Daily Information Bulletin - 1990s - 1994 - MAY - ENG

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRE-CASTING WORK STARTS ON WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING CONCRETE UNITS............................................. 1

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES PERFORMANCE PLEDGE... 2

COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.......... 4

EMPLOYER FINED FOR SACKING PREGNANT EMPLOYEE........... 4

BETTER PROTECTIVE HELMETS FOR FIREMEN ..................... 6

TERTIARY STUDENTS URGED TO EXERCISE CIVIC RIGHT............ 6

HELP FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS TO GET JOBS.................... 7

46 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN FEBRUARY................. 7

TUEN MUN LAUNCHES VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE................. 8

MONG KOK RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS............. 8

WINNING SCHOOL DRAMA TEAMS PERFORM FOR PUBLIC.............. 9

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 1994

PRE-CASTING WORK STARTS ON WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING CONCRETE UNITS » » » » »

WORK ON THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PROJECT HAS REACHED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE WITH THE START OF PRE-CASTING WORK ON THE CONCRETE UNITS THAT WILL FORM THE IMMERSED TUBE TUNNEL.

THE SIX-LANE, TWO-KILOMETRE ROAD TUNNEL, RUNNING FROM SAI YING PUN ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION, IS A MAJOR PART OF THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME TRANSPORT NETWORK, WHICH WILL LINK THE URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

"THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IS A PRIVATELY FUNDED FRANCHISE PROJECT. IT IS BEING DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED ON A FAST-TRACK AND IS GOING VERY WELL," SAID MR ERIC GLENVILLE, THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR ENGINEER FOR THE PROJECT.

THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE PROJECT COMPRISES AN IMMERSED TUBE

TUNNEL WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF 1,363 METRES. IT WILL BE MADE UP OF 12

PRE-CAST TUNNEL UNITS, EACH WEIGHING 35,000 TONNES.

EACH OF THESE UNITS IS ABOUT 113.5 METRES LONG, 33.3 METRES

WIDE AND 8.5 METRES HIGH. THEY ARE BEING CAST IN BATCHES OF FOUR AT

A SPECIALLY BUILT CASTING BASIN AT SHEK O QUARRY. EACH BATCH WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO CONSTRUCT AND ABOUT 1,200 CUBIC METRES OF CONCRETE PER DAY WILL BE POURED DURING THE CASTING OPERATION.

ONCE THE FIRST BATCH OF FOUR UNITS HAS BEEN COMPLETED AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, THE 13-HECTARE QUARRY BASIN WILL BE FLOODED AND THE UNITS FLOATED OUT TO SEA. THEY WILL THEN BE TOWED BY BARGES TO TEMPORARY MOORINGS IN TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE ENTRANCE TO THE CASTING BASIN WILL THEN BE SEALED AND THE BASIN DRAINED READY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEXT FOUR UNITS.

WHEN READY FOR POSITIONING, THE COMPLETED UNITS WILL BE TOWED INTO THE HARBOUR AND SUNK IN A CONTROLLED MANNER INTO A DREDGED TRENCH.

CONSTRUCTION OF ALL 12 UNITS, WHICH WILL MAKE UP THE LENGTH OF THE IMMERSED TUBE, IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN SPRING 1996.

ONCE THE CASTING OPERATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED, THE BASIN WILL BE TURNED INTO A MARINE COVE AS PART OF THE SHEK O QUARRY REHABILITATION WORKS.

THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WILL BE THE THIRD ROAD CROSSING BETWEEN HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON.

IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT AWARDED THE WESTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY THE FRANCHISE TO DEVELOP THIS PROJECT ON A 30-YEAR, BUILD-OPERATE-TRANSFER BASIS, A METHOD BY WHICH THE DEVELOPER DESIGNS, CONSTRUCTS, OPERATES, MAINTAINS THE CROSSING AND TRANSFERS THE FACILITY TO THE GOVERNMENT AT THE END OF THE FRANCHISE PERIOD.

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ALL OF THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE NISHIMATSU KUMAGAI JOINT VENTURE, CONTRACTORS TO THE WESTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY.

THE PROJECT IS ON TARGET FOR COMPLETION IN 1997.

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SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES PERFORMANCE PLEDGE

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT PLEDGES TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT ARE COURTEOUS, FAIR, CONFIDENTIAL, PRIVATE, PERSONAL AND PROMPT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR IAN STRACHAN, WHEN HE INTRODUCED THE DEPARTMENT’S PERFORMANCE PLEDGE TO THE PUBLIC TODAY (SUNDAY).

"OUR STAFF MET AND ASSISTED ALMOST ONE MILLION CUSTOMERS EVERY YEAR THROUGH OUR 350 SERVICES UNITS.

"OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO MEET THE SOCIAL WELFARE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT PLEDGED TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES ON SOCIAL WELFARE MATTERS AND PROVIDE COUNSELLING SERVICE ON THE HOTLINE - 343 2255 DURING OPERATING HOURS (MONDAY TO SATURDAY 9 AM TO 10 PM; SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1 PM TO 10 PM).

FOR ENQUIRIES RECEIVED BY THE RECORDING MACHINE AFTER OPERATING HOURS, THE STAFF WILL CALL BACK THE NEXT DAY.

"FOR ENQUIRIES MADE BY A HEARING-IMPAIRED PERSON THROUGH A FAX MACHINE ON OUR NUMBER 763 5874, A WRITTEN REPLY WILL BE SENT BY FAX WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS," HE ADDED.

ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED, THE DEPARTMENT PLEDGES TO ACHIEVE BY 1997 ALL THE KEY TARGETS FOR VARIOUS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AS SET OUT IN THE 1991 SOCIAL WELFARE WHITE PAPER AND IN THE 1992 REHABILITATION GREEN PAPER.

MR STRACHAN PLEDGED THAT NEW CUSTOMERS APPLYING FOR ANY OF THESE SERVICES WOULD BE CONTACTED WITHIN 10 WORKING DAYS AFTER THEIR APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED.

"WE FURTHER PLEDGE TO HAVE COMPLETED ALL PROCESSING PROCEDURES WITHIN THREE MONTHS, BY WHICH TIME THE CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO A CENTRE FOR SERVICE OR PLACED ON A WAITING LIST WHERE DEMAND FOR THAT SERVICE CANNOT YET BE FULLY MET," HE SAID.

ON SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES, HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD AIM TO PROVIDE CLEAR INFORMATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES AND PROMPT AND ACCURATE PAYMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

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THESE MEASURES INCLUDE THE PRINTING OF INFORMATION PAMPHLETS AND LEAFLETS, THE PRODUCTION OF AUDIO AND VIDEO TAPES AND THE COMPUTERISATION OF THE PAYMENT SYSTEM.

TURNING TO FAMILY WELFARE SERVICES, MR STRACHAN SAID THEY WERE PROVIDED TO PRESERVE AND STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY TO ENABLE FAMILY MEMBERS TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY.

"WE PLEDGE TO SET UP 19 FAMILY ACTIVITY AND RESOURCE CENTRES IN OUR GROUP WORK UNITS IN COMMUNITY CENTRES DURING 1994/95 FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AND TO SEEK EARLY GUIDANCE ON THEIR PROBLEMS," HE SAID.

TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF CASEWORK SERVICE, MR STRACHAN SAID THE NUMBER OF CASEWORKERS IN FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS WOULD BE INCREASED THIS YEAR.

IN THE PERFORMANCE PLEDGE, MR STRACHAN ALSO OUTLINED A THREEPRONGED PLAN TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN. THEY ARE:

LOCAL ADOPTION: 80 PER CENT OF CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR

ADOPTION WILL BE PLACED INTO THEIR NEW ADOPTIVE HOMES WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THEY ARE FREED FOR ADOPTION.

FOSTER CARE : THE POOL OF FOSTER CARE PLACES WILL BE

INCREASED FROM 480 TO 560 IN 1994/95.

SMALL GROUP HOMES : THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES NON-INSTITUTIONAL CARE IN SMALL GROUP HOMES EACH WITH EIGHT PLACES AND A SUBSTITUTE MOTHER AND FATHER. THE NUMBER OF PLACES IN THESE HOMES WILL BE INCREASED FROM 520 TO 712 IN 1994/95.

MR STRACHAN SAID HE WOULD MONITOR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PERFORMANCE PLEDGE AND REPORT ON PROGRESS EVERY YEAR.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE PLEDGE AS WELL AS SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT ARE WELCOME TO DIAL THE HOTLINE - 343 2255.

COPIES OF A BILINGUAL BOOKLET ON THE PERFORMANCE PLEDGE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT ALL DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICES, FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS AS WELL AS ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES TO THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR IAN STRACHAN, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SOCIAL SERVICE - HONG KONG FUNG YAT SOCIAL SERVICE COMPLEX, MR STRACHAN SAID THE OPENING OF THE COMPLEX WAS A STEP FURTHER TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE.

MR STRACHAN SAID THE GOVERNOR, IN HIS 1992/93 POLICY ADDRESS, HAD PLEDGED TO EXPAND REHABILITATION SERVICES BY PROVIDING 1,688 ADDITIONAL PLACES IN DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES, 2,360 SHELTERED WORKSHOP PLACES AND 4,071 RESIDENTIAL PLACES BY 1997 WITH A VIEW TO MEETING THE NEEDS OF DISABLED PERSONS.

"THE SUCCESS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION SERVICES DEPENDS HEAVILY ON THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY.

"WE MUST OVERCOME PREJUDICE WITHIN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE GOVERNMENT IS TACKLING THIS PROBLEM VIGOROUSLY THROUGH WIDER PUBLIC EDUCATION, PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT AND A WILLINGNESS TO MEET WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO RESOLVE ISSUES OF FEAR AND MISUNDERSTANDING,” HE SAID.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SOCIAL SERVICE - HONG KONG FOR HAVING A LONG HISTORY OF WELFARE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1968, MR STRACHAN SAID THE ASSOCIATION HAD OVER THE YEARS EXPANDED ITS SCOPE OF SERVICE TO 21 SERVICE UNITS, INCLUDING CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, ELDERLY SERVICE, CHILD-CARE CENTRES AND REHABILITATION SERVICE.

FACILITIES AT THE FUNG YAT SOCIAL SERVICE COMPLEX INCLUDE A CHILD-CARE CENTRE, A DAY ACTIVITY CENTRE AND A HOSTEL.

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING A DAY ACTIVITY CENTRE, HOSTEL AND CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOME, ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THE SECOND PHASE EXTENSION OF THE COMPLEX TO SERVE THE SEVERELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

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EMPLOYER FINED FOR SACKING PREGNANT EMPLOYEE *******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCE TO SACK A FEMALE WORKER AFTER SHE HAD NOTIFIED HER EMPLOYER OF HER INTENTION TO TAKE MATERNITY LEAVE.

LABOUR OFFICER (PROSECUTIONS), MRS GRACE SHEK, GAVE THE ADVICE TODAY (SUNDAY)

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GARLI TEXTILE PRODUCTS COMPANY LIMITED IN SHAM SHUI PO WAS RECENTLY FINED $2,000 BY A NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRATE FOR SACKING A PREGNANT EMPLOYEE.

THE CASE CAME TO LIGHT WHEN THE PREGNANT EMPLOYEE APPROACHED THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE AFTER BEING DISMISSED BY HER EMPLOYER IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, A FEMALE WORKER IS PROTECTED FROM TERMINATION OF HER EMPLOYMENT DURING THE PERIOD FROM THE DATE ON WHICH SHE GIVES NOTICE OF HER INTENTION TO TAKE MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL THE DATE ON WHICH SHE IS DUE TO RETURN TO WORK, IF SHE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED FOR NOT LESS THAN 12 WEEKS.

IT ALSO PROVIDES THAT A FEMALE EMPLOYEE WHO HAS WORKED FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER UNDER A CONTINUOUS CONTRACT FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN 26 WEEKS IS ENTITLED TO MATERNITY LEAVE.

IF A FEMALE WORKER HAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THE EMPLOYER FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN 40 WEEKS BEFORE THE EXPECTED DATE OF HER COMMENCEMENT OF MATERNITY LEAVE AND SHE HAS NO MORE THAN TWO SURVIVING CHILDREN, SHE IS ALSO ENTITLED TO MATERNITY LEAVE PAY.

MRS SHEK NOTED THAT THE MATERNITY LEAVE PAY WAS CALCULATED AT THE RATE OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE EMPLOYEE’S MONTHLY SALARY.

IF A FEMALE WORKER IS EMPLOYED ON PIECE RATE OR WHERE HER DAILY

WAGES VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, THE RATE IS TWO-THIRDS OF HER DAILY

AVERAGE WAGE DURING EVERY COMPLETE WAGE PERIOD, COMPRISING NOT LESS THAN 28 DAYS AND NOT MORE THAN 31 DAYS, PRECEDING THE LEAVE.

SHE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT EMPLOYERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO PAY

WAGES IN LIEU OF MATERNITY LEAVE.

"EMPLOYERS BREACHING THE PROVISIONS WOULD BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000," MRS SHEK SAID.

"THE EMPLOYER WILL ALSO HAVE TO PAY THE SUM THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PAYABLE IF THE CONTRACT HAS BEEN TERMINATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS TERMS, THE MATERNITY LEAVE PAY FOR 10 WEEKS AND A FURTHER SUM EQUIVALENT TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES," SHE SAID.

TO HELP WORKERS UNDERSTAND IN SIMPLE TERMS THE MATERNITY PROTECTION PROVISIONS, THE DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED A LEAFLET FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION AT THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OFFICES.

INCLUDED IN THE LEAFLET IS A STANDARD FORM OF NOTICE, SPECIFYING THE EXPECTED DATE OF CONFINEMENT AND THE DATE ON WHICH THE MATERNITY LEAVE IS TO START, TO FACILITATE EMPLOYEES TO COMPLY WITH THEIR OBLIGATION.

THERE IS ALSO A DECLARATION FORM TO HELP FEMALE WORKERS TO MAKE STATUTORY DECLARATION TO VERIFY THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE HAS IN ORDER TO CLAIM MATERNITY LEAVE PAY.

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BETTER PROTECTIVE HELMETS FOR FIREMEN

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FIREMEN WILL GET GREATER PROTECTION AT WORK AS THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH A NEW TYPE OF FIRE HELMETS TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS BOUGHT 4,500 "PACIFIC K3/70" HELMETS PRODUCED BY A NEW ZEALAND FIRM FOR ITS STAFF ON FIRE-FIGHTING AND RESCUE DUTIES.

"THE NEW, LIGHTER HELMET CAN HELP FIRE-FIGHTERS REDUCE HEAD INJURIES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

"IT HAS A VISOR TO PROTECT THE EYES AND UPPER FACE OF THE WEARER FROM FLYING DEBRIS, AND A PROTECTOR TO GIVE BETTER PROTECTION FOR EARS AND NECK," HE ADDED.

THE NEW HELMETS ARE REPLACING THE OLD "CROMWELL F200" WHICH HAD BEEN IN USE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. ----------------------------------0-------

TERTIARY STUDENTS URGED TO EXERCISE CIVIC RIGHT

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YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BART IRELAND, TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO TERTIARY STUDENTS TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND REGISTER AS VOTERS.

"AS THE VOTING AGE HAS NOW BEEN LOWERED TO 18, MOST OF THESE STUDENTS WOULD QUALIFY TO BECOME ELECTORS," HE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 263 STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY FILLED IN VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED BY STAFF OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC LAST WEEK.

"POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS CAN ALSO OBTAIN THESE FORMS AT THEIR STUDENT UNION BUILDING," MR IRELAND SAID.

THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE LAUNCHED A DISTRICT-WIDE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN THIS MONTH. HOUSEHOLD VISITS WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THREE-TIER ELECTIONS.

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HELP FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS TO GET JOBS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PLACEMENT SERVICE TO HELP REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS OBTAIN NEW TEACHING POSTS WILL START TOMORROW (MONDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE USUALLY MADE REDUNDANT BY THE DROP IN ENROLMENT IN THEIR SCHOOLS DUE TO PEOPLE MOVING FROM URBAN AREAS TO NEW TOWNS.

THE PLACEMENT SERVICE UNIT HAS HELPED ABOUT 6,950 SUCH TEACHERS IN SECURING NEW TEACHING POSTS OVER THE PAST YEARS.

"WE WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM FULL ASSISTANCE AGAIN THIS YEAR. OUR 100 PER CENT SUCCESS RATE OVER THE PAST YEARS OWES MUCH TO THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION OF SCHOOL HEADS AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT IS MOST GRATEFUL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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46 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN FEBRUARY

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THE BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT APPROVED 46 NEW BUILDING PLANS TN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

EIGHTEEN OF THE PLANS ARE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, SEVEN FOR KOWLOON AND 21 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDE 14 FOR APARTMENT AND APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS, NINE FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND 11 FOR FACTORY AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

IN THE SAME MONTH, CONSENT WAS GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 22 BUILDING PROJECTS, WHICH INVOLVE 47,993 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 123,950 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN THE MONTH TOTALLED ABOUT $1,606 MILLION.

OF THE BUILDINGS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN THE MONTH, USABLE FLOOR AREAS FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USE ARE 113,991 SQUARE METRES AND 60,272 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.

IN ADDITION, 23 DEMOLITION CONSENTS INVOLVING 132 BUILDINGS WERE ISSUED.

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THE BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT’S CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 386 COMPLAINTS OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 1,455 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 290 REMOVAL ORDERS ON THE UNAUTHORISED WORKS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION ALSO INSPECTED 728 BUILDINGS AND OBTAINED TWO EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE COURT.

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (SUNDAY) LAUNCHED A VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR PETER KWOK, APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC DUTY TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

MORE THAN 70 TEMPORARY ''{COMMUNITY ORGANISERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED TO HELP IN THE CAMPAIGN.

THEY WORE COLOURFUL T-SHIRTS EMBLAZONED WITH THE SLOGAN -’’MAKE YOURSELF HEARD, REGISTER TO VOTE” AND WALKED AROUND VARIOUS AREAS TO ENCOURAGE PASSERS-BY TO REGISTER.

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MONG KOK RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ♦ ♦ * * *

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF MONG KOK, MR BENJAMIN LEE, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON LOCAL RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP AS VOTERS.

"IT IS IMPORTANT TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR IF YOU WISH TO MAKE YOURSELF HEARD,” HE STRESSED.

REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM DISTRICT OFFICES, POST OFFICES AND HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES.

MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF ARE VISITING HOUSEHOLDS TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THREE-TIER ELECTIONS.

VOTER REGISTRATION BOOTHS WILL BE SET UP AT MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATIONS IN MONG KOK AND PRINCE EDWARD.

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WINNING SCHOOL DRAMA TEAMS PERFORM FOR PUBLIC » * » * ♦

THE OUTSTANDING TEAMS IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOL DRAMA FESTIVAL 1993/94 WILL SHOW THEIR TALENTS AT THE GALA EVENINGS AND PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE SAI WAN HO CIVIC CENTRE ON MAY 5 AND 6.

THE DRAMA FESTIVAL, COVERING CHINESE AND ENGLISH SECTIONS, IS PRESENTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID QUEEN’S COLLEGE AND TWGHS TANG SIU KIN PRIMARY SCHOOL WON THE BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS IN CHINESE DRAMAS WHILE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND OBLATE FATHERS PRIMARY SCHOOL WON THE BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS IN ENGLISH DRAMAS.

HE SAID THE WINNING TEAMS WOULD BE AWARDED OTHER PRIZES FOR BEST STAGE EFFECT, SCRIPT ORIGINALITY, ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND DIRECTORS.

TICKETS AT $20 ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX OUTLETS. THERE WILL BE 50 PER CENT DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS AND PEOPLE AGED 60 OR ABOVE.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZEPRESENTATION CEREMONIES FOR CHINESE DRAMAS ON MAY 5 AND ENGLISH DRAMAS ON MAY 6. BOTH EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM IN THE SAI WAN HO CIVIC CENTRE, 11 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, SHAU KEI WAN.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DOMINIC S W WONG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 2, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION..................... 1

GOVERNOR PLEDGES SUPPORT TO POLICE......................... 3

HK’S CONFIDENCE AND VIGOUR CAN BE PRESERVED................ 4

LEGAL DEPARTMENT TAKES OVER PROSECUTIONS FROM POLICE.... 5

NEW PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES........................... 6

SPEL MEETS UDHK............................................ 7

PEARL RIVER - A HIGHWAY TO HK.............................. 8

MANUFACTURING CONTRIBUTES TO HK ECONOMY.................... 9

APPLICATIONS FOR FLAG DAYS 1995 INVITED................... 10

SPECIAL CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT STUDENT VOTERS UNDER WAY.... 11

WATER STORAGE FIGURE...................................... 12

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

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TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION

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FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN’S MEDIA SESSION AFTER ATTENDING A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TODAY (MONDAY):

QUESTION: SIR. MR LU PING IS GOING TO MEET THE CIVIL SERVICE TRADE UNIONS, DO YOU THINK IT IS SUITABLE FOR THE CIVIL SERVANTS TO MEET HIM?

GOVERNOR: YES.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, HOW ARE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SUPPOSED TO KNOW IN WHO’S HANDS DO THEIR FUTURE LIE WHEN LU PING IS OUT THERE DECIDING OUR FUTURE AND THERE ARE CERTAIN LIMITS IN, THINGS LIKE XI YANG DID NOTHING ABOUT, OR VERY LITTLE?

GOVERNOR: THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE SOVEREIGN POWER UNTIL THE 30TH JUNE 1997 IS BRITAIN AND THAT THIS GOVERNMENT, THIS HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, WILL BE TAKING DECISIONS UNTIL THAT DATE. WE’RE GOVERNING IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, GETTING OUT AND SEEING THEM AND MEETING THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING, SHOWING THAT WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE, AND THAT’S WHAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT DIRECTOR LU HAS AN ENJOYABLE AND USEFUL WEEK IN HONG KONG. I HOPE THAT HE MEETS AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. I HOPE THAT HE HEARS AS MANY POINTS OF VIEW AS POSSIBLE, AND I HOPE THAT DURING THE COURSE OF THE WEEK, HE’LL HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR US AS WELL. AND FINALLY, I HOPE THAT HE’LL COME HERE MANY MORE TIMES BETWEEN NOW AND 30TH JUNE, 1997.

QUESTION: ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO MEET HIM?

GOVERNOR: I’VE MADE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO MEET HIM INDEED BEFORE ANYBODY KNEW HE WAS COMING FOR THIS VISIT TO HONG KONG. I’VE WRITTEN TO HIM AGAIN SUGGESTING A MEETING. I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO MEET DIRECTOR WHENEVER HE CAN FIND TIME IN HIS CLEARLY BUSY SCHEDULE.

QUESTION: THE CIVIL SERVICE UNIONS, IN THE PAST THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DID NOT ALLOW CIVIL SERVANTS TO CONTACT PWC MEMBERS. BUT NOW THE FIVE UNIONS WILL MEET LU PING ON THE COMING SATURDAY. DO THEY AGAINST THE CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS?

GOVERNOR: NO, IT’S NOT AGAINST ANY REGULATIONS. WHAT WE’VE ACTUALLY SAID IS THAT WE HAVE AGREED CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN OURSELVES SET UP, SOME OF THEM UNDER INTERNATIONAL TREATY, THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE AND SO ON, AND THAT CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TO DO TRYING TO MAKE THOSE AGREED CONTACTS WORK SUCCESSFULLY. SO, WE’VE SAID WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THOSE THINGS. BUT THERE IS NO REASON WHY CIVIL SERVICE UNIONS SHOULDN'T MEET DIRECTOR LU PING. HE’S AN IMPORTANT MAN IN THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY, AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL TELL HIM EXACTLY WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE.

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QUESTION: DO YOU THINK THAT THE PWC MEMBERS THEY CAN ALSO MEET THE CIVIL SERVICE TRADE UNIONS OR THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS?

GOVERNOR: WHAT WE’VE ALWAYS SAID, I’VE JUST REPEATED THE POINT, IS THAT THERE ARE PROPER AND ESTABLISHED CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION FOR DOING BUSINESS, AND I DON’T THINK THERE IS VERY MUCH SENSE IN COMPLICATING THOSE. BUT IF PEOPLE WISH TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE PWC PRIVATELY, SO BE IT. WE RUN AN OPEN SOCIETY. I THINK IT’S ALSO REASONABLE TO SAY, THAT THE BETTER INFORMED PWC MEMBERS ARE, THE BETTER. BUT THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE POLICY WHICH HAS BEEN ENUNCIATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY , ANSON CHAN, AND ENUNCIATED BY ME. IT’S A WHOLLY REASONABLE ONE. WE TALK TO ALL SORT OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE. BUT THE RIGHT WAY, TO SOLVE MATTERS IN THE RIGHT WAY, TO ARRIVE AT DECISIONS, IS THROUGH THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE AND THOSE OTHER CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION AND I HOPE WE’LL HEAR SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT THOSE MATTERS THIS WEEK.

QUESTION: DO YOU THINK THE AIRPORT AGREEMENT WILL BE AGREED IN THIS MONTH, BECAUSE ......?

GOVERNOR: WELL, I THINK YOU BETTER ASK DIRECTOR LU PING THAT QUESTION. I THINK THAT EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG WILL HOPE THAT HE HAS GOOD NEWS ON MATTERS LIKE THAT THIS WEEK.

QUESTION: HOW DAMAGING TO HONG KONG IS THIS BECAUSE OF LACK OF DIALOGUE......?

GOVERNOR: I THINK EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG, NOT LEAST JUDGING BY THE POLLS BUT JUDGING BY WHAT SOME HONG KONG ADVISERS TO PRC GOVERNMENT HAVE SAID, I THINK EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG WOULD HAVE LIKE DIRECTOR LU PING AND I TO HAVE A MEETING. NOW I AM SORRY THAT THE BUSINESS OF DIRECTOR LU’S SCHEDULE APPARENTLY MAKE THAT IMPOSSIBLE. BUT I’M SURE THAT PATIENCE BEING AN IMPORTANT THING IN POLITICS, I’M SURE THAT AS WE GET THINGS LIKE THE ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS BUILD BEHIND US, WE’LL SEE INCREASING DIALOGUE ON ALL SORTS OF CHANNELS. AND I REPEAT WHAT AS I’VE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL LEAVE ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS AND EVERY OTHER ENTRY TO THE HOUSE OPEN SO THAT DIRECTOR LU PING CAN COME AND CALL WHENEVER HE WOULD LIKE.

QUESTION: SINCE THERE IS NO MEETING ARRANGED BETWEEN YOU AND LU PING, IS THERE ANY MORE MESSAGES YOU WANT TO GIVE TO HIM?

GOVERNOR: HAVE A NICE TIME IN HONG KONG.

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GOVERNOR PLEDGES SUPPORT TO POLICE *****

THE GOVERNMENT AND THE WHOLE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE POLICE FORCE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN. SAID THIS

COMMUNITY WILL DO EVERYTHING IN ITS WORK. THE GOVERNOR, THE (MONDAY) MORNING.

MR PATTEN MADE THE PLEDGE DURING A RECEPTION FOLLOWING A GUARD OF HONOUR CEREMONY AT EDINBURGH PLACE TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

IN PRAISING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE POLICE FORCE, THE GOVERNOR SAID IT HAD MADE HONG KONG ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES IN THE WORLD IN WHICH TO LIVE AND BRING UP A FAMILY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE OVERALL CRIME RATES OF THE TERRITORY HAD BEEN DECLINING SINCE 1990 AND WERE LOWER THAN THAT OF SINGAPORE, TOKYO OR TORONTO; ROBBERIES AND THEFTS WERE LESS THAN HALF THE LEVEL IN TOKYO, WHILE THE MURDER RATE WAS LESS THAN HALF THAT OF TORONTO.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT HONG KONG WILL LONG REMAIN A SAFE CITY. THE TRADITION OF PROFESSIONALISM, SERVICE AND RESOURCEFULNESS THAT THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE HAS BUILT UP OVER THE LAST 150 YEARS IS A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR WHATEVER THE FUTURE MAY HOLD,” MR PATTEN SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO EXPRESSED HIS SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR LI KWAN-HA, AND ALL HIS SENIOR OFFICERS FOR THEIR EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP AND PERFORMANCE.

"THEY CARRY OUT THE DEMANDING TASK OF MANAGING THE MORE THAN 30,000 OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS WHO MAKE UP THE POLICE FORCE WITH GREAT EFFICIENCY, DEDICATION AND GOOD SENSE," HE SAID.

THANKING THE GOVERNOR AND THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT TO THE POLICE, MR LI SAID THAT OVER ITS 150 YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT, THE POLICE FORCE HAD GROWN FROM A SMALL CONSTABULARY OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF OFFICERS INTO A LARGE MODERN POLICE FORCE COMPARABLE IN SIZE, CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY TO ANY OF THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE WORLD.

"THERE HAVE BEEN UPS AND DOWNS; THE FORCE HAS GONE THROUGH THICK AND THIN," HE SAID.

"I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT WITH DEDICATION, PROFESSIONALISM, AND ABOVE ALL, TEAM SPIRIT, MEMBERS OF MY FORCE HAVE ACTED IN CONCERT, RODE OUT THE STORMS AND EMERGED EVER STRONGER.

"IT GIVES ME PARTICULAR PLEASURE TO BE WORKING WITH SUCH A FINE BODY OF MEN AND WOMEN AT THIS HISTORIC TIME."

THE GUARD OF HONOUR MOUNTED BY THE POLICE AT EDINBURGH PLACE TODAY COMPRISED MORE THAN 100 OFFICERS FROM THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL.

THE CELEBRATION ALSO FEATURED A SAIL-PAST BY MODERN POLICE LAUNCHES AND HIGH-SPEED CRAFT AS WELL AS A FLY-PAST BY THE GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE.

/THE GOVERNOR .......

MONDAY, MAY 2, 1994

THE GOVERNOR WAS FEATURED IN THE MARINE DISPLAY, HAVING BOARDED A POLICE LAUNCH IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND SAILED TO QUEEN’S PIER IN CENTRAL UNDER THE ESCORT OF AN IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF POLICE VESSELS.

AFTER ALIGHTING, THE GOVERNOR WAS ESCORTED ONTO A DAIS TO RECEIVE A "ROYAL SALUTE" BEFORE INSPECTING THE GUARD OF HONOUR.

THE CEREMONY ALSO FEATURED AN IMPRESSIVE MARCHING DISPLAY, POLICE BAND PERFORMANCES AND LION DANCING BY JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS.

A RECEPTION FOR ALL THE GUESTS WAS HELD AT CITY HALL AFTER THE CEREMONY.

MEANWHILE, THE GUARD OF HONOUR AT EDINBURGH PLACE AND THE CEREMONIAL GOVERNMENT HOUSE GUARD WERE DISMOUNTED SIMULTANEOUSLY AT THE COMPLETION OF THE EVENT.

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HK’S CONFIDENCE AND VIGOUR CAN BE PRESERVED

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) HE BELIEVED HONG KONG COULD PRESERVE ITS CONFIDENCE AND VIGOUR AFTER 1997.

"I REMAIN CONFIDENT THAT THE EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT WORK THAT BRITAIN AND CHINA EMBARKED ON TOGETHER WHEN NEGOTIATING THE JOINT DECLARATION CAN ACHIEVE ITS PURPOSE - PRESERVING A HONG KONG, PRESERVING A HONG KONG THAT HAS THE CONFIDENCE AND THE VIGOUR TO CONTRIBUTE RICHLY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA AND OF THE WHOLE REGION," HE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE GOVERNOR SAID HONG KONG MANAGED TO GROW REMARKABLY IN THE PAST DECADES DESPITE OCCASIONAL PROBLEMS.

AND THE 1980S SAW TWO DEVELOPMENTS WHICH GAVE NEW IMPETUS TO THAT GROWTH, HE ADDED.

THE FIRST WAS THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WHICH PROMISED THE PRESERVATION OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM IN THE TERRITORY AND A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY.

"MUCH WORK HAS BEEN DONE ALREADY TO TRANSLATE THOSE PROMISES INTO REALITY," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HONG KONG HAD SINCE BECOME A SEPARATE CONTRACTING PARTY TO THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND A FELLOW MEMBER WITH CHINA AND CANADA IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION (APEC), HE SAID.

"IN THE BASIC LAW, CHINA HAS PUT GUARANTEES CONTAINED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION INTO THE MINI-CONST1 TUTION THAT WILL GUIDE HONG KONG AFTER 1997," MR PATTEN SAID.

/"SOME ISSUES .......

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’’SOME ISSUES - THE ESTABLISHMENT OE OPEN AND FAIR ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMPLE - HAVE PROVED DIFFICULT, BUT EVEN THESE ARE BEING DEALT WITH STEADILY.”

HE NOTED THE SECOND IMPORTANT FACTOR OF THE 1980S WAS CHINA’S RE-OPENING TO TRADE AND INVESTMENT, WHICH CREATED OPPORTUNITIES FOR HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN.

AS A RESULT, HONG KONG HAS RE-EMERGED AS AN ENTREPOT FOR CHINATRADE ON AN ALTOGETHER LARGER SCALE, ENJOYING UNPRECEDENTED PROSPERITY.

ON THE SUCCESS OF THE TERRITORY, THE GOVERNOR SAID HONG KONG’S OPENNESS, ITS CARING, THE INDUSTRY OF THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTERPRISE OF ITS BUSINESSMEN WERE ALL CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

’’THIS OPENNESS TO CHANGE AND NEW IDEAS, AND READINESS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD AT LARGE HELPS MAKE HONG KONG A VERY EFFECTIVE CONDUIT FOR DOING BUSINESS WITH (TUNA”, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

MR PATTEN ENCOURAGED CANADIAN BUSINESSMEN TO MAKE USE HONG KONG AS A STEPPING STONE IN INCREASING ITS BUSINESS WITH CHINA.

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LEGAL DEPARTMENT TAKES OVER PROSECUTIONS FROM POLICE ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

ALL PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS IN MAGISTRATES’ COURTS WILL BE HANDLED BY THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WHEN IT TAKES OVER PROSECUTION DUTIES FROM THE POLICE IN NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY TODAY (MONDAY).

A LEGAL DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S COURT PROSECUTORS TO NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, WHICH WAS THE LARGEST AND BUSIEST MAGISTRACY IN HONG KONG OPERATING 11 COURTS, 11 POLICE OFFICERS WOULD BE RELEASED FROM PROSECUTION WORK TO PERFORM POLICE DUTIES.

OUTLINING THE BACKGROUND OF THE TAKEOVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID COURT PROSECUTORS ARE PUBLIC OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL UNDER THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE (CAP. 227) TO CONDUCT PROSECUTIONS ON HIS BEHALF BEFORE A MAGISTRATE.

HE SAID THE COURT PROSECUTOR GRADE WAS FIRST CREATED IN 1977 IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT FOR A PILOT SCHEME TO BE CONDUCTED IN TWO MAGISTRACIES TO TEST WHETHER PROSECUTION WORK, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT BY POLICE OFFICERS, COULD BE PERFORMED BY CIVILIAN OFFICERS OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

THE PILOT SCHEME WAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND IN 1979, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT THE SCHEME ON A PERMANENT BASIS AND TO GRADUALLY EXTEND IT TO ALL MAGISTRACIES, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID COURT PROSECUTORS HAD TO UNDERGO NINE MONTHS’ FULL-TIME TRAINING BEFORE THEY COULD CONDUCT PROSECUTIONS INDEPENDENTLY IN MAGISTRATES’ COURTS.

/HE SAID .......

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HE SAID SINCE THE COURT PROSECUTOR GRADE WAS CREATED, PROSECUTORS HAD PROVIDED AND WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE PROSECUTION SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN HONG KONG.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT A TOTAL OF 104 COURT PROSECUTORS IN HONG KONG, AS COMPARED WITH 22 IN 1979.

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NEW PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES » * » »

TWO NEW PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 4) TO PROMOTE THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AGED ABOVE 45 AND THE ELDERLY ABOVE 65.

INTRODUCING THE WOMAN HEALTH CENTRE AND THE ELDERLY HEALTH CENTRE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PERSONAL HEALTH SERVICES), DR CHAN WAI-MAN, SAID WOMEN AND THE ELDERLY WERE VULNERABLE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CERTAIN HEALTH PROBLEMS.

DR CHAN SAID: "CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES ARE NOW THE TOP THREE KILLERS IN HONG KONG AND MANY PEOPLE ALSO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES.

"IF THESE DISEASES CAN BE PREVENTED OR DETECTED EARLY FOR APPROPRIATE CARE, MUCH OF THE SUFFERING AND PREMATURE DEATHS CAN BE AVOIDED," SHE SAID.

DR CHAN SAID THESE TWO NEW CENTRES WERE SET UP TO DETECT CERTAIN RISK FACTORS AND UNREPORTED DISEASES PREVALENT AMONG THESE TARGET GROUPS SO AS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH EARLY AND APPROPRIATE TREATMENT.

CLIENTS ATTENDING THESE CENTRES WOULD HAVE ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT THROUGH HISTORY AND SIMPLE SCREENING TESTS, AND HEALTH EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING TAILORED TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

DR CHAN SAID SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS LIKE BLOOD TESTS AND X-RAY WOULD BE ARRANGED ON A NEED BASIS.

AT THE WOMAN HEALTH CENTRE, SUCH SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS MIGHT INCLUDE MAMMOGRAPHY, A SPECIAL TYPE OF X-RAY, FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER, THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER AMONG WOMEN IN HONG KONG.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE TWO SERVICES WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A HEALTH RECORD WITH SUMMARY HEALTH FINDINGS. INDIVIDUAL HEALTH ADVICE IS GIVEN ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH NEEDS.

IF NECESSARY, THE CLIENTS WOULD BE REFERRED TO OTHER SERVICES FOR FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT, DR CHAN SAID.

/DR CHAN

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DR CHAN SAID ALL HONG KONG CITIZENS IN THE SPECIFIED SEX AND AGE GROUPS COULD MAKE USE OF THESE NEW SERVICES BY PAYING AN ANNUAL FEE.

THE ANNUAL FEE FOR THE WOMAN HEALTH CENTRE IS $285 AND THE ELDERLY HAVE TO PAY AN ANNUAL CHARGE OF $220.

DR CHAN EXPLAINED THAT THE ANNUAL FEE INCLUDED THE CHARGE FOR PHYSICAL EXAMINATION BY THE DOCTOR, THE SCREENING TESTS, ALL THE HEALTH EDUCATION SESSIONS AND ANY OTHER VISITS DURING THE YEAR.

PARTICIPANTS REQUIRING MAMMOGRAPHY WOULD HAVE TO PAY A SEPARATE FEE OF $205 FOR THE X-RAY EXAMINATION.

DR CHAN ADDED THAT FOR PERSONS WITH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, THE USUAL WAIVING PROCEDURES WOULD APPLY.

THESE TWO NEW PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES WOULD COMMENCE OPERATION ON WEDNESDAY AND TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS COULD BE MADE TODAY.

THE ENQUIRY AND APPOINTMENT TELEPHONE NO. OF THE WOMAN HEALTH CENTRE IS 727 5332 AND, FOR THE ELDERLY CENTE, 779 5596.

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SPEL MEETS UDHK

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AS PART OF THE CURRENT CONSULTATION WITH RELEVANT BODIES AND CONCERNED GROUPS, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, TODAY (MONDAY) MET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED DEMOCRATS OF HONG KONG (UDHK) TO DISCUSS PROPERTY PRICES AND URBAN RENEWAL.

AT THE MEETING, MR EASON SAID THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER A TERRITORY-WIDE LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME WAS VERY COMPLICATED AND THE 1994/95 PROGRAMME WAS WORKED OUT WELL BEFORE THE TASK-FORCE WAS SET UP TO LOOK INTO THE LAND SUPPLY AND PROPERTY PRICK SITUATION.

MR EASON SAID: ’’THE REASON WHY WE SHIFTED THE BALANCE THIS YEAR MORE TOWARDS LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL SITES WAS BECAUSE THE EMPHASIS HAD BEEN ON HIGH-DENSITY SITES IN RECENT YEARS.

"CONCERN HAD BEEN EXPRESSED DURING 1993 THAT MULTI-NATIONAL FIRMS HAD DIFFICULTY IN FINDING SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR THEIR SENIOR STAFF HERE WHICH MADE HONG KONG LESS COMPETITIVE.

"DESPITE A HIGHER PROPORTION OF LOW-DENSITY SITES, THE LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME THIS YEAR SHOULD MAINTAIN THE FLAT PRODUCTION RATE OF 10,000-11,000.

"THIS TOGETHER WITH FLATS PRODUCED BY REDEVELOPMENT WOULD ENABLE US TO MAINTAIN OUR TARGET OF PRODUCING 30,000-35,000 FLATS ANNUALLY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

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"TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR MORE FLAT SUPPLY, WE WILL CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING DENSITIES ON SITES APPEARING LATER IN THIS YEAR’S LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME AND USING THE FIVE-HECTARE SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMME AGREED AT THE LAND COMMISSION FOR HIGH DENSITIES ALSO."

WITH REGARD TO POINTS RAISED Bl UDHK ON URBAN RENEWAL, MR EASON SAID ANY PROPOSAL FOR LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT IN RESPECT OF LAND RESUMPTION FOR PUBLIC PURPOSE HAS TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE CONTEXT OF TASK-FORCE’S OVERALL RECOMMENDATIONS.

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PEARL RIVER - A HIGHWAY TO HK

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THE PEARL RIVER IS BECOMING ONE OF THE MAIN HIGHWAYS TO HONG KONG’S PORT, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE PORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

AS THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS AND ROADS BECOME MORE CONGESTED, SHIPPERS ARE INCREASINGLY LOOKING TO BARGES TO SHIP GOODS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND FEEDER PORTS IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

TOTAL RIVER CARGO TONNAGE INCREASED IN 1993 BY 30 PER CENT OVER 1992 TO JUST OVER 23 MILLION TONNES. THIS COMPRISED 12.6 MILLION TONNES OF INWARD AND 10.5 MILLION TONNES OF OUTWARD CARGO.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE WAS THE INCREASING TREND TOWARDS CONTAINERISATION. TOTAL THROUGHPUT OF CONTAINERISED CARGO GREW BY 44 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A 22 PER CENT INCREASE IN BREAK BULK CARGO.

THIS MEANT THAT IN 1993, 40 PER CENT OF RIVER TRADE NON-BULK CARGOES WERE CONTAINERISED COMPARED WITH 36 PER CENT IN 1992.

RIVER VESSELS LOADED AND DISCHARGED A TOTAL OF 612,000 20-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS AT PLACES OTHER THAN CONTAINER TERMINALS IN 1993. THIS WAS 6.7 PER CENT OF THE PORT’S TOTAL CONTAINER THROUGHPUT.

MANY SHIPPERS ARE REALISING THE ADVANTAGES OF RIVER OVER ROAD TRANSPORT. CONSOLIDATING SEVERAL CONTAINERS WITH A COMMON DESTINATION ON TO ONE BARGE IS MORE COST-EFFECTIVE.

IT IS ALSO BETTER FOR THE TERMINAL OPERATOR WHO CAN HANDLE THE CONSIGNMENT TOGETHER RATHER THAN RECEIVING CONTAINERS ON A RANDOM BASIS FROM A LARGE NUMBER OF LORRIES.

HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT AND TRAFFIC BOTH BENEFIT BECAUSE EACH CONTAINER CARRIED BY RIVER MEANS ONE CONTAINER TRUCK LESS ON THE ROADS. WITHOUT RIVER TRAFFIC, CONTAINER VEHICLES WOULD HAVE MADE MORE THAN 400,000 EXTRA JOURNEYS ON HONG KONG ROADS IN 1993.

THE TOY INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY, IS EXPANDING ITS USE OF RIVER TRADE. MANUFACTURERS CAN STUFF 40-FOOT CONTAINERS AT CHINESE FACTORIES, THEN SHIP THEM BY BARGE TO LINERS IN HONG KONG.

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SOME RIVER OPERATORS HAVE RECORDED ANNUAL GROWTH OF 30 PER CENT SINCE 1990.

SHIPPING LINES ARE DEVELOPING NEW SERVICES AND EXPANDING THOSE ALREADY OPERATING. ONE LINE IS DOUBLING ITS WEEKLY BARGE CAPACITY AND EXPECTS STRONG GROWTH. ANOTHER TRADE SOURCE SAYS THERE IS RAPID GROWTH OF BARGE SERVICES BETWEEN ZHUHAI AND HONG KONG.

SOME COMPANIES ARE CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION OF RHINE-TYPE BARGES TO THE PEARL RIVER. THESE MUCH BIGGER VESSELS WOULD BE ABLE TO CARRY MORE CONTAINERS EACH TRIP.

THE PORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD’S PORT CARGO FORECASTS PREDICT THAT RIVER TRAFFIC WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT A RATE OF 8.1 PER CENT A YEAR UNTIL 2011. THIS COMPARES WITH A PROJECTED 6.3 PER CENT PER ANNUM GROWTH FOR OCEAN CARGO.

THE BOARD PREDICTS THAT TOTAL RIVER CARGO TRAFFIC WILL GROW FROM LAST YEAR’S 23 MILLION TONNES TO 49.2 MILLION TONNES IN 2001 AND 84.8 MILLION TONNES IN 2011.

TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED TRAFFIC, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUILD A DEDICATED RIVER TRADE TERMINAL AT TUEN MUN.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CALL TENDERS LATER THIS YEAR TO DEVELOP AND OPERATE THE TERMINAL AND EXPECTS THE FIRST BERTH TO COME INTO OPERATION SOMETIME IN 1997.

ONE MAJOR BENEFIT OF THE TERMINAL WILL BE TO SEPARATE RIVER TRAFFIC FROM OCEAN-GOING VESSELS USING THE CONTAINER PORT. IT WILL ALSO MEAN THAT RIVER TRADE VESSELS NO LONGER HAVE TO USE THE BUSY AND DIFFICULT MA WAN CHANNEL.

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF INDUSTRY, MR DOMINIC LAW, TODAY (MONDAY) REFUTED A GENERAL MISCONCEPTION THAT MANUFACTURI NG WAS FAST DISAPPEARING IN HONG KONG.

"THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH THAN THAT,” HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DATA AND KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS FOR MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING, MR LAW SAID HONG KONG’S MANUFACTUR1 NG INDUSTRIES WERE CONTRIBUTING 13 PER CENT TO GDP.

IN 1993, THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR PRODUCED OVER $200 BILLION DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

IN REAL TERMS, HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS PRODUCING 25 PER CENT MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO WITH ONIA THREE-FIFTHS OF THE WORKERS THEN.

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HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS HAD ACCOMPLISHED THIS BY MOVING THE MORE LABOUR-INTENSIVE AND LOWER-END ASSEMBLY PROCESSES TO CHINA WHILE CARRYING OUT THE REST OF THE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES IN HONG KONG.

THIS DEVELOPMENT HAD ENABLED LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS TO DEPLOY THE LIMITED RESOURCES IN HONG KONG TO MORE VALUE-ADDED AND KNOWLEDGE-BASED MANUFACTURING AND RELATED SUPPORT FUNCTIONS, HE SAID.

IT HAD ALSO ALLOWED THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TO SWITCH TO THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND UPPER END OF THE MARKET PRODUCTS AND HENCE ENHANCED THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS IN THE WOULD MARKET, HE ADDED.

MR LAW POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALSO PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY, CONCENTRATING ON INNOVATIVE DESIGNS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, HIGHER TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE.

ONE OF THE MORE RECENT INITIATIVES IS THE $200 MILLION APPLIED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, ESTABLISHED A YEAR AGO TO PROVIDE MATCHING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO UNDERTAKE MARKET-DRIVEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

’’RESPONSE TO THE SCHEME IS ENCOURAGING AND SO FAR 25 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED,” HE SAID.

ANOTHER INITIATIVE IS THE PROVISION OF AN ADDITIONAL $180 MILLION IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR TO SUPPORT INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS WHICH ARE BENEFICIAL TO THE INDUSTRIAL OR TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AND TO THE OVERALL COMPETITIVENESS OF THE HONG KONG MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THIS LATTER SCHEME HAD GENERATED ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS, MR LAW SAID.

”1 AM CONFIDENT THAT PROJECTS COMPLETED UNDER BOTH SCHEMES WOULD ADD NEW DIMENSIONS TO HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY,” HE ADDED.

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APPLICATIONS FOR FLAG DAYS 1995 INVITED

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ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO HOLD FLAG DAYS NEXT YEAR TO RAISE FUNDS TO FINANCE THEIR SERVICES ARE INVITED TO APPLY TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

ABOUT 50 FLAG DAYS WILL BE DESIGNATED NEXT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT APPLICANTS MUST BE BONA FIDE, NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

/"ALL APPLICANTS .......

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’’ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE SUBVENTIONS AND LOTTERIES FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE MERITS OF THE SERVICE OR SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR WHICH FUND-RAISING THROUGH A FLAG DAY IS PROPOSED, THE ORGANISATION’S FINANCIAL NEEDS, AND ITS ABILITY TO EXECUTE THE FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES,” HE SAID.

EXPLAINING THE CRITERIA, THE SPOKESMAN SAID EACH APPLICATION WOULD BE CONSIDERED BASICALLY IN THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS:

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY OF THE

APPLICANT ORGANISATION. THIS IS IMPORTANT SINCE PUBLIC

COLLECTION OF MONEY IS INVOLVED;

* THE NATURE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISATION, AND THE COMMUNITY DEMAND FOR SUCH SERVICES;

THE FINANCIAL NEED OF THE ORGANISATION BASED ON ITS ANNUAL BUDGET, OPERATING SURPLUS OR DEFICITS, AVAILABILITY OF OTHER FUNDING RESOURCES, AND PLANNED PROJECTS; AND

» THE ORGANISATION’S ABILITY TO ORGANISE FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES AND TO MAXIMISE THE BENEFITS OF A FLAG DAY.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT EXPENSES RELATING TO A FLAG DAY SHOULD NOT EXCEED 10 PER CENT OF THE GROSS RECEIPTS, AND THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS NEED TO OBSERVE THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN ON A PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION PERMIT ISSUED UNDER SECTION 4 (17) OF SUMMARY

OFFENCES ORDINANCE.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, ROOM 920, NINTH FLOOR, WU CHUNG HOUSE, 213 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, IN PERSON OR IN WRITING.

THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM, TOGETHER WITH A COPY OF THE ORGANISATION’S LATEST ANNUAL REPORT AND STATEMENT OF AUDITED ACCOUNTS, MUST REACH THE DEPARTMENT BY MAY 31. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED BY OCTOBER.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 892 5293.

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SPECIAL CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT STUDENT VOTERS UNDER WAY *****

A SPECIAL CAMPAIGN IS UNDER WAY TO ATTRACT YOUNG PEOPLE TO REGISTER AS A VOTER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION, MR JUSTICE WOO KWOK-HING, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE JOINTLY HELD BY THE COMMISSION AND THE COMMERCIAL RADIO TO ANNOUNCE THE STATION’S SPECIAL VOTER REGISTRATION PROGRAMMES, HE SAID SPECIAL VOTER REGISTRATION CENTRES WERE BEING SET UP AT VARIOUS TERTIARY AND POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS TO ATTRACT STUDENTS.

/THE COMMISSION .......

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THE COMMISSION IS ALSO CONDUCTING THE CAMPAIGN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO APPEAL TO SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.

"TO BE A VOTER IS OUR CIVIC RIGHT. IT SIGNIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIETY," MR JUSTICE WOO SAID.

STARTING FROM APRIL THIS YEAR, THE VOTING AGE IS LOWERED FROM 21 TO 18.

"THIS IS INDEED A VERY ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT," HE SAID.

"HONG KONG RESIDENTS SHOULD SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT, THROUGH ELECTIONS, THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE THREE-TIER REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT," HE ADDED.

THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 18. THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 5 NEXT YEAR.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 65.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 385.588 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 309.243 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 52.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,236 0930 + 300

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,763 1000 + 300

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 + 458

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 457 1200 + 458

LAF TODAY - 930 1500 + 458

1600 + 457

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.4 *+0.0* 2.5.94

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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 3.06 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 98.06 5.54

1 MONTH 3.37 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.73 5.83

3 MONTHS 3.84 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 95.41 6.32

6 MONTHS 4.29 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.70 6.4 3

12 MONTHS 4.90 TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS 36 MONTHS AND BONDS - 3704 17,285 6.15 MN 99.30 6.51

CLOSED 2 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION..................... 1

TOUGHER ANTI-SMOKING LAW ON WAY............................ 4

EXPERT TALKS ON DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER 5

INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT DELEGATION VISITS CHINA................ 5

PLANS FOR WORK IN RAINY SEASON URGED....................... 6

GOVERNOR LOOKS AT LIFE IN SIU SAI WAN ESTATE 7

CONTAINER THROUGHPUT GETS OFF TO A FLYING START 8

GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA AND COMMENDATIONS TO 129 11

AUCTION OF LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS 16

FISHERMEN URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS..................... 17

ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE TO HOLD OPEN DAYS 18

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS 19

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS 20

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION * * * * ♦

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER VISITING THE SIU SAI WAN ESTATE THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON:-

GOVERNOR: GOOD AFTERNOON. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE VISITS THAT 1 MAKE REGULARLY TO HOUSING ESTATES. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT HOUSING IS PROBABLY OF ALL SOCIAL LIVELIHOOD ISSUES, THE ONE THAT PEOPLE ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT HERE IN HONG KONG. IT’S STILL THE CASE THAT OVER HALF Ob OUR POPULATION LIVE IN RENTED ACCOMMODATION, EITHER PUBLICLY-RENTED OR PRIVATELY-RENTED, AND CLEARLY, A MAIN CONCERN THAT PEOPLE HAVE IS THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A DECENT QUANTITY OF HIGH QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE RENTED ACCOMMODATION. SINCE THE AUTUMN OF 1992, WE’VE BEEN COMPLETING 146 FLATS A DAV WHICH IS MORE THAN THE TARGET OF 100 WHICH WE SET OURSELVES AND I AM DETERMINED THAT AS PART OF THE PROPOSALS THAT WE BRING FORWARD IN JUNE ON PROPERTY PRICE INFLATION, WE SHOULD INCLUDE PROPER HOUSING AUTHORITY PROVISION. IT IS, OF COURSE, TRUE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE, THE 48 PERCENT WHO ARE OWNERS OF THEIR OWN PROPERTY AND THOSE WHO WISH TO BECOME OWNERS, PARTICULARLY BOTHERED ABOUT PROPERTY PRICE INFLATION AND THE PROPOSALS THAT WE BRING FORWARD IN JUNE WILL, OBVIOUSLY, BE DIRECTED TOWARDS THEIR CONCERNS. I THINK EVERYBODY RECOGNISES THAT WHILE WE WANT TO DAMP DOWN THE MARKET, WE DON’T WANT 1’0 DO ANYTHING WHICH UNDERMINES THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PROPERTY MARKET. SO, IT IS A DIFFICULT BALANCE TO STRIKE BUT ONE WHICH WE ARE DETERMINED TO GET RIGHT. BUT 1 REPEAT THAT IN ANY PROGRAMME OR MEASURES THAT WE BRING FORWARD ON PROPERTY PRICE INFLATION, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE DUE ACCOUNT OF THE CENTRAL ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, DO YOU FEEL THAT MR LU PING IS QUITE LOW KEY WHILE IN HONG KONG THIS WEEK?

GOVERNOR: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTOR LU’S PROGRAMME. BUT, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, 1 HOPE THAT HE HAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL VISIT. 1 HOPE THAT HE MEETS AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AND HEARS AS MANY OPINIONS AS POSSIBLE. AND I HOPE THAT WHILE HE IS HERE, HE’LL HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE.

QUESTION: ARE YOU DELIBERATELY TO MAKE YOUR SCHEDULE SO TIGHT THAT MINIMISE YOUR EMBARRASSMENT THAT YOU ARE NOT INVITED TO HIS...?

GOVERNOR: NO. SOME OF YOU HAVE SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF TIME OUT WITH NE ON VISITS LIKE THIS AND WE WILL KNOW THIS IS WHAT I DO WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND A BIT.

QUESTION: YOU SAID YOU WANTED TO TALK TO LU PING ABOUT HOUSING AND CIVIL SERVICE, BUT DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR HIM NOW ABOUT HOUSING AND CIVIL SERVICE?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO COMMUNICATE A ME.SSAGE ALL THE TIME THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF TELEVISION CAMERAS. IT’S RATHER EASIER, 1 THINK, AND TO SPEAK ACROSS THE TABLE. I THINK IT’S TRUE THAT IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD HAVE LIKED US TO DO. BUT WE MUST BE PATIENT AND 1 AM SURE THE OPPORTUNITY WILL ARISE IN DUE COURSE. IN THE MEANTIME, SO FAR AS PROPERTY IS CONCERNED AND HOUSING IS CONCERNED, I AM SURE THAT DIRECTOR LU AND HIS COLLEAGUES FROM THE PRC WILL HAVE SEEN THE SPECTACULAR JOB WE’VE MADE REHOUSING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG OVER THE YEARS. WE’VE STILL GOT SOME PROBLEMS AND SOME CHALLENGES TO DEAL WITH. WE CAN’T BE COMPLACENT BUT 1 THINK WE’VE MADE A JOLLY GOOD JOB OF IT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

QUESTION: DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER, IS THAT WE’LL HAVE A MEETING NEXT WEEK? WILL IT BE THE FINAL PHASE TO DISCUSS THE MILITARY LAND ISSUE AND WHEN WILL BE THE JLG .... MEETING AND THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING?

GOVERNOR: I HOPE THAT WE HAVE A JLG AND AN AIRPORT MEETING SOON. I HOPE EVEN MORE THAT WE’LL MAKE SATISFACTORY PROGRESS IN THOSE MEETINGS BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVEN’T MADE AS MUCH PROGRESS AS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD RIGHTLY HAVE LIKED. ON DEFENCE LANDS, I THINK THAT WE ARE CLOSE TO AN AGREEMENT. IT INVOLVES SOME DIFFICULT DECISIONS WHICH WE’LL HAVE IN DUE COURSE TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. BUT J THINK PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE AND WHY WE ARE TACKLING THEM IN THE WAY THAT WE’LL EXPLAIN IN DUE COURSE. BUT I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT WHILE WE HAVEN’T FINALISED AN AGREEMENT, WE CAN SEE THE MAKING OF AN AGREEMENT AND 1 HOPE THAT WE’LL GET ONE UNDER OUR BELT BEFORE LONG.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, DIRECTOR LU PING CAME AFTER SEEING A MILITARY PARADE IN GUANGZHOU, AND IN HONG KONG HE ATTENDS A SERIES OF MEETINGS. IT SEEMS THAT YOU TOO HAVE PARALLEL SCHEDULES AND ITINERARY IN THESE FEW DAYS. DO YOU THINK DIRECTOR LU’S ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR IS SYMBOLIC OF AN EARLY TAKEOVER OF HONG KONG?

GOVERNOR: NO.

QUESTION: THERE IS SPECULATION AGAIN THAT YOU’RE ASKED BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO GO BACK TO UNITED KINGDOM. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

GOVERNOR: THERE’S SPECULATION ALMOST EVERYDAY AND EVERYDAY WHEN I’M ASKED ABOUT IT, 1 SAY, GOD WILLING, WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO START THE ANSWER, I SHALL BE HERF UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 30, 1997. THAT IS MY ANSWER TODAY JUST AS IT WAS MV ANSWER YESTERDAY. IT WILL Bt MV ANSWER TOMORROW AND NEXT WEEK AND NEXT MONTH AND NEXT YEAR WHEN THE SAME POINT IS MADE. THE PRIME MINISTER APPOINTED ME AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, KNOWING, AS I DO, THAT IT’S A JOB WHICH LASTS UNTIL JUNE 30, 1997. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE JOB OF BEING GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND EXCITING JOBS IN THE WORLD. IT’*S A JOB WHICH DEMANDS ANYONE’S FULL COMMITMENT AND FULL ENERGY, AND IT’S GOING TO CERTAINLY HAVE MY FULL COMMITMENT AND FULL ENERGY UNTIL JUNE 30, 1997 AND UNTIL THEN, WEEK AFTER WEEK, 1 WILL BE COMING OUT AND MEETING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND LISTENING TO THEIR PROBLEMS FIRST HAND BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT ACCOUNTABILITY MEANS IN GOVERNMENT.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HUNGER STRIKE IN THE LAST 10 DAYS AND THEY STRONGLY OBJECT TO MANDATORY REPATRIATION SCHEME. HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF CHANGING THE SCHEME?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: THE SCHEME YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS ONE WHICH IS THE RESULT OF AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT. MOST OF THOSE WHO HAVE RETURNED TO VIETNAM, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY HAVE DONE SO VOLUNTARILY AND I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHO’VE BEEN EXTREMELY HOSPITABLE AND HAVE PAID A VERY LARGE BILL AND MANY OF THEM INVOLVING THEMSELVES IN VOLUNTARY ACTIVITIES IN THE CAMPS, DO READ STORIES ABOUT THE GROWING SIGNS OF SUCCESS IN THE VIETNAMESE ECONOMY AND WONDER WHY THERE ARE STILL OVER 20 000 PEOPLE IN THE CAMPS IN HONG KONG. SO I VERY MUCH HOPE WE’LL SEE MORE RETURNING VOLUNTARILY AND I HOPE THAT WE WON’T NEED TO USE THE INTERNATIONALLY AGREED PROGRAMME AS MUCH. THERE IS NO REASON AT ALL WHY PEOPLE SHOULDN’T RETURN UNDER THEIR OWN STEAM BUT IF THEY DON’T, THEN WE’LL HAVE TO HAVE RECOURSE TO THE INTERNATIONALLY AGREED REPATRIATION PROGRAMME.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WHY DIDN’T YOU SEND SOME HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO WELCOME MR LU PING WHEN HE ARRIVED FROM GUANGZHOU?

GOVERNOR: WE WEREN’T ASKED. IF DIRECTOR LU PING HAD WANTED OR HIS ENTOURAGE HAD WANTED AN OFFICIAL WELCOME, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN DELIGHTED TO GIVE THEM ONE. IF THEY WANT AN OFFICIAL FAREWELL, WE WILL BE DELIGHTED TO GIVE THEM THAT AS WELL. I WOULD GO AND SAY "HELLO" OR "GOOD BYE" SO WOULD MY OFFICIALS. BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT THAT WASN’T REQUIRED. WE DID, HOWEVER, PROVIDE ALL THE SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS WHICH DIRECTOR LU PING AND HIS ENTOURAGE ASKED FOR AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY HAVE A VERY WARM WELCOME IN HONG KONG AND HAVE ALL THE SECURITY AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS THAT THEY NEED. YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO ARE MORE CORDIAL AND WARM-HEARTED THAN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. THEY WANT TO PUT OUT A HAND OF FRIENDSHIP TO OUR VISITORS FROM THE PRC AND I HOPE THAT IS RECOGNISED.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WHY DO YOU THINK DIRECTOR LU PING IS AVOIDING YOU?

GOVERNOR: I THINK YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK THEM. THERE IS A TOUCHING CONCERN AMONG SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIALS ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF MY PROGRAMME. BUT MY PROGRAMME, AS YOU KNOW, CAN GET BUSIER AND BUSIER AS IT DOES WEEK AFTER WEEK.

QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE.... XI YANG AS AN INTERNATIONAL......?

GOVERNOR: I THINK MY MESSAGE IS THE SAME AS THAT OF THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. WE WERE VERY DISTRESSED BY WHAT HAPPENED. WE WISH THAT HE HAD BEEN TREATED LENIENTLY. ABOVE ALL NOW, WHAT WE WANT FROM CHINESE OFFICIALS IS CLARITY ABOUT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS UNDER WHICH JOURNALISTS, NOT LEAST JOURNALISTS FROM HONG KONG, ARE TO OPERATE IN CHINA. THAT’S NOT VERY MUCH TO ASK. BUT WE DO ASK IT. I THINK THE WHOLE COMMUNITY ASKS IT VERY INSISTENTLY. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT XI YANG WON’T HAVE TO SPEND AS LONG IN PRISON AS THE COURT SENTENCE SUGGESTED. WE OBVIOUSLY FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THOSE MATTERS BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY IN HONG KONG. WE HAVE A FREE PRESS, ONE OF THE FREEST IN THE WORLD, IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY’S LIFE. PEOPLE SHOULD RECOGNISE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY AND THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY WE ENJOY. IF YOU TRY TO TAKE AWAY THOSE FREEDOMS, HONG KONG WOULD BE LESS STABLE AND LESS PROSPEROUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

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TOUGHER ANTI-SMOKING LAW ON WAY

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY) AGREED TO INTRODUCE FURTHER LEGISLATIVE MEASURES TO RESTRICT THE USE, SALE AND PROMOTION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

"THESE MEASURES AIM TO FURTHER DISCOURAGE SMOKING, PARTICULARLY AMONG THE YOUNG, AND TO PROMOTE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MORE SMOKE-FREE AREAS," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MEASURES ARE:

* TO REQUIRE RESTAURANTS TO DISPLAY A SIGN STATING WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE A NO-SMOKING AREA;

* TO EXTEND TO ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS THE EXISTING REQUIREMENT FOR HEALTH WARNINGS AND RESTRICTIONS ON ADVERTISING IN RESPECT OF CIGARETTES;

* TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OR GIVING FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER 18; AND

* TO REQUIRE TOBACCO PRODUCT RETAILERS TO DISPLAY A SIGN INFORMING THE PUBLIC THAT SELLING OR GIVING TOBACCO

PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER 18 IS PROHIBITED.

THESE MEASURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON MAY 27 AND INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 8.

"THERE HAD BEEN WIDE PUBLIC CONSULTATION BEFORE THE MEASURES WERE CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY HAS SHOWN SUPPORT FOR FURTHER ANTI-SMOKING LEGISLATION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE MEASURES AND WOULD REVIEW THE SITUATION PERIODICALLY TO SEE IF FURTHER STEPS WERE NEEDED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HONG KONG COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH, THE CENTRAL BODY CO-ORDINATING ALL ANTI-SMOKING ACTIVITIES, WELCOMED THE INTRODUCTION■OF THE BILL.

"THESE NEW MEASURES REPRESENT A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF DISCOURAGING THE PUBLIC FROM SMOKING," HE SAID.

"WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON EFFECTIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES TO ATTAIN ANTI-SMOKING TARGETS," HE ADDED.

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

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EXPERT TALKS ON DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER

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A 15TH ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN EXPERTS OF THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATING TO HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER WILL BE HELD IN HONG KONG FROM MAY 10 TO 13.

THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE LED BY BRITISH REPRESENTATIVE MR ALAN PAUL. THE CHINESE TEAM WILL BE LED BY CHINESE REPRESENTATIVE MR CHEN ZUO’ER. THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY EXPERTS FROM THE TWO SIDES.

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INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT DELEGATION VISITS CHINA

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THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF INDUSTRY, MISS DENISE YUE, TODAY (TUESDAY) SETS OUT ON A FOUR-DAY VISIT TO SHANGHAI AND SUZHOU. SHE IS JOINED BY OTHER OFFICIALS FROM THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

IN SHANGHAI THE DELEGATION WILL MEET OFFICIALS OF THE MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION, THE MUNICIPAL ECONOMIC COMMISSION AND THE MUNICIPAL COMMISSION OF FOREIGN ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND TRADE. THEY WILL VISIT PUDONG AND A NUMBER OF LOCAL AND JOINT-VENTURE ENTERPRISES.

IN SUZHOU, THE DELEGATION WILL VISIT THE HEXI NEW DISTRICT. IT WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF SUZHOU.

MISS YUE SAID THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHINESE ECONOMY MATTERED CONSIDERABLY TO THE WHOLE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

"ALREADY HONG KONG HAS BEEN PLAYING A VITAL AND INCREASING ROLE IN CHINA’S ECONOMIC MODERNISATION. MORE CONTACTS WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS AND ENTERPRISES WILL HELP FOSTER BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND FACILITATE FURTHER ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL DEVELOPMENT,” SHE SAID.

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

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PLANS FOR WORK IN RAINY SEASON URGED *****

AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR ALFRED CHAN, TODAY (TUESDAY) ADVISED EMPLOYERS TO REACH PRIOR AGREEMENTS WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES ON WORK ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTINGENCY MEASURES IN TYPHOONS AND RAINSTORMS.

"EARLY AGREEMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND DISPUTES BECAUSE IT WOULD BE IMPRACTICABLE TO INTRODUCE STATUTORY REGULATIONS ON WORK ARRANGEMENTS RELATING TO TYPHOON AND RAINSTORM OWING TO THE DIVERSITY IN NATURE AND REQUIREMENTS OF JOBS IN VARIOUS TRADES AND INDUSTRIES," MR CHAN SAID.

HE SAID CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH EMPLOYEES WERE REQUIRED TO REPORT FOR DUTY OR TO STOP WORK SHOULD BE CLEARLY STATED IN THE AGREEMENTS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IT SHOULD SPECIFY THE TYPHOON SIGNAL NUMBER OR THE COLOUR CODE OF RAINSTORM WARNING UNDER WHICH EMPLOYEES ARE TO STOP WORK OR NOT REQUIRED TO REPORT FOR DUTY, WAYS OF CALCULATING WAGES AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH EMPLOYEES SHOULD RETURN TO WORK, HE ADDED.

THE BLACK RAINSTORM WARNING INDICATES THAT THE WEATHER IS INCLEMENT AND ROADS MAY BE SERIOUSLY FLOODED.

IF SUCH WARNING IS ISSUED DURING WORKING HOURS, EMPLOYERS SHOULD LET THEIR EMPLOYEES REMAIN IN A SAFE PLACE UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED.

"FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET REPORTED FOR DUTY, THEY SHOULD FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TO STAY AT HOME OR TAKE SHELTER IN A SAFE PLACE UNTIL THE RAINSTORM HAS PASSED.

"PERSONAL SAFETY SHOULD BE THE PRIME CONSIDERATION WHEN DECIDING ON THE APPROPRIATE WORK ARRANGEMENTS," HE SAID.

IF EMPLOYEES HAVE TO WORK DURING TYPHOONS OR RAINSTORMS, SUCH REQUIREMENT SHOULD BE CLEARLY STATED BEFORE THE EMPLOYMENT BEGINS.

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT DUE CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES’ SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE AS WELL AS THEIR JOURNEY TO AND FROM WORK.

"NORMALLY, WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NUMBER 8 IS HOISTED OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES ARE TO BE SUSPENDED SHORTLY, EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE NOT REPORTED FOR DUTY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY AT HOME.

"FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY AT WORK, THEY SHOULD BE RELEASED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE," MR CHAN SAID.

HAVING REGARD TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, MR CHAN SAID PRIORITY TO LEAVE THE WORKPLACE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES WHO LIVE IN REMOTE AREAS OR WHERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

THE AGREEMENTS SHOULD ALSO SPELL OUT THE METHOD OF WAGE CALCULATION UNDER THE VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

/MR CHAN

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

MR CHAN APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS NOT TO DEDUCT ATTENDANCE BONUS FROM EMPLOYEES WHO CANNOT REPORT FOR WORK OR ARE LATE FOR WORK BECAUSE OF TYPHOONS OR RAINSTORMS.

’’EMPLOYERS SHOULD ALSO SPECIFY THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH EMPLOYEES SHOULD RETURN TO WORK WHEN THE TYPHOON SIGNALS OR RAINSTORM WARNINGS ARE LOWERED DURING WORKING HOURS.

"IN DRAWING UP AGREEMENTS ON WORK ARRANGEMENTS IN TYPHOONS AND RAINSTORMS, EMPLOYERS SHOULD CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF THE EMPLOYEES IN ADDITION TO THEIR OWN, AND SHOULD ADOPT A FLEXIBLE APPROACH WHEREVER POSSIBLE," HE SAID.

COPIES OF A LEAFLET ON ARRANGEMENT OF WORK IN TYPHOONS AND RAINSTORMS, PRINTED IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH SEPARATELY, ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S 11 LABOUR RELATIONS DIVISION OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

"IF ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED, STAFF OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS DIVISION ARE ALWAYS READY TO OFFER ADVICE," MR CHAN ADDED.

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GOVERNOR LOOKS AT LIFE IN SIU SAI WAN ESTATE

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED SIU SAI WAN ESTATE TO GET AN INSIGHT INTO LIFE IN A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR FUNG TUNG, THE GOVERNOR LEARNED THAT THE ESTATE WAS PROVIDING COMMERCIAL, WELFARE, EDUCATIONAL, SPORTS AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES TO THE 30,000 RESIDENTS LIVING IN 15 RENTAL BLOCKS AND FOUR HOME OWNERSHIP BLOCKS.

MR PATTEN FIRST STOPPED AT THE T.W.G.H. LEE CHI-HUNG PRIMARY SCHOOL WHICH OFFERED A.M. AND P.M. SESSIONS FOR MORE THAN 1,200 PUPILS.

HE WATCHED A RECITATION AND KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION IN THE SCHOOL HALL AND THEN TOURED SOME OF THE CLASSROOMS TO SEE PUPILS’ STUDY ENVIRONMENT.

BEFORE LEAVING THE SCHOOL, HE ALSO MET- PUPILS WHO WERE SPENDING THEIR RECESS TIME AT THE GROUND FLOOR PLAYGROUND.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED A 58-YEAR-OLD TENANT, MRS LAI CHEN YING, WHO WAS LIVING WITH HER HUSBAND AND THREE UNMARRIED CHILDREN IN A 42-SQUARE-METRE FLAT AT SUI YICK HOUSE.

ALSO PRESENT WERE MRS LAI’S ELDEST SON AND HIS FAMILY WHO WERE LIVING IN A 33-SQUARE-METRE FLAT AT SUI KEUNG HOUSE IN THE SAME ESTATE.

/MR PATTEN .......

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994

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MR PATTEN NOTED THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GREATLY IMPROVE THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS AFTER MOVING FROM THEIR ORIGINAL HUT AT ALRDICH VILLAGE, SHAU KEI WAN, TO THEIR PRESENT UNITS IN 1990.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED THE ESTATE COMMERCIAL CENTRE WHERE TENANTS WERE SHOPPING AND EATING-OUT AT THE 37 SHOP UNITS. IN ADDITION, THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE ALSO CONTAINED A MARKET WITH 48 STALLS SELLING FOOD AND DAILY NECESSITIES.

HE WAS TOLD THAT OTHER FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE ESTATE INCLUDED A YOUTH CENTRE, AN ELDERLY CENTRE, A CARE AND ATTENTION HOME, SHELTERED HOUSING, A NURSERY AND THREE KINDERGARTENS, A BUS TERMINAL, ABOUT 600 PARKING SPACES, AS WELL AS BADMINTON, BASKETBALL AND VOLLEY BALL COURTS AND A MINI SOCCER FIELD.

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CONTAINER THROUGHPUT GETS OFF TO A FLYING START ♦ » ♦ * ♦

CONTAINER THROUGHPUT IN HONG KONG GOT OFF TO A GOOD START THIS YEAR WHEN THE TERRITORY HANDLED 40 PER CENT MORE CONTAINERS IN JANUARY OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR LAN DALE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

ANNOUNCING THE CONTAINER THROUGHPUT STATISTICS FOR JANUARY 1994, MR DALE SAID THE TOTAL CONTAINER THROUGHPUT DURING THE FIRST MONTH WAS 857,372 TWENTY-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS (TEUS), REPRESENTING A 42.1 PER CENT INCREASE AGAINST 603,350 TEUS IN JANUARY 1993.

MR DALE SAID THE ONE MONTH COMPARISON BASE WAS NOT A REALISTIC FORECAST FOR THE ANNUAL GROWTH, BUT NEVERTHELESS WAS VERY ENCOURAGING.

"THE CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN JANUARY 1993 MEANS THAT THERE WERE FEWER WORKING DAYS IN THE MONTH," HE SAID.

"ASIDE FROM THIS SEASONAL FACTOR, THE COMMISSIONING OF THE TWO BERTHS AT CONTAINER TERMINAL NUMBER 8 AND THE LARGE PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN THE RIVER TRADE SECTOR ARE THE LIKELY CAUSES," HE ADDED.

THE MONTH-TO-MONTH COMPARISON OF THE CONTAINER THROUGHPUT AT KWAI CHUNG TERMINALS INCREASED BY 45.8 PER CENT. FROM 385,644 TEUS IN JANUARY 1993 TO 562,126 TEUS IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE HEAVY’ DEMAND IN THE RIVER TRADE SECTOR BOOSTED THE FIGURES TO 67,585 TEUS AND ACHIEVED A HUGE 99.6 PER CENT INCREASE.

"NEVERTHELESS, THIS EXPLAINS ONLY PART OF THE PICTURE. THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS A SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN DEMAND AND THE PORT’S CURRENT ABILITY TO SERVICE THAT DEMAND." MR DALE SAID.

IN TERMS OF CONTAINER THROUGHPUT, HONG KONG IS THE BUSIEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD. IT HANDLED 9.3 MILLION TEUS IN 1993. IN 1994 WELL IN EXCESS OF 10 MILLION TEUS ARE EXPECTED.

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HONG KONG IS ALSO ONE OE THE BUSIEST PORTS IN TERMS OF VESSEL ARRIVALS AND CARGO AND PASSENGER THROUGHPUT.

THE COMPARATIVE CONTAINER STATISTICS IN TEUS IN JANUARY ARE:

JANUARY 1993 JANUARY 1994 INCREASE PERCENTAGE

KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINALS 385,644 562,126 45.8

STREAM AND ELSEWHERE 183,928 227,719 23.8

RIVER TRADE 33,856 67,585 99.6

TOTAL 603,350 857,372 42.1

TO AVOID DOUBLE COUNTING FIGURES ARE ADJUSTED DOWNWARDS BY 78 TEUS IN 1993 AND 58 TEUS IN 1994 RESPECTIVELY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL THE INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION ON TEL 852 4423 AND 852 4425 DURING OFFICE HOURS OR 9493 8262 OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS.

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Comparative Container Statistics for January 1 994

KWAI CHUNG TERMINALS First 1 -month 1993 t First 1 -month 1994 Change 2a

Loaded Full (T.E.U.) 209 578 283 813 35.4

Dlschcrgad Full (T.E.U.) 117 560 193 603 64*7

Loaded Empty (T.E.U.) 11 254 19 711 75.1

Discharged Empty (T.E.U.) 47 252 64 999 37.6

Throughout

a) T.E.U. 385 644 562 126 45.8

b) Actuai 244 275 358 342 46.7

c) Ratio 1.58 1.57

% of T.E.U. throughput being empty 15.17% 15.07%

% of T.E.U. throughput being transhipment 17.09% 18.66%

Container Tonnage (Tonnes)

a) Loaded 1 315 088 1 836 520 39.6

b) Discharged 1 106 047 1 818 854 64.4

c) Total 2 421 135 3 655 374 51.0

Average Weight per full T.E.U. (Tonnes)

a) T.E.U. Loaded 6.27 6.47

b)' T.E.U. Discharged 9.41 „9.39

c) T.E.U. Total 7.40 7.66

STREAM AND ELSEWHERE

Loaded Full (T.E.U.) 73 484 90 814 23.6

Discharged Full (T.E.U.) 88 742 107 545 21.2

Loaded Empty (T.E.U.) 11 341 16 162 42.5

Discharged Empty (T.E.U.) 10361 13 198 27.4

Throughput (T.E.U.) 183 928 227 719 23.8

RIVER TRADE (Other than those handled at Kwai Chung Terminals )

Loaded Full (T.E.U.) Discharged Full (T.E.U.) Loaded Empty (T.E.U.) Discharged Empty (T.E.U.) Throughput (T.E.U.)

11 198 24 567 119.4

11 626 22415 92.8

4 443 10 254 130.8

5 589 10 349 57.1

33 356 67 585 99.6

# THROUGHPUT (Kwai Chung Terminals 4- Stream & Elsewhere 4- River Trade)

Loaded Full (T.E.U.) Discharged Full (T.E.U.) Leaded Empty (T.E.U.) Discharged Empty (T.E.U.) Throughput (T.E.U.)

294 260 . 399 194 35.7

217910 323 505 48.5

27 033 46 127 70.8

64 142 63 546 33.0

603 350 857 372 '42.1

< Figures include a total of 78 T.E.U. in 1993 and 58 T.E.U. In 1994 respectively handled by terminal vessels contracted to work in the stream.

# To avoid double counting figures are adjusted downwards by 78 T.E.U. In 1993 and 58 T.E.U. in 1994 respectively handled by terminal vessels contracted to work in the stream.

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GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA AND COMMENDATIONS TO 129

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, PRESENTED INSIGNIA AND COMMENDATIONS TO 129 PEOPLE AT A CEREMONY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

OE THEM, 93 WERE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN EOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, ONE WAS GIVEN THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY AWARD AND 35 GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATIONS.

FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS:

CBE

MR ALISTAIR PETER ASPREY

DR GEORGE CHOA WING-SIEN

MR SIMON MURRAY

OBE

MR FRANCIS WILLIAM BLACKWELL

THE HONOURABLE VINCENT CHENG HOI-CHUEN

MR FUNG TUNG

MR JERRY LAM CHEK-YUEN

MRS ALICE LAM LEE KIU-YUE

MR NORMAN LEUNG NA I-PANG

MR PHILIP WONG KIN-HANG

MBE

MR CHAN CHAE-CHOW

MR LUCAS WALTER CHAN KWOK-HEI

MR CHAN YEUNG-KWONG

MS VERONICA CHAN YIU-KAM

MR CHOI HON-MING

MR CHOW KWEN-LIM

MR ALBERT HO CHUN-KEUNG

/MR HO YUNG-SANG ...

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MR HO YUNG-SANG MR FRANCIS STEWART KAVANAGH MR LAU CHIN-TONG MR LAU HO-TO MS LEUNG WAI-TUNG DR ALBERT LI SZE-BAY MR LOO KWONG-YUN MR MOK YUE-TONG MR PETER FRANK MOSS MR NG JIM-HONG DR PANG HAU-CHUNG MR MICHAEL SHUM SHIU-WAI DR JEFFREY TSANG YICK-SANG MR SAN YEUNG KIN-HUEN MR YUEN KING-TONG

MBE (MIL)

MAJOR BRIAN PETER CLESHAM MR CHAN KWOK-CHUNG

QPM

MR ANTHONY JOSEPH MULLINS MR JAMES SOUTER MAIN MR TSANG YAM-PUI

ISM

MR CHUNG PING-FAI MR KEUNG MAN MR KWONG KAM-CHING

/MR LEE CHIN-CHAI

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MR LEE CHIN-CHAI

MR TSUI CHUNG-WAH

MR WAN TAI-HOI

CPM

MR PAUL ANDREW BARKLEY

MR ALBERT POON CHO-KEE

MR HAROLD MURDOCH BLUD

MRS ANNIE DEPTFORD CHU YING-NEE

MR GLYN EDWARD JONES

MR JAMES ARTHUR ELMS

MR NG MAN-KIM

MR PETER CHARLES BURBIDGE-KI NG

MR PATRICK LAI PAK-HAY

MR LO CHU-HUNG

MR MICHAEL PETER DUNN

MR BRIAN FRANCIS

MR ALEXANDER LO WAH-CHUN

MR PETER NG CHUN-PONG

MR LO WING-HING

MR LAU KAI-MO

MR CHAN KWAN-SUEN

MR WONG CHAU-HO

MR LOK TAK-CHI

MR LAU KIN-SHING

FIRE

MR MAK KWAl-PUI

MR SUNG SAU-MAN

/MR KWOK HON-CHUNG

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MR KWOK HON-CHUNG

MR PETER WONG KAI-CHI

MR CHAN KUI-LUEN

QUEEN’S COMMENDATION FOR VALUABLE SERVICE IN THE AIR

FLIGHT SERGEANT MICHAEL WILLIAM PEDRICK

FLIGHT SERGEANT RICHARD PAUL COOKE

SERGEANT GRANT ROBERTSON

CAPTAIN MICHAEL ELLIS

MR CHOI CHIU-MING

MR TSOI TAK-MAN

MR NG WAI-CHEONG

MR CHANG YAO-TENG

BADGE OF HONOUR

MR CHAN KWOK-LEUNG

MR DOMINIC CHAN WING-KAM

MR CHANG BUTE

MR WILLIAM CHAU CHUN-WING

MR CHENG SHU-MING

MR WILSON CHEUNG CHUN-BONG

MS CHEUNG YEE-HING

MADAM HO WAN-WAH

MR KO CHUN-WA

MR BILLY LAM CHEK-YAU

MR LEE CHEUK-FAN

MR LEUNG WO-PING

MR ALFRED NG HUNG

MR TAI HAY-LAI’

/MR TING YIN-WAH

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MR TING YIN-WAH

MR TONY WAN TUNG-LAM

MR WONG KWONG-CHI

ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY AWARD

MR PAU CHI-HO

GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION

MR CHU CHUNG-MING

GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION EOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

MR CHAN CHl-KAU

MR CHAN HOK-MAN

MR CHAN HON-CHUNG

MR CHAN TO-CHAI

MR CHAN YUEN-WAH

MADAM CHAN LO YIN-BING

MR CHEUNG KWUN-YAN

MR CHEUNG SING-KUEN

MR CHOI LUK-SING

MADAM CHOW TAM YUK-NGOR

MADAM HA THUC-VAN

MR KO BING-CHEUNG

MR KO KAM-CHEUNG

MADAM KWAN WAN-YING

MR LAM KAI-HING

MADAM LAM NGAR-S1

MR LI KWOK-WAH

MR LI YIU-BAN

/MR LOUR TSANG-TSAY .......

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MR LOUR TSANG-TSAY SISTER MAUREEN MCGINLEY

MR MIU WAH-CHANG

MR POON KWOK-WA

MADAM SO CHI-HAN

MR SOO CHEW-BONG

MR TAM PING-FAI

MR TO YAU-ON

MR TONG KANG-CHUNG

MADAM TSUI YUK-HING

MR WONG CHAI-LOK

MR WONG HING-WAH

MADAM WONG MO-TAI

MR YIP SHU-KAI

MR YIU CHEUK-HUNG

MR YIU SUET-FAT --------------------------------0-------

AUCTION OF LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS ON SATURDAY (MAY 7) AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A TOTAL OF 50 LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING AT 9.30 AM. THEY ARE:

FW810 FW738 FV330 FW1 25 FW2220

FV3330 FW1008 AA7033 AT348 FV9989

♦FW343 ♦FV3883 ♦ FC6 ♦ BC58 ♦DL4444

FV8918 AW371 FV220 FV3118 AW1863

AB9093 FW14 7 FW80 1 AW823 FV9166

FU8600 FV318 DR668 FW3200 CT501

CT6 1 7 CX468 AA3299 FW1965 FW7160

♦ FK99 ♦ DK60 ♦ 497 ♦AX696 ♦BH6767

FW1012 FW1999 FW1 90 FW9896 FW1891

FW4493 FW2088 FW805 FW729 FW1165

/TN THE ........

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IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM, ANOTHER 50 LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE:

FW718 CC801 FW199 FV688 FW8777

FW325 AW377 BK468 FU’330 FW3688

♦BC868 ♦ HK131 ♦ AL7 ♦ BC48 *FW333

FW1967 FV1997 FW380 AW722 XX9329

FW556 FW3323 FW228 FW886 CP1638

BB517 DY2888 AA71 1 FW2328 FW682

FV8682 FV810 FV6888 FV9998 AA3781

♦ DK25 ♦ ER11 ♦ 2662 ♦ FX30 *FY9000

FW3400 AA306 FV1118 FW825 FW2198

FW960 FW112 FW312 FV968 FW1289

* SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION MARK (NOT TRANSFERABLE)

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A CAR REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE CAR REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION, AFTER DEDUCTION OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE CONDUCT THEREOF, WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTIONS WILL BE THE 224TH AND 225TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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FISHERMEN URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PARRISH NG, TODAY (TUESDAY) APPEALED TO FISHERMEN IN SAI KUNG TO SIGN UP AS VOTERS.

SPEAKING AT A TIN HAU FESTIVAL CEREMONY AT LEUNG SHUEN WAN, MR NG SAID IT WAS NOW A CRUCIAL TIME FOR THEM TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS TO REGISTER IF THEY WANTED TO ELECT A RESPONSIBLE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER IN THEIR CONSTITUENCY IN SEPTEMBER.

WITH THE LOWERING OF THE VOTING AGE TO 18, HE HOPED THAT MORE YOUNGSTERS WOULD TAKE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE.

MR NG ALSO REMINDED THOSE WHO HAD REGISTERED TO REPORT THEIR CHANGE OF HOME ADDRESS TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ARRANGE A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES IN MAY, INCLUDING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS, VARIETY SHOWS AS WELL AS A BUS PARADE TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE.

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ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE TO HOLD OPEN DAYS » » » * »

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE OFFERED VARIOUS INTERESTING PROGRAMMES DURING THE OPEN DAYS OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE (AMO) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH FROM MAY 26 TO 28.

THE EVENT IS AIMED TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF LOCAL HERITAGE AND INTRODUCE THEM TO THE WORK OF AMO WHICH HAS BEEN SET UP TO PRESERVE HONG KONG’S HERITAGE SINCE 1976.

THE OFFICE IS NOW HOUSED IN THE BUILDING OF THE FORMER KOWLOON BRITISH SCHOOL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AMO SAID THE BUILDING WAS A TYPICAL VICTORIAN STRUCTURE AND WAS THE OLDEST SURVIVING SCHOOL BUILDING IN THE TERRITORY.

THE THREE-DAY PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE LECTURES ON HISTORICAL STRUCTURES, ARCHAEOLOGY AND EDUCATION; DEMONSTRATION OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ARTEFACT CONSERVATION; VIDEO SHOWS ON RESTORATION PROJECTS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS; AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS.

GUIDED TOURS TO THE BUILDING WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED.

ALL ACTIVITIES WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

IN ADDITION, AN EXHIBITION ON THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY AT CHEK LAP KOK WILL GO ON AT AMO FROM MAY 7 TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE OPENING HOURS FOR THE OPEN DAYS ARE :

MAY 26 (THURSDAY) 9.30 2.30 AM - PM - 12.30 5 PM PM

MAY 27 (FRIDAY) 9.30 2.30 AM - PM - 12.30 5.30 PM PM

MAY 28 (SATURDAY) 9 AM - NOON

THE AMO IS LOCATED AT 136 NATHAN 1 ROAD, KOWLOON. FURTHER

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 721 2326.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS * * * * »

TENDER DATE 3 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER Q418

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 4,900 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 1,500 MN

AVERAGE YIELD ACCEPTED 3.84 PCT

HIGHEST YIELD ACCEPTED 3.85 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 31 PCT

AVERAGE TENDER YIELD 3.87 PCT

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

TENDERS TO BE HELD IN THE WEEK BEGINNING 9 MAY 1994 -

TENDER DATE 10 MAY 94 10 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF BILLS EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER Q419 H464

ISSUE DATE 11 MAY 94 11 MAY 94

MATURITY DATE 10 AUG 94 9 NOV 94

TENOR 91 DAYS 182 DAYS

AMOUNT ON OFFER HKD 1,500+300 MN HKD 800+160 MN

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

* * * ♦ » CUMULATIVE CHANGE {$ MILLION)

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,763 0930 + 615

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,723 1000 + 865

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO 1100 + 935

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 936 1200 + 936

LAF TODAY -976 1500 + 936

1600 + 936

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.4 *+0.0* 3.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EE BILLS EE NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 2.80 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.95 5.62

1 MONTH 3.28 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.60 5.91

3 MONTHS 3.81 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 95.21 6.41

6 MONTHS 4.33 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.51 6.52

12 MONTHS 4.95 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 99.07 6.60

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 19,047 MN

CLOSED 3 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION..................... 1

HK PEOPLE PREFER TO SEE LU PING AND GOVERNOR MEET.......... 3

HK STANDS RESOLUTE AGAINST CORRUPTION...................... 4

BEC’S BOUNDARY REVIEW IS FAIR.............................. 5

FINANCE SCHEME BENEFITS MORE STUDENTS...................... 7

FINANCIAL LIBERALISATION IS NOT WITHOUT RISKS.............. 9

GOVERNOR TOURS WAN CHAI DISTRICT.......................... 10

NEW STAMPS PAY TRIBUTE TO POLICE.......................... 10

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

CLOSURE OF CHEUNG SHA WAN UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE SOUGHT 11

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ... 12

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION » » ♦ » ♦

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER VISITING WAN CHAI DISTRICT THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON:-

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE TO MR LU’S COMMENT YESTERDAY THAT POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE IS NOT RIGHT FOR ACTUALLY MEETING HIM?

GOVERNOR: I DON’T HONESTLY THINK THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WANT TO SEE, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, DIRECTOR LU AND ME ON TELEVISION EXCHANGING VIEWS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE WORLD. ALL I’D LIKE TO SAY IS THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD LIKE US TO MEET AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG INCLUDING QUITE A FEW MEMBERS, I UNDERSTAND, OF THE PWC THINK THAT IF THE ATMOSPHERE ISN’T RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, THE BEST WAY OF IMPROVING THE ATMOSPHERE IS FOR US TO TALK TOGETHER.

QUESTION: BUT, DO YOU AGREE WITH MR LU WHO SAID THAT YOU WERE NOT SO FRIENDLY TO PWC MEMBERS?

GOVERNOR: I AM FRIENDLY TO THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG.

QUESTION: DO YOU THINK AN ACTIVE ROLE TO CONTACT PWC MEMBERS OR TO MEET THEM... ?

GOVERNOR: NO, WE HAVE AGREED, BETWEEN THE PRESENT SOVEREIGN POWER AND THE FUTURE SOVEREIGN POWER, CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS WHICH WE’VE GOT TO SEE WORK. WE’VE GOT THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. WE’VE GOT THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE. WE’VE GOT THE LAND COMMISSION. I. WAS PLEASED WITH THE AGREEMENTS MADE IN THE LAND COMMISSION THE OTHER DAY. I LISTENED TO WHAT DIRECTOR LU HAD TO SAY YESTERDAY ABOUT THE AIRPORT FINANCING AND IF THAT SUGGESTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THAT MATTER SOON, THEN, EVERYBODY WILL THROW THEIR HATS IN THE AIR. YOU KNOW, IT WILL OBVIOUSLY BE NICE IF WE’VE GOT MORE GOOD NEWS BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WILL YOU SEND YOUR BEST REGARD AND WISHES TO MR LU’S SICKNESS AND USING THAT AS A CHANCE TO OPEN A DIALOGUE?

GOVERNOR: I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT HE IS NOT WELL. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT HE GETS BETTER SOON AND IS ABLE TO ENJOY THE FOOD AND THE COMFORTS OF BEING IN HONG KONG WHICH IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN THE WORLD. I AM SORRY IF SOMETHING HE ATE DISAGREED WITH HIM BUT I WISH HIM A VERY FULL RECOVERY.

QUESTION: WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU MET COMMISSIONER OF POLICE THIS MORNING?

GOVERNOR: I QUITE REGULARLY MEET THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

QUESTION: ABOUT HIS EARLY RETIREMENT?

GOVERNOR: THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE COMMISSIONER’S EARLY RETIREMENT.

QUESTION: HAVE YOU CONSIDERED TO EXTEND HIS WORKING PERIOD FOR ONE OR TWO YEARS?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: WHEN WE’VE GOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE ABOUT THE COMMISSIONER AND THE SENIOR OFFICERS IN THE FORCE, WE WILL MAKE IT.

QUESTION: CAN YOU COMMENT ON, IS THERE ANY CONTROVERSY LEFT IN THE JLG DEFENCE LAND AGREEMENT?

GOVERNOR: THERE ARE ONE OR TWO DIFFICULT AND TOUGH ISSUES THAT WE HAVEN’T QUITE MANAGED TO RESOLVE YET. BUT I THINK WITH GOOD WILL ON BOTH SIDES, WITH SINCERITY ON BOTH SIDES, WE’LL BE ABLE TO CLEAR UP THOSE MATTERS PRETTY SWIFTLY. IT DOES SEEM TO ME THAT ACROSS THE BOARD, THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SETTLE SOON. THE DEFENCE LANDS QUESTION IS GOING TO BE ONE WHICH IS GOING TO BE QUITE VIGOROUSLY DEBATED IN HONG KONG. THERE ARE ISSUES WHICH PEOPLE ARE GOING TO REGARD AS CONTROVERSIAL BUT I THINK THAT THE DEAL WHICH I HOPE WE’LL BE ABLE TO COMMEND... I HOPE THAT THE DEAL WE’LL BE ABLE TO COMMEND TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO LEGCO WILL BE RECOGNISED BY EVERYBODY AS BEING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF HONG KONG.

QUESTION: IS THAT IT’LL BE DONE OR AGREED BY TWO SIDES, SIGNING AN AGREEMENT IN PEKING, OR IN WHAT FORM? WILL THERE BE A DIPLOMATIC NOTE OR EXCHANGE?

GOVERNOR: IT WILL BE DONE UNDER THE NORMAL AEGIS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP BUT I THINK WE’D BETTER WAIT UNTIL THERE IS AN AGREEMENT BEFORE CALLING OVER ITS EXACT LEGAL DETAILS. BUT, IT’S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT’S ONE WHICH AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO REDEVELOP SITES IN HONG KONG. WE HAVE TO TAKE A VIEW ON THE BALANCE OF ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE IN WHATEVER OVERALL PACKAGE OF MEASURE IS AGREED BETWEEN THE SIDES BUT I HOPE WE’LL BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THAT SOON.

QUESTION: YESTERDAY, MR LU SAID THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE WILL BE REOPENED VERY SOON. BUT WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BRITISH SIDE AND THE CHINESE SIDE?

GOVERNOR: I AM NOT REALLY SURE BECAUSE 1 THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT THE LATEST PROPOSALS THAT WE PUT FORWARD MET, IN OUR JUDGEMENT, ALL THE REQUIREMENTS WHICH THE CHINESE SIDE HAD PUT FORWARD LAST YEAR. SO, I HOPE THAT WILL ENABLE US TO REACH AN EARLY CONCLUSION BECAUSE, I THINK, PEOPLE ARE A BIT FED UP WITH THE FACT THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD AN AGREEMENT YET. MIND YOU, THEY CAN SEE THE AIRPORT BEING BUILT. THEY CAN SEE 40 PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S DREDGING FLEET HELPING TO PRODUCE WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE WORLD’S GREATEST AIRPORT. BUT, THEY WOULD OBVIOUSLY LIKE TO SEE US MOVING EVEN FASTER. THERE ARE TWO SORTS OF SPEED SEEMS TO ME. THERE IS THE SPECTACULAR SPEED WE’VE MANAGED WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT. AND THERE IS THE EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR SPEED THAT WE MANAGE WITH AN AGREEMENT. WE’D OBVIOUSLY LIKE TO SEE THINGS GOING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, YOU MENTIONED THAT PWC MEMBERS HAVE SAID THAT THEY WANT YOU AND MR LU BOTH TO MEET? HAVE ANY OF THEM EXPRESSED CONCERN TO YOU ABOUT THE FAILURE OF MR LU’S MEETING?

GOVERNOR: NO, BUT I HAVE NOTICED, I ALWAYS BELIEVE WHAT I SEE IN THE NEWSPAPERS. I’VE NOTICED THAT ONE OR TWO, I THINK, AT LEAST TWO OR MAY BE MORE HAVE BEEN QUOTED IN THE PRESS AS SAYING, THEY THINK, THAT WE SHOULD MEET, AND SAYING THAT THEY THINK THAT WILL BE THE BEST WAY OF ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, NOT LEAST ABOUT THE SORT OF LIVELIHOOD ISSUES THAT I’VE BEEN DISCUSSING WITH PEOPLE IN WAN CHAI TODAY. ONE MORE.

/QUESTION: ........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

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QUESTION: THE AMERICAN, MICHAEL FAY, HIS SENTENCE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY TWO STROKES DUE TO AMERICAN’S INTERVENTION. ARE YOU GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP THE HONG KONG BOY THAT’S FACING 12 STROKES?

GOVERNOR: AS I UNDERSTAND IT, HIS FAMILY ARE, AT PRESENT, PURSUING THE QUESTION OF APPEAL THROUGH THE NORMAL LEGAL PROCESSES. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. THOUGH I THINK IN THE EARLIER STAGE, THEY WERE IN TOUCH WITH, UNDERSTANDABLY, WITH THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION IN SINGAPORE BUT I THINK IT’S SENSIBLE FOR US TO ALLOW THE LEGAL PROCESSES TO GO FORWARD. I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT THE FAMILY BEING INVOLVED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED.

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HK PEOPLE PREFER TO SEE LU PING AND GOVERNOR MEET *****

MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD LIKE DIRECTOR LU PING AND THE GOVERNOR TO MEET AND MANY THINK THAT IF THE ATMOSPHERE IS NOT RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, THE BEST WAY OF IMPROVING THE ATMOSPHERE IS FOR THEM TO TALK TOGETHER.

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID THIS WHEN HE RESPONDED TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE MEDIA AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ON REPORTS ABOUT THE RE-OPENING OF THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE, MR PATTEN SAID: "I LISTENED TO WHAT DIRECTOR LU HAD TO SAY YESTERDAY ABOUT THE AIRPORT FINANCING AND IF THAT SUGGESTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THAT MATTER SOON, THEN EVERYBODY WILL THROW THEIR HATS IN THE AIR.

"IT WILL OBVIOUSLY BE NICE IF WE’VE GOT MORE GOOD NEWS BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

"I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT THE LATEST PROPOSALS THAT WE PUT FORWARD MET, IN OUR JUDGMENT, ALL THE REQUIREMENTS WHICH THE CHINESE SIDE HAD PUT FORWARD LAST YEAR.

"SO, I HOPE THAT WILL ENABLE US TO REACH AN EARLY CONCLUSION BECAUSE, I THINK, PEOPLE ARE A BIT FED UP WITH THE FACT THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD AN AGREEMENT YET."

IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT REPORTS THAT DIRECTOR LU PING HAD BEEN FEELING UNWELL, MR PATTEN SAID: "I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT HE IS NOT WELL.

"I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT HE GETS BETTER SOON AND IS ABLE TO ENJOY THE FOOD AND THE COMFORTS OF BEING IN HONG KONG WHICH IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN THE WORLD."

HE WISHED DIRECTOR LU PING A VERY FULL RECOVERY.

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HK STANDS RESOLUTE AGAINST CORRUPTION

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HONG KONG INTENDS TO DEFEND ITS REPUTATION, TO STAND FIRM FOR GOOD BUSINESS ETHICS AND TO STAND RESOLUTE AGAINST CORRUPTION

THE MESSAGE WAS HIGHLIGHTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AT THE FIRST CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG DEVOTED SOLELY TO BUSINESS ETHICS.

MR PATTEN SAID HONG KONG WAS A GOOD PLACE TO DO BUSINESS IN, CRUCIALLY BECAUSE IT IS BY AND LARGE CORRUPTION-FREE, WITH A SOLID RULE OF LAW BACKED UP BY CLEAN, HONEST GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, TODAY HONG KONG IS THREATENED AGAIN BY A RISING TIDE OF CORRUPTION.

"THE ALARM BELLS, TINKLING FOR SOME TIME HAVE STARTED TO RING LOUD AND CLEAR IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS," HE SAID.

PRIVATE SECTOR ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION ROSE BY 54 PER CENT BETWEEN 1992 AND 1993; THERE WAS A 26 PER CENT RISE IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST.

"WE HAVE TO WAKE UP TO THE THREAT A RESURGENCE OF CORRUPTION WOULD POSE TO THE LONG-TERM PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG," MR PATTEN SAID.

THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (ICAC) HAS THE CENTRAL ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING BUSINESS DEVELOP THE HIGHEST CODES OF ETHICAL PRACTICE, HE SAID.

MR PATTEN REPEATED THAT "THERE NEVER HAS BEEN - NOR WILL THERE BE - ANY POLITICISATION OF THE ICAC’S WORK.

"IT HAS ONE JOB, AND ONE JOB ALONE - AND THAT IS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, STRICTLY WITHIN THE LAW," HE SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING ALARM AT CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, MR PATTEN SAID A $12 MILLION INCREASE IN FUNDS FOR THE ICAC WAS ANNOUNCED LAST OCTOBER.

ALSO ANNOUNCED WAS A MAJOR NEW CAMPAIGN BY THE ICAC TO PROMOTE CODES OF CONDUCT TO MINIMISE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MALPRACTICE AMONG THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

THE ICAC INTENDS TO CONTACT ALL 480 LISTED COMPANIES BY THE END OF OCTOBER TO PERSUADE THEM TO ADOPT A CODE OF CONDUCT. SO FAR AMONG THE 182 CONTACTED, ONLY 20 HAVE DRAWN UP A CODE.

MR PATTEN URGED THOSE WHO HADN’T TO ACT QUICKLY TO SET UP CODE OF CONDUCT.

HE ADDED THAT A SELF-CONFIDENT LEGISLATURE AND A FREE PRESS THAT ARE FEARLESS AND INDEPENDENT WERE POWERFUL GUARDIANS OF INTEGRITY IN PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL LIFE.

"ONE OF THE BEST TESTS OF THE PROPRIETY OF BUSINESS BEHAVIOUR IS, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHETHER IT WOULD WITHSTAND DETAILED PUBLIC SCRUTINY," HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

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BEC’S BOUNDARY REVIEW IS FAIR * ♦ ♦ * *

THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION HAS STRUCK A EAIR BALANCE BETWEEN THE POPULATION CRITERION AND THE CONSIDERATIONS OE COMMUNITY IDENTITIES AND PRESERVATION OE LOCAL TIES IN ITS REVIEW OF CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES FOR THE MUN I (’I PAL COUNCIL (MCI ELECTIONS IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSION’S CHAIRMAN, MR JUSTICE WOO KWOK-HING, WHEN OUTLINING ITS LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE DELINEATION OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES FOR THE ELECTIONS.

THE THREE-VOLUME REPORT CONTAINING THE RECOMMENDATIONS WAS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR LAST THURSDAY AND TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), FOLLOWING A MONTH-LONG CONSULTATION EXERCISE ON THE PROVISIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED IN MARCH.

THE NUMBER OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES OF THE URBAN COUNCIL (UC) IS 32 AND THAT FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL (RC) IS 27.

MR JUSTICE WOO SAID THERE WERE ALTOGETHER THREE RECOMMENDED MUNICIPAL CONSTITUENCIES, EACH OF WHICH HAD A POPULATION BEYOND THE 25 PER CENT RANGE OF THE POPULATION QUOTA.

THEY ARE:

* "CENTRAL” IN UC AREA WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF 133,527, BEING 33.66 PER CENT OVER THE UC POPULATION QUOTA;

* "MONG KOK" IN UC AREA WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF 136,035, BEING 36.17 PER CENT ABOVE THE QUOTA;

* "ISLANDS" IN RC AREA WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF 63,378, BEING 38.80 PER CENT BELOW THE RC POPULATION QUOTA.

THE CHAIRMAN SAID THE POPULATION DEVIATION, MAINLY AFFECTING THE YAU TSIM MONG, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, AND ISLANDS DISTRICTS, WAS TOLERABLE AND DESIRABLE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

"THE COMMISSION IS OF THE VIEW THAT IT IS DESIRABLE TO GO BEYOND THE RANGE IN THESE CASES FOR PAYING DUE REGARD TO THE CONSIDERATIONS OF COMMUNITY IDENTITIES AND PRESERVATION OF LOCAL TIES BY KEEPING MC CONSTITUENCIES WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL DISTRICT," HE SAID.

THE POPULATION QUOTA FOR AN UC CONSTITUENCY AREA IS 99,899 AND THAT FOR AN RC CONSTITUENCY AREA IS 103,564.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED GRATITUDE TO THE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS THAT HAD GIVEN VIEWS TO HELP THE COMMISSION’S DELIBERATIONS.

DURING THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION BETWEEN MARCH 4 AND APRIL 2, THE COMMISSION RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 57 WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS AND HELD NINE MEETINGS WITH INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS TO RECEIVE THEIR REPRESENTATIONS. OF ALL THE WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS, 33 WERE ON TSUEN WAN.

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”A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF THE REPRESENTATIONS EXPRESSED ACCEPTANCE OR APPROVAL OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH ENABLED THE COMMISSION TO HAVE AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE SUBJECT MATTERS TO ARRIVE AT A BALANCED DECISION,” MR JUSTICE WOO SAID.

APART FROM SOME GENERAL COMMENTS ON THE APPROPRIATENESS OR OTHERWISE OF NOT HAVING MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CONSTITUENCIES DEMARCATED ACROSS DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, SPECIFIC PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUENCIES PROVISIONALLY DEMARCATED WERE MADE IN SEVEN DISTRICTS - YAU TSIM MONG, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, KWAI TSING, TSUEN WAN, WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON CITY, AND TUEN MUN.

THERE WERE TWO MAIN OPPOSING ARGUMENTS PRESENTED:

* EMPHASIS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE POPULATION CRITERION, AND IT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY OR EVEN RELEVANT TO RESPECT DISTRICT BOUNDARIES IN THE DEMARCATION OF MC CONSTITUENCIES.

t DISTRICTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN INTACT TO PRESERVE DISTRICT INTEGRITY AND COMMUNITY IDENTITIES IN THE DEMARCATION OF MC CONSTITUENCIES.

"WHAT THE COMMISSION HAS DONE IS TO STRIKE A FAIR BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO CONFLICTING CRITERIA OF ADHERING CLOSELY TO THE POPULATION QUOTA TO ACHIEVE SUBSTANTIAL EQUAL SUFFRAGE AND OF RESPECTING COMMUNITY IDENTITIES AND LOCAL TIES,” MR JUSTICE WOO SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN SAID HAVING CONSIDERED ALL THE REPRESENTATIONS VERY CAREFULLY, THE COMMISSION FELT THAT ITS PRELIMINARY DECISION NOT TO STRADDLE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES SHOULD BE CONFIRMED.

”THE COMMISSION DOES NOT ACCEPT THE REPRESENTATIONS THAT COMMUNITY IDENTITIES AND PRESERVATION OF LOCAL TIES SHOULD PLAY NO PART IN THE DEMARCATION OF MC CONSTITUENCIES,” HE SAID.

HE SAID THE COMMISSION MAINTAINED ITS VIEW THAT COMMUNITY SENSITIVITY ON THIS LARGER REGIONAL SCALE SHOULD GENERALLY BE BASED ON DISTRICTS.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE COMMISSION’S MEMBERS, PROFESSOR LEUNG CHI-KEUNG AND MR NORMAN LEUNG NAI-PANG.

COPIES OF THE REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, DISTRICT OFFICES AND THEIR SUB-OFFICES AND PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES.

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FINANCE SCHEME BENEFITS MORE STUDENTS *****

THE LOCAL STUDENT FINANCE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED TO STUDENTS STUDYING FULL-TIME, PRE-SERVICE, TWO OR THREE-YEAR COURSES IN THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, FROM THE 1994/95 ACADEMIC YEAR.

AT PRESENT, THE MEANS-TESTED SCHEME PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF A COMBINATION OF GRANTS AND LOANS TO NEEDY STUDENTS ATTENDING FULL-TIME COURSES AT 10 INSTITUTIONS.

THEY ARE THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE LINGNAN COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (CHAI WAN), THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (TSING YI) AND THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL (FOR STUDENTS STUDYING THE COURSE LEADING TO DIPLOMA IN DENTAL TECHNOLOGY ONLY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY SAID APPLICANTS MUST EITHER HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG OR HAVE RESIDED, OR HAVE HAD THEIR HOME IN HONG KONG CONTINUOUSLY FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE COURSES BEGIN.

CURRENT STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE 1NST1TUT1ONS.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WHO SATISFY THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF, AND HAVE APPLIED FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG MAY OBTAIN FORMS FROM THE INSTITUTION ON PRODUCTION OF THE RESULT SLIPS OF THEIR ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION.

THEY SHOULD, HOWEVER, SUBMIT THEIR \PPLI CAT IONS ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERED ADMISSION.

NEW STUDENTS ADMITTED BY THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, THE HONG KONG POLYTE< UN I (’, LINGNAN COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (CHAI WAN) AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (TSING YI), THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL AND THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION MA^ OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.

STUDENTS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE AGENCY VTA THEIR RESPECTIVE INSTITUTIONS EXCEPT FOR THOSE CURRENT STUDENTS WHOSE SIBLINGS ARE ALSO CURRENT STUDENTS AND WHO ARE APPLYING UNDER THE SCHEME.

FOR THIS CATEGORY OF CURRENT STUDENTS, THEIR APPLICATIONS, TOGETHER WITH THOSE OF THEIR SIBLINGS. SHOULD BE FORWARDED EITHER BY MAIL- OR IN PERSON DIRECT TO THE AGENCY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR STUDENT TRAVEL SUBSIDY SHOULD DO SO BY COMPLETING THE APPROPRIATE SECTION IN THE SAME APPLICATION FORM.

/COMPLETED APPLICATIONS .......

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COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT’S INSTITUTION BEFORE THE DEADLINE AS SET OUT BELOW:

CURRENT STUDENTS

MAY 9

(EXCEPT FOR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION STUDENTS; THE DEADLINES FOR FORM SUBMISSION WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THEIR INSTITUTIONS IN DUE

COURSE)

NEW STUDENTS

HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG

HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE/ HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC/ LINGNAN COLLEGE

PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL

CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

SEPTEMBER 17

OCTOBER 3

OCTOBER 7

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (CHAI WAN)/

HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (TSING YT )

GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION/ NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION/ SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF

EDUCATION/

HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE

OCTOBER 18

THE SECOND FRIDAY AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST SCHOOL TERM (1994/95)

21 DAYS FROM DATE OF OFFER OF ADMISSION

2 WEEKS AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST SCHOOL TERM (1994/95)

DEADLINE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE VIA THE RESPECTIVE INSTITUTION

’’FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR APPLICANTS IS ASSESSED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR FAMILY INCOME LESS PERMITTED DEDUCTIONS TO ARRIVE AT THEIR ANNUAL DISPOSABLE INCOME WHICH WILL DETERMINE .THEIR GRANT/LOAN ENTITLEMENTS.

"APPLICANTS WHO POSSESS FAMILY ASSETS IN EXCESS OF' A SET LIMIT WILL HAVE THEIR ASSISTANCE REDUCED,” HE SAID.

THE APPLICANT AND AN ADULT MEMBER OF HIS HOUSEHOLD WHO IS FULLY AWARE OF THE FAMILY’S CIRCUMSTANCES MAY BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AT THE AGENCY TO CLARIFY INFORMATION REPORTED IN THE APPLICATION.

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THE SPOKESMAN SOUNDED A SPECIAL NOTE OF WARNING THAT INACCURATE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN APPLICATIONS NOT ONLY WOULD LEAD TO REJECTION OF THE APPLICATIONS BUT MIGHT ALSO GIVE RISE TO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE APPLICANTS.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE AGENCY ON NINTH FLOOR, NATIONAL MUTUAL CENTRE, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG (TEL 802 1666) .

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FINANCIAL LIBERALISATION IS NOT WITHOUT RISKS *****

NOTING THE IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL LIBERALISATION TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY, MR JOSEPH YAM, SOUNDED HOWEVER A NOTE OF CAUTION CONCERNING THE DOWNSIDE RISKS OF FINANCIAL LIBERALISATION.

SPEAKING AT THE 27TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB) IN NICE, MR YAM SAID: ’’THE DOWNSIDE RISKS TO MONETARY AND FINANCIAL STABILITY ARE THERE, PARTICULARLY WHEN NOWADAYS THERE ARE HUGE FLOWS OF FUNDS INTO AND WITHIN THE REGION, AND THESE RISKS SHOULD BE PROPERLY MANAGED.”

IN ORDER TO AVOID SUCH RISKS, HE SAID THAT A ROBUST MONETARY SYSTEM, AN EFFECTIVE MONETARY MANAGEMENT MECHANISM, AN ADEQUATE PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISORY SYSTEM, AND PROPER SEQUENCING IN FINANCIAL LIBERALISATION WERE ALL ESSENTIAL.

MR YAM NOTED THAT THE BANK SHOULD ENHANCE ITS ADVISORY ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FINANCIAL SYSTEMS BY INCREASING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND FUNDS.

”1 WOULD ALSO URGE THE BANK TO INCREASE ITS EFFORTS IN ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT AND DEEPENING OF THE DEBT MARKET IN THE REGION,” MR YAM ADDED. CITING THAT THE ISSUE OF DRAGON BONDS BY THE BANK WAS A GOOD START, HE URGED THE BANK TO INTENSIFY ITS EFFORTS IN THIS AREA.

MR YAM CONGRATULATED THE BANK FOR ITS EFFORTS IN BRINGING TO A CLOSE THE NEGOTIATIONS OF THE FOURTH GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE.

ON THE BANK’S LENDING PROGRAMME, WHILE NOTING THAT PROPER EMPHASIS NEEDS TO BE PLACED ON THE. SO-CALLED CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES, SUCH AS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT, MR YAM EMPHASISED THAT "IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE BANK SHOULD MAINTAIN AN APPROPRIATE POLICY DIALOGUE WITH EACH OF THE BORROWING COUNTRIES THEMSELVES. IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE THEIR PRIORITIES AND CONSTRAINTS, AND WORK OUT WITH THEM REALISTIC AND EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.”

MR YAM IS CURRENTLY LEADING A HONG KONG DELEGATION TO ATTEND THE 27TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ADB IN NICE. OTHER HONG KONG DELEGATES ARE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (EXTERNAL) OF HKMA, MR JAMES H LAU JR AND HEAD, EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIVISION OF THE HKMA, MR EDDIE YUE.

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GOVERNOR TOURS WAN CHAI DISTRICT

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, TOURED WAN CHAI DISTRICT IN A DOWNPOUR THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR PATTEN STARTED OFF HIS VISIT BY UNVEILING A PLAQUE FOR THE WAN CHAI GREEN TRAIL - THE FIRST URBAN NATURE TRAIL IN THE TERRITORY.

WHILE HIKING UP THE 1.5-KILOMETRE TRAIL WHICH RUNS ALONG WAN CHAI GAP ROAD, THE GOVERNOR WAS INTRODUCED TO THE NATURAL FEATURES IN THE NEARBY AREA.

HIS NEXT STOP WAS A CALL AT THE BAPTIST 01 KWAN SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE WHERE HE WATCHED CHILDREN AT PLAY.

THE GOVERNOR THEN EXPERIENCED THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF RESIDENTS WHEN HE STROLLED ALONG THE BOWRINGTON ROAD MARKET BEFORE ARRIVING AT TIMES SQUARE.

FROM THE 44TH FLOOR OF THE TALLEST BUILDING IN CAUSEWAY BAY, THE GOVERNOR HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE WATERFRONT RECLAMATION.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS VISIT, THE GOVERNOR ATTENDED A TEA RECEPTION HOSTED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

MR PATTEN WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MISS CHRISTINE CHOW, WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN.

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NEW STAMPS PAY TRIBUTE TO POLICE

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THE POST OFFICE HAS ISSUED A SET OF SIX SPECIAL STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE WHICH WAS FOUNDED ON MAY 1, 1844.

AT A CEREMONY AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING TO LAUNCH THE STAMPS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL MR MIKE PAGLIARI PRESENTED THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR LI KWAN-HA, WITH A FRAMED OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVER BEARING THE SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS AND THE FIRST DAY CANCELLATION.

THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE POST OFFICE AND THE POLICE. J'5 . '

MR PAGLIARI PRAISED THE FORCE FOR ITS LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY.

HE DESCRIBED THE ISSUE OF THE STAMPS AS A TRIBUTE TO THE POLICE FOR ITS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE COMMUNITY OVER THE PAST ONE AND A HALF CENTURIES.

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THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME THE POST OFFICE ISSUED A SET OF STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

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IN 1991 A SET OF STAMPS WAS RELEASED TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POST OFFICE ITSELF.

THE POLICE STAMPS SHOW POLICE OFFICERS IN PAST AND PRESENT UNIFORMS AGAINST OLD AND MODERN POLICE BUILDINGS.

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TWO LOTS TO LET BY TENDER *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF TWO LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN KOWLOON.

BOTH LOTS ARE LOCATED ON A RECLAMATION AREA IN LAI CHI KOK, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 1.14 AND 1.33 HECTARES RESPECTIVELY FOR STORAGE OF CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCIES ARE FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON MAY 20.

FORMS OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KWAI TSING; 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 THE OFFICES.

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CLOSURE OF CHEUNG SHA WAN UNAUTHORISED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO STRUCTURE IN CHEUNG SHA WAN SO THAT IT CAN CAUSING DANGER TO OCCUPANTS AND THE PUBLIC.

STRUCTURE SOUGHT

CLOSE AN UNAUTHORISED

BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT

THE SINGLE-STOREY RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE IS LOCATED ON THE ROOFTOP OF A BUILDING AT 11-13A CHEUNG WAH STREET.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION APPLYING FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON AUGUST 3 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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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

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$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,723 0930 + 813

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,396 1000 + 813

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 +973

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 973 1200 + 973

LAF TODAY -300 1500 + 973

1600 + 973

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.2 *-0.2* 4.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 2.88 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.72 5.79

1 MONTH 3.48 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.40 6.04

3 MONTHS 3.98 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.92 6.55

6 MONTHS 4.45 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.22 6.64

12 MONTHS 5.07 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 98.75 6.73

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 32,615 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUPPLEMENT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

ACHIEVEMENTS MADE AFTER THE JOINT DECLARATION........... 1

PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT VITAL TO URBAN RENEWAL PROGRESS...............................................  2

LAW TO BETTER PROTECT INJURED EMPLOYEES................. 3

RTT.T. SETTING OUT STANDARD SCALE FOR FINES INTRODUCED. 5

TRAFFIC AT AIRPORT BEING CLOSELY MONITORED.............. 6

GOVT’S POLICY IS TO PROMOTE OFF-ROAD DRIVING TRAINING.. 7

PROBLEMS IN COMPULSORY EDUCATION ADDRESSED.............. 8

NO TAIWANESE REFUSED ENTRY VISAS........................ 9

HELP TO CHINESE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN SCHOOL............ 9

USE OF PAVING BLOCKS WILL NOT LEAD TO RAT PROBLEM...... 10

CROSS BORDER BUS AND COACH SERVICES.................... 11

CLINICS TREAT 4.6M PATIENTS............................ 11

‘NO CONVICTION’ CONDITION TO DISAPPEAR FROM JOB AD..... 12

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PROPOSALS ON CHILDREN GIVING EVIDENCE BEING FORMULATED.. 13

REGULATIONS ON TAXATION AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES SUFFICIENT 14

PERSONS DETAINED UNDER IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE............... 15

SAFETY OF HOLIDAY BUNGALOWS REGULATED BY LAW............... 16

STRANDED SEAMEN WILL GET QUICK HELP........................ 17

INFILL SITES IDENTIFIED TO INCREASE PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION 17

INVESTIGATION INTO SHORTAGE OF UNLEADED PETROL CONDUCTED . 18

AVERAGE DAILY STOCK MARKET TURNOVER FIGURES................ 19

GOVT TO COMPILE ACCRUAL-BASED ACCOUNTS..................... 19

257 DETENTION ORDERS ISSUED FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MOTHERS 20

MOTION ON JOINT DECLARATION PASSED......................... 21

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1994

ACHIEVEMENTS MADE AFTER THE JOINT DECLARATION

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THROUGH SUSTAINED EFFORTS AND CO-OPERATION BY BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES, MUCH HAD BEEN DONE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION SINCE 1984, THE SECRETARY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, MR NICHOLAS NG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"AT THIS TIME WHEN IT IS FASHIONABLE TO MOAN ABOUT OUR DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE FUTURE SOVEREIGN POWER, IT IS SOMETIMES EASY TO FORGET WHERE WE HAVE MANAGED TO WORK THINGS OUT SENSIBLY AND SUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST," MR NG SAID DURING A MOTION DEBATE ON THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE ACHIEVEMENTS MR NG QUOTED ARE:

* HONG KONG HAS BECOME A FULL-FLEDGED MEMBER OF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT OF TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND HOPEFULLY A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION;

* THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT INTO EFFECT TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR VIRTUALLY ALL EXISTING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS USED BY HONG KONG PEOPLE;

* HONG KONG HAS ITS OWN SHIPPING REGISTER; AND

* THE LAND COMMISSION HAS RECORDED AGREEMENT EVERY YEAR ON A LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME WHICH EXCEEDED THE 50-HECTARE LIMIT.

"I HOPE THAT THE SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION CAN BE SUSTAINED IN FUTURE YEARS, DESPITE OUR DISAGREEMENT OVER CERTAIN ISSUES," MR NG SAID.

MR NG SAID HE WAS NOT UNAWARE OF THE CRITICISMS THAT HAD BEEN LEVELLED AGAINST BOTH THE CHINESE AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS IN THIS GREAT ENDEAVOUR TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION.

IN RESPONSE TO CRITICISMS ABOUT THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS AN ELECTED LEGISLATURE, MR NG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD STRUCK A BALANCE IN SATISFYING THE DESIRES OF THE COMMUNITY WHILE SETTING UP A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT WAS CAPABLE OF TRANSCENDING 1997.

ON THE COURT OE' FINAL APPEAL, MR NG SAID IT WAS MOST IMPORTANT TO HAVE A SYSTEM SET UP AND RUNNING BY JULY I, 1997.

MR NG SAID THE ADMINISTRATION REJECTED AS "PLAINLY UNTRUE" THE IMPLICATION THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD FAILED TO ABIDE BY THE JOINT DECLARATION, OR FAILED TO PURSUE THE LAUDABLE OBJECTIVES OF FULFILLING "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" AND "HONG KONG PEOPLE RULING HONG KONG WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY".

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PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT VITAL TO URBAN RENEWAL PROGRESS *****

GIVEN THE CONTINUING NEED FOR URBAN IMPROVEMENT ON SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUNDS AND THE LIMITED CAPACITY OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (LDC), MAINTAINING THE VIABILITY OF REDEVELOPMENT SCHEMES AND PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IS VITAL TO PROGRESS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, DURING A MOTION DEBATE ON URBAN RENEWAL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

HOWEVER, MR EASON STRESSED THAT A BALANCE HAD TO BE FOUND BETWEEN FACILITATING REDEVELOPMENT AND MINIMISING DISLOCATION OF AFFECTED RESIDENTS.

"URBAN RENEWAL, ALTHOUGH CARRIED OUT FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT, SHOULD NOT PENALISE THOSE AFFECT," HE SAID.

MR EASON SAID REMARKS OF MEMBERS IN THE RECENT BUDGET DEBATE AND ELSEWHERE HAD INDICATED SUPPORT IN PRINCIPLE FOR THE USE OF RESUMPTION POWER TO ASSIST WORTHY REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

"THIS REQUIRES GREAT CARE AND CLEAR RULES TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF OWNERS AND RESIDENTS AND GUIDE CONSIDERATION OF ANY SUCH PROPOSALS."

MR EASON SAID THE GUIDELINES WOULD PROBABLY INCLUDE:

* A MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY A DEVELOPER WOULD HAVE TO ACQUIRE FIRST - FOR EXAMPLE, 85 PER CENT OR MORE OF THE INTEREST INVOLVED;

* COMPENSATION TO OWNERS NOT LESS THAN ALREADY OFFERED IN NEGOTIATION OR WHAT THE LDC OR GOVERNMENT WOULD PAY UPON RESUMPTION; AND

* A RELOCATION PACKAGE FOR TENANTS, AT THE DEVELOPERS’ COST, USING THE SAME ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND TO THE SAME STANDARDS AS THE LDC OR GOVERNMENT.

MR EASON SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S THINKING WAS THAT ANY PROJECT FOR WHICH RESUMPTION WAS REQUESTED WOULD HAVE TO ACHIEVE CLEAR PLANNING GAINS AND DEMONSTRABLE COMMUNITY BENEFIT, INCLUDING HOUSING PRODUCTION.

"I MUST REFUTE VERY FIRMLY THE SUGGESTION THAT THERE IS COLLUSION BETWEEN DEVELOPERS AND GOVERNMENT. THE AIM IS TO DRAW UPON AVAILABLE RESOURCES USING THE DEVELOPERS RATHER THAN THE TAXPAYERS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE."

HE SAID THIS TYPE OF RESUMPTION WOULD CONTINUE TO REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AS NOW.

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MR EASON STRESSED THAT THESE WERE ONLY SOME OF THE ISSUES IDENTIFIED IN THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL REVIEW OF URBAN RENEWAL AND REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS, AND SOME OF THE THINKING TOWARDS THEIR RESOLUTION.

"THE OVERALL REVIEW COVERS THE ROLE OF ALL THE VARIOUS IMPLEMENTATION AGENTS INVOLVED, INCLUDING PRIVATE DEVELOPERS.

"IT IS A HIGHLY COMPLEX SUBJECT WITH MAJOR IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT, LAND, PLANNING AND HOUSING POLICIES AND RESOURCES.”

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DO ITS BEST TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS ON THE REVIEW WITHIN THREE MONTHS, THAT IS, BY EARLY AUGUST.

MR EASON SAID STAFF OF THE ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING HIMSELF, WERE NO LESS SENSITIVE THAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS TO THE DIFFICULTIES THAT PEOPLE AFFECTED BY URBAN RENEWAL AND URBAN REDEVELOPMENT MIGHT EXPERIENCE.

"THE FACT THAT WE CAN SEE THE SENSITIVITIES AND THE PROBLEMS DOES NOT MAKE THE PRODUCTION OF THE SOLUTION ANY EASIER, IN FACT, OF COURSE, IT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT," HE SAID.

AS REGARDS REVENUE THAT WERE PRODUCED, MR EASON SAID THEY WERE THE COMMUNITY’S REVENUE AND THEY WERE AVAILABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY’S PROGRAMME.

"THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S REVENUES AND THE COMMUNITY’S FUND," HE SAID.

MR EASON SAID THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS A GOVERNMENT HIGH LAND PRICES POLICY BECAUSE PRICES WERE SET BY THE MARKET.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE THE ENTITLEMENT OF COMPENSATION OF INJURED EMPLOYEES.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR W K LAM, SAID ONE OF THE PROPOSALS WAS TO ENLARGE THE SCOPE OF PROTECTION OF AN EMPLOYEE WHO SUSTAINED INJURY WHILE TRAVELLING TO OR FROM HIS PLACE OF WORK.

UNDER THE PROPOSED BILL, COMPENSATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO SUFFERS INJURY BY ACCIDENTS WHILE:

* TRAVELLING BETWEEN HIS HOME AND WORK PLACE WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NO. 8 OR ABOVE, OR A RED OR BLACK RAINSTORM WARNING SIGNAL, IS ISSUED;

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* DRIVING OR OPERATING ANY MEANS OF TRANSPORT PROVIDED BY HIS EMPLOYER BETWEEN HIS HOME AND WORKPLACE TO ATTEND TO OR AFTER ATTENDING TO HIS DUTIES; AND

* TRAVELLING BETWEEN HONG KONG AND HIS WORKPLACE ABROAD BY ANY MEANS OF TRANSPORT AGREED BY HIS EMPLOYER.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF "MEDICAL EXPENSES" SO THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MAY PROCESS A CLAIM FROM AN EMPLOYEE INJURED AT WORK OUTSIDE HONG KONG FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES INCURRED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

ANOTHER PROPOSAL IS TO ENHANCE THE INTEREST OF AN INJURED EMPLOYEE WHO HAS BEEN ON PROLONG SICK LEAVE BY CATERING FOR WAGE INCREASE IN COMPUTING THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION.

"WE PROPOSE THAT FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING THE COMPENSATION PAYABLE TO AN EMPLOYEE AT THE END OF A 12-MONTH OR 24-MONTH PERIOD FOLLOWING HIS ACCIDENT, HIS EARNING SHOULD BE SUITABLY ADJUSTED WITH REFERENCE TO THE AVERAGE RATE OF WAGE INCREASE OF OTHER PERSONS EMPLOYED BY HIS EMPLOYER IN SIMILAR EMPLOYMENT, OR WHERE NO OTHER PERSONS ARE EMPLOYED BY HIS EMPLOYER IN SIMILAR EMPLOYMENT, TO THE RATE OF INFLATION, FOR THE PRECEDING 12 OR 24 MONTHS AS APPROPRIATE," MR LAM SAID.

"WE ALSO PROPOSE THAT THE COURT BE PROVIDED WITH A DISCRETIONARY POWER TO EXTEND THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS OF TEMPORARY INCAPACITY BY UP TO 12 MONTHS IN DESERVING CASES.

"THIS EXTENSION ALLOWS MORE TIME FOR THE CONDITION OF THE INJURED EMPLOYEE TO STABILISE AND TO BE READY FOR ASSESSMENT OF PERMANENT INCAPACITY," HE ADDED.

THE COURT WILL ALSO BE ALLOWED TO AWARD COMPENSATION TO MEET THE COST OF ATTENDING TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO SUFFERS SERIOUS PERMANENT INCAPACITY AND TO REMOVE REQUIREMENT FOR SUCH ATTENTION TO BE "CONSTANT".

IN ADDITION, IT IS PROPOSED TO SET UP A MECHANISM FOR THE PROSTHESIS AND SURGICAL APPLIANCE BOARD TO DETERMINE THE NECESSITY AND THE COST OF AN APPLIANCE SUPPLIED AND FITTED TO AN EMPLOYEE OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL SETTING OUT STANDARD SCALE FOR FINES INTRODUCED

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A BILL SETTING OUT A STANDARD SCALE FOR FINES NOT EXCEEDING $100,000 WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID THE PROPOSED STANDARD SCALE WOULD ENABLE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FINES TO BE INCREASED FROM TIME TO TIME BY A SINGLE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN ORDER TO REFLECT THE EFFECT OF INFLATION.

HE SAID AT PRESENT, THE PROCESS OF INCREASING THE FINES IN LEGISLATION WAS COMPLICATED, TIME-CONSUMING AND WASTEFUL OF RESOURCES, SINCE THE INCREASES WERE DONE ON A FINE BY FINE BASIS.

HE SAID: "EACH PROVISION THAT NEEDS TO BE REVISED HAS TO IDENTIFIED; THE DATE OF THE LAST ADJUSTMENT TO THE FINE HAS TO BE ASCERTAINED; THE EXTENT OF INFLATION SINCE THAT DATE HAS TO BE DETERMINED; AND AN APPROPRIATE INCREASE IN THE FINE DECIDED UPON.

"A LEGISLATIVE INSTRUMENT SPECIFYING THE AMENDMENT TO THAT PARTICULAR FINE THEN HAS TO BE PREPARED AND FORMALLY APPROVED," HE ADDED.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE PROPOSED STANDARD SCALE, WHICH COMPRISED SIX LEVELS AND RANGED FROM $2,000 AT LEVEL 1 TO $100,000 AT LEVEL 6, WOULD GREATLY SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS.

HE SAID: "ALL FINES NOT EXCEEDING $100,000 WILL BE CONVERTED INTO THE APPROPRIATE LEVELS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AND THE VALUES OF THE LEVELS WILL BECOME THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF THESE FINES.

"THESE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS CAN BE INCREASED FROM TIME TO TIME TO REFLECT THE EFFECT OF INFLATION SIMPLY BY AN ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL," HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS ALSO STRESSED THAT ADJUSTMENT BY THIS METHOD WAS ONLY POSSIBLE TO CATER FOR INFLATION.

OTHER ADJUSTMENTS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE DONE BY MEANS OF SPECIFIC AMENDING LEGISLATION AND WOULD HAVE TO BE JUSTIFIED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS, HE SAID.

HE ALSO ADDED THAT FINES EXCEEDING $100,000, WHICH WERE COMPARATIVELY RARE, WOULD NOT BE COVERED BY THE STANDARD SCALE, BUT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE REVIEWED INDIVIDUALLY.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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TRAFFIC AT AIRPORT BEING CLOSELY MONITORED

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THE QUEUING TIME OF ARRIVING PASSENGERS USING AIRPORT BUS AND TAXI SERVICES IS MONITORED AND REVIEWED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EVERY SIX MONTHS TO SEE IF SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE.

SPOT CHECKS ARE ALSO HELD IN BETWEEN, FOR EXAMPLE, DURING BUSY HOLIDAYS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR HAIDER BARMA, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HOWARD YOUNG.

ON AIRPORT BUS SERVICES, THERE ARE CURRENTLY FOUR BUS ROUTES OPERATED BY KOWLOON MOTOR BUS WHICH RUN AT FREQUENCIES BETWEEN 12 TO 15 MINUTES.

ON AVERAGE, ABOUT 5,000 PASSENGERS BOARD THESE BUSES AT THE AIRPORT EACH DAY.

MR BARMA SAID: "THIS MEETS EXISTING PASSENGER DEMAND AND THERE IS NO PROBLEM OF QUEUING."

HE SAID THREE NEW ROUTES WERE BEING PLANNED FOR INTRODUCTION LATER THIS YEAR WHICH WOULD PROVIDE BETTER NETWORK OF BUS SERVICES TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT.

AS REGARDS THE TAXI SERVICES, MR BARMA SAID, THE TWO AIRPORT TAXI STANDS WERE EXTENDED IN OCTOBER 1992 AND, AS A RESULT, THE AVERAGE HOURLY TAXI THROUGHPUT HAD BEEN INCREASED TO 467.

THE AVERAGE PASSENGER WAITING TIME DURING PEAK HOURS IS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES.

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL DIRECTLY CONTACT TAXI ASSOCIATIONS AND TAXI RADIO SERVICE CENTRES TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL TAXIS SHOULD QUEUES BUILD UP.

MR BARMA ADDED THAT HOTELS AND TRAVEL AGENCIES ALSO ARRANGED FOR COACHES, MINIBUSES AND LIMOUSINES TO PICK UP TOURISTS AND OTHER PASSENGERS ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT.

HE SAID: "ALTHOUGH THAT SECTION OF THE ROAD IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE THE ARRIVALS HALL IS A RESTRICTED ZONE, WHICH ONLY ALLOWS VEHICLES ISSUED WITH PERMITS TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS, MANY COACH OPERATORS HAVE TENDED TO CONGREGATE THERE TO AWAIT ARRIVING TOUR GROUPS CAUSING BOTH CONFUSION AND CONGESTION.

"IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY COUNCIL HAS TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO IMPLEMENT A SPECIAL SCHEME USING RADIO TELEPHONES TO CALL COACH OPERATORS TO COME AND PICK UP WAITING PASSENGERS WHO HAVE JUST ARRIVED.

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’’THIS HAS SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED TRAFFIC THROUGHPUT AND TRAFFIC FLOW.

’’ALTHOUGH THERE ARE INDEED OCCASIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS WHEN ARRIVING PASSENGERS MAY EXPERIENCE LONGER WAITING PERIODS FOR LAND TRANSPORT, THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR AND THE AVAILABILITY OF LAND TRANSPORT SERVICES AT THE AIRPORT ARE SATISFACTORY.”

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THE MAIN PURPOSE OF ADOPTING DIFFERENT DRIVING TEST APPOINTMENT SYSTEMS FOR STUDENTS OF DRIVING SCHOOLS AND THOSE OF PRIVATE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS IS TO PROMOTE OFF-ROAD DRIVING TRAINING, WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE WIDER INTERESTS OF ALL ROAD USERS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR HAIDER BARMA, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LAU CHIN-SHEK IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BARMA SAID IT WAS THE ADMINISTRATION’S POLICY AND PRACTICE TO ENCOURAGE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OFF-STREET DRIVING SCHOOLS SINCE THESE PROVIDED LEARNER DRIVERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE BASIC DRIVING SKILLS IN A SAFE AND CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT.

’’THIS ALSO REDUCES THE INCONVENIENCE TO OTHER MOTORISTS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE RESULT BY A LARGE NUMBER OF LEARNER DRIVERS USING PUBLIC ROADS,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT PRIVATE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS WERE NEVERTHELESS FREE TO OPERATE AND OFFER THEIR SERVICES TO THOSE WHO WISH TO LEARN TO DRIVE.

THE AVERAGE WAITING TIME FOR PRIVATE CAR DRIVING TESTS IN THE PAST 24 MONTHS WAS 174 DAYS FOR STUDENTS OF OFF-ROAD DRIVING SCHOOLS, COMPARED WITH 218 DAYS FOR THOSE USING PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS.

"WE DO NOT CONSIDER THAT THE PRESENT PRACTICE IS UNFAIR TO THOSE LEARNERS USING PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS, SINCE POTENTIAL LEARNERS ARE FREE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN OFF-ROAD DRIVING SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS AND THEY SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TESTS ARE,” MR BARMA SAID.

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PROBLEMS IN COMPULSORY EDUCATION ADDRESSED *****

AN IN-DEPTH STUDY BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HAS IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF PROBLEM AREAS IN THE PROVISION OF NINE-YEAR COMPULSORY FREE EDUCATION, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR W K LAM, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR LAM SAID THESE PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE USE OF COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS OF DIFFERING ABILITIES AND DISPOSITION, THE NEED TO IMPROVE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE AND THE DELIVERY OF THE CURRICULUM THROUGH A MIX OF LANGUAGES.

HE SAID THE COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM WAS CONSIDERED UNSUITABLE FOR STUDENTS AT EITHER END OF THE ABILITY SPECTRUM.

"TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM, A MORE FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED AND THIS IS BEING ACHIEVED THROUGH THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE ESTABLISHED IN 1992," HE SAID.

ALSO A RANGE OF REMEDIAL AND SUPPORT SERVICES, INCLUDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PRACTICAL SCHOOLS AND SKILLS OPPORTUNITIES SCHOOLS, HAS BEEN OR IS BEING DEVELOPED TO HELP UNMOTIVATED STUDENTS AND LOW ACHIEVERS.

AT THE SAME TIME A DEDICATED CENTRE FOR THE GIFTED CHILDREN IS BEING PLANNED.

ON THE NEED TO IMPROVE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE, MR LAM SAID THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HAD RECOMMENDED THE USE OF OBJECTIVE CRITERIA AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUITABLE CURRICULUM MATERIALS.

"THAT IS BEING TACKLED BY THE PLANNED INTRODUCTION OF TARGET-ORIENTED CURRICULUM IN 1995," HE SAID.

WITH REGARD TO THE PROBLEM OF USING MIXED LANGUAGES IN TEACHING AND TO FACILITATE THE USE OF MOTHER TONGUE IN EDUCATION, MR LAM SAID VARIOUS MEASURES HAD ALREADY BEEN OR WERE BEING IMPLEMENTED TO TACKLE IT.

"THEY INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF EXTRA LANGUAGE TEACHERS TO SCHOOLS AND THE PROVISION TO PARENTS OF INFORMATION ON THEIR CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TO ENABLE THEM TO CHOOSE SECONDARY SCHOOLS BEST SUITED TO THEIR CHILDREN.

"IN ADDITION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED SCHOOLS TO ADOPT A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION SUITABLE TO THE LANGUAGE ABILITY OF THEIR STUDENT INTAKE. MOTHER-TONGUE TEACHING IS ALSO ENCOURAGED," HE SAID.

MR LAM POINTED OUT THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE AND OTHER MEASURES WOULD IN TIME FURTHER ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOL EDUCATION.

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NO TAIWANESE REFUSED ENTRY VISAS * * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPRF.Y, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT NO TAIWANESE HAD BEEN REFUSED ENTRY VISAS TO VISIT HONG KONG DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON FREDERICK FUNG, MR ASPREY SAID ALL VISITORS FROM TAIWAN, INCLUDING TAIWANESE OFFICIALS, VISITED HONG KONG IN THEIR PRIVATE CAPACITY.

HE SAID THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR VISIT PERMITS FROM TAIWANESE OFFICIALS WAS 723 IN 1991, 580 IN 1992, 802 IN 1993 AND 177 IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1994. NONE WERE REFUSED.

MR ASPREY NOTED THAT ALL TAIWANESE VISITORS COULD ENTER HONG KONG ON MULTIPLE VISIT PERMITS VALID FOR ONE OR TWO YEARS.

THE PROCESSING TIME FOR FIRST APPLICATION WAS NORMALLY NO MORE THAN SEVEN WORKING DAYS, AND FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL TWO WORKING DAYS.

THE PRESENT PROCEDURES, WHICH ALLOW FOR THE ISSUE OF MULTIPLE VISIT PERMITS, WERE INTRODUCED IN 1990.

"THEY HAVE BEEN WELL-RECEIVED AND ARE WORKING WELL. WE KEEP THEM UNDER REGULAR REVIEW, BUT HAVE NO PLANS AT PRESENT TO CHANGE THEM," MR ASPREY SAID.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL SOON ISSUE A CIRCULAR TO ADVISE SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS ON ASSISTING CHINESE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN JOINING LOCAL SCHOOLS.

IN THE CIRCULAR, SCHOOLS WILL BE ADVISED TO ENCOURAGE TEACHERS TO LIAISE CLOSELY WITH THE PARENTS OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN, TO ASSIGN SENIOR PUPILS TO HELP LOOK AFTER THEM, AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO INTEGRATE SOCIALLY THROUGH EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR W K LAM, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG MAN-KWONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LAM SAID: "THE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PROVIDES PERSONAL ASSISTANCE TO PARENTS IN THE EARLY PLACEMENT OF ALL SCHOOL-AGB IMMIGRANT CHILDREN.

"DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS HELP THOSE PARENTS WHO NEED SUCH ASSISTANCE TO CHOOSE SCHOOLS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, INCLUDING ARRANGING SCHOOL INTERVIEWS.

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"SCHOOLS THEN ASSESS THE CHILDREN’S ACADEMIC STANDARD BEFORE PLACING THEM TO CLASSES AT SUITABLE LEVELS," HE ADDED.

FEEDBACKS OBTAINED BY THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICES SHOWED THAT, APART FROM THEIR STANDARD OF ENGLISH, MOST IMMIGRANT CHILDREN DO NOT ENCOUNTER SERIOUS LEARNING OR ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULTIES.

TO HELP THEM TACKLE THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM, SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ORGANISE COUNSELLING CLASSES WHILE THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ALSO RUNS SPECIAL CLASSES.

"FOR THOSE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS, THEY ARE GIVEN COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE BY STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS OR SCHOOL WORKERS," MR LAM SAID.

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USE OF PAVING BLOCKS WILL NOT LEAD TO RAT PROBLEM *****

NOTHING FROM THE AVAILABLE TECHNICAL EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE USE OF PAVING BLOCK CONSTRUCTION, WHICH IS USED IN MANY COUNTRIES, WILL LEAD TO RAT PROBLEMS, THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR JAMES BLAKE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON LAM KUI-CHUN IN THE ’ LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BLAKE SAID GIVEN THE EXTENSIVE USE OF BLOCK PAVEMENTS IN HONG KONG AND THE FEW INSTANCES OF POSSIBLE DAMAGE DUE TO THE ACTIVITIES OF BURROWING BY RATS, IT WAS CLEARLY NOT A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

THERE WERE FOUR CASES OF PEDESTRIAN PAVEMENT DAMAGE SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE ACTIVITIES OF RATS DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS.

ONLY ONE OF THESE RELATED TO RATS BURROWING INTO THE SAND LAYER BENEATH THE PAVEMENT BLOCKS, THE OTHERS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY RATS UNDERMINING THE DEEPER UNDERLYING SOIL STRATA.

MR BLAKE SAID AS THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANY RELATIONSHIP EXISTED BETWEEN THE ACTIVITIES OF RATS AND THE USE OF PAVING BLOCK, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT (USD) AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (RSD) WERE THEREFORE NOT CONSULTED BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHEN DECIDING TO ADOPT BLOCK PAVEMENTS ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR OTHER VERY IMPORTANT BENEFITS.

HE SAID THERE SHOULD BE VERY LITTLE CHANCE FOR RATS TO BURROW FOR PAVEMENTS WHICH WERE PROPERLY LAID, WHETHER BY USING TRADITIONAL IN SITU CONCRETE OR BY USING CONCRETE BLOCKS AND WITH CONCRETE EDGING STRIPS.

THERE IS HOWEVER ALWAYS THE POSSIBILITY THAT DAMAGE TO THE PAVED SURFACE, WHICH COULD BE CAUSED BY THE WHEEL LOADING OF ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES FOR EXAMPLE, OR ANY DAMAGE CAUSING AN OPENING IN THE VICINITY OF THE PAVEMENT MIGHT RESULT IN RATS REACHING THE UNDERLYING BEDDING LAYER AND STARTS BURROWING ACTIVITIES, MR BLAKE SAID.

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’’THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL ENSURE THAT PAVING BLOCK PAVEMENTS ARE LAID WITH DUE REGARD TO THIS POTENTIAL PROBLEM, AND THAT ANY DEFECTS IN ANY TYPE OF PAVING WILL BE REPAIRED PROMPTLY TO AVOID RAT INFESTATION.

’’USD AND RSD HAVE ALSO INSTRUCTED THEIR BEAT SWEEPERS AND PEST CONTROL STAFF TO REPORT DEFECTIVE PAVEMENTS TO THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT,’’ HE ADDED.

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CROSS BORDER BUS AND COACH SERVICES WERE SUBJECT TO QUOTAS JOINTLY AGREED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONG AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR HAIDER BARMA, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HOWARD YOUNG, MR BARMA SAID: ’’THERE ARE AT PRESENT 471 SUCH QUOTAS, EACH OF WHICH ALLOWS ONE ROUND TRIP A DAY AND THESE ARE SUFFICIENT TO MEET NORMAL DEMAND.

’’ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY QUOTAS ARE ALLOCATED FOR PERIODS OF EXCEPTIONAL DEMAND, FOR EXAMPLE, ON CERTAIN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVE DAYS.”

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, 11 APPLICATIONS FOR QUOTAS TO OPERATE CROSS BORDER BUS AND COACH SERVICES HAVE BEEN TURNED DOWN DUE TO VARIOUS REASONS.

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CLINICS TREAT 4.6M PATIENTS

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A TOTAL OF 4,659,678 PATIENTS ATTENDED THE 59 GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN 1993, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HER WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA, MRS WONG SAID OF THESE PATIENTS, 3,942,437 WERE FOR MEDICAL CONSULTATION AND THE REST FOR NURSING SERVICES, THAT IS, INJECTIONS AND DRESSINGS.

"ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS COMPRISED PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DISEASES REQUIRING REGULAR FOLLOW-UP. THE REST WERE PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AILMENTS SEEKING PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE," SHE SAID.

ALSO 93,971 PATIENTS ATTENDING GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WERE REFERRED TO SPECIALIST CLINICS AND 29,209 TO ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE OF HOSPITALS UNDER THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

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’’THIS CONSTITUTES 2.38 PER CENT AND 0.74 PER CENT OF ALL MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS RESPECTIVELY,” MRS WONG ADDED.

OF THE 59 GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 54 WERE FULL-TIME CLINICS AND FIVE PART-TIME.

FULL-TIME CLINICS OPERATE 11 SESSIONS A WEEK WITH A TOTAL OF 39 HOURS.

PART-TIME CLINICS RUN BETWEEN THREE TO FIVE SESSIONS PER WEEK AND THE TOTAL OPERATING HOURS RANGE FROM SIX TO 12 HOURS PER WEEK.

IN ADDITION, EVENING CLINIC AND SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES OPERATE FROM 18 AND EIGHT OF THE FULL-TIME CLINICS RESPECTIVELY.

IN TERMS OF GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION, MRS WONG SAID 11 OF THE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 18 IN KOWLOON, 17 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES EAST AND 13 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WEST.

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’NO CONVICTION’ CONDITION TO DISAPPEAR FROM JOB AD ♦ * ♦ * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL DELETE FROM ITS FUTURE RECRUITMENT NOTICES THE CONDITION THAT APPLICATIONS FROM CANDIDATES WITH CRIMINAL RECORD WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR MICHAEL SZE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MICHAEL HO, MR SZE SAID THIS FOLLOWED A REVIEW BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND WOULD BETTER IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL POLICY ON EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH PREVIOUS CONVICTION RECORDS.

”IT IS OUR GENERAL POLICY THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE A LEAD IN EMPLOYING EX-PRISONERS AND PERSONS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL OFFENCES AND SHOULD DO SO WHERE THIS IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST," HE SAID.

"THE AIM IS TO RE-INTEGRATE THESE PEOPLE INTO THE COMMUNITY,” HE ADDED.

MR SZE NOTED THAT APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ON THE MERITS OF INDIVIDUAL CASES.

THESE INCLUDE THE GENERAL CHARACTER AND EXPERIENCE OF THE CANDIDATE, HIS RECORD BEFORE AND AFTER THE OFFENCE FOR WHICH HE WAS CONVICTED AND WHETHER THE OFFENCE IS OF A KIND THAT WOULD MAKE HIM UNSUITABLE FOR THE DUTIES OF THE POST INVOLVED.

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PROPOSALS ON CHILDREN GIVING EVIDENCE BEING FORMULATED * * * * *

LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS AND ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES AIMING AT IMPROVING THE SYSTEM REGULATING THE GIVING OF EVIDENCE BY CHILDREN IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS ARE BEING FORMULATED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MRS PEGGY LAM, MR MATHEWS SAID HE HOPED TO PRESENT THE NECESSARY LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE 1994/95 SESSION.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID HE SET UP A COMMITTEE IN JULY 1993 TO LOOK AT WAYS AND MEANS TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM REGULATING THE GIVING OF EVIDENCE BY CHILDREN IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.

THE COMMITTEE WAS CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS AND COMPRISED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, AND THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE COMMITTEE SUBMITTED ITS REPORT IN JANUARY 1994 AND AMONG OTHERS, RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING

* CHILDREN OUGHT, IN CERTAIN DEFINED CIRCUMSTANCES, TO BE ALLOWED TO GIVE EVIDENCE THROUGH A TELEVISION VIDEO LINK, FROM A ROOM, IF NOT ADJACENT TO THE COURT, THEN IN THE COURT BUILDING. THIS WOULD APPLY TO CHILD WITNESSES GIVING EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO OFFENCES INVOLVING THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD, THE PHYSICAL ABUSE OF A CHILD, OR CRUELTY TO A CHILD. THIS PROPOSAL WOULD AVOID THE STRESS PLACED UPON A CHILD OF GIVING EVIDENCE IN THE OPEN, AND SOMETIMES INTIMIDATING COURT ENVIRONMENT;

* THE PRIMARY EVIDENCE OF THE CHILD WITNESS, IN RELATION TO OFFENCES WITHIN THE THREE CLASSES MENTIONED, OUGHT TO BE VIDEO RECORDED AT AN EARLY STAGE BY TRAINED PERSONNEL OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE;

» THE REQUIREMENT IN SECTION 4 OF THE EVIDENCE ORDINANCE AS TO CORROBORATION OF THE EVIDENCE OF THE CHILD SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. IT SHOULD, IN ADDITION, NO LONGER BE INCUMBENT UPON THE COURTS TO GIVE WARNINGS AS TO THE DANGERS INHERENT IN CONVICTING AN ACCUSED ON THE UNCORROBORATED EVIDENCE OF A CHILD; AND

* ALL CHILDREN SHOULD GIVE THEIR EVIDENCE UNSWORN, ANY PRESUMPTION AS TO A CHILD’S INCOMPETENCE TO TESTIFY SHOULD CEASE, AND CHILDREN SHOULD BE TREATED IN THE SAME WAY AS ADULTS. IF A CHILD IS AVAILABLE TO GIVE RELEVANT UNDERSTANDABLE EVIDENCE, THE CHILD SHOULD BE HEARD. THE COURT WILL THEN EVALUATE THAT EVIDENCE AND DECIDE HOW MUCH RELIANCE TO PLACE UPON IT.

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MR MATHEWS SAID HE HAD ACCEPTED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS AND ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES WERE BEING FORMULATED TO GIVE EFFECT TO THEM.

MR MATHEWS ADDED THAT AT PRESENT, UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE EVIDENCE ORDINANCE, A WITNESS, AND THIS INCLUDES THE VICTIM, WHO IS TOO YOUNG AND DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE OATH, CAN GIVE UNSWORN EVIDENCE IF IN THE OPINION OF THE COURT HE OR SHE UNDERSTANDS THE DUTY TO SPEAK THE TRUTH.

HE SAID: "THIS CATEGORY GENERALLY EMBRACES CHILDREN BETWEEN SEVEN TO 14 YEARS OF AGE. CORROBORATION OF THE EVIDENCE OF SUCH A WITNESS IS REQUIRED.

"AS FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN YEARS, THEY CAN, BY VIRTUE OF SECTION 3 OF THE EVIDENCE ORDINANCE, GIVE UNSWORN EVIDENCE IF THEY APPEAR CAPABLE OF RECEIVING JUST IMPRESSIONS OF THE FACTS," HE SAID.

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REGULATIONS ON TAXATION AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES SUFFICIENT

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT AWARE OF ANY SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM THAT MIGHT REQUIRE THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OR SPECIFIC STATUTORY MEASURES IN RESPECT OF ACCOUNTING AND TAXATION SERVICES, THE SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ALBERT CHAN, MR CARTLAND SAID THERE WERE NO PARTICULAR ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONITORING TAXATION AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES COMPANIES UNLESS THEY WERE FIRMS OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS OR PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS.

IN WHICH CASE THEY WOULD NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS (HKSA) AND WOULD BE SUBJECT TO ITS REGULATIONS.

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE HKSA HAD RECORDED ONLY THREE COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC AGAINST ACCOUNTING FIRMS WHICH WERE NOT FIRMS OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS.

A FIRM REGISTERED WITH THE HKSA WOULD USUALLY HAVE THE DESIGNATION "CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS" OR "PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS" IN ITS NAME OR ON ITS LETTERHEAD, WHEREAS AN INDIVIDUAL WOULD DESIGNATE HIMSELF AS A "CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT", "PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT” OR A "PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT".

"IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY DURING OFFICE HOURS CHECK THE REGISTER OF INDIVIDUALS AND FIRMS WHICH, UNDER THE PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS ORDINANCE, THE HKSA IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN AND MAKE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION, WITHOUT CHARGE," MR CARTLAND SAID.

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"THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THAT A PERSON OR A FIRM REGISTERED WITH THE HKSA BE ISSUED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION.

"IF A PERSON OR FIRM IS CLAIMING TO BE AN HKSA MEMBER, THEREFORE, A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT MAY ASK TO SEE THE RELEVANT CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION," HE ADDED.

WHILE IT IS PERMISSIBLE FOR A FIRM TO OFFER TAXATION OR ACCOUNTING (EXCLUDING AUDITING) SERVICES WITHOUT BEING REGISTERED, IT IS AN OFFENCE UPON CONVICTION BY A FINE OF UP TO $20,000 AND 12 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR A PERSON TO PRACTISE AS, OR TO CLAIM TO BE QUALIFIED TO PRACTISE AS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT OR A PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT, OR TO CLAIM TO BE QUALIFIED TO BE REGISTERED AS A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT, WHEN HE IS NOT QUALIFIED TO DO SO.

"IF THE HKSA SUSPECTS THAT AN OFFENCE MAY BE BEING COMMITTED, IT WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THE PERSON OR FIRM CONCERNED AND IF NO SATISFACTORY ACTION IS TAKEN TO EXPLAIN OR DESIST FROM THE CONDUCT ON QUESTION, THE MATTER WILL BE REFERRED TO THE POLICE," MR CARTLAND SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE PUBLIC COULD EASILY CONFIRM WHETHER AN INDIVIDUAL OR A FIRM WAS REGISTERED WITH THE HKSA.

MR CARTLAND NOTED THAT IF THE PUBLIC WERE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE CREDENTIALS OF A TAXATION AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES FIRM OR THE INTEGRITY OF PERSONS CONCERNED, THEY SHOULD CONSIDER DEALING INSTEAD WITH THOSE REGISTERED WITH THE HKSA, WHICH WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES ISSUED.

IF ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC HAS A COMPLAINT ABOUT THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY A TAXATION AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES COMPANY THAT IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE HKSA, AND WHICH IS NOT CLAIMING TO BE REGISTERED OR TO OFFER SERVICES REQUIRING IT TO BE REGISTERED, AND IF THE PERSON CONCERNED IS UNABLE TO OBTAIN SATISFACTION FROM THE COMPANY DIRECT, HE OR SHE SHOULD CONSIDER SEEKING THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, OR IN CASES OF POSSIBLE FRAUD, OF THE POLICE, HE ADDED.

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PERSONS DETAINED UNDER IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

A TOTAL OF 161 PERSONS WERE DETAINED UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, OF WHICH 151 WERE FROM CHINA THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHRISTINE LOH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ASPREY SAID AN APPLICATION FOR A DETENTION AUTHORISATION WAS NOT MORE THAN 28 DAYS*

THIS IS APPLICABLE WHERE A DETAINEE IS A PROSECUTION WITNESS IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL, OR 18 BELIEVED TO BE ABLE TO HELP ENQUIRIES INTO AN OFFENCE OR SUSPECTED OFFENCE, AND WHERE HE OR SHE IS ABOUT TO BE REMOVED FROM HONG KONG.

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HOWEVER, AN APPLICATION TO COURT FOR A DETENTION ORDER IS NEEDED IF THE ENQUIRIES HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED WITHIN THE 28-DAY PERIOD, OR IF THE WITNESS HAS NOT YET GIVEN OR COMPLETED HIS EVIDENCE AND HIS PRESENCE IS STILL REQUIRED.

’’THE DETAINEE IS GIVEN ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE APPLICATION; HE ATTENDS THE HEARING AND IS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD ON EACH APPLICATION. OCCASIONALLY, THE DETAINEE IS LEGALLY REPRESENTED,’’ MR ASPREY SAID.

THERE ARE NO REQUIREMENTS TO EXPLAIN TO A DETAINEE HIS LEGAL POSITION AND/OR TO INFORM HIM ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, NOR IS HE INFORMED OF THIS WHEN APPLICATIONS FOR DETENTION ARE MADE.

THERE ARE PROVISIONS UNDER THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE FOR THE ADMISSION OF WRITTEN STATEMENTS IN LIEU OF ORAL EVIDENCE.

HOWEVER, OBJECTIONS CAN BE MADE TO THESE WRITTEN STATEMENTS BY ANY OF THE PARTIES CONCERNED, INCLUDING THE DEFENDANT.

’’NEVERTHELESS, IF THE DEFENDANT AGREES TO THE WRITTEN STATEMENT, THEN THE WITNESS WILL NO LONGER BE DETAINED AND CAN BE RELEASED AND REMOVED,’’ MR ASPREY SAID.

RECOGNISANCE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DETENTION. IN DECIDING WHETHER TO GRANT RECOGNISANCE OR NOT, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR TO BE CONSIDERED IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF THE WITNESS ABSCONDING.

THOSE WITH CLOSE RELATIVES IN HONG KONG, SUCH AS WIVES AND CHILDREN, WERE USUALLY RELEASED ON RECOGNIZANCE, HE ADDED.

FOR CASES INVOLVING IMMIGRATION OFFENCES, A TOTAL OF NINE PERSONS WERE DETAINED IN ORDER TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN FIVE CASES.

MR ASPREY SAID OF THESE NINE PERSONS, FIVE WERE ALSO CHARGED WITH RELATED OFFENCES WHILE FOUR WERE GRANTED IMMUNITY.

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SAFETY OF HOLIDAY BUNGALOWS REGULATED BY LAW ♦ » » » »

THE FIRE SAFETY OF HOLIDAY BUNGALOWS IS REGULATED BY THE HOTEL AND GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ALBERT CHAN WAI-YIP, MR SUEN SAID ALTHOUGH BARBECUE ACTIVITIES IN OPEN AREAS WERE NOT CLASSIFIED AS "FIRE HAZARDS”, THE POLICE MIGHT TAKE ACTION IF THEY CAUSED OBSTRUCTION OR ENDANGERED PEOPLE IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

PROSECUTION MIGHT ALSO BE INITIATED AGAINST BARBECUE ACTIVITIES ON PAVEMENTS PURSUANT TO THE PUBLIC CLEANSING AND PREVENTION OF NUISANCES (REGIONAL COUNCIL) BY-LAWS IF SUCH ACTIVITIES LED TO LITTERING IN PUBLIC PLACES, HE ADDED.

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STRANDED SEAMEN WILL GET QUICK HELP * * » » »

THE GOVERNMENT WILL AIM TO SPEEDILY IDENTIFY INDIVIDUAL CASES AND DEAL EXPEDITIOUSLY AND SYMPATHETICALLY WITH WELFARE AND REPATRIATION MATTERS FOR FOREIGN SEAMEN STRANDED IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS EXPLAINED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR GORDON SIU, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARTIN BARROW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WHEN FOREIGN SEAMEN ARE STRANDED IN THE TERRITORY, THE INITIAL ONUS IS ON THE SHIPOWNER OR HIS AGENT IN HONG KONG TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

WHERE THIS PROVES NOT TO BE POSSIBLE, IT FALLS TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEEDILY APPROACH THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS TO THE FLAG STATE CONCERNED TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEIR WELFARE.

MR SIU SAID IN THE LIGHT OF INCREASING PREVALENCE OF THE STRANDING OF FOREIGN SEAFARERS IN HONG KONG, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD:

» BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE FLAG STATES CONCERNED THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT OWNERS OF VESSELS REGISTERED WITH THEM ARE FULLY AWARE OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND TO INSTITUTE CLEAR GUIDELINES FOR ACTION BY THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES;

* DETERMINE HOW BEST TO CO-ORDINATE THE PROVISION OF CONTINGENCY RELIEF FOR STRANDED SEAFARERS PENDING THEIR REPATRIATION.

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INFILL SITES IDENTIFIED TO INCREASE PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION *****

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING ADDITIONAL BLOCKS IN EXISTING HOUSING ESTATES AS PART OF THE MEASURES TO INCREASE PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION TO MEET HOUSING DEMANDS IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON TANG SIU-TONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAD IDENTIFIED 31 POSSIBLE ’’INFILL” SITES IN EXISTING ESTATES WHICH HAD POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARD BLOCKS OR SPECIAL BLOCKS FOR SMALL HOUSEHOLDS.

MR EASON SAID THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THESE SITES WAS DEPENDENT ON THE IMPACT ON INFRASTRUCTURAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES BEING ACCEPTABLE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC CONSTRAINTS BEING OVERCOME AND PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

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"IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL, FLATS ON THE SITES CAN BE COMPLETED BETWEEN 1996/97 AND 1998/99," HE SAID.

PRELIMINARY STUDY BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OF 12 OF THE 31 SITES INDICATED THAT EIGHT OF THEM COULD BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE SOME 5,200 FLATS, MR EASON SAID, ADDING THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON SOME OF THEM MIGHT START BY THE END OF 1994 OR EARLY 1995.

RESULTS OF THE CURRENT STUDY ON THE REMAINING 19 SITES WERE EXPECTED IN TWO MONTHS, HE SAID.

MR EASON NOTED THAT THE SITES IDENTIFIED WERE IN ESTATES WHERE THE ACTUAL POPULATION WAS LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL PLANNED TARGET.

"EVEN AFTER BUILDING THE ADDITIONAL HOUSING BLOCKS, THE ESTATE POPULATION WILL BE WITHIN THE PLANNED CAPACITY FOR WHICH ITS INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES WERE DESIGNED AND PROVIDED.

"IN PLANNING ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS ON THESE SITES, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT NOT ONLY ATTEMPTS TO OPTIMISE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL BUT ALSO TO UPGRADE AND IMPROVE, WHERE POSSIBLE, FACILITIES TO MEET THE LATEST STANDARDS," HE SAID.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSULT RELEVANT DISTRICT BOARDS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSING ESTATES AFFECTED BEFORE FINALISING THE PLANS, HE ADDED.

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INVESTIGATION INTO SHORTAGE OF UNLEADED PETROL CONDUCTED

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD), IN RESPONSE TO REPORTS OF FAILURE TO SUPPLY UNLEADED PETROL IN SOME PETROL STATIONS, CARRIED OUT AN INVESTIGATION INVOLVING VISITS TO A NUMBER OF PETROL STATIONS ON MARCH 2, 3 AND 4, 1994.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON EMILY LAU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR EASON SAID ON TWO OCCASIONS ON MARCH 3, THERE WAS A FAILURE TO SUPPLY UNLEADED PETROL ON REQUEST.

HOWEVER, THE SITUATION SEEMED TO HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL BY MARCH 4 AND UNLEADED PETROL WAS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AT ALL STATIONS VISITED, HE NOTED.

"EPD IS CURRENTLY GATHERING MORE INFORMATION AND CONSULTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS AS TO WHETHER PROSECUTION ACTION UNDER THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE CAN AND SHOULD PROCEED," MR EASON SAID.

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AVERAGE DAILY STOCK MARKET TURNOVER FIGURES

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THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT CONSIDER IT APPROPRIATE OR PRACTICAL TO REQUIRE THE SAME "AVERAGE DAILY STOCK MARKET TURNOVER" TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE BUDGETS OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) AND THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LIMITED (SEHK), THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN PREPARING THE 1994/95 BUDGETS FOR THE SFC AND THE SEHK, THE AVERAGE DAILY TURNOVER ON THE STOCK MARKET WAS ASSUMED TO BE *4.5 BILLION, MR TSANG SAID.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTIMATING THE STAMP DUTY REVENUE FROM STOCK TRANSACTIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S 1994/95 BUDGET, THE ADMINISTRATION HAD ASSUMED AN AVERAGE DAILY VALUE OF STOCK TRANSACTIONS (INCLUDING TRANSFERS ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE AND PRIVATE TRANSFERS OF ABOUT $5 BILLION.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ERIC LI, MR TSANG SAID THE DIFFERENT TURNOVER FIGURES REPRESENTED THE BEST JUDGEMENT AT THE TIME OF THOSE INVOLED IN THE PREPARATION OF THE RESPECTIVE BUDGETS IN THE LIGHT OF THE LATEST MARKET SITUATION.

"WE ARE NOT, SO FAR, AWARE OF ANY PUBLIC CONCERN THAT THE DIFFENENT ESTIMATED TURNOVER FIGURES ARE A SOURCE OF CONFUSION," HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL YEAR FOR THE SEHK STARTS FROM JULY 1 WHILE THAT FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND SFC COMMENCES ON APRIL 1.

THE DIFFERENCE IN TIMING IN PREPARING THE BUDGETS MEANS THAT THE ESTIMATES ON MARKET TURNOVER MAY BE VASTLY DIFFERENT.

"IN ADDITION, IN FORECASTING THE AVERAGE DAILY TURNOVER FIGURE FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S BUDGET THE ADMINSTRATION HAS INCLUDED IN IT THE VALUE OF PRIVATE TRANSFERS," MR TSANG.

HE ADDED THAT THESE TURNOVER FIGURES WERE NO MORE THAN ESTIMATES BASED ON THE BEST ASSESSMENT AT THE TIME THEY WERE PRODUCED.

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GOVT TO COMPILE ACCRUAL-BASED ACCOUNTS

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL COMPILE THE ACCRUAL-BASED SUPPLEMENTARY ACCOUNTS ON A PILOT BASIS IN SELECTED DEPARTMENTS DURING 1994/95, THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JIMMY MCGREGOR, MR TSANG SAID THE PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF THE GOVERNMENT WERE PREPARED ON A CASH BASIS.

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MR TSANG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD PRODUCED ACCRUAL-BASED ACCOUNTS IN ADDITION TO THE CASH-BASED ACCOUNTS IN RECOGNITION OF ITS RELEVANCE FOR CERTAIN QUASI-COMMERCIAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

THESE INCLUDE WATER SUPPLIES, THE AIRPORT AND THE POST OFFICE.

"ALSO, GOVERNMENT SERVICES OPERATED AS TRADING FUNDS, SUCH AS THE RECENTLY ESTABLISHED LAND AND COMPANIES REGISTRY TRADING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED, UNDER THE TRADING FUND ORDINANCE, TO PREPARE FULL ACCRUALBASED ACCOUNTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES," HE SAID.

A WORKING GROUP TO REVIEW FINANCIAL REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES LAST YEAR.

COMPRISING ACCOUNTING PROFESSION BOTH FROM WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND FROM PRIVATE SECTOR, THE WORKING GROUP CONCLUDES THAT:

* AS GOVERNMENT IS UNIQUE IN ITS OBJECTIVES, ACTIVITIES AND FINANCING, IT IS INAPPROPRIATE TO ASSUME THAT PRIVATE SECTOR FINANCIAL REPORTING MODEL MUST BE FULLY APPLICABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT;

» THE PAYMENTS MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT ARE LIMITED UNDER THE PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE AND THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE, SO THE GOVERNMENT’S PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS ARE PREPARED ESSENTIALLY ON A CASH BASIS SO AS TO DEMONSTRATE AND DISCHARGE THIS STATUTORY ACCOUNTABILITY; AND

« THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PREPARE ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS, SUPPLEMENTARY ACCOUNTS SHOWING THE FULL COST (ON AN ACCRUAL BASIS) OF SELECTED ACTIVITIES WITH A VIEW TO FORMING A JUDGMENT ON THE MERITS (AND COSTS) OF PROVIDING SUCH FINANCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AS A WHOLE.

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257 DETENTION ORDERS ISSUED FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MOTHERS *****

A TOTAL OF 257 DETENTION ORDERS AFTER THE SERVING OF REMOVAL ORDERS IN RESPECT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MOTHERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN FROM CHINA WERE ISSUED IN 1993/94.

THE FIGURE WAS RELEASED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, IN HIS WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHRISTINE LOH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE AVERAGE PERIOD OF DETENTION WAS A FEW DAYS. THE SHORTEST PERIOD OF DETENTION WAS ONE DAY, AND THE LONGEST TWO WEEKS.

"HOWEVER, MOST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ARE RELEASED ON RECOGNISANCE," HE SAID.

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IN 1993/94, 239 OF THEM WERE RELEASED ON RECOGNISANCE.

THE REMAINING 18 WERE NOT SO RELEASED, EITHER BECAUSE THERE WAS FEAR THAT THEY WOULD ABSCOND OR BECAUSE THE DATE OF THEIR REMOVAL WAS IMMINENT, MR ASPREY SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ALL 239 WHO WERE RELEASED ON RECOGNISANCE WERE ALLOWED TO STAY TEMPORARILY WITH FAMILY MEMBERS IN HONG KONG.

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A MOTION MOVED BY THE HON MARTIN LEE URGING THE CHINESE AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS TO COMPLY STRICTLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER A TWO-HOUR DEBATE DURING THE COUNCIL SITTING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SECRETARY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, MR NICHOLAS NG, REPLIED FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

A MOTION PROPOSED BY THE HON JAMES TO ON THE URBAN RENEWAL PROCESS WAS PASSED AFTER HAVING BEEN DEBATED FOR TWO HOURS. THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, GAVE THE CONCLUDING SPEECH TO THE DEBATE.

ALSO PASSED WAS A MOTION MOVED BY THE HON MRS MIRIAM LAU TO AMEND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STANDING ORDERS UNDER THE HONG KONG ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS 1917 TO 1993 IN RESPECT OF DECLARATION OF INTERESTS BY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IN ADDITION, A MOTION MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE WAS PASSED.

TWO BILLS, THE SECURITIES (INSIDER DEALING) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 AND THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1993, WERE PASSED DURING THE SITTING, THE LATTER WITH AMENDMENTS.

TWO OTHER BILLS, THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 AND THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. DEBATES ON THEM WERE ADJOURNED.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CLARIFICATION ON LAND FUND NEEDED.............................. 1

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION......................... 2

WATER QUALITY IN MARICULTURE ZONES SET TO IMPROVE.............. 6

COMMISSION PUBLISHES REPORT ON INCITEMENT, CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT............................:........................... 1

GOOD ENGLISH NEEDED IN BUSINESS................................ 8

GOVERNOR VISITS SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG.................. 9

SHA GETS HIS PEOPLE TO VOTE................................... 10

STAMPS ON SALE AT 24-HOUR STORES.............................. 10

PROMOTE SAFE DRIVING.......................................... 11

YOUTH FUNDING SCHEME ON AIDS INVITES APPLICATIONS............. 12

AIR-CONDITIONER NUISANCES INCUR FINE.......................... 13

MUSIC GRANTS FOR 1994/95 ....................................  14

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS....... 14

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CLARIFICATION ON LAND FUND NEEDED » » * » *

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) HE WAS SURE THAT DIRECTOR LU PING WOULD BE ABLE TO CLEAR UP ANY MISUNDERSTANDING THAT MIGHT HAVE ARISEN BECAUSE OF THE REMARKS YESTERDAY ON THE LAND FUND.

RESPONDING TO A MEDIA QUESTION ABOUT A NEWS ARTICLE ON LAND FUND AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE WELLINGTON COLLEGE, MR PATTEN SAID: ’’WHILE I AM SURE THE REMARKS MAY HAVE BEEN WELL-INTENTIONED, I THINK THEY HAVE CAUSED A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN AND CONFUSION.”

NOTING THAT THE LAND FUND WOULD BE WORTH ABOUT $100 BILLION BY 1997 AND MIGHT BE HIGHER, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE LAND FUND SHOULD BE TREATED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE TRUST DEED THAT WAS SET UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.

’’THE TRUST DEED MADE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT THE MONEY IN THE LAND FUND IS MONEY THAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG," MR PATTEN SAID.

’’AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER JULY 1, 1997, THE SAR GOVERNMENT BECOMES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MONEY IN THE LAND FUND SO THERE IS THIS CONFUSION WHICH IS UNDERSTANDABLY WORRYING PEOPLE.”

MR PATTEN SAID A CLARIFICATION BY DIRECTOR LU WOULD BE WELCOME ALL ROUND.

"I DON’T THINK IT’S A POINT THAT WE WANT TO TURN INTO A GREAT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE BUT WE DO, I THINK, WANT TO HAVE SOME CLARIFICATION OF WHAT EXACTLY IT’S MEANT,” THE GOVERNOR ADDED.

"I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT CHINESE OFFICIALS DON’T WANT TO CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE TRUST DEED BUT THEY DO, I THINK, OWE IT TO HONG KONG TO MAKE THAT CLEAR."

ASKED ABOUT A TARGET LIST AS INSISTED BY MR ALEX TSUI TODAY, THE GOVERNOR SAID: "THERE AREN’T ANY TARGET LISTS. THE ICAC OPERATES WITHIN THE LAW AND THE LAW IS ABSOLUTELY SPECIFIC ABOUT THE OBLIGATIONS ON THE ICAC, THOUGH THOSE PRECISE STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS ARE BEING EXAMINED AT THE MOMENT BY THE COMMITTEE WHICH WAS SET UP UNDER MR HELMUT SOHMEN.

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TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION *****

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER VISITING THE WELLINGTON COLLEGE THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON:

GOVERNOR: I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO VISIT WELLINGTON COLLEGE THIS AFTERNOON. IT’S OBVIOUSLY AN OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD SCHOOL DOING AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT JOB IN THE COMMUNITY. AS YOU KNOW, WE’VE TAKEN A NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES OVER THE LAST YEAR. WE ARE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF GRADUATE TEACHERS IN OUR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. WE ARE SPENDING MORE MONEY TO REFURBISH SCHOOL BUILDINGS ABOUT $600 MILLION MORE WHICH IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HAVE DECENT CLASSROOMS TO LEARN AND THE TEACHERS CAN HAVE DECENT ACCOMMODATION FOR THEMSELVES AS WELL. WE’VE ALSO ESTABLISHED THE LANGUAGE FUND TO HELP IMPROVE PROFICIENCY IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH. BUT, THERE ARE TWO PARTICULAR INITIATIVES FROM WHICH THIS SCHOOL AND MANY OTHERS ARE BENEFITING. WE’VE SET UP A COMPUTER FUND FOR THIS YEAR, OF $114 MILLION WHICH ENABLES US TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF COMPUTERS IN OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THAT RESULTS IN, IN THIS SCHOOL, ANOTHER 25 COMPUTERS WHICH MEAN THAT EVERYBODY WHO IS DOING COMPUTER STUDY HAS THEIR OWN COMPUTER TO WORK WITH. WE’RE ALSO INCREASING THE NUMBER OF GRADUATE TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF BAND-FIVE STUDENTS AND THIS SCHOOL WILL BE GETTING AN EXTRA GRADUATE TEACHER THIS SEPTEMBER AND WE’VE ALSO GOT A TEAM WORKING ON THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM IN SCHOOLS WITH A NUMBER OF BAND-FIVE AND, INDEED, BAND-FOUR PUPILS. SO, IT IS VERY GOOD TO SEE OUR SCHOOLS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SOME OF THE INITIATIVES THAT WE’VE LAUNCHED. I AM SURE IT’S THE CASE THAT PARENTS PUT EDUCATION UP NEAR THE TOP OF THEIR LIST OF PRIORITIES AND WHILE, OF COURSE, WE’VE GOT TO GO ON EXPANDING THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN TERTIARY EDUCATION, WE MUSTN’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RAISING QUALITY IN OUR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. SO, I AM PLEASED TO SEE A SCHOOL DOING SUCH GOOD JOB THIS AFTERNOON.

QUESTION: MR GOVERNOR, PWC SUGGESTED THAT THE SAR LAND FUND WILL NOT BE HANDED OVER TO THE SAR IMMEDIATELY AFTER 1997. INSTEAD, IT SUGGESTED TO SET UP SOME KIND OF MECHANISM TO RE-INVEST IT. SO, DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS AN VIOLATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION?

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GOVERNOR: I READ THE LEADING ARTICLE IN ONE OF OUR LEADING NEWSPAPERS THIS MORNING ON THIS SUBJECT AND WHILE I AM SURE THE REMARKS MAY HAVE BEEN WELL-INTENTIONED, I THINK THEY HAVE CAUSED A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN AND CONFUSION AS ONE OF OUR NEWSPAPERS POINTED OUT VERY VIGOROUSLY THIS MORNING. THE LAND FUND WILL BE WORTH ABOUT $100 BILLION BY 1997. THAT’S THE PRESENT ESTIMATE AND, OF COURSE, THE FIGURE MAY BE HIGHER. NOW, THAT LAND FUND SHOULD BE TREATED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE TRUST DEED THAT WAS SET UP IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND THE TRUST DEED MADE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR AND I WANT TO UNDERLINE THIS POINT THAT THE MONEY IN THE LAND FUND IS MONEY THAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER 1997, AFTER JULY 1, THE SAR GOVERNMENT BECOMES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MONEY IN THE LAND FUND SO THERE IS THIS CONFUSION WHICH IS UNDERSTANDABLY WORRYING PEOPLE. WE DO HAVE THE GREAT ADVANTAGE THIS WEEK OF HAVING DIRECTOR LU IN HONG KONG AND I AM SURE THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO CLEAR UP ANY MISUNDERSTANDING THAT MAY HAVE ARISEN BECAUSE OF THE REMARKS YESTERDAY ON THE LAND FUND. I THINK THAT WOULD BE WELCOME ALL ROUND. I DON’T THINK IT’S A POINT THAT WE WANT TO TURN INTO A GREAT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE BUT WE DO, I THINK, WANT TO HAVE SOME CLARIFICATION OF WHAT EXACTLY IT’S MEANT BECAUSE I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT CHINESE OFFICIALS DON’T WANT TO CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE TRUST DEED BUT THEY DO, I THINK, OWE IT TO HONG KONG TO MAKE THAT CLEAR.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR PATTEN, WILL YOU INTERVENE IN THE HONG KONG STADIUM NOISE DISPUTE TO ENABLE THE ROLLING STONES TO PLAY IN HONG KONG?

GOVERNOR: THE FIRST DANCE I EVER TOOK MY WIFE TO AND I WON’T TELL YOU HOW MANY YEARS AGO IT WAS, BUT THE BAND THAT WAS PLAYING WAS THE ROLLING STONES. SO, THEY HAVE A CERTAIN POSITION IN MY AFFECTIONS. BUT, EVEN DESPITE THAT, 1 WOULDN’T DREAM OF TRYING TO INTERVENE IN WHAT’RE PROPERLY THE AFFAIRS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT. SO, OLD-TIMERS LIKE ME AND EVEN CONCEIVABLY YOU, WILL HAVE TO HOPE THAT PROBLEMS REGARDING THE STADIUM ARE IRONED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THE ISSUE. I WAS IN WAN CHAI YESTERDAY VISITING THE DISTRICT BOARD AND WAS SPEAKING TO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WHO REPRESENT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE VICINITY OF THE STADIUM AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR WORRIES ABOUT THE LEVEL OF NOISE. 1 HOPE THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE STADIUM MANAGEMENT CAN TACKLE THE PROBLEM. BUT, FOR THE TIME BEING, 1 UNDERSTAND THAT THEY DON’T HAVE ANY PLANNED POP CONCERTS WHETHER ROLLING STONES OR ANYONE ELSE. AND SO, TO BORROW A PHRASE, I AM AFRAID THAT IS AN ISSUE ON WHICH J CAN’T GIVE YOU ANY SATISFACTION.

QUESTION: ..... THE ISSUE OF HONG KONG TEENAGER IN SINGAPORE. NOW IS THE OPPORTUNE TIME TO INTERVENE. THERE WAS AN OPEN INVITATION. BY HOLDING BACK, ARE YOU A KIND OF LIKE CONDOLING THE SENTENCE THAT’S PASSED DOWN TO Fl CHJ-HO?

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GOVERNOR: NO. WHAT I’M RECOGNISING, AND I ANSWERED A QUESTION ON THIS QUITE FULLY YESTERDAY, WHAT I’M RECOGNISING IS THE IMPORTANCE, FIRST OF ALL, OF NOT ACTING WITHOUT HAVING FULLY CONSULTED THE PARENTS AND WITHOUT ACTUALLY ACTING IN A WAY WHICH THE FAMILY WANT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER IN SINGAPORE TO ACT IN. AND SECONDLY, THERE IS A LEGAL PROCESS WHICH IS GOING FORWARD, BEING HANDLED BY THE YOUNG MAN’S SOLICITORS AND LAWYERS AND I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD TAKE ANY STEPS UNTIL THAT LEGAL PROCESS HAS BEEN FINISHED. BUT I REPEAT THAT IN THIS CASE AND IN OTHER CASES, WE WOULD NOT WANT TO TAKE ACTION WHICH HAS NOT BEEN AGREED WITH THE PARENTS AND LEGAL ADVISERS OF THE FAMILY BECAUSE YOU CAN IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES MAKE MATTERS WORSE. I’D JUST ADD ONE POINT WHICH I’VE MADE BEFORE. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF COMMENT UNDERSTANDABLY ON THE SENTENCE PASSED IN THIS CASE. WE SHOULD JUST PUT IT ON RECORD THAT THE CRIME LEVEL IN HONG KONG WHILE NOT SOMETHING WE CAN BE COMPLACENT ABOUT, IS LOWER THAN THE CRIME LEVEL IN SINGAPORE.

QUESTION: SIR, DO YOU THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE THAT THE VICE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE YESTERDAY SAID THAT THERE SHOULD BE CRITERIA SET OUT TO TRY TO SCRUTINISE THE CANDIDATES TO BE ELECTED IN 1997, BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT ALL THE THREE-TIER COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE DISMANTLED AT THAT TIME?

GOVERNOR: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THE VICE DIRECTOR OF THE NCNA HAS TO SAY AND I AM AFRAID I HAVEN’T SEEN THAT FULL REMARK. I SAW REPORTS OF ANOTHER REMARK HE MADE IN WHICH HE SAID THAT THE ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE BASIC LAW AND SINCE THE ARRANGEMENTS IN THE BILL WHICH IS IN FRONT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE MOMENT, DO COMPLY WITH THE BASIC LAW, I THINK WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY SATISFIED AND REGARD IT AS ANOTHER REASON WHY THERE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ANY CHANGE IN 1997.

QUESTION: GOING BACK TO YOUR EARLIER QUOTE, DO YOU THINK THE PWC IS UNDERMINING THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNMENT IN ITS RECENT RECOMMENDATIONS?

GOVERNOR: NO.

QUESTION: SIR, CAN YOU FOLLOW UP ON THE POINT YOU JUST SAID. I SHOULD CLARIFY THAT IT’S A VICE-DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE....

GOVERNOR: SORRY.

QUESTION: AND BY THE WAY, BECAUSE THERE IS NO THROUGH TRAIN FOR ALL THE ELECTED MEMBERS FOR THE THREE-TIER COUNCILS AND THEY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO BE BLOCKED UP FROM GETTING ONTO THE TRAIN AFTERWARDS?

GOVERNOR: I REPEAT WHAT I SAID EARLIER THAT OUR VIEW AND THE VIEW OF INDEPENDENT LAWYERS IS THAT THE PROPOSALS WHICH HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD AND ARE AT PRESENT IN THE ELECTORAL BILL ARE WHOLLY IN LINE WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION, WITH THE BASIC LAW AND WITH THE AGREEMENTS AND UNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA. SO, EVEN THOUGH I DON’T DENY THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF CHINA AFTER 1997, I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T DO THAT, 1 REPEAT ONCE AGAIN THAT THERE IS NO REASON WHY CHINESE OFFICIALS SHOULD TALK ABOUT OVERTURNING THE ARRANGEMENTS IN 1997 AND FRANKLY, THEY DON’T YET KNOW WHAT THOSE ARRANGEMENTS ARE BECAUSE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HASN’T FINISHED CONSIDERING THE BILL. SO, UNLESS THEY’VE GOT A CRYSTAL BALL, I AM AFRAID THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE GOING TO BE.

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QUESTION: WHY DO YOU VISIT WELLINGTON COLLEGE? THE ARRANGEMENT WAS MADE ON LAST FRIDAY. IS IT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO TIGHTEN YOUR SCHEDULE?

GOVERNOR: NO. I VISIT SCHOOLS FAIRLY REGULARLY. I’VE MADE VISITS MANY TIMES AS YOU KNOW PERFECTLY WELL BECAUSE YOU’VE ACCOMPANIED ME ON MANY OF THEM. SOME OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THIS WEEK WERE MADE, FOR EXAMPLE, I WAS DOING THINGS AT LUNCH TIME WHICH WERE ARRANGED IN FEBRUARY. SO, THE ARRANGEMENTS CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME.

QUESTION: IN TODAY’S LEGCO HEARING, ALEX TSUI INSISTED THAT THERE WAS A TARGET LIST WHICH SENIOR DISCIPLINED OFFICERS, SOME LEGCO MEMBERS, STAFF OF SOME CHINESE-CAPITAL COMPANIES HAVE NAMES ON THE LIST. HE ALSO MENTIONED THAT MR GOVERNOR YOURSELF AGREED TO SET UP A NEW POST OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN ICAC’S OPERATION DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT INTELLIGENCE. HAVE YOU REALLY AGREED TO SET UP SUCH A POST?

GOVERNOR: NO. I’D LIKE TO HAVE A LOOK AT ANY MORE UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT COMMENTS ON THEM. BUT, THE FIRST POINT YOU MADE IS UNTRUE. THERE AREN’T ANY TARGET LISTS. THE ICAC OPERATES WITHIN THE LAW AND THE LAW IS ABSOLUTELY SPECIFIC ABOUT THE OBLIGATIONS ON THE ICAC, THOUGH THOSE PRECISE STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS ARE BEING EXAMINED AT THE MOMENT BY THE COMMITTEE WHICH WAS SET UP UNDER MR HELMUT SOHMEN.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, THE SECURITY BRANCH REFUSED TO SEND OFFICIALS TO LEGCO TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT’S OBLIGATIONS TO USING THE TELECOMMUNICATION ORDINANCE TO BUG SOMEONE’S TELEPHONE. IS IT OPPOSITE TO THE WAY OF OPEN GOVERNMENT THAT YOU HAVE SUGGESTED?

GOVERNOR: WHAT THEY SAID WHICH I THINK IS PERFECTLY REASONABLE. THEY SENT A PAPER TO THE PANEL POINTING OUT THE WAY THE LAW IS AT PRESENT CARRIED OUT. AND THEY SAID THAT THEY DIDN’T THINK THEY COULD GIVE ORAL OR RATHER ORAL OR VERBAL FURTHER EVIDENCE UNTIL THE SOHMEN COMMITTEE ON THE ICAC HAS REPORTED. AND THAT SEEMS TO ME PERFECTLY SENSIBLE. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION IN WHICH THEY ARE PRE-JUDGING ISSUES WHILE THE SOHMEN COMMITTEE IS STILL LOOKING AT THEM. ONE MORE.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, LORD HOWE IS VISITING HONG KONG SOON AND HE’LL BE GOING TO BEIJING SOON ALSO. DO YOU HAVE ANY MESSAGE FOR HIM TO BRING TO BEIJING?

GOVERNOR: NO, BUT HE IS STAYING WITH ME IN HONG KONG. HE IS AN OLD FRIEND QF MINE SO I HAVE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO TALK TO HIM WHILE HE IS HERE. BUT HE IS NOT HERE AS AN EMISSARY. I THINK HE IS GOING TO PEKING FOR A BOARD MEETING. BUT HE’S GOT A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT OR TWO HERE IN HONG KONG AND I’LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED.

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WATER QUALITY IN MARICULTURE ZONES SET TO IMPROVE

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WATER QUALITY IN OR NEAR MARINE FISH CULTURE ZONES IN THE TERRITORY IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE FOLLOWING THE ACCEPTANCE AND MORE GENERAL USE BY MARICULTURISTS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY MOIST PELLET FEED.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR AQUACULTURE FISHERIES OFFICER, DR PATSY WONG PAT-SHUN, MADE THE REMARK AFTER A TWO-DAY MOIST PELLET FEED PRODUCTION DEMONSTRATION AT THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET WHICH ENDED TODAY (THURSDAY).

DR WONG SAID THE PRODUCTION OF THE MOIST PELLET FEED WAS DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTS AND TRIALS, AS WELL AS CO-OPERATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LOCAL MARICULTURE INDUSTRY.

THE FEED DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWED A GOVERNMENT-COMMISSIONED CONSULTANCY STUDY IN 1989 TO ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF MARICULTURE ON HONG KONG WATERS.

"THE NEW FEED FORMULATION, COMPRISING TRASH FISH, FISH MEAL, A BINDER AND A VITAMIN MIXTURE, IS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING MINCED TRASH FEED WHICH HAS MORE WASTAGE AND LEACHING.

"THE NEW FEED HAS BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVED AS BEING ABLE TO MINIMISE THE POLLUTION LOADING ESPECIALLY IN HONG KONG’S FAIRLY SHELTERED FISH FARMS. IT IS ALSO SUITABLE FOR THE FISH SPECIES CULTURED IN LOCAL WATERS.

"FISH FED WITH THIS MOIST PELLET HAVE ALSO BEEN OBSERVED TO GROW HEALTHIER AND BETTER ABLE TO WITHSTAND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS SUCH AS COLD SPELL," SHE SAID.

THE NEW FEED WAS INTRODUCED TO LOCAL MARICULTURISTS IN MID-1993.

THE DEPARTMENT’S KAT O FISHERIES SUB-STATION HAS STARTED A NUMBER OF SHORT-TERM TRIALS WITH VOLUNTEER MARICULTURISTS IN NEARBY FISH CULTURE ZONES, SHE SAID, ADDING THAT RESPONSE FROM MARICULTURISTS HAS BEEN PROMISING.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS DRAWN UP A PROGRAMME TO -EXTEND THE USE OF THI MOIST PELLET TO THE INDUSTRY WITH THE AIM THAT ALL MARICULTURISTS WOULD USE THIS ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY FEED BY 1998.

DR WONG SAID THE TWO-DAY DEMONSTRATION AT THE PILOT PLANT IN ABERDEEN WAS WELL-RECEIVED BY LOCAL MARICULTURISTS.

"I HOPE THROUGH THIS DEMONSTRATION, MARICULTURISTS WOULD BE ABLE TO MASTER THE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES WITH A VIEW TO SETTING UP AND RUNNING SIMILAR PLANTS BY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS FOR SUPPLY TO MEMBERS ON A NON-PROFIT BASIS,” SHE SAID.

AS THE PILOT PRODUCTION PLANT HAS NOW BECOME OPERATIONAL, IT WILL FIRST PRODUCE MOIST FEED FOR MARICULTURISTS IN THE NEARBY LAMMA ISLAND ON A COST-RECOVERY BASIS.

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MARICULTURISTS FROM OTHER CULTURE ZONES ARE ALSO WELCOME 'TO BUY THE FEED FROM THE ABERDEEN PLANT.

THEY SHOULD BOOK IN PERSON AT ROOM 207, ABERDEEN MARINE AND FISHERIES SUB-OFFICE OR BY TELEPHONING 873 8344 OR 873 8346, AT LEAST ONE WORKING DAY IN ADVANCE. BOOKING IS RESTRICTED TO MONDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS, FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE OF THE ABERDEEN FISHERIES SUB-OFFICE ON THE TWO TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND ALSO ON 679 9116.

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COMMISSION PUBLISHES REPORT ON INCITEMENT, CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT *****

THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION TODAY (THURSDAY) PUBLISHED ITS FINAL REPORT ON THE PRELIMINARY OFFENCES OF INCITEMENT, CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT.

THE REPORT IS THE RESULT OF THE COMMISSION’S REFERENCE ON CODIFICATION OF THE CRIMINAL LAW.

IT CONCENTRATES ON THE THREE OFFENCES WHICH ARE REFERRED TO BY LAWYERS AS "PRELIMINARY” IN THAT THEY PRECEDE THE COMMISSION OF THE COMPLETED OFFENCE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION, MR STUART STOKER, SAID THAT THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE INTENDED TO BRING HONG KONG’S LAW UP TO DATE WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES WHICH HAD BEEN FOUND TO WORK WELL IN PRACTICE.

THE COMMISSION’S MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:

* THE DEFENCE OF IMPOSSIBILITY SHOULD BE REMOVED IN RELATION TO THE OFFENCES OF INCITEMENT, CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT. THE COMMISSION ARGUES THAT PERSONS INCITING A CRIME, CONSPIRING OR ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT A CRIME ARE STILL A DANGER TO SOCIETY, EVEN THOUGH THE FACTUAL CONTEXT RENDERS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPLETE THE CRIME.

* THE COMMON LAW RULE THAT A PERSON CANNOT CONSPIRE WITH HIS OR HER SPOUSE SHOULD BE PRESERVED. THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS THIS RULE HAS THE MERIT OF MAINTAINING THE STABILITY OF MARRIAGE BY AVOIDING INTERFERENCE WITH THE CONFIDENTIAL RELATIONSHIP OF HUSBAND AND WIFE.

* FOR THE OFFENCE OF CONSPIRACY, THE COMMON LAW EXEMPTIONS WHERE THE OTHER PARTY IS A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY OR IS THE INTENDED VICTIM OF A CRIME SHOULD BE RETAINED. GIVEN THAT A CONSPIRACY ALWAYS INVOLVES AT LEAST TWO CRIMINAL PARTIES, IT DOES NOT SEEM LOGICAL THAT ONE PARTY SHOULD BE HELD CRIMINALLY LIABLE WHEREAS THE OTHER PARTY IS NOT LIABLE BECAUSE OF YOUNG AGE OR BECAUSE HE IS THE INTENDED VICTIM.

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* THE OFFENCE OF CORRUPTING PUBLIC MORALS, WHETHER IT EXISTS SOLELY AS A CONSPIRACY OR IN RESPECT OF AN INDIVIDUAL ACTING ALONE, SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. THE COMMISSION ALSO RECOMMENDS THE ABOLITION OF THE OFFENCE OF OUTRAGING PUBLIC DECENCY. THE COMMISSION POINTS OUT THAT THESE OFFENCES ARE "OF EXTREME AND UNCERTAIN WIDTH" AND ARE TOO SUBJECTIVE.

MR STOKER SAID THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THE ADOPTION OF PROVISIONS BASED ON THE ENGLISH CRIMINAL LAW ACT 1977, DEALING WITH CONSPIRACY; THE CRIMINAL ATTEMPTS ACT 1981, DEALING WITH ATTEMPTS; AND CLAUSE 47 OF THE DRAFT CRIMINAL CODE PREPARED BY THE ENGLISH LAW COMMISSION, WHICH DEALS WITH INCITEMENT.

IN EXPLORING MODELS FOR REFORM, ENGLISH SOURCES WERE PREFERRED BECAUSE OF THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE COMMON LAW OF HONG KONG AND THAT OF ENGLAND.

THOSE CONSULTED BY THE COMMISSION ON ITS DRAFT PROPOSALS HAD EXPRESSED CLEAR PREFERENCE FOR USING ENGLISH MODELS, MR STOKER SAID.

THE COMMISSION PUBLISHED A DRAFT REPORT ON THE SUBJECT IN NOVEMBER 1991 FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

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AN IMPROVED STANDARD OF ENGLISH IS NECESSARY TO SAFEGUARD HONG KONG AS A TRULY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR W K LAM, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

TO MEET THE CALL FROM EMPLOYERS FOR HIGH QUALITY COURSES THAT DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEEDS OF THE WORK PLACE, THE GOVERNMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY EXAMINATIONS BOARD, HAS LAUNCHED THE HONG KONG VOCATIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME (HKVEP).

SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE HKVEP, MR LAM SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS A SCHEME FOR VALIDATING AND MONITORING COURSES RUN BY APPROVED PROGRAMME CENTRES.

"VALIDATION MEANS THAT COURSES HAVE A SEAL OF QUALITY - A HALLMARK IF YOU LIKE - SO THAT BOTH STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS CAN RELY ON COURSES TO BE OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD," HE SAID.

"THERE HAS LONG BEEN A CALL FOR THIS TYPE OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH TRAINING IN HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

AT THE MOMENT, THERE ARE TWO APPROVED PROGRAMME CENTRES, THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND THE CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS ENGLISH AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, RUNNING NINE COURSES, INCLUDING COURSES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES.

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MR LAM NOTED ALL COURSES TAUGHT VERY PRACTICAL LANGUAGE SKILLS OF THE TYPE NEEDED IN THE WORK PLACE, SUCH AS WRITING A BUSINESS LETTER OR MEMO, OR TAKING PART IN A MEETING.

’’THIS CONCENTRATION ON SKILLS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR BUSINESS IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE MARKS OF PROGRAMME COURSES," HE SAID.

AN INTEGRAL PART OF COURSES WITHIN THE PROGRAMME IS ASSESSMENT, WHICH IS BASED ON THE STUDENT’S ACTUAL PERFORMANCE IN TASKS REQUIRING THESE PRACTICAL LANGUAGE SKILLS.

"ASSESSMENT IS FREQUENT THROUGHOUT THE COURSES, BUT IS ALWAYS MEANINGFUL," MR LAM SAID.

ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE HKVEP IS THAT EVERY STUDENT WHO IS REGISTERED FOR CERTIFICATION RECEIVES AN INDIVIDUALISED PROFILE OF PERFORMANCE AT THE END OF THEIR COURSE.

THE PROFILE SHOWS EXACTLY WHAT THE STUDENT HAS DEMONSTRATED HE CAN DO IN ENGLISH AND HOW WELL HE CAN DO IT.

"THESE PROFILES OF PERFORMANCE ALLOW EMPLOYERS AND STUDENTS TO SEE, AT A GLANCE, EVIDENCE OF ABILITY TO ACTUALIV PERFORM IN ENGLISH -SOMETHING I KNOW MANY OF HONG KONG’S EMPLOYERS HAVE WISHED FOR FOR A LONG TIME," MR LAM SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ALL PROGRAMME COURSES ALLOWED STUDENTS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATION FROM THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY EXAMINATIONS BOARD.

"WE HOLD OUT GREAT HOPE FOR THIS PROGRAMME AS WE CONTEMPLATE THE POSITIVE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH IN HONG KONG," MR LAM SAID.

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GOVERNOR VISITS SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT LIFE IN A PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG TODAY (THURSDAY).

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DOMINIC S W WONG, THE GOVERNOR VISITED WELLINGTON COLLEGE WHICH HAS A HISTORY OF OVER 40 YEARS. HE WAS RECEIVED BY THE SUPERVISOR, MR DAVID YEOH TAI-WAI, AND THE PRINCIPAL, MR CHAN SHUI-HON.

DURING A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL, THE GOVERNOR OBSERVED SOME CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AND A DEMONSTRATION BY THE SCHOOL MARCHING BAND.

THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED ON THE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS EDUCATION BY THE SCHOOL WHICH JOINED THE GOVERNMENT’S BOUGHT PLACE SCHEME IN 1965.

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THE SCHOOL ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO STUDENT SERVICES AND HAS ADOPTED THE WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH TO COUNSELLING.

THE GOVERNOR WAS IMPRESSED BY THE WIDE RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS. HE WAS GLAD TO LEARN THAT THE SCHOOL HAD A PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION AND THAT PARENTS TOOK AN ACTIVE PART IN SCHOOL FUNCTIONS.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH SOME TEACHERS BEFORE ENDING HIS VISIT.

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SHA GETS HIS PEOPLE TO VOTE *****

WITH ALL HIS DISTRICT OFFICERS BUSY PROMOTING VOTER REGISTRATION TERRITORY-WIDE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, ADDED A PERSONAL TOUCH TO THE CAMPAIGN THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

AND QUITE EVIDENTLY HE DID A PRETTY GOOD IN-HOUSE JOB.

’’EVERY COLLEAGUE I MET IN THE HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH AND CNTA HEADQUARTERS EITHER ASSURED ME THAT THEY WERE ALREADY ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL OR PROMISED THAT THEY WOULD REGISTER WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINE ON JULY 1,” MR SUEN SAID AFTER HANDING OUT VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS IN SOUTHORN CENTRE.

PLEASED WITH THE PLEDGES, MR SUEN EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS WILL DO THE SAME AND ENCOURAGE THEIR STAFF TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL.

AFTER ALL, THE CIVIL SERVICE HAS A COMBINED STRENGTH OF MORE THAN 180,000.

MR SUEN ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL TO THOSE HAVING REACHED THE AGE OF 18 TO ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS.

’’THAT IS THE BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HAVE A VOICE IN SHAPING A BETTER HONG KONG,” HE ASSERTED.

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STAMPS ON SALE AT 24-HOUR STORES *****

THREE TYPES OF STAMP BOOKLETS WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL 7-ELFVFN CONVENIENCE STORES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY FROM MAY 9.

THEY HAVE BEEN ON SALE AT SELECTED 7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORKS SINCE DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

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"THE EXTENSION OF THE SELLING VENUES TO ALL 7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORES IS PART OF OUR INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE SERVICES," THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR MIKE PAGLIARI, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"IT WILL GIVE MUCH GREATER CONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC WITH MORE THAN 200 ADDITIONAL OUTLETS TO SELL STAMPS AT ANY HOUR OF THE DAY," HE SAID.

EACH CONTAINING 10 PIECES OF $1, $1.9 OR $2.4 DEFINITIVE

STAMPS, THE BOOKLETS ARE SOLD AT $10, $19, AND $24 RESPECTIVELY.

THESE DENOMINATIONS ARE WIDELY USED FOR POSTING LOCAL AND AIRMAIL LETTERS AT THE INITIAL WEIGHT STEP OF 10 GRAMS.

NO SPECIAL HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON THIS OCCASION, MR PAGLIARI SAID.

PROMOTE SAFE DRIVING *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR RAFAEL HUI, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE MESSAGE OF SAFE DRIVING SHOULD BE WIDELY PROMOTED SO THAT MORE DRIVERS COULD SHARE THE FUN OF SAFE DRIVING.

PRESENTING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TROPHY SAFE DRIVING COMPETITION WHICH WAS HEU) IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS, MR HUI SAID THE INCREASE IN BOTH THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE CATEGORIES OF VEHICLES IN THE COMPETITION SHOWED THAT THE EVENT WAS SUPPORTED BY THE PUBLIC.

"WE ALL KNOW THAT ADVANCED MOTORING DOES NOT MEAN HIGH SPEED DRIVING. FOR THIS REASON, ROAD SAFETY, DRIVING SKILL AND PASSENGER COMFORT WERE ALL PARTS OF THE JUDGING CRITERIA IN THE COMPETITION,” MR HUI SAID.

THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION COMPRISED FOUR SECTIONS: PRIVATE CAR, TAXI, LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE AND 1IGHT BUS.

THE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS WERE HELD IN MARCH DURING WHICH 10 FINALISTS FROM EACH SECTION WERE SELECTED TO ENTER THE FINALS WHICH WERE HELD LAST MONTH.

ALL FINALISTS WERE AWARDED A TROPHY. THE CHAMPION OF EACH SECTION WAS ALSO AWARDED A ROUND-TRIP HONG KONG-TOKYO AIR TICKET.

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YOUTH FUNDING SCHEME ON AIDS INVITES APPLICATIONS » » » * *

THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ON AIDS (CEPAIDS) IS INVITING YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE USE OF THE YOUTH FUNDING SCHEME ON AIDS FOR THE FOURTH YEAR.

THE SCHEME IS RUN BY CEPAIDS’ WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH TO ENCOURAGE AND MOBILISE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ORGANISE INNOVATIVE PROJECTS ON EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ON AIDS FOR OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITY.

IT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED SUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST THREE YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR CEPAIDS SAID: ’’YOUTH GROUPS EACH COMPRISING NOT LESS THAN FIVE MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT PROJECT PLANS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE AWARENESS ON AIDS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

"BY ORGANISING AND IMPLEMENTING AN AIDS PROJECT, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT AIDS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY,” HE EXPLAINED.

THERE WILL BE TWO DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS THIS YEAR - MAY 30 AND SEPTEMBER 30 - FOR APPLICANTS’ CHOICE.

TWENTY PROJECT PLANS WILL BE SELECTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION THIS YEAR AND THE MAXIMUM FUNDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF EACH PROJECT IS $6,000.

AMONG THE SELECTED PROJECTS, THE BEST THREE WILL EACH BE AWARDED A CASH PRIZE OF $2,000 AND AN "OUTSTANDING AWARD" TROPHY.

YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED TN THE FUNDING SCHEME CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AND RELATED PROSPECTUS FROM THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, OR CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF CEPAIDS’ WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH ON TEL 835 1821.

LAST YEAR, 20 YOUTH GROUPS WERE SELECTED UNDER THE SCHEME, AND FOUR FOR THE FIRST YEAR IN 1991.

THESE GROUPS LAUNCHED A VARIETY OF CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS WHICH INCLUDED DRAMA SHOWS, MOBILE EXHIBITIONS, FOOTBALL TRAINING PROJECTS, CAMPINGS, FUNFAIRS, GET-TOGETHER NIGHTS, QUIZES; THE PRODUCTION OF CARING CARDS, CALENDAR CARDS, VIDEO AND OTHER AIDS EDUCATION RESOURCE MATERIALS AND A RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN.

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AIR-CONDITIONER NUISANCES INCUR FINE ♦ » » ♦ »

DON’T LET YOUR AIR-CONDITIONER BECOME A NUISANCE TO YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS THIS MAY COST YOU A FINE OF $10,000.

THIS IS THE MESSAGE OF A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LAUNCHES THIS MONTH.

THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS.

AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, A 24-HOUR HOTLINE - 723 0013 -

CARRYING A PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE ON METHODS OF PREVENTING NUISANCES CAUSED BY AIR-CONDITIONERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC.

’’THE AIM IS TO REMIND THEM TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS AS SUMMER IS COMING,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

’’AFTER LISTENING TO THE TAPED MESSAGE, A CALLER MAY LEAVE HIS QUESTIONS WITH THE HOTLINE. STAFF FROM THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WILL CALL BACK,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT UNWANTED DRIPPINGS, HOT AIR AND EXCESSIVE NOISE WERE COMMON NUISANCES BROUGHT ABOUT BY DEFECTIVE AIRCONDITIONERS.

’’AIR-CONDITIONERS SHOULD BE INSTALLED AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE FROM THE NEIGHBOURING UNIT TO AVOID CAUSING NOISE NUISANCE.

’’WINDOW-TYPE AIR-CONDITIONERS SHOULD ALSO HAVE PROPER DRAINAGE TO AVOID DRIPPING,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE STRESSED THAT PROPER MAINTENANCE AND REGULAR INSPECTION WERE IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE MACHINE FUNCTIONED PROPERLY.

UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO LET AN AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT DRIP OR EMIT HOT AIR IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO BE A NUISANCE.

’’OFFENDERS MAY BE FINED UP TO $10,000,” I’HE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS IN THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE ON THE CONTROL OF NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY AIR-CONDITIONERS,” HE ADDED.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, PUBLICITY MATERIALS LIKE ADVISORY LETTERS, POSTERS AND LEAFLETS WILL BE WIDELY DISTRIBUTED TO MANAGEMENTS OF ESTABLISHED PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES, SHOPPING ARCADES, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, OWNERS INCORPORATED, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF AIR-CONDITIONERS.

TELEVISION AND RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE BROADCAST TO AROUSE PUBLIC CONCERN.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO SEEK ADVICE OR HELP FROM DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE OFFICES OF THE URBAN SERVICES OR REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

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MUSIC GRANTS FOR 1994/95 *****

ALL REGISTERED NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS CAN NOW APPLY FOR GRANTS FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR 1994/95 TO BE USED IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC AND DANCE.

GRANTS WERE PREVIOUSLY MADE TO SCHOOLS AND MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OR REPAIR OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, DANCE EQUIPMENT, MUSIC SCORES AND PARTS; OR ORGANISING CONCERTS, MUSIC CAMPS AND DANCE WORKSHOPS.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE FOR GRANTS FOR OTHER PURPOSES THAT CONFORM TO THE OVERALL EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE FUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC FUND SAID GRANTS TOTALLING $1,022 MILLION WERE APPROVED IN 1993/94 FOR 132 SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION PAMPHLETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSIC FUND SECRETARIAT, 40TH FLOOR, REVENUE TOWER, 5 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI; AND ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON TEL 594 5628. THE CLOSING

DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 3.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,396 0930 + 256

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,925 1000 + 176

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1 100 + 279

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 279 1200 + 279

LAF TODAY -750 1500 + 279

1600 + 279

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.5 ♦ + 0.3* 5.5.94

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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 2.88 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.72 5.79

1 MONTH 3.49 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.35 6.08

3 MONTHS 4.00 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.81 6.59

6 MONTHS 4.59 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.11 6.69

12 MONTHS 5.15 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 98.61 6.78

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 25,839 MN

CLOSED 5 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LU PING’S SPEECH POSITIVE: GOVERNOR........................ 1

GOVERNOR MEETS MEDIA AFTER VISITING ELDERLY HOME........... 2

TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION AFTER VISITING THE HK TECHNICAL COLLEGE.....,............................. 5

GOVERNOR VISITS HOME FOR THE AGED.......................... 7

GOVERNOR THANKS LIONS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE................ 7

WHITEHEAD OPERATION PRESS REPORT DISMISSED................. 8

HK REPRESENTATIVES TO APEC PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM NAMED. 8

HK HOME TO SOPHISTICATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTRE...... 9

SPEL EXCHANGES VIEWS WITH CONSUMER COUNCIL................ 10

HONG KONG FESTIVAL FOR 1995 .............................. 10

PLANNING DEPARTMENT ACTS AGAINST UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS.............................................. 12

ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND TO BE SET UP............ 12

FOUR DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA PLANS APPROVED........... 13

FOOTBRIDGE PROPOSED FOR SHA TIN........................... 14

CAR RAMP TO OCEAN TERMINAL PROPOSED....................... 15

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DSD LOOKS FOR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS......................... 16

SWD HELPS EXPANSION OF CHARITY WORK INTO CHINA............ 16

OPEN EMPLOYMENT FOR DISABLED PERSONS VITAL................ 17

SECONDARY STUDENTS URGED TO BECOME VOTERS................. 17

39 ECVIIS SENT BACK....................................... 18

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ...

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LU PING’S SPEECH POSITIVE: GOVERNOR *****

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, HOPED THAT PEOPLE WOULD SEE DIRECTOR LU PING’S SPEECH TODAY (FRIDAY) AS A POSITIVE STATEMENT ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

RESPONDING TO MEDIA QUESTIONS ABOUT DIRECTOR LU’S SPEECH AFTER HIS VISIT TO THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE (TSING ¥1), MR PATTEN SAID:’’THERE’S PLAINLY A LOT IN THE SPEECH WITH WHICH WE ALL AGREE.

” DIRECTOR LU TALKS ABOUT THE VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ROLE WHICH HONG KONG CAN PLAY AND WHICH WE ALL WANT TO SEE HONG KONG PLAY IN THE CONTINUING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA.”

HOWEVER, MR PATTEN BELIEVED SOME PEOPLE WOULD BE A LITTLE SURPRISED BY THE REMARKS ABOUT POLITICS.

" AFTER ALL, HONG KONG ISN’T JUST AN EXAMPLE OF CAPITALISM AT WORK,” HE SAID.

” THERE ARE ALSO FREEDOMS AND VALUES IN THE INSTITUTIONS OF AN OPEN SOCIETY WHICH HAVE HELPED TO CREATE OUR PROSPERITY HERE IN HONG KONG. AND CHINA ITSELF HAS RECOGNISED THIS.

” CHINA ITSELF HAS SIGNED UP IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND IN THE BASIC LAW TO A PROCESS OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG WHICH RECOGNISES THE MODEST BUT GROWING ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY.

” SO, I THINK THAT THERE WILL BE SOME QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THAI . "

THE GOVERNOR HOPED THAT IF THERE WERE DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT ISSUES LIKE POLITICS OR SOME ELEMENTS OF POLITICS, HE AND DIRECTOR LU COULD TALK CALMLY AND RATIONALLY TO ONE ANOTHER AND PERHAPS PUT THEM ON ONE SIDE WHILE GETTING ON WITH THE LIVELIHOOD ISSUES WHICH DIRECTOR LU HAD PUT SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON IN HIS SPEECH.

” 1 THINK ON THAT, PEOPLE WILL BE HOPING THAT THE SPEECH IS FOLLOWED BY PRACTICAL ACTIONS AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF PROGRESS IN CO-OPERATION,” HE ADDED.

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GOVERNOR MEETS MEDIA AFTER VISITING ELDERLY HOME ♦ » ♦ * *

FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA AFTER VISITING AN ELDERLY HOME TODAY (FRIDAY):

GOVERNOR: I AM DELIGHTED THAT WITH LIBBY I'VE BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THIS EXCELLENT HOME THIS MORNING. I THINK THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY BELIEVES AS WE BECOME MORE PROSPEROUS SO WE SHOULD PROVIDE A BETTER LEVEL OF CARE AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES FOR ELDERLY CITIZENS WHO HAVE HELPED TO CREATE THE PROSPERITY THAT WE NOW ENJOY. THIS HOME IS OBVIOUSLY DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB. WE WANT TO TRY TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT MORE PEOPLE, MORE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE LOOKED AFTER LIKE THIS.

WE’VE MADE A NUMBER OF PLEDGES AS YOU KNOW TO DEVELOP OUR SERVICES. WE ARE PROVIDING AN EXTRA 800 CARE AND ATTENTION PLACES OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. WE’VE TAKEN THE DECISION TO ESTABLISH A NETWORK OF NURSING HOMES RIGHT ACROSS HONG KONG WITH AN INITIAL COMMITMENT TO J 4,000 PLACES AS A FIRST STEP. WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN TO DEAL WITH THE BACKLOG IN THE SINGLE ELDERLY ON THE HOUSING AUTHORITY LIST AND WE’RE PLEDGED TO CLEAR A BACKLOG OF 4,000 IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS. IN GENERAL WE WANT TO SEE BETTER SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY. LIBBY AS THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE CHAIRS THE WORKING GROUP WHICH IS TRYING TO POOL TOGETHER ALL OUR SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE BETTER AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE PROVISION. IN THE BACKGROUND, OF COURSE, IS THE CONTINUING DEBATE AND THE IMPORTANT DEBATE ABOUT FINANCIAL PROVISION FOR THE ELDERLY WITH AT THE MOMENT A FEASIBILITY STUDY INTO THE PROPOSALS WE HAVE PUT FORWARD FOR OUR OLD AGE PENSION SCHEME. SO AS A WHOLE NETWORK OF POLICIES WHICH WE NEED TO BRING TOGETHER AND I THINK THAT EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AND NOBODY I THINK WILL GRUDGE FOR A MOMENT THE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WE WANT TO PUT INTO ELDERLY CARE.

QUESTION: MR

APPLICATION OF EVENT IN CHINA.

PATTEN, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED THE SOME HONG KONG REPORTERS TO COVER THE QIANTAO LAKE HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO IT?

GOVERNOR: I WOULD HAVE HOPED THAT AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, CHINESE OFFICIALS WOULD BE WORKING AS HARD AS POSSIBLE TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG TO BELIEVE THAT THEY, THOSE CHINESE OFFICIALS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT COMMITMENTS TO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN HONG KONG. THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ISSUE, CONCERNS THAT WERE GIVEN PARTICULAR POINT BY THE XI YANG CASE BUT WITH CONCERNS WHICH HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED THROUGH OTHER REASONS AS WELL WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO THE POLLS, WORRY ABOUT WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AFTER 1997. SO MY OWN VIEW, THOUGH IT’S A MATTER FOR CHINESE OFFICIALS, MY OWN VIEW IS THAT THEY SHOULD BE WORKING TO REMOVE THOSE CONCERNS, NOT TAKING DECISIONS WHICH INCREASE THOSE CONCERNS. I NOTICE WHAT ONE OR TWO MEMBERS OF THE PWC THEMSELVES HAVE SAID ABOUT THE DECISION WHICH SEEMS TO ME TO BE SENSIBLE AND BRAVE.

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QUESTION: SIR, A LATEST SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE TRUST OF HONG KONG PEOPLE IN BEIJING AND THE UK GOVERNMENTS IS AT AN ALL TIME LOW, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

GOVERNOR: I HAVEN’T SEEN THAT SURVEY. MOST OF THE SURVEYS I HAVE SEEN RECENTLY SUGGESTED THAT IN COMPARISON WITH MOST OTHER COMMUNITIES, THERE IS AN ASTONISHING LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR THE POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT. BUT IF YOU TELL WHAT THE SURVEY IS AND YOU SEE ME THIS AFTERNOON I WILL RESPOND TO IT.

QUESTION: DID YOU PROPOSE A DATE TO THE CHINESE SIDE FOR THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING?

GOVERNOR: YES, WE HAVE MADE PROPOSALS TO THE CHINESE SIDE WHICH I

HOPE THE CHINESE SIDE WILL BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO IT POSITIVELY.

QUESTION: DIRECTOR LU PING WILL VISIT JUNK BAY ON THE COMING SUNDAY, WILL YOU PROVIDE ANY SECURITY ARRANGEMENT FOR HIM?

GOVERNOR: ANYTHING WHICH DIRECTOR LU PING AND HIS COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE WE WILL PROVIDE. WE’VE BEEN PROVIDING THEM WITH AS MUCH ASSISTANCE AS THEY HAVE ASKED FOR ALL WEEK AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO SO BECAUSE WE WOULD LIKE DIRECTOR LU PING’S VISIT TO HONG KONG TO BE SO ENJOYABLE AND SUCCESSFUL THAT HE COMES BACK MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT HE SEES AS MUCH OF HONG KONG AS POSSIBLE, MEETS AS MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AS POSSIBLE AND IS ABLE TO ADDRESS AS MANY CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS POSSIBLE. SO ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO MAKE HIS VISIT A SUCCESS AND ENJOYABLE WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DO.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, THE RECENT BRITISH LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTION SHOWS THAT THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ENJOYS THE LOWEST SUPPORT FROM THE BRITISH. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THAT IT WILL AFFECT YOUR FUTURE AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG?

GOVERNOR: I DON’T THINK IT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE TO MY FUTURE AS GOVERNOR ANY MORE THAN THE LAST ELECTION RESULTS WHEN I WAS A PARTY CHAIRMAN, WHICH WERE I THINK ALMOST THE BEST WE HAVE MANY YEARS AFFECTED THE THEN GOVERNOR OR AFFECTED MY RELATIONSHIP TO THE JOB THAT EVERYBODY KNEW I WAS GOING TO DO AT THE TIME. IT’S NOT REALLY A MATTER FOR ME. I HAVEN’T SEEN THE RESULTS IN ANY DETAIL. I TOLD YOU WHAT I AM INTERESTED IN. I AM INTERESTED IN THE RESULTS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS THIS SEPTEMBER IN PARTICULAR. I AM INTERESTED IN GETTING THE MAXIMUM REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND AS BIG A TURNOUT AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE 1 THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE TAKE AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN THEIR LOCAL AFFAIRS. LAST QUESTION.

QUESTION: DIRECTOR LU IS GOING TO MAKE A SPEECH ON ’’ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS” THIS AFTERNOON.

GOVERNOR: GOOD, EXCELLENT.

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QUESTION: WHAT KIND OF EXPECTATIONS ARE YOU WAITING TO SEE, WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE YOU HOPING THAT DIRECTOR LU WILL GIVE HONG KONG IN HIS SPEECH?

GOVERNOR: I VERY MUCH HOPE HE WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN AROUSED ABOUT THE SPEECH. I HAVE BEEN READING LEADING ARTICLES AND OTHER PIECES IN YOUR NEWSPAPERS ALL WEEK SAYING THE SORT THE THINGS THAT YOU HOPE DIRECTOR LU WILL SAY AND I HOPE THAT HE WILL HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR HONG KONG. I HOPE MORE GENERALLY HE WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERLINE CHINA’S COMMITMENT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION. I HOPE HE WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT CHINESE OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT HAS MADE HONG KONG SO SUCCESSFUL - A COMBINATION OF MARKET ECONOMICS AND THE RULE OF LAW. I HOPE THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERLINE HONG KONG’S CONTINUING SPECIAL NATURE AND CONTINUING IMPORTANCE. I HOPE ALSO THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERLINE THAT IN THE FUTURE HONG KONG WILL ENJOY A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY AS IT HAS BEEN PROMISED. I AM SURE THAT IT WILL BE AN EXTREMELY INTERESTING SPEECH. IT’S A SPEECH WHICH EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN WAITING FOR AND HE WILL HAVE I AM SURE A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE FOR IT.

QUESTION: ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ... ?

GOVERNOR: WELL, SINCE I THINK FEBRUARY I HAVE HAD AN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE HONG KONG LIONS, THE CLUB THAT IS, RATHER THAN THE ONES THAT ROAR AND I AM GOING TO GO AND HAVE LUNCH WITH THEM NOW. HAVING LUNCH WITH LIONS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I’VE OFTEN DONE AND I HOPE I EMERGE UNSCATHED.

QUESTION: ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SIMILAR SPEECH ON SIMILAR ITEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

GOVERNOR: I MAKE LOTS OF SPEECHES ON THAT ISSUE. I MADE ONE NOT VERY LONG AGO, AT THE UNIVERSITY ON HOW I THOUGHT WE MANAGED TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION. I POINTED OUT ALL THE WORK WHICH STILL HAS TO BE DONE, ALL THE WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE ON THE LOCALISATION AND ADAPTATION OF LAWS AND THE WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE ON THE CONTAINER TERMINAL, ON THE AIRPORT AND ALL THOSE OTHER MATTERS. AND THOSE ARE ISSUES ON WHICH I HOPE WE’LL BE HEARING FROM DIRECTOR LU PING EITHER THIS AFTERNOON OR IN HIS SUBSEQUENT VISITS, WHICH I REPEAT WE HOPE WILL BE MANY AND CHEERFUL. THANK YOU.

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION AFTER VISITING THE HE TECHNICAL COLLEGE ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER VISITING THE HONG RONG COLLEGE (TS1NG YIl THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON:-

GOVERNOR, TECHNICAL

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WHAT’S YOUR THAT IT’LL BE DISASTROUS IF HONG

REACTION TO LU PING’S KONG IS TURNED INTO A

STATEMENT TODAY POLITICAL CITY?

GOVERNOR: OBVIOUSLY, DIRECTOR LU PING’S SPEECH WAS VERY CAREFULLY THOUGHT ABOUT AND CAREFULLY WRITTEN. 1 ’VE ONLY HAD A CHANCE OF LOOKING AT IT VERY QUICKLY IN BETWEEN GOING ROUND THIS TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND I THINK IT DESERVES RATHER MORE CAREFUL STUDY. THERE’S PLAINLY A LOT IN THE SPEECH WITH WHICH WE ALL AGREE. LU PING TALKS ABOUT THE VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ROLE WHICH HONG KONG CAN PLAY AND WHICH WE ALL WANT TO SEE HONG KONG PLAY IN THE CONTINUING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA.

J THINK THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL BE A LITTLE SURPRISED ABOUT POLITICS. AFTER ALL, HONG KONG ISN’T JUST CAPITALISM AT WORK. THERE ARE ALSO FREEDOMS AND INSTITUTIONS OF AN OPEN SOCIETY WHICH HAVE HELPED

BY THE REMARKS AN EXAMPLE OF VALUES IN THE. TO CREATE OUR

PROSPERITY HERE IN HONG KONG. AND CHINA ITSELF HAS RECOGNISED THIS. CHINA ITSELF HAS SIGNED IIP IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND IN THE BASK’ LAW TO A PROCESS OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG WHICH RECOGNISES THE MODEST BUT GROWING ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE

COMMUNITY, OF YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE THE ONES I HAVE MET TODAY. SO, I THINK THAT THERE WILL BE SOME QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THAT BUT OVERALL, J HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE IT AS A POSITIVE STATEMENT ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE. AND 1 HOPE THAT IF THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT ISSUES LIKE

POLITICS OR SOME ELEMENTS OF POLITICS, WE CAN TALK CALMLY AND RATIONALLY TO ONE ANOTHER AND PERHAPS PCT THEM ON ONE SIDE WHILE. WF GET ON WITH THE LIVELIHOOD ISSUES WHICH DIRECTOR LU PING PUT SO MUCH

EMPHASIS ON IN HIS SPEECH. AND I THINK ON THAT, PEOPLE WILL BE HOPING THAT THE SPEECH IS FOLLOWED BY PRACTICAL ACTIONS AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF PROGRESS IN CO-OPERATION.

QUESTION: BUT DO YOU SEE THAT KIND OF SNUB TOWARDS THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

REMARKS AS ......... A KIND OF

OF HONG KONG?

GOVERNOR: J DON’T THINK THAT I WANT TO USE THAT SORI’ OF LANGUAGE. I’VE SAID BEFORE THAT I DON’T THINK YOU CAN TREAT HONG KONG AS JUS!' AN ECONOMIC LABORATORY. IT’S A LIVING, THRIVING COMMUNITY WITH ALL SORTS OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS, MODES! ONES, MODERATE ONES. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A COMMUNITY WHICH IS THE EIGHTH LARGEST TRADING COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND IMPRESSIVE COMMUNITIES ANYWHERE AND WE AKE ALSO TALKING ABOUT CHINA’S AGREEMENT TO THE STEADY, NOT TOO RAPID, BUT THE STEADY POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG. SO, I THINK PEOPLE WILL WANT TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN THEY READ DIRECTOR LU PING’S WORDS. AND I AM SURE THAT WE’LL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM AND OTHER CHINESE OFFICIALS HOW THEY INTERPRET THE THINGS THAT THEY’VE AGREED TO IN THE JOINT DECLARATION ABOUT HONG KONG’S VALUES AND HONG KONG’S FREEDOMS. ALL THE THINGS WHICH THE YOUNG AND 1NTELLLGEN’i STUDENTS I WAS TALKING TO TODAY WOULD TAKE COMPLETELY FOR GRANTED.

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QUESTION: YOU ALWAYS SAID THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WOULD NO'l DISBAND THE THREE TIERS OF ELECTIONS DURING THE CHANGEOVER, BIT DURING MR LU PING AND PWC ’ S TRIP IN HONG KONG, THEY ALWAYS SAID AGAIN AND AGAIN I’HAT THE THREE TIERS OF ELECTIONS WOULD BE DISBANDED, AND THIS MORNING HE SAID AGAIN. SO, DO YOU STILL HOPE I’HAT DREAM, OR STILL HOLD THAT DREAM OR PREPARE NOT FOR THAT?

GOVERNOR: I’VE SAID BEFORE THAI II IS NO DENIAL OF CHINESE SOVEREIGNTY AFTER 1997 TO POINT OUT THAT THERE IS NO REASON WHY CHINA SHOULD THROW OUT OF THE WINDOW THE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH THE COMMUNITY REGARD.S AS BEING MOST SENSIBLE AND MOST IN THE COMMUNITY'S INTERESTS. BUT I THINK IT IS A LITTLE PREMATURE TO REACH DECISIONS ON THAT. THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HASN'T FINISHED DEBATING OUR BILL.. I HOPF. OUR BILL WILL GO THROUGH UNAMENDED BECAUSE IT’S AN EXTREMELY GOOD BILL. IF IT DOES GO THROUGH UNAMENDED, IT WILL PUT ON THE STATUTE BOOK ARRANGEMENTS WHICH ARE WHOLLY IN LINE NOT JUST WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION BUT WITH THE BASIC LAW. LAST.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, DO YOU AGREE WITH MR LI PING, IN THE SPEECH, HE MENTIONED THAT STABILITY OF CHINA IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE ONE-COUNTRY-TWO SYSTEMS CONCEPT. OTHERWISE, IT WILL JUST MERELY BUILD ON SAND. WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU TRY TO ASSESS THE ONE-COUNTRY-TWO-SYSTEMS CONCEPT INTO REALITY?

GOVERNOR: I HAVE SAID ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG, I HAPPEN TO THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO THE REGION ANU THE WORLD, THAT CHINA CONTINUES TO GROW AND DEVELOP PROSPEROUSLY, PEACEFULLY AND WITH STABILITY BECAUSE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CHINA IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US AND ALL OF US SHOULD WANT TO SEE IT SUCCEED. I’VE MADE THAT POINT PLAIN AGAIN, AGAIN AND AGAIN. NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS COULD CONCEIVABLY WANT CHINA To STUMBLE OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. CHINA IN FIFTEEN YEARS HAS MADE AN ASTONISHING TRANSFORMATION FROM THE SORT OF ECONOMICS WHICH, I THINK NONE OF US WOULD AGREE WITH, TO SOMETHING QUITE LIKE A MARKET ECONOMY. IT’S MANAGED THAT PASSAGE WITH SPECTACULAR AGILITY. OF COURSE, IT NOW FACES SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS BUT NOBODY SHOULD BE SURPRISED ABOUT THAT. PROBLEMS OF MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICY, INFLATION AND OVER-HEATING, PROBLEMS IN CHANGING OVER MAN-1NDUSTR1ES. THOSE ARE ALL PROBLEMS WHICH OTHERS HAVE TO TACKLE. THEY ARE BIGGER IN CHINA’S CASE BECAUSE CHINA IS SO MUCH BIGGER. BUT, I HOPE AS YOU ALL DO THAT CHINA MANAGES TO COPE WITH THEM WITH THE SAME DEXTERITY WITH WHICH CHINA’S COPED WITH ITS PROBLEMS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS AND I VERY MUCH HOPE AND SO DO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE IN HONG KONG CAN PLAY A ROLE IN THAT SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT. BUT WE ALL HAVE TO RECOGNISE, YOU DON’T HAVE, I AM NOT MAKING A CHEAP POINT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A MARXIST OR AN EX-MARXIST TO RECOGNISE IT THAT ECONOMICS HAS SOCIAL AND TECHNICAL AND POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES THAI’ THERE ARE RELATIONSHIPS. AND SUCCESSFUL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION ACCOMMODATES AND BALANCES THE TWO AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE ALL GOT TO DO AS SATISFACTORILY AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU VERA MUCH INDEED.

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GOVERNOR VISITS HOME FOR THE AGED *****

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE CHUK LAM MING TONG CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE AGED IN POKFULAM TO SEE HOW A SUBVERTED HOME FOR THE ELDERLY PROVIDES ITS SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, THE GOVERNOR WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR IAN STRACHAN.

MR STRACHAN INTRODUCED TO THE GOVERNOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOME’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR SO TUNG-LAM, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE HOME, MS LIU YIN-CHOI.

THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED ON THE FACILITIES OF THE HOME WHICH PROVIDES HOME FOR THE AGED, CARE-AND-ATTENTION AND INFIRMARY SERVICE FOR PERSONS AGED 60 AND OVER.

HE LEARNED THAT THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 180 PLACES, OF WHICH 60 ARE HOME FOR THE AGED PLACES AND 120 ARE CARE-AND-ATTENTION PLACES INCLUDING 40 INFIRMARY BEDS.

THE PARTY FIRST ARRIVED AT THE HOME’S ACTIVITY ROOM TO SEE A GROUP OF ELDERLY RESIDENTS PRACTISING CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY, TAI CHI, COTTON-WOOL MAKING, HANDICRAFT, DIM SUM MAKING AND MEAL PREPARATION.

THE GOVERNOR LATER JOINED THE RESIDENTS IN CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF MADAM WOO WAI-CHUN WHO IS THE OLDEST RESIDENT AT THE HOME. THE GOVERNOR ALSO PRESENTED A BIRTHDAY CAKE TO MADAM WOO.

BEFORE DEPARTURE, THE GOVERNOR TOURED THE FACILITIES PROVIDED AT THE CARE-AND-ATTENTION CUM INFIRMARY SECTION.

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THE 39-YEAR COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG HAS EARNED WORDS OF APPRECIATION FROM THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN.

SPEAKING AT THE CLUB’S LUNCHEON TODAY (FRIDAY), MR PATTEN PAID TRIBUTE TO ITS MEMBERS’ WORK IN HEALTH, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AS WELL AS SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND DISABLED.

ON ITS FUTURE PLANS, MR PATTEN WAS PLEASED TO KNOW THAT THE LIONS WERE WORKING ON A NUMBER OF NEW PROJECTS, SUCH AS A COMMUNITY CHARTER ON AIDS, A STUDENT VISIT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME FOR HONG KONG, CHINA AND TAIWAN, A PREVOCAT1ONAL SCHOOL AND A HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE.

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AN INTERNATIONAL LIONS CLUB CONVENTION IS PLANNED IN HONG KONG FOR THE YEAR 2000.

MR PATTEN EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE PARTICIPANTS WOULD FIND HONG KONG PEOPLE BUILDING THE FUTURE OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WITH THE SAME VIGOUR, INVENTIVENESS AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT WITH WHICH THEY HAD BUILT HONG KONG IN THE PAST.

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WHITEHEAD OPERATION PRESS REPORT DISMISSED

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) DISMISSED AS UNTRUE A REPORT IN AN ENGLISH NEWSPAPER THAT A REQUEST HAD BEEN PUT TO THE GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS TO USE HELICOPTERS TO DROP WATER DURING THE REMOVAL OF 1,500 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS FROM THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE ON APRIL 7.

"AT NO STAGE DURING THE PLANNING OF THIS OPERATION WAS THE USE OF WATER DROPPED FROM HELICOPTERS EVER CONSIDERED. SUCH USE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE WHITEHEAD INCIDENT WOULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS,” HE SAID.

DURING THE OPERATION IN WHITEHEAD, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WERE ON STAND-BY TO CONTROL POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS OF FIRE. THEY HAD NO OTHER ROLE.

THE SPOKESMAN CATEGORICALLY DENIED THAT THEY EVER PUT SUCH A REQUEST TO THE GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE.

"CRITICISM OF MR ERIC MCCOSH, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES ATTRIBUTED TO PAM BAKER OF REFUGEE CONCERN AND RECORDED IN THE REPORT WAS ILL-FOUNDED AND IRRESPONSIBLE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HK REPRESENTATIVES TO APEC PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM NAMED *****

HONG KONG HAS NOMINATED TWO PROMINENT LEADERS FROM THE BUSINESS SECTOR TO REPRESENT THE TERRITORY IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION (APEC) PACIFIC BUSINESS FOR(JM, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR CHAU TAK-HAY, ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE MR LINUS CHEUNG WING-LAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG TELECOM AND DR SARAH LIAO SAU-TUNG, DIRECTOR OF EHS CONSULTANTS LTD.

THE PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM WAS ONE OF THE INITIATIVES AGREED BY THE APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING IN SEATTLE ON NOVEMBER 20, 1993.

THE AIM OF THE FORUM IS TO FACILITATE REGIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT AND ENCOURAGE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS NETWORKS THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

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THE FORUM WILL BE TASKED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF IDENTIFYING THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS THAT SUPPORT OR CONSTRAIN BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION AND RECOMMENDING STEPS THAT APEC COULD TAKE TO IMPROVE THE BUSINESS CLIMATE.

"WITH THE WIDE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR, I AM SURE THAT MR CHEUNG AND DR LIAO WILL MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE FORUM," MR CHAU SAID.

THE FORUM IS EXPECTED TO MEET AT LEAST TWICE BEFORE THE SECOND ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING IN INDONESIA IN NOVEMBER 1994. THE DATE AND VENUE OF THE FIRST MEETING HAVE YET TO BE FIXED.

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HK HOME TO SOPHISTICATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTRE

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HONG KONG HAS BECOME THE LOGISTICAL BASE AND NERVE CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN CHINA BECAUSE IT IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT AND SOPHISTICATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTRES IN THE WORLD, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR GORDON SIU, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER OF THE BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY (HONG KONG SECTION), MR SIU SAID HONG KONG WAS ALSO THE DE FACTO TELECOMMUNICATIONS HUB OF THE REGION.

MR SIU SAID TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS, HONG KONG HAD TO MAINTAIN ITS LEADING EDGE IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

"HONG KONG IS FORTUNATE IN THAT WE HAVE ALREADY MADE A HEAD START," HE SAID.

"WE ARE THE FIRST CITY IN THE WORLD THAT HAS A COMPREHENSIVE FIBRE OPTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK AND FULLY DIGITALISED TELEPHONE EXCHANGE SYSTEM.

"WE WILL SHORTLY BE ISSUING LOCAL FIXED NETWORK LICENCES TO THREE ADDITIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATORS SO THAT THE RANGE OF SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO BUSINESS AND DOMESTIC CUSTOMERS WILL BE EVEN WIDER.

"IN SHORT, WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IS IN PLACE," MR SIU SAID.

TO ENSURE HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM WAS PRODUCING WORKERS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEXT GENERATION, MR SIU SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT $40 MILLION IN EQUIPPING SCHOOLS WITH COMPUTERS AND ANOTHER $20 MILLION MORE WOULD BE SPENT.

MORE THAN 350 SCHOOLS ARE NOW OFFERING COMPUTER STUDIES COURSES.

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TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, THE GOVERNMENT WAS ENGAGING IN A $600 MILLION-PROJECT DESIGNED TO LINK COMPUTER FACILITIES AND SYSTEMS IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, MR SIU SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO SET UP A JOINT EQUITY COMPANY, TRADELINK, WITH 11 MAJOR HONG KONG ENTERPRISES TO PROVIDE A CATALYST FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF A COMMUNITY WIDE ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE SERVICE, HE SAID.

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SPEL EXCHANGES VIEWS WITH CONSUMER COUNCIL ♦ » » * ♦

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, TODAY (FRIDAY) EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, PROF EDWARD CHEN, AND THE COUNCIL’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MRS PAMELA CHAN, ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION IN PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS.

MR EASON SAID: ’’THE MEETING WILL BE VERY USEFUL IN HELPING THE TASK FORCE FORMULATE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ON INCREASING LAND SUPPLY AND DEALING WITH PROPERTY SPECULATION.

”WE DISCUSSED PROPERTY PRE-SALE ARRANGEMENTS AND WAYS TO ASSIST POTENTIAL FLAT BUYERS TO OBTAIN MORE UP-TO-DATE AND COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPERTY MARKET AND THE FLAT SUPPLY SITUATION IN THE LONGER TERM.”

TODAY’S MEETING FORMED PART OF THE CURRENT CONSULTATION THAT MR EASON IS HAVING WITH RELEVANT GROUPS AND BODIES. VIEWS SOLICITED IN THIS PROCESS WILL HELP THE TASK FORCE FORMULATE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR TO INCREASE LAND SUPPLY AND TO MODERATE PROPERTY PRICES.

MR EASON SAID: ”OUR WORK IS PROCEEDING WELL AND IT REMAINS OUR TARGET TO COMPLETE OUR WORK BY THE END OF JUNE."

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HONG KONG FESTIVAL FOR 1995 ♦ ♦ » ♦ *

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO HOLD A LARGE-SCALE HONG KONG FESTIVAL LATE NEXT YEAR TO HELP FOSTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND PROMOTE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

THE FESTIVAL WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS, BEGINNING AROUND LATE OCTOBER TO EARLY NOVEMBER 1995.

A SOPKESMAN FOR THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID: "THE SUCCESS OF THE HONG KONG FESTIVAL IN CANADA IN 1992 ENCOURAGED US TO COME UP WITH THIS IDEA. THAT EVENT SHOWED THAT HONG KONp HAS THE ORGANISING ABILITY AND CREATIVE TALENT TO MOUNT A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMME.

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"THE HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT IN HONG KONG FOR THAT FESTIVAL ALSO SHOWED THAT THE COMMUNITY IS VERY WILLING TO RALLY ROUND TO 'CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH EVENTS."

THE MAIN AIM OF THE PLANNED HONG KONG FESTIVAL IS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, TO PROVIDE A RALLYING POINT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SHARE AND ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THE YEARS OF EFFORT AND PERSEVERANCE THAT HAVE LED TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR HOME-GROWN ARTISTIC AND SPORTING TALENT.

"THE FESTIVAL WILL AT THE SAME TIME REFLECT HONG KONG’S COSMOPOLITAN CHARACTER WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION BOTH THROUGH LOCAL EXPATRIATE GROUPS AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF TALENT FROM OVERSEAS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ARE BEING INVITED TO BECOME CO-ORGANISERS.

THEY WILL BE REPRESENTED ON A STEERING COMMITTEE TO BE CHAIRED BY A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE STEERING COMMITTEE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGNING A MAJOR THEME, FORMULATING STRATEGY AND GIVING DIRECTION FOR THE ORGANISATION OF THE FESTIVAL.

AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETAILED PROGRAMME PLANNING WILL ALSO BE SET UP.

"IT IS ENVISAGED THAT DISTRICT BOARDS, TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS, LOCAL RECREATIONAL AND ARTS GROUPS, TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS, CHARITABLE BODIES, BUSINESS COMPANIES, THE MEDIA, CONSULATES ETC. WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THE ORGANISATION OF BOTH KEY AND SUPPORTING EVENTS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE PROGRAMME MAY INCLUDE CARNIVALS, FIREWORKS DISPLAYS, FLOATS AND PARADES, YOUTH RALLIES, OPEN-AIR CONCERTS, COMMUNITY BAZAARS, FILM SHOWS, ARTS AND ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBITIONS, CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, SPORTS EVENTS, PHOTOGRAPH, MUSIC, AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS."

IT IS EXPECTED THAT FUNDING FOR THE FESTIVAL WOULD COME FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR ON AN EQUAL SHARING BASIS.

THE STEERING COMMITTEE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING AND FOR DRAWING UP THE BUDGET.

THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE BY PROVIDING PERFORMANCES AND VENUES FREE OF CHARGE.

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PLANNING DEPARTMENT ACTS AGAINST UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS *****

THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TAKING ENFORCEMENT ACTION UNDER THE 1991 TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE AGAINST UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS IN RURAL AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, INCLUDING SAN TIN AND NGAU TAM MEI,

THESE UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDE POND FILLING, SITE FORMATION, OPEN STORAGE AND CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKS.

UP TILL NOW, 29 SUMMONSES HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN RESPECT OF THREE CASES OF UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS IN SAN TIN AND NGAU TAM MEI AREA.

THE PURPOSE OF THESE ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION ACTIONS IS TO PREVENT FURTHER PROLIFERATION OF UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS AND DETERIORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THIS AREA.

IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THESE UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS HAVE HAD NO PERMISSION FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, THUS CONTRAVENING THE PROVISIONS OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THAT A BILL SHOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE SETTING UP OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL, RESEARCH AND OTHER PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION MATTERS.

SUBJECT TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND BILL AND FUNDING APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE FUND WILL BE SET UP WITH AN INITIAL CAPITAL INJECTION OF $50 MILLION BY THE GOVERNMENT AS ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS LAST POLICY ADDRESS.

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS (SPEL) WILL BE THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUND WHICH WILL PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL BODIES TO UNDERTAKE WORTHWHILE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE TRUSTEE ON MATTERS CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE FUND.

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF A CHAIRMAN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, MAXIMUM OF FOUR OTHER MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AND EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS FROM RELEVANT GOVERNMENT BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS.

SPEL, AS THE TRUSTEE, WILL TABLE BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ANNUALLY THE AUDITED ACCOUNT AND HIS REPORT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 18 THIS YEAR. --------------------------------0-------

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FOUR DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA PLANS APPROVED

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED FOUR DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA (DPA) PLANS FOR LAU FAU SHAN AND TSIM BEI TSUI, NAM SANG WAI, KAM TIN SOUTH AND KAM TIN NORTH IN YUEN LONG, THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY ARE RURAL AREAS ENGAGED IN OPEN STORAGE AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES MIXED WITH RURAL SETTLEMENTS.

IN RECENT YEARS, MANY FISH PONDS AND AGRICULTURAL LAND HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO CAR-REPAIRING YARDS AND CONTAINER STORAGE USE.

’’THESE USES HAVE DEGRADED THE RURAL ENVIRONMENT AND CREATED VARIOUS PROBLEMS SUCH AS TRAFFIC CONGESTION, VISUAL BLIGHT AND FLOODING.

’’THE DPA PLANS ARE PUBLISHED TO INTRODUCE PROPER PLANNING CONTROL AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE FOR THE RURAL AREAS AND TO PREVENT THE PROLIFERATION OF UNCO-ORDINATED DEVELOPMENTS SO THAT THE RURAL ENVIRONMENT WILL NOT BE DEGRADED FURTHER,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID.

THREE SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (SSS1S) OF ABOUT 87 HECTARES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED IN TSIM BEI TSUI AND AROUND THE INNER DEEP BAY.

’’THESE SITES ARE IMPORTANT EGRETRIES PROVIDING A NESTING PLACE FOR DIFFERENT SPECIES OF EGRET AND HERON IN THE TERRITORY. THEY ARE ALSO THE LARGEST AND THE MOST IMPORTANT DWARF MANGROVE COMMUNITIES IN HONG KONG.

"ALL THE SSSIS ARE LOCATED WITHIN DEEP BAY BUFFER ZONE ONE. THE PLANNING INTENTION FOR BUFFER ZONE ONE IS TO PROTECT THE SPECIAL ECOLOGICAL VALUE OF THE INNER DEEP BAY AREA AND THE MAI PO NATURE RESERVE IN PARTICULAR.

"NEW DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THIS ZONE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED UNLESS IT IS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL FEATURES IN THE AREA," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, 'OPEN STORAGE’ ZONES OF ABOUT 22 HECTARES AND SEVEN HECTARES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED IN THE KAM TIN NORTH DPA PLAN AND THE NAM SANG WAI DPA PLAN RESPECTIVELY TO PROVIDE LAND FOR OPEN STORAGE USES.

OPEN STORAGE USES WHICH HAVE NO ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT WOULD BE PERMITTED THERE.

STORAGE USES WHICH MAY CAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, SUCH AS FOR CAR BREAKING AND DANGEROUS GOODS, WOULD REQUIRE PLANNING PERMISSION FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

PLANNING PERMISSION IS ALSO REQURIED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE 'UNSPECIFIED USES’ AREAS EXCEPT THOSE WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIFIED IN THE NOTES OF THE PLANS.

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’’AREAS HAVE ALSO BEEN SET ASIDE ON THE PLANS FOR SMALL HOUSE DEVELOPMENT AND FOR LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL USE.

”IN ADDITION, THERE ARE ’GREEN BELT’ ZONES DELINEATING AREAS WITH LANDSCAPE AND AMENITY VALUE; AND ’GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY’ ZONES RESERVING LAND TO MEET LOCAL AND DISTRICT DEMANDS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL FOUR APPROVED DPA PLANS ARE BEING EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL MAY 13 AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 16TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

THEY ARE ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICES BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG; AND THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE, LEVEL 11, METROPLAZA TOWER 1, 223 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI FONG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

COPIES OF THE PLANS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AND THE KOWLOON MAP SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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FOOTBRIDGE PROPOSED FOR SHA TIN ♦ * * * ♦

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT A FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF CHE KUNG MIU ROAD AND HUNG MUI KUK ROAD IN SHA TIN.

THE PROJECT, WHICH IS PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TOWN, ALSO INCLUDES ASSOCIATED ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF:

A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE WITH FOUR ESCALATORS AND STAIRS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND RAMPS FOR CYCLISTS;

* A ROUNDABOUT TO REPLACE THE EXISTING SIGNALISED ROAD JUNCTION;

* ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS ON CHE KUNG MIU ROAD, HUNG MUI KUK ROAD AND MEI TIN ROAD; AND

FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS, DRAINAGE AND LANDSCAPING.

SOME EXISTING ACCESS MAY HAVE TO BE CLOSED TO FACILITATE THE WORKS. BUT PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESS WOULD BE PROVIDED TO CATER FOR ROADS THAT HAVE TO BE CLOSED.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, NECESSARY ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED TO MINIMISE ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

A NOTICE ABOUT THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

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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, HONG KONG;

* SHA TIN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES; AND

* SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSALS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ABLERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE JULY 5, DESCRIBING HIS INTEREST AND MANNER IN WHICH HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED GRANTING A SHORT-TERM TENANCY TO WHARF PROPERTIES LIMITED TO CONSTRUCT A RAMP WITHIN ABOUT 2,000 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ADJOINING OCEAN TERMINAL IN KOWLOON.

THE TWO-WAY SPIRAL PUBLIC VEHICULAR RAMP WILL CONNECT OCEAN TERMINAL AND OCEAN CENTRE PRAYA ROAD, AND WORK WILL START IN JULY FOR COMPLETION IN MAY 1995.

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

THE NOTICE, AND ITS RELATED PLAN, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE. THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG; THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG AND AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE. GROUND FLOOR, MIDDLE ROAD CARPARK BUILDING, 15 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN ’ INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS ON OR BEFORE JULY 6, 1994. HE SHOULD ALSO DESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH HE ALLEGES HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DSD LOOKS FOR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS ♦ * » * »

THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING PRE-QUALIFICATION SUBMISSIONS FOR A WORKS CONTRACT FOR STAGE I OF THE STRATEGIC SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME.

THE CONTRACT WILL COVER THE DESIGN, MODELLING, SUPPLY, INSTALLATION, TESTING AND COMMISSIONING OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE SEDIMENTATION TANKS TO BE BUILT FOR A SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS ON STONECUTTERS ISLAND.

A NOTICE INVITING THE SUBMISSIONS WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ONLY CONTRACTORS WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE DESIGN, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WITH A TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN CAPACITY EXCEEDING 10 CUBIC METRES PER SECOND ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENT FROM THE PROJECT’S CONSULTANT, MONTGOMERY WATSON HONG KONG LIMITED, 1911 WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE CONSULTANT BEFORE NOON ON JUNE 16. .

THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL INVITE TENDERS FROM THE PRE-QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS LATER THIS YEAR.

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SWD HELPS EXPANSION OF CHARITY WORK INTO CHINA *****

THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE CHARITY WORK OF THE LEPROSY MISSION, AN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL AGENCY BASED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, MAY BE FURTHER EXPANDED INTO CHINA IN THE FIELD OF LEPROSY REHABILITATION.

A CHEQUE OF 10,000 POUND STERLING WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) PRESENTED TO THE MISSION BY MR HO SAU-KI, A PHILANTHROPIST IN HONG KONG IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR IAN STRACHAN, WHO ARRANGED THE DONATION. THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S H LEE, AND DR HARRY S Y FANG WERE ALSO PRESENT.

MR STRACHAN SAID THAT THE MISSION HAD A CLOSE LINK WITH HONG KONG DATING BACK TO THE 60S AND 70S TO HELP THE PEOPLE WITH LEPROSY WHO WERE DEPRIVED AND REJECTED.

MR STRACHAN SAID: "THE ORGANISATION PROVIDED A VALUABLE SERVICE TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED FROM LEPROSY WHO WERE THEN BEING CARED FOR AND TREATED IN HEI LING CHAU.

SUBSEQUENTLY ITS ROLE IN HONG KONG HAD DIMINISHED AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE CENTRE THAT CAME ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF LEPROSY VICTIMS.

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’’HOWEVER THE AGENCY IS STILL COMMITTED TO THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF A QUARTER OF A MILLION LEPROSY PATIENTS EACH YEAR ALL OVER THE WORLD.”

MR STRACHAN ADDED THAT SINCE 1990 THE LEPROSY MISSION HAD BEEN WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CHINESE HEALTH AUTHORITIES ON A REHABILITATION PROJECT IN MID-SOUTH AND SOUTH-WEST CHINA AND IN COASTAL REGIONS.

THE DONATION WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT AN EVALUATION STUDY FOR THE PROJECT WITH A VIEW TO FURTHER DEVELOPING THE PROGRAMME.

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OPEN EMPLOYMENT FOR DISABLED PERSONS VITAL * » ♦ * *

ALL EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE OPEN-MINDED TOWARDS DISABLED PERSONS, TO FOCUS ON THEIR ABILITIES AND TO TAKE THEM ON AS EMPLOYEES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE GREENWOOD MORNINGHILL SCHOOL TODAY (FRIDAY), MRS PATTEN SAID MANY OF THE DISABLED PERSONS HAD THE CAPABILITIES TO WORK IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT AND COULD MAKE A USEFUL CONTRIBUTION IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.

AT PRESENT, MORE THAN FOUR PER CENT OF THE POPULATION SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF DISABILITY.

’’REHABILITATION AIMS AT DEVELOPING THE CAPABILITIES OF DISABLED PERSONS, SO HELPING THEM TO LEAD FULL AND INDEPENDENT LIVES.

”IT IS PRIMARILY THROUGH OPEN EMPLOYMENT THAT THE GOAL OF INTEGRATION IS ACHIEVED,” MRS PATTEN SAID.

THE SCHOOL, WHICH PROVIDES 200 PLACES FOR MILDLY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, IS ONE OF THE PROJECTS BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

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SECONDARY STUDENTS URGED TO BECOME VOTERS * * » * *

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PO PUI-LEONG, TODAY (FRIDAY) APPEALED TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE AREA TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

SPEAKING AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OUTSTANDING STUDENTS AWARD, HE ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE SEPTEMBER DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IF THEY WANTED TO ELECT A RESPONSIBLE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER TO REPRESENT THEM.

AS THE VOTING AGE HAS NOW BEEN LOWERED TO 18, HE ALSO HOPED THAT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND.

HIS OFFICE WILL ARRANGE A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS AND VARIETY SHOWS TO PROMOTE THE MESSAGE.

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39 ECVIIS SENT BACK

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A TOTAL OF 39 EX-CHINA VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, INCLUDING 30 MEN, FIVE WOMEN, TWO BOYS AND TWO GIRLS, WERE RETURNED TO GUANGDONG VIA SHA TAU KOK THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

DISCUSSIONS ARE CONTINUING WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ON THE REPATRIATION OF THE 670 ECVIIS STILL REMAINING IN HONG KONG.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,925 0930 + 540

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,634 1000 + 540

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 + 740

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 736 1200 + 740

LAF TODAY -1027 1500 + 740

1600 + 736

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.7 *+0.2* 6.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 2.89 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.68 5.82

1 MONTH 3.53 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.29 6.12

3 MONTHS 4.05 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.70 6.66

6 MONTHS 4.62 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.90 6.78

12 MONTHS 5.22 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 98.43 6.85

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 22,099 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 1994

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE DEATH OF SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE................................................... 1

IMPORTANCE OF MFN RENEWAL EMPHASISED TO NEW YORK AUDIENCE.................................................... 1

HK DRINKING WATER FREE FROM HELICOBACTER PYLORI............. 2

STUDENTS TO SEE THE WORLD OF WORK........................... 3

VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP OFFENDERS......................... 4

BEAUTY QUEENS HELP PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION............... 5

COLOURFULLY DECORATED BUSES PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION . .. 5

LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS SALE BY AUCTION................ 6

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS 7

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 1994

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE DEATH OF SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE *****

FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, ON THE DEATH OF FORMER FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE:

"I WAS SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE DEATH IN ENGLAND OF SIR JOHN

BREMRIDGE. FOR MANY YEARS, SIR JOHN WAS A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE

HONG KONG COMMUNITY, AS A BUSINESSMAN, THROUGH HIS MEMBERSHIP OF THE

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, AND, FINALLY, AS FINANCIAL

SECRETARY FROM 1981 TO 1986.

HE WILL BE REMEMBERED WITH GRATITUDE BY THE COMMUNITY FOR HIS WISE AND FIRM STEWARDSHIP DURING THOSE OFTEN DIFFICULT YEARS, IN PARTICULAR FOR HIS FAR-SIGHTED DECISION TO LINK THE HONG KONG AND U.S. DOLLARS IN 1983. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED ALSO WITH AFFECTION FOR HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR AND FOR HIS UNBOUNDED ENTHUSIASM FOR PROMOTING HONG KONG’S INTERESTS AT HOME AND ABROAD.

SIR JOHN WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY HIS MANY FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS IN HONG KONG.

ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, I OFFER MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO LADY BREMRIDGE AND HER FAMILY.”

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IMPORTANCE OF MFN RENEWAL EMPHASISED TO NEW YORK AUDIENCE

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WITHDRAWAL OF MOST FAVOURED NATION (MFN) STATUS FOR CHINA WOULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO HONG KONG, TO THE UNITED STATES AND MOST OF ALL THOSE IT IS MEANT TO HELP: THOSE IN THE FOREFRONT OF CHANGE IN CHINA, THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER TO THE UNITED STATES, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID IN A SPEECH IN NEW YORK ON THURSDAY (MAY 5) NIGHT.

MR WIGGHAM TOLD A CAPACITY MEETING OF THE OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB IN NEW YORK THAT THE ECONOMIC FALL OUT TO HONG KONG FOLLOWING MFN WITHDRAWAL COULD MEAN A LOSS OF UP TO US$24 BILLION IN TRADE AND SOME 75,000 JOBS - OR THREE PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S WORKFORCE.

AMERICANS TOO WOULD LOSE, MR WIGGHAM SAID, WITH INCREASED COSTS IN CONSUMER GOODS AND MORE THAT $7 BILLION WORTH OF U.S. EXPORTS TO CHINA AT RISK AND UP TO 200,000 JOBS.

WHILE ASSURING HIS AUDIENCE THAT HONG KONG SHARES THE VIEW THAT MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO ENCOURAGE CHINA TO ABIDE BY ACCEPTED HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS, MR WIGGHAM SAID HE DID NOT BELIEVE MFN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE LEVER FOR THIS.

"WE AGREE WITH THE OBJECTIVE. THE QUESTION IS , DO YOU STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF PERSUADING CHINA TO IMPROVE ITS HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD BY REDUCING TRADE, BY ISOLATING CHINA AND BY CUTTING OFF CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD?" MR WIGGHAM QUESTIONED.

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"OR DO YOU STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF PERSUADING CHINA IF YOU CONTINUE WITH TRADING AND HELPING TO OPEN UP CHINESE SOCIETY, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME KEEPING HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE AGENDA BUT PURSUING THAT OBJECTIVE, VIGOROUSLY, FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?

"IN THE LAST FEW YEARS TRADE BETWEEN CHINA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND NOT LEAST WITH THE UNITED STATES, HAS BROUGHT ABOUT ECONOMIC CHANGE IN CHINA, AND WITH IT GREAT CHANGES TO THE LIVES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE IN CHINA," MR WIGGHAM SAID.

"THE CHINESE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IS BEING ALLOWED FREER REIGN THAN HAS PROBABLY EVER BEEN THE CASE. TAKE AWAY OPPORTUNITIES AND INCENTIVES AND WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED?" MR WIGGHAM QUESTIONED.

MR WIGGHAM SAID HE DID NOT BELIEVE SELECTIVE OR TARGETTED NON-RENEWAL WAS A VIABLE OPTION. THAT ROUTE MIGHT LOOK ATTRACTIVE TO THOSE LOOKING FOR THE SO-CALLED MIDDLE WAY BUT WOULD STILL CREATE UNCERTAINTY AND RETALIATION - AND WOULD NOT HELP HONG KONG.

"A TRADE WAR NEVER DOES ANYONE ANY GOOD AND I DO NOT SEE HOW, BY TAMPERING WITH MFN, YOU BENEFIT THE CAUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS."

MR WIGGHAM SAID HONG KONG AND THE UNITED STATES SHARE THE SAME OBJECTIVE OVER HUMAN RIGHTS; "WE SIMPLY DISAGREE OVER THE MEANS," HE SAID.

"HONG KONG IS PROUD OF ITS HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD. WE REGARD OURSELVES AS HAVING A VERY FREE SOCIETY AND THESE ARE THE VERY FREEDOMS THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT AND MAINTAIN AFTER 1997."

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HELICOBACTER PYLORI HAS NOT BEEN FOUND IN DRINKING WATER IN HONG KONG, A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE DRINKING WATER IN HONG KONG COMPLIES CHEMICALLY AND BACTERIOLOGICALLY WITH THE GUIDELINE VALUES FOR DRINKING WATER PUBLISHED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND THIS COMPLIANCE IS CONFIRMED BY A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME OF SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN WAS COMMENTING ON A RECENT NEWSPAPER REPORT THAT DRINKING WATER IN HONG KONG CONTAINED THE BACTERIUM HELICOBACTER PYLORI, WHICH CAUSED DUODENAL ULCER.

AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE MEDICAL EXPERTS NAMED LN THE REPORT: PROFESSOR S K LAM OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, DR HUI WAI-MO FORMERLY OF THE SAME UNIVERSITY, AND DR JOSEPH J Y SUNG OF CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE SPOKESMAN MADE THE FOLLOWING CLARIFICATION BASED ON THE OPINION OF ALL THESE PARTIES IN ORDER TO REMOVE MISCONCEPTION AND ALLAY PUBLIC CONCERNS:

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* IT IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED THAT HELICOBACTER PYLORI MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSATION OF DUODENAL ULCER, BUT THERE IS NO DIRECT PROOF OF CAUSE AND EFFECT;

» THE BACTERIUM SURVIVES IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, BUT IS •READILY KILLED BY CHLORINE DURING WATER TREATMENT OR BY BOILING. THE FULLY TREATED DRINKING WATER IN HONG KONG IS DISINFECTED WITH CHLORINE AND HAS A CHLORINE RESIDUAL IN THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT ENSURES THE ELIMINATION OF HELICOBACTER PYLORI WHICH HAS NOT BEEN FOUND IN HONG KONG DRINKING WATER; AND

♦ THE EXACT MODE OF TRANSMISSION OF HELICOBACTER PYLORI IS STILL UNCLEAR, BUT PROBABLY FROM PERSON TO PERSON. CONTAMINATED WATER IS SUSPECTED TO BE A POSSIBLE PATHWAY IN ONE SINGLE STUDY ON HELICOBACTER PYLORI INFECTION IN ONE SOUTH AMERICAN CITY ONLY. THERE IS NO DIRECT PROOF THAT DRINKING WATER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRANSMISSION.

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STUDENTS TO SEE THE WORLD OF WORK

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SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE REAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS IN THE ’’VISITS TO WORK PLACES" PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE (CAS).

’’THE PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH AIMS AT HELPING SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD OF WORK SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE BETTER PLANS FOR THEIR FUTURE," SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER MRS CLARE SIU SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MRS SIU DISCLOSED THAT DURING MAY AND JUNE, MORE THAN 600 SECONDARY 4 TO SECONDARY 7 STUDENTS FROM 18 SCHOOLS WILL VISIT VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDE HOTELS, BANKS, DEPARTMENT STORES, PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES, TRAINING INSTITUTES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

"WE HOPE THAT THROUGH VISITS TO VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS, STUDENTS CAN OBTAIN FIRST-HAND AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON DIFFERENT CAREERS," MRS SIU SAID.

THE FIRST GROUP OF 20 STUDENTS VISITED THE OMNI HONG KONG HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK INSIDE A HOTEL.

"DURING THE VISIT, STUDENTS WERE TAKEN ON A GUIDED TOUR TO SEE THE WORK OF THE HOTEL STAFF IN RESTAURANTS AS WELL AS IN THE HOTEL ROOMS.

"THEY WERE ALSO BRIEFED BY THE MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL OF THE HOTEL ON THE DUTIES OF HOTEL STAFF, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, EMPLOYMENT TERMS AND CAREER PROSPECTS,’’ SHE ADDED.

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APART FROM THIS RECURRENT CAREERS EDUCATION ACTIVITY, MRS SIU SAID THE CAS ORGANISED A LARGE VARIETY OF CAREERS FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING ANNUAL EXHIBITIONS, QUIZZES AND SEMINARS.

IT ALSO PROVIDES CAREERS INFORMATION THROUGH ITS CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES (CICS) TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE IN CHOOSING A CAREER BEST SUITED TO THEIR TALENTS, INTEREST AND ABILITIES.

’’EACH CIC HAS A REFERENCE LIBRARY, AN AUDIO-VISUAL UNIT WITH SLIDE PRESENTATION, CASSETTE RECORDINGS AND VIDEO TAPES ON CAREERS, AS WELL AS FREE ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING INFORMATION ON CAREERS AND TRAINING,” MRS SIU SAID.

’’YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING CAREERS INFORMATION ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CICS WHICH ARE LOCATED AT THE SOUTHORN CENTRE IN WAN CHAI AND THE MONG KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES,” SHE ADDED.

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP OFFENDERS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS.

PEOPLE AGED 21 OR ABOVE WITH SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION, MATURE PERSONALITY AND INTEREST IN THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS, ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS (VSP).

SOME 500 VOLUNTEERS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE SCHEME WHICH COMMENCED IN 1976.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) SAID THAT THE SCHEME AIMED TO PROMOTE INTEREST AND CONCERN OF THE PUBLIC TOWARDS HELPING AND REHABILITATING OFFENDERS AND BY SO DOING BRING GREATER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND STRONGER COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST CRIME.

”IT ALSO HELPS TO MEET THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF SUITABLE PROBATIONERS THROUGH SERVICE OFFERED BY VOLUNTEERS AND COMPLEMENT THE EFFORTS OF PROBATION OFFICERS IN THE SOCIAL REHABILITATION OF PROBATIONERS,” HE ADDED.

THE PERIOD OF SERVICE IS NORMALLY SIX MONTHS, BUT A VOLUNTEER MAY SERVE FOR FURTHER TERMS FOR THE SAME OR OTHER OFFENDERS.

’’SELECTED VOLUNTEERS WILL BE GIVEN A THOROUGH BRIEFING BEFORE THEY START TO ASSIST THE PROBATION OFFICERS BY BEFRIENDING, HELPING AND ADVISING PROBATIONERS ON A PERSONAL BASIS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FORMER VOLUNTEERS OF THE SCHEME ARE WELCOMED TO APPLY AGAIN.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE FOR VSP ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR,- WU CHUNG HOUSE, 213 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI AND PROBATION OFFICES ATTACHED TO THE MAGISTRACIES, COMMUNITY CENTRES AS WELL AS CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ONE OF THE ABOVE CENTRES ON OR BEFORE MAY 31. ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE ON TEL 892 5117.

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BEAUTY QUEENS HELP PROMOTE VOTER. REGISTRATION * * * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY (SATURDAY) ENLISTED THE HELP OF TWO BEAUTY QUEENS TN ITS CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION.

THE SECOND RUNNER-UP OF THE 1993 MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT, MISS MIDDY YU AND MISS INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL, CHRISTINA LAU, ACCOMPANIED BYr YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROBERT CHAN, VISITED TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN TIN SHUI WAI TO URGE THE RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP AS VOTERS.

THEY WENT TO A COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT TIN YIU ESTATE AND A SHOPPING ARCADE AT TIN SHUI ESTATE TO HELP DISTRIBUTE FORMS TO PASSERS-BY.

THE TWO ESTATES AT PRESENT HOUSE ABOUT 80,000 PEOPLE. MOST OF THEM HAVE MOVED IN FOR LESS THAN TWO YEARS.

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TWO DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES FESTOONED WITH COLOURFUL BANNERS TOURED KWUN TONG AND SOUTHERN DISTRICT TODAY (SATURDAY) TO HELP SPREAD THE VOTER REGISTRATION MESSAGE.

AS PART OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES’ CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF JULY 1, THE BUSES STOPPED AT MAJOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES TO REACH AS MANY POTENTIAL VOTERS AS POSSIBLE.

STAFF FROM THE TWO OFFICES ASSISTED THOSE WHO CAME FORWARD TO FILL IN THE FORMS AND SOUVENIRS WERE GIVEN AWAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS ROSANNA URE, CALLED ON THOSE WHO HAD REGISTERED TO MOTIVATE THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD REACHED THE AGF OF 18 TO FOLLOW SUIT.

SPEAKING AT THE RIBBON-(UTTING CEREMONY TO KICK OFF THE BUS TOUR OF HER DISTRICT, MRS URE SAID: ’’YOU HAVE TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOTER BEFORE YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CHOICE IN THE THREE-TIER COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD THIS SEPTEMBER AND NEXT YEAR.”

APART FROM THE GAILY DECORATED BUSES, OTHER PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS AND THE SETTING UP OF REGISTRATION COUNTERS IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS.

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LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS SALE RY AUCTION *****

ONE HUNDRED CAR REGISTRATION MARKS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $2,684,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR. CHARITY PURPOSES AFTER DEDUCTION OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE CONDUCT THEREOF.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION MARK *A),7 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $245,000.

ANOTHER REGISTRATION MARK *2662 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $240,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR FW4493, FW805, FW9896, FV9166, FW7160, FW556.

FOLLOWING $ ARE THE RESULTS OF THE MORNING SESSION AUCTION:

$ $ $

FW810 7,000 FW738 5,000 FV330 13,000 FW125 3,000

FV3330 6,000 FW1008 11,000 AA7033 33,000 AT348 100,000

*FW343 WITHDRAWN ♦FV3883 17,000 ♦ FC 6 1 10,000 ♦ BC58 15,000

FV8918 5,000 AW371 9,000 FV220 13,000 FV3118 10,000

AB9093 6,000 FW147 5,000 FW801 10,000 AW823 36,000

FU8600 7,000 FV318 26,000 DR668 64,000 FW3200 10,000

CT6 1 7 8,000 CX468 14,000 AA3299 72,000 FW1965 WITHDRAWN

*FK99 90,000 ♦ DK60 50,000 ♦ 497 50,000 ♦AX696 28,000

FW1012 2,000 FW1999 6,000 FW190 8,000 FW9896 1,000

FW4493 1,000 FW2088 13,000 FW805 1,000 FW729 12,000

FW2220 20,000 FV9989 10,000 ♦DL4444 9,000 AW1863 4,000

FV9166 1,000 CT501 11,000 FW7160 1,000 ♦BH6767 7,000

FW1891 3,000 FOLLOWING FW1165 ARE THE WITHDRAWN RESULTS OF THE AFTERNOON SESSION AUCTION:

FW718 $ 10,000 CC801 $ 23,000 FW199 $ 9,000 FV688 S 45,000

FW325 1 4,000 AW377 14,000 BK468 12,000 FW330 20,000

»BC868 WITHDRAWN ♦HK131 160,000 ♦ AL7 245,000 ♦ BCM 8 50,000

FW1967 12,000 FV1997 5,000 FW380 13,000 AW 7 22 23,060

FW556 1,000 FV3323 12,000 FW228 60,000 FW886 36,000

BB5 17 7,000 DY2888 22,000 AA711 52,000 FW2328 30,000

FV8682 8,000 FV810 8,000 FV6888 32,000 FV9998 20,000

♦ DK25 30,000 ♦ ERI 1 1 10,000 ♦ 2662 240,000 ♦ FX30 70,000

FW3400 2,000 AA306 40,000 FV1118 16,000 FW825 5,000

FW960 4,000 FW 11 2 32,000 FW312 9,000 FV968 14,000

FW8777 30,000 FW3688 11,000 ♦FW333 80,000 XX9329 41,000

CP1638 20,000 FW682 7,000 AA3781 17,000 ♦FY9000 18,000

FW2198 4,000 THERE WAS FW1289 6,000 • ,i NO BIDDER FOR »FW343, FW1965, FW1165 , ♦BC868 , FW 1.965

AND FW1 165 WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE ( JRIGINAL APPLICANTS.

* SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION MARK (NOT TRANSFERABLE)

/SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS .......

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 1994

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SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PA’i BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE CAR REGISTRATION MARKS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO CARS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 224TH AND 225TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED SO FAR TO $314,421,905.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1 ,634 0930 + 400

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1 ,434 1000 + 400

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1 100 + 400

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 400 1200

LAF TODAY -600 1 500

1600

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.6 ♦ -0. I * 7.5.94

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CNTA HANDLES OVER 495,000 DECLARATIONS AND OATHS........... 1

COMPUTER SOFTWARE DESIGN CONTEST NEARS DEADLINE............ 2

WARNING ON USE OF UNAUTHORISED LIFTS....................... 2

BUILDING OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS THANKED...................... 3

VOTER REGISTRATION BOOTH AT MTR STATION.................... 4

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 1994

CNTA HANDLES OVER 495,000 DECLARATIONS AND OATHS

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THE 20 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES (PESCS) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) HANDLED A TOTAL OF 495,418 DECLARATIONS AND OATHS IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF THREE PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE OF 480,724 IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

MOST, OR 201,310 WERE DECLARATIONS FOR TRUE COPIES OF DOCUMENTS.

OTHERS WERE DECLARATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND EXAMINATIONS PURPOSES (64,036), LOSS OF DOCUMENTS (54,237), FUTURE USE (28,112), EMIGRATION (27,199) AND IMMIGRATION (24,633).

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PUBLIC FOR PRIVATE USE ONLY.

HE SAID PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT PRODUCE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTARY PROOF TO SUBSTANTIATE THEIR CLAIMS OR TO SUPPORT THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR DOCUMENTS FROM VARIOUS NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS COULD MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE.

IN MAKING THE DECLARATION, THE APPLICANT IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE HIS OR HER HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR OTHER VALID EQUIVALENT IDENTITY DOCUMENTS AND COMPLETE THE CONTENTS OF THE STATEMENT EITHER IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE PERSONALLY IN A PRESCRIBED FORM.

"IN THE END, THE DECLARANT MAKES AN OATH IN THE SAME LANGUAGE AS THE DECLARATION IS PRESENTED BEFORE A COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE," HE SAID.

AS REGARDS DECLARATIONS REQUIRED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, HE SAID, INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ADMINISTERING THEIR OWN STATUTORY DECLARATIONS SINCE APRIL 1991.

RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO SEEK ADVICE OR OBTAIN FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE SERVICE MAY APPROACH ANY OF THE PESCS.

THEY MAY ALSO CALL THE CENTRAL TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE HOTLINE ON 835 2500.

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SUNDAY, MAY 8,

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COMPUTER SOFTWARE DESIGN CONTEST NEARS DEADLINE

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COMPUTER FANS INTENDING TO JOIN A COMPUTER SOFTWARE DESIGN CONTEST ARE REMINDED THAT THE ENTRY DEADLINE IS MAY 13.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE CONTEST IS AIMED TO HEIGHTEN YOUNG PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

HE SUGGESTED THEMES SUCH AS URGING PEOPLE TO REGISTER AS VOTERS, THE ELECTION PROCESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MONITORING THE PERFORMANCE OF ELECTED MEMBERS.

THERE WILL BE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND OPEN DIVISIONS. THE TOP THREE WINNERS OF EACH DIVISION WILL BE AWARDED GIFT COUPONS VALUED AT $10,000, $7,000 AND $5,000 RESPECTIVELY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SIX CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $1,000 EACH IN GIFT COUPONS.

ALL ENTRIES, APPLICATION FORMS, WITH THE DISKETTES PLUS ALL OTHER NECESSARY SYSTEM AND APPLICATION SOFTWARES, SHOULD BE SENT TO THE COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT ON 31ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI DURING OFFICE HOURS.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT A SIX-DAY EXHIBITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION FROM JULY 2 AT THE HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM 20 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES ACROSS THE TERRITORY AND THE COMMITTEE’S OFFICE IN WAN CHAI.

THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG COMPUTER SOCIETY AND SPONSORED BY AST COMPUTER.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 835 1381.

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WARNING ON USE OF UNAUTHORISED LIFTS

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UNAUTHORISED LIFTS SHOULD NOT BE USED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER THE LIFTS AND ESCALATORS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT STRESSED TODAY (SUNDAY).

IT IS AN OFFENCE TO USE A LIFT WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES (DEMS), THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

"THE RESTRICTION IS AIMED AT AVOIDING ACCIDENTS," HE SAID.

/THE WARNING .......

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THE WARNING FOLLOWED THE CONVICTION AT THE KWUN TONG MAGISTRACY RECENTLY OF THE OWNER OF AN ANAUTHORISED GOODS LIFT IN AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING IN KWUN TONG.

FOUR EMPLOYEES OF A TEXTILE COMPANY WERE INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT WHEN THEY WERE USING THE BANNED GOODS LIFT IN THE BUILDING IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

"INVESTIGATIONS REVEALED THAT THE LIFT HAS BEEN PROHIBITED FROM USE SINCE MAY LAST YEAR BY THE DEMS AND THE BAN WAS IN FORCE WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROPRIETOR OF THE TEXTILE COMPANY WHO OWNS THE LIFT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROSECUTED FOR VIOLATING THE LIFTS AND ESCALATORS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE.

USE OF UNAUTHORISED LIFTS IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE LIFTS AND ESCALATORS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10,000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

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BUILDING OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS THANKED *****

TWO OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN KWAI TSING WERE PRAISED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT FOR ACHIEVING 100 PER CENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S ADVICE ON REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

A TOTAL OF 196 UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS WERE REMOVED FROM THE EXTERNAL WALLS OF MAI ON INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AT 17-21 KUNG YIP STREET AND HOOVER INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AT 26-38 KWAI CHEONG ROAD.

SINCE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE TARGET INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN KWAI TSING BY THE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, 71 ADVISORY LETTERS FROM THE BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT WERE SENT ON OCTOBER 20, 1992 TO MAI ON INDUSTRIAL BUILDING REQUESTING REMOVAL OR RECTIFICATION OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

WITHIN A 12-MONTH PERIOD, 112 UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS (FOR EXAMPLE, PROJECTING FRAMES SUPPORTING AQUA-COOLING TOWER, ABANDONED METAL FRAMES, METAL CAGES AND FLAT ROOF STRUCTURES) WERE REMOVED AND FOUR SUB-STANDARD METAL GATES RECTIFIED.

THE HOOVER INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WAS SELECTED AS A TARGET BUILDING UNDER THE DEPARTMENT’S OPERATION CATHERINE WHEEL OPERATION IN JUNE 1992.

IT RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MONTH 48 ADVISORY LETTERS REQUESTING REMOVAL OF ALL UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

AS OF JANUARY 25, 1994, A TOTAL OF 84 UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS WERE REMOVED, INCLUDING A CLUSTER OF METAL FRAMES SUPPORTING HEAVY AQUA-COOLING TOWERS OVERHANGING A BUSY BUS STOP AT KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

/THE SUCCESS .......

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 1994

THE SUCCESS OF THE TWO BUILDINGS’ OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS HAD CONTRIBUTED TO A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARD, BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY.

THE TWO OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND THREE OTHERS WERE EACH AWARDED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF KWAI TSING ON FEBRUARY 17 FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN ESTABLISHING THE HIGH STANDARD OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

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VOTER REGISTRATION BOOTH AT MTR STATION * * * * *

A VOTER REGISTRATION BOOTH HAS BEEN SET UP INSIDE THE KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF COMMUTERS WISHING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ELECTORAL ROLL.

STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL MAN THE COUNTER FROM 2 TO 5 PM ON ALL SATURDAYS THIS MONTH.

MEANWHILE, ACTING KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SHIRLEY YUNG, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON YOUNGSTERS WHO REACHED THE AGE OF 18 TO REGISTER WITHOUT DELAY.

SHE SAID MORE THAN 1,800 STUDENTS HAD ALREADY RETURNED THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS AS A RESULT OF HER STAFF MEMBERS’ RECENT VISITS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES IN THE DISTRICT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 9, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION ............... 1

MORE VISITS WILL REASSURE PEOPLE.......................... 3

BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON HK HOPED.......................... 4

ACP TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH IS A BIG MILESTONE: CS............ 4

CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION ADEQUATE: CS.................... 6

PROPOSALS ON FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HA........... 7

HUMAN RESOURCE REVIEW IN THE CIVIL SERVICE................ 8

39 INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS GRANTED FUNDS..................... 10

GDP FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 ...................... 11

CO-OPERATION IN INVESTIGATING MARINE ACCIDENTS VITAL... 15

TENDER FOR THE FIFTH ISSUE OF TWO-YEAR EXCHANGE FUND NOTES TO BE HELD NEXT MONDAY............................. 16

CUSTOMS DELEGATION MEETS GUANGDONG CUSTOMS AT ZHANGJIANG............................................... 16

/RE-OPENING OF...

CONTENTS

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RE-OPENING OF CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY................... 17

LEAFLETS ON MATERNITY PROTECTION AVAILABLE IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS................................................... 17

WATER ENQUIRY CENTRE IN SHA TIN CLOSED FOR RENOVATION.... 18

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 19

PROMOTE DISTRICT AFFAIRS CALL BY DO......................... 20

ENQUIRY CENTRE’S RENOVATION COMPLETED....................... 20

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS..... 21

MONDAY, MAY 9, 1994

TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION *****

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER ATTENDING THE PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON:-

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, DO YOU GET ANY RESPONSE FROM THE CHINESE SIDE ON THE PROPOSALS OF THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING?

GOVERNOR: NOT YET. I MEAN, NOT AS WHEN I LEFT THE OFFICE AT QUARTER TO ONE.

QUESTION: WILL YOU BE DISAPPOINTED?

GOVERNOR: NO, I HOPE WE’LL GET ONE SOON.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE POLL IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST THAT SHOWS........... LESS CONFIDENCE AS A RESULT OF

LU PING’S VISIT?

GOVERNOR: I THINK IT WOULD BE A PITTY, IF THAT WERE THE CASE, BUT I VERV MUCH HOPE THAT THE MORE DIRECTOR LU IS ABLE TO VISIT HONG KONG, THE MORE PEOPLE WILL FEEL REASSURED ABOUT THE FUTURE. I THINK THAT THE CHALLENGE TO ALL OF US AND I AM SURE DIRECTOR LU MUST HAVE FELT IT AS KEENLY LAST WEEK AS 1 HAVE IS THAT WE SHOULD DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO CO-OPERATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I THINK THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WANT TO SEE AND I THINK THEY’VE GOT A RIGHT TO WANT TO SEE THAT. SO, I HOPE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO CO-OPERATION IN THE FUTURE, IT WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE RATHER THAN LESS BECAUSE HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS BEEN NOTED, I THINK, FOR ITS EBULLIENCE, FOR ITS VIGOUR AND FOR ITS SELF-CONFIDENCE.

QUESTION: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT CO-OPERATION? HOW CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE THAT CO-OPERATION?

GOVERNOR: I THINK THAT WE ARE DEMONSTRATING IT EXTREMELY POSITIVELY. WE WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE. WE WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH DIRECTOR LU. WE WANT TO SEE MORE WORK FLOWING UP AND DOWN THE CHANNELS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE, THE LAND COMMISSION AND SO ON. THERE ARE SOME GOOD SIGNS. I THINK THAT THE MEETING OF THE LAND COMMISSION RECENTLY WAS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SHOWED COMMITMENT ON ALL SIDES TO THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG. I THINK WE’D LIKE TO SEE, ALL OF US, THE NEXT JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETING AS SUCCESSFUL AND I KNOW THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DAY WOULD PRAY FOR THE DAY WHEN WE DIDN’T HAVE WRANGLE ABOUT AIRPORT FINANCING. I WAS ENCOURAGED BY WHAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAO AFFAIRS OFFICE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT.

/QUESTION: .......

MONDAY, MAY 9, 1994

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QUESTION:DURING THE PAST WEEK, WHILE MR LU PING HAS BEEN HERE, APART FROM THE FACT THE OPINION POLL SHOWS THAT CONFIDENCE ACTUALLY DROPPED, WE HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN MORE OF YOU THAN WE HAVE... DESPITE THE FACT YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR TWO YEARS, HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK IS TO DO WITH THE DIFFERENT WAYS THE TWO OF YOU HANDLE YOUR PR? PEOPLE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS OF DIRECTOR LU PING AND COMPLAINED LAST NIGHT THAT HE HAS NOT BEEN VERY ACCESSIBLE. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK HAS TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU HANDLE PR?

GOVERNOR: I THINK THAT YOU WILL KNOW THAT SINCE I CAME TO HONG KONG AS GOVERNOR, I’VE TRIED TO BE AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE. SOMETIMES, I HAVE MORE ENGAGEMENTS THAN OTHERS BUT I’VE BEEN OUT AND ABOUT EVERY WEEK SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE. THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST IN HONG KONG TO SOME EXTENT BUT REFLECTS, I GUESS, BOTH MY OWN BACKGROUND AS A DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN AND MY FEELING THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WANTED THAT, WANTED TO SEE THEIR GOVERNMENT PREPARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND SHOWING ITSELF TO BE ACCESSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE. DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND TRADITIONS BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THAT IS THE SORT OF OPENNESS WHICH HONG KONG NOW EXPECTS, NOW TAKES FOR GRANTED. I HOPE THAT ALL OF US, WHETHER PRC OFF]CIALS OR HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, CAN RECOGNISE THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE CONCERNS, HAVE QUESTIONS. THEY WANT TO EXPRESS THOSE CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO US AND THEY WANT TO HAVE THOSE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BUT WHILE I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, I AM NOT YET RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, WILL YOU TRY TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE OR THE REPORTING CONCERNING THE LEGISLATOR TIMOTHY HA. THERE ARE DISPUTES AND DISCONTENT ABOUT HIS MIS-SPENDING ABOUT HIS ALLOWANCES?

GOVERNOR: I THINK THAT MATTER HAS BEEN HANDLED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ITSELF IN THE USUAL WAY AND I THINK IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR LEGISLATURES AROUND THE WORLD TO HANDLE THOSE SORTS OF ISSUES REGARDING EXPENSES AND SO ON THEMSELVES. NOBODY’S SUGGESTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT I SHOULD GET INVOLVED AND I WOULD HAVE SOME RESERVATIONS AND DOUBTS ABOUT DOING SO. I AM SURE THAT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ITSELF WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT. ONE MORE

QUESTION: ABOUT THE EARLIER SURVEY POINT, ARE YOU ADMITTING THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS BASICALLY POWERLESS TO STOP THE OUTFLOW OF POLITICAL CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG WITHOUT CHINESE CO-OPERATION?

GOVERNOR: NO. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THERE WILL BE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE. THE MORE CLEARLY PEOPLE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE PRC’S COMMITMENT TO THE JOINT DECLARATION AND TO A SMOOTH TRANSITION, 1997 IS A RING IN THE DIARY, RING BY HISTORY IN THE BRIGHTEST COLOURS AND THERE IS NOTHING I OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CAN DO ABOUT THAT OR WOULD CHOOSE TO DO ABOUT THAT. WE CAN, I HOPE, EARN CONFIDENCE BY THE WAY WE BEHAVE BEFORE JUNE 30, 1997 AND BY THE AMOUNT WE DO BEFORE JUNE 30, 1997 TO ENSURE THAT THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION ARE AS SECURE AS POSSIBLE. BUT, THERE ARE OTHERS WHO’LL BE BUILDING ON THOSE FOUNDATIONS AFTER 1997. WITH, I HOPE, HONG KONG HAVING THAT HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY WHICH DIRECTOR LU SPOKE ABOUT VERY WARMLY LAST FRIDAY, AND I THINK THAT THAT WAS THE POINT IN HIS SPEECH WHICH PEOPLE FELT MOST SUPPORTIVE OF, AND WHICH PEOPLE WARM TO WITH THE GREATEST ENTHUSIASM. THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT POINT HE MADE. HE MADE IT VERY ELOGUENTLY AND I THINK IT’S SOMETHING WHICH WILL, I HOPE, AS IT SINKS IN, REASSURE PEOPLE.

/QUESTION: .......

MONDAY, MAY 9, 1994

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QUESTION: THERE IS A GUY, A HONG KONG MAN WHO IS STUCK IN A THAI PRISON, HE HAS AIDS. APPARENTLY HONG KONG AND THAILAND HAVE A FEDERAL EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS, BUT THIS GUY HAD A TERRIBLE WAIT AND TRYING TO GET OUT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS BUREAUCRACY IN........?

GOVERNOR: WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT IS, SINCE YOU MENTION THE MATTER TO ME, I WILL GO BACK AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT. IT HASN’T BEEN RAISED WITH ME BEFORE AND IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE UNHELPFUL BOTH TO THE MAN IN QUESTION AND TO THE AUTHORITY WHO’S PRESUMABLY BEEN DEALING WITH HIS CASE. IF I WERE TO SOUND OFF ABOUT IT WITHOUT KNOWING SOME OF THE BACKGROUND, I AM SURE WHEN I GET BACK TO THE OFFICE, SOMEBODY WILL BE ABLE TO TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE IN MIND AND EXACTLY WHAT THE AUTHORITY IS DOING ABOUT IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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MORE VISITS WILL REASSURE PEOPLE *****

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, HOPED THAT THE MORE DIRECTOR LU PING WAS ABLE TO VISIT HONG KONG, THE MORE PEOPLE WOULD FEEL REASSURED ABOUT THE FUTURE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER ATTENDING A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, MR PATTEN SAID: "I THINK THAT THE CHALLENGE TO ALL OF US IS THAT WE SHOULD DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO CO-OPERATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

"I THINK THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WANT TO SEE AND I THINK THEY’VE GOT A RIGHT TO WANT TO SEE THAT.

"I HOPE THAT IF WE ARE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO CO-OPERATION IN THE FUTURE, IT WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE RATHER THAN LESS BECAUSE HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS BEEN NOTED FOR ITS EBULLIENCE, FOR ITS VIGOUR AND FOR ITS SELFCONFIDENCE."

ASKED TO ELABORATE ON THE WAY TO DEMONSTRATE CO-OPERATION, THE GOVERNOR SAID: "I THINK THAT WE ARE DEMONSTRATING IT EXTREMELY POSITIVELY. WE WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH DIRECTOR LU. WE WANT TO SEE MORE WORK FLOWING UP AND DOWN THE CHANNELS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE, THE LAND COMMISSION AND SO ON."

MR PATTEN SAID THERE WERE SOME GOOD SIGNS AND THE MEETING OF THE LAND COMMISSION RECENTLY WAS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SHOWED COMMITMENT ON ALL SIDES TO THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

"I THINK WE’D LIKE TO SEE, ALL OF US, THE NEXT JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETING AS SUCCESSFUL AND I KNOW THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DAY, WOULD PRAY FOR THE DAY WHEN WE DIDN’T HAVE WRANGLES ABOUT AIRPORT FINANCING," HE ADDED.

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BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON HK HOPED * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) HE HOPED THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE, MR LU PING, WOULD COME TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT WAS THAT MADE HONG KONG SPECIAL AFTER HIS RECENT VISIT.

MR PATTEN SAID: "IT IS NOT A CITY RUN BY AND FOR CAPITALISTS, BUT A COMMUNAL ENTERPRISE IN WHICH, UNDER A FRAMEWORK OF LAW THAT APPLIES IMPARTIALLY TO ALL, EACH PERSON, EACH INSTITUTION HAS A PART TO PLAY AND A SHARE TO RECEIVE."

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON OF HONG KONG PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, MR PATTEN SAID HE HOPED THAT DIRECTOR LU AND HIS COLLEAGUES REALISED THE NEED TO WORK IN TRUST WITH THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AND ALL ITS INSTITUTIONS TO ENSURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

TALKING ABOUT THE TOURIST INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR PATTEN SAID HE WAS AWARE OF A SHORTAGE OF HOTEL ROOMS.

HE SAID VISITOR ARRIVALS OF 17 MILLION IN 2001 WERE FORECAST, REQUIRING INVESTMENT IN 20,000 MORE HOTEL ROOM.

"OUR TOWN PLANNERS HAVE IDENTIFIED ENOUGH SITES TO PROVIDE 22,000 ROOMS BY THAT YEAR," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT A CONSULTANCY STUDY HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, TO ASSESS THE ABILITY OF THE TERRITORY’S PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE TO HANDLE THIS HUGE BUILDING DEMAND.

"WHEN WE HAVE THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY, WE WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO JUDGE WHETHER ANY OTHER MEASURES ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT DEMAND IS MET," HE ADDED.

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ACP TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH IS A BIG MILESTONE: CS

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ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE IN THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME (ACP) WAS REACHED TODAY (MONDAY) WITH THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE CHEUNG CHING TUNNEL ON TSING YI ISLAND.

THE 1.6 KILOMETRE TUNNEL, WHICH RUNS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF TSING YI ISLAND, FORMS PART OF THE NEW ROAD NETWORK LEADING TO THE NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK AND THE NEW TOWN IN TUNG CHUNG.

THE BREAKTHROUGH WAS ACHIEVED TWO MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND JUST A YEAR AFTER BLASTING WORKS BEGAN, AND A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OCCASION WAS PERFORMED TODAY BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MRS ANSON CHAN.

/SAID MRS .......

MONDAY, MAY 9, 1994

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SAID MRS CHAN: "WE ARE CELEBRATING THE FACT THAT WE HAVE REACHED A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR NEW HIGHWAYS."

SHE SAID THE BREATHROUGH ALSO ILLUSTRATED THE EXTREMELY GOOD PROGRESS THAT WAS BEING MADE ON THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME.

"CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS TOTALLING SOME $48 BILLION HAVE BEEN AWARDED, ALL WITHIN BUDGET AND PROGRESSING WELL. THAT IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, OF WHICH HONG KONG, AND ALL THE CONTRACTORS INVOLVED, CAN BE PROUD," MRS CHAN SAID.

THE TUNNEL IS AN IMPORTANT SECTION OF ROUTE 3. THIS SECTION OF ROUTE 3 IS A MAJOR LINK IN THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME’S HIGHWAYS NETWORK CONNECTING THE NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK AND TUNG CHUNG NEW TOWN TO KOWLOON AND CENTRAL HONG KONG. ROUTE 3 WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED NORTHWARDS TO THE NEW TERRITORIES NEAR THE BORDER WITH CHINA.

MRS CHAN SAID THE TUNNEL WHEN OPENED WILL BRING WELCOME IMPROVEMENTS TO LOCAL TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

IT WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED ADDITIONAL CAPACITY FOR THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD NETWORK BY CHANNELLING THE CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC VIA THE NEW RAMBLER CHANNEL BRIDGE AND KWAI CHUNG VIADUCT, THUS RELIEVING THE CURRENT HEAVY TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN.

MRS CHAN SAID: "ALONG WITH OTHER ACP CONTRACTS, THE CONSTRUCTION WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT ACCORDING TO STRICT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS, WITH THE MINIMUM DISRUPTION TO EXISTING SERVICES AND RESIDENTS.

"I AN HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THESE STANDARDS ARE BEING MET, ALONG WITH THE SAFETY STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE SET FOR THE ACP."

THE CHEUNG CHING TUNNEL WILL BE HONG KONG’S WIDEST ROAD TUNNEL. ITS TWIN TUBES RUNNING UNDER THE CENTRAL RIDGE OF TSING YI WILL EACH BE 17 METRES WIDE AND ACCOMMODATE THREE LANES OF TRAFFIC -OTHER ROAD TUNNELS IN HONG KONG ONLY HAVE TWO LANES.

WORK ON THE TUNNEL BEGAN ON MARCH 5 LAST YEAR FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF AN $856 MILLION CONTRACT TO DRAGAGES FT TRAVAUX PUBLICS WITH THE FIRST BLAST TAKING PLACE TWO MONTHS LATER.

THE MAJOR PART OF THE TUNNEL WAS EXCAVATED BY BLASTING THROUGH SOLID VOLCANIC ROCK AND GRANITE WORKING INWARDS FROM EITHER ENDS.

MR C K WONG, THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE ROUTE 3 DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WHICH IS SUPERVISING THE WORKS, SAID THE PROJECT BROUGHT ADVANCED TUNNELLING TECHNOLOGY TO HONG KONG.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG, HOLES FOR EXPLOSIVES WERE DRILLED USING COMPUTERS AND LASERS.

"TWO DRILLING MACHINES OF A TYPE KNOWN AS AN ’AUTOMATIC JUMBO’, WHICH ARE EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTERS AND OPERATED WITH THE AID OF LASER BEAMS, WERE USED TO DRILL THE HOLES FOR EXPLOSIVES, FURTHER IMPROVING ACCURACY TN BLASTING AND IN THE AMOUNT OF EXPLOSIVES NEEDED," SAID MR WONG.

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TN ADDITION, HE SAID THE CONTRACTOR USED AN EMULSION EXPLOSIVE TO CARRY OUT THE BLASTS WHICH WAS ALSO A ’’FIRST” FOR TUNNELLING WORK IN HONG KONG.

MR WONG EXPLAINED THAT AS THIS MATERIAL WAS INERT IT HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF PROVIDING SAFER HANDLING AS WELL AS BEING EASIER TO LOAD.

EXCAVATION OF THE TUNNEL IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ANOTHER 12 MONTHS. AS THE EXCAVATION PROCEEDS, THE CONTRACTOR WILL ALSO HAVE TO INSTALL CONCRETE TUNNEL LININGS.

ABOUT 400,000 CUBIC METRES OF SPOIL WILL BE PRODUCED BY THE EXCAVATION AND BARGES WILL SHIP THIS FROM TSING YI TO CHEK LAP KOK AND OTHER GOVERNMENT WORKS SITES TO BE USED AS FILL FOR RECLAMATION WORK THERE.

THE CHEUNG CHING TUNNEL WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN 1997.

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CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION ADEQUATE: CS

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THERE WERE ADEQUATE AND VERY EFFECTIVE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION WHICH BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES SHOULD USE TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

RESPONDING MEDIA QUESTIONS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY OF THE CHEUNG CHING TUNNEL, MRS CHAN SAID: "IF THE CHINESE WISH TO SEEK OUR VIEWS OR TO SEEK CLARIFICATION ON ANY ISSUE THAT ARE OF MUTUAL CONCERN, WE WOULD VIEW THAT THEY SHOULD DO IT THROUGH RECOGNISED CHANNELS.”

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT THE CHEUNG CHING TUNNEL, MRS CHAN DESCRIBED IT AS A VERY SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH.

”WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE MADE SUCH GOOD PROGRESS AND WE HOPE THAT THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET VERY SOON.

"IN THIS CONNECTION, WE VERY MUCH WELCOME MR LU PING AND AMBASSADOR GUO’S VIEW THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN EARLY MEETING OF THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE.

"WE HOPE IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO AGREE ON THE DATE AND THAT AT THIS MEETING, WE WILL BE ABLE FINALLY TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH THE CHINESE TO ALLOW BOTH THE AIRPORT PROJECT AND HIE AIRPORT RAILWAY TO PROCEED.

"THIS IS REALLY THE WISH OF THE COMMUNITY.”

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PROPOSALS ON FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HA *****

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (MONDAY) SET OUT A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS ON FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY (HA) AIMED AT ENABLING THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE BETTER USE OF ITS SURPLUS CASH TO SPEED UP THE SUPPLY OF PUBLIC HOUSING AND UPGRADE ITS EXISTING ESTATES.

PRESENTING THE PROPOSALS TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, SAID THE AUTHORITY WAS NOW FINANCIALLY VERY ROBUST.

’’THE AUTHORITY ESTIMATES THAT IT HAS A POSITIVE GROSS CASH BALANCE OF $18.2 BILLION AS AT MARCH 31, 1994. OF THIS, WE ESTIMATE THAT THE NET CASH SURPLUS TO THE AUTHORITY’S OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS IS ABOUT $9.5 BILLION. THIS WILL RISE TO $17 BILLION BY THE END OF 1997/98,” HE SAID.

MR TSANG SAID: ’’CLEARLY WE SHOULD PUT THESE HUGE SUMS TO PRODUCTIVE USE.

’’ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT IS ENTITLED TO TAKE BACK THIS SURPLUS INTO GENERAL REVENUE, WE FEEL IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO LEAVE THE MONEY WITH THE AUTHORITY TO FUND MORE HOUSING AND HOUSING-RELATED PROJECTS.

”WE HAVE THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THE BULK OF THE SURPLUS SHOULD GO TOWARDS SETTING UP A DEVELOPMENT FUND TO SPEED UP THE SUPPLY OF ASSISTED HOUSING FOR THOSE IN NEED.

"WE ESTIMATE THAT A DEVELOPMENT FUND COULD BE SET UP WITH AN INITIAL CASH BALANCE OF $7.5 BILLION. DISBURSEMENT WILL REQUIRE THE AGREEMENT OF THE AUTHORITY AND THE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

MR TSANG SAID THE GOVERNMENT REMAINED FULL\ COMMITTED TO THE LONG-TERM HOUSING STRATEGY.

"WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FREE LAND FOR RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING AND SUBSIDISED LAND FOR THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

"THE COST OF THIS FOR THIS YEAR ALONE WILL BE $21 BILLION. WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE FURTHER CAPITAL INJECTIONS TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IF NECESSARY."

MR TSANG SAID WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT FUND, AND ASSUMING THAT THE AUTHORITY WILL HAVE A NET CASH SURPLUS OF $17 BILLION BY 1997/98, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEED UP THE PRODUCTION OF HOUSING BY UP TO 10,000 FLATS PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THIS WILL BE ON TOP OF THE CURRENT PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION TARGETS.

"THESE EXTRA FLATS, TOGETHER WITH PARALLEL EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT TASK FORCE SET UP TO TACKLE PRIVATE HOUSING PRICES, SHOULD HAVE A STABILISING EFFECT ON ALL SECTORS OF THE HOUSING MARKET," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEVELOPMENT FUND, THE PROPOSALS PUT TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY INCLUDED USING THE REMAINING PART OF THE SURPLUSES TO SET UP OF A NEW $2 BILLION IMPROVEMENT ACCOUNT WITHIN THE HA’S EXISTING CAPITAL WORKS FUND.

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"THE IMPROVEMENT ACCOUNT IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE UPGRADING OF THE STANDARDS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES OF EXISTING ESTATES.

"EXPENDITURE FROM THIS ACCOUNT WILL BE DECIDED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

"THE WHOLE PACKAGE WILL BENEFIT BOTH EXISTING AND NEW PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS," HE SAID.

ANOTHER KEY PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS IS THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THE $13.5 BILLION WHICH REPRESENTED THE GOVERNMENT’S CAPITALISED LOANS MADE TO THE AUTHORITY BEFORE 1988.

"WE ALSO PROPOSE THAT THE $12.8 BILLION CASH RECEIVED BY THE AUTHORITY SINCE 1988 BE REPAID TO GOVERNMENT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.

"THESE PAYMENTS WILL COME OUT OF THE AUTHORITY’S OPERATING SURPLUSES AND THE ANNUAL AMOUNT WILL BE NO HIGHER THAN THE CURRENT LEVEL OF INTEREST PAYMENTS.

"THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE WAIVING OF INTEREST ON THE REMAINING $13.5 BILLION, WILL LEAVE THE AUTHORITY IN AN EVEN STRONGER FINANCIAL POSITION IN FUTURE," HE SAID.

MR TSANG SAID THAT APART FROM THESE PROPOSALS, THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE AUTHORITY WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.

"THESE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP AFTER WE HAVE LISTENED TO A WIDE SPECTRUM OF VIEWS INCLUDING MEMBERS OF LEGCO, DISTRICT BOARDS, THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS HOUSING INTEREST GROUPS," HE ADDED.

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HUMAN RESOURCE REVIEW IN THE CIVIL SERVICE ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HRM) REVIEW CARRIED OUT BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH (CSB) LAST YEAR RECOMMENDED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO TAKE A MORE INTEGRATED APPROACH TN MANPOWER PLANNING, PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT.

"AS A RESULT OF THE REVIEW, MORE OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOW BEING DEVOLVED TO DEPARTMENTS, ENABLING THEM TO RESPOND MORE QUICKLY TO SERVICE NEED," THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MS LOLLY CHIU, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION, MS CHIU POINTED OUT THAT THE HRM REVIEW WAS AIMED AT DEVELOPING A MORE DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT THROUGH WHICH STAFF COULD BE MOTIVATED TO MAXIMISE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CIVIL SERVICE.

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SHE SAID OVER THE YEARS, THE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR VARIOUS PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS RECRUITMENT AND PROMOTION, CREATION OF MOST NEW POSTS, DISCIPLINE MATTERS FOR JUNIOR STAFF, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND APPROVAL OF VARIOUS ALLOWANCES AND LEAVE ARRANGEMENTS, HAI) BEEN DELEGATED TO HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.

MS CHIU SAID IN INTRODUCING THE CHANGES UNDER THE HRM REVIEW, THE GOVERNMENT FOUND AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE AS USEFUL REFERENCE.

”AT THE INVITATION Of THE GOVERNMENT, AN OFFICER FROM THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, MR JOHN HAMILTON, IS ON A ONE YEAR ATTACHMENT TO THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH SINCE MID-JANUARY THIS YEAR.

“MR HAMILTON, WHO IS VERY EXPERIENCED IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, IS ASSISTING THE (SB TO DEVELOP A COMMON SET OF CRITERIA FOR DIRECTORATE STAFF. THESE CRITERIA WHICH ARE BEING DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION WITH DEPARTMENTS, RELATE TO THE DEFINED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ATTITUDE REQUIRED FOR THE DIRECTORATE.

’’THE CRITERIA CAN BE USED TO ASSIST IN PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL, CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING,” MS CHIU SAID.

SHE SAID THE ATTACHMENT OF MR HAMILTON WAS PART GOVERNMENT’S ON-GOING EXCHANGE PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN AND STRENGTHEN LINKS AND UNDERSTANDJ NG WITH COUNTERPARTS REG J ON.

OF THE CONTACT

IN THE

"HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO SENT OFFICERS TO WORK IN ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK IN MANILA AND APEI IN SINGAPORE,” SHE ADDED.

MS CHJI EXPLAINED THAT THE HRM REVIEW WHICH EXAMINED IN DETAILS, THE PERSONNEL POLICY AND PRACTICES WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE, WAS TO SUPPORT THE EARLIER CHANGES INTRODUCED INDER THF GOVERNMENT’S PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM SINCE THE 1980S.

’’OVER THE YEARS, MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN STREAMLINING

INSTITUTIONAL AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE

INTRODUCTION OF AN ANNUAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION SYSTEM, TRADING FUNDS FOR CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS, PRIVATISATION OF SERVICES AND DELEGATION OF FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

CREATION OF SOME PUBLIC

TO POLICY

SECRETARIES.

’’THIS MOVEMENT HAS GATHERED FURTHER MOMENTUM WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EFFICIENCY UNIT IN 1993,” MS CHIU SAID.

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39 INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS GRANTED FUNDS

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THE INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (ITDC) TODAY (MONDAY) APPROVED 39 PROJECTS TO BE FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S $180 MILLION ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE FUNDS, TO BE PROVIDED ON A YEARLY BASIS, AIM AT SUPPORTING INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS WHICH CAN CONTRIBUTE To THE OVERALL INDUSTRIAL OR TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AND TO THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURI NG INDUSTRIES.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF INDUSTRY, MR RAYMOND YOUNG, SAID THAT ALL THE 39 APPROVED PROJECTS COULD FULFILL THIS OBJECTIVE.

HE SAID THE NATURE OF THE PROJECTS COULD BE CATEGORISED AS INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT, MANPOWER TRAINING, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, PROMOTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRIAL DATA BASE DEVELOPMENT.

’’THE VETTING PROCESS WAS NOT EASY BEC AUSE OF THE VOLUME AND TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE APPLICAT IONS.

’’EXPERT OPINIONS FROM MEMBERS OF VARIOUS SECTORS OF INDUSTRY WERE SOUGHT IN THE VETTING PROCESS, AND THE MAIN CRITERION ADOPTED BY MEMBERS OF THE PROJECTS VETTING COMMITTEE (PVC) OF THE ITDC WAS WHETHER THE APPLICATION WAS ’MARKET DRIVEN’, THAT IS, WHETHER THERE WAS A GENUINE NEED IN THE INDUSTRY FOR Till- DELIVERABLES OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT,” HE SAID.

THE TOTAL PROJECT COST, AMOUNTING TO SOME $289 MILLION OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, WOULD BE DISBURSED TO THE APPLICANT ORGANISATIONS ACCORDING TO THE YEARLY COST ESTIMATES OF INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS.

FUNDS REQUIRED IN THE 1994/95 FINANCIAL \FAR WOULD BE AROUND $139 MILLION, WITH A COMMITMENT OF $91 MILLION AND $59 MILLION FOR FISCAL YEARS 1995/96 AND 1996/97 RESPECT IVELY.

OF THESE SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS, 21 ARE FROM INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT BODIES SUCH AS THE HONG KONG PRODUCT IV J TY COUNCIL, 12 FROM HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, FIVE FROM TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND ONE FROM A RESEARCH INSTITUTE.

"THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE DECISION OF THE ITDC SHORTLY AND FUNDS WILL BE DISBURSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR PROJECTS WHICH COST LESS THAN $10 MILLION," MR YOUNG SAID.

"HOWEVER, THREE OF THE APPROVED PROJEC TS WILL HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL BECAUSE THEIR PROJECT COST EXCEEDS $10 MILLION," HF. SAID.

THEY ARE, NAMELY, THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE RAPID PROTOTYPING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE AND THE CENTRE FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY RESEARCH.

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MR YOUNG SAID THE ITDC HAS ALSO DECIDED TO PASS AN ADDITIONAL EIGHT PROJECTS, EACH COSTING LESS THAN $1 MILLION, TO THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES OF THE ITDC FOR CONSIDERATION. THESE PROJECTS COULD BE FUNDED FROM THE $30 MILLION SET ASIDE FOR THE COMMITTEES.

NOTING THAT THERE WAS STILL ABOUT $10 MILLION UNCOMMITTED FUNDS FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, MR YOUNG SAID THE PVC WOULD SOON CONSIDER SOME APPLICATIONS IN THE BORDERLINE CATEGORY.

ANY FUNDS WHICH REMAINED UNCOMMITTED AFTER THE SECOND ROUND OF VETTING WOULD BE RESERVED FOR CONTINGENCY PURPOSES OR WOULD SUPPLEMENT, WHERE NECESSARY, THE SET-ASIDE FUNDS OF THE ITDC COMMITTEES, HE SAID.

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GDP FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993

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IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993, HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) GREW BY 5.5% IN REAL TERMS OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1992, ACCORDING TO THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

AMONG THE MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE GDP ESTIMATES, PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE GREW BY 9.5% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1992. UNDERLYING THIS GROWTH WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TN EXPENDITURE ON BOTH CONSUMER GOODS AND SERVICES.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE (DEFINED IN NATIONAL ACCOUNTS TERMS) DECLINED MARGINALLY BY 0.1% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1992.

THE DECLINE IN GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE REFLECTED IN PART THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO RESTRAIN GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVANTS, AND IN PART THE DECREASE IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON PURCHASE OF GOODS AND SERVICES.

GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION DECLINED SLIGHTLY BY 0.5% IN REAL TERMS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1992. WITHIN THIS COMPONENT, EXPENDITURE ON MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT DECREASED BY 0.8% WHILST EXPENDITURE ON CONSTRUCTION GREW BY 2.3%.

THE SLOW-DOWN IN THESE TWO ITEMS WERE AFFECTED PARTLY BY THE HIGH BASE OF COMPARISON IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1992. THE FORMER STAGED A MARKED PICK-UP SINCE THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1992 WHEREAS THE LATTER ALSO BEGAN TO REVIVE SINCE THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1992. IN TERMS OF LEVELS, THEY WERE COMPARABLE TO THOSE RECORDED IN THE PRECEDING QUARTERS.

FOLLOWING NOTABLE GROWTH IN PREVIOUS QUARTERS, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF EXTERNAL TRADE SLOWED DOWN SOMEWHAT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993.

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TOTAL EXPORTS OF GOODS GREW BY 9.1% IN REAL TERMS, WHILST IMPORTS GREW BY 6.5% IN REAL TERMS OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1993 WERE 14.2% AND 15.2% RESPECTIVELY.

AS REGARDS EXPORTS OF SERVICES, THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS WAS 6.5% TN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF 1992. THIS WAS LARGER THAN THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATE OF 5.9% FOR IMPORTS OF SERVICES. AS A RESULT, NET EXPORTS OF SERVICES ROSE BY 8.4% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993.

THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE IMPLICIT PRICE DEFLATOR OF GDP MODERATED FURTHER, FROM 7.7% IN THE THIRD QUARTER TO 6.0% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. FOR 1993 AS A WHOLE, THE RATE OF INCREASE WAS 7.9%.

THIS WAS SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES OF 10.5% RECORDED IN 1991 AND 10.1% IN 1992, AND WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE MODERATION IN CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION.

THE RATE OF CHANGE IN THE IMPLICIT PRICE DEFLATOR OF GDP IS A BROAD MEASURE OF INFLATION IN THE WHOLE ECONOMY.

ACCORDING TO THE REVISED (MAY 94) ESTIMATES, THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF GDP IN REAL TERMS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1993 WAS ADJUSTED SLIGHTLY UPWARDS, FROM 5.5% TO 5.6%, WHILST THAT FOR THE SECOND QUARTER REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 5.3% AND THAT FOR THE THIRD QUARTER WAS REVISED DOWNWARDS FROM 5.6% TO 5.5%.

BASED ON THE LATEST GDP ESTIMATES, GDP GREW BY 5.5% IN REAL TERMS IN 1993 OVER 1992.

THE LATEST GDP FIGURES FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1992 TO THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 ARE PRESENTED IN TABLES 1 AND 2.

THE LATEST QUARTERLY ESTIMATES OF GDP FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1992 TO THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT ENTITLED "QUARTERLY ESTIMATES OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, 4TH QUARTER 1993".

THE REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT $4.5 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, HONG KONG; AND AT THE PUBLICATIONS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 582 5077.

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Table 1 Expenditure-based GDP Estimates

first quarter of 1992 to fourth quarter of 1993

GDP at Current Market Prices GDP at Constant (1980) Market Prices

% change over % change over

same period of same period of

Year/quarter HK$ Mn the preceding year HK$ Mn the preceding year

1992 745,364 15.9 287,980 5.3

1993 848,455 13.8 • 303,761 5.5

1992 QI 163,615 17.1 64,799 5.3

Q2 176,556 16.2 67,665 5.2

Q3 198,905 15.3 77,573 5.8

Q4 206,288 15.4 77,943 5.1

1993 QI 188,822 15.4 68,430 5.6

Q2 202,763 14.8 71,239 5.3

Q3 226,062 13.7 81,833 5.5

Q4 230,808 11.9 82,259 5.5

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Table 2 Expenditure-based GDP Estimates Quarterly Year-on-year Growth Rates, first quarter of 1992 to fourth quarter of 1993

Expenditure % change over same period of the preceding year

Components of GDP At current market prices At constant (1980) market prices

1992 1993 1992 1993

01 02 03 01 Annual 01 02 03 01 Annual 01 02 03 04 Annual 01 02 01 01 Annual

Private consumption expenditure 17.1 15.3 17.1 13.9 15.8 14.4 14.9 11.8 15.2 14.1 9.1 8.0 9.4 6.7 8.3 7.6 8.0 5.7 9.5 7.7

Government consumption expenditure 16.0 17.9 20.0 17.4 17.8 10.1 13.4 11.8 10.3 11.4 6.0 7.5 9.0 6.1 7.1 -0.8 3.2 1.3 -0.1 0.9

Gross domestic fixed capital formation 13.8 18.9 18.9 12.6 16.0 10.3 10.0 10.5 5.3 8.9 7.5 10.7 11.6 8.4 9.6 6.4 6.3 4.0 -0.5 3.9

of which : Construction 3.3 -2.6 -1.1 9.0 2.3 10.0 14.5 17.8 8.9 12.6 0.9 -5.7 -3.0 7.1 e 7.8 13.5 12.0 2.3 8.6

Machinery and equipment 11.6 24.8 32.8 26.3 24.6 19.5 16.1 7z5 1.8 10.4 11.2 22.3 28.2 24.1 22.1 16.9 11.2 3.8 -0.8 6.9

Total exports of goo^s 23.2 23.0 20.0 17.9 20.8 18.4 12.4 14.3 8.8 13.1 20.8 21.5 18.3 16.8 19.2 18.8 11.5 14.2 9.1 13.1

Imports of goods 21.6 24.4 21.9 22.2 22.6 17.7 11.8 14.7 6.3 12.2 21.9 23.9 20.7 22.9 22.3 19.5 12.0 15.2 6.5 12.8

Exports of services 15.3 21.9 r 15.2 19.0 18.0 17.3 14.4 13.9 12.1 14.2 10.9 14.5 8.1 10.8 11.0 9.9 6.8 8.6 6.5 7.8

Imports of services 10.3 11.0 16.3 9.3 11.8 6.1 7.4 5.6 6.5 6.4 8.2 6.3 8.9 4.9 7.0 8.3 6.6 6.9 5.9 6.9

Gross Domestic Product 17.1 16.2 15.3 15.4 15.9 15.4 14.8 13.7 11.9 13.8 5.3 5.2 5.8 5.1 5.3 5.6 5.3 5.5 5.5 5.5

9 Less than 0.05

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CO-OPERATION IN INVESTIGATING MARINE ACCIDENTS VITAL » * » * *

CO-OPERATION AMONG NATIONAL MARITIME ADMINISTRATIONS IN INVESTIGATIONS INTO MARINE ACCIDENTS WAS ESSENTIAL IF THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR ALLAN PYRKE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF THE THIRD MEETING OF THE MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS INTERNATIONAL FORUM (MAI IF), MR PYRKE NOTED ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FORUM, POSSIBLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE, WAS TO DEVELOP AND SUSTAIN A CO-OPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP AMONG MARITIME INVESTIGATORS OF DIFFERENT MARINE ADMINISTRATIONS.

HE SAID CO-OPERATION WAS VITAL AS AN ACCIDENT HAPPENED TO A SHIP TODAY WAS MORE LIKELY TO INVOLVE A NUMBER OF ADMINISTRATIONS.

MORE THAN 40 DELEGATES FROM 30 COUNTRIES ATTENDED THE THREE-DAY MAI IF MEETING HOSTED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

MR PYRKE SAID THE PRESENCE OF MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS WAS A TESTIMONY TO THE APPRECIATION OF THE NEED OF CO-OPERATION.

HE SAID: "WE IN HONG KONG CANNOT EMPHASISE THE NEED FURTHER. WE HAD 31,000 SHIPS CALLING AT THIS PORT LAST YEAR. THEY BELONGED TO 108 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES. OUR OWN SHIPS TRADE ALL OVER THE WORLD."

MR PYRKE SAW TWO BASIC REQUIREMENTS WHICH MUST BE MET IF EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS WAS TO BE ACHIEVED.

FIRSTLY, THE BUREAUCRATIC INERTIA OF THE GOVERNMENT MACHINE SHOULD BE ELIMINATED THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACTS DEVELOPED IN FORUMS SUCH AS THE MAI IF.

"INFORMAL DIALOGUES ALSO HELP UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL RESTRAINTS UNDER WHICH DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS WORK," HE ADDED.

SECONDLY, THE INVESTIGATION SYSTEMS OF DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS SHOULD BE HARMONISED SO THAT LEGAL RESTRAINTS ON EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION OR PARTICIPATION IN INVESTIGATION PROCESSES ARE REMOVED.

MR PYRKE ASSERTED THAT ALTHOUGH THE SECOND TASK WAS HARDER AND MIGHT TAKE A LONG TIME TO ACCOMPLISH, THE FORUM COULD BE AN IDEAL CATALYST TO BRING ABOUT THE CHANGES NEEDED.

DURING THE THREE-DAY MEETING, THE MARITIME .INVESTIGATORS WILL GIVE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE TERMS OF REFERENCE AND CHARTER OF THE MAI IF.

THE INVESTIGATORS WILL FINALISE THE PROPOSALS FOR THE MODIFICATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION (IMO) RESOLUTION A637(16) TO OBTAIN BETTER CO-OPERATION AMONG MARITIME ADMINISTRATIONS AND TO DEVELOP A DIRECTORY OF CASUALTY INVESTIGATION PRACTICES OF DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS.

THEY WILL ALSO LOOK AT WAYS TO DEVELOP A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE IMO CONVENTION ON SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES FOR MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.

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TENDER FOR THE FIFTH ISSUE OF TWO-YEAR EXCHANGE FUND NOTES TO BE HELD NEXT MONDAY * * * * *

THE HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THE TENDER FOR THE FIFTH ISSUE OF TWO-YEAR EXCHANGE FUND NOTES WOULD BE HELD NEXT MONDAY (MAY 16) FOR SETTLEMENT THE FOLLOWING DAY (MAY 17).

SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS ISSUE, AN AMOUNT OF $500 MILLION TWO-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 MAY 17, 1996 AND WILL CARRY INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 6.35% PER ANNUM PAYABLE SEMI-ANNUALLY IN ARREARS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO TENDER FOR THE NOTES 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.

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CUSTOMS DELEGATION MEETS GUANGDONG CUSTOMS AT ZHANGJIANG

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A SEVEN-MEMBER DELEGATION OF HONG KONG CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT LED BY COMMISSIONER MR D M WATSON DEPARTED FOR ZHANGJIANG, GUANGDONG THIS (MONDAY) MORNING FOR A MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE GUANGDONG CUSTOMS.

THIS IS THE TWELFTH ANNUAL MEETING TO REVIEW LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE TWO ADMINISTRATIONS IN THE AREAS OF EXCHANGE OF INTELLIGENCE ON NARCOTIC AND SMUGGLING AS WELL AS ON ANTI-SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES.

BOTH SIDES WILL DISCUSS ON TOPICS OF MUTUAL INTERESTS INCLUDING DRUG TRAFFICKING, CIGARETTE SMUGGLING, TRAINING, PIRATED CD AND PRACTICAL WAYS TO ENHANCE CO-OPERATION IN ANTI-SMUGGLING.

AFTER THE MEETING, HONG KONG CUSTOMS DELEGATION WILL TRAVEL TO HAINAN AND VISIT CUSTOMS SET-UPS AND FACILITIES THERE.

THE DELEGATION WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON THE MORNING OF MAY 16.

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RE-OPENING OF CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY WILL BE RE-OPENED FOR MARRIAGE (’EREMONIES ON AUGUST 1.

"THE FOUR-MONTH RENOVATION AT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF JULY. AFTER THAT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY WILL BE A MORE SPACIOUS AND NICE PLACE FOR MARRIAGES TO TAKE PLACE," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE MARRIAGE REGISTRATION AND RECORDS OFFICES AT THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE IN QUEENSWAY IS READY TO ACCEPT NOTICES FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY IN AUGUST AND ONWARDS.

"IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC DO HAVE A FAIR CHANCE TO CHOOSE THEIR PREFERRED DAYS FOR SERVICES, APPOINTMENTS FOR MARRIAGE CEREMONIES WILL BE GIVEN ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

FOR ENQUIRIES, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PLEASE TELEPHONE 824 6111.

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LEAFLETS ON MATERNITY PROTECTION AVAILABLE IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS *****

FEMALE EMPLOYEES SEEKING MATERNITY PROTECTION ARE REMINDED THAT COPIES OF A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE MATERNITY PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IN SIMPLE TERMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL PUBLIC HOSPITALS, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES AND LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OFFICES.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE LEAFLET WAS ATTACHED WITH A STANDARD FORM OF NOTICE, SPECIFYING THE EXPECTED DATE OF CONFINEMENT AND THE DATE ON WHICH THE MATERNITY LEAVE WAS TO COMMENCE, TO FACILITATE EMPLOYEES TO COMPLY WITH THEIR OBLIGATION UNDER THE LAW.

"THERE IS ALSO A DECLARATION FORM TO FACILITATE FEMALE WORKERS TO MAKE STATUTORY DECLARATION TO VERIFY THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE HAS IN ORDER TO CLAIM MATERNITY LEAVE PAY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

RESPONDING TO PRESS ENQUIRIES ON THE QUESTION OF PUBLICITY RELATING TO MATERNITY PROTECTION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IN ADDITION TO THE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ON MATERNITY PROVISIONS THROUGH PRESS RELEASES AND RADIO BROADCASTS, THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT ORGANISED EXHIBITIONS, SEMINARS AND LECTURES ON A REGULAR BASIS TO PROMOTE THE EMPLOYMENT LAW.

"MATERNITY PROTECTION TO FEMALE WORKERS IS AMONG THE MAJOR TOPICS OF PROMOTION IN OUR PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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HE SAID OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OFTEN ATTENDED INTERVIEWS REQUESTED BY THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO EXPLAIN DETAILS OF THE LAW ON MATERNITY BENEFITS FOR PREGNANT EMPLOYEES.

HE REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE LAW TO TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF A FEMALE WORKER AFTER SHE HAD GIVEN HER EMPLOYER A NOTICE OF HER INTENTION TO TAKE MATERNITY LEAVE.

’’EMPLOYERS BREACHING THE PROVISIONS WOULD BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000,” HE SAID.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ON DETAILS OF THE PROVISIONS ON MATERNITY PROTECTION CAN BE MADE TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S GENERAL ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE ON TEL 717 1771.

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WATER ENQUIRY CENTRE IN SHA TIN CLOSED FOR RENOVATION *****

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS RENOVATING ITS SEVEN CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRES TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE ENVIRONMENT.

THE CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION, SHA TIN, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION STARTING ON FRIDAY (MAY 13).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT FULL SERVICES AT THIS CENTRE WOULD RESUME ON JUNE 27 UPON COMPLETION OF RENOVATION.

WORKS FOR OTHER CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRES WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN PHASES THIS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID PUBLIC ENQUIRIES COULD BE MADE ON HOTLINE 824 5000.

THE PUBLIC CAN ALSO MAKE USE OF THE NEWLY INTRODUCED 24-HOUR WATER INFOLINK SERVICE TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT WATER ACCOUNT AND SUPPLY MATTERS. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE SERVICE IS 802 9966.

MEANWHILE, CUSTOMERS MAY VISIT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRES:

* WAN CHAI CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, FIRST FLOOR, IMMIGRATION TOWER, 7 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

* SHAU KEI WAN CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, PERFECT MOUNT GARDENS, PO MAN STREET, SHAU KEI WAN, HONG KONG.

/* KWUN TONG ........

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KWUN TONG CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, NGAU TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 21 ON WAH STREET, NGAU TAU KOK, KOWLOON.

MONG KOK CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 128 SAI YEE STRfeET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

TSUEN WAN CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, FIFTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES; AND

TAI PO CUSTOMER ENQUIRY CENTRE, FOURTH FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CUSTOMERS COULD PAY WATER CHARGES AT ANY COLLECTION OFFICES AS USUAL. THE ADDRESSES AND OPENING HOURS OF THESE OFFICES ARE SHOWN ON WATER BILLS.

CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO USE THE ’’PAYMENT BY PHONE SERVICE'. DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY' CALLING SERVICE HOTLINES 170 222 328

(CANTONESE) OR 170 222 329 (ENGLISH).

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * ♦ ♦

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 65.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 385.709 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 309.039 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 52.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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PROMOTE DISTRICT AFFAIRS CALL BY DO ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR H T LUI, CALLED ON COMMUNITY LEADERS IN HIS DISTRICT TO CONTINUE THEIR SUPPORT TN PROMOTING DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER HOSTED BY VARIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TONIGHT (MONDAY), MR LUI SAID HIS OFFICE WOULD BE FACING MANY NEW CHALLENGES IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

HE SAID: ’’THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE BEFORE US NOW IS THE FORTHCOMING THREE-TIER ELECTIONS WHICH WILL BE VERY DECISIVE IN SHAPING OUR FUTURE COMMUNITY.

"AND ONE OF THEM IS FHE FIRST DIRECT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER.

”MY FIRST PRIORITY IS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS AND TO CAST THEIR VOTES SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE ELECTIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN A FAIR AND APPROPRIATE WAY.”

”1 HOPE YOU CAN ALSO LEND YOUR UNSTINTING SUPPORT IN THIS REGARD," HE SAID.

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ENQUIRY CENTRE’S RENOVATION COMPLETED

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THE RENOVATION OF THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

STARTING FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY), THE CENTRE WILL BE MOVED BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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HONG KONG MONETAR’S AUTHORITY MONES MARKET OPERATIONS

» * * ♦ t CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1 ,434 0930 +1,057

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,170 1000 + 1,057

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 +1,257

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY +1,256 1200 + 1 ,257

LAF TODAS -1,520 1500 1600 +1,257 +1,256

LAF RATE 2.00 BJD/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.6 *4-0.0* 9.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARS AUTHORITY

EE BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS VIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.31 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.31 6.10

1 MONTH 3.71 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 96.9] 6.36

3 MONTHS 4.21 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.20 6.91

6 MONTHS 4.73 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.30 7.05

12 MONTHS 5.36 TOTAL TURNOVER OE BILLS 36 MONTHS 3704 AND BONDS - 12,055 6.15 97.69 7.15 MN

CLOSED 9 MAS 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION................... 1

CIVIL SERVICE NEEDS STABILITY................................ 3

MR HUI KI-ON THE NEXT CP....'................................ 4

STI TO ATTEND MEETINGS IN WASHINGTON DC...................... 6

CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 TO BETTER PROTECT CONSUMER INTERESTS........................................... 6

NEW 10-CENT COINS............................................ 7

MEETING TO DISCUSS BORDER CROSSING........................... 8

VOLUME AND PRICE MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN FEBRUARY..................................................... 8

$926M SEWERAGE PROJECT FOR HK ISLAND........................ 13

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: HONG KONG 1994......................... 14

AWARD FOR BUILDINGS MOST ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED...... 15

EXERCISE CIVIC RIGHTS AND VOTE.............................. 16

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS................. 16

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ....

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION ♦ » » * *

FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY):

GOVERNOR: GOOD MORNING. WE ARE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT LATER ON TODAY ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT OF EDDIE HUI AS COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 3 WHEN COMMISSIONER LI KWAN-HA GOES INTO RETIREMENT, HAVING REACHED THE STATUTORY AGE FOR RETIREMENT OF 57. THAT’S WHAT IS PRESCRIBED, AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, IN THE ORDINANCES.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY AT THIS POINT THOUGH THERE WILL BE OTHER OCCASIONS FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE RECORD THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY HAS VERY GOOD REASONS FOR BEING ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO THE OUTGOING COMMISSIONER. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE FORCE FOR OVER 36 YEARS. HE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONER FOR FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS AND HAS HAD DURING THAT TIME TO DEAL WITH A NUMBER OF VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. THERE WAS THE SURGE, A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK, IN THE INCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME, WHICH THE FORCE COPED WITH VERY SUCCESSFULLY. THERE WERE PROBLEMS OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF YOUNGER OFFICERS, WHICH AGAIN HE AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE FORCE, OVERCAME SUCCESSFULLY. AND THERE HAVE BEEN THE ADDITIONAL POLITICAL SENSITIVITY SURROUNDING SOME ASPECTS OF THE POLICING, FOR EXAMPLE, OF DEMONSTRATIONS OVER THE LAST-FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS. THOSE ARE ALL CHALLENGES TO WHICH THE COMMISSIONER HAS RISEN WITH VERY GREAT SKILL. I THINK HE HAS GIVEN THE FORCE OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND ALL OF US HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO HIM.

AT THE SAME TIME AS WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT OF EDDIE HUI AS COMMISSIONER, WE ARE ALSO ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS, MR WONG AND MR So. I THINK THEY WILL PROVIDE THE CORE OF LEADERSHIP WHICH THE FORCE NEEDS. 1 THINK THEY WILL DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB.

WE HAVE OUR POLICE IN HONG KONG WHICH HAS HELPED TO GIVE US AN ALMOST UNIQUE DOUBLE IN THE WORLD. FIRST OF AL1, WE HAVE A FALLING LEVEL OF CRIME. SECONDLY AND IN PARTICULAR, WE HAVE A FALLING LEVEL OF VIOLENT CRIME. THERE ARE VERY FEW OTHER COMMUNITIES WHICH CAN SAY THAT. IT’S NOT A REASON FOR COMPLACENCY. IT’S NOT A REASON FOR BEING ABLE TO REST ON OUR LAURELS BUT IT IS A REASON FOR. CONGRATULATING OUR CONSTABULARY, CONGRATULATING OUR POLICE FORCE, WHICH IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED AND ADMIRED FORCES ANYWHERE. SO WE SHOULD COMMIT OURSELVES, I THINK ONCE AGAIN, TO GIVING OUR POLICE ALL THE SUPPORT WHICH THEY DESERVE AND ALL THE SUPPORT WHICH FROM TIME TO TIME THEY NEED. THAT’S CERTAINLY OUR FIRM INTENTION AS THE GOVERNMENT. LAW AND ORDER HAS TO BE ONE OF THE PRIME RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONCERNS OF ANY GOVERNMENT. IT IS CERTAINLY OURS. I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUCH OUTSTANDING SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS TO HELP US DISCHARGE THOSE OBLIGATIONS.

QUESTION: MR PATTEN, DO YOU I’ll INK LOCALISATION OF THE POLICE FORCE SO FAR AT THE SENIOR POSTS IS SATISFACTORY?

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GOVERNOR: YES, IT’S GOING AHEAD IN A WAY WHICH I THINK IS SATISFACTORY AND WHICH ENSURES THAT WE HAVE THE BEST QUALITY LEADERSHIP FOR THE FORCE, BEARING IN MIND THE DEMANDS OF LOCALISATION. THERE ARE BALANCES WE HAVE TO MAKE BUT I THINK WE’VE GOT THEM ABOUT RIGHT.

QUESTION: MR EDDIE HUI IS HOLDING A FOREIGN PASSPORT, CAN HE STILL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AFTER 1997?

GOVERNOR: 1 THINK EDDIE HUI IS PROMOTED ON MERIT. HE’S THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB AND I BELIEVE THAT HE MEETS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BASIC LAW. BUT I DON’T WANT TO GO INTO DETAILS ABOUT HIS ARRANGEMENTS.

QUESTION: HOW ABOUT THE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA IN BATTLING CRIMES? WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM MR HUI?

GOVERNOR: I THINK COMMISSIONER LI KWAN-HA HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB, HAS BUILT UP GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE POLICE FORCES IN CHINA. I AM SURE THAT EDDIE HUI WILL WANT TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COMMISSIONER LT KWAN-HA. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE CLOSE CO-OPERATION TO DEAL WITH ALL SORTS OF THINGS. LIKE SMUGGLING, LIKE THEFT, LIKE DRUGS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS. WE MUST GO ON WORKING VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER. THERE’S AN IDENTITY OF INTEREST, I THINK, IN CO-OPERATION.

QUESTION: HAS THE COMMISSIONER’S NEW APPOINTMENT CONSULTED THE CHINESE?

GOVERNOR: WE INFORMED THE CHINESE LAST WEEK OF OUR INTENTIONS.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, CAN YOU SAY WHY THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION IN SINGAPORE HAS NOW DECIDED TO APPEAL FOR CLEMENCY ON THE CASE OF HONG KONG TEENAGER’S ... CANING SENTENCE?

GOVERNOR: WHY IT’S NOW DECIDED?

QUESTION: YES.

GOVERNOR: BEACUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT THE FAMILY AND LAWYERS OF THE YOUNG MAN CONCERNED HAVE DECIDED NOT TO LODGE A FORMAL APPEAL SO THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE LEGAL CHANNELS HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED BEFORE LODGING THIS PARTICULAR APPEAL FOR CLEMENCY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED.

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CIVIL SERVICE NEEDS STABILITY *****

IT IS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL CONCERNED THAT THERE SHOULD BE MAXIMUM CONTINUITY IN THE PRINCIPAL OFFICIAL LEVEL OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MRS ANSON CHANt SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIS IS SO IN PARTICULAR TO HONG KONG PEOPLE, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE FUTURE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT, SHE SAID.

’’THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT REMAINS READY TO DISCUSS WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON HOW THIS MIGHT BE ACHIEVED.

"WE BELIEVE THIS DIALOGUE SHOULD TAKE PLACE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE," SHE SAID.

IN A SPEECH TO THE LUNCHEON OF ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG, MRS CHAN ADDED THAT IN THE MEANTIME THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE WITH ITS PLANS TO FILL THE MOST SENIOR GOVERNMENT POSTS WITH LOCAL OFFICERS IN GOOD TIME BEFORE 1997.

"A SMOOTH TRANSITION IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WILL CONTRIBUTE IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO SMOOTH TRANSITION TN THE TERRITORY AS A WHOLE IN 1997," SHE SAID.

SHE WAS CONFIDENT THAT HONG KONG COULD ENJOY THE SAME PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE FROM A STABLE CIVIL SERVICE UP TO AND BEYOND 1997 GIVEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PERSEVERANCE TN ITS WORK AND GOODWILL FROM THE CHINESE SIDE.

THE JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDES THAT OFFICERS WHO ARE NONCHINESE NATIONALS MAY CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE GOVERNMENT AFTER 1997 IN ALL POSTS EXCEPT A HANDFUL OF TOP POSITIONS. THE BASIC LAW ELABORATES ON THIS.

IF THIS RESTRICTION WERE APPLIED TO THE POSTS WHICH CURRENTLY EXIST WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE, ONLY SOME 22 POSITIONS WOULD BE AFFECTED.

STRESSING THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE NEEDED STABILITY IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997, SHE SAID THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THEM TO INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT THEY INTENDED TO REMAIN IN SERVICE AFTER 1997.

THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTINUITY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE TRANSITION TO THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT ARE SET OUT IN DETAIL IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW.

"INDEED SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE, HAVE REPEATEDLY REASSURED HONG KONG CIVIL SERVANTS ON THIS POINT," SHE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SPELT OUT A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO REINFORCE CIVIL SERVANTS’ CONFIDENCE AND TO ENHANCE THEIR QUALITY.

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THEY INCLUDED THE PROPOSED CIVIL SERVICE PENSION RESERVE FUND, THE PROPOSED UNIFORM CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR ALL NEW RECRUITS, CHINA-RELATED AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING, AND THE LOCALISATION POLICY.

"IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNI ('AT 1 ON BETWEEN THE MANAGEMENT AND THE CIVIL SERVICE IS HIGH ON MI AGENDA," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN \ND THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE HAVE SEPARATELY LINED UP SERIES OF INFORMAL GATHERINGS TO MEET CIVIL SERVANTS OF DIFFERENT GRADES AND RANKS.

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MR HUI KI-ON THE NEXT CP *****

THE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT MR LI KWAN-HA WILL BE PROCEEDING ON LEAVE PRIOR TO RETIREMENT ON JULY 3, THE DATE OF HIS 57TH BIRTHDAY, AFTER SERVING OVER FOUR YEARS AS COMMISSIONER AND OVER 36 YEARS IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

THE TIMING OF MR LI’S RETIREMENT IS IN LINE WITH THE PRESCRIBED RETIREMENT AGE OF 57 FOR. THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE UNDER SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION TO THE PENSIONS BENEFIT ORDINANCE (CAP 99).

AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR HUI Kl-ON, CURRENTLY DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (OPERATIONS) TO SUCCEED MR LI AS THE NEW COMMISSIONER WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 3.

MR HUI’S CURRENT POSITION WILL BE FILLED B) THE PROMOTION OF MR WONG TSAN-KWONG, SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WHO IS CURRENTLY HOLDING THE POST OF DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

ALSO PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ON THE SAME DATE IS MR SO LAI-YIN, WHO HAS BEEN OCCUPYING THE POST OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (MANAGEMENT) ON AN ACTING BASIS SINCE THE FORMER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, MR KEITH LOMAS, PROCEEDED ON PRERETIREMENT LEAVE ON MARCH 17 THIS YEAR.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS ARE ANNEXED.

MR LI KWAN-HA, CBE, QPM, CPM

MR LI JOINED THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AS A PROBATIONARY INSPECTOR ON OCTOBER 7, 1957. HE WAS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ON APRIL 15, 1985 AND COMMISSIONER ON DECEMBER 1, 1989. ON HIS RETIREMENT AT THE AGE OF 57, MR LI WILL HAVE COMPLETED 36 AND A HALF YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

MR LI WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL AND THE QUEEN'S POLICE MEDAL IN 1980 AND 1985 RESPECTIVELY. HE WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1990.

/MR HUI KI-ON

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MR HUI KI-ON, QPM, CPM

MR HUI JOINED THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AS A PROBATIONARY INSPECTOR ON FEBRUARY 18, 1963. HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON APRIL 29, 1984, SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON DECEMBER 1, 1989 AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ON APRIL 29, 1993. BEFORE HIS CURRENT POST AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (OPERATIONS), HE WAS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND REGIONAL COMMANDER (KOWLOON).

MR HUI WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL AND THE QUEEN’S POLICE MEDAL ON 1979 AND 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

MR SO LAI-YIN, QPM, CPM

MR SO JOINED THE GOVERNMENT ON APRIL 4, 1961. ON JULY 3, 1961 HE WAS APPOINTED AS A PROBATIONARY INSPECTOR OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON AUGUST 12, 1985 AND SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON MARCH 3, 1991. BEFORE HIS CURRENT POST AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (MANAGEMENT), HE WAS DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING AND DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION SERVICES.

MR SO WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL AND QUEEN’S POLICE MEDAL IN 1981 AND 1988 RESPECTIVELY.

MR WONG TSAN-KWONG, QPM, CPM

MR WONG JOINED THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AS A PROBATIONARY INSPECTOR ON AUGUST 19, 1963.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON NOVEMBER 30, 1988

AND SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ON JANUARY 1, 1994.

BEFORE HIS CURRENT POST AS DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, HE WAS REGIONAL COMMANDER, HONG KONG ISLAND AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CRIME.

MR WONG WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL AND QUEEN’S POLICE MEDAL IN 1984 AND 1991 RESPECTIVELY.

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STI TO ATTEND MEETINGS IN WASHINGTON DC

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR T H CHAU, IS NOW VISITING WASHINGTON DC TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL JOINT MEETING OF THE HONG KONG/UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES/HONG KONG ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION COMMITTEES ON MAY 11.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG/UNITED STATES ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE IS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBER MR CHEE-HWA TUNG.

MR CHAU WILL ALSO ATTEND A DINNER, TO BE HELD ON MAY 10 IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING, BY THE TWO COMMITTEES AND THF. U.S. CONGRESSIONAL TASK FORCE ON U.S.-CHINA POLICY.

THE LEADING MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESSMAN LEE HAMILTON.

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CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 TO BETTER PROTECT CONSUMER INTERESTS *****

THE CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, WHICH SEEKS TO BROADEN THE REMIT OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IN PERFORMING ITS CONSUMER PROTECTION FUNCTIONS, WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 25.

THE AMENDMENT BILL PROPOSES TO REMOVE THE SCHEDULE TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL ORDINANCE WHICH STIPULATES THAT 25 PUBLIC UTILITY AND TRANSPORT COMPANIES, BROADCASTERS AND STATUTORY PUBLIC BODIES ARE OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: "THE AMENDMENT RILL WILL FREE THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FROM ANY LEGAL CONSTRAINT IN HANDLING CONSUMER COMPLAINTS AND CONDUCTING RESEARCH PROJECTS CONCERNING THE BODIES IN THE SCHEDULE.

"THIS WILL HELP FACILITATE THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IN PERFORMING ITS CONSUMER PROTECTION FUNCTIONS AND MEETING THE RISING EXPECTATIONS OF THE CONSUMERS.

"WE HAVE CONSULTED ALL THE 25 SCHEDULED BODIES ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL. APART FROM ONE, ALL HAVE RES'PONDED, OF WHICH 19 SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL.

"WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE BROAD SUPPORT GIVEN B'i THESE BODIES AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE PROPOSAL IS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TOWARDS BETTER CONSUMER PROTECTION," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "WE ARE MINDFUL OF THE NEED TO AVOID POSSIBLE DUPLICATION OF EFFORTS BETWEEN THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND RELEVANT REGULATORS.

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’’THE CONSUMER COUNCIL PLEDGES THAT IT WILL NOT INTERVENE IN THOSE MATTERS WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO MONITORING UNDER THE TERMS OF A SPECIFIC REGULATORY ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND A PARTICULAR PRIVATE COMPANY.

”WE BELIEVE THAT THE CONSUMER COUNCIL WILL NOT SEEK TO DUPLICATE THE ROLE OF RELEVANT REGULATORS. IT WOULD PLAY A SUPPLEMENTARY ROLE, FOCUSING QN MATTERS OF GENERAL CONSUMER INTEREST,” HE SAID.

”AS AT PRESENT, THE COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE ITS DIALOGUE WITH THE REGULATORS TO AVOID DUPLICATION OF EFFORTS.”

THE CONSUMER COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL WILL BE GAZETTED ON MAY 20.

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NEW 10-CENT COINS *****

NEW DESIGN 10-CENT COINS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO GENERAL CIRCULATION NEXT MONDAY (MAY 16) TO REPLACE THE EXISTING COINS.

’’THIS IS PART OF THE PHASED PROGRAMME TO REPLACE AND WITHDRAW FROM CIRCULATION EXISTING COINS BEARING REFERENCES WHICH WILL BECOME INAPPROPRIATE TO THE STATUS OF HONG KONG AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

LIKE THE NEW 50-CENT AND 20-CENT COINS INTRODUCED ON OCTOBER 11 LAST YEAR, THE DESIGN OF THE NEW 10-CENT COINS FEATURES A BAUHINIA FLOWER AND ’’HONG KONG” IN CHINESE CHARACTERS AND ENGLISH ON THE OBVERSE.

THE REVERSE FEATURES THE DENOMINATION IN CHINESE CHARACTERS AND ENGLISH WITH A LARGE ARABIC NUMERAL IN THE CENTRE AND THE YEAR OF ISSUE IMMEDIATELY BELOW IT.

THE METAL COMPOSITION OF THE NEW COINS IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THE EXISTING ONES TO FACILITATE SORTING AND WITHDRAWAL OF THE EXISTING COINS BY MACHINE.

SMALL QUANTITIES OF THE NEW COINS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO PUBLIC UTILITY AND TRANSPORT COMPANIES AND VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS WHICH OPERATE COIN VENDING MACHINES FOR TESTING AND CALIBRATION PURPOSES TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN BE USED IN THESE MACHINES WITH MINIMAL DISRUPTION.

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MEETING TO DISCUSS BORDER CROSSING

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IN RESPONSE TO PRESS ENQUIRIES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH BORDER LIAISON CHANNELS, HAS ASSISTED GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS TO SET UP A MEETING WITH OFFICIALS OF THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES TO DISCUSS THE NEW INSPECTION PROCEDURE AT HUANG GANG CHECKPOINT.

THE MEETING IS NOW TAKING PLACE AT THE HUANG GANG CROSSING.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE HUANG GANG CHECKPOINT WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 11 PM TONIGHT AND GOODS VEHICLES DESIGNATED TO USE THE LOK MA CHAU - HUANG GANG CHECKPOINT, CAN ALSO USE THE MAN KAM TO CROSSING TODAY.

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VOLUME AND PRICE MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN FEBRUARY *****

IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 1994, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 8.9% OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHILE THAT OF REEXPORTS RECORDED AN INCREASE OF 13%, ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 8.5%. MEANWHILE, IMPORTS INCREASED BY 7.9% 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 DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 0.8% AND 0.5% RESPECTIVELY. IMPORT PRICES INCREASED BY 1.1%.

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.

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX, DEFINED AS THE RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX, DECREASED BY 0.6% IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 1994 OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

COMPARING FEBRUARY 1994 WITH FEBRUARY 1993, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS DECREASED BY 21% AND 4.2% RESPECTIVELY. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS DECLINED B\ 5.8%.

CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN IN INTERPRETING THE CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE FOR A SINGLE MONTH AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH YEAR WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE TIMING OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS. IT IS MORE MEANINGFUL TO MAKE COMPARISONS OVER A LONGER PERIOD.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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COMPARING FEBRUARY 1994 WITH FEBRUARY 1993, COMMODITY GROUPS WHICH RECORDED INCREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+7.8%) AND CLOTHING (+4.5%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSIDERABLE DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-56%), FOOTWEAR (-53%) AND DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-42%).

AS REGARDS DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES, COMMODITY GROUPS WHICH RECORDED INCREASES INCLUDED TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+6.8%); AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+2.5%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (-7.6%), AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-3.8%).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALLE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 21 % IN FEBRUARY 1994 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1993.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL, VEGETABLE OIL AND LARD; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATION; AND FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS. HOWEVER, CONSIDERABLE DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME 01 TEA AND COFFEE, ANIMALS OF THE BOVINE SPECIES, AND WHEAT AND FLOUR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED SLIGHTLY BY 1.0%.

COMMODITY ITEMS WITH CONSIDERABLE DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME INCLUDED TOBACCO MANUFACTURES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

HOWEVER, INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED OF MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS; RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECREASED BY 9.9% IN FEBRUARY 1994 AS COMPARED W|TH FEBRUARY 1993.

SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED OF BASE METALS (OTHER THAN IRON AND STEEL) AND YARN OF WOOL AND MIXTURES. HOWEVER, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED TN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 12% IN VOLUME IN FEBRUARY 1994 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1993.

AS REGARDS CAPITAL GOODS, THE IMPORT VOLUME DECREASED BY 16% IN FEBRUARY 1994 OVER FEBRUARY 1993.

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NOTABLE DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TEXTILE MACHINERY; INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, OTHER THAN TEXTILE MACHINERY AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY; AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINERI. HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS INCREASED.

COMPARING FEBRUARY 1994 WITH FEBRUARY 1993, THE IMPORT PRICES OF CAPITAL GOODS, CONSUMER GOODS, AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES INCREASED BY 2.8%, 2.4% AND 1.5% RESPECTIVELY. THE IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS AND FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 18% AND 0.8% RESPECTIVELY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING FEBRUARY 1994 WITH FEBRUARY 1993, THE VOLUME OF REEXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS AND CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 13% AND 5.5% RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS, RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, AND FUELS DECREASED BY 21%, 12% AND 3.8% RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS, CONSUMER GOODS AND FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 2.2%, 1.3% AND 1.2% RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE RE-EXPORT PRICES OF FUELS, AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECREASED BY 16% AND 1.2% RESPECTIVELY.

DETAILS OF THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE FEBRUARY 1994 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS".

THE REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SALE ON THURSDAY AT $9 PER COPY AT EITHER THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; 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.

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TABLE 1 : CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING FEB 1994 COMPARING JAN-FEB 1994

WITH FEB 1993 WITH JAN-FEB 1993

% CHANGES % CHANGES

COMMODITY GROUP

UNIT UNIT

VALUE VALUE VOLUME VALUE VALUE VOLUME

CLOTHING 4.9 0.4 4.5 -1.7 1 . 1 -2.7

TEXTILE FABRICS -31.1 -7.6 -25.4 -13.4 -7.6 -6.3

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD -33.8 -3.8 -31.1 -12.8 -3.6 -9.7

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES 7.0 -0.5 7.8 -6.1 -1.8 -4.5

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS 55.3 1.4 -55.7 -62.5 0.8 -62.6

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS -23.6 2.5 -25.4 -15.9 2.7 -18.1

FOOTWEAR -52.8 1.2 -53.4 -38.7 1.2 -39.2

METAL MANUFACTURES -28.9 1.9 -30.2 -7.8 2.3 -9.9

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -32.2 -0.3 -32.1 -17.2 -0.1 -16.9

WATCHES AND CLOCKS -24.6 1 . 7 -25.8 -9.9 1.2 -11.0

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -14.5 6.8 -20.0 4.8 5.4 -0.7

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -41.0 0.8 -41.6 -25.2 1.7 -26.4

ALL COMMODITIES -19.8 0.9 -20.6 -8.2 0.8 -8.9

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TABLE 2 : CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-L’SE CATEGORY COMPARING FEB 1994 WITH FEB 1993 % CHANGES COMPARING JAN-FEB 1994 WITH JAN-FEB 1993 % CHANGES

VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS 19.7 i o 00 20.6 10.0 -1.2 11.5

CONSUMER GOODS 1.4 2.4 -1.0 13.1 2.0 10.9

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -8.7 1 .5 -9.9 10.1 0.8 9.2

FUELS -7.5 -17.6 12.2 -22.9 -17.2 -6.9

CAPITAL GOODS -13.4 2.8 - •15.7 2.1 2.3 -0.2

ALL COMMODITIES -4.3 1.7 -5.8 9.2 1 . 1 7.9

TABLE 3 : CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING FEB 1994 COMPARING JAN-FEB 1994

WITH FEB 1993 WITH JAN-FEB 1993

% CHANGES % CHANGES

END-USE CATEGORY

UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME

UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS 14.5 1.2 13. 1 14.8 1 . 1 13.6

CONSUMER GOODS 7.0 1.3 5.5 18.0 1.3 16.5

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES -12.7 -1.2 -11.5 13.9 -1.7 15.8

FUELS -18.8 -15.6 -3.8 -12.3 -17.0 5.7

CAPITAL GOODS -19.0 2.2 -20.7 2.7 1.9 0.9

ALL COMMODITIES -3.5 0.7 -4.2 13.9 0.5 13.4

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$926M SEWERAGE PROJECT FOR HK ISLAND

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THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING A S926-MILLION SEWERAGE PROJECT FOR HONG KONG ISLAND WITH A VIEW TO REDUCING WATER POLLUTION IN THE VICTORIA HARBOUR.

THE PROJECT, WHICH COVERS THE NORTHWESTERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND FROM KENNEDY TOWN TO WAN CHAI WEST, VICTORIA PEAK AND THE MID-LEVELS DISTRICTS, WILL BE CARRIED OUT OVER THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS.

A CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT FOR THE DETAILED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION OF THE PROJECT WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT), MR TSE HON-SUM, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LIMITED.

MR TSE NOTED THAT THE PROJECT COMPRISED CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SEWERS, MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXISTING SCREENING PLANTS, AND INTERCEPTION OF UNTREATED SEWAGE CURRENTLY DISCHARGING INTO THE VICTORIA HARBOUR VIA THE STORM WATER SYSTEM.

"UNDER THE PROJECT, ABOUT SIX KILOMETRES OF TRUNK SEWERS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HARCOURT ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

"THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE KILOMETRES OF BRANCH SEWERS, AND 21 KILOMETRES OF LOCAL SEWERS TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE PROJECT AREA," HE SAID.

A TRAFFIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT STUDY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO MITIGATE IMPACTS ON TRAFFIC BY SUITABLE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT TO INVESTIGATE AND RECOMMEND MEASURES TO REDUCE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT DURING CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION.

MEANWHILE, MR TSE ADDED, THE CENTRAL SCREENING PLANT AND WAN CHAI EAST SCREENING PLANT WILL BE MODIFIED TO MATCH THE NEW SEWERS AND TO CATER FOR THE INCREASE IN POPULATION IN THE PROJECT AREA.

"BY 2001, THEY WILL BE TREATING SEWAGE ARISING FROM 430,000 PEOPLE LIVING, AND 840,000 PEOPLE WORKING, IN THE CENTRAL, WESTERN AND WAN CHAI WEST DISTRICTS,” HE EXPLAINED.

CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MID-1996 FOR COMPLETION IN LATE 2000.

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES: HONG KONG 1994 *****

THE DRAMA, DEVELOPMENT AND DETAIL OF HONG KONG OVER THE PAST YEAR WILL HIT THE BOOKSTANDS WHEN HONG KONG 1994 APPEARS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE GOVERNMENT YEARBOOK, A CONSISTENT BESTSELLER, HIGHLIGHTS THE MAJOR EVENTS AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES OF 1993, PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF HOW HONG KONG OPERATES.

COSTING ONLY $60, HONG KONG 1994 COMES IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE EDITIONS AND COMPRISES OVER 500 PAGES OF TEXT, PHOTOS AND STATISTICS. IT )S A VITAL REFERENCE TOOL FOR ALL WITH AN INTEREST IN THE TERRITORY.

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON AND FORMER CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE REVIEW CHAPTER THIS YEAR AND PROVIDES A PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO THE FORCES WHICH HAVE SHAPED THE TERRITORY OVER THREE DECADES IN "A RARE ALCHEMY".

"IN OUR SOCIETY, YESTERDAY’S HAWKER CAN BE TODAY’S MILLIONAIRE; AND IF HE OVER-REACHES HIS CASH FLOW AND IS FORCED BACK TO HIS STREET STALL TO BEGIN ALL OVER AGAIN, NOBODY WILL THINK THE WORSE OF HIM BUT WILL ADMIRE HIS COURAGE FOR TRYING THAT HARD," SIR DAVID STATES.

THE REVIEW CHAPTER IS PRECEDED BY A MONTH-BY-MONTH DESCRIPTION OF THE YEAR’S FORMATIVE EVENTS.

A COLOURFUL END-PAPER MAP FEATURES HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN 1992, AGAINST THE TRADE TREND OF THE PAST 10 YEARS.

HONG KONG 1994 CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE LATER AT DISTRICT OFFICES, LEADING BOOKSHOPS, AND AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON.

THIS YEAR, A SPECIAL 15 PER CENT DISCOUNT IS BEING OFFERED TO STUDENTS ON A GROUP PURCHASE BASIS THROUGH SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIC ORGANISATIONS. FOR THIS GROUP, THE YEARBOOK WILL COST $51.

ORDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY BY MAIL, IN HONG KONG AND ABROAD. FOR ENQUIRIES, TELEPHONE 842 8801-4 OR FAX 537 1543.

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AWARD FOR BUILDINGS MOST ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED * * * * »

NOMINATIONS ARE. NOW INVITED FOR THE 1994 DESIGN AWARD FOR BUILDINGS AND OPEN SPACE MOST ACCESSIBLE TO DISABLED PERSONS IN HONG KONG.

THE AWARD IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE ACCESS AND TRANSPORT SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, THE REHABILITATION ALLIANCE HONG. KONG AND THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED.

THE AWARD IS AIMED AT PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING SUITABLE ACCESS FACILITIES TO HELP INTEGRATE DISABLED PERSONS INTO THE COMMUNITY.

IT ALSO AIMS TO GIVE DUE RECOGNITION TO DEVELOPERS AND'" ARCHITECTS FOR THEIR INITIATIVE AND FORE-THOUGHT IN PROVIDING BARRIER-FREE ENVIRONMENT FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

NOMINATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON THE GROUNDS OF CONVENIENCE, INTEGRATION, INNOVATION, USEFULNESS AND TRANSFERABILITY.

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN UNDER FIVE CATEGORIES, NAMELY PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, PRIVATE NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, PUBLIC NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS AND OPEN SPACE.

A ‘PLAQUE ENGRAVED WITH THE DESIGN AWARD WILL BE FITTED TO A WINNING ENTRY, WHILE AN AWARD CERTIFICATE AND A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ARCHITECT AND THE PROPERTY OWNER RESPECTIVELY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ARCHITECTS IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SERVICE, PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AND BUILDING OWNERS ARE INVITED TO NOMINATE THEIR DESIRABLE BUILDINGS.

NOMINATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE REHABILITATION DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS MAY 20 (FRIDAY).

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL 864 2929. j;

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EXERCISE CIVIC RIGHTS AND VOTE

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PO PUI-LEONG, HAS APPEALED TO RESIDENTS IN THE AREA TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS BY REGISTERING AS VOTERS.

SPEAKING AT A VOTER REGISTRATION PROMOTION ACTIVITY AT FU HENG ESTATE LAST (MONDAY) NIGHT, MR PO ALSO URGED THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

HE SAID: "BY REGISTERING AS VOTERS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CAST YOUR BALLOTS TO CHOOLE YOUR IDEAL CANDIDATES IN THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AS WELL AS THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR."

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TAI PO OVER THE NEXT SEVEN WEEKS. THESE INCLUDE VISITS TO HOUSEHOLDS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES.

MEANWHILE, THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE ALSO CARRIED OUT A VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN THE BUSY STREETS NEAR THE MONG KOK MTR STATION THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE OFFICE ASSISTED PASSERS-BY TO FILL IN FORMS TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS *****

TENDER DATE 10 MAY 94 10 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF BILLS EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER Q419 H464

AMOUNT APPLIED HK$3,960 MN HK$2,430 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HK$l,500 MN HK$800 MN

AVERAGE YIELD ACCEPTED 4.50 PCT 5.16 PCT

HIGHEST YIELD ACCEPTED 4.53 PCT 5.16 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 84 PCT ABOUT 66 PCT

AVERAGE TENDER YIELD 4.55 PCT 5.19 PCT

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

TENDERS TO BE HELD IN THE WEEK BEGINNING 16 MAY 1994 -

TENDER DATE 16 MAY 94 17 MAY 94 17 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF NOTES EF BILLS EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER 2605 Q420 Y489

ISSUE DATE 17 MAY 94 18 MAY 94 18 MAY 94

MATURITY DATE 17 MAY 96 17 AUG 94 17 MAY 95

TENOR 2 YEARS 91 DAYS 364 DAYS

AMOUNT ON OFFER HK$500 + 100 MN HK$l,500 + 300 MN HKS500 + 150 MN • • • • i , ,

COUPON 6.35 PCT : « i

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS * * » » *

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,170 0930 +1,273

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,324 1000 +1,423

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 +1,573

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY +1,554 1200 +1,554

LAF TODAY -1,400 1500 +1,554

1600 +1,554

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 124.7 *+0.1* 10.5.94

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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 3.76 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.03 6.30

1 MONTH 4.09 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 96.49 6.64

3 MONTHS 4.53 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 93.74 7.13

6 MONTHS 5.16 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 93.73 7.31

12 MONTHS 5.68 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 97.00 7.42

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 50,859 MN

CLOSED 10 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

MOTION DEBATE ON CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON PROPERTY........... 1

GOVERNMENT SHARES DEEP CONCERN OVER XI YANG’S CASE: SHA 4

GOVT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LEGCO MOTIONS........ 6

SCS EXPLAINS INTEGRITY CHECKING FOR CIVIL SERVANTS..... 6

RILL TO IMPROVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE INTRODUCED... 7

Rn.T. MAKING A PROHIBITION ORDER A JUDICIAL FUNCTION... 8

ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE TO BE STREAMLINED AND UPDATED... 9

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE TO COMAC......................  10

NEW IC AC HQ COMPLEX UNDER PLANNING..................... 10

HOME MORTGAGE LOAN POLICY............................... 11

LOCAL BREWERIES ENJOY DROP IN DUTY...................... 11

GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE GUIDELINES IN THE PIPELINE. 12

FEEDBACK TO ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER POSITIVE............ 13

S123M SPENT ON AIRPORT SECURITY......................... 13

COMPENSATION AVAILABLE FOR AIR PASSENGERS............... 14

NO SURPLUS QUOTAS FOR PARTICULAR OCCUPATIONAL GRUOP.... 14

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UK PUBLIC SERVICE JOB POLICY.............................. 15

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION COMPREHENSIVE............... 15

EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE FAIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES............................................. 16

PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN INCREASING...... 16

GRADUATE TEACHER POSTS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS................ 17

GENERIC APPROACH IN SERVICE DELIVERY...................... 18

POOR RECEPTION DUE TO PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT................ 19

HOSPITAL FUND-RAISING CONCERT FOSTERS CLOSER COMMUNITY LINK...................................................... 19

29 ANNUAL REPORTS PUBLISHED IN 1993 ...................... 20

MOTION ON RELEASE OF XI YANG PASSED....................... 21

INTEGRITY CHECKING OF CIVIL SERVANTS FURTHER EXPLAINED... 22

GOODS VEHICLE BORDER CROSSING RESUMES....................... 23

SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS HELP REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS......... 23

TUEN MUN LOT TO LET......................................... 24

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS..... 25

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1.1, 1994

MOTION DEBATE ON CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON PROPERTY

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FOLLOWING IS THE SPEECH BY SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MOTION DEBATE ON CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON PROPERTY TODAY (WEDNESDAY):

MR PRESIDENT,

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OFFERED BY THIS DEBATE TO LISTEN TO THE DIVERSE VIEWS OF MEMBERS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF A CAPITAL GAINS TAX TO TACKLE HIGH PROPERTY PRICES.

I SHARE MEMBERS’ CONCERN ABOUT THE SHARP RISE IN PROPERTY PRICES IN RECENT YEARS. THE ADMINISTRATION IS KEEN TO TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO BRING DOWN PRICES TO A MORE AFFORDABLE LEVEL. THE GOVERNOR AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAVE ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS REPEATED OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS AIM. WE HAVE RECENTLY SET UP AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL TASK FORCE, CHAIRED BY MR EASON, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, TO CONSIDER WAYS TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF SITES FOR HOUSING AND TO DISCOURAGE SPECULATION IN THE PROPERTY MARKET. THE TASK FORCE INTENDS TO COMPLETE ITS STUDY AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS NEXT MONTH. ONE OF THE ISSUES WHICH THE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING AT IS WHETHER A CAPITAL GAINS TAX CAN PLAY A USEFUL ROLE IN COOLING THE OVER-HEATED PROPERTY MARKET.

SOME MEMBERS HAVE SPOKEN OF THE INTRODUCTION OF A CAPITAL GAINS TAX AS A PANACEA CAPABLE OF BRINGING PROPERTY PRICES DOWN QUICKLY. I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO THIS VIEW BY SHARING WITH MEMBERS THE THINKING OF THE ADMINISTRATION ON A CAPITAL GAINS TAX.

MEMBERS WILL RECALL THAT ON 9 MARCH THIS YEAR, I DEALT WITH THIS SUBJECT IN SOME DETAIL IN THIS COUNCIL IN MY REPLY TO A QUESTION RAISED BY DR THE HON YEUNG SUM. IN HIS SPEECH CONCLUDING THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON THE APPROPRIATION BILL HELD ON 30 MARCH THIS YEAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AGAIN TOUCHED UPON THIS ISSUE.

PARAMETERS OF A CAPITAL GAINS TAX

WHETHER A CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS WILL ACTUALLY BRING PRICES DOWN HINGES ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS, IN PARTICULAR THE PARAMETERS OF THE TAX AND THE REACTION OF THE MARKET.

MEMBERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE FACT THAT SPECULATIVE PROPERTY PROFITS ARE NOT TAX-FREE. AT PRESENT, PROFITS FROM PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ARE ALREADY CHARGEABLE TO PROFITS TAX IF THEY ARISE FROM A BUSINESS OF PROPERTY TRADING OR PROPERTY DEALING. THIS COVERS TRANSACTIONS CARRIED OUT BY PROPERTY DEALERS, PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AS WELL AS THOSE PERSONS WHO RE-SELL A PROPERTY BEFORE ASSIGNMENT FOR QUICK PROFITS. LAST JULY, THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT INTRODUCED NEW SELECTION CRITERIA FOR OPENING PROPERTY DEALING FILES IO HELP IDENTIFY THOSE PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS CONCLUDED AS PART OF A TRADE. THIS HAS BROUGHT MORE POTENTIAL TAXPAYERS TO SCRUTINY BY THE DEPARTMENT. I SHOULD ADD THAT THE ENACTMENT OF THE STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1992 ALSO ENABLED THE DEPARTMENT TO OBTAIN A MORE EXTENSIVE DATABASE ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS, THUS ENHANCING ITS ABILITY TO IDENTIFY CASES WHICH MIGHT HAVE A TAX LIABILITY.

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AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, ANY CAPITAL GAINS TAX WOULD HAVE TO BE SUFFICIENTLY PUNITIVE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE ADDITIONAL DETERRENT AGAINST PROPERTY SPECULATION. BUT A PUNITIVE CAPITAL GAINS TAX WOULD SEND A STRONG NEGATIVE SIGNAL TO BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS ACROSS THE BOARD. THE PROSPECT OF HAVING THE TAX AS A BANDAID SOLUTION TO ADDRESS A TEMPORARY PROBLEM WOULD SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE TWO MUCH-VAUNTED PRINCIPLES OF OUR TAXATION SYSTEM - ITS STABILITY AND ITS PREDICTABILITY. INVESTORS WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT COMMITTING CAPITAL TO HONG KONG ONCE WE GOT A REPUTATION FOR INTRODUCING STOP-GAP FISCAL MEASURES TO TACKLE SOCIAL PROBLEMS, AND ABOLISHING THEM WHEN THE NEED FOR THEM WENT AWAY OR POLITICAL WHIMS TURNED AGAINST THEM.

DR HUANG COMMENTED THAT A FEW DEVELOPED COUNTRIES HAVE INTRODUCED CAPITAL GAINS TAX TO CURB A SHARP RISE IN PROPERTY PRICES. HE MENTIONED JAPAN, IN PARTICULAR. ACCORDING TO MY INFORMATION THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX HAS CAUSED DEVASTATING EFFECT. IN AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PROFESSOR KEITH MCKINNELL, THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURVEYING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND PROFESSOR TAKAHIRO MIYAU, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF CHUBUKA IN JAPAN, THEY WROTE AN ARTICLE EXACTLY A MONTH AGO, AND I QUOTE "IN 1991, CAPITAL GAINS TAX WAS RAISED SHARPLY TO DISCOURAGE PROPERTY TRANSACTION, CUMULATING IN 1992 WITH A NEW NATIONAL LAND HOLDING TAX, THE SO CALLED LAND VALUE TAX IN JAPAN. THESE MEASURES WERE SUFFICIENTLY STRONG TO STIFLE JAPAN’S ONCE BOOMING PROPERTY MARKET. BUT THEY DID MUCH MORE THAN THAT IN THAT THE WORSE DAMAGE WAS FELT ON A BALANCED SHEET OF MOST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND BUSINESS CORPORATIONS. THIS POLICY INDUCED COLLAPSE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET HAS THEREFORE SEVERELY AFFECTED THE OVERALL ECONOMY, LEADING TO THE WORSE RECESSION IN JAPAN’S POST-WAR HISTORY."

REACTION OF THE MARKET

MUCH AS WE WISH, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO GAUGE IN ADVANCE THE REACTION OF THE MARKET TO THE TAX. IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY LIKE OURS, THE STEEP RISE IN PROPERTY PRICES REFLECTS AN IMBALANCE IN SUPPLY AND DEMAND. IN ADDITION TO INVESTMENT DEMAND WHICH HAS BEEN BUOYED UP IN RECENT MONTHS BY LOCAL INVESTMENT CAPITAL AND THE INFLUX OF FOREIGN FUNDS, THERE IS A SUSTAINED DEMAND FROM ASPIRING HOMEOWNERS LOCALLY. THIS END-USER DEMAND HAS EMERGED FROM A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, INCLUDING A STEADY GROWTH IN HOUSEHOLD NUMBERS AND HOUSEHOLD INCOME, ASPIRATIONS FOR HOME OWNERSHIP AND A LOW INTEREST RATE RELATIVE TO INFLATION.

AN EARLIER STUDY REVEALS THAT THE DEMAND FOR NEW PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL FLATS IS MORE SENSITIVE TO THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME THAN, FOR INSTANCE, THE MORTGAGE RATE OR FLAT PRICES. SO IF WE DID NOT GET THE TAX RATE RIGHT AND ASSUMING THAT SUPPLY REMAINED TIGHT BEFORE WE HAD AN EXPANDED HOUSING SUPPLY, WE MIGHT END UP PUSHING PRICES UP AS THE BURDEN OF THE NEW TAX WAS PASSED ONTO END-USERS.

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FURTHERMORE, A TAX WHICH MANAGED TO KEEP SPECULATORS AT BAY WOULD PROBABLY ALSO DAMPEN DEMAND AMONG THOSE WHO WANTED TO MAKE A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT IN THE PROPERTY MARKET. THIS WOULD INEVITABLY REDUCE THE AVAILABILITY OF PREMISES FOR THOSE END-USERS WHO OPTED TO LEASE RATHER THAN TO OWN PROPERTY. THERE IS ALSO THE DANGER THAT PROPERTY DEVELOPERS WOULD RESPOND BY CUTTING BACK THEIR PRODUCTION. END-USERS WOULD EVENTUALLY FEEL THE PINCH OF THE REDUCED OUTPUT. THE POINT I WISH TO MAKE HERE IS THAT IT IS NOT AT ALL EASY TO WORK OUT A CAPITAL GAINS TAX THAT WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF PROPERTY SPECULATION WITHOUT CREATING OTHER PROBLEMS IN ITS TRAIN : THERE IS A RISK THAT THE PROPOSED TAX MIGHT HURT THE VERY PEOPLE WE WISH TO HELP.

IMPACT ON THE OVERALL ECONOMY

APART FROM THE IMPACT ON END-USERS, WE ALSO NEED TO CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF A CAPITAL GAINS TAX FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. DURING THE PERIOD 1989 TO 1993, PRIVATE SECTOR BUILDING EXPENDITURE TOOK UP 50-60% OF THE OVERALL EXPENDITURE ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION IN THE ECONOMY. THIS EXPENDITURE, TOGETHER WITH THE REAL DEVELOPERS’ MARGIN, ACCOUNTED FOR 30-40% OF THE OVERALL INVESTMENT EXPENDITURE IN OUR GDP. A CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS AS SUGGESTED WOULD THUS IMPACT ON A LARGE SEGMENT OF INVESTMENT IN THE ECONOMY. IN TURN, THIS WOULD HAVE A MULTIPLIER EFFECT ON THE REST OF THE ECONOMY, RESULTING IN CURTAILMENT IN THE OVERALL GDP. ON THE BASIS OF THE RATABLE VALUES OF PROPERTIES IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE CALCULATED THAT THE TOTAL VALUE OF ALL PROPERTIES IN HONG KONG COULD EXCEED $2.3 TRILLION ($2,300 BILLION). NO-ONE SHOULD SPEAK LIGHTLY OF INTRODUCING A CAPITAL GAINS TAX WHEN IT COULD LEAD TO AN UNPREDICTABLE DIMINUTION OF THAT ENORMOUS PART OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL WEALTH.

PRACTICAL ISSUES

AS I POINTED OUT WHEN I LAST SPOKE IN THIS COUNCIL ON THIS SUBJECT, THERE ARE PRACTICAL ISSUES WE SHOULD HAVE TO ADDRESS IF WE WERE TO INTRODUCE A CAPITAL GAINS TAX, FOR INSTANCE -

- THE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF GAINS ATTRIBUTABLE TO INFLATION;

- WHETHER LOSSES SHOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE AND, IF SO, WHETHER THEY SHOULD ONLY BE OFFSET AGAINST CAPITAL GAINS;

- WHETHER GAINS SHOULD BE AVERAGED AND BROUGHT TO CHARGE OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS; AND

- WHETHER THE TAX SHOULD APPLY TO TRANSACTIONS IN STOCKS AND SHARES IN PROPERTY-RELATED BUSINESSES.

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IN AN ATTEMPT TO ALLEVIATE THE PLIGHT OF THOSE LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE HOME, MANY PEOPLE HAVE DEMANDED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION TAKES CONCRETE ACTION TO TACKLE PROPERTY SPECULATORS. YET IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DEFINE IN CLEAR LEGAL TERMS A "SPECULATIVE" TRANSACTION. ONE MAN’S SPECULATION IS ANOTHER MAN’S INVESTMENT. IT IS A CHALLENGE TO THE LAW DRAFTSMAN TO WORK OUT A LEGAL DEFINITION OF SPECULATORS WHICH WILL NOT UNINTENTIONALLY PENALISE GENUINE END-USERS OR THOSE FOR WHOM PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ARE THE MAINSTAY OF A REGULAR DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS. THIS COULD BE A SOURCE OF CONTROVERSY AND WE WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE AVENUES FOR APPEAL. MOREOVER, ALMOST BY DEFINITION, A PUNITIVE TAX WOULD INVITE WIDESPREAD ATTEMPTS TO AVOID OR EVADE TAX. THIS POINTS TO AN EXPENSIVE SCHEME WITH DOUBTFUL COSTEFFECTIVENESS.

IN SHORT, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TASK FORCE ON LAND SUPPLY AND PROPERTY SPECULATION DEMONSTRATES THE ADMINISTRATION’S RESOLVE IN TACKLING THE SPIRALLING PROPERTY PRICES. ON THE QUESTION OF A CAPITAL GAINS TAX, WE NEED TO GIVE VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO ITS POSSIBLE RAMIFICATIONS IN HONG KONG. WE ARE PARTICULARLY MINDFUL THAT WE SHOULD NOT ADOPT A MEASURE WHICH WOULD LIKELY LAND US WITH A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN WE ORIGINALLY HAVE.

THE ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS IN THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE. THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ABSTAIN FROM VOTING ON THE MOTION.

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GOVERNMENT SHARES DEEP CONCERN OVER XI YANG’S CASE: SHA * * * * *

THE BRITISH AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS UNDERSTAND THE ANXIETY AND DISMAY FELT IN HONG KONG OVER THE TREATMENT OF XI YANG, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"EVER SINCE HE WAS ARRESTED WE HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND MR XI’S EMPLOYER CONCERNING MR XI’S SITUATION," MR SUEN SAID.

SPEAKING AT A MOTION DEBATE URGING FOR THE RELEASE OF THE MING PAO REPORTER, MR SUEN SAID GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN HAD ALSO BEEN MADE CLEAR TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, AS HAD THE NEED FOR CLEARER GUIDELINES FOR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS WORKING IN CHINA.

ELABORATING, MR SUEN SAID THAT EVERY YEAR JOURNALISTS FOR WHOM, LIKE XI YANG, HONG KONG IS HOME MAKE HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS, OF TRIPS TO CHINA.

AND THEIR COVERAGE OF CHINA’S OPENING UP AND ITS ASTONISHING ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION IS ADVANTAGEOUS TO CHINA, HONG KONG AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE, OR WISH TO HAVE, LINKS WITH CHINA.

FOR THIS REASON, MR SUEN SAID THESE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN NEED AND DESERVE ABOVE ALL ELSE, CLEAR GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING IN CHINA.

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MR XI’S CASE, HE SAID, HAD RESULTED IN GREAT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THESE MATTERS AMONGST JOURNALISTS.

"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FULLY APPRECIATES THE DEPTH OF THIS ANXIETY AND HAS FORCEFULLY CONVEYED IT TO THE UK GOVERNMENT.

"AS A RESULT, CLARIFICATION OF THE LAW ON STATE SECRETS AND THE PROMULGATION OF CLEAR RULES AND GUIDELINES ON NEWS GATHERING HAS BEEN A KEY REQUEST MADE BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN ITS EXCHANGES WITH CHINA ON XI’S CASE."

ON PRESS FREEDOM IN HONG KONG, MR SUEN SAID THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA.

THIS COMMITMENT, HE SAID, IS WELL DEMONSTRATED BY THE CURRENT REVIEW OF LEGISLATION TO IDENTIFY PROVISIONS THAT COULD HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE OPERATIONS OF THE MEDIA.

MR SUEN POINTED OUT THAT TO DATE, 27 ORDINANCES HAVE BEEN REVIEWED, INCLUDING 17 CITED BY THE HONG KONG JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION AS CONTAINING PROVISIONS THAT GIVE RISE TO SUCH A CONCERN.

AMENDMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE TO NINE PROVISIONS IN THREE OF THESE ORDINANCES TO REMEDY THE POTENTIAL ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE MEDIA.

WORK IS IN HAND TO AMEND A FURTHER 19 PROVISIONS IN SEVEN ORDINANCES AND FURTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO SEVEN OTHER ORDINANCES, HE ADDED.

REGARDING THE REMAINING PROVISIONS THAT MAY CAUSE POSSIBLE CONCERN, MR SUEN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT THERE WAS NO INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN THEM AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

"INDEED, A PROMINENT FEATURE AMONG THEM IS THE PROTECTION OF PRIVACY, WHICH IS A PROTECTED RIGHT UNDER THE BILL OF RIGHTS," HE SAID.

MR SUEN REITERATED THAT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE HONG KONG SYSTEM NOW AND WILL REMAIN SO IN THE FUTURE.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW BOTH EXPLICITLY PROVIDED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF FREEDOM OF PRESS AFTER 1997.

IN CONCLUSION, HE ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ON XI YANG’S CASE AND THE ISSUES IT RAISES.

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GOVT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LEGCO MOTIONS *****

THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO MOTIONS CARRIED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND TAKES THEM INTO ACCOUNT IN THE FORMULATION OR DEVELOPMENT OF ITS POLICIES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON MRS ANSON CHAN, IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JAMES TIEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

’’BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE ACTION ACCORDING TO A MOTION CARRIED BY THIS COUNCIL, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE MOTION CARRIED IN THE LIGHT OF OTHER POLICY AND RESOURCE CONSIDERATIONS.

’’WHERE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO TAKE THE ACTION SUGGESTED IN THE MOTION, THE GOVERNMENT WILL STATE THE REASONS FOR THIS AND WHY IT CONSIDERS THAT AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH IS PREFERABLE,” MRS CHAN SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT CONSTITUTIONALLY A MOTION CARRIED BY THE COUNCIL DID NOT CREATE OR IMPOSE ANY LEGAL OBLIGATION ON THE GOVERNMENT.

IN PARTICULAR, IT DOES NOT OBLIGE THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION OR TO TAKE ANY SPECIFIC ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION.

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THE PURPOSE OF INTEGRITY CHECKING FOR CIVIL SERVANTS WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE WAS STAFFED BY PERSONS OF HIGH INTEGRITY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

“INDEED THE COMMUNITY AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD DEMAND NO LESS . ’’

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW, MR SZE SAID ALL CIVIL SERVANTS HAD BEEN AND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SUBJECT TO SOME KIND OF CHECKING.

“THE LEVEL OF CHECKING APPLICABLE IN A CASE WILL DEPEND ON THE NATURE OF THE POST,” HE SAID, ADDING THAT CHECKING WAS AND HAD TO BE CONDUCTED WITH THE FULL CO-OPERATION AND CONSENT OF THE CIVIL SERVANTS.

“SUBJECT TO THE DELIBERATIONS OF THE 1CAC REVIEW COMMITTEE, WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ASK THE ICAC TO CO-ORDINATE SOME RECORD CHECKS AND TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS FOR THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CHECKING, THAT IS, EXTENDED CHECKING, WHICH WILL BE APPLIED TO TOP CIVIL SERVANTS,” MR SZE SAID.

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HE STRESSED THAT NONE OF THE (’HECKS WOULD BE USED AS \ FORM OF

POLITICAL VETTING AND NO INVESTIGATION WOULD BE CONDUCTED ON A CANDIDATE’S POLITICAL BELIEFS AND AFFILIATIONS.

MR SZE SAID IF THE ICAC DID ASSUME THE TASK OF INTEGRITY CHECKING, HE DID NOT SEE ANY OBJECTION TO LETTING THE OPERATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE OR ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE BODY MONITOR AND ADVISE ON THE PROCEDURES OF INTEGRITY CHECKING.

HOWEVER, GIVEN THE PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT FUNCTION OF THE CHECKS, IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO ASK ANY OUTSIDE BODY TO LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL CASES.

"THE RESULTS OF INDIVIDUAL CHECKING WILL BE PASSED TO THE ADMINISTRATION FOR APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION PURPOSES," HE SAID.

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BILL TO IMPROVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE INTRODUCED

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A BILL AIMING TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND CORRECTIONS TO LEGISLATION RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND TO REPEAL CERTAIN OBSOLETE PROVISIONS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1994, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID THE BILL WAS PART OF AN ONGOING PROCESS IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF KEEPING THE LAW RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT IT WAS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE IMPROVEMENTS CONTAINED IN THE BILL INCLUDED PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE RIGHT OF INTERESTED PARTIES TO OBTAIN A COURT RECORD; THE POSSIBLE JOINT SUMMARY TRIAL OF ADULTS AND JUVENILES; AND THE SETTING UP OF A CRIMINAL PROCEDURE RULES COMMITTEE.

"IT IS ALSO PROPOSED THAT A COURT SHOULD IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES BE ABLE TO GIVE AN ALIBI WARNING TO A DEFENDANT IN WRITING, AND TO DISPOSE OF PROPERTY OF NO VALUE,” HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS SAID SOME OF THE REFORMS PROPOSED RELATED TO MAGISTRATES.

"THE BILL SEEKS TO GIVE THEM THE POWER TO IMPOSE PARTLY CONSECUTIVE IMPRISONMENT SENTENCES, AND GREATER POWERS TO IMPOSE FINES AND TO AWARD COSTS AND COMPENSATION," HE SAID.

"THE PROVISION EMPOWERING A MAGISTRATE TO IMPRISON A PERSON FOR NON-PAYMENT OF FINES OR COSTS IS BROUGHT UP TO DATE, AND THE PROCEDURE FOR REVIEWING A MAGISTRATE’S DECISION IS REVISED SO THAT AN APPLICATION CAN BE MADE IN WRITING," MR MATHEWS ADDED.

HE SAID THE LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS WHICH WERE CONSIDERED TO BE

OBSOLETE AND WHICH WERE TO BE REPEALED BY THE BILL INCLUDED PROVISIONS FOR SPECIAL JURIES, MARINE MAGISTRATES, ASSESSORS IN THE MAGISTRACY, SUMMARY PUNISHMENT FOR FALSE TESTIMONY, AND RECOGNISANCES FOR APPEALS.

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IN ADDITION, THE BILL, PROPOSED THE REPEAL OF EXISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LICENSING OF AUCTIONEERS, MARINE STORE DEALERS, MARINE HAWKERS AND TALLYCLERKS, AND THE REPEAL OF THE VENEREA!, DISEASE ORDINANCE AND THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD INCORPORATION ORDINANCE, HE NOTED.

MR MATHEWS SAID ANOTHER PART OF THE BILL DEALT WITH THE REPEAL OF SIX PROVISIONS WHICH WERE CONSIDERED TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

THESE RELATED TO THE POWER OF THE POLICE TO SEARCH CERTAIN PREMISES FOR STOLEN GOODS; PRESUMPTIONS OF DISHONESTY AGAINST THE DRAWERS OF DISHONOURED CHEQUES; THE AWARD OF COSTS TO AN APPELLANT WHEN AN APPEAL COURT ORDERED A RETRIAL; OFFENCES OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION AND ASSEMBLY AT NIGHT-TIME; AND THE POWER TO IMPOSE AN ENHANCED PENALTY ON AN OFFENDER CONVICTED OF OPERATING OR MANAGING AN UNLICENSED MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ADDED THAT THIS BILL WAS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF REVIEW.

"I WILL, FROM TIME TO TIME, BE BRINGING FORWARD BILLS OF A SIMILAR NATURE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND TO REPEAL OBSOLETE PROVISIONS," HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL MAKING A PROHIBITION ORDER A JUDICIAL FUNCTION

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A BILL SEEKING TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE PROTECTION OF OUTBOUND TRAVELLERS AND THE NEED FOR THE TRAVEL AGENTS ORDINANCE TO BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE TRAVEL AGENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MRS REGINA IP, TOLD THE COUNCIL THE AMENDMENT BILL SOUGHT TO ACHIEVE SO BY TRANSFERRING THE POWER TO PROHIBIT A TRAVEL AGENT FROM LEAVING HONG KONG FROM THE REGISTRAR OF TRAVEL AGENTS TO THE MAGISTRATE.

THE EXISTING TRAVEL AGENTS ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE REGISTRAR TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BUSINESS OF A TRAVEL AGENT IF HE SUSPECTS THE BUSINESS OF THE TRAVEI, AGENT IS BEING CARRIED AGAINST THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

HAVING DECIDED TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION, THE REGISTRAR MAY REQUIRE THE MAGISTRATE TO ISSUE A PROHIBITION ORDER TO THE TRAVEL AGENT TO PROHIBIT HIM FROM LEAVING HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, MRS IP SAID THE LEGAL ADVICE HAD INDICATED THAT THE PRESENT ORDINANCE COULD BE HELD TO CONTRAVENE THE RIGHT TO LEAVE HONG KONG AND THE RIGHT TO A FAIR HEARING I,AID DOWN IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS ORDINANCE.

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"THE BILL SEEKS TO MAKE THE ISSUE OF A PROHIBITION ORDER A JUDICIAL FUNCTION.

"THE DISCRETION TO ISSUE SUCH AN ORDER WILL BE EXERCISED BY A MAGISTRATE IF HE IS SATISFIED THAT THE TRAVEL AGENT UNDER INVESTIGATION IS LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST THE REGISTRAR IN CONNECTION WITH THE INVESTIGATION; IF THERE ARE REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THAT THE TRAVEL AGENT INTENDS TO LEAVE HONG KONG; AND IF IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO STOP THE AGENT FROM LEAVING HONG KONG SO THAT HE CAN ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION,” MRS IP SAID.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR AN APPEAL TO THE HIGH COURT AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE MAGISTRATE. TO MAKE THE PROHIBITION ORDER.

"THE PROPOSED PROCEDURE FOLLOWS CLOSELY A SIMILAR PRECEDENT IN THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WHICH WAS PASSED BY THIS COUNCIL LAST JULY," SHE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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A BILL AIMED AT STREAMLINING AND UPDATING THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR HAIDER BARMA, SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO DELEGATE CERTAIN MINOR POWERS UNDER THE ORDINANCE FROM THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT.

HE SAID THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED FOR THE TRANSFER TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT OF SOME OF THE GOVERNOR’S POWERS NOW CONTAINED IN THE REGULATIONS.

"AS PART OF AN ON GOING PROCESS TO SIMPLIFY PROCEDURES AND SPEED-UP ACTION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN EXAMINING EXISTING LEGISLATION TO IDENTIFY POWERS, FOR EXAMPLE THOSE RELATING TO TECHNICAL, OPERATIONAL OR OTHER ROUTINE MATTERS, TO BE DELEGATED FROM THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO THE RELEVANT BRANCH SECRETARY.

"IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, POWERS TO AMEND THE ROAD USERS’ CODE AND MOST SUBSIDIARY ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY," MR BARMA SAID.

"NOTWITHSTANDING THESE DELEGATIONS, I SHOULD EMPHASISE THAT SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION MADE BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT WILL CONTINUE, AS AT PRESENT, TO BE SUBJECT TO CONS I. DERAT ION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," HE SAID.

/THE BILL

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THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO ENHANCE THE IMPARTIALITY AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL, WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO HEAR APPEALS, FOR EXAMPLE, AGAINST LICENSING DECISIONS.

IT WILL REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT TO APPOINT A PUBLIC OFFICER AS A MEMBER AND THE RESTRICTION THAT THE TRIBUNAL’S LEGAL ADVISERS SHOULD BE SELECTED FROM A PANEL APPOINTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE TO COMAC * * * * *

A PANEL OF LEGAL ADVISERS CONSISTING OF LAWYERS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE WOULD BE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS (COMAC) TO ENSURE HIS READY ACCESS TO INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON MRS ANSON CHAN, IN HER WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SIMON IP IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE SAID: ’’THE LAW SOCIETY HAS BEEN APPROACHED TO ASSIST IN THIS, AND THEIR RESPONSE HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING.”

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FULL-TIME POST OF LEGAL COUNSEL, MRS CHAN SAID IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED JUSTIFIED AS CASES BROUGHT BEFORE COMAC REQUIRING LEGAL ADVICE WERE RELATIVELY FEW IN NUMBER.

THE ROLE OF THE COMAC WAS TO INVESTIGATE INTO COMPLAINTS OF MALADMINISTRATION, SHE NOTED.

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NEW ICAC HQ COMPLEX UNDER PLANNING *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING THE NEED FOR A SPECIALLY-DESIGNED BUILDING FOR THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (ICAC), WHICH IS NOW ACCOMMODATED MAINLY IN FAIRMONT HOUSE AND THE ADJOINING MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK BUILDING.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY ADMINISTRATOR WAS REVIEWING THE FEASIBILITY OF MAKING AVAILABLE A SITE WHICH WOULD MEET THE ICAC’S SPECIFIC OPERATIONAL AND LOCATION REQUIREMENTS.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ERIC LT, MR TSANG SAID: ”TO BUILD A NEW ICAC HEADQUARTERS COMPLEX WOULD COST ABOUT $400 MILLION AT 1994 PRICES.

’’UNTIL WE CAN IDENTIFY A SITE AND AGREE IT WITH THE ICAC, WE CANNOT COMMIT TO A CONSTRUCTION TIMETABLE.”

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IN THE MEANTIME, THE COMMISSION’S EXISTING ACCOMMODATION IN MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK BUILDING WOULD BE REFURBISHED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SPACE, HE SAID.

"BY THE END OF 1995 THE COMMISSION, EXCLUDING REGIONAL OFFICES AND THE ICAC TRAINING SCHOOL, WILL BE HOUSED IN OWNED ACCOMMODATION IN EITHER MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK BUILDING OR FAIRMONT HOUSE NEARBY.

"THIS CENTRALISATION OF ACCOMMODATION AND MANPOWER RESOURCES WILL GREATLY ENHANCE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY," HE SAID.

ON SECURITY ISSUE OF THE ICAC’S PREMISES, MR TSANG SAID SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS AT MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK BUILDING HAD RECENTLY BEEN STRENGTHENED AND THE PROPOSED REFURBISHMENT WOULD FURTHER UPGRADE SECURITY.

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE THAT, GENERALLY, BANKS WERE TAKING A MORE CAUTIOUS APPROACH TOWARDS MORTGAGE LENDING ON OLDER PROPERTIES, THE SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NORMALLY THE AGE OF THE PROPERTY AND THE TERM OF THE MORTGAGE TOGETHER WOULD NOT EXCEED 30 YEARS. FOR SOME BANKS, THE LENDING RATIO MAY BE LOWER FOR OLDER PROPERTIES.

MR CARTLAND SAID MAJOR REASONS INCLUDED THE POORER MARKETABILITY, HIGHER COST OF MAINTENANCE AND DETERIORATING QUALITY OF THESE PROPERTIES RELATIVE TO NEWER PROPERTIES.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE WING-TAT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID: "IT IS NOT THE POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH COMMERCIAL DECISIONS ON THE PART OF BANKS UNLESS THERE ARE GOOD PRUDENTIAL REASONS TO DO SO.

"IN PARTICULAR, WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO INFLUENCE BANKS TO ASSUME HIGHER RISKS THAN THEY MIGHT OTHERWISE WISH TO TAKE," HE ADDED.

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LOCAL BREWERIES ENJOY DROP IN DUTY

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LATEST INDICATIONS SHOWED THAT LOCAL BREWERIES WOULD ENJOY A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN DUTY PAYMENT UNDER THE NEW DUTY SYSTEM, THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT IS ASCERTAINING THE PRECISE TAXABLE VALUES OF THEIR PRODUCTS.

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IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HENRY TANG, MR TSANG SAID COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOCAL BEER BEING SUBJECTED TO A HIGHER TAX BASE THAN IMPORTED BEER WERE DUE TO A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY IN DETERMINING THE TAXABLE VALUE OF BEER UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM.

MR TSANG SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT THE TRADE WOULD PASS ON THE FULL BENEFIT OF THE NEW SYSTEM TO CONSUMERS AS THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT WISH TO REGULATE PRICES IN THE RETAIL TRADE OR THE CATERING INDUSTRY.

"HOWEVER, WE HAVE SEEN EVIDENCE THAT SOME WINE MERCHANTS AND RETAILERS HAVE ALREADY CUT THE PRICES OF PRODUCTS WHICH ENJOY A DUTY REDUCTION UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM.

"I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONSUMER COUNCIL WILL ALSO MONITOR THE SITUATION THROUGH THEIR MARKET PRICE SURVEY,” HE ADDED.

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THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD HAS SET UP A WORKING PARTY EARLIER THIS YEAR TO DRAW UP A SET OF GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR LOCAL PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS AND TO PROPOSE A SCHEDULE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GUIDELINES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MICHAEL HO MUN-KA IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE WORKING PARTY WILL SUBMIT ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD BY EARLY NEXT YEAR," MRS WONG SAID.

SHE SAID THE LEGISLATION CURRENTLY IN FORCE TO CONTROL THE MANUFACTURE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS WAS THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE AND ITS REGULATIONS.

UNDER THE PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS, THE CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING A PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGISTRATION WERE ITS SAFETY, EFFICACY AND QUALITY, MRS WONG SAID.

"THE SAME SET OF CRITERIA AND STANDARDS APPLY WHETHER THE PRODUCT TO BE REGISTERED IS A PATENT MEDICINE OR A GENERIC ONE.

"THIS IS IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONALLY RECOMMENDED PRACTICES," MRS WONG ADDED.

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FEEDBACK TO ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER POSITIVE *****

THE COMMUNITY FEEDBACK TO THE SECOND REVIEW OF THE 1989 WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG IS GENERALLY POSITIVE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR CANICE MAK, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER WONG, MR MAK SAID: "THE SECOND REVIEW OF THE 1989 WHITE PAPER ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG, PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, IS A DOCUMENT WHICH SETS OUT IN DETAIL WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED, WHAT WE ARE STILL WORKING ON AND WHAT WB HOPE TO DO IN FUTURE."

ALTHOUGH THE FEEDBACK WAS DIVERSIFIED, HE SAID, THERE WERE ITEMS COMMON TO MANY RESPONSES, AND THESE ITEMS INCLUDED THE NEEDS FOR MORE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, TO PROMOTE RECYCLING, TO TACKLE AIR POLLUTION AND TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

MR MAK SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN FORMULATING ACTION PLANS IN RESPONSE TO THESE COMMON ITEMS.

"FOR EXAMPLE, WE ARE PLANNING TO TAKE VARIOUS ACTIONS TO BUILD ON THE CONTROLS ALREADY PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE, AND FOREMOST AMONG THESE PLANS ARE REGULATIONS TO CONTROL OPEN BURNING AND EXAMINATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF CONVERTING DIESEL POWERED TAXIS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES TO UNLEADED PETROL POWERED ENGINES," HE SAID.

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$123M SPENT ON AIRPORT SECURITY *****

THE GOVERNMENT SPENT $123.03 MILLION ON AIRPORT SECURITY IN THE YEAR 1993/94.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE TOTAL CAPITAL AND RECURRENT COST FOR RESPONSIBILITIES DISCHARGED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE LAST YEAR IN RESPECT OF SECURITY MEASURES IMPLEMENTED AT THE AIRPORT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR WERE $6.03 MILLION AND $117 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HOWARD YOUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR WOODHOUSE SAID AIRLINES OPERATING AT THE AIRPORT WERE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING A NUMBER OF SECURITY SERVICES TO MEET THE STANDARDS REQUIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

THESE MEASURES INCLUDED THE SECURITY SCREENING OF PASSENGERS, HAND LUGGAGE, HOLD-STOWED AND INTERLINE TRANSFER BAGGAGE, HE SAID.

MR WOODHOUSE SAID THE COST OF PROVIDING THESE SERVICES WAS RECOVERED BY THE AIRLINES THROUGH A $20 SECURITY SERVICE CHARGE WHICH WAS LEVIED ON ALL DEPARTING PASSENGERS.

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COMPENSATION AVAILABLE FOR AIR PASSENGERS » ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE BOARD OF AIRLINE REPRESENTATIVES IN HONG KONG OVERSEES A VOLUNTARY SCHEME UNDER WHICH PARTICIPATING AIRLINES OFFER COMPENSATION TO ELIGIBLE PASSENGERS WITH CONFIRMED FLIGHT RESERVATIONS WHO ARE DENIED BOARDING IN HONG KONG.

THE BOARD IS MADE UP OF THE MAJOR AIRLINES OPERATING AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR GORDON SIU, SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ASK AIRLINES TO PROVIDE STATISTICS ON SUCH CASES EACH YEAR.

"THE ADEQUACY OF THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS IS UNDER REVIEW,” HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE FOR IT TO HAVE LEGISLATIVE POWERS TO REQUIRE AIRLINES TO COMPENSATE SUCH PASSENGERS AND TO SUPPLY STATISTICS ON THE CASES REGULARLY, HE ADDED.

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NO SURPLUS QUOTAS FOR PARTICULAR OCCUPATIONAL GROUP *****

THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT YET KNOW WHETHER THERE WOULD BE ANY SURPLUS PLACES AVAILABLE IN ANY OF THE CLASSES OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY SCHEME, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JIMMY MCGREGOR, MR WOODHOUSE SAID NO DECISION ON RE-ALLOCATION HAD BEEN MADE SO FAR.

UNDER THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) (SELECTION SCHEME) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1993, THE GOVERNOR HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFER ANY UNALLOCATED PLACES BETWEEN CLASSES.

’’HOWEVER, SINCE DEMAND IS STRONG AMONG ALL OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS, AND GIVEN THAT THEY ALL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONG KONG, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO SINGLE OUT ANY ONE OCCUPATIONAL GROUP FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT,” MR WOODHOUSE ADDED.

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UK PUBLIC SERVICE JOB POLICY

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SERVICE WITH THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT AFTER 1997 WILL NOT DEBAR ANY OFFICER OR HIS RELATIVES FROM UK CROWN SERVICE OR IN ITSELF HAVE ANY BEARING ON SECURITY CLEARANCE OR SUITABILITY FOR A PARTICULAR POST.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON EMILY LAU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID THE ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

ANY QUERIES RELATING TO UK PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT POLICY, INCLUDING SECURITY CLEARANCE, WERE MATTERS FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, MR WOODHOUSE ADDED.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION COMPREHENSIVE

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THE ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERED THAT THE EXISTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION WAS ALREADY COMPREHENSIVE, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SIMON IP, MR LEUNG SAID AS AN ON GOING PROGRAMME, THE ADMINISTRATION REGULARLY REVIEWED THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW AND, WHERE NECESSARY, PROPOSED AMENDMENTS OR INTRODUCED NEW LEGISLATION.

"IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, EIGHT PIECES OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK LEGISLATION WERE ENACTED," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT LEGISLATION ALONE WAS NOT ENOUGH, MR LEUNG SAID PUBLICITY, TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH MATTERS WERE EQUALLY IMPORTANT IN BRINGING ABOUT A HIGHER STANDARD OF WORK PLACE SAFETY.

"IN THIS CONNECTION, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL (OSHC) HAS A STATUTORY DUTY UNDER THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL ORDINANCE TO ENHANCE THE STANDARDS OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK THROUGH PROMOTION, TRAINING AND RESEARCH."

MR LEUNG SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD NOT RECEIVED ANY ADVICE FROM THE OSHC THAT IT WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH EXISTING LEGISLATION ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

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EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE FAIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES * » ♦ « »

THE ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES THAT PERSUASION AND ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD BE BETTER THAN INTERVENTION BY LEGISLATION IN PROMOTING FAIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG.

MR LEUNG SAID STAFF OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD, AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE, ADVISE EMPLOYERS TO RELAX AGE REQUIREMENT IN THEIR RECRUITMENT.

"THIS MESSAGE IS CONVEYED TO EMPLOYERS WHENEVER PROMOTIONAL VISITS ARE MADE TO ESTABLISHMENTS OR WHEN EMPLOYERS REGISTER THEIR JOB VACANCIES WITH THE DEPARTMENT," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID AS FOR RETRAINEES UNDER THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING SCHEME, THE BEST PREPARATION FOR THEM WAS TO IMPROVE THEIR COMPETITIVE EDGE, SUCH AS THROUGH TRAINING IN SOCIAL, LANGUAGE AND PRACTICAL SKILLS.

"EMPLOYERS ARE CLOSELY INVOLVED IN DESIGNING AND MONITORING SUCH PROGRAMMES TO ENSURE THAT THE RETRAINEES POSSESS SKILLS THAT MEET MARKET NEEDS," HE SAID.

HE SAID THE RESPONSE FROM EMPLOYERS TO A RECENTLY INTRODUCED SPECIAL RETRAINING PROGRAMME FOR RETRAINEES AGED 50 OR OVER HAD BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING.

"FURTHER RETRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR THIS AGE GROUP WILL BE DESIGNED AND LAUNCHED IN THE NEAR FUTURE," HE ADDED.

TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATING IN THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING SCHEME TO TAKE ON OLDER JOB APPLICANTS, MR LEUNG SAID THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD HAD RECENTLY REVISED THE CRITERIA FOR REIMBURSING TRAINING EXPENSES SO THAT EMPLOYERS COULD CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT ONLY FOR EMPLOYING RETRAINEES AGED 40 OR ABOVE.

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THE NUMBER OF SCHOOL CHILDREN RECEIVING PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING OR ASSESSMENT PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN RECENT YEARS HAD INCREASED, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA, MR LEUNG GAVE THE FOLLOWING FIGURES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS:

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SCHOOL YEAR

1988/89

1989/90

1990/91

1991/92

1992/93

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NO. OF CHILDREN

5,574

5,997

7,119

8,157

8,634

HE POINTED OUT THAT PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING AND ASSESSMENT WERE PROVIDED BY SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAMS COMPRISING EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS, EDUCATIONAL COUNSELLORS AND PSYCHOLOGIST ASSISTANTS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS A TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 59 POSTS FOR THESE TEAMS, COMPRISING 31 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS, 15 EDUCATIONAL COUNSELLORS AND 13 PSYCHOLOGIST ASSISTANTS.

HE SAID THE AVERAGE WAITING TIME FOR SERVICE TO NEW CASES WAS ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

"HOWEVER, IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDED IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT EXCEPTIONAL TREATMENT," MR LEUNG ADDED.

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GRADUATE TEACHER POSTS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS » » » » »

A TOTAL OF 180 GRADUATE TEACHER POSTS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED IN SEPTEMBER AND THE NUMBER WILL BE INCREASED TO 860 POSTS BY SEPTEMBER 1997.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG MAN-kWONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BREAKDOWNS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1994/95 1995/96 1996/97 1997/98

GRADUATE 180 216 360 860 POSTS

CUMULATIVE

MR LEUNG SAID A DEGREE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION OR EQUIVALENT FROM AN APPROVED UNIVERSITY WOULD NORMALLY BE THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

"A DEGREE IN A SPECIFIC SUBJECT RELEVANT TO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED," HE SAID.

THE GRADUATE TEACHER POSTS, SAID MR LEUNG, WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON THE BASIS OF SCHOOL SIZE AND MODE OF OPERATION.

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"THESE POSTS WILL BE OFFSET BY THE DELETION OF AN EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF NON-GRADUATE POSTS AND THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER," MR LEUNG SAID.

HE SAID ACCEPTABLE DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF PRIMARY GRADUATE POSTS WOULD BE RECOGNISED.

HE SAID THE QUESTION OF POST-DEGREE EXPERIENCE FOR INCREMENTAL CREDIT PURPOSES IN THOSE CASES WOULD BE EXAMINED IN CONSULTATION WITH CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH HAVING REGARD TO THE RELEVANCE OF SUCH EXPERIENCE TO THE ENHANCED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GRADUATE TEACHERS.

HE SAID THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WOULD SHORTLY BE CONSULTED ON THE RANKING STRUCTURE AND SALARY SCALES OF A NEW GRADUATE GRADE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

"DETAILS OF THE SALARY SCALES AND PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR THE NEW GRADUATE TEACHING GRADE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEAR FUTURE," HE SAID.

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GENERIC APPROACH IN SERVICE DELIVERY

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THE GOVERNMENT HAD ADOPTED A GENERIC APPROACH IN THE DELIVERY OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS MEANS ONE SINGLE CASEWORKER, BE HE/SHE A FAMILY SERVICE WORKER, A MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER OR A PROBATION OFFICER, HANDLES AND CO-ORDINATES ASSISTANCE TO ALL THE WELFARE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT AND HIS/HER FAMILY INCLUDING HOUSING, FINANCIAL OR MATERIAL ASSISTANCE, COUNSELLING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES.

THIS WAS STATED BY MRS WONG IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ELSIE TU.

MRS WONG SAID THE MAJORITY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S 30 FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND 32 SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS WERE LOCATED IN THE SAME BUILDING OR WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY.

"ONLY ONE QUARTER OF THEM ARE NOT LOCATED IN CLOSE PROXIMITY DUE TO A LACK OF SPACE OR SUITABLE PREMISES," SHE SAID.

"WHERE SUITABLE PREMISES ARE AVAILABLE, EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO RELOCATE THEM WITHIN CLOSER DISTANCE," SHE ADDED.

ON APPLICATIONS FOR COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING FROM SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS AGED 60 OR OVER, MRS WONG SAID THEY WERE PROCESSED BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS AS THEY WERE MAINLY BASED ON OLD AGE AND FINANCIAL GROUNDS.

OTHER SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WHO REQUIRE HOUSING ASSISTANCE ON SOCIAL GROUNDS WERE PROMPTLY REFERRED TO AN APPROPRIATE SERVICE UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR ACTION.

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POOR RECEPTION DUE TO PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

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ANY LOCALISED PROBLEMS OF RECEPTION CAUSED BY THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FALL OUTSIDE THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE TWO COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR JAMES SO, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR SO SAID UNDER EXISTING LAW AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR LICENSING CONDITIONS, THE TWO STATIONS HAD FULFILLED THEIR OBLIGATIONS BY PROVIDING THE TERRITORY-WIDE NETWORK.

"POOR RECEPTION IN THE AREA IN QUESTION IS THE RESULT OF

RAPID HIGH-RISE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES CREATING ARTIFICIAL OBSTABLES TO THE UHF SIGNALS," MR SO EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SOLUTION TO PROVIDING BETTER RECEPTION TO SUCH SHADOW AREAS WAS TO PROVIDE LOCALISED MICROWAVE OR CABLE RELAY SYSTEMS, BUT THE TWO COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS WERE NOT LICENSED TO PROVIDE THEM.

"THESE SYSTEMS ARE AND CAN BE PROVIDED BY PRIVATE OPERATORS, OFTEN AT EXTRA COST TO SUBSCRIBERS, OR BY GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE," HE SAID.

THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY WOULD HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH SUCH OPERATORS TO FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE THE RECEPTION PROBLEM IN THE TSUEN WAN AREA, AND COULD OFFER ADVICE TO GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS UPON REQUEST, MR SO SAID.

"IN THE LONGER TERM RECEPTION IN ALL SHADOW AREAS WILL BE IMPROVED BY EXTENSION OF WHARF CABLE’S SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION NETWORK, THOUGH THIS WILL BENEFIT ONLY SUBSCRIBERS," HE ADDED.

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HOSPITAL FUND-RAISING CONCERT FOSTERS CLOSER COMMUNITY LINK *****

THE FUND-RAISING CONCERT BY THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL IS IN LINE WITH THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY’S MISSION TO FOSTER A CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND IS IN KEEPING WITH THE TRADITION ESTABLISHED BY MANY FORMER SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON TANG SIU-TONG, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID THE CONCERT WAS ORGANISED BY FRIENDS OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AS THE CLIMAX OF ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOSPITAL.

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SHE SAID ALL PROPOSED FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES WERE CONSIDERED BY THE HOSPITAL GOVERNING COMMITTEES COMPRISING MAINLY OF NONOFFICIALS AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES.

’’GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN PROMULGATED TO ENSURE THAT THE ACCEPTANCE OF ANY DONATIONS OR SPONSORSHIP WILL NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT THE REPUTATION OF INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS OR THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY,” SHE SAID.

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29 ANNUAL REPORTS PUBLISHED IN 1993

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A TOTAL OF 29 DEPARTMENTS AND STATUTORY BODIES PUBLISHED ANNUAL REPORTS IN 1993, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MARTIN BARROW, MR SUEN POINTED OUT THAT 71,690 COPIES WERE PRINTED AT A TOTAL PRODUCTION COST OF $1.02 MILLION.

HE EXPLAINED THAT OUT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COPIES PRINTED, 48,590 WERE FOR THE ORIGINATING DEPARTMENTS’ OWN USE WHILE 23,100 WERE FOR GENERAL DISTRIBUTION BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THIS LEFT 4,859 COPIES VALUED AT $63,155 UNDISTRIBUTED, HE SAID.

MR SUEN POINTED OUT THAT ANNUAL REPORTS FORMED A USEFUL TOOL FOR EXPLAINING THE DEPARTMENTS’ AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND WORKING PROCEDURES.

THEY ALSO PROVIDED READY REFERENCE ON THE DEPARTMENTS STATISTICS, HE ADDED.

TURNING TO READERSHIP REQUIREMENTS, MR SUEN SAID THEY WERE ASSESSED AND REVIEWED REGULARLY ON THE BASIS OF THE EXTENT OF INTEREST IN THE REPORTS AS REFLECTED IN PAST DEMANDS AND TAKE-UP RATES; AS WELL AS THE NEED TO PROMOTE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENTS.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1994

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MOTION ON RELEASE OF XI YANG PASSED t » * * »

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PASSED A MOTION ON THE RELEASE OF MING PAO REPORTER, XI YANG FOLLOWING A TWO-HOUR DEBATE DURING ITS SITTING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

AFTER COUNCIL MEMBERS HAD SPOKEN ON THE MOTION WHICH WAS PROPOSED BY DR THE HON YEUNG SUM, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, REPLIED FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

ANOTHER MOTION PROPOSED BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA ON CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON REAL PROPERTY WAS, AFTER A DEBATE BY MEMBERS AND A REPLY GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, VETOED.

DURING THE SITTING THE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 WAS PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT AND THE CIVIL AVIATION BILL WAS ALSO PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS.

IN ADDITION, THREE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. DEBATES ON THEM WERE ADJOURNED. THESE BILLS WERE THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL, THE TRAVEL AGENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 AND THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994.

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INTEGRITY CHECKING OF CIVIL SERVANTS FURTHER EXPLAINED *****

THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (ICAC) IS BEING ASKED TO CARRY OUT INTEGRITY CHECKING OF CIVIL SERVANTS BECAUSE THE COMMISSION HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE CHECKS UNDER THE EXISTING SYSTEM AND IT HAS THE RELEVANT EXPERTISE AND MACHINERY TO TAKE UP THE WORK.

’’THE ICAC ALSO HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN ENSURING A ’CLEAN’ GOVERNMENT INTEGRITY CHECKING IS NO MORE THAN AN EXTENSION OF THEIR CORRUPTION PREVENTION FUNCTION," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA ON SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE’S REPLY TO A LEGCO QUESTION.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IF THE ICAC DID TAKE ON THE TASK OF INTEGRITY CHECKING, IT WOULD ACT ON THE REQUEST OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND GRADES AND CO-ORDINATE SOME RECORD CHECKS WITH THE POLICE FOR THE HIGHER LEVELS OF INTEGRITY CHECKING.

"IT WILL ALSO UNDERTAKE, AT THE REQUEST OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, INTERVIEWS WITH THE SUBJECT, HIS REFEREES AND SUPERVISING OFFICERS FOR THE EXTENDED CHECKING OF TOP CIVIL SERVANTS.

"THE ICAC WILL REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO THE REQUESTING AUTHORITY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON THE QUESTION WHY IT IS CONSIDERED INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE OPERATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL FILES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "INTEGRITY CHECKING HAS TO BE CONDUCTED WITH THE FULL COOPERATION AND CONSENT OF THE CIVIL SERVANTS.

"DISCLOSING PRIVATE INFORMATION ON INDIVIDUAL CASES TO AN OUTSIDE BODY WOULD DISCOURAGE CIVIL SERVANTS FROM PROVIDING THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR CHECKING.

"THIS WOULD UNDERMINE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SYSTEM," HE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT DECISIONS ON WHETHER AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE APPOINTED OR PROMOTED IS AN INTERNAL CIVIL SERVICE MATTER WHICH SHOULD BE HANDLED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

"AS IT HAPPENS THIS ALSO COINCIDES WITH THE DISBANDMENT OF THE SPECIAL BRANCH WHICH HAS BEEN CONDUCTING THE VETTING PROCESS."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION BELIEVED THAT THE ICAC WAS THE MOST SUITABLE ORGANISATION TO DO THE JOB, IN VIEW THAT ICAC REVIEW COMMITTEE WOULD SHORTLY DELIBERATE ON WHETHER THE COMMISSION SHOULD TAKE ON THE TASK, THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD CONSIDER THE REVIEW COMMITTEE’S VIEWS VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A DECISION.

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GOODS VEHICLE BORDER CROSSING RESUMES * ♦ * ♦ »

CONTAINER AND GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS HAVE RESUMED THEIR NORMAL BORDER CROSSING AT LOK MA CHAU - HUANGGANG CHECKPOINT FOLLOWING A VERY PRODUCTIVE MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH SHENZHEN OFFICIALS TO RESOLVE ISSUES CONCERNING NEW BORDER CROSSING PROCEDURES IMPLEMENTED BY THE CHINESE SIDE.

PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING, SAID: ’’BOTH YESTERDAY’S AND TODAY’S MEETINGS WERE SET UP THROUGH THE BORDER LIAISON CHANNELS OF THE TWO SIDES.

”AT TODAY’S MEETING, APART FROM DRIVERS’ REPRESENTATIVES, OFFICIALS FROM TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, POLICE, IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENTS WERE ALSO PRESENT. THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES WERE REPRESENTED BY OFFICIALS FROM ALL BORDER UNITS.”

MR CHENG SAID: "THE MEETING TOOK PLACE IN A CORDIAL AND POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE, WITH ALL PARTIES WERE DETERMINED TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM.”

THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES HAVE AGREED TO IMPLEMENT THE DRIVERS’ SUGGESTIONS PUT FORWARD TO IMPROVE THE BORDER CROSSING PROCEDURES.

"IN FACT SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES SINCE YESTERDAY,” HE SAID.

APART FROM THE EXISTING BORDER LIAISON CHANNELS, THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES HAVE ALSO AGREED AT TODAY’S MEETING TO MEET DRIVERS ON A BI-MONTHLY BASIS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

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SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS HELP REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG SHOWED THAT MOST OF THE ACCIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY TAKING SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS OR SIMPLY BY FOLLOWING PROPER WORK PROCEDURE.

AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR MAK SAI-YIU, MADE THE REMARKS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT A LUNCHEON MEETING WITH THE INSURANCE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

ALTHOUGH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENACTING AND ENFORCING LAWS ON SAFETY AND HEALTH OF WORKERS IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, MR MAK SAID EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES HAD A MORE IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN REDUCING INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

’’BETTER HOUSEKEEPING AND PLANNING IN THE WORKPLACE AND SIMPLE COMMON SENSE WILL ALSO DO MAGIC IN REDUCING ACCIDENTS.

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"IN THE LONGER TERM, ANY INVESTMENT THEY PUT INTO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WILL BRING ABOUT A LOWER ACCIDENT RATE AND INDIRECTLY BETTER PROFITS FOR COMPANIES AND HAPPIER LIVES FOR THE WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES," MR MAK SAID.

TALKING ABOUT THE WORK OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HE SAID ENFORCEMENT ACTION ALONE WAS NOT ENOUGH.

"APART FROM INSPECTIONS, WE ALSO GIVE ADVICE, OFFER TRAINING COURSES AND ORGANISE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

"TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF WORKPLACE SAFETY, WE MUST PROMOTE AND DEVELOP A PROPER SAFETY CULTURE AMONG THE MANAGEMENT, THE WORKFORCE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

"THEY MUST REALISE IT IS THEIR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY AND IT IS TO THEIR ADVANTAGE TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND TO MAKE SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK PART OF THEIR DAILY LIFE."

IN REGARD TO SAFETY LEGISLATION, MR MAK NOTED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REGULARLY REVIEWED THE PROVISIONS OF LAW, AND WHERE NECESSARY, PROPOSED AMENDMENTS OR INTRODUCED NEW LEGISLATION.

"IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, WE HAVE SECURED THE PASSAGE OF EIGHT LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS ON SAFETY AND HEALTH.

"WE HAVE PROPOSED THAT CONTRACTORS AND SHIPYARDS EMPLOYING MORE THAN 100 WORKERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO EMPLOY A FULL-TIME SAFETY OFFICER," MR MAK SAID.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS PREPARING A NEW REGULATION TO TIGHTEN CONTROL ON THE OPERATION OF SUSPENDED WORKING PLATFORMS AND WAS ALSO CONSIDERING THE SETTING UP OF MANDATORY SAFETY COMMITTEES IN ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING FULL-TIME SAFETY OFFICERS.

WORK IS ALSO IN HAND TO PREPARE A PIECE OF NEW LEGISLATION TO CONTROL THE USE OF BUILDERS’ LIFTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.

NOTING THAT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE MAJOR GOVERNMENT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS IN 1994/95, MR MAK SAID IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS COMMITTED TO DOING EVERYTHING IT COULD TO BRING DOWN THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

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TUEN MUN LOT TO LET

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A 3,800-SQUARE-METRE GOVERNMENT LOT IN TUEN MUN.

AT WU HONG STREET, AREA 44, THE LOT IS TO BE USED AS A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARK FOR PRIVATE CARS AND GOODS VEHICLES EXCLUDING CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

/THE TENANCY .......

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THE TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS, AND IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SENDING IN TENDERS IS NOON, MAY 27.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN; THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

TENDER PLANS CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE OFFICES.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS * * * * »

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,324 0930 +1,237

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,740 1000 +1,227

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 +1,414

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY +1,416 1200 +1,416

LAF TODAY -1,000 1500 +1,416

1600 +1,416

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 125.1 *+0.4*

11.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.83 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.36 6.07

1 MONTH 3.97 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 96.95 6.34

3 MONTHS 4.47 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.33 6.85

6 MONTHS 5.03 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.37 7.03

12 MONTHS 5.51 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 97.65 7.17

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 50,949 MN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR IN LEGCO...........................................  1

HK’S REPUTATION AS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IMPORTANT.......... 16

CONDOLENCES TO JOHN SMITH'S FAMILY.......................... 17

LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS ON VOTER REGISTER COMPILATION..... 17

37 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS PROMOTED......................... 18

ACC MEMBERS BRIEFED ON LATEST PROGRESS OF ACP............... 19

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MARCH RELEASED . 20

STRATEGY FOR ARTS DEVELOPMENT BEING FORMULATED.............. 29

BEACH WATER GRADES.......................................... 29

17 LIFE-SAVERS COMMENDED.................................... 33

HKIED SEEKS LOGO............................................ 33

STUDENTS TAKE PART IN VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.............. 34

SAFETY AND HEALTH IN WORK PLACES URGED...................... 35

PUBLIC WORKS ON DISPLAY..................................... 36

PO LEUNG KUK DIRECTORS VISIT SWD.............................37

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW............................ 38

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS..... 38

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1994

GOVERNOR IN LEGCO

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FOLLOWING IS THE STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR THE RT CHRISTOPHER PATTEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY):

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MR PRESIDENT,

WE DISCUSS MANY SUBJECTS IN THIS COUNCIL. BUT FEW AFFECT THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE MORE THAN EDUCATION AND TRAINING. IN HONG KONG OF ALL PLACES, WHERE WE HAVE NO NATURAL RESOURCES TO DEPEND ON, WE WILL STAND OR FALL AS AN ECONOMY ON THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR PEOPLE.

HONG KONG PEOPLE KNOW THIS VERY WELL. HONG KONG PARENTS RECOGNISE THE WORTH OF A DECENT EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THEY KNOW THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING ARE A LADDER TO A BETTER LIFE.

SO THERE IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH MOTIVATION IN HONG KONG. THE DEMAND FOR A GOOD EDUCATION IS THERE. IT IS UP TO THE GOVERNMENT TO DO ALL IT CAN TO MEET THAT DEMAND.

HONG KONG HAS COME ON IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. 30 YEARS AGO:

- MANY CHILDREN WENT TO PRIMARY SCHOOL ON HOUSING ESTATE ROOFTOPS;

- WE COULD ONLY PROVIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR ABOUT A THIRD OF THE AGE GROUP;

- THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WAS THE ONLY DEGREE-AWARDING

INSTITUTION, OFFERING JUST 400 DEGREE PLACES.

TODAY:

- EVERY ONE OF OUR CHILDREN ATTENDS NINE YEARS OF FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION;

- 85% OF THOSE WHO GO BEYOND SECONDARY THREE CAN GET INTO SUBSIDISED SECONDARY FOUR AND FIVE PLACES IN PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOOLS; ANOTHER 10% CAN OPT TO UNDERGO SUBSIDISED CRAFTLEVEL TRAINING IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

TODAY, A FIFTH OF OUR POPULATION IS UNDERGOING FULL-TIME EDUCATION. BY SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR, NEARLY 20% OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 20 WILL BE ENROLLED IN FIRST-YEAR, FIRST-DEGREE COURSES IN OUR SEVEN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS. ANOTHER 14,000 WILL BE STUDYING SUB-DEGREE COURSES IN THE TWO POLYTECHNICS AND THE TWO TECHNICAL COLLEGES OF THE VTC. 16,000 STUDENTS ARE NOW ENROLLED IN

DISTANCE LEARNING DEGREE AND SUB-DEGREE COURSES OFFERED BY THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE.

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IN HONG KONG NO QUALIFIED STUDENT NEED BE DEPRIVED OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE EDUCATION DUE TO LACK OF MEANS. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR NEEDY STUDENTS AT ALL LEVELS - FROM PREPRIMARY TO TERTIARY.

SO HONG KONG HAS COME A LONG WAY IN A SHORT TIME. THAT SO MUCH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IS A GREAT TRIBUTE TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN EDUCATION IN HONG KONG - ABOVE ALL TO OUR 55,000 TEACHERS. WE ALL -PARENTS, STUDENTS, THE WHOLE COMMUNITY - DEPEND UPON THEM. THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF OUR COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON THEIR CALIBRE, THEIR QUALITY, THEIR COMMITMENT TO THEIR WORK.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

WE HAVE SET OURSELVES TWO KEY AIMS FOR THE 1990S. FIRST, TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF SCHOOL EDUCATION. SECONDLY, TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE IN THE TERTIARY EDUCATION.

ON SCHOOL EDUCATION, WE HAVE HAD THE BENEFIT OF THE ADVICE FROM THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS NUMBER FIVE REPORT. WE ARE ACTING TO IMPLEMENT MOST OF ITS RECOMMENDATIONS. LET ME TELL YOU SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE SO FAR:

- FIRST, THE NEW HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION IS ON TARGET TO OFFER ITS FIRST ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES IN SEPTEMBER 1994 -

THANKS TO 15 MONTHS OF HARD WORK BY ITS PROVISIONAL GOVERNING COUNCIL, LED ABLY BY THE HON SIMON IP. THE NEW GOVERNING COUNCIL IS WORKING TO A TIGHT TIMETABLE TO MOULD THE EXISTING COLLEGES OF EDUCATION INTO THE NEW INSTITUTE. THEIR TOP PRIORITY IS TO COMPLETE THE $1.9 BILLION NEW CAMPUS PROJECT IN TAI PO BY 1997. IT WILL BE THE MAIN CENTRE FOR ALL TEACHER TRAINING IN HONG KONG. IT IS A VERY BIG PROJECT, AND IT IS ON SCHEDULE.

- SECOND, WE ARE SPENDING OVER $600 MILLION TO IMPROVE THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT OF 60 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 50 SECONDARY SCHOOLS. SHABBY CLASSROOMS DON’T ENCOURAGE EXCELLENCE. WE ARE ALSO PLANNING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MORE SCHOOLS IN THE SECOND PHASE.

- THIRD, WE ARE GRADUALLY REDUCING THE PUPIL/TEACHER RATIO, CUTTING CLASS SIZES, UPGRADING TEACHING POSTS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO GRADUATE LEVEL, EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF GRADUATE TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS - AND WE HAVE DEVELOPED DEGREE COURSES FOR SERVING TEACHERS. WE HAVE SET CLEAR TARGETS, AND WE ARE MAKING GOOD, QUIET PROGRESS IN MEETING THEM. SINCE I FIRST ANNOUNCED THESE MEASURES IN MY POLICY SPEECH IN OCTOBER 1992, THE PUPIL/TEACHER RATIO HAS FALLEN FROM 26.9:1 TO 25.2:1 FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND FROM 21.8:1 TO 20.6:1 FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS; THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE FOR PRIMARY ONE HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 36 TO 31; AND BY THIS SEPTEMBER THERE WILL BE 180 NEW GRADUATE POSTS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND AN EXTRA 800 GRADUATE POSTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

- FOURTH, THE COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN EDUCATION HAS JUST BEEN ELECTED. ITS ESTABLISHMENT REPRESENTS A FURTHER STEP TOWARDS GREATER PROFESSIONALISM IN TEACHING.

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GOOD, SOLID PROGRESS. BUT, AS EVER, THE FINAL SENTENCE ON THE REPORT CARD READS "COULD DO BETTER". IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO MEET OUR IMMEDIATE TARGETS. WE HAVE CONSTANTLY TO LOOK BEYOND THEM, TO TRY TO DETECT AND ADAPT TO THE NEW NEEDS OF TOMORROW.

LET ME SKETCH OUT HOW WE SEE THOSE NEXT FEW YEARS BY OFFERING MEMBERS A BRIEF TOUR D’HORIZON OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, STARTING, WHERE A SCHOOLING BEGINS, AT THE PRE-PRIMARY LEVEL.

OVER 85% OF OUR CHILDREN BELOW THE AGE OF SIX NOW ATTEND KINDERGARTEN. THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACCOUNT OF THIS - IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION SHOULD FORM PART OF THE FORMAL EDUCATION SYSTEM. PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION IS PLAINLY AN AREA WHERE WE CAN WORK FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS FORMED A SPECIAL SUB-COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO THIS. WE ARE NOW WAITING FOR THE BOARD’S AND THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S ADVICE BEFORE DECIDING HOW BEST TO ACT TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF OUR KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION.

AT THE NEXT LEVEL UP, SCHOOL EDUCATION, THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HAS SET UP SPECIAL WORKING GROUPS TO LOOK AT THREE AREAS OF WIDESPREAD CONCERN:

- EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS;

- LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY;

- AND THE WAY IN WHICH WE ALLOCATE RESOURCES TO OUR SCHOOLS.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR REPORT LATER THIS YEAR. IT WILL HELP TO GUIDE US AS WE DEBATE THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES.

THE UPGC HAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED A MAJOR CONSULTATION EXERCISE ON ITS INTERIM REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG. THIS IS A GOOD REPORT - FOCUSING SQUARELY ON THE FUTURE. IT HAS PROVOKED LIVELY DEBATE IN THE EDUCATION WORLD, PROMPTING THE UPGC TO EXTEND ITS CONSULTATION PERIOD BY TWO MONTHS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE UPGC’S FINAL REPORT, FURTHER ENRICHED BY THIS EXTRA PERIOD OF CONSULTATION.

FINALLY, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING. THIS IS AN AREA THAT HAS IMPRESSED ME PARTICULARLY SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN HONG KONG. LET ME MAKE JUST ONE POINT; IF HONG KONG IS TO RETAIN ITS CAPACITY TO ADAPT QUICKLY AND SKILFULLY TO A CHANGING ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT, IF HONG KONG IS TO COMPETE AS A HIGH-TECH INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE, IT IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO EDUCATE AND RE-TRAIN OUR WORKFORCE. THE PACE OF CHANGE IN THE MARKETPLACE NEVER SLOWS. IF WE SLACKEN OUR PACE, THEN OUR COMPETITORS SURGE AHEAD. IF WE FAIL TO UPGRADE OUR SKILLS IN THE WORKPLACE, OUR PRODUCTS WON’T MAKE THE GRADE IN THE MARKETPLACE.

WE’RE DOING PRETTY WELL. HONG KONG ALREADY OFFERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION PLACES IN PART-TIME COURSES AND EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES. THE VTC OFFERS 58,000 ALONE. MY SENIOR COLLEAGUE ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, BARONESS DUNN, IS OPENING THEIR NEW TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN CHAI WAN THIS AFTERNOON, WHICH WILL PROVIDE FURTHER PLACES. THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD HAS ALREADY PUT 12,500 TRAINEES THROUGH THEIR COURSES IN UNDER A YEAR.

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NOWADAYS, PEOPLE EXPECT TO CHANGE JOBS SEVERAL TIMES IN THEIR CAREERS - CHANGE CAREERS TOO. WE HAVE TO HELP THEM MEET THE CHALLENGE OF SUCH UPHEAVAL. THE BEST WAY - THE ONLY WAY - IS THROUGH EDUCATION AND TRAINING - STARTING AT INFANCY AND CONTINUING THROUGH ADULT LIFE. EDUCATION TODAY ISN’T SOMETHING THAT STARTS ABRUPTLY AT 5 OR 6 AND FINISHES ABRUPTLY AT 15 OR 16. IT STARTS EARLIER - AND IT NEEDN’T FINISH. THAT’S GOOD FOR HONG KONG, GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY. BUT IT’S GOOD FOR US AS HUMAN BEINGS TOO.

MR TIMOTHY HA(THROUGH INTERPRETER): THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT, JUST NOW REGARDING THE STATUS OF THE TEACHERS, MR GOVERNOR HAS GIVEN THEM THE RECOGNITION, AND I AM REALLY GLAD ABOUT THAT. BUT, AT PRESENT THE WASTAGE RATE OF TEACHERS IS STILL VERY HIGH, ESPECIALLY IN THE SECONDARY SECTOR. MR GOVERNOR, WHAT MEASURES DO YOU HAVE IN MIND TO ATTRACT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN THE RANKS OF TEACHERS, AND ALSO CONSIDERING THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY ON THE RANKS, WHAT MEASURES DO YOU HAVE TO RETAIN THEM THERE?

GOVERNOR: I AGREE WITH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THAT ANY WASTAGE RATE IN A PROFESSION AS VITAL AS TEACHING IS A CONCERN. THE OVERALL WASTAGE RATE IN TEACHING IS AS THE HONOURABLE MEMBER KNOWS ABOUT 10% AND THOUGH WE WOULD WISH IT WERE LOWER IT IS NOT AT PRESENT IN OUR JUDGMENT POSING INSUPERABLE PROBLEMS. WE ARE ABLE, FOR EXAMPLE, THROUGH EXTENDING OUR RECRUITING, AND THROUGH ENABLING PEOPLE TO EXTEND THEIR SERVICE TO DEAL WITH ANY SHORTAGE OF SUPPLY IN TEACHING WHICH IS ENVISAGED. BUT WE DO HAVE TO ENSURE THAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, FOR YOUNG GRADUATES, FOR EXAMPLE, TEACHING IS DEMONSTRATED AS A SATISFYING PROFESSION, AS AN HONOURABLE PROFESSION, AS A PROFESSION WHICH IS CRUCIAL TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY. ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IN TERMS OF PROFESSIONAL ESTEEM THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE A CONSIDERABLE HELP, AND THAT WE CAN LOOK IN THE FUTURE TO A STATUTORY BASIS FOR THE WORK. I THINK THOSE WHO ENVISAGE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF A GENERAL TEACHING COUNCIL AS IT WERE, MONITORING AND POLICING PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, ARE RIGHT IN THEIR ASPIRATIONS. I THINK WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT TEACHING IS PROPERLY RESOURCED, THAT THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES ARE ADEQUATELY REMUNERATED, AND I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH THEY TEACH ARE REASONABLE. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT ONE OF THE THINGS WHICH IS RESULTING FROM OUR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME IS FOR INSTANCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STAFF ROOMS IN SCHOOLS WHERE THEY DON’T AT PRESENT EXIST, WHICH MAY BE A SMALL THING BUT I THINK IS QUITE IMPORTANT FOR A TEACHER WHO IS SO BUSY TO RELAX IN FOR A LITTLE WHILE DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY. SO, RESOURCING COMES INTO THE ISSUE AS WELL, AND I HOPE BY A COMBINATION OF MEANS WE WILL BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE ATTRACTED TO WHAT IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSION OF ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY.

MR DAVID LI: ACCORDING TO A REVISED INTERIM REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION 1991 TO 2001 FROM THE UPGC, THE FUNDING TO EACH TERTIARY INSTITUTION IS BASED ON THE QUANTITY OF RESEARCH. WOULD YOU, PLEASE SIR, INFORM THIS COUNCIL WHAT CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE QUALITY OF TEACHING IN DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING TO EACH OF THESE INSTITUTIONS?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: I THINK THAT THE UPGC’S REPORT IN ADVOCATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN OUR TERTIARY SECTOR SEES A DETERMINATION OF GRANT ALLOCATION, NOT SOLELY THROUGH QUANTITY BUT THROUGH QUALITY AS WELL, AND QUALITY IS BEST ASSESSED I THINK BY PEER GROUP REVIEW. I DON’T THINK GOVERNMENT IS IN A VERY GOOD POSITION, OR CENTRAL ADMINISTRATORS TO DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH. I THINK THAT IS BEST DONE BY OTHER ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER HAS OF COURSE TOUCHED ON AN AREA WHICH IS OF SOME CONCERN TO US. WE ARE EXPANDING OUR TERTIARY SECTOR VERY RAPIDLY, THOUGH NOT I UNDERLINE AT THE EXPENSE OF EDUCATION ELSEWHERE. I THINK IT IS RIGHT FOR US TO DO THAT. IT DOES HAVE COSTS; IT ALSO HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE POST-GRADUATE SECTOR, AND IN PARTICULAR FOR RESEARCH AND RESEARCH FUNDING. WE HAVE INCREASED RESEARCH FUNDING FROM $100 MILLION IN 1991/92 TO ABOUT $210 MILLION TN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR SO THAT I HOPE THAT WE WILL SEE THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF MORE POST-GRADUATES’ RESEARCH IN HONG KONG AND THE BROADER THE BASE OF POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH THE HIGHER THE QUALITY THAT RESEARCH WILL ATTAIN.

MR PANG CHUN-HOI (THROUGH INTERPRETER): REGARDING THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING SCHEME, AND THIS IS MUCH NEEDED BY OUR WORKERS. .JUST NOW YOU SAID THAT OVER 10,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY JOINED THE RETRAINING PROGRAMMES BUT ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM ME IN MARCH CONCERNING ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE, CONCERNING THE RETRAINEES, FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUCCESSFULLY RE-EMPLOYED THE PERCENTAGE IS ONLY 21%, AND THIS IS A VERY LOW PERCENTAGE. SO I HOPE THE GOVERNOR CAN TELL THIS COUNCIL, WILL THE GOVERNMENT TAKE FURTHER MEASURES TO INCREASE JOB SEEKING COUNSELLING SO THAT THE RETRAINEES CAN BE EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL TN GETTING RE-EMPLOYMENT?

GOVERNOR: YES WE CERTAINLY INTEND TO ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP JOB SEEKING COUNSELLING. THAT IS ONE OF OUR PROPOSALS WITH, FOR EXAMPLE INTERVIEWING OF THOSE WHO ARE UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOOKING FOR JOBS AFTER BEING RETRAINED. I’M NOT SURE WHETHER THE FIGURE I’M ABOUT TO GIVE IS ON ALL FOURS WITH THE FIGURE WHICH I DIDN’T RECOGNISE WHICH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER HAD BEEN GIVEN PREVIOUSLY. I BELIEVE I’M RIGHT IN SAYING THAT 70% OF THOSE WHO GO THROUGH OUR RETRAINING PROGRAMMES ARE PLACED SUBSEQUENTLY IN JOBS AND THAT IS 1 THINK AN ENCOURAGING FIGURE, THOUGH NOT AS GOOD AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO BE. I THINK THAT’S THE OVERALL FIGURE AFTER THE TRAINING OF THE FIRST, AS IT WERE, OR RETRAINING OF THE FIRST 12,500. BY OCTOBER, WE THINK THE FIGURE WILL BE MORE THAN 15,000. IF WE’RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT PARAMETERS FOR OUR FIGURES, IF AS IT WERE, WE’RE HEADING UP DIFFERENT ROADS THEN PERHAPS WE CAN SORT OUT THE POSITION LATER ON, BUT I DO THINK THAT THE 70% FIGURE THAT I’VE GIVEN IS AN ACCURATE ONE.

MR PANG CHUN-HOI (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, I QUOTED THE FIGURE GIVEN TO ME BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. HE GAVE THAT FIGURE TO ME IN MARCH AND HE SAID THAT FOR THE RETRAINEES WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING EMPLOYMENT THE FIGURE WAS ONLY 21%. THAT WAS A REPLY GIVEN TO ME FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IN MARCH.

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: WELL, EITHER WE’VE MADE SPECTACULAR PROGRESS SINCE MARCH, OR ELSE, WHICH I CAN’T BELIEVE IS THE CASE, THE COMMISSIONER ON THAT OCCASION WAS INACCURATE WHEREAS THE GOVERNOR ON THIS OCCASION IS ACCURATE. PERHAPS IT’S JUST THAT WE’VE MADE PROGRESS SINCE THEN. I CAN CONFIRM THAT THE PLACEMENT RATE FOR THOSE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR JOBS IS 70 - 75% OF THE 12,500 WHO’VE BEEN THROUGH THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING SCHEME.

ON THE QUESTION OF THOSE WHO DON’T FIND EMPLOYMENT, I CAN TELL THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THAT THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD WILL ORGANISE AN INTENSIVE FOLLOW-UP PROGRAMME FOR RETRAINEES WHO ARE UNABLE TO FIND A JOB FOUR WEEKS AFTER ATTENDING THE FIVE-DAY JOB SEARCH SKILLS COURSE.

WE’LL TRY TO RESOLVE BETWEEN US LATER ON PERHAPS, THE HONOURABLE MEMBER AND MYSELF, THE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE MARCH FIGURE AND THE FIGURE THAT I’VE JUST GIVEN, BUT IT MAYBE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS.

MR HENRY TANG (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

HONG KONG IS A VERY PROSPEROUS AND ECONOMICALLY ADVANCED PLACE. UNFORTUNATELY, EVERY YEAR THE INVESTMENT BY THE ADMINISTRATION IN EDUCATION IS REALLY ON THE LOW SIDE COMPARED TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. FOR INSTANCE, FOR 1994/95 CONCERNING OUR EXPENDITURE FOR EDUCATION, IT ONLY ACCOUNTS FOR 6.5% OF THE OVERALL BUDGET AND IT ACCOUNTS FOR ONLY 3% OF OUR GDP. COMPARED TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES SUCH AS JAPAN, IT’S FIGURE IS 4.8%, MALAYSIA 5.6%, SINGAPORE AND TAIWAN 4%, WE ARE REALLY ON THE LOW SIDE AND THE ONLY PLACE COMPARED TO WHICH WE HAVE A HIGHER FIGURE IS CHINA WHICH IS 2.4%. HONG KONG IS SO PROSPEROUS AND WEALTHY, DO YOU THINK THAT THE SITUATION I JUST NOW DESCRIBED IS ACCEPTABLE OR IS IT EMBARRASSING?

GOVERNOR: NO, FIRST OF ALL BEFORE DISAGREEING WITH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, CAN I AGREE WITH HIM AND WISH MYSELF A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AS WELL. I HOPE THAT I WILL ENJOY THE GREATER LONGEVITY WHICH HONG KONG HEALTH STATISTICS SHOWS THE LOT OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY.

I DON’T ACTUALLY HAPPEN TO THINK THAT PERCENTAGE OF GDP IS NECESSARILY A VERY SATISFACTORY BASIS FOR MAKING COMPARISONS ABOUT THE QUALITY OR EVEN THE QUANTITY OF A PRODUCT. IF YOUR GDP EXPANDED VERY SLOWLY BUT YOUR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE WAS GOING UP BY FASTER THAN THE TREND RATE Of GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY, THEN JT WOULD LOOK AS THOUGH YOU WERE BEING FRIGHTFULLY VIRTUOUS IF YOU WERE MEASURING EDUCATION SPENDING IN PROPORTION TO GDP, BUT YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY BE SPENDING LESS MONEY IN ABSOLUTE TERMS ON EDUCATION BECAUSE YOUR ECONOMY WASN’T GROWING AS RAPIDLY AS YOU WOULD’VE LIKED. J THINK IT’S ALSO WORTH MAKING, THAT PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND TAX AS PROPORTIONS OF GDP ARE MUCH LOWER THAN IN A NUMBER OF NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, INDEED, THAN IN MOST COUNTRIES. SO THERE ARE SOME PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION WHICH I DOUBT ARE INCLUDED IN THOSE FIGURES. I THINK THE FIGURE OF 3.4% FOR HONG KONG IS THE FIGURE FOR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION.

/I THINK ......

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I THINK IT’S PERHAPS MORE SENSIBLE TO LOOK AT THE PROPORTION OF OUR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE WHICH GOES ON EDUCATION AND THE FIGURE THERE IS ABOUT 21% AND IT’S REMAINED FAIRLY CONSTANT THOUGH IT’S CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST OR THE LARGEST PUBLIC EXPENDITURE PROGRAMME WHICH IS AN INDICATION OF THE PRIORITY THAT WE ACCORD. IT’S ALSO TRUE THAT EXPENDITURE ON SCHOOLS FOR EXAMPLE, HAS BEEN GOING UP BY 6.5% IN REAL TERMS, THAT’S OVER THE INFLATION RATE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, AND THAT’S BEEN A LARGER FIGURE THAN THE INCREASE IN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AS A WHOLE ON OTHER PROGRAMMES.

SO I THINK WE’RE DOING PRETTY WELL, BUT I DON’T DISPUTE THE FACT THAT WE NEED TO DO MORE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SPENDING ANOTHER $600 MILLION ON IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SPENDING OVER $150 MILLION TO GET ADDITIONAL TEACHERS. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SPENDING $103 MILLION ON REDUCING CLASS SIZES. ALL THOSE FIGURES ADD UP AND I THINK ADD UP IN A WAY WHICH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WOULD AGREE WAS SATISFACTORY, BUT 1 DON’T DOUBT THAT NOT ONLY WILL EDUCATION NEED TO CONTINUE TO BE OUR BIGGEST SPENDING PROGRAMME IF WE’RE TO HAVE THE QUALITY OF WORKFORCE THAT WE’LL NEED IN THE FUTURE BUT THAT WE’LL HAVE TO SPEND A LOT MORE ON EDUCATION AS WELL, SO AT LEAST ON THAT THE HONOURABLE MEMBER AND I CAN MARCH AS ONE.

MR HENRY TANG (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, HOW COME THAT FOR ADULT EDUCATION, INSTEAD OF SPENDING $60 MILLION, WE ARE ONLY HAVING $51 MILLION THIS YEAR?

GOVERNOR: I THINK I’M RIGHT IN SAYING THAT IF YOU TAKE CONTINUING EDUCATION AS A WHOLE, THE FIGURES THERE ARE GOING UP TOO AND SOME OF THE FIGURES ARE FOR CAPITAL RATHER THAN JUST RECURRENT. FOR EXAMPLE, I ANNOUNCED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT WE WERE PROVIDING THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE WITH $150 MILLION SO THAT IT COULD BUY ITS OWN HEADQUARTERS. THAT HAS RECURRENT SAVINGS FOR THE OLI IN DUE COURSE. I’M NOT SURE WHETHER THAT FIGURE IS INCLUDED IN THE HONOURABLE MEMBER’S FIGURE OR WHETHER THE $100 MILLION THAT WE’RE GIVING THE OLI FOR COURSE DEVELOPMENT IS INCLUDED IN THE FIGURE, BUT THE HONOURABLE MEMBER IS ENTIRELY RIGHT IN SUGGESTING THAT CONTINUING EDUCATION IS AN AREA THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE GREATER PRIORITY TO. I THINK HE’LL KNOW THAT THE UPGC IS LOOKING AT THE SUBJECT AT THE MOMENT AND INCLUDING IN IT’S REVIEW THE QUESTION OF SELF-FINANCING AND THAT IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HAVE TO SHAPE OUR APPROACH TO THE FUNDING OF THIS IMPORTANT SECTOR IN THE FUTURE.

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WANT TO DROP-IN TO EDUCATION AT MORE MATURE STAGES OF THEIR LIVES. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE THAT AS EASY FOR PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. I MUST SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THOSE I’VE MET IN CONTINUING EDUCATION WHO ARE VERY OFTEN, AFTER A VERY HARD DAY’S WORK, HAVING A HARD EVENING’S WORK ON TOP.

/MR ALFRED TSO .......

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MR ALFRED TSO (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, AS A RESULT OF THE HARD EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE ARE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON EDUCATION AND YOUTH WORK. NOW YOUNGSTERS ARE LEARNING MORE AND MORE FROM THEIR SCHOOL TEXT BOOKS BUT STILL WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH AN EVER-GROWING YOUTH PROBLEM. YOUNGSTERS ARE FACED WITH A LOT OF MATERIALISTIC ATTRACTIVENESS. SOME YOUNGSTERS ARE BECOMING YOUNG PROSTITUTES AND SOME BECOME DRUG ADDICTS. SO, MR GOVERNOR, CAN YOU NOT INCLUDE IN CIVIC EDUCATION ELEMENTS OF POLITICS AND MAKE CIVIC EDUCATION AS A COMPULSORY SUBJECT IN SECONDARY SCHOOL SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A STRONGER SENSE OF BELONGING AMONGST OUR YOUNGSTERS SO THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO FACE UP TO AND WHAT TO DO AFTER 1997?

GOVERNOR: THERE’S QUITE A LOT MIXED UP IN THAT QUESTION AND IN RESPONDING TO IT AS POSITIVELY AS POSSIBLE, I’LL TRY TO AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO WHICH POLITICIANS OCCASIONALLY FALL PREY AND START SOUNDING LIKE A BISHOP OR SPIRITUAL LEADER, BECAUSE I THINK THAT PEOPLE THAT WANT MORAL UPLIFT SHOULD, ON THE WHOLE, LOOK TO SPIRITUAL LEADERS RATHER THAN TO POLITICIANS.

IT IS, ALAS, ONE OF THE PARADOXES OF OUR AGE THAT INCREASES IN COLLECTIVE AND INDIVIDUAL AFFLUENCE HAVEN’T ELIMINATED SOCIAL PROBLEMS. THAT INDEED WE SEE, QUITE OFTEN, A GROWTH IN SOME SORTS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS ACCOMPANYING GREATER MATERIALISM AND INCREASES IN PEOPLES’ DISPOSABLE INCOME. THAT CAN BE PARTLY ADDRESSED AT SCHOOLS AND OUR SCHOOLS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN EDUCATING THE WHOLE BOY OR GIRL, SO CIVIC EDUCATION, SO HEALTH EDUCATION, SO TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE TO RESPECT THEMSELVES AS WELL AS OTHERS, ALL THOSE THINGS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF EDUCATION. BUT I THINK THERE IS A TENDENCY, FROM TIME TO TIME, FOR PARENTS TO PUT THE RESPONSIBILITY ON SCHOOLS RATHER THAN SHOULDER THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY THEMSELVES. I THINK MOST OF THE INCULCATION OF MORAL STANDARDS AND MORAL VALUES SHOULD BEGIN IN THE HOME AND I DON’T THINK PARENTS CAN EXPECT SCHOOLS TO MAKE UP FOR WHAT MAY BE DEFICIENT IN THE DOMESTIC BACKGROUND. SCHOOLS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY BUT I THINK THAT PARENTS HAVE TO RECOGNISE THEIR ROLE AS WELL AND I’M VERY PLEASED THAT THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE IS BRINGING PARENTS AND SCHOOL MANAGERS TOGETHER WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE PTA’S AND SO ON, I THINK THAT’S A VERY WELCOME MOVE FORWARD.

AS FOR, AS IT WERE, THE POLITICAL CONTENT OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBER’S QUESTION. I THINK THAT THERE IS ALREADY WITHIN SEVERAL SYLLABUSES' IN THE CURRICULUM PLENTY OF MATERIAL ABOUT THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE BASIC LAW, THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE IN MODERN CHINA. I DON’T THINK WE NEED TO GO FURTHER IN THAT DIRECTION, BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR EDUCATION THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE AND I WELCOME THE FACT THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE PRODUCED SUCH GOOD CURRICULUM MATERIAL ON THOSE SUBJECTS.

PERHAPS I COULD JUST ADD ONE OTHER THING. I AM VERY IMPRESSED AS I GO AROUND FROM DISTRICT BOARD TO DISTRICT BOARD BY THE WORK OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES AND BY THE LIAISON BETWEEN THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES AND OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK THAT WORK IS EXCEPTIONALLY IMPORTANT, NOT LEAST IN DISCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM TAKING PART IN TRIAD ACTIVITY. I HOPE THAT WE CAN SEE THAT SORT OF WORK WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT INCREASE IN THE FUTURE.

/DR C H LEONG: ........

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DR C H LEONG: GOVERNOR, HONG KONG UNFORTUNATELY STILL HAS A FAIRLY SIZEABLE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS. NOW WHAT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY, IF ANY, AND HOW WILL THESE POLICY AND PRINCIPLES BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE RETRAINING OF THESE DISABLED TO GET THEM BACK INTO SOCIETY AND WILL GOVERNMENT TAKE A LEAD TN EMPLOYING THESE PEOPLE SO AS TO REALLY MAKE A GOOD START?

GOVERNOR: I THINK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WILL KNOW THAT WE HAVE BROADENED THE REMIT OF THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD IN ORDER TO COVER THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED AT WORK AND ALAS, THERE ARE ALL TOO MANY WHO FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY. I’VE HAD OCCASION TO SAY BEFORE, NOT LEAST WHEN AT THE SCENE OF APPALLING INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, THAT OUR FIGURES FOR INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG ARE OBSCENELY HIGH. FOR AN ECONOMY AS SOPHISTICATED AS THIS ONE WE STILL HAVE APPALLINGLY PRIMITIVE STATISTICS FOR INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, PARTICULARLY, THOUGH NOT EXCLUSIVELY, IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND WE'VE TAKEN STEPS WITH THE ACTIVE LEADERSHIP OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO TRY TO ADDRESS THAT QUESTION. I’D LIKE TO SAY WITHOUT RESERVATION THAT I THINK THE PRESSURE THAT WE’VE HAD FROM THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG ON THE SUBJECT HAS BEEN WHOLLY IN THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST AND I WELCOME THE INTELLIGENT AND EFFECTIVE LOBBYING THAT THEY HAVE DONE ON THIS ISSUE. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT WE CAN TRY TO ENSURE IN OUR TRAINING AND RETRAINING PROGRAMMES THAT A PROPER REGARD FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS INCORPORATED. IT SHOULD CERTAINLY BE THE CASE FOR ALL THOSE COURSES RUN BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BUT I WILL CHECK EXACTLY WHAT IS DONE ON THAT FRONT AND LET THE HONOURABLE MEMBER KNOW.

DR C H LEONG: WILL THE GOVERNMENT TAKE A LEAD ON EMPLOYING THESE PEOPLE, SIR?

GOVERNOR: I ATTENDED, NOT VERY LONG AGO, WHAT WAS CALLED A SUMMIT ON DISABILITY IN WHICH WE TALKED ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT OF THOSE WHO WERE DISABLED AND WE MADE COMMITMENTS IN GOVERNMENT FOR THOSE DISABLED IN GENERAL RATHER THAN THOSE INJURED AS A RESULT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS. ] THINK IT’S DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE TWO BUT WE DO HAVE TO MAKE GREATER EFFORTS IN GOVERNMENT TO EMPLOY THOSE WITH HANDICAP, WHETHER IT’S CAUSED AT WORK OR WHETHER IT’S GENETIC OR WHETHER THERE’S SOME OTHER REASON FOR IT.

DR K C LAM: MR PRESIDENT, UP TO NOW EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG ARE MAINTAINED AT COMPARABLE LEVELS TO THOSE IN OTHER COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES BY A SYSTEM OF EXTERNAL EXAMINERS. IN 1997, HONG KONG WILL CEASE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND THE EXTERNAL EXAMINERS SYSTEM PRESUMABLY, WITH THE OTHER PARTS OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH, WILL CEASE TO EXIST.

WOULD THE GOVERNOR INFORM THIS COUNCIL WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW AND WHAT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FUTURE WILL BE TO ENSURE THAT OUR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES WILL REMAIN AT COMPARABLE LEVELS, IN COMPETENCE TO AND ARE RECOGNISED BY MAJOR ACADEMIC CENTRES IN THE WORLD? PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IS THE CASE OF POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL TRAINING OVERSEAS WHERE A TRAINEE IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAVE A RECOGNISED MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BEFORE HE IS ALLOWED TO TOUCH A PATIENT.

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT THE INEVITABLE CHANGE IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE COMMONWEALTH IN 1997, WON’T AFFECT THE ACADEMIC LINKS WHICH THIS COMMUNITY HAS WITH NOT JUST THE COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES, BUT WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WILL KNOW THAT THE UPGC CONTAINS A NUMBER OF DISTINGUISHED ACADEMICS FROM COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES BUT ALSO FROM ONE OR TWO NON-COMMONWEALTH, CERTAINLY ONE NON-COMMONWEALTH COUNTRY AS WELL. I THINK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WILL ALSO KNOW, MUCH BETTER THAN ME, THE EXTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL LINKS WHICH THE ACADEMY OF MEDICINE HAS WHICH WILL SURVIVE AND PROSPER I’M SURE AFTER 1997. SO I HOPE THAT THERE CAN BE NO*QUESTION OF THE CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY IN 1997, AFFECTING OR DISRUPTING THE INTERNATIONAL LINKS THAT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG HAS BEYOND OUR SHORES AND BEYOND OUR BOUNDARIES. IF THAT WERE TO BE THE CASE, WHICH I DON’T BELIEVE IT WILL, IT WOULD BE SAD AND DEBILITATING. SO, WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT WE RETAIN AN EXTROVERT, OUTWARD LOOKING INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITY AND THAT WAS, OF COURSE, ONE OF THE MAIN THEMES OF THE UPGC’S RECENT CONSULTATION DOCUMENT AND MISSION STATEMENT WHICH WANTS HONG KONG TO PURSUE AN EXTREMELY OUTWARD LOOKING ROLE.

MR LAU CHIN-SHEK(THROUGH INTERPRETER): WHETHER THE RETRAINING PROGRAMME CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, ONE OF THE VERY IMPORTANT FACTORS IS WHETHER THE EMPLOYERS ARE IN SUPPORT OF IT. MR GOVERNOR I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU THIS: THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER IN HONG KONG, SO AS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER IN HONG KONG HAS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD. AND ALSO REGARDING THE RECRUITMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS, HAVE YOU SET ASIDE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF VACANCIES TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE RETRAINING GRADUATES, SO AS TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE?

GOVERNOR: WE HAVEN’T, I DON’T BELIEVE, GOT A SET PERCENTAGE FIGURE FOR RECRUITS THAT WE WOULD WANT TO TAKE WHO HAD, AS IT WERE, GRADUATED FROM THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD. I AM NOT SURE THAT THAT WOULD ALWAYS BE APPROPRIATE GIVEN WHAT MAY SOMETIMES BE A SKILLS MISMATCH BETWEEN THE SORT OF POST THAT GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING FOR AND THE SORT OF TRAINEES WHO ARE COMING OUT OF THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD. BUT I’LL CERTAINLY LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND SEE IF THERE IS MORE THAT WE CAN DO. AS I SAID EARLIER I THINK THE FIGURE FOR WORK PLACEMENT OF THOSE WHO ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING SCHEMES IS PRETTY HIGH, AND WE ARE TRYING TO FURTHER IMPROVE IT SO WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT MANY OF THE 12,500 SHORTLY TO BE 15,000 WHO HAVE BEEN RETRAINED, WHO AREN’T ACTUALLY ABLE TO FIND JOBS.

LAU CHIN-SHEK (THROUGH INTERPRETER) : MR GOVERNOR, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS BECAUSE EMPLOYERS ARE ACTUALLY FACING THE SAME PROBLEM CONCERNING THE RECRUITMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS? IF YOU HAVE SYSTEMATIC DISCUSSIONS WITH THE EMPLOYEES RETRAINING BOARD OR HAVE SYSTEMATIC CO-OPERATION WITH THE BOARD, I’M SURE IT IS GOING TO GO A LONG WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF RETRAINEES OF HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING JOB. SO CAN YOU CONSIDER THIS, CAN YOU CONSIDER CO-OPERATION WITH THE BOARD SO AS TO HELP THE RETRAINEES?

GOVERNOR: CERTAINLY. IF WE HAVEN’T HAD THE SORT OF DIALOGUE WHICH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER UNDERSTANDABLY REQUESTS I’LL ENSURE THAT THOSE DISCUSSIONS TAKE PLACE.

/MR TIK CHI-YUEN .......

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MR TIK CHI-YUEN (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, YOU COME FROM BRITAIN BUT I JUST HOPE THAT YOU WILL RENDER YOUR FULL SUPPORT TO CHINESE BEING USED AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION. WE HAVE BEEN USING ENGLISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FOR DECADES BUT IT THEN IT HAS NEVER BEEN EFFECTIVE. MANY PARENTS DO NOT WANT TO USE CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION. IN HONG KONG WE STILL FAVOUR ENGLISH AT THE EXPENSE OF CHINESE. I THINK THE GOVERNMENT IS BEING PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PHENOMENON. FOR MANY SECONDARY SCHOOLS ENGLISH IS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AND EVEN WHEN THE GOVERNMENT RECRUITS CIVIL SERVANTS FOR CERTAIN POSTS THEY WOULD REQUIRE A PASS IN THE SUBJECT OF ENGLISH BUT THEY DON’T MENTION THE QUALIFICATION AS TO THEIR CHINESE PROFICIENCY. SO MR GOVERNOR, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO INSTRUCT THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION, THAT IS NOT TO FAVOUR ENGLISH AT THE EXPENSE OF CHINESE SO AS TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE WHOLE OF THE SOCIETY?

GOVERNOR: I AM NOT ENTIRELY SURE THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, FOR EXAMPLE, I SEE SOME DISTINGUISHED SENIOR OFFICERS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE ON MY RIGHT, I AM NOT SURE THAT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WOULD AGREE THAT TEACHING IN ENGLISH OVER THE LAST YEAR HAD BEEN A COMPLETE DISASTER AS THE HONOURABLE MEMBER APPEARED TO BE SUGGESTING. THE SUBJECT IS OF COURSE A CONTROVERSIAL ONE AND A MATTER OF CONCERN TO PARENTS AND WE WANT TO PROCEED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE USING VOLUNTARY METHODS RATHER THAN COMPULSION.

WHERE I AGREE WITH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER IS THAT WE WANT TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE TAUGHT IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEDIUM. WHAT WE DON’T WANT IS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE TAUGHT IN CHINGLISH RATHER THAN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO AVOID AT THE MOMENT. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WILL KNOW THAT MANY PARENTS WHEN IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE SCHOOL WHICH THEIR CHILDREN ATTEND IS GOING TO SHIFT FROM ENGLISH TO CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION DON’T LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY THINK IT’S GOING TO AFFECT THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES OF THEIR CHILDREN, THEY THINK IT’S GOING TO MEAN THAT THEIR CHILDREN GET A LESS GOOD EDUCATION. IN FACT, ONE OF THE OBVIOUS THINGS THAT ONE CAN AND SHOULD DO, WHERE THAT SHIFT TAKES PLACE, IS TO ENSURE THAT MORE EMPHASIS IS PLACED, ALBEIT WITHIN A CURRICULUM WHICH IS TAUGHT IN CHINESE, ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING ITSELF THROUGH BRIDGING COURSES AND IN OTHER WAYS.

AT PRESENT, WE ARE ENCOURAGING SCHOOLS TO MOVE TO THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION. I HOPE THAT IN DOING THAT WE’LL HAVE AS MUCH UNDERSTANDING FROM PARENTS AS POSSIBLE. AND THAT WOULD OF COURSE BE THE BACKDROP TO THE MUCH GREATER EFFORTS THAT WE ARE TAKING TO ENCOURAGE PROFICIENCY NOT JUST IN ENGLISH BUT IN PUTONGHUA AS WELL. WE SET UP A LANGUAGE FUND FOR WHICH THIS COUNCIL HAS NOW VOTED THE CASH. I THINK THERE ARE TWO MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL WHO'ARE ON THE COMMITTEE WHICH WILL DETERMINE HOW THE FUND USES ITS MONEY. THAT’S JUST ONE WAY IN WHICH I HOPE THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT HONG KONG RETAINS THE LINGUISTIC SKILLS THAT IT NEEDS AS ONE OF THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CENTRES IN THE WORLD. OF COURSE, WITH A LIVING LANGUAGE LIKE CANTONESE, IT IS GOING TO PROVIDE THE MAIN CULTURAL BACKDROP FOR PEOPLE IN THE TERRITORY BUT IT’S EQUALLY TRUE THAT IN ALL SORTS OF WALKS OF LIFE ENGLISH AND MANDARIN ARE GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AND WAYS OF ENSURING THAT SOMEBODY CAN DO THE JOBS AS ADEQUATELY AS POSSIBLE, AND THAT WILL BE TRUE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AS WELL. AND THERE ARE SOME JOBS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WHICH WILL REQUIRE FROM TIME TO TIME ALL THREE LANGUAGES AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN MANAGE THEM ALL.

/ROGER LOK: .......

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ROGER LOK: MR PRESIDENT, JUST TO FOLLOW UP THE ANSWER OF THE

GOVERNOR. WOULD THE GOVERNOR ELABORATE ON THE WAY FORWARD TO IMPROVE BOTH THE SPOKEN AND WRITTEN LANGUAGE SKILL OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS?

GOVERNOR: WE'LL OBVIOUSLY HAVE GREATER HELP IN FINDING THE WAY FORWARD WHEN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S WORKING GROUP ON LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY HAS REPORTED A LITTLE LATER IN THE YEAR. AND I THINK THAT WILL PROVIDE THE SIGNPOSTS FOR THE COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BE MANAGING THE LANGUAGE FUND ITSELF -THE $300 MILLION THAT WE HAVE PUT INTO THE LANGUAGE FUND. THERE IS, AND I HEAR IT REGULARLY FROM BUSINESS LEADERS, THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE LOWER STANDARDS OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. I AM NOT QUITE SURE HOW MUCH THAT IS ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE AND HOW MUCH THERE IS AN OBJECTIVE BASIS TO IT, BUT I THINK THAT AT THE VERY LEAST THEY ARE RIGHT TO BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG, IF IT IS TO-RETAIN ITS ECONOMIC POSITION IN THE REGION AND THE WORLD, NEEDS TO HAVE LANGUAGE SKILLS.

DR SAMUEL WONG (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR GOVERNOR, A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THE CABLE TELEVISION LICENCE WE WERE GIVEN TO UNDERSTAND THAT A NUMBER OF CHANNELS OR CERTAIN TIME SLOTS WOULD BE ALLOCATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATION. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD STILL STAND BY THIS POSITION, AND IF SO HOW MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN OBTAINED?

GOVERNOR: I AM AFRAID THAT MY OWN INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THESE

MATTERS DOESN’T ENABLE ME TO CONFIRM OR DENY ANY COMMITMENTS MADE ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL ROLE OF TELEVISION. I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE, THOUGH IT JUST SHOWS A PERSONAL PREJUDICE, THAT TELEVISION IS ALL TOO FREQUENTLY AN ALTERNATIVE TO EDUCATION. BUT, I CAN SEE THAT IT CAN PLAY AN EDUCATIONAL ROLE TOO. I KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR TELEVISION COMPANIES HAVE ESTABLISHED A REGIONAL LEAD IN THE PRODUCTION OF CHILDREN'S TELEVISION PROGRAMMES. AS FOR A BROADER EDUCATIONAL ROLE, PERHAPS I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER ABOUT THAT AGAIN. AT THE MOMENT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DON’T SEE VERY MUCH SIGN OF THE EDUCATIONAL USE OF TELEVISION, EXCEPT PERHAPS IN RELATION TO CONTINUING EDUCATION AND OLI COURSES FROM TIME TO TIME.

MR CHEUNG MAN-KWONG (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE GOVERNOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTION, IN FACT A FOLLOW-UP OF MR TIK CHI-YUEN. IT’S REGARDING USING MOTHER TONGUE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

HONG KONG IS A COLONY, SO ALL ALONG OUR LANGUAGE POLICY IS SUCH THAT WE FAVOUR ENGLISH AT THE EXPENSE OF CHINESE AND THIS CONCEPT HAS BEEN FIRMLY INSTILLED OR DEEP-ROOTED IN THE HEART OF EVERYONE. NOW THE COLONIAL DAYS ARE COMING TO A CLOSE. WE HAVE TO BUILD UP A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY IN HONG KONG AND SO WE NEED A CORRESPONDING LANGUAGE POLICY. EARLIER ON THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED ABOUT HAVING EITHER VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY MEASURES TO HAVE MOTHER TONGUE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION BUT I DON’T THINK, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. I THINK WE CAN HAVE A THIRD OPTION, THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT CAN ASSIST THOSE SCHOOLS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OPTING TO USE MOTHER TONGUE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, THE GOVERNMENT CAN ASSIST SUCH SCHOOLS TO HAVE A SHIFT SO AS TO HAVE THE JOB DONE BEFORE 1997.

SO MY QUESTION IS, WILL THE GOVERNMENT ASSIST THOSE SCHOOLS? AND ALSO WILL THE GOVERNMENT TRY TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICY IN ITS COURSES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE SO AS TO GIVE CHINESE A HIGHER STATUS?

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GOVERNOR: I REPEAT WHAT I SAW EARLIER. THE GOVERNMENT IS ATTEMPTING TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO OPT FOR WHATEVER IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AND A LOT OF THE RESISTANCE TO THE IDEA COMES FROM THOSE WHO DON’T SHARE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER’S VIEWS ABOUT ENGLISH, COMES FROM PARENTS WHO THINK THAT TO MOVE AWAY FROM ENGLISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, EVEN IF IN PRACTICE ENGLISH HASN’T BEEN USED VERY EFFECTIVELY AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, IS SOMEHOW TO REDUCE THE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING. WE REALLY DO HAVE A MATTER OF PARENTAL EDUCATION I THINK TO DEAL WITH JN TACKLING THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM.

I MUST SAY. I DON’T SEE THE QUESTION OF LANGUAGE TRAINING IN A PARTICULARLY COLONIAL LIGHT. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT HONG KONG NEEDS, IN ADDITION TO ITS ELOQUENT CANTONESE SPEAKING POPULATION, AS MANY AS POSSIBLE WHO CAN MANAGE IN PUTONGHUA AND IN ENGLISH AND IT’S THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THAT AS LIKELY AS IT CAN.

IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WE ARE DOING A GOOD DEAL TO INCREASE LANGUAGE TRAINING WITH MORE PUTONGHUA COURSES. BUT I THINK IT’S CLEARLY TRUE THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF JOBS WHICH REQUIRE ENGLISH AS WELL AS CANTONESE OR AS WELL AS PUTONGHUA. PARTICULARLY, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THOSE WORKING IN AREAS LIKE INTERNATIONAL TRADE. SO I THINK IT’S A QUESTION OF KEEPING A BALANCE AND ENSURING THAT WE ENCOURAGE, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, RATHER THAN COERCE.

MR CHEUNG MAN-KWONG (THROUGH INTERPRETER): MR PRESIDENT, CONCERNING THE REPLY FROM THE GOVERNOR, ACTUALLY IT REALLY DISAPPOINTS ME. FRANKLY SPEAKING I THINK YOUR VIEWPOINT IS STILL A COLONIAL VIEWPOINT. WILL THE GOVERNMENT TAKE THE LEAD, IF HE STILL THINKS THAT MOTHER TONGUE EDUCATION IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE PROMOTED IN HONG KONG? THEN CONCERNING THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, IF THEY ARE ALREADY ASSESSED TO BE SUITABLE FOR EDUCATION THROUGH CHINESE, THEN THE SCHOOLS SHOULD BE TEACHING THEM IN CHINESE AND WILL YOU, THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, TAKE THE LEAD IN THIS AREA?

GOVERNOR: WELL, I CONGRATULATE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER TO BEGIN WITH. I THINK HE’S THE FIRST PERSON WHO’S ACCUSED ME OF COLONIAL ATTITUDES IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT THE PRIZE HAD TO GO TO SOMEBODY.

I’M NOT SURE WHETHER HE BELIEVES ALL THOSE PARENTS WHO ARE AT PRESENT CONCERNED ABOUT SCHOOLS MOVING FROM TEACHING IN ENGLISH OR ALLEGEDLY TEACHING IN ENGLISH TO TEACHING IN MOTHER TONGUE, I’M NOT SURE WHETHER HE THINKS THOSE PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT ARE ALSO COLONIALIST. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE ARE PARENTS THAT WE HAVE TO LEAD ALONG WHAT I THINK IS THE RIGHT ROAD. I DON’T DISAGREE WITH THE HONOURABLE MEMBER ONE BIT THAT ONE WANTS TEACHING IN THE APPROPRIATE MODE AND THAT THAT WILL VERY OFTEN MEAN, IN HONG KONG, MOVING FROM TEACHING IN ENGLISH TO MOVING TO TEACHING IN THE MOTHER TONGUE. I TOTALLY ACCEPT THAT BUT I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE BEST SERVED BY TRYING TO ENCOURAGE AND LEAD PEOPLE ALONG THAT ROAD RATHER THAN BY DRIVING THEM ALONG IT. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER IS ENTIRELY RIGHT THAT WHAT WE WANT IS THE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE IN THE CLASSROOM BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MAKE VERY MUCH SENSE IF CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT IN A LANGUAGE WHICH THEY NEVER WHOLLY GRASPED, IT DOESN’T MUCH HELP IF CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT IN SOMETHING THAT IS HALF CHINESE AND HALF ENGLISH. WHAT WE WANT IS THE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE BUT I HOPE WE CAN [.FAD PARENTS AND SCHOOLS IN THIS DIRECTION RATHER THAN DRIVE THEM AND I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY THE VIEW OF SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS AS WELL.

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MR VINCENT CHENG: GOVERNOR I’D LIKE TO ASK THIS QUESTION CONCERNING THE EDUCATION POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT. WILL IT ENCOURAGE A MORE DIVERSIFIED EDUCATION POLICY SO THAT PARENTS WILL HAVE SOME KIND OF A CHOICE AS TO WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE RECEIVING, OR WILL YOU ONLY BE VERY RIGIDLY FIXING THE MODE OF EDUCATION, SO THAT THE PARENTS DON’T HAVE ANY CHOICE WITH REGARD TO THE CHOICE. SO WILL PARENTS BE GIVEN A CHOICE.

GOVERNOR: YOU CAN’T CONCEIVABLY BE AGAINST GIVING PARENTS MORE CHOICE IN THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN, IT WOULD BE LIKE BEING AGAINST MOTHERHOOD. WE ALL WANT TO SEE PARENTS HAVING AS EXTENSIVE A CHOICE AS POSSIBLE, WHILE RECOGNISING IN RUNNING AN EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT CHOICE INEVITABLY HAS LIMITS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE PARENTS INVOLVED IN THE WHOLE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS THAN IS AT PRESENT THE CASE. THAT IS WHY I WELCOME, AS I SAID EARLIER THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE, AND THAT’S WHY I WELCOME THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PTAS. I THINK PARENTS THEMSELVES WELCOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE, I THINK THEY PARTICULARLY WELCOME MORE INFORMATION WHEN THEY CAN UNDERSTAND THE BULLETINS AND MEMORANDA WHICH’RE SENT TO THEM ABOUT THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN WHICH IS SOMETIMES WRITTEN IN A, I THINK, RATHER FIERCE BUREAUCRATISE. SO, YES I AM IN FAVOUR OF EXTENDING CHOICES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, THOUGH THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE PRACTICAL LIMITS BECAUSE OF THE PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES OF GOVERNMENT PROVIDING FOR EVERY SORT OF OPTION IN EVERY NEIGHBOURHOOD.

I THINK IF I CAN JUST ADD ONE POINT THAT THE WAY IN WHICH HONG KONG HAS LEANT SO HEAVILY AND SO PROPERLY ON NON-GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS FOR THE PROVISION OF SCHOOLS IS ITSELF AN ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING A GREATER CHOICE.

MR VINCENT CHENG: THE GOVERNOR MAY NOT HAVE COMPLETELY GOT MY QUESTION. I REALLY WISH TO CONVEY AN OPINION THAT, BECAUSE THERE ARE COLLEAGUES CALLING FOR MODIFIED EDUCATION WHICH I AM ALL FOR, BUT I ALSO HAPPEN TO THINK THAT PARENTS, IF THEY WANT THEIR KIDS TO LEARN MORE ENGLISH, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO SO.

GOVERNOR: 1 AM SURE THAT’S THE SORT OF CHOICE THAT ONE WELCOMES, AND IT’S WHY AT THE RISK OF APPEARING IN MY MARXIST COLONIAL ROLE. IT’S WHY I ANSWERED EARLIER QUESTIONS IN THE WAY I DID. I THINK THAT THE MORE FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE ENCOURAGING AN APPROPRIATE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION POLICY, THE MORE WE CAN ESTABLISH BRIDGING COURSES, INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES, THE MORE WE CAN ENCOURAGE BETTER LANGUAGE SKILLS THROUGH THE TARGET-ORIENTED CURRICULUM, THE MORE WE CAN DEVELOP THE VOCATIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AS WELL AS EQUIVALENTS TO ALL THOSE THINGS IN MANDARIN. THE MORE WE CAN DO THOSE THINGS THE WIDER THE PARENTS’ CHOICES AND THE WIDER PUPILS’ CHOICES WILL BE.

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MRS SELINA CHOW: GOVERNOR, I AM SORRY TO BELABOUR THE POINT, BUT I STILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION. I’M AFRAID WHAT WAS SAID JUST NOW BY THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HAS IN FACT CONFUSED THE ISSUE SOMEWHAT. I DON’T THINK HERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DEPRIVING PARENTS OF CHOICES, WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS WHAT YOU SAID SIR, LEADING PEOPLE ON THAT ROAD RATHER THAN DRIVING THEM. NOW THE CRITICISM THAT WE HAVE, MEMBERS, OF PARTICULARLY OF THE EDUCATION PANEL, IS THAT WE CANNOT SEE THE GOVERNOR LEADING PEOPLE ON THAT ROAD. WE IN FACT SEE THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING BLIND CHOICES OF PARENTS WHO INSIST THAT THEIR CHILDREN SHOULD RECEIVE EDUCATION, IN ENGLISH, IN THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH WHEN THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO DO SO AND THE TEACHERS TEACHING THEM ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO DO SO EITHER. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WHERE THE MAJORITY OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR YEARS AS A RESULT OF THAT. WE WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO FOCUS ITS ATTENTION TO LEAD.

NOW WE ARE NOT SATISFIED THAT WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW IS ENOUGH ON THE PART OF GOVERNMENT, IN THE WAY OF LEADING, BECAUSE ALREADY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HAS GIVEN A GRACE PERIOD IN WHICH TO, SO TO SPEAK, SOFT LAND INTO THE MORE VIABLE RATIO OF HAVING SCHOOLS TEACHING IN CHINESE AND IN ENGLISH, PROPERLY CATERING FOR THE CHILDREN’S’ CAPABILITIES. BUT AS YOU KNOW SIR, 1 MEAN YOU MENTIONED THE CONTROVERSY, RECENTLY THAT RESISTANCE HAS COME ON VERY VERY STRONG AND THE SCHOOLS ARE RESISTING BECAUSE THE PARENTS ARE RESISTING. NOW I AGREE WITH YOU THAT PARENTAL EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT BUT THAT IS NOT THE ONLY THING WE CAN RELY ON. WE MUST SEE GOVERNMENT PLAYING A LEAD AND THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT PLAYING A LEAD. CAN I ASK YOU SIR, WHAT YOU SIR, I MEAN PERSONALLY YOU’VE SAID YOU’RE SO, YOU PLACE SO MUCH IMPORTANCE ON THIS ISSUE, WHAT YOU SIR WILL DIRECT TO GOVERNMENT TO PLAY THAT LEAD WHICH IS SADLY NEEDED AND BADLY NEEDED?

GOVERNOR: WELL, WE'RE AT PRESENT, AS THE HONOURABLE LADY KNOWS, AT A STAGE IN WHICH WE’RE ENCOURAGING SCHOOLS TO DETERMINE WHICH IN THEIR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES IS THE APPROPRIATE MEANS OF INSTRUCTION AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM FURTHER HAVING MADE THAT DETERMINATION, AND IF NECESSARY, TO CHANGE THE POLICY OF THE SCHOOL. WE ARE, BEFORE LONG, GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE FROM ENCOURAGEMENT TO FIRM GUIDANCE; AND WHEN THERE IS FIRM GUIDANCE I HAVE TO SAY TO THE HONOURABLE LADY THERE WILL BE A LOT OF RESISTANCE FROM A LOT OF PARENTS AND I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT WHEN THAT RESISTANCE FROM PARENTS COMES, TO A POLICY WHICH I THINK IS RIGHT AND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THINKS IS RIGHT, THAT WE’LL HAVE AS A GOVERNMENT THE SUPPORT OF THE HONOURABLE LADY AND SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES IN SEEING A DIFFICULT POLICY THROUGH BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT ONE SHOULD UNDER-ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT OF RESISTANCE THAT THERE WILL BE FROM SOME PARENTS, IN MY JUDGMENT WRONGLY AND TN THE HONOURABLE MEMBERS JUDGMENT WRONGLY, BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT AND IT WILL NEED A GOOD DEAL OF FIRMNESS FROM TIME TO TIME IN DOING SO.

SO THE HONOURABLE MEMBER CHIDES THE GOVERNMENT FOR NOT BEING SUFFICIENTLY ROBUST IN PRESSING THIS POLICY. I’M SURE THAT 1 WILL NEVER HAVE OCCASION TO HAVE TO CHIDE THE HONOURABLE LADY FOR NOT SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT WHEN IT IS BEING MORE ROBUST.

THE PRESIDENT: IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDING ORDERS I NOW ADJOURN THE SITTING UNTIL WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY, 1994. MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN ME IN THE ANTE-CHAMBER.

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HK’S REPUTATION AS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IMPORTANT * ♦ ♦ * »

HONG KONG MUST VIGOROUSLY PROTECT ITS REPUTATION AS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE DUTCH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, SIR HAMISH SAID HONG KONG’S DEVOTION TO PRESERVING THIS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WAS THE KEY TO THE TERRITORY’S SUCCESS, THE ENVY OF OTHERS AND A GREAT ATTRACTION TO INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS AND BUSINESSMEN.

SIR HAMISH SAID HONG KONG’S COMMITMENT TO A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WAS A COMMITMENT TO FAIR COMPETITION, MOST RELEVANT TO A TENDER SITUATION, WHERE NO DISCRIMINATION SHOULD BE ALLOWED.

"IN TRADE TERMS IT MEANS THAT HONG KONG IS A FREE PORT, RAISING NO TARIFFS ON IMPORTS, NOR RESTRICTING OR DISCOURAGING IMPORTS IN ANY OTHER WAY.

"IN DOMESTIC TERMS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD HAS MEANT NO SUBSIDIES TO INDUSTRY OR SERVICES, NO SPECIAL DEALS OR PRIVILEGES. REGULATION AND PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION ARE ONLY THERE WHEN STRICTLY NECESSARY.

"ALSO IMPORTANT TO THE BUSINESS SECTOR ARE READY RESOURCE TO IMPARTIAL JUSTICE; FREEDOM FROM OFFICIAL CORRUPTION; AND BUSINESS ETHICS, WHICH ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE REGION," HE SAID.

SIR HAMISH SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS DETERMINED TO KEEP THE PLAYING FIELD LEVEL IN HONG KONG BECAUSE IT BELIEVED VERY STRONGLY IT WAS RIGHT IN PRINCIPLE TO DO SO.

AS A RESULT, HE ADDED, THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD HAD KEPT OUR ECONOMY LEAN, FIT AND ADAPTABLE.

"GDP PER CAPITA HAS RISEN STEADILY, UP FROM US$5,875 10 YEARS AGO TO A FORECAST US$20,600 THIS YEAR. REAL WAGES HAVE RISEN, AND WITH THEM STANDARDS OF LIVING."

SIR HAMISH SAID THE MOST RECENTLY UPDATED INDICATORS OF HONG KONG’S SUCCESS WERE FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE GATT IN GENEVA ABOUT A FORTNIGHT AGO WHICH SHOWED THAT WITH TOTAL TRADE VALUED AT $2,119 BILLION IN 1993 HONG KONG HAD BECOME THE WORLD’S EIGHTH LARGEST TRADING ENTITY.

"WE WERE THE WORLD’S SEVENTH LARGEST IMPORTER BY VALUE AND EIGHTH LARGEST EXPORTER.

"EXCLUDE TRADE BETWEEN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THOSE FIGURES BECOME FOURTH AND FIFTH RESPECTIVELY. REMARKABLE FIGURES FOR SUCH A SMALL PLACE AND A POWERFUL DEMONSTRATION OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS," HE SAID.

SIR HAMISH NOTED THAT THE NETHERLANDS WAS FIFTH AMONG OVERSEAS INVESTORS IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY.

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"TWENTY-SIX DUTCH COMPANIES HAVE THEIR REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS HERE AND MANY MORE HAVE REGIONAL OFFICES.

"FINANCIAL SERVICES, SHIPPING, OIL SUPPLY, ELECTRONICS AND TRADING ARE WELL-SERVED BY THE PRESENCE OF LARGE, WELL-KNOWN DUTCH COMPANIES.

"AND THE NEW AIPORT PROJECT IS BENEFITING ENORMOUSLY FROM DUTCH ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE," HE SAID.

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CONDOLENCES TO JOHN SMITH’S FAMILY

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TODAY (THURSDAY):

"I WAS VERY SAD TO LEARN THE NEWS OF THE DEATH OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, JOHN SMITH.

OF THE LEADER

"HE WAS A GOOD AND DECENT MAN, WIDELY RESPECTED REGARDLESS OF PEOPLES’ INDIVIDUAL POLITICAL OPINIONS.

"I SHOULD LIKE TO OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS, AND TO HIS COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS."

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LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS ON VOTER REGISTER COMPILATION

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THE GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS ON THE COMPILATION OF THE VOTER REGISTER.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE SET OUT IN THE El,ECTORAL PROVISIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL 1994 TO BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE BILL, ELECTORS ON THE EXISTING FINAL REGISTER WHO HAVE EITHER CEASED TO ORDINARILY RESIDE IN HONG KONG OR HAVE CHANGED THEIR ADDRESSES WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE REGISTRATION OFFICER WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED IN A NEW REGISTER.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE (REO) WITH A PROPER LEGAL BASIS TO OMIT, WHEN COMPILING A NEW VOTER REGISTER FOR THE YEAR, THE NAME OF ANY PERSON IN THE EXISTING FINAL REGISTER WHOM THE REGISTRATION OFFICER HAS REASON TO BELIEVE IS NO LONGER ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXISTING ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE HAD LONG CONTAINED GENERAL PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOWED REGULATIONS TO BE MADE IN RELATION TO THE COMPILATION, REVISION AND CORRECTION OF THE VOTER REGISTERS.

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THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT, HE ADDED, MERELY SOUGHT TO REMOVE ANY DOUBT BY ADDING A CLEAR SPECIFIC ENABLING PROVISION AUTHORISING THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO OMIT ELECTORS FROM THE VOTER REGISTER UNDER CERTAIN PRESCRIBED CIRCUMSTANCES.

"IF THE REGISTRATION OFFICER HAS NO SUCH AUTHORITY, THE ACCURACY OF THE VOTER REGISTER WOULD BE GREATLY AFFECTED AS THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT HONG KONG AND THOSE WHO HAVE MOVED WOULD ALL REMAIN ON THE VOTER REGISTER AND CONTINUE TO BE QUALIFIED TO VOTE IN THEIR OLD CONSTITUENCIES.

"THIS WILL EVENTUALLY UNDERMINE THE WHOLE BASIS OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS. THERE IS THEREFORE AN URGENT NEED TO AMEND THE PRIMARY LEGISLATION TO ENABLE THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO OMIT SUCH ELECTORS FROM THE VOTER REGISTER,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ANY ELECTOR SO OMITTED FROM THE REGISTER COULD APPLY FOR RE-REGISTRATION PROVIDED HE HAD RESUMED ORDINARY RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG OR WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A NEW RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, AS THE CASE MIGHT BE.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 18.

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37 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS PROMOTED *****

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THE SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTIONS OF 18 OFFICERS TO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C AND 19 OFFICERS TO SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1994.

"STAFF GRADE C RANK IS THE FIRST DIRECTORATE RANK IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE; IT IS THEREFORE A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT STEP IN AN OFFICER’S CAREER," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

OFFICERS AT THIS RANK TYPICALLY OCCUPY POSTS OF PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, DISTRICT OFFICER IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, OR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN DEPARTMENT WHICH ARE VITAL TO THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF THE GOVERNMENT.

"THE SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER RANK IS ALSO A RELATIVELY SENIOR LEVEL IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AND OFFICERS PROMOTED TO IT ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF PERFORMING A WIDE RANGE OF JOBS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE, OFFICERS ARE GENERALLY ASSESSED ON MERIT, WITH EMPHASIS ON THEIR PERFORMANCE, POTENTIAL AND POSTABILITY.

"PROMOTION IS A RECOGNITION THAT THE OFFICERS CONCERNED ARE ABLE AND READY TO PERFORM THE MORE DEMANDING DUTIES IN A HIGHER RANK," HE SAID.

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"AS THE CIVIL SERVICE IS BECOMING MORE OPEN AND ACCOUNTABLE, WE NEED OFFICERS WITH THE ABILITY TO FORMULATE AND EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT POLICIES TO THE PUBLIC, AND TO DEFEND POLICIES CONVINCINGLY," HE ADDED.

"IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 37 OFFICERS BEING PROMOTED THIS TIME WHO HAVE THE ABILITY AND CONVICTION TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD AND BEYOND. THIS IS A GOOD SIGN FOR THE FUTURE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ACC MEMBERS BRIEFED ON LATEST PROGRESS OF ACP * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON THE NEW AIRPORT AND RELATED PROJECTS TODAY (THURSDAY) SAW THE EXTENSIVE PHYSICAL PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME (ACP).

DURING THE FOUR-HOUR BOAT TOUR, MEMBERS WERE GIVEN A BRIEFING ON PROGRESS BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECTS CO-ORDINATION OFFICE, MR JOHN BURRETT.

THEY WERE ALSO BRIEFED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RESPECTIVE PROJECT OFFICES ON THE PROGRESS OF INDIVIDUAL ACP PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE CENTRAL RECLAMATION PHASE I, THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION, THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, THE WEST KOWLOON EXPRESSWAY AND THE ROUTE 3.

THE PARTY THEN WENT ON SHORE AT THE TSING YI WORKS SITE OF THE TSING MA BRIDGE, WHICH IS PART OF THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING.

FROM A VANTAGE POINT ON SITE, MEMBERS SAW THE TWIN BRIDGE TOWERS, WHC1H IS AT THEIR FULL HEIGHT OF 206 METRES. THEY WERE TOLD THAT SINCE THEIR LAST VISIT IN SEPTEMBER, THE BRIDGE HAD BEEN LINKED BY CABLE WIRES.

ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE WORKS ON WHAT IS THE WORLD’S LONGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE CARRYING BOTH ROAD AND RAIL TRAFFIC HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED.

AFTER LEAVING TSING YI, MEMBERS CONTINUED THEIR BOAT TOUR ALONG THE NORTH LANTAU COAST TO VIEW PROGRESS ON THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY AND THE TUNG CHUNG DEVELOPMENT.

THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY IS NOW 40 PER CENT COMPLETED AND AT TUNG CHUNG, RECLAMATION, LAND FORMATION AND INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED IN PHASES.

ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF THE WORKS ON TUNG CHUNG HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED.

ON THE NEW AIRPORT SITE AT CHEK LAP KOK, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE PROVISIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY, DR HENRY TOWNSEND, TOLD MEMBERS THAT OVER 50 PER CENT OF THE AIRPORT SITE HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND MORE THAN 680 HECTARES OF LAND HAD BEEN FORMED.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MARCH RELEASED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) RELEASED DETAILED STATISTICS ON EXTERNAL TRADE WITH BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRY/TERRITORY AND COMMODITY FOR MARCH 1994.

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN MARCH 1994, AT $71.1 BILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 12% OVER MARCH 1993.

AMONGST THIS, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, JAPAN, THE NETHERLANDS, THE UNITED STATES, TAIWAN AND SINGAPORE INCREASED BY 30%, 22%, 16%, 13%, 6.6%, 6.5%, 2.1% AND 1.8% RESPECTIVELY.

NEVERTHELESS, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO FRANCE AND GERMANY DECREASED BY 14% AND 5.6% RESPECTIVELY.

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 QUARTER OF 1994 WAS $197.3 BILLION, 13% HIGHER THAN THAT IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO MOST OF THE MAIN DESTINATIONS: THE UNITED KINGDOM (+25%), JAPAN (+21%), CHINA (+19%), THE NETHERLANDS (+15%), THE UNITED STATES (+15%), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+14%), GERMANY (+8.1%), SINGAPORE (+7.8%) AND FRANCE (+1.2%).

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN DECREASED BY 5.1%.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS OF THE 10 PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS OF ALL PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

MORE NOTABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5.8 BILLION OR 42%); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $2.7 BILLION OR 19%); FOOTWEAR (BY $1.7 BILLION OR 16%); ROAD VEHICLES (BY $1.7 BILLION OR 22%); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES (BY $1.3 BILLION OR 21%) AND CLOTHING (BY $1.2 BILLION OR 6.4%).

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN MARCH 1994, AT $15.9 BILLION, DECREASED BY 8.2% OVER MARCH 1993.

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM (-27%), GERMANY (-21%), CANADA (-20%), THE UNITED STATES (-7.4%), CHINA (-7.0%), THE NETHERLANDS (-4.3%), JAPAN (-3.2%) AND TAIWAN (-2.0%).

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HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE PHILIPPINES AND SINGAPORE INCREASED BY 40% AND 9.1% RESPECTIVELY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE 10 MAIN DESTINATIONS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA (-18%), CHINA (-12%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (-11%), GERMANY (-10%), JAPAN (-8.2%), THE NETHERLANDS (-7.1%), THE UNITED STATES (-5.0%) AND TAIWAN (-3.7%).

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE PHILIPPINES AND SINGAPORE INCREASED BY 17% AND 2.6% RESPECTIVELY.

TAKING ALL DESTINATIONS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994, AT $44.7 BILLION, DECREASED BY 8.1% OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993. THIS REFLECTED PARTLY THE CONTINUED STRUCTURAL SHIFT TO RE-EXPORTS AND PARTLY THE WEAK DEMAND IN THE OVERSEAS MARKETS.

TABLE 4 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE 10 PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES (BY $876 MILLION OR 19%); CLOTHING (BY $721 MILLION OR 5.3%); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $667 MILLION OR 21%); TEXTILES (BY $569 MILLION OR 15%); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $463 MILLION OR 12%); AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES CONSISTING MAINLY OF JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES (BY $114 MILLION OR 2.6%).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, AN INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $62 MILLION OR 1.2%).

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN MARCH 1994, AT $96.2 BILLION, INCREASED BY 11% OVER THAT IN MARCH 1993.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE 10 MAIN SUPPLIERS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING MARCH 1994 WITH MARCH 1993, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM ALL OF THE MAIN SUPPLIERS INCREASED: ITALY (+27%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+13%), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+13%), GERMANY (+12%), TAIWAN (+10%), MALAYSIA (+8.9%), CHINA (+8.7%), THE UNITED STATES (+8.2%), SINGAPORE (+6.0%) AND JAPAN (+5.7%).

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM ALL OF THE MAIN SUPPLIERS INCREASED: MALAYSIA (+25%), ITALY (+24%), CHINA (+13%), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+13%), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+11%), SINGAPORE (+10%), GERMANY (+6.4%), TAIWAN (+6.2%), THE UNITED STATES (+4.7%) AND JAPAN (+1.0%).

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THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WAS $255.9 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF 9.8% OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993.

TABLE 6 SHOWS THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS OF THE 10 PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1994 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1993, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS OF MOST PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

MORE NOTABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $6.3 BILLION OR 35%); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $3.6 BILLION OR 15%); NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $2.0 BILLION OR 28%); TEXTILES (BY $1.7 BILLION OR 7.6%); FOOTWEAR (BY $1.6 BILLION OR 18%); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $1.4 BILLION OR 13%); AND CLOTHING (BY $1.1 BILLION OR 6.1%).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, A DECREASE IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY $2.2 BILLION OR 17%).

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 MARCH 1994 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY JUNE 1994.

DETAILED TRADE STATISTICS ANALYSED BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY/ TERRITORY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

THE MARCH 1994 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE" WITH DETAILED ANALYSES ON THE PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN MARCH 1994 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $86 PER COPY ON MAY 27.

THE REPORT CAN BE PURCHASED EITHER AT (I) THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, OR (II) 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 (TEL NO. 842 R802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS.DEPARTMENT (TEL NO. 582 4915) .

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!• i TABLE 1 : RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAIN DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (% CHANGE)

CHINA 28,385 + 29.9 69,418 + 19.2

UNITED STATES 12,927 + 6.5 39,045 + 14.8

JAPAN 3,802 + 13.1 11,153 + 21.2

GERMANY 2,900 - 5.6 9,650 + 8.1

UNITED KINGDOM 1,834 + 15.9 5,807 + 25.4

TAIWAN 1,896 + 2.1 5,030 - 5.1

SINGAPORE 1,550 + 1.8 4,301 + 7.8

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,534 + 21.9 3,811 + 13.9

NETHERLANDS 997 + 6.6 3,062 + 15.4

FRANCE 909 - 13.6 2,967 + 1.2 k

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TABLE 2 : RE-EXPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (X CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (% CHANGE)

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 7,256 - 1.0 21,176 + 4.8

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 5,485 - 14.4 20,148 + 6.4

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 6,970 + 32.6 19,502 + 42.3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 6,419 + 20.3 16,917 + 18.7

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6,267 + 5.7 15,771 + 5.9

FOOTWEAR 3,706 + 11.6 12,209 + 16.5

ROAD VEHICLES 4,272 + 44.9 9,545 + 21.9

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3,016 + 8.6 8,525 + 15.3 '

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 2,768 + 23.8 7,677 + 20.7

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS 2,064 - 2.5 6,398 + 12.9

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TABLE 3 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAIN DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (% CHANGE)

CHINA 5,014 - 7.0 12,388 - 11.5

UNITED STATES 3,671 - 7.4 11,021 - 5.0

SINGAPORE 1,062 + 9.1 2,756 + 2.6

GERMANY 760 - 20.7 2,636 - 10.4

JAPAN 900 - 3.2 2,265 - 8.2

UNITED KINGDOM 629 - 27.5 2,091 - 10.9

TAIWAN 500 - 2.0 1,381 - 3.7

NETHERLANDS 335 - 4.3 ' 1,015 - 7.1

CANADA 239 - 20.0 852 - 17.9

PHILIPPINES 259 + 40.2 663 + 17.4 k

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TABLE 4 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (% CHANGE)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3,620 - 13.4 12,862 - 5.3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,101 + 10.6 5,251 + 1.2

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES) 1,658 - 4.6 4,235 - 2.6

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 1,425 - 15.9 3,720 - 19.1

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,160 - 11.5 3,256 - 12.4

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,176 - 18.5 3,161 - 15.3V

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,035 - 15.4 2,483 - 21.2

MANUFACTURES OF METALS 379 - 5.5 1,022 - 5.7

PLASTICS IN PRIMARY FORMS 339 + 6.9 813 + 0.8

MACHINERY SPECIALIZED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES 302 + 3.5 762 - 2.1

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TABLE 5 : IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAIN SUPPLIERS

SUPPLIER MAR 1994 (HKD Mn*) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (X CHANGE)

CHINA 33,725 + 8.7 93,432 + 12.8

JAPAN 16,663 + 5.7 41,280 + 1.0

TAIWAN 8,642 + 10.1 22,013 + 6.2

UNITED STATES 6,734 + 8.2 18,418 + 4.7

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 4,651 + 12.7 11,988 + 11.1

SINGAPORE 4,041 + 6.0 11,192 + 10.1

GERMANY 2,456 + 12.2 , 6,233 + 6.4

UNITED KINGDOM 2,008 + 13.4 5,480 + 12.6

ITALY 1,762 + 27.5 4,513 + 24.4

MALAYSIA 1,440 + 8.9 4,252 + 25.0 ,

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TABLE 6 : IMPORTS OF THE TEN PRINCIPAL COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) MAR 94 OVER MAR 93 (% CHANGE) JAN-MAR 1994 (HKD Mn.) JAN-MAR 94 OVER JAN-MAR 93 (% CHANGE)

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 10,748 + 21.4 27,977 + 14.8

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 9,132 + 29.7 24,474 + 34.6

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 9,502 + 6.1 23,453 + 7.6

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 6,487 5.2 19,734 + 6.1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 6,232 + 9.0 16,763 + 7.1

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4,527 + 17.4 11,746 + I 13.0

FOOTWEAR 3,616 + 20.2 10,768 + 17.9

ROAD VEHICLES 4,201 - 22.0 10,696 - 17.1

NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES 3,743 + 31.5 9,337 + 27.6

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING MACHINES 3,453 + 8.6 9,133 + 9.3

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STRATEGY FOR ARTS DEVELOPMENT BEING FORMULATED

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THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED HONG KONG ARTS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (HKADC) IS GETTING ON WITH THE WORK OF FORMULATING A STRATEGY FOR PLANNING AND PROMOTING THE BROAD DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARTS.

THE COUNCIL HAS ALREADY HELD ONE MEETING SINCE ITS INAUGURATION IN LATE APRIL AND ITS COMMITTEES ARE NOW TACKLING THE DETAILED ISSUES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HKADC SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE COUNCIL HAD BEEN SET UP ON THE BASIS OF THE SOLID FOUNDATIONS THAT HAD BEEN LAID DOWN BY THE WORKING GROUP OF THE HKADC IN ITS PROGRESS REPORT.

THE WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN CHARGED WITH DRAWING UP RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE MEMBERSHIP, TERMS OF REFERENCE, OBJECTIVES AND SO ON THAT THE HKADC NEEDS TO ENABLE IT TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IN THE COURSE OF ITS WORK, THE WORKING GROUP HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

UPON THE COMPLETION OF ITS WORK, THE WORKING GROUP HAD PREPARED A PROGRESS REPORT SETTING OUT DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS AND OTHER MATERIALS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT AND WORK OF THE HKADC.

THIS PROGRESS REPORT HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP.

THE GOVERNOR HAD REPLIED THANKING THE WORKING GROUP FOR ALL OF ITS HARD WORK AND ALSO STATING CLEARLY THAT THE HKADC SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED LAST MONTH ALONG THE LINES SET OUT IN THE PROGRESS REPORT, INITIALLY AS A NON-STATUTORY BODY AND, WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, AS A STATUTORY BODY.

THE PROGRESS REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. THOSE INTERESTED IN OBTAINING COPIES CAN WRITE TO THE HKADC SECRETARIAT AT 40TH FLOOR, REVENUE TOWER, 5 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG OR TELEPHONE 594 5699.

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BEACH WATER GRADES

* * * ♦ »

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED GRADES OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

THE PURPOSE IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIOLOGICAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE GRADING WOULD BE ANNOUNCED BI-WEEKLY DURING THE BATHING SEASON TO COINCIDE WITH THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH BEACH WATER IS USUALLY SAMPLED.

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THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE MOST RECENT E COLI DATA OBTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ITS ROUTINE MONITORING PROGRAMME.

AS WITH LAST YEAR, THE GRADING ALSO INCLUDES AN ESTIMATE OF THE RISK OF SUFFERING SOME MINOR SKIN OR GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS AS A RESULT OF SWIMMING AT A BEACH THAT HAS SOME DEGREE OF POLLUTION.

THE ESTIMATE IS BASED ON A VERY LARGE BODY OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION GATHERED IN HONG KONG IN RECENT BATHING SEASONS.

THE GRADING OF SOME BEACHES MAY VARY DURING SUMMER. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIOLOGICAL QUALITY OF BATHING WATER IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE BEACHES.

HOWEVER, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE WATER QUALITY AT BATHING BEACHES AT THE TIME OF REPORTING AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

’’BEACHES WITH HIGHLY DEVELOPED HINTERLANDS ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE POLLUTED THAN THE GRADES SUGGEST DURING AND AFTER HEAVY RAIN.

’’BATHERS SHOULD AVOID SUCH BEACHES FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER A STORM, LONGER IF THE WEATHER REMAINS OVERCAST OR SHORTER IF THERE IS STRONG SUNSHINE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS:

* GRADE ”1” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE E COLI COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 24 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED RISK OF MINOR ILLNESS TO SWIMMERS IS UNDETECTABLE.

GRADE "2" INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS FAIR. THE E COLI COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 180 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS NO MORE THAN 10 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

* GRADE ”3” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS POOR. THE E COLI COUNT IS NO MORE THAN 610 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS NO MORE THAN 15 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

GRADE ”4” INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS VERY POOR. THE E COLI COUNT IS MORE THAN 610 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS MORE THAN 15 CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

THE DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

NORMALLY, THE CLOSURE OF A BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCILS IF A GRADE ”4” OCCURRED REPEATEDLY, SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

AT PRESENT, FOUR GAZETTED BEACHES, ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK, OLD CAFETERIA, AND ROCKY BAY, ARE CLOSED TO SWIMMERS.

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THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE BEACHES HAS BEEN MADE BY THE REGIONAL AND URBAN COUNCILS ON THE BASIS OF RECENT BEACH WATER QUALITY MONITORING DATA.

THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED NOT TO SWIM AT THE BEACHES. THEY ARE INDENTIFIED BY AN "X” IN THE FOLLOWING LIST.

THE GRADES OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG TODAY ARE:

PREVIOUS PRESENT

BEACH GRADING GRADING

(AS AT 28.4.94) (AS AT 12.5.94)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY 2

CHUNG HOM KOK 2

DEEP WATER BAY 1

HAIRPIN 2

MIDDLE BAY 1

REPULSE BAY 1

SHEK O 2

SOUTH BAY 1

ST. STEPHEN’S 1

TURTLE COVE 1

STANLEY MAIN 2

ROCKY BAY X

TO TEI WAN* 1

2 2

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

1

2 X

1

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X

NEW CAFETERIA 3

CASTLE PEAK X

KADOORIE 3

BUTTERFLY 2

X 3 X

3 2

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS 1

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH 1

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH 1

HAP MUN BAY 1

KIU TSUI 1

PAK SHA CHAU 1

SILVERSTRAND 2

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) 1

1 1

1

1

1

1

2

1

/ISLANDS DISTRICT

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ISLANDS DISTRICT

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

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2 2

1 1

1

1

1

2

1

1

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ APPROACH CASAM GEMINI HOI MEI WAN LIDO TING KAU

TUNG WAN, MA WAN

X 3

2

X 4

3 3

3 3

3 2

NOTE: ”X” »

THE BEACH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SWIMMING. NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

MIDDLE BAY FROM ” 1" TO "2”; CASAM, HOI MEI WAN AND LIDO FROM ”2” TO ”3”; AND APPROACH FROM ”3” TO ”4”.

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

THE GENERAL DETERIORATION OF BEACH WATER QUALITY IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT IS PROBABLY DUE TO THE RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH WOULD HAVE CAUSED THE POLLUTANTS IN THE BEACH HINTERLAND TO BE FLUSHED INTO THE SEA WATER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT DR MALCOLM BROOM, PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, ON 835 1234.

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17 LIFE-SAVERS COMMENDED

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, HAS HIGHLY COMMENDED 17 BRAVE RESIDENTS FOR SAVING LIVES AT SEA OR IN SWIMMING POOLS LAST YEAR.

DR LEE MADE THE REMARKS AT THE ANNUAL PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AT REPULSE BAY THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING.

AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION AND THANKS, DR LEE PRESENTED RESCUE STARS, CERTIFICATES AND LUCKY TIN HAU COINS TO THE THREE FISHERMEN, SIX REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF MEMBERS AND EIGHT OCEAN PARK EMPLOYEES.

TWO OF THE FISHERMEN, MR LAI PAK-SING AND MR CHUNG AH-PAK, WERE JOINTLY AWARDED A TIN HAU TROPHY.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, DR LEE SAID THE CIVIC-MINDED CITIZENS, WHO HAD SAVED 15 LIVES LAST YEAR, DESERVED PRAISE AND SET GOOD EXAMPLES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

HE THANKED THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB FOR ITS COMMUNITY SERVICE IN THE PAST 38 YEARS.

’’LAST YEAR ALONE, THE CLUB HELPED BRING TO SAFETY 778 DROWNING CITIZENS THROUGH ITS 4,728 MAN-TIMES OF VOLUNTARY SERVICES AT BEACHES, SWIMMING POOLS AND OTHER COMMUNITY WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES,” HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB, MR LAU HON-WAH AND MR CHAN CHI-YAT.

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HKIED SEEKS LOGO

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THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (HKIED) IS INVITING ENTRIES TO A COMPETITION ON THE DESIGN OF A LOGO TO BE ADOPTED BY THE INSTITUTE.

THE HKIED IS BEING ESTABLISHED BY SUBSUMING THE EXISTING FOUR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION WITH THE RECENT APPOINTMENT OF ITS GOVERNING COUNCIL.

THE INSTITUTE WILL BEGIN OFFERING COURSES IN SEPTEMBER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INSTITUTE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE LOGO SHOULD DEPICT THE HKIED AS A TERTIARY INSTITUTE FOR THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND AS A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN TEACHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

"THE LOGO SHOULD BE DISTINCTIVE, ARTISTIC AND EASY TO REMEMBER AND RECOGNISE, PREFERABLY SHOWING THE CONCEPT OF AMALGAMATING THE EXISTING FIVE COLLEGES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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"A CASH PRIZE OF $1,000 EACH WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST 10 ENTRIES WHILE THE CHAMPION ENTRY ADOPTED BY THE HKIED AS ITS LOGO WILL BE GIVEN $5,000 IN ADDITION," HE SAID.

THE SIZE OF THE LOGO SHOULD NOT BE SMALLER THAN 15 CM BY 15 CM AND MUST BE SUBMITTED ON A4 PAPER.

THERE ARE NO COLOUR RESTRICTIONS AND THE DESIGN MUST BE IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL FORM.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL AND ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED NOT LATER THAN JUNE 18 (SATURDAY).

ENTRY FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1156, 11TH FLOOR, WU CHUNG HOUSE, 213 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI DURING OFFICE HOURS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL 892 6661.

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STUDENTS TAKE PART IN VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

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ABOUT 210 STUDENTS FROM SEVEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN WAN CHAI TOOK PART IN A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN THE DISTRICT THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY WERE DEPLOYED TO 42 STRATEGIC LOCATIONS IN THE AREA TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST PASSERS-BY TO BECOME VOTERS.

BEFORE SETTING OFF, A CEREMONY TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT VOTER REGISTATION PUBLICITY DAY WAS HELD IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER MR PETER MANN CALLED UPON THOSE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE SEPTEMBER DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

THE EVENT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE CIVIC EDUCATION WORKING GROUP OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD.

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SAFETY AND HEALTH IN WORK PLACES URGED *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED 20 FACTORY

AND CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERATORS FOR FAILING TO TAKE REASONABLY PRACTICABLE MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE GENERAL DUTIES PROVISIONS OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1990.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY A SUPERINTENDENT OF FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR PANG KWOK-LAM, AT A SYMPOSIUM ON SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT HELD AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE IN WAN CHAI THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR PANG SAID MANAGEMENT IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES MIGHT FIND IT COMPLICATED TO FOLLOW THE FIVE PARTICULAR AREAS OF DUTIES AS STIPULATED IN THE PROVISIONS, BUT WHAT IT ACTUALLY REQUIRED WAS A COMPLETE SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

"ALL MANAGERS HAVE TO DO IS TO APPLY THEIR MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES INTO THE FIELD OF SAFETY AND HEALTH, AND THINGS WILL AUTOMATICALLY FALL INTO THEIR PLACES.

"TO INCREASE MANAGEMENT EFFICIENCY, IT IS ADVISABLE TO ADOPT A UNIFORM APPROACH BY INTEGRATING PRODUCTION, QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT INTO ONE SINGLE SYSTEM," HE ADDED.

MR PANG NOTED THAT UNDER THE GENERAL DUTIES PROVISIONS, EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE ALL WORK PLACES WERE SAFE AND HEALTHY.

TODAY’S SYMPOSIUM WAS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION AND CO-ORGANISED BY SHELL COMPANIES IN CHINA AND HONG KONG.

THE EVENT, WHICH ATTRACTED SOME 230 PARTICIPANTS, WAS SPONSORED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS.

THE CHEMICALS HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT MANAGER OF SHELL COMPANIES IN CHINA AND HONG KONG, MR DICKSON NGAI, ALSO GAVE A SPEECH ABOUT RESPONSIBLE CARE INITIATIVE.

ANOTHER SPEAKER AT THE SYMPOSIUM WAS MR LUI TIT-LOK FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WHO PROVIDED ADVICE ON DISPOSAL OF CHEMICAL WASTE.

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PUBLIC WORKS ON DISPLAY

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO SEE HOW HONG KONG HAS TRANSFORMED FROM A SMALL FISHING VILLAGE 150 YEARS AGO INTO AN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCIAL CENTRE IN A ROVING EXHIBITION TO MARK 150 YEARS OF PUBLIC WORKS IN HONG KONG.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT POPULAR LOCATIONS INCLUDING SHOPPING CENTRES AND AN MTR STATION OVER SEVEN WEEKENDS BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST, IS ORGANISED BY THE WORKS BRANCH AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS.

THE FIRST EXHIBITION WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (MAY 14 AND MAY 15) AT THE PEDESTRIAN DECK OF THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE.

VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE SHORT FILMS ON A FULL-SIZE VIDEO WALL ON HOW PUBLIC MONEY IS SPENT ON BUILDING MORE HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, PARKS, ROADS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SEE IMPRESSIVE MODELS OF SOME OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDING TSING MA BRIDGE, DEVELOPMENTS AT THE CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI RECLAMATION, THE AWARD-WINNING KOWLOON WALLED CITY PARK, AND THE STRATEGIC SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME IN MINIATURE WHICH WILL BE DISPLAYED WHERE THE VENUE PERMITS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL ALSO FEATURE DISPLAY PANELS CONTAINING CHARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS WITH SHORT DESCRIPTIONS TO EXPLAIN THE MAIN ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE WORKS BRANCH, THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECTS CO-ORDINATING OFFICE, AND SEVEN WORKS DEPARTMENTS, NAMELY ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT, TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DISPLAY IS A SET OF FIVE PANORAMIC-VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH SHOW THE CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE SKYLINE OF KOWLOON PENINSULA AND HONG KONG ISLAND OVER THE PAST 150 YEARS.

THESE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN VIRTUALLY FROM THE SAME ANGLE AT BEACON HILL WITH THE EARLIEST PICTURE DATED 1862 AND THE LAST ONE JUST LAST MONTH.

A POCKET-SIZE ADDRESS-TELEPHONE NOTEBOOK WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM. APART FROM LOK FU, IT WILL ALSO BE MOUNTED AT THE FOLLOWING DATES AND VENUES:

VENUE DATE

» CITYPLAZA, TAIKOO SHING WEST BRIDGE MAY 28 - 29

» MTR CENTRAL STATION JUNE 11-14

* HARBOUR CITY OCEAN GALLERIES EXHIBITION CORNER JUNE 25 - 26

» WHAMPOA GARDEN HONG KONG STREET PLACE JULY 9-10

» TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA 1/F CORRIDOR A JULY 23 - 24

* FANLING CENTRE SHOPPING ARCADE AUGUST 6-7

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES, MR SIU CHUEN, AND DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, TOGETHER WITH WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN KAM-MAN, AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALDAN KWOK, WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC WORKS EXHIBITION AT LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE II PEDESTRIAN DECK AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PO LEUNG KUK TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR IAN STRACHAN, AND EXCHANGED WITH HIM VIEWS ON WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE COMING YEAR.

THE NEW CHAIRMAN, MR WONG MAN-KON, OUTLINED THE KUK’S CHILD CARE, REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY SERVICES AS WELL AS PLANNED PROJECTS TO MR STRACHAN.

HE ALSO THANKED THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR OFFERING INVALUABLE ADVICE AND SUPPORT TO THE KUK.

DURING THE VISIT, MR STRACHAN ASSURED THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM IN PROVIDING WELFARE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE THE PROCEEDINGS FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY. THEY MAY RESERVE SEATS BY CALLING 869 9399.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

ADVANCE COPIES OF THE PAPERS FOR THE MEETING WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER 2.30 PM TODAY (THURSDAY) IN THE PRESS ROOM OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PAPERS ARE NOT FOR USE UNTIL THE MEETING IS OVER.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS * » » ♦ »

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,740 0930 + 850

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,346 1000 + 750

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 + 735

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 936 1200 + 935

LAF TODAY -1,330 1500 + 936

1600 + 936

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 125.0 *-0.1* 12.5.94

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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 3.31 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.35 6.08

1 MONTH 3.72 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 96.96 6.34

3 MONTHS 4.36 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.31 6.86

6 MONTHS 4.94 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.42 7.01

12 MONTHS 5.47 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 97.64 7.17

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 39,745 MN

CLOSED 12 MAY 1994

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BEC SEEKS VIEWS ON ELECTION GUIDELINES..................... 1

HIGHER EXPENSE LIMIT FOR DB ELECTION CANDIDATES............ 2

SUCCESS OF HK DEPENDS ON FINE CIVIL SERVANTS............... 3

TWO ANTI-DRUG ORDINANCES TO BE AMENDED..................... 4

AUTHORITY DISCUSSES TV SERIES COMPLAINTS................... 5

AMENDMENTS TO THREE SETS OF MARITIME REGULATIONS........... 6

GREATER FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE RECOMMENDED................... 7

FEES AND CHARGES REVISED TO RECOVER COST................... 8

FINDINGS OF TV BROADCASTING SURVEY 1993/94 RELEASED....... 11

TRADE DEPARTMENT TO REVISE FEES AND CHARGES............... 13

RESPONSIBLE LINE ON PUBLIC SPENDING URGED................. 17

ELECTRICAL CONTRACT FOR NORTH LANTAU WATER SUPPLY AWARDED................................................... 18

COMAC ORDINANCE NOW COVERS REO..........................   19

MAIL SERVICES TO RWANDA SUSPENDED......................... 20

ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AND CHARGES REVISED.................... 20

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AMENDMENTS TO STRATEGIC COMMODITIES CONTROL LIST GAZETTED................................................... 23

DAM PLANNED FOR KAU SAI CHAU............................... 24

TWO RURAL OUTLINE ZONING PLANS GAZETTED.................... 24

60 VMS INTERCEPTED......................................... 26

APRIL AIR QUALITY REPORT................................... 27

SCHOOLS INVITED TO JOIN SMI SCHEME......................... 28

NEW PIER AT KAU SAI CHAU................................... 30

WU KAU TANG DEVELOPMENT PLAN PUBLISHED..................... 30

LORRY LOADING AREA PROPOSED FOR TUEN MUN................... 32

CLOSURE OF MONG KOK ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT.............. 32

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ....

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BEC SEEKS VIEWS ON ELECTION GUIDELINES

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THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION (BEC) TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED ITS PROPOSED GUIDELINES ON ELECTION-RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

THE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN, MR JUSTICE WOO KWOK-HING, SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THE GUIDELINES WERE AIMED AT ENSURING THAT ELECTIONS WOULD BE CONDUCTED OPENLY, FAIRLY AND HONESTLY.

THE ONE-MONTH PUBLIC CONSULTATION WILL START NEXT MONDAY (MAY 16).

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED GUIDELINES TO THE COMMISSION BEFORE JUNE 16.

THE COMMISSION WILL ALSO MEET, BY APPOINTMENT, INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS TO LISTEN TO THEIR VIEWS DURING THE WEEK FROM MAY 30 TO JUNE 5.

THE 16-CHAPTER PROPOSED GUIDELINES EXPLAIN IN DETAIL THE ELECTORAL PROCEDURE, THE REGULATIONS WHICH CANDIDATES AND THEIR AGENTS SHOULD OBSERVE AND THE AREAS TO WHICH THEY SHOULD PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION.

MR JUSTICE WOO SAID, IN DRAWING UP ITS DRAFT GUIDELINES, THE COMMISSION HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE PUBLIC VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THE PAST REGARDING THE ELECTORAL PROCEDURES.

THE MAIN FEATURES COVERED BY THE GUIDELINES INCLUDE:

♦ SIMPLIFIED PAYMENT OF ELECTION DEPOSIT - A CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO PAY HIS ELECTION DEPOSIT, IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE, AT THE SAME TIME WHEN HE SUBMITS HIS NOMINATION FORM TO THE RETURNING OFFICER. PREVIOUSLY, A CANDIDATE HAD TO PAY THEIR DEPOSIT AT THE TREASURY, AND THEN PRESENTED THE RECEIPT TOGETHER WITH THE NOMINATION FORM TO THE RETURNING OFFICER.

» TIGHTENED CONTROL OF THE DISPLAY AND DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTION ADVERTISEMENTS - CANDIDATES WILL HAVE TO SERIAL NUMBER ALL THEIR ELECTION ADVERTISEMENTS AND SUBMIT DECLARATIONS ON SUCH ADVERTISEMENTS TO THE RETURNING OFFICER BEFORE DISPLAY OR DISTRIBUTION, STATING THE QUANTITIES, LOCATIONS OF DISPLAY AND SO ON. THEY HAVE TO FILE TWO COPIES OR TWO PHOTOS OF EACH TYPE OF ADVERTISEMENTS FOR RECORD. ANY ELECTION ADVERTISEMENTS DISPLAYED NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS WILL BE REMOVED AND SEIZED BY THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES. THE CANDIDATE OR ELECTION AGENT SO RESPONSIBLE MAY ALSO BE LIABLE TO A FINE OR IMPRISONMENT.

» AN APPEAL TO OWNERS AND TENANTS OF PRIVATE PREMISES TO ACCORD ALL CANDIDATES WITH EQUAL AND FAIR ACCESS INTO THEIR BUILDINGS FOR ELECTIONEERING ACTIVITIES.

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* A "RESTRICTED CANVASSING AREA SCHEME" WILL BE INTRODUCED TO REGULATE CANVASSING ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE POLLING STATIONS ON POLLING DAY. THIS IS TO MAINTAIN FREE AND SAFE PASSAGE FOR ELECTORS AND TO ALLOW CANDIDATES A FAIR CHANCE OF PROMOTING THEMSELVES.

* DETAILED EXPLANATION ON ELECTION EXPENSES, DONATIONS AND THE PROVISIONS UNDER THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE.

* A DEDICATED COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE SET UP BY THE COMMISSION TO DEAL WITH ALL COMPLAINTS PROPERLY AND PROMPTLY. THE COMMITTEE COMPRISES THE THREE COMMISSION MEMBERS AND DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, JUDGE WESLEY WONG.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMISSION RECEIVES VIEWS FROM ALL QUARTERS, SO THAT IT CAN MAKE A BALANCED DECISION ON ITS FINAL GUIDELINES," MR JUSTICE WOO SAID.

HIGHER EXPENSE LIMIT FOR DB ELECTION CANDIDATES

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF ELECTION EXPENSES FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR FROM $30,000 TO $60,000, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE MAXIMUM SCALE OF ELECTION EXPENSES (DISTRICT BOARDS) ORDER 1994 UNDER THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE WILL BE GAZETTED NEXT WEEK TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE CHANGE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW CEILING WOULD ENABLE CANDIDATES TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE ELECTION CAMPAIGN ON THE ONE HAND, AND ENSURE THAT THE MORE WELL-OFF CANDIDATES WOULD NOT ENJOY AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE ON THE OTHER.

THE CURRENT EXPENSE LIMIT OF $30,000 FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WAS SET IN 1990 AND WAS BASED ON VARIOUS BASIC EXPENDITURE ITEMS THAT WERE COMMONLY EMPLOYED BY CANDIDATES IN THEIR CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES.

THESE INCLUDED EMPLOYMENT OF ELECTION AGENTS, MEALS AND DRINKS FOR HELPERS, PRINTING OF PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION OF BANNERS, PLACARDS AND POSTERS.

"SINCE THEN, THE COSTS FOR THESE ITEMS HAVE GONE UP SUBSTANTIALLY AND AS ELECTIONS BECOME MORE KEENLY CONTESTED, THE EXPENDITURE ITEMS USED BY CANDIDATES IN FUTURE ELECTIONS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN BOTH VARIETY AND QUANTITY.

"THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE CONSIDERS THAT INCREASINGLY POPULAR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES AND ITEMS SUCH AS PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLICITY BOARDS, T-SHIRTS AND ARMBANDS FOR ELECTION HELPERS, AGENT ID CARDS, AS WELL AS MAILING AND TRAVELLING EXPENSES SHOULD ALSO BE FACTORED IN THE CALCULATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION EXPENSE LIMIT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ON THESE CONTESTING

SAID THE CALCULATION OF THE NEW LIMIT OF $60,000 WAS BASED EXPENDITURE ITEMS AND ASSUMING THAT A CANDIDATE WAS IN A DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCY WITH THE LARGEST

POPULATION.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE PRESENT MAXIMUM SCALE OF ELECTION EXPENSES AT $30,000 REMAINED APPLICABLE TO ANY BY-ELECTIONS THAT MIGHT BE HELD IN THE MEANTIME IN RESPECT OF THE EXISTING DISTRICT BOARDS.

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SUCCESS OF HK DEPENDS ON FINE CIVIL SERVANTS

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THE SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG HAS DEPENDED ON A CIVIL SERVICE WHICH HAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF INTEGRITY, THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

”1 KNOW THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE PRC HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME HIGH REGARD FOR THE QUALITY OF HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE,” HE SAID.

”SO I HOPE VERY MUCH THAT ALL OUR FINE CIVIL SERVANTS IN HONG KONG WILL SET THEIR MINDS AT REST ABOUT THE TRANSITION,” HE ADDED.

MR PATTEN SAID WHATEVER THE OCCASIONAL PROBLEMS, HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE WOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY THE CENTRAL ROLE IN THE PROSPERITY AND DECENCY OF LIFE IN HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE.

SPEAKING AT THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE CIVIL SERVANTS’ ASSOCIATION, MR PATTEN SAID THE CIVIL SERVANTS’ FAITHFUL COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG’S INTERESTS WAS ONE OF THE BEST POSSIBLE SAFEGUARDS OF THE WAY OF LIFE.

’’THAT COMMITMENT HAS BEEN SHOWN BOTH IN HIGH PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND BY A STRONG SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN STAFF AND MANAGEMENT,” HE ADDED.

”WE ARE ALL INVOLVED IN THE TASK OF MAKING THE CIVIL SERVICE MORE EFFECTIVE, BETTER ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS BEING PLACED ON IT.

”A KEY GOAL FOR ALL OF US IS GREATER USER-FRIENDLINESS BOTH TOWARDS COLLEAGUES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AND IN THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE TO THE COMMUNITY," MR PATTEN SAID.

THE GOVERNOR PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR HELPING TO FOSTER MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND A SENSE OF MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITY BETWEEN STAFF AND MANAGEMENT.

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TWO ANTI-DRUG ORDINANCES TO BE AMENDED *****

TWO ANTI-DRUG ORDINANCES WILL BE AMENDED TO BE BROUGHT INTO LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND TO MEET OPERATIONAL NEEDS.

BILLS TO AMEND THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE AND THfe ACETYLATING SUBSTANCES (CONTROL) ORDINANCE ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR ALASDAIR SINCLAIR, EXPLAINED THAT IN ORDER TO BE IN LINE WITH THE 1988 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPORTS OF DANGEROUS DRUGS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES.

THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1994 WOULD BRING IN NEW PROVISIONS TO SUPPRESS ILLICIT DRUG TRAFFIC BY SEA, HE ADDED.

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THE ACETYLATING SUBSTANCES (CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 PROPOSES TO EXTEND THE EXISTING SCOPE OF CONTROL OVER CHEMICALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF DANGEROUS DRUGS TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL *21 CHEMICALS SPECIFIED IN THE UN CONVENTION.

’’THE CHEMICALS WILL BE ARRANGED INTO THREE GROUPS TO WHICH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CONTROL WILL APPLY.

’’TWELVE TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS, AND THE FOUR INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC COMMITTEES OF THE INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HAVE BEEN CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED CONTROL MEASURES, AND SO FAR NO OBJECTION HAS BEEN EXPRESSED,” REVEALED MR SINCLAIR.

THIS AMENDMENT BILL ALSO INTRODUCES A NEW SECTION TO PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORT, OR DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIFIED CHEMICALS, KNOWING OR HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT /-THEY ARE TO BE USED IN OR FOR THE ILLICIT PRODUCTION OF DANGEROUS DRUGS.

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THE BILLS PROVIDE FOR THE REPEAL, IN BOTH ORDINANCES, “ OF PROVISIONS THAT A PERSON IN POSSESSION OF THE KEYS TO ANY MOTOR VEHICLE CONTAINING A DANGEROUS DRUG IS PRESUMED TO HAVE HAD POSSESSION OF THE DRUG.

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’’THIS PRESUMPTION HAS BEEN HELD BY THE HIGH COURT TO BE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS,” MR SINCLAIR SAID.

IN ADD 1'1'JON, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 MAKES A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL CHANGES TO ASSIST THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES.

’’THESE INCLUDE EMPOWERING HIM TO CULTIVATE CANNABIS AND SYNTHESISE DANGEROUS DRUGS AND LISTING CANNABIS RESIN SEPARATELY FROM CANNABIS,” THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

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THE BILL WILL ALSO LOWER THE CONCENTRATION OF CODEINE IN COUGH PREPARATIONS TO WHICH THE ORDINANCE APPLIES, ENABLING THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH TO MONITOR THE IMPORTATION OF CODEINE SYRUP FOR THE PURPOSE OF MANUFACTURING COUGH MEDICINES.

’’FOLLOWING A RECENT HIGH COURT RULING ON THE POWER OF ENTRY AND SEARCH WITHOUT A WARRANT, THE BILL LIMITS THIS POWER TO SITUATIONS WHERE IT IS NOT REASONABLY PRACTICABLE TO OBTAIN ONE,” MR SINCLAIR CONCLUDED.

THE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THEIR FIRST READING AND COMMENCEMENT OF THE SECOND READING DEBATE ON MAY 18.

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AUTHORITY DISCUSSES TV SERIES COMPLAINTS ♦ ♦ t t *

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MET YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND DISCUSSED THE RECENT DECISIONS BY ATV AND TVB TO SHOW EPISODES OF THE ”PAO THE JUDGE” SERIES CONCURRENTLY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID MEMBERS EXPRESSED GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE ACTIONS OF BOTH BROADCASTERS WHO, BY COMPETING IN THIS WAY, WERE NOT ACTING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE VIEWING PUBLIC.

HE SAID MEMBERS WERE VERY CONCERNED THAT THE PUBLIC WAS NOT BEING GIVEN AN ADEQUATE CHOICE OF PROGRAMMING MATERIAL, AND THIS WAS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE AUTHORITY’S GENERAL APPROACH OF ENCOURAGING COMPETITION IN ORDER TO INCREASE CHOICE FOR HONG KONG VIEWERS.

AS OF MAY 11, THERE HAD BEEN SOME 74 PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE SITUATION.

IN VIEW OF THE OVERWHELMING PUBLIC CONCERN, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY DECIDED TO HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING AND TO INVITE THE TWO STATIONS TO DISCUSS THE MATTER NEXT WEEK.

IT WILL REQUEST THE TWO STATIONS TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR

RECENT

DECISIONS

AND TO ADVISE ON THEIR NEXT PROGRAMMING PLANS.

IN ADDITION, THE AUTHORITY’S COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE WILL BE DEALING WITH THE COMPLAINTS SEPARATELY.

THE AUTHORITY ALSO CONSIDERED SOME PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE BROADCAST ON TELEVISION OF AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A COMPACT DISC ENTITLED ’’MARLBORO RED HOT HITS”.

THE COMPLAINANTS HAD ALLEGED THAT THE ADVERTISEMENT HAD THE EFFECT OF PROMOTING MARLBORO CIGARETTES, A PRODUCT THAT MAY NOT BE ADVERTISED ON TELEVISION.

THE AUTHORITY’S CODES OF PRACTICE PROHIBIT ANY ADVERTISEMENT FOR AN ACCEPTABLE PRODUCT IF A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT OF THE ADVERTISEMENT IS TO PROMOTE AN UNACCEPTABLE PRODUCT.

/THE SPOKESMAN

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1994

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AUTHORITY HAD STUDIED THE CASE CAREFULLY AND IN GREAT DETAIL, AND HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ADVERTISEMENT DID NOT HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT OE PROMOTING MARLBORO CIGARETTES.

HE SAID TIIF AUTHORITY NOTED THAT IT WAS NOT ILLEGAL IN HONG KONG TO USE AN ESTABLISHED BRAND NAME FOR THE PROMOTION OF OTHER LEGITIMATE BUSINESS.

HOWEVER, IT WOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR SUCH CASES VERY CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT ANY LEGITIMATE ADVERTISEMENTS DID NOT OVER-STEP THE MARK AND HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT OF PROMOTING ANY UNACCEPTABLE PRODUCTS.

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AMENDMENTS TO THREE SETS OF MARITIME REGULATIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS REVISED THE DEFINITION OF "FERRY VESSEL" UNDER REGULATION 2 OF THE SHIPPING AND PORI' CONTROL (HONG KONG - CHINA AND MACAU FERRI TERMINALS) REGULATION TO MAXIMISE THE UTILISATION OF THE TWO FERRY TERMINALS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDMENT, CONTAINED IN THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (HONG KONG - CHINA AND MACAU FERRY TERMINALS) AMENDMENT) REGULATION 1994, WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

PREVIOUSLY, "FERRY VESSEL" WAS DEFINED AS A VESSEL CARRYING PASSENGERS PLYING REGULARLY BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU OR HONG KONG AND ANY PLACE IN CHINA.

"THIS DEFINITION IMPOSED A GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARY AND LIMITED THE USE OF THE TERMINALS BY FERRIES OTHER THAN THOSE AS STIPULATED IN THE PRINCIPAL REGULATION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"TO DEFINE ’FERRY VESSEL’ AS FERRI CARRYING PASSENGERS AND SERVICES FOR SHORT INTERNATIONAL VOYAGES TO AND FROM HONG KONG PERMITS THE USE OF HONG KONG’S FERRY TERMINALS Bl VESSELS ENGAGED IN, FOR EXAMPLE, VOYAGES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CERTAIN OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES OR TERRITORIES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REGULATION ALSO PROVIDES THE DIRK TOR OF MARINE WITH POWERS TO PERMIT PASSENGERS TO STAY ON BOARD AN INTERNATIONAL FERRY; SUCH POWERS WERE FORMERLY GRANTED TO THE MASTER OF A VESSEL.

"HONG KONG AND MACAU FERRY TERMINALS AND CHINA FERRY TERMINALS ARE NOT ONLY LOCATIONS FOR EMBARKING AND DISEMBARKING PASSENGERS, THEY ARE ALSO BORDER CHECK POINTS. IT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR SECURITY AND MANAGEMENT REASONS FOR THE MASTER OF A VESSEL TO BE GIVEN SUCH POWERS," HE SAID.

TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE EFFICIENCY OF TERMINAL OPERATIONS, CERTAIN PROVISIONS FOR REGULATING PASSENGER, CARGO AND VESSEL MOVEMENTS AT THE TERMINALS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO COVER ALL VESSELS WHICH ARE PERMITTED TO USE THE TERMINALS.

/THE REGULATION .......

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THE REGULATION ALSO SIMPLIFIED THE ISSUE OF PASSES TO ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREA WITHIN THE TERMINAL PREMISES. THE TYPES OF PASSES HAVE BEEN REDUCED FROM FIVE TO THREE.

IT ALSO EXEMPTS HELICOPTER PASSENGERS FROM WEARING PASSES WHEN ENTERING THE RESTRICTED AREA.

PROVISIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO ALLOW PERSONS TO BE ESCORTED INTO RESTRICTED AREA UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS FOR RECORDING A COMPLAINT OR TO VISIT PERSONS DETAINED IN A TERMINAL.

ALSO GAZETTED TODAY WAS THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATION 1994 WHICH REVISED THE FEE STRUCTURES FOR SURVEYING OF PASSENGER SHIPS AND RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FOR THE WHOLE PERIOD THE SURVEYORS ARE STAYING OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

"THE REVISION IS TO RECTIFY THE UNDER-RECOVERY OF COSTS. THE REGULATION PROVIDES THAT ALL FEES RELATING TO SURVEYS AND INSPECTIONS OF PASSENGER SHIPS AND RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG SHOULD INCLUDE ELEMENTS FOR TRAVELLING TIME AND COSTS," HE SAID.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE TO RECTIFY THE UNDER-RECOVERY OF COSTS BECAUSE THE EXISTING FEES CHARGED FOR SURVEYING OF PASSENGER SHIPS AND RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ARE BASED ON AS IF THEY WERE CARRIED IN HONG KONG.

AS SURVEYORS WERE OUTSIDE HONG KONG, IT WAS ONLY FAIR THAT THEIR ACTS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A THIRD MARITIME REGULATION, SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (TYPHOON SHELTERS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATION 1994, WAS ALSO GAZETTED TO DELETE CERTAIN REGULATIONS IN THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (TYPHOON SHELTERS) REGULATIONS WHICH APPLY SPECIFICALLY TO THE OLD YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER.

"THESE PROVISIONS ARE OBSOLETE FOLLOWING THE RECLAMATION OF THE OLD YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

GREATER FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE RECOMMENDED

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THE WORKING PARTY ON FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE WHICH IS CHAIRED BY THE HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY (HKMA) HELD ITS FOURTH MEETING TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE WORKING PARTY REAFFIRMED ITS EARLIER RECOMMENDATION THAT THERE SHOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY GREATER FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG, BEGINNING WITH THE ACCOUNTS FOR 1994.

THIS WOULD MEAN FULL DISCLOSURE OF BANKS’ PROFITS FOR 1994, INCLUDING ANY TRANSFERS TO AND FROM INNER RESERVES. MUCH MORE DETAILED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION WOULD ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN THE 1994 ACCOUNTS.

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THE WORK TNG PARTY RECOMMENDED THAT THE QUESTION OF THE DISCLOSURE BY BANKS OF EXISTING INNER RESERVES ON THE BALANCE SHEET SHOULD BE REVIEWED IN MID-1995 IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE INCREASED DISCLOSURE IN THE 1994 ACCOUNTS.

IT ALSO APPROVED A REVISED PRESENTATION OF ITS RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON A "CHECK-LIST” OF RELEVANT ITEMS.

"THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS ARE AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE BY THE BANKING SECTOR WHICH WOULD LEAD TO A VERY SUBSTANTIAL AND WELCOME INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG," THE DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE (BANKING) OF THE HKMA, MR DAVID CARSE, COMMENTED.

"FROM 1994 ONWARDS, INVESTORS AND DEPOSITORS WILL HAVE FULL INFORMATION ON THE OPERATING PERFORMANCE OF INSTITUTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL DISCIOSURE STANDARDS," HE SAID.

THE NEXT STEP WILL BE FOR THE HKMA TO CONSULT THE BANKING SECTOR MORE WIDELY ON THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE HKMA WILL ALSO USE THE RECOMMENDATIONS AS THE BASIS FOR ITS COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSALS FOR INCREASED DISCLOSURE BY LISTED BANKS CONTAINED IN THE STOCK EXCHANGE’S DISCUSSION PAPER OF MARCH 28.

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FEES AND CHARGES REVISED TO RECOVER COST *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE A NUMBER OF TRANSPORT-RELATED FEES AND CHARGES, INCLUDING THE VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES AT GOVERNMENT-OWNED VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, TO OFFSET HIGHER OPERATING COSTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MOST OF THE FEES AND CHARGES HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE THE LAST REVISION IN 1990. THE PROPOSED INCREASES WILL TAKE EFFECT ON JUNE 20.

APART FROM VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES, THE PROPOSED REVISION WILL INCLUDE FEES FOR CAR CLEANER’S PERMITS, PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCES FOR PUBLIC BUS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND PRIVATE BUS, CLOSED ROAD PERMITS, VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMITS AND REMOVAL OF VEHICLE FROM GOVERNMENT TUNNELS.

THE REVISION IS PROPOSED ON THE BASIS THAT FEES AND CHARGES SHOULD, IN GENERAL, BE SET AT LEVELS SUFFICIENT TO RECOVER THE FULL COST.

TO AVOID SHARP INCREASES, THE ISSUING FEE AND THE ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE FOR THE LANTAU CLOSED ROAD PERMIT WILL INITIALLY BE RAISED TO A LEVEL REPRESENTING 50 PER CENT OF THE COST. THE INTENTION IS THAT THESE TWO FEES WILL BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY WITH A VIEW TO FULL-COST RECOVERY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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DETAILS OE PROPOSED REVISION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NATURE OF FEE CURRENT FEES ($) PROPOSED FEES ($)

1. VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEE

A) MOTOR CYCLE, MOTOR TRICYCLE 190 290

B) PRIVATE CAR 310 485

C) TAXI OR TRAILER 310 485

D) GOODS VEHICLE OR SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE NOT EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT 370 580

E) GOODS VEHICLE OR SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT 500 775

F) LIGHT BUS 370 580

G) SINGLE-DECKED BUS 500 775

H) DOUBLE-DECKED BUS 560 870

2. CAR CLEANER’S PERMIT 20 30

3. DUPLICATE HIRE CAR PERMIT 60 I 00

4. PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE FEE -PUBLIC BUS SERVICE, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS SERVICE, PRIVATE BUS SERVICE 1 50 320

5. DUPLICATE LICENCE OF PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE 60 1 15

6. PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE CERTIFICATE FOR PUBLIC BUS, PRIVATE BUS & PUBLIC LIGHT BUS 60 1 35

7. DUPLICATE PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE CERTIFICATE 10 75

8. CERTIFICATE OF PARTICULARS IN REGISTER FEE 25 35

9. REGISTRATION FEE OF MOTOR VEHICLE 60 70

10.INTERNATIONAL FISCAL PERMIT 50 1 10

11.INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE 60 110

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12.CERTIFICATE OF MAXIMUM LOAD & MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE WEIGHT 50 110

13.CLOSED ROAD PERMIT OTHER THAN LANTAU

A) PRIVATE 420 468

B) GOODS VEHICLE 360 396

C) BUS 360 396

14.GOODS PERMIT 60 150

15.EXCESS PASSENGERS PERMIT 140 155

16.MOVEMENT PERMIT 210 430

17.LONG LOAD PERMIT 90 200

18.WIDE LOAD PERMIT 90 200

19.ADVERTISING VEHICLE PERMIT 100 120

20.EXPRESSWAY PERMIT 1 30 170

21.VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMIT (FIRST ISSUE & RENEWAL)

A) DRIVER-OPERATED 1 10 230

B) PEDESTRIAN CONTROLLED 1 10 230

C) GOLF CART 110 230

22.DUPLICATE VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMIT 30 50

23.REMOVAL FEE FOR LION ROCK TUNNEL, ABERDEEN TUNNEL, AIRPORT TUNNEL, SHING MUN TUNNELS & TSEUNG KWAN 0 TUNNEL

A) PRIVATE CARS, TAXI & MOTOR CYCLES 80 130

B) PUBLIC & PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES, PUBLIC & PRIVATE SINGLE-DECKED BUSES AND GOODS VEHICLES OF A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES 100 160

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C) PUBLIC & PRIVATE 120

DOUBLE-DECKED BUSES, SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES AND GOODS VEHICLES OF A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES

24.PERMIT FEE (ALL VEHICLE) TO PASS 45

THROUGH A TUNNEL UNDER SPECIAL CONDITION

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FINDINGS OF TV BROADCASTING SURVEY 1993/91 RELEASED

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NEARLY ALL INDIVIDUALS AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 64 HAVE TELEVISION SETS IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, A SURVEY COMMISSIONED BY THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY REVEALS.

COMPARED WITH ITS EARLIER SURVEY IN 1990, THE PERCENTAGE OF INDIVIDUALS OWNING TWO OR MORE TELEVISION SETS HAS INCREASED FROM 23 PER CENT TO 30 PER CENT.

THE SURVEY ALSO FINDS THAT THE TELEVISION BROADCASTING SCENE HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE 1990.

MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND TELEVISION BROADCASTS USING THE NICAM SYSTEM WERE INTRODUCED IN THE SUMMER OF 1991. THE SURVEY SHOWS THAT NEARLY 40 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS HAD NICAM DECODERS IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS AT THE BEGINNING OF 1994.

SATELLITE AND SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISIONS WERE INTRODUCED TO HONG KONG IN 1991 AND 1993 RESPECTIVELY BY STAR TV AND WHARF CABLE.

AT THE TIME THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED, 13 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS HAD INSTALLED STAR TV IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS AND TWO PER CENT WERE ENJOYING THE WHARF CABLE SERVICE, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED ONLY TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE SURVEY FINISHED AND COVERED ONLY LIMITED AREAS IN HONG KONG.

IN KEEPING WITH AN AFFLUENT SOCIETY, VIEWERS NOW HAVE MORE CHOICES IN TELEVISION VIEWING, THE SURVEY REVEALS.

NONETHELESS, INDIVIDUALS TEND TO SPEND LESS TIME ON AVERAGE WATCHING COMMERCIAL, WIRELESS TELEVISION WHEN COMPARED WITH THE 1990 SURVEY RESULTS, FROM 4.2 HOURS PER DAY IN 1990 TO 3.5 HOURS PER DAY THIS YEAR.

DESPITE THE CHOICES AVAILABLE, TVB JADE IS CLAIMED BY 91 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS TO BE THE CHANNEL THEY WATCH MOST OFTEN.

SEVEN PER CENT WATCH ATV HOME MOST OFTEN AND TWO PER CENT TVB PEARL.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE 1990 SURVEY, FEWER INDIVIDUALS RATE THE VARIOUS SPECIFIED PROGRAMME TYPES AS BEING HIGH IN QUALITY; THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION BEING NEWS PROGRAMMES.

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IN PARTICULAR, MORE INDIVIDUALS THIS YEAR CONSIDER DRAMA SERIES, VARIETY PROGRAMMES, CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES, ADULT MAGAZINE PROGRAMMES AND CULTURAL AND ARTS PROGRAMMES VERY OR QUITE LOW IN QUALITY.

GENERALLY SPEAKING, MORE INDIVIDUALS TEND TO FIND THE PORTRAYALS OF VIOLENCE, SEX, NUDITY, TRIAD RITUALS, TRIAD JARGON, AND HOMOSEXUALITY ON COMMERCIAL TELEVISION UNACCEPTABLE THAN ACCEPTABLE, THOUGH ABOUT A THIRD DO NOT HAVE STRONG VIEWS.

FURTHER ANALYSIS INDICATES THAT THOSE WHO THINK THE PORTRAYALS UNACCEPTABLE FOF? TRIAD RITUALS (43 PER CENT), TRIAD JARGON (44 PER CENT) AND HOMOSEXUALITY (44 PER CENT) ARE TWICE AS NUMEROUS AS THOSE WHO FIND THESE PORTRAYALS ACCEPTABLE (22 PER CENT, 24 PER CENT AND 20 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY).

COMPARED WITH THE 1990 SURVEY, THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE PROPORTION OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CONSIDER THE PORTRAYALS OF TRIAD RITUALS (1990: 30 PER CENT; 1994: 53 PER CENT) AND THE USE OF TRIAD JARGON (1990: 37 PER CENT; 1994: 60 PER CENT) EXCESSIVE (TOO MANY/A BIT TOO MANY).

A MAJORITY OF INDIVIDUALS (87 PER CENT) CONSIDERS THE PRESENT LICENCE REQUIREMENT THAT EACH CHANNEL SHOULD BROADCAST A MINIMUM OF TWO COMPREHENSIVE NEWS BULLETINS BETWEEN 6 PM AND MIDNIGHT APPROPRIATE.

THE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO BROADCAST, ON EACH CHANNEL PER WEEK, AT LEAST TWO HALF-HOUR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES AND HALF AN HOUR OF PROGRAMMES ADVISING YOUNG PEOPLE AGED UNDER 21 ON HOW TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME OR FOR THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE ALSO ENDORSED AS BEING NECESSARY BY 74 PER CENT AND 87 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS RESPECTIVELY.

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWS THAT AROUND 60 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS NEITHER STRONGLY BELIEVE IN NOR DOUBT THE TRUTHFULNESS OF THE CLAIMS IN TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS.

HOWEVER, THOSE WHO TEND NOT TO BELIEVE IN THE TRUTHFULNESS OF ADVERTISEMENTS OUTNUMBER THOSE WHO DO BY OVER TWO TO ONE (26 PER CENT VS 11 PER CENT)

REGARDING THE PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS, 57 PER CENT OF THOSE WHO COMMENTED CONSIDER SUCH PORTRAYAL AS REFLECTING THE TRUTH.

THIS IS MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY AS THOSE WHO THINK THAT WOMEN ARE GLAMORISED (25 PER CENT) AND MORE THAN THREE TIMES AS MANY AS THOSE WHO CONSIDER WOMEN ARE DENIGRATED (18 PER CENT) IN TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS.

A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS (22 PER CENT) ADMIT THEY ARE NOT AWARE OF THE FAMILY VIEWING HOURS (4 PM TO 8.30 PM) AND 77 PER CENT CANNOT CORRECTLY IDENTIFY BOTH THE STARTING AND END TIMES OF THE SLOT.

/THE SURVEY .......

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THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWS THAT HALF OF INDIVIDUALS (50 PER CENT) ARE AWARE OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY'S COMPLAINTS HOTLINE ON PROGRAMMES AND ADVERTISEMENTS AND THE OTHER HALF ARE NOT.

BOTH FACTS SUGGEST THAT MORE PUBLICITY ON THE FAMILY VIEWING HOURS AND THE COMPLAINTS HOTLINE IS NEEDED.

MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO RETAIN THE OPTION OF THE IMPOSITION OF FINANCIAL PENALTIES BY THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY FOR BREACHES OF THE TELEVISION PROGRAMME AND ADVERTISING STANDARDS.

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TRADE DEPARTMENT TO REVISE FEES AND CHARGES » » » * ♦

APPLICATION FEES FOR CERTAIN TRADE LICENCES, CERTIFICATES, RELATED DOCUMENTS AND SERVICES WILL BE REVISED AS FROM JUNE 30 UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATION 1994 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

IN PARALLEL, ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR NOTICES TO EXPORTERS AND OTHER CIRCULARS ISSUED BY THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE REVISED, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

"IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION BY FINANCE BRANCH, A 9.9 PER CENT INCREASE ON CURRENT FEES AND CHARGES WILL BE APPLIED.

"IN CERTAIN CASES, THE PROPOSED FEE LEVELS HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP OR DOWN FOR CONVENIENCE OF COLLECTION OR FOR HARMONISATION WITH STAMP DENOMINATION AS SOME FEES ARE PAID BY AFFIXING STAMPS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE PERCENTAGE IS BASED ON THE GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE DEFLATOR WHICH HAS BEEN WORKED OUT TO BE 9.9 PER CENT THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

"STARTING FROM LAST YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPLIED AN ESCALATING FACTOR TO THE FEES AND CHARGES FOR THOSE YEARS WHEN A FULL COSTING EXERCISE IS NOT CARRIED OUT."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID MOST OF THE NEW FEES WOULD TAKE EFFECT AS FROM JUNE 30, EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN CERTIFICATES AND REGISTRATION FEES WHICH WOULD BE REVISED AT A LATER STAGE.

"THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD AND THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD HAVE BEEN CONSULTED RESPECTIVELY," HE SAID.

/THE NEW

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THE NEW SCALE OF FEES IMPLEMENTATION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE

DATE OF

FEES

TYPE OF APPLICATION

CURRENT NEW

DATE OF

IMPLEMENTATION

$ $

I TEXTILES LICENCES, DOCUMENTS AND SERVICES

(A) APPLICATION FOR ISSUE OF TEXTILES EXPORT LICENCE -NON-RESTRAINED ITEMS (FORM 4) 44 4 8 30 JUNE 1994

(B) APPLICATION FOR ISSUE OF TEXTILES EXPORT LICENCE -RESTRAINED ITEMS (FORM 5) 132 145 30 JUNE 1994

(C) APPLICATION FOR SWING OF QUOTA 193 212 30 JUNE 1994

(D) APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF QUTOA 193 212 30 JUNE 1994

(E) APPLICATION FOR FREE QUOTA EXPORT AUTHORISATION 358 393 30 JUNE 1994

(F) APPLICATION FOR SURVEILLANCE EXPORT AUTHORISATION AND QUOTA EXPORT AUTHORISATION 193 212 30 JUNE 1994

(G) APPLICATION FOR TEXTILES IMPORT LICENCE (FORM 7) 28 31 30 JUNE 1994

( H ) APPLICATION FOR LICENCE ISSUED UNDER THE SPECIAL EXPORT AND IMPORT LICENSING (TEXTILES) SCHEME FOR PIECE-KNITTED GARMENTS: 30 JUNE 1994

EXPORT LICENCE (FORM 8) 132 145

SPECIAL EXPORT LICENCE (FORMS 8A AND 8D) 44 48

SPECIAL IMPORT LICENCE (FORMS 8B, 8C AND 8E) 28 31

( I ) ANNUAL FEE FOR REGISTRATION OF COMPANIES FOR TEXTILES CONTROL PURPOSES 1,210 1,330 30 JUNE 1994

(J) ANNUAL FEE FOR REGISTRATION OF TEXTILES TRADER 2,000 2,200 30 JUNE 1994

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(K) CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES (CTC) OF TEXTILES LICENCES 50 55 30 JUNE 1994

II NON- •TEXTILES TRADE DOCUMENTS

(A) LANDING CERTIFICATE 231 254 30 JUNE 1994

(B) PROVISION OF OFFICIAL RECORDS OF STATISTICAL DATA DERIVED OR EXTRACTED FROM IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS (PER PAGE) 13.2 14.5 30 JUNE 1994

(C) DELIVERY VERIFICATION CERTIFICATE 99 109 30 JUNE 1994

(D) OFFICIAL SIGNATURE FEES FOR CERTIFYING COPY OF TRADE DECLARATION AND CARGO MANIFEST 154 169 30 JUNE 1994

(E) INTERNATIONAL IMPORT CERTIFICATE 39 43 30 JUNE 1994

(F) CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES (CTC) OF NON-TEXTILE TRADE LICENCES 50 55 30 JUNE 1994

III CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN AND RELATED SERVICES

(A) CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN, OTHER THAN GENERALISED PREFERENCE CERTIFICATE 110 121 3 JAN 1995

(B) GENERALISED PREFERENCE CERTIFICATE 150 165 3 JAN 1995

< C) ANNUAL FEE FOR FACTORY REGISTRATION 1,650 1,813 1 AUG 1994

(D) OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE FEES CHARGED FOR THE ISSUE OF STATUTORY DECLARATION OF ANTIQUE 825 907 3 JAN 1995

(E) CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES (CTC) OF CERTIFICATES 50 55 30 JUNE 1994

IV ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEE FOR NOTICES TO EXPORTERS AND OTHER CIRCULARS

(A) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR DIRECT MAILING SERVICES OF "NOTICES TO EXPORTERS" 30 ' JUNE 1994

FOR ”A” SERIES 66 7 3

FOR ”0” SERIES 149 164

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(B) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR DIRECT MAILING SERVICES OF "CERTIFICATION BRANCH CIRCULARS ’’ 72 79 30 JUNE 1994

(C) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR DIRECT MAILING SERVICES OF ’’ COMMERCIA L IN FORM AT I ON CIRCULARS" 143 157 30 JUNE 1994

( D) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR 30 JUNE 1994

OVERSEAS SUBSCRIBERS "NOTICES TO EXPORTERS" OF (NOTE)

FOR ASIA:

"A" SERIES -

USA 292/ 435 321/ 479

EU 341/ 490 375/ 539

OTHERS 358/ 985 394/ 1,083

"0" SERIES -

USA 226/ 616 249/ 677

EU 231/ 649 254/ 714

OTHERS 407/ 1,282 448/ 1,409

FOR REGIONS OTHER ASIA: THAN

"A" SERIES -

USA 396/ 539 436/ 593

EU 468/ 611 515/ 672

OTHERS 490/ 1,117 539/ 1 ,228

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"O" SERIES -

USA 286/ 677 315/ 745

EU 297/ 327/

715 786

OTHERS 545/ 599/

1,419 1,560

(E) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR 30 JUNE 1994

OVERSEAS SUBSCRIBERS OF

"COMMERCIAL IN FORMATION

CIRCULARS” (NOTE)

FOR ASIA: 281/ 309/

820 902

FOR REGIONS OTHER THAN 363/ 399/

ASIA: 902 992

(F) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR 30 JUNE 1994

OVERSEAS SUBSCRIBERS OF

”CERTIFICATION BRANCH

CIRCULARS” (NOTE)

FOR ASIA: 176/ 194/

413 454

FOR REGIONS OTHER THAN 226/ 249/

ASIA: 468 515

NOTE: 2ND CLASS AIR MAIL/EXPRESS

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RESPONSIBLE LINE ON PUBLIC SPENDING URGED * * » ♦ «

THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED POLITICAL PARTIES TO TAKE A RESPONSIBLE LINE IN RESPECT OF PUBLIC SPENDING AS WELL AS TAXES AND FEES.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH, MR TSANG SAID PARTY MANIFESTOS MUST BE COHERENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AFFORDABLE PORTRAITS OF THE COMMUNITY THE PARTIES WISHED THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD.

HE NOTED THAT VOICES WERE BEING RAISED TO URGE THAT THE GOVERNMENT TAKE ON A DIRECT ROLE IN AREAS WHERE IT DID NOT BELONG, OR AN EXCESSIVE ROLE IN THOSE AREAS WHERE IT DID BELONG.

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’’THE RESULT WOULD BE PUBLIC SPENDING INCREASES MUCH FASTER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF OUR ECONOMY, FOLLOWED BY THE GRADUAL SQUEEZING OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, LOWER RATES OF ECONOMIC GROWTH, LESS PROSPERITY FOR ALL,” HE SAID.

MR TSANG SAID COMMUNITY LEADERS AND THE MEDIA MUST EXAMINE SUCH CLAIMS CRITICALLY.

’’THOSE WITH OPPOSING VIEWS, OR THOSE WHO SIMPLY WISH TO ADVOCATE CAUTION, MUST NOT BE SHY ABOUT SPEAKING UP,” HE SAID.

’’FOR IF THEY FAIL TO DO SO, SLOWLY, INSIDIOUSLY, THE DEBATE WILL BE LOST,” HE ADDED.

ON TAXES AND FEES, MR TSANG SAID HONG KONG HAD BY FAR THE LOWEST RATE OF TAXATION OF ANY ADVANCED ECONOMY IN THE WORLD.

HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WERE STILL VOICES RAISED IN FAVOUR OF LOWER RATES; AND LOUDER VOICES WHO OPPOSED MODEST INCREASES IN RATES AND CHARGES EVEN WHEN THESE DTD NO MORE THAN KEEP UP WITH INFLATION.

’’THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ’GOVERNMENT MONEY’,” MR TSANG SAID.

’’ALL OUR RESOURCES COME FROM THE POCKETS AND HANDBAGS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE, AND MUST BE SPENT FOR THEIR BENEFIT.

’’THAT MEANS A DECISION NOT TO SET FEES TO RECOVER THE FULL COST FOR ONE SERVICE MUST BE COMPENSATED FOR BY TAX LOADED FEES FOR ANOTHER SERVICE, PLUS OF COURSE OUR GENERAL TAXATION.

’’DECISIONS TO SUBSIDISE MUST BE CONSCIOUS ONES, TAKEN AFTER CAREFUL THOUGHT AND APPLIED SPARINGLY.

”WE MUST NOT DRIFT INTO A SITUATION WHERE AN ELEMENT OF SUBSIDY IS ASSUMED FOR ALMOST EVERY SERVICE,” HE SAID.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACT FOR NORTH LANTAU WATER SUPPLY AWARDED *****

THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD HAS APPROVED THE AWARD OF A $19.28 MILLION WATERWORKS CONTRACT UNDER THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME (ACP) .TO INCHCAPE INDUSTRIAL HOLDINGS LIMITED.

THE CONTRACT IS PART OF THE NORTH LANTAU WATER SUPPLY PROJECT TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK KAP KOK, TUNG CHUNG NEW TOWN AND OTHER PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTH LANTAU.

IT COVERS THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL PLANTS AT SIU HO WAN FRESH WATER AND PUI O ’B’ RAW WATER PUMPING STATIONS AND TUNG CHUNG FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR.

THE ELECTRICAL PLANTS INCLUDE POWER SUPPLY SWITCHBOARDS, FLOWMETERS, CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ACCESSORIES.

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THE CONTRACT ALSO COMPRISES NON-ACP WORKS WHICH INVOLVE THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF AN ELECTRICAL PLANT AT SIU HO WAN RAW WATER PUMPING STATION.

IT WAS DECIDED TO INCLUDE THESE WORKS, VALUED AT ABOUT $4 MILLION, IN THE CONTRACT AS IT IS MORE CONVENIENT AND MORE ECONOMICAL TO CARRY OUT WORKS AT THE SAME TIME IN THE SAME LOCATION.

THE WORKS WILL START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN JUNE 1996.

THE AWARD OF THIS CONTRACT BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACP CONTRACTS AWARDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO 40, WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF MORE THAN $32 BILLION.

TOGETHER WITH THE SIX CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, VALUED AT $10.7 BILLION, AWARDED BY THE PROVISIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY, AND THE $5.7 BILLION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AWARDED BY THE WESTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY LIMITED, THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR THE ACP IS OVER $48.3 BILLION.

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COMAC ORDINANCE NOW COVERS REO * * * * *

THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE (REO) IS NOW INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS GOVERNED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS (COMAC) ORDINANCE BY AN AMENDMENT ORDER PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REO WAS PREVIOUSLY PART OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS BRANCH (CAB) AND AS SUCH FELL UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF COMAC BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT CAB WAS INCLUDED IN SCHEDULE 1 TO THE COMAC ORDINANCE UNDER THE BROAD CATEGORY OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

"WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION (BEC), THE REO, WHICH BECOMES ITS EXECUTIVE ARM, WAS SEPERATED FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL AFFIARS BRANCH AS FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE SEPERATION IS TO REFLECT BETTER THE NEW ROLE OF THE REO AND TO UNDERLINE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE BEC. BUT AS A RESULT, THE REO HAS FALLEN OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF COMAC.

"TO ENABLE THE COMAC TO CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS RELATING TO THE REO, IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO ADD THE REO TO SCHEDULE 1 TO THE COMAC ORDINANCE," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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MAIL SERVICES TO RWANDA SUSPENDED *****

ALL POSTAL SERVICES TO RWANDA HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF THE PREVAILING SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR MIKE PAGLIARI, SAID A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE AS SOON AS THE SERVICES RESUME.

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ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AND CHARGES REVISED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO INCREASE FEES AND CHARGES FOR SERVICES UNDER MOST ENVIRONMENT LEGISLATION IN ORDER TO OFFSET THE RISE IN OPERATION COST DUE TO INFLATION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THESE FEES, EXCEPT THOSE UNDER THE DUMPING AT SEA ACT, AN OVERSEAS ORDER FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAD NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE THEY WERE INTRODUCED.

HE SAID THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED AS THE REVISED FEES REPRESENTED A VERY SMALL PROPORTION OF THE OPERATING COST BORNE BY THE SECTORS USING THE SERVICES.

THE PROPOSED FEE INCREASES HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY COVER FEES AND CHARGES LEVIED UNDER ALL ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION EXCEPT THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

THE REVISED FEES WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). IT IS INTENDED THAT THEY WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 22 THIS YEAR.

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Existing Proposed with effect from 22.6J>4-,.

I. Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance 1989 • For registration $ 1,000.00 $ 1,505.00

- For a licence 500.00 755.00

n. Noise Control Ordinance - Cap. 400

(a) Noise Control General Regulations - General Works (8(1)) 100.00 150.00

- Percussive Piling (8(2)) 100.00 150.00

(b) Noise Emission Label - Air Compressors 100.00 120.00

- Hand Held Percussive Breakers > 100.00 120.00

HI. Waste Disposal Ordinance - Cap. 354

(a) - Licence for Provision of Waste Collection Services (8.21(1) 13,000.00 15.615.00

(b) - Renewal of. Licence (a)(S.23(2)) 6,500.00 7,810.00

(c) - Licence for Collection of Waste Produced by Licensee ($.21(1)) 3.000.00 3,605.00

(d) - Renewal of Licence (c)'(S.23(2)) 1,500.00 1,805.00

(e) - Licence for Provision of a Waste Disposal Sendee (S.21(2)) 24,000.00 28,825.00

(f) - Renewal of Licence (e) (8.23(2)) 12.000.00 14,415.00

(g) - Licence for Disposal of Waste Produced by Licensee (S.21(2)) 2.400.00 2,885.00

(h) - Renewal of Licence (g)(S.23(2)) 1,200.00 1,445.00

(i) - Waste Producer Registration Fee ($.7) 200.00 240.00

(j) - Certified Copy of an entry in 10.00 125.00

register (S.7) IV. Air Pollution Control Ordinance - Cap 311 (a) - For an application for a licence (S. 14) 100.00 190.00

(b) - For an application for renewal of a licence (8.16) nil NIL

(c) - For an application for variation of a licence ($• 18) 100.00 190.Q0

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(d) - For an application for transfer of a licence '

(S.18A) 100.00 , • 190.00

(e) - For an application for variation or cancellation

of any term or condition (S.23) 100,00 190.00

(f) - For a certified copy of an entry in the register 20.00 125.00

V. Road Traffic Ordinance * Cap. 374: (Amendment of Tenth Schedule) Order 1994

(a) - Fee payable for designation or renewal of designation of a place as a vehicle emission testing centre 1,000.00 1,205.00

(b) * Fee to be charged in respect of a test of a motor vehicle (S/examination) (c) - Fee payable for supply of Form of Certificate of Compliance ($/Cert.) 140.00 14.00 170.00 17.00

VI. Dumping at Sea Act 1974 (Overseas Territories) Order 1975

(a) - Licence referred to in section 2 of Schedule 1 to the Order to dump the following substances in the territorial waters of Hong Kong or in the sea outside such waters:-(i) dispersants (ii) spoil or sewage sludge (iii) other substances or articles 150 7,515 15,030

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AMENDMENTS TO STRATEGIC COMMODITIES CONTROL LIST GAZETTED ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO REFLECT UPDATED CONTROLS OF VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL EXPORT CONTROL REGIMES ON STRATEGIC COMMODITIES WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDMENTS WERE CONTAINED IN THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (STRATEGIC COMMODITIES) REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT OF SCHEDULE 1) ORDER 1994 .

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE AMENDMENTS TO SCHEDULE 1 OF THE REGULATIONS REFLECTED CERTAIN SIGNIFICANT RELAXATION OF CONTROLS ON ELECTRONICS, COMPUTERS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT INTRODUCED BY THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR MULTILATERAL EXPORT CONTROLS (COCOM) BEFORE ITS DISSOLUTION ON MARCH 31, 1994 .

FOR EXAMPLE, UNDER THE AMENDMENTS, COMPUTERS THAT OPERATE UP TO 260 MILLION THEORETICAL OPERATIONS PER SECOND (MTOPS) WOULD NO LONGER BE CONTROLLED.

’'COCOM MEMBERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO ESTABLISH A NEW REGIME AIMED AT ENHANCING TRANSPARENCY AND RESTRAINT IN ARMS SALES AND TRANSFERS OF SENSITIVE TECHNOLOGY. PENDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW REGIME, THEY AGREED TO MAINTAIN EXISTING COCOM CONTROLS TO ALL DESTINATIONS ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. HONG KONG FOLLOWS THIS ARRANGEMENT,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BESIDES, THE CONTROL LISI’S OF PLANT PATHOGENS AND CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT HAVE ALSO BEEN AMENDED TO REFLECT THE UPDATED CONTROLS OF THE AUSTRALIA GROUP, THE INTERNATIONAL REGIME SPECIALISED IN EXPORT CONTROLS OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DUALUSE GOODS.

NO CHANGE, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN MADE TO SCHEDULES 2, 3 AND 4 AS REGARDS GOODS IN-TRANSIT, END-USE CONTROL AND SPECIFIED ACTIVITIES IN RELATION TO ARTICLES SPECIFIED IN SCHEDULE 3 RESPECTIVELY, HE ADDED.

THE AMENDMENT ORDER SHALL BE TABLED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 18 AND BECOME EFFECTIVE ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE BY NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TUI1: GAZETTE, IF THE COUNCIL RAISES NO OBJECTION TO THE ORDER AMER 28 DAYS.

"THE PURPOSE OF IMPORT AND EXPORT LICENSING CONTROLS IS TO MONITOR AND CONTROL THE FLOW OF STRATEGIC COMMODITIES TO PREVENT HONG KONG FROM BEING USED AS A CONDUIT FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS AND RELATED SYSTEMS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANY PERSON WHO IMPORTS OR EXPORTS ANY ARTICLE SPEC’I Fl ED IN THE SCHEDULES WITHOUT A LICENCE IS LIABLE ON CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT TO AN UNLIMITED FINE AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SEVEN YEARS, HE ADDED.

(’OPIES OF THE AMENDMENT ORDER ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE OF THE STRATEGIC COMMODITIES SECTION, TRADE DEPARTMENT TOWER, 700 NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK, KOWLOON OR ON TEL 398 5581 OR 398 5572.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO INFORM TRADERS OF DETAILS OF THE AMENDED SCHEDULE 1 BY CIRCULAR.

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DAM PLANNED FOR KAU SAI (’HAU

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A 140-METRE DAM WILL BE BUILT ACROSS THE KWAT TAU TAM INLET FOR THE CREATION OF A FRESHWATER RESERVOIR TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A PROPOSED PUBLIC GOLF COURSE AT KAU SAI CHAU, SAI KUNG.

THE WORKS WILL START IN JULY AND FINISH IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED, COVERING 5.73 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT KAU SAU CHAU, IS DESCRIBED IN A GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NOTICE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A COPY OF THE PLAN DEIONEATING AND DESCRIBING THE PROPOSED UNDERTAKING AND THE FORESHORE AND SEABED TO BE AFFECTED CAN BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG AND AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE AFFECTED AREA MAY SEND HIS WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, SECOND FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, ON OR BEFORE JULY 13.

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TWO RURAL OUTLINE ZONING PLANS GAZETTED

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE GAZETTING OF THE DRAFT PING KONG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN (O/.P) (NO. S/NE-PK/1) AND THE DRAFT KWUN YAM SHAN AND FA SAM HANG OZP (NO. S/ST-KYS/1).

THESE PLANS COVER THE RURAL AREAS IN PING KONG NEAR FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN AS WELL AS KWUN YAM SHAN AND FA SAM HANG NEAR SHA TIN NEW TOWN. THEY ARE THE FIRST TWO IN A SERIES OF RURAL OZP’S TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

’’THEY ARE TO REPLACE THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA (DPA) PLANS COVERING THE RURAL NEW TERRITORIES. THEY INDICATE DEFINITE AND COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE ZONES TO GUIDE AND CONTROL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREAS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

THE DPA PLANS ARE INTERIM PLANS PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1991.

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THEV SERVE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND CONTROL ON LAND USES IN THE RURAL NEW TERRITORIES. UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE DPA’S ARE SUBJECT TO ENFORCEMENT.

THESE PLANS ARE ONLY EFFECTIVE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THEIR PUBLICATION AND ARE TO BE REPLACED BY OZP’S.

"ALTHOUGH THE DPA PLANS ARE REPLACED BY OZP’S, THE ENFORCEMENT’ POWERS PROVIDED THEREIN WILL CONTINUE,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE PING KONG OZP COVERS ABOUT 140 HECTARES OF LAND TO THE SOUTHEAST OF FAN KAM ROAD WITH FANLING/SHEUNG SHUT NEW TOWN IN THE NORTH, THE ROYAL HONG KONG GOLF CUB IN THE WEST AND THE VOLUNTEER SLOPE IN THE EAST.

THE AREA IS MAINLY RURAL AND THE MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THERE IS AGRICULTURE, SUCH AS LIVESTOCK REARING AND VEGETABLE GROWING.

ABOUT 68 HECTARES OF LAND, WHICH REPRESENT HALF OF THE TOTAL LAND AREA THERE, HAVE BEEN ZONED "AGRICULTURE” ON THE PLAN TO PRESERVE AND SUPPORT THE EXISTING AGRICULTURAL USES.

TWO PIECES OF LAND OF ABOUT 8.6 HECTARES HAVE ALSO BEEN ZONED "VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT" TO INCLUDE THE EXISTING RECOGNISED VILLAGES AND AREAS SUITABLE FOR VILLAGE EXPANSION.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT 15 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED FOR RECREATIONAL USES TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF ACTIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING SPORTS TRAINING GROUND AND HOLIDAY CAMP.

MEANWHILE, ABOUT 16 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED "GOVERNMENT/INSTITUT1ON/COMMUNITY" TO COVER THE EXISTING TAI LI NG EXPERIMENTAL FARM AND A NEW POLICE DEPOT. ABOUT 31 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE ALSO BEEN ZONED "GREEN BELT” ON THE PLAN.

THE KWUN YAM SHAN AND FA SAM HANG OZP COVERS ABOUT 120 HECTARES OF LAND TO THE WEST OF MA ON SHAN COUNTRY PARK AND TO THE RAST OF LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK, ADJACENT TO THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE AREA IS HILLY AND (INSISTS OF SEVERAL RECOGNISED VILLAGES.

ON THE PLAN, ABOUT 59 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED "CONSERVATION AREA" TO PROTECT THE EXISTING NATURAL CHARACTER. ONLY CONSERVATION-RELATED USES SUCH AS FIELD STUDY CENTRE, EDI CATION CENTRE AND VISITOR CENTRE ARE PERMITTED.

THOSE USES THAT WOULD HAVE INSIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL PROVISIONS, SI-CH AS TENT CAMPING GROUND, WOULD ONLY BE PERMITTED UPON APPROVAL BV THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

ABOUT 29 HECTARES OF LAND WHICH ARE WELL-SERVED UPGRADED IRRIGATION FACILITIES HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR USES, PARTICULARLY PLANT NURSERIES AND ORCHARDS.

BY RECENTLY

VGR(CULTURAL

OTHER USES INCLUDE ABOUT SIX HECTARES FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT, TWO HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY USES, 25 HECTARES FOR GREEN BELT, 0.8 HECTARE FOR THE EXISTING AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TELEVISION TRANSMITTING STATION, AND 0.6 HECTARE FOR COUNTRY PARK DEVELOPMENT.

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THE TWO DRAFT OZP’S ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL JULY 13 AT:

* PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 16TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

♦ SHA TIN AND NORTH EAST DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, SHA TIN GOVERNMENT OFFICE, 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES;

» NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE,

THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS,

NORTH DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OFFICES, PIK FUNG ROAD, FANLING, NEW TERRITORIES (FOR DRAFT PING KONG OZP ONLY); AND

* SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES

(FOR DRAFT KWUN YAM SHAN AND FA SAM HANG OZP ONLY).

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE TWO DRAFT PLANS MAY SUBMIT WRITTEN OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE JULY 13 TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 13TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AND KOWLOON MAP SALES OFFICE, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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60 VMS INTERCEPTED

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT A BOAT WITH 60 VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS ON BOARD WAS INTERCEPTED INSIDE HONG KONG WATERS AT 8.30 AM TODAY (FRIDAY). THE VMS ARE NOW ACCOMMODATED IN THE CHI MA WAN DETENTION CENTRE.

"THIS BRINGS TO 190 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRIVALS THIS YEAR.

“THE LATEST ARRIVALS INDICATE THAT THE VM PROBLEM IS NOT YET OVER AND WE MUST THEREFORE REMAIN AS VIGILANT IN MAINTAINING A FIRM POLICY ON THE VMS,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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APRIL AIR QUALITY REPORT ♦ * * » *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) 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/WESTERN AND KWAI CHUNG. THESE LOCATIONS ARE TYPICAL OF THREE OF THE IMPORTANT LAND USE TYPES FOUND IN THE TERRITORY:

» 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 CAMPAIGNS 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 RESPIRABLE SUSPENDED PARTICULATES (RSP) WHICH ARE THE RESPIRABLE FRACTION OF THE DUST.

ALL THESE POLLUTANTS CAN AFFECT RESPIRATORY HEALTH IN SUFFICIENT CONCENTRATION.

IN APRIL, THERE WERE TWO EXCEEDANCES OF THE SULPHUR DIOXIDE AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVE AT MONG KOK.

LEVELS OF NITROGEN DIOXIDE AND PARTICULATES WERE AGAIN HIGHER AT THE STREET-LEVEL MONG KOK SITE THAN AT THE ROOFTOP SITES AT KWAI CHUNG AND CENTRAL/WESTERN.

HIGHER NITROGEN DIOXIDE LEVELS AT ALL THREE STATIONS ON THE FIRST, SECOND AND 15TH OF THE MONTH WERE CAUSED BY CALM CONDITIONS WHICH PREVENTED VEHICLE EXHAUST FUMES FROM DISPERSING.

THERE WERE LOWER GASEOUS POLLUTANT CONCENTRATIONS TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH AT THE TIME WHEN SOUTHERLY WINDS BLEW FROM SOUTH CHINA SEA.

THE GASES AND PARTICLES DESCRIBED ORIGINATE FROM VARIOUS SOURCES. S02 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 (N.O.), ALSO A PRODUCT OF COMBUSTION.

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VEHICLE EXHAUSTS ARE IMPORTANT SOURCES OF N.O. AND NO2 IN TERMS OF IMPACT ON LOCAL AIR QUALITY.

THESE EXHAUSTS ARE ALSO A MAJOR SOURCE OF AIRBORNE PARTICULATE MATTER, ESPECIALLY THE SMALLER RESPIRABLE PARTICLES.

OTHER SOURCES OF PARTICLES INCLUDE INDUSTRY, FURNACES AND BOILERS, CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, THE SEA AND THE SOIL.

IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT WHILST 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 THE MAN-MADE SOURCES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS AIR QUALITY REPORT AND OTHER AIR QUALITY ISSUES, PLEASE CONTACT PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER MR RAYMOND LEUNG ON TEL 594 6401.

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SCHOOLS INVITED TO JOIN SMI SCHEME

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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE BEING INVITED TO JOIN THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE (SMI) SCHEME WHICH IS AIMED AT PROVIDING A MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK TO HELP RAISE THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING AND TEACHING IN SCHOOLS.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY): ’’THE SMI SCHEME IS AN EXCELLENT WAY FOR SCHOOLS TO MANAGE THEIR OWN FINANCES AND AFFAIRS MORE FLEXIBLY AND TO ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF TEACHERS, PAST STUDENTS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR SCHOOLS.

’’THE SCHEME HELPS ENHANCE COMMUNICATION, DETERMINE SCHOOL OBJECTIVES AND ACHIEVE MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES WHICH ARE BENEFICIAL TO THE STUDENTS.

’’THE SMI ALSO PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE THEIR MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE SO AS TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION.”

THE SMI HAS FOUR AIMS:

» TO DEFINE CLEARLY THE ROLES OF SPONSORS, MANAGERS, SUPERVISORS, PRINCIPALS AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND CONSEQUENTLY TO ENSURE GREATER EFFECTIVENESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY;

* TO PROVIDE FOR GREATER PARTICIPATION OF TEACHERS, PARENTS AND PAST STUDENTS IN SCHOOL DECISION-MAKING AND MANAGEMENT;

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* TO ENCOURAGE MORE SYSTEMATIC PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES AND REPORTING THEIR PERFORMANCE; AND

» TO GIVE SCHOOLS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN THE USE OF RESOURCES IN * MEETING THEIR DEFINED INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SMI WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1991 AND SO FAR 128 SCHOOLS HAD JOINED IN THE SCHEME.

HE SAID THE SMI SCHEME HAD ADVANTAGES FOR SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND PAST STUDENTS AND CURRENT STUDENTS.

FOR SCHOOLS, IT WILL BE FREE FOR THEM TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION AND TO ADJUST WHAT THEY DO TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

THE GREATER FLEXIBILITY PROVIDED BY THE BLOCK GRANT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR SCHOOLS TO MAKE USE OF THEIR FUNDS TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES OR SERVICE WHICH MEET THEIR OWN DEFINED NEEDS.

SOME DECISIONS WILL BE BETTER WHEN THEY ARE MADE AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL THAN BY THE GOVERNMENT.

FOR TEACHERS, IT WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISION-MAKING AND SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, THEREBY FOSTERING JOB SATISFACTION AND COMMITMENT.

GREATER PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAMME PLANNING AND BUDGETING WILL INCREASE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE TEACHERS.

TEACHERS WILL FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEIR SCHOOL WHEN THEY KNOW THEIR OPINIONS ARE VALUED, SOUGHT AND USED.

FOR PARENTS AND PAST STUDENTS, THE SCHEME WILL INCREASE THEIR UNDERSTANDING, INTEREST AND SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL.

FOR STUDENTS, RESOURCES ARE MORE LIKELY TO MATCH PUPIL NEEDS WHEN DECISIONS ARE MADE BY THOSE WHO WORK MORE DIRECTLY WITH STUDENTS.

REPLY FORMS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. SCHOOLS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE SMI ARE INVITED TO SEND THEIR REPLY FORM TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON OR BEFORE JULY 9.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE SMI OFFICE ON TEL 892 6656.

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NEW PIER AT KAU SAI CHAU

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BUILD A PIER ON THE NORTHWESTERN SHORELINE OF KAU SAI CHAU IN SAI KUNG TO SERVE THE PROPOSED PUBLIC GOLF CENTRE ON THE ISLAND.

WORK ON THE 320-SQUARE-METRE PIER WILL START IN JULY, FINISHING BY NEXT MARCH.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED, COVERING ABOUT 8,500 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT KAU SAI CHAU, IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE, AND ITS RELATED PLAN, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG AND AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS ON OR BEFORE JULY 13.

THE OBJECTION SHOULD DESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH HE ALLEGES HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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WU KAU TANG DEVELOPMENT PLAN PUBLISHED *****

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE PUBLICATION OF THE DRAFT WU KAU TANG DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA (DPA) PLAN.

ENCLOSED BY THE PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK, THE AREA COVERS ABOUT 104 HECTARES OF LAND ABOUT 8.5 KILOMETRES TO THE EAST OF THE FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

WU KAU TANG IS AN UPLAND RURAL VALLEY WITH SOME OF THE FLAT ARABLE LAND STILL UNDER ACTIVE CULTIVATION.

IT FALLS WITHIN THE WATER-GATHERING GROUNDS OF THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR AND IS ALSO A STRATEGICALLY SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE AREA.

EXISTING RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT MAINLY CONCENTRATES IN THE EIGHT RECOGNISED VILLAGES WITH A SMALL NUMBER OF POPULATION.

"THE PLAN SERVES TO PROVIDE PROPER PLANNING GUIDANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CONTROL TO THE LAND USES IN THE AREA. IT AIMS TO PRESERVE THE RURAL LANDSCAPE AND TO PROTECT THE SURROUNDING PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK AND THE WATER-GATHERING GROUNDS FROM UNDESIRABLE DEVELOPMENTS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

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ON THE PLAN, ABOUT 83 HECTARES OR 80.29 PER CENT OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED ’’CONSERVATION AREA” TO PROMOTE NATURAL CONSERVATION.

STRINGENT LAND USE CONTROL HAS BEEN IMPOSED ON THIS ZONE TO SAFEGUARD THE WATER-GATHERING GROUNDS FROM POLLUTION, PRESERVE A NATURAL INTERFACE WITH THE ADJACENT PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK, AND PROVIDE A BUFFER TO THE SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST AT CHIU KENG TAM TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA.

ABOUT FIVE HECTARES OF LAND HAVE ALSO BEEN RESERVED ON THE PLAN FOR AGRICULTURAL USE, EIGHT HECTARES FOR VILLAGE-TYPE DEVELOPMENT, 1.5 HECTARES FOR RECREATIONAL USE, AND 3.5 HECTARES FOR GREEN-BELT USE.

THE DRAFT PLAN (NO. DPA/NE-WKT/1) IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL JULY 13 AT:

* PLANNING DEPARTMENT,

16TH FLOOR,

MURRAY BUILDING,

GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* SHA TIN & NORTH EAST DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, SHA TIN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES; AND

NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE,

THIRD FLOOR,

NORTH DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OFFICES,

3 PIK FUNG ROAD,

FANLING,

NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE DRAFT PLAN MAY SEND IN WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 13TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING ON OR BEFORE JULY 13.

THE DRAFT PLAN IS ALSO ON SALE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AND KOWLOON MAP SALES OFFICE, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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LORRY LOADING AREA PROPOSED FOR TUEN MUN

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES BUILDING A LORRY LOADING AND UNLOADING AREA IN HO PONG STREET, TUEN MUN.

ASSOCIATED DRAINS AND FOOTWAYS WILL ALSO BE BUILT.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A NOTICE GIVING DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL 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, HONG KONG; AND

» TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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, HONG KONG BEFORE JULY 12, DESCRIBING HIS INTEREST AND MANNER IN WHICH HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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CLOSURE OF MONG KOK ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE TWO UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN A BUILDING IN MONG KOK SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT CAUSING DANGER TO OTHER OCCUPANTS AND THE PUBLIC.

THE SINGLE-STOREY STRUCTURES USED FOR DWELLING PURPOSES ARE ON THE ROOF OF A BUILDING IN 81-83 SAI YEE STREET.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION APPLYING FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON SEPTEMBER 30 WAS POSTED ON THE PREMISES TODAY (FRIDAY).

DEMOLITION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDER IS ISSUED.

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1994

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,346 0930 + 1140

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,882 1000 + 1250

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO 1100 + 1300

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY +1,296 1200 + 1297

LAF TODAY + 240 1500 + 1297

1600 + 1296

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4 .00 OFFER TWI 125.1 »+0.1* 13.5. 94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE 1 COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.00 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.41 6.04

1 MONTH 3.63 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97.03 6.30

3 MONTHS 4.28 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.41 6.82

6 MONTHS 4.94 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.50 6.97

12 MONTHS 5.41 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 97.77 7.12

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 44,778 MN

CLOSED 13 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CHIEF JUSTICE TAKES PRIDE IN LOCAL LEGAL SYSTEM.......... 1

CS SPEAKS TO MEDIA....................................... 1

PUBLIC WORKS ROVING EXHIBITION OPENS..................... 2

LAW HELPS SETUP OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS.................. 3

BOOKLETS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT ON SALE.................. 4

EXTENSIVE HOUSEHOLD VISITS TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION... 5

APRIL WARM AND DRY........'.............................. 5

BUS PARADE TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION................. 8

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS ... 8

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW FINANCING SYSTEM FOR DAY CRECHES..................... 9

CRIME VICTIMS GET $9 MILLION COMPENSATION............... 10

CIVIC EDUCATION QUIZ TO START IN SCHOOLS................ 10

REGISTER AS VOTER IS A CITIZEN’S DUTY................... 11

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 1994

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CHIEF JUSTICE TAKES PRIDE IN LOCAL LEGAL SYSTEM *****

IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM OCCUPIES THE PRIDE OF PLACE IN THE COMMON LAW WORLD, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR TI LIANG YANG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING AT THE ADMISSION OF QUEEN’S COUNSEL CEREMONY, SIR TI LIANG SAID IT WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE QUALITY OF THE BAR, VIGILANTLY GUARDED AND ASSIDUOUSLY IMPROVED UPON OVER THE YEARS, PARTICULARLY TN THE PAST 15 TO 20 YEARS.

"THE TRADITIONAL MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT BETWEEN BENCH AND BAR, SO NECESSARY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM, HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME, IN SPITE OF THE INEVITABLE VICISSITUDES WHICH OCCUR IN ANY HUMAN RELATIONSHIP," SIR TI LIANG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT WITHOUT FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE JUDGES AND PRACTISING LAWYERS, THE WHEEL OF JUSTICE COULD BUT BE RUN ON A ROUGH PASSAGE.

SIR TI LIANG ALSO NOTED THAT "THE HIGH STANDARD OF THE BAR, THE RULE OF LAW, THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BENCH AND BAR, ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF A HEALTHY LEGAL SYSTEM, ON WHICH OUR FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY DEPEND.”

"IN THE LONG TERM, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE JUDICIARY AS WE KNOW IT TODAY, AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION AS WE KNOW IT TODAY, WILL CONTINUE ON THE SAME BASIC PRINCIPLES AS WE KNOW THEM TODAY.

"IT REMAINS FOR US TO PRESERVE AND DEVELOP THAT WHICH WE ALREADY POSSESS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO POSSESS,” HE CONCLUDED.

THE CEREMONY WAS TO MARK THE APPOINTMENT OF FIVE QUEEN’S COUNSEL - MR ANTHONY R DICKS, MR WARREN CHAN CHEE-HOI, MR LAWRENCE LOK YING-KAM, MR MICHAEL V LUNN, AND MR NIGEL A C AIKEN. THEIR APPOINTMENTS TOOK EFFECT ON MARCH 30 THIS YEAR.

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CS SPEAKS TO MEDIA

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FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY MRS ANSON CHAN AFTER OPENING THE SHATIN HOSPITAL TODAY (SATURDAY):

QUESTION : COULD YOU REPEAT YOUR ANSWER (ON MEN STATUS) IN ENGLISH PLEASE ?

CS : I WAS SAYING THAT ON THE MFN ISSUE, AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN IN WASHINGTON TO LOBBY FOR UNCONDITIONAL EXTENSION OF THE MFN BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT WITHDRAWAL OF MFN WOULD DEAL AN ECONOMIC BODY BLOW, NOT ONLY TO CHINA, BUT WOULD ALSO AFFECT HONG KONG VERY SERIOUSLY AND IN TURN WOULD AFFECT STABILITY' IN THE ENTIRE EAST ASIA REGION.

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QUESTION : DO YOU THINK CHINA IS USING PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AS A KIND OF BARGAINING CHIP TO GET THE MFN STATUS ?

CS : I THINK THE CHINESE ARE WELL AWARE FROM THEIR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION AS TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. AS YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN ORDER FOR EXTENSION OF MFN. THERE IS A CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE GOING ON BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE CHINESE OFFICIALS. I AM SURE THE CHINESE ARE WELL AWARE OF WHAT IS REQUIRED.

QUESTION : ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC THAT IT WOULD BE RENEWED ?

CS : I AM VERY GLAD TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT FORWARD HONG KONG’S CASE AND TO STATE OUR VIEWS ON UNCONDITIONAL EXTENSION OF MFN WHEN I WAS IN WASHINGTON. I HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT HONG KONG’S CASE WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. I HAVE POINTED OUT THE CONSEQUENCES AND WE MUST NOW AWAIT THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION.

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PUBLIC WORKS ROVING EXHIBITION OPENS ♦ ♦ * * ♦

THE DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES, MR SIU CHUEN, TODAY (SATURDAY) ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT STAFF OF HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE DOING THEIR BEST TO MEET THE CHANGE THAT LIES AHEAD.

HE GAVE THE ASSURANCE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE FOR A ROVING EXHIBITION WHICH MARKS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PUBLIC WORKS IN HONG KONG.

MR SIU SAID HE WAS PLEASED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE TERRITORY’S TRANSFORMATION FROM A FISHING VILLAGE 150 YEARS AGO INTO A HIGHLY MODERNISED CITY.

"I MYSELF, AND MY STAFF, ARE NOT COMPLACENT OF THIS. WE FULLY REALISE THAT THERE ARE MUCH MORE FOR US TO DO IN THE NEAR AND MORE DISTANT FUTURE," HE STRESSED.

EARLIER, MR SIU POINTED OUT THAT THE WIDE RANGE OF PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR BEING UNDERTAKEN IN VARIOUS FIELDS BY THE WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS UNDERLINED THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING THE TERRITORY’S POSITION AS THE HUB OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC, AND TO MEET THE PUBLIC’S RISING ASPIRATIONS.

"THE PROJECTS ALSO SIGNIFY THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO LAY A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE GROWTH," HE SAID.

THE PROJECTS COVERED THE FIELDS OF RECREATION AND CULTURE; EDUCATION; MEDICAL SERVICES; CIVIL ENGINEERING; ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES; DRAINAGE SERVICES; TRANSPORT AND WATER SUPPLIES.

MR SIU NOTED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE EXHIBITION WAS TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH A BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT THE WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS HAD BEEN DOING TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

/THE EXHIBITION.........

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THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL CONTINUE AT LOK FU TOMORROW, AND AT POPULAR SHOPPING CENTRES AND AN MTR STATION OVER SEVEN WEEKENDS UNTIL AUGUST, IS ORGANISED BY THE WORKS BRANCH AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS.

VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE SHORT FILMS ON A FULL-SIZE VIDEO WALL ON HOW PUBLIC MONEY IS SPENT ON BUILDING MORE HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, PARKS, ROADS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SEE IMPRESSIVE MODELS OF SOME OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDING TSING MA BRIDGE, DEVELOPMENTS AT THE CENTRAL AND WANCHAI RECLAMATION, THE AWARD-WINNING KOWLOON WALLED CITY PARK, AND THE STRATEGIC SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME IN MINIATURE WHICH WILL BE DISPLAYED WHERE THE VENUE PERMITS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL ALSO FEATURE DISPLAY PANELS CONTAINING CHARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS WITH SHORT DESCRIPTIONS TO EXPLAIN THE MAIN ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE WORKS BRANCH, THE NEW AIRPORT PROJECTS CO-ORDINATING OFFICE, AND SEVEN WORKS DEPARTMENTS - ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT, TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND WATER SUPPIES DEPARTMENT.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MISS ELAINE CHUNG; WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN KAM-MAN, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALDAN KWOK.

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LAW HELPS SETUP OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS

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THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE HAS ENABLED FLAT OWNERS TO SPEEDILY FORM OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS (OC’S) TO OVERSEE THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR BUILDINGS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MISS CHRISTINE CHOW, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE "BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR - PERSPECTIVE AND PARTICIPATION", MISS CHOW SAID THE ORDINANCE ALSO STIPULATED CLEAR AND DETAILED PROVISIONS ABOUT THE COMPILATION OF EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS AND THE PROCUREMENT OF SUPPLIES, GOODS AND SERVICES.

SHE STRESSED THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A SOUND LEGAL FRAMEWORK TO ENABLE FLAT OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT COMPANY STAFF TO THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND THEIR DUTIES AND ROLES SO THAT THEY COULD MANAGE THEIR BUILDINGS EFFECTIVELY.

AS TO THE EXTENSION OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL’S JURISDICTION TO HANDLE DISPUTES ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT MATTERS, MISS CHOW EXPECTED THAT THIS WOULD TAKE EFFECT AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR.

"WE BELIEVE THIS CHANGE WILL BE CONDUCIVE TO GOOD OF BUILDINGS," SHE SAID.

MANAGEMENT

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IN ORDER TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE CONCEPT OF QUALITY BUILDING MANAGEMENT, MISS CHOW SAID THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) WOULD CONDUCT PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS AS WELL AS SEMINARS, EXHIBITIONS AND TRAINING COURSES.

IN ADDITION, THE CNTA HAD PRODUCED A SERIES OF VIDEOS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT, WHICH COULD BE BORROWED BY OWNERS’ ORGANISATIONS FREE OF CHARGE FROM DISTRICT OFFICES, SHE ADDED.

MISS CHOW ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL TO PARTICIPANTS OF THE SEMINAR TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

THE SEMINAR, THE FIFTH IN A SERIES, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CNTA AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 300 BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS, FLAT OWNERS AND MEMBERS OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND OWNERS’ COMM ITTEES.

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BOOKLETS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT ON SALE

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BOOKLETS ON THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDES AN OPERATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS (OC’S) AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT STAFF ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

AT $30 EACH, THEY ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE, AFTER EXTENSIVE AMENDMENTS IN MAY LAST YEAR, HAS CHANGED ITS TITLE TO THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE TO REFLECT ITS PURPOSES AND APPLICATION.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ORDINANCE INCLUDE FACILITATING THE CREATION OF OC’S, INCREASING CONTROL OVER THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF AN OC AND INTRODUCING MEASURES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF BUILDINGS SUBJECT TO DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT.

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO PUBLISHED A PAMPHLET ON "HOW TO FORM AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION AND TO ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT".

IT SERVES AS A GUIDE TO THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE, COVERING TOPICS SUCH AS THE PROCEDURES FOR FORMING AN OC, THE APPOINTMENT OF A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING THE PROCUREMENT OF SUPPLIES, GOODS AND SERVICES BY MANAGERS AND OC’S.

THE PAMPHLETS, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

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EXTENSIVE HOUSEHOLD VISITS TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE HAS DEPLOYED MORE THAN 120 TEMPORARY COMMUNITY ORGANISERS TO CONDUCT EXTENSIVE HOUSEHOLD VISITS TO SECURE AS MANY NEW NAMES AS POSSIBLE FOR THE ELECTORAL ROLL, THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW WELLS, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A VOTER REGISTRATION CARNIVAL, HE SAID THERE WAS NO FEWER THAN 26,000 ADDITIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IN THE DISTRICT FOLLOWING THE LOWERING OF THE VOTING AGE FROM 21 TO 18.

”1 REGARD IT AS OUR TOP PRIORITY TO DEMONSTRATE TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, AND TO LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD,” HE SAID.

THE CARNIVAL FEATURED PERFORMANCE BY POPULAR SINGERS, DRAMA, QUIZ AND CARTOON FIGURES.

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APRIL WARM AND DRY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ >

LAST MONTH WAS THE WARMEST AND DRIEST XPRIL SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884, A MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT COMPILED BY TH! ROYAL OBSERVATORY SA ID TODAY (SATURDAY).

IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGNIFICANT LATF-SEASON COLD SURGES, THE TERRITORY WAS DOMINATED BY A RELATIVELY WARM SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY AIRSTREAM, PARTICULARLY IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH.

THE MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE OF 24.7 DEGREES, THE MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURF OF 27.5 DEGREES XND THE MEAN DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 22.8 DEGREES WERE ALL THE HIGHEST VALUES FOR APRIL ON RECORD.

THE MONTHLY RAINFALL OF 6.0 MILLIMETRES, THE LOWEST FOR APRIL, WAS MUCH LESS THAN THE APRIL NORMAL OF 16 1.5 MILLIMETRES.

RAINFALL IN THE FIRS'! FOUR MONTHS OF 1994 AMOUNTED TO 83.0 MILLIMETRES, 72 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAI. OF 299.8 MILLIMETRES FOR TH! PERIOD.

FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER PREVAILED FOR THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS OF THE MONTH. A LIGHT AND HUMID SOUTHEASTERLY AIRSTREAM DOMINATED THE PERIOD WITH OVERNIGHT AND MORNING COASTAL MIST THAT DISPERSED IN THF DAY .

THE ARRIVAL OF EASTERLY WINDS BROUGHT CLOUDY SKIES ON THE NIGHT OF APRIL 8.

RAIN DEVELOPED IN THF EARLY MORNING OF APRIL 9 AS WINDS FRESHENED. EASTERLIES PERSISTED ON APRIL 9 AND 10 AND THE WEATHER STAYED CLOUDY WITH DRIZZLE. MISTY CONDITIONS RETURNED AS EASTERLIES MODERATED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON OF 10 APRIL.

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A MAINLAND FISHING BOAT COLLIDED WITH X GREEK FREIGHTER IN POOK VISIBILITY AND SANK ABOUT 150 KILOMETRES SOUTHWEST OF WAGLAN ISLAND. ONE FISHERMAN WAS REPORTED MISSING IN THE ACCIDENT.

MIST AND DRIZZLE CONTINUED ON APRIL 11 AND 12. A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED OVER GUANGDONG AND MOVED ACROSS THE SOUTH CHINA COAST IN THE EVENING OF APRIL 12.

ARRIVAL OF A COOLER CONTINENTAL AIRSTREAM BEHIND THE TROUGH CLEARED THE MIST AND BROUGHT THE MONTH’S LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 18.1 DEGREES EARLY ON APRIL 13.

THE WEATHER REMAINED OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL LIGHT RAIN ON APRIL 13 AND 14.

AS WINDS SUBSIDED ON APRIL 15, CLOUDS STARTED TO BREAK AND THERE WERE SUNNY SPELLS IN THE AFTERNOON.

GENERALLY FINE WEATHER PERSISTED FROM APRIL 16 TO 20. DURING THIS PERIOD, TEMPERATURES ROSE STEADILY AS THE EASTERLIES WERE GRADUALLY REPLACED BY WARMER SOUTHERLY WINDS.

THE APPROACH OF A LOW PRESSURE TROUGH BROUGHT UNSETTLED WEATHER TO THE TERRITORY ON APRIL 21.

HEAVY AND THUNDERY SHOWFRS AFFECTED THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE AFTERNOON ANT) EVENING. OVER 80 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN FELL IN SAI KUNG AREA AND THERE WERE ALSO REPORTS OF PEA-SIZED HAILSTONES AT MA TSEUK LENG NEAR SHA TAU KOK.

THE WEATHER STARTED TO IMPROVE ON APRIL 22 WITH LONG PERIODS OF SUNSHINE DURING THE DAY. APART FROM SOME LIGHT SHOWERS, A HOT AND FINE SPELL LASTED UNTIL APRIL 28 WHEN TEMPERATURES CLIMBED TO THE MONTH’S HIGHEST OF 31.6 DEGREES.

AN UNSTABLE SOUTHWESTERLY AIRSTREAM BROUGHT DISTURBED WFATHER TO THE TERRITORY ON APRIL 29.

HEAVY RAIN WAS VERY LOCALISED AND AS A RESULT RAINFALL OF OVER 70 MILLIMETRES WERE RECORDED IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEU TERRITORIES WHILE ONLX 2.4 MILLIMETRES FELL AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE WEATHER TURNED FINE AGAIN ON APRIL 30.

THERE WAS ONLY ONE TROPICAL ('X CLONE OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN APRIL 1991.

TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIA EKTED IN THE MONTH AS A RESULT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.

DETAILS ON THE ISSUANCE/HOJ STI NG AND tANCELLATION/LOWERING OF VARIOUS WARNINGS/S1GNALS IN THE MONTH ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 1.1. MONTHLY METEOROLOGICAL FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAI ARE TABULATED IN TABLE 1.2.

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TABLE 1.1 WARNINGS AND SIGNALS IN APRIL 1994

WARNINGS / SIGNALS

EFFECTIVE DATE AND TIME

FIRE DANGER WARNINGS

YELLOW RED APR APR APR 3 0615 10 0000 5 0000 - APR - APR - APR 5 10 5 0000 1800 2315

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS APR 21 0130 - APR 21 0630

APR 21 1345 - APR 21 1945

APR 28 2340 - APR 29 0640

APR 29 1330 - APR 29 1730

TABLE 1.2 FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL - APRIL 1994

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 171.5 HOURS ; 62.6 ABOVE NORMAL HOURS

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION 14.97 MJ/SQM ; 1.83 ABOVE NORMAL MJ/SQM

TOTAL RAINFALL

6.0 MM ; 155.5 MM

BELOW NORMAL

MEAN CLOUD AMOUNT

69 % ; 9 % BELOW NORMAL

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE

82 % ; 1 % BELOW NORMAL

27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ;

2.6 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

24.7 DEGREES CELSIUS ;

2.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT

22.8 DEGREES CELSIUS ;

2.6 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

21.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ;

2.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION

98.2 MM ; 8.7 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.

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BUS PARADE TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION » * * * »

A SPECIALLY-DECORATED BUS CARRYING BEAUTY7 QUEENS WILL TOUR TSEUNG KWAN O TO PROMOTE THE MESSAGE OF VOTER REGISTRATION TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THIS IS PART OF A SERIES OF VOTER REGISTRATION PROMOTION ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE.

TEMPORARY REGISTRATION BOOTHS WILL BE SET UP TO HELP RESIDENTS REGISTER AS VOTERS.

THE SECOND RUNNER-UP OF MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT, MISS MIDDY YU; MISS INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL, MISS CHRISTINA LAU; AND SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PARRISH NG, WILL BE PRESENT TO PROMOTE THE MESSAGE.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 12.15 PM TOMORROW AT KING LAM ESTATE, TSEUNG KWAN O.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,882 0930 -170

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,962 1000 -170

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : 1100 -170

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY -170 1130 -170

LAF TODAY -750 1500

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 125.1 *+0.0* 14.5.94

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 1994

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NEW FINANCING SYSTEM FOR DAY CRECHES

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL CHANGE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF SUBVENTING DAY CRECHES TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH THAT OF THE DAY NURSERIES FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD LIFT THE EXISTING POLICY WHICH ONLY ALLOWED THE ADMISSION OF INFANTS FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH SOCIAL NEEDS TO SUBVENTED DAY CRECHES.

HE SAID IN FUTURE, DAY CRECHE SERVICE WOULD ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO OTHER FAMILIES WHO MIGHT CHOOSE TO USE THE SERVICE AND YET ABLE TO PAY FOR THE FEE ACCORDING TO THEIR MEANS.

"HOWEVER, PRIORITY WILL STILL BE GIVEN TO INFANTS FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN NEED OF FULL-DAY CARE," HE ADDED.

DAY CRECHES PROVIDE CARE AND CATER FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A BRIEFING HAD ALREADY BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE AGENCIES OPERATING DAY CRECHES LAST FRIDAY TO EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW THE NEW FINANCING SYSTEM WORKED.

"WE ALSO WISH TO ENLIST THEIR ASSISTANCE IN EXPLAINING TO PARENTS CONCERNED," HE SAID.

HE SAID INSTEAD OE' SUBVENTING DAY CRECHES, GOVERNMENT WOULD IN FUTURE, DIRECTLY HELP PARENTS PAY THE DAY CRECHE FEES ACCORDING TO A SLIDING SCALE, BASED ON THEIR NET INCOME, UP TO THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE FEE.

"OPERATORS OF DAY CRECHES WILL RECEIVE FROM GOVERNMENT A FIVE PER CENT SUBSIDY, CAPITAL GRANTS ON FITTING OUT COST, FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT AS WELL AS REIMBURSEMENT OF RENT AND RATES," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ALL APPLICATIONS FOR FEE ASSISTANCE WOULD BE PROCESSED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS TO ENSURE THAT PROVISION WOULD BE OFFERED TO FAMILIES WHO HAI) A SOCIAL NEED FOR DAY CRECHE SERVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE PAST DECADE HAD WITNESSED MARKED SOCIAL CHANGES SUCH AS THE PREVALENCE OF NUCLEAR FAMILIES, AN INCREASE TN THE NUMBER OF WORKING MOTHERS AND THE GROWTH OF SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

IN ADDITION, THERE IS GROWING PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT CHILDREN BEING LEFT UNATTENDED AT HOME. THESE DEVELOPMENTS HAVE LED TO AN INCREASE IN THE DEMAND FOR THE DAY CRECHE SERVICE.

"WE ARE EXPANDING THE SUPPLY OF CRECHE PLACES TO MEET THIS NEW DEMAND," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 1994

CRIME VICTIMS GET $9 MILLION COMPENSATION *****

THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION (CLEIC) BOARDS PAID OUT $8.98 MILLION IN COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS IN 1992/93, ACCORDING TO THE BOARDS’ LATEST ANNUAL REPORT.

THE PAYMENTS WERE AWARDED TO 1,052 CRIMINAL INJURIES CASES AND SEVEN LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES CASES.

THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL PAYMENT OF GRANTS TO $73.06 MILLION SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE CLEIC SCHEME TN 1973.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS, MR ANTHONY NEOH, SAID 766 APPLICATIONS FOR CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION WERE RECEIVED IN THE YEAR, REPRESENTING 8.8 PER CENT OF THE 8,707 REPORTED CASES OF CRIMINAL INJURIES.

AMONG THE APPLICATIONS, 537 WERE RELATED TO ASSAULT AND WOUNDING, 157 TO ROBBERY, THEFT AND BURGLARY; 59 TO HOMICIDE, MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER, FOUR TO SEXUAL OFFENCES, EIGHT TO INJURIES CAUSED BY FALLING OBJECTS AND ONE TO ARSON.

REGARDING THE SOURCE OE' APPLICATIONS, 559 OF THEM WERE REFERRED BY THE POLICE, 152 SUBMITTED BY THE VICTIMS THEMSELVES OR THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE REST REFERRED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, MR NEOH SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, THE LARGEST SINGLE PAYMENT WAS $111,030, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO A VICTIM, A PARTNER OF A SUPERMARKET, WHO SUSTAINED INJURIES IN A WOUNDING ACCIDENT. THE SMALLEST AWARD WAS $456.

THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIMES OR ARE KILLED OR INJURED IN HELPING TO PREVENT CRIME IN HONG KONG, AND THEIR DEPENDANTS.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION WHERE A PERSON IS KILLED OR INJURED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS USING WEAPONS IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTIES. THE SCHEME DOES NOT INVOLVE A MEANS TEST AND IS NON-CONTRIBUTORY.

FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HOTLINE 343 2255.

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THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IS ORGANISING AN INTRA-SECONDARY SCHOOL CIVIC EDUCATION QUIZ TO AROUSE STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN AND AWARENESS OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

TARGETED AT SECONDARY 3 AND 4 PUPILS, THE QUIZ IS PART OF A SERIES OF CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE. THE CONTEST IS SPONSORED BY THE LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303 HONG KONG AND MACAU.

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MORE THAN 140 SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE TAKING PART IN THE QUIZ AND HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH A SET OF QUIZ PAPERS.

EACH QUIZ PAPER CONTAINS 30 MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS WHICH FOCUS ON THE RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE TOP FIVE STUDENTS OF EACH OF THE FORMS IN A SCHOOL WHO ATTAIN THE HIGHEST SCORE WILL RECEIVE A FLUFFY TOY.

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REGISTER AS VOTER IS A CITIZEN’S DUTY

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TO REGISTER AS A VOTER NOT ONLY MEANS PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, IT IS ALSO THE FIRST STEP TO EXERCISE THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF A CITIZEN, THE ACTING KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SHIRLEY YUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE KOWLOON CITY CIVIC EDUCATION DAY, MISS YUNG STRESSED THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND BE READY TO VOTE IN THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD, MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

SHE ALSO CALLED ON THOSE WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 AND WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS TO REGISTER WITHOUT DELAY.

REGISTERED VOTERS SHOULD INFORM THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE OF ANY CHANGES OF THEIR ADDRESSES.

IN A BID TO URGE MORE YOUNGSTERS TO REGISTER, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE APPROACHING STUDENTS AT SECONDARY AND TERTIARY COLLEGES, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AS WELL AS EVENING SCHOOLS IN THE AREA.

IN EASTERN DISTRICT TODAY, A DECORATED OPEN-TOP DOUBLE DECKER TOURED THE STREETS TO DRIVE HOME THE "GET-REGISTERED" MESSAGE.

STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE HELPED ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO FILL IN REGISTRATION FORMS WHEN THE BUS STOPPED AT HENG FA CHUEN, TIN HAU MTR STATION AND NORTH POINT FERRY FIER.

DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS ARE ALSO BEING CONDUCTED ACROSS THE TERRITORY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 16, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FORMAL RESPONSE TO RIGHTS REPORTS BEFORE END OF JUNE..... 1

GOVERNOR MEETS MEDIA........................................ 2

HK SHOULD BE PRUDENT ABOUT PUBLIC FINANCING................. 6

TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION...................... 6

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PROSTITUTES FACE PROSECUTION.............. 8

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR DISRUPTED MINIBUS ROUTES...................................................... 8

HK AND GUANGDONG CUSTOMS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING................ 9

UK NUCLEAR EXPERTS VISIT HK................................ 10

DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR 1ST QUARTER............................................ 11

HK DELEGATION TO ATTEND APEC MEETING IN BALI............... 14

SPEL VISITS JAPAN.......................................... 14

GOVT’S ROLE IN GREEN PRODUCTIVITY.......................... 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURE....................................... 17

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS................ 17

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS 18

MONDAY, MAY 16, 1994

FORMAL RESPONSE TO RIGHTS REPORTS BEFORE END OF JUNE *****

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS HOPING TO GIVE A FORMAL RESPONSE TO THE REPORTS OF THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (FAC) BEFORE THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

ADDRESSING THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE ISSUES WOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH EXECUTIVE COUNCILLORS.

HE SAID: "YOUR REPORT, AND THE FAC’S REPORT, WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDA FOR MY TALKS WITH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, THE MINISTER OF STATE, MR GOODLAD, AND OFFICIALS WHEN I AM IN LONDON NEXT WEEK.

”OUR FORMAL RESPONSE WILL NOT BE TOO LONG DELAYED. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE IT BY THE END OF JUNE, WHEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S OBSERVATIONS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ARE DUE.”

ON THE SETTING UP OF A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, THE GOVERNOR SAID THERE WERE COMPETING ARGUMENTS SURROUNDING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF SUCH A COMMISSION AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD WEIGH ALL THE POINTS BEFORE MAKING A DECISION.

BUT HE ALSO STRESSED THAT THE ULTIMATE PROTECTORS AND GUARANTORS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONG KONG WERE THE RULE OF LAW AND AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.

MR PATTEN NOTED THAT HONG KONG’S HUMAN RIGHTS AFTER 1997 WERE CLEARLY PROTECTED IN INTERNATIONAL LAWS BY THE JOINT DECLARATION, AND IN HONG KONG LAW BY THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND OTHER LAWS.

HE SAID THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAD UNDERTAKEN IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, TO ENSURE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR) AND THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS (ICESCR) SHOULD REMAIN IN FORCE.

THE OBLIGATION OF BRITAIN TO REPORT ON HONG KONG TO THE RELEVANT BODIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS WOULD NO DOUBT PASS FROM BRITAIN TO CHINA AFTER JULY 1, 1997, HE SAID.

ONE OF THE SIMPLEST ANSWERS FOR CHINA TO FULFIL ITS OBLIGATIONS WAS TO SIGN UP ITSELF TO THE TWO COVENANTS TO CHANGE ITS NON-PARTY STATUS, THE GOVERNOR NOTED.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO GAVE A TIMETABLE ON THE AMENDMENT OF LEGISLATION AFTER THE LAUNCHING OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS TO ENSURE THAT IT WAS IN LINE WITH THE ICCPR.

HE SAID SO FAR 14 AMENDING BILLS HAD ALREADY BEEN ENACTED.

"WE HAVE A CLEAR TIMETABLE FOR AMENDING A FURTHER 10 ORDINANCES, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE, THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE AND THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT ORDINANCE.”

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HE-SAID;THE ADMINISTRATION WAS STILL REVIEWING SEVEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION, INCLUDING THE EMERGENCY REGULATIONS ORDINANCE.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS AMENDING LAWS WHICH MIGHT INFRINGE PRESS FREEDOM.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT REVIEW, WHICH WAS STILL UNDER WAY, HAD IN FACT COVERED 27 ORDINANCES. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AMENDED THREE OF THEM AND HAVE PLANNED. TO AMEND A FURTHER SEVEN BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

"WE ACCEPT THAT SOME PROVISIONS IN THESE ORDINANCES DO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON THE .PRESS; BUT THESE ARE RESTRICTIONS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS, AND THE GOVERNMENT CLEARLY HAS A PARALLEL DUTY TO PROTECT THAT UNDER THE LAW AS WELL.

"I REPEAT THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR WE AIM TO HAVE AMENDED AT LEAST 10 ORDINANCES WHICH COULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN HONG KONG," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

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GOVERNOR MEETS MEDIA *****

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, AFTER HIS TALK TO THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL THIS (MONDAY) EVENING:

QUESTION: YOU SAID IN YOUR SPEECH WHEN WE STAND UP TO HUMAN RIGHTS. WE ARE FIRM TOGETHER THAT WE ARE A SINGLE HUMAN COMMUNITY. NOW, YOU YOURSELF HAVE SPOKEN ON THE MATTER OF XI YANG, OUR COLLEAGUE, AND AMBASSADOR MCLAREN HAS INVESTIGATED IN THAT. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US PLEASE WHY LEGCO LAST WEEK, THE EX-OFFICIO PEOPLE ABSTAINED ON THAT PARTICULAR MATTER, AND WAS THAT SENDING A KIND OF MESSAGE TO PEKING, OR WHAT WERE....?

GOVERNOR: NO, IT WAS BECAUSE THE MOTION WAS DIRECTED AT THE GOVERNMENT OF i THE PRC RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG BUT THERE’S NO DOUBT1, 1 THINK, IN ANYBODY’S MIND THAT WE HAVE MADE OUR VIEWS ON THE XI YANG CASE PLAIN. WE WERE VERY DISTURBED BY THE SENTENCE THAT WAS HANDED OUT AND WE WERE VERY DISTURBED BY THE OPAQUENESS OF THE PROCEEDINGS. WE RECOGNISE, OF COURSE, THAT THESE ARE CHINESE RULES APPLIED IN CHINESE COURTS BUT WE’VE ARGUED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE, OUR JOURNALISTS WORKING IN CHINA, IT’S REASONABLE FOR CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO SAY EXACTLY WHAT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW, ARE. WE’VE MADE THAT CLEAR, SEVERAL OF US, MYSELF, THE CHIEF SECRETARY AND OTHERS, ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

QUESTION: HOW CAN YOU ON ONE HAND TALK OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR HONG KONG, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HONG KONG IS EFFECTIVELY UNDERMINING THOSE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SEEKING TO USE MFN TO PUT PRESSURE ON BEIJING TO IMPROVE HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: BUT, YOUR ASSUMPTION IS THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT HUMAN RIGHTS SHOULD BE LINKED TO TRADE. I READ THIS WEEKEND AN EDITORIAL IN THE WASHINGTON POST WHICH SAID THAT THERE'S A CHANGE OF MIND ON THE ISSUE AND BELIEVED THAT THE BEST WAY OF PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA WAS THROUGH OPENING UP THE ECONOMY, WAS THROUGH MORE TRADE AND THROUGH PURSUING A POLITICAL DIALOGUE. IT HAPPENS TO BE THE CASE THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE IN HONG KONG HAVE MORE REASONS THAN, PERHAPS, ANYBODY TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, WE BELIEVE AS THE WASHINGTON POST ARGUED AND AS MANY AMERICANS ARGUE, AS CONGRESSMAN LEE HAMILTON, ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAS ARGUED, THAT IT'S NOT SENSIBLE TO LINK HUMAN RIGHTS, POLITICAL ISSUES WITH MATTERS OF TRADE AND ECONOMICS. IT'S A PERFECTLY RESPECTABLE POSITION TO TAKE UP AND IT DOESN'T IN ANY WAY UNDERMINE OUR BELIEF IN HUMAN RIGHTS.

QUESTION: SIR, WITH YOUR SUPPORT TO THE SPEECH ON ’’SILENCE OF THE LAMB”, WHAT SHORT OF POLITICAL PRESSURES THAT THE ADMINISTRATION RIGHT NOW ARE FEELING, AND .....?

GOVERNOR: IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE ANYBODY THAT THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG AND THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY ARE IN FAVOUR OF PRUDENT FINANCING. IT'S THROUGH PRUDENT FINANCING THAT, OR PARTLY THROUGH PRUDENT FINANCING THAT HONG KONG HAS BECOME SO PROSPEROUS AND STAYED SO PROSPEROUS OVER THE YEARS. I DON’T THINK IT'S SENSIBLE IN POLITICS TO BE GUN-HELD ABOUT, TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT SPENDING MONEY BUT NOT, FOR EXAMPLE, SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT RAISING THE MONEY IN ORDER TO MEET THE BILLS. I THINK THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY WAS SAYING WITH FALSE INELOGUENCE THAT WE HAVE TO GO ON AND BALANCING THE BOOKS IN HONG KONG. NOW, THERE IS NOTHING UNDEMOCRATIC ABOUT BELIEVING IN PRUDENT PUBLIC FINANCING. I COULD POINT TO YOU TO ALL SORTS OF DEMOCRACY OVER THE WORLD. WE HAVE PARTY STATE IN POWER FOR YEARS ADVOCATING PRUDENT PUBLIC FINANCING. AT THE MOMENT, THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES IS TRYING TO CUT THE BUDGET DEFICIT, A SORT OF ANTIDEMOCRATIC THING TO DO. IT'S A SENSIBLE THING TO DO. SO, IN OUR OPEN SOCIETY, THE GIVE-AND-TAKE OF PUBLIC DEBATE INCLUDES THE RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE TO SAV FROM TIME TO TINE WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT POLITICAL ISSUES.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, ... THE TA KUNG PAO ON ITS EDITORIAL ABOUT HUNAN RIGHTS EXPRESSED THAT ......JUST NOW SAID HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT

GET CAUGHT UP WITH THE LEAD IN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION WHICH IS SAID TO BE THE WORK OF A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE, REFERRED TO THE BRITISH, BUT THERE WERE CLAUSES IN THE BASIC LAW. IT WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE AMERICAN HAS NO SUCH COMMISSION, NEITHER DOES THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND IT IS A VERY PECULIAR THING NOW SETTING IT UP 1 141 DAYS BEFORE

REVERTING TO CHINA, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?

GOVERNOR: WE’LL GIVE OUR RESPONSE TO TA KUNG PAO AND INDEED TO THE FAC AND AMNESTY BEFORE THE END OF JUNE. WE ARE COMMITTED TO RESPONDING TO THE FAC IN THAT TIME SCALE. IT'S PERFECTLY TRUE, AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH, THAT YOU CAN THINK OF LOTS OF EXAMPLES OF COUNTRIES WITH A BILL OF RIGHTS BUT NO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS AND EXAMPLES AS WELL OF COMMUNITIES WITH A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BUT NO BILL OF RIGHTS. AND IT’S ONLY IN ONE OR TWO EXAMPLES, IN ONLY ONE OR TWO COUNTRIES, I THINK CANADA IS ONE, WHERE THERE IS BOTH THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION. YOU CAN ALSO THINK OF EXAMPLES OF HUMAN. RIGHTS COMMISSIONS THAT AREN’T VERY EFFECTIVE AND OTHERS THAT ARE. I THINK THAT WHAT IS IMPORTANT, AS WELL AS ADDRESSING THE INSTITUTIONAL, QUESTION, IS TO ADDRESS WHAT IT IS THAT PEOPLE EXPECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO DO AND AMNESTY'S TALKED ABOUT AFFORDABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND AWARENESS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND I HOPE THOSE ISSUES DON’T GET LOST WHEN TALKING ABOUT THAT INSTITUTIONAL MATTER.

/QUESTION: .......

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QUESTION: GOVERNOR, I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT YOU ARE QUITE NATURALLY CONGRATULATING YOURSELF ON YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY SILENT ON HONG KONG’S HUMAN RIGHTS FAILINGS... I AM SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HISTORICALLY HAS A VERY POOR RECORD ON HUMAN RIGHTS. AND IF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WHICH YOU ARE A PART, PLAY A B[G ROLE IN HONG KONG HAVING SUCH A POOR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD, AND AS YOU KNOW, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OPPOSED TO A BILL OF RIGHTS IN HONG KONG UP UNTIL TIANMAN SQUARE, AND THE REASONS THAT THEY GAVE AT THE TIME WAS THAT THERE WAS NO NEED FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS, AND THAT ALL OF HONG KONG’S LAWS WERE TOTALLY IN CONFORMITY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANTS BECAUSE, AS YOU SAID, EACH PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS VETTED FOR COMPLIANCE TO THESE ................. OBLIGATIONS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WE DISCOVERED THAT THERE ARE 10 PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT NEEDED AMENDING BECAUSE THEY MIGHT INFRINGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS. AND THE CHINESE ARE NOW USING THIS BRITISH ARGUMENT, PRE-TIANMAN BRITISH ARGUMENT, TO SAY THERE IS NO NEED FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS. THERE IS NO NEED FOR A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BECAUSE AFTERALL, THE BRITISH HAD BEEN VERY CAREFULLY VETTING ALL LEGISLATION, GO THERE IS NOTHING IN HONG KONG.... CONTRADICTS THE COVENANTS . NOW I THINK IT LEAVES YOU TO ASSUME SOME RESPONSIBILITIES ON THIS?

GOVERNOR: BUT, FRANK, IF WE’RE TO EXCHANGE ARGUMENTS ABOUT HISTORY, I AM NOT SURE WHERE IT WILL GET US. YOU ARE KEEN TO POINT OUT PESSIMISM AS IT WERE THAT WE HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH IN THE PAST ON HUMAN RIGHTS. WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THAT. WHAT I AM CONSCIOUS OF IS THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT WE DO ENOUGH TODAY AND I AM SURE IF YOU THINK WE ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH, NOT RESPONDING ADEQUATELY, YOU’LL KNOCK US ALL OVER THE PLACE AS IT IS YOUR TOTAL RIGHT.

QUESTION: IN YOUR SPEECH JUST NOW, YOU REFERRED TO THE FAC REPORT AND THE AMNESTY REPORT, AND YOU SAID YOU’LL BE CONSIDERING ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, AND THEN, OF COURSE, YOU GO ON ARGUING THE JOINT DECLARATION MEANS THAT CHINA IS OBLIGED TO GIVE A REPORT TO THE UNITED NATIONS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, ETC. WELL, IN THE FAC REPORT, THEY HAVE ACTUALLY SAID THE WAY CHINA TREATED TIBET, TIBET IS OF COURSE ALSO BOUND BY AN AGREEMENT, AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT LIKE HONG KONG HAS, THAT IT SERVES A WARNING FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO COMPARE HOW THE DIFFERENT AGREEMENTS FOR HONG KONG AND FOR TIBET, AND SEE IN A WAY WHAT SORT OF GUARANTEE HONG KONG ACTUALLY HAS. IT’S ALL VERY WELL SAYING, YOU KNOW, IT’S AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY BUT THEY HAVE BROKEN AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY FOR TIBET, WHAT IF THEY BREAK ONE FOR HONG KONG?

GOVERNOR: I AM NOT A TIBETAN EXPERT THOUGH I HAVE READ THE DECLARATION-ON TIBET BUT I DON’T THINK THAT YOU ARE ARGUING THAT IT IS A TREATY LODGED AT THE UNITED NATIONS BETWEEN TWO SOVEREIGN POWERS AND THAT’S WHAT THE JOINT DECLARATION AMOUNTS TO. I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THE CHINESE, HAVING SIGNED IT AS AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY, INTENDS TO ABIDE BY IT.

QUESTION: TWO POINTS, GOVERNOR. I MEAN, JUST ....... OF TREATIES THAT HAD BEEN BROKEN IN HISTORY THAT NON-AGGRESSION PACTS AND THE.......... PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THAT AND THEY ARE VERY NERVOUS. GIVEN THE DEGREE AND ANXIETY THAT PEOPLE HAVE, WHETHER YOU PHILOSOPHICALLY DISPOSE TOWARDS SOMETHING OR NOT, WOULD IT NOT BE BENEFICIAL AND TRY TO REASSURE PEOPLE TO PUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE INTO THE LAW AND INTO CONCRETE STRUCTURE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER. WHETHER THERE IS AN ACCESS TO INFORMATION BILL OR HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS, WHAT EVER IT MAY BE, CONCRETISE IT, EVEN IF IT’S NOT PHILOSOPHICAL IN ITS DISPOSITION BECAUSE IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL BETTER?

/GOVERNOR: .......

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GOVERNOR: I AM NOT SURE THAT IT NECESSARILY MAKES PEOPLE FEEL BETTER TO PASS A LAW. EACH OF THESE ISSUES, EACH OF THE ONES YOU TOUCH ON, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, ACCESS TO INFORMATION, HOW YOU’D LIKE TO DESCRIBE IT, HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS AND SO ON, EACH OF THOSE THINGS INVOLVES MATTERS OF JUDGMENT IN WHICH ONE IS TRYING TO SECURE THE POSITION NOT JUST FOR THE SHORT TERM BUT FOR THE LONGER TERM AND WE HAVE TO WAIT, WE HAVE TO ARRIVE AT THOSE JUDGMENTS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS. I HOPE WE’LL BE ABLE TO DO SO IN A WAY WHICH COMMANDS MAJORITY CONSENT IN THE COMMUNITY. I CERTAINLY WILL BE TRYING TO EXPLAIN AND JUSTIFY WHATEVER DECISIONS WE COME TO. ONE MORE, LAST ONE.

QUESTION: THIS IDEA ABOUT A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION BE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE FROM THE BILL OF RIGHTS...

GOVERNOR: THAT IS NOT MY ARGUMENT.

QUESTION:... THERE IS AN INDICATION THAT PERHAPS, SOME ARE CITED AS SAYING THAT YOU HAVE CORRUPTION LARGE ENOUGH......... THE ICAC AND YOU HAVE SECURITY BRANCH. YOU DON’T NEED SFC. WHY NOT HAVE TWO TOGETHER, OF COURSE,...........................................

GOVERNOR: YOU COULD HAVE THE TWO TOGETHER. I JUST POINTED OUT THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE DO AND I POINTED OUT THAT WHILE CANADA DID WORK SUCCESSFULLY, I COULDN’T THINK OF MANY OTHER EXAMPLES. WHICH OTHER EXAMPLES CAN YOU THINK OF? (REMARKS BY REPORTERS INAUDIBLE) I DON’T BELIEVE THAT IT IS AN EXCLUSIVE ARGUMENT BUT I POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS OF INTEREST THAT I CAN ONLY THINK OF ONE EXAMPLE WHERE THE TWO COEXIST AND YOU CAN’T THINK OF ANOTHER.

QUESTION: IF YOU’RE LOOKING LONG TERM, GOVERNOR, AND YOU WANT TO MAKE THINGS LONG TERM RATHER THAN SHORT TERM. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC OF RELYING ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES THAT CAN CHANGE BY....

GOVERNOR: WE ARE TOTALLY RELYING ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES BUT I THINK YOU’D BETTER WAIT AND HEAR WHAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO SAY IN A MONTH OR SO.

QUESTION: ARE YOU GOING TO REVERSE YOURSELF ON WHAT YOU’VE SAID BEFORE AND PREFERRING ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES?

GOVERNOR: I AM GOING TO MAKE THE POSITION CLEAR BEFORE THE END OF JUNE. THANKS.

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HK SHOULD BE PRUDENT ABOUT PUBLIC FINANCING * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON SAID HONG KONG SHOULD BE PRUDENT ABOUT PUBLIC FINANCING AND IF PUBLIC FUNDS WERE GOING TO BE USED, THEY SHOULD BE TARGETED ON THINGS THAT PEOPLE WERE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING FOR THE ST JOHN’S COUNCIL FOR HONG KONG, MR PATTEN SAID: "AT PRESENT, HOUSEHOLDS ARE PAYING TWO PER CENT OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD INCOMES IN DOMESTIC RATES. UNDER THE PROPOSALS THAT FOLLOW THE NORMAL PRACTICE, THAT FIGURE WOULD GO UP TO 2.1 PER CENT.

"IN THE CONTENT OF A BUDGET WHICH HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL CUTS IN THE TAX BURDEN, I DON’T REALLY THINK THAT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THINK THAT’S UNREASONABLE."

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT MFN RENEWAL, MR PATTEN HOPED THAT MFN WOULD BE DELINKED FROM POLITICAL ISSUES.

"I THINK THAT’S IN THE INTEREST OF EVERYBODY. IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF AMERICA AND CHINA. IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG. I THINK IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF THE WHOLE WORLD.

"I CAN’T PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON BUT I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT GOOD SENSE WILL PREVAIL.”

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE SUGGESTION OF SELECTIVE SANCTIONS, THE GOVERNOR SAID: "WE’VE MADE IT CLEARLY ALL ALONG THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNCONDITIONAL RENEWAL OF MFN.

"SOMETIMES IN THE PAST, PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT SELECTIVE SANCTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN TERMS OF TARGETING AT THE STATE SECTOR IN CHINA WHEN IT COMES TO EXPORTS.

"QUITE APART FROM THE UNDESIRABILITY OF THAT, I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD HOW IT’LL BE ADMINISTRATIVELY POSSIBLE."

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TRANSCRIPT OF GOVERNOR’S MEDIA SESSION

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FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN AFTER THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING FOR THE ST. JOHN’S COUNCIL FOR HONG KONG THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON:

QUESTION: IN YOUR OPPOSITION TO HAVE A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, AN INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, ARE YOU...... CONFIDENT IN KNOWING THAT YOU’RE BACK TO THIS POSITION BY DIRECTOR LU PING?

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GOVERNOR: I THINK WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS WAIT UNTIL I’VE MADE MY SPEECH THIS EVENING AND THEN WAIT, WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE EVEN LONGER, UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT, UNTIL EXCO HAVE DISCUSSED THE ISSUE. WE’LL BE SETTING OUT OUR PROPOSALS IN DUE COURSE AND I AM SORRY THAT I CAN’T SET THEM OUT FOR YOU.

QUESTION: WILL YOU SURPRISE US?

GOVERNOR: I AM SURE THAT YOU WILL BE OVERWHELMED ONCE AGAIN BY THE GOOD SENSE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

QUESTION: THE POLITICAL PARTIES WANT TO MEET YOU TO DISCUSS THE AMENDMENT ON THE BILL ON RATES, UP TO NOW, THERE’S NO RESPONSE FROM YOU, WILL YOU...?

GOVERNOR: I AM SENDING A LETTER TO THE UDHK LATER ON TODAY. I HAVE TO SAY, I MEAN, I AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO MEET ANYBODY AT ANY TIME. 1 THINK THAT’S BEEN ONE OF THE HALLMARKS OF OUR ADMINISTRATION TN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. BUT THE CASE ON RATES IS A VERY BAD ONE AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY KNOWS IT IS A VERY BAD ONE. AT PRESENT, HOUSEHOLDS ARE PAYING TWO PERCENT OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD INCOMES IN DOMESTIC RATES. UNDER THE PROPOSALS THAT FOLLOW THE NORMAL PRACTICE, THAT FIGURE WOULD GO UP TO 2.1 PERCENT. IN THE CONTEXT OF A BUDGET WHICH HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL CUTS IN THE TAX BURDEN, I DON’T REALLY THINK THAT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THINK THAT’S UNREASONABLE AND I DO THINK WE SHOULD BE PRUDENT ABOUT OUR PUBLIC FINANCING AND IF WE ARE GOING TO USE PUBLIC FUNDS, TARGETED ON THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT. BUT I DON’T THINK THAT ON THIS OCCASION, THE POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE IDENTIFIED ONE OF THE HIGHEST ISSUES ON PEOPLE’S AGENDA. YOU’VE GOT WAIT FOR THIS EVENING.

QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR READING ON THE SITUATION ON THE MFN. YOU NOW CONSIDER INEVITABLE THAT THE AMERICAN WILL RENEW IT?

GOVERNOR: I THINK IT’S A BIT DANGEROUS TO SPECULATE ABOUT THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN WASHINGTON OR ANYWHERE ELSE. I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT MFN WILL BE DELINKED FROM POLITICAL ISSUES. I THINK THAT’S IN THE INTEREST OF EVERYBODY. IT’S IN THE INTEREST Ok AMERICA AND CHINA. IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG. I THINK IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF THE WHOLE WORLD. THAT’S A POINT WHICH THE CHIEF SECRETARY, ANSON CHAN, PUT WITH GREAT ELOQUENCE AND VIGOUR WHEN SHE WAS IN WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND IT’S A POINT THAT I PUT AGAIN. SO, I CAN’T PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON BUT I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT GOOD SENSE WILL PREVAIL.

QUESTION: SENATOR MITCHELL ADVOCATED VERY STRONGLY TODAY THAT IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WOULD BE PROBABLY SOME SORT Ok SELECTIVE SANCTIONS ?

GOVERNOR: WE’VE MADE IT CLEARLY ALL ALONG THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNCONDITIONAL RENEWAL OF MFN AND SOMETIMES IN THE PAST, PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT SELECTIVE SANCTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN TERMS OF TARGETING AT THE STATE SECTOR IN CHINA WHEN IT COMES TO EXPORTS. QUITE APART FROM THE UNDESIRABILITY OF THAT, I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD HOW IT’LL BE ADMINISTRATIVELY POSSIBLE, HOW YOU (’AN DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WHETHER A BICYCLE IS A PRIVATE SECTOR BICYCLE OR A STATE BICYCLE, WHETHER SILK IS THE RESULT OF A PRIVATE SECTOR OR A PUBLIC SECTOR PROCESS. IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE A HUGE JOB CREATION JOB FOR THE AMERICAN CUSTOMS. SO, I HOPE WE CAN DISPOSE OF THE ISSUE ONCE AND FOR ALL IN A CLEAN WAY IF POSSIBLE. IT ISN’T TO SAY THAT PEOPLE AREN’T CONCERNED ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS. THEY ARE. BUT 1 DON’T THINK PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE USE OF TRADE IS THE BEST WAY OF SECURING HUMAN RIGHTS OBJECTIVES. THANKS VERY MUCH . -----------------------------------0--------

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PROSTITUTES FACE PROSECUTION

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL STEP UP ACTION AGAINST FEMALE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOUND IN VICE ESTABLISHMENTS AFTER AN INCREASING NUMBER OF THEM HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY POLICE DURING THE PAST YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID POLICE LAST YEAR ARRESTED A TOTAL OF 177 FEMALE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SUSPECTED TO BE WORKING AS PROSTITUTES, HOSTESSES OR KARAOKE PUBLIC RELATIONS GIRLS, OF WHOM 75 WERE FOUND IN VICE ESTABLISHMENTS. THIS COMPARES WITH ONLY 16 IN THIS CATEGORY ARRESTED IN 1992.

NOTING THAT THE PROBLEM HAD TO BE CONTAINED, AND ELIMINATED, IF POSSIBLE, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FROM JUNE 13 PROSECUTE FEMALE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOUND IN VICE ESTABLISHMENTS OR OTHERWISE FOUND WORKING AS PROSTITUTES.

’’LIKE OTHER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOUND AT A PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT, THESE WOMEN WILL BE CHARGED WITH REMAINING IN HONG KONG WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IF THEY COMMIT OTHER OFFENCES, THEY WOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR THESE OFFENCES IN THE NORMAL WAY, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE INITIATIVE WAS NOT SO MUCH A CHANGE IN PROSECUTION POLICY, BUT IT ADDRESSED A PROBLEM THAT WAS NOT APPARENT WHEN THE PRESENT POLICY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WAS INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER 1990.

HE ADDED THAT ACTION WOULD ALSO BE STEPPED UP AGAINST FOREIGNERS FOUND WORKING IN A VICE ESTABLISHMENT.

HE SAID LIKE FEMALE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THERE HAI) BEEN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF WOMEN FROM ELSEWHERE RECENTLY GETTING INTO HONG KONG AS TOURISTS BUT TAKING UP WORK AS PROSTITUTES.

MORE THAN 1,700 SUCH PEOPLE WERE SUSPECTED TO BE WORKING AS PROSTITUTES LAST YEAR, AS COMPARED WITH AROUND 1,000 IN 1992.

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ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR DISRUPTED MINIBUS ROUTES *****

AS A RESULT OF STRIKE BY DRIVERS, SERVICES OF NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS (GMB) ROUTES 20K, 21K, 22K AND 23K HAVE BEEN DISRUPTED.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES TO DEAL WITH THE INCIDENT:

/* ROUTE 20K .......

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* ROUTE 20K

TO CATER FOR PASSENGER DEMAND ALONG TING KOK ROAD AND AT SAM MUN TSAI, KOWLOON MOTOR BUS (KMB) HAS STRENGTHENED ITS SERVICE ON ROUTE 74K TO IMPROVE ITS FREQUENCY TO 13 MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS.

KMB HAS ALSO AGREED TO CONTINUE THE SERVICE OF THIS ROUTE FROM 6 AM UNTIL 11.10 PM. THE FREQUENCY OF THIS ROUTE DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS IS 26 MINUTES.

* ROUTE 2 IK

THE OPERATOR OF GMB ROUTE 25K HAS ALLOCATED ADDITIONAL VEHICLES TO OPERATE SHORT WORKING TRIPS BETWEEN TAI PO KCR STATION AND NAM WAH PO/TAI HANG IN ORDER TO SERVE THE PASSENGERS OF ROUTE 2 IK AT WAI TAU. ACCORDING TO THIS OPERATOR, NO CONFUSION WAS OBSERVED THIS MORNING.

ROUTE 23K

KMB WILL OPERATE A 24-SEATER BUS SERVICE BETWEEN SAN UK HA AND TAT PO KCR STATION FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY). THE SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN 6 AM AND 8 PM AT 15-M1NUTE FREQUENCY. THE FARE IS $3.

AS FOR ROUTE 22K, SINCE KAM SHAN IS NEXT TO TAI WO KCR STATION, PASSENGERS CAN WALK TO THIS RAILWAY STATION AND TAI WO ESTATE BUS TERMINUS IN FIVE MINUTES.

THESE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION.

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HK AND GUANGDONG CUSTOMS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING *****

THE 12TH ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING ON CUSTOMS LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE GUANGDONG BRANCH OF THE CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA AND THE HONG KONG CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT WAS HELD IN ZHANJIANG FROM MAY 10 TO 16.

THE HONG KONG CUSTOMS DELEGATION WAS LED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DON WATSON.

THE ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY MR LIU WENJIE, HEAD OF THE GUANGDONG CUSTOMS DELEGATION AND DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG BRANCH OF THE CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA.

/BOTH SIDES .......

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BOTH SIDES GAVE PRESENTATION AND EXCHANGED VIEWS ON ANT1-NARCOTIC’S, ANTI-SMUGGLING WORK AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO ADMINISTRATIONS SINCE THE LAST ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING. BOTH SIDES WERE SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS ACHIEVED DURING THE PAST YEAR.

APART FROM ANALYSING THE EXISTING ANTI-SMUGGLING SITUATIONS, POSITIVE DISCUSSION WITH CONCRETE MEASURES ON FURTHER STRENGTHENING THE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIONS WERE FORMULATED.

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UK NUCLEAR EXPERTS VISIT UK ♦ * * ♦ ♦

TWO NUCLEAR EXPERTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, MTSS F A FRY AND MR C R WILLBY, HAVE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON \ SJX-OAY VISIT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THEY WOULD EXAMINE THE DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN AND COMMENT ON IT TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE MEDIA AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

THEA WILL BE MEETING OFFICIALS FROM THE SECURITY BRANCH, ROYAL OBSERVATORY, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. IN ADDITION, THEY WILL BE VISITING THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR POWER STATION.

THE EXPERTS WILL ATTEND THE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE PANEL ON ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ON FRIDAY (MAY 20), AND WILL PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER THE PANEL MEETING.

MR WILLBY IS HER MAJESTY’S DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF INSTALLATIONS WITH RESPONSI BILIT!ES FOR REGULATORY POLICY INCLUDES EMERGENCE ARRANGEMENTS, RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION AND SAFETY RESEARCH.

COUNCIL

GIVE A

NUCLEAR

WHICH NUCLEAR

MISS FRY IS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH THE UK NATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION BOARD (NRPB).

HER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITERIA FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC IN NORMAL AND ACCIDENT SITUATIONS, ASSESSMENT OF DOSES TO THE PUBLIC IN NORMAL AND ACCIDENT SITUATIONS, AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NRPB’S RESPONSE IN AN EMERGENCY.

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DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR 1ST QUARTER *****

THE THREE MAJOR INDUSTRY GROUPS OF WEARING APPAREL,TEXTILES AND CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 52% OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MANUFACTURED GOODS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WEARING APPAREL AND TEXTILES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR DECREASED BY 5% AND 9% FROM A YEAR EARLIER TO $8.2 BILLION AND $7.9 BILLION RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE OF CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS ALSO DROPPED BY 20% TO $6.9 BILLION.

AS FOR OTHER INDUSTRY GROUPS, MORE SIGNIFICANT ABSOLUTE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE FOUND IN THE GROUPS OF MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, APPARATUS, PARTS AND COMPONENTS (+$232 MILLION OR +4%); NON-METALL1C MINERAL PRODUCTS (+$103 MILLION OR +98%); AND FOOD (+$54 MILLION OR +11%).

FOR THE TRANSPORT EQI 1PMENT INDUSTRY AND RUBBER PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, ALTHOUGH THE CHANGES IN ABSOLUTE VALUE WERE NOT AS LARGE, MARKED PERCENTAGE INCREASES OF 79% AND 44% RESPECTIVELY WERE RFCORDED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, INDUSTRY GROUPS THAT RECORDED MORE NOTABLE ABSOLUTE DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT (-$411 MILLION OR -11%); BASIC METALS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (-$202 MILLION OR -9%); AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-$184 MILLION OR -14%).

FOR THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY, ALTHOUGH THE CHANGE IN ABSOLUTE VALUE WAS NOT AS LARGE, A MARKED PERCENTAGE DECLINE OF 22% WAS

RECORDED.

THE STATISTICS ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ARE DERIVED BI RE-GROUPING THE MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS ORIGINALLY GROUPED UNDER THE EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE MERCHANDISE ITEMS ARE NORMALLI PRODUCED. TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIF ARE EXCLUDED.

THE INDUSTRIAL (CLASSIFICATION USED IS THE HONG KONG STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION (HS1C). THE HSI ( IS TO BE DISTINGUISHED FROM THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SIT(') USED IN THE REGULAR. TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

IN COMPARISON, THE HSIC IS MORE RELATED TO PRODUCTION PROCESSES WHEREAS THE SITU IS MORE GEARED TO END USES OF PRODUCTS.

\ SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMEN'I SAID CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN REFERRING TO THESE DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN.

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"THERE MAY RE SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IN THE PRODUCTION OE CERTAIN MERCHANDISE EXPORT ITEMS.

"IN COMPILING THE STATISTICS, THE TOTAL VALUE OF SUCH AN ITEM HAS HOWEVER BEEN WHOLLY RELATED TO THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH THE ITEM IS FINALLY PRODUCED," HE SAID.

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS OF A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY MAY INCLUDE PRODUCTS THAT ARE SECONDARY PRODUCTS BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF OTHER INDUSTRIES, HE ADDED.

FURTHER DETAILS (YF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE FOUND IN A TABLE WHICH IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE GENERAL ECONOMIC SURVEYS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEI. 839 3238).

A TABLE SHOWING MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF SIMILAR STATISTICS FOR MAJOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, MARCH 1994".

/Domestic exports .......

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Domestic exports of manufactured goods classified by industrial origin for the first quarter of 1994

(Value in HKS’OOO)

Industrial origin of the commodities exported Merchandise domestic exports

1994 1st qtr. 1993 1st qtr. Value change % change

Food 570,292 515,918 +54,374 + 10.5

Beverages 133,490 140,244 -6,754 -4.8

Tobacco manufactures 554,938 553,714 + 1,224 +0.2

Textiles (including knitting) 7,887,503 8,706,593 -819,090 -9.4

Wearing apparel, except footwear 8,166,019 8,633,331 -467,312 -5.4

Leather and leather products, except footwear and wearing apparel 334,879 368,998 -34,120 -9.2

Footwear, except rubber, plastic and wooden footwear 52,243 66,687 -14,444 -21.7

Wood and cork products, furniture and fixtures 94,101 92,543 + 1,558 + 1.7

Paper and paper products, printing and publishing 1,613,101 1,647,131 -34,030 -2.1

Chemicals and chemical products 1,566,271 1,537,951 +28,320 + 1.8

Products of petroleum and coal 2,149 2,002 + 147 +7.3

Rubber products 29,621 20,559 +9,062 +44.1

Plastic products 1,128,718 1,312,868 -184,150 -14.0

Non-metallic mineral products, except products of petroleum and coal 208,617 105,545 + 103,072 +97.7

Basic metals and fabricated metal products 1,989,097 2,191,506 -202,409 -9.2

Machinery, equipment, apparatus, parts and components 6,907,393 6,675,048 +232,345 +3.5

Consumer electrical and electronic products 6,939,841 8,702,384 -1,762,543 -20.3

Transport equipment 69,497 38,778 +30,719 +79.2

Professional and optical equipment . 3,211,892 3,622,901 -411,009 -11.3

Other manufacturing industries 3,034,604 3,091,846 -57,241 -1.9

Total 44,494,267 48,026,548 -3,532,280 -7.4

Notes: 1. Individual entries of a column may not add up exactly to the corresponding total due to rounding. All percentage changes are calculated from unrounded figures.

2. The above statistics are derived by re-grouping the merchandise export items under the external trade classification system according to the industries in which these items are normally produced. As from 1992, the Third Revision of the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC R3) has been adopted in place of the Second Revision (SITC R2) for the classification of trade statistics. The above statistics may not be strictly comparable with those published for earlier years due to the change in trade classification.

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HK DELEGATION TO ATTEND APEC MEETING IN BALI *****

THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR TONY MILLER, WILL LEAD A HONG KONG DELEGATION TO THE SECOND SENIOR OFFICIALS’ MEETING (SOM) FOR THE SIXTH MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) TO BE HELD IN BALI, INDONESIA FROM MAY 18 TO 20.

THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE URUGUAY ROUND RESULTS, THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE BLAKE ISLAND LEADERS’ INITIATIVES AND THE PARTICIPATION OF BUSINESS SECTOR IN APEC.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE FIRST REPORT OF THE NEWLY FORMED BUDGET AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE.

BEFORE THE MEETING OF THE SENIOR OFFICIALS, EXPERTS WILL MEET TO DISCUSS NATTERS ABOUT CUSTOMS PROCEDURES, STANDARDS AND CONFORMANCE, TARIFF DATABASE AND INVESTMENT.

THERE WILL ALSO BE MEETINGS OF THE AD HOC GROUP ON ECONOMIC TRENDS AND ISSUES AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT.

MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION ARE: DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR KEVIN HO; DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF INDUSTRY, MR DOMINIC LAW; ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DAVID TONG; ASSISTANT DIRECTORS-GENERAL OF INDUSTRY, MS ANISSA WONG AND MR BRIAN TYLER; PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARIES FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR PETER BOURTON AND MISS CHERRY LING; PRINCIPAL ECONOMIST, MISS ELLEY MAO; MANAGER OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SERVICES OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, NR BENJAMIN LEE; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE, MR JOHN TSANG; PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, MS PATRICIA LUI; AND TRADE OFFICER, MISS AMY CHEUNG.

MEMBERS OF APEC ARE AUSTRALIA, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CANADA, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, NEW ZEALAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, THE PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, CHINESE TAIPEI, THAILAND AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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SPF.L VISITS JAPAN

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THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, VISITED TOKYO FROM MAY 11 TO 14 DURING WHICH PERIOD HE MET SENIOR JAPANESE MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS FOR DISCUSSIONS ON PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.

THE VISIT INCLUDED MEETINGS WITH THE MINISTERS OF STATE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LAND, CONSTRUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

MR EASON ALSO HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE LAND BUREAU.

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MR EASON SAID: ’’THE MEETINGS ARE VERY USEFUL AND INTERESTING. I WAS ABLE TO COMPARE NOTES ON HOW TO DEAL WITH AN OVER-HEATED PROPERTY MARKET SITUATION."

HE NOTED THAT TOKYO PREVIOUSLY HAD A PROPERTY MARKET BUBBLE SITUATION WHICH HAD SOMETIMES BEEN COMPARED WITH HONG KONG’S PRESENT SITUATION.

HE FOUND THAT WHILE THERE WERE CERTAIN SIMILARITIES, THERE WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SITUATIONS.

GREAT CARE THEREFORE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WHEN LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS NOT TO MAKE THE MISTAKE OF APPLYING "FOREIGN" LESSONS INAPPROPRIATELY.

ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIDE, MR EASON SAID IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE JAPANESE APPROACH TOWARDS ASSESSING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS WAS QUITE SIMILAR TO HONG KONG’S.

"BOTH JAPAN AND HONG KONG ARE COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING UP THE RECOMMENDATIONS AGREED AT THE RIO SUMMIT AND THE PROVISIONS OF AGENDA 21 PERTAINING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT," MR EASON SAID.

DURING THE VISIT, MR EASON ALSO SPOKE AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN TOKYO ON THE SUBJECT OF HONG KONG IN TRANSITION.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR EASON EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND PLAY A SIGNIFICANT PART IN FURTHERING CHINA’S DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEXT CENTURY.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT MANY EMIGRANTS WERE RETURNING TO HONG KONG BECAUSE OF THE STRONG ECONOMY HERE AND THE ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK AND INVEST IN HONG KONG AND (’HINA.

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GOVT’S ROLE IN GREEN PRODUCTIVITY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

MANY .GROUPS, INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVED IN WINNING VIRGIN RESOURCES, THE PRODUCTION LINE, INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS, RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ITSELF, REPRESENT POWERFUL FORCES FOR PROMOTING GREEN PRODUCTIVITY, THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, SAID TODAY* (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING ,\ WORKSHOP ON GREEN PRODUCTIVITY, ORGANISED BY THE ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY ORGANISATION, DR REED ELABORATED ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS IN THIS AREA AND SOME OF THE STEPS THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN TN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE GREEN PRODUCT IVITY.

THESE INCLUDED THE PROMOTION OF AN IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC AMONGST THE COMMUNITY, THE APPLICATION OF THE POLLUTER PAYS PRINCIPLE, ENFORCEMENT OF STATUTORY CONTROLS, PROVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPORT PROGRAMMES FOR INDUSTRY.

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STRESSING THE NEED TO ATTRIBUTE A MORAL STATUS TO THE CONCPET OF GREEN PRODUCTIVITY, DR REED SAID: "THE UNDERLYING VALUES OF GREEN PRODUCTIVITY MUST THEREFORE BE INCULCATED EARLY IN THE MORAL EDUCATION OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE SAME WAY AS OTHER FUNDAMENTAL MORAL VALUES, THROUGH FAMILY EXAMPLE AND IN THE EARLY YEARS OF FORMAL EDUCATION.”

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD IN RECENT YEARS MADE VIGOROUS EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE INCLUSION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES INTO SCHOOL SYLLABUS AND THE SETTING UP OF THE FIRST OF A PLANNED SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE CENTRES, TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC IN THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.

DR REED SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT VARIOUS GREEN GROUPS HAD BECOME INCREASINGLY INVOLVED, AND SEVERAL COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS HAD SHOWN A WILLINGNESS TO INTRODUCE IN-HOUSE ACTIVITIES AIMED AT IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS.

ON THE POLLUTER PAYS PRINCIPLE (PPP), DR REED SAID WHILE HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN SLOW TO RECOGNISE THE MERIT OF PPP, ARRANGEMENTS WERE NOW IN HAND FOR THE INTRODUCTION, BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. OF CHARGES FOR THE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF SEWAGE, ('HEMICAL WASTES AND FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTES NORMALLY DISPOSED OF AT LANDFILL SITES.

"EVEN IF SOME SUCCESS IS ACHIEVED IN ESTABLISHING A GENERALLY IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC IN THE COMMUNITY, HUMAN NATURE BEING WHAT IT IS, THERE IS ALWAYS \ PLACE FOR ’THE STICK’ IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS," HE SAID.

THE PUNITIVE MEASURES FOR VARIOUS POLLUTION OFFENCES WERE EMBODIED IN THE VARIOUS POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCES, WHICH WERE NOW ENFORCED BY FIVE LOCAL CONTROL OFFICES.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN GREEN PRODUCT1VITY, DR REED SAID, WAS TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF COMMUNAL ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE COLLECTION, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF WASTE WATERS, FOR CHEMICAL AND OTHER SPECIAL WASTES AS WELL AS FOR GENERAL MUNICIPAL WASTES.

COMPREHENSIVE PLANS TO MEET THIS PURPOSE HAD BEEN DRAWN UP SINCE 1986, HE SAID.

"IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE PLANS IS NOW MOVING FORWARD RAPIDLY WITH AROUND $2.4 BILLION DUE TO BE SPENT ON SEWAGE AND OTHER WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES IN 1994/95 RISING TO $9.5 BILLION IN 1996/97,” HE SAID.

PARTS OF THE PLANS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED INCLUDE THE COMMISSIONING OF A CHEMICAL WASTE TREATMENT PLANT AND THE BUILDING OF LANDFILLS AND REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS.

NOTING THAT SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED INDUSTRIES COULD NOT READILY DEVELOP AND SUPPORT THEIR OWN INTERNAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND INFORMATION DATABASES FOR ('LEAN TECHNOLOGY, DR REED SAID IT WAS PROPERLY THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED HAD ACCESS TO SUCH PROGRAMMES.

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HE SAID A CONSULTANCY STUDY COMMISSIONED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAD LED TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES.

AMONG THESE ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL HOTLINE ON POLLUTION CONTROL TECHNIQUES AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY PROCESSES, REGULAR SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO THE SELECTED INDUSTRIES, SUBSIDISED TECHNICAL ADVISORY VISITS AND THE PROVISION OF DESIGN MANUALS FOR LOW WASTE PROCESSES AND OF AN ECO-AUDIT MANUAL.

HAVING DESCRIBED THE CONTRIBUTION THAT GOVERNMENTS THEMSELVES NEED TO MAKE TO ENCOURAGE GREEN PRODUCTIVITY, DR REED SAID: "BUT I SEE AN EVEN MORE POWERFUL FORCE EMERGING STRONGLY WHICH IS THAT OF THE COMMUNITY ITSELF, ESPECIALLY IN THE SO-CALLED DEVELOPED COUNTRIES."

THESE COMMUNITIES, HE SAID, WERE INCREASINGLY PLACING PRESSURE ON MAJOR MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL CONCERNS NOT ONLY TO ACHIEVE A GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE THEMSELVES BUT TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SUPPLIERS, OFTEN LOCATED IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND MANY IN ASIA, BRING THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE UP TO A GOOD STANDARD.

"I FEEL THAT THESE PRESSURES FOR THE GREENING OF SUPPLY LINES WILL BE AN INCREASINGLY POTENT FORCE FOR GREEN PRODUCTIVITY IN THE FUTURE," HE SAID.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE *****

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 65.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 383.043 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 308.234 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 52.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS *****

TENDER DATE 16 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF NOTES

ISSUE NUMBER 2605

AMOUNT APPLIED HKD 5,220 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTTED HKD 500 MN

AVERAGE PRICE (YIELD) ACCEPTED 100.09 (6.40 PCT)

LOWEST PRICE (YIELD) ACCEPTED 100.09 (6.40 PCT)

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 50 PCT

AVERAGE TENDER PRICE (YIELD) 99.99 (6.46 PCT)

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,962 0930 + 285

CLOSING BALANCE IN CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE THE ACCOUNT TO : 2,495 1000 1100 + 285 + 722

MONEY MARKET LAF TODAY LAF RATE 2.00 BID/.4 ACTIVITY +722 -189 .00 OFFER TWI 125.1 *+0.0* HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY 1200 1 500 1600 16.5.94 + 722 + 722 + 722

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT 1 BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.30 19 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.51 5.97

1 MONTH 3.84 22 MONTHS 2602 4.40 97 . 16 6.22

3 MONTHS 4.42 30 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.67 6.70

6 MONTHS 4.95 33 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.77 6.86

12 MONTHS 5.43 36 MONTHS 3704 6.15 TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 43,277 MN CLOSED 16 MAY 1994 98.13 6.98

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIRPORT COMMITTEE TO MEET ON FRIDAY......................  1

GOVT WELCOMES AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING................... 1

GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTION REGULATION GOES TO LEGCO..................................................... 1

HK NEEDS A FRAMEWORK OF PRACTICAL LAW..................... 2

CONSULTANCY STUDY ON NUMBER PORTABILITY................... 3

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR JANUARY - MARCH................................................... 4

MEDICAL POLICY EXPLAINED.................................. 5

TRANSFER OF MS EVENA CHAN................................. 5

PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION CALL BY SHA..................   6

100 CAR MARKS UP FOR AUCTION.............................. 7

150 ELDERLY PEOPLE ADD MOMENTUM TO VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE....................................................  8

POLLUTION CASES FOR APRIL RELEASED........................ 8

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS............... 9

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .. . 10

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 1994

AIRPORT COMMITTEE TO MEET ON FRIDAY *****

THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES HAVE AGREED THAT A MEETING OF THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD IN HONG KONG ON FRIDAY (MAY 20) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON ARRANGEMENT.S FOR THE AIRPORT AND AIRPORT RAILWAY PROJECTS.

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GOVT WELCOMES AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING *****

IN ANSWER TO MEDIA QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING ON FRIDAY (MAY 20), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID:

"WE WELCOME THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE IS TO MEET ON MAY 20. WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL LEAD TO AN EARLY AGREEMENT ON OUTSTANDING ISSUES REGARDING THE AIRPORT AND AIRPORT RAILWAY.

"IT SHOULD NOW BE POSSIBLE TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, FOLLOWING THE USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE MEETINGS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING AT EXPERT LEVEL WITH THE CHINESE SIDE SINCE EARLY MARCH," HE SAID.

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GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTION REGULATION GOES TO LEGCO *****

A NEW REGULATION THAT SETS OUT THE PROCEDURE FOR THE CONDUCT OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL BE GAZETTED ON FRIDAY (MAY 20) AND WILL BE TABLED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 25.

THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION (ELECTORAL PROCEDURE) (GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES) REGULATION SETS OUT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES, APPOINTMENT OF AGENTS, THE POLLING AND COUNTING ARRANGEMENTS.

THE REGULATION ALSO REPEALS THE CORRESPONDING REGULATIONS OF THE EXISTING ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS, WHICH DEAL WITH THE ELECTORAL PROCEDURES.

"THE BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION HAS TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MODERNISE THE LANGUAGE AND INTRODUCED IMPROVED ARRANGEMENTS TO ENSURE THAT ELECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED OPENLY, HONESTLY AND FAIRLY," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMISSION SAID.

THE REGULATION PROVIDES FOR THE PROCEDURE BEFORE THE CONDUCT OF A POLL: THE PROCEDURE FOR A VALID NOMINATION, WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATURE AND APPOINTMENT OF ELECTION AGENTS.

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IT CONTAINS DETAILED PROVISIONS ABOUT THE PROCEDURE AT CONTESTED ELECTIONS, INCLUDING THE PROCEDURE RELATING TO THE VOTING, THE COUNTING OF VOTES AND THE DECLARATION OF THE ELECTION RESULT BY THE RETURNING OFFICER; AND THE DISPOSAL OF BALLOT PAPERS AND OTHER ELECTION MATERIALS AFTERWARDS.

PROVISION IS ALSO MADE IN THE REGULATION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW DATES BY THE COMMISSION TO HOLD AN ELECTION, A POLL OR A COUNT IN PLACE OF THE POSTPONED ELECTION OR ADJOURNED POLL OR COUNT.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS INCLUDING PENALTIES FOR PERSONS ACTING AS AGENTS OF CANDIDATES WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO DO SO, MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT OF DECLARATION FOR ANY PURPOSE UNDER THE REGULATION.

IT ALSO INCLUDES POWERS OF DELEGATION BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, RETURNING OFFICERS, PRESIDING OFFICERS, DECLARATION OF SECRECY BY ANY PERSON ENTERING A POLLING STATION, ENFORCEMENT OF SECRECY IN MATTERS RELATING TO A POLL, STEPS TO BE TAKEN WHEN AN ELECTION IS COUNTERMANDED, AND REPORTING OF ANY ELECTION IRREGULARITIES.

THE REGULATION WAS MADE BY THE THREE-MEMBER BOUNDARY AND ELECTION COMMISSION WHICH WAS SET UP IN JULY LAST YEAR TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE CONDUCT AND SUPERVISION OF ELECTIONS.

THE COMMISSION IS CHAIRED BY MR JUSTICE WOO KWOK-HING. THE OTHER TWO MEMBERS ARE PROFESSOR LEUNG CHI-KEUNG AND MR NORMAN LEUNG NAI-PANG.

THE REGULATION WAS MADE ON THE ADVICE OF THE WORKING GROUP ON SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION AND GUIDELINES APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSION TO REVIEW EXISTING ELECTORAL SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THE WORKING GROUP IS HEADED BY MR JUSTICE WOO AS CONVENOR AND COMPRISES THE OTHER COMMISSION MEMBERS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS BRANCH AND THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER.

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THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THERE WOULD BE CONSTRUCTIVE WORK TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG HAD THE FRAMEWORK OF PRACTICAL LAW THAT IT NEEDED TO MATCH ITS PORT AND BUSINESS SYSTEM;

"I DO VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IN THE THREE YEARS REMAINING BEFORE 1997, A LINE CAN BE DRAWN ON THE WHATEVER DISAGREEMENTS BRITAIN AND CHINA MAY HAVE HAD ON POLITICAL ISSUES.

"I HAVE BEEN, AND REMAIN, WHOLLY COMMITTED TO THAT.

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"IT IS FRANKLY ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG IS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE CHiNA AND THE WORLD IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS AS WELL AS IT HAS FOR THE PAST 50," HE TOLD THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARITIME ARBITRATORS.

HONG KONG HAS STEPPED INTO A LEADING POSITION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARBITRATION LAW BY ADOPTING THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT’S MODEL LAW IN 1990.

"THIS IMPORTANT STEP HAS BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY OTHER CHANGES, NOTABLY BY EFFORTS TO LOCALISE LAWS," HE SAID.

MR PATTEN ADDED THAT HONG KONG HAD MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON MARITIME LAW, FOR EXAMPLE IT HAS LAWS ON AN INDEPENDENT SHIPPING REGISTER, LIABILITY FOR OIL POLLUTION, SAFETY AND MARINE POLLUTION.

"BUT MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE, NOT LEAST TO WORK OUT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, THE CONTINUED APPLICATION TO HONG KONG OF INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CONVENTIONS TO WHICH CHINA IS STILL NOT A PARTY," HE SAID.

"IN OTHER. FIELDS, SADLY, THE LOCALISATION OF LAW HAS PROGRESSED ALL TOO LITTLE," HE ADDED.

STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF LAW TO THE ECONOMY, HE SAID: "WITHOUT INVESTMENT IN LAW, WITHOUT FIRM GROUNDING FOR THE SYSTEM THAT MAKES AND UPHOLDS THE LAW, INVESTMENT IN THOSE OTHER THINGS WILL GIVE LESS RETURN."

CONSULTANCY STUDY ON NUMBER PORTABILITY

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THE OFFICE OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY (OFTA) ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE CONSULTANT OVUM ENGAGED BY THE AUTHORITY TO STUDY TELEPHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY HAD COMPLETED ITS REPORT.

THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS COMPARED TO THE COSTS INVOLVED IN INTRODUCING NUMBER PORTABILITY IN HONG KONG AND RECOMMENDS THAT SUCH A SERVICE SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AS FROM JULY 1995.

IT ALSO SUGGESTS A NUMBER OF OPTIONS ON THE QUESTION OF WHO SHOULD PAY FOR THE SERVICE.

THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS, MR ALEX ARENA, SAID NO DECISIONS HAD BEEN TAKEN YET ON THE CONSULTANT’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE AUTHORITY WOULD CONSIDER THE OVUM REPORT TOGETHER WITH COMMENTS FROM THE INDUSTRY AND THE PUBLIC BEFORE MAKING FINAL DECISIONS ON NUMBER PORTABILITY.

OFTA HAS SCHEDULED AN INDUSTRY WORKSHOP ON MAY 30 TO RECEIVE COMMENTS FROM THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

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IT WILL RECEIVE AND CONSIDER WRITTEN COMMENTS AFTER THE WORKSHOP AND FINALISE ITS OWN REPORT LATER THIS YEAR.

THE OVUM REPORT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE LATER THIS MONTH.

THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE REPORT CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY ON 29TH FLOOR, WU CHUNG HOUSE, 213 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

COMMENTS ON THE REPORT SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING AND SHOULD REACH OFTA ON THE ABOVE ADDRESS BEFORE JUNE 30. THE AUTHORITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PUBLISH ALL COMMENTS RECEIVED AND THE SOURCE OF THE COMMENTS.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR JANUARY - MARCH

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THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JANUARY TO MARCH THIS YEAR WAS 2.2%, AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.7%, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE PERIOD OF FEBRUARY TO APRIL;1994 WAS 2.1%, WHILE THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.5%.

THE LATEST FIGURES SUGGEST THAT THE LABOUR MARKET TIGHTENED UP SLIGHTLY IN RECENT MONTHS.

DURING THE PERIOD OF JANUARY TO MARCH 1994, THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS, ADJUSTED FOR VARIATIONS IN THE NUMBER OF FIRSTTIME JOB-SEEKERS, WAS ESTIMATED AT 63,200, WHILE THE NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS WAS ESTIMATED AT 50,100.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY FOR JANUARY TO MARCH 1994 COVERED A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 12,100 HOUSEHOLDS OR 41,900 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

RELEVANT DATA WAS 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.

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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 MARCH 1994 WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE BY THE END OF JUNE AT $24 A COPY.

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MEDICAL POLICY EXPLAINED » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

GOVERNMENT HAS DISMISSED CLAIMS BY THE COALITION OF MEDICAL SERVICES THAT IT WANTED TO INCREASE HOSPITAL FEES TO RECOVER THE FULL ACTUAL COST OF MEDICAL PROCEDURES FOR PATIENTS IN GENERAL WARDS.

PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR DEREK GOULD, TODAY (TUESDAY) STATED THAT GOVERNMENT HAD NEVER HAD ANY SUCH PLANS.

THIS WAS NOT ONE OF THE PROPOSALS IN THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT "TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH”, NOR WAS ANY GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE CONSIDERING SUCH PLANS, HE ADDED.

"GOVERNMENT’S PARAMOUNT POLICY IS THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE DENIED ADEQUATE MEDICAL TREATMENT THROUGH LACK OF MEANS," MR GOULD SAID.

"THE PUBLIC SECTOR PROVIDES A SAFETY NET. FEES ARE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED TO ENSURE THAT SERVICES REMAIN AFFORDABLE BY NEEDY PATIENTS. WHERE NEEDY PATIENTS CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY, THEY CAN APPLY FOR WAIVER OF FEES," HE ADDED.

MR GOULD POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT PROPOSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE THREE TYPES OF PUBLIC HOSPITAL BEDS IN FUTURE:

I THE EXISTING PRIVATE ROOMS WHERE FULL COSTS WERE ALREADY RECOVERED;

THE EXISTING GENERAL WARDS WHERE A LOW PERCENTAGE OF AVERAGE COSTS WERE RECOVERED; AND

* THE PROPOSED SEMI-PRIVATE ROOMS WHERE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF AVERAGE OPERATING COSTS WOULD BE RECOVERED.

THE EXISTING POLICY FOR GENERAL WARD BEDS WAS TO RECOVER A SMALL, AFFORDABLE PERCENTAGE OF AVERAGE OPERATING COSTS. THIS POLICY WOULD CONTINUE. THERE WAS NO INTENTION TO REQUIRE GENERAL WARD PATIENTS TO PAY THE FULL COST OF THEIR TREATMENT, HE SAID.

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TRANSFER OF MS EVENA CHAN » * * » *

IN RESPONSE TO PRESS ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL MS EVENA CHAN TO THE POST OF LEGAL ADVISER TO THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE (PCC), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THE MOVE WAS A NORMAL TRANSFER.

HE SAID THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE (PCC) WOULD FROM JUNE START INTERVIEWING WITNESSES AND THE POST OF THE LEGAL ADVISER TO THE PCC WOULD REQUIRE

* SUBSTANTIAL CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE;

» GOOD CANTONESE AND WRITTEN CHINESE; AND

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* THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH MINIMUM SUPERVISION.

MS CHAN HAD BEEN SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF HER ABILITY IN EACH OF THOSE AREAS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT MS CHAN’S CAREER PROSPECT WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY HER NEW JOB.

"IT IS THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF COUNSEL THAT DETERMINES THEIR SUITABILITY FOR PROMOTION," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID MS CHAN’S ACTIVITIES IN UNION MATTERS WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

HE SAID THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SUPPORTED LEGITIMATE UNION ACTIVITIES AND UNION LEADERS WOULD NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN ANY WAY.

"ALL COUNSEL, BE THEY UNION LEADERS OR NOT, ARE EQUALLY TREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT, AND ARE SUBJECT TO POSTINGS FOR OPERATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REASONS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE TRANSFER WAS NOT A "DEMOTION” AS SOME PEOPLE SUGGESTED.

"THE POST OF LEGAL ADVISER TO PCC IS PITCHED AT SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL RANK, AND MS CHAN IS A SUBSTANTIVE SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL," HE SAID.

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PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION CALL BY SHA

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TODAY (TUESDAY) CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY KOWLOON TO REGISTER AS VOTERS FOR THE 1994/95 ELECTIONS.

SPEAKING AT THE ORGANISATION’S INAUGURATION CEREMONY FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MR SUEN ALSO URGED ITS MEMBERS TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN AND ENCOURAGE THOSE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.

HE SAID THE SOCIETY, APART FROM PROVIDING CHARITY AND WELFARE SERVICES, HAD ALSO MADE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

THESE INCLUDE THE PRODUCTION OF AN INFORMATION KIT ON CIVIC EDUCATION TO HELP YOUNGSTERS KNOW MORE ABOUT ELECTIONS.

"THIS WOULD HELP OUR YOUNGER GENERATION TO BETTER PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY IN FUTURE," MR SUEN SAID.

AS TO RECREATION ACTIVITIES, THE LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY KOWLOON ALSO SPONSORED INTER-SCHOOL DRAMA COMPETITION AND ORGANISED CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION EVERY YEAR, HE ADDED.

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100 CAR MARKS UP FOR AUCTION

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL PUT UP 100 LUCKY VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARKS EOR AUCTION ON SATURDAY (MAY 21) AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

FIFTY’ OF THEM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING AT 9.30 AM. THEY ARE:

FX910 FX278 AW37 2 FW813

FW238 DW330 FX338 FX786 ♦FW303 ♦DK29 *DD24 *4278 FX8131 FX1118 DY 1 1 8 FX230 AB104 FW625 BE1608 FX8808 FW826 FX108 FW721 CB206 FW1984 FX3811 FX6628 FX6133 *BC98 *AU696 »XX7 *ER666 FX926 ESI 6 38 FX1312 FW8399 BB3156 FW2313 FX3363 FX779 CF269 FW9111 *DL6767 FX369 FW3278 FX6610 BJ8094 *CC515 FW7351 FX6693

IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM, OTHER 50 MARKS WILL BE AUCTIONED. THEY ARE: AW370 FX1388 FX210 FX1988 FX328 CX34O HK286 DW311 ♦FW383 *EX2828 *ER33 *6898 FX7178 FX1121 FX238 FX220 CT310 FW3882 FX932 AA801 FW9444 AA104 DY288 FX169 FX102 FW8889 FW8333 FX1238 ♦FY898 »DK27 »FC8 *CC17 FW3233 FW668 FX778 FX8886 BW1638 FX6368 FX2382 FX1218 CT923 FX9998 *FX123 IW3999 CT896 EC5001 FX3878 *CK9000 FW8082 FX8690 THE

♦ SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK (NOT TRANSFERABLE)

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

BIDDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE

VEHICLE REG ISTRA'! ION MARK WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEH 1CLE

REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS THE AUCTION. OF

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THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION, AFTER DEDUCTION OF EXPENSES, WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 226TH AND 227TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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150 ELDERLY PEOPLE ADD MOMENTUM TO VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE *****

ABOUT 150 CIVIC-MINDED ELDERLY PEOPLE ADDED MOMENTUM TO THE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT RY SIGNING UP AS VOTERS TODAY (TUESDAY).

THESE SENIOR CITIZENS FROM THE FONG WONG WUN TEI ELDERLY CENTRE AVAILED THEMSELVES OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SUPPORT AND CONCERN FOR DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OCCASION, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER MRS ROSANNA URE CALLED ON HER AUDIENCE TO ENCOURAGE THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO TAKE PART IN THIS MEANINGFUL EXERCISE AS WELL.

SHE SAID: "A LARGE SCALE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IS BEING LAUNCHED TN THE DISTRICT TO PROMOTE THE ELECTORAL MESSAGE.

"THOSE WHO ARE PERMANENT HONG KONG RESIDENTS OR HAVE LIVED HERE FOR MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS AND HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.

"BEING A VOTER, YOU ARE ABLE TO VOTE IN THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR," SHE ADDED.

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POLLUTION CASES FOR APRIL RELEASED

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A TOTAL OF 56 CONVICTIONS WERE MADE IN THE COURTS FOR BREACHING ANT I-POLLUTION LEGISLATION ENFORCED ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

LAST MONTH

BY THE

AMONG THEM, NINE WERE CONVICTIONS MADE UNDER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE (WPCO), 16 UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION

CONTROL ORDINANCE (APCO), 27 UNDER THE NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE (NCO), THREE UNDER THE DUMPING AT SEA ACT 1974 (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER

1975 (DASO) AND ONE UNDER THE OZONE LAYER PROTECTION ORDINANCE (OLPO),

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE FINES IMPOSED RANGED FROM $2,000 TO $100,000. UNIVERSAL DOCKYARD LTD WAS FINED $100,000 UPON ITS 13TH CONVICTION FOR PERMITTING DUMPING OF ABOUT 750 CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE MUD AT SEA SOUTH OF THE STONECUTTERS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITION UNDER THE DASO.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY TENDER RESULTS * » * » »

TENDER DATE 17 MAY 94 17 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF BILLS EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER Q42O Y489

AMOUNT APPLIED HK$5,37O MN HK$2,210 MN

AMOUNT ALLOTED HK$1,500 MN HKS500 MN

AVERAGE YIELD ACCEPTED 4.48 PCT 5.42 PCT

HIGHEST YIELD ACCEPTED 4.49 PCT 5.42 PCT

PRO RATA RATIO ABOUT 66 PCT ABOUT 90 PCT

AVERAGE TENDER YIELD 4.51 PCT 5.46 PCT

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

TENDERS TO BE HELD IN THE WEEK BEGINNING 23 MA\ 1994-

TEDNER DATE 24 MAY 94 24 MAY 94

PAPER ON OFFER EF BILLS EF BILLS

ISSUE NUMBER Q421 H465

ISSUE DATE 25 MAY 94 25 MAY 94

MATURITY DATE 24 AUG 94 23 NOV 94

TENOR 91 DAYS 182 DAYS

AMOUNT ON OFFER HK$1,500 + 300 MN HK$800 + 160 MN

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE TN THE ACCOUNT 2,495 0930 + 5

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1 ,576 1000 + 5

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO 1 100 + 203

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 202 1200 + 202

LAF TODAY -1121 1 500 + 202

1600 + 202

LAF RATE 2.00 BID/4.00 OFFER TWI 125.0 *-0.1♦ 17.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.34 1R MONTHS 251 1 4.15 97.56 5.94

1 MONTH 3.86 24 MONTHS 2605 6.35 100.13 6.38

3 MONTHS 4.48 29 MONTHS 3610 4.20 94.76 6.66

6 MONTHS 4.99 32 MONTHS 3701 4.60 94.88 6.82

12 MONTHS 5.41 35 MONTHS 3704 6.15 98.23 6.94

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 29,210 MN

CLOSED 17 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SCHEME TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN WESTERN................. 1

VIEWS ON PROPERTY PRICES.................................. 1

REGULATION ON ELECTION NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS TO BE GAZETTED.................................................. 2

LIQUIDITY ADJUSTMENT FACILITY BID AND OFFER RATES GO UP. 3

PASSENGER DEMAND ALONG NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR CLOSELY MONITORED................................................. 3

PROVISION OF LORRY PARKING SPACES AT WESTERN RECLAMATION.. 4

II GIRLS TRANSFERRED TO SWD............................... 5

EPD MAKES PERFORMANCE PLEDGES............................. 6

CONTRACT SIGNED FOR UPGRADING SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.... 8

SAI KUNG LOT TO LET....................................... 8

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS............. 9

DR WOU TCHONG HONG JOINS CONDUCT COUNCIL 9

NEW LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN OPERATION SOON............ 10

75 CAUGHT IN OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS........ 10

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT ON MOVE................. 11

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .. . 12

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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SCHEME TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN WESTERN

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A REVISED SCHEME FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-WAY ROAD LINK BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND POK FU LAM ROAD TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW AND TO COPE WITH THE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC UPON THE OPENING OF THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

THE PROPOSED WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR UNDERPASS AND A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSS POK FU LAM ROAD, AN ELEVATED STRUCTURE ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE NEW ROAD AND AN ELEVATED ROAD TO IMPROVE THE JUNCTIONS BETWEEN MOUNT DAVIS ROAD AND POK FU LAM ROAD.

IT IS EXPECTED THE WORKS WILL COMMENCE IN AUGUST 1994 AND BE COMPLETED IN JUNE 1997 FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF BELCHER BAY LINK AND ROCK HILL STREET EXTENSION.

THE SCHEME HAS BEEN FURTHER DEVELOPED SINCE IT WAS FIRST GAZETTED LAST OCTOBER.

THE MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE THE WESTWARD SHIFTING OF THE ALIGNMENT OF AN ELEVATED LINK BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND MOUNT DAVIS ROAD TO PRESERVE THE WOODLAND AND MOST OF THE GRAVES IN THE AREA.

THE FOOTWAY OUTSIDE KENNEDY TOWN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL HAS BEEN WIDENED TO ACCOMMODATE LOADING AND UNLOADING ACTIVITIES AND THE EXISTING LAYBY AT POK FU LAM ROAD WILL BE RETAINED.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT AND APPROPRIATE NOISE MITIGATION MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AS RECOMMENDED.

DURING CONSTRUCTION THE CONTRACTOR HAS TO OBSERVE CONDITIONS SET FOR THE CONTROL OF DUST, NOISE AND SITE RUN-OFF.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE/HONG KONG WEST.

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VIEWS ON PROPERTY PRICES

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THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID HE HAS RECEIVED A LARGE BODY OF USEFUL OPINION AND PROPOSALS TO MODERATE PROPERTY PRICES AT MEETINGS WITH VARIOUS GROUPS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

HE EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTION IN THE CONSULTATION PROCESS AND NOTED THAT THERE IS CERTAIN CONSENSUS AMONG THOSE WHOM HE MET THAT AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION LIES IN AN INCREASE IN LAND SUPPLY TO SATISFY DEMANDS IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

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"THERE ARE ALSO SOME POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS TO MINIMISE SPECULATION IN PRE-SALE OF FLATS IN THE INTEREST OF GENUINE HOMEBUYERS AND TO STRENGTHEN CONSUMER EDUCATION AND PROTECTION ON FLAT SUPPLY AND PRICE SITUATION."

MR EASON SAID THESE VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS TOGETHER WITH THOSE EXPRESSED IN THE MEDIA WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE TASK FORCE IN THE PROCESS OF FORMULATING A PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE PROPERTY MARKET SITUATION.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE TASK FORCE IS STILL EXAMINING VIGOROUSLY THE PROS AND CONS OF EACH AND EVERY AVAILABLE OPTION AND HAS NOT YET REACHED ANY CONCLUSION.

"OUR APPROACH IS TO ASSESS THE SITUATION CAREFULLY AND OBJECTIVELY BEFORE WE COME UP WITH A SENSIBLE AND REASONABLE RESPONSE. IT REMAINS OUR TARGET TO COMPLETE THE TASK FORCE’S WORK BY NEXT MONTH," MR EASON SAID.

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REGULATION ON ELECTION NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS TO BE GAZETTED *****

THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (PROCEDURE) (GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCIES) REGULATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON FRIDAY (MAY 20), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE REGULATION SETS OUT THE NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD AND MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOLLOW THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS: THE NOMINATION PAPER FOR EACH DISTRICT BOARD OR MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CANDIDATE MUST BE SUBSCRIBED BY 10 ELECTORS REGISTERED IN THE CONSTITUENCY CONCERNED, AND THE AMOUNT OF ELECTION DEPOSIT IN RESPECT OF EACH CANDIDATE IS $3,000 FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, AND $5,000 FOR THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS IN RESPECT OF THE 1995 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS WOULD BE REVIEWED LATER.

"THE REGULATION IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 25," HE SAID.

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LIQUIDITY ADJUSTMENT FACILITY BID AND OFFER RATES GO UP * * * * *

THE HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES THAT, IN LINE WITH THE RISE IN DISCOUNT RATE AND THE FED FUNDS RATE BY HALF OF A PERCENTAGE POINT IN THE U.S., IT HAS RAISED ITS LIQUIDITY ADJUSTMENT FACILITY (LAF) BID AND OFFER RATES FROM 2 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT TO 2.5 PER CENT AND 4.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE BID AND OFFER RATES EFFECTIVELY SERVE AS THE FLOOR AND CEILING FOR OVERNIGHT INTEREST RATES IN THE HONG KONG INTERBANK MARKET.

"THE RISE IN LAF RATES MIRRORS THE RISE IN DISCOUNT RATE IN THE UNITED STATES. CHANGES IN BEST LENDING RATES WILL BE UP TO INDIVIDUAL BANKS TO DETERMINE.

'THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS WILL SIMILARLY DECIDE ON DEPOSIT INTEREST RATES WHEN THE COMMITTEE MEETS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY SAID.

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PASSENGER DEMAND ALONG NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR CLOSELY MONITORED *****

JOINT EFFORTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION (MTRC) TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE MTR DEMANDS AND THE FLOWS ON OTHER TRANSPORT MODES ALONG NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR, AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT CAPACITY TO MEET THE DEMAND.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF TELFORD GARDENS EXTENSION AND MTRC HEADQUARTERS REDEVELOPMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR RAFAEL HUI, SAID PATRONAGE ON THE NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR HAD ALWAYS BEEN HIGH IN THE SOUTHBOUND DIRECTION DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR.

AND THE PASSENGER TRAFFIC ALONG THIS CRITICAL SECTION IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE TO GROW STEADILY, HE SAID.

HE SAID THE MTRC IMPLEMENTED PRICING MEASURES TO SPREAD THE DEMAND BETWEEN THE TWO MTR CROSS HARBOUR LINKS AS WELL AS OVER A LONGER INTERVAL WITHIN THE MORNING PEAK HOURS.

"MORE RECENTLY, THE CARRYING CAPACITY ALONG THE SOUTHBOUND NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 77,500 TO 80,000 PER HOUR THROUGH THE OPERATION OF AN ADDITIONAL TRIP STARTING FROM MAY 2.

"THIS HAS BROUGHT CONSIDERABLE RELIEF TO THE MTR CONGESTION ALONG NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR," HE SAID.

ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT, MR HUI SAID COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLANS HAD BEEN DRAWN UP TO COPE WITH THE PASSENGER DEMAND.

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SINCE 1990, THE AIR-CONDITIONED BUS NETWORK HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO ATTRACT PASSENGERS WHO USED TO TAKE THE MTR TO TRAVEL TO WORK.

AS AT TODAY, 35 BUS ROUTES USING 134 AIR-CONDITIONED BUSES ARE RUNNING FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES AND KOWLOON TO SOUTH KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND TO RELIEVE THE PASSENGER DEMAND FOR MTR ALONG THE NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR.

’’FIVE NEW BUS ROUTES INCLUDING FOUR CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES ARE PLANNED TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE COMING WEEKS,” HE SAID.

ON THE EXPANSION OF TELFORD GARDENS TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, MR HUI SAID THIS WAS REQUIRED NOT ONLY TO MEET THE EXISTING SHORTFALL IN CAPACITY, BUT ALSO TO CATER FOR THE NEW DEMANDS FOR TRANSPORT FACILITIES ARISING FROM THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH REPRESENTS A HIGHER UTILISATION OF THE SITE.

HE SAID THE PROPOSED NEW TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE WOULD INCORPORATE A NEW BUS TERMINUS WHICH WOULD BE SEPARATED FROM THE RELOCATED TAXI AND GREEN MINIBUS STANDS TO ENHANCE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY.

A COVERED GRADE-SEPARATED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY WOULD BE BUILT LINKING THE BUS TERMINUS, THE TAXI AND GREEN MINIBUS STANDS AND THE SHOPPING HALLS OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT. THIS WALKWAY WOULD REMOVE THE PRESENT CONFLICTS BETWEEN PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR MOVEMENTS.

NEW ACCESS POINTS AT GROUND LEVEL DIRECT FROM TAI YIP STREET WOULD BE ADDED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC VOLUME AT THE PODIUM LEVEL SO AS TO FACILITATE SMOOTH TRAFFIC CIRCULATION TO AND FROM THE EXPANDED INTERCHANGE.

"I AM FULLY CONFIDENT THAT THROUGH JOINT EFFORTS OF MTRC, THE OTHER RELEVANT TRANSPORT OPERATORS AND THE GOVERNMENT, WE CAN MANAGE TO MEET THE PASSENGER DEMAND FOR THE MTR AND THE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES SATISFACTORILY UNTIL THE NEW TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURES AND SERVICES UNDER PLANNING ARE COMPLETED IN THE COMING YEARS,” MR HUI SAID.

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PROVISION OF LORRY PARKING SPACES AT WESTERN RECLAMATION *****

IN RESPONSE TO LORRY DRIVERS’ CONCERN ON THE REDUCTION IN THE SIZE OF A POTENTIAL LORRY PARKING SITE IN THE WESTERN RECLAMATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CLARIFIED THAT THE SITE WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR THE PARKING OF ABOUT 120 VEHICLES.

HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE POTENTIAL HAZARD OF ON-STREET PARKING OF LPG DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES (WHICH IS ALSO ONE TYPE OF GOODS VEHICLES), ABOUT 30 SPACES HAVE TO BE SET ASIDE AND PHYSICALLY SEGREGATED FOR SAFETY REASONS TO ALLOW THESE VEHICLES TO BE PARKED OFF-STREET.

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A PORTION OF THE SITE HAS TO BE ALIENATED AS WELL FOR THE PROVISION OF A BARGE LOADING POINT TO FACILITATE PROGRESS OF THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WORKS.

AS A RESULT, THE REMAINING SITE AVAILABLE FOR PARKING OF OTHER GOODS VEHICLES WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 60 TO 70 SPACES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVE LORRY PARKING SPACES SINCE JULY LAST YEAR FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WORKS, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO OBLIGATION OF A ONE-FOR-ONE REPROVISIONING.

PLANNING FOR ADDITIONAL LORRY PARKING SITE IS STILL CONTINUING. IN THE COMING MONTHS, THREE MORE PARKING SITES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT, PROVIDING ABOUT 270 OFF-STREET LORRY PARKING SPACES.

HE SAID AS THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO HOLD REGULAR MEETINGS WITH LORRY DRIVERS, DRIVERS SHOULD NOT TAKE DRASTIC ACTION THAT WOULD AFFECT THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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II GIRLS TRANSFERRED TO SWD

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, HAD ORDERED THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GIRLS, AU YEUNG LING-LING AND TONG HIU-KWAN.

THE TWO HAVE BEEN HELD IN DETENTION, RATHER THAN BEING REPATRIATED TO CHINA, SO THAT THEY CAN GIVE EVIDENCE IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL NOW SCHEDULED FOR JULY THIS YEAR.

THE GOVERNOR HAS DIRECTED THAT THE TWO GIRLS BE RELEASED FROM DETENTION INTO THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT UNTIL THEY CAN GIVE THEIR EVIDENCE AGAINST DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF ABUSING THEM WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVED IN HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE NORMAL PRACTICE WAS TO REPATRIATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS QUICKLY BUT WHERE THEY WERE REQUIRED TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, THIS WAS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.

THE GOVERNMENT TRIES TO KEEP THE PERIOD OF DETENTION SHORT BUT THERE ARE SOMETIMES DELAYS IN BRINGING CASES TO TRIAL.

THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE IN THAT THE TWO GIRLS HAVE BEEN HELD IN DETENTION FOR NINE MONTHS.

THE GOVERNOR HAS DECIDED THAT THE DETENTION OF THESE TWO GIRLS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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TN ADDITION TO ORDERING THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THE GOVERNOR MAS ASKED THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REVIEW THE PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT CASES INVOLVING DETAINED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE HEARD QUICKLY AND THAT SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEALING WITH JUVENILES IN SUCH CASES ARE INTRODUCED.

HE HAS ASKED FOR A REPORT WITHIN ONE MONTH.

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EPD MAKES PERFORMANCE PLEDGES

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES ITS PERFORMANCE PLEDGES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

LAUNCHING THE PUBLICATION, THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, SAID: "THE DEPARTMENT’S MISSION IS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY PREVENTING THE CREATION OF NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AS WELL AS STOPPING THOSE THAT EXIST ALREADY.

"IN THIS WAY WE WORK TO PROVIDE A MORE PLEASANT AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG."

HE EXPLAINED THAT PERFORMANCE PLEDGES WERE MOST RELEVANT TO SITUATIONS WHERE A DIRECT SERVICE WAS PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC AND THE DELIVERY OF THAT SERVICE WAS MORE OR LESS WITHIN THE CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT CONCERNED.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS POSSIBLE, KNOWING THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SERVICE AND TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS.

MUCH OF THE DEPARTMENT’S WORK DOES NOV FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY AND IN THE PAST THE DEPARTMENT HAD INSTEAD ADOPTED THE PRACTICE OF MAKING PUBLIC THE GOALS TO WHICH IT IS WORIING.

FOR EXAMPLE WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES; ITS PLANS AND PROGRAMMES FOR ACHIEVING THESE GOALS - FOR EXAMPLE THE 1989 WHITE PAPER "POLLUTION IN HONG KONG: A TIME TO ACT"; AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH PROGRESS IS BEING MADE - FOR EXAMPLE PUBLISHED REPORTS ON MARINE WATER QUALITY.

THE DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO EXTEND FURTHER ITS PUBLICATION OF SUCH MATERIAL SO AS TO MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY A CLEAR IDEA OF THE OBJECTIVES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN STRIVING TO ACHIEVE, THE PROGRAMMES FOR DOING THIS AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE OBJECTIVES ARE BEING ACHIEVED.

IN PARALLEL WITH THIS THE PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PERFORMANCE PLEDGES PROVIDES A FOCUS ON THOSE SERVICES PROVIDED DIRECTLY TO VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE PLEDGES INVOLVE:

A COMMITMENT TO INVESTIGATE IMMEDIATELY ALL COMPLAINTS INVOLVING HEALTH THREATS, AND TO RESPOND TO OTHER COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES WITHIN SEVEN TO 10 DAYS.

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A COMMITMENT TO MAKE PUBLIC EVERY MONTH DETAILS OF ANTIPOLLUTION PROSECUTION CASES AND AIR QUALITY MONITORING RESULTS WHILE INFORMATION RELATING TO BEACH WATER QUALITY WILL BE ISSUED EVERY TWO WEEKS DURING THE BATHING SEASON.

A COMMITMENT TO SPECIFIC RESPONSE TIMES, RANGING FROM 10 DAYS TO 28 DAYS, TO APPLICATIONS FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF PERMITS/LICENCES/LABELS.

A COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE STRATEGIC LANDFILLS WILL BE OPEN FOR DISPOSAL OF REFUSE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR FOR AT LEAST 10 HOURS EACH DAY, WHILE THE CHEMICAL WASTE TREATMENT CENTRE WILL PROVIDE A 24-HOUR SERVICE, AND RESPOND IMMEDIATELY TO CALLS FROM ANY GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTRES FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE TO DEAL WITH SIGNIFICANT SPILLAGES OF CHEMICALS OR CHEMICAL WASTE.

"OUR PERFORMANCE PLEDGES WILL BE MONITORED AND THE RESULTS OF THIS MONITORING EXERCISE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC EVERY YEAR," DR REED SAID.

"COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC ON THE SERVICES WB PROVIDE AND THE WAY IN WHICH THESE SERVICES ARE DELIVERED, OR ANY OTHER CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WE MIGHT ACHIEVE A MORE HEALTHY AND PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, WOULD BE MOST WELCOME.

"ON THE OTHER HAND, IF ANYBODY IS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE WAY IN WHICH HIS COMPLAINT HAS BEEN DEALT WITH, OR IF WE HAVE FALLEN DOWN ON ANY OTHER OF OUR PLEDGES, I WOULD BE GLAD TO KNOW ABOUT IT DIRECTLY SO THAT SOMETHING CAN BE DONE TO PUT THINGS RIGHT," DR REED CONCLUDED.

INFORMATION LEAFLETS LISTING OUT THE PERFORMANCE PLEDGES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES:

THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS: 28TH FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

* ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE CENTRE: 221 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI.

* LOCAL CONTROL OFFICE (TERRITORY EAST): NINTH FLOOR, TOWER I, WORLD TRADE SQUARE, 123 HOI BUN ROAD, KWUN TONG.

LOCAL CONTROL OFFICE (TERRITORY SOUTH): 45TH FLOOR, REVENUE TOWER, 5 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

* LOCAL CONTROL OFFICE (TERRITORY NORTH): 10'5-9 GROUND FLOOR, ON WO HOUSE, TAI WO ESTATE, TAI PO.

* LOCAL CONTROL OFFICE (TERRITORY WEST): SUITE UG01-02, BLOCK 2, HO FAI COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 222-224 SAI LAU KOK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

LOCAL CONTROL OFFICE (URBAN WEST): EIGHTH FLOOR, TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT OFFICE, 38 SAI LAU KOK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

* ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

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CONTRACT SIGNED FOR UPGRADING SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

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THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SIGNED A $7.3 MILLION CONTRACT TO UPGRADE THE SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES IN THE SAI KUNG SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

THE CONTRACT FORMS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE LONG-TERM SEWERAGE MASTER PLAN FOR THE PORT SHELTER AREA.

IT COVERS THE MODIFICATION OF TWO AERATION TANKS TO ENHANCE DENITRIFICATION EFFICIENCY AND OTHER MINOR ALTERATION WORKS INSIDE THE COMPRESSOR HOUSE AND SEPTIC WASTE RECEPTION UNIT.

THE WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON SATURDAY FOR COMPLETION IN JULY 1995. BY THEN, THE EFFLUENT QUALITY AND OPERATION CONDITIONS OF THE PLANT WILL HAVE BEEN IMPROVED.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT), MR TSE HON-SUM, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONTRACTOR, YICK HING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

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SAI KUNG LOT TO LET *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT LOT IN AREA 3, TSEUNG KWAN O.

THE 1,380-SQUARE-METRE LOT IS INTENDED FOR USE AS A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARK.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JUNE 3.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SAI KUNG; 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 CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE OFFICES.

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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

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EVERY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND CAPACITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, MRS PATTEN SAID.

"AFTER ALL, WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR WASTE IN SOME FORM OR OTHER, BE IT AS CONSUMERS, AS HOUSEHOLDERS, AT WORK OR AT PLAY," SHE SAID AT "PLANT FOR THE EARTH" CLOSING CEREMONY TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE CALLED ON EVERYONE TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBLE EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE THEY ACT.

MRS PATTEN PRAISED FRIENDS OF THE EARTH FOR HELPING TO GREEN THE TERRITORY BY ORGANISING THE EVENT.

THE PLANTING ACTIVITY WAS ARRANGED IN COUNTRY PARKS LAST YEAR. WITH THE HELP OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR, THEY HAVE EXTENDED THE TASK TO THE ERODED AREAS NEAR MUI WO, LANTAU.

"IT SAYS A GREAT DEAL FOR THE COMMITMENT OF PARTICIPANTS THAT THEY UNDERTOOK THE CLIMBING AND SCRAMBLING OVER THE HILLSIDES TO GET TO THESE AREAS WITH THEIR VALUABLE SEEDLINGS," SHE SAID.

DR WOU TCHONG HONG JOINS CONDUCT COUNCIL

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT DR WOU TCHONG HONG OF THE HONG KONG AIDED SCHOOL TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN EDUCATION (CPCE).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID ONE OF THE TEACHERS’ UNIONS SEATS ON THE COUNCIL WAS UNFILLED BECAUSE THE TWO CONTESTANTS RECEIVED THE SAME NUMBER OF VOTES IN LAST MONTH’S ELECTION.

THE DEPARTMENT TODAY RECEIVED NOTIFICATION FROM ONE OF THE CONTESTANTS, MR LEE SEE-YUEN OF THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION, TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ELECTION.

DR WOU WAS THEREFORE ELECTED UNCONTESTED AND JOINED THE COUNCIL WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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NEW LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN OPERATION SOON ♦ * * »

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE WAN CHAI AND CHAI WAN OFFICES OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL MERGE NEXT WEEK TO PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS AND JOBSEEKERS.

THE NEW OFFICE, WHICH HAS BEEN NAMED THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (ISLAND BRANCH), WILL COME INTO OPERATION NEXT MONDAY (MAY 23) .

SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR AT CENTRE POINT, 181-185 GLOUCESTER ROAD IN WAN CHAI, THE NEW OFFICE WILL OFFER EMPLOYMENT SERVICE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND OUTLYING ISLANDS, EXCEPT SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUCH AS AREAS SOUTHWARDS OF TAI TAM HARBOUR AND WATERFALL BAY.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES TO THE NEW OFFICE CAN BE MADE FROM MONDAY ON TEL 591 1316 AND 591 1318 OR BY FAX AT 591 6519 AND 591 6262.

TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF OFFICES, THE OPERATION OF WAN CHAI AND CHAI WAN OFFICES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM NOON TO 5.30 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 20) AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAY (MAY 21).

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75 CAUGHT IN OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS *****

A 24-HOUR OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION STARTING FROM 5 AM YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TILL 5 AM TODAY MOUNTED BY THE POLICE AND THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HAS RESULTED IN THE ARRESTS OF 75 PERSONS.

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

THE 74 PERSONS ARRESTED BY THE POLICE HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT. THOSE FOUND TO BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE REPATRIATED.

ONE WAS ARRESTED BY IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS.

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

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

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT ON MOVE

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE TRADE MARKS AND PATENTS REGISTRIES, WILL MOVE TO THE 24TH AND 25TH FLOORS, WU CHUNG HOUSE, 213 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI ON SATURDAY (MAY 21).

THEIR PRESENT PREMISES ARE LOCATED ON 15TH FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CURVED BLOCK, TSIM SHA TSUI.

BECAUSE OF THE MOVE, THE TRADE MARKS AND PATENTS REGISTRIES WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR GENERAL BUSINESS FROM 12.30 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 20).

BUT IT WILL REMAIN OPEN SOLELY FOR RECEIVING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF DOCUMENTS:

TRADE MARK APPLICATIONS CLAIMING CONVENTION PRIORITY;

* NOTICES OF OPPOSITION TO ADVERTISED TRADE MARK APPLICATIONS, AND ANY DOCUMENTS AND REQUESTS FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FILED IN CONNECTION WITH OPPOSITION PROCEEDINGS OR RECTIFICATION PROCEEDINGS WHICH HAVE ALREADY STARTED;

* PATENT APPLICATIONS FILED WITHIN FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF GRANT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OR FROM ITS TAKING EFFECT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM; AND

COPIES OF DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE COURT RELATING TO TRADE MARKS REMOVAL/RECTIFICATION AND APPEAL PROCEEDINGS.

FROM MAY 23, THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT AND ITS REGISTRIES WILL RESUME FULL SERVICES AT THE NEW ADDRESS.

THE NEW ENQUIRY NUMBER WILL BE 961 6868.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

MONEY MARKET * * * OPERATIONS * *

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO : MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY LAF TODAY LAF RATE 2.50 BTD/4.50 OFFER CUMULATIVE TIME CHANGE $ MILLION (HOURS) ($ MILLION) 1,576 0930 -129 2,538 1000 -199 1100 +501 +662 1200 +703 +300 1500 +662 1600 +662 TWI 125.0 *+0.0* 18.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.77 18 MONTHS 2511 4.15 97.94 5.67

1 MONTH 3.89 24 MONTHS 2605 6.35 100.63 6.10

3 MONTHS 4.27 29 MONTHS 3610 4.20 95.27 6.42

6 MONTHS 4.75 32 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.48 6.56

12 MONTHS 5.26 TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS 35 MONTHS 3704 AND BONDS - 40,251 6.15 98.87 6.69 MN

CLOSED 18 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUPPLEMENT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: GOVERNMENT ADDRESSES PROPERTY PRICES POSITIVELY............. 1

SPEECH ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DEBATE........................ 2

MOTION TO PUT UP RATES PASSED............................... 6

TWO MOTIONS PASSED ON LOTTERY DUTY AND AIR TAX.............. 8

CARS FOR DISABLED BE EXEMPTED FROM TUNNEL TOLLS............. 9

HOUSING TRAFFIC BY-LAW AMENDED.............................. 9

BILLS TO MEET STANDARDS AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING........... 10

BILL ON GREEN FUND INTRODUCED.............................. 11

ELECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL INTRODUCED....................... 12

RTT.T. TO MEET NEW STANDARDS AGAINST DRUG DEALING.......... 12

NEW AIRPORT BUILDING STRUCTURES COMPLY WITH ORDINANCE... 13

STRONG SUPPORT FOR LOWERING VOTING AGE..................... 14

GOVT WON’T INTERVENE IN WAGES.............................. 15

/GUIDELINES ON..

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GUIDELINES ON BANNER DISPLAY EXPLAINED...................... 16

18 SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS IN THREE YEARS.............. 16

GOVT COMMITTED TO FIGHT CANCER.............................. 17

HOS SITE EARMARKED IN QUARRY BAY............................ 18

WITNESSES WILLING TO TESTIFY AGAINST TAXI MALPRACTICES.... 19

DIFFERENCES IN HOS AND PSPS MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED............ 20

SHOOTING INCIDENT AT CLUB UNDER INVESTIGATION............... 20

SUFFICIENT COURT INTERPRETERS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES......... 21

STRINGENT CONTROL ON USE OF DB FUNDS........................ 21

GOVT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY COMPANY.............. 22

THREE WAYS TO TACKLE METHADONE CLINIC NUISANCES............. 22

NO DUPLICATION IN WORK OF FINANCE HEADS..................... 23

PLANNING FOR CETS REACHES ADVANCED STAGE.................... 24

CHILD CARE CENTRES TO INSTALL EMERGENCY FACILITIES.......... 25

INSTITUTIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING STANDARD.............. 26

REINSURANCE MEASURES BEING CLOSELY MONITORED................ 26

MOTION ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PASSED........................ 27

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

GOVERNMENT ADDRESSES PROPERTY PRICES POSITIVELY » » * * *

HIGH RESIDENTIAL PRICES WERE A CAUSE OF CONCERN AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS ADDRESSING THIS CONCERN URGENTLY AND POSITIVELY, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A MOTION DEBATE ON LAND SUPPLY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR EASON SAID GOVERNMENT HAD THE URGE TO DO AND WAS DOING WHAT THE MOTION URGED IT TO DO.

HE SAID THE TASK FORCE ON LAND SUPPLY AND PROPERTY WOULD CONCLUDE IT WORKS NEXT MONTH.

MR EASON SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CURRENTLY REVIEWING YET AGAIN THE DEMAND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND THERE WAS A GOOD PROSPECT OF AN ADDITIONAL 30 HECTARES OF LAND BEING MADE AVAILABLE BEFORE 1997 TO MEET THE NEW REQUIREMENT.

HE SAID OTHER POSSIBLE SITES WERE ALSO BEING EXAMINED.

THE AIM OF THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALWAYS BEEN TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT LAND TO MEET CLEARLY IDENTIFIED PUBLIC HOUSING DEMAND AND THIS WAS REVIEWED REGULARLY, HE SAID.

"FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ADJUSTED INCOME LIMITS

AND CRITERIA IN 1992 AND 1993, THE GOVERNMENT QUICKLY FOUND 49 HECTARES OF EXTRA LAND TO MEET THE ADDITIONAL DEMAND,"

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE LEVEL OF DEMAND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING WAS A CONSTANTLY MOVING TARGET WHICH CHANGED BECAUSE OF SUCH FACTORS AS POPULATION AND INCOME GROWTH, REDEVELOPMENT AND CLEARANCE PROGRAMME, PRICES AND RENTS OF PRIVATE HOUSING ETC.

"BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN THE GOVERNMENT HAS UNDER-PROVIDED LAND FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OR INTENDS TO DO SO JUST BECAUSE DEMAND INCREASES AND NEW LAND HAS TO BE PROVIDED.

"THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT BETWEEN 1988/89 AND 1993/94, OVER 180 HECTARES OF LAND WERE ALLOCATED FOR PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING AND ASSISTED HOUSING, THAT IS, AN AVERAGE OF 30.5 HECTARES PER ANNUM.

"BY COMPARISON, AN AVERAGE OF 17 HECTARES PER ANNUM WERE GRANTED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD," HE SAID.

GIVEN THAT LAND AND THE RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE HAD TO BE PRODUCED AND THE LEAD TIME REQUIRED, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SHOULD CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF IMPROVING OUTPUT, FOR EXAMPLE, BY INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY OF LAND USE AND ADVANCING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SITES ALREADY EXISTED, HE SAID.

TURNING TO LAND DISPOSAL, MR EASON SAID THE LAND COMMISSION HAD IN FACT SHOWN ITSELF TO BE FLEXIBLE AND SENSITIVE TO HONG KONG’S NEED FOR LAND TO SUPPORT IT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

/"THE LAND .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

’’THE LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME HAS EXCEEDED THE 50 HACTARES LIMIT IN EVERY SINGLE YEAR SINCE THE COMMISSION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1985. IT HAS ALSO AGREED TO SET ASIDE AN ADDITIONAL FIVE HACTARES FOR SUPPLEMENTARY DISPOSAL IF NECESSARY.

MR EASON POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL REASONS WHY THE DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN SITES MIGHT SLOP FROM ONE FINANCIAL YEAR TO THE NEXT, AND THESE INCLUDED THE LACK OF INTEREST SHOWN BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS OR UNAVOIDABLE DELAYS IN LAND FORMATION OR SERVICING.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO REVIEWING THE DENSITY OF DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR SOME OF THE SITES TO BE DISPOSED OF TN THE LATTER PART OF THE YEAR AND FOR FUTURE SITES TO SEE WHETHER HIGHER DENSITIES CAN BE ACHIEVED.

MR EASON STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DTD NOT OPERATE A HIGH LAND PRICE POLICY.

’’THE MARKET DETERMINES LAND PRICES, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT.

’’THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION OF DELIBERATELY WITHHOLDING LAND SUPPLY IN ORDER TO JACK UP THE PRICE.” HE SAID.

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THE FOLLOWING IS A SPEECH BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, ON THE MOTION DEBATE ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

MR PRESIDENT,

I PROPOSE TO COMMENT FIRST ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION AND THEN ON THE AMENDED MOTION.

I WOULD FIRST OF ALL LIKE TO STATE THAT THERE WAS NO NUCLEAR EMERGENCY AT DAYA BAY IN APRIL. THE PROBLEM LEADING TO THE SHUT DOWN OF UNIT ONE OF THE PLANT WAS IN THE CONVENTIONAL ISLAND. THE PROBLEM WAS NOT CLASSIFIED ON THE INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR EVENTS SCALE. IT WAS NOT A REPORTABLE EVENT AND HAD ABSOLUTELY NO SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE. WE OBTAINED SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM AND CONCLUDE THAT THERE WAS NO NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION OF ANY KIND. IN FACT, MR PRESIDENT, THERE HAS BEEN NO EVENT SINCE THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION WAS COMMISSIONED WHICH REQUIRIES THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ANY RESPONSE OF ANY DESCRIPTION.

/IN RESPONDING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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IN RESPONDING TO THE ORIGINAL MOTION, I MUST EXPLAIN WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY DOING AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN WAS PREPARED TN MAY 1989. SINCE THEN, WE HAVE CONDUCTED TWO FULL COMMAND POST EXERCISES TO TEST AND TO IMPROVE THE PLAN, IN NOVEMBER 1990 AND IN MAY 1993. ON EACH OCCASION, WE MODIFIED AND IMPROVED OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN IN THE LIGHT OF THE RESULTS OF THE TESTS AND THE ADVICE WE RECEIVED FROM INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS WHO OBSERVED HOW THE PLAN WORKED. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC ARE AWARE OF THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, IN AUGUST 1993, WE PUBLISHED A TOTAL OF 156,000 COPIES OF A LEAFLET DESCRIBING THE OUTLINE OF THE PLAN. IN DECEMBER 1993, 30,000 COPIES OF A BOOKLET WERE PUBLISHED, DESCRIBING THE PLAN IN MORE DETAIL. BOTH THE LEAFLET AND THE BOOKLET WERE PUBLISHED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE. A FURTHER 120,000 COPIES OF THE LEAFLET AND 200,000 COPIES OF THE BOOKLET WERE PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR. IN TOTAL, OVER HALF OF A MILLION COPIES OF THE LEAFLET AND THE BOOKLET HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC TO INFORM THEM ABOUT THE DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN.

IN MARCH THIS YEAR, WE, TOGETHER WITH THE HONG KONG NUCLEAR INVESTMENT COMPANY, MADE A PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON NUCLEAR SAFETY AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING TO THE MEDIA. WE DISPLAYED MUCH OF THE PORTABLE EQUIPMENT WHICH WOULD BE USED IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF THE PLAN BEING ACTIVATED. OFFICERS FROM FIVE OF THE 34 DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE PLAN WERE ALSO AVAILABLE TO ANSWER DETAILED QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR ROLES IN THE CONTINGENCY PLAN. LATER THAT MONTH, WE HELD A SIMILAR PRESENTATION FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS PANEL OF THIS COUNCIL. THE FULL TEXT OF THE DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN WAS PUBLISHED TN APRIL.

WE’VE PUBLISHED AND WILL CONTINUE TO PUBLISH IN FULL DETAILS OF OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN AND OF NUCLEAR POWER IN GENERAL. WE WISH TO MAKE OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN AND OUR ARRANGEMENTS AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE. IN VIEW OF THE COMMENTS FROM OUR HONOURABLE MEMBERS WE CLEARLY HAVE SOME WAY TO GO. BUT WE HAVE BEGUN. WE MUST INCREASE OUR EFFORTS. HOWEVER, MR PRESIDENT, I CAN ASSURE HONOURABLE MEMBERS THAT OUR CONTINGENCY PI,AN IS FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND.

THE ORIGINAL MOTION CALLS ON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO PREPARE A PROPER CONTINGENCY PLAN. MR PRESIDENT, WE HAVE DONE SO, AND WE HAVE SENT COPIES TO THIS CHAMBER. MEMBERS SHOULD BE REASSURED THAT I DON’T INTEND TO READ FROM THERE THE CONTINGENCY PLAN. IN THE INTEREST OF BREVITY, MR CHAIRMAN, I’D LIKE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS POSED BY HONOURABLE MEMBERS SIMPLY BY REFERRING TO A FEW CHAPTERS IN OUR PLAN. THIS I THINK SET OUT IN DETAIL HOW WE WOULD RESPOND TO THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS. IN CHAPTER THREE, WE DID SET OUT IN DETAIL THE NOTIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT OF INFORMATION CONCERNING THE NUCLEAR INCIDENT OR ACCIDENT OCCUR AT GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION. IN CHAPTER FOUR, WE DESCRIBE OUR RADIATION MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES. IN CHAPTER FIVE, WE DEAL WITH HOW WE WOULD EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC ANY EVENTS WHICH WOULD TAKE PLACE AT GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION. IN CHAPTER SEVEN, WE DESCRIBE HOW WE WOULD MONITOR PEOPLE COMING ACROSS THE BORDER AND HOW WE WOULD HAVE MONITORING CENTRES AND DE-CONTAMINATION CENTRES. IN CHAPTER EIGHT, FURTHER BORDER CONTROL MEASURES ARE SET OUT. IN CHAPTER NINE, COUNTER MEASURES DEALING WITH FOOD AND WATER. IN CHAPTER 10, WE DEAL WITH DISPOSAL OF RADIOLOGICALLY CONTAMINATED WASTE. AND IN CHAPTER 14, WE DEAL WITH CROSS BORDER AND EXTERNAL LIAISON AND ASSISTANCE. I’M PLEASED THERE IS A NUMBER OF MEMBERS WHO HAVE REFERRED TO THE DANGERS OF INGESTION BECAUSE THIS REPRESENTS THE MOST CREDIBLE POSSIBILITY WHICH ALL THE EXPERT ADVICE WE NIGHT FACE. I’M ALSO PLEASED TO REPORT THAT OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN DEALS WITH THIS RISK IN CONSIDERABLE DETAIL. WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR FOOD SUPPLY. WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR WATER SUPPLY. WE WILL BE ABLE TO SCREEN PEOPLE COMING INTO HONG KONG FROM CONTAMINATED AREAS. MR PRESIDENT, ALL OF THESE DETAILS ARE SET OUT IN OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

THE ORIGINAL MOTION ALSO REFERS SPECIFICALLY TO INDOOR SHELTERING MEASURES. IN DRAFTING OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN, WE CONSIDERED VERY CAREFULLY THE NEED FOR SHELTERING. THIS NEED WAS FIRST ADDRESSED IN A 1987 REPORT, PREPARED FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BY EXPERTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY, ON HOW BEST OUR CONTINGENCY PLANNING SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT. THE ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY ADVISED THAT AT 25 KM FROM THE REACTOR THERE IS A CONSENSUS OF INTERNATIONAL OPINION THAT THERE SHOULD ONLY EXIST A NEED FOR MONITORING AND PERHAPS CONTROL OF FOODSTUFFS. PLANS FOR EVACUATION AND SHELTERING ARE NOT GENERALLY CONSIDERED NECESSARY AT THIS DISTANCE. THIS REPORT PREDATED OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN AND WE TOOK ITS ADVICE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN PREPARING OUR DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN.

THE CONTINGENCY PLAN TAKES A CAUTIOUS APPROACH ON SHELTERING. WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE NEED FOR SHELTERING, AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE ONLY, APPLIES ONLY TO PING CHAU, WHICH IS SOME 13 KM AWAY FROM THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION. IN REACHING THIS DECISION, WE HAVE FOLLOWED INTERNATIONAL ADVICE AND PRACTICE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE COORDINATOR OF EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY STATED PUBLICLY TN MAY LAST YEAR -

’NO COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN A NEED TO DEVELOP PLANS OR EXERCISE A CAPABILITY TO EVACUATE OR SHELTER POPULATION AS A RESULT OF A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT, BEYOND 16 KM.’

MORE RECENTLY, A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, WHO WAS INVITED TO HONG KONG ON A PRIVATELY-SPONSORED VISIT, STATED AFTER GOING TO DAYA BAY

’WE WENT AWAY SATISFIED THAT THEY FOLLOWED THE IAEA RECOMMENDATIONS IN THEIR EMERGENCY PLANS. YOU CAN’T DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT.’

MEMBERS MAY LIKE TO KNOW OF THE SHELTERING ZONES IN OTHER PLACES. IN CANADA SHELTERING IS REQUIRED UP TO 10 KILOMETRES FROM THE PLANT. IN FRANCE IT IS ALSO 10 KILOMETRES. IN GERMANY, 10 KILOMETRES; ITALY, 5 KILOMETRES; JAPAN, 10 KILOMETRES; SPAIN, 10 KILOMETRES; SWEDEN, 15 KILOMETRES; SWITZERLAND, 20 KILOMETRES AND THE UNITED STATES, 16 KILOMETRES. IN HONG KONG WE HAVE: ADOPTED A FIGURE OF 20 KILOMETRES. ACCORDING TO ALL INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS HONG KONG HAS ADOPTED A PRUDENT AND CONSERVATIVE MEASURE.

MEMBERS WILL BE AWARE THAT, THIS COMING FRIDAY MORNING, TWO EXPERTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITIES WILL BE MEETING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS PANEL. THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO HONG KONG SPECIFICALLY TO DISCUSS CONTINGENCY PLANNING AND TO ANSWER MEMBERS’ CONCERNS. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THESE TWO EXPERTS WILL AGAIN CONFIRM THAT OUR ACTIONS ON SHELTERING ARE BOTH PRUDENT AND CONSERVATIVE.

/MR PRESIDENT.........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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MR PRESIDENT, I NOW LIKE TO TURN TO THE FIRST PART OF THE AMENDED MOTION. I CAN ASSURE MEMBERS THAT WE WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY IN THE EXTREMELY UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY AT DAYA BAY WHICH IS LIKELY TO POSE ANY THREAT TO HONG KONG. BY THIS, I MEAN OFF-SITE EMERGENCIES, WHICH ARE DECLARED WHEN THERE IS A PROBABILITY OF RADIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARY OF THE NUCLEAR POWER STATION. THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THIS NOTIFICATION WERE ESTABLISHED AND PUBLICISED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, FOLLOWING A MEETING BETWEEN MYSELF AND MY GUANGDONG COUNTERPART FOR NUCLEAR ACCIDENT CONTINGENCY PLANNING. WE MADE IT CLEAR THEN THAT WE WOULD BE NOTIFIED OF ALL OFFSITE EMERGENCIES, WHETHER OR NOT THEY MAY AFFECT HONG KONG.

THEREFORE, MR PRESIDENT, WE ALREADY HAVE IN PLACE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY OF ANY EMERGENCIES WHICH MAY HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR HONG KONG. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE OTHER AVENUES FOR EARLY NOTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL EMERGENCIES, MOST NOTABLY OUR OWN RADIATION MONITORING NETWORK AND THE REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE FOR CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY TO NOTIFY THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY INTERRUPTION TO ITS EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLIES, WHICH MAY BE CAUSED BY EVENTS AT THE NUCLEAR POWER STATION. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF FORMALISING ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES REGARDING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHICH DO NOT HAVE OFF-SITE CONSEQUENCES. THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL PROVIDE AN EXTRA LEVEL OF SECURITY ONCE THEY ARE CONCLUDED.

ONCE NOTIFIED, MR PRESIDENT, WE WILL ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS INFORMED AND KEPT INFORMED ABOUT ALL THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THEM. WE ACCEPT THE INFORMATION IS VITAL TO AVOID PANIC AND TO PREVENT CONCERN ARISING IN HONG KONG PUBLIC.

SO FAR, I HAVE REFERRED TO HONG KONG’S CONTINGENCY PLANNING ARRANGEMENTS IN ISOLATION. WE HAVE BEEN LIAISING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES ON THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENTS AND FOR THE TRANSFER OF INFORMATION . THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FROM STANDARD INTERNATIONAL PRACTICES, SUITABLY MODIFIED TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN HAND. PART OF OUR CONTINGENCY PLAN SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES CROSS-BORDER ASSISTANCE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. WE HAVE AGREED TO CO-OPERATE AND TO PROVIDE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF A NUCLEAR INCIDENT AT DAYA BAY WHICH WOULD REQUIRE BOTH SIDES TO ACTIVATE THEIR CONTINGENCY PLANS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP OUR LINKS WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES; THESE WILL, AS A MATTER OF COURSE, INCLUDE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW WE MAY IMPROVE CO-ORDINATION OF OUR EFFORTS IN CONTINGENCY PLANNING. HOWEVER, OUR EXISTING CONTINGENCY PLAN TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES WHICH, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WERE CONCLUDED LAST SEPTEMBER, AND WHICH ALREADY INCLUDE A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF CO-OPERATION.

MR PRESIDENT, AS REGARDS THE SECOND PART OF THE AMENDED MOTION, WE HAVE ASKED THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROPOSED NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF HONG KONG. WE BELIEVE THAT FINAL DECISIONS TO GO AHEAD AT PARTICULAR SITES ARE STILL SUBJECT TO THE CONCLUSIONS OF FEASIBILITY STUDIES THAT HAVE YET TO BE COMPLETED AND ACCEPTED. THESE DECISIONS MAY, THEREFORE, BE SOME WAY OFF. NEVERTHELESS, WE SHARE MEMBERS’ CONCERNS THAT THE WORRIES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT: WE HAVE REFLECTED THESE CONCERNS TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

/MR PRESIDENT........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994

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MR PRESIDENT, I HAVE EXPLAINED THAT -

. WE DO HAVE A DAYA BAY CONTINGENCY PLAN;

. WE DO NOT NEED TO INCLUDE MEASURES FOR SHELTERING IN ANY PART OF HONG KONG OTHER THAN PING CHAU;

, WE WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY OF ANY OFF-SITE EMERGENCY AT THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION THAT MAY HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR HONG KONG; AND

. WE HAVE EXPLAINED TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES THE CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL, THEREFORE, ABSTAIN FROM THE MAIN MOTION AND VOTE IN FAVOUR OF THE AMENDED MOTION.

THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT.

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MOTION TO PUT UP RATES PASSED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION TO INCREASE RATES BY 20 PER CENT IN EACH OF THE FINANCIAL YEARS 1994/95 AND 1995/96.

MOVING THE MOTION TO AMEND THE RATING ORDIANNCE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID THE RATEABLE VALUES OF ALL PROPERTIES HAD ON AVERAGE INCREASED BY 33 PER CENT, REFLECTTING THE INCREASE IN THEIR RENTAL VALUES FROM JULY 1, 1990 TO JULY 1, 1993.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THIS PERCENTAGE WAS IN LINE WITH INFLATION OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, AND BELOW THE RISE IN PROPERTY PRICES.

SIR HAMISH REITERATED THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE GENERAL REVALUATION WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE RATES BURDEN FELL EQUITABLY AMONG RATEPAYERS IN PROPORTION TO THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTIES.

HE SAID WHILE THE RATEABLE VALUES HAD CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THE REVALUATION EXERCISE, THE OVERALL RATES PERCENTAGE CHARGE REMAINED AT 5.5 PER CENT AS IN 1993/94.

THE PROPOSED 20 PER CENT CAP ON RATES INCREASE FOR TWO YEARS WAS INTENDED TO REDUCE THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT OF THE GENERAL REVALUATION, HE SAID.

"THE EFFECT OF THIS MEASURE IS THAT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT WHICH INDIVIDUAL RATEPAYERS WILL BE ASKED TO PAY WILL BE NO MORE THAN 20 PER CENT ABOVE WHAT WAS PAID IN 1993/94.

"SIMILARLY, THE MAXIMUM PAYMENT IN 195/96 WILL BE NO MORE THAN 20 PER CENT ABOVE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE IN 1994/95."

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HE SAID THE INCREASE IN RATES IN 1994/95 WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN CUMULATIVE INFLATION SINCE THE LAST GENERAL REVALUATION AND THE FULL IMPACT OF ANY INCREASE IN RATES PAYMENT ARISING FROM THE LATEST REVALUATION EXERCISE WOULD BE SPREAD OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

IT WOULD BE AN INCREASE OF $53 A MONTH FOR A SMALL FALT IN 1994/95.

HE SAID IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF PROPERTIES WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE PROPSOED RATES RELIEF CAP WHILE PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

SIR HAMISH BELIEVED THAT THE PUBLIC FOUND THE NEW PACKAGE ON RATES ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION HAD RECEIVED FEWER COMPLAINTS THAN THE PREVIOUS REVALUATION EXERCISES.

IN RESPONSE TO OBJECTIONS FROM LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS ON THE PACKAGE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE PROPOSED RATES RELIEF MEASURE SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED IN ISOLATION FROM THE OTHER BUDGET PROPSOALS AS IT WAS BUT ONE OF A VERY BROAD RANGE OF CONCESSIONS IN THE TOTAL PACKAGE.

"THE WHOLE BUDGET PACKAGE HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER AFTER VERY CAREFUL DELIBERATIONS AND CONSULTATION WITH MEMBERS, AND HAS TAKEN FULL ACCOUNT OF OUR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING OVER THE FORECAST PERIOD."

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY SOME NONOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAD CONSIDERED MAKING WENT TO THE VERY FABRIC OF HONG KONG’S CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

"GIVEN OUR POLITICAL FRAMEWORK, IT IS VITAL THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CONTROL THE PRESENTATION OF EXPENDITURE PROPOSALS TO THIS COUNCIL AND THAT WE KNOW WHAT INCOME TO EXPECT FROM LAWFULLY-ESTABLISHED REVENUES ARISING WITHIN HONG KONG OVER THE COMING FINANCIAL YEARS.

"THE AMENDMENTS WHICH SOME MEMBERS HAD PROPOSED EARLIER, IF SUCCESSFULLY MOVED, WOULD SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THE STABILITY OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM DEPENDS," SIR HAMISH SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID TODAY’S MOTION ALSO SOUGHT TO REVISE THE SPLIT OF THE TOTAL RATES REVENUE BETWEEN GENERAL REVENUE AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE TWO COUNCILS WOULD GET ENOUGH TO CARRY OUT THEIR PROGRAMMES OF ACTIVITIES IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

HE SAID THE MOTION RAISED THE MINIMUM RATEABLE VALUE BELOW WHICH SMALL PROPERTIES WERE EXEMPT FROM ASSESSEMTN FROM $2,000 TO $2,600.

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TWO MOTIONS PASSED ON LOTTERY DUTY AND AIR TAX *****

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED TWO MOTIONS TO REDUCE THE AIR PASSENGER DEPARTURE TAX AND THE LOTTERY DUTY AS WELL AS TO REDUCE THE GOVERNMENT’S SHARE OF LOTTERY PROCEEDS IN FAVOUR OF THE LOTTERIES FUND.

MOVING THE MOTION TO AMEND THE FIRST SCHEDULE UNDER THE AIR PASSENGER DEPARTURE TAX ORDINANCE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID THE TAX REDUCTION FROM $150 TO $50 WAS ESTIMATED TO COST $960 MILLION IN 1994/95 AND $4.1 BILLION UP TO 1997/98.

SIR HAMISH SAID THE TOURISM INDUSTRY HAD MADE REPEATED REPRESENTATIONS TO HIM ABOUT THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECT OF HIGH DEPARTURE TAX ON TOURISM AND THE WIDER ECONOMY.

’’THEIR ARGUMENT IS A PERSUASIVE ONE,” HE SAID.

THE REDUCTION MIGHT ALSO HELP TO REDUCE THE CONGESTION IN THE TRANSIT AREA OF THE AIRPORT, AS MORE TRANSIT PASSENGERS WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO GO OUT THE AIRPORT TEMPORARILY.

EXTRA SPENDING BY THESE PASSENGERS WOULD BOOST THE RETAIL TRADE AND THE TOURISM INDUSTRY. LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO TRAVEL BY AIR WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM THIS CONCESSION.

TURNING TO THE OTHER RESOLUTION THAT AMENDED THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE, MR MACLEOD SAID IT SOUGHT TO RAISE THE SHARE OF THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS TO BE ALLOCATED TO THE LOTTERIES FUND FROM 5 PER CENT TO 15 PER CENT.

THE LOTTERY DUTY IS CORRESPONDINGLY REDUCED FROM 30 PER CENT TO 20 PER CENT.

WITH THIS ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF FUNDING WHICH AMOUNT TO ABOUT $1.8 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, THE LOTTERIES FUND WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO MEET THE KEY TARGETS SET OUT IN THE WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE AND THE GREEN PAPER ON REHABILITATION, HE SAID.

”IT WILL ALSO BE EQUIPPED TO FULFIL THE COMMITMENTS MADE IN THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS LAST YEAR TO BUILD SEVEN NURSING HOMES BY 1997 AND TO PROVIDE MORE CARE-AND-ATTENTION PLACES,” HE ADDED.

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CARS FOR DISABLED BE EXEMPTED FROM TUNNEL TOLLS » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION TO EXEMPT CARS USED FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF DISABLED PERSONS FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL PASSAGE TAX.

MOVING THE MOTION TO AMEND THE SECOND SCHEDULE UNDER THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL (PASSAGE TAX) ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR THE TREASURY, MR DONALD TSANG, SAID THE EXEMPTION WOULD APPLY TO THE DI ALA-RIDE REHABUS SERVICE.

THE SERVICE IS A PERSONALISED TRANSPORT SERVICE PROVIDED TO DISABLED PERSONS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH SERIOUS PHYSICAL DISABILITIES WHO CANNOT USE ORDINARY MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

HE NOTED THAT THE PASSENGERS OF THE SERVICE WOULD BE DIRECTLY BENEFITED BECAUSE THEY HAD TO PAY FOR THE TUNNEL TOLLS AS A SURCHARGE.

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HOUSING TRAFFIC BY-LAW AMENDED * * * * *

A MOTION SEEKING TO REVISE FIXED PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PARKING ON RESTRICTED ROADS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, SAID THE PRESENT CHARGES FOR ILLEGAL PARKING ON RESTRICTED ROADS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES HAD NOT BEEN CHANGED SINCE FEBRUARY 1, 1990.

”IT HAS BEEN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S PRACTICE TO ALIGN THE FIXED PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PARKING ON RESTRICTED ROADS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WITH THAT APPLYING ON PUBLIC ROADS,” MR EASON SAID.

ON FEBRUARY 23, 1994, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVED AN INCREASE IN FIXED PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PARKING ON PUBLIC ROADS FROM $200 TO $320 UNDER THE TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS (FIXED PENALTY) ORDINANCE WITH EFFECT FROM JUNE 1, 1994.

IN THIS CONNECTION, THE AUTHORITY APPROVED AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOUSING (TRAFFIC) BY-LAW ON MARCH 25, 1994 TO INCREASE ILLEGAL PARKING CHARGES ON RESTRICTED ROADS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES BY AROUND 60 PER CENT.

"THE REVISED CHARGES WILL TAKE EFFECT ON JUNE 1, 1994 WHEN HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S FIXED PENALTY TICKET SYSTEM UNDER THE HOUSING (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) (FIXED PENALTY) BY-LAW WILL BE PUT IN PLACE," MR EASON ADDED.

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BILLS TO MEET STANDARDS AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

TWO BILLS SEEKING TO BRING THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE IN LINE WITH NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE 1988 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY WERE THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 AND THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1994.

MOVING THE SECOND READINGS OF THE BILLS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID THEY SOUGHT TO INTRODUCE DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPORTS OF DANGEROUS DRUGS

THEY ALSO PROVIDE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES COVERED BY THE CONVENTION; AND SEEK TO INTRODUCE NEW PROVISIONS TO SUPPRESS ILLICIT DRUG TRAFFIC BY SEA.

MR WOODHOUSE SAID SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL AIMED TO:

» INCLUDE CANNABIS RESIN AS A DANGEROUS DRUG, SEPARATELY FROM CANNABIS;

» EMPOWER THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST TO CULTIVATE CANNABIS AND SYNTHESISE DANGEROUS DRUGS, WHERE NECESSARY, IN DISCHARGING HIS DUTIES;

* REPEAL A PRESUMPTION RELATING TO POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS DRUG WHICH WAS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS;

DELEGATE THE GOVERNOR’S POWER TO AMEND THE SECOND SCHEDULE CONCERNING PRESCRIBED HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY;

* LIMIT THE POWER OF ENTRY AND SEARCH WITHOUT A WARRANT TO SITUATIONS WHERE IT WAS NOT REASONABLY PRACTICABLE TO OBTAIN ONE, IN ORDER TO MAKE THE PROVISION COMPATIBLE WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS, AND TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM FOR THE ISSUING OF WARRANTS; AND

» LOWER THE CONCENTRATION OF CODEINE IN COUGH PREPARATIONS TO WHICH THE ORDINANCE APPLIED.

HE ADDED THAT THESE AMENDMENTS WERE INTRODUCED TO MEET THE OPERATIONAL NEED TO DISCHARGE THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

DEBATES ON THE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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BILL ON GREEN FUND INTRODUCED * t * * ♦

A BILL SEEKING TO ESTABLISH A DEDICATED FUNDING SOURCE FOR EDUCATIONAL, RESEARCH AND OTHER PROJECTS RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER CONSERVATION MATTERS AS WELL AS TO PRESCRIBE A STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS (SPED, MR TONY EASON, SAID THE EXISTING SOURCES AND RANGE OF FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES WERE UNCERTAIN AND INADEQUATE AND TENDED TO FOSTER AD HOC EFFORTS AT THE EXPENSE OF LONGER TERM AND MORE IN-DEPTH PROJECTS.

"THE GOVERNOR THEREFORE PROPOSED LN HIS 1993 POLICY ADDRESS AN INITIAL CAPITAL INJECTION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF $50 MILLION TO SET UP AN ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND TO SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AND OTHER WORTHWHILE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS," HE SAID.

THE BILL CREATES THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND AND DEFINES ITS OBJECTIVES AS WELL AS PROVIDES FOR THE INCORPORATION OF SPEL, IN THE CAPACITY OF A CORPORATION SOLE, BE THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUND.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE SETTING UP OF AN ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE TRUSTEE ON THE USE OF THE FUND.

"THE COMMITTEE WILL COMPRISE A NON-OFFICIAL CHAIRMAN AS WELL AS NON-OFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

"IN RECOMMENDING NON-OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS, WE INTEND TO INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FRQM A BROAD SPECTRUM OF INTERESTS INCLUDING THE GREEN GROUPS WHO WILL ALSO BE AMONG THE MAIN TARGETS OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND," MR EASON SAID.

THE TRUSTEE IS REQUIRED TO TABLE BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ANNUALLY THE AUDITED STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS AND HIS REPORT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND.

MR EASON NOTED THAT AS WITH MANY OTHER TRUST FUNDS ESTABLISHED FOR EDUCATIONAL OR CHARITABLE PURPOSES, THERE WAS A STANDARD PROVISION TO ALLOW THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO CHARGE A SUPERVISION FEE OF NOT MORE THAN 2.5 PER CENT OF THE ANNUAL INCOME OF THE FUND TO RECOVER COSTS IN MANAGING THE FUND SHOULD THEY BECOME SIGNIFICANT.

"HOWEVER, IT IS NOT ENVISAGED THAT THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS FOR ADMINISTERING THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND.

"IN THIS REGARD, THE BILL STIPULATES THAT THE COST OF ADMINISTERING THE FUND, OTHER THAN THE COST OF EMPLOYING PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS, WILL BE CHARGED TO THE GENERAL REVENUE," MR EASON SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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EI.ECTORAL PROVISIONS BILL INTRODUCED

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THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL WHICH EMPOWERS THE REGISTRATION OFFICER TO OMIT THE NAMES OF REGISTERED ELECTORS FROM THE VOTER REGISTER WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, MR NICHOLAS NG, SAID THE AMENDMENTS DID NOT INVOLVE ANY POLICY CHANGE BUT WERE ONLY TO PUT BEYOND DOUBT A LEGAL POINT.

HE SAID THE BILL GAVE THE REGISTRATION OFFICER A PROPER LEGAL BASIS TO OMIT, WHEN COMPILING A NEW VOTER REGISTER FOR THE YEAR, REGISTERED ELECTORS WHOSE NAMES APPEARED ON THE EXISTING VOTER REGISTER UNDER TWO CIRCUMSTANCES.

NAMES OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS CAN BE OMITTED WHEN THE REGISTRATION OFFICER HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THESE ELECTORS HAVE CEASED TO ORDINARILY RESIDE IN HONG KONG OR HAVE CHANGED THEIR PRINCIPAL PLACES OF RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

MR NG SAID THE ACCURACY OF THE VOTER REGISTER WOULD BE GREATLY AFFECTED IF THE REGISTRATION OFFICER DID NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO OMIT REGISTERED VOTERS.

IT WOULD ALSO UNDERMINE THE WHOLE BASIS OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS, MR NG ADDED.

"IT WILL, OF COURSE, BE OPEN TO ANY ELECTOR SO OMITTED FROM THE REGISTER TO APPLY FOR RE-REGISTRATION PROVIDED HE HAS RESUMED ORDINARY RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG OR IS ABLE TO PROVIDE A NEW RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, AS THE CASE MAY BE," HE SAID.

MR NG ALSO URGED LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS TO GIVE THIS BILL AN EARLY AND FAVOURABLE CONSIDERATION BECAUSE .OF THE TIGHT SCHEDULE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED

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BILL TO MEET NEW STANDARDS AGAINST DRUG DEALING * ♦ * *

A BILL SEEKING TO MEET THE NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE 1988 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ACETYLATING SUBSTANCES (CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID THE BILL ALSO PROPOSED TO REPEAL A PRESUMPTION RELATING TO POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS DRUG WHICH WAS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

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"IT SEEKS TO EXTEND THE EXISTING SCOPE OF CONTROL TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL 21 CHEMICALS WHICH ARE SPECIFIED IN THE CONVENTION.

"IT ALSO SEEKS TO PROVIDE FOR THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CONTROL ON THE SPECIFIED CHEMICALS," MR WOODHOUSE SAID.

THE BILL EMPOWERED THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY TO MAKE THE ABOVE TWO AMENDMENTS ACCORDINGLY.

"THE AMENDMENT PROHIBITS THE POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORT OR DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIFIED CHEMICALS, KNOWING, OR HAVING REASONABLE GROUND TO BELIEVE, THAT THEY ARE TO BE USED IN, OR FOR, THE ILLICIT PRODUCTION OF DANGEROUS DRUGS," HE SAID.

THUS THE BILL ALSO EMPOWERED THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO AMEND IT FOR THE ABOVE GOAL.

"IT ALSO REQUIRES THAT RECORDS OF DEALINGS IN SPECIFIED CHEMICALS BE KEPT FOR TWO YEARS," MR WOODHOUSE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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NEW AIRPORT BUILDING STRUCTURES COMPLY WITH ORDINANCE ♦ * t ♦ ♦

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (ASD) ENSURED THAT PROVISIONS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE WERE FULLY APPLIED TO GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS BUT USUAL SUBMISSION FOR CHECKING WAS NOT NECESSARY, THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR JAMES BLAKE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON SAMUEL WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BLAKE SAID THIS WOULD BE THE CASE FOR SOME OF THE BUILDING STRUCTURES ON THE CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT PLATFORM, WHICH WERE DESIGNED BY ASD AND CONSTRUCTED UNDER ITS SUPERVISION.

AS FOR THE TERMINAL BUILDING AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES WHICH WERE BEING DESIGNED BY CONSULTANTS FOR THE PROVISIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (PAA), MR BLAKE SAID SINCE DESIGN COMMENCED IN 1992, THERE HAD BEEN REGULAR CONTACTS WITH THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE (BOO) TO ENSURE THAT THE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT COMPLIED WITH THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE.

"AT THE SAME TIME, THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE TERMINAL HAS BEEN DEVELOPED WITH THE CLOSE INVOLVEMENT OF THE AIRLINE AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS THE FULL INVOLVEMENT OF THOSE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY, IMMIGRATION AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ESSENTIAL IN AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT," HE SAID.

MR BLAKE NOTED THAT THESE ONGOING CONTACTS WITH BOO HAD REPLACED THE USUAL SUBMISSION PROCEDURES IMPOSED ON PRIVATE DEVELOPER AND PAA WAS CURRENTLY DISCUSSING WITH THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS APPROPRIATE EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE.

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HE SAID THE FINAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF ALL BUILDING STRUCTURES AT THE AIRPORT, INCLUDING THE TERMINAL BUILDING, WOULD ENSURE THAT THE STANDARDS OF CONSTRUCTION IMPOSED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE COULD BE SATISFIED.

ON FIRE SAFETY, MR BLAKE SAID THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT (FSD) HAD BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING AND WAS CONSULTED BY ASD AS NECESSARY.

FSD HAD ALREADY ADOPTED FOR LOCAL APPLICATION THE UK FIRE OFFICES COMMITTEE RULES, AS WELL AS OTHER INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS SUCH AS THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION OF THE USA, TO WHICH THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF ALL BUILDINGS AT THE NEW AIRPORT WOULD CONFIRM, HE ADDED.

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STRONG SUPPORT FOR LOWERING VOTING AGE * * * * »

THE SECRETARY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, MR NICHOLAS NG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HE DISAGREED WITH ASSERTIONS THAT THE PUBLIC HAD SHOWN LITTLE SUPPORT FOR LOWERING THE VOTING AGE TO 18 AND THAT YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 21 WERE NOT INTERESTED IN REGISTERING AS VOTERS.

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS CONDUCTED LAST YEAR HAD SHOWN THAT THE PUBLIC HAD GIVEN STRONG AND PERSISTENT SUPPORT FOR THE LOWERING OF VOTING AGE, HE ADDED.

THE RESPONSE OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS AGE GROUP TOWARDS THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING, MR NG SAID IN A REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE HAS SO FAR RECEIVED MORE THAN 106,000 APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS NEW VOTERS.

OF THEM, MORE THAN 17,000 OR ABOUT 16 PER CENT ARE FROM THE NEWLY ELIGIBLE AGE GROUP OF 18 TO 21.

HE SAID EFFORTS SHOULD BE KEPT UP TO PROMOTE ELECTORS’ EDUCATION THROUGH THE ONGOING CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES BOTH IN SCHOOLS AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

"FOR THE 1994/95 ELECTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT WILL LAUNCH AN EXTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE VOTER TURNOUT.

"OTHER THAN THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, IT IS ALSO THE ELECTORS’ DUTY TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE," MR NG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT COMMUNITY GROUPS AND POLITICAL PARTIES, THROUGH THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ELECTIONS, WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO TAKE PART IN THE ELECTIONS.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT, AND WOULD NOT, SEEK TO INTERVENE IN WAGE DETERMINATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR LEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT THE FORCES OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN THE LABOUR MARKET WERE A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT GUIDE IN SETTING WAGE LEVELS THAN ANY MEANS OF ARBITRARY DETERMINATION BY THE GOVERNMENT.

"SETTING A MINIMUM WAGE FOR LOCAL WORKERS WOULD INTRODUCE A HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE ELEMENT OF RIGIDITY INTO OUR MARKET SYSTEM AND WOULD WORK AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF NOT ONLY OUR ECONOMY BUT ALSO OUR WORKERS," HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE SETTING OF A MINIMUM ALLOWABLE WAGE FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS, HE SAID THIS WAS A SPECIAL MEASURE TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF LOCAL WORKERS "SO THAT THEIR WAGES WOULD NOT BE DEPRESSED BY WORKERS FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG."

THIS WOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT FOREIGN DOMESTIC WORKERS ARE NOT EXPLOITED.

MR LEUNG STRESSED IT WAS INCORRECT TO SAY THAT THE MEDIAN WAGES OF LOCAL WORKERS WERE LOWER THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE SET FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS.

HE AGREED THAT THE FOURTH QUARTER 1993 GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY HAD FOUND 168,000 EMPLOYEES WHOSE MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS WERE LESS THAN $3,500.

HOWEVER, THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF LOCAL WORKERS EARNING BELOW THAT LEVEL IS QUITE SMALL AS THE SURVEY COVERED ALL EMPLOYED PERSONS, INCLUDING FAMILY WORKERS, UNDEREMPLOYED WORKERS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK, AND SOME 129,000 FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS.

TURNING TO LOCAL WORKERS’ QUALITY OF LIFE, THE SECRETARY SAID BETWEEN 1981 AND 1991, THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAD INCREASED BY 58 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS.

IN ADDITION, HONG KONG WORKERS SHARE SUCH BENEFITS AS NINE YEARS OF FREE EDUCATION, HEAVILY SUBSIDISED HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE, GOOD RECREATION AND CULTURAL FACILITIES, AND COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

CITING EXAMPLES, MR LEUNG SAID LABOUR LEGISLATION WAS CONSTANTLY REVIEWED TO BRING ABOUT BETTER PROTECTION AND BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN IMPROVEMENTS IN ANNUAL LEAVE PROVISIONS, INCREASED LEVEL OF EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION, RETRAINING TO HELP DISPLACED WORKERSAND OTHER BENEFITS.

"ALL THESE MEASURES ARE AIMED AT BRINGING BETTER BENEFITS AND PROTECTION TO OUR WORKERS AND IMPROVING THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE," HE SAID.

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GUIDELINES ON BANNER DISPLAY EXPLAINED

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UNDER EXISTING GUIDELINES, DISTRICT LAND OFFICERS ONLY APPROVE NON-COMMERCIAL A!' IRT1SING INVOLVING THE DISPLAY OF BANNERS AND POSTERS RELATED TO SPECIFIC EVENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LAND:-’, MR TONY EASON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLY I Ml'■ TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON HOWARD YOUNG, MR EASON SAID THE MAIN CRITERION I R APPROVAL WAS WHETHER THE EVENT TO BE PUBLICISED WAS NON-COMMERCIAL ND OF INTEREST TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

"FACTORS SUCH AS OBSTRUCTION TO THE PUBLIC AND TRAFFIC SAFETY ARE ALSO TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT," HE SAID.

NR EASON i. AINID THAT THE APPLICATION BY AN ORGANISATION TO MOUNT 30 BANNERS ON LAMP-POSTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI DISTRICTS FROM MAY 24 TO 29 THIS YEAR HAD BEEN REJECTED PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE APPLICANT WAS A COMMERCIAL ORGANISATION RATHER THAN A NON-PROFIT MAKING BODY.

THE APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED IN EARLY JANUARY THIS YEAR AND THE APPLICANT WAS ADVISED OF THE GROUNDS OF REFUSAL ON FEBRUARY 15 THIS YEAR.

A SIMILAR APPLICATION FOR A SIMILAR EVENT BUT MADE BY AN ORGANISATION WITH A DIFFERENT NAME WAS APPROVED IN MAY 1992.

THE DISTR "I LANDS OFFICER, HONG KONG WEST, IS CONSIDERING A FRESH APPLICATION FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT SUBMITTED BY A NON-PROFIT MAKING BODY WHICH IS ONE OF THE ORGANISERS.

HE STRESSED THAT ALL APPLICATIONS WERE TREATED TN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ESTABLISHED GUIDELINES.

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18 SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS IN THREE YEARS

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THERE WERE 18 CASES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS (INCLUDING ANONYMOUS ONES) REC] IVED FROM STAFF AGAINST THEIR COLLEAGUES OR SUPERVISORS WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"WE TAKE ALL STAFF COMPLAINTS VERY SERIOUSLY," STRESSED MR SZE IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

"ALL COMPLAINTS WERE BY FEMALES AGAINST MALES. OF THESE, FIVE CASES WERE FOUND SUBSTANTIATED. THREE OFFICERS WERE CHARGED IN COURT FOR INDECENT ASSAULT AND TWO WERE SUBSEQUENTLY CONVICTED. ALL FIVE WERE ALSO DISCIPLINED," MR SZE SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS, AND OTHER INTERNAL COMPLAINTS, WERE DEALT WITH IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENTAL COMPLAINT PROCEDURES DRAWN UP WITH REFERENCE TO GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH.

’’THESE PROCEDURES ARE WIDELY PROMULGATED AMONG STAFF. THEY SET OUT THE STEPS IN MAKING COMPLAINTS AND ENSURE THAT THE PROCEDURES ARE FAIR, SIMPLE, DIRECT AND SPEEDY.

’’SENIOR OFFICERS AT DIRECTORATE LEVEL ARE NORMALLY DESIGNATED AS THE STAFF COMPLAINT OFFICERS IN DEPARTMENTS.

”IN ADDITION, DEPARTMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DESIGNATE MORE STAFF COMPLAINTS OFFICERS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS TO FACILITATE AND DEAL WITH STAFF COMPLAINTS.

’’THE AIM IS TO FACILITATE COMPLAINTS TO BE MADE AND TO ENABLE OBJECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS WITH PROMPT FOLLOW-UP ACTION, INCLUDING DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS ON CONCERNED STAFF IF COMPLAINTS ARE SUBSTANTIATED,” HE SAID.

MR SZE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD RECENTLY REVIEWED THESE PROCEDURES, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT REFORMS AND BELIEVED THEY GENERALLY WORK WELL.

’’BUT WE RECOGNISE THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS ARE OF A VERY SPECIAL AND SENSITIVE CATEGORY AND SEPARATE GUIDELINES ON HOW TO DEAL WITH SUCH COMPLAINTS MAY BE USEFUL. WE ARE PURSUING THIS,” MR SZE SAID.

GOVT COMMITTED TO FIGHT CANCER *****

THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY HAD IDENTIFIED CANCER AS ONE OF THE PRIORITY HEALTH AREAS WITH AN AIM TO REDUCE THE OVERALL MORTALITY ARISING FROM THE DISEASE AND TO PROVIDE A MORE HOLISTIC TYPE OF CARE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HER WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS WONG SAID THE AUTHORITY HAD FORMULATED PLANS TO OPEN AN ADDITIONAL 6,000 BEDS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

THIS WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL 3,500 HEALTHCARE STAFF FOR ALL PATIENT GROUPS.

IN ADDITION, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS GRANTED A DONATION OF $350 MILLION TO REDEVELOP THE INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WITH MODERN FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT BY 1996 TO MEET INCREASING DEMAND.

THE INSTITUTE TREATED SOME 12,800 CANCER PATIENTS IN THE PAST THREE YEARS.

/SHE SAID .......

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SHE SAID CANCER PATIENTS RECEIVED AN INTEGRATED SPECTRUM OF MEDICAL SERVICES INCLUDING GENERAL AND SPECIALIST OUT-PATIENT SERVICES, ACUTE CARE, EXTENDED AND HOSPICE CARE.

IT WOULD NOT BE FEASIBLE TO BREAK DOWN THE EXPENDITURE BY EACH SERVICE.

CITING STATISTICS, SHE SAID THE NUMBERS OF DEATH CASES FOR CANCER PATIENTS WERE 8,832 IN 1991, 9,021 IN 1992 AND 9,311 IN 1993.

IN THE CONTEXT OF DISEASE PREVENTION INCLUDING CANCER, MRS WONG NOTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONDUCTED A WIDE RANGE OF SPECIFIC MEASURES.

THESE INCLUDED PROVIDING HEALTH EDUCATION MATERIALS AND EXPERT ADVICE TO SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, HEPATITIS B VACCINATION, PAPANICOLAOU SMEAR SCREENING, DIETARY ADVICE FOR HEART DISEASE AND COUNSELLING FOR SMOKERS TO QUIT.

"THE EXPENDITURE INCURRED FOR DISEASE PREVENTION IN GENERAL WAS $370.8 MILLION IN 1991/92, $431.4 MILLION IN 1992/93 AND $496.9 MILLION IN 1993/94," SHE SAID.

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HOS SITE EARMARKED IN QUARRY BAY

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS EARMARKED A 2.55 HECTARE SITE AT WOODSITE, QUARRY BAY, FOR A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME (HOS) PROJECT FOR A DESIGNED POPULATION OF 4,500.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON SAMUEL WONG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR EASON NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEIGHBOURING KORNHILL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND AS THE SITE WAS ALREADY EARMARKED FOR HOS DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID IT WOULD NOT BE DISPOSED OF BY PUBLIC AUCTION.

HE SAID SINCE IT WAS NOT NORMAL POLICY TO INVITE INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPERS TO ACCEPT HOS SITES IN EXCHANGE FOR OTHER SITES HELD BY THEM, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT EXPLORED THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING SO IN THIS CASE.

MOST OF THIS SITE IS ALREADY ZONED "RESIDENTIAL (GROUP B)" (R(B)) AND A SMALL PART OF IT (0.37 HA) IS CURRENTLY ZONED "GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY" (GIC) ON THE DRAFT QUARRY BAY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN (OZP).

MR EASON SAID A SUBMISSION WOULD SHORTLY BE MADE TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TO SEEK ITS APPROVAL TO AMEND THE DRAFT OZP TO REZONE THE "GIC" PART OF THE SITE ALSO FOR "R(B)" DEVELOPMENT.

/IF APPROVED.........

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IF APPROVED, THE AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT OZP WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

MR EASON SAID THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAD BEEN CONSULTED ON THE REZONING PROPOSAL AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT AWARE OF ANY OBJECTION TO IT HAVING BEEN VOICED SO FAR.

PUBLICATION OF THE REVISED DRAFT OZP WOULD PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY SUCH OBJECTIONS TO BE LODGED, HE SAID.

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WITNESSES WILLING TO TESTIFY AGAINST TAXI MALPRACTICES

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COMPLAINTS AGAINST TAXI MALPRACTICES, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH RELATE TO OVERCHARGING OR REFUSAL OF HIRE, CAN ONLY BE ACTIONED IF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE PREPARED TO GIVE STATEMENTS TO THE POLICE AND, IF REQUIRED, TESTIFY AS WITNESSES IN COURT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR HAIDER BARMA, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE WING-TAT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID A COMPLAINANT WOULD RECEIVE A FORMAL SUMMONS UNDER SECTION 21 OF THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE IF HE WAS REQUIRED TO TESTIFY IN COURT, AND FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE SUMMONS MIGHT RESULT IN A FINE NOT EXCEEDING $5,000.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THIS HAD NOT BEEN A PARTICULAR PROBLEM AS EVIDENCED BY THE NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL CONVI CT IONS.

OF THE 300 TAXI OFFENCE CASES PROCEEDED BY SUMMONS IN 1993, 78.2 PER CENT WERE CONVICTED. THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR 1992 AND 1991 ARE 212 AND 62.5 PER CENT AND 164 AND 86 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ON INCIDENTS DURING WHICH TAXI DRIVERS HAD TO Bl- AWAY FROM WORK BUT THE WITNESSES DID NOT SHOW UP, MR BARMA SAID IT WAS FOR THE MAGISTRATE TO DECIDE WHETHER A TAXI DRIVER SHOULD BE COMPENSATED FOR FINANCIAL LOSS.

"UNDER SECTION 69 OF THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE, IF THE MAGISTRATE IS SATISFIED THAT THE PROCEEDINGS OUGHT NOT TO HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED OR PURSUED AGAINST THE DEFENDANT. Ill- MAY ORDER THE AWARD OF COSTS, NOT EXCEEDING $5,000," HE SAID.

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DIFFERENCES IN HOS AND PSPS MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED * * ♦ » ♦

HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME (HOS) DEVELOPMENTS ARE MANAGED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WHILE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME (PSPS) DEVELOPMENTS ARE MANAGED BY INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE DEVELOPERS AND MANAGERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR EASON SAID THIS ACCOUNTED FOR THE DIFFERENCES IN MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AND CAR PARKS BETWEEN THE TWO TYPES OF DEVELOPMENTS.

’’INDEED, BECAUSE THEY ARE INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENTS, THERE ARE ALSO DIFFERENCES IN MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN DIFFERENT PSPS ESTATES,” HE SAID.

MR EASON NOTED THAT THE ONLY PROBLEM WHICH APPEARED TO HAVE ARISEN FROM THE MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR HOS AND PSPS DEVELOPMENTS WAS THAT CAR PARKS IN SOME PSPS ESTATES HAD BEEN SOLD TN LOTS BY THE DEVELOPERS TO SINGLE PURCHASERS WHO LATER RESOLD OR LET THEM FOR PROFIT.

"IN ORDER TO CURTAIL THIS PRACTICE, THE CONDITIONS OF SALE OF NEW PSPS SITES WERE REVISED IN 1993 TO RESTRICT OWNERSHIP OF CAR PARKS IN FUTURE PROJECTS TO FLAT OWNERS AND TO PREVENT ANY FLAT OWNER FROM OWNING MORE THAN ONE PARKING SPACE," HE SAID.

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SHOOTING INCIDENT AT CLUB UNDER INVESTIGATION *****

THE SHOOTING INCIDENT AT THE PRIVATE CLUB IN YAU MA TEI ON MARCH 18 WAS CLASSIFIED AS A ROBBERY AND A POLICE OPEN FIRE CASE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON EMILY LAU, MR WOODHOUSE SAID THE CRIMINAL ASPECTS OF THE CASE WERE UNDER INVESTIGATION AND PROCEEDINGS IN RESPECT OF THE SHOOTING AND ROBBERY HAD BEGUN.

HE SAID THE PRESENCE OF THE OFFICERS CONCERNED AT THE PRIVATE CLUB AT THE TIME WAS THE SUBJECT OF A SEPARATE INVESTIGATION.

"UNTIL ALL ASPECTS OF THIS INCIDENT HAVE BEEN RESOLVED, ANY FURTHER COMMENT COULD BE PREJUDICIAL,HE SAID.

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SUFFICIENT COURT INTERPRETERS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES

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THERE ARE SUFFICIENT COURT INTERPRETERS TO DEAL WITH CASES INVOLVING LANGUAGES OTHER THAN CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

BUT THE JUDICIARY IS CONTINUING TO ENLARGE THE POOL BY RECRUITING MORE QUALIFIED INTERPRETERS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MOSES CHENG MOCHI, MRS CHAN SAID OF THE 710,345 CASES DEALT WITH AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF COURTS AND TRIBUNALS LAST YEAR, 6,165 CASES OR 0.86 PER CENT INVOLVED LANGUAGES OTHER THAN CHINESE AND ENGLISH.

AT PRESENT 547 FREELANCE INTERPRETERS HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE JUDICIARY TO DEAL WITH SUCH CASES.

BEFORE A FREELANCE INTERPRETER IS REGISTERED, HE WILL BE INTERVIEWED AND WILL UNDERGO AN EXAMINATION TO ENSURE THAT HE IS PROFICIENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND THE OTHER LANGUAGE WITH WHICH HE CLAIMS TO BE CONVERSANT.

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STRINGENT CONTROL ON USE OF DB FUNDS

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STRINGENT CONTROL HAD BEEN EXERCISED TO ENSURE THAT THE USE AND DISBURSEMENT OF DISTRICT BOARD (DB) FUNDS WERE WITHIN THE AMBIT OF VOTE AND THE EXPENDITURE GUIDELINES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE WING-TAT, MR SUEN EXPLAINED THAT THE FUNDS WERE SPENT ON SPECIFIC PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE DB BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID THE ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF THE FUNDS WERE MODELLED ON GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING, STORES, AND GENERAL AND OTHER REGULATIONS.

HE SAID: ’’CONTROLS INVOLVING CHECKS AND COUNTER-CHECKS ARE EXERCISED BY DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF FROM THE INCEPTION TO COMPLETION OF A PROJECT TO MINIMISE CHANCES OF ABUSE OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS.”

DISBURSEMENT OF THE FUND IS MADE ON THE PRODUCTION OF DULY CERTIFIED SUPPORTING RECEIPTS AND ONLY AFTER CHECKS HAVE BEEN MADE BY DISTRICT OFFICER STAFF THAT THE CLAIMS ARE WITHIN THE ORIGINAL AMBIT APPROVED BY THE DB AND THAT THE EXPENDITURE IS IN ORDER.

IN CASE OF DISCREPANCIES FROM THE ORIGINAL APPROVAL, MR SUEN SAID THE DB WOULD BE ASKED TO ENDORSE THE DISCREPANCIES AND TO SATISFY ITSELF THAT THE EXPENDITURE WAS IN ORDER BEFORE PAYMENT WERE PAID.

NOTING THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICER PLAYED A VETTING ROLE TO ENSURE FUNDING AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES WERE FULLY OBSERVED, HE STRESSED THAT DISTRICT OFFICER STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CLOSELY THE USE OF DB FUNDS.

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GOVT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY COMPANY * * * *

THERE IS NO QUESTION OF GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ANY PARTICULAR COMPANY OR TYPE OF COMPANIES AS LONG AS THEY ARE OPERATING LEGALLY IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, ASSURED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHIM PUI-CHUNG, MR CARTLAND SAID A LINE MUST BE DRAWN BETWEEN COMPANIES THAT WERE SUITABLE FOR LISTING AND THOSE THAT WERE NOT.

"THIS IS CLEARLY DEFINED IN THE STOCK EXCHANGE’S LISTING RULES," HE SAID.

THE PROPOSALS OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LIMITED (SEHK) TO TIGHTEN THE LISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEWLY LISTED COMPANIES WERE RELEASED FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND HAVE NOT YET BEEN FINALISED.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE SEHK WOULD HAVE A DISCRETION TO RELAX THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR LISTING IN THE CASE OF DESERVING SMALLER COMPANIES, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEIR OPERATING PROFITS HAVE EXCEEDED $60 MILLION IN THE PAST THREE YEARS BEFORE APPLYING FOR NEW LISTING.

"THIS WOULD HELP TO AVOID HINDERING THE DEVELOPMENT OF GOOD, WELL MANAGED SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANIES," HE SAID.

MR CARTLAND NOTED THAT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSALS WOULD BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT BY THE LISTING COMMITTEE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE SEHK, BOTH OF WHICH WERE COMPOSED OF MARKET PRACTITIONERS.

HE SAID ANY PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LISTING RULES WOULD REQUIRE THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) BEFORE THE CHANGES COULD COME INTO EFFECT.

"THE ADMINISTRATION FULLY SUPPORTS THE STOCK EXCHANGE’S ACTION TO CONSULT THE MARKET ON IMPORTANT ISSUES FROM TIME TO TIME IN ORDER TO KEEP PACE WITH MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND BALANCE A WHOLE RANGE OF DIFFERENT INTERESTS.

"WE CAN TRUST THE STOCK EXCHANGE WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE SFC TO TAKE A DECISION IN THE GENERAL INTEREST OF THE MARKET," HE ADDED.

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THREE WAYS TO TACKLE METHADONE CLINIC NUISANCES » » » * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADOPTED A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH TO DEAL WITH SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCES CAUSED TO RESIDENTS NEAR METHADONE CLINICS.

THF ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION HAD BEEN STEPPED UP AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN THE VICINITY OF THE CLINICS.

/METHADONE PATTENTS .......

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METHADONE PATIENTS ARE EDUCATED TO DISPOSE OF USED SYRINGES PROPERLY AND STREET ADDICTS TO COME IN FOR METHADONE TREATMENT.

THE THIRD APPROACH IS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS, SUCH AS FREQUENT CLEANSING TO REMOVE DISCARDED SYRINGES, BETTER LIGHTING IN THE AREA AND STRENGTHENED BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PANG CHUN-HOI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), MR WOODHOUSE SAID THE METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMME ENABLED PATIENTS TO ADOPT A NORMAL AND ECONOMICALLY PRODUCTIVE LIFESTYLE.

IT HELPS TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE HEALTH HAZARDS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY RELATED TO ILLICIT DRUG USE.

HE SAID A REDUCTION IN THE INJECTING OF HEROIN DUE TO THE SUBSTITUTION OF ORAL METHADONE MEANT LESS SHARING OF NEEDLES.

’’THIS SLOWS THE SPREAD OF BLOOD-BORNE DISEASES, INCLUDING AIDS, WHICH CAN BE PASSED FROM DRUG USERS TO THE GENERAL POPULATION,” HE SAID.

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NO DUPLICATION IN WORK OF FINANCE HEADS * * * ♦ »

THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES (SFS) ’’SHARING OUT THE WORKLOAD” WITH THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY (HKMA).

THE NATURE OF THEIR WORK AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY WERE DIFFERENT, EVEN THOUGH THE SUBJECT MATTER WAS IN SOME RESPECT CLOSELY RELATED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR HAMISH MACLEOD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON EMILY LAU, SIR HAMISH SAID IT WAS PROBABLY THIS CLOSE RELATIONSHIP THAT HAD GIVEN RISE TO SOME MISCONCEPTION OF OVERLAPPING AND DUPLICATION.

THE HKMA WAS ESTABLISHED PRINCIPALLY BY MERGING TWO OUT OF THE THREE SELF-CONTAINED EXECUTIVE OFFICES OPERATING UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE THEN MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH: THE OFFICE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING.

’’THUS, THE SEPARATION OF THESE OPERATIONAL ARMS FROM THE BRANCH DID NOT TO ANY SUBSTANTIAL EXTENT CHANGE THE AREAS IN WHICH THE BRANCH HELD POLICY RESPONSIBILITY, OR REDUCE THE WORKLOAD OF THE RETITLED FINANCIAL SERVICES BRANCH (FSB) IN PRACTICAL SENSE,” THE SECRETARY SAID.

THE HKMA IS A SEPARATE AGENCY WITH EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE AREAS OF BANKING SUPERVISION AND EXCHANGE FUND AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING.

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HKMA IS NOT A POLICY SECRETARY BUT HE DOES TAKE THE LEAD IN FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MONETARY POLICY AND IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

/"HE ALSO........

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"HE ALSO HAS SPECIFIC STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY, AS MONETARY AUTHORITY, TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL STABILITY AND EFFECTIVE WORKING OF THE BANKING SYSTEM UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE,” HE SAID.

THE SFS HAS A BROAD POLICY OVERVIEW ACROSS THE WHOLE RANGE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING BANKING, COMPANY MATTERS, INSURANCE, RETIREMENT SCHEMES AND SECURITIES.

APART FROM THE HKMA, THE OTHER BODIES TO WHICH THE FSB RELATES ARE THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION, OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE, OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE, COMPANIES REGISTRY AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

"AN OVERVIEW OF THESE KEY AREAS IS IMPORTANT SINCE THEY ARE INEVITABLY CLOSELY INTERRELATED,” SIR HAMISH SAID.

"IN ADDITION, SFS HAS ALSO ASSUMED RESPONSIBILITY IN THE AREA OF GOVERNMENT’S ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, REPORTING AND ADVICE, AFTER TAKING OVER THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS DIVISION FROM THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH IN 1993,” HE ADDED.

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PLANNING FOR CETS REACHES ADVANCED STAGE

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PLANNING FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNITY ELECTRONIC TRADING SERVICE (CETS), A PROJECT DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE USE OF ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE (EDI) SERVICES IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE, HAD REACHED AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY,

MR T H CHAU, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SIMON IP IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHAU SAID THE INITIAL FOCUS OF THE CETS WAS ON TRADE TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING THE GOVERNMENT SUCH AS THE PROVISION OF EDI SERVICES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RESTRAINED TEXTILES EXPORT LICENCE (RTEL) AND LODGMENT OF TRADE DECLARATIONS (TD).

THE GOVERNMENT AND TRADELINK ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT SERVICES LTD (TRADELINK), THE COMPANY WHICH HAD ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE EDI SERVICES, ARE AIMING TO BEGIN JOINT TESTING BY JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

"PENDING THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS TEST, EDI SERVICES FOR RTELS AND TDS WILL BE LAUNCHED BY TRADELINK TOWARDS THE END OF 1995.

EDI SERVICES FOR OTHER GOVERNMENT TRANSACTIONS, SUCH AS TEXTILE QUOTA ENQUIRIES, APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, AND APPLICATIONS FOR DUTIABLE COMMODITIES PERMITS WOULD BE INTRODUCED AT A LATER STAGE, MR CHAU SAID.

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HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO PLANS TO PROMOTE HE USE OF EDI SERVICES IN SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, THE CETS NOW BEING JOINTLY IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND TRADELINK IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EDI SERVICES TO UP TO 120,000 HONG KONG TRADING COMPANIES, COMPARED WITH AN ESTIMATED 200 COMPANIES IN THE RETAIL, BANKING AND TRANSPORTATION SECTORS WHICH WERE CURRENTLY USING EDI.

"AS SUCH, IT IS ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS EDI PROJECTS EVER LAUNCHED.

’’THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH A LARGE POOL OF EDI USERS SHOULD CREATE AN ATTRACTIVE MARKET ON THE BASIS OF WHICH THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD BE ABLE TO LAUNCH MORE EDI SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES,” MR CHAU SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO HAD NO PLANS TO INTRODUCE EDI SERVICES FOR THE HANDLING OF GOVERNMENT TRANSACTIONS OTHER THAN THOSE IN THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE AREA, SAID MR CHAU.

"OUR EFFICIENCY UNIT IS, HOWEVER, CONSIDERING SETTING UP A SMALL PROJECT TEAM TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING EDI, TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY," HE ADDED.

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CHILD CARE CENTRES TO INSTALL EMERGENCY FACILITIES » ♦ » » »

ALL CHILD CARE CENTRES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, EMERGENCY LIGHTING AND EXIT SIGNS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HIS WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ZACHARY WONG WAI-YIN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR WOODHOUSE SAID AMONG THE 340 REGISTERED DAYTIME CHILD CARE CENTRES, 93 WERE PROVIDED WITH AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.

HOWEVER, THE REMAINING 247 ARE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO INSTALL AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS BECAUSE THEY ARE:

» REGISTERED BEFORE 1987 WHEN THE SYSTEMS WERE NOT A REQUIREMENT UNDER THE THEN CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MINIMUM FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT;

» WITH A FLOOR AREA BELOW 230 SQUARE METRES AND ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSTALL THE SYSTEMS UNDER THE REVISED 1987 CODE OF PRACTICE; OR

t WITH A FLOOR AREA EXCEEDING 230 SQUARE METRES IN WHICH THE OCCUPANTS HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO OPEN GROUND OR A PLACE OF SAFETY OR REFUGE TO AWAIT RESCUE.

MR WOODHOUSE ADDED THAT CENTRES REGISTERED AFTER 1987 WITH A FLOOR AREA EXCEEDING 230 SQUARE METRES MUST ALSO INSTALL AUTOMATIC SMOKE DETECTION SYSTEMS.

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INSTITUTIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING STANDARD * * * * «

MAINTAINING THE TEACHING STANDARD AND THE QUALITY OF JAPANESE COURSES IS A PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HOWARD YOUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LEUNG SAID THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG OFFERED JAPANESE COURSES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNEMNT UNDERSTOOD THE INSTITUTIONS REGULARLY REVIEWED ALL COURSES AND MADE APPROPRIATE CHANGES IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND COMMUNITY NEEDS.

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REINSURANCE MEASURES BEING CLOSELY MONITORED *****

THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING THE ADEQUACY OF INSURERS* REINSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS TO SEE WHETHER THE PROPORTION OF RISKS RETAINED IS SUPPORTED BY A SUITABLE CAPITAL BASE.

’’THIS WILL ENABLE THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE TIMELY MEASURES TO ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS IDENTIFIED," SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES. MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, SAID.

THE MOVE FOLLOWS ADVERSE UNDERWRITING RESULTS OF REINSURANCE BUSINESS IN RECENT YEARS.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HUANG CHEN-YA IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CARTLAND EXPLAINED CHANGES IN THE INTERNATIONAL REINSURANCE MARKET.

THERE HAS BEEN A SHRINKAGE OF REINSURANCE CAPACITY AS CAPITAL HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET.

REINSURERS REMAINING IN THE MARKET HAVE TIGHTENED THEIR UNDERWRITING POLICIES AND CONTROLS BY, FOR INSTANCE, RAISING PREMIUM LEVELS, REDUCING THE SCOPE OF COVER AND BEING MORE SELECTIVE IN RISK ACCEPTANCE.

MR CARTLAND SAID IT HAD BECOME MORE DIFFICULT FOR A DIRECT INSURER TO SECURE ADEQUATE REINSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE LOCAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS THE DECISION BY THE HONG KONG REINSURERS FORUM NOT TO PROVIDE UNLIMITED LIABILITY REINSURANCE COVER FOR MOTOR (THIRD-PARTY) LIABILITY INSURANCE AND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE FROM JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

/THIS WILL .......

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THIS WILL SERIOUSLY AFFECT THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF DIRECT INSURERS, WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO WITHSTAND CATASTROPHIC LOSSES, THE EXTENT OF WHICH CAN BE UNLIMITED.

"THE ACCIDENT INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG REPRESENTING DIRECT INSURERS ARE DELIBERATING WITH THE FORUM HOW TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM.

"A WORKING GROUP HAS ALSO BEEN SET UP BY THE FORUM AND THE ASSOCIATION TO EXAMINE OPTIONS. ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ARE EXPECTED BY MID-JUNE," HE SAID.

OPTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION INCLUDE CAPPING THE COMMON LAW LIABILITIES OF AN EMPLOYER, CAR OWNER OR DRIVER UNDER THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION AND SPECIFYING A MINIMUM LEVEL OF LIABILITY WHICH HE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO INSURE AGAINST.

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MOTION ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PASSED *****

THE MOTION ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WAS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN AN HOUR-LONG DEBATE DURING THE COUNCIL SITTING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ORIGINAL MOTION WAS MOVED BY THE HON FUNG CHI-WOOD WITH AMENDMENTS RAISED BY THE HON PETER WONG.

AFTER COUNCILLORS HAD SPOKEN ON THE MOTION, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR KEN WOODHOUSE, REPLIED FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

ANOTHER MOTION ON HOUSING SUPPLY, WHICH WAS PROPOSED BY THE HON EDWARD HO, WAS ALSO PASSED.

MEMBERS DEBATED THE MOTION FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, GAVE A CONCLUDING SPEECH.

IN ADDITION, MOTIONS MOVED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UNDER RATING ORDINANCE, AIR PASSENGER DEPARTURE TAX ORDINANCE, BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE, OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ORDINANCE, HOUSING ORDINANCE AND CROSSHARBOUR TUNNEL (PASSAGE TAX) ORDINANCE, WERE PASSED.

THERE WERE ALSO SIX BILLS PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENTS. THEY WERE THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, GAMBLING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, BUSINESS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION TAX) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 AND STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994.

FIVE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY WERE THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1994, ACETYLATING SUBSTANCES (CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND BILL AND ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL 1994. DEBATES ON THEM WERE ADJOURNED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 842 8777

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1994

CS SPEAKS TO MEDIA........................................... 1

AMENDMENT BILL REQUIRES MARKING OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES..... 2

ASSESSMENT OF LAND REQUIREMENTS AND SUPPLY DISCUSSED...... 3

RECLAMATION FOR CONVENTION CENTRE EXTENSION BEGINS NEXT MONTH........................................................ 4

HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM ON STAY AFTER 1997.................. 5

CASES OF II CHILDREN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED.................... 6

SELF-INFLICTED CASES DRAW CONCERN............................ 7

MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MARCH 1994.................. 8

MEETING DISCUSSES PAO SERIES................................. 9

RAPID NEW TOWN AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG......... 10

ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT FORMS CUSTOMER GROUP....................................................... 11

maximum fine imposed for unreported overtime WORK......... 11

L ANT AU TOLL PLAZA ROAD WORKS.............................. 12

DOG TAGGING MICROCHIP SYSTEM UNDER STUDY.................... 13

YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS GIVEN SCHOLARSHIPS.............. 13

11 PASS DOCTOR LICENTIATE EXAM.............................. 14

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS...... 15

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1994

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CS SPEAKS TO MEDIA

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MEDIA SESSION BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MRS ANSON CHAN, AFTER HER VISIT TO THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON:-

MRS CHAN: GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. I’VE BEEN VERY PLEASED THIS AFTERNOON TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FOR MYSELF SOME OF THE VERY WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL PROVIDES. I THINK OVER THE YEARS WE’VE SEEN A VERY SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE STANDARD OF SERVICES PROVIDED. THE URBAN COUNCIL CONTINUES TO DO A GREAT DEAL TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN HONG KONG AND IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THEY ESTIMATE THAT THEY WILL SPEND SOME $4.7 BILLION ON CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME WHICH WILL INCLUDE A WHOLE RANGE OF FACILITIES, SPORTS STADIUM, CULTURAL FACILITIES, MARKETS, PLAYGROUNDS AND SWIMMING POOLS, ETC.

I’D LIKE TO MAKE A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT THE LITTLE BOY, HAI HO-TAK. I THINK EVERYBODY IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING EVERYONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION, HAS A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY FOR THE PLIGHT OF THIS BOY AND HIS FAMILY. IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DECISION FOR THOSE INVOLVED TO MAKE BUT WE HAVE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM ON OUR HANDS. WE ESTIMATE THAT THERE ARE SOME 300,000 TO 400,000 CHILDREN WHO HAVE A PARENT IN HONG KONG. SO, CLEARLY WE CANNOT ALLOW SUCH LARGE NUMBERS TO COME INTO HONG KONG UNCHECKED. WE’VE DEVISED RULES THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN CAN APPLY FOR ONE-WAY PERMIT TO JOIN THEIR PARENTS HERE IN HONG KONG IN AN ORDERLY FASHION AND IN THIS WAY ENSURE THAT WE TREAT EVERYBODY EQUITABLY. OF COURSE, THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT WE DO NOT LOOK SYMPATHETICALLY AT EACH AND EVERY CASE OF APPEAL ON ITS MERITS AND IN THE CASE OF THIS LITTLE BOY, LET ME MAKE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNOR LOOKED AT THE CASE HIMSELF BUT DECIDED THAT THERE WAS NO GROUNDS TO ACCEPT THE APPEAL. AS YOU KNOW, THE PARENTS HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL LEGAL CHANNELS. THEY HAVE APPEALED TO THE HIGH COURT, TO THE INDEPENDENT IMMIGRATION TRIBUNAL AND TO THE COURT OF APPEAL. IT HAS BEEN TWICE TO THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION AND IT WAS FINALLY DECIDED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, ACTING UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY THAT THE BOY SHOULD BE SENT BACK. IF WE ACCEPTED THIS BOY TO STAY IN HONG KONG, IT WOULD BE PATENTLY VERY UNFAIR TO THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER CHILDREN THAT WE HAVE SENT BACK. LET ME JUST GIVE YOU SOME I PEAS OF THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM. SINCE 1991, WE HAVE SENT BACK SOME 2,200 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN. WHILST ON THE ONE HAND, WE MUST CONSIDER CASES SYMPATHETICALLY, WE MUST ALSO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEED To DEAL IN A HUMANE WAY WITH APPEALS BUT ALSO DEAL EQUITABLY WITH ALL THE CASES.

I WANT TO MAKE ONE OTHER POINT AND THAT IS THE CHOICE OF SPLITTING THE FAMILY HAS NOT BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE MOTHER DECIDED IN 1988 TO LEAVE BEHIND THREE OF HER CHILDREN IN CHINA AND SINCE THEN, THE THREE CHILDREN INCLUDING THE LITTLE BOY HAVE BEEN LOOKED AFTER BY HIS MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER AND BY HIS UNCLE AND AUNT. SO, FIRST OF ALL, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT SPLIT THE FAMILY AND IT IS PERHAPS STRESSING THE FACT A LITTLE TOO FAR TO SUGGEST THAT THE BOY DOES NOT HAVE PROPER CARE. OF COURSE, WE HOPE THAT THE BOY WILL APPLY FOR A ONE-WAY PERMIT IN THE USUAL WAY AND THAT VERY SOON, HE WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN HIS PARENTS HERE IN HONG KONG.

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QUESTION: MRS CHAN, CAN YOU REPEAT THE ANSWER (ABOUT THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS) IN ENGLISH?

MRS CHAN: I WAS SAYING THAT THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS ----ON THE WHOLE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE GOVERNOR AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE. INDEED, THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM HAS RECEIVED CONSISTENTLY VERY STRONG CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT. AT THE MOMENT, THE FINAL PACKAGE OF LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS ARE BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THEY WILL BE DEBATED AND THEY WILL BE ULTIMATELY UP TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO DECIDE WHAT FORM THE CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE SHOULD TAKE. WE HAVE STRESSED ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT WE HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ELECTIONS THAT WILL BE FAIR, OPEN AND ACCEPTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

QUESTION: WILL IT (REVOKED APPOINTMENT OF A HONG KONG ADVISER) AFFECT CONFIDENCE AND WHAT SIGNAL IS PEKING SENDING TO HONG KONG ?

MRS CHAN: I DO NOT THINK IT WILL AFFECT CONFIDENCE. I THINK AS YOU KNOW OUR ECONOMY IS DOING EXTREMELY WELL. BUSINESS AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE ARE EXTREMELY STRONG. WE HOPE THAT THE CHINESE, IN MAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR HONG KONG ADVISERS, WILL HAVE REGARD TO THE WISHES OF THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE OPINION AND TAKE VIEWS FROM A BROAD SPECTRUM OF COMMUNITY VIEWS. THANK YOU.

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AMENDMENT BILL REQUIRES MARKING OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES ♦ ♦ ♦ » »

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS ENDORSED TOUGH NEW MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT ANY PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES ENTERING HONG KONG ARE MARKED WITH A CHEMICAL ADDITIVE, WHICH WILL MAKE THEM EASY TO DETECT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE MEASURES ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MONTREAL CONVENTION ADOPTED IN 1991 BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIR LAW TO DETER ACTS OF TERRORISM SUCH AS THE LOCKERBIE BOMBING, WHICH INVOLVED ’SEMTEX’, A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE WHICH WAS THEN UNDETECTABLE.

THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994, INCORPORATING THE MEASURES, WILL MAKE IT AN OFFENCE TO MAKE, POSSESS, TRANSFER, IMPORT OR EXPORT UNMARKED PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES IN, INTO OR OUT OF HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, THE POLICE, THE MILITARY AND THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST WILL BE ABLE TO DO SO FOR TRAINING AND FORENSIC PURPOSES.

’’THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR TRAINING SNIFFER DOGS WHICH MUST BE ABLE TO DETECT DIFFERENT KINDS OF EXPLOSIVES WHETHER MARKED OR NOT,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE BILL, PEOPLE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE WOULD FACE A SENTENCE OF UP TO 14 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

"THE PENALTY COMPLEMENTS THE EXISTING PENALTIES OF A PRISON TERM OF UP TO 20 YEARS FOR CAUSING EXPLOSIONS WITH INTENT TO HARM LIFE OR PROPERTY AND UP TO 14 YEARS FOR MAKING OR KEEPING EXPLOSIVES WITH THAT INTENT," HE SAID.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH HONG KONG DID NOT MAKE PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES OR IMPORT STOCKS COMMERCIALLY, IT WAS A SIGNIFICANT AVIATION CENTRE THAT WAS POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE TO TERRORISM AGAINST AIRCRAFT.

’’THE NEW MEASURES WILL BE \ VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE RANGE OF COUNTER-TERRORIST INSTRUMENTS,” HE SAID.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 1.

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ASSESSMENT OF LAND REQUIREMENTS AND SUITIA DISCUSSED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE LAND AND BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LBAC) TODAY (THURSDAY) DISCUSSED THE ASSESSMENT OF LAND REQUIREMENTS AND LAND SUPPLY FOR 199.3/94 - 2002/03.

CHAIRED BY MR CHENG HON-KWAN, THE COMMITTEE WAS INFORMED THAT THERE WOULD BE SURPLUS IN THE LAND SUPPLY FOR OFFICE, INDUSTRIAL, GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY (GI( ) AND OPEN SPACE USES THROUGHOUT THE ASSESSMENT PERIOD.

SOME INDUSTRIAL AND G1C AREAS NOT REQUIRED FOR IMMEDIATE DEVELOPMENT ARE PUT UNDER TEMPORARY USES OR BEING RE-ZONED FOR OTHER USES, FOR EXAMPLE, RESIDENTIAL.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT PIECEMEAL REZONING OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN ESTABLISHED INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOR RESIDENTIAL USES MIGHT CREATE INTERFACE PROBLEMS.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT THE SHORTFALL FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IDENTIFIED IN THE ASSESSMENT HAD LARGELY BEEN MET BECAUSE THE MARCH 1994 REVIEW OF THE PUBLIC’ HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SHOWED A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE HOUSING PRODUCTION AND LAND SUPPLY SITUATION.

FURTHERMORE, THE COMMITTEE WAS INFORMED THAI’ THERE WERE GOOD PROSPECTS OF AN ADDITIONAL 30 HECTARES OF LAND BEING MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING BEFORE 1997 TO MEET LIKELY NEW REQUIREMENTS.

FOR PRIVATE HOUSING, A DEFICIT IS EXPECTED AT THE END OF THE ASSESSMENT PERIOD. HOWEVER, A CUMULATIVE SURPLUS IS EXPECTED WHEN NON-COMMITTED PROJECTS ARE INCLUDED INTO THE LAND SUPPLY.

MR CHENG SAID: "THE CURRENT EFFORTS OF THE TASK FORCE ON LAND SUPPLY AND PROPERTV PRICES TO SPEED UP AND INCREASE’ LAND SUI’PIA SO AS TO COOL DOWN PROPERTY PRICES HAVE NOT BEEN RI* !• LE< 'I ED IN I HF RESULIS OF THE ASSESSMENT.”

THE TASK FORCE WAS FORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO WORK OUT A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO MODER ATI PROPER T\ PRO IS AND WAS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE ITS DELIBERATIONS BV MID-JUNE, MR CHENG NOTED.

/THE ANNUA! ।........

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THE ANNUAL ASSESSMENT, PREPARED IU THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AIMS TO IDENTIFY THE SHORTFALL OR SURPLUS OF LAND FOR PARTICULAR LAND USES OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT WILL BE USED AS REFERENCE [N LAND RESERVATION AND LAND PRODUCTION.

AS THE FORECASTING TECHNIQUES XRE NOT SENSITIVE TO SHORT-TERM FLUCTUATION IN THE PROPERTY MARKET, THE RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT ARE INDICATIVE ONLY AND MEANT TO BE USED WITH CAUTION AND FOR BROAD BRUSH PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY.

ALSO AT THE MEETING, THE COMMITTEE NOTED THE CONTINUED REDUCTION IN TIME TAKEN TO PROCESS LAND TRANSACTIONS. DISCUSSIONS WERE ALSO MADE ON WAYS TO STREAMLINE THE PLANNING PROCESS.

THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO INFORMED THAT THE NEW PLANNING LEGISLATION, IN THE FORM OF A WHITE BILL, WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION LATER THIS YEAR.

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RECLAMATION FOR CONVENTION CENTRE EXTENSION BEGINS NEXT MONTH *****

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN RECLAMATION WORKS IN WAN CHAI NEXT MONTH TO PROVIDE LAND FOR BUILDING AN EXTENSION FOR THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

THE $429 MILLION RECLAMATION CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, MR. CHOW CHE-KING, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONTRACTOR, LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS (ASIA) LIMITED.

SPEAKING AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT, MR CHOW SAID THE EXTENSION, TOGETHER WITH ITS SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS, WOULD BE BUILT ON A 6.5-HECTARE ISLAND TO BE RECLAIMED OFF THE CONVENTION CENTRE.

"THE ISLAND IS SEPARATED FROM THE EXISTING SHORELINE BY A 75-METRE WATER CHANNEL WHICH WILL BE RECLAIMED TO PROVIDE A ROAD RESERVE FOR THE UNDERGROUND TRUNK ROAD AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY,” HE ADDED.

MR CHOW EXPLAINED THAT THE FACILITIES OF THE CONVENTION CENTRE WERE FAST NEARING SATURATION IN THE COMING YEAR.

"UNLESS EXPANDED IN TIME, IT COULD RISK BEING OUT-COMPETED BY OTHER SIMILAR FACILITIES IN THE REGION," HE SAID.

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY FOCUSED STUDY WAS CONDUCTED IN JUNE LAST YEAR TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF RECLAIMING AN ISLAND OFF THE CENTRE TO PROVIDE LAND FOR BUILDING THE EXTENSION. THE STUDY WAS CONCLUDED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

AT THE SAME TIME, CONSULTANTS FOR THE DETAILED DESIGN OF THE ENGINEERING WORKS WERE COMMISSIONED WITH THE AIM TO COMPLETE THE EXTENSION PROJECT BY MID-1997.

/THE FINANCE .......

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1994

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A CAPITAL SUBVENTION OF $4,829 MILLION TO FUND THE PROJECT.

MR CHOW NOTED THAT TOP PRIORITY HAD BEEN ACCORDED TO THE PROJECT AND A FAST TRACK PROGRAMME HAD BEEN ADOPTED FOR THE RECLAMATION WORKS TO FIT IN WITH A TIGHT PROGRAMME FOR THE BUILDING WORKS.

"THE EXISTING CENTRE, WITH ONLY ABOUT 20,000 SQUARE METRES OF CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION SPACES, WILL BE ENLARGED BY MORE THAN TWOFOLD WHEN THE NEW EXTENSION IS COMPLETED, WITH A TOTAL OF 50,000 SQUARE METRES UNDER ONE ROOF," HE SAID.

THE EXTENSION WILL OFFER A WORLD-CLASS FACILITY OF ITS KIND AND WILL OCCUPY A PROMINENT SITE TO BE SEEN AS ONE OF THE LANDMARKS OVERLOOKING THE VICTORIA HARBOUR.

IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE EXISTING CENTRE BY AN ATRIUM LINK WHICH COULD ALSO BE USED FOR LIGHT EXHIBITS.

MR CHOW EXPLAINED THAT THE DEPARTMENT ACTED AS THE AGENT OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO CARRY OUT THE RECLAMATION WORKS BECAUSE THE CENTRE FORMED PART OF THE OVERALL WAN CHAI RECLAMATION FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE AT A LATER DATE.

THE BUILDING WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

"MEANWHILE, TO ENSURE THAT THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED ON TIME AND WITHIN BUDGET, A PROJECT MONITORING AND CONTROL MECHANISM IN THE FORM OF A PROJECT CONTROL COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY HAS BEEN FORMED," MR CHOW ADDED.

THE RECLAMATION CONTRACT, TOGETHER WITH PILING WORKS, WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 1 FOR COMPLETION ON APRIL 26, 1995.

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THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE WORLD WAKING UP ON JULY 1, 1997 TO FIND HONG KONG OPERATING WITH AN ALIEN LEGAL SYSTEM, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR TI LIANG YANG, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING BANQUET OF THE I 1 TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARITIME ARBITRATORS HELD IN HONG KONG, SIR TI LIANG SAID: "THERE IS NO QUESTION OF A JUDICIAL VACUUM: NO QUESTION OF AN ABRUPT BREAK; NO QUESTION OF A WHOLESALE CHANGE.

"THE JUDICIARY AS WE KNOW IT TODAY AND 1’HE LEGAL PROFESSION AS WE KNOW IT TODAY WILL CONTINUE ON THE SAME PRINCIPLES AS WE KNOW THEM TODAY. THE RULE OF LAW AND AN INDEPENDENT, CREDIBLE AND FEARLESS JUDICIARY WILL BE HERE TO STAY," HE STRESSED.

/SIR TI LIANG

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SIR TI LIANG TOLD THE DELEGATES THAT THE COMMON LAW SYSTEM, WHICH HAD SERVED HONG KONG SO WELL FOR THE PAST 150 YEARS, WOULD REMAIN.

’’THE COURTS WILL CONTINUE TO EXERCISE JUDICIAL POWER INDEPENDENTLY, FREE FROM ANY INTERFERENCE.

"JUDGES WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY IMMUNITY FROM LEGAL ACTION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR JUDICIAL FUNCTIONS. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY SECURITY OF TENURE.

"AS SUCH, THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR," HE SAID.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE ADDED THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF SELECTING JUDGES ON THE BASIS OF THEIR JUDICIAL AND PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES, AS WELL AS INTEGRITY WOULD BE PRESERVED.

JUDGES WOULD CONTINUE TO BE RECRUITED FROM OTHER COMMON LAW JURISDICTIONS BEYOND 1997 AND THE PRINCIPLE OF TRIAL BY JURY WOULD REMAIN.

SIR Tl LIANG POINTED OUT THAT PURSUANT 1’0 THE SI NO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASH’ LAW, THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL WOULD REPLACE THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON AS HONG KONG’S HIGHEST APPELLATE BODY.

"I’ll IS IS JUST ABOUT ONF OF THE VERY FEW CHANGES TO HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM -- AND ONF DICTATED VERY MUCH BY THE CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY.

"OUR AIM IS TO PUT THIS COURT TN PLACE BY MID-1996," HE SAID.

CASES OF II CHILDREN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED

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CASES OF

TiiRCAI IMMIGRANT CHILDREN SYMPATHETICALLY, IT MUSI’ ALSO STRIKE A n/i \N(’I BETWEEN THE NEED TO DEAL IN A HUMANE WAY WITH APPEALS BUI ALSO DEM KQU^aSa Jmi a"l the cases, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

WHILST

ON THE ONE

HAND, THE GOVERNMENT MUST CONSIDER

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HER VISIT TO DEPARTMENT. MRS (MIAN SAID THE RETURN Ol* HAI DIFFICULT DECISION FOR THOSE INVOLVED TO MAKE ’ I VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM ON ITS HAND.

THE URBAN SERVICES HO-TAK WAS A VERY THE GOVERNMENT HAD A

"WE ESTIMATE

WHO HAVE A PARENT IN

THAT THERE ARE SOME 300,0(H) TO 100,000 HONG KONG," MRS CHAN SAID.

CHILDREN

"CLEARLY, WE CANNOT ALLOW SUCH LARGE NUMBERS TO COME INTO HONG KONG UNCHECKED.

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"WE’VE DEVISED RULES THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN CAN APPLY FOR ONE-WAV PERMIT To JOIN THEIR PARENTS IIEIIN HONG KONG IN AN ORDERLY FASHION AND IN THIS WAY ENSURE I IIAI WH TREAT EVERYBODY EQUITABLY.”

ON HO-TAK’S CASE, MRS ('HAN SAID THE GOVERNOR HAD LOOKED AT THE CASE HIMSELF BUT DECIDED THAT THERE WAS NO GROUNDS TO ACCEPT THE APPEAL.

”IF WE ACCEPTED THIS BOY TO STAY IN HONG KONG, IT WOULD BE PATENTLY VERY UNFAIR TO THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER CHILDREN THAT WE HAVE SENT BACK,” SAID MRS CHAN, NOTING THAT SINCE 1991, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SENT BACK SOME 2,200 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN.

ON THE CHOICE OF SPLITTING HO-TAK’S FAMILY, MRS CHAN STRESSED THAT IT HAD NOT BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT, a

“THE MOTHER DECIDED IN 1988 TO LEAVE BEHIND THREE OF HER CHILDREN IN CHINA AND SINCE THEN, THE THREE CHILDREN INCLUDING THE LITTLE BOY HAVE BEEN LOOKED AFTER BY HIS MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER AND BY HIS UNCLE AND AUNT,” MRS CHAN SAID.

"IT IS PERHAPS STRESSING THE FACT A LITTLE TOO FAR TO SUGGEST THAT THE BOY DOES NOT HAVE PROPER CARE.

"WE HOPE THAT THE BOY WILL APPLY FOR A ONE-WAY PERMIT IN THE USUAL WAY AND THAT VERY SOON, HE WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN HIS PARENTS HERE IN HONG KONG,” SHE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN EFFORTS TO DISSUADE THE VIETNAMESE IN THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE FROM INFLICTING INJURIES ON THEMSELVES.

A CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF SELF-INFLICTED INJURY CASES WHICH HAVE OCCURRED IN THE CENTRE OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS.

"IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBERS INVOLVED AND THE COMMUNAL STYLE OF LIVING IN THE CENTRE, IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS FROM CARRYING OUT SUCH ACTS,” HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT STAFF AT THE CENTRE HAD BEEN PLACED ON FULL ALERT AND WERE MONITORING THE SITUATION CLOSELY.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL TEAMS OF COUNSELLORS DRAWN FROM ITS AFTERCARE SECTION TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNICATION WITH THE VIETNAMESE.

"WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT THIS DANGEROUS FORM OF PROTEST WILL CEASE AND THAT LIFE IN THE CENTRE WILL RETURN TO NORMAL,” HE ADDED.

AS AT 5 PM TODAY A FURTHER 11 CASES OF SELF-INFLICTED INJURIES HAD BEEN REPORTED.

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MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HANI) IN MARCH 1994 * * * * *

THE VALUE OF MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR LOCAL PRODUCTION IN MARCH DECREASED BY 3% OVER A YEAR EARLIER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A MONTHLY SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HAND REFER TO ORDERS AND PARTS OF ORDERS RECEIVED EARLIER BY THEM 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.

COMPARING MARCH THIS YEAR WITH THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR, SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF OUTSTANDING ORDERS WAS RECORDED IN THE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY (+15%).

MODERATE INCREASE IN ORDERS WAS RECORDED IN THE ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY (+5%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN ORDERS WERE RECORDED TN THE WEARING APPAREL (-18%) AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-15%) INDUSTRIES.

THE PRINTING AND PUBLISHING, TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES ALSO RECORDED DECREASES TN ORDERS (-9%, -6% AND -4% RESPECTIVELY).

COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1994, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, THE VALUE OF MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HAND INCREASED BY 9%.

THE MONTHLY SURVEY OF ORDERS-ON-HAND COVERS A SAMPLE OF ABOUT 300 MANUFACTURING FIRMS ENGAGING 50 OR MORE WORKERS.

SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR, A NEW SERIES OF STATISTICS ON MANUFACTURERS’ ORDERS-ON-HAND IN VALUE TERMS COMPILED IN THE FORM OF AN INDEX HAS BEEN PRODUCED, TO REPLACE THE OLD SERIFS WHICH WAS EXPRESSED IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE OUTSTANDING ORDERS.

THE NEW SERIES PROVIDES A MORE DIRECT MEASURE OF THE OVERALL VALUE OF ORDERS TN THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR THAT LEAD TO THE GENERATION OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING OUTPUT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID 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," HE SAID.

/THE REPORT .......

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1994

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THE REPORT FOR MARCH 1994, AT $4.5 A COPY, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SECTION, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI .

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE RESULTS MAY BE MADE OF THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 805 6441.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE YEAR-ON-YEAR PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN DIFFERENT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES:

PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN THE VALUE OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN

FEBRUARY 1994 MARCH 1994

OVER FEBRUARY 1993 OVER MARCH 1993

ALL INDUSTRIES COVERED IN THE

(REVISED) (PROVISIONAL)

SURVEY -9 -3

* WEARING APPAREL -21 -18

TEXTILES -14 -6

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -3 + 15

* ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS + 6 + 5

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS + 37 -4

* PLASTIC PRODUCTS -15 -15

* PRINTING AND PUBLISHING + 22 -9

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THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MET TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ATV AND TVB TO DISCUSS THE CONCURRENT BROADCAST OF THE "PAO" SERIES.

DURING THE MEETING, THE AUTHORITY INFORMED THE LICENSEES OF ITS GRAVE CONCERN THAT THEY ARE NOT PUTTING TO GOOD USE THE SPECTRUM WHICH IS A PUBLIC RESOURCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID: "WE ARE DISAPPOINTED AND DISSATISFIED WITH THE LICENSEES BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT EXERCISED SELF-REGULATION TO THE BENEFIT AND IN THE INTERESTS OF THE VIEWERS."

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’’THEY ARE NOT PROVIDING CHOICE TO THE VIEWING PUBLIC, AS REFLECTED IN THE EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED TO DATE TOTALLING OVER 500.

”AS THE STATUTORY REGULATOR OF TELEVISION IN HONG KONG IT IS OUR PRIMARY DUTY TO LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THE VIEWERS,” HE SAID.

AT THE MEETING, THE AUTHORITY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR REPRESENTATIONS FROM BOTH LICENSEES, AND MEMBERS APPRECIATED THEIR EFFORTS IN RESPONDING TO THE QUESTIONS AND FOR CLARIFYING MATTERS.

"IN VIEW OF THE PUBLIC CONCERN, THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REVIEW THE CODE OF PRACTICE ON PROGRAMME STANDARDS.

"THE COMPETITIVE SCHEDULING OF PROGRAMMES AGAINST THE PUBLIC INTEREST WILL ALSO BE LOOKED AT IN THE MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE COMMERCIAL TELEVISION LICENCES. THE AUTHORITY WILL DETERMINE WHETHER CHANGES TO THE REGULATORY SYSTEM ARE REQUIRED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HONG KONG’S NEW TOWN AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME CHARACTERISED THE SUCCESS OF THE TERRITORY IN A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, THE DIRECTOR OF TERRTIORY DEVELOPMENT, MR CHOW CHE-KING, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE Y’S MEN’S CLUB OF HONG KONG, MR CHOW NOTED THAT NOT ONLY WAS THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AMBITIOUS AND MASSIVE, BUT ALSO EXPANDING "PERSISTENTLY AT A DRAMATIC RATE".

"THE RESULTING IMPLEMENTATION IS MOST IMPRESSIVE BY THE WORLD STANDARD AND HAS BEEN ADMIRED BY VISITORS ALL OVER THE WORLD," HE SAID.

MR CHOW ALSO SHARED WITH THE AUDIENCE HIS EXPERIENCE IN NEW TOWN AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID WHILE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE NEW TOWNS WITH THEIR IMPROVED LIVING STANDARDS WERE EVIDENT TO THE PUBLIC, THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO ACTIVELY PURSUING A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVING THE OLD URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

"AMONG THE OBJECTIVES ARE TO IDENTIFY LARGE RECLAMATION SITES AROUND THE HARBOUR, TO UPGRADE MAJOR TRANSPORT NETWORKS, TO MEET SHORTFALLS TN COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AND TO ACHIEVE BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL AND PLANNING STANDARDS WITHIN THE EXISTING URBAN AREAS," HE SAID.

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THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS FORMED A CUSTOMER LIAISON GROUP TO STEP UP ITS COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC AND CUSTOMERS.

THIS FOLLOWS THE LAUNCHING OF THE PERFORMANCE PLEDGE BY THE DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE GROUP IS CHAIRED BY CHIEF ENGINEER, MR YUEN SIU-SING, AND COMPRISES 15 MEMBERS FROM RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS AND RESIDENTS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

THE GROUP HELD ITS FIRST MEETING THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE VARIOUS SERVICES IT PROVIDES TO THE COMMUNITY.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSIONS ON CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS RAISED BY THE MEMBERS.

THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR HUGH PHILLIPSON, ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING.

THE GROUP WILL CONTINUE TO MEET QUARTERLY.

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MAXIMUM FINE IMPOSED FOR UNREPORTED OVERTIME WORK

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FACTORY EMPLOYERS MUST COMPLY WITH LABOUR LEGISLATION AND REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING WOMEN IN WORK OUTSIDE THEIR NORMAL PERMITTED PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT.

THEY SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS OF OVERTIME WORK FOR WOMEN WORKERS TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IF THEY WISH TO ENGAGE WOMEN TO WORK OVERTIME.

THE PARK’N SHOP LIMITED IN SHEUNG SHUI WAS RECENTLY GIVEN THE MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000 BY A FANLING MAGISTRATE FOR ENGAGING 19 WOMEN IN UNREPORTED OVERTIME WORK.

THE OFFENCE WAS UNCOVERED BY LABOUR INSPECTORS DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION TO THE FACTORY IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

A LABOUR OFFICER (PROSECUTIONS), MISS KATHERINE TSANG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, IT WAS AN OFFENCE FOR AN EMPLOYER TO CHANGE THE PRESCRIBED 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 WOMEN WORKERS," MISS TSANG SAID.

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"EMPLOYERS SHOULD STRICTLY ADHERE TO THE PERMISSIBLE HOURS OF WORK SET OUT IN THE PRESCRIBED NOTICE," SHE ADDED.

FOR YOUNG PERSONS, MISS TSANG SAID THEY SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED TO WORK OVERTIME IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

ANY EMPLOYER WHO BREACHES THE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10,000.

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LANTAU TOLL PLAZA ROAD WORKS

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THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM CONTRACTORS OR JOINT VENTURE PARTNERSHIPS TO PRE-QUALIFY FOR TENDERING FOR THE LANTAU TOLL PLAZA ROAD WORKS CONTRACT.

AS PART OF THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING, THE TOLL PLAZA WILL BE LOCATED ON NORTHEAST LANTAU BETWEEN THE NORTH LANTAU EXPRESSWAY To THE WEST AND KAP SHUI MUN BRIDGE TO THE EAST, BOTH UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING IS ONE OF THE 10 PROJECTS IN THE AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME.

A NOTICE OF INVITATION HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE CONTRACT WOULD INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BOX TUNNELS AND RETAINING WALLS, VEHICULAR UNDERPASSES, A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY, A REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE TO ACCOMMODATE A TRACTION SUBSTATION AND VENTILATION BUILDING FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

IT ALSO COVERS ALL ROAD PAVEMENT AND ASSOCIATED DETAILS FOR THE TOLL PLAZA, EXPRESSWAY, LINK ROADS AND ACCESS ROADS.

CONTRACTORS OR JOINT VENTURES WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION. DOCUMENTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S CONSULTANT:

MOTT MACDONALD HONG KONG LIMITED

12TH FLOOR, SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE

30 HARBOUR ROAD

WAN CHAI

HONG KONG

APPLICATION FORMS ARE TO BE RETURNED TO THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS BY NOON ON JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

FOLLOWING THE PRE-QUALIFICATION EXERCISE, THE DEPARTMENT WILL INVITE TENDERS FROM THE PRE-QUALIFIED TENDERERS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR FOR THE CONTRACT.

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DOG TAGGING MICROCHIP SYSTEM UNDER STUDY

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY OF APPLYING A MICROCHIP SYSTEM OF DOG TAGGING IN HONG KONG.

AS PART OF THE STUDY, MICROCHIPS HAVE BEEN IMPLANTED INTO THE FIRST BATCH OF POLICE DOGS.

A DEMONSTRATION OF THE SIMPLE IMPLANTING PROCESS HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA MEMBERS ON SATURDAY (MAY 21) AT THE POLICE DOG UNIT IN PING SHAN, YUEN LONG.

VETERINARY OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO EXPLAIN HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND THE DEMONSTRATION SESSION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (MAY 21) AT ABOUT 10.30 AM AT THE POLICE DOG UNIT, PING SHAN, YUEN LONG.

TWO VANS (AM 2130 AND ER 6854) ARRANGED TO TAKE REPORTERS TO THE VENUE WILL LEAVE THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 9.15 AM SHARP.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY THERE SHOULD TURN FROM PING HA ROAD INTO CHUK LAM NAM ROAD FOR THE POLICE DOG UNIT AND ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE NO LATER THAN 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS GIVEN SCHOLARSHIPS

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NINE TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS HAVE BEEN AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FUND FOR OVERSEAS TRAINING THIS SUMMER.

THEY ARE MISS LAM TUNG-WING, MR LUNG HEUNG-WING, MISS TONG SHUN-CHING, MR TSE TAK-KEI, MISS YIM WAI, MISS CHEUNG SAU-MUI, MR LIM CHEE-KEAT, MISS TAN SIOW-SIEW AND MISS YEUNG SUK-YI.

THEY WERE SELECTED FROM A GROUP OF 49 CANDIDATES AFTER AN AUDITION AND AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THE SCHOLARSHIP AIMS TO HELP TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE TRAINING IN POST-DIPLOMA STUDIES AT OVERSEAS INSTITUTES.

MISS LAM, MR LUNG, MISS TONG AND MR TSE WILL PURSUE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COURSES IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE MISS YIM WILL STUDY IN AUSTRALIA.

/MISS CHEUNG, .......

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1994

MISS CHEUNG, MR LIM, MISS TAN AND MISS YEUNG WILL ATTEND DANCE COURSES IN THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA.

THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND, SET UP IN 1980 WITH A DONATION OF $10 MILLION FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB, IS A NON-STATUTORY TRUST FUND FOR THE PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC, DANCE AND RELATED ACTIVITIES BY WAY OF GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE FUND. ITS MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO DECIDE ON PAYING OUT GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING DANCE AND MUSIC ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS TALENTED INDIVIDUALS.

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THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT 11 CANDIDATES HAD PASSED THE PART II (ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL USE PAPER) OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS THIS YEAR.

THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE PART III EXAMINATION SCHEDULED FOR JULY THIS YEAR.

THE 1994 PART II EXAMINATION HAD BEEN HELD TWICE, IN MARCH AND MAY, GIVING CANDIDATES A CHOICE OF DATES AND THOSE WHO FAILED IN MARCH A SECOND CHANCE TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION IN THE SAME YEAR.

AMONG THE 12 CANDIDATES WHO TOOK THE PART II LICENTIATE EXAMINATION IN MARCH, NINE CANDIDATES PASSED. TWO OUT OF FOUR CANDIDATES WHO TOOK THE EXAMINATION IN MAY PASSED.

THE PART III EXAMINATION IS AN ORAL EXAMINATION ON CANDIDATES’ ABILITY TO APPLY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS. EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE EXAMINED IN EACH OF THE THREE DISCIPLINES OF MEDICINE, SURGERY, AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS *****

$ MILLION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 2,538 0930 -499

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,405 1000 -549

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO 1100 -539

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY -538 1200 -538

LAF TODAY -595 1500 -538

1600 -538

LAF RATE 2.50 BID/4.50 OFFER TW1 124.7 *-0.3* 19.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.70 18 MONTHS 2511 4.15 98.00 5.63

1 MONTH 3.87 24 MONTHS 2605 6.35 100.75 6.03

3 MONTHS 4.26 29 MONTHS 3610 4.20 95.47 6.32

6 MONTHS 4.74 32 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.63 6.49

12 MONTHS 5.23 35 MONTHS 3704 6.15 99.10 6.59

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 34,232 MN

CLOSED 19 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR MEETS REPORTERS AFTER LEGCO LUNCH.................. 1

PROGRESS MADE AT AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING................. 5

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES................ 6

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETAINEES................................. 7

NEW PROCEDURE TO SPEED UP LAW TRANSLATION................... 7

FINDINGS OF 1993/94 PAY TREND SURVEY ACCEPTED............... 8

LAND REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR APRIL......................... 9

STATISTICS ON OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE IN CHINA............ 10

THREE DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA PLANS APPROVED........... 14

GERMAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE................................ 15

TENDER FOR TING KAU BRIDGE CLOSES.........................  16

ROAD WORKS FOR TUNG CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN PROPOSED......... 17

HO CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED..................... 17

WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING TOOL STUDY COMMISSIONED........ 19

USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS: CAMPAIGN............................ 20

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PRIVATE LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT........ 21

ART COMPETITION FOR THE “HONG KONG - USA ’94”............... 21

TENDERS INVITED FOR AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION STATIONS............ 22

“RESPECT THE ELDERLY” EXHIBITION............................ 22

SCHOOL HEADS URGED TO SUPPORT VOTER REGISTRATION............ 23

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS .... 24

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

GOVERNOR MEETS REPORTERS AFTER LEGCO LUNCH » « * * *

FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER LUNCH WITH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS TODAY (FRIDAY):

GOVERNOR: TO SAVE YOU THE JOURNEY TO THE AIRPORT THIS EVENING I THOUGHT 1 MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS NOW.

I AM GOING TO LONDON THIS EVENING FOR PRINCIPALLY TALKS AND A NUMBER OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS NEXT WEEK IN ENGLAND. I’VE GOT MEETINGS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR GOODLAD, FOREIGN OFFICE OFFICIALS AND HOME OFFICE OFFICIALS. OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF THE MAIN SUBJECTS OF MY DISCUSSIONS WILL BE THE RESPONSE TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT AND TO THE RECENT AMNESTY REPORT. WE AIM TO MAKE OUR REPLY DURING JUNE, BEFORE THE END OF JUNE. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY THE TIME WHEN I WANT TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH BRITISH MINISTERS AND WE’LL BE DISCUSSING IT IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS WELL IN DUE COURSE. I’VE GOT A NUMBER OF SPEECHES. I AM SPEAKING TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP; I AM SPEAKING TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARLIAMENTARY BACK BENCH COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND I’VE GOT THREE OTHER MAJOR SPEAKING INVITATIONS. ONE OF THEM, PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT, IS THE ANNUAL MANCHESTER LECTURE, WHERE I AM SPEAKING ON FREE TRADE IN HONG KONG, AND THAT’S GOING TO GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY OF VISITING CHINA TOWN TN MANCHESTER AND SEEING MEMBERS OF OUR HONG KONG COMMUNITY IN THE NORTH-WEST OF ENGLAND. SO IT’S QUITE A BUSY PROGRAMME. I’LL BE BACK IN JUST OVER A WEEK’S TIME.

QUESTION: (SACKING OF ANTHONY CHEUNG AS ADVISER)

GOVERNOR: WELL, THE QUESTION OF APPOINTMENT OF ADVISERS BY CHINA IS A MATTER FOR CHINESE OFFICIALS BUT I THINK WHAT HAS HAPPENED WOULD HAVE CONFIRMED THE OPINIONS WHICH MOST PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT THE PRESENT ATTITUDE OF SOME CHINESE OFFICIALS TO THESE MATTERS.

QUESTION: WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE LACK OF PROGRESS IN THE LAND AND DEFENCE TALKS?

GOVERNOR: WELL, THOSE TALKS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVEN YEARS. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THEY HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG IS THAT THEY DO INVOLVE SOME PRETTY DIFFICULT ISSUES. I THINK WE’VE SEEN THAT AGAIN IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. 1 THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT BOTH TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING INCREDIBLY HARD TO TRY TO FIND AN AGREEMENT WHICH WE CAN THEN COMMEND TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY’VE MADE SOME PROGRESS BUT I HAVE TO CONFESS A LOT LESS THAN I WOULD HAVE LIKED. I’M SURE THEY WILL BE MEETING AGAIN SOON. J SAY THIS WITH A GOOD DEAL OF FORCE. I THINK THERE IS A COMMITMENT ON BOTH SIDES TO FIND AN AGREEMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WANTS OUR DISCUSSIONS TO GO ON FOR MONTHS OR YEARS TO COME. WE DO WANT TO GET THINGS SORTED OUT. IT’S IN EVERYBODY’S INTEREST. I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF INTEREST IN THE COMMUNITY IN US DOING THAT. SO I HOPE THAT THE NEXT TIME THE EXPERTS MEET, THEIR VERY HARD WORK WILL BEAR FRUIT.

/QUESTION: .......

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QUESTION: MR PATTEN, THERE’S CONFLICTING INFORMATION ON THE CASE OF HO-TAK, THE SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY, WHO’S DEPORTED TO ('HINA. EARLIER IN THE WEEK, ON TUESDAY YOU SAID YOU WEREN’T AWARE OF THE CASE ON TUESDAY EVEN THOUGH THE PARENTS HAD BEEN NOTIFIED ON MONDAY. YESTERDAY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THAT YOU HAD LOOKED AT THE CASE AND THE FINAL DECISION WAS EVENTUALLY MADE S'* MR WOODHOUSE. J JUST WONDER WHETHER YOU CAN PUT IN PERSPECTIVE WHAT MOST CHRONOLOGY EVENTS WERE AND WHY IT WAS STILL A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT ESSENTIALLY THAT WAS REVIEWING A CASE WHICH HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH IMMIGRATION TRIBUNAL, AND THE RISK WHEN YOU WERE THE HIGHER AUTHORITY ....?

GOVERNOR: WELL, I’M SURE THAT YOU’VE FAMILIARISED YOURSELF WITH THE WAY THESE MATTERS ARE DEALT WITH AND YOU’LL KNOW THAT SINCE 1980, I REPEAT SINCE 1980, THE FINAL DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ON DELEGATED AUTHORITY FROM THE GOVERNOR. THAT’S HAPPENED UNDER LORD MACLEHOSE; IT’S HAPPENED UNDER SIR EDWARD YOUDE; IT’S HAPPENED UNDER LORD WILSON AND IT’S STILL HAPPENED. SO, WHEN I SAID AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL THAT I WASN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE DETAILS OF THE CASE ON MONDAY NIGHT THAT WAS THE LITERAL AND UNVARNISHED TRUTH. HOWEVER, SINCE I WAS ASKED ABOUT THE CASE, I LOOKED AT THE DETAILS ON TUESDAY MORNING AND WAS SATISFIED WHEN I LOOKED AT IT THAT THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.

IT’S AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT DECISION AS THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID YESTERDAY AND I ENDORSE EVERYTHING SHE SAID, AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT DECISION. THE ISSUE HAD GONE THROUGH THE COURTS SINCE 1991 AND I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT SINCE 1991, 2,200 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SENT BACK TO CHINA, 2,200. IT SEEMED TO US AND IT CERTAINLY SEEMED TO ME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO JUSTIFY SENDING OTHER CHILDREN BACK TO CHINA IF WITH THAT YOUNG CHILD WHOSE CASE HAD BEEN THROUGH ALL THE COURTS, ONE MUST TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW. THESE MATTERS, I REPEAT, ARE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND PARTICULARLY HARROWING. BUT IF WE THINK THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A TOUGH POLICY IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING INTO HONG KONG, THEN IT DOES INVOLVE FROM TIME TO TIME PEOPLE HAVING TO TAKE EXTREMELY DISAGREEABLE DECISIONS.

QUESTION: GIVEN YOUR COMMENTS EARLIER TN THE WEEK THOUGH ....,

WOULDN’T IT BE FEASIBLE IF THE FAMILY BELIEVES YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THE CASE, YOU WERE THE LAST GROUND FOR APPEAL IN THE LAND, DESPITE ... BEFORE?

GOVERNOR: I REPEAT THAT FOR 14 YEARS, THAT IS THE WAY THE ISSUE HAS BEEN TREATED AND DURING THAT PERIOD, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE GONE BACK TO CHINA. I’M NOT SURE WHERE ALL THE INTEREST HAS BEEN WHILE 2,200 HAVE GONE BACK IN THE LAST THREE YEARS WHILE THIS UNFORTUNATE YOUNG LAD’S CASE HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE COURTS. I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT AS WELL THAT IT’S NOT THE GOVERNMENT THAT CHOSE IN THE FIRST PLACE TO SEPARATE MOTHER AND CHILD. THE MOTHER MADE THAT DECISION HERSELF.

QUESTION: CONCERNING HONG KONG’S ETHNIC MINORITY WHO FACE STATELESS AFTER 1997, WILL YOU BE PRESSING THEIR CASE FOR BRITISH PASSPORT DURING YOUR VISIT TO LONDON?

GOVERNOR: YES, I WILL BE PRESSING THAT CASE ONCE AGAIN. I’VE DONE SO BEFORE. I’LL DO SO AGAIN.

/QUESTION: .......

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

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QUESTION: THE HOME OFFICE SEEMS VERY RELUCTANT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE CURRENT AGREED POLICY, TO MAKE EXCEPTION EVEN THOUGH IT IS A MORAL

OBLIGATION IN THIS CASE. SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TRYING TO

PERSUADE THE HOME OFFICE TO CHANGE THEIR MIND?

GOVERNOR: I AM GOING TO ARGUE AS STRONGLY AS I CAN IN SUPPORT OF WHAT

WAS SAID IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT.

QUESTION: IS THE JOINT DECLARATION OF 1984 STILL VERY FIRMLY IN PLACE THESE DAYS?

GOVERNOR: YES, I BELIEVE THE JOINT DECLARATION IS VERY FIRMLY IN PLACE. IT’S OUR DETERMINATION TO DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION AND I BELIEVE THAT DIRECTOR LU PING MADE HIS OWN POSITION ON THAT CLEAR THE OTHER DAY WHEN HE WAS IN HONG KONG.

QUESTION: WE ARE COMING FROM GERMAN TELEVISION. WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO INVESTORS IN EUROPE?

GOVERNOR: MY MESSAGE TO INVESTORS IN EUROPE IS THAT HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD AND THAT NOBODY HAS EVER MADE ANY MONEY BY BETTING AGAINST HONG KONG. BUT, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE MADE A LOT OF MONEY BY INVESTING IN HONG KONG.

QUESTION: SHOULD WE EXPECT ANY DECISION ON THE SETTING UP OF A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION WHEN YOU COME BACK?

GOVERNOR: YOU’LL CERTAINLY GET A DECISION ON THAT IN THE RESPONSE TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT. SO, THAT WILL BE DURING THE COURSE OF JUNE.

QUESTION: ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE HASN’T GOT ANY... AGREEMENT THIS MORNING?

GOVERNOR: OBVIOUSLY, ALL OF US, PARTICULARLY AFTER DEALING WITH THESE MATTERS FOR SO LONG, WOULD HAVE LIKED COMPLETE AGREEMENT THIS MORNING IN THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE. I THINK IT WAS A USEFUL MEETING. I THINK IT MADE SOME PROGRESS. I THINK, TO BORROW A METAPHOR, WE HAVE LIFTED OFF BUT WE HAVEN’T YET MADE A LANDING. BUT, I THINK IT TOOK MATTERS FORWARD AND I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IT WILL BRING THE END OF THIS SAGA A GOOD DEAL CLOSER. I KNOW BOTH SIDES HAD AND TOOK A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE ATTITUDE IN THIS MORNING’S TALKS. I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY AS THE AMBASSADORS OF BOTH SAID THAT WE’VE MADE SOME PROGRESS.

QUESTION: WHAT SUGGESTION WILL YOU MAKE ON THE SETTING UP OF A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION? WHAT IS THE STAND ?

GOVERNOR: WELL, IT MAY SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM GOING TO SAY THAT TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE FOREIGN SECRETARY IN PRIVATE BEFORE I SAY TO YOU IN WHETHER IT’S PRIVATE OR PUBLIC TODAY.

QUESTION: ANY' VIEWS ON LAW AND ORDER, GIVEN THE ROBBERY IN CENTRAL THE OTHER DAY?

/GOVERNOR: .......

•FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

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GOVERNOR: FIRST OF ALL, I’D LIKE TO OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF THE POOR WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED AND MY CONDOLENCES AS WELL TO THOSE WHO’VE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT. I THINK THAT THE POLICE BEHAVED WITH CONSIDERABLE RESTRAINT AND I THINK THE COMMUNITY APPRECIATES THAT. WE DO HAVE A VERY GOOD POLICE FORCE AND THEY WERE ABLE TO DEAL VERY FIRMLY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH THE INCREASE IN CRIMES LIKE THIS THAT WORRY THE COMMUNITY SO MUCH A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. WHAT I CAN PROMISE THE COMMUNITY IS THAT WE WILL TAKE SIMILARLY RESOLUTE MEASURES TO STAMP OUT THIS SORT OF VIOLENT CRIME. OVERALL, IT’S WORTH REMEMBERING HONG KONG IS A COMMUNITY, ONE OF THE FEW IN THE WORLD WHERE THE LEVEL OF CRIME HAS ACTUALLY BEEN FALLING AND THE LEVEL OF VIOLENT CRIME AS WELL. WE WANT TO BUILD ON THAT RECORD AND WE WANT TO STAMP OUT ANY VIOLENT CRIME PARTICULARLY THAT SORT OF THING WE SAW ON THE STREETS OF CENTRAL THE OTHER DAY.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, CAN YOU TELL US IF BY SOME CHANCE YOU HAPPEN TO SEE LORD MACLEHOSE IN ENGLAND, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIS CRITICISM OF YOUR POLICY IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE?

GOVERNOR: I’D, FIRST OF ALL, SAY ABOUT THE HOUSE OF LORDS’ DEBATE WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE GONE, ALAS, RATHER UNREMARKED THAT WHAT IT CONFIRMED ONCE AGAIN WAS THE CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT AT WESTMINSTER FOR THE APPROACH THAT WE’VE TAKEN HERE IN HONG KONG. THE SECOND THING I WOULD SAY TO LORD MACLEHOSE WAS THAT I THOUGHT IT WAS ADVISABLE TO READ THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT WHICH’S DESCRIBED THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH WHICH SOME HAVE CANVASSED TO DO WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING HERE HAS BEEN NEITHER TENABLE NOR HONOURABLE. SO, I THINK THAT WAS THE RESPONSE THAT I WOULD HAVE MADE. FINALLY, I THINK I MIGHT HAVE SAID THIS AS WELL. AS LORD HOWE HAS BEEN SAYING, HONG KONG IS A LIVING ENTITY. (REPORTER: MING VASE.) NO, HE’S CHANGED THE METAPHOR FOR NOW. IT’S MOVED FROM BEING A MING VASE TO, I THINK, A LIVING PLANT AND YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN SUITABLE AND APPROPRIATE IN THE 1970’S, I AM NOT SURE IT’S AS APPROPRIATE IN 1990’S. WHAT I THINK THAT LORD MACLEHOSE, A VERY DISTINGUISHED SERVANT OF HONG KONG AND OTHERS SHOULD RECOGNISE IS THAT THIS IS A COMMUNITY WHICH DOES HAVE POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS ALBEIT POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS WHICH’RE EXTREMELY MODERATE AND MODEST. LAST ONE.

QUESTION: EMILY LAU WOULD SEEK TO TABLE A PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL THAT WILL GET.....?

GOVERNOR: SO, I READ.

QUESTION: WILL THE GOVERNMENT TRY TO BLOCK IT?

GOVERNOR: NO. I DON’T THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE RIGHT. I HEAR, THOUGH I THINK THAT SHE’S STILL SOME WAY FROM ACTUALLY GETTING THE WORDS ON PAPER. I HEAR THAT IT IS HER INTENTION IN VIEW OF THE DECISION TAKEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, TO TRY TO DRAFT A PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL. I THINK IF SHE DOES SO, THEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD DEBATE THE ISSUE. I’VE SAID BEFORE THAT I DON’T THINK THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SUPPORT THAT APPROACH. BUT, I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DEBATED. OF COURSE, AS FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED, WE BELIEVE THAT OUR POLITICAL PROPOSALS, WE BELIEVE THAT OUR BILL IS THE BEST ONE AND WE BELIEVE THAT OUR BILL AND OUR PROPOSALS ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF HONG KONG. I’VE SEEN SOME OF THE OTHER AMENDMENTS, SOME OF THOSE WHICH HAVE BEEN PROPOSED RECENTLY AND FRANKLY, I DON’T THINK THAT THEY ARE AT ALL IN THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG, QUITE THE REVERSE.

/QUESTION: .......

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QUESTION: IN YOUR ESTIMATION, HOW MUCH OF YOUR POLITICAL PROPOSALS WILL BE PASSED BY LEGCO?

GOVERNOR: HOW MUCH OF MINE? HOW MUCH OF THE GOVERNMENT’S? HOW MUCH OF THE PROPOSALS BACKED BY THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG? HOW MUCH OF THE PROPOSALS ENDORSED BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND SUPPORTED BY THE MAJORITY OPINION AT WESTMINSTER? I HOPE A LOT.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, JUST ONE MORE QUESTION. HAS EXCO DISCUSSED, YOU KNOW, THE ISSUE OF SETTING UP A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION IN HONG KONG BEFORE YOU GO TO LONDON?

GOVERNOR: EXCO HAS HAD A BROAD BUT NOT A DETAILED DISCUSSION ABOUT NOT ONLY THAT ISSUE BUT SOME RELATED ISSUES. BUT, EXCO WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE DEBATING THAT ISSUE AT SOME LENGTH AND IN GREAT DETAIL DURING THE COURSE OF JUNE.

QUESTION: THERE ARE QUITE A FEW EUROPEANS LIVING IN HONG KONG FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES, FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES ALSO. COULD YOU GIVE THEM ANY GUARANTEE THAT AFTER 1997, THEIR LIVELIHOOD HERE IS GOING TO BE SECURED?

GOVERNOR: BRITAIN AND CHINA AGREED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION WHICH IS AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY BETWEEN THEM THAT HONG KONG’S WAY OF LIFE SHOULD STAY THE SAME FOR FIFTY YEARS AFTER 1997. THAT’S WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THAT’S WHAT WF ARE COMMITTED TO AND THAT WAY OF LIFE IS SPELLED OUT IN GREAT DETAIL IN THE TREATY WHICH IS LODGED AT THE UNITED NATIONS.

QUESTION: WHICH POWER ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TO SECURE THAT THESE COMMITMENTS ARE GOING TO BE HONOURED IN BEIJING?

GOVERNOR: IT’S A TREATY WHICH IS TABLED AT THE UNITED NATIONS AND I AM SURE THAT CHINA IS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO IT, NOT LEAST BECAUSE IT’S GREATLY IN CHINA’S INTEREST THAT HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE THRIVING, SUCCESSFUL PLACE AS IT IS TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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PROGRESS MADE AT AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, THE RT HON CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON SAID THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN THE MORNING WAS USEFUL AND HAD MADE SOME PROGRESS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER ATTENDING A LUNCH WITH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS, MR PATTEN SAID: ”1 THINK, TO BORROW A METAPHOR, WE HAVE LIFTED OFF BUT WE HAVEN’T YET MADE A LANDING.

’’BUT, I THINK IT TOOK MATTERS FORWARD AND I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IT WILL BRING THE END OF THIS SAGA A GOOD DEAL CLOSER.

”1 KNOW BOTH SIDES HAD AND TOOK A VERY’ CONSTRUCTIVE ATTITUDE IN THIS MORNING’S TALKS. I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY AS THE AMBASSADORS OF BOTH SAID THAT WE’VE MADE SOME PROGRESS.”

/IN RESPONSE

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IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT THE CASE OF HAI HO-TAK, THE GOVERNOR SAID IT WAS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT DECISION AS THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID YESTERDAY.

EMPHASISING THAT HE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD MADE THE RIGHT DECISION, MR PATTEN SAID: "IT SEEMED TO US AND IT CERTAINLY SEEMED TO ME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO JUSTIFY SENDING OTHER CHILDREN BACK TO CHINA IF WITH THAT YOUNG CHILD WHOSE CASE HAD BEEN THROUGH ALL THE COURTS, ONE MUST TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW.

"BUT IF WE THINK THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A TOUGH POLICY IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING INTO HONG KONG, THEN IT DOES INVOLVE FROM TIME TO TIME PEOPLE HAVING TO TAKE EXTREMELY DISAGREEABLE DECISIONS."

MR PATTEN WILL BE LEAVING FOR LONDON THIS EVENING FOR PRINCIPALLY TALKS AND A NUMBER OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS.

WHILE IN LONDON, HE WILL HAVE MEETINGS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, AND FOREIGN OFFICE AND HOME OFFICE OFFICIALS.

ONE OF THE MAIN SUBJECTS OF THE DISCUSSION WILL BE THE RESPONSE TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT AND THE RECENT AMNESTY REPORT.

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APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT MR NG YEE-YUM WILL SUCCEED MR SIU CHUEN AS DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES FROM NEXT MONDAY (MAY 23).

MR SIU WILL PROCEED ON RETIREMENT LEAVE ON THAT DAY AFTER SERVING THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR 36 YEARS.

FOLLOWING ARE THE BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF THE TWO OFFICERS:

MR SIU CHUEN, OBE, JP

MR SIU, AGED 60, JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER IN AUGUST 1959.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN JULY 1987 AND TO DIRECTOR OF DRAINAGE SERVICES IN MARCH 1992.

ON HIS RETIREMENT, MR SIU WILL HAVE COMPLETED 36 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

MR NG YEE-YUM, JP

MR NG, AGED 58, JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER IN SEPTEMBER 1960.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN JUNE 1985 AND TO PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN SEPTEMBER 1989.

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETAINEES * * * * *

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THERE WERE NO OTHER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETAINEES IN THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES AS THE TWO GIRLS RELEASED INTO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE’S CARE ON WEDNESDAY.

HOWEVER, TWO OTHER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GIRLS, IN DETENTION FOR A MUCH SHORTER TIME, WERE RELEASED TODAY INTO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE’S CARE.

THESE TWO GIRLS ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, AGED 16 AND 17, AND HAVE BEEN DETAINED FOR A LITTLE OVER THREE MONTHS AND THE TRIAL AT WHICH THEY ARE ESSENTIAL WITNESSES IN DUE SOON.

"IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT WAS DECIDED TO FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE AS WITH AU YEUNG LING-LING AND TONG HIU-KWAN," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THE SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT ALL OTHER CASES OF II WITNESSES DETAINED AT PRESENT INVOLVED EITHER SHORTER PERIODS OR ADULTS.

"TWENTY-TWO OF THE TOTAL OF 34 DETAINED AS OF YESTERDAY ARE ADULT ILLEGALS, INCLUDING OTHER NATIONALS AS WELL AS CHINESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

"TWELVE ARE BELOW 21, OF WHOM FOUR ARE BELOW 18 AND ARE NOW IN MA TAU WAI GIRLS’ HOME.

"NONE OF THOSE BELOW 21 HAVE BEEN DETAINED FOR LONGER THAN FOUR MONTHS, WHILE THE TRIALS AT WHICH THEY ARE ESSENTIAL WITNESSES WERE PREPARED," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "WE MUST NOT JEOPARDISE THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE AND PROFIT FROM IT, OR THOSE WHO PREY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

"THESE WITNESSES ARE VITAL IN ORDER TO PROSECUTE THOSE ACCUSED OF ABUSING AND EXPLOITING THEM."

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NEW PROCEDURE TO SPEED UP LAW TRANSLATION *****

A BILL PROPOSING TO SIMPLIFY THE AUTHENTICATION PROCEDURE OF THE CHINESE TEXTS OF THE ORDINANCES ENACTED IN ENGLISH ONLY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SAID UPON PASSAGE OF THE BILL, MORE CHINESE TEXTS OF THE ORDINANCES COULD BE DECLARED AUTHENTIC SOON.

IT WAS ALSO HOPED THAT THE LAW TRANSLATION PROGRAMME WOULD BE SPEEDED UP, SO THAT ALL ORDINANCES WOULD HAVE BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH TEXTS BY JULY 1997, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/THE OFFICIAL

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THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994 CONTAINING THE PROPOSAL WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY). IT WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 1.

THERE ARE NOW 529 ORDINANCES ENACTED IN ENGLISH ONLY. THE LAW DRAFTING DIVISION OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE AUTHENTIC CHINESE TEXTS OF THE ORDINANCES.

TRANSLATED TEXTS ARE CONSIDERED BY THE BILINGUAL LAWS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THEY ARE THEN DECLARED AUTHENTIC BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL. ORDERS DECLARING AUTHENTIC TEXTS OF ORDINANCES ARE SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID UNDER THE PROPOSED NEW PROCEDURE, ORDERS DECLARING CHINESE TEXTS WOULD NO LONGER BE SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

UPON SUCH DECLARATION, THE TEXTS BECOME AUTHENTIC TEXTS OF THE ORDINANCES. THE TEXTS MUST HOWEVER BE LAID BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL MAY AMEND THE TEXTS WITHIN THE STATUTORY TIME LIMIT.

SO FAR, THE AUTHENTIC CHINESE TEXTS OF 15 ORDINANCES HAVE BEEN DECLARED. THE CHINESE TEXTS OF ANOTHER 123 ORDINANCES HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE BILINGUAL LAWS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE FINAL DRAFTS OF THESE ORDINANCES ARE AWAITING DECLARATION BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PRELIMINARY DRAFTS OF MOST OF THE REMAINING ORDINANCES HAD EITHER BEEN COMPLETED OR WERE IN PROGRESS.

"THE TARGET OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS TO PREPARE AT LEAST A COMPLETE DRAFT OF THE CHINESE TEXTS FOR EVERY ORDINANCE BEFORE THE END OF 1995 AND TO HAVE ALL THE CHINESE TEXTS DECLARED AUTHENTIC BEFORE JULY 1997," HE SAID.

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FINDINGS OF 1993/94 PAY TREND SURVEY ACCEPTED * * » * *

THE PAY TREND SURVEY COMMITTEE IN A MEETING TODAY (FRIDAY) ACCEPTED THE FINDINGS OF THE 1993/94 PAY TREND SURVEY.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY INDICATE THAT THE FOLLOWING AVERAGE PAY INCREASES HAVE BEEN AWARDED BY THE SURVEY COMPANIES:

* 10.84 PER CENT FOR EMPLOYEES EARNING LESS THAN $10,295 PER

MONTH;

* 11.18 PER CENT FOR EMPLOYEES EARNING BETWEEN $10,295 AND

$31,570 PER MONTH;

* 10.97 PER CENT FOR EMPLOYEES EARNING BETWEEN $31,571 AND

$63,085 PER MONTH.

/THE MEETING .......

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

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THE MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY MR NICHOLAS CHIU, WHO WAS APPOINTED IN HIS CAPACITY AS A MEMBER OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

THE SURVEY, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY THE PAY SURVEY AND RESEARCH UNIT, MEASURED PAY TRENDS IN A SELECTED GROUP OF 77 COMPANIES DURING THE PERIOD APRIL 2, 1993 TO APRIL 1, 1994.

IT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT INCREASES RELATING TO COST OF LIVING, GENERAL CHANGES IN MARKET RATES, COMPANY PERFORMANCE, MERIT AND INSCALE INCREMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE HAS EMPHASISED THAT THESE FIGURES WERE THE RESULT OF A SURVEY OF PAY TRENDS IN THE PRIVATE COMPANIES.

PAY ADJUSTMENT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE IS A SEPARATE MATTER AND THE LEVEL OF THE ADJUSTMENT IS DETERMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STAFF CONSULTATIVE COUNCILS.

THE PAY TREND SURVEY COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, THE ADMINISTRATION, AND THE STAFF SIDES OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL, THE MODEL SCALE 1 STAFF CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL, THE POLICE FORCE COUNCIL AND THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL.

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LAND REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR APRIL

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THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF BUILDING UNITS, MAINLY FLATS, RECEIVED BY THE LAND REGISTRY LAST MONTH INCREASED BY 3.8 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, AND BY 18.1 PER CENT COMPARED WITH APRIL LAST YEAR.

THE AGREEMENTS TOTALLED 13,741, INVOLVING $52.2 BILLION.

THESE ARE SHOWN IN THE MONTHLY STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE LAND REGISTRAR ON PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS RECEIVED FOR REGISTRATION AT THE URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES LAND REGISTRIES.

A TABLE SHOWING THE RELEVANT STATISTICS FOR MARCH 1994 AND FOR APRIL 1993 WAS ALSO RELEASED.

NINE BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 10,967 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE RECEIVED FOR REGISTRATION LAST MONTH, COMPARED WITH SIX AND 10,502 RESPECTIVELY IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER NEW BUILDING MORTGAGES LAST MONTH WAS $0.59 BILLION, COMPARED WITH $0.53 BILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

/THE TOTAL .......

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER NEW MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES LAST MONTH WAS $6.44 BILLION, COMPARED WITH $13.67 BILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY DISCHARGES AND MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, WERE $3.42 BILLION LAST MONTH COMPARED WITH $2.75 BILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

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STATISTICS ON OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE IN CHINA * * * * *

IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993, 49% OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING; THE FIGURE WAS 77% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AND 43% FOR RE-EXPORTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, 76% OF HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, 80% OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA WERE PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA.

THE CORRESPONDING PROPORTIONS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1992 WERE 48% FOR TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA, 73% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA, 42% FOR RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA, 75% FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA AND 77% FOR RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA.

IN 1993, 48% OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING; THE FIGURE WAS 74% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AND 42% FOR RE-EXPORTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, 74% OF HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA WERE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, 81% OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA WERE PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA.

THE CORRESPONDING PROPORTIONS IN 1992 WERE 52% FOR TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA, 74% FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA, 46% FOR RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA, 72% FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA AND 78% FOR RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA.

THE DECREASES IN THE PROPORTION OF EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING AS RECORDED IN 1993 REFLECT THAT HONG KONG’S EXPORTS FOR MEETING DOMESTIC DEMAND IN CHINA, VIZ. EXPORTS TO CHINA NOT DESTINED FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING, INCREASED AT A FASTER PACE THAN OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE DURING THE PERIOD. THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE SUSTAINED INCREASE IN DOMESTIC DEMAND IN CHINA FOR IMPORTED GOODS.

TO PROVIDE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA INITIATED BY HONG KONG FIRMS, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN CONDUCTING A SAMPLE SURVEY AS FROM THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1988 TO DISTINGUISH HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO CHINA INTO THOSE WHICH ARE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH ARE NOT.

/THE SCOPE .......

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THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY HAS BEEN EXTENDED AS FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989 SO AS TO SEGREGATE HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM CHINA INTO THOSE WHICH ARE RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING AND THOSE WHICH ARE NOT.

STARTING FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1991, THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY HAS FURTHER BEEN EXTENDED SO AS TO SEGREGATE HONG KONG’S REEXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA WHICH ARE PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA AND THOSE WHICH ARE NOT.

THE RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND THE WHOLE YEAR OF 1993 ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

IN VALUE TERMS, $43,573 MILLION OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1993 WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 14% OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1992.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING DECREASED BY 1% TO $11,899 MILLION WHILST THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING GREW BY 21% TO $31,674 MILLION.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING INCREASED BY 15% TO $83,476 MILLION.

ON THE OTHER HAND, $99,378 MILLION OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA WERE PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 20%.

IN 1993, $160,178 MILLION OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 13% OVER 1992.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING GREW BY 2% TO $45,141 MILLION AND 18% TO $115,037 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING INCREASED BY 16% TO $295,203 MILLION.

ON THE OTHER HAND, $364,536 MILLION OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA WERE PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 22%.

THE ESTIMATES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND THE WHOLE YEAR OF 1993 AND THE CORRESPONDING CHANGES OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1992 ARE SUMMARISED IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE:-

/ESTIMATED VALUE

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ESTIMATED VALUE AND PROPORTION OF TRADE INVOLVING OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA, 4TH QUARTER OF 1993 AND THE WHOLE YEAR 1993

TOTAL TRADE VALUE* : 4TH QTR 1993 (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE OVER 4TH QTR 1992 (%) 1993 (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE OVER 1992 (%)

TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA 88,954 + 12.5 334,334 + 23.6

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA 15,495 - 5.6 61,023 + 2.5

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA 73,458 + 17.2 273,311 + 29.6

IMPORTS FROM CHINA 109,135 + 13.0 400,013 + 13.6

RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER 123,631 + 15.3 451,363 + 17.9

THAN CHINA

ESTIMATED VALUE INVOLVING OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA:

TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA 43,573 + 13.9 160,178 + 13.1

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA 11,899 - 0.6 45,141 + 2.0

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA 31,674 + 20.6 115,037 + 18.1

IMPORTS FROM CHINA 1 33,476 + 14.5 295,203 + 16.2

RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN 1 99,378 + 19.7 364,536 + 21.6

TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA

ESTIMATED PROPORTION INVOLVING OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA:

4TH 4TH

QTR QTR

1993 1992 1993 1992

(%) (%) (%) (%)

TOTAL EXPORTS TO CHINA 49.0 48.4 47.9 52.4

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA 76.8 72.9 74.0 74.3

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA 43.1 41.9 42.1 46.2

IMPORTS FROM CHINA 76.5 75.5 73.8 72.1

RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN 80.4 77.4 80.8 78.3

TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA

THE VALUE EXCLUDES COMMODITIES AND TRANSACTIONS NOT

CLASSIFIED ACCORDING 1 CO KIND.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) TO CHINA FOR OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE EXPORTATION OF RAW MATERIALS OR SEMI-MANUFACTURES FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING WITH A CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT FOR SUBSEQUENT RE-IMPORTATION OF THE PROCESSED GOODS INTO HONG KONG.

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IMPORTS FROM CHINA RELATED TO OUTWARD PROCESSING REFER TO THE IMPORTATION OF PROCESSED GOODS FROM CHINA OF WHICH ALL OR PART OF THEIR RAW MATERIALS OR SEMI-MANUFACTURES HAVE BEEN UNDER CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT EXPORTED FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING.

RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA PRODUCED THROUGH OUTWARD PROCESSING TN CHINA REFER TO THOSE RE-EXPORTS OF WHICH ALL OR PART OF THEIR RAW MATERIALS OR SEMI-MANUFACTURES HAVE BEEN EXPORTED FROM OR THROUGH HONG KONG TO CHINA FOR PROCESSING WITH A CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENT FOR SUBSEQUENT RE-IMPORTATION OF THE PROCESSED GOODS INTO HONG KONG.

IN INTERPRETING THE STATISTICS, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE VALUE AND PROPORTION OF IMPORTS FROM CHINA AND RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA INVOLVING OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA REFER TO THOSE OF THE ENTIRE GOODS INSTEAD OF JUST THE VALUE ADDED CONTRIBUTED BY OUTWARD PROCESSING IN CHINA.

A SAMPLE OF TRADE DECLARATIONS IN RESPECT OF HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH CHINA (DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA, AND IMPORTS FROM CHINA) AS WELL AS HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORIGIN TO ALL COUNTRIES OTHER THAN CHINA IS SELECTED FOR ENUMERATION TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION FROM THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED SYSTEM OF RECORDING TRADE FLOWS, ALL MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ACROSS THE BORDER, FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE, ARE RECORDED AS EXTERNAL TRADE.

THUS THE MOVEMENTS OF GOODS ASSOCIATED WITH OUTWARD PROCESSING ARE CORRECTLY INCLUDED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY, HOWEVER, FACILITATE A MORE INFORMED ANALYSIS OF THE NATURE OF HONG KONG-CHINA TRADE.

IN THIS RESPECT, THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE A USEFUL SUPPLEMENT TO THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS.

THE ABOVE SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE MARCH 1994 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE".

THE REPORT WILL BE ON SALE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE PUBLICATIONS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI AT $86 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRADE SURVEYS AND RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL 582 5037.

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THREE DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA PLANS APPROVED ******

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THREE DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA (DPA) PLANS FOR MAI PO AND FAIRVIEW PARK, PAT HEUNG, AND SHEK KONG IN THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MAJOR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ON THESE DPAS ARE AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCIAL FISHING. RURAL INDUSTRIAL AND OPEN STORAGE USES ARE MIXED WITH RURAL SETTLEMENTS.

’’IN RECENT YEARS, DUE TO THE DECLINE OF AGRICULTURAL AND FISHING ACTIVITIES, MANY AGRICULTURAL LANDS AND FISH PONDS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO WORKSHOPS, OPEN STORAGE FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, TIMBER, USED MOTOR VEHICLES AND CONTAINERS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID.

"THESE USES HAVE CAUSED GENERAL DEGRADATION OF THE RURAL ENVIRONMENT."

THE DPA PLANS WERE PUBLISHED TO PROVIDE INTERIM PLANNING CONTROL AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE FOR THE RURAL AREAS PENDING THE PREPARATION OF OUTLINE ZONING PLANS (OZPS), THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

REPLACEMENT OZPS FOR THESE AREAS ARE NOW BEING PREPARED BY THE BOARD AND WOULD BE EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION SHORTLY.

ON THE MAI PO AND FAIRVIEW PARK DPA PLAN, ABOUT 430 HECTARES OF LAND IN THE MAI PO NATURE RESERVE (MPNR) AND MAI PO FUNG SHUI WOODLAND IN DEEP BAY BUFFER ZONES ONE AND TWO HAVE BEEN ZONED ’SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST’(SSSI).

THE NATURE RESERVE AND ITS ADJACENT INTERTIDAL MUDFLATS ARE AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED WETLAND HABITAT FOR A VARIETY OF SPECIES OF WATERFOWLS AND A STOP-OVER POINT FOR THOUSANDS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS.

IT PROVIDES A FEEDING AND RESTING PLACE FOR A NUMBER OF SPECIES OF MIGRATORY BIRDS AND MAINTAINS AN IMPORTANT MANGROVE AREA OF THE TERRITORY.

"THE MAI PO FUNG SHUI WOODLAND, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS ONE OF FEW EGRETRIES IN HONG KONG PROVIDING A RESTING AND BREEDING PLACE FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED EGRETS."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID STRICT DEVELOPMENT CONTROLS HAD BEEN IMPOSED WITHIN THE ’SSSI’. ONLY USES WHICH SUPPORT CONSERVATION AND ENHANCE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND FEATURES WILL BE PERMITTED.

MEANWHILE, 147 HECTARES OF LAND IN FAIRVIEW PARK AND WO SHANG WAI HAVE ALSO BEEN ZONED ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP C) FOR LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL USES.

DEVELOPMENT IS RESTRICTED TO MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 0.4, SITE COVERAGE OF 20 PER CENT AND BUILDING HEIGHT OF TWO STOREYS OVER ONE LEVEL OF CARPORT OR THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT INTENSITY, WHICHEVER IS THE GREATER.

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ON THE PAT HEUNG DPA PLAN, ABOUT 34 HECTARES OF LAND (12 PER CENT) HAVE BEEN ZONED ’OPEN STORAGE’. ONLY THOSE OPEN STORAGE USES WHICH HAVE NO ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT WILL BE PERMITTED IN THIS ZONE.

ON THE SHEK KONG DPA PLAN, A TOTAL OF ABOUT 115 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT. THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIVE HECTARES OF LAND HAVE ALSO BEEN DESIGNATED AS ’UNSPECIFIED USE’ AREAS.

WITHIN THESE AREAS, PLANNING PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT OTHER THAN THE PERMITTED USES SET OUT IN THE NOTES ATTACHED TO THE PLAN.

THE THREE APPROVED DPA PLANS ARE EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL MAY 27 AT:

* PLANNING DEPARTMENT,

16TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

» YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE,

GROUND FLOOR, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICES BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES; AND

* TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE,

LEVEL 11, METROPLAZA TOWER 1,

223 HING FONG ROAD,

KWAI FONG, NEW TERRITORIES

COPIES OF THE APPROVED DPA PLANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14 111 I LOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AND THE KOWLOON MAP SALES OFFICE, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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GERMAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE « » » « »

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) BAYERISCHE LANDESBANK GIROZENTRALE (BLG) HAD BEEN GRANTED A BANKING LICENCE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

BLG WAS FORMED IN 1972 IN GERMANY THROUGH THE MERGER OF BAYERISCHE GEMEINDEBANK AND BAYERISCHE LANDESBODENKREDITANSTALT.

IT IS THE EIGHTH LARGEST BANK IN GERMANY AND RANKS 84TH IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF CAPITAL.

THE BANK HAS EIGHT BRANCHES WITHIN GERMANY AND AN OVERSEAS NETWORK OF SIX BRANCHES, TWO SUBSIDIARIES AND EIGHT REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES.

IN HONG KONG, BLG HAS BEEN OPERATING A REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE SINCE 1991.

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THE BANK WISHES TO UPGRADE THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE TO A BRANCH TO PROVIDE A WIDER RANGE OF BANKING SERVICES TO ITS CUSTOMERS IN HONG KONG, CHINA, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

THE PROPOSED BRANCH WILL INITIALLY CONCENTRATE ON PROJECT FINANCING AND CORPORATE LENDING. COMMERCIAL AND MERCHANT BANKING SERVICES WILL BE OFFERED LATER.

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. THfi LICENCE FOR BLG IS THE SIXTH BANKING LICENCE GRANTED IN 1994.

THERE ARE NOW 178 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG, OF WHICH 146 ARE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE THE TERRITORY. OF THESE, 10 ARE FROM GERMANY.

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TENDER FOR TING KAU BRIDGE CLOSES

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THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT RECEIVED SEVEN BIDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TING KAU BRIDGE AND APPROACH VIADUCT WHEN TENDER CLOSED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE BIDS WERE SUBMITTED BY PRE-QUALIFIED TENDERERS AS FOLLOWS:

KLHC JOINT VENTURE;

* PAUL Y - CREC JOINT VENTURE.;

ROUTE 3 CONTRACTORS JOINT VENTURE;

» SCMC JOINT VENTURE;

* TING KAU BRIDGE JOINT VENTURE;

TING KAU CONTRACTORS JOINT VENTURE; AND

* TRAFALGAR HOUSE CONSTRUCTION (ASIA) LTD.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT TENDER EVALUATION WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE-AND-A-HALF-MONTHS TO COMPLETE, AND THE CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED BY AUGUST THIS YEAR FOR COMPLETION TN MID-1997.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE TING KAU BRIDGE AND APPROACH VIADUCT WILL BE FUNDED TOTALLY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

IT WILL FORM A MAJOR PART OF ROUTE 3, WHICH WILL BE A DUAL THREE-LANE EXPRESSWAY LINKING THE NORTHWEST OF TSING YI ISLAND TO THE FUTURE TAI LAM TUNNEL.

PROVISIONS FOR CONNECTIONS TO THE LANTAU FIXED CROSSING AND TUEN MUN ROAD WILL ALSO BE MADE.

UPON COMPLETION, IT WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION IN THE TSUEN WAN/KWAI TSING AREA AND PROVIDE A MORE DIRECT ACCESS FOR THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES TO LANTAU ISLAND AND THE CONTAINER PORT.

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1994

ROAD WORKS FOR TUNG CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN PROPOSED

*****

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS PROPOSED CARRYING OUT ROAD WORKS FOR PHASE I DEVELOPMENT OF THE TUNG CHUNG NEW TOWN.

THE WORKS INVOLVE BUILDING A ROAD, TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FACILITIES AND AN ACCESS ROAD TO AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THE INTERCHANGE FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE DROP-OFF AREAS FOR PRIVATE CARS AND BUSES, TEMPORARY PARKING SPACES, TAXI RANKS, GREEN MINIBUS BAYS AND A CYCLE PARK.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME SHOWING THE 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.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO PROPOSED BUILDING A ROAD FROM ROUTE TWISK TO SAN TSUEN VILLAGE IN TSUEN WAN TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE VILLAGE.

THE WORKS ALSO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED FOOTPATHS, CAR PARK AREA AND A DRAINAGE SYSTEM..

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDUDED TO BEGIN NEXT MARCH FOR COMPLETION IN 24 MONTHS.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE.

NOTICES ABOUT THE PROPOSED WORKS IN TUNG CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

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 BEFORE JULY 19, DESCRIBING HIS INTEREST AND MANNER IN WHICH HE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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HO CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED *****

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE PUBLICATION OF THE HO CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN (OZP).

THE PLAN COVERS ABOUT 300 HECTARES OF LAND IN HO CHUNG ABOUT 3.5 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF THE SAI KUNG TOWN. THE AREA IS SURROUNDED BY HILLSLOPES WITH LARGE TRACTS OF UNDISTURBED WOODLAND.

THE AREA IS RURAL IN CHARACTER WITH A MIXTURE OF RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AGRICULTURAL AND STORAGE USES.

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THE AGRICULTURAL LAND IN HO CHUNG VALLEY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MAIN AGRICULTURAL AREAS IN SAI KUNG.

INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES ARE MAINLY LOCATED IN THE HO CHUNG/LUK MEI AREAS ADJACENT TO THE HIRAM’S HIGHWAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID: "THE HO CHUNG OZP IS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING HO CHUNG DEVELOPMENT PERMISSION AREA (DPA) PLAN.

"DPA PLANS ARE INTERIM PLANS PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1991.

"THE PLANS PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND CONTROL ON LAND USES IN THE RURAL NEW TERRITORIES. UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE DPAS ARE SUBJECT TO ENDORSEMENT.

"THESE PLANS ARE ONLY EFFECTIVE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THEIR PUBLICATION AND ARE TO BE REPLACED BY OZPS.

"ALTHOUGH THE DPAS ARE REPLACED BY OZPS, THE ENFORCEMENT POWERS PROVIDED THEREIN WILL CONTINUE."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PLANNING INTENTION FOR THE AREA WAS TO RESERVE LAND FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES FOR FUTURE RESIDENTIAL AND VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENTS.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED TO CONSERVE THE PERIPHERAL HILLSLOPES AND TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE HO CHUNG VALLEY AND TO PROVIDE PLANNING CONTROL ON THE UNDESIRABLE OPEN STORAGE USES, HE ADDED.

ON THE PLAN, ABOUT 142 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED 'CONSERVATION AREA’ TO PROTECT THE EXISTING NATURAL CHARACTER.

ONLY USES RELATED TO CONSERVATION PURPOSES SUCH AS FIELD STUDY CENTRE, EDUCATION CENTRE AND VISITOR CENTRE ARE PERMITTED AS OF RIGHT.

THOSE USES WHICH WOULD HAVE INSIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND INFRASTRUCTURAL PROVISIONS, SUCH AS TENT CAMPING GROUND MAY BE PERMITTED UPON APPROVAL OF APPLICATION TO THE BOARD.

TO PROTECT THE RICH FLORA AND THE RARE PLANT OF ENKTANTHUS QU 1NQUEFLORUS IN THE UPPER HO CHUNG VALLEY, A 'SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST’ OF ABOUT THREE HECTARES HAS BEEN DESIGNATED.

ACTIVITIES OR USES WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE NEEDED TO SUSTAIN THE SITE OR TO SERVE EDUCATION PURPOSES.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT 18 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN ZONED 'AGRICULTURE' TO RETAIN AND SAFEGUARD GOOD ARABLE LAND, MOST OF WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNDER ACTIVE CULTIVATION.

THERE ARE ALSO ABOUT 46 HECTARES OF LAND DESIGNATED FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT TO INCLUDE EXISTING VILLAGE AND AREAS SUITABLE FOR VILLAGE EXPANSION.

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OTHER LAND USES INCLUDE ABOUT SIX HECTARES OF LAND FOR ’COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT AREA’, FOUR HECTARES FOR ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP C)’ USE, SEVEN HECTARES FOR ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP D) ’ USE, 0.2 HECTARE FOR ’GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUN1TY’ USE, EIGHT HECTARES FOR ’RECREATION’, 54 HECTARES FOR ’GREEN BELT’ AND 13 HECTARES FOR ROADS.

THE PLAN (NO. S/SK-HC/1) IS WAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL JULY 20 AT:

* PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 16TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* SAT KUNG AND TSEUNG KWAN O DISTRICT PLANNING OFFICE, SUITE 1209, 12TH FLOOR, CHINACHEM GOLDEN PLAZA, MODY ROAD, KOWLOON; AND

* SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES. *

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE DRAFT PLAN MAY SUBMIT WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O PLANNING DEPARTMENT, 13TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING BEFORE JULY 20.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE ON SALE AT THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AND KOWLOON MAP SALES OFFICE, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING TOOL STUDY COMMISSIONED * ♦ * t »

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED A CONSULTANCY STUDY TO DEVELOP A COMPUTER-BASED INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING TOOL.

THE PLANNING TOOL, WHICH SHOULD BE AN IMPROVED, FLEXIBLE AND INTERACTIVE ONE, WOULD BE USED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND POLICIES.

THE AGREEMENT FOR THE CONSULTANCY STUDY WAS SIGNED TODAY (FRIDAY) BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR MIKE STOKOE, AND THE DIRECTOR OF BINNIE CONSULTANTS LIMITED, MR COLIN DUTTON.

MR STOKOE SAID: "IN VIEW OF THE RAPID GROWTH OF HONG KONG’S SOLID WASTE GENERATION AND CHANGES IN WASTE ARISINGS PATTERN, PROPER LONG-TERM PLANNING IS NECESSARY TO MEET FUTURE WASTE MANAGEMENT NEEDS. ’’

/TN 1993/94

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IN 1993/94, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT OVER $1.2 BILLION ON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, HE SAID.

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT FUTURE COSTS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL INCREASE DUE TO HIGHER ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AS WELL AS THE SCARCITY OF NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES.

"ALL THESE FACTORS WARRANT A MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND SOPHISTICATED PLANNING TOOL FOR CARRYING OUT SYSTEMATIC EVALUATION OF VARIOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT SCENARIOS BOTH AT STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL LEVELS," MR STOKOE SAID.

THE STUDY WILL INVOLVE A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION COLLECTION ACTIVITY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPUTER-BASED MATHEMATICAL MODEL.

SUITABLE PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE, DEMOGRAPHICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL DATABASES WILL BE LINKED TO THE MODEL IN ORDER TO FULFIL THE FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE NEW PLANNING TOOL.

THE STUDY, AT XN ESTIMATED COST OF $11 MILLION, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MID-1995.

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USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS: CAMPAIGN *****

MORE THAN 1,400 RETA'iL OUTLETS WILL JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH A YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO ENCOURAGE USING LESS PLASTIC BAGS.

THE PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE "USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS" CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION AND CONSUMER COUNCIL.

"THIS IS AN INDUSTRY-LED CAMPAIGN. PARTICIPATING RETAILERS, INCLUDING SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION CHAIN STORES, WILL DEVISE THEIR OWN ACTION PLANS TO HELP REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID.

THEY WILL ALSO VIE FOR FOUR YEAR-END AWARDS BASED ON THEIR LEVEL OF REDUCTION, CREATIVITY OF THEIR ACTION PLANS AND THE INNOVATIVE IDEAS OF THE RETAIL STAFF.

THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE LAUNCH CEREMONY.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, THE CHAIRMAN OF RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, MR RODNEY MILES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF CONSUMER COUNCIL, PROFESSOR EDWARD CHEN.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY TO LAUNCH "USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS" CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 1 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) ON LEVEL ONE OF DRAGON CENTRE, 37K YEN CHOW STREET, SHAM SHUI PO.

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PRIVATE LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESUME ABOUT 6,400 SQUARE METRES OF PRIVATE LAND IN SHA TIN TO ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE SHA TIN TAU VILLAGE.

THE AREA COVERS 43 PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LOTS AND ONE BUILDING LOT.

THEY WILL BE RESUMED UNDER THE CROWN LAND RESUMPTION ORDINANCE BEFORE END OF AUGUST TO ALLOW SITE FORMATION WORKS TO START IN SEPTEMBER.

THE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME WILL TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DETAILS OF THE RESUMPTION EXERCISE WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY). --------------------------------0-------

ART COMPETITION FOR THE ’’HONG KONG - USA ’94” *****

STUDENTS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS ARE BEING INVITED TO JOIN AN ART COMPETITION FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S PROMOTION CAMPAIGN, ’’HONG KONG - USA ’94”, TO PROJECT AN IMAGE OF HONG KONG OVERSEAS.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT EXHIBITIONS TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK AND ATLANTA IN AUGUST AND OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND INFORMATION SERVICES, JS DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS: KINDERGARTEN, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY (S1-S7).

THE THEME OF THE COMPETITION IS ’’HONG KONG THROUGH MY EYES”. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD PRODUCE ARTWORKS RELATED TO LOCAL LIFE, SUCH AS FESTIVALS, TRADITIONS, HERITAGE AND DAILY LIFE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID APART FROM CERTIFICATES AWARDED TO STUDENTS WITH ENTRIES SELECTED, THE 10 BEST ARTWORKS IN EACH GROUP WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES: $500 EACH FOR THE KINDERGARTEN GROUP; $1,000 EACH FOR THE PRIMARY GROUP AND $1,500 EACH FOR THE SECONDARY GROUP.

SCHOOLS SHOULD NOTE THAT BOTH GROUP WORKS AND INDIVIDUAL WORKS, WITH LENGTHS NOT EXCEEDING ONE METRE IN ANY DIMENSION, ARE ACCEPTED IN THIS COMPETITION.

STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO USE ALL KINDS OF TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL WORK, INCLUDING TRADITIONAL CRAFTS.

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PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS SHOULD SEND IN STUDENTS’ ARTWORKS TOGETHER WITH ENTRY FORMS TO THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAR FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT ON OR. BEFORE JULY 9 (SATURDAY) FOR SELECTION AND ADJUDICATION. ENTRIES SENT TO THE USA FOR EXHIBITION WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOLS.

ENQUIRIES ON THE ART COMPETITION FOR THE “HONG KONG - USA ’94” CAN BE MADE TO THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TEL 562 9205.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION STATIONS * * » » ♦

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE STATIONS FOR AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION AND METEOROLOGICAL EQUIPMENT ON ISLANDS IN THE WESTERN APPROACHES OF HONG KONG WATERS.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON SHA CHAU, SIU MO TO AND LUNG KWU CHAU COVERS SITE FORMATION, BUILDING WORKS, SERVICES INSTALLATIONS, DRAINAGE AND EXTERNAL WORKS.

THE THREE STATIONS WILL HAVE A TOTAL AREA OF 1,670 SQUARE METRES AND WILL RANGE FROM FOUR TO 10 METRES HIGH.

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

TENDER OFFER WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON JUNE 10.

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’’RESPECT THE ELDERLY” EXHIBITION

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A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ENTITLED ’’RESPECT THE ELDERLY - START IN YOUR OWN HOME” WILL BE HELD AT HONG KONG SCIENCE MUSEUM IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO MONDAY.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE THE WINNING ENTRIES IN THE INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITIONS IN THE CAMPAIGN, ’’RESPECT THE ELDERLY - START IN YOUR OWN HOME”.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE AIM OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO EDUCATE PUPILS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOWING CONCERN AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY.

HE SAID OTHER THEMES OF THE CAMPAIGN WERE ’’KNOW THE ELDERLY AROUND YOU BETTER’’, ’’COMMUNICATE MORE WITH YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS” AND ’’SHARE WITH THE ELDERLY”.

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EVENTS OF THE

RESOURCE MATERIALS AND

INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITIONS INCLUDED DESIGN OF DRAMA SCRIPT WRITING FOR TEACHERS’ GROUPS.

FOR PUPILS, THERE WERE CONTESTS IN BOOKMARK; POSTER DESIGN; CHINESE SPEECH WRITING; DRAMA SCRIP COMPETITION; SONG WRITING CONTEST AND A WRI TIN,

POSTAGE STAMP AND WRITING; PROJECT COMPETITION, THE

SPOKESMAN SAID.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF ^VCATION.DMRTDO„.N.CTSn»B»ONC.s«ILLMO|.F!CIATE

SCIENCE MUSEUM, 2 SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, TSIM

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TO EXHIBITION HALL, HONG KONG SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND CEREMONY.

REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING

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SCHOOL HEADS URGED,TO SUPPORT VOTER REGISTRATION » * * * »

THE CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN CAN AROUSE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERN OVER COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND ENHANCE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

IN HIS APPEAL TO THE COUNCIL OF CENTRAL

AND WESTERN DISTRICT

SCHOOL HEADS THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON, ASSISTANT HOWARD LEE CALLED ON THE PRINCIPALS TO GIVE THEIR

DISTRICT

FULL

OFFICER MR

BACKING TO

THIS MEANINGFUL EXERCISE.

HE SAID: "THE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IS NOW IN FULL SWING

IN THE DISTRICT.

"A SERIES OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED SINCE APRIL."

THESE INCLUDE HOUSEHOLD VISITS, SETTING UP COUNTERS AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS, AND ON THE STREET REGISTRATION DRIVE.

A LETTER HAS ALSO BEEN SENT TO ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT TO ENLIST THE ASSISTANCE OF THEIR STAFF AND STUDENTS TO HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE.

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HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS

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$ Mil.LION TIME (HOURS) CUMULATIVE CHANGE ($ MILLION)

OPENING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 1,405 0930 + 426

CLOSING BALANCE IN THE ACCOUNT 3,357 1000 + 436

CHANGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO 1 100 + 465

MONEY MARKET ACTIVITY + 466 1200 + 466

LAF TODAY +1,486 1500 + 466

1600 + 466

LAF RATE 2.50 BID/4.50 OFFER TWI 124.8 * + 0.1» 20.5.94

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY

EF BILLS EF NOTES/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BONDS

TERMS YIELD TERM ISSUE COUPON PRICE YIELD

1 WEEK 3.69 18 MONTHS 2511 4.15 98.01 5.62

1 MONTH 3.86 24 MONTHS 2605 6.35 100.75 6.03

3 MONTHS 4.26 29 MONTHS 3610 4.20 95.50 6.31

6 MONTHS 4.75 32 MONTHS 3701 4.60 95.69 6.47

12 ! MONTHS 5.21 35 MONTHS 3704 6.15 99.20 6.56

TOTAL TURNOVER OF BILLS AND BONDS - 20,891 MN

CLOSED 20 MAY 1994

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1994

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR AIRPORT RAILWAY TUNNEL UNDER HARBOUR.... 1

USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED..................... 2

PAMPHLET ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PUBLISHED.................... 4

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC TO VISIT HONG KONG.................... 4

MICROCHIP SYSTEM FOR DOG TAGGING BEING STUDIED.............. 6

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO GO METRIC............................ 6

RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS....................... 8

WATER CUTS IN SHEUNG WAN, TAI PO AND KWAI CHUNG............. 8

LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS SALE BY AUCTION................ 9

FIRING PRACTICE IN JUNE.................................... 10

HONG KONG MONETARY AUTHORITY MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS..... 10

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FUNDS SOUGHT FOR AIRPORT RAILWAY TUNNEL UNDER HARBOUR

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $820 MILLION (MONEY OF THE DAY) TO COVER THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING AN IMMERSED TUBE UNDER THE HARBOUR TO CARRY THE AIRPORT RAILWAY BETWEEN WEST KOWLOON AND HONG KONG CENTRAL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY): "THIS IS PART OF OUR STEP BY STEP APPROACH To THE FUNDING OF AIRPORT CORE PROGRAMME PROJECTS.

"WE NEED TO TAKE THIS STEP IN ORDER TO MEET OUR COMMITMENTS UNDER THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE BY JUNE 1997, AND IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT THE PROJECTS IN A COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER.

"THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION (MTRC) CONSTRUCTION WORKS ON THE AIRPORT RAILWAY IMMERSED TUBE MONTH (JUNE) IN ORDER TO MEET OUR TARGET OF OPENING RAILWAY FROM KOWLOON TO HONG KONG CENTRAL IN APRIL 1998."

MUST START TUNNEL NEXT THE AIRPORT

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRST PRIORITY WAS To REACH AGREEMENT WITH THE CHINESE SIDE ON FINANCING THE AIRPORT AND AIRPORT RAILWAY.

FOLLOWING.THE MEETING OF THE AIRPORT COMMITTEE ON MAY 20, IT WAS HOPED THAT FURTHER PROGRESS WOULD BE MADE SO THAT AN EARLY AGREEMENT WOULD BE REACHED.

"IT IS HOWEVER NECESSARY, IN PARALLEL WITH THESE TALKS, TO MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM ON THE ESTABLISHED STEP BY STEP BASIS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS THEREFORE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE FUNDING REQUEST FOR THE MTRC’S RAILWAY TUNNEL. THE CHINESE SIDE HAS BEEN INFORMED."

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE MTRC TO START THE RAILWAY TUNNEL CONTRACT NEXT MONTH SO THAT CONSTRUCTION COULD PROCEED IN PARALLEL WITH WORK ON THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING (WHC) ROAD TUNNEL.

THIS WOULD ALLOW BOTH 1MMERESD TUBES TO BE LAID ON THE BED OF THE HARBOUR AT THE SAME TIME, USING THE SAME TEMPORARY DIVERSIONS OF THE SHIPPING FAIRWAY.

THE MTRC WOULD SHORTLY BE SELECTING A SUCCESSFUL TENDERER FOR THE WORKS, AND WOULD THEREFORE IN A POSITION TO AWARD THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AS SOON AS FUNDS WERE APPROVED.

IF THE RAILWAY TUNNEL CONTRACT DID NOT START NEXT MONTH, THE WHC TUNNEL WOULD HAVE TO PROCEED ON ITS OWN IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE FRANCHISEE’S CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME AND OPENING DATE.

FOR MARINE SAFETY REASONS, THE RAILWAY TUNNEL WOULD THEN HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE WHC WORKS WERE COMPLETED BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO OPERATE TWO FAIRWAI DIVERSIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

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THAT WOULD DELAY COMPLETION OF THE RAILWAY TUNNEL BY EIGHT MONTHS, WITH A CORRESPONDING SLIPPAGE IN THE OPENING OF THE AIRPORT RAILWAY BETWEEN KOWLOON AND HONG KONG CENTRAL.

A DISCUSSION PAPER OUTLINING THIS FUNDING REQUEST HAS BEEN ISSUED TODAY TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL’S SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE FINANCING OF THE ACP.

IT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT MEETINGS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE AIRPORT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON MAY 25.

THE $820 MILLION (MOD) WOULD BE GIVEN TO Till MTRC FROM THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUND AS ADVANCE FUNDING.

IT WOULD I 'INVERTED INTO PART OF THE GOVERNMENT'S EQUITY INJECTION INTO THE MTRC FOR THE AIRPORT RAILWAY ONCE AGREEMENT ON FINANCING HAD BEEN REACHED.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO SEEKING APPROVAL FROM FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR INCREASES TOTALLING $180 MILLION IN THREE PROJECT ESTIMATES FOR THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION.

THE PROJECTS INVOLVE DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE WORKS, SITE INVESTIGATIONS, AND CONSULTANCY WORK.

THE INCREASES ARE NEEDED TO COVER COSTS INVOLVED IN THE COMPLEX PHASING OF RECLAMATION WORKS AND THE REPROVISIONING OF EXTENSIVE WATERFRONT FACILITIES.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS DID NOT INVOLVE ANY INCREASE IN THE $12,798 MILLION OVERALL PROJECT ESTIMATE FOR THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ESTIMATES ON THREE OTHER PARTS OF THE RECLAMATION HAD RECENTLY BEEN CUT BY A FAR LARGER AMOUNT - $934 MILLION - WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE EXTRA $180 MILLION NOW BEING SOUGHT.

A PAPER OUTLINING THIS REQUEST HAS BEEN ISSUED TODAY TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGCO SUB-COMMITTEE.

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USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED t * * » t

THE FIRST TERRITORY-WIDE, ACTION-ORIENTED PLASTIC BAG REDUCTION PROGRAMME LED BY THE RETAIL INDUSTRY IS LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THIRTY-ONE RETAILERS, COMPRISING SOME 1,400 RETAIL OUTLETS, WILL DEVISE THEIR OWN ACTION PLANS IN A YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN TO ACHEIVE AT LEAST A 10 PER CENT REDUCTION IN THFIR USE OF PLASTIC BAGS.

AMONG THE INITIATIVES ARE THE DISPLAY OF CAMPAIGN LOGO, WHICH SHOWED ARROWS POINTING TO THE USE OF LESS PLASTIC BAGS, AND PUBLICITY MESSAGES AT PROMINENT PLACES, AND THE PROVISION OF STAFF TRAINING ON WAYS TO ECONOMISE ON THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS.

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THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE "USE LESS PLASTIC BAGS" CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY, THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS, MR TONY EASON, NOTED THAT THE CAMPAIGN HAD ITS ROOTS IN THE FORUM ON PLASTIC BAGS HELD IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, WHEN IDEAS WERE EXCHANGED ON HOW CONSUMERS, BUSINESS AND THE GOVERNMENT COULD CO-OPERATE TO REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS.

"THE SUCCESSFUL START OF THIS CAMPAIGN SHOWS THAT ALL THE PARTIES CONCERNED ARE COMMITTED TO WASTE REDUCTION - AND NOW INTEND TO TAKE ACTION," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE RETAIL INDUSTRY WAS SO COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE, MR EASON APPEALED TO CONSUMERS TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN BY REFUSING THE OFFER OF PLASTIC BAGS DURING THEIR NEXT SHOPPING TRIP.

"GOVERNMENT, TOO WILL PLAY ITS PART; WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE AIM OF THE CAMPAIGN AND WILL HELP BY TRYING TO INDUCE CHANGES IN PUBLIC ATTITUDES," HE SAID.

WHILE THE RETAIL SECTOR WAS ONLY ONE SOURCE OF PLASTIC BAGS, MR EASON SAID PUBLIC MARKETS ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER.

"WITH THE EXAMPLE SET BY THIS CAMPAIGN, WE HOPE THAT OTHER SECTORS TOO CAN CONTRIBUTE BY REDUCING THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS IN THEIR OWN TRADES," HE SAID.

"AND IF THE RETAIL SECTOR CAN, ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, TACKLE THE DAUNTING PLASTIC BAG PROBLEM, 1 SEE NO REASON WHY OTHER COMMERCIAL SECTORS CANNOT ADOPT WASTE AND RESOURCE MINIMISATION PRACTICES TO HELP TACKLE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS," HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, MR RODNEY MILES, DESCRIBED THE CAMPAIGN AS SIGNIFICANT.

HE SAID IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A TRADE ASSOCIATION HAD RALLIED TOGETHER A GROUP OF RETAILERS TO CARRY OUT AN INDUSTRY LED ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN.

"WE BELIEVE THAT MANY OTHER RETAILERS WILL JOIN IN AS THE CAMPAIGN GATHERS EXPOSURE AND MOMENTUM," HE SAID.

PARTICIPATING RETAILERS, BASED ON THEIR LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT IN THE CAMPAIGN, WILL VIE FOR FOUR YEAR-END AWARDS, THAT IS, "BEST REDUCTION" AWARD, "DISTINCTIVE RETAIL OUTLET" XWARD, "BEST ACTION PLAN" AWARD AND "BEST REDUCTION IDEA" AWARD.

OTHER THAN RETAILERS’ SUPPORT, THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE WILL INVITE SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC ON WAYS TO LIMIT THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS THROUGH A COMPETITION.

ALSO PLEDGING SUPPORT TO THE CAMPAIGN TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, PROFESSOR EDWARD CHEN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED.

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1994

PAMPHLET ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PUBLISHED Ct***

A PAMPHLET ADVISING PARENTS HOW TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COLLECTION.

THE PAMPHLET, ONE OF THE LATEST PUBLICITY EFFORTS BY THE CHILD NEGLECT PREVENTION PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP, IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE NEED TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN.

THE WORKING GROUP COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE.

CONTENTS OF THE PAMPHLET INCLUDE DEFINITION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE WITH EXAMPLES, BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED AS WELL AS SUGGESTIONS TO PARENTS ON HANDLING OF SUCH CASES.

"TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN, THE FIRST STEP IS TO ESTABLISH GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH THEM,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"WHEN YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE BECOME VICTIMS OF SUCH CASES, SEEK ADVICE FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS OR REPORT TO THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE PAMPHLET ALSO CONTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT WELFARE ORGANISATIONS WHICH OFFER COUNSELLING SERVICES TO NEEDY INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.

COPIES OF THE PAMPHLET IN CHINESE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ALL OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE OFFICES OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

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NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC TO VISIT HONG KONG *****

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER TO THE USA, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, HAS WELCOMED THE FORTHCOMING VISIT TO HONG KONG BY THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC.

THE ORCHESTRA WILL PERFORM AT THE HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE ON JUNE 19 (SUNDAY) AS PART OF ITS NINE-CITY ASIAN TOUR.

SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION HOSTED BY CITIBANK TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING TOUR ON FRIDAY 'MAY 20), FOLLOWING A PERFORMANCE OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN NEW YORK, MR WIGGHAM ASSURED MUSIC DIRECTOR KURT MASUR OF A WARM RECEPTION IN HONG KONG ON HIS FIRST VISIT TO ASIA WITH THE PHILHARMONIC.

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"WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME THE WORLD-RENOWNED NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC FOR ITS THIRD VISIT UNDER CITIBANK SPONSORSHIP. I RECALL THE ORCHESTRA PLAYED TWO VERY SUCCESSFUL CONCERTS IN HONG KONG IN 1984 AND 1989," MR WIGGHAM SAID.

"OUR AUDIENCES ARE YOUNG AND ENTHUSIASTIC AND WILL CERTAINLY APPRECIATE A VISIT BY ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER ORCHESTRAS," MR WIGGHAM SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HE WAS PLEASED THAT MAESTRO MASUR HAD EXPRESSED GREAT INTEREST IN THE EMPHASIS LAID ON MUSIC EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

AS A FORMER COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE IN HONG KONG, AND A FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, MR WIGGHAM SAID HE HAD ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT THAT GOES INTO ALL ASPECTS OF MUSIC TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, RESULTING IN ENTHUSIASTIC AND APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCES, AND A REAL ABUNDANCE OF MUSICAL TALENT OF WHICH ANY CITY COULD BE PROUD.

THIS TIME, AN ADDED BONUS FOR HONG KONG WAS THAT ONE OF THE TERRITORY’S TALENTED MUSICIANS, SAMUEL WONG, WAS COMING BACK TO VISIT, MR WIGGHAM NOTED.

MR WONG, THE ASSISTING TOUR CONDUCTOR, WAS BORN IN HONG KONG AND LIVED IN THE TERRITORY UNTIL HE WAS NINE.

HE RECEIVED HIS EARLY MUSIC TRAINING - PIANO LESSONS - IN HONG KONG BEFORE MOVING TO NORTH AMERICA.

IN 1991, MR WONG RETURNED TO HONG KONG AS CONDUCTOR WITH THE ASIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA TOUR.

IN JUNE 1995 HE WILL CONDUCT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC FOR TWO WEEKS.

MR WONG HAS LED OVER 30 PERFORMANCES WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND REGULARLY APPEARS AS GUEST CONDUCTOR WITH MANY ORCHESTRAS WORLD WIDE.

THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC’S OPENING CONCERT IN THIS YEAR’S 14-CONCERT ASIAN TOUR WILL TAKE PLACE IN SEOUL ON JUNE 16. THE 100-STRONG ORCHESTRA THEN TRAVELS TO HONG KONG.

FOR ITS SINGLE CONCERT IN THE TERRITORY, THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC WILL PERFORM RICHARD STRAUSS (DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION), NED ROREM (ENGLISH HORN CONCERTO) AND BEETHOVEN (SYMPHONY NO. 5). OTHER ASIAN CITIES TO BE VISITED INCLUDE TAIPEI, TOKYO, OSAKA, OKAYAMA, NAGOYA, MIYAZAKI AND CHIBA.

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MICROCHIP SYSTEM FOR DOG TAGGING BEING STUDIED

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VARIOUS MICROCHIP SYSTEMS FOR DOG TAGGING WERE NOW BEING STUDIED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND MIGHT BE INTRODUCED LATER IN HONG KONG, SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER DR LIU KWEI-KIN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE SYSTEM, WHEN INTRODUCED, WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO QUICKLY IDENTIFY THE DOG OWNER.

"THIS WILL PROVIDE MUCH BETTER CONTROL OF DOGS AND HELP PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION AND SPREAD OF RABIES."

THE MICROCHIP SYSTEM NOW BEING CONSIDERED IS AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE ABOUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE. IT IS INSERTED BENEATH THE LOOSE SKIN OF THE DOG IN A SIMPLE PROCESS, THE SAME AS AN INJECTION.

THE AIM OF THE SYSTEM IS FOR THE EASY IDENTIFICATION OF DOGS. THE MICROCHIP CONTAINS A 10 DIGIT CODE, SIMILAR TO A BAR CODE, WHICH CAN ONLY BE READ WITH A SCANNER WHEN HELD CLOSE TO THE SKIN OF THE DOG.

THE INFORMATION ON THE DOG AND ITS OWNER IS STORED IN A COMPUTER DATABASE, NOT IN THE MICROCHIP. THE INFORMATION STORED IS SIMILAR TO THAT CURRENTLY PROVIDED FOR DOG LICENCES.

THE SYSTEM, WHICH IS PROVEN SAFE, IS USED IN MANY COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, DENMARK AND SPAIN.

"AS THE SYSTEM IS NEW TO HONG KONG, THE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY EXAMINING THE FEASIBILITY OF ITS APPLICATION IN THE TERRITORY," DR LIU SAID.

"A NEW DATABASE SYSTEM HAS TO BE DESIGNED TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS. IT WILL ALSO TAKE SOME MONTHS TO TRAIN UP STAFF TO IMPLANT THE MICROCHIPS," HE ADDED.

THE FIRST BATCH OF MICROCHIPS HAVE BEEN IMPLANTED INTO 20 POLICE DOGS. THEIR REACTIONS TO THE MICROCHIPS AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED.

SO FAR, THE RESULTS WERE SATISFACTORY, DR LIU SAID.

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STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO GO METRIC

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THE METRICATION COMMITTEE TODAY (SATURDAY) PRESENTED AWARDS TO 25 STUDENTS WHO WON A CHINESE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION HELD AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO USE THE METRIC SYSTEM.

THE COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES - PRIMARY, LOWER SECONDARY AND UPPER SECONDARY. A TOTAL OF 358 ENTRIES FROM 32 SCHOOLS WAS RECEIVED.

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SPEAKING AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT CONFERENCE HALL TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, MR K Y TONGSON, SAID: ’’SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1978, THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAS SOUGHT THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION OF THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS.

"GREAT PROGRESS WAS MADE IN VARIOUS FIELDS SUCH AS PUBLIC UTILITIES, CONSTRUCTION, EDUCATION, INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

"HOWEVER, WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE AT THE LOCAL RETAIL LEVEL. THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO ORGANISE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS AND ENCOURAGE DISTRICT AND SCHOOL PARTICIPATION,’’ HE SAID.

"THE CHINESE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION ENABLES NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM KNOWING MORE ABOUT METRICATION, BUT ALSO THEIR PARENTS TO HAVE A CLEARER CONCEPT OF WHAT METRICATION IS THROUGH PARTICI PATTON WITH THEIR CHILDREN AS A FAMILY UNIT," HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, A COMMITTEE MEMBER MR KWAN KON-WAH SAID: "JUDGING FROM THESE ENTRIES, THE YOUNGER GENERATION HAS CERTAINLY PROVIDED A NEW AND INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON HOW METRICATION CAN BE PROMOTED AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

"I AM PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED BY THE KEEN RESPONSE FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS," HE XDOED.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES COMPRISED MR PONG SHOON-KUENG OF THE OVERSEAS CHINESE DAILY NEW’S, MR FUNG YTM-WAH OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS MR h Y TONGSON AND MR ANTHONS WAN OF THE METRI CATION COMMITTEE.

JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS WHO HAVE HELPED TO MAN METRIC SCALE DEMONSTRATION COUNTERS EARLY THIS YEAR WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPOINTMENT AS METRICATION AMBASSADORS AT THE ( EREMONY .

’THESE AMBASSADORS HAVE MADE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND THEY HAVE FOUND THEIR PARTICIPATION AN EQUALLY USEFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE," MR TONGSON SAID.

TO FURTHER PROMOTE METRICATION, THE COMMITTEE WILL SET UP A METRIC,’ SCALE DEMONSTRATION COUNTER AT THE FIFTH FOOD EXPO ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO BE HELD FROM AUGUST 17 TO 21 AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

"WE HOPE TO EXTEND THE METRICATION AMBASSADOR SCHEME TO OTHER INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS THROUGH THESE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES.

"ORGANISATIONS WHICH ARE INTERESTED TN THE SCHEME SHOULD CONTACT THE COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT ON 810 3013," MR TONGSON SAID.

WINNING ENTRIES OF THE CHINESE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION WHICH WAS SPONSORED BY LINK DYEING WORKS LTD WILL BE PUT UP IN MOBILE EXHIBITIONS FROM MID-JULY ONWARDS IN EIGHT URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS

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KEEN SUPPORT FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS IS REQUIRED IN THE TERRITORYWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROBERT CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION OF THE FAIRVIEW PARK ASSOCIATION, MR CHAN APPEALED TO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

AS THE VOTING AGE HAS NOW BEEN LOWERED TO 18, HE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO URGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO RESPOND ACTIVELY.

HE SAID THOSE REGISTERED WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORTHCOMING DISTRICT BOARD, MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

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WATER CUTS IN SHEUNG WAN, TAI PO AND KWAI CHUNG

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (MAY 23) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS LEAKAGE DETECTION.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL THE PREMISES AT CHUNG KING ROAD, CHUNG KONG ROAD, WESTERN FIRE SERVICES STREET, 3-87 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, ON TAI STREET, TUNG LOI LANE, TUNG HING LANE, NEW MARKET STREET, IB MORRISON STREET, 25-27 AND 28-32 QUEEN STREET, 163-247 AND 112A-216 WING LOK STREET, 1-71 AND 2-16 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, 135 BONHAM STRAND AS WELL AS 1-85 AND 32-46 BONHAM STRAND WEST.

BECAUSE OF SIMILAR WORKS, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO HONG LOK YUEN IN TAI PO WILL GO OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 24) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

ALSO, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON TUESDAY TO FACILITATE ELECTRICAL WORKS IN HA LO WAI SALT WATER PUMPING STATION.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY SHING MUN ROAD AND WO YI HOP ROAD, INCLUDING LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, SHEK YAM ESTATE AND SHEK LEI ESTATE.

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LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION MARKS SALE BY AUCTION

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ONE HUNDRED CAR REGISTRATION MARKS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $4,571,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES AFTER DEDUCTION OF EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE CONDUCT THEREOF.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION MARK *XX7 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $1,650,000.

ANOTHER REGISTRATION MARK *FC8 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $328,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR FX910, FW1984, FX6610, BJ8094, FW7351, FX6693.

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S MORNING SESSION AUCTION:

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FX910 1,000 FX278 6,000 AW372 10,000 FW813 13,000

FW238 40,000 DW330 15,000 FX338 88,000 FX786 3,000

♦FW303 10,000 *DK29 65,000 ♦ DD24 32,000 *4278 47,000

FX8131 5,000 FX1118 17,000 DY118 63,000 FX230 13,000

AB104 12,000 FW625 WITHDRAWN! BE1608 12,000 FX8808 18,000

FW826 11,000 FX108 37,000 FW721 3,000 CB206 13,000

FW1984 • 1,000 FX3811 6,000 FX6628 25,000 FX6133 4,000

♦ BC98 80,000 ♦AU696 16,000 ♦ XX7 1,650,000 *ER666 55,000

FX926 3,000 ES1638 18,000 FX1312 3,000 FW8399 2,000

BB3156 3,000 FW2313 4,000 FX3363 6,000 FX779 6,000

CF269 12,000 FW9111 7,000 ♦DL6767 15,000 FX369 32,000

FW3278 9,000 FX6610