Anti-pollution devices in short supply Guangdong is facing a shortage of flue-gas sulfur scrubbers for its polluting power plants, according to Hong Kong legislator Choy So-yuk. After meeting Guangdong Environmental Protection Bureau officials yesterday, Ms Choy said they told her that at least 30 per cent of its power plants would have installed sulfur scrubbers by 2006, and they expected air quality to improve in 2007. She said the installation progress was being hampered because too few scrubbers were available on the international market, while mainland providers needed more time to expand production. She said Guangdong would also see a further slowdown in car growth by 2006, and that the rate had already begun to level off. The legislature today will move a motion tabled by Liberal Party chief James Tien Pei-chun to call for more concerted regional efforts to improve air quality. Public still disgruntled about the economy A survey suggests people are still dissatisfied with economic, political and social conditions, although there has been a slight improvement in the past three months compared with views of the previous quarter. The University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme interviewed 1,007 people from December 6 to 9. Forty-nine per cent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the economy - an improvement of 6 percentage points over the previous quarter. Only 12 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied. On the political front, 42 per cent said they were dissatisfied - 5 percentage points less than in the last survey. Cepa has increased trade by 27pc, says ministry Trade between Hong Kong and the mainland has increased significantly since the implementation of a free-trade pact, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday. The Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement was implemented in January, and the value of trade between the two sides in the first 10 months reached $690.3 billion - a 27 per cent increase over last year - according to official figures.