Provisional Legislative Council

PLC Paper No. CB(3) 769

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday
11 March 1998 and Thursday 12 March 1998 at 2:30 pm respectively

Members present:

The Hon Mrs Rita FAN, JP
The Hon WONG Siu-yee
The Hon James TIEN Pei-chun, JP
The Hon David CHU Yu-lin
The Hon HO Sai-chu, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon Edward HO Sing-tin, JP
Dr Hon Raymond HO Chung-tai, JP
The Hon NG Leung-sing
Prof Hon NG Ching-fai
The Hon Eric LI Ka-cheung, JP
Dr Hon David LI Kwok-po, JP
The Hon LEE Kai-ming
The Hon Allen LEE, JP
The Hon Mrs Elsie TU, GBM
The Hon Mrs Selina CHOW, JP
The Hon Mrs Peggy LAM, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon Henry WU
The Hon NGAI Shiu-kit, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon Henry TANG Ying-yen, JP The Hon Ronald ARCULLI, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon YUEN Mo
The Hon MA Fung-kwok
The Hon CHEUNG Hon-chung (absent on 11.3.1998)
Dr Hon Mrs TSO WONG Man-yin (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon LEUNG Chun-ying, JP
Dr Hon LEONG Che-hung, JP
The Hon Mrs Sophie LEUNG LAU Yau-fun, JP
The Hon MOK Ying-fan (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon HUI Yin-fat, JP
The Hon CHAN Choi-hi
The Hon CHAN Yuen-han (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon CHAN Wing-chan
The Hon CHAN Kam-lam
The Hon TSANG Yok-sing
The Hon Frederick FUNG Kin-kee (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon Andrew WONG Wang-fat, JP
Dr Hon Philip WONG Yu-hong
The Hon Kennedy WONG Ying-ho
The Hon Howard YOUNG, JP
Dr Hon Charles YEUNG Chun-kam
The Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung
The Hon IP Kwok-him
The Hon CHIM Pui-chung
The Hon Bruce LIU Sing-lee
The Hon LAU Kong-wah
The Hon LAU Wong-fat, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon Mrs Miriam LAU Kin-yee, JP
The Hon Ambrose LAU Hon-chuen, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon CHOY Kan-pui, JP
The Hon Paul CHENG Ming-fun, JP (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon CHENG Yiu-tong (absent on 12.3.1998)
Dr Hon TANG Siu-tong, JP
The Hon Timothy FOK Tsun-ting
The Hon KAN Fook-yee (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon NGAN Kam-chuen
The Hon LO Suk-ching
Dr Hon LAW Cheung-kwok (absent on 12.3.1998)
The Hon TAM Yiu-chung, JP

Members absent:

The Hon CHENG Kai-nam
The Hon CHOY So-yuk

Public officers attending:

on 11.3.1998 and 12.3.1998

The Honourable Mrs Anson CHAN, JP
The Chief Secretary for Administration

The Honourable Donald TSANG Yam-kuen, JP
The Financial Secretary

The Honourable Elsie LEUNG Oi-sie, JP
The Secretary for Justice

Mr Dominic WONG Shing-wah, JP
Secretary for Housing

Mr Rafael HUI Si-yan, JP
Secretary for Financial Services

Mr Joseph WONG Wing-ping, JP
Secretary for Education and Manpower

Mr Peter LAI Hing-ling, JP
Secretary for Security

Mr Bowen LEUNG Po-wing, JP
Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands

Mr KWONG Ki-chi, JP
Secretary for the Treasury

Mr LAM Woon-kwong, JP
Secretary for the Civil Service

Mr Stephen IP Shu-kwan, JP
Secretary for Economic Services

Mr David LAN Hong-tsung, JP
Secretary for Home Affairs

on 11.3.1998

Mr Nicholas NG Wing-fui, JP
Secretary for Transport

on 12.3.1998

Mr Michael SUEN Ming-yeung, JP
Secretary for Constitutional Affairs

Mrs Katherine FOK LO Shiu-ching, JP
Secretary for Health and Welfare

Clerks in attendance:

on 11.3.1998 and 12.3.1998

Mr Ricky FUNG Choi-cheung, JP
Secretary General

on 11.3.1998

Mrs Justina LAM CHENG Bo-ling
Assistant Secretary General (2)

Mr Ray CHAN Yum-mou
Assistant Secretary General (3)

on 12.3.1998

Ms Pauline NG Man-wah
Assistant Secretary General (1)


The following papers were laid on the table pursuant to Rule 21(2) of the Rules of Procedure:

Subsidiary LegislationL.N. No.
1. Securities and Futures Commission (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 1998166/98
2. Food Business (Urban Council) (Amendment) Bylaw 1998170/98
3. Food Business (Regional Council) (Amendment) Bylaw 1998171/98
4. Buildings (Amendment) Ordinance 1996 (54 of 1996) (Commencement) Notice 1998 172/98
5. Buildings (Amendment) Ordinance 1997 (36 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998 173/98
6. Building (Administration) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 441 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998174/98
7. Building (Administration) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 514 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998175/98
8. Building (Demolition Works) (Amendment) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 515 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998176/98
9. Building (Standards of Sanitary Fitments, Plumbing, Drainage Works and Latrines) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 516 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998 177/98
10. Building (Ventilating Systems) (Amendment) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 517 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998178/98
11. Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Regulation 1997 (L.N. 228 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998179/98


Mrs Miriam LAU addressed the Council on the nine Orders made under the Port Control (Cargo Working Areas) Ordinance (Cap. 81), which are subsidiary legislation laid on the Table of the Council at the meeting on 11 February 1998.


Written replies to Questions 1 to 16 were tabled for Members’ information.


Second Reading

Appropriation Bill 1998

The debate on the Second Reading which had been moved on 18 February 1998 resumed.

In accordance with Rule 68(2) of the Rules of Procedure, the Council resumed the debate on the Appropriation Bill 1998.

19 Members spoke on the motion.

At 5:58 pm, the President's Deputy took the chair during the temporary absence of the President.

Another two Members spoke on the motion.

The Financial Secretary drew the attention of the President's Deputy to the absence of a quorum. After counting the Members present, the President's Deputy directed the Clerk to summon Members to the meeting. A quorum was then present.

At 6:34 pm, the President resumed the chair.

13 further Members spoke on the motion.

The President suspended the meeting at 9:13 pm.

The Council resumed at 2:30 pm on 12 March 1998 and continued to debate the second reading of the Appropriation Bill 1998.

22 Members spoke on the motion.

Dr C H LEONG moved that the debate on the motion be adjourned to the meeting to be held on 18 March 1998.

Question on the motion proposed, put and agreed to.

Next meeting

The President declared that the next meeting of the Council would be held on 18 March 1998 at 2:30 pm.

The Council was adjourned at 6:39 pm.

(Mrs Rita FAN)

Council Chamber
Hong Kong