Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo meeting (with video)

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, at a media session before the Executive Council meeting this morning (March 13):
Reporter: Mrs Lam, will the enquiry look into bus drivers' working conditions and ultimately what would you like to achieve through the enquiry? And also a question about the By-election – how will the results change the Government's relationship with the legislature?

Chief Executive: As far as the Independent Review Committee is concerned, I have said it on the first occasion that the purpose and objective of this Independent Review Committee is to ensure the safety and reliability of Hong Kong's franchised bus service because Hong Kong's franchised bus service plays a very important role in Hong Kong's public transport service, responsible for 4 million passenger trips everyday. So, as you can see from the terms of reference, it will broadly cover the issues relating to the operation of the bus services, so I suppose the issues that you have mentioned will certainly be looked at by the Review Committee. In addition, the Review Committee will also look at the regulatory side, so in other words the Government's role in regulating the franchised bus operators to ensure safe and reliable service will also be fully examined by the Review Committee. As far as the Legislative Council elections conducted two days ago, our main role and statutory responsibility is to ensure that the elections are conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner, and I think by and large that objective has been met. In my pledge in the Policy Address and also back in my Election Manifesto, I promised that I will make every effort to work with members of the Legislative Council and to enhance the relationship between the Legislative Council and the administration, and that will continue to be the guiding principle of myself as the Chief Executive and my administration.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.) 

Ends/Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Issued at HKT 11:57