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THB's response to media enquiries

     In response to media enquiries on the Public Accounts Committee report on the management of skips today (February 12), the spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau responded as follows:

     The Government has been very concerned about problems caused by skips, such as obstruction to vehicles and pedestrians, increasing the safety risk for road users and causing nuisance to the environment.

     Considering the complexity of the issues which involve different bureaux and departments, and also having regard to the nature of the issues, the Government has decided to set up a joint working group led by the Environment Bureau to study ways and measures to manage skips more effectively. The joint working group comprises members from related bureaux and departments, including the Development Bureau, the Transport and Housing Bureau, the Transport Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Lands Department, the Highways Department and the Environmental Protection Department, etc. Apart from exploring ways and measures to manage skips more effectively, the working group will discuss with the trade and report to the Legislative Council and the public on the work progress when appropriate.

     We must point out that the handling of skips involves the work of different policy bureaux and departments, for example the disposal of waste from construction and repair works, occupation of government land and obstruction to traffic, as well as environmental and hygiene problems. Therefore, the issues cannot be handled by a single policy bureau or department.

     The Transport and Housing Bureau and the Transport Department will actively participate in the joint working group's work to follow up on the report's recommendations.

Ends/Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:59


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