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主席手冊



HANDBOOK FOR
CHAIRMEN OF PANELS












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PURPOSE OF THE CHAIRMAN HANDBOOK



This Handbook provides quick reference to the relevant rules and practices as well as general guidelines to assist Chairmen of Panels in understanding their responsibilities, powers and authority; and making preparations for a meeting, chairing a meeting and undertaking the follow-up work of a meeting. The practices set out in this Handbook are for reference only.

For easy reference, the relevant rules in the Rules of Procedure ("RoP") and the House Rules ("HR") are cited where appropriate.



至2018年1月的修訂本
Amended to January 2018

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTERS

1.GENERAL
2.PREPARATIONS FOR A MEETING
3.CONDUCTING A MEETING
4.CONDUCTING A JOINT MEETING
5.VISITS
6.SUBCOMMITTEE, JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUP
7.POWERS TO SUMMON WITNESSES
8.FOLLOW-UP WORK OF A MEETING

CHAPTER 1GENERAL
Work of a Panel
Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman
Chairman
• Responsibilities
• Powers and authority
• Guiding principles
Membership
Non-Panel members' attendance
Meetings
• Regular meetings
• Special meetings
• Joint meetings
• Inviting other Panels
Urgent briefings
Briefings following Policy Address
Public's attendance
Support service
• Clerk
• Legal adviser
• Research support
• Specialist advisers

CHAPTER 2PREPARATIONS FOR A MEETING
Date and time of meeting
• Regular meeting
• Special meeting
• Clash of meetings
• Lunch time meeting
Notice of meeting
Agenda
• Deciding on agenda items
• Revised agenda
• Time allowed for each item
Inviting attendees
• The Administration
• Other organisations
Deputations
• Invitation
• Submission of views
• Speaking order
• Speaking time
Background briefs
Papers from the Administration
Information notes/fact sheets
Research reports
Personal data
Defamatory expressions
Other papers
Chairman's Brief
Meeting with the Clerk

CHAPTER 3CONDUCTING A MEETING
Chairing meetings
Quorum
Venue not available
Keeping time
Order of agenda items
Privileges and immunities
Order of speaking
Pecuniary interest
Voting
Decisions
Voting right of Chairman
Conduct
• Members
• Public
Motion moved by Chairman
Motion without notice
• Substantive motions
• Procedural motions
Extension of meetings
Language

CHAPTER 4CONDUCTING A JOINT MEETING
Procedures and practices
Election of Chairman
Quorum
Decisions
Voting right of Chairman

CHAPTER 5VISITS
Purpose
Visits outside Hong Kong
• Permission of the House Committee
• Forming the delegation
• Funding
• Preparatory work
• Role of the Clerk
Visits outside Hong Kong in response to invitations
Visits in Hong Kong

CHAPTER 6SUBCOMMITTEE, JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUPS
Subcommittee of a Panel
• Appointment
• Terms of reference
• Activation of subcommittees
• Voting and decisions
• Voting right of Chairman
• Procedures and practices
• Duration of subcommittees
• Reporting to the Panel
• Dissolution
Joint subcommittee formed by two or more Panels
• Appointment
• Terms of reference
• Activation of joint subcommittees
• Quorum
• Voting and decisions
• Voting right of Chairman
• Procedures and practices
• Duration of joint subcommittee
• Reporting to the Panels
• Dissolution
Working group
• Formation
• No privileges and immunities
• Terms of reference
• Reporting to the Panel
• Dissolution

CHAPTER 7POWERS TO SUMMON WITNESSES
Powers to summon witnesses
Proposal to appoint a select committee

CHAPTER 8FOLLOW-UP WORK OF A MEETING
Decisions
Minutes
Verbatim records
Reporting to the Legislative Council
• Reports
• Addressing the Council
Reports for the House Committee

APPENDICES

IAppointment of specialist advisers

IIProvision of papers by the Administration

IIIList of public officers designated by the Chief Executive for the purpose of attending meetings of the Legislative Council or its committees

IVExpressions which have been ruled at meetings of the Council, House Committee and Finance Committee to be offensive and insulting language about Members or public officers attending the relevant meeting or unparliamentary in the context in which the expressions were used





CHAPTER 1 GENERAL



Paragraphs
Work of a Panel1.1 - 1.3
Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman1.4 - 1.8
Chairman1.9 - 1.16
Membership1.17 - 1.19
Non-Panel members' attendance1.20
Meetings1.21 - 1.24
Urgent briefings1.25
Briefings following Policy Address1.26
Public's attendance1.27 - 1.29
Support service1.30 - 1.35


Work of a Panel

1.1Panels are deliberative forums for discussing and giving views to the Administration on policy matters and issues of public concern within their respective terms of reference.

1.2Panels also consider major or controversial legislative and financial proposals before they are formally introduced into the Legislative Council (LegCo) or the Finance Committee. For financial proposals, the Chairman should, at the end of deliberation at the meeting, seek the Panel's view on whether the financial proposal is ready for submission to the Establishment Subcommittee/Public Works Subcommittee/Finance Committee as appropriate and whether the Panel supports the proposal in principle. [HR 22(q)]

1.3A Panel does not have the power to summon witnesses to give evidence, unless it has been authorised by the Council to do so. [RoP 80(b)]

Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman

1.4The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a Panel are elected by and from members of the Panel at its first meeting in a session. If there are two or more nominations for chairmanship or deputy chairmanship, an election by secret ballot will be held. The Chairman or the member presiding has both an original vote and a casting vote. Where two or more nominees receive the same highest number of valid votes in the election, lots will be drawn in respect of these nominees, and the Chairman or the member presiding shall exercise his/her casting vote in accordance with the lot drawn by him/her. To ensure the secrecy of the ballot papers, the Clerk will supervise the shredding of the ballot papers immediately after the meeting at which the election(s) is held. The procedures for the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman are provided in Appendix IV to the House Rules. [RoP 77(5), 77(13B) and 79A(2), HR 22(f), (g) and Appendix IV]

1.5The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a Panel hold office until the election in the next session. [RoP 77(5), HR 22(f)]

1.6The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a Panel may not be the chairman or deputy chairman of a Government advisory body in respect of matters which the Panel considers to be directly related to its terms of reference. [RoP 77(6), HR 22(h)]

1.7The Clerk to the Panel keeps a list of such advisory bodies.

1.8A Member whose late application for membership of a Panel is accepted may not seek a re-election of the Chairman or Deputy Chairman by reason of his/her joining the Panel (see paragraphs 1.17 to 1.19 below). [HR 23(d)]

Chairman

Responsibilities

1.9The responsibilities of the Chairman of a Panel are not explicitly stipulated in the Rules of Procedure or House Rules. However, it is generally accepted by Members that the Chairman has the following responsibilities -

(a)steering the work of the Panel in consultation with its members;

(b)chairing meetings and ensuring that the business on the agenda is transacted in a proper and efficient manner;

(c)maintaining order at meetings;

(d)presenting papers of the Panel to the House Committee;

(e)tabling and speaking on reports of the Panel in Council; and

(f)moving motions for debate in Council on behalf of the Panel.

1.10The Chairman decides whether he/she will meet with the relevant Bureau Secretary at the beginning of each new session to discuss and draw up tentative work schedules and agenda of meetings for the Panel in the session.

1.11The responsibilities of the Chairman are discussed in greater detail in the following chapters.

Powers and authority

1.12The Chairman of a Panel has certain powers and authority. Some of these are provided or reflected in the Rules of Procedure and House Rules. Others are exercised by the Chairman based on practices generally accepted by Members.

1.13The powers and authority of a Chairman are summarised below -

(a)Membership of a Panel

Rules

(i)determining whether a late application for membership of a Panel on the ground of a Member's indisposition or absence from Hong Kong should be accepted [HR 23(b)]

(b)Preparations for a meeting

Rules

(i)determining the date, time and place of a meeting [RoP 77(11)]

(ii)directing that written notice shorter than three days for a meeting may be given [RoP 77(11), HR 24(c)]

(iii)determining the agenda of a meeting [RoP 79C]

(iv)deciding on the time allotted for discussion on each item on the agenda of a meeting [HR 24(m)]

(v)determining whether a meeting should be cancelled if a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above or a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued or in force within two hours before the appointed time of the meeting [HR 28(b)]

Practices

(vi)deciding on the deadline for submissions, the order of speaking of deputations and their speaking time

(vii)deciding whether translation into Chinese should be arranged for submissions made in English

(viii)deciding whether certain documents should be circulated to members

(ix)deciding how documents containing defamatory remarks/expressions should be dealt with

(x)giving direction to the Clerk on logistical arrangements for meetings of the Panel

(xi)consenting to the issuance of background briefs and other papers of the Panel prepared by the Clerk to members

(xii)consenting to the issuance of the outline of a research study to members

(xiii)consenting to the issuance of information notes and fact sheets to members

(c)Conducting a meeting

Rules

(i)determining whether certain rules of speaking at Council meetings should apply to meetings of the Panel [RoP 43]

(ii)deciding on a point of order [RoP 44]

(iii)directing a Member, who persists in irrelevance or tedious repetition of his own or other Members' arguments in the debate, to discontinue his speech, after calling the attention of the committee to the conduct of that Member [RoP 45(1)]

(iv)ordering a Member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw from a meeting [RoP 45(2)]

(v)having an original vote, and having a casting vote in addition to his/her original vote in an election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Panel [RoP 77(13) and (13B), HR 22(f) and Appendix IV]

(vi)deciding whether a motion proposed by a member at a meeting of the Panel is directly related to an agenda item of that meeting [HR 22(p)]

(vii)closing a meeting when a quorum is not present [HR 24(g) and (h)]

(viii)closing a meeting if a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is issued when the meeting is in progress [HR 28(c)]

(ix)deciding whether to close or continue with a meeting if a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued when the meeting is in progress [HR 28(d)]

(x)ordering the removal of a member of the press or the public who behaves, or who appears likely to behave, in a disorderly manner from a meeting [RoP 87, HR 24(s)]

(xi)deciding whether to give consent to a member who has risen without notice to move a motion that members of the press and of the public do withdraw for the remainder of the day's meeting or during the consideration of certain business as specified by the member [RoP 88(1)]

Practices

(xii)ruling on procedural matters either on his/her own motion or in response to a point of order raised at a meeting

(d)Visits of a Panel

Rules

(i)deciding, in consultation with other Members or the host organisation, whether a scheduled visit in Hong Kong should be cancelled or postponed if less than three Members have signed up for the visit [HR 29(d)]

Practices

(ii)giving direction to the Clerk on logistical arrangements for visits of the Panel

(e)Follow-up work of a meeting

Rules

(i)deciding whether the comments of the Administration and other attendees on the minutes of a meeting or any part of the minutes should be sought [HR 25(d) and (e)]

Practices

(ii)clearing reports and minutes of meetings of the Panel prepared by the Clerk

1.14The powers and authority of a Chairman are discussed in greater detail in the following chapters.

Guiding principles

1.15As the Chairman chairs meetings and has the responsibility to ensure that the business on the agenda is transacted in a proper and efficient manner, he/she should be familiar with the relevant rules in the Rules of Procedure and House Rules and practices of Panels. The Chairman should consult the Panel on the course of action to be taken regarding a certain matter, if there are no relevant rules or practices.

1.16The Chairman should conduct himself/herself with impartiality in discharging his/her responsibilities. He/she should ensure that members have adequate opportunities to take part in the deliberations of the Panel. Where there are differences of opinion, the Chairman should give each side an equal chance to express its views.

Membership

1.17Members are free to join any Panel. Membership of a Panel is invited at the beginning of a new session, and members of a Panel are those who have signified membership before the deadline for application and those whose late application for membership has been accepted. Membership of a Panel is for the whole term, unless a member withdraws membership during the term. A Panel must have at least six Members. [RoP 77(4) and (8), HR 22(b), (c) and (d)]

1.18Acceptance of a late application for membership on the ground that the Member concerned was indisposed or away from Hong Kong during the time when membership for Panels is invited is decided by the Chairman. If the late application is not made on such reasons, it will be for the Panel to decide whether there are sufficient grounds to accept the application. [HR 23(b) and (c)]

1.19Any Member whose late application is rejected by the Chairman or the Panel may put his/her case to the House Committee for a decision. [HR 23(e)]

Non-Panel members' attendance

1.20A Member may attend any meeting of any Panel, regardless of whether he/she is a member of that Panel. A non-Panel member, however, does not have any voting right in respect of the business of the Panel. [HR 24(d)]

Meetings

Regular meetings

1.21Every Panel holds regular monthly meetings when the Council is in session. It is the normal practice for these regular meetings to be held at pre-determined meeting time slots agreed to by the Panel at its first meeting in a session. This is to facilitate Members to plan their work commitments and to avoid a clash of meetings.

Special meetings

1.22A Panel may hold special meetings in addition to regular meetings to discuss urgent subject matters or issues as and when necessary, or to discuss subject matters or issues which members do not have adequate time to deal with at regular meetings. For example, a special meeting may be held to receive an urgent briefing by the Administration (paragraph 1.25 below refers).

Joint meetings

1.23A Panel may hold a joint meeting with another Panel to discuss a subject which straddles the policy areas of the two Panels. If there is disagreement between the two Chairmen as to whether one of the two Panels should take up the subject or whether the two Panels should hold a joint meeting, the Chairman of the House Committee (or in his/her absence, the Deputy Chairman) should be consulted. [RoP 77(10), HR 22(l)]

Inviting other Panels

1.24A Panel may invite members of other Panels to its regular or special meetings for discussion on certain agenda items.

Urgent briefings

1.25It is the agreement with the Administration that when public announcements on important matters of wide public concern are to be made by the Administration, it should consult the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the relevant Panel in the first instance whether and, if so, how the Panel should be briefed on the matter.

Briefings following Policy Address

1.26Bureau Secretaries brief the relevant Panels on the policy commitments of their respective bureaux following the delivery of the Policy Address by the Chief Executive but before the debate on the Motion of Thanks. All policy briefings are held at meetings of Panels, and all Members are notified of the schedule of policy briefings.

Public's attendance

1.27Meetings of a Panel are held in public unless the Chairman instructs otherwise in accordance with the decision of the Panel. [RoP 77(12)]

1.28Where a decision is to be made on whether a meeting or any part of it should be held in private, the decision should be made at an open meeting.

1.29The public should be admitted to all open meetings of a Panel as long as there are seats in the public galleries of the meeting venue. [HR 24(q)]

Support service

Clerk

1.30A Clerk is assigned to each Panel. The Clerk together with his/her team provide secretariat services for the Panel and its subcommittees/working groups. The Clerk is the procedural adviser to the Chairman and the Panel, as well as the resource person on the subjects discussed by the Panel. The Clerk follows up decisions of the Panel and prepares background briefs, minutes of meetings, and reports, etc. The Clerk also oversees logistical arrangements for meetings and visits of the Panel.

Legal adviser

1.31A legal adviser is assigned to each Panel to provide legal advice and support to the Panel and its subcommittees/working groups.

1.32Where necessary, the Clerk consults the Chairman before a meeting whether the attendance of the legal adviser is required.

Research support

1.33The Research Office provides research support for Panels. On the instruction of a Panel, the Office undertakes an in-depth study and analysis of a subject and produces a report for the Panel. References to overseas practices and experiences in other places outside Hong Kong are normally made in such a study.

1.34The Office also produces short information notes or fact sheets on topical issues or issues of concern on its own initiative or as suggested by a Panel. Such information notes or fact sheets may also make reference to experiences and practices of other places.

Specialist advisers

1.35A Panel may seek the assistance of an independent specialist adviser to gain more knowledge about a subject, so as to facilitate members' consideration of the policy proposals put forward by the Administration and views of deputations. The detailed arrangements are set out in Appendix I.


CHAPTER 2 PREPARATIONS FOR A MEETING

Paragraphs
Date and time of meeting2.1 - 2.7
Notice of meeting2.8- 2.11
Agenda2.12 - 2.18
Inviting attendees2.19 - 2.21
Deputations2.22 - 2.32
Background briefs2.33
Papers from the Administration2.34 - 2.35
Information notes/fact sheets2.36
Research reports2.37 - 2.38
Personal data2.39
Defamatory expressions2.40
Other papers2.41
Chairman's Brief2.42
Meeting with the Clerk2.43


Date and time of meeting

Regular meeting

2.1The Chairman should set the date and time of a regular meeting in accordance with the pre-determined schedule agreed to by the Panel, unless there is reason to re-schedule the meeting. Members should be informed of the reason for re-scheduling.

Special meeting

2.2Except for urgent briefings by the Administration (paragraph 1.25 above refers), it may be necessary to consult members on the date and time if the subject to be discussed is very important or controversial, or there is concern about the availability of members to attend the meeting.

2.3If a member of a Panel makes a request for holding a meeting to discuss a specific issue of urgent importance and the Chairman cannot be contacted for considering the request within 48 hours, the Deputy Chairman will then decide whether to convene the meeting and, if convened, the date, time and place of it. [RoP 79B]

2.4To enable the Clerk to convey a request for holding an urgent meeting of a Panel, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman should provide the Clerk with adequate information on how they can be contacted.

Clash of meetings

2.5Efforts should be made, as far as practicable, to avoid scheduling two meetings within the same time slot. [HR 24(b)]

2.6If a clash of two meetings cannot be avoided, there should be no or minimum overlapping of membership between the two committees, or no member of the Panel is expected to attend the other meeting.

Lunch time meeting

2.7Where necessary, a meeting during lunch time, normally from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm, may be scheduled.

Notice of meeting

2.8Notice of the date, time and venue of a meeting should be given by the Clerk at least three days before the meeting unless the Chairman agrees that shorter notice be given. [RoP 77(11), HR 24(c)]

2.9The agenda for a meeting should be issued together with the notice of that meeting.

2.10Where the Administration has indicated difficulties in providing the details of a discussion item, the Chairman should request the Administration to provide the nature and scope of the subject matter to be discussed for inclusion in the notice of meeting. Details of the item should be included in the agenda once they are available. The agenda should be issued to members within a reasonable time before the meeting, so as to allow time for members to prepare for the meeting.

2.11If details of a discussion item are only made available to members shortly before the meeting, the relevant item should be regarded as a briefing by the Administration and another meeting should be scheduled as soon as practicable to facilitate more in-depth discussion on the item.

Agenda

Deciding on agenda items

2.12The agenda of a meeting of a Panel shall be determined by its Chairman, except where its Deputy Chairman (if any) has made a determination in accordance with Rule 79B (Determining the Time and the Place of a Meeting of a Committee by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee). [RoP 79C] It is the normal practice for the Chairman to consult members at a Panel meeting on the agenda items for future meetings. The Clerk prepares a "List of outstanding items for discussion" to assist the Panel.

2.13The agenda, as determined by the Chairman, should be issued to members together with the notice of meeting (also see paragraphs 2.10 and 2.11 above).

2.14Upon the request of the Administration or individual members, it is for the Chairman to decide whether a special or urgent item should be added to the agenda of a meeting. In considering whether to accede to the request, the Chairman should have regard to -

(a)whether sufficient time can be allotted to the item;

(b)whether sufficient notice can be given to members, the Administration and other parties concerned; and

(c)whether relevant information about the item can be provided to members at a reasonable time before the meeting to facilitate discussion on it.

2.15Where there is a request to defer discussion on an item, it is for the Chairman to decide whether the request should be acceded to, having regard to relevant factors such as whether there is urgency in discussing the item or whether the item is controversial (also see paragraph 2.35 below regarding late submission of papers for an item). The Chairman may consult, if he considers it appropriate, members of the Panel before making his decision.

2.16Where there is a request to alter the order of items on an agenda, the Chairman should consider whether there is good reason for the request, whether the change will cause inconvenience for other attendees, and whether reasonable notice can be given to members about the change, before making a decision on the request.

Revised agenda

2.17Where subsequent changes are made to the agenda of a meeting, a revised agenda should be issued as soon as possible by the Clerk, to ensure that members are given notice of what will be discussed at the meeting.

Time allowed for each item

2.18It is for the Chairman to decide beforehand the time allowed for discussion on each item and instruct the Clerk to have the time indicated on the agenda. [HR 24(m)]

Inviting attendees

The Administration

2.19It is the normal practice for the policy bureau concerned to coordinate the attendance of public officers for discussion on a certain item.

2.20The Chairman or the Panel may request that a certain public officer be invited. [RoP 9(4)]

Other organisations

2.21Representatives, other than those from the Administration, such as representatives of public bodies, may be invited by a Panel to attend its meeting for discussion on a certain item of business on the agenda.

Deputations1Legend symbol denoting In this Handbook, deputations include groups/organisations as well as individual members of the public who are interested in submitting their views to a Panel on a certain subject.

Invitation

2.22A Panel may invite deputations to make written submissions and oral representations to the Panel on a certain subject. The Chairman normally invites members to give views on which organisations or individuals should be approached.

2.23If the subject in question is of wide public concern, it is the normal practice for the Panel to invite views from the public by issuing press releases and/or posting a notice on the LegCo website. Advertisements may also be placed in one English newspaper and one Chinese newspaper as decided by the Chairman or the Panel, but consideration should be given to the cost involved. If a Panel decides to invite views by any one of the three approaches mentioned above, the Panel should also invite the 18 District Councils to give views on the subject.

Submission of views

2.24Unless there is great urgency in obtaining views from deputations, it is the normal practice to allow two to three weeks for deputations to send in their written submissions. The deadline for submissions and requests for making oral representations is normally one to two weeks prior to the relevant meeting.

2.25The Chairman decides whether requests for making oral representations, which are received after the deadline, should be acceded to.

2.26Deputations who have put in written submissions prior to the meeting may make further submissions after the meeting on points not covered in their earlier submissions. [HR 25(c)]

2.27The Chairman decides whether translation into Chinese should be arranged for written submissions made in English. Summary translation into Chinese may be considered for very lengthy submissions made in English. Submissions are circulated to members and made available to the public, unless the deputations concerned raise objection.

2.28Written submissions are also forwarded to the Administration for its response to the issues and concerns raised in the submissions.

2.29Where necessary, the Clerk prepares summaries of issues and concerns raised in the submissions received from deputations and the Administration's response to these issues and concerns.

2.30To ensure fairness to participating deputations, each deputation should not be allowed to make oral representation more than once at meetings of the Panel held for the purpose of receiving public views on a subject. However, the Chairman has the discretion to accede to special requests from deputations to make oral representation to the Panel more than once (not necessarily in different capacities) on a subject if the situation so warrants and the Chairman considers that such requests are justified.

Speaking order

2.31The Chairman determines the speaking order of deputations by applying the following criteria -

(a)in the order of receipt of the reply slips; or

(b)by groups having regard to the background or nature of the deputations; or

(c)preference of the deputations, if any.

Speaking time

2.32The Chairman determines the speaking time limit for deputations. In principle, equal speaking time should be allotted to deputations attending the same meeting.

Background briefs

2.33Where practicable and considered necessary by the Chairman, the Clerk prepares background briefs on specific subjects, particularly those involving important, complex and/or controversial issues, to facilitate the Panel's discussion. The Chairman's consent is sought by the Clerk before issuance of the brief to members.

Papers from the Administration

2.34It is the normal practice for the Administration to be requested to provide a paper for each discussion item at a Panel meeting. A deadline is normally set for the receipt of such papers in accordance with the arrangements agreed with the Administration as set out in Appendix II.

2.35If the required papers are not received by the agreed deadline, the Chairman may, after consulting the Panel, remove the relevant item from the agenda. If the Chairman decides to leave the item on the agenda, the Chairman should consult the Panel at the meeting whether the item should be discussed or removed from the agenda, and allow time for a short discussion on the matter.

Information notes/fact sheets

2.36The consent of the Chairman is sought for the issuance of an information note or fact sheet produced by the Research Office.

Research reports

2.37Upon the endorsement of the Panel for a study to be carried out, an outline of the study is prepared for members' comments and endorsement at a meeting or by circulation. The Chairman's consent is sought before issuance of the outline to members.

2.38The Chairman and interested members of the Panel are invited to comment on the draft research report before it is finalised for presentation to the Panel. Internal deliberation may be held to consider whether the draft report has covered all the aspects expected to be covered in the study.

Personal data

2.39Personal data contained in a document is normally obliterated before issuance.

Defamatory expressions

2.40If a document, e.g. a submission from a deputation, contains defamatory remarks/expressions made against or which may be embarrassing to any person or body, etc, the Chairman should instruct the Clerk on how such a document should be dealt with. It may be necessary to restrict the circulation of such a document to members only, or to obliterate the remarks/expressions before circulation.

Other papers

2.41The Chairman decides whether certain documents sent to the Panel, which are not related to any agenda item or subject to be discussed, should be circulated to members.

Chairman's Brief

2.42A Brief for the Chairman is prepared by the Clerk for every meeting and is normally sent to the Chairman not less than one working day before the meeting. The Brief usually contains the following information -

(a)the number of members required to form a quorum of the meeting;

(b)a list of the members of the Panel, representatives of the Administration and other organisations and Secretariat staff attending the meeting;

(c)date of the meeting the minutes which are to be confirmed;

(d)titles of the information papers issued since the last meeting;

(e)proposed changes to the "List of outstanding items for discussion";

(f)response received from the Administration relating to the "List of follow-up actions";

(g)titles of papers for each agenda item;

(h)brief description of the main issues of concern of each discussion item;

(i)matters requiring the Panel's attention/decision;

(j)a reminder of the date of the next meeting; and

(k)any procedural or other matters to which the Chairman's attention should be drawn.

Meeting with the Clerk

2.43Where necessary, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman meet with the Clerk before the meeting to receive an update on the items to be discussed and to consider any procedural points which may be brought up at the meeting.


CHAPTER 3 CONDUCTING A MEETING

Paragraphs
Chairing meetings3.1 - 3.4
Quorum3.5 - 3.8
Venue not available3.9
Keeping time3.10 - 3.11
Order of agenda items3.12
Privileges and immunities3.13 - 3.14
Order of speaking3.15 - 3.17
Pecuniary interest3.18 - 3.20
Voting3.21 - 3.27
Decisions3.28 - 3.30
Voting right of Chairman3.31 - 3.32
Conduct3.33 - 3.39
Motion moved by Chairman3.40 - 3.44
Motion without notice3.45 - 3.61
Extension of meetings3.62 - 3.67
Language3.68 - 3.69


Chairing meetings

3.1The Chairman of a Panel chairs all its meetings. In his/her absence, the Deputy Chairman takes over as the Chair.

3.2In the temporary absence of the Chairman or Deputy Chairman, the Panel may elect a Chairman to act during their absence. [RoP 77(5)]

3.3Although the Chairman has the same rights, in principle, as any other member to give his/her views, the Chairman should intervene as little as possible in the discussion and should not usually express personal opinions, in order to avoid giving the impression or being accused of taking sides.

3.4Where the Chairman of a Panel considers that there may be concern about conflict of interest or conflict of roles in his/her chairing the meeting for discussion on a certain item, he/she should make a declaration of the matter which is the cause for the concern and invite the Panel to consider whether he/she should preside over the discussion on the item. The Panel may decide whether the Deputy Chairman or another member should preside.

Quorum

3.5The quorum of a Panel is three members including the Chairman, or one-third of its members including the Chairman (a fraction of the whole number being disregarded), whichever is the greater. [RoP 77(8)]

3.6If a quorum is not present within 15 minutes of the appointed time, the Chairman should cancel the meeting. [HR 24(g)]

3.7In the case where a meeting has just been cancelled, and then all the members of the Panel are present and the public officers are still available, the Chairman may, with the agreement of all the members, call another meeting to be held immediately. [RoP 77(11), HR 24(c)]

3.8If the attention of the Chairman is drawn by a member of the committee to the fact that a quorum is not present during a meeting, he/she should ask that members be summoned. Unless a quorum is present within 15 minutes, the Chairman should close the meeting. [HR 24(h)]

Venue not available

3.9In the situation where a quorum is present but the venue for the meeting is not available at the appointed meeting time, because the meeting held in the same venue in an earlier time slot has overrun, the following arrangement may be adopted: the Chairman of the meeting in progress should suspend the meeting to enable the other Chairman to declare the meeting open and then immediately suspend the meeting. The earlier meeting can then resume and the other meeting can be held after the earlier meeting has ended.

Keeping time

3.10The Chairman should have regard to the time allotted to each item and should keep tight time control to ensure that business on the agenda is dealt with before the appointed ending time of the meeting. The Chairman may extend the meeting or allow the meeting to continue for not more than 15 minutes beyond the appointed ending time of the meeting, provided that the meeting venue is available. [HR 24A(a)]

3.11Further extension of the meeting is subject to the conditions detailed in paragraphs 3.63 to 3.67 below.

Order of agenda items

3.12Items should be taken in the order in which they appear on the agenda. If there is a request for the order of an item to be varied, it is for the Chairman to decide whether the request should be acceded to. The Chairman may consult, if he considers it appropriate, members of the Panel as well as representatives of the Administration and/or other parties concerned, such as deputations, before making his decision.

Privileges and immunities

3.13At meetings of the Council or its committees, the privileges and immunities provided by the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (Cap. 382) are available to all Members, the Chief Executive and any public officer designated by the Chief Executive for the purpose of attending such meetings. A list of the public officers so designated is in Appendix III.

3.14Where discussion on an item is attended by persons who are not covered by the privileges and immunities provided under Cap. 382, e.g. deputations, the Chairman should remind them, at the beginning of the discussion, that when addressing the Panel they do not have such protection and their written submissions are also not protected.

Order of speaking

3.15Members should register their intention to speak at a meeting by raising their hands. The Chairman should call upon Members to speak in turn, having regard to the order in which they have raised their hands.

3.16In the situation where there is limited time and there is a long queue of Members waiting to speak, it may be necessary for the Chairman to -

(a)allow a Member to ask only one question and a short follow-up; or

(b)set a time limit, e.g. five minutes, within which a Member asks his/her question and the Administration responds to the question; and

(c)not to invite a Member to speak again until other Members wishing to speak have spoken.

3.17Where there are differences of opinion, the Chairman should, as far as possible, give each side an equal chance to express its views.

Pecuniary interest

3.18It is a Member's responsibility to disclose the nature of his/her pecuniary interest in a matter being considered by a Panel to other people to judge, whether direct or indirect, if his/her views on the matter have been influenced by his/her interest. A Member should disclose the nature of his pecuniary interest at the beginning of his/her speech on that matter. He/she should not move any motion or amendment relating to a matter in which he/she has a pecuniary interest, whether direct or indirect, or speak on any such matter, except where he/she discloses the nature of that interest. [RoP 83A]

3.19A Member should not vote on any question in which he/she has a direct pecuniary interest, except where his/her interest is in common with the rest or a sector of the population of Hong Kong, or his/her vote is given on a matter of Government policy. [RoP 84(1) and (1A)]

3.20For a pecuniary interest to be direct, it should be immediate and not merely of a remote or general character. As regards "indirect pecuniary interest", it is an interest not immediate and personal to a Member, but does have a certain relationship with the Member which would make a reasonable person to consider that such interest might have certain influence on the action or speech of the Member.

Voting

3.21Matters for the decision of a Panel are decided by a majority of the members voting. Such voting, however, is not binding on any Member, whether in Council or in the House Committee. Non-Panel Members do not have voting right in respect of the business of the Panel. [RoP 77(13), HR 24(d)]

3.22Before a matter is voted upon at a meeting of a Panel, a voting bell will be rung if the Chairman orders, on his own motion or upon the request of a member of the Panel, that the members of the Panel be notified of the voting. The Panel will proceed to vote immediately after the bell has been rung for five minutes. However, if the meeting is held simultaneously with a Council meeting, the bell will not be rung. [HR 24(i)][Procedural motion passed by the House Committee on 7 October 2011]

3.23Where no voting bell is provided for the venue where a Panel meets or if the bell does not function or may not be rung, the Chairman should order the Clerk to arrange for members of the Panel within the precincts of the Chamber to be notified of the voting. The voting will be held 10 minutes after the order has been made. [HR 24(j)][Procedural motion passed by the House Committee on 7 October 2011]

3.24Voting by members at a meeting of a Panel is by a show of hands.

3.25A question put to vote will be regarded as agreed to if more members voted in favour of it than those who voted against it. It is the normal practice to record the number of members who abstained from voting, but the number of abstentions is not counted for the purpose of determining the result of the vote.

3.26If a member wishes to claim a division of the votes, the member must make the request before the Chairman declares the result of the vote.

3.27When the Chairman orders a division, the Clerk will record the names of members who are in favour of the question put, those who are not in favour of the question put, and those who abstain from voting. The Chairman should then instruct the Clerk to read out the names of the members who are in favour of the question put, those who are not in favour of the question put, and those who abstain from voting. The Chairman should then declare the result of the vote. The number of abstentions is not counted for the purpose of determining the result of the vote, as detailed in paragraph 3.25 above.

Decisions

3.28The decision of a Panel is binding on the subcommittees/ working groups of the Panel, but not any other committees of the Council.

3.29The Chairman may instruct that a matter for the decision of a Panel be considered by circulation of papers to its members. The matter will be deemed to be approved by the Panel, if a majority of the members of the Panel have signified approval, and no member has signified disapproval or has requested that the matter should be discussed at a meeting.

3.30The decisions of a Panel should not be re-opened for discussion, unless with the permission of the Panel. [HR 24(n)]

Voting right of Chairman

3.31Except in an election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a Panel, the Chairman or any presiding member has an original vote but not a casting vote. [RoP 77(13) and (13B)]

3.32If the Chairman or the member presiding wishes to exercise his/her original vote on a matter before the Panel, the vote must be exercised at the same time as other members of the Panel exercise their votes; otherwise, the Chairman or the member presiding will be regarded as having given up his/her right to vote on the relevant matter. [RoP 79A(3)]

Conduct

Members

3.33The Chairman is responsible for maintaining order at meetings to ensure the business on the agenda is conducted properly and efficiently. His/her decision on a point of order shall be final. [RoP 44]

3.34Some of the rules in the Rules of Procedure which govern the order of Members at Council meetings are applicable to committee meetings, unless the Chairman of the committee decides otherwise. These rules are -

(a)a Member should not interrupt another Member who is speaking except to raise a point of order or to seek elucidation [RoP 39]

(b)a Member should restrict his/her observations to the subject under discussion and should not introduce matters irrelevant to that subject [RoP 41(1)]

(c)a Member should not make reference to a case pending in a court of law in such a way as, in the opinion of the Chairman, might prejudice that case [RoP 41(2)]

(d)a Member should not use offensive or insulting language about other Members [RoP 41(4)]

(e)a Member should not impute improper motives to another Member [RoP 41(5)]

(f)the name of the Chief Executive should not be used to influence the Council [RoP 41(6)]

(g)the conduct of the Chief Executive, a Member of the Executive Council or a Member of LegCo otherwise than in the performance of his/her official duties shall not be raised [RoP 41(7)]

(h)the conduct of judges and other persons performing judicial functions should not be raised [RoP 41(8)]

(i)all Members should enter or leave the meeting venue properly attired and with decorum; no Member should cross the floor of the meeting venue unnecessarily; Members should not read newspapers, books or other document except if the contents of such documents are related to the business of the Council; and while a Member is speaking all Members should be silent and should not make unseemly interruptions [RoP 42]

3.35The Chairman of a Panel, after having called the attention of the Panel to the conduct of a Member who persists in irrelevance or tedious repetition of his own or other Members' arguments in the debate, may direct him to discontinue his speech. [RoP 45(1)]

3.36The Chairman of a Panel has the power to order a Member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw from a meeting. [RoP 45(2)]

3.37The Chairman of a Panel may also adopt the following approaches in dealing with controversies concerning Members' conduct or points of order at meetings -

(a)remind the Member that his/her conduct is inappropriate;

(b)persuade the Member not to continue to behave in the manner which is the subject of the controversy;

(c)suspend the meeting to let the controversy die down, if necessary; and/or

(d)seek the view of the Panel on how the controversy should be dealt with.

Use of offensive or insulting language by a Member

3.38In relation to paragraph 3.34(d) above, a list of expressions which have been ruled by the President and committee chairmen to be offensive and insulting about Members or public officers attending the relevant meeting or unparliamentary in the context in which the expressions were used are set out in Appendix IV. The list is not exhaustive and will be updated as and when new rulings are made. Expressions on the list may be deleted having regard to cultural changes and developments in society. Panel Chairmen are invited to note that -

(a)whether an expression is offensive and insulting or unparliamentary depends on the context in which it is used;

(b)the Chairman of the Panel may order the Member using such expression to withdraw the expression or stop using the expression; and

(c)the mere utterance of the expression at a meeting does not constitute grossly disorderly conduct. However, if the Member refuses to withdraw the expression or stop using the expression after he/she has been so ordered, such conduct may be regarded by the Chairman to be grossly disorderly. In such circumstances, the Panel Chairman may exercise the power conferred under Rule 45(2) of the Rules of Procedure to order withdrawal of the Member, or adopt the approaches set out in paragraph 3.37 above.

Public

3.39If a member of the press or the public is behaving or is likely to behave in a disorderly manner, the Chairman may order the removal of the person from the meeting. [RoP 87, HR 24(s)]

Motion moved by Chairman

3.40If the Panel decides that a motion for debate in Council should be moved by its Chairman, a slot will be allocated to the Chairman provided that -

(a)the motion is on a consultative document published by the Government and will be debated before the expiry of the consultation period;

(b)the motion is neutrally-worded without stating any stance; and

(c)no amendment to the motion will be proposed.
[HR 14A(a)]

3.41The Panel's request together with the wording of the motion should be submitted to the Secretariat before the relevant cut-off date for application for debate slots. [HR 14A(d)]

3.42The priority allocation of a debate slot does not apply to cases in which a Panel requests that a debate slot be allocated to its Chairman for moving a motion not on a consultative document published by the Government. Such requests should be put forward to the House Committee for consideration on a case-by-case basis. [HR 14A(g) and (h)]

3.43The Chairman of the Panel who has been allocated a slot under circumstances described in paragraph 3.40 or 3.42 above may withdraw the notice of motion at any time before it is moved by giving instructions to the Clerk to LegCo. Unless the notice of withdrawal is given before the deadline for giving notice of motion (i.e. 12 clear days before the meeting), the Chairman of the Panel is considered to have been allocated a debate slot. [HR 14A(i)]

3.44In the situation where the Chairman of the Panel is not in favour of the motion, or if the Chairman does not wish to move the motion, the Panel should invite its Deputy Chairman or another member who is in favour of the motion to move the motion.

Motion without notice

Substantive motions

3.45If a motion is moved without notice by a member in relation to an agenda item, the Chairman should deal with it in accordance with the following steps -

(a)to decide whether the motion is directly related to the agenda item;

(b)to invite the members present to consider whether the motion should be dealt with, if the motion is ruled directly related to the agenda item; and

(c)to proceed to deal with the motion, if agreed to by a majority of the members voting.
[HR 22(p)]

These steps are discussed in greater detail below.

3.46The Chairman should first decide whether the motion is directly related to an agenda item of that meeting. This is to ensure that members are aware of the possibility that a motion may be moved without notice on the subject matter of an agenda item. For this reason, a motion moved under "Any other business" or under a newly added discussion item under "Any other business" should not be ruled admissible by the Chairman.

3.47The proposed motion or any amendment to the motion should be presented to the Panel in written form. [HR 22(p)]

3.48The Chairman or the Clerk should read out the wording of the motion and any amendment. If necessary, the Chairman should instruct the Clerk to arrange for the wording of the proposed motion and any amendment to be copied to members.

3.49If the Chairman rules that the motion is directly related to the agenda item, the Chairman should invite members present to consider whether the motion should be proceeded with. The motion will be proceeded with if agreed to by a majority of the members voting, and it should be dealt with under the agenda item to which it relates. The Chairman may, with the agreement of the Panel, decide to deal with the motion later at the same meeting.

3.50No new motion, however, may be proposed during the period of extension or continuation of the meeting allowed by the Chairman or the period of extension agreed to by the Panel (see paragraphs 3.62 to 3.67 below). [HR 24A(f)]

3.51As in the case of a motion to be dealt with during the original appointed meeting time, amendments may be proposed to a motion to be dealt with during the period of extension or continuation of the meeting allowed by the Chairman or the period of extension agreed to by the Panel (see paragraphs 3.62 to 3.67 below).

3.52The Chairman should allow members to give views on the motion and any amendment before they are put to vote.

3.53After members have expressed their views, the amendment should be voted on first. If the amendment is voted down, the original motion should be put to vote.

3.54If there are two or more amendments, the Chairman should call on the members concerned to move their amendments in the order in which these amendments relate to the text of the motion, or in cases of doubt in the order decided by the Chairman.

3.55In the case of two amendments being inconsistent with each other, if the amendment which is voted on first is passed, the other amendment is deemed to be negatived.

3.56If there are two or more motions moved by members which have been ruled by the Chairman to be directly related to the agenda item and decided by the Panel that they should be proceeded with, a joint discussion on the motions should be held.

3.57After members have given their views, the motions should be voted on in the order in which they were presented to the Panel.

3.58In the case of two motions being inconsistent with each other, if the motion which is voted on first is passed, the other motion is deemed to be negatived.

3.59A Member should not move any motion or amendment relating to a matter in which he/she has a pecuniary interest, whether direct or indirect, or speak on any such matter, except where he/she discloses the nature of that interest. [RoP 83A]

Procedural motions

Motion to adjourn

3.60If during the discussion on a substantive motion, a member moves a procedural motion to adjourn the discussion, the procedural motion should be dealt with first. If the motion is supported, the Chairman will adjourn the discussion. If the motion is voted down, discussion on the substantive motion may continue.

Motion to take vote immediately

3.61If during the discussion on a substantive motion, a member moves a procedural motion that a vote on the substantive motion be taken immediately, the procedural motion should be dealt with first. If the motion is supported, a vote on the substantive motion will be taken immediately. If the motion is voted down, discussion on the substantive motion may continue.

Extension of meetings

3.62As detailed in paragraph 3.10 above, the Chairman may extend a meeting or allow a meeting of the Panel to continue for not more than 15 minutes beyond the appointed ending time of the meeting, provided that the meeting venue is available. [HR 24A(a)]

3.63The meeting may be extended for more than 15 minutes beyond the appointed ending time or the period of extension/continuation of meeting referred to in paragraph 3.60 above, provided that -

(a)(a) such a proposal is put forward during the original appointed meeting time or the period of extension/continuation of meeting referred to in paragraph 3.62 above;

(b)no member of the Panel present at the meeting raises objection to the proposal; and

(c)the meeting venue is available.
[HR 24A(b)(i) to (iii)]

3.64Subject to the availability of the meeting venue, the period of extension referred to in paragraph 3.63 above may be extended for a further specified period, provided that such a proposal is put forward during that extended period and no member of the Panel present at the meeting raises objection to the proposal. [HR 24A(c)]

3.65The Chairman shall ascertain whether any member of the Panel present at the meeting raises objection to a proposal put forward under paragraph 3.63 or 3.64 above without debate or discussion. [HR 24A(d)]

3.66Where a motion has been proposed and agreed to be dealt with during the original appointed meeting time but has not been so dealt with, the motion may be dealt with during the period of extension or continuation of meeting allowed by the Chairman under paragraph 3.62 above, or the period of extension decided by the Panel under paragraph 3.63 or 3.64 above. However, no new motion may be proposed during such period of extension or continuation of meeting referred to in paragraphs 3.62, 3.63 and 3.64 above. [HR 24A(e)and (f)]

3.67As in the case of a motion to be dealt with during the original appointed meeting time, amendments may be proposed to a motion to be dealt with under paragraph 3.62 above during the period of extension or continuation of meeting allowed by the Chairman under paragraph 3.66 above, or the period of extension decided by the Panel under paragraph 3.63 or 3.64 above.

Language

3.68Members and other attendees of a meeting may speak in either Cantonese, Putonghua or English.

3.69The Chairman, whenever necessary, should remind Members, representatives of the Administration and deputations to refrain from using "cocktail" language at meetings so as to facilitate the work of the simultaneous interpreters. [HR 24(o)]


CHAPTER 4 CONDUCTING A JOINT MEETING

Paragraphs
Procedures and practices4.1 - 4.2
Election of Chairman4.3 - 4.4
Quorum4.5 - 4.7
Decisions4.8
Voting right of Chairman4.9


Procedures and practices

4.1A Panel or its subcommittee may hold a joint meeting with another Panel or its subcommittee to discuss a subject which straddles the policy areas of the two Panels. [RoP 77(10)]

4.2Conducting a joint Panel meeting is similar to conducting a Panel meeting, the procedures and practices of which are discussed in Chapter 3. The arrangements which are only applicable to a joint meeting are set out in this chapter.

Election of Chairman

4.3The Panels/subcommittees concerned should decide which Chairman should chair the meeting. [HR 22(k)]

4.4If an election needs to be held, the procedure should follow that set out in Appendix IV of the House Rules. [RoP 79A(2), Appendix IV of HR]

Quorum

4.5The quorum of a joint meeting is one-third of the members of all the relevant Panels/subcommittees including the Chairman (a fraction of the whole number being disregarded). A Member who is a member of both Panels at a joint meeting should be counted as one member of the joint meeting for the calculation of quorum. [RoP 77(10), HR 22(n)]

4.6If a quorum is not present within 15 minutes of the appointed time of the meeting, the Clerk will check if there is a quorum for any one of the Panels participating in the joint meeting. Members present can decide if the meeting should become a meeting of the Panel with a quorum and attended by members of the other Panel.

4.7Once the meeting has been declared as the meeting of a single Panel, it cannot be regarded as a joint Panel meeting when, subsequently, there is a quorum for a joint meeting. If voting is required at the meeting, the Chairman should remind the meeting that only members of the Panel in session have voting right in the business of that meeting.

Decisions

4.8Matters for decision at a joint meeting are decided by a majority of the members voting. Such voting is not binding on any Member, whether in Council, in a committee of the whole Council or in the House Committee. [RoP 77(13), HR 22(o)]

Voting right of Chairman

4.9Except in an election of the Chairman of a joint meeting, the the Chairman or any presiding member has an original vote but not a casting vote. If the Chairman or the member presiding wishes to exercise his/her original vote on a matter before the joint meeting, the vote must be exercised at the same time as other members of the joint meeting exercise their votes; otherwise, the Chairman or the member presiding will be regarded as having given up his/her right to vote on the relevant matter. [RoP 77(13), (13B) and 79A(3)]


CHAPTER 5 VISITS

Paragraphs
Purpose5.1
Visits outside Hong Kong5.2 - 5.10
Visits outside Hong Kong in response to invitations5.11 - 5.20
Visits in Hong Kong5.21 - 5.23


Purpose

5.1Visits may be conducted by Panels or their subcommittees to enable Members to gain first-hand information on issues or organisations of interest to them in connection with Council business. [HR 29(a) and 29A(a)]

Visits outside Hong Kong

Permission of the House Committee

5.2Should a Panel or its subcommittee consider it necessary to undertake any activities outside Hong Kong under the name of the Panel or the subcommittee and/or funding for the visit is to be charged to individual Members' Overseas Duty Visit accounts, the prior permission of the House Committee is required. [HR 22(v) and 29A(a)]

5.3The Chairman presents a paper on the proposed visit to the House Committee. The paper is drafted by the Clerk to the Panel/subcommittee.

Forming the delegation

5.4The broad guidelines for determining the size and membership of a delegation are -

(a)members of the Panel/subcommittee should have priority in participating in the visit; and

(b)the delegation should be of a manageable size in order not to create difficulties in logistical arrangements.

5.5Non-Panel/subcommittee members may join a duty visit outside Hong Kong with the consent of the Panel/subcommittee.

5.6Members joining the visit should participate in the entire programme. [HR 29A(b)]

5.7The Chairman of the Panel/subcommittee is normally the leader of the delegation. If the Chairman does not participate in the visit, the Deputy Chairman is normally the leader and if he/she also does not participate in the visit, the delegation may choose a leader and inform the Panel/subcommittee of its choice.

Funding

5.8Visits outside Hong Kong are funded in accordance with the prevailing arrangements approved by The Legislative Council Commission.

Preparatory work

5.9Prior to the visit, the delegation should discuss the matters to be studied during the visit, the programme and the parties to be visited. Background briefs for the visit are prepared by the Clerk to the Panel/subcommittee jointly with the Research Office. Questions are also drawn up by the Clerk in consultation with the delegation, to facilitate discussion with the parties to be visited.

Role of the Clerk

5.10There will be Secretariat staff, normally the Clerk to the Panel/subcommittee, accompanying the delegation. The Clerk (or the staff concerned) is responsible for making the logistical arrangements and will draft the report of the visit in consultation with the delegation. The report, after clearance with the delegation, is presented to the Panel/subcommittee and then, with suitable adaptation, to the House Committee.

Visits outside Hong Kong in response to invitations

5.11Any proposed visit outside Hong Kong extended to all Members of the Council in response to an invitation should first be discussed by the relevant committee(s) to determine if the visit is related to the business of the Council. The relevant committee(s) should convene a meeting to discuss the invitation and all other non-committee Members should be invited to attend the meeting. There should be transparency in the deliberation on logistical arrangements, including the Members to take part in the visit, the itinerary, matters to be studied and places to be visited. [HR 29A(c)]

5.12If the committee(s) concerned proposes to accept the invitation, all Members should be invited to indicate their interest in joining the proposed visit. The committee(s) should submit a paper on its proposal to the House Committee. If the House Committee agrees to accept the invitation, and a quota is prescribed on the number of participating Members by the relevant organisation, the House Committee should consider the composition of the delegation which should normally be broadly representative of the membership of the Council. [HR 29A(c), (d) and Appendix VI]

5.13If the invitation is extended to one committee only, the Chairman of the committee concerned should convene a meeting to discuss whether to accept the invitation and the details of the proposed visit. If the invitation is extended to members of more than one committee, the Chairmen of the committees concerned should discuss and agree as to whether a joint meeting should be convened or whether the committee having a prominent interest in the subject matter should convene a meeting and invite members of the other committee(s) to attend. The notice of meeting should be copied to all other non-committee Members who are welcome to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion, but they do not have any voting right in respect of the issues under discussion. At the meeting, members should discuss whether to accept the invitation and the details of the proposed visit. [HR 29A(c) and Appendix VI]

5.14Any views or requests made by Members at the meeting should be relayed to the relevant organisation for consideration, and Members should be informed of any feedback received. [Appendix VI to HR]

5.15If the invitation is not accepted, the relevant organisation should be so informed. [Appendix VI to HR]

5.16If the invited committee(s) considers that the proposed visit is related to Council business and agrees to accept the invitation, it should issue a circular to invite members to indicate whether they will join the visit. The committee(s) should submit a paper on the detailed arrangements of the visit to the House Committee. [HR 29A(d) and Appendix VI]

5.17Where the funding of a visit in response to an invitation is to be charged to individual Members' Overseas Duty Visit accounts, the House Committee's endorsement is required. [HR 29A(d) and Appendix VI]

5.18If the endorsement of the House Committee on the financial arrangement is not obtained, members may join the visit on a self-financing basis or claim reimbursement of the expenses incurred for the visit under the Operating Expenses Reimbursement system. [Appendix VI to HR]

5.19Papers submitted in the name of the Council to an inviting organisation should be circulated to all Members for comments.

5.20A report on a visit that has been approved by the House Committee should be submitted to the House Committee after the visit. [HR 29A(f) and Appendix VI]

Visits in Hong Kong

5.21The timing and programme of a visit are decided by the Chairman in consultation with members of the Panel and the host organisations. The duration of a visit should be kept to within three hours as far as possible. [HR 29(b)]

5.22The Chairman, in consultation with other Members or the host organisation, determines whether a scheduled visit should be cancelled or postponed if the visiting party consists of less than three Members. [HR 29(d)]

5.23The Chairman and the host organisation are consulted as to whether the visit should be open to the media.


CHAPTER 6 SUBCOMMITTEE, JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUP

Paragraphs
Subcommittee of a Panel6.1 - 6.12
Joint subcommittee formed by two or more Panels6.13 - 6.24
Working group6.25 - 6.29


Subcommittee of a Panel

Appointment

6.1A Panel may appoint a subcommittee to study a specific issue and report to the Panel. Members of the subcommittee must be members of that Panel. [RoP 77(9), HR 22(s)]

6.2A proposal to appoint a subcommittee should contain sufficient information on the proposed terms of reference, time frame, work plan and extent of work involved in the study of the specific issue or project to facilitate consideration by the Panel concerned. [HR 22(u)(ii)]

6.3A Panel may decide at its first meeting in each session whether members may re-signify membership of the subcommittees formed under the Panel in the previous session. It is for individual subcommittees to decide whether re-election of the Chairman of the subcommittee is necessary.

Terms of reference

6.4The terms of reference of a subcommittee of a Panel should be decided by the Panel, and should be issue-specific or project-specific. [HR 22(u)(i)]

Activation of subcommittees

6.5The maximum number of subcommittees under the House Committee and Panels on policy issues or Council business (other than subsidiary legislation, other instruments made under an Ordinance, draft of subsidiary legislation or such instruments, and proposed endorsement of the appointment or removal of senior judges) that may be in operation at any one time is 10. Where the number has reached 10, a queuing system will automatically be activated with a waiting list formed. The order of subcommittees on the waiting list is in the order of their appointment. [HR 22(u)(iv),26(a) and (b)]

6.6Where the number of Bills Committees in operation is less than 16, the House Committee may activate subcommittees on the waiting list after having considered the factors set out in rule 26(b) of the House Rules. [HR 26(b)]

Voting and decisions

6.7All matters for the decision of a subcommittee of a Panel are decided by the majority of the members of the subcommittee voting. Such voting is not binding on any Member, whether in Council, in a committee of the whole Council or in the House Committee. [RoP 77(13)]

Voting right of Chairman

6.8Except in an election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a subcommittee, the Chairman or any presiding member has an original vote but not a casting vote. If the Chairman or the member presiding wishes to exercise his/her original vote on a matter before the subcommittee, the vote must be exercised at the same time as other members of the subcommittee exercise their votes; otherwise, the Chairman or the member presiding will be regarded as having given up his/her right to vote on the relevant matter. [RoP 77(13), (13B) and 79A(3), Appendix IV of HR]

Procedures and practices

6.9The procedures and practices of a subcommittee of a Panel are determined by that Panel. The procedures and practices set out in rules 20 to 25 of the House Rules apply, where appropriate, to subcommittees of Panels. [RoP 77(15), HR 26(f)]

Duration of subcommittees

6.10A subcommittee should complete its work within 12 months of its commencement and report to the relevant Panel. Should a subcommittee consider it necessary to work beyond that 12 months, it should, after obtaining the endorsement of the relevant Panel, report to the House Committee and give justifications for an extension of the 12-month period. [HR 26(c)]

Reporting to the Panel

6.11A subcommittee may report to the Panel at any time when it considers appropriate, but should do so as soon as it has completed its work. The report should set out the deliberations and recommendations/ conclusions of the subcommittee, if any. The Clerk to the subcommittee drafts the report and forwards it to the Chairman (and members, if so requested) for clearance before issuance. [RoP 77(9), HR 22(u)(iii)]

Dissolution

6.12The subcommittee is dissolved upon the submission of the report, or when the Panel so decides.

Joint subcommittee formed by two or more Panels

Appointment

6.13Two or more Panels may appoint a joint subcommittee to study a matter of common interest to the relevant Panels. Only members of the relevant Panels may join the joint subcommittee as members. [RoP 77(9A), HR 22(t)]

6.14A proposal to appoint a joint subcommittee should contain sufficient information on the proposed terms of reference, time frame, work plan and extent of work involved in the study of the specific issue or project to facilitate consideration by the relevant Panels. [HR 22(u)(ii)]

6.15The relevant Panels may decide at their first meeting in each session whether members may re-signify membership of the joint subcommittee formed under the Panels in the previous session. It is for the joint subcommittee to decide whether re-election of the Chairman of the joint subcommittee is necessary.

Terms of reference

6.16The terms of reference of a joint subcommittee should be decided by the relevant Panels, and should be issue-specific or project-specific. [HR 22(u)(i)]

Activation of joint subcommittees

6.17The mechanism for activation of subcommittees set out in paragraphs 6.5 and 6.6 above also applies to joint subcommittees appointed under Panels.

Quorum

6.18The quorum of a joint subcommittee is one-third of the membership of the joint subcommittee, including the Chairman (a fraction of the whole number being disregarded). [HR 22(t)]

Voting and decisions

6.19All matters for the decision of a joint subcommittee are decided by the majority of the members of the joint subcommittee voting. Such voting is not binding on any Member, whether in Council, in a committee of the whole Council or in the House Committee. [RoP 77(13)]

Voting right of Chairman

6.20Except in an election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of a joint subcommittee, the Chairman or any presiding member has an original vote but not a casting vote. If the Chairman or the member presiding wishes to exercise his/her original vote on a matter before the joint subcommittee, the vote must be exercised at the same time as other members of the joint subcommittee exercise their votes; otherwise, the Chairman or the member presiding will be regarded as having given up his/her right to vote on the relevant matter. [RoP 77(13), (13B) and 79A(3), Appendix IV of HR]

Procedures and practices

6.21The procedures and practices of a joint subcommittee are determined by the relevant Panels. The procedures and practices set out in rules 20 to 25 of the House Rules apply, where appropriate, to joint subcommittee of Panels. [RoP 77(15), HR 26(f)]

Duration of joint subcommittees

6.22A joint subcommittee should complete its work within 12 months of its commencement and report to the relevant Panels. Should a joint subcommittee consider it necessary to work beyond that 12 months, it should, after obtaining the endorsement of the relevant Panels, report to the House Committee and give justifications for an extension of the 12-month period. [HR 26(c)]

Reporting to the Panels

6.23A joint subcommittee may report to the Panels at any time when it considers appropriate, but should do so as soon as it has completed its work. The report should set out the deliberations and recommendations/ conclusions of the joint subcommittee, if any. The Clerk to the joint subcommittee drafts the report and forwards it to the Chairman (and members, if so requested) for clearance before issuance. The report of the joint subcommittee should be submitted to the relevant Panels for endorsement. [RoP 77(9A), HR 22(u)(iii)]

Dissolution

6.24The joint subcommittee is dissolved upon the submission of the report, or when the relevant Panels so decide.

Working group

Formation

6.25A Panel may form a working group for the purpose of assisting the Panel in the performance of its functions, such as undertaking preparatory work to facilitate the consideration of a subject by the Panel. Members of the working group should be members of that Panel.

No privileges and immunities

6.26Meetings of a working group are informal and are held in closed sessions. The privileges and immunities provided under Cap. 382 are not available to members of the working group because it is not a LegCo committee. The procedures and practices of Panels do not normally apply to the operation of a working group.

Terms of reference

6.27The terms of reference of a working group are determined by the Panel. The terms of reference of a working group may be proposed by the working group. Such proposed terms of reference should be within the scope and purpose decided by the Panel and submitted to the Panel for endorsement.

Reporting to the Panel

6.28The Clerk is responsible for drafting the report of the working group to report its deliberations and recommendations/conclusions to the Panel. The Clerk clears the report with the Chairman (and members, if so requested) of the working group before issuance.

Dissolution

6.29The working group is dissolved upon the submission of the report, or when the Panel so decides.


CHAPTER 7 POWERS TO SUMMON WITNESSES

Paragraphs
Powers to summon witnesses7.1 - 7.5
Proposal to appoint a select committee7.6 - 7.7


Powers to summon witnesses

7.1A Panel may exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 to order any person to testify or give evidence or to produce any paper, book, record or document in his/her possession, if authorised by the Council to do so. [RoP 80(b)]

7.2If a Panel member proposes that the Panel should exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 in connection with its work, a motion on the proposal should be put to the Panel for consideration and decision. If the Panel supports the motion, the House Committee should be informed of the Panel's decision.

7.3The relevant motion in Council is normally moved by the Chairman of the Panel.

7.4If a Panel is authorised to exercise powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382, the Panel should make a report to the Council after it has completed its consideration. [HR 22(w)]

7.5The last occasion on which a Panel was authorised by the Council to exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 was in 1995. At the Council meeting on 13 December 1995, the Panel on Manpower was authorised to use the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 for the purpose of inquiring into the circumstances surrounding the labour disputes involving imported workers under the Special Labour Importation Scheme for the Airport Core Programme Projects and related issues.

Proposal to appoint a select committee

7.6If a Panel decides to recommend the appointment of a select committee to conduct an enquiry and for the select committee to exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 for the purpose of the enquiry, a paper should be presented to the House Committee. The Clerk prepares the paper and clears it with the Chairman before issuance.

7.7If the House Committee supports the proposal of the appointment of a select committee, the relevant motion in Council is normally moved by the Chairman of the House Committee or the Chairman of the subcommittee, if one is formed to undertake preparatory work for the appointment of the select committee.


CHAPTER 8 FOLLOW-UP WORK OF A MEETING

Paragraphs
Decisions8.1 - 8.5
Minutes8.6 - 8.9
Verbatim records8.10 - 8.11
Reporting to the Legislative Council8.12 - 8.18
Reports for the House Committee8.19


Decisions

8.1Decisions made by the Panel are followed up by the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman.

8.2Where a motion passed by the Panel requires the Administration's follow-up action or response, the Clerk writes to inform the Bureau Secretary (or other public officers) concerned of the motion and to request him/her (or the public officer) to take follow-up action or provide a response to the motion, as appropriate.

8.3The Clerk also writes to the relevant bureau if there are other follow-up actions required of the Administration.

8.4The Clerk prepares a "List of follow-up actions" to assist the Panel in keeping track of such matters. The list is updated and put on the agenda of each regular meeting of a Panel.

8.5The Clerk undertakes other necessary follow-up work according to the decisions of the Panel including -

(a)seeking allocation of a debate slot (paragraphs 3.41 and 3.42 above);

(b)seeking the House Committee’s permission to undertake a visit outside Hong Kong (paragraphs 5.2 to 5.3 and 5.12 to 5.17 above);

(c)informing the House Committee of the Panel's decision to seek the Council's authorisation to exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382 (paragraph 7.2 above); and

(d)recommending to the House Committee that a select committee be appointed (paragraph 7.6 above).

Minutes

8.6The Clerk to the Panel prepares the minutes of the meetings of the Panel. [HR 25(a)]

8.7The draft minutes of a Panel meeting are presented in detailed form.

8.8The minutes of a meeting with the Administration and other outside parties need not normally be cleared with them. The Chairman has the discretion to decide whether the draft minutes or any part of the draft minutes should be shown to those who have attended the meeting if, in the Chairman's view, it will facilitate the work of the Panel. [HR 25(d) and (e)]

8.9The draft minutes are cleared with the Chairman before issuance to members for confirmation at a meeting or by circulation. [HR 25(f)]

Verbatim records

8.10Verbatim records are not normally prepared for a meeting, except where the Panel is conducting an enquiry and has been authorised to summon witnesses to give evidence. [HR 25(b)]

8.11The Chairman may, with the agreement of the Panel, determine that a verbatim record of a meeting be made. The request should be justified on the grounds of need. Such a request should be submitted to The Legislative Council Commission with justifications for record.

Reporting to the Legislative Council

Reports

8.12A Panel is required to make at least one report on its work every session to the Council. [RoP 77(14), HR 22(w)]

8.13Such a report is normally presented to the Council at the end of the session. The Clerk is responsible for drafting the report. Before presenting the report to the Council, the report is cleared with the Chairman and then endorsed by the Panel. The endorsement of the report by the Panel may be sought at a meeting or by circulation.

8.14A Panel may make other reports to the Council as and when it considers appropriate. [RoP 77(14)]

8.15As discussed in paragraph 7.4 above, if a Panel has been authorised to exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of Cap. 382, the Panel should make a report to the Council after it has completed its consideration. [HR 22(w)]

Addressing the Council

8.16The permission of the President is required for the presentation of a report to the Council and for the Chairman to address the Council on the report. No debate is allowed on the Chairman's address. [RoP 21(1), (3) and (6)]

8.17The Chairman should provide an advance copy of the intended address to the President to enable the President to decide whether the address may give rise to a debate. [HR 2]

8.18The Clerk is responsible for drafting the Chairman's address.

Reports for the House Committee

8.19A Panel may make a report to or seek the views of the House Committee on a particular matter, or inform the House Committee of the contents of its study report. [RoP 77(14), HR 22(w)]



1 In this Handbook, deputations include groups/organisations as well as individual members of the public who are interested in submitting their views to a Panel on a certain subject.


Appendix I

Appointment of specialist advisers


Appendix II

Provision of papers by the Administration

The following arrangements regarding provision of papers by the Administration for discussion at Panel meetings were recommended by the Committee on Rules of Procedure and endorsed by the House Committee on 18 January 2002. The arrangements have also been agreed between Members and the Administration -

a.the Administration is required to provide papers at least five clear days before the relevant Panel meeting for items with at least three weeks' notice;

b.the Administration is required to provide papers at least two clear days before the relevant Panel meeting for items involving time critical proposals e.g. urgent financial proposals, or where the need to consult Panels does not arise until a very late stage;

c.the Administration is required to provide papers as soon as practicable for items with less than three weeks' notice; certain policy initiatives which cannot be released prior to the approval of the Executive Council; and matters involving commercially sensitive information; and

d.papers should reach the LegCo Secretariat by 11:00 am if the deadline for provision of papers falls on a day before a public holiday.

If the required papers are not received by the agreed deadline, the Chairman may, after consulting the Panel, remove the relevant item from the agenda. If the Chairman decides to leave the item on the agenda, the Chairman should consult the Panel at the meeting whether the item should be discussed or removed from the agenda, and allow time for a short discussion on the matter (agreed to at the House Committee meeting on 26 November 2004).

The expression "clear days" excludes the day of making a request to the Administration for provision of papers, the day of the relevant meeting and intervening public holidays.

Appendix III

List of public officers designated by
the Chief Executive for the purpose of attending meetings of the Legislative Council or its committees





Appendix IV

Expressions which have been ruled at meetings of the Council,
House Committee and Finance Committee
to be offensive and insulting language about Members or
public officers attending the relevant meeting1Legend symbol denoting By virtue of Rule 10(2) of the Rules of Procedure (“RoP”), the scope of prohibition against the use of offensive and insulting language about Members under Rule 41(4) of RoP is expanded to cover the use of such language about public officers attending the meeting concerned for the relevant item of business. or
unparliamentary in the context in which the expressions were used

(as at 26 May 2020)

(a)Expressions which have been ruled to be offensive and insulting language about Members or public officers attending the relevant meeting1Legend symbol denoting By virtue of Rule 10(2) of the Rules of Procedure (“RoP”), the scope of prohibition against the use of offensive and insulting language about Members under Rule 41(4) of RoP is expanded to cover the use of such language about public officers attending the meeting concerned for the relevant item of business.

"as the saying goes, 'foul grass grows out of a foul ditch'. The Chinese Government had hand-picked the members of the Preparatory Committee, who then selected the 400 members of the Selection Committee. This same group of people will then nominate candidates for the Chief Executive."

13 November 19962Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"You are all stupid. Who are you trying to fool?"

27 September 19972Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"they have a sufficient number of rubber stamps here"

16 July 19992Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

Member A3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. "has acted impudently and shamelessly"

13 October 20042Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

Member B3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. "delivered his speech, he was so shameless as to insist that there were justifications"

16 March 20052Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

people like Member C3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. "among the 'dog class' are helping the tyrant in his evildoing……"

8 November 20062Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"that is the two so-called proverbs I said yesterday - 'stumbling to death on the street' and……"

27 March 20094Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Finance Committee meeting.

"some Members of this Council sought to realize their personal desires under the banner of justice …… especially the Members representing the legal profession"

9 December 20092Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"It is those 'castrati', like 'Eunuch LAM', Stephen LAM, who are obstructing constitutional development ……"

9 June 20102Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Lackey"

26 January 20112Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

Member D3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. has "kissed the wrong ass"

9 January 20132Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

Member E3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was "like a dog running around, snapping at people"

7 May 20142Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Members of the pro-establishment camp were chickens"

25 November 20165Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant House Committee meeting.

"Do you know how many people have viewed, on the Internet, the clip of your style of deliberating politics like 'a shrew hurling abuse on the street' ?"

20 January 20174Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Finance Committee meeting.

"You are 'dickhead(s)', bullying us 'egghead(s)'."

2 May 20174Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Finance Committee meeting.

"Member F3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. as part of a 'flunkey' "

14 December 20172Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Member G3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was 'low-down' "

3 May 20195Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant House Committee meeting.

"Member G3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was 'despicable and low-down' "

3 May 20195Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant House Committee meeting.

"Member H3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was 'a lackey and a slave' "

26 June 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"habitually eat foreign sausage"

15 October 20196Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"PK"

12 December 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Member I3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was 'a scumbag' "

12 December 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"the phoney Chair"

20 May 20202Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"You, the self-proclaimed Chair"

20 May 20202Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Member J3Legend symbol denoting 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned. was 'ignoble' "

21 May 20202Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

(b)Expressions which have been ruled to be unparliamentary

"these two words '仆街' (stumbling to death on the street) are certainly not foul language, it is just that you twisted (The buzzer sounded) ……"

1 April 20092Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"especially a so-called teacher of 'dog shit' law ……" 7Legend symbol denoting The President stated at the Council meeting that such remarks were offensive and insulting and were inappropriate. However, as these remarks were not specifically about Members of this Council, he therefore could not rule that the remarks were in breach of Rule 41(4) of RoP.

13 January 20102Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"The Chief Executive 'is lying' "

9 May 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

" President, 'you had better chop off that Member's head' "

27 June 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.

"Dog official"

19 December 20192Legend symbol denoting Date of the relevant Council meeting.




1 By virtue of Rule 10(2) of the Rules of Procedure ("RoP"), the scope of prohibition against the use of offensive and insulting language about Members under Rule 41(4) of RoP is expanded to cover the use of such language about public officers attending the meeting concerned for the relevant item of business.
2 Date of the relevant Council meeting.
3 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' , 'F' , 'G' , 'H' , 'I' and 'J' represent the names of the Members concerned.
4 Date of the relevant Finance Committee meeting.
5 Date of the relevant House Committee meeting.
6 Date of the relevant special House Committee meeting.
7 The President stated at the Council meeting that such remarks were offensive and insulting and were inappropriate. However, as these remarks were not specifically about Members of this Council, he therefore could not rule that the remarks were in breach of Rule 41(4) of RoP.