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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 (May 8):
Reporter: Mrs Lam, do you think Mrs Ip has overstepped her bounds yesterday in her handling of the LegCo meeting of Bills Committee because a lot of lawmakers said that she has consistently cut short the meeting time and other ways of handling the issues?

Chief Executive: I certainly do not subscribe to that sort of attack or accusation against Mrs Regina Ip. In chairing this Bills Committee everybody can see that it is not easy, it is not easy because some members of the Legislative Council, the non-pro-establishment members, have taken a very strong stance from the very beginning, but Mrs Ip being the Chairman of the Bills Committee, I think she has tried her very best to conduct the meetings and to allow members to ask questions about this particular bill. And this particular bill is actually a very simple bill, with only eight clauses, but a total of 19 meetings, including two public hearing sessions, have taken place lasting for over 60 hours of discussion. So, members of the public should not just look at what actually happened yesterday, but the whole process of scrutinising this bill, and I think Mrs Ip has taken a very responsible approach to conducting the meetings and allowing the meeting to come to a conclusion yesterday. The bill will now go back to the Legislative Council meeting for debate and hopefully it will be passed before the end of June so that the target of commissioning the high-speed rail by the end of September this year will be achieved. Thank you very much.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.) 
Ends/Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Issued at HKT 12:16
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