The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 5 (24 November 2005)

At its meeting on 23 November 2005, the Legislative Council passed the following two resolutions:

(1)Resolution moved by the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food relating to the Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulation 2005 and the Poisons List (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulation 2005.

(2)Resolution moved by Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing relating to the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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

(1)Motion on "Enhancing economic and trade cooperation between Hong Kong and the Pan-Pearl River Delta region", moved by Hon CHAN Kam-lam as amended by Hon Albert HO Chun-yan

"That, as the cooperation among the Hong Kong SAR, nine Mainland provinces/region and the Macao SAR in the Pan-Pearl River Delta ('PPRD') region is expanding, this Council urges the Hong Kong SAR Government to firmly grasp this opportunity and adopt the following measures to vigorously enhance the economic and trade cooperation with the various provinces/region in the PPRD region:
(a)discussing regional planning with the provinces/region in the PPRD region, so as to avoid scrambling for building infrastructures that already exist and are sufficient to meet the demands in the region, such as container terminals and airports, and thereby wasting resources or even creating vicious competition in the region;
(b)further implementing and developing the PPRD Regional Cooperation Framework Agreement, including perfecting the road and railway networks linking Hong Kong and the Mainland as well as extending Hong Kong's aviation network to the Mainland, so as to improve the efficiency of passenger and cargo flows between the two places and promoting mutual economic and trade cooperation;
(c)studying the implementation of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement ('CEPA') in the region, and progressively establishing communication and coordinating mechanisms with the Mainland authorities so that Hong Kong residents who do business, work and live in the Mainland because of the implementation of CEPA can reflect to the relevant Mainland authorities through the Hong Kong SAR Government the difficulties they encounter in the Mainland, thereby perfecting CEPA; and
(d)simplifying the procedures for Mainland enterprises to invest in Hong Kong, so as to attract them to come to Hong Kong and promote cooperation between enterprises in the two places, thereby complementing each other's advantages and enhancing the competitiveness of the PPRD region,
so as to upgrade and transform Hong Kong's service-based economy after integrating with the Mainland's manufacturing industry and create more job opportunities locally; at the same time, this Council also urges the Hong Kong SAR Government to relax the visa requirement for travellers under the Individual Visit Scheme, so as to facilitate Mainland residents to come to Hong Kong for leisure travel and business, thereby promoting the development of the two places and creating a win-win situation that brings about mutual benefits."

(2)Motion on "Policy on inheritance of 'dai pai dong' culture", moved by Hon Tommy CHEUNG Yu-yan as amended by Hon CHAN Yuen-han

"That this Council urges the Government to look squarely at the concept of cultural inheritance and affirm the cultural and historical value of street side 'dai pai dongs', review the licensing policy for 'dai pai dongs' in order that they can complement the people's needs in their daily life and promote the tourism development plans and, at the same time, assist the operators of 'dai pai dongs' in continuing to operate in compliance with the environmental hygiene and safety requirements, and study the setting up of designated zones for on-street cooked food stalls, so that this traditional culinary culture can thrive."

(3)"Motion for Adjournment", moved by Hon Miriam LAU Kin-yee

"That this Council do now adjourn for the purpose of debating the following issue: Security and public order issues relating to the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization."