Crackdown called for on hiring of illegal workers Regulations should be tightened to tackle the problem of the hiring of illegal workers in Hong Kong, said more than 80 per cent of respondents to a Democratic Party survey. They also said the regulations should include a provision to suspend or revoke the licence of businesses caught hiring such workers. A similar percentage of the 1,178 respondents said they felt illegal employment had had a serious impact on the labour market. The Legislative Council will debate a motion tomorrow on ways to combat mainlanders engaging in illegal employment and prostitution in Hong Kong. Falun Gong members in vigil over torture claim About 150 Falun Gong followers held a candle-lit vigil at Chater Garden in Central to protest against the alleged torture of 100 practitioners in a prison in Jilin, Guangxi province, and to demand the immediate release of all illegally detained practitioners. Most of the followers detained in the prison have recently been on a hunger strike to protest over the persecution of the movement. HK Tourism Board predicts slow industry pickup The rebound of the tourism industry in Hong Kong will be more gradual than expected, the Tourism Board told legislators yesterday. Board chairman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said a full recovery across all markets would not be seen until next year. Mrs Chow said the board would this month focus on the promotion of business travel and long-haul visits. Legislators demand separate documents The government's annual progress report and policy address should be published separately, lawmakers said in a letter to Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. The chairman of Legco's house committee, Miriam Lau Kin-yee, said each official should have 15 minutes to speak in the policy address debate in January.