In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2007, 12:00am

Study to help set bridge toll

An assessment is under way to forecast the financial returns of a bridge linking Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday. The study would be crucial in helping authorities set a toll fee that was both affordable and profitable, he said after meeting National Development and Reform Commission officials in Beijing.

Grants commission urged

Major welfare groups have called on the government to set up an independent commission directly accountable to the chief secretary to complete a review of the lump sum grant system by March.

Harbour review in February

A judicial review over temporary reclamation work in Victoria Harbour will take place on February 4 and 5. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann granted leave to the Society for Protection of the Harbour this month in the Court of First Instance, saying the issue was of 'a matter of public importance'.

Visitor arrivals on the increase

Visitor arrivals to Hong Kong totalled 2.12 million last month, a rise of 15.9 per cent from a year ago, the Hong Kong Tourism Board said. The nine-month total this year reached 20.36 million, an increase of 9.6 per cent. Mainlanders accounted for 1.13 million visitors, up 22.1 per cent year on year.