The LegCo Reporter
2001-2002
Issue No. 5 (21 June 2002)


At its meeting on 19 June 2002 and 20 June 2002, the Legislative Council passed the proposed resolution relating to "Accountability System for Principal Officials", moved by the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs.


The Council also passed the following two motions with no legislative effect moved by Members:

(1)Motion on "Determining the fares of new railways", moved by Hon Andrew CHENG Kar-foo

"That, as the construction costs of both the MTR Tseung Kwan O Extension and the West Rail, which will soon be commissioned, have decreased significantly from the original estimates of $30.5 billion and $64 billion to $18 billion and $46.4 billion respectively, this Council urges the Government to discuss with the two railway corporations to ensure that the decreased construction costs of these new railways are factored in the fares of the rail lines, so as to alleviate the burden of transport expenses on the public."

(2)Motion on "Improving the imbalance in the utilization ratio between public and private medical services", moved by Hon Michael MAK Kwok-fung

"That, as currently the serious imbalance in the utilization ratio between public and private medical services has drastically increased the workload for and pressure on the staff providing public medical services, this Council urges the Government to actively face up to the problem and expeditiously adopt the following improvement measures to prevent a decline in the quality of public medical services, including:
(a)deploying resources appropriately and strengthening professional training, so as to assist the staff providing public medical services in coping with the service demand;
(b) strengthening co-operation between public and private medical institutions, and encouraging private medical institutions to provide a higher level of services and enhance the transparency of their charges, so as to attract more people who can afford such charges to use private medical services; and
(c) strengthening the co-ordination among relevant departments, so as to formulate long-term goals and strategies for vigorously pursuing the promotion of primary health education and disease prevention."