Call for guidance on confidence
By CATHERINE NG
NOTHING has been done to maintain civil servants' confidence since the Governor failed to specify how they should work with China, a legislator has claimed.
Democrat Cheung Man-kwong said Mr Patten should clarify how government authority would be maintained during the emergence of the Preparatory Committee and the team designate.
'Failing to draw a clear line between the Government and the new power centres will leave the civil servants at a loss,' Mr Cheung said.
On working with China, Mr Patten reiterated the four-point agreement reached by the sovereign foreign ministers in London last week, and said that any effective framework for co-operation should include practical and commonsense arrangements.
He said: 'We need to ensure that arrangements . . . do not undermine the authority of the Government in discharging its responsibility for the administration of the territory until July 1, 1997.'