The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 1 (20 October 2005)

At its meeting on 19 October 2005, the Legislative Council passed the following two resolutions:

(1)Resolution moved by Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing relating to Rule 77 of the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

(2)Resolution moved by Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing relating to Rule 75 of the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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

(1)Motion on "Facing up to the needs of people with disabilities in using transport", moved by Hon LEUNG Yiu-chung

"That this Council expresses deep regret that the government departments concerned, some statutory transport corporations, and public transport operators have failed to face up to the motions passed by this Council in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 sessions calling for improvement to transport facilities for people with disabilities and the offer of concessionary fares to them, and this Council requests the Administration to expeditiously adopt effective measures to fulfil the following demands:
(a)following up the motions passed by this Council and a relevant motion passed by the Panel on Transport on 22 July this year, and implementing the arrangements for offering public transport half-fare concessions to people with disabilities;
(b)pressing various public transport operators to improve their facilities so as to reduce the barriers to people with disabilities; and
(c)allocating additional resources to expeditiously improve the Rehabus service."

(2)Motion on "Assisting Hong Kong residents encountering problems in the Mainland", moved by Hon James TO Kun-sun as amended by Hon Jeffrey LAM Kin-fung

"That, as contacts between Hong Kong and the Mainland are increasing, and the number of Hong Kong people working, travelling and doing business in the Mainland has been on the rise, with increasing occasions on which they need help when encountering problems such as those relating to medical cases, law and order, commercial activities or other disputes in the Mainland, but very often cannot get proper assistance when their personal safety and property are at stake, this Council urges the Government to adopt the following measures on the premise of 'one country, two systems' and respect for Mainland laws:
(a)exploiting more effectively the functions of the Office of the Government of HKSAR in Beijing, the Economic and Trade Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Guangdong and other offices to be established in the Mainland, and enhancing their intermediary roles, so as to more efficiently and appropriately assist Hong Kong people who need help in the Mainland;
(b)developing closer communication and coordinating mechanisms with provincial/municipal governments such as that of Guangdong, and other Mainland authorities progressively, with a view to enabling Hong Kong residents to receive proper assistance and support as soon as possible when they encounter such difficulties as special incidents, accidents or commercial/business disputes in the Mainland; and
(c)enhancing the efforts of government departments in disseminating information to the media in order to promote Hong Kong people's understanding of the government policies, legislation and social condition in the Mainland, so as to reduce misunderstanding and enable Hong Kong people to adopt suitable measures to protect their personal rights and interests."

(3)"Motion for Adjournment", moved by Hon LAU Kong-wah

"That this Council do now adjourn for the purpose of debating the following issue: Toll adjustment issues of Tate's Cairn Tunnel and Route 3 (Country Park Section)."