The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 3 (6 June 2002)

At its meeting on 5 June 2002, the Legislative Council passed the:

      Adaptation of Laws (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2002


      Boilers and Pressure Vessels (Amendment) Bill 2001, with amendments proposed by the Secretary for Education and Manpower at Committee Stage.

The Council also passed the following proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Education and Manpower:

Proposed resolution under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance and the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance in relation to the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) (Amendment) Regulation 2001.

At the same meeting, the following two motions with no legislative effect moved by Members were also passed by the Council.

The first motion moved by Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing on "Solving the problem of 'prolonged immigration and customs clearance'" as amended by Hon Miriam LAU Kin-yee:

"That, due to the rapid growth in economic and trade activities and in the flow of travellers between Hong Kong and the Mainland, particularly the recent surge of visitors from the Mainland, the border control points and various ancillary facilities in Hong Kong are under great pressure and travellers are waiting much longer for immigration and customs clearance, thereby hindering cross-border exchanges and affecting Hong Kong's reputation; in this regard, this Council urges the Government to:
(a)enhance the capacity of the border control points for immigration and customs clearance, streamline the clearance formalities and promote vigorously the co-location of immigration and clearance facilities;
(b)deploy additional manpower and improve the facilities at the border control points;
(c)open up part of the Frontier Closed Area and perfect the road network leading directly to the border control points;
(d)actively discuss with the Mainland authorities and explore the choice of sites for the designation of more border control points in order to cater for the future rapid increase in exchanges between Hong Kong and Guangdong Province; and
(e)actively discuss with the Mainland authorities the launch of a through-train service between Hong Kong and Shenzhen."

The second motion moved by Hon WONG Sing-chi on "Life education" as amended by Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung:

"That, as youth problems, such as suicide, drug abuse and use of violence, have become serious, this Council urges the Government to adopt measures to promote life education in the face of this phenomenon, including developing comprehensive multi-media course materials, training teachers and providing other ancillary facilities, so that, through the primary and secondary schools curricula and activities, parent education, publicity programmes and enhanced support and counselling services, the respective roles of schools, the family and the community will be strengthened, and young persons will be systematically imparted the relevant knowledge and skills in handling problems and can develop a positive outlook on life, thereby strengthening their abilities to face up to adversity."