Anti-spy checks as PAA vets contracts
ELABORATE security measures to prevent industrial espionage are used when tenders' contracts are vetted by the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA), it was revealed yesterday.
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) officers check there are no listening devices in the secure room regularly used for tender openings in the PAA's Central Plaza headquarters.
These checks were also carried out last week spokesman said there was nothing sinister about the ICAC's involvement.
''It is normal practice to invite the ICAC to tender openings as part of the PAA's ongoing security procedures,'' said the PAA's corporate affairs director Clinton Leeks.
Conference and other meeting rooms are also electronically checked by the ICAC. The PAA's security procedures have been drawn up by the ICAC and are based on those adopted by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation.
A PAA spokesman said the ICAC had not found any evidence of wrongdoing.
But she was unable to say whether the ICAC also investigated contractors who wanted to work for the PAA.
The ICAC refused to comment ''for operational reasons''.
It has emerged that PAA staff are to work overtime to ensure the four contracts delayed by the 12-week contract conditions dispute with the Hong Kong Construction Association are awarded by the end of this month.
Construction tenders from 30 shortlisted individual firms and joint ventures were submitted last Wednesday and Thursday.
The work covers passenger terminal foundations, temporary roads, water pipelines and site accommodation.
A PAA spokesman confirmed staff would have to work evenings and weekends to complete the tender assessment within three weeks.