Public Accounts Committee



SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT OF THE

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

ON

REPORT NO. 51 OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT

ON

THE RESULTS OF

VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS



May 2009

P.A.C. Report No. 51A






CONTENTS


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Page

Part 1Introduction

The Establishment of the Committee

1

1

Membership of the Committee

2

1

Part 2Procedure

The Committee's Procedure

1

2

Confidentiality undertaking by members of the Committee

2 - 3

3

The Committee's Report

4

3

The Government's Response

5

3

Part 3Committee Proceedings

Meetings

1

4

Arrangement of the Report

2 - 3

4

Acknowledgements

4

4

Part 4Emergency ambulance service

A.Introduction

1 - 3

5

B.Use of the emergency ambulance service

4 - 11

5 - 9

C.Performance measurement

12 - 28

9 - 15

D.Use of ambulance resources

29 - 40

16 - 20

E.Maintenance of ambulances

41 - 47

20 - 24

F.Procurement of replacement and additional ambulances

48 - 72

24 - 37

G.Conclusions and recommendations

73

37 - 49

SIGNATURES OF THE CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE



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CHAPTER IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT'S REPORT NO. 51 DEALT WITH IN THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE'S SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT



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Appendix relating to Part 1: "Introduction"

APPENDIX 1Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region



52 - 53

Appendix relating to Part 2: "Procedure"

APPENDIX 2Paper presented to the Provisional Legislative Council by the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee at the meeting on 11 February 1998 on Scope of Government Audit in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - 'Value for Money Audits'



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Appendices relating to Part 3: "Committee Proceedings"

APPENDIX 3Witnesses who appeared before the Committee



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APPENDIX 4Introductory remarks by the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Dr Hon Philip WONG Yu-hong, GBS, at the public hearing of the Committee on Tuesday, 9 December 2008



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Appendices relating to Part 4: "Emergency ambulance service"

APPENDIX 5Opening statement made by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury at the public hearing on 10 March 2009



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APPENDIX 6Opening statement made by the Secretary for Security at the public hearing on 10 March 2009



62 - 64

APPENDIX 7Letter of 7 January 2009 from the Director of Fire Services



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APPENDIX 8Letter of 23 April 2009 from the Director of Fire Services



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APPENDIX 9Letter of 18 March 2009 from the Director of Fire Services



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APPENDIX 10Analysis of the 2-minute activation time for emergency ambulance calls provided by the Director of Fire Services on 10 March 2009



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APPENDIX 11Letter of 2 March 2009 from the Director of Fire Services



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APPENDIX 12Letter of 7 January 2009 from the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury



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APPENDIX 13Letter of 28 February 2009 from the Secretary for Security



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APPENDIX 14Letter of 28 February 2009 from the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury



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APPENDIX 15Letter of 10 March 2009 from the Director of Audit



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APPENDIX 16Letter of 18 March 2009 from the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury



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APPENDIX 17Letter of 18 March 2009 from the Secretary for Security



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ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS



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