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Audit Commission

Briefs

Action on some hillside orders eight years late

Thursday, 17 November, 2011, 12:00am

60pc of packaged foods run afoul of labelling law

Fully 60 per cent of packaged foods on shop shelves fail to comply with the labelling law, the Audit Commission said yesterday in a report criticising a far rosier estimate from the Centre for Food Safety.

Earlier this year the centre reported that almost 100 per cent of the foods it surveyed met the law's requirements for listing nutrients.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

We don't know full Games bill, minister admits

The government could not say exactly how much it had spent hosting the 2009 East Asian Games, the home affairs minister told lawmakers yesterday.

Speaking at an inquiry into the finances of the city's first major international multisport event, Tsang Tak-sing said the government's estimates had been fair and accurate, despite heavy criticism from the government auditor.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Measures can be taken to reduce Hong Kong judiciary's tardiness

Your editorial ('Chief justice faces more than legal challenges', April 15), following on the heels of the Audit Commission's report on judiciary administration, heaped tedious accolades on the recently retired ex-chief justice. You also pleaded with the public to understand and support the incumbent, referring vaguely to the formidable 'administrative challenge' confronting the judiciary.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Judiciary urged to cut waiting time for cases

The judiciary was urged to monitor the workload in its courts more effectively after it was found to have consistently failed to meet its targets for the time taken to deal with cases.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Air quality task force meets once in 8 years

An official task force set up 13 years ago to improve indoor air quality has met only eight times, and none of their projects has received public recognition, the Audit Commission said yesterday.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

East Asian Games cost estimates widely out

The government underestimated the expense of hosting the 2009 East Asian Games by 20 per cent - and its predictions of income were even less accurate, the Audit Commission revealed.

Instead of the predicted HK$117 million in revenue, the event grossed 54 per cent more: HK$180 million, the audit said.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

letters

Motivation comes from inspiration

I have started revising for the upcoming exams. Some of my friends rely on their teachers or parents to force them to study harder. But I prefer to think about past experiences or words of encouragement to prepare myself for hard work.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Lawmakers unhappy over Eco Park contract

Lawmakers yesterday voiced dismay over how the Environmental Protection Department had administered the management contract of the Eco Park in Tuen Mun.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Privacy chief considered suit for libel over remarks by audit boss

Privacy Commissioner Roderick Woo Bun hit back strongly and publicly yesterday over what he said was a personal attack on him by Audit Commission director Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun.

Demanding an apology from Tang, he said he had thought of suing the audit chief for libel over his 'repulsive' remarks, though he had dropped the idea after sending a lawyer's letter.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Another long catalogue of waste - Post offices

The Director of Audit has called for the closure of some post offices after it found 97 of the 125 post offices are making a loss.

The director also urged Hongkong Post to set up a system to detect and deter underpayment of postage, since the commission found nearly 40 per cent of 1,299 mail items in a random check in January had been underpaid.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Agencies told to sharpen their act

A Legislative Council committee that monitors whether public money is well spent has warned publicly funded organisations to improve their corporate governance.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Library short HK$21m in unpaid fines

More than HK$21 million is outstanding in accumulated library fines, but the Leisure and Cultural Services Department does not plan any new penalties to crack down on errant borrowers.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

EOC head says he will not get new contract

Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Raymond Tang Yee-bong said the government was unlikely to renew his contract when it expired in January next year given the spate of criticism he has faced recently over indiscreet spending and governance problems at the commission.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Auditor eyes spending at other public bodies

After highlighting lavish spending at the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Director of Audit said yesterday that other subsidised organisations and statutory bodies would be scrutinised.

And he did not rule out conducting value-for-money investigations on the Chief Executive's Office and major government bureaus.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am