Fewer HK people robbed on the mainland There were 177 cases involving Hong Kong people being robbed on the mainland in the first nine months of the year, 20 per cent less than the same period last year, the secretary for constitutional affairs said yesterday. Stephen Lam Sui-lung said police from Hong Kong and Shenzhen were working together to combat cross-border crime. He said there was no need to set up an office in Shenzhen to handle crimes committed there by Hong Kong people. Motion to restore CSSA rates is voted down A motion calling on the government to restore the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance rates to the June 2003 level was voted down in the Legislative Council. The motion, moved by Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who represents the welfare sector, said the cut had caused great hardship to socially disadvantaged groups. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said the government had no intention of restoring rates to the previous level. 90pc think 2005 will be better for HK business More than 90 per cent of 281 respondents to a Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce survey said they believed business conditions in the city would be satisfactory or better next year. However, while the respondents were upbeat about the economy, they were concerned about the government's handling of the environment, with 81.2 per cent expressing dissatisfaction. Prison chaos solution Mainlanders jailed in Hong Kong could be sent back across the border to serve their time, in a move that would ease congestion in the city's crowded prisons. Mainland officials have agreed to discuss the idea, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said in Beijing yesterday.