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CS speaks following endorsement by CoP on CCF assistance programmes (with video)

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Secretary for Administration and Chairperson of the Commission on Poverty, Mrs Carrie Lam, at a media session today (March 27) at the lobby of West Wing, Central Government Offices, Tamar:

Reporter: Mrs Lam, on the teachers for the special education needs students, what do you expect the teachers to do to help the students? And the time is running out before the Government will table its political reform proposal. Are you getting more pessimistic over the matter?

Chief Secretary for Administration: I will ask Dr Law (Chi-kwong) to respond to your first question, about using the Community Care Fund to establish what we call SENCO, that is co-ordinator for special education needs for students in ordinary schools.

     As I've said, this meet-the-media session is on the work of the Commission on Poverty, but just to respond to your question, the first priority now before us on constitutional development is to complete the report on the second-round public consultation with a view to putting it (the resolution) before the Legislative Council for scrutiny and hopefully for a vote before Legislative Council goes into summer recess. At the moment, I think you are right. I personally have not received any feedback that will give me the needed optimism that the package will go through Legislative Council receiving two-thirds support of the Legislative Council members. But this doesn't mean that we should give up on this objective. I think we should work very hard, not only vis-a-vis the Legislative Council members but also explain to the community at large how important it is to deliver universal suffrage in the selection of the Chief Executive in 2017. This is going to be a very historic step in Hong Kong's democratic development, and I would urge our Legislative Council members to take into full account public opinion before they make up their mind on how to cast their vote.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Friday, March 27, 2015
Issued at HKT 22:25


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