LegCo Paper No. CB(2)839/96-97
Ref : CB2/BC/6/96

Minutes of the first meeting of the Bills Committee on the Crimes (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 1996

held on Wednesday, 18 December 1996 at 2:15 pm in Conference Room B of the LegCo Building

Members Present:
    Hon Albert HO Chun-yan ( Chairman )
    Hon CHEUNG Man-kwong
    Hon Frederick FUNG Kin-kee
    Hon Emily LAU Wai-hing
    Hon James TO Kun-sun
    Hon Andrew CHENG Kar-foo
    Hon Margaret NG
Members Absent:
    Hon Christine LOH Kung-wai*
    Hon Bruce LIU Sing-lee*
    Hon TSANG Kin-shing*
    Hon Mrs Elizabeth WONG, CBE, ISO, JP*
Clerk in Attendance :
    Mrs Betty LEUNG
    Chief Assistant Secretary (2)3
Staff in Attendance :
    Mr Jimmy MA
    Legal Adviser
    Miss Erin TSANG
    Senior Assistant Secretary (2)7

I.Election of Chairman

Hon Albert HO was elected Chairman of the Bills Committee. He then took over the chairmanship for the ensuing discussion.

II.Internal discussion and date of next meeting

2. The meeting agreed that the Administration would be invited to attend the next meeting scheduled for 8 January 1997 at 8:30 am to brief members on the Bill as well as to provide the following information:

  1. whether China and other common law jurisdictions like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa had similar legislation on subversion and secession; and
  2. how the legislation was administered and enforced in those countries.

    3. Members present also agreed that press advertisements on the South China Morning Post and Ming Pao should be issued to invite public views on the Bill. The meeting with the representatives of professional bodies and the public was scheduled for 18 January 1997 at 9:00 am.

    4. There being no other business, the meeting ended at 2:30 pm.

    LegCo Secretariat

    18 December 1996
    * other commitments

    Last Updated on 21 Jan, 1997