Not a permanent home
I WRITE in reply to the letter of Mr Alan Fung on the relocation of the Public Records Office (PRO) to Tuen Mun (South China Morning, November 9).
The administration's decision to relocate the PRO from the Murray Road Car Park Building has been made against the background that additional accommodation is urgently needed for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), that alternative accommodation suitable for the PRO is not available in the market, and that the Tuen Mun premises are both suitable for the PRO as well as providing an opportunity to consolidate the PRO extension office currently in an industrial building in Aberdeen togetherwith its main office in a government-owned building.
We understand the feeling of those opposing the relocation, and that is why despite our view that the Tuen Mun premises are suitable as the permanent home for our archives, we are looking for an alternative in the longer term.
Our plan is to provision the PRO from its Tuen Mun premises to a new joint government-user building in the urban area.
Subject to funds being available, the project will start in 1995.
To address the point that many users of the archives will find Tuen Mun inconvenient, we will be keeping the PRO's reference and research functions in the West Wing of the Central Government Offices.
The library component of the PRO together with the most popular archives will be kept there.
Other records kept in Tuen Mun will be sent there for public inspection on request.
Y. W. LAU Archivist, PRO