The LegCo Reporter
Council Meetings 2013-2014
 
Issue No. 20 (21 March 2014)


- Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.3) Bill 2013 and Product Eco-responsibility (Amendment) Bill 2013 passed

- Debated a motion under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance to appoint a select committee to inquire into the immediate termination of the contract of Ms LI Wei-ling, a radio host of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited ("Commercial Radio"), and the alleged political interference by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government with the editorial independence of Commercial Radio

- Motion on "The incident of attack on Mr Kevin LAU Chun-to, the former chief editor of Ming Pao Daily News" passed

- Motion on "Evaluating the effectiveness of the policy on 'promoting sports in the community, supporting elite sports and developing Hong Kong into a prime destination for hosting major international sports events' and formulating a long-term sports policy" passed

- Motion on "Encouraging the return of the industrial sector for development to make Hong Kong's industries more diversified"passed

 

At the Legislative Council meetings on 19, 20 and 21 March 2014,  the Council passed the following bills:

(1) Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.3) Bill 2013

3 Members expressed their views during the Second Reading debate on the bill.

(2) Product Eco-responsibility (Amendment) Bill 2013, with amendments moved by the Secretary for the Environment at the Committee Stage.

9 Members expressed their views during the Second Reading debate on the bill.

  

The Council also passed the following proposed resolutions:

(1) Proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Transport and Housing  under section 34(2) of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance to amend the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulation 2014, laid on the table of the Legislative Council on 22 January 2014.

4 Members expressed their views.

(2) Proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury under the Public Finance Ordinance to give for a sum not exceeding $78,677,470,000 to be charged on the general revenue for expenditure on the services of the Government in respect of the financial year commencing on 1 April 2014.

1 Member expressed his views.

(3) Proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Security under the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance to approve the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Spain) Order made by the Chief Executive in Council on 22 October 2013.

1 Member expressed his views.

(4) Proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Security under the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance to approve the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Czech Republic) Order made by the Chief Executive in Council on 22 October 2013.

1 Member expressed his views.

(5) Proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Food and Health under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance to approve the Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Regulation 2014 and the Poisons List (Amendment) Regulation 2014, made by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board on 14 February 2014.

 

(6) Proposed resolution moved by Hon Jeffrey LAM under section 34(4) of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance to extend the period for amending the Toys and Children's Products Safety (Additional Safety Standards or Requirements) Regulation, the Toys and Children's Products Safety Regulation (Repeal) Regulation and the Toys and Children's Products Safety (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 (Commencement) Notice, laid on the table of the Legislative Council on 19 February 2014, to the meeting of 9 April 2014.

1 Member expressed his views.

(7) Proposed resolution moved by Hon TAM Yiu-chung under Article 75 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, to amend the relevant Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council regarding access to the Legislative Council's documents and records.

3 Members expressed their views.

 

At the same meeting, Hon Andrew LEUNG moved a motion under Rule 49E(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council to take note of Report No. 13/13-14 of the House Committee laid on the Table of the Council in relation to the Air Pollution Control (Marine Light Diesel) Regulation.

3 Members expressed their views.

In accordance with Rule 49E(9) of the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council, the above motion did not need to be put to vote.

 

The Council also debated the following motion:

Motion moved by Hon Claudia MO under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance to appoint a select committee to inquire into the immediate termination of the contract of Ms LI Wei-ling, a radio host of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited ("Commercial Radio"), and the alleged political interference by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government with the editorial independence of Commercial Radio; and that in the performance of its duties the committee be authorized under section 9(2) of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (Cap. 382) to exercise the powers conferred by section 9(1) of that Ordinance.

28 Members expressed their views.

The motion moved by Hon Claudia MO was negatived.

 

In addition, the Council passed the following motions not intended to have legislative effect:

(1) Motion on "The incident of attack on Mr Kevin LAU Chun-to, the former chief editor of Ming Pao Daily News", moved by Hon Andrew LEUNG as amended by Hon Claudia MO and Ho Cyd HO.

43 Members expressed their views.

The amendments moved by Hon Emily LAU and Hon Gary FAN were negatived.

 

(2)  Motion on "Evaluating the effectiveness of the policy on 'promoting sports in the community, supporting elite sports and developing Hong Kong into a prime destination for hosting major international sports events' and formulating a long-term sports policy", moved by Hon MA Fung-kwok as amended by Dr Hon Kenneth CHAN, Dr Hon Helena WONG and Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG.

25 Members expressed their views.

 

(3) Motion on "Encouraging the return of the industrial sector for development to make Hong Kong's industries more diversified", moved by Hon CHUNG Kwok-pan, as amended by Hon SIN Chung-kai, Hon Kenneth LEUNG and Hon CHAN Yuen-han.

20 Members expressed their views.

The amendments moved by Hon Andrew LEUNG was negatived.

 

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Preview of the next Council meeting:

At its meeting to be held on 26 March 2014, the Legislative Council will deal with the following matters:

(1) To resume Second Reading debates on the Rural Representative Election Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2013, the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2013 and the Loans (Amendment) Bill 2014; and

(2) To debate motions on "Properly dealing with problems arising from cross-boundary students" and  "Safeguarding academic freedom" moved by Hon TAM Yiu-chung and Dr Hon Kenneth CHAN respectively.

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