Legislative Council

LC Paper No. LS73/98-99

Paper for the House Committee Meeting
of the Legislative Council
on 18 December 1998

Legal Service Division Report on
Subsidiary Legislation Gazetted on 4 December 1998

Date of Tabling in LegCo : 9 December 1998
Amendment to be made by : 6 January 1999 (or 13 January 1999 if extended by resolution)

Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 341)
Arbitration (Parties to New York Convention) (Amendment) Order 1998 (L.N. 368)

This Order adds Armenia, Brunei Darussalam, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania and Paraguay to the Schedule to the Arbitration (Parties to New York Convention) Order (Cap. 341 sub. leg.) as they are states which have acceded to the New York Convention 1 since the last amendment of the Order made in March 1997. The arbitration awards made in any of those states will be recognised and enforceable in the Hong Kong SAR as Convention awards 2.

Members may refer to the LegCo Brief CSO/AW/LD 11/12 IV for background information.

Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115)
Immigration (Amendment) Regulation 1998 (L.N. 318 of 1998)3 (Commencement) Notice 1998 (L.N. 369)

This Notice appoints 4 December 1998 as the day on which the Immigration (Amendment) Regulation 1998 is to come into operation.

Prepared by

KAU Kin-wah
Assistant Legal Adviser
Legislative Council Secretariat
15 December 1998

1.i.e. the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards adopted by the United Nations Conference on International Commercial Arbitration on 10 June 1958 ( definition of "the New York Convention" in section 2 of Cap. 341).

2.See (a) the definition of "Convention award" in section 2 and (b) section 42 of Cap. 341.

3.The Regulation prescribes an additional fee payable by an applicant for delivering the applied for seaman's identity book or document of identity to a place outside Hong Kong and provides for the remission or refund of such fee. The Legal Service Division Report (LC paper No. LS 38/98-99) on the Regulation was disseminated to Members on 9 October 1998.