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Transcript of remarks by STH
     Following is the transcript of remarks at a media session by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan, after attending a radio programme this morning (October 13):

Reporter: Is that high chance to include red minibuses and shuttle buses in the latest scheme and when do you expect to take it into effect at the earliest?

Secretary for Transport and Housing: We have heard the voices and opinions from fellow citizens and the trade throughout these days. We are seriously considering whether or not they should be included. As a matter of procedure, we need to go to the legislature to ask for funding allocation and I would expect by that time a decision would be made.

Reporter: You mean ...?

Secretary for Transport and Housing: By the time that we make the submission for funding application to the Legislative Council.

Reporter: Can you explain on the consideration why you don't put red minibuses and shuttle buses into the scheme and why you're considering it again?

Secretary for Transport and Housing: I think the objective of the scheme is to relieve the expense on public transport for fellow citizens of Hong Kong. Therefore, if there are genuine reasons that the scheme would help them out in some ways, I think this deserves our consideration. We need to also consider the amount of public expenditure on such inclusion as well and therefore we need to go back and consider in much greater detail.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Friday, October 13, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:38
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