LC Paper No. CB(2) 6/98-99

Ref : CB2/H/5

House Committee of the Legislative Council

Minutes of the 1st meeting held at the Legislative Council Chamber at 2:30 pm on Friday, 3 July 1998

Members present :

Dr Hon LEONG Che-hung, JP (Chairman)
Dr Hon YEUNG Sum (Deputy Chairman)
Hon Kenneth TING Woo-shou, JP
Hon James TIEN Pei-chun, JP
Hon David CHU Yu-lin
Hon HO Sai-chu, JP
Hon Cyd HO Sau-lan
Hon Edward HO Sing-tin, JP
Dr Hon Raymond HO Chung-tai, JP
Hon LEE Wing-tat
Hon LEE Cheuk-yan
Hon Eric LI Ka-cheung, JP
Hon LEE Kai-ming, JP
Hon Fred LI Wah-ming
Dr Hon LUI Ming-wah, JP
Hon NG Leung-sing
Prof Hon NG Ching-fai
Hon Margaret NG Ngoi-yee
Hon Mrs Selina CHOW LIANG Shuk-yee, JP
Hon Ronald ARCULLI, JP
Hon James TO Kun-sun
Hon CHEUNG Man-kwong
Hon Ambrose CHEUNG Wing-sum, JP
Hon HUI Cheung-ching
Hon Christine LOH Kung-wai
Hon CHAN Kwok-keung
Hon Bernard Charnwut CHAN
Hon CHAN Wing-chan
Hon CHAN Kam-lam
Hon Mrs Sophie LEUNG LAU Yau-fan, JP
Hon Gary CHENG Kai-nam
Hon SIN Chung-kai
Hon Andrew WONG Wang-fat, JP
Dr Hon Philip WONG Yu-Hong
Hon WONG Yung-kan
Hon Jasper TSANG Yok-sing, JP
Hon Howard YOUNG, JP
Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung
Hon LAU Chin-shek, JP
Hon LAU Kong-wah
Hon LAU Wong-fat, GBS, JP
Hon Mrs Miriam LAU Kin-yee, JP
Hon Ambrose LAU Hon-chuen, JP
Hon Emily LAU Wai-hing, JP
Dr Hon TANG Siu-tong, JP
Hon CHOY So-yuk
Hon Andrew CHENG Kar-foo
Hon Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, JP
Hon LAW Chi-kwong, JP
Hon TAM Yiu-chung, JP

Members absent :

Hon HO Chun-yan
Hon Michael HO Mun-ka
Hon Martin LEE Chu-ming, SC, JP
Dr Hon David LI Kwok-po, JP
Hon MA Fung-kwok
Hon CHAN Yuen-han
Hon LEUNG Yiu-chung
Hon CHIM Pui-chung

Clerk in attendance :

Mrs Justina LAM
Clerk to the House Committee

Staff in attendance :

Mr Ricky C C FUNG, JP
Secretary General

Mr Jimmy MA, JP
Legal Adviser

Mr LAW Kam-sang, JP
Deputy Secretary General

Ms Pauline NG
Assistant Secretary General 1

Assistant Secretary General 3

Ms Kathleen LAU
Chief Public Information Officer

Mr LAW Wing-lok
Chief Assistant Secretary (2)5

Mrs Betty LEUNG
Chief Assistant Secretary (3)1

Mrs Eleanor CHOW
Senior Assistant Secretary (2)8

Election of Presiding Member

1 In accordance with the election procedure circulated to members on 2 July 1998 under LC Paper No. CB(2) 1/98-99, the Clerk called for nominations for the presiding Member.

2 Mr Andrew WONG was nominated by Mr LEE Kai-ming and the nomination was seconded by Messrs YEUNG Yiu-chung and CHENG Kai-nam. Mr Andrew WONG accepted the nomination. There being no other nomination, the Clerk declared that Mr Andrew WONG was elected as the presiding Member.

Election of Chairman

3 Mr Andrew WONG took the chair and called for nominations for the chairmanship of the House Committee.

4 Dr LEONG Che-hung was nominated by Dr YEUNG Sum and the nomination was seconded by Miss Margaret NG and Mr CHAN Wing-chan. Dr LEONG Che-hung accepted the nomination. There being no other nomination, the presiding Member declared that Dr LEONG Che-hung was elected as Chairman of the House Committee. Dr LEONG Che-hung then took the chair.

Election of Deputy Chairman

5 The Chairman called for nominations for the deputy chairmanship of the House Committee.

6 Dr YEUNG Sum was nominated by Mr Ronald ARCULLI and the nomination was seconded by Messrs Fred LI and SIN Chung-kai. Dr YEUNG Sum accepted the nomination. There being no other nomination, the Chairman declared that Dr YEUNG Sum was elected as Deputy Chairman of the House Committee.

Any Other Business

7 The Chairman advised members that the next meeting of the House Committee would be held on Monday, 6 July 1998 at 2:30 pm.

8 The Chairman said that he would ascertain from the Administration whether there were any bills which would need to be dealt with by the Council urgently apart from the four bills to be introduced into the Council between 8 July 1998 and 22 July 1998. The Chairman added that he and the Deputy Chairman would discuss with the President the duration of the summer break.

9 In response to Messrs LI Wing-tat and James TO, the Chairman said that he would urge the Administration to introduce bills into the Council as soon as possible in order that the Council could commence scrutiny of the bills at an early date.

10 In response to Miss Emily LAU's enquiry regarding the agenda for the House Committee meeting on 6 July 1998, the Chairman said that the items to be discussed would include -

  1. business to be dealt with at the Council meetings on 8 and 15 July 1998;

  2. Legislative Council House Rules;

  3. formation of Panels;

  4. the election procedure leading to the appointment of Members to the Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Members' Interests and Committee on Rules of Procedure;

  5. motion on election of Members of The Legislative Council Commission and their term of office;

  6. nomination and election of Members of the Legislative Council to advisory bodies; and

  7. the Solicitor-General's letter to the Legal Adviser regarding the draft Rules of Procedure.

He added that he hoped to be able to see the Chief Secretary for Administration prior to the next meeting.

11 The meeting ended at 2:40 pm.

Legislative Council Secretariat
8 July 1998