In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 January, 2004, 12:00am

No land will be sold on cheap, says government

No land in Hong Kong will be sold on the cheap, the Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, Michael Suen Ming-yeung, promised yesterday. Speaking at a Legco panel meeting, Mr Suen said the suspension of land sales last year was only a one-off measure and the government would again be involved in the property market. The government plans to sell 17 sites over the next 15 months.

Liberal elected council chairman uncontested

Liberal Party member Chan Tak-chor was elected uncontested as chairman of the Central and Western District Council, after the resignation of Democrat Kam Nai-wai, who breached party rules banning members from supporting government-appointed candidates in elections.

Terminal 10 decision awaits study results

The government was still awaiting the results of a consultancy study before deciding the final location of the proposed Container Terminal 10, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan told a Legco panel. Mr Ip was responding to legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee's question on why the government had indicated in the chief executive's policy address that Lantau was the preferred location for the new terminal when the consultancy study on long-term port development was still under way. Mr Ip said Lantau was only one option and other possibilities such as Tsing Yi had not been ruled out.

HOS flats to be rented

The government would turn 3,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats into public housing flats for rent, Director of Housing Leung Chin-man said. Mr Leung said the government would continue to study the possibility of turning vacant HOS flats into accommodation for the disciplinary forces.