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Year: 1994

Subject of hearing: Landslide at Kwun Lung Lau, Western, in which five people died

Duration: 10 months

Cost: $1.08 million

Major findings: Errors in design drawings prepared in the 1960s; government geotechnical engineers and a consultancy firm held responsible.

Action taken: None

Year: 1996

Subject: Sacking of immigration director Laurence Leung Ming-yin

Duration: eight months

Cost: $1.23 million

Major findings: Officials - including governor Chris Patten, the chief secretary, financial secretary and secretaries for security and civil service - misled Legco by saying Mr Leung was leaving for personal reasons when he was in fact forced out

Result: Secretary for Civil Service Lam Woon-kwong apologised to legislators

Year: 1998

Subject: Chaotic opening of Chek Lap Kok airport

Duration: six months

Cost: $4.3 million

Major findings: Chief secretary, secretary for works, Airport Authority acting chief executive and New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office director held responsible

Action: None. Inquiry said sanctions were unnecessary, with criticism penalty enough

Year: 2001

Subject: Short pilings on public-housing sites

Duration: two years

Cost: $14 million

Major findings: The report pointed out wrongdoing by, but did not recommend disciplinary action against, former Housing Authority chairwoman Rosanna Wong Yick-ming and the former secretary and director of housing

Action: None. Before the hearings, Ms Wong, who faced a Legco confidence vote, resigned