Agenda items moved to next week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 January, 2005, 12:00am

The adjournment of yesterday's Legislative Council meeting left agenda items in limbo, with questions unanswered, motions not debated and papers not tabled.

Two bills on shipowners' liability were due to get first and second readings, while 19 questions on issues ranging from conservation of natural rivers to constitutional development remain pending.

Democrat lawmaker James To Kun-sun's motion on enacting a freedom-of-information law, and Liberal Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee's motion on a fair competition law for the oil industry, also did not get discussed.

Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said yesterday's agenda would be split across three meetings, scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, to debate the policy address. An additional meeting might be necessary on Saturday.

'The first and second readings, and proposed resolutions by the government, will be handled at the next meeting,' she said, calling for Wednesday's meeting to start at 10am.

'After this has been handled, we will have our debate on the policy address. It may take four days ... and then we can have the motion debates.'

The adjournment wasted about $8,000 in public funds - Legco interpreters charge $7,680 per session and electricity costs $375 an hour.