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LegCo to consider proposed resolution under Fixed Penalty (Criminal Proceedings) Ordinance
The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:

     The Legislative Council (LegCo) will hold a meeting on Wednesday (January 17) at 11am in the Chamber of the LegCo Complex. During the meeting, Members will consider a proposed resolution moved by the Secretary for Transport and Housing under the Fixed Penalty (Criminal Proceedings) Ordinance to increase by 25 per cent the fixed penalty charges for five of the congestion-related offences specified in the Schedule of the Ordinance, with effect from June 1, 2018.

     The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs will move a proposed resolution under the District Councils Ordinance to seek the Council to approve the District Councils Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 3) Order 2017, made by the Chief Executive in Council on October 10, 2017, to increase 21 elected seats starting from the sixth-term District Councils which will commence operation on January 1, 2020.

     On Members' motions, Mr Jimmy Ng will move a motion on establishing a comprehensive "re-industrialisation" policy regime. The motion states:"That given the new opportunities brought about by global reforms in industrial technologies, many countries or places are proactively developing high value-added advanced manufacturing industries, and Hong Kong is no exception; the Government has already made it clear that re-industrialisation is a potential new area of economic growth for Hong Kong, and announced the establishment of a committee on innovation, technology and re-industrialisation; in this connection, this Council urges the Government to conduct a timely review and elevate the positioning of the 're-industrialisation' policy, with a view to upgrading the existing industrial policy regime led by innovation and technology to a comprehensive industrial policy regime which is more independent, forward-looking and systematic; the Government should also examine the role of industries in the local economic structure and societal development, and study the 'external development' feature of Hong Kong's industries, with the aim of providing tax support for those offshore Hong Kong manufacturers engaging in manufacturing and production industries, thereby consolidating the economic foundation of Hong Kong and promoting the diversification of industries."

     Mr Ho Kai-ming, Mr Kenneth Leung, Dr Chiang Lai-wan, Mr Wu Chi-wai, Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Mr Charles Mok and Mr Jeremy Tam will move separate amendments to Mr Ng's motion.

     Mr Ho Kai-ming will move a motion on conducting a comprehensive review of labour legislation to improve labour rights and interests. The motion states: "That this Council urges the Government to make safeguarding labour rights and interests its priority task and expeditiously conduct a comprehensive review of and make amendments to the various legislation relating to labour matters, so as to ensure that such legislation keeps pace with the times."

     Mr Luk Chung-hung, Dr Kwok Ka-ki, Dr Helena Wong and Mr Andrew Wan will move separate amendments to Mr Ho's motion.

     In addition, Ms Claudia Mo, Mr Wan, Mr Chu, Mr Wu, Dr Kwok and Mr Mok will move six motions under Rule 49B(1A) of Rules of Procedure as set out in Appendices 3 to 8 respectively.

     Dr Fernando Cheung, Mr Leung, Ms Tanya Chan, Mr James To, Mr Hui Chi-fung, Mr Kwong Chun-yu and Mr Chu will move 12 motions under Articles 73(5) and 73(10) of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China as set out in Appendices 9 to 20 respectively.

     During the meeting, Members will also ask the Government 22 questions on various policy areas, six of which require oral replies. 

     The agenda of the above meeting can be obtained via the LegCo website (www.legco.gov.hk). Please note that the agenda is subject to change, and the latest information about the agenda could be found on the LegCo website.

     Members of the public are welcome to observe the proceedings of the meeting from the public galleries of the Chamber of the LegCo Complex. They may reserve seats by calling 3919 3399 during office hours. Members of the public can also watch or listen to the meeting via the "Webcast" system on the LegCo website.
Ends/Monday, January 15, 2018
Issued at HKT 19:22
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