PLC Paper No. LS 89

Paper for the House Committee Meeting
of the Provisional Legislative Council
on 13 February 1998

Legal Service Division Report on
Subsidiary Legislation Gazetted on 23 January 1998

Date of Tabling in Provisional LegCo : 11 February 1998
Amendment to be made by : 11 March 1997 (or 18 March 1998
if extended by resolution)

Public Health (Animals and Birds) Ordinance (Cap. 139)
Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Amendment) Regulation 1998 (L.N. 44)

This Regulation requires a health certificate to be issued by a competent veterinary authority for any bird imported into Hong Kong by land, sea or air. The certificate must certify that the bird is free from any clinical sign of disease and has been kept in a place without evidence of H5 avian influenza virus infection and from other birds for appropriate periods and that a sample is diagnosed to be free from such infection. A maximum fine of $25,000 and forfeiture are imposed as penalty for any contravention of the new requirement.

Members may refer to PLC Brief ECON 10/323/59 issued by the Economic Services Branch in January 1998 for additional information.

Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374)
Road Traffic Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 8) (No. 2) Order 1998 (L.N. 50)

The Order reinstates the fees chargeable on certificates of roadworthiness issued in respect of private cars and light goods vehicles at the existing rate. The fees have been inadvertently removed from Schedule 8 to the Ordinance in 1995.

Members may refer to PLC Brief TBCR 25/5591/79(95) pt. 9 issued by the Transport Bureau in January 1998 for more background materials and a related Legal Service Division Report (PLC Paper No. LS 92).

Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Amendment of Second Schedule) (No. 3) Order 1997
Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Amendment of Second Schedule) (No. 3) Order 1997 (L.N. 599 of 1997) (Commencement) Notice 1998 (L.N. 51)

This Notice appoints 5 February 1998 as the day on which the 1997 Order came into operation.

The Order specifies the North District Hospital as a prescribed hospital under the principal ordinance.

Prepared by

CHEUNG Ping-kam, Arthur
Assistant Legal Adviser
Provisional Legislative Council Secretariat
9 February 1998