port back-up and open storage sites are grouped into 25 broad areas, and each of them is assigned to one of five categories, ranging from intensification of uses, limited intensification to discontinuance of sites in the long term.

As regards the site planning policy, he said 154 existing problem sites covering 64 hectares of land had been identified as creating severe environmental problems and should be discontinued once alternative sites became available.

A further 79 sites covering 26 hectares of land, also with significant environmental problems, had potential to be improved through mitigation measures.

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"A code of practice, to be prepared by the Government for application by major operator bodies and associations, is also advocated in the study to educate operators about the existing regulations and to propose practical measures by which sites may be improved," Dr Pun added.

The study has also recommended the Government to resume land and develop the basic infrastructure required at Ping Che and Ta Kwu Ling for open storage use and at San Tin for container lorry parking and empty container storage or repair.

Dr Pun said the Government would further examine these proposals in greater detail, including their impacts on traffic, drainage and environment of the areas.

Other recommended measures include rezoning some of the industrial sites on the West Kowloon Reclamation to port back-up use; encouraging open storage activities in shed-like accommodation on land reserved for rural industries: temporary use of land on reclamations; reserving possible long- term cavern development on Tsing Yi for port back-up use; and designation of a multi-storey container lorry park building near Container Terminal No. 8.

The building would provide more than 1,000 lorry parking spaces and would incorporate a container freight station and other ancillary uses.

"The long-term aim would be to encourage relocation of port back-up activities and some open storage operation to China, where land is abundant and relatively cheap.

"Relocation could provide a major solution to relieve land pressures in Hong Kong. To achieve this, more dialogue with the Chinese authorities will be required," Dr Pun noted.

Earlier, he said the main objectives of the consultancy study were to project future demand for port back-up and open storage uses up to the year 2011; to identify sites to meet future land requirements; and to make recommendations to resolve problems currently caused by such operations.

In August 1993, there were a total of 237 port back-up and 1,453 open storage sites in the territory covering 198 hectares and 362 hectares of land respectively.

These figures doubled the amount of land used for such purposes 10 years ago.

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Compared with the situation in 1990 when the Interim Development Permission Area Plans were introduced, haphazard proliferation of such uses on agricultural land has been put under control.

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

Statement on car growth

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In response to press enquiries about the Motor Traders Association (MTA) statement yesterday that the average compound growth rate in private car numbers up to 2001 would be less than five per cent a year, the Deputy Secretary for Transport, Mr John Telford, said there had been a one-third increase in numbers of private cars over the last three years and growth was still continuing at the rate of about 10 per cent a year.

Increases on this scale could not possibly be accommodated by Hong Kong's road system without there being serious consequences for everyone in Hong Kong.

With continued increases in disposable income, the Government had every reason to believe that the cunent upward trend in car ownership would continue.

Certainly the MTA's forecast, based on historical data, that growth would be less than five per cent a year was unrealistic.

Regarding the MTA's claim that the Government should respect the individual's right to own a car, Mr Telford said 90 per cent of Hong Kong people relied on public transport for their daily journeys.

They also had rights, and every additional car on the roads meant that less road space would be available for the buses they use.

More private cars meant slower bus journey times and ultimately higher fares. Unrestricted growth in car numbers would also seriously affect air pollution levels, which were already causing concern.

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Mr Telford welcomed the MTA’s support for electronic road pricing, but noted that pending the introduction of such a system it would be necessary to limit the growth in new car registrations, otherwise there was a real risk of traffic gridlock.

He said the Government looked forward to early meetings with the MTA representatives to discuss these matters further.

End/Wednesday, December 21,1994

Use of unlined galvanised steel water pipes banned *****

With the introduction of corrosion resistant pipe materials in plumbing systems, home owners and residents should not have to worry any more about yellowish water, a spokesman for the Water Supplies Department said today (Wednesday).

A new requirement, approved by the Govemor-in-Council last week, has been introduced by the Water Authority with amendments to the Waterworks Regulations which ban the use of unlined galvanised steel pipes for use as fresh water plumbing installation in new buildings or where buildings undergo refurbishment.

The spokesman said in recent years, people had become more conscious of the water quality and the number of complaints of discolouration of the drinking water had increased by more than four times over the past two years.

He pointed out that the cause of discoloured water was mainly attributed to the corrosion of the unlined galvanized steel pipes, commonly used in the plumbing systems.

Although the existing Waterworks Regulations also allow the use of alternative pipe materials such as PVC pipes and copper pipes, these are seldom used in the building industry because unlined galvanized steel pipes are relatively cheap and easier to install than the other pipes.

The Regulations will be applicable to the plumbing installations in all new buildings and upon renewal of the plumbing in existing buildings but are not applicable to fire service installations in new buildings nor to the repair of plumbing systems which are of a minor nature.

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The new Regulations also allow.a phasing out period of one year from the date on which the Waterworks Regulations Amendments 1994 is gazetted so that pipe suppliers are able to adjust their business induced by the change.

End/ Wednesday, December 21, 1994

By-election held for Education Conduct Council

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Mr Lai Siu-ki of the Hong Kong Association for Business Eddducation has been elected to the Council on Professional Conduct in Education, filling a seat for subject-related organisations vacated through the resignation of Mrs Pang Chu Wai-see, the Education Department announced today (Wednesday).

Mr Lai received three votes in the by- election, which was conducted on an organisation basis. The vote counting was officiated by the Chairman of the Council, Dr Cheng Kai-ming.

The other contestants were: Miss Tsui Wai- chuen (two votes) and Mrs Mak Lau Siu-ming (one vote).

While Mr Lai joins the council immediately, his term will expire with other members on April 30, 1996.

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End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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15 EC Vils repatriated

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A total of 15 Ex-China Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants (ECVIIs) comprising nine men, two women, two boys and two girls were returned to China via Sha Tau Kok this (Wednesday) morning.

A further 130 ECVIIs are expected to return to Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan in January.

Discussions are continuing with the Chinese authorities on the repatriation of the remaining ECVIIs in Hong Kong.

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

Flushing water cut in Kowloon Bay ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

Flushing water supply to some premises in Kowloon Bay will be suspended from 8 pm on Friday (December 23) to 9 am the next day to facilitate water mains connection.

The suspension will affect all the premises in Richland Gardens, as well as Kai Yiu, Kai Lok, Kai Wo, Kai Cheung, Kai Wang and Kowloon Bay temporary housing areas, Kai Yip Estate and Kai Tai Court.

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End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 2,483 0930 -700

Closing balance in the account 1,645 1000 -700

Change attributable to : 1100 -695

Money market activity -576 1200 -692

LAF today -262 1500 -692

1600 -576

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 ♦+0.0* 21.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills Terms EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds Yield

Yield Term Issue Coupon Price

1 week 4.98 17 months 2605 6.35 98.85 7.35

1 month 5.28 23 months 2611 6.90 98.89 7.67

3 months 5.63 28 months 3704 6.15 96.64 7.88

6 months 6.25 34 months 3710 7.25 98.53 7.98

12 months 6.84 57 months 5909 7.45 99.70 8.39

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 22,827 million

Closed December 21, 1994

End/Wednesday, December 21, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Thursday, December 22,1994

Contents Page No,

HK-Guangdong Environmental Group meets.................................. 1

Consumer Price Indices for November 1994................................ 2

Residential mortgage survey results for November 1994................... 9

Lands Department revises Land Sales Programme.......................... 10

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Inquiry into ship collision ordered.................................... 10

Contract awarded for West Kowloon Reclamation project............... 11

ACP exhibition in Sha Tin.............................................. 12

Welfare payment arrangements for Christmas holidays.................... 14

Views invited on school direct subsidy scheme.......................... 15

Town Planning Board annual report published............................ 16

Tunnels to remain fully open during holiday periods.................... 17

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................... 18

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HK-Guangdong Environmental Group meets

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The Hong Kong - Guangdong Environmental Protection Liaison Group held its fifth meeting in Hong Kong on December 21-22. Both sides agreed to further their cooperation on environmental issues of common interest.

The Environmental Protection Liaison Group discussed the progress made by its Technical Sub-group in the joint monitoring of environmental quality for Deep Bay and noted that, subject to funding approval by the Finance Committee, Hong Kong wil soon start a water quality modelling study with the support of the Guangdong authorities to help determine a strategy to protect the water quality of Deep Bay. The joint monitoring programme and the modelling study were part of an action plan to protect the environment of Deep Bay and its catchments. The Liaison Group endorsed the action plan in 1992 and the joint monitoring work commenced in 1993. A final report would be prepared after two years' monitoring.

At the meeting, the Guangdong side was also briefed on the proposed establishment of marine parks and marine reserves in Hong Kong and the proposed designation of Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay as a wetland of international importance under the Convention on Wetland of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (the RAMSAR Convention).

The Liaison Group agreed that both sides should continue to exchange information on environmental issues that are of mutual interest. These included coordination of transboundary shipment of waste, controls on vehicle fuel and marine dredging and dumping activities for Hong Kong projects, and development of new power stations. For its future plan, the Liaison Group will consider extending the scope of work to cover environmental issues associated with Mirs Bay.

The two-day meeting was co-chaired on the Guangdong side by the Director of Environmental Protection Bureau of Guangdong Province, Mr Wang Yinkun, and on the Hong Kong side by the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr A G Eason.

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Members of the Guangdong delegation include the Vice Chairman of the Construction Committee of Guangdong Province, Mr Lao Yingxun, the Director of State Oceanic Administration, South China Sea Branch, Mr Liang Song, the Deputy Director of the Oceanic and Aquatic Bureau of Guangdong Province, Mr Dai Yongren, the Director of the Environmental Bureau of Shenzhen, Mr Yang Rongyuan, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Guangdong Province, Ms Li Yi-hui, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Shenzhen, Mr Fan Junjun, the Assistant Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Shenzhen, Mr Chen Weiyuan, the Deputy Division Chief of the Office of Foreign Affairs of Guangdong Province, Mr Hu Wei, and the Section Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Guangdong Province, Ms Liang Huirong.

Members of the Hong Kong team include the Director of Environmental Protection, Dr S B Reed, the Director of Planning, Dr K S Pun, the Director of Drainage Sendees Department, Mr Y Y Ng, and the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries Department, Dr H Y Lee.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

Consumer Price Indices for November 1994

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The Consumer Price Index (A) in November 1994 was 8.6% higher than in November 1993, according to figures released today (Thursday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

This was higher than the corresponding year-on-year increase of 7.9% in October.

Commenting on the figures, a Government spokesman said: ’’The faster rate of increase in the CPI(A) in November was mainly due to a low base of comparison particularly in respect of the food component in November last year, as the prices of vegetables and salt water fish softened at that time.”

"On other components of the CPI(A), the increase in the prices of clothing and footwear moderated somewhat. Against this, private housing rentals and the prices of various consumer services rose more rapidly."

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"Taking the first 11 months together, the increase in the CPI(A) averaged at 8.0%. This was lower than the average increase of 8.5% in 1993," the spokesman added.

The year-on-year rates of increase in the Consumer Price Index (B) and the Hang Seng CPI were 9.5% and 10.6% respectively in November 1994. The corresponding increases in October 1994 were 9.0% and 10.5% respectively.

The Composite CPI, which is compiled based on the combined expenditure pattern of households covered by the three CPIs, showed an increase of 9.5% in November 1994 over the same month in 1993. This was also higher than the corresponding increase of 9.0% in October.

Comparing November 1994 with November 1993, relatively faster price increases than the overall average were recorded for housing (12.1% in the CPI(A) and 14.4% in the CPI(B)); miscellaneous services (12.1% and 11.0%); clothing and footwear (10.9% and 11.5%); and miscellaneous goods (8.8% and 7.6%).

On the other hand, relatively slower price increases than the overall average were recorded for durable goods (2.4% in the CPI(A) and 2.8% in the CPI(B)); alcoholic drinks and tobacco (5.1% and 5.8%); food (excluding meals bought away from home) (5.3% and 5.4%); fuel and light (5.4% and 5.6%); meals bought away from home (7.7% and 7.5%); and transport (8.2% and 7.9%).

Comparing November 1994 with October 1994, the CPI(A) and CPI(B) increased by 0.2% and 0.6% respectively. The Composite CPI increased by 0.6%.

For the three months ended November 1994, the CP1(A) and CPI(B) were, on average, higher by 8.4% and 9.2% respectively over a year earlier. The Composite CPI increased by 9.2%.

For the 12 months ended November 1994, the CP1(A) and CPI(B) were, on average, higher by 8.1% and 8.5% respectively than in the preceding 12- month period. The corresponding increase for the Composite CPI was 8.7%.

Seasonally adjusted series are also available for the CPIs. The deseasonalised CPI(A) and CPI(B) increased at an average rate of 0.4% and 0.8% respectively per month during the three months ended November 1994. The corresponding increase for the Composite CPI was 0.7%.

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More details are given in the "Consumer Price Index Report" for November 1994, which is available at $16.5 a copy from the Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, Ground Floor, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong; or from the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department, 19th floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

For local and overseas mailings, contact should be made with the Information Services Department, French Mission Building, 1 Battery Path, Hong Kong.

For enquiries about the indices, please telephone the Consumer Price Index Section of the Census and Statistics Department on 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.

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Table I Component Consumer Price Ind ices and Rates of Increase for Xovember 1994

(Oct. 89 - Sep. 90 = 100) Ccmoosite cpt

CPI (A) CP KB) Hang Seng CPT

Index for Nov 94 . x % change over Nov 9) Index for Nov 94 % change over Xdv 93 Index for Xbv 94 % change over Nov 93 Index for Xdv 94 % change over Nov 93

Food 142.9 -6.6 145.1 -6.7 148.8 -9.3 144.9 -7.1

Meals bought 154.6 -7.7 154.4 -7.5 157.6 -11.4 155.2 -8.4

away from hone Foal, excluding 131.3 -5.3 % 132.2 -5.4 133.8 -5.3 132.1 -5.3

meals bought away from hare

Housing 172.9 -12.1 177.1 -14.4 180.3 -15.0 176.8 -13.9

Fuel and light 126.9 -5.4 126.3 +5.6 126.2 +5.8 126.6 -5.5

Alcoholic drinks 190.5 -5.1 180.6 -5.8 176.1 -5.9 185.0 -5.5

and tobacco

Clothing and 148.0 -10.9 150.4 -11.5 169.2 -10.7 156.2 -11.1

footwear

Durable goods 114.3 r2.4 114.4 -2.8 120.0 -2.5 116.0 -2.6

Miscellaneous 139.0 -8.8 134.4 -7.6 .t 132.5 -7.2 135.6 -8.0

goods

Transport 150.5 -8.2 149.1 -7.9 148.1 -7.5 149.3 -7.9

Miscellaneous 167.7 -12.1 161.2 -11.0 150.4 -8.9 159.9 -10.8

services

.All items 151.4 -8.6 153.1 -9.5 157.3 -10.6 153.5 -9.5

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Monthly consumer price indices are compiled on the basis of (a) expenditure patterns of • relevant households and (b) prices collected currently in the month. The expenditure patterns underlying the 1989/90-based consumer price indices are based on those patterns derived from the 1989/90 Household Expenditure Survey. The CPI (A) is based on the expenditure pattern of about 50% of households in Hong Kong, which had an average monthly expenditure of 32,500-39,999 in 1989/90 (broadly equivalent to S3,600-314,600 at 1994 prices). The CPI(B) is based on the expenditure pattern of the next 30% of households, which had an average monthly expenditure of $10,000-317,499 in 1989/90(broadly equivalent to 314,600-326,000 at 1994 prices). The Hang Seng CPI is based on the expenditure pattern of the next 10% of households, which had an average monthly expenditure of 317,500-337,499 in 1989/90(broadly equivalent to 326,000-356,000 at 1994 prices).

Whereas the CPI(A), CPI(B) and Hang' Seng CPI are based on the expenditure patterns of groups of households with different magnitudes of household expenditure, the Composite CPI is compiled based on the expenditure pattern of all these Ixxiseholds taken together. Thus, while the (71(A), CPI(B) and Hang Seng CPI show the impact of consumer price changes on different groups of households, the Composite CPI shows the impact of constmer price changes on the household sector generally.

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Table 2 Consumer Price Indices for January 1992 - November 1994 (Oct. 89 - Sep. 90 = 100)

Year/mon th CPI(A) CPI(B) Hang Seng CPI Composite CPI

1992 January 119.7 119.3 119.4 119.5

February 121.8 121.2 121.0 121.4

March 122.5 121.9 121.8 122.1

April 124.0 123.4 122.9 123.5

May 124.0 133.8 124.2 124.0

June 125.3 125.1 125.2 125.2

July 125.5 125.4 125.4 125.4

August 125.6 125.9 125.8 125.8

September 128.3 127.9 127.5 128.0

October 128.4 128.4 128.6 128.5

November 128.5 129.0 129.9 129.0

December 129.3 129.8 130.0 129.7

1993 January 131.8 131.6 131.5 131.7

February 132.4 132.2 132.0 132.2

March 132.0 132.2 133.1 132.4

April 133.5 133.9 134.5 133.9

May 134.5 134.8 136.3 135.1

June 136.0 135.9 137.1 136.3

July 135.8 136.1 136.9 136.2

August 136.3 136.6 137.4 136.7

September 138.4 138.3 139.2 138.6

October 140.0 139.6 140.7 140.0

November 139.4 139.9 142.2 140.3

December 140.4 140.9 143.3 141.3

199,4 January 140.0 140.7 143.4 141.1

February 142.7 142.9 144.9 143.3

March 142.5 143.0 145.3 143.4

April 143.8 144.8 147.9 145.2

May 145.0 146.1 150.0 146.7

June 146.2 146.9 151.0 147.7

July 147.3 147.9 150.5 148.3

August 149.6 • 149.6 151.7 150.1

September 150.3 150.8 153.4 151.3

October 151.1 152.2 155 3 152.6

November 151.4 153.1 157.3 153.5

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Chart 1 Year-on-year Rates of Increase in CPI(A)

Chart 2 Year-on-year Rates of Increase in CPI(B)

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Chart 3 Year-on-year Rates of Increase in Hang Seng CPI

Chart 4 Year-on-year Rates of Increase In Composite CPI

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Residential mortgage survey results for November 1994 * * ♦ * *

The growth in residential mortgage loans for the purchase of properties in Hong Kong remained modest in November, according to a latest monthly survey conducted by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

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The latest figures show that the total amount of outstanding mortgage lending by the 33 institutions in the survey was up by 0.8% in November (0.2% in October), to $244.2 billion from $242.2 billion. The growth rate is below the monthly average of 1.03% over the last 12 months.

"The growth rate for November is in line with our expectation," the Executive Director (Banking Policy) of HKMA, Mr Peter Pang, said.

The annualised rate of growth in lending over the last three months increased to 7.2%, compared with 6.6% in the three-month period to October. The 12-month average of outstanding loans remained stable at an annualised rate of 12.4%, compared with 12.7% in October.

Following the 18% rise in October, new loans approved but not yet drawn increased moderately by 3.7% or $0.2 billion to $4.9 billion in November.

"These figures suggest that the growth of outstanding loans in December will continue to be modest," Mr Pang said.

Lending for the purchase of properties in China rose by 3.0% in November, to $4.46 billion from $4.33 billion. The growth rate was the same in October. The increase was largely due to lending for residential properties.

Gross loans made in November fell in number (to 376 from 450) but increased in amount (to $200 million from $186 million).

New loans approved in November increased in both number (to 250 from 228) and in amount (to $173 million from $149 million).

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Lands Department revises Land Sales Programme * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Lands Department today (Thursday) released details of the revised Land Sales Programme for the remainder of the current financial year.

The release followed an earlier meeting between the Director of Lands, Mr R D Pope, and representatives of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Hong Kong.

He explained that it was necessary to revise the original Land Sales Programme because his department had identified three more residential sites for sale in line with the recommendations contained in the Report of the Task Force on Land Supply and Property Prices, and had incorporated the site that failed to sell at the last auction into the adjoining lot, thereby making it a larger and possibly more attractive site.

Mr Pope said there were now 12 sites to be auctioned in March.

He further explained that it was the department’s intention to dispose of as much land as possible during the financial year in order to meet the land disposal quota agreed by the Land Commission.

A total of about 10,000 flats are expected to be produced from the 1994/95 Land Sales Programme.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

Inquiry into ship collision ordered ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

The Director of Marine, Mr Allan Pyrke, has ordered a Preliminary Inquiry into the circumstances attending the collision between Hong Kong registered tanker ’’New World" and Cypriot registered vessel, M V "YA Mawlaya" about 260 nautical miles south west of Lisbon, Portugal yesterday (Wednesday).

In according with Section 51 (1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance, Mr Pyrke this (Thursday) morning appointed a surveyor of ship, Mr Kenneth yeomans, to conduct the Preliminary Inquiry.

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Mr Yeomans will leave Hong Kong to interview the master and the crew of the M T ’’New World” and to inspect the vessel once the ship agent has furnished the Marine Department will information regarding where and when the master and the crew members will land ashore.

It is expected that Mr Yeomans will leave Hong Kong before Christmas Eve (December 24).

Of the 29 crew members on board the M T ’’New World", 19 were picked up by a passing vessel, two remained onboard the "New World", eight are still missing.

The crew members come from China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

Contract awarded for West Kowloon Reclamation project ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Central Tender Board has approved the award of an Airport Core Programme (ACP) contract for the West Kowloon Reclamation project.

The contract, which covers the Jordan Road Reclamation Phase II and the construction of a temporary passenger ferry pier, will be awarded by the Civil Engineering Department to Aoki Corporation of Japan at a price of $118 million.

The works comprise the reclamation of 4.1 hectares of land, the reprovisioning of Man Cheong Street pumphouse and the construction of Dundas Street box culvert extension.

The contract also includes the construction of a temporary passenger ferry pier by modifying the existing jetty at Government Dockyard.

Work will start in early January and will be completed in late 1996.

The award of this contract brings the total number of ACP contracts awarded so far to 97, with a total value of over $64 billion.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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ACP exhibition in Sha Tin

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An exhibition on the Airport Core Programme (ACP), which is being held at the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm for three days until Saturday (December 24).

The exhibition is one of a series of local exhibitions being organised by the New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office (NAPCO) to keep members of the public abreast of the progress being made on the 10 ACP projects.

The exhibitions have been well received by members of the public and about 100,000 people have attended the exhibitions held so far in various locations, including Lok Fu, Queensway, Tsuen Wan, Tai Koo Shing, Tuen Mun and Causeway Bay.

Officiating at the opening ceremony of the exhibition today (Thursday), the Chairman of the Legislative Council Finance Committee, Mr Andrew Wong, said that the stringent monitoring of ACP progress and cost would continue to remain one of the Finance Committee's prime objectives.

"The Finance Committee will continue to monitor the ACP cost as the ACP financing programme, including equity and Ioan, progresses further.

"Given such a huge infrastructure programme, it is essential that the funding of the projects is carefully managed and monitored.

"In this respect, the Airport Committee, the Airport Consultative Committee and the Legislative Council all have an important role to play. All parties concerned are kept informed or consulted on the progress, financing and cost of the ACP."

Mr Wong said he was happy to learn that, under the existing cost monitoring mechanism and the fair and open tender system, the ACP cost estimate was reduced from $163.7 billion to $158.2 billion early this year.

"Based on the progress so far, we are convinced that the 10 ACP projects could be completed to the maximum extent possible by mid- 1997 in a cost-effective manner," he said.

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Also officiating at today's opening ceremony, the Director of Territory Development, Mr Lee Shing-see, said that the Territory Development Department (TDD) played an important role in the successful completion of the ACP and was responsible for implementing three of the 10 ACP projects -- the Tung Chung new town, the West Kowloon Reclamation and the Central Reclamation.

"I am happy to say that we have been able to keep to the programme and the budget," he said.

On the Tung Chung new town development, Mr Lee said it would not only provide a support community for the new airport but also extend the new town programme to become the ninth new town with a planned population of 200,000 by the year 2011.

"They will enjoy the same high standard of living, improved environment and better community and recreational facilities as the some 2.5 million residents in the existing eight new towns do," he said.

The West Kowloon Reclamation will increase the size of Kowloon Peninsula by one-third by mid-1996. It will provide land for major transport links to the new airport such as the third harbour road crossing, the West Kowloon Expressway and the Airport Railway.

"The new land formed in West Kowloon and the additional land to be released upon the relocation of the airport from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok would certainly relieve crowding and provide better environment and facilities to the older districts.

"To maximise the development potential of the existing airport and adjoining sites, my department will arrange for a detailed feasibility study to be carried out in mid-1995 on an area almost as big as the Kowloon Peninsula," Mr Lee said.

Phase one of the Central Reclamation is also underway, Mr Lee said.

"This will provide land for the Hong Kong station of the Airport Railway.

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"This is part of the 108-hectare reclamation stretching to Wan Chai mainly to extend the Central business district and to improve the environment and the transport network,” he said.

Also officiating at today’s ceremony were the Chairman of Sha Tin District Board, Mr Choy Kan- pui, and the Chairman of North District Board, Mr Tang Kwok-yung.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

Welfare payment arrangements for Christmas holidays ♦ ♦ ♦♦ *

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Recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance under the bank payment system may receive their payments on Saturday (December 24) if their pay-days fall on the Christmas public holidays (December 25 to 27).

A spokesman for the Social Welfare Department said today (Thursday) that special payment arrangements would also be made for recipients of Social Security Allowance whose pay- days fell on December 25 to 27.

Those who have bank accounts in Hong Kong Bank or Hang Seng Bank will receive their payments on Saturday (December 24) whereas those with accounts in other banks will receive their payments next Wednesday (December 28).

In case of doubt, recipients are advised to contact their respective social security field units.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Views invited on school direct subsidy scheme

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Educators, educational bodies and parents are invited to submit their views on the implementation of the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) to the Private Schools Review Committee, which is reviewing the scheme.

Areas being looked at include the policy objectives, operational aspects and other issues including the progress of Bought Place schools joining the scheme.

The review committee wants to find out any problems or worries on the part of participating or prospective schools, and reasons why certain schools are, or are not, interested in the scheme.

Views should be submitted no later than January 31 next year to the committee on 11/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai. Enquiries can be made on 892 6639.

The Private Schools Review Committee advises the Director of Education on all matters relating to the Direct Subsidy Scheme.

An Education Department spokesman said 12 schools, comprising five international schools and seven other schools, are now participating in the scheme, which has been implemented since 1991.

The scheme was recommended by the Education Commission in its Report No. 3 published in 1988 with the aim of broadening parental choice by introducing a strong subsidised private sector into the present education system.

While receiving government subsidy, DSS schools enjoy a high degree of freedom in determining student admission, curriculum and level of fees.

The scheme was endorsed by the Govemor-in- Council in 1989.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Town Planning Board annual report published *****

The Town Planning Board has published its 1993 annual report.

Since 1991, the Board's annual report has taken an active and systematic approach in informing the public of the Board's work in the year under review and the statutory planning and application procedures.

Apart from a description and statistics of work, the 1993 annual report also outlines the statutory planning process in terms of plan-making and implementation as well as the planning permission system.

In the foreword of the report, the Chairman of the Board, the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, said the Board last year focused its attention on finding an appropriate means to regulate development intensity in Kowloon and New Kowloon.

He added that a substantial portion of the Board's workload during the year was also generated by the need to prepare rural outline zoning plans (OZPs) for the New Territories.

A fresh set of guidelines for development within the Deep Bay Buffer Zones near Mai Po Nature Reserve and its surrounding areas was also published by the Board in the year.

The report is divided into four parts. The first part covers the establishment and functions of the Board; the second explains the review of building density and height restrictions in Kowloon and New Kowloon; and the third gives an account of the work of the Board in 1993.

The remaining part of the publication centers on selected case reports on planning applications and objections to plans prepared by the Board.

The English version of the report can now be bought at $36 per copy at the Government Publications Centre, ground floor, Low Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway.

The Chinese version will be put on sale once it is available.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Tunnels to remain fully open during holiday periods

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The Transport Department announces today (Thursday) that the five Government tunnels will remain fully open during the coming Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

A spokesman for the Department said from December 25 to 28, and from January 1 to 3, 1995, all these tunnels would not close any tube for maintenance, and the radio broadcast of safety messages would be stepped up.

He added that these were additional control and safety measures on tunnel operations during the holidays.

The five Government tunnels are Aberdeen Tunnel, Lion Rock Tunnel, Airport Tunnel, Shing Mun Tunnels and Tseung Kwan O Tunnel.

The spokesman said likewise, operators of the three private tunnels - Cross Harbour Tunnel, Tate's Cairn Tunnel and Eastern Harbour Crossing - would take the same measures as far as they possibly could.

He said motorists also had a part to play in avoiding accidents inside tunnels by observing the following safety guidelines:

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Do not follow too close to the vehicle in front. Leave a two-second gap for safety;

Observe the speed limit;

Keep in lane;

Observe traffic ahead;

Use dipped headlights;

Avoid wearing earphones or using mobile telephones when driving; and

Do not drink any alcohol before and/or when driving.

The spokesman urged motorists to drive with care and patience no matter they were driving inside tunnels or on open roads.

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

S million Time (hours) Cumulative change ($million)

Opening balance in the account 1,645 0930 +193

Closing balance in the account 2,326 1000 +193

Change attributable to : 1100 +141

Money market activity + 81 1200 +141

LAF today +600 1500 + 81

1600 + 81

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.9 *+0.1* 22.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.88 17 months 2605 6.35 98.88 7.33

1 month 5.20 23 months 2611 6.90 98.96 7.63

3 months 5.59 28 months 3704 6.15 96.69 7.86

6 months 6.21 34 months 3710 7.25 98.55 7.98

12 months 6.85 57 months 5909 7.45 99.76 8.38

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 24,039 MN

Closed December 22, 1994

End/Thursday, December 22, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Friday, December 23,1994

Contents Page No,

Transcript of Governor's media session.................................. 1

Governor receives ICAC Review Committee report.......................... 1

Government to study ICAC review report.................................. 3

ICAC Review Committee submits report.................................... 3

Proposed amendments to Employment Ordinance agreed by LAB.......... 5

New LAB members appointed............................................... 7

Rules on Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board gazetted....... 9

Bill ensures prudent management of Exchange Fund........................ 9

Suruga Bank granted licence........................................ 11

Tsuen Wan illegal rooftop structures dwellers should register for rehousing 12

Contract awarded for Govt facilities at Chek Lap Kok airport........... 13

Bus lanes help improve efficiency...................................... 13

Provisional results of retail sales survey for October................. 15

More control on waste import and export................................ 18

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Appointments to Antiquities Advisory Board announced................... 19

Port to protect Stone Age village...................................... 19

Marine Police Headquarters a historical building....................... 20

More secondary schools for Fanling, Tuen Mun and Tai Po................ 22

Sewage tunnel from Stonecutters Island to Kellett Bank................. 22

Sewage facility for Pokfulam........................................... 24

Roadworks planned for west Kowloon..................................... 25

New road proposed to facilitate drainage maintenance................... 26

Proposed roadworks for Ma Hang village................................. 26

Footbridge for Yuen Long authorised.................................... 27

Mui Wo Fringe Development Permission Area Plan approved................ 28

Board to review Outline Zoning Plan.................................... 30

Tenders invited for village improvement works.......................... 30

Hydrocarbon wax allowed in chewing gum.............................. 31

Cargo working areas and ferry terminals remain open on holidays..... 31

Public reminded not to bring back endangered species................... 32

Shing Mun Visitor Centre closed for repairs....;....................... 33

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................... 34

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Transcript of Governor’s media session ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The following is a transcript of the media session by the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, after receiving the ICAC Review Committee Report from Dr Helmut Sohmen this (Friday) morning:

Governor: Good morning. Dr Sohmen has presented me the report of the ICAC Review Committee. I’d just like to place on record my gratitude, the Administration’s gratitude, the community’s gratitude to Dr Sohmen, Professor Lieh Mak and all the members of the Committee for a job extremely well done. I think the whole community recognises the importance of a credible and effective ICAC if we’re to protect the rule of law and prevent the corrosive influence of, and impact of, corruption. I am extremely pleased with the work of Dr Sohmen’s Committee has done which, I think, will enhance the position of the ICAC. We'll obviously be studying the report and all its details over the next few weeks and coming to conclusions as rapidly as possible. But, this is a difficult job which has been carried out extremely swiftly. I know how much effort and time has been involved from all sides. I’d just want to say that I am very pleased with the report and very grateful for the work that has been done. There is a press conference, I think you know, this afternoon when Dr Sohmen and Mrs Lieh Mak and colleagues will be answering questions. Thank you very much indeed.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Governor receives ICAC Review Committee report ♦ * * * *

The Chairman of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Review Committee, Dr Helmut Sohmen, has presented the committee’s report to the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, this (Friday) morning.

The committee was set up in February to advise the Governor on whether the ICAC’s powers remain appropriate, necessary and sufficient and whether the ICAC’s present systems of accountability for the exercise of the powers are adequate or should be modified.

The Governor said he was grateful to the members of the committee for all the work they had put into the report and would like to thank all those who contributed towards the review exercise.

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"The Administration will now consider in detail the recommendations of the review committee, and will seek the Executive Council’s advice on it in January.

"This comprehensive review of the ICAC's powers and accountability is the first since its establishment in 1974. The aim of the exercise is to renew the ICAC’s mandate in the light of present day circumstances and the changing expectations of the people of Hong Kong," he said.

Copies of the report will be made available to members of the Executive and Legislative Councils, members of the public who responded during the public consultation period from April to June this year, as well as members of the various ICAC committees, Municipal Councils and District Boards.

Attention News Editors:

The following reminder is issued on behalf of the ICAC Review Committee:

The Chairman of the ICAC Review Committee, Dr Helmut Sohmen, and Vice-Chairman, Professor Felice Lieh Mak, will give a press conference this (Friday) afternoon to announce the committee’s report on the review of the powers and accountability of the ICAC.

The press conference will begin at 4 pm in the GIS Press Conference Room, fifth floor, Beaconsfield House, Queen's Road Central. Copies of the report will be available from 3.30 pm for advance reading by media representatives.

End/Friday. December 23. 1994

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Government to study ICAC review report ♦ * * ♦ ♦

The Government will be studying a report of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Review Committee over the next few weeks and will come to conclusions as rapidly as possible, the Governor, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, said this (Friday) morning.

Speaking to reporters after receiving the report from the ICAC Review Committee Chairman, Dr Helmut Sohmen, the Governor said: ”1 think the whole community recognises the importance of a credible and effective ICAC if we’re to protect the rule of law and prevent the corrosive influence of, and impact of, corruption.

"I am extremely pleased with the work of Dr Sohmen's committee has done which, I think, will enhance the position of the ICAC."

Mr Patten commended Dr Sohmen and his committee for a job extremely well

done.

"This is a difficult job which has been carried out extremely swiftly. I know how much effort and time has been involved from all sides. I’d just want to say that I am very pleased with the report and very grateful for the work that has been done," he added.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

ICAC Review Committee submits report ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The following is issued on behalf of the ICAC Review Committee:

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Review Committee, set up in February to examine the powers and the accountability of the ICAC, has submitted its report to the Governor today (Friday).

The Chairman of the committee, Dr Helmut Sohmen, said the committee had met 15 times in the past nine months to deliberate on a wide range of issues within its terms of reference. It has come up with 76 recommendations and conclusions.

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”We conducted a public consultation exercise from April to June to collect opinions from various sectors of the community since we believe that continued public support is crucial to the ICAC’s success,” Dr Sohmen said.

”In our review, we have taken full account of the views of the community as reflected through over 100 written and oral submissions made to us," he added.

"It is quite clear that the community wish to maintain a strong and effective ICAC which can tackle corruption successfully, and at the same time it wants to secure greater accountability in the use of the Commission’s powers so that the rights of the individual will be protected. Throughout the review, we have tried to find the right balance between these demands and expectations," Dr Sohmen said.

"We have made a number of recommendations to improve the commission's accountability. These include measures to strengthen the functions of the Advisory Committee on Corruption, the Operations Review Committee and the ICAC Complaints Committee, and recommendations that the commission should step up its liaison with both the central Government and the Police.

"There cannot be accountability without transparency. We have therefore also suggested that the commission should provide more information on its investigative activities in its annual report. In addition, we consider that ICAC committees should also be accountable to the public by producing annual reports and by briefing the media regularly on their work during the year," Dr Sohmen added.

On the powers of the ICAC, Dr Sohmen said the committee was of the view that the ICAC would continue to need its special investigatory powers to fight corruption, particularly in the face of an increase in corruption reports during the past two years. "Members agreed that corruption offences arc particularly difficult to investigate," he said.

However, he added, to provide better safeguards for the rights of the individual, the committee has recommended that the following powers should be transferred from, the commission to the courts:

* the powers to obtain certain types of information.

* the powers of search, and

* the power to restrain the disposal of property.

In addition, the committee has recommended that a suspect whose travel document has been retained by the ICAC should be given the choice of applying to the Commissioner or to the courts for its return. At present he can only make such an application to the Commissioner.

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"In other matters, such as the use of the power of dismissal under section 8(2) of the ICAC Ordinance, we consider the Commissioner should give the officer concerned a chance to defend himself and that the Commissioner should seek the advice of the Advisory Committee on Corruption before he comes to a decision on the case,” Dr Sohmen said.

”On section 30 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance concerning the disclosure of ICAC investigations, we believe that the existing provision strikes the right balance between the need, on the one hand, to ensure that a suspect is not forewarned and therefore has the opportunity to destroy evidence, while at the same time protecting the reputation of an individual who is still under investigation, and respect for the freedom of expression on the other.

"This section was examined, debated and upheld by the Legislature as recently as 1992 and the circumstances have not changed since then," Dr Sohmen said. "It was also debated at length in the committee and we had considered submissions from the Hong Kong Journalists Association. At the end, a clear majority of members favoured retention."

Apart from Dr Sohmen, the committee had Professor Felice Lieh Mak as its Vice-Chairman. Other members were Ms Christine Loh Kung-wai, Mr Jimmy McGregor, Mr Anthony Neoh, Mr William Wan Hon-cheung and Mr Norman Yuen Kee-tong. The official members were the Attorney General, Mr Jeremy Mathews, and the Director of Administration, Mr Richard Hoare.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Proposed amendments to Employment Ordinance agreed by LAB * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

At a special meeting held at the Labour Department Headquarters this (Friday) afternoon, members of the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) agreed on a package of improvements to severance and long service payments under the Employment Ordinance.

Details of the LAB’s agreed package are as follows:

a) To remove the ceiling of 12 months' wages for the calculation of severance payment (SP) and long service payment (LSP);

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b) To increase the years of service for the calculation of SP and LSP from the cunent limit of 18 years to 25 plus 50 per cent of any remaining service immediately upon effective of the amendment. This limit will be increased by two years for every subsequent year until it reaches 43 years by the year 2004. There will be no ceiling thereafter. Details of the agreed increases in years of service are given in the following schedule:

Column A Column B

Enactment to year end 25

1996 27

1997 ' 29

1998 31

1999 33

2000 35

2001 37

2002 39

2003 41

2004 43

2005 and thereafter no ceiling

c) To raise the absolute payment ceiling from the current limit of $180,000 to $210,000 upon effective of the amendment. This limit will be increased by $20,000 for every subsequent year until it reaches $390,000 by the year 2004. Details of the agreed increases in payment ceiling are given in the following schedule:

Column A Column B

Enactment to year end $210,000

1996 $230,000

1997 $250,000

1998 $270,000

1999 $290,000

2000 $310,000

2001 $330,000

2002 $350,000

2003 $370,000

2004 and thereafter $390,000

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The Commissioner for Labour and LAB chairman, Mr Stephen Ip, told reporters after the meeting he was glad that LAB had agreed on a comprehensive and forward-looking package of improvements that will bring immediate and long-term benefits to the workforce.

"Once again, LAB has proven itself to be a very important and successful forum for employee and employer representatives to discuss labour matters in a constructive and understanding manner," he said.

Mr Ip said the LAB had considered carefully the views of the Legislative Council and the interests and concerns of all parties concerned at today's meeting.

"The Administration will now proceed to draw up a new Employment (Amendment) Bill for submission to the Legislative Council in January next year after taking advice of the Executive Council.

"We are anxious to see the LAB agreed improvements implemented as early as possible," Mr Ip added.

The Commissioner for Labour said he hoped both Legislative Council members Mr Tam Yiu-chung and Mr Ho Mun-ka would find LAB's agreed package fair and reasonable, and that they would reconsider their position in the light of the latest situation.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

New LAB members appointed *****

The Government today (Friday) announced the appointment of 11 employer and employee representatives to the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) for a two-year term starting on January 1, 1995.

A list of the new LAB members was published in the Gazette today. They are:

Employee representatives elected by registered employees trade unions:

* Mr Cheung Kwok-bui

* Mr Chu Ming


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* Mr Leung Fu-wah

Mr Leung Tsz-leung

Mr Poon Siu-ping

* Mr Cheung Wood-lun

Employer representatives nominated by employer associations:

* Mr Martin Hayton of the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong

Mr Ho Sai-chu of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce

* Miss Angela Koo of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Mr Joseph Lau of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong

Mr Andrew Leung of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Appointed members:

* Dr Harry Lee

The LAB is a tripartite consultative body which advises the Commissioner for Labour on labour matters including legislation and the application of the International Labour Convention and Recommendations.

The new board will hold its first meeting in January 1995.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Rules on Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board gazetted ‘ ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

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A Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board (MECAB) has been established in the Labour Department to determine employment claims involving not more than five claimants whose amount of claim will not exceed $5,000 each.

A set of rules prescribing the procedures and practices of the Board is published in the Gazette today (Friday) to enable it to commence operation.

The rules are generally modelled on the Labour Tribunal Rules to allow the Board to function in a quick and informal manner.

The MECAB (General) Rules provide for the setting up of a Registry and the procedures involving the transfer of claims, leave to appeal, hearing of appeals, and registration of awards and orders in the District Court.

The MECAB (Fees) Rules prescribe the form of payment and the amount of fees for claims, reviews and appeals.

The MECAB (Suitors’ Funds) Rules provide for the payment of funds into and out of the Board. The rules also provide for an annual statement of accounts to be prepared in respect of the funds.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Bill ensures prudent management of Exchange Fund

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The Government has proposed to modernise certain provisions in the Exchange Fund Ordinance to enhance the robustness of the legal framework for monetary management and for the prudent management of the Exchange Fund.

Details of the proposed legislation were contained in the Exchange Fund (Amendment) Bill 1994 which was published in the Gazette today (Friday).

A Government spokesman said the proposals were made to take into account the changes in Hong Kong’s monetary system and international financial markets over the past years.

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First, the bill seeks to provide the Financial Secretary with the statutory power to require any authorised institution to niaintain an account with the Monetary Authority for the account of the Exchange Fund. This proposal will provide statutory backing for the "Accounting Arrangements", a crucial monetary reform measure introduced in 1988.

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The "Accounting Arrangements" is a contractual agreement between the Financial Secretary as the Controller of the Exchange Fund and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) as the Management Bank of the Clearing House of Hong Kong Association of Banks.

Under the Accounting Arrangements, HSBC is required to maintain an account with the Exchange Fund and to manage the net clearing balance of the rest of the hanking system in such a way that it will not exceed the balance in its account with the Exchange Fund.

Through the Accounting Arrangements, the Government has acquired an effective monetary management mechanism to influence the level of interbank liquidity and hence interbank interest rates, thereby greatly improving the Government's capability to deliver exchange rate stability.

"The proposed change will also facilitate the implementation of a new and more robust interbank payment system which will involve all licensed banks opening clearing accounts with the Monetary Authority," the spokesman said.

Secondly, the bill seeks to widen the investment ambit of the Exchange Fund such that the Financial Secretary can enter into any financial arrangements for the prudent management of the Fund, after consulting the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee.

Thirdly, the bill contains provisions that would remove an impediment for the Exchange Fund to raise funds in short notice when circumstances warrant.

Under the existing provisions, the Financial Secretary may borrow for the account of the Fund on the security of any asset held by the Fund or on the general revenue, but such secured borrowings are subject to a limit stipulated in section 3(4).

The bill disapplies the borrowing limit to borrowings secured on the Fund's assets. The borrowing limit will, however, continue to apply to Exchange Fund's borrowings which are secured on the general revenue.

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Fourthly, the bill proposes a tightening of the present mechanism for a transfer of "excess assets" of the Exchange Fund to the general revenue and other funds of Hong Kong in section 8 of the ordinance.

The bill imposes an additional requirement in that the Financial Secretary must be satisfied that such a transfer would not adversely affect his ability to fulfil the purposes of the Fund as set out in sections 3(1) and 3(1 A) of the ordinance, i.e. affecting the exchange value of the Hong Kong dollar and maintaining the stability and integrity of the monetary and financial systems of Hong Kong.

Fifthly, the bill makes provisions for the issue and redemption of certificates of indebtedness in computerised book entry form to improve the efficiency and security of the process.

Lastly, the bill transfers to the Hong Kong Government certain powers over the control of the Exchange Fund which are at present vested in the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom Government. These amendments are consistent with the provisions in the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Suruga Bank granted licence *****

A Government spokesman said today (Friday) the Suruga Bank, Ltd. (SBL) had been granted a banking licence to conduct business in Hong Kong.

Established in 1895, SBL is a regional bank based in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It has 140 branches in Japan and an overseas branch in New York. It is the 51st largest bank in Japan and ranks 223rd in the world in terms of capital.

In Hong Kong, SBL has been operating a representative office since 1987.

The bank wishes to upgrade the representative office to a branch to offer a wider range of banking services to its clients, who have business transactions in Hong Kong, China and other Southeast Asian countries.

The principal business of the proposed branch includes trade financing, loan syndication, money market transactions and securities investments.

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The spokesman said the continuing interest of foreign banks in entering the local market reflected Hong Kong's continued importance and attractiveness as a major international financial centre. The licence for SBL is the tenth banking licence granted in 1994.

There are now 180 licensed banks in Hong Kong, of which 148 are incorporated outside the territory. Of these, 43 are from Japan.

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End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Tsuen Wan illegal rooftop structures dwellers should register for rehousing ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Director of Buildings, Mrs Helen Yu, today (Friday) urges former dwellers of illegal rooftop structures to leave the roof of Cheuk Ming Building in Tsuen Wan as the closure orders are still in force.

’’Any unauthorised entry or occupation is in breach of the closure orders," Mrs Yu said.

"Apart from workers of the Government contractor who are demolishing the unauthorised structures, the presence of any other person could cause disruption and pose danger to site."

"The Building Authority has the responsibility to ensure safety of demolition work. We would not wish to see any person injured," she said.

"The former dwellers should register themselves with the Housing Department for rehousing arrangements. There is no need for anyone to be homeless," she added.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Contract awarded for Govt facilities at Chek Lap Kok airport

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The Secretary for the Treasury, on the advice of the Central Tender Board, has approved the award of an Airport Core Programme (ACP) contract for the supply and installation of an Aerodrome Meteorological Observing System for the new airport at Chek Lap Kok.

The contract, valued at about $19.5 million, has been awarded to Hagenuk GmbH of Germany.

The company will be responsible for the supply and installation of meteorological instruments at the new airport. Information from the instruments will be processed and transmitted to air traffic controllers and airline operational staff for their reference.

The installation and commissioning of the system will be completed in early 1997.

The award of this contract brings the total number of ACP contracts awarded so far to 98, with a total value of over $64 billion.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Bus lanes help improve efficiency *****

Five bus lanes will be designated next Thursday (December 29) in the New Territories to improve the efficiency and reliability of bus services as part of the measures to address traffic congestion.

Announcing details of the scheme today (Friday), the Transport Department's Chief Traffic Engineer/New Territories East, Mr Sin Kwok-keung, said the main objective of the scheme was to accord priority to buses, in particular franchised buses, by enabling them to jump traffic queues in the morning peak hours.

"Of them, three are on the southbound approach roads towards Tate's Cairn Tunnel in Sha Tin, and one each on Tai Po Road eastbound near Yuen Chau Tsai in Tai Po and on the northbound slip road of Lam Tei Interchange in Tuen Mun," he said.

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The three bus lanes to be designated on the southbound approaches to the Tate's Cairn Tunnel between 7 am and 10 am daily except Sundays and public holidays are:

* a section of about 250 metres of the kerbside lane on Siu Lek Yuen Road eastbound near Yuen Hong Street;

* a section of about 40 metres of the middle lane on Siu Lek Yuen Road eastbound near its junction with the slip road leading to the Tate's Cairn Tunnel; and

a section of about 200 metres of kerbside lane on Tate's Cairn Highway southbound leading to the toll plaza of Tate's Cairn Tunnel.

"The bus lanes will benefit more than 90 bus trips of 17 franchised bus routes carrying more than 12,000 passengers through the Tate's Cairn Tunnel plying between the New Territories, East and South Kowloon and Hong Kong Island each hour during the morning peak period," he said.

"In addition, about 1,600 passengers of one green minibus route and nine residential service bus routes will also be benefited," he added.

Moreover, the Transport Department has planned to construct additional traffic lanes to provide bus-only lanes on the approaches to Tate's Cairn Tunnel. This is scheduled to be completed later next year.

The bus lane in Tai Po is for franchised bus only and is effective between 7 am and 10 am daily except Sundays and public holidays. It is on a section of about 80 metres of the kerbside lane on Tai Po Road - Yuen Chau Tsai section eastbound near Kwong Wang Street.

The concerned section of Tai Po Road fronting Kwong Fuk Estate and leading to Tolo Highway is one of the busiest roads in Tai Po.

Mr Sin said the bus lane would help about 19,000 passengers riding on more than 80 bus trips of 11 franchised bus routes bypassing the traffic queues on this main corridor.

It would also deter illegal loading/unloading activities by other vehicles in this busy section.

The 95-metre long kerbside lane of the northbound slip road of Lam Tei Interchange will be a 24-hour daily franchised bus-only lane the whole year round.

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Together with the bus lane on the southbound slip road of Lam Tei Interchange which took effect in September this year, it will facilitate efficient bus service between Yuen Long/Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun Road and benefit more than 10,000 passengers riding on about 100 bus trips of seven franchised bus routes.

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These two bus lanes have also enabled the provision of a pair of bus stops near Siu Hong Court and Fu Tei Village.

’’While public transport will be benefited by the bus lanes by reducing journey time for the majority of commuters, general traffic might be affected with long queues, particularly at the approach roads towards Tate’s Cairn Tunnel," Mr Sin noted.

"These measures will be closely monitored and their impact will be assessed and adjustments will be made if deemed necessary," he added.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Provisional results of retail sales survey for October »' ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

The value of total retail sales in October 1994, estimated at $17.1 billion, increased by 12% when compared with October 1993, according to the statistics released today (Friday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

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After discounting the effect of price changes over the period, total retail sales rose by 5% in volume in October 1994 over a year earlier.

The increase in October 1994 was mainly attributable to growth in spending on clothing and footwear, and consumer durable goods (other than motor vehicles).

Sales of these two items increased by 29% and 14% respectively in value; and 13% and 10% respectively in volume.

Moderate increases were recorded in the sales in supermarkets (9% in value and 2% in volume) and sales of foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco (6% in both value and volume).

Meanwhile, sales in department stores and sales of jewellery and watches increased by 9% and 6% respectively in value, but both dropped by 1% in volume.

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Sales of motor vehicles however continued to decrease by 12% in value and 20% in volume. Sales of fuels also decreased by 1% in value and 7% in volume.

Compared with September 1994, but bearing in mind that this comparison may be affected by seasonal factors, total retail sales in October 1994 increased by 2% in value and 1% in volume.

Comparing the period from January to October 1994 with the same period in 1993, total retail sales rose by 12% in value and 6% in volume.

The volume of retail sales is derived from the value of retail sales after adjusting for price changes. The relevant components of the Consumer Price Index are used as deflators.

Table 1 presents the revised total retail sales figure for September 1994 and the provisional figure for October 1994.

Table 2 shows the value and volume indices of retail sales in September and October 1994 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 the October 1994 results with those for September 1994 and those for October 1993, as well as comparisons of retail sales in the period from January to October 1994 with the same period in 1993 are also given.

The report containing the analysis of the October 1994 results is now on sale at $3 per copy at the Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, Ground Floor, 66 Queensway; and the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department, 19th floor, Wanchai Tower, Wan Chai.

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.

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TABLE 1 : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for October 1994 (Provisional Figure) = HKS17,132.5 million

for September1994 (Revised Figure) » HKS16,749.5 million

TABLE.*—VALUE AHO VOLUME INDICES OF RETAIL SALES FOR SEPTEMBER 1994 AHO OCTOBER 1994 (Monthly average of Oct. 89 - Sept. 90 = 100)

Type of Outlet Type of index Index number October 1994 compared with September 1994 October 1994 compared with October 1993 Jan.-Oct.1994 compared with Jan.-Oct.1993

September 1994 (Revised figures) October 1994 (Provisional figures)

(A) FOR ALL RETAIL OUTLETS (B) BY TYPE OF RETAIL OUTLET Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco (other than supermarkets) Supermarkets 0 Fuels Clothing, footwear and allied products Consumer durable goods - Motor vehicles and parts - Consumer durable goods other than motor vehicles and parts Department stores Jewellery, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts Other consumer goods not elsewhere classified Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume (Points) 178.4 139.2 147.2 108.8 165.3 116.1 169.0 116.3 238.7 168.2 190.7 158.2 180.9 128.0 197.8 180.1 137.7 101.8 153.7 145.8 227.0 177.8 (Points) 182.4 139.9 140.4 106.3 151.9 106.0 166.3 114.5 259.4 173.4 176.6 142.8 181.8 125.7 172.9 155.2 143.1 101.5 169.6 158.5 254.4 197.5 (Points) (X) ♦4.1 +2.3 ♦0.7 +0.5 -6.8 -4.6 -2.5 -2.3 •13.5 -8.1 -10.0 -8.7 -2.7 -1.6 -1.9 -1.6 ♦20.7 +8.7 ♦5.2 *3.1 -14.1 -7.4 -15.4 -9.7 ♦0.9 ♦O.S -2.2 -1.7 -24.9 -12.6 -24.9 -13.8 ♦5.5 *4.0 -0.4 -0.4 ♦ 15.9 +10.3 ♦12.7 +8.7 ♦27.4 *12J ♦19.7 ♦11.1 (Points) (X) ♦19.3 *11.8 ♦6.1 +4.5 ♦8.4 +6.3 ♦5.8 +5.7 ♦12.5 +8.9 ♦1.7 +1.6 -1.7 -1.0 -8.3 -6.8 ♦57.5 +28.5 ♦20.0 ♦13.0 ♦1.4 ♦O.S -5.0 -3.4 -25.1 -12.1 -31.8 -20.2 ♦20.6 +13.5 ♦ 14.5 *10.3 ♦12.0 *9.1 -0.5 -0.5 ♦9.9 +6.2 -1.8 -1.1 ♦54.2 *27.1 ♦34.9 *21.5 (Points) (X) ♦19.3 +12.3 ♦8.2 +6.2 ♦10.1 +8.1 ♦4.0 +4.0 ♦15.3 +11.0 ♦4.1 +3.8 ♦6.7 +4.5 # n ♦53.5 +27.2 ♦26.4 +17.2 ♦4.8 +2.7 •1.5 -1.0 -6.8 -3.6 -15.4 -10.3 ♦13.2 +8.1 ♦8.5 +5.5 ♦11.3 +8.1 ♦1.5 +1.3 ♦18.8 +12.5 ♦8.4 +5.5 ♦36.8 +21.7 ♦24.1 +17.2

NOTE : 0 Not including supermarkets operating in department stores. # Change within 10.05

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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More control on waste import and export *****

The Government is to introduce a permit system to control the import and export of hazardous and other wastes in line with the international requirements on the control of transboundary movement of waste.

Under the Waste Disposal (Amendment) Bill gazetted today (Friday), potential importers and exporters are required to apply to the Environmental Protection Department for a permit for the import or export of hazardous wastes for either disposal or recycling activities.

Non-hazardous wastes imported or exported for disposal will also be subject to the same permit control.

The penalty for importing or exporting waste without a permit issued by the Environmental Protection Department will be a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment for the first offence and $500,000 and two years' imprisonment for subsequent offences.

A Government spokesman said most of Hong Kong's existing waste traders are dealing with non-hazardous wastes to be used in recycling or recovery operations. They will not be affected by the new provisions.

The Waste Disposal Ordinance currently provides only for the control over the import of waste into Hong Kong for disposal.

The spokesman said: "Hong Kong's waste trade will be seriously affected if we failed to meet the higher international standard of minimising the environmental and health risks caused by the generation of hazardous and other wastes as well as their transboundary movement."

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Appointmentsto Antiquities Advisory Board announced ♦ * * * *

The Governor has re-appointed Mr David Lung Ping- yee as Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board for a period of two years from Janaury 1, 1995, it was announced in the Gazette today(Friday).

The Governor has also re-appointed nine members and appointed five new members for a period of two years from the same date.

The following is a full list of the members of the Board:

Mr David Lung Ping-yee (Chairman)

Mr Au Ka-fat

Ms Jane Cheng Chee-hing

Ms Wailee Chow

Dr Michael Lau Wai-mai

Mr Lew Kam-chuen

Mr Poon Huen-wai

Mrs Pamela Rogers

Dr Janet Lee Scott

Dr Elizabeth Sinn

Ms Gloria Tse

Dr Deric Daniel Waters

Mr Paul Yu Shiu-tin

' The Chairman of the Urban Council or his representative

The Chairman of the Regional Council or his representative

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Port to protect Stone Age village *****

The following is issued on behalf of the Port Development Board:

Development of the new container port on Lantau will ensure that the Neolithic village site, now being excavated on the Pa Tau Kwu Peninsula, will be fully

preserved.

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The Secretary of the Port Development Board, Mr Tony Clark, said the archaeological importance of the site had been taken fully into account in planning the port and its back-up areas.

For this reason the Pa Tau Kwu Peninsula had been designated an open area at an early stage in the port planning process.

He said although the area would, eventually, be surrounded by reclamation for the port, the peninsula itself would not be developed.

Archaeologists from the Chinese University believe the 3,500-year-old village, near Penny’s Bay, could be the oldest complete village site in the territory.

It was discovered during a university archaeological survey of the North Lantau Expressway in 1991.

Mr Clark discounted reports that archaeologists were working against time to excavate the Neolithic village before tiie developers moved in.

’’There will be no bulldozers there," he said. "What is now a peninsula will be preserved as a pleasant hill adjacent to the port," he said.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Marine Police Headquarters a historical building *****

The Marine Police Headquarters Compound at Tsim Sha Tsui has been gazetted as a historical building under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.

The Marine Police Headquarters compound (MPH) comprises the Main Building, a Stable Block and a Signal Tower (the Round House) which were built in 1884 and have since been occupied by the Marine Police except during the Japanese Occupation (1941-45).

Before the construction of the MPH, the Water Police (as it was then known) was stationed on an old wooden hulk which was completely destroyed by fire in February 1884.

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The MPH after its opening, was described as a building of a graceful and even palatial appearance.

It occupied one of the most commanding positions and possessed an uninterrupted and significant view of every part of the harbour and also the Kowloon Peninsula.

The Main Building of MPH was originally of two storeys with the top floor added in the early 1920s.

Most of the rooms in the Main Building were originally barracks and duty rooms.

The two towers on the south-east and south-west corners of the Main Building were used as married quarters until 1975 when they were converted into offices and the Officers' Mess.

During the Japanese Occupation, the MPH was used as a base by the enemy navy, extensive tunnels under the lawn were built and the MPH was painted in camouflage colours.

These various measures helped to keep MPH in reasonable condition during the war.

After the War, the lawn was restored and the network of tunnels was filled in for safety reasons.

A special feature of the MPH is the Round House which is a two-storey tower built in 1884 on the very end of the promontory as a time signal station.

The time ball dropped at 1 pm every day to enable ships in the harbour to check their chronometers. It ceased to operate in 1907 when the ball and its mechanism were removed to Signal Hill.

The Round House is now used as an exhibition gallery by the Marine Police.

A spokesman for the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Recreation and Culture Branch said: "The MPH is the fourth oldest surviving historical government building, ranking only after the Former Flagstaff House (built 1846), the Old Stanley Police Station (built 1859) and the Royal Observatory (built 1883).

"All these three latter buildings have been declared as historical buildings."

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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More secondary schools for Fanling, Tuen Mun and Tai Po

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The Architectural Services Department is inviting tenders for the construction of three secondary schools in Fanling, Tuen Mun and Tai Po. Each of the schools will have a main teaching block and a block of special rooms.

The main teaching block will contain 26 classrooms, a library, a computer room, staff rooms, administration offices and changing rooms. The block of special rooms will house facilities for science and technical subjects.

There will be a covered playground, an assembly hall, separate ancillary buildings, staff quarters, a basketball court, a car park and planting areas in all of the schools. Construction works are expected to start in March for completion by July 1996.

Tender forms and further particulars can be obtained from the Architectural Services Department, 34th floor, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway.

Tender offers will close at noon on January 20.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Sewage tunnel from Stonecutters Island to Kellett Bank

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The Drainage Services Department will construct a sewage tunnel from Stonecutters Island to Kellett Bank next year.

The tunnel works, which includes an outfall diffuser structure, will begin in March next year for completion in 27 months.

The land situated on the route of the tunnel is described in a notice gazetted today (Friday).

The tunnel will be constructed at a depth of more than 70 metres below surface.

Any person who has an estate or interest registered in the Land Registry on the land where the tunnel will lie may object in .writing to the Director of Drainage Services on or before February 23, 1995.

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The notice of objection should describe the objector’s estate or interest in the land and the reasons for the objection.

The notice, and all relevant information in both English and Chinese, together with the related plans KCE/S/G/762A, 763A and 764A which show the route of the proposed tunnel can be inspected at the following Government offices during office hours from Monday to Friday (9 am to 4.30 pm) and on Saturday (9 am to noon):

* Lands Department, Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor, Murray Building, Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong;

* Sham Shui Po District Office, Public Enquiry Service Centre, 6th floor, West Coast International Building, 290-296 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon; and

* Kwai Tsing District Office, Public Enquiry Service Centre, 2nd floor, Kwai Hing Government Offices Building, Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories.

Members of the public who wish to seek additional information on the project may contact the Drainage Services Department on tel 834 9430.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Sewage facility for Pokfulam *****

The Government will construct a 750-metre long submarine outfall within 39 hectares of foreshore and sea-bed at Sandy Bay, Pokfulam, to provide sewage disposal facility for the district.

The work will begin in September next year for completion by September 1997.

The extent of the area affected is notified in the gazette today (Friday).

The notice and its related plan can be seen at the Lands Department Survey and Mapping Office, 14th floor, Murray Building, Garden Road; and at the District Lands Office, Hong Kong South, 20th floor, Southom Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai; the Central and Western District Office, Ground floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central; and the Southern

District Office, Shop 25, Ground floor, Mei Fung Court, Aberdeen Centre, 7-11 Nam Ning Street, Aberdeen.

The plan can also be purchased at the Survey and Mapping Office.

Any person who considers that his interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and sea-bed involved will be affected by the above undertaking may submit a written claim for compensation to the Director of Lands on or before December 23, 1995.

He should state in his submission the sum of money that he is willing to accept in full and final statement of his claim and should submit particulars to substantiate the claim.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Roadworks planned for west Kowloon *****

The Territory Development Department is planning the construction of a network of roads in west Kowloon.

The roadworks, which form part of the West Kowloon Reclamation project, will link Sham Shui Po and Tai Kok Tsui with West Kowloon Expressway, Airport Railway Tai Kok Tsui Station and future developments on the new reclamation area.

The works include construction of roads to provide access to the proposed local developments, which will include education, government and industrial usages; reconstruction of sections of Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui Road, Pok Man Street and Hoi King Street, and construction of a subway at the junction of Oak Street and Cherry Street.

Other works involve construction of footpaths and planting areas within the roadside verges, and drainage and other ancillary works.

During the construction period, appropriate traffic and pedestrian accesses will be maintained so that any inconvenience to the public will be minimised. A notice of the proposed roadworks was gazetted today (Friday).

The plan and the scheme of the works can be seen at the following offices:

* The Public Enquiry Service Centre of the Central and Western District Office, ground floor, Harbour Building, Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong;

* The Kowloon West District Lands Office, 10th floor, Yau Ma Tei Carpark Building, 250 Shanghai Street, Kowloon;

* The Public Enquiry Service Centre of the Sham Shui Po District Office, sixth floor, West Coast International Building, 290 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon; and

The Public Enquiry Service Centre of the Yau Tsim Mong District Office, ground floor, Mong Kok Government Offices Building, 30 Luen Wan Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.

Any person wishing to object to the proposal should write to the Secretary for Transport, Central Government Offices, East Wing, second floor, lower Albert Road, no later than February 21, 1995, describing his interest and manner in which he will be affected.

End/Friday, December 23, 1995

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New road proposed to facilitate drainage maintenance ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Territory Development Department has proposed building a new road in Chau Tau Tsuen, Yuen Long, for the maintenance of flood protection facilities.

The works also include reconstruction of the existing roads and footpaths and construction of associated earth, drainage and slope works.

A notice about the proposed works was gazetted today (Friday).

The plan and scheme can be seen during office hours at:

* The Public Enquiry Service Centre of the Central and Western District Office, ground floor, Harbour Building, Pier Road, Central;

* Yuen Long District Office, Yuen Long District Branch

Offices Building, 269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long; and

* Yuen Long District Lands Office, ninth to 11th floors, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long.

Anyone wishing to object to the proposals should write to the Secretary for Transport, Central Government Offices, East Wing, second floor, Lower Albert Road, no later than February 21 next year, describing his interest and how he will be affected.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Proposed roadworks for Ma Hang village * ♦ * * *

The Govemor-in-Council has authorised proposed road works at Ma Hang Village, the Government Gazette notified today (Friday).

The works are part of the Housing Authority's redevelopment programme for the village, which will also improve traffic conditions in Stanley.

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The proposed road works include:

construction of a carriageway to connect the extended section of Cape Road in Chung Hom Kok with the existing Cannel Road in Stanley;

* construction of a roundabout at the end of the existing Stanley Main Street near Stanley Bay; and

* construction of a transport interchange with provision of a bus terminus and facilities for public transport along the proposed Carmel Road extension.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Footbridge for Yuen Long authorised *****

The Governor-in-Council has authorised the Territory Development Department to build a footbridge in Yuen Long.

The footbridge forms a grade-separated system for pedestrian movement from the north-western part of Yuen Long Town, including Long Ping Estate, to Castle Peak Road by joining an existing footbridge in Chun Yin Square.

The works includes the shifting of a section of the proposed footbridge at On Shun Street westwards; the reconstruction of sections of the existing footpath at On Shun Street; the provision of unbreakable translucent screen to enclose a section of proposed footbridge at Chun Yin Square, and associated road layout amendments and landscaping works.

The works are scheduled to begin in July next year for completion in 24 months.

A notice of the footbridge construction was gazetted today (Friday).

The plan and scheme showing the proposed works can be seen during office hours at:

* The Public Enquiries Service Centre of the Central and Western District Office, ground floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central;

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* Yuen Long District Lands Office, ninth to 11th floor, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long, New Territories; and

* Yuen Long District Office, Yuen Long District Branch Offices Bilding, 269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, New Territories.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Mui Wo Fringe Development Permission Area Plan approved

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The Governor-in-Council has approved the Mui Wo Fringe Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan (No. DPA/LI-MWF/2), a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (rrtday).

"The plan will provide a planning framework to guide and control developments within the DPA," he noted.

The Mui Wo Fringe DPA plan covers an area of about 240 hectares immediately to the west and south of the Mui Wo proper on Lantau Island.

The major economic activities in the area include commercial farming and market gardening, such as growing of vegetables and flowers.

The fringe area of Mui Wo remains one of the main agricultural areas on the island.

Although the area is not accessible to motor traffic at the moment, the availability of relatively flat land and its close proximity to the developed parts of Mui Wo has attracted certain undesirable developments such as open storage, temporary workshops and improper dumping.

These uncoordinated uses have caused general degradation of the rural environment.

"The Mui Wo Fringe DPA plan has been prepared to enable enforcement actions to be undertaken against unauthorised developments within the DPA," the spokesman said.

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On the plan, about 12.4 hectares of land have been zoned for "Village Type Development". Within this zone, village house developments under the small house policy do not require planning permission from the Board.

The "Govemment/Institution/Community" zone, which covers an area of about 7.8 hectares, has been reserved for the development of community facilities to meet the local and district demands.

Other land uses shown on the plan include the "Open Space" zone of about 1.2 hectares for providing district open space for sports and recreation purposes, and the "Green Belt" zone of about 138 hectares to delineate areas with high landscape or amenity value.

"Unspecified Use" zoning has also been designated on the plan. Within this zone, all developments, except a few exempted uses such as agricultural use, ancestral hall, burial ground, plant nursery, shrine and tree plantation, require planning permission from the Board.

The approved plan is available for public inspection until December 30 from :

Planning Department, 16th floor, Murray Building, Garden Road, Hong Kong;

Lantau and Islands District Planning Office, 10th floor, Leighton Centre, Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; and

Islands District Office, 20th floor, Harbour Building, Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Copies of the plan can be bought at the Survey and Mapping Office, Lands Department, 14th floor, Murray Building, and the Kowloon Map Sales Offices, 382 Nathan Road, Kowloon.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Board to review Outline Zoning Plan ***** ■ • u

The Govemment-in-Council has referred the draft South Lantau Coast Outline Zoning Plan to the Town Planning Board for further consideration and amendments to take account of changing circumstances and the latest planning proposals, a spokesman for.the Board announced today (Friday).

"The Board will revise the Plan which, after incorporating the latest amendments, will be exhibited for public inspection in due course," the spokesman said.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Tenders invited for village improvement works

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The Civil Engineering Department is inviting tenders for village improvement works at Chung Uk Tsuen in Tuen Mun.

The work include forming four hectare of land, building 400 metres of road and 1,500 metres of footpath and constructing 1,500 metres of storm water drains and 1,800 metres of sewers.

The project is expected to start in March next year and will take 12 months to complete.

Tender forms and further particulars of the project can be obtained from the Chief Engineer, Development and Airport Division. Civil Engineering Office, Civil Engineering Department, second floor, Civil Engineering Building, 101 Princess Margaret Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon.

Tender offers for the project will close.at noon on January 13.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Hydrocarbon wax allowed in chewing gum *****

Hydrocarbon wax will be allowed as masticatory substance in chewing gum and other products of a like nature and use, a Government spokesman announced today (Friday).

Under the Mineral Oil in Food (Amendment) Regulation published in the Gazette, the permissible level of the wax should not exceed good manufacturing practice.

The spokesman noted that the use of hydrocarbon wax in chewing gum products had been cleared in major countries.

"Mineral hydrocarbon, usually in the form of hydrocarbon wax, present in the chewing gum poses no health hazard to the consumer as studies indicated that no significant amount will be extracted when the product is chewed," he said.

"The wax remains basically non-extractable from the gum base even in extreme cases such as in the presence of various digestive juices and acids," he added.

"To allow the acceptable use of hydrocarbon wax in chewing gum and other products of a like nature is therefore in line with international practice," the spokesman said.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Cargo working areas and ferry terminals remain open on holidays *****

The Marine Department announced today (Friday) that all Public Cargo Working Areas would stay open from 7 am to 9 pm during the general holidays on December 26 and 27 and on January 2, 1995.

The working areas administered by the department are at the Western District, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Chai Wan, Yau Ma Tei, Kwun Tong, Cha Kwo Ling, Tsuen Wan and Rambler Channel.

A spokesman for the department said: "The Tuen Mun and Western District Public Waterfronts will also be open from 7 am to 9 pm during the holidays."

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Macau Ferry Terminal will remain open 24 hours while China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui will be open as normal between 6 am and 10 pm on these days.

The Victoria Marine Office in Harbour Building will be open from 9 am to 11 am on December 26 and January 2, 1995 for entry and outward clearance only.

The Port Formalities Office in the same building will also be open from 9 am to 11 am on December 26 and January 2, 1995.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

Public reminded not to bring back endangered species *****

Members of the public visiting China and overseas countries during Christmas and New Year holidays are reminded not to bring back any endangered species or medicine containing or claiming to contain tiger or rhino ingredients on their return to Hong Kong.

Any person found importing, exporting or in possession of these prohibited items is contravening the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance. It carries a maximum fine of $25,000 on first offence and $50,000 fine plus six months' imprisonment on subsequent offences upon conviction.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Department's (AFD) Acting Senior Conservation Officer, Mr Chan Ping-kwong, said today (Friday) that usually after a relatively long holiday, a number of seizures would be made at the checkpoints by Customs and Excise officers.

Mr Chan said: "Among the more commonly seized species were live or stuffed specimens of parrot, eagle, owl, slow loris, pangolin, cobra, land tortoise and coral."

From January to November this year, there were a total of 539 prosecutions for offences relating to the ordinance with a total fine of more than $1.33 million.

He pointed out that Customs and AFD officers had stepped up inspection at the checkpoints and retail shops where endangered species might be offered for sale.

Mr Chan reiterated the Government's continued efforts to clamp down on illegal import, export and possession of endangered species to help conserve them and implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Shing Mun Visitor Centre closed for repairs ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

The Shing Mun Country Park Visitor Centre has been closed to countryside visitors until further notice, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department announced today (Friday).

A spokesman for the department said the centre had to be closed because repair work was required on its air-conditioning system.

The spokesman pointed out that the centre was popular, with more than 36,200 visitors recorded in the past 12 months.

He said visitors could still tour the scenic Shing Mun Country Park and make use of its many facilities.

The spokesman said six other visitor centres in the territory were still open for public use. They are located in country parks in Aberdeen, Shuen Wan, Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung and Tai Mo Shan as well as at the Lions Nature Education Centre in Tsiu Hang.

The centres are open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. They are established with the main aim of helping visitors enjoy and understand the countryside through displays and visual aids.

The spokesman also called on country park visitors to help prevent countryside fires, especially when the fire danger warning is red or yellow, and keep the countryside clean and green.

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 2,326 0930 -522

Closing balance in the account 1,978 1000 -502

Change attributable to : 1100 -432

Money market activity -430 1200 -430

LAF today +82 1500 -430

1600 -430

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *-0.1* 23.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 4.89 17 months 2605 6.35 98.75 7.43

1 month 5.21 23 months 2611 6.90 98.78 7.74

3 months 5.64 28 months 3704 6.15 96.50 7.96

6 months 6.27 34 months 3710 7.25 98.32 8.07

12 months 6.92 60 months 5912 8.15 99.45 8.46

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 10,001 million

Closed December 23, 1994

End/Friday, December 23, 1994

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Saturday, December 24, 1994

Contents Page No,

MECAB to adjudicate minor employment claims.......................... 1

Public understanding of Basic Law very important..................... 2

Nominations invited for Commonwealth Youth Service Awards............ 3

Flag day on next Wednesday........................................... 4

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations................. 5

Sunday, December 25,1994

Contents Page. No.

Success in energy saving............................................. 6

Statutory holiday reminder........................................... 7

Architectural Services Department wins gold medal.................... 7

40 new building plans approved in October............................ 8

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MECAB to adjudicate minor employment claims ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board (MECAB) is set up to provide a quick, simple and inexpensive adjudication service to augment that of the Labour Tribunal so that the latter can concentrate on more complicated cases, the Commissioner for Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, said today (Saturday).

The MECAB, established by the Labour Department under the MECAB Ordinance, came into operation yesterday (Friday).

The board will adjudicate minor claims arising from disputes of statutory or contractual rights of employment when settlement of such disputes cannot be achieved through conciliation of the department’s Labour Relations Service (LRS).

"Claims involving not more than five claimants and the amount of claim for each claimant not exceeding $5,000 will fall within the jurisdiction of the MECAB," Mr Ip said.

A number of Senior Labour Officers with adequate experience in labour laws and labour relations in Hong Kong have been appointed adjudication officers. They have been trained especially in the legal aspect of the job before taking up the appointment.

Mr Ip said hearings would be conducted in public in a simple and informal manner.

Either Chinese or English can be used during a hearing and no legal representation is allowed.

Mr Ip pointed out that the decisions of the adjudication officers could be reviewed.

"The adjudication officer may, on his own motion or on the application of a party to a claim, review an award made by him within 14 days.

"Parties to a claim may also appeal to the High Court against the adjudication officer's decision on the ground of point of law or question of jurisdiction," he explained.

Mr Ip urged parties to a dispute to approach the Labour Relations Service for conciliation service before lodging their claims with MECAB.

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"Only when conciliation fails could they file their claims with the MECAB," he emphasised.

’’Claimants of unsettled minor employment claims who have made an appointment with the Labour Tribunal for filing their claims will be notified individually by the MECAB to file their claims formally with the Board.

However, claims that have already been filed with the Tribunal before the establishment of the MECAB should continue to be handled by the Tribunal," he added.

The MECAB aims at hearing about 1,300 claims a year and conducting hearing within four to five weeks after a claim is filed.

The MECAB's office is located on 14th floor, Ocean Centre, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

For enquiries, please call 717 1771.

End/Saturday, December 24, 1994

Public understanding of Basic Law very important * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The task to enhance public understanding of the Basic Law is of paramount importance and significance, the Director of Home Affairs, Mr Joseph Wong, said today (Saturday).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of "The Future of Hong Kong '94 Carnival", Mr Wong said the Government had taken various actions to promote the miniconstitution.

"For example, a teaching kit on the Basic Law has been produced and distributed to schools by the Education Department, and a lot of information on this subject is kept in the Civic Education Resource Centre for public information.

"Moreover, the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE) will, in conjunction with other organisations, organise a series of activities to increase awareness of the Basic Law, such as an essay competition as well as publishing booklets on the Basic Law," he said.

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In the year ahead, Mr Wong noted, CPCE would make the promotion of the rule of law one of the major themes of its work to enhance public understanding of and respect for the rule of law.

He said: "It is essential that the essence and spirit of the rule of law in Hong Kong must be preserved if Hong Kong is to maintain its stability and prosperity in order to enable its people to live a happy life.

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"The rule of law in Hong Kong comprises a legal system which is strict, fair and open with an independent judiciary.

"All people, regardless of their financial position, occupation and status, are treated equally before the law."

In this regard, the Basic Law has provided very strong protection for the legal and judicial system and it is worthwhile to explain in greater detail the relevant provisions to the public, he added.

End/Saturday, December 24, 1994

Nominations invited for Commonwealth Youth Service Awards

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The Commonwealth Youth Service Awards Scheme for 1995 is now open for nominations.

A spokesman for the Home Affairs Branch today (Saturday) said nominations should be made through youth organisations, tertiary institutions and voluntary agencies.

"We hope to select three projects to represent Hong Kong next year.

"Projects carried out by a small group of young people to serve a community need and set an example for other localities will be considered favourably," he said.

The scheme, organised by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, was introduced in 1985 to commemorate the International Youth Year.

It is designed to recognise achievements of groups of young people who have made outstanding contributions to tackling problems in their communities.

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It is also meant to encourage and inspire other young people to work for the good of their communities.

The spokesman said: "Up to five awards will be made next year, two of which are set aside for groups working specifically on enterprise development initiatives.

"The winning team will be granted 1,000 pounds sterling as well as medallions and certificates."

Youth groups in Hong Kong have won the awards several times in the past. The latest one was the Green Express in 1994.

A selection board will be formed in January next year to select eligible projects to represent Hong Kong.

Enquiries on the scheme can be made on 835 1736.

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End/Saturday, December 24, 1994

Flag day on next Wednesday

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A permit has been granted to the Road Safety Association Ltd for selling flags in public places next Wednesday (December 28), a spokesman for the Social Welfare Department said today (Saturday).

The flag day, originally scheduled on July 23 this year, was cancelled because of the hoisting of the black rainstorm signal on that day.

Members of the public who have enquiries about the flag day may telephone 892 5319 or contact the department's hotline 343 2255.

End/Saturday, December 24, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority monev market operations

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$ Million Time Cumulative Change ($ Million)

Opening Balance in the account 1,978 09:30 +30

Closing Balance in the account 1,648 10:00 +30

Change Attributable to: 11:00 +30

Money Market Activity +30 11:30 +30

Laf Today -360 15:00

LafRate 3.75% Bid/ 5.75% Offer 1W1 121.8 *+0.0* 24.12.94

End/Saturday, December 24. 1994

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Success in energy saving *****

The Government has taken the lead to show that significant saving in electricity bill can be achieved through more efficient use of energy in offices.

The success story comes from the towering offices block of the Wanchai Tower that has chalked up more than $520,000 saving in electricity consumption in a 12-month period ending February 1994 compared with the previous 12 months.

This was achieved through the implementation of recommendations made in an Energy Management Study commissioned by the Architectural Services Department.

These include installation of automatic devices to shut down equipment and lighting when not required; introduction of an energy conservation checklist for staff to switch off unnecessary light and heat-producing equipment; shut-down of non-essential lifts after office hours and optimising the use of the ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

A Government spokesman said the success of the trial scheme had prompted the administration to extend these energy-saving measures to more than 30 other Government buildings.

"The experience gained in the implementation of Energy Management Opportunity (EMO) in Wanchai Tower is being applied to government buildings whenever possible.

"Similar studies have been carried out for both the Immigration Tower and Revenue Tower. Funds are being sought for implementing EMOs requiring capital investment for these two buildings.

"Likewise, energy studies are also being carried out for over 30 other government buildings and funds are being sought for implementing EMOs requiring capital investment.

"Many EMOs involving general housekeeping only are already being implemented," the spokesman said.

End/Sunday, December 25, 1994

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■; .■ Statutory holiday reminder

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The Labour Department today (Sunday) reminded employers that January 1, 1995 (Sunday) is one of the 11 statutory holidays for employees.

Where the rest day of an employee falls on January 1, he should be granted a holiday the next day (January 2).

Under the Employment Ordinance, all employees, irrespective of their wage levels, are entitled to statutory holidays and must be paid for the day off if they have worked continuously for the same employer for three months or longer immediately before the statutory holiday.

Holiday pay should be equivalent to an employee's earnings on a full working day and should include basic wages as well as allowances that can be expressed in money terms such as meals and cost of living allowances.

Where the earnings vary from day to day, holiday pay should be the average daily earnings during every complete wage period, which could be between 28 and 31 days, preceding the holiday.

If an employee is required to work on a statutory holiday, he must be given an alternative day off within 60 days before or after that day.

Enquiries about statutory holidays may be made at the Labour Department's general enquiry telephone service on 717 1771.

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Architectural Services Department wins gold medal

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The Architectural Services Department has won an international award for its conservation project of the Kun Ting Study Hall in Ping Hall.

The Architects Regional Council Asia awarded a gold medal to the department at the Sixth Asian Congress of Architects in the Philippines on December 14.

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The aim of the award is to encourage and recognise exemplary work done by architects in Asia.

The study hall was built in 1870 by descendants of the Tang clan to commemorate their 21st generation ancestor, Tang Kun-ting. It had been used for both ancestral worship and education.

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The study hall was restored by the department to its original splendour in 1991.

The restoration project also won the President Prize of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 1991.

End/Sunday, December 25, 1994

40 new building plans approved in October * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Buildings Department approved 40 building plans in October this year.

Of the plans, 21 are for Hong Kong Island, six for Kowloon and 13 for the New Territories.

The approved plans include 17 for apartment and apartment/commercial developments, 10 for commercial developments and three for factory and industrial developments.

In the same month, consent was given for work to start on 21 building projects, which involve 16,364.8 square metres of usable domestic floor area and 88,263.5 square metres of usable non-domestic floor area.

The declared cost of new buildings completed in the month totalled about $2,144 million.

Of the buildings certified for occupation in the month, usable floor areas for domestic and non-domestic uses are 56,789.1 square metres and 180,827.7 square metres respectively.

In the same month, the department issued 25 Occupation Permits - nine for Hong Kong Island, seven for Kowloon and nine for the New Territories.

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In addition, six demolition consents involving nine buildings were issued.

The Buildings Department's Control and Enforcement Division received 701 complaints of unauthorised building works, carried out 2,021 inspections and issued 835 Removal Orders on unauthorised works.

The department's Dangerous Buildings Section also inspected 1,058 buildings and obtained seven Emergency Closure Orders from the court.

End/Sunday, December 25,1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, December 26,1994

Contents Page No.

Government to extend Green Manager Scheme................ 1

Flushing water cut in Kowloon East....................... 2

Tuesday, December 27,1994

Contents Page Na.

Year of significant progress on Airport Core Programme... 3

Education delegation returns from China visit............ 7

50 organisations to hold flag days in 1995 .............. 8

Helping students with behaviour problems.............. 11

New philatelic office to serve Tsuen Wan residents...... 12

Changes to imports/exports classification list (harmonised system) .. 14

Bus-only lanes in NT in operation on Thursday

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Government to extend Green Manager Scheme *****

The Government is planning to extend the Green Manager Scheme to cover environmental audit and management systems.

This follows the conclusion of a pilot audit carried by a consultant in the Planning Department and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department which has proven to be very effective in improving departmental management and practice and raising the environmental awareness of staff.

A Government spokesman said the Green Manager Scheme had been working well since it was introduced in January this year to promote green house-keeping within the civil service, and the next step was to take the scheme forward to cover environmental audit and management system.

For this purpose, a consultation document highlighting the lessons learned and benefits gained from the pilot audits has been issued to Green Managers for comment and suggestion on how the process can be applied to their respective branches and departments.

To assist the Green Managers in considering the document, a briefing session was held recently to discuss the experiences and findings of the pilot audits.

At the briefing, the participants were told that better environmental audits and management would lead to better control of environmental issues, more cost-saving and higher efficiency and better public relations.

This could be achieved by identifying and prioritising key environment issues affecting the work place, and helping on-site staff to develop and implement measures to minimise pollution and to reduce and recycle waste and to conserve energy.

They were also told that many companies in the private sector are actively involved in introducing environmental management initiatives and the Government has to set a good green example to the community.

End/Monday, December 26, 1994

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Flushing water cut in Kowloon East *****

Flushing water supply to some premises in Kowloon East will be temporarily suspended from 8 pm on Wednesday (December 28) to 9 am the following day to facilitate repair works.

The suspension will affect all the premises in Shun Lee Tsuen Temporary Housing Area, Shun Chi Court, Shun Lee Estate, Shun On Estate, Shun Tin Estate, United Christian Hospital, Cheung Wo Court, Jorden Valley Estate, Lok Nga Court, Lok Wah North Estate, Lok Wah South Estate and Lok Wah Temporary Housing Area. t

Also included will be all the premises at Hong Lee Road and Kung Lok Road as well as those in Ngau Tau Kok.

End/Monday, December 26, 1994

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Year of significant progress on Airport Core Programme * * * * ♦

Good progress has been made on the Airport Core Programme (ACP) this year, with total construction work on the seven Government-funded projects now having past the 50 per cent mark.

The half-way mark was reached early this month, and the seven projects, as well as the Western Harbour Crossing, are all well on track for completion by mid-1997.

The signing of the Agreed Minute on financing arrangements for the airport and airport railway on November 4 was an important step forward for these two projects.

Work on forming the new airport site at Chek Lap Kok is progressing rapidly, with over 80 per cent of the airport platform completed and the contract to build the passenger terminal building to be awarded in the new year.

On the airport railway, subsequent to approval by the Finance Committee of the $23.7 billion government equity injection, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation has proceeded to award major contracts for which it has been holding option letters.

Over half of 31 major airport railway contracts have now been awarded.

"It is a remarkable achievement that work has been progressing so well on a 10-project programme of this size and complexity," said the Director of the New Airport Projects Co- ordination Office, Mr Billy Lam, today (Tuesday).

"We remain confident that all the 10 core projects can be completed to the maximum extent possible by mid-1997 in a cost-effective manner," he said.

Mr Lam noted that the overall cost estimate for the ACP was reduced from $163.7 billion to $158.2 billion in January this year.

"This reduction was made possible mainly by our fair and open tender system, together with the rigorous cost control mechanism we have adopted.

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"The keen international competition has also helped to drive down the cost of the ACP and to ensure that Hong Kong is getting the best value for money in its tenders," he said.

So far, 101 major construction contracts worth over $64 billion had been awarded, all within cost estimates, under the $158.2 billion programme by the Government, the Provisional Airport Authority, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation and the Western Harbour Tunnel Company Limited.

"These contracts have participants from countries worldwide. Taking the lead are companies from Japan (26 per cent by value), followed by Hong Kong (21 per cent), the United Kingdom (13 per cent), the Netherlands (8 per cent), China (7 per cent), France (7 per cent) and Belgium (5 per cent).

"Companies from Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have also been awarded contracts," said Mr Lam.

"We will continue to keep up our efforts in maintaining a stringent monitoring of both the progress and cost of the ACP," he added.

Outlining construction progress, Mr Lam said works on the transport network which would link the new airport to the urban areas were progressing well.

The contract for building the 2.2-kilometre Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the two bridges which form the Lantau Fixed Crossing connecting north Lantau to Tsing Yi, is already 65 per cent completed, only 31 months into the five-year contract.

On completion of the two 206-metre high towers, work started in June to build two catwalks between Tsing Yi and Ma Wan for the aerial spinning of the suspension cables.

Spinning of the cables, which will measure 1.1 metres in diameter, began two months later and work is on target for completion in April next year.

The first steel deck section, weighing 1,400 tonnes, was erected on the Tsing Yi side span in October.

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Work on building the main towers of the 820-metre cable- stayed Kap Shui Mun Bridge, between Ma Wan and Lantau, began in March, and the first concrete deck sections for the side spans were erected in September.

Notable achievements in the highways projects have been the breakthrough for the 1.6-kilometre Cheung Ching Tunnel, part of the Tsing Yi section of Route 3.

Construction of spans is under way for both the Route 3 Rambler Channel Bridge and the northern, elevated section of the West Kowloon Expressway.

On the North Lantau Expressway, being built under three main contracts, it is now possible to drive a works vehicle from one end of the 12.5-kilometre route to the other.

The reclamation work in West Kowloon, which is producing 334 hectares of new land between Mei Foo and Yau Ma Tei, is over 90 per cent completed.

Nearly all waterfront facilities including the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market, the Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter and public cargo working area, have been reprovisioned under the project. Works are now focused on the remaining reclamation and the hinterland drainage and sewerage improvement works.

In Central, the Phase I reclamation, which is an ACP project, will create 20 hectares of land, part of which will be used for the underground Hong Kong Station of the Airport Railway. Already, about six hectares of land have been formed where Blake Pier once stood.

On the Western Harbour Crossing franchise project, the 35,000-tonne concrete units for the immersed tube section are being cast at Shek O. The first batch of four units-there will be 12 in all-is expected to be floated shortly to a holding area at Tseung Kwan O.

The first unit will be submerged into its prepared trench on the Hong Kong side of the tunnel early in the new year. Various other works on the tunnel project have been progressing steadily on both sides of the harbour.

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Formation of the 67 hectares of land for the Tung Chung New Town was completed in May, just over two years after the reclamation work began in 1992.

Detailed design of the new town facilities, including public housing and government facilities, is under way and construction works as well as infrastructure works-such as roads and drainage systems-have started in stages during the year.

Mr Lam stressed that in carrying out the ACP the Government was paying close attention to safety on the ACP works sites and to minimising the environmental impact of works.

"So far, our efforts in promoting safety have proven to be sound, with the accident rate on ACP sites comparably better than the construction industry as a whole," he said.

As regards public consultation. Mr Lam said much effort was made to keep the Legislative Council and the Airport Consultative Committee well-informed on the ACP. "We initiated submissions of quarterly reports to both bodies in 1994, covering cost estimates, funding and progress of the ACP. Visits to work sites were also arranged for members of both bodies."

As part of the New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office's (NAPCO) on-going community relations activities, site visits were also arranged for members of the Urban Council, the Regional Council and the District Boards.

Furthermore, NAPCO began-in August a series of district exhibitions aimed at showing the public how ACP work is progressing and the benefits the projects will bring, on completion. These exhibitions have proved popular with the public, attracting large attendances.

Further exhibitions are scheduled to be held at Telford Gardens Shopping Mall in Kowloon Bay from January 6 to 8. the Landmark in Central from February 23 to 25, and the Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui from March 6 to 10.

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In education, NAPCO produced a teaching kit for distribution to secondary schools.

End/Tuesday. December 27, 1994

Education delegation returns from China visit

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A 20-member education delegation headed by the Assistant Director of Education (Information Systems), Mr Hsu Show-hoo, returned to Hong Kong today (Tuesday) after an eight-day visit to Beijing and Xian.

The visit, arranged at the invitation of China's State Education Commission, was aimed at familiarisation and enabled the exchange of views on the operation of schools and use of information technology in education in Hong Kong and China.

The delegation comprised Education Department staff, school principals and teachers.

During the visit, the delegation toured primary and secondary schools in the two cities and met education officials at the state and provincial levels.

End/Tuesday, December 27, 1994

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50 organisations to hold flag days in 1995 *****

A total of 50 organisations will hold flag days to raise funds on Saturdays next year, starting from January 7, a spokesman for the Social Welfare Department said today (Tuesday).

Members of the public can call the department's hotline 343 2255 or the Hong Kong Council of Social Service's 866 8123 in case of doubt.

The spokesman appealed to organisers to take precautions against any possible fraud.

"Sellers should display the permit or carry copies of the permit for inspection upon request if the fund-raising is mobile," he added.

The spokesman also advised them to prepare guidelines for sellers, setting out the places and the times for selling and the collection points for bags.

Organisers should inform the Police in case of loss of property, and seek their help when fraudulent acts, such as tampering of collection bags or making unauthorised selling, arc found.

"The last flag day this year will be held on December 31 (Saturday)," he added.

The flag days for 1995 are:

Date Organisation

January 7 Hong Kong Playground Association

January 14 The Maryknoll Medical and Welfare Association (Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital)

January 21 Chai Wan Baptist Church

January 28 KELY Support Group

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February 4 Pok Oi Hospital

February 11 Methodist Church Hong Kong (Methodist Epworth Village Community Centre)

February 18 Hong Kong Kidney Patient Trust Fund

February 25 Yan Oi Tong Ltd

March 4 • Hong Kong PI IAB Association

March 11 Hong Kong Association of the Blind

March 18 Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children

March 25 Hong Kong Kidney Foundation Ltd

April 1 Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital

April 8 Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service

April 15 Green Power

April 22 Christian Family Service centre

April 29 Kwun Tong Methodist Centre

May 6 Breakthrough Ltd

May 13 Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council

May 20 Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (Duchess of Kent Hospital)

May 27 The Salvation Army

June 3 Steward's Co., (HK) Ltd

June 10 • June 17 Mong Kok Kai long Association Ltd Wu Oi Christian Centre Ltd

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June 24 Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong

July 1 The Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong Ltd

July 8 Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service

July 15 Tuen Mun Hospital

July 22 The Cheshire Home Hong Kong

July 29 Birthright Society Ltd

August 5 The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon

August 12 Hong Kong Child Health Foundation

September 2 Yan Chai Hospital

September 9 New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

September 16 The Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest & Heart

September 23 Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

September 30 Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong

October 7 Po Leung Kuk

October 14 1 long Kong Sports Association for the Mentally Handicapped

October 21 The Society of 1 lomes for the Handicapped

October 28 Chinese Rhenish Church-Hong Kong Synod

November 4 Hong Kong Aids Foundation Ltd

November 11 The Royal British Legion

November 18 Haven of Hope 1 lospital

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November 25 Community Chest of Hong Kong

December 2 Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth

December 9 Hong Kong Association of the Mentally Handicapped

December 16 Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care Ltd

December 23 The Road Safety Association Ltd

December 30 Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education & Services Ltd

End/Tuesday, December 27, 1994

Helping students with behaviour problems

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The Education Department has produced 100,000 copies of the third edition of a pamphlet on the provision of educational and social services in helping children with behaviour problems.

A spokesman for the department said the pamphlet "Helping Pupils with Behaviour Problems" was aimed at assisting parents and teachers to have a better understanding of the existing services for pupils with behaviour problems and to make the best use of these services when necessary.

The spokesman said some of the programmes were organised by the department to meet children’s special needs in their own schools.

He said students with behavioural problems might obtain educational and personal guidance from guidance teachers in primary schools while school social workers and guidance teachers were available in secondary schools.

"For those having more serious learning difficulties, peripatetic teaching and remedial support are provided in the schools to help them cope with the curriculum," the spokesman said.

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"Some primary schools operate resource classes for students who are backward in the three basic subjects, Chinese, English and Mathematics.

"If schools have difficulties in operating resource classes, officers from the Special Education Section may visit them regularly to provide intensive remedial teaching to students in small groups," he said.

The spokesman said: "Primary and secondary students with serious learning difficulties may attend the Education Department's Resource Teaching Centres to receive intensive remedial lessons in Chinese, English and Mathematics.

"For behaviour modification, students may be referred to the Adjustment Units operated in these centres to receive remedial teaching and counselling services on a full-time or a part-time basis," he said.

The spokesman also pointed out that students with other difficulties in learning could seek assistance from the Education Department for psychological, audiological and speech therapy services.

The pamphlets have been distributed to all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.

Interested parties may also get a copy from the District Offices and the Education Department’s Special Education Services Centre and District Education Offices.

End/Tuesday. December 27, 1994

New philatelic office to serve Tsuen Wan residents *****

Stamp collectors in the western New Territories can patronise a new philatelic office in their neighbourhood on January 11 next year, the Postmaster General, Mr Mike Pagliari, said.

It is located at the Tsuen Wan Post Office on the first floor, Tsuen Wan Government Offices, 38 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan.

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This brings the number of philatelic offices to seven. The other six offices are at the General Post Office, the Beaconsfield House Post Office, the Peak Post Office, the Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, the Granville Road Post Office and the Shatin Central Post Office.

Stamps and philatelic products of Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore as well as selected philatelic products of China will be available for sale at the new philatelic counter.

Displays of new stamp issues and stamp products will be staged in the office from time to time.

A pictorial datestamp featuring a well- known landmark in the neighbourhood, Sam Tung Uk Museum, has been designed for use by the Tsuen Wan Philatelic Office for the cancellation of souvenir covers and mail items posted in the special posting box in the office.

On January 11, a hand-back service of the Tsuen Wan philatelic pictorial postmark will be provided for any locally addressed covers bearing the "First Day" indication.

End/Tuesday, December 27, 1994

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Changes to imports/exports classification list (harmonised system) *****

The Commissioner of Customs and Excise announces that amendments have been made to the Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonised System), 1992 Edition.

These amendments, gazetted on December 23, will take effect from Sunday (January 1).

Importers and exporters are reminded that import and export declarations for shipments on or after January 1 must be completed in accordance with the amended classification.

The amendments involve addition of Republic of Palau and its code number into the country classification, and changes in the classification of commodities such as stones used in construction and toys.

The changes to the classifications of the commodities are to bring them up-to-date by introducing more appropriate sub-classifications and deleting unnecessary sub-classifications.

Importers and exporters are requested to ensure that their staff responsible for completing import and export declarations should familiarise with such amendments.

Copies of the amendment list are now obtainable free of charge at the following addresses:

* Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, G/F, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong

♦ Customs and Excise Department, Collection Office (Hong Kong), 2/F. Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong

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* Customs and Excise Department, Collection Office (Kowloon), G/F, Middle Road Multi-storey Car Park Building, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

* Census and Statistics Department, 19/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

End/Tuesday, December 27, 1994

Bus-only lanes in NT in operation on Thursday

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The Transport Department reminds motorists today (Tuesday) that five bus-only lanes in the New Territories will take effect from Thursday (December 29).

Details of the bus-only lanes are:

(A) Operating from 7 am to 10 am daily except Sundays and Public Holidays :

* a section of about 250 metres of the kerbside lane on the eastbound carriageway of Siu Lek Yuen Road near Yuen Hong Street;

* a section of about 40 metres of the middle lane on the eastbound carriageway of Siu Lek Yuen Road near its junction with the slip road leading to the Tate's Cairn Tunnel;

* a section of about 200 metres of the kerbside lane on Tate's Cairn Highway southbound leading to the toll plaza area of Tate's Caine Tunnel; and

a section of about 80 metres of the kerb-side lane on the eastbound carriageway of Tai Po Road - Yuen Chau Tsai near Kwong Wang Street;

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(B) Operating 24 hours daily :

A section of about 95 metres of the kerb-side lane of the northbound slip road of Lam Tei Interchange.

Appropriate traffic signs and road markings delineating the bus-only lanes will be installed to advise motorists of the new traffic arrangements. Motorists should observe the signs and road markings and refrain from entering the bus- only lanes.

End/Tuesday, December 27, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Wednesday, December 28,1994

Contents

Ways to tackle indecent articles discussed at briefing....... 1

Special public transport arrangements for New Year holidays.. 4

Telephone numbers become eight digits on January 1........... 6

Food surveillance figures for third quarter.................. 7

Livestock farmers urged to apply for licence................. 9

Two lots of government land to let........................... 10

New telephone number for parking meter complaints............ 11

December survey of employment and vacancies.................. 13

Environmental Protection Department Local Control Office moves 14

Flushing water cut on Mid-levels............................. 14

Water storage figure......................................... 15

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results.................. 15

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations......... 16

Ways to tackle indecent articles discussed at briefing

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The Government is concerned about the recent proliferation of indecent articles, in particular comic books, on the market and their easy access to young people below the age of 18.

In expressing this concern at a briefing and discussion session with members of all the 18 District Boards held today (Wednesday) on the control of obscene and indecent articles, the Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Mr James So, said the Government would spare no efforts in tackling this problem.

"The Government will adopt a three-prong approach in tackling the problem," he said.

"First, the Government will continue to step up enforcement action.

"Second, we will continue with our publicity and education efforts.

"Third, we will amend the laws to place tighter restrictions on the publication and sale of indecent articles to make them less accessible to young persons," Mr So added.

Outlining the enforcement action taken, Mr So said the number of joint operations between Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) and the Police had increased substantially this year.

From January to October this year, there were a total of 49 joint operations carried out by the Police and TELA in various districts against obscene or indecent articles including indecent comic books, indecent and obscene computer software, video tapes and CD-ROMs.

So far, more than 12,000 articles have been seized in the joint operations.

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The penalty imposed on offenders publishing indecent articles to minors had significantly increased as a result of the courts being made aware of the community's wish to see heavier penalties imposed on Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) offenders.

In a recent case, a fine of $15,000 was imposed as against the norm of several hundred dollars in the past.

In the first 10 months of this year, the Government has taken out a total of 561 prosecutions against offences under the ordinance and has obtained a total of 312 convictions. This compares with the figures of 329 prosecutions and 234 convictions for the whole year of 1993.

"As regards the publication of indecent articles without a clear and conspicuous notice, we have taken out a total of 193 prosecutions during the first 10 months of 1994. The highest penalty imposed was $12,000," Mr So said.

He said the Government had also stepped up publicity and education efforts.

TELA has sent several rounds of circular letters to newspaper vendors to remind them that selling indecent articles to juveniles is an offence under the COIAO. A total of 81 pieces of general advice and 28 warnings have been given out to newspaper vendors.

Leaflets have also been distributed by TELA to schools and youth centres publicising and explaining that indecent articles are harmful.

Radio Announcement in the Public Interest (API) and TV Announcement in the Public Interest are also used to publicise the ordinance.

Furthermore, a 24-hour hotline is operated by TELA. So far. more than 120 complaints have been received which led to 30 prosecutions with 23 convictions.

Mr So further said an inter-departmental working group comprising representatives of the Recreation and Culture Branch, Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, Attorney General's Chambers, Urban Services Department, Regional Services Department and the Police was considering measures to tighten the law to more effectively tackle the problem.

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Some of the measures being examined by the working group include:

* all indecent articles have to be enclosed with properly sealed opaque wrappers;

* the name and address of the publisher must be printed on the opaque wrapper and front cover to facilitate identification in case the publication contravened the C01A0;

* the warning notice to be displayed, both on the opaque wrapper and the indecent article, must be at least 20 per cent of the size of the front cover;

* to give Police and Custom and Excise officers the power to seize, in public places, indecent articles that may constitute evidence of a breach of the COIAO;

* to create a new provision under the COIAO to make it an offence to possess indecent articles that contravene the law for the purpose of publication; and

* another new provision to be created to stipulate that a publication will be rendered obscene or indecent if one of the articles in it is obscene or indecent.

Mr So said the Government intended to bring these legislative amendments to the COIAO before the Legislative Council as soon as possible. "We hope to take these legislative amendments to the Legislative Council in early March 1995," he indicated.

He emphasised that the three-prong approach was aimed primarily to protect young persons from the corruptive influence of indecent articles by making it more difficult for them to gain access to such article. This approach is not meant to restrict adults' freedom of access to the reading material they desire.

End/Wednesday, December 28, 1994

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Special public transport arrangements for New Year holidays *****

The Transport Department announces today (Wednesday) that special public transport arrangements will be implemented for the New Year Holiday.

All-night services will be provided by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) on the New Year’s Eve (Saturday).

At the same time, Kowloon-Canton Railway services between Kowloon and Sheung Shui will be extended to have the last departure from Kowloon at 3 am and from Sheung Shui at 2.30 am in the following morning; while Light Rail Transit services will be strengthened to meet the demand.

The Tramways service will be extended to 2 am.

Peak Tram service will be extended to 1.30 am and Star Ferry service on the Kowloon Point to Edinburgh Place route will be extended to 3 am in the following morning.

Additional services will be provided between Central and Discovery Bay from 1 am to 4 am.

All services of the Hongkong Ferry will remain normal.

On China Motor Bus (CMB) services, route nos. 8, 10, 23, 38, 38A, 84M, 590, 592 and 595 will extend their last departure time, up to between I am and 2.50 am; special service route no. 308 will operate between Siu Sai Wan and Causeway Bay from 8 pm to 2.45 am.

CMB routes 10, 20, 21 and 81M will be diverted from 7 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 3, 1995; while routes 10A, 22, 781, 23A, 26, 40M, 43, 25 and 592 will be diverted from the evening on December 31.

The Citybus special bus route no. 6S will operate between midnight and 3 am; while route no. 6A will extend services to midnight on December 31.

On January 1, additional journeys may be operated on overnight routes N72 and N90 to suit traffic requirements.

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Citybus route nos. 5, 5A and 12A will be diverted from 7 pm on December 31.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) route nos. 1, 1A, 2, 6, 6A, 9, 7, 26, 2C, 5, 5C, 8, Bl, 203, 98D, Al, 8A, 28, 8IC, 87D, 216S, 24IS, 27IS, 28IS, 69X, 234X, 208, 271 and 219X will be diverted from 8.15 pm to 2 am.

KMB route nos. 80M, 82M, 1A, 6, 58X, 59X, 81K, 86K, 88M, 5C, 67X, 5 will be extended for about 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes after its scheduled operating period.

Additional air-conditioned double-deckers will be deployed to route nos. 271Sand281S.

Cross Harbour Tunnel bus route nos. A2, 103, A3, A5, 102, 106, 170 will be rerouted from 8 pm.

Additional services on all-night service route nos. 121 and 122 will be operated on January 1 between 00.45 am and 1.25 am; while the free interchange between these routes will be temporarily suspended on January 1 and 2.

Supplementary trips on all cross harbour routes may be operated to meet passenger demand.

On Hong Kong Island, Green Minibus (GMB) route no. 28 will be diverted between 7 pm on December 31 and 6 am on January 3; while route nos. 39M and 49M will be diverted from 8 pm on December 31.

GMB route nos. 43M. 47M, 49M and 50 will extend services up to 3 am.

In Kowloon, GMB route no. I will be suspended from 8.15 pm on December 31 while route nos. 3, 6, 7 and 8 will be diverted.

GMB route nos. 6 and 18 will extend services from midnight to 2 am and 3 am respectively.

In the New Territories, GMB route no. 606S will be diverted; while route nos. 17, 20K, 8IM. 82, 65K, 66K and 68K will extend services up to between 00.01 am and 3 am.

End/Wednesday,December 28, 1994

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Telephone numbers become eight digits on January 1 *****

A spokesman for the Office of the Telecommunications Authority reminds the public that from 00.01 am on January 1 next year, all existing seven-digit residential and business telephone numbers in Hong Kong will be changed to eight digits by adding a prefix "2" in front of the existing numbers.

"If necessary, users should remember to re- programme their telephone memories, autodiallers, facsimile machines or other office communication systems on the day and to inform their business and trading partners, overseas friends and relatives of the new telephone numbers."

"Of course, people also need to show the new and correct telephone number on their stationery such as letter heads and name cards," the spokesman said.

Common short-code numbers such as "999" for emergency services, "001" and "002" for international calling, "1081" and "1083" for directory enquiries, "109" for telephone line fault reporting and "1881- 1887" for telebet services will remain unchanged.

All mobile phone numbers will remain unchanged as they are already using eight digits.

The telephone numbers for paging services will also remain unchanged until October 1 next year.

The paging operators will inform their customers of the numbering changes for their services in the near future.

Further details of the new numbering plan may be obtained from the office by calling 2961 6333.

End/Wednesday, December 28, 1994

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Food surveillance figures for third quarter *****

The Department of Health has carried out 11,380 examinations for chemical, bacteriological, and radioactivity tests under its regular food surveillance programme during the third quarter this year.

The programme is conducted by the department's Hygiene Division to monitor that food supplied to the community is wholesome, unadulterated, uncontaminated, properly labelled and of nutritious quality.

Among 7,616 examinations for chemical analysis, 7,557 were satisfactory while 59 or 0.77 per cent were unsatisfactory.

The unsatisfactory cases were mainly due to food containing nonpermitted or excessive food additives such as colouring matters and preservatives; seafood containing higher level of heavy metals; and vegetables tainted with pesticides.

Any food product not conformed to the local food legislation will be required to be withdrawn from the market. They are either returned to the country of origin or surrendered for destruction. To this effect, warning letters have been issued to the importers and local traders for their immediate action to recall their food products.

Bacteriological examinations also showed that out of the 3,612 samples taken, 3,435 were satisfactory while 177 samples or 4.9 per cent were unsatisfactory.

The unsatisfactory cases covered ice cream, milk, shellfish, fish and meat products containing bacterial count and coliform count higher than the microbiological standards.

Advice on food hygiene were conveyed to the manufacturers and retailers. They were also warned that continual sale of bacteriological substandard foods would result in prosecution.

On the monitoring of radioactivity in food, all the 152 samples taken were satisfactory.

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The division carried out 53 prosecutions and issued 107 warning letters during the period. Among these law-enforcement actions taken, eight prosecutions and 59 warning letters arose from the checking of 3,060 labels for pre-packaged food.

In the same period, the division inspected 2,507 tonnes of imported meat and 3,757 tonnes of imported poultry in 1,981 consignment inspections.

A total of 132 tonnes of food were found unfit for consumption and were destroyed.

During the period, the department received 66 reports of food poisoning cases, affecting 295 persons. Investigations showed that 23 cases were domestic outbreaks and 36 food-premises outbreaks and seven cases from other places.

Among the cases. 46 were due to bacterial contamination, three cases were due to consumption of seafood contaminated with biotoxin, two cases of chemical poisoning and 15 cases of unknown cause.

More than two-thirds of food poisoning cases were due to bacterial contamination. Members of the public are reminded to observe strict personal, environmental and food hygiene when preparing food to prevent food-borne diseases.

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

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Livestock farmers urged to apply for licence *****

Farmers under phase I of the Licensing Scheme for Livestock Keeping are urged to apply for a licence from the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) as soon as possible.

Making the appeal today (Wednesday), an AFD spokesman said it was against the law if livestock and poultry farms located within the livestock waste control and restricted areas were operated without a licence after the application deadline on June 30, 1995.

Farms affected by phase 1 of the scheme will include Tolo Harbour and Tolo Channel Area, River Indus Area, Upper Shenzhen River Area, Tsuen Wan Environs and Tuen Mun Environs. Newly defined Restricted Areas around new towns and outlying islands are also included in this phase.

The spokesman pointed out that since July this year, AFD had received a total of 106 applications.

’’Judging from the estimated 190 farms within phase I areas, livestock farmers' response has been very encouraging.

’’Despite the fact that the deadline for phase I application is still six months away, livestock farmers are strongly advised to apply early because it takes time to process the application and to consider whether their proposed waste treatment system is appropriate," he said.

On the livestock licence, the spokesman stressed that it would be valid for a period of three years, renewable upon expiry.

A fee is chargeable to each licence, ranging from $750 to $4,500, depending on the size of the farm and the number of livestock being kept.

Application forms for the licence are now obtainable in person or by post from the following offices: AFD Farm Licensing Unit, Castle Peak Poultry Breeding Centre. Kei Lun Wai, Tuen Mun; Ta Kwu Ling Pig Breeding Centre; AFD's Agricultural Offices in Yuen Long and Tai Po, as well as the AFD headquarters on 12th floor of Canton Road Government Offices.

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Completed forms, together with two copies of the plan for the livestock farm, should be sent to any one of the above addresses in person, or by registered post to the Farm Licensing Unit.

Applications should also give detailed information on the plan of the farm and waste treatment system to be used. Other relevant documents for the applicant and his farm should also be attached.

On livestock waste treatment system, the spokesman said farmers could choose or make reference from the guide published by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD).

A pamphlet outlining the licensing procedures is also available for collection at local offices of AFD and EPD as well as at district offices.

Large-scale maps, from which a farmer can identify the location of his farm, are available for public inspection at the Land Registry and EPD’s local control offices in Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Wan Chai.

He reiterated that under the Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Licensing of Livestock Keeping) Regulation, any person operating a livestock farm without a licence would be liable to a $50,000 fine for the first offence plus a daily fine of $1,000 during the offence period. The fine for subsequent offence is $100,000.

Further enquiries on licensing can be directed to AFD’s Farm Licensing Unit on Tel 462 7422 or 462 7443.

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

Two lots of government land to let *****

The Lands Department is inviting tenders for the short-term tenancies of two lots of Government land in Kowloon and the New Territories.

The 5.860-square-metre lot at Lok Wah Street, Tsz Wan Shan, is to be used for parking of vehicles.

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The tenancy is for two years, renewable quarterly.

Covering an area of 1,179 square metres, the other lot is at Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan, for use as a fee-paying public car park.

The tenancy is for one year, renewable quarterly.

The closing date of submission of tenders for both lots is noon on January 13.

Tender forms, notice and conditions may be obtained from the Lands Department, 14th floor, Murray Building. Garden Road; the District Lands Office, Tsuen Wan, and the District Lands Office, Kowloon East, 10th floor, Yau Ma Tei Car Park Building, 250 Shanghai Street, Kowloon.

Tender plans can also be inspected at the offices.

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

New telephone number for parking meter complaints *****

The Transport Department announces that the telephone number of the Parking Meter Complaints Unit will be changed from 824 2111 (seven-digit) to 2318 0616 (eight-digit) starting from 10 am on Sunday (January 1).

The new telephone number will be displayed on the back of all on-street parking meters and associated parking signs.

A spokesman for the department said motorists reporting defective parking meters to Serco Guardian (FM) Ltd, the parking meter management contractor appointed by the department, should use the Meter Complaints Unit's hotline - 2318 0616 - irrespective of whether the defective meters are installed on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon or the New Territories.

The hotline is manned between 8 am and midnight from Mondays to Saturdays, and between 10 am and 10 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

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”To help meter maintenance staff to carry out repairs promptly, complainants should describe the exact location of the parking meter by giving the name of the street, the parking meter number and the registration number of their vehicles," he said.

The parking meter number is indicated clearly on the meter pole. If two parking meters share the same pole, a complainant should find out whether the defective meter is "A" or "B". The letters are marked on the bracket supporting the meters.

Further information on what is wrong with the meter and when it is found out of order will be helpful.

He said upon receiving a complaint, meter maintenance staff would inspect the meter and repairs were usually carried out within an hour or so.

"Therefore, the complainant should not leave his vehicle for too long and should check whether the meter is in order again to avoid being ticketed," he said.

For those motorists who have been issued with fixed penalty tickets despite their reports to the Meter Complaints Unit, they should write to the Police to request cancellation of the tickets.

Written applications together with details of the case and copies of the tickets should be addressed to the Royal I long Kong Police Force. Section D, Central Traffic Prosecutions Bureau, Traffic Wing. Asian House, 15th floor. 1 Hennessy Road. Wan Chai. Hong Kong.

End/Wednesday. December 28. 1994

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December survey of employment and vacancies ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Census and Statistics Department has just started a quarterly survey to collect data on employment and vacancies in major sectors of the economy in respect of December this year.

The survey results are useful in serving as short-term economic indicators and providing information on the latest changes in the labour market, a spokesman for the department said.

This round of the survey covers about 62,000 establishments which are drawn from various sectors including the industrial sector (mining and quarrying; manufacturing; electricity and gas), the distributive trades sector (wholesale, retail and import/export trades, restaurants and hotels) and the services sector (transport, storage and communication; financing, insurance, real estate and business services; community, social and personal services).

Information on number of persons engaged and vacancies as at December 30 will be sought from each sampled establishment.

Questionnaires are being mailed to sampled establishments.

In accordance with the Census and Statistics (Quarterly Survey of Employment & Vacancies) Order, these establishments are required to complete and return the questionnaires to the Census and Statistics Department within the specified period.

If they have difficulties in completing the questionnaires, they are welcome to contact the department for help on tel 582 5076 (or 2582 5076 starting from January 1.

End/Wednesday, December 28, 1994

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Environmental Protection Department Local Control Office moves *****

The Local Control Office (Territory South) and the Noise Control Authority of the Environmental Protection Department will move to the second floor, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, starting tomorrow (Thursday).

All applications for construction noise permits and noise emission labels for compressors and breakers should be forwarded to the new address from tomorrow.

Relevant application and prescribed forms and information booklets are also available there.

Copies of the three technical memoranda issued under the Noise Control Ordinance are available for inspection free of charge at the new office during office hours.

Members of the public can call the Local Control Office (Territory South) and the Noise Control Authority on Tel 2516-1718 for enquiries.

End/Wednesday, December 28, 1994

Flushing water cut on Mid-levels *****

Flushing water supply to some premises on the Mid-levels will be suspended from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday (December 30) to facilitate repair works.

The suspension will affect all the premises at Macdonnell Road, Robinson Road, Conduit Road, Mosque Street, Mosque Junction, Castle Road, Seymour Road, Lyttelton Road, Kotewall Road, West End Path, Oaklands Path, 25 Park Road, 1-7 and 22-28 Kennedy Road, 62-76 and 73-79 Peel Street, 75 and 92-102 Caine Road, 15-31 and 30 Shelley Street, and 12-16 and 48-68 Bonham Road.

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Also included will be all the premises in Prince Terrace, Ying Fai Terrace and Woodland Terrace.

End/Wednesday, December 28, 1994

Water storage figure *****

Storage in Hong Kong’s reservoirs at 9 am today (Wednesday) stood at 73.9 per cent of capacity or 432.837 million cubic metres.

This time last year the reservoirs contained 395.899 million cubic metres of water, representing 67.6 per cent of capacity.

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results

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Tender date 28 Dec 94 28 Dec 94

Paper on offer EF bills EF bills

Issue number Q452 Y497

Amount applied HK$5,080 MN HK$2,520 MN

Amount allotted HK$ 1,500 MN HKS500MN

Average yield accepted 5.71 PCT 6.99 PCT

Highest yield accepted 5.72 PCT 7.00 PCT

Pro rata ratio About 31 PCT About 18 PCT

Average tender yield 5.78 PCT 7.02 PCT

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Tenders to be held in the week beginning January 2, 1995

Tender date 3 Jan 95 3 Jan 95

Paper on offer EF bills EF bills

Issue number Q501 H555

Issue date 4 Jan 95 4 Jan 95

Maturity date 6 Apr 95 5 Jul 95

Tenor 92 days 182 days

Amount on offer $ 1,500+300 MN HKS800+160MN

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations ♦ * * ♦ ♦

$ million

Cumulative

Time change (hours) (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,648 0930 +438

Closing balance in the account 1,818 1000 +379

Change attributable to : 1100 +230

Money market activity +410 1200 +230

LAF today -240 1500 +260

1600 +410

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.8 *+0.0* 28.12.94

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 5.39 17 months 2605 6.35 98.81 7.39

1 month 5.26 23 months 2611 6.90 98.85 7.70

3 months 5.69 28 months 3704 6.15 96.62 7.91

6 months 6.26 34 months 3710 7.25 98.51 7.99

12 months 6.94 60 months 5912 8.15 99.77 8.37

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 9,735 million

Closed December 28, 1994

End/Wednesday. December 28, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Thursday, December 29,1994

Contents Page No,

Restaurant receipts and purchases for third quarter................. 1

Provisional figures of external trade for November 1994............. 4

Pet shop dogs and cats must be vaccinated........................... 7

Eight more HIV-infected cases confirmed............................. 8

News media urged to support election work........................... 9

Government publishes booklet on education.......................... 10

Welfare payment arrangements for New Year holidays............. 11

Codes of Practice for Fossil-fuel Boilers & Thermal Oil Heaters to be published....................................................... 12

Eight clinics remain open on New Year holidays..................... 13

New District Officer for Wan Chai.................................. 13

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations........... 14

Restaurant receipts and purchases for third quarter *****

The value of total receipts for the restaurant sector in the third quarter of this year, estimated at $12.5 billion, decreased by 2% when compared with the same quarter of last year, according to provisional statistics released today (Thursday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

After discounting the effect of price changes over the period, total receipts decreased by 9% in volume terms.

The value of total purchases of restaurants in the third quarter of 1994, estimated at $4.5 billion, was 3% lower than that in the same quarter of 1993.

Compared with a year ago, the total receipts of bars and Chinese restaurants registered decreases of 3% and 4% in value, and 8% and 11% in volume respectively in the third quarter of 1994.

The total receipts of fast food shops and non-Chinese restaurants increased slightly by 3% and 1% in value respectively. However, they dropped by 4% and 6% respectively in volume terms.

Comparing the first three quarters in 1994 with the same period of 1993, total restaurant receipts rose by 7% in value but decreased by 2% in volume.

Comparing the third quarter of 1994 with the preceding quarter, and bearing in mind that the comparison may be affected by seasonal factors, total restaurant receipts increased by 4% in value and 3% in volume.

Restaurant receipts in volume terms are derived from receipts in value terms after adjusting for price changes. The relevant components of the Consumer Price Index are used as deflators.

Table 1 presents the revised figures for the total receipts and total purchases of the restaurant sector for the second quarter of 1994 and the provisional figures for the third quarter of 1994.

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Table 2 shows the value and volume indices of total receipts by type of restaurant for the second quarter of 1994 and the third quarter of 1994, with the quarterly average from October 1989 to September 1990 taken as 100. Also tabulated are comparisons of the results of the third quarter of 1994 with those of the second quarter of 1994 and the third quarter of 1993; comparisons of total receipts for the first three quarters in 1994 with the same period in 1993 are also given.

The Report on the Quarterly Survey of Restaurant Receipts and Purchases for the third quarter of 1994 is now on sale at $3 a copy at the Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, Ground Floor, 66 Queensway; and the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department, 19th floor, Wanchai Tower, Wan Chai.

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.

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TABLE 1: TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES

2nd qtr. 1994 (Revised figures) 3rd qtr. 1994 (Provisional figures)

Total restaurant receipts (HKS million) 11 964.0 12 470.2

Total purchases by restaurants (HK$ million) 4 246.2 4 459.6

TABLE 2: VALUE ANO VOLUME INDICES OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS FOR 2nd QUARTER 1994 AND 3rd OU ARTER 1994

(Quarterly average of Oct. 89 - Sept. 90 « 100)

Index nurrber

Type 2nd 3rd 3rd qtr . 1994 3rd qtr. 1994 1st-3rd qtr . 1994

Type of restaurant of quarter quarter corrpared with compared with corrpared with

index 1994 1994 2nd qtr . 1994 3rd qtr. 1993 1st-3rd qtr . 1993

(Revised (Provisional

figures) figures)

(Points) (Points) (Points) (X) (Points) (X) (Points) (X)

Chinese restaurants Value 124.5 125.0 ♦0.5 ♦0.4 •5.2 -4.0 ♦8.0 ♦6.5

Volume 81.4 80.5 •0.9 •1.2 •10.4 -11.4 •1.7 •2.0

Non-Chinese restaurants Value 148.5 161.4 ♦12.9 ♦8.7 ♦2.0 ♦1.2 ♦9.4 ♦6.6

Volune 99.0 106.2 ♦7.1 ♦7.2 -6.8 -6.0 -0.9 •0.9

Fast food shops Value 205.4 235.2 ♦29.8 ♦14.5 ♦5.7 ♦2.5 ♦ 10.2 ♦5.1

Vo I one 144.6 164.6 ♦20.0 ♦13.8 -6.4 •3.7 -2.5 -1.7

Bars Value 229.2 218.3 -10.9 -4.8 •7.4 -3.3 ♦26.9 ♦13.3

Volune 144.9 133.7 -11.2 •7.7 -10.9 -7.5 ♦6.0 ♦4.4

Other eating and Value 180.4 232.6 ♦52.2 ♦28.9 ♦23.3 ♦ 11.1 ♦9.0 ♦4.8

drinking places Volifne 120.3 151.5 ♦31.1 ♦25.9 ♦0.9 ♦0.6 -5.1 •3.8

All restaurant types Value 139.2 145.1 ♦5.9 ♦4.2 -2.6 -1.7 ♦8.8 ♦6.5

Volume 92.3 95.0 ♦2.7 ♦2.9 -9.2 -8.8 -1.5 -1.6

-En^/Thursday, December 29, 1994


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Provisional figures of external trade for November 1994

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Both re-exports and imports continued to show marked increases in November 1994 compared with November 1993. Domestic exports also showed sustained growth.

These are shown in the provisional figures of external trade for November released today (Thursday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

The value of total exports (comprising re- exports and domestic exports) increased by $15.77 billion or 17% to $107.2 billion in November 1994.

Within total exports, the value of re-exports, at $86.8 billion in November 1994, was $14.4 billion or 20% higher than a year earlier.

The value of domestic exports also increased, by $1.3 billion or 6.8% over a year earlier to $20.5 billion in November.

Meanwhile, the value of imports showed an accelerated increase, by $24.6 billion or 27% to $117.1 billion.

As the value of total exports in November 1994 was smaller than that of total imports, a visible trade deficit of $9.8 billion, equivalent to 8.4% of the value of imports, was recorded.

This was significantly larger than the corresponding deficit of $974 million, equivalent to 1.1% of the value of imports, in November 1993.

In the first 11 months of 1994, the value of total exports grew by 12% over the same period last year.

Among this, the value of re-exports rose by 16%, while that of domestic exports fell marginally by 0.2%. The value of imports showed an increase of 17%.

In the first 11 months of 1994, a visible trade deficit of $71.2 billion, equivalent to 6.3% of the value of imports, was recorded.

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This compared with a deficit of $24.7 billion, equivalent to 2.5% of the value of imports, recorded in the first 11 months of 1993.

Commenting on the latest trade figures, a Government spokesman said export performance improved further in November.

The growth in re-exports accelerated and domestic exports continued to show a notable increase, he said.

Owing to greater import requirements arising from the recovery in domestic exports and continued increase in capital investment locally, retained imports remained robust, rising by 41% in November over a year earlier.

The visible trade deficit thus widened further.

A more detailed analysis of I long Kong’s external trade for November 1994, by commodity and country, will be released in mid-January.

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LSloNAL HURLS OF TXIEKNAL TRADE FOR NOVEMBER 1994

MERCHANDISE: Domestic Exports $20,150 mill ion

Re-Exports $86,779 million

Total Exports $107,229 mil 1 ion

Imports $117,068 mill ion

1 rade balance -$9,838 million

COMP\k ATI VE E1GLRES

Sep 94 to Sep 93 to Change

Latest 3 months Nov 94 Nov 9 3

HKS Mn. HKS Mn. HKS Mn. X

Domestic Exports Cl,686 58,266 +3,420 + 5.9

(X of Total Exports) (18.8%) (20.6X)

Re-exports 266,215 224,255 +41,960 + 18.7

Total Exports 327,901 282,521 +45,380 + 16.1

J c.port s 346,749 278,097 +68,652 + 24.7

Trade balance -18,848 4.424 -23,272

November November Change

Same mouth last \ear 1994 1993

HKS Mn. HKS Mn. HKS Mn. X

Domestic Exports 20,450 19,145 +1,306 + 6.8

(X of Total Exports) (19.IX) (20.9X)

Re-export s 86,779 72,351 +14,428 + 19.9

Total Ixpoits 107,229 91,495 +15,734 + 17.2

I n.port s 117,068 92,469 +24,598 + 26.6

1rade balance -9,838 -974 -8,864

N number October Change

Last month 1991 1994

HKS Mn. HKS Mn. HKS Mn. A

iiome^tic Exports 20,450 21,345 -895 -4.2

(X of Total Exports) (19.IX) (38.9%)

R«.—u ‘.port s 86,779 91,340 -4,561 -5.0

Total Exports 107,229 112,685 -5,456 -4.8

I mports 117,068 116,174 + 893 + 0.8

Trade balance -9,838 -3,489 -6,349

Jan-Nov Jan-Nov Change

Calendar year to-date 1994 1993

HKS Mn. HKS Mn. HKS Mn. X

Domestic Exports 201,968 202,444 -476 -0.2

(X of Total Exports) ( 18.9X) (21.3X)

Re-exports 865,892 749,450 +116,442 + 15.5

Total Exports 1,067,860 951,894 +115,966 + 12.2

1mports 1,139,106 976,548 +162,558 + 16.6

Trade balance -71,246 -24,654 -46,592

Dec 93 to Dec 92 to Change

Last 12 months Nov 94 Nov 93

HKS Mn. HKS Mn. HKS Mn. X

Domestic Exports 222,550 224,103 -1,553 -0.7

(X of Total Exports) (19.IX) (21.GX)

Re-exports 939,666 813,733 +125,932 + 15.5

Total Exports 1,162,216 1,037,836 +124,380 + 12.0

Imports 1,235,156 1,066,779 +168,376 + 15.8

Trade balance -72,939 -28,943 -43,996

End/Thursdcy, December 29, 1994

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Pet shop dogs and cats must be vaccinated *****

Beginning January 1, all dogs and cats on sale at licensed pet shops must be appropriately vaccinated against the common canine or feline diseases by a duly qualified veterinary surgeon, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) announced today (Thursday).

This is one of the additional conditions imposed on all animal trading licences involved in the trading of dogs and cats.

Making the announcement, veterinary officer Dr Peter Grandison said the additional conditions had been introduced for the need to safeguard animal health through improvement of the immune status of the Hong Kong dog and cat population at large.

’’The changes will help create greater confidence in dog and cat health within the pet trade, regulate against fraudulent practices, improve pet care through public education and provide for greater consumer protection.”

Dr Grandison said despite the fact that vaccination was a vital component of protecting animal health, it did not guarantee perfect protection.

Vaccination must be complemented by good management practices, including hygiene, disinfection, attention to welfare and prompt attention to health problems, he added.

Turning to other additional conditions, he said an original vaccination certificate issued and signed by a duly qualified veterinary surgeon must be available in the licensed premises for inspection by an authorised officer at all times.

"It is necessary that any dog or cat being offered for sale must be accompanied by a valid original vaccination certificate which should be given to the purchaser upon a transaction,” he said, adding that certificates must cover individual animals only, but not groups.

Other existing conditions cover disease control and animal welfare for dogs and cats inside pel shops.

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On disease control, Dr Grandison said licensees should take all possible precautions to prevent the occurrence or spread of any infectious or contagious disease in any animals kept in the licensed premises.

He stressed that the additional conditions and the AFD-provided notice depicting the vaccination requirement must be prominently displayed along with the animal trading licence within the premises.

In addition, a second copy of the notice should be displayed in a prominent position at the entrance to the shop.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

Eight more HIV-infected cases confirmed

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Two women and six men were found to be positive for the HIV Antibody test last month, the Department of Health announced today (Thursday).

This brings the number of HIV-infected persons in Hong Kong to 513.

Five new AIDS cases were reported during the month.

The total number of confirmed AIDS cases is 127 with 72 deaths reported.

Of the 513 HIV-infected, 189 acquired the infection through homosexual or bisexual sex and 206 through heterosexual sex; 11 were injecting drug users; one was a mother-to-child transmission around the time of birth; and 66 acquired the infection through contaminated blood or blood products before 1985 when HIV Antibody test and safe heat treated clotting concentrates were not available.

As for the remaining 40. the information available was inadequate for classification.

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Under the HIV surveillance programme which started in 1985, a total of 349,573 blood specimens have been tested for the HIV Antibody.

The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service has also screened all blood donors for the antibody.

Up to last month, 1,507,439 units of blood had been tested and 35 donors were found positive.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

News media urged to support election work * * * * *

The following is issued on behalf of the Boundary and Election Commission:

The Chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing, today urged the news media to continue their support for the work of the commission in the forthcoming year.

Speaking at a year-end tea-reception, Mr Justice Woo said: "I hope that you would report election news under the fair and equal principle, to ensure that future election activities can be conducted fairly, openly and honestly."

The Chairman also took the opportunity to introduce the new commission member Mr Chan Wing- tai to the media. A distinguished academic in sociology and social research and head of the Department of Applied Social Studies in the City University of Hong Kong, Mr Chan replaced Professor Leung Chi-keung who resigned from the commission from October 1.

1994 is an eventful year for the commission. It launched a massive voter registration drive from April to July 1 and conducted the District Board Elections in September.

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It has also completed reports on the delineation of the geographical constituency boundaries for Municipal Councils and Legislative Council Elections and a review of District Board Elections to the Governor in December.

More, it prepared election guidelines in July and revised the guidelines in December, not to mention the more than 1,700 election-related complaints handled during and after the September elections.

Looking ahead, Mr Justice Woo said work abounded next year: voter registration drive from January to June 1, Municipal Council Elections on March 5, Legislative Council Elections on September 17, preparation of election guides for LegCo’s functional constituencies and electoral procedure for LegCo Elections, two election reviews to the Governor and so on.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

Government publishes booklet on education

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The Government published a booklet entitled "A Guide to Education and Training in Hong Kong”, in Chinese and English, today (Thursday).

"The booklet describes in easily readable language Hong Kong’s education system, focusing particularly on its institutional framework and relevant support infrastructure," a Government spokesman said.

"The booklet covers all levels of education, from kindergarten to tertiary, and from special education to international schools," the spokesman said.

"It also takes stock of the achievements we have made over the past few decades, and describes how change is being managed," he added.

Developments planned or already being implemented for the rest of the decade and beyond are also outlined in the booklet.

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"The booklet is an informative reference for local people as well as those from overseas," he said.

Copies of the booklets will be distributed to all schools and major educational institutions.

The booklet is also available for members of the public at District Offices, District Education Offices, the Education Department and the Education and Manpower Branch.

For enquiries, please contact the Education and Manpower Branch on telephone 810 3031.

End/Thursday. December 29. 1994

Welfare payment arrangements for New Year holidays * * * * *

Recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance under the bank payment system may receive their payments on Saturday (December 31) if their pay-days fall on the New Year public holidays (January 1 and 2).

A spokesman for the Social Welfare Department said today (Thursday) that special payment arrangements would also be made for recipients of Social Security Allowance w hose pay-days fell on the two days.

Those who have bank accounts in 1 long Kong Bank or Hang Seng Bank will receive their payments on Saturday (December 31) whereas those with accounts in other banks will receive their payments next Tuesday (January 3).

In case of doubt, they are advised to contact their respective social security field units.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

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Codes of Practice for Fossil-fuel Boilers & Thermal Oil Heaters to be published *****

The Labour Department will publish the Code of Practice for Fossil-fuel Boilers and the Code of Practice for Thermal Oil Heaters tomorrow (Friday).

Principal Surveyor of the Labour Department's Pressure Equipment Division, Mr Michael Lee, said the purpose of issuing these codes was to ensure acceptable standards in the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance, examination, testing and operation of boilers and pressure vessels.

"These codes are issued by the Commissioner for Labour, who is the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Authority, under the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Ordinance," he added.

Both codes provide detailed advice on the safe practice and requirements relating to safety fittings, operation, inspection, maintenance, report of accident and defects of fossil-fuel boilers and thermal oil heaters.

Mr Lee urged owners, competent persons, contractors, appointed examiners and inspection bodies to pay attention to the requirements of the codes.

Both English and Chinese copies of the codes can be obtained from the Pressure Equipment Division, Labour Department, 17th floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, from tomorrow.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

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Eight clinics remain open on New Year holidays *****

The Department of Health today (Thursday) announced that eight General Out-Patient clinics would stay open on January 1 and 2.

The eight clinics 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.

They will be open from 9 am to I pm. All other General Out-Patient and evening clinics will be closed.

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

New District Officer for Wan Chai *****

Mrs Karen Pong Leung Kwok-hing has taken up the post as the Wan Chai District Officer today (Thursday).

She is succeeding Mr Peter Mann who has been transferred to the Housing Branch.

Mrs Pong, who joined the Government as Executive Officer II in 1972, became Assistant Trade Officer in 1976 and was promoted to Principal Trade Officer in August 1987.

Her previous posting was Principal Assistant Secretary for Security.

End/ Thursday, December 29,1994

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations

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$ million Time (hours) Cumulative change (Smillion)

Opening balance in the account 1,818 0930 +156

Closing balance in the account 2,034 1000 + 156

Change attributable to: 1100 +256

Money market activity +256 1200 +256

LAF today -40 1500 +256

1600 +256

LAF rate 3.75% bid/5.75% offer TWI 121.5 *-0.3* 29.12.94

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

EF bills EF notes/Hong Kong Government bonds

Terms Yield Term Issue Coupon Price Yield

1 week 5.43 17 months 2605 6.35 98.82 7.39

1 month 5.28 23 months 2611 6.90 98.85 7.70

3 months 5.65 28 months 3704 6.15 96.61 7.91

6 months 6.26 34 months 3710 7.25 98.47 8.01

12 months 7.02 60 months 5912 8.15 99.70 8.39

Total turnover of bills and bonds - 11,969 million

Closed December 29, 1994

End/Thursday, December 29, 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Friday, December 30,1994

Contents Page No,

Monetary statistics for November 1994 .............................. 1

Business receipts indices for service industries for third quarter. 4

New title for Police Complaints Committee........................... 7

More equipment approved to help phase out CFC....................... 8

Three lots up for auction........................................... 9

Crane operation law effective on January 1......................... 10

Immigration officer on US training................................. 11

Waiving of re-entry visas for foreign students..................... 12

Postmen spend busiest Christmas.................................... 12

Police and fire stations project at new airport.................... 13

Survey looks at social characteristics of residents................ 14

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Amendment to draft Wang Tau Hom and Tung Tau Outline Zoning plan..........................................................

Hong Kong Monetary Authority money market operations............... 16

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Monetary statistics for November 1994 ♦ * * * ♦

There has been a notable movement from Hong Kong dollar demand and savings deposits into time deposits, caused partly by higher interest rates in late November, according to statistics published today (Friday) by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Deposits

The growth of Hong Kong dollar deposits accelerated to 2% in November compared with 0.3% in October.

There was a notable shift of Hong Kong dollar demand and savings deposits into time deposits. The former two recorded respective falls of 2.5% and 1.7% in November against a 4.4% surge in the latter.

The shift was, at least in part, prompted by the rise in domestic interest rates which followed the 75 basis point rise in US interest rates in midNovember.

Foreign currency deposits grew by 3% in November. In particular, US dollar deposits, after falling in September and in October, rebounded strongly by 5.1%, the second largest monthly increase during the year. Other foreign currency deposits also increased but at more moderate pace of 0.6%.

Loans and Advances

Total outstanding loans and advances extended by authorised institutions contracted by 0.2%. The contraction was entirely due to the reduction in nonUS dollar foreign currency loans, probably reflecting the slow down in Euroyen loans by the Japanese banks in Hong Kong.

On the other hand, the growth of Hong Kong dollar loans picked up from 0.4% in October to 1.7% in November. The restraining effect of the latest rises in interest rates on credit demand has yet to be seen.

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Money Supply

With both the currency and demand deposit components falling, by 0.4% and 2.5% respectively, in November, Hong Kong dollar Ml registered a 1.7% decline.

The growth of HKSM2 and HK$M3 picked up from 0.1% each in October to 2.2% and 2.1% respectively in November. The annual growth of HKSM3 fell sharply from 13.6% in October to 1.8% in November as there was a rapid increase in HK$M3 at the end of November 1993 owing to three initial public offerings around the end of that month. This effect should be reversed in December.

Note to Editors:

For further press enquiries, please contact the Press and Publications Section, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, on telephone 878 8261.

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TABLE 1 : MONETARY STATISTICS - NOVEMBER 1994

Nov 1994 Earlier months (% change to Nov 1994) (HKSmn)

Oct 1994 Aug 1994 Nov 1993

Money Supply

Ml - HKS 167,456 170,325 ( -1.7 ) 167.724 ( -0.2 ) 160342 ( 4.1 )

Foreign currency 16,479 17,163 ( -4.0 ) 18,458 ( -10.7 ) 18,776 ( -12.2 )

Total 183,935 187,488 ( -1.9 ) 186,182 ( -1.2 ) 179,618 ( 2.4 )

M2 - HK$@ 1,082040 1,059,315 ( 2.2 ) 1,034,733 ( 4.6 ) 1.062351 ( 1.8 )

Foreign currency* 896,699 871,130 ( 2.9 ) 866,422 ( 3.5 ) 838361 ( 6.9 )

Total 1,978,939 1,930,445 ( 2.5 ) 1,901,155 ( 4.1 ) 1,901.411 ( 4.1 )

M3 - HKS© 1,098349 1376.015 ( 2.1 ) 1,051,695 ( 4.5 ) 1,079,356 ( 1.8 )

Foreign currency* 958,954 930.731 ( 3.0 ) 921077 ( 4.1 ) 876,695 ( 9.4 )

Total 2,057303 2.006,747 ( 2.5 ) 1,972,971 ( 4.3 ) 1,956,051 ( 5.2)

Notes and coins in circulation 73.496 74,088 ( -0.8 ) 73,924 ( -0.6 ) 67,958 ( 8.1 )

of which held by public 65082 65349 ( -0.4 ) 65,029 ( 0.4 ) 60,207 ( 8.4 )

Total Deposits

Total Demand deposits 118,653 121,940 ( -2.7 ) 121,152 ( -2.1 ) 119,411 ( -0.6 )

Total Savings deposits 397,720 400,461 ( -0.7) 406,305 ( -2.1 ) 410323 ( -3.2)

Total Time deposits with licensed banks 1,356,430 1,306025 ( 3.8 ) 1071,319 ( 6.7 ) 1088351 ( 5.3 )

Total Time deposits with restricted licence banks 35,986 34060 ( 5.0 ) 34016 ( 5.2 ) 28,399 ( 26.7 )

Total Time deposits with deposit-taking companies 19,745 19332 ( 1.1 ) 17.497 ( 12.8 ) 17,334 ( 13.9 )

HKS deposits© 1,006075 986,997 ( 2.0 ) 960363 ( 4.8 ) 1,001,685 ( 0.5 )

Demand deposits 102,174 104,776 ( -2.5 ) 102,695 ( -0.5 ) 100,634 ( 1.5 )

Saving deposits 271,921 276,653 ( -1.7) 279011 ( -2.6 ) 269300 ( 0.9 )

Time deposits© 632,180 605368 ( 4.4 ) 578,658 ( 9.2 ) 631350 ( 0.1 )

USS deposits* 497,327 473,130 ( 5.1 ) 476,785 ( 4.3 ) 411,644 ( 20.8 )

Other foreign currency deposits* 424,932 422,290 ( 0.6 ) 413.140 ( 2.9 ) 451.190 ( -5.8 )

All deposits 1,928334 1382,417 ( 2.4) 1350.489 ( 4.2 ) 1364318 ( 3.4 )

Foreign currency swap deposits 104,023 101,976 ( 2.0 ) 99,353 ( 4.7) 68,608 ( 51.6 )

Total Loans and advances

To Finance H.KL’s visible trade 128349 126,917 ( 1.3 ) 123355 ( 4.0 ) 102,975 ( 24 .8 )

To Finance merchandising trade not touching U.K. 12,967 13.496 ( -3.9) 12,788 ( 1.4 ) 11,997 ( 8.1 )

Other loans for use in H.K. 1048356 1033,996 ( 1.2) 1012068 ( 3.0 ) 1002,391 ( 3.8 )

Other loans for use outside H.K. 1311.102 1330,654 ( -1.1 ) 1319,723 ( -0.5 ) 1,621091 ( 11.7 )

Other loans where the place of use is not known 43012 45374 ( -5.8 ) 45.645 ( -5.3 ) 45,005 ( -4.0 )

Loans in HKS 1,114,634 1,095,744 ( 1.7 ) 1382,318 ( 3.0 ) 1,089373 ( 2.3 )

Loans in foreign currencies 2,129,752 2,155,193 ( -1.2 ) 2,131,660 ( -0.1 ) 1394,087 ( 12.4 )

Total loans and advances 3044,386 3050.937 ( -0.2 ) 3013.978 ( 0.9 ) 2,983,660 ( 8.7 )

• Adjusted to exclude 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.

@ Adjusted to include 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: 1. 'Restricted licence banks’and 'deposit-taking companies' were known as licensed deposit-taking companies' and 'registered deposit-taking companies’ respectively before 1 February 1990.

2. Data may not be added to total due to rounding.

End/Friday, December 30, 1994

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Business receipts indices for service industries for third quarter *****

Business receipts in the insurance industry registered a strong growth of 21% in value terms in the third quarter of this year over the same quarter last year, according to statistics released today (Friday) by the Census and Statistics Department.

This was mainly attributable to a large increase in life insurance , business.

Business receipts in the wholesale industry also rose by 16% over the same period, mainly owing to an increase in transactions in consumer goods and foodstuffs.

Notable increases in business receipts were also registered in the following service industries: storage (+12%); communication (+11%) and import/export (+11%).

However, business receipts in the banking and restaurant industries decreased slightly by 1% and 2% respectively.

Compared with the second quarter this year, the transport, import/export and wholesale industries showed increases of 19%, 15% and 14% respectively, with the hotels industry showing a 6% decrease.

Table 1 presents the provisional business receipts indices for the third quarter of 1994.

Revised indices for the second quarter of 1994 are also included. The quarterly average of business receipts in 1992 was taken as 100.

Statistics on banking are obtained from the Hong Kong Monetary' Authority; and those on retail and restaurant business are obtained from two existing surveys regularly conducted by the Census and Statistics Department.

The report "Quarterly Business Receipts Indices for Service Industries, Third Quarter 1994" is now on sale at $6 a copy at the Government Publications Centre, Queensway Government Offices, Low Block, Ground Floor, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.

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It can also be purchased from the Publications Section of the Census and Statistics Department, 19th floor, Wanchai Tower, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Enquiries about the survey results may be directed to the Business Services Statistics Section of the Census and Statistics Department on tel 802 1244.

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Tabid ; Business receipts indices for 2nd and 3rd quarter 1994

(Quarterly average of 1992 = 100) (-AAzS^^&tSr ’ 00)

Type of Service Industry 1994 2nd Quarter ~AAE$ 1994 • 3rd Quarter ~AAE$ 3rd Quarter 1994 compared with 2nd Quarter 1994 -AABSMH^ . -AAEW^z^lW 3rd Quarter 1994 compared with 3rd Quarter 1993 -AAE^MH^

(Revised figures) («rw) (Provisional figures) Points (&) % C5{9$) Points (fe) %

Wholesale Jjfg 111.6 127.1 +15.5 +13.9 +17.6 + 16.1

Import / Export ig&DRIo 113.5 130.8 +17.2 +15.2 + 12.5 + 10.5

Retail $■£ (,) 119.1 128.8 +9.7 +8.1 +10.6 +9.0

Hotels jS® 124.1 117.0 -7.1 -5.7 +10.2 • +9.5

Restaurants P) 105.1 109.6 +4.4 +4.2 -1.9 -1.7

Transport Jig) 111.0 132.1 +21.1 + 19.0 + 10.9 +9.0

Storage 106.1 113.4 +7.3 +6.9 + 12.4 +12.3

Communication grft 129.4 134.8 +5.5 +4.2 +13.4 +11.1

Banking^0’ 115.4 120.6 +5.2 +4.5 -1.3 -1.1

Financing (except Banking) 145.7 156.8 + 11.1 +7.6 + 10.0 +6.8

Insurance 141.9 146.6 +4.7 +3.3 +24.9 +20.5

Business services figjjg 123.0 130.6 +7.6 -^.2 +9.4 +7.7

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(1) Based on the survey results of the Monthly Survey of Retail Sales

(2) Based on the survey results of the Quarterly Survey of Restaurant Receipts and Purchases

(3) Business receipts data are obtained from the Hong Kong Monetary’ Authority

(4) Excluding investment and holding companies

End/Friday, December 30, 1994

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New title for Police Complaints Committee *****

The Police Complaints Committee, an independent committee appointed by the Governor to monitor the investigation of complaints against the Police, is retitlcd the Independent Police Complaints Council, a Government spokesman announced.

The new title is published in the Gazette today (Friday). The spokesman said the committee had proposed and the Governor had approved the new title, which would better reflect the independence of the committee in carrying out its work.

"The retitling will not affect the membership or the terms of reference of the committee," he stressed.

"As part of the measures to improve the system of handling complaints against Police officers, legislative proposals are being finalised to make the Independent Police Complaints Council a statutory body and to set out its powers more clearly," the spokesman added.

Established in January 1986, the Police Complaints Committee is chaired by Executive Councillor, Mr Denis Chang. It includes two vice-chairmen and eight members who are all non- officials and active members of the community. The Attorney General and the Commissioner for Administrative Complaints are ex-officio members.

The committee reviewed about 3,500 and 3,100 complaints investigated by the Complaints Against Police Office in 1993 and 1994 respectively, analysing and examining in detail the result of each investigation.

End/Friday, December 30, 1994


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More equipment approved to help phase out CFC * * * * *

The Environmental Protecti