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Finance Committee

Setback on filibustering as pan-democrats debate killed off

The pan-democratic camp's fight to retain the right to filibuster in the legislature suffered a setback yesterday, when the Finance Committee cut off a debate - itself facing a filibuster - on how to amend its own rules.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 4:06am 1 comment

Democrats push for vote on old age allowance

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum were hoping for quick passage of the proposed new allowance for elderly people, as they got ready to begin a six-hour meeting on the issue on Friday afternoon.

The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee will hold the lengthy session to resume scrutiny of the government’s funding application for the monthly HK$2,200 allowance.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:36pm

Pan-democrats defeat finance committee filibuster block again

The pan-democrats stalled the pro-government camp's attempt to block filibusters on the Legislative Council Finance Committee yesterday for the second time in a month.

At the end of a two-hour meeting, the committee failed to reach a conclusion on setting up rules to amend the procedures and will take up the issue again later this month.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:42am

Special meeting set for old age allowance

The chairman of the legislature’s Finance Committee invoked special powers on Monday to speed up scrutiny of the government’s proposed old age allowance.

Lawmakers voted to schedule a special meeting, for Tuesday evening, when the Legislative Council committee will discuss the funding proposal.

29 Oct 2012 - 8:33pm

Poor elderly may lose HK$2,200 after new scheme start date pushed back

About 400,000 poor elderly could lose out on HK$2,200, the welfare minister said, after Legco voting on funding for a new old-age living allowance was put off.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am

Vote on old age allowance deferred to sidestep showdown

Legco's vote on the HK$2,200 old age allowance is due to be deferred by the government after pan-democrats threatened to force an adjournment.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:14am

Don't try shortcut, C.Y. Leung is warned

Leung Chun-ying should not look for shortcuts, but follow normal procedures in seeking funding for his government revamp proposal, the chief of the legislature's Finance Committee said yesterday.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Finance committee must back package to ensure trawling ban is successful

A major milestone was achieved on May 18, when Legco accepted legislative changes to ban trawling in Hong Kong waters. This ban is needed to revitalise our seas for the benefit of the whole of Hong Kong, especially the long-ignored and beleaguered fishing community.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am