Legislators approved more than $22 billion in funding for Hong Kong Disneyland yesterday. At a Finance Committee meeting, major political parties supported the proposals for the financial arrangement. Only three members, Emily Lau Wai-hing and Cyd Ho Sau-lan of The Frontier, and Citizens Party chairwoman Christine Loh Kung-wai, voted against. Non-affiliated member Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee abstained. Some members expressed concerns the park would be exempted from environmental legislation, but officials assured them the laws would be complied with. Ms Lau said: 'The paper [submitted by the Government] said the administration has agreed that if such revised legislation were being contemplated, special regard would be given to the position of Hong Kong Disneyland.' But Commissioner for Tourism Mike Rowse said that even if laws were changed to restrict or ban firework displays, which Disneyland will have every night, the park would have to follow them. That might be done by redesigning the firework display or changing the balance between fireworks and lasers, he said. The funding includes spending $13.56 billion on infrastructure projects and injecting $3.25 billion and granting a loan of $5.62 billion to the joint venture formed by the Government and Disney. It also includes an investment of $4 billion in subordinated equity representing the land formation costs together with the creation of 45 posts that will cost more than $50 million a year. Deputy Secretary for Treasury Martin Glass said that even if the attendance rate was 30 per cent less than expected, the project could still break even. The Government has predicted there will be five million visitors to the theme park in the first year after opening.