The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 9 (7 January 2005)

At its meeting on 5 and 6 January 2005, the Legislative Council passed the following three resolutions:

(1)Resolution moved by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works relating to the Waste Disposal (Charges for Disposal of Construction Waste) Regulation.

(2)Resolution moved by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works relating to the Waste Disposal (Designated Waste Disposal Facility) (Amendment) Regulation 2004.

(3)Resolution moved by Hon Miriam LAU Kin-yee relating to the extension of the period for amending Telecommunications (Designation of Frequency Bands Subject to Payment of Spectrum Utilization Fee) (Amendment) Order 2004, Telecommunications (Method for Determining Spectrum Utilization Fees) (Third Generation Mobile Services) (Amendment) Regulation 2004, Telecommunications (Level of Spectrum Utilization Fees) (Second Generation Mobile Services) Regulation, Employees' Compensation Ordinance (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2004 and Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 2) Order 2004.

At the same meeting, the Council passed the following two motions with no legislative effect:

(1)Motion on "Development of the West Kowloon Cultural District", moved by Hon Alan LEONG Kah-kit as amended by Hon James TO Kun-sun

"That, as the Administration has decided to award the development of the 40-hectare West Kowloon Cultural District ('the WKCD development') to a single consortium in one go and allows the public only 15 weeks to comment on the three proposals selected in the first stage, such course of action has failed to ensure the optimal use of precious land resources in Hong Kong and safeguard public interests while nurturing arts and culture, this Council strongly asks the Administration to:
(a)extend the consultation period to six months to allow sufficient time for public participation;
(b)make public all the proposals submitted to the Government by persons interested in participating in the WKCD development, including information on financial arrangements, so as to enable the public to fully grasp the details of the development proposals during the consultation period;
(c)remove the requirement that the canopy, which requires huge funds to construct, be a mandatory component of the WKCD development;
(d)withdraw the decision to award the entire piece of land together with the WKCD development by way of one single tender, and break the lot into smaller pieces of land for public tender or auction in the market by batches so that small and medium developers in Hong Kong can participate in the development, with a view to maximizing the proceeds from the land sale;
(e)formulate long-term and sustainable policies on Hong Kong's arts and culture, use part of the proceeds from the sale of the 40 hectares of land to support and promote the related policies and, in drawing up the specific details and implementing the policies, allow institutionalized participation of the civil society and, in particular, solicit and adopt the views of the local art and cultural sectors; and
(f)set up a West Kowloon Cultural District development authority, which should be a statutory body comprising members from various sectors, to take up the planning, development and management of the West Kowloon Cultural District."

(2)"Motion on Adjournment", moved by Hon LEE Wing-tat

"That this Council do now adjourn for the purpose of enabling Members to debate the following issue: Measures taken by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in regard to tsunami victims in South Asia, as well as the Hong Kong people whose whereabouts remain unknown or who are still stranded in the disaster-stricken areas."