Council Meeting ( Agenda ) 24 April 2002

A 01/02-23

Legislative Council

Agenda

Wednesday 24 April 2002 at 2:30 pm

I. Tabling of Papers

Subsidiary Legislation / InstrumentsL.N. No.
1.Prevention of Copyright Piracy Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 200251/2002
2.Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness Offences) Ordinance (Cap. 570) (Commencement) Notice 200252/2002
3.Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness Offences) Regulation (L.N. 44 of 2002) (Commencement) Notice 200253/2002
4.Matrimonial Causes (Amendment) Rules 2002 (L.N. 26 of 2002) (Commencement) Notice 200254/2002

Other Papers

1.No.72-Audited Statement of Accounts of the Quality Education Fund together with the Director of Audit's Report for the year ended 31 August 2001
(to be presented by Secretary for Education and Manpower)

2.No.73-Audited Statement of Accounts of the Hong Kong Rotary Club Students' Loan Fund together with the Director of Audit's Report for the year ended 31 August 2001
(to be presented by Secretary for Education and Manpower)

3.No.74-Audited Statement of Accounts of the Sing Tao Foundation Students' Loan Fund together with the Director of Audit's Report for the year ended 31 August 2001
(to be presented by Secretary for Education and Manpower)

4.No.75-Annual Report 2000-2001 Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority
(to be presented by Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting)

5.No.76-Annual Report 2001 Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
(to be presented by Financial Secretary)

6.No.77-Annual Report 2000-2001, including Statement of Accounts and Auditors' Report, of the Hospital Authority
(to be presented by Secretary for Health and Welfare)

7.No.78-Report and Statement of Accounts of the Samaritan Fund, together with the Director of Audit's Report, for the year ended 31 March 2001
(to be presented by Secretary for Health and Welfare)

8.No.79-Report No. 38 of the Director of Audit on the results of value for money audits - March 2002
(to be presented by the President)

9.Report of the Bills Committee on Medical and Health Care (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2001
(to be presented by Dr Hon LO Wing-lok, Chairman of the Bills Committee)

10.Report of the Bills Committee on Travel Agents (Amendment) Bill 2001
(to be presented by Hon SIN Chung-kai, Chairman of the Bills Committee)

II. Questions

1. Hon Miriam LAU to ask:
(Translation)

There are 24 pairs of immigration and customs booths for clearing vehicles at the Lok Ma Chau Control Point, which are less than those at the Huanggang Border Control in the Mainland. As a result, lorries and container trucks have to queue for a longer time on the Hong Kong side for immigration and customs clearance, thus affecting the development of the local logistics business. As the 24 pairs of booths have to be closed, demolished and re-provisioned in phases as part of the expansion works being undertaken at the Lok Ma Chau boundary crossing, and the number of private cars and coaches crossing the boundary via the control point has increased significantly in recent years, traffic congestion in the area has deteriorated. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the number of immigration and customs booths currently in operation at the control point while the expansion works are proceeding;

    (b)of the timetable for the re-provisioning of the booths, the latest progress and the scheduled completion date of the works, as well as the target date for all the booths to become operational; whether it has considered advancing the completion date of the re-provisioning works; if so, of the earliest possible date of completion; if not, the reasons for that; and

    (c)whether it will consider increasing the number of immigration and customs booths at the Lok Ma Chau Control Point to bring it in line with that at the Huanggang Border Control in the Mainland; if so, of the implementation timetable; if not, the reasons for that?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Security

2. Hon WONG Yung-kan to ask:
(Translation)

It has been reported that a fire broke out in the Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter last month and engulfed two fishing vessels. With regard to vessel fires at typhoon shelters, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the number of vessel fires in various typhoon shelters in the past three years, the extent of the damage to the vessels in question broken down by vessel category, as well as the average time taken by fireboats to arrive at the scene after receiving a vessel fire report;

    (b)of the time taken by fireboats to arrive at the scene of the reported vessel fire last month; and

    (c)whether fireboats are stationed in all districts where typhoon shelters are located; if not, of the ways to ensure that fireboats from other districts will arrive at the scene of a fire without delay?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Security

3. Hon Bernard CHAN to ask:
(Translation)

It is learnt that quite a number of non-Hong Kong residents use the services of public hospitals during their stay in Hong Kong but they do not pay the required charges. In this regard, will the Government inform this Council whether it knows:
    (a)the number of cases in which non-Hong Kong residents failed to pay hospital charges in each of the past three years; the default amount involved and its ratio to the overall revenue of public hospitals;

    (b)the number of infants born in public hospitals to parents either of whom was not a Hong Kong resident, in each month from March last year to February this year and, among these cases, the number of those which involved non-payment of hospital charges; and

    (c)how public hospitals can recover the outstanding payments, and if they will consider introducing a guarantor system or other means to reduce the number of default cases?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Health and Welfare

4. Hon LAU Ping-cheung to ask:
(Translation)

Regarding the results of the Concept Plan Competition for the Development of an Integrated Arts, Cultural and Entertainment District at West Kowloon Reclamation in Hong Kong, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the details of how each winning proposal was evaluated by the jury; and

    (b)as participants of the competition have been required to prepare their proposals by making reference to the relevant vision put forward by the Culture and Heritage Commission, i.e. "what West Kowloon Reclamation ought to reclaim is not only land but our history, identity and creative spirit ……evokes memories: a new exciting place that people can still relate to and find comforting familiarity with", whether this vision has been taken by the jury as one of the assessment criteria; if so, of its weighting in the overall rating scheme, and the ratings given to each winning proposal on the basis of this assessment criterion; if not, how the jury came to the view that the winning proposals can reflect Hong Kong's history, identity and creative spirit?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Planning and Lands

5. Hon NG Leung-sing to ask:
(Translation)

Two kinds of legal tender of $10 denomination are concurrently in circulation in Hong Kong, namely the banknotes which have been used for years and the coins which were first issued in 1994. It has been reported that the Police seized a total of 460 000 counterfeit $10 coins last year, representing a triple increase over the preceding year. On the other hand, while $10 banknotes are no longer issued, there is still a certain demand for them. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the quantity of $10 counterfeit coins seized by the Police in each of the past five years, and the amount of counterfeit $10 banknotes seized by the Police during the three years before and after the first issuance of the $10 coins;

    (b)how banknotes compare to coins in terms of security features, durability and issuance cost; and

    (c)whether it has considered changing the existing arrangements for the issuance of legal tender of $10 denomination, including reverting to issuing $10 bank notes; if so, of the details; if not, the reason for that?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Financial Services

6. Hon CHEUNG Man-kwong to ask:
(Translation)

With regard to the headings of the feature pages of a newspaper which constantly bear the inscriptions by the Chief Executive, certain Executive Council ("ExCo") Members and government officials, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)whether the Chief Executive and ExCo Members provide their inscriptions for the newspaper in their official capacity; if so, whether it has assessed if such practice is proper, and whether it will be regarded as an effort to publicize and promote individual newspapers, thus giving rise to unfair competition in the industry, and whether such practice will bring about damage or benefits to the Government's image; if not, whether the public will consider the personal deeds of the individuals concerned as being performed in their official capacity;

    (b)of the newspapers the feature pages of which have been provided with the inscriptions of the names of the Chief Executive, ExCo Members and government officials over the past three years, the time when such practice started, the specific contents of the inscriptions and the reasons for providing such inscriptions; and

    (c)whether policies or guidelines are in place to impose restrictions on the above-mentioned persons' practice of providing inscriptions of their names for newspapers, magazines or other publications of the mass media; if so, of the details; if not, whether, upon invitation, the above-mentioned persons may decide at will to use the inscriptions of their names?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Home Affairs

*7. Hon CHOY So-yuk to ask:
(Translation)

I have received a proposal from members of the public that Kat Hing Wai ("KHW") should be better preserved and developed jointly with other scenic spots in its vicinity to form a cluster of tourist attractions. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council whether:
    (a)it has considered declaring KHW as a heritage to be protected by law;

    (b)in the course of considering the proposal, it has plans to carry out regular repair and maintenance works to the antiquities and monuments in KHW and set up explanatory plaques to introduce such items; and

    (c)it has considered developing a tourist route covering KHW and the nearby scenic spots (including the Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen, the Kadoorie Farm and the Shek Kong Camp, etc.), and putting up sufficient directional signboards for such spots along the route?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Home Affairs

*8. Hon HUI Cheung-ching to ask:
(Translation)

It has been reported that in order to shorten the customs clearance time of the cross-boundary container trucks, the Government is actively studying various feasible measures, including the introduction of an electronic declaration scheme. Under such scheme, electronic seals will be issued to departing container trucks by the Hong Kong or Mainland customs authorities to certify that the goods on the truck have been inspected, so that the authority of the other side can exempt the arriving container truck from clearance formalities upon the presentation of the electronic seal. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the progress of the study on the scheme and the implementation date; and

    (b)whether it has assessed the amount of time which container trucks can save on clearance formalities under the scheme, and the resultant amount of additional freight capacity handled by the Kwai Chung Terminal?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Commerce and Industry

*9. Hon Ambrose LAU to ask:
(Translation)

It has been reported that the Youth Outreach ("YO") is planning to run a convenience store with unemployed young persons at-risk working as shop assistants in an all-night drop-in centre set up by the Social Welfare Department on an experimental basis. In this regard, will the Government inform this Council whether:
    (a)it knows if YO has assessed the effectiveness of running such a convenience store; and

    (b)it has considered encouraging operators of the existing commercial convenience stores to employ those young persons who have gained sales experience through operating the experimental store; if so, of the details?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Health and Welfare

*10. Hon LEUNG Fu-wah to ask:
(Translation)

At present, civil servants are required to undergo performance appraisal at least once a year and the outcome of the appraisal will have substantial bearing on their promotion prospect and posting consideration. As for those who have not reached their maximum salary points, they may even be subject to stoppage or deferment of their annual increment if their performance has been assessed to be unsatisfactory. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the profile of the outcome of the civil servants' performance appraisal, broken down by rank, over the past two years; whether it has analysed the profile to see which major phenomena or problems are reflected; and the actions to be taken to solve these problems;

    (b)of the number of civil servants assessed to have performed poorly over the past two years, broken down by their departments, ranks and years of service and, among them, the number of civil servants whose increments were stopped or deferred, and the specific ways to handle such cases;

    (c)of the civil servants who were assessed to have performed poorly, the number of those who have reached their maximum salary points; the measures in place to assist and motivate them in enhancing their individual productivity and efficiency, so as to achieve the objective of overall improvement in the efficiency of civil servants;

    (d)whether it has assessed if the existing mechanism for appraising the performance of civil servants is perfect, and whether it can reflect the overall performance of civil servants comprehensively and objectively; and

    (e)whether it has considered implementing in all departments the performance-based system as the mode of remuneration?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for the Civil Service

*11. Hon Michael MAK to ask:
(Translation)

Regarding the provision of services to psychiatric patients, will the Government inform this Council of:
    (a)the number of persons diagnosed for the first time as suffering from mental illness in each of the past ten years and, among them, the number of persons sent to the accident and emergency department upon their first attack and then transferred to the hospital for treatment; the types of illness they suffered from, the relapse rate and its trend; if such information is not available, whether the Government will collect such data;

    (b)the number of community psychiatric nurses in the respective local administration districts in each of the past ten years, and the average number of cases handled by each nurse;

    (c)the annual number of patients in the two psychiatric hospitals and in the psychiatric wards of the general hospitals since 1997, and whether these figures exceeded the handling capacity of the respective hospitals; if so, of the details; and

    (d)the annual number of persons living in half-way houses and long-stay care homes in Hong Kong, the admission targets, the number of patients on the waiting list and the waiting time since 1997?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Health and Welfare

*12. Dr Hon David CHU to ask:
(Translation)

In allocating public rental housing ("PRH") units, the Housing Department ("HD") determines the size and type of a PRH unit to be allocated according to the size of the household concerned. It has been reported that, due to the excess supply of large PRH units, the HD has allocated such units to households of smaller sizes. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council of:
    (a)the respective supply of the following types of PRH units in each of the past and next three years: small units, one-bedroom units, two-bedroom units and three-bedroom units;

    (b)the respective demand of households on the Waiting List for the above types of PRH units;

    (c)the ways to deal with the surplus PRH units of larger sizes; and

    (d)the measures in place to ensure that the PRH units under construction could match the actual demand of households on the Waiting List so as to avoid a mismatch of resources?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Housing

*13. Dr Hon TANG Siu-tong to ask:
(Translation)

Regarding the utilization rates of community halls in Tin Shui Wai and the provision of new community halls in the northern part of the district (i.e. north of Tin Wah Road), will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the utilization rates of community halls in Tin Shui Wai in the past five years;

    (b)of the areas which the existing community halls in Tin Shui Wai were expected to serve at the time of planning, as well as the population in such areas;

    (c)of the population in Tin Shui Wai North;

    (d)given that residents in Tin Shui Wai North have been requesting the provision of community halls in the vicinity, whether it has assessed if the request is justified in terms of the seven factors for consideration as set out in the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines; if the assessment result is in the affirmative, of the implementation timetable(s) and the selected site(s); if the assessment result is in the negative, the factor(s) which the request is considered to have failed to meet; and

    (e)as this Council was advised in February 1999 that in order to determine if there was still a need to build community halls on the 68 reserved community hall sites, the authorities had undertaken a review of these sites, including two at Tin Shui Wai Area 27 and Tin Shui Wai Reserve Zone 112, of the findings of the review regarding these two sites; if it has been found that these two sites are no longer needed for the provision of community halls, the reasons for that?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Home Affairs

*14. Hon CHOY So-yuk to ask:
(Translation)

It has been reported that the Government stated publicly some time ago that, after the implementation of the first stage of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme, the water quality on the eastern side of Victoria Harbour had improved considerably, and the bacteria content therein had also dropped significantly to such a level that it was safe for people to swim in the water. As such, it would actively consider resurrecting the cross-harbour swimming race that had been suspended for years in the Harbour. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the data on which it based its conclusion that the cleanliness of the water in the Harbour had reached a level that would be safe for people to swim in; and

    (b)whether it will take other water quality indicators (including the level of harmful pollutants such as heavy metal, etc.) into consideration before deciding whether the Harbour is suitable for holding the cross-harbour swimming race?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for the Environment and Food

*15. Hon Fred LI to ask:
(Translation)

Regarding those members of the appeal boards of government and public organizations ("appeal boards") who receive remuneration, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the lists of the remunerated members of the various appeal boards and the respective amounts receivable by such members;

    (b)of the number of cases handled and the hours worked by each of the remunerated members in each of the past three years;

    (c)whether there were individual members who did not handle any case in a year but were still remunerated; if so, of the reason for that; and

    (d)as the time of and background to establishing the various appeal boards vary significantly, and as they are under different government departments and public organizations, whether it has considered conducting a comprehensive review of the criteria and mechanism for remunerating members of these appeal boards with a view to achieving standardization and avoiding wastage of public monies; if so, of the timing of the review; if not, the reasons for that?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for the Treasury

*16. Hon Albert CHAN to ask:
(Translation)

Regarding the award of contracts by single tender in the public sector and the Housing Department ("HD"), will the Government inform this Council whether:
    (a)it knows if the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Consumer Council, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Construction Industry Training Authority, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Sports Development Board and the Vocational Training Council have awarded by single tender contracts valued at over $1 million over the past three years; if so, of the number of such contracts awarded, the details and justifications;

    (b)it has assessed if it is proper for the organizations mentioned in (a) above to award contracts by single tender; if the assessment is in the affirmative, of the reasons for that; and

    (c)HD has awarded contracts valued at between $1 million to $10 million over the past three years; if so, of the number of such contracts awarded, the details and justifications?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for the Treasury

*17. Hon SIN Chung-kai to ask:
(Translation)

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority adopted measures in 1999 to tackle "junk fax". Such measures include the practice that fax line users who no longer wish to receive "junk fax" may register with their respective fixed network operators to put their fax numbers on a "Not-to-Call" list to be observed by all senders of fax advertisements. Moreover, receivers of junk fax may also file complaints with their fixed network operators whilst senders of junk fax may be subject to sanctions such as suspension and termination of their fax lines. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the respective numbers of complaints received by the Administration and fixed network operators concerning junk fax in each of the past three years; whether it knows the number of senders of junk fax whose services were suspended or terminated by their fixed network operators in the same period;

    (b)whether the Administration and fixed network operators had received complaints from the fax line users on the "Not-to-Call" list about their continuing to receive fax advertisements; if so, of the respective numbers of complaints received in each of the past three years;

    (c)whether it will review the effectiveness of the above measures for tackling "junk fax"; if so, of the criteria to be adopted for assessing the effectiveness; and

    (d)whether it will consider introducing legislation to prohibit senders of junk fax who have caused serious nuisances to others from applying for fax line services so as to achieve a more effective deterrent effect; if so, of the details?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting

*18. Ir Dr Hon HO Chung-tai to ask:
(Translation)

To facilitate people with disabilities in taking taxis in restricted zones, the Government issues to them the Certificate for Picking Up or Setting Down of Passengers with Disabilities in Restricted Zones ("the Certificate"), which exempts taxi drivers from being prosecuted by the Police for picking up or setting down these passengers in restricted zones. It has been reported that the number of restricted zones in Hong Kong is increasing, and that some taxi drivers are unwilling to pick up passengers with disabilities in such zones, thereby causing inconvenience to these passengers. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the existing number of restricted zones in the territory;

    (b)whether the Certificate is valid for 24 hours a day throughout the year;

    (c)whether it constitutes an act of refusing hire when drivers of taxis for hire do not stop their vehicles in restricted zones to pick up disabled persons producing the Certificate; if so, of the penalties involved; and

    (d)whether other measures are in place to assist the disabled in taking taxis within restricted zones; if so, of the details?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Transport

*19. Hon Emily LAU to ask:
(Translation)

Public libraries close on some public holidays (for example, New Year's Day, the first, second and third day of the Lunar New Year, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and their opening hours are shorter on one or two weekdays. Regarding the opening hours of public libraries, will the Executive Authorities inform this Council whether:
    (a)they have considered arranging for public libraries to open as usual on the above public holidays and extending their opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays, so as to facilitate the use of library services by the public on holidays and at late evening hours during weekends;

    (b)they have estimated the number of people who will benefit from the arrangements stated in part (a) and the additional expenditure involved; if so, of the details; and

    (c)they have evaluated the cost effectiveness of the arrangements stated in part (a); if so, of the details?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Home Affairs

*20. Hon LAU Kong-wah to ask:
(Translation)

In a kidnapping case in January this year, the suspects opened fire at police officers. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
    (a)of the number of firearms seized by the police in the past year, together with a breakdown of such firearms by the source from which they were smuggled;

    (b)whether joint operations against the smuggling of firearms or meetings for such purpose have been held with the relevant Mainland or overseas authorities on a regular basis; if so, of the details and their effectiveness; if not, the reasons for that; and

    (c)whether consideration will be given to imposing, by way of legislation, heavier penalties on criminals using firearms in committing crimes; if so, of the details?
Public Officer to reply : Secretary for Security

*For written reply.

III. Bills

First Reading


1. Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2002

2. Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2002

Second Reading (Debates to be adjourned)

1.Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2002:Secretary for Financial Services

2.Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2002:Secretary for Works

Second Reading (Debates to resume), Committee Stage and Third Reading

1.Extension of Vetting Period (Legislative Council) Bill 2002:Chief Secretary for Administration

2.Medical and Health Care (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2001:Secretary for Health and Welfare

3.Travel Agents (Amendment) Bill 2001:Secretary for Economic Services

IV. Motions
  1. Proposed resolution under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance Secretary for Health and Welfare to move the following motion:


  2. RESOLVED that -

    (a)the Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Regulation 2002; and

    (b)the Poisons List (Amendment) Regulation 2002,

    made by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board on 8 March 2002 be approved.

    (The two Regulations have been issued on 27 March 2002 under LC Paper No. CB(3) 512/01-02)


  • Proposed resolution under the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance and the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance

    Secretary for Education and Manpower to move the motion


    • (Contents of the motion are contained in the paper issued on 4 April 2002 under LC Paper No. CB(3) 520/01-02)

    Amendments to Secretary for Education and Manpower's motion

    (i)Hon LEE Cheuk-yan:

    RESOLVED that the motion to be moved by the Commissioner for Labour under section 42 of the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Cap. 509) at the Legislative Council meeting on 24 April 2002 be amended by deleting paragraph (a) and substituting -

    "(a)in section 2, by deleting the definition of "user" and substituting -

    " "user" (使用者) means an employee who, by reason of the nature of his work, is required to use display screen equipment almost every day and cumulatively for 4 hours or more during a day;";".

    (ii)Hon Andrew CHENG:

    RESOLVED that the motion to be moved by the Commissioner for Labour under section 42 of the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Cap. 509) at the Legislative Council meeting on 24 April 2002 be amended -

    (a)by adding after paragraph (e) -

    "(ea)by adding -"7A. Periodical break

    The person responsible for a workplace shall so far as reasonably practicable ensure that users working on display screen equipment in workstations in the workplace can have periodical breaks or changes of activity so as to reduce their workload with that equipment.";";

    (b)by deleting paragraph (j)(i) and substituting -

    "(i) in subsection (1), by deleting ", (6) or (7), 5, 6 or 7" and substituting "or (6)(b), 5, 6, 7 or 7A";".

    V. Members' Motions

    1. Safeguarding the reasonable and legitimate rights and interests of employees

      Hon LEUNG Fu-wah:
    2. (Translation)

      That, as the local economy is in the doldrums, the unemployment problem persists, the labour market is in an imbalance and the situation in which employees are not duly covered by labour protection is deteriorating, this Council urges the Government to adopt active measures to ensure that employees enjoy reasonable and legitimate labour protection.

      Amendment to Hon LEUNG Fu-wah's motionHon Kenneth TING: (Translation)

      To delete ", the unemployment problem persists, the labour market is in an imbalance and the situation in which employees are not duly covered by labour protection is deteriorating" after "That, as the local economy is in the doldrums" and substitute with "and companies keep closing down, restructuring and laying off their staff"; and to delete "adopt active measures to ensure" after ", this Council urges the Government to" and substitute with "spare no effort in ensuring".

      Public Officer to attend : Secretary for Education and Manpower

    3. The problem of "working poverty"

      Hon LEE Cheuk-yan:
    4. (Translation)

      That, as the wage level of local low-skilled workers is continuing to decline, thereby aggravating the problem of "working poverty", this Council urges the Government to expeditiously set up an independent commission to work out a minimum wage system and a minimum wage level that suit the local environment, as well as their implementation details, so as to give effect to Article 7 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which asks States Parties to the Covenant to ensure the right of workers to receive remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with a decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the Covenant.

      Public Officer to attend : Secretary for Education and Manpower
    Clerk to the Legislative Council