Ministers to quit 'irrelevant' boards
Two ministers will step down from two advisory boards after a review of attendance rates showed they had not attended a single meeting in two years.
Footnotes to the statistics made available yesterday say the policy secretaries believed the work of the board or committee was not related to their work and they would withdraw their membership.
Between the beginning of 2005 and the end of last year, neither the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang nor his representative attended any of the five meetings of the Council for the Aids Trust Fund.
Similarly, neither the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, York Chow Yat-ngok, nor his representative attended any of the four meetings for the Statistics Advisory Board in the same period.
The footnote, provided by Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping, said: 'Given that the general business of the Council for the Aids Trust Fund has no direct relevance to the policies under the purview of Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB), the Bureau's representative has not attended.'
The footnote said changes to the council were under way.
A similar footnote was attached to explain the absence of Dr Chow from meetings of the Statistics Board.
The figures were made available in response to Democratic Party lawmaker Martin Lee Chu-ming's written request. He wanted figures for policy secretaries who had attended less than 50 per cent of board meetings.
Mr Lee said ministers should honour their responsibility until they remove themselves, otherwise membership of such boards would be meaningless.