Poultry deliveries to reach 15,000 a day Deliveries of frozen ducks and geese from the mainland will reach about 15,000 a day starting today, but will still be about 5,000 short of normal levels, local importers said yesterday. Imports dropped to less than 10,000 per day during the past week due to rising demand on the mainland. Four out of seven suppliers had suspended their sales to Hong Kong. Mainland authorities said the suspension had nothing to do with bird flu. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said more mainland hygiene inspectors had been deployed to speed up the processing of poultry sold to Hong Kong. Patrick Ho discusses West Kowloon with councillors Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping has made his first visit to Yau Tsim Mong District Council to discuss the West Kowloon cultural hub project. Dr Ho told council members the government aimed to combine high art and popular culture, enhance co-operation between cultural and commercial sectors, and further integrate Hong Kong into the Pearl River Delta economic region. Some council members yesterday criticised the government for not paying enough attention to the social and educational aspects of the West Kowloon project and focusing too much on its commercial potential. Dr Ho said plans were underway to upgrade and renovate some existing public cultural and art facilities, but did not go into details. Shell calls for rational dialogue on fuel prices Oil giant Shell Hong Kong says it supports proposed fair competition laws, but has stressed that the oil industry should not be singled out in public discussions on the issue. A Shell spokesman said the government had not been in touch with the company to discuss problems with the local oil market. He said oil companies had been criticised for raising oil prices quickly and being slow in cutting prices, but the rise and fall of prices were influenced by external factors and such economic issues should be discussed rationally.