The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 10 (29 January 2005)

At its meeting on 26, 27 and 28 January 2005, the Legislative Council passed the following two resolutions:

(1)Resolution moved by Hon Miriam LAU Kin-yee relating to the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

(2)Resolution moved by the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food relating to the Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulation 2004 and the Poisons List (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulation 2004.

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

(1)Motion on "Introducing a fair competition law for the oil industries", moved by Hon Mrs Selina CHOW LIANG Shuk-yee

"That, as the adjustments of local oil product prices are always quick in going up but slow in coming down and the pace of price adjustments by various oil companies tends to be synchronized, while oil product pump prices often fail to truly reflect import costs, this Council urges the Government to actively consider introducing a fair competition law and other effective measures for the oil industries, including requesting the Competition Policy Advisory Group to take heed of any unfair mode of competition that may emerge in the local oil market, and entrusting the Group to monitor and study the situation, with a view to increasing competition in the oil industries and enhancing the transparency of product prices, thereby avoiding oligopoly, promoting fair competition and safeguarding commercial clients and the public against high oil prices."

(2)Motion on "Enacting legislation on freedom of information", moved by Hon James TO Kun-sun as amended by Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing and further amended by Hon Margaret NG

"That this Council urges the HKSAR Government to enact legislation on freedom of information, on the premise of fully consulting various sectors of the community and having regard for the public's right to know and their social responsibilities, so as to safeguard Hong Kong's freedom of the press and information, enhance the transparency and accountability of the HKSAR Government, safeguard the public interests of the Hong Kong community, and consolidate the core values of Hong Kong as well as facilitate public participation in assessing and proposing public policies; and the relevant legislation should provide for:
(a)the public's right of access to information held by public authorities;
(b)clearly defined categories of information the disclosure of which may be refused; and
(c)the mechanisms for enforcing the right and for appeal."