Speeches & Questions of the Council

Questions – Implementation of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (Christopher Cheung)

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (S-HK SC) will soon be launched. There are comments that S-HK SC marks an important step in the financial reform on the Mainland and it will help promote the internationalisation of Renminbi. Regarding matters relating to S-HK SC, will the Government inform this Council…

Questions – Housing needs of young people (Priscilla Leung)

The CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index 2013 released earlier by The Chinese University of Hong Kong indicated that the housing “affordability ratio” of Hong Kong people hit a record low in 12 years…

Questions – Use of public funds by tertiary institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (Lau Wong-fat)

Following is a question by the Hon Lau Wong-fat and a written reply by the Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, in the Legislative Council today (October 15): Question: It has been reported that the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has made huge amount of advanced payments for the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital

Questions – Continuing Education Fund (Abraham Shek)

The Government established the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) in 2002 to encourage the local labour force to equip themselves in coping with the globalised and knowledge-based economic development, and to create opportunities for young people to move up the social ladder…

Questions – Control on the number of visitors to Hong Kong (Jeffrey Lam)

It has been reported that at a meeting of the Commission on Strategic Development held last month, the Chief Executive raised the issue of reducing the number of mainland people visiting Hong Kong under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS visitors) to seek the views of Commission members. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council…

Questions – Development of knowledge-based economy in Hong Kong (Abraham Shek)

Networked Readiness Index (NRI) is a measure of how prepared an economy is in applying the benefits of information and communications technologies for promoting economic growth and well-being…

Work of the offices of the SAR Government on the Mainland (Jeffrey Lam)

Following is a question by the Hon Jeffrey Lam and a written reply by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Raymond Tam, in the Legislative Council on June 25: Question: With the ever-growing economic and business activities between Hong Kong and the Mainland, Hong Kong people doing businesses on the Mainland (Hong Kong

Speech – Improving the implementation of the education policy and allocating additional funding for education (Abraham Shek)

Deputy President, Secretary, if I may just quote a famous saying by a British gentleman: “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” Another French philosopher said, “Education made us what we are.” We are today for what education made us.

Questions – Regulation and application of unmanned aircraft systems (Andrew Leung)

With the technology of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) maturing gradually and miniaturisation of UAS, UAS have become increasingly versatile. On the civilian side, UAS can be used for leisure pursuits, aerial photography, search and rescue, etc. Regarding the regulation and application of UAS, will the Government inform this Council…

Questions – Business conditions of small and medium brokers (Christopher Cheung)

According to the Financial Review of the Securities Industry for the year ended 2013 (the Review) published by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Category C brokers (i.e. brokers ranked 66th or after by monthly turnover on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong) recorded a total net profit of $1.758 billion last year, which was 3.95 times higher than that of 2012.


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